May 31, 2009
Boeing said Tuesday the Indian government has requested proposals for two helicopter projects totaling more than USD 2 billion. The Indian Air Force wants 22 attack helicopters and at least 15 heavy-lift helicopters as part of a USD 30 billion defense modernization plan. May 27, 2009
Japan will drop its blanket ban on arms exports in a potentially far-reaching move that should result in the country finally beginning to integrate itself with the military industries of Western democracies. After decades of trying to go it alone or seeking only inward technology transfer, Japan will now accept joint development and production of weapons. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, meanwhile, is reportedly urging Tokyo to buy the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning as its next fighter. An end to the arms export ban may open the way for Japan to help build the F-35 or, perhaps more feasibly, its rivals in Japan's F-X fighter contest. And in a separate move that suggests Japan is becoming a little less pacifist, an influential group within the ruling Liberal Democratic will propose that the country's armed forces should be allowed to strike enemy bases as an act of self-defense. May 26, 2009
North Korea has become another third-world communist country using nuclear terror to gain influence and respect. The second underground nuclear explosion, a ballistic missile test and a series of tactical missile launches by North Korea are certain signs of more trouble to come, say top U.S. military officials stationed in South Korea. But a major military event - either civil war or a major strike into the south - is considered remote. "It's more likely that something will happen than not [as part of a string of continuing provocations]...