November 24, 2014

First Royal Air Force A400M makes its maiden flight

The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the Royal Air Force made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery.

Ukraine rebels storm and take over refinery by force

What is a Sudanese C130 aircraft doing at Tripoli's Maitiqa airport?

Tripoli is still not under Libyan government control. Supplying arms to Ansar al-sharia/Libya dawn?


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Ansar al-sharia weapons 

Iraq Air Force strikes

You can clearly see the soldiers(ISIS) wearing black uniforms running before the strikes.

PLA base on Fiery Cross Reef could tip balance in South China Sea

China appears to be building a military base on the newly expanded Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in an attempt to tip the balance of territorial disputes in the South China Sea in Beijing's favor, reports Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao.Over the past year, Beijing has been particularly aggressive in conducting reclamation activities on Chinese-controlled reefs and islets in the Spratlys, parts of which are which are also claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

Following the most recent period of construction, China is said to have essentially "created" five new islands from existing reefs, including Fiery Cross Reef, which has reportedly become the largest island in the Spratlys.

Fiery Cross Reef, which China calls Yongshu Reef, is nominally administered by Sansha city under southern China's Hainan province and has been occupied by the PRC since 1998, when a "UNESCO marine observation station" was built there. Since then, China has also constructed a helicopter pad, a wharf, a two-story building and a 500-square-meter greenhouse on the reef, where about 200 People's Liberation Army soliders are stationed.

Of particular interest to neighboring countries is a newly constructed airstrip on Fiery Cross captured by British satellites. The strip, measuring around 3 kilometers in length and about 200-300 meters in width, would be large enough to cater to China's H-6 jet bomber and Y-20 large military transport aircraft. Along with the construction of a new harbor large enough to dock military tankers, experts believe Beijing is aiming to build a strategic base on Fiery Cross, the only Chinese reef under reclamation large enough for such a project.

Military experts believe that the construction of a strategic base on Fiery Cross could tip the balance of power in the South China Sea territorial disputes in China's favor, especially as the reef is located just 460 km away from the key Vietnamese naval base at Cam Ranh Bay.

Some analysts have noted that further reclamation could potentially expand Fiery Cross to as large as 30 square km in size, which would rival that of America's naval base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.The US has called on China to freeze its "provocative" reclamation activities in the South China Sea, with a Pentagon spokesperson calling on Beijing to "engage in diplomatic initiatives to encourage all sides to restrain themselves in these sorts of activities."

China has declined to confirm the construction of the vast island but said Beijing needs to build facilities in the South China Sea for strategic reasons. "We need to go out, to make our contribution to regional and global peace. We need support like this, including radar and intelligence," said a PLA spokesperson.

Kim Jong-un watches amphibious landing operations using large number of hovercrafts

Iran says it has supplied Hezbollah with missiles capable of reaching Dimona

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Iranian Revolutionary Guard(IRGC) has reportedly delivered Fateh-110 missiles to terror group via Syria. Iran has supplied the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah with missiles capable of reaching the southern Israeli city of Dimona and its nuclear reactor, the Iranian official Fars news agency reported.

According to the report, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards delivered Fateh-110 missiles – 500 kilogram warheads that have a range of between 250 and 350 kilometers – to the Islamist group via Tehran's ally, Syria.With the shipment Hezbollah will be able to reach all of Israel, "including targets in the occupied south," Brigadier-General Sayed Majid Moussavi told Fars.

"Dimona is an easy target," he added.

Israel reportedly targeted a shipment of similar missiles last year near the airport in Damascus.The report comes as Iran and world powers face an uphill struggle to break the deadlock in their high-stakes nuclear negotiations and secure a historic deal on the eve of a deadline.Last week, Moussavi issued a similar warning to Israel, declaring that Palestinian Islamist groups as well as Hezbollah were supplied with advanced Iranian weapons.

Chinese Zangmu Dam in Tibet starts generating power on Brahmaputra(Tsangpo) River

China on Sunday put into operation its first major dam on the middle reaches of the Tsangpo river, with the first section of the 510 MW project taking off in Zangmu in Tibet.The Zangmu dam, on which construction began in 2010, raised attention in India as the first major hydropower project on the middle reaches of the Brahmaputra, which has its source in Tibet.

China's official Xinhua news agency said the first section of the $1.5 billion dam went into operation on Sunday afternoon. Five other sections will be completed next year. The dam will generate 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity every year, Xinhua reported.China's plans to build dams in Tibet have been a source of concern to India regarding the possible impact downstream.