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  • In a Switch, UK Asks Its Arms Makers to Design for Export

    09/16/2015 5:58:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Defense One ^ | September 16, 2015 | MARCUS WEISGERBER
    LONDON — British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has a message for U.K. defense firms: If you want to boost profits, make sure you can sell your products overseas. n return, Fallon vowed that the Defence Ministry would champion U.K. companies to allies and will “lead on key, strategic export campaigns” around the world. “As a government, boosting our export successes in what is an increasingly competitive marketplace has to now be the priority,” Fallon said Tuesday at the Defence Security International Exposition, or DSEI, a massive arms show here. The defense secretary named the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet and “complex...
  • Make soldiers salesmen for British weapons, says defence trade group

    09/10/2015 6:33:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Telegraph ^ | 09 Sep 2015 | Alan Tovey
    Soldiers, sailors and pilots should sell British-made weapons to help boost exports, according to the defence industry association. Having military staff who actually use the systems advising potential customers would increase the chances of securing foreign sales, according to ADS, which represents the country’s aerospace, defence and security businesses. Speaking as the Government prepares its defence review, which will set out military priorities, and France’s Rafale fighter landed a series of export deals that the Eurofighter Typhoon – in which BAE Systems is a partner – missed out on, ADS chief executive Paul Everitt said the industry needs formal support...
  • Chinese Animators Envision a Future Asia-Pacific War—and Blow Up the Internet

    09/10/2015 6:19:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    COUNCIL on FOREIGN RELATIONS ^ | September 3, 2015 | Lauren Dickey
    An enemy surface ship, almost surely part of a U.S. carrier strike group, comes under Chinese attack in a newly released military propaganda film. (“Battle to Capture an Island: a Full View of Chinese Military Strength,” Tencent and Visions Media, September 3, 2015) Alongside the military spectacle that passed through Tiananmen Square in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Chinese media conglomerate Tecent also released a new computer-generated video, “Battle to Capture an Island: a Full View of Chinese Military Strength.” Available via the social media platform QQ, the five-minute video appears to...
  • Analysts: Beijing Parade a 'Bazaar' of Stolen Technology

    09/04/2015 6:12:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Voice of America ^ | September 04, 2015 | Saibal Dasgupta
    BEIJING—The massive military parade in Beijing this week showcased China’s latest weapons, unveiling many to the public for the first time. But weapons experts say the systems on display showed hallmarks of China’s reputation for stealing technology and adapting it to its requirements. The show involved long, medium and short range missiles, a range of tanks and 200 fighter aircraft. The Chinese government said that all the equipment had been made indigenously, attesting to the success of the country’s military industrial capability and the estimated $145 billion spent on the military in 2015. “The parade was a bazaar of stolen...
  • Report: Russian Arms Sales Give China a Better Chance in Competing with U.S. Ships

    09/02/2015 10:18:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 2, 2015 | John Grady
    Type 022 Fast Attack Missile Craft Houbei Class of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) test fires C-803 antiship missile. PLAN Photo via Global Military Review “Improved maritime strike capability has given Chinese warships a much greater chance of competing against their U.S. counterparts” and improved naval air defenses allow its warships “the ability to operate at increasingly great distances from shore”—major advances in large part speeded by arms, vessels and technology sales from Russia since the end of the Cold War. Those were two observations contained in a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the Center...
  • Desperate Russia opens doors for foreign militaries

    08/26/2015 12:11:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy stance has invited damaging economic sanctions from the US and the European Union. These have squeezed the important sectors that earn most of Russia's money -- oil, banking services and defence exports. Battering the Russian economy further are plummeting oil prices, which are blocking Putin's 2010 pledge to spend some 20 trillion roubles -- about $650 billion then -- to revamp his ageing arsenal. After years of defence spending increases, Russia's 2015 budget has hit a roadwall. Moscow has scaled back plans for buying 500 warplanes from 2011-2016, as well as the new Armata...
  • Sen. Cruz to President Obama: Release the Russian Missile Risk Assessment

    08/25/2015 7:01:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies ^ | August 24, 2015
    Cruz sends letter to the President requesting embargoed report on Russian treaty violations WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday sent a letter to President Obama calling for the release of the Department of Defense's (DoD) risk assessment of Russia's violations of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The letter explains that the White House has blocked the release of the Pentagon report and is preventing Congress from investigating Russia's noncompliance."Although the State Department formally declared Russia to be in violation of the INF Treaty in 2014, additional reports indicate that the United States has harbored doubts...
  • US Navy begins certifying new anti-ship missile on Super Hornet

    08/21/2015 10:38:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies ^ | 08/22/2015 | JAMES DREW
    The US Navy has begun integrating Lockheed Martin’s new Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) with its Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and airworthiness flights are due to start next month. The service says its test and evaluation team at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland conducted the first load and fit checks with the weapon this week using a “mass simulator vehicle” – all in preparation for first phase of airworthiness certification. LRASM has already been integrated with the US Air Force’s Boeing B-1B bomber, and now pictures released by the navy show the weight-representative payload attached to a Super Hornet’s...
  • Russia’s Got a Mysterious New Submarine

    08/21/2015 5:06:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.21.15 | DAVID AXE
    On Aug. 11 at the port of Severodvinsk in northern Russia, a huge and imposing black shape emerged from a dry-dock, observed by ranks of uniformed dignitaries. The Russian navy’s latest submarine is 574 feet long, displaces no fewer than 18,000 tons of water and packs two nuclear reactors. Named Moscow, she’s actually a refurbished, 1980s-vintage ballistic-missile sub that once prowled underneath the Arctic ice, cradling nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, awaiting Armageddon. Today, as best as any outside observer can tell, the Moscow has a new mission. She appears to be part science vessel, part spy ship, part commando transport, and...
  • What is the F-35B and Why is the UK Buying It?

    08/20/2015 12:04:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    GIZMODO UK ^ | 19 Aug 2015 | Rich Wordsworth
    Over the past few years, the F-35 Lightning II – the fifth-generation, Lockheed Martin wunder-plane set to eventually take over from almost every fighter jet in the US and UK militaries – has received a public relations kicking. It’s expensive – the total cost for the programme so far is an incredible, not-even-hyperbolic trillion dollars. It’s had some embarrassing technical stumbles – engine fires, a non-functioning cannon and a half-million dollar helmet that fits comfortably in the cockpit or on a pilot’s head (but reportedly not both). And while it’s designed as a multirole, do-everything plane that will see the...
  • Saudi FM certain contract on Russian Iskander missile supplies will be signed soon

    08/11/2015 5:42:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    TASS ^ | 11 August 2015
    Saudi Arabia is discussing buying Russia’s Iskander tactical missile systems, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday. "Saudi Arabia is set to intensify relations with Russia in all the spheres, including in the military field," al-Jubeir said. "Intensive contacts are taking place between the military delegations and specialists from both countries and a wide range of intended types of armaments from Russia is being discussed, including Iskander missile systems," the Saudi foreign minister said. In general, the deliveries of Russian armaments are being actively discussed and a contract may be...
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia ‘desperate’ to purchase Mistral warships

    08/07/2015 11:15:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    FRANCE24 ^ | 2015-08-07
    Egypt and Saudi Arabia are interested in buying two French Mistral warships that had been sold to Russia before Paris scrapped the deal, French media reported Friday, citing an official French source. "Egypt and Saudi Arabia are desperate to buy two Mistrals," an unnamed official French source told France’s leading daily, Le Monde. “King Salman of Saudi Arabia wants to build a fleet in Egypt which could project regional power in the Red Sea and Mediterranean," said the source. "Some countries in the region have displayed a marked interest in the Mistrals with the aim of establishing a [regional] maritime...
  • Cut of ties with Israel prompted local development of weapons by Turkey

    08/04/2015 5:40:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    iHLS ^ | Aug 1, 2015
    The complete cut of ties between Israel and Turkey has accelerated the development of advanced weapon systems in Turkey. When the “Honeymoon” between the two countries was on, Turkey purchased and planned to purchase all types of Israeli made weapon system. The Turkish military does not boast the world’s most advanced gear for precision strikes, but a number of local programs are progressing, signaling reduced future dependence on foreign systems. That has changed. According to Defense News Turkish officials recently reported “critical progress” in three systems they have been developing over the past years. Procurement officials said the first critical...
  • Lockheed Martin's Littoral Combat Ship Is Finally Making Headway -- but Is It Too Late?

    08/01/2015 9:12:31 AM PDT · by Mariner · 87 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | August 1st, 2015 | Katie Spence
    The Littoral Combat Ship, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Austal USA, has been plagued with cost overruns, design flaws, and a number of failures. In fact, the LCS performed so poorly that then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel cut the Navy's LCS acquisition from 52 to 32 ships, and directed the Navy to appoint a Small Surface Combatant Task Force, or SSCTF, to "submit alternative proposals to procure a capable and lethal small surface combatant, consistent with the capabilities of a frigate." The good news is Lockheed Martin addressed many of the issues plaguing the LCS, and now production...
  • China Commissions Second Advanced Destroyer

    07/24/2015 7:05:58 AM PDT · by pabianice · 6 replies
    USNI ^ | 7/24/15 | LaGrone
    China has commissioned its second Luyang III guided missile destroyer as part of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) ongoing surface force expansion. The Type 052D Luyang III class guided missile destroyer Changsha (173) commissioned in the last several weeks according to images that have emerged on the Chinese language Internet and reported by Jane’s Defence Weekly. “Although launched only four months after first-of-class Kunming (172), it was commissioned 16 months later, suggesting an extensive program of trials,” wrote Jane’s. The 7,500 ton surface combatant is part of a planned class of ten ships that reflect trends in U.S. and...
  • Why Obama Gave Technology To Iran

    07/19/2015 7:53:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 19, 2015 | Kevin McCullough
    What everybody already knows: Iran wants a nuclear weapon. Whether it’s to utilize for themselves, or to monetize to the open market of global bad actors Iran is heavily invested in getting the bomb. What many did not know: Our goal going into the multi-lateral talks with Iran was clear, end Iran’s nuclear weapon pursuit. Our end result walking away from the talks was equally clear—the United States leading the way—gave Iran permission to get the nuclear bomb (the very thing we were attempting to keep them from getting.) What many now think: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons has been...
  • With Ban on Exports Lifted, Japan Arms Makers Cautiously Market Wares Abroad

    07/12/2015 8:43:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JULY 12, 2015 | JONATHAN SOBLE
    YOKOHAMA, Japan — Some of Japan’s biggest companies, best known for motorcycles, washing machines and laptop computers, are pitching a new line of global products: military hardware. Quiet-running attack submarines. Amphibious search-and-rescue planes. Ship-mounted radar systems that use lasers to help pinpoint approaching enemies. After a ban on weapons exports that the Japanese government had maintained for nearly 50 years, Mitsubishi, Kawasaki, Hitachi, Toshiba and other military contractors in this semipacifist country are cautiously but unmistakably telling the world they are open for business. A maritime security exposition here in May was the first military industry trade show in Japan,...
  • Rise in Gun Sales: Jews Are Arming

    07/05/2015 4:44:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    INN ^ | 7/5/2015, 7:03 PM | Hezki Ezra
    Gun shop owners are reporting a spike in gun sales, as a result of the current terror wave, and also of new regulations that allow more citizens to buy and hold guns. Yitzchak Mizrahi, who owns the Magnum firearms store in Jerusalem, told Arutz Sheva Sunday that Jews are responding to the ongoing terror attacks in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, by buying more weapons, and that the new criteria issued by the Interior Ministry are making it possible for many people who could not do so in the past, to arm themselves. …
  • France fills the American arms void

    06/25/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Dassault Rafale, France’s premier fighter jet, headlined the International Paris Air Show last week, showing off its state-of-the art maneuvers before a crowd of 300,000 defense industry leaders. While the air show ostensibly exhibited advances in aviation technology, France also brandished the Rafale as the centerpiece of major new diplomatic strides. Through a series of recent sales worth billions, most recently a $12 billion deal with Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday, the Rafale has become the backbone of Paris’s realpolitik economic diplomacy aimed at sustaining its global stature and capitalizing on recent rifts in the United States’ relations with its...
  • How Islamic State’s Win in Ramadi Reveals New Weapons, Tactical Sophistication and Prowess

    05/26/2015 7:20:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | May 26, 2015 | Margaret Coker
    In late April, a commander for Islamic State said his forces were ready to launch an offensive to take Ramadi, and the group called for fighters to redeploy to Iraq from Syria.
  • Boeing Unveils Amazing, Slightly Terrifying New Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

    05/24/2015 10:08:16 AM PDT · by lbryce · 83 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | May 24, 2015 | Staff
    Boeing's "CHAMP" (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project) is a one-missile, flying blackout. Born into Generation X, I grew up with the threat of nuclear war -- and all its corollaries, from visions of mushroom clouds to "duck and cover" drills in high school to Terminator movies, and of course, the ever-present worry that one day a sneaky Soviet satellite would detonate way up in the sky and fry all of our electronics with an "electromagnetic pulse." So imagine my surprise when the U.S. Air Force confirmed last week that it's developed an electromagnetic pulse weapon of its own, and...
  • Exclusive - Boeing poised to clinch $3 billion-plus Kuwait F/A-18 order

    05/06/2015 11:45:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/06/2015 | ANDREA SHALAL
    Kuwait is expected to announce in coming weeks an order for 28 Boeing Co (BA.N) F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, a $3 billion-plus (£1.96 billion plus) deal that will keep the jets' St. Louis production line running well into 2019, according to people familiar with the deal. Kuwait, which operates a fleet of earlier F/A-18 models, has signed a formal letter stating its firm plans to buy newer-model Boeing jets, according to one of the people who is familiar with the deal but was not authorized to speak publicly. A second source confirmed that the U.S. government was working with Kuwait to...
  • Forget Iran. The Real Nuclear Threat Lies East [China, India and Pakistan]

    04/02/2015 3:52:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    RCW ^ | 04/02/2015 | David Brewster
    While the world focuses on the dangers that a nuclear-armed Iran could present in the Middle East, a potentially more dangerous and unstable nuclear proliferation is occurring in the Indian Ocean. In the coming years India, Pakistan, and perhaps China will likely deploy a significant number of nuclear weapons at sea in the Indian Ocean. This could further destabilise already unstable nuclear relationships, creating a real risk of a sea-based exchange of nuclear weapons. Observers have long seen India-Pakistan nuclear rivalry as the most unstable in the world, and South Asia as the most likely location of nuclear conflict. This...
  • Laser Weapons will be mounted on various US navy ship guns

    01/23/2015 7:55:06 AM PST · by shove_it · 24 replies
    NextBigFuture ^ | 22 Jan 2015
    The Laser Weapon System or LaWS is a directed-energy weapon developed by the United States Navy. The weapon was installed on the USS Ponce for field testing in 2014. In December 2014 the United States Navy reported the LaWS system works perfectly, and that the commander of the USS Ponce is authorized to use the system as a defensive weapon. The technical issues associated with the addition of LaWS (Laser Weapon System) to the Phalanx CIWS (Close in weapon system) will be somewhat different from those associated with adding a LaWS system to other weapon systems—or the provision of a...
  • U.S. Navy: They Will be Called Frigates

    01/15/2015 3:36:40 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 49 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 15, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as “frigates,” given their enhanced capabilities.
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 5:11:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The Pentagon’s newest stealth jet, the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, won’t be able to fire its gun during operational missions until 2019, three to four years after it becomes operational. Even though the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is supposed to join frontline U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadrons next year and Air Force units in 2016, the jet’s software does not yet have the ability to shoot the onboard 25mm cannon. But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.
  • U.S. Army wants a new gun

    12/04/2014 8:47:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 109 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | Aaron Smith
    After about 30 years of using the Beretta as the primary sidearm pistol for the U.S. military, the Pentagon is seeking a new gun contract. For gun manufacturers, this kind of a contract is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While the Beretta lasted three decades, the U.S. military's first semiautomatic standard-issue sidearm, the M1911 from Colt, lasted nearly 90 years. It was issued during the U.S. war in the Philippines through the World Wars to Vietnam and beyond.
  • Israeli industry must make a passage to India

    12/02/2014 2:28:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Haaretz, Israel ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Moshe Arens
    India, the world’s largest democracy, has at present the tenth-largest economy. It will, no doubt, surpass the economies of the European nations in a few years and rank among the world’s four largest economies, together with the United States, China and Japan. It is a friend of the State of Israel. It shares with Israel the values and ideals of democratic government. Like Israel, it has a substantial Muslim minority among its population. Since its partition in 1947, it has fought three wars with its neighbor, Pakistan, and to this day faces a security threat from that direction. Terrorist acts...
  • Largest Ever Australian Warship Enters Fleet

    11/28/2014 8:45:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 28, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    The first of two 27,000-ton amphibious warships was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on Friday, according to information from the service. HMAS Canberra (L-02) entered the RAN fleet on Friday during a ceremony at the service’s Fleet Base East in Sydney. Canberra and sister ship HMAS Adelaide will be the two largest ships in RAN history as part of about a $2.5 billion (USD) shipbuilding program. The ship’s design is based on a Spanish amphibious assault ship Juan Carlo I and built and designed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and BAE Systems Australia. The pair will be the first ships...
  • Police Seize Massive Weapons Shipment Headed for Jerusalem

    11/20/2014 8:50:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    inn ^ | 11/20/14 | Ari Soffer
    Israeli police seized a massive shipment of firecrackers, swords, tasers and other weapons at Ashdod port Thursday - a potentially deadly arsenal which was set to be delivered to Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Two containers intercepted by authorities at the southern port were packed with 18,000 fireworks, 5,200 commando knives, 5,500 tasers, 4,300 tasers concealed in flashlights, 1,000 swords and several thousand other "cold" weapons. The lethal cargo was hidden under a layer of Christmas decorations, and had been shipped in all the way from China. The weapons were in all likelihood destined to be used against police and Jewish...
  • SAAB and PT Lundin introduce their redesigned Stealth Fast Attack Craft Trimaran

    11/17/2014 6:37:53 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 17 November 2014
    During Indodefence 2014, the international defence exhibition held in Jakarta in November, SAAB and local shipyard PT Lundin presented a redesigned Stealth Fast Attack Craft (FAC) trimaran. The first hull of the original project called KRI Klewang 625 (solely designed and built by PT Lundin) was destroyed in a fire in Septembre 2012 shortly after its launch. The new project, presented by SAAB as a turnkey system solution, incorporates many modification and improvements. Compared to the original KRI Klewang, the redesigned stealth FAC includes a raised bridge, modified wave-piercing hull and a higher mast. The new Sea Giraffe 1X 3D...
  • Chinese weapons winning battle for international market

    11/16/2014 8:27:42 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    China Daily/Asia News Network ^ | Monday, Nov 17, 2014 | Zhao Lei
    Effective, affordable armaments prove popular with developing countries Chinese-made armaments have become increasingly popular in the international market, according to an industry insider. "We have observed several successive years of good revenue from the export of our products, and the sales figures keep rising year-on-year, "Liu Song, deputy general manager of research and development at China North Industries Corp, popularly abbreviated as Norinco, told China Daily at the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. The show, which closed on Sunday, was held in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. As the export wing of China North Industries Group Corp, the country's biggest...
  • Report: UAE, Textron in discussions about Scorpion jet

    11/03/2014 10:37:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The United Arab Emirates is in serious discussions with Textron AirLand about buying the new Scorpion jet, sources told Defense Daily. The Scorpion, designed and built in Wichita, is in flight testing. The plane was designed to be an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance airplane with strike capabilities, Textron officials have said. But sources told Defense Daily that the UAE is considering the Scorpion for its aerobatic squadron Al Fursan, which flies the Alenia Aermacchi MB-339. A purchase for Al Fursan would be a first step in a larger relationship, the report said. Textron’s policy is not to comment about possible...
  • Exclusive: Courting Vietnam, U.S. prepares to ease arms embargo

    09/24/2014 9:26:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 23, 2014 | LESLEY WROUGHTON AND ANDREA SHALAL
    (Reuters) - Nearly 40 years after the United States helicoptered its last soldiers out of Vietnam in an ignominious retreat, Washington is moving closer to lifting an arms embargo on its former enemy, with initial sales likely to help Hanoi deal with growing naval challenges from China. Senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the initiative said Washington wants to support Vietnam by strengthening its ability to monitor and defend its coastline, and said unarmed P-3 surveillance planes could be one of the first sales. Such aircraft would also allow Vietnam to keep track of China's increasingly assertive activities in the...
  • Report: Azerbaijan buying Israeli coast-guard vessels

    09/12/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Sep. 1, 2014
    Jane's confirms that Muslim nation purchased 12 boats, based on photographs on website of Azerbaijani president. Azerbaijan is reportedly acquiring 21 new coast-guard vessels from Israel, according to While Azerbaijan made no formal announcement about such a purchase, Jane's, the defense and intelligence publication, confirmed Thursday that the Azerbaijan Coast Guard ordered six Shaldag Mk V patrol boats and six Saar 62 offshore patrol vessels. Jane's based its assertion on images obtained in mid-July showing details of work being done on the vessels at a new shipyard. Images of the vessels are available on the website of the president...
  • Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

    08/11/2014 3:35:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2014 6:10 PM EDT | Vivian Salama and Sameer N. Yacoub
    Iraq’s president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician Monday to form the next government, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west. The showdown came as the United States increased its role in fighting back Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group that is threatening the autonomous Kurdish region in the north. Senior American officials said U.S. intelligence agencies are directly arming the Kurds who are battling the militants in what would be a shift in Washington’s policy of only working through the central government in...
  • Sell French Warships to NATO, Not Russia

    08/06/2014 4:21:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | August 6, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Arming a geopolitical foe is a grave mistake, especially one led by a cunning and utterly amoral character like Vladimir Putin. However, NATO-member France is on the verge of selling Putin's Russian regime two highly capable Mistral amphibious assault ships. The first warship, the Vladivostok, is almost ready for delivery. The second, ironically named the Sevastopol (Crimea's chief seaport), is under construction. Unfortunately, the two warships are ideal naval platforms for landing tanks and marines on Ukraine's Black Sea coast. Russia, while led by the likes of Putin, is a foe of the United States, NATO and the European Union....
  • How Obama armed the Islamic caliphate

    08/04/2014 6:50:11 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    WND ^ | Greg Corombos
    Jihadists in Benghazi are declaring themselves part of an Islamic caliphate just days after tribal warfare forced American diplomatic personnel out of Libya over fears for their safety. As WND reported Monday, in a repudiation of the premise advanced by President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the “Arab Spring” was a democracy movement, Libya has descended into lawless chaos in which various terrorist militia, including al-Qaida, vie for power. With most of the world focused on foreign crises like the Israel-Hamas conflict and the Russian influence in Ukraine, the State Department quietly announced the withdrawal of...
  • China confirms new class long range missiles: report

    08/01/2014 11:22:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | August 2, 2014
    BEIJING -- China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported Friday. A government environmental monitoring center in Shaanxi said on its website that a military facility in the province was developing Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) missiles, the Global Times reported. The DF-41 is designed to have a range of 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles), according to a report by Jane's Strategic Weapon Systems, putting it among the world's longest-range missiles. It is “possibly capable of carrying multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles,” the...
  • Five Ways Russia Could Help China's Military Become Even Deadlier

    08/01/2014 11:30:45 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 44 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 2, 2014 | Robert Farley
    The continued deterioration of relations between Russia and NATO may not yet have resulted in a new Cold War, but it’s undoubtedly produce an environment in which Russia has independent reasons to try to hurt the United States. While the arms trade between China and Russia exploded after the fall of the Soviet Union, shipments of major systems slowed in the early part of last decade. Part of the reason was demand; China felt that it no longer needed to pay top dollar for Russian systems that it could build itself. Another reason, however, involved Russian intellectual property concerns stemming...
  • China’s Mega Warship Plans Become Clearer With New Photos

    07/24/2014 3:13:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 07.23.2014 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Five months after the first pictures surfaced in February 2014, the Type 055 cruiser testing rig at Wuhan has taken significant steps towards completion. The advantages of a land based test rig allow Chinese naval engineers to make cheaper adjustments and modifications to the electronics, compared to rebuilding an expensive cruiser on sea trials. Once launched, the Type 055 cruiser will be among the world's most powerful surface combatant warships, giving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) a multipurpose warship useful for both blue water expeditionary warfare and anti-access/area denial missions. While much scaffolding remains, the photos show recent additions...
  • Japan cabinet approves landmark military change

    07/02/2014 11:52:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 July 2014 | Last updated at 10:08 ET
    Japan’s cabinet has approved a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas. Under its constitution, Japan is barred from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defense. But a reinterpretation of the law will now allow “collective self-defense”—using force to defend allies under attack. PM Shinzo Abe has been pushing hard for the move, arguing Japan needs to adapt to a changing security environment. …
  • Isis Convoys of New Toyota Trucks

    06/16/2014 11:24:20 AM PDT · by varmintman · 73 replies
    I don't want to cite any one source for this one since a lot of the sites you'll see this story on are not exactly right of center pollitically... Nonetheless anybody can do a simple Google search on [ ISIS toyota trucks ] and multiple versions of the story will turn up, along with images, e.g. The question you have to ask yourself is, Could I afford a new Toyota truck that easily?? If the answer is no, than you should be bent out of shape more than a little bit here. Real rebels and terrorists are supposed to be...
  • The U.S. Air Force's New AC-130 Gunships Are Really Bomb Trucks

    06/03/2014 11:55:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | June 1, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    The AC-130 flying gunship fleet is one of the most fabled and feared assets in the entire USAF inventory. Known for its ability to unleash a broadside of cannon fire in the dead of night, the newest of the AC-130 lot is more about smart bombs than raining lead and howitzer shells down on the enemy. Before the turn of the decade it became clear that the aging AC-130 fleet was in low supply and exceedingly high demand. As a result the Air Force Special Operations Command decided that it should augment the existing fleet on AC-130H and AC-130Us in...
  • The Pasdaran have published on Twitter how they would attack a U.S. ship in the Strait of Hormuz

    05/22/2014 8:41:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | May 22, 2014 | By David Cenciotti
    The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution have used the social network to make public their plan to attack enemy ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the branch of Iran’s military whose role is to protect Tehran’s Islamic system, have published on Twitter an interesting drawing showing how they imagine an attack to an enemy warship entering the Persian Gulf. The plan is use several different weapons systems in a coordinated attack opened by high speed boats, used to create a diversion. According to Good Morning Iran blog, that translated the text...
  • Federal Government to announce purchase of 72 stealth fighter jets for RAAF

    04/22/2014 3:17:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies ^ | 23rd April 2014
    THE Abbott Government will purchase 72 advanced American-built stealth fighter jets to spearhead the nation’s defence for the next half century. The $12.4 billion through-life outlay, to be announced in Canberra today by the Prime Minister, is the biggest defence purchase in Australian history and includes every aspect of the system from hangars to missiles. The so-called “fifth generation” JF-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) planes will be deployed in three operational squadrons and a training squadron based at RAAF Williamtown near Newcastle in NSW and RAAF Tindal near Katherine in the Northern Territory. About $1.6 billion will be spent...
  • Why Are African Countries Buying All These High-Tech Jet Fighters?

    03/29/2014 7:15:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 03/28/2014 | Peter Dörrie
    Governments from Uganda to Angola are investing billions in state-of-the-art combat aircraft—and it’s not clear why Africa’s air forces are on a buying spree. Flush with oil cash, many African states are investing heavily in modern multirole jet fighters, deadly helicopter gunship and even sophisticated air-defense systems with radars and surface-to-air missiles. The deals are worth hundreds of millions of dollars in countries still lacking many basic social services. So it’s worth asking exactly what Uganda, Angola, Sudan and the like are planning to do with their new air forces. Some of the most interesting acquisitions involve modern, or modernized,...
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 10:03:50 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 55 replies
    ABC ^ | August 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense — particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions — and to bolster the nation’s ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami...
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 5:26:58 AM PDT · by Freeport · 85 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense - particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions - and to bolster the nation's ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the...
  • Raytheon ship-defense missile passes Navy testing

    05/30/2013 2:47:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Raytheon ship-defense missile passes Navy testing The Navy has completed the first series of developmental and operational testing of a ship-defense missile system made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems. In at-sea testing of Raytheon’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2, the system's missiles engaged two targets in “tactical dual-salvo scenarios” designed to demonstrate the advanced missile's defensive capabilities. The missiles “successfully engaged high-speed, maneuvering and sub-sonic, maneuvering targets,” with all four missiles meeting test objectives, Raytheon said in a news release. Raytheon and its manufacturing partner, RAMSYS of Germany, were awarded the second U.S. Navy RAM Block 2 low-rate production contract...