Global defence update

Taiwan unveils latest missiles

Taiwan showcased two types of indigenously produced missile at a National Day military parade on 10 October. The missiles – a supersonic variant of the Hsiung Feng-III (HF-III, ‘Brave Wind’) anti-ship missile and a modified version of the Tien Kung-III (‘Sky Sword’) ballistic-missile interceptor – have never before been seen in public, although many details of the programmes have been publicised and the launch boxes for the HF-III have been photographed aboard Taiwanese naval vessels. One feature visible on the HF-III that attracted the attention of defence analysts was the booster rockets attached to the body of the missile
Gripen sale to Thailand gets green light from US
A potential obstacle to Swedish group Saab’s sale to Thailand of 12 JAS 39 Gripen aircraft, featuring technology from the United States, appears to have been cleared as the US State Department told Jane’s that it “has no restrictions on military sales to the government of Thailand”. There was previously confusion over the terms of the deal, under which Bangkok will purchase 12 Saab-manufactured JAS 39 multirole combat aircraft for USD1.1 billion
EADS set to convert Irkut stake to UAC, Russia’s Ivanov says

EADS is considering converting its 10 per cent stake in Russia’s Irkut aircraft company into a holding in the wider United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov suggested on 25 October. However, in response to Ivanov’s comments – published by the RIA Novosti state information service – the pan-European defence and aerospace group said a decision has yet to be made

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