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Thailand’s military has brushed aside a unilateral ceasefire announcement by separatist rebels who said they would suspend operations to facilitate a response to an escalating Covid-19 outbreak across the kingdom’s mainly Malay-Muslim southern provinces. Brigadier-General Pramote
Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono has said that Tokyo may withdraw Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) troops and personnel from its only foreign base in Djibouti should the Covid-19 coronavirus further spread in the East African country. Tokyo has been deploying Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
The head of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Alexei Rakhmanov, on 3 April announced that the cost of damage from a fire on board the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov on 12 December 2019 now amounts to RUB500 million (USD6.6 million), state-run RT television has reported.
First-of-class flight trials for Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) MH-60R ‘Romeo’ maritime multirole helicopters aboard landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessel HMAS Adelaide will begin shortly, the RAN announced on 7 April. The trials, which will take place off the Queensland
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has revealed that it will spend JPY25.6 billion (USD235 million) in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) on cyber-security-related activities and programmes, including the development of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based system to counter cyber attacks. This system
A French-built 84 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) that will be in service with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has arrived home. The vessel, which will be known as BRP Gabriela Silang (8301) once it is commissioned, arrived in Manila Bay on 7 April, the PCG disclosed on the same day. The OPV was
The US Air Force (USAF) has contracted Lockheed Martin to deliver a second lot of 48 AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs), the Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 7 April. The three-year sole-source award is valued at USD167.47 million and will run up to 6 April 2023. The award
Key Points A key lawmaker wants the US to make better use of the Pentagon’s risk management approach to crisis to help with the Covid-19 response He cites the development of the MRAP as an example of the Pentagon developing something it needed quickly A top US lawmaker is calling for the
Australian naval shipbuilder Austal has said its business activities remain “largely unaffected” by Covid-19 and that it is on track to register annual increases in revenue and earnings. Austal said on 7 April that despite the ongoing pandemic it maintains previously issued guidance of

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