Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Daisuke Sato

Daisuke Sato is defense reporter, covering the Asia-Pacific defense industrial base, defense markets and all related issues. He has covered the US and Japan bilateral exercises for several years.

Taiwan’s new tactical vehicles spotted testing at training center

Two prototypes of Taiwan’s new tactical reconnaissance wheeled vehicles were spotted at the Pingtung Jia Lu Tang defense training center. The prototypes, P3 and P4, were equipped with remote-controlled gun turrets and enhanced armor. These advanced vehicles were tested...

China deploys Shandong carrier strike group in Western Pacific

On July 9, Japan’s Defense Ministry confirmed that China has moved its Shandong aircraft carrier strike group into the Western Pacific. The carrier, escorted by some of China’s most advanced warships, was located approximately 500 kilometers southeast of...

Japan approves JASSM-ER missile purchase for its F-15J jets

Japan’s Ministry of Defense approved the acquisition of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range) on July 4, 2024. According to The Aviationist, this move follows a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) package cleared by the...

Japan teams with France, Germany to develop railgun

The Acquisition Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) of Japan announced on May 30th that it has concluded the Terms of Reference (TOR) for cooperation on railgun technologies with France and Germany. This agreement aims to explore collaborative opportunities...

Singapore F-16 crashes at Tengah Air Base

A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16 fighter jet encountered difficulties during take-off at Tengah Air Base on May 8, 2024, resulting in a crash within the base premises. The pilot executed emergency procedures and safely ejected...

2 Japanese navy helicopters crash in Pacific

On the evening of the 20th, two Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopters, SH-60Ks, went missing while conducting training approximately 280 kilometers east of Torishima in the Izu Islands. Flight recorders were found in close proximity, leading the Ministry...

South Korea starts mass production of new tactical guided missiles

South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced plans to mass-produce new Chungum tactical guided missiles from 2024 to 2031. The Chungum, also known as TAipers, missiles are poised to replace the existing U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles in...

China proposes Y-20 transport plane to Nigeria

China has offered Nigeria the Y-20 Kunpeng transport aircraft, colloquially known as the "Chubby Girl." According to the Nigerian Defense News, the Y-20E is the largest military aircraft produced by China, showcased to Nigeria's Defense Minister Mohammed Badar...