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South Korea and Japan beef up military export trade, showcase defence capabilities at Singapore Airshow

South Korea and Japan beef up military export trade, showcase defence capabilities at Singapore Airshow

JAPAN EYEING ASIAN MARKET Meanwhile, Japan is also courting the foreign market following a shift in the country’s security policy, which opened its local defence industry to the global market. It is eyeing Asia, where defence spending is on the rise due to economic growth and China’s military expansion. Japan’s defence ministry has set up a booth at the Singapore Airshow for the first time, showcasing its capabilities from aircraft manufacturing to communications. It has also brought along 13 Japanese companies with the aim of supporting sales to other countries. Both Japan and South Korea are the United States’ most important allies in Asia. “For the case of Japan and Korea especially, they are very integrated into the Western supply chain. They’re interoperable with western systems,” said Aviation Week Network’s Asia Pacific senior correspondent Chen Chuanren.  “And I think more importantly is that given what’s happening around the world, many countries are looking to get military equipment fast and urgently, and (Korea, in particular,) has the capacity and the capability to generate and produce military equipment very easily for these …

Shifting geopolitical landscape changing the way defence deals are brokered between manufacturers, governments

Shifting geopolitical landscape changing the way defence deals are brokered between manufacturers, governments

Ms Pheiffer said that one of BEA Systems’ aims is to “protect those who protect us”. “So those war fighters on the frontline who are keeping the rest of us safe every night, we need to ensure that they go home safe to their families as well. And therefore, it’s extremely important for us as a defence and security business, to ensure our technologies can do that,” she said. RISING DEFENCE ORDERS Despite the more tense geopolitical landscape, it has not necessarily become harder to seal defence deals, said Mr Shockey. Potential clients are now additionally looking at how they can “co-develop, co-produce and co-sustain” the weapons production, so they can build up their own defence and security ecosystems as well, which is something RTX takes into consideration when making deals. “We have to be more creative and understand the needs of our customers,” he said. Mr Shockey cited the example of a large deal announced in January this year to supply countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with GEM-T missiles, or the Patriot …

This blended wing plane wants to reshape aviation. But can it deliver the 50% cut in fuel burn it promises?

This blended wing plane wants to reshape aviation. But can it deliver the 50% cut in fuel burn it promises?

He said that airliners have not adjusted much in traditional design as commercial aviation favours the tried-and-tested, and successful, solutions. But as climate targets loom, the blended wing structure has attracted renewed attention in the push towards zero carbon emissions propulsion. “The tube-and-wing airframe has been amazingly reliable and a safe platform,” said Mr O’Leary. “But today, there are so many more needs that the industry faces – to lower fuel burn, lower emissions, improve passenger experience, etc. This (blended wing) airframe addresses all those needs and represents the next step forward for aviation.” COMMERCIAL PLANS & SUSTAINABILITY PUSH With the USAF’s support, JetZero could potentially develop military jets and tankers for aerial refuels, as well as freighters. In addition, the firm is eyeing a lucrative gap in the commercial market for medium-haul flights. “Right now, the market has two types of planes – short haul and long haul. Our jet can fit right into the gap between those planes, where there’s incredibly high demand and no supply,” said Mr O’Leary. He added that the …