The Philippines wants to purchase more defence systems from Israel as it seeks to bolster its military readiness amid increasing tensions with China.

The Southeast Asian nation has reportedly submitted a shopping list of weapons to Jerusalem, which includes different types of missiles and sensors.

Israeli defence sources also said Manila wanted to procure advanced command-and-control systems and long-range radars to better monitor its territory.
The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Tuesday said it would deploy around six fighter aircraft to represent the country in the upcoming "Pitch Black" exercises hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force.

"The plan is to send in six FA-50s and one C-130 (to transport ground personnel and support equipment)," PAF spokesperson Col. Ma. Consuelo Castillo said in a press briefing at the Philippine Navy headquarters in Manila.

Should this plan push through, Castillo said the PAF still has enough assets to secure the country's airspace.

She said this will be the first time the PAF will participate in this international exercise, as they have only deployed personnel to act as observers in the past.

She said more than 100 PAF personnel would join the exercise from July 12 to Aug. 2 in Australia's northern city of Darwin.
Vietnamese ammunition plant for the RPG-7 grenade launcher. Footage from a military factory of the Vietnamese People's Army. The video shows an automated production line for B41M ammunition for the RPG-7 grenade launcher. Factory workers finish some ammunition by hand. The B41M is a copy of the Soviet PG-7M ammunition for the RPG-7 grenade launcher.

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The head of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un, visited a military plant for the production of launchers for the Hwasong-11Ra missile systems, according to the Western classification, the Hwasong-11D is a smaller analogue of the Russian Iskander-M tactical missile. Kim Jong-un expressed great satisfaction with the result of production at the enterprises in the first half of this year and especially emphasized the need to fulfill the military production plan for 2024. It is worth noting that in the DPRK, Kim Jong-un quite often visits military production; he previously visited this plant where he demanded that flaws in production be eliminated. The Hwasong-11Ra short-range tactical missile was first tested in 2022, the missile was launched at a range of 110 km, the estimated flight range of these missiles is up to 180 km. In less than a year, the Hwasong-11Ra missile system was finalized and put into service; by the spring of 2023, it began to enter service with combat units

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