Weapons, Helicopters and First Flights

More military aviation milestones were clocked up across the Asia-Pacific region in May, including weapons clearances in India and Singapore, a handful of notable first flights for Indian and Chinese aircraft, helicopter programmes and the prospect of further helicopter deliveries, again in India but also in Pakistan.

With heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula, Islamic State insurrection in the Philippines and China’s continuing belligerence in the South China Sea all making news at the present time, there are also a number of countries in the region actively seeking additional surveillance capabilities. Malaysia for example has been linked to a potential acquisition of surplus Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Kawasaki P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, and the Philippines has recently accepted the first two of five Beechcraft TC-90 aircraft.

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