Asia-Pacific Digest: Laos in the Cold War and Russian-ASEAN defense ties

ZHUHAI, Nov. 9, 2014 Technicians maintain a Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jet after its test flight ahead of the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, Nov. 9, 2014. Some 700 exhibitors at home and abroad with 130-plus planes will attend the six-day airshow from November 11 to 16.

ZHUHAI, Nov. 9, 2014 Technicians maintain a Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jet after its test flight ahead of the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, Nov. 9, 2014. Some 700 exhibitors at home and abroad with 130-plus planes will attend the six-day airshow from November 11 to 16.

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Articles and features about Russia's military power ranking, the first Islamic bank in Russia and Iran-Russia defense and economic engagement were among the Asia-Pacific highlights on rbth.com.

Russia ranked world’s 2nd military power after U.S.

February 17, 2016 Marina Karpova, RBTH
An annual ranking that assesses nations’ military capabilities has named Russia the world’s second most powerful country in the world after the United States.
 

All guns firing: ASEAN greenlights Russian weapons

Sukhoi warplanes to Indonesia and Malaysia and submarines and lethal anti-ship missiles to Vietnam are the most visible aspects of Moscow’s growing defense engagement with members of the Southeast Asian grouping. As defense spending by the ASEAN countries has soared, Russian arms manufacturers have moved focus to cash in on the new opportunities.
 

India to test-fire airborne BrahMos cruise missile from Su-30MKI

February 17, 2016Interfax, RBTH
The test launch will be conducted this year, according to an Irkut Corp spokesman.
 

Russia's first Islamic bank to open in March

February 12, 2016Alex Snegov, RBTH
The new lender will operate in the city of Kazan and deal with foreign investments.
 

Battleground Vientiane: When Laos was in the thick of the Cold War

February 17, 2016Ajay Kamalakaran, RBTH
The Southeast Asian nation in between Thailand and Vietnam was one of the most hotly contested theatres of the Cold War. A communist victory led to a significant presence of Russian specialists in the isolated country for almost two decades.
 

Russia, Iran step up defense, economic engagement

February 16, 2016Alexander Korablinov, RBTH
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan is in Moscow to discuss the purchase of $8 billion worth of Russian arms and ammunition. Russia is also looking to sell 100 Sukhoi Superjet passenger aircraft to Iran.

China buys 7 Kamov, 2 Mi-171 helicopters

February 16, 2016Interfax, RBTH
Russian Helicopters declined to declare the deal value.

Indonesia to buy 10 Su-35 fighters- source

February 12, 2016Alexander Korablinov, RBTH
Deal could be announced in March.
 

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