Chen Chuanren
Asia Correspondent

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Security

South Korea Unveils Plan to Improve Defenses

Better theater situational awareness, expanded missile defenses, armed UAVs and a light aircraft carrier are on Seoul’s shopping list.
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Aircraft

China Flies AG600 from the Sea, Suggests Assault Ship Could Operate Aircraft

The successor to the Harbin SH-5 amphibian in People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) service is making progress toward service entry.
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Aircraft

Indonesia Interested in Austria’s Typhoons

In its ongoing search for an F-5 replacement the Indonesian air force has shown interest in the Austrian Typhoons, whose future is far from certain.
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‘New Normal’ Could Bring Opportunity for Bizav in Asia

The Asian Business Aviation Association hopes general aviation and business aviation stakeholders will seize the current opportunity to expand.
Safety

Singapore Outlines COVID-19 Measures for Bizav

The nation-state is working to ensure both arriving and departing passengers and crews are negative for CORVID-19.
Safety

Sino Jet Measures the Impact of COVID-19

The operator is seeing some benefits from the restrictions on airline travel.
Security

JetSolution Looks for Opportunities Amid Outbreak

The virus will likely affect the Chinese economy and others, but how much remains to be seen.
Aircraft

Y-20 AEW and Tanker Variants To Appear Soon

The successful introduction into service of the Xian Y-20 heavy transport has freed China from reliance on the Il-76 airframe for fighter support aircraft.
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Charter & Fractional

Rideshare Provider Sees eVTOLs as Air Charter's Future

Helicopter rideshare program Ascent is talking to eVTOL aircraft developers about service entry in Asia, while stepping up carbon offsetting.
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Aircraft

Royal Thai Air Force Unveils Spending Plans

New trainers, transports, and a replacement for older Thai Air Force F-16s are to be purchased over the coming years, along with improved air defenses.
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RSAF Chief: Upgraded F-16s, Maritime Patrol and New UAVs

Singapore’s air force chief, Major General Kelvin Khong, spoke to AIN about upcoming RSAF programs.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Sustaining Military Aircraft in Southeast Asia

Customers in tropical environments require different care to keep their aircraft flying, and Boeing is working to accommodate them.
Aircraft

Israel Boutique Firms Punching Above Their Own Weight

Steadicopter and UVision are at Singapore looking to make inroads in the Asia-Pacific market.
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Republic of Singapore Air Force Counts on Israeli Firms for Defense

Drones—small, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive—pose new challenges for security systems providers
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

IAI Introduces Heron Mk II for Complex Missions

IAI’s Heron has been one of the mainstays of the MALE UAV scene for many years. A new variant has been launched to improve its operational versatility.
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Singapore Airshow: Controp To Unveil New EO Sights

Controp has produced a range of electro-optic turrets of varying sizes as part of the STAMP family, and is introducing a new payload for small UAVs.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Clone of Sustaining Military Aircraft in Southeast Asia

Customers in tropical environments require different care to keep their aircraft flying, and Boeing is working to accommodate them.
Aircraft

State Department Approves F-35B for Singapore

The Republic of Singapore Air Force has selected the STOVL version of the F-35 to answer its new fighter requirement.
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Indonesia Launches Domestically-built Armed UAV Program

Indonesia’s first large UAV is due to fly for the first time this year, with production planned to get under way in 2024.
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New Tech Will Take Center Stage at Singapore

The 2020 Singapore Airshow will focus on innovation and new technology, including urban air mobility.
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Singapore To Establish Permanent Guam Detachment

The RSAF’s search for peacetime training locations overseas has gained more impetus with the impending closure of Paya Lebar air base.
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Aircraft

New Zealand Approved for C-130J Acquisition

The RNZAF has an urgent need to replace its elderly first-generation Hercules, which are over 50 years old.
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Aircraft

Indonesia Wants Two Squadrons of F-16 Block 72s

While the long-running attempt to acquire Su-35s has yet to result in hardware, the TNI-AU is looking to AESA-equipped F-16s.
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Aircraft

Green Light for F-15 Japanese Super Interceptor Upgrades

Japan’s fighter roadmap includes the purchase of 147 F-35A/Bs, development of a new fighter, and the upgrade of around half of its F-15 Eagle fleet.
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Aircraft

Volocopter Makes eVTOL Demonstration Flight in Singapore

Volocopter aims to have its VoloCity eVTOL aircraft fully certified and ready for air taxi services in 2022.
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Aircraft

Volocopter Unveils VoloPort eVTOL Base in Singapore

Volocopter and its partner Skyports have unveiled the first full-scale VoloPort concept in Singapore, where they hope to launch eVTOL air taxi flights.
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ADEX 2019: New Korean Projects Revealed

The 2019 ADEX show revealed new Korean defense programs while the nation looks to acquire further high-end systems from overseas.
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Trade Tensions Dent U.S.-China Bizav Flying

The U.S.-China trade dispute has slowed business aviation traffic between China, Europe, and the U.S. by as much as 13.3 percent.
Aircraft

ADEX 2019: KAI Unveils KF-X Mockup, New Surion Variants

South Korea’s fifth-generation fighter program recently completed a major milestone with the passing of its critical design review.
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Aircraft

ADEX 2019: Raytheon and Korean Air Partner for ISTAR

Korean Air and Raytheon are proposing to modify the Bombardier Global 6500 business jet to meet a RoKAF requirement.
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