April 18, 2014

2,000 PLA troops could invade Japanese islands Senkaku in 5 hours: WSJ

China has the ability to deploy 2,000 troops to the disputed Diaoyutai islands (Diaoyu to China, Senkaku to Japan) in just five hours using its four Zubr-class air-cushioned landing craft purchased from Russia, according to an Apr. 2 report in the Wall Street Journal.

Although Lieutenant General John Wissler, the commanding general of the US Marine Corps in Okinawa, says that the United States is capable of wiping out invading Chinese forces without mobilizing ground forces, Western military expert have begun to question whether Washington and Tokyo are capable of defending Okinawa from a potential PLA invasion.

A single Zubr-class landing craft can transport 500 soldiers and 150 tonnes of equipment.

The Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, deployed by the US in Okinawa, is four times faster than the Zubr-class landing craft; however, it would still be unable to stop a full-scale Chinese invasion of the islands because a single tiltrotor aircraft is only able to carry 24 combat personnel and six tonnes of equipment, according to the paper.

According to the Tokyo-based Diplomat magazine, if the islands were to be taken by the PLA, the next likely step would be for China to launch another invasion against Okinawa.

James Fanell, director of the US Navy's Intelligence and Information Operations told the magazine that the PLA Navy has been carrying out amphibious assault drills to practice taking territory in the East China Sea in a "short sharp war" against Japan aimed at reasserting their claim over Diaoyutai. If the uninhabited islands came under Chinese control, the PLA could then attack Okinawa to remove the facilities of the US Air Force and Marine Corps from the island, according to Fanell.

Major General Zhu Chenghu, dean of China's National Defense University, told the state-run Global Times that statements from US secretary of defense Chuck Hagel and Wissler suggest that Washington has decided to side with Tokyo on the issue. "The threat of China has always been used by the United States as an execuse to deploy more of its troops to East Asia," Zhu said.

Chinese PLA Anti Tank training

Russian Navy to Begin Sea Trials of 2 New Nuclear Subs in Summer

Two new Russian nuclear-powered submarines will begin sea trials this summer, the country’s northern Sevmash shipyard said Monday.
Upon completion of the trials, the two boats – the Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh nuclear missile submarine and the Yasen-class Severodvinsk attack submarine – will be the newest addition to Russia’s sub fleet.

“Once navigation at sea opens this summer, the Vladimir Monomakh and Severodvinsk submarines will begin tests. Operations on all Sevmash nuclear submarines are run under the control of the leadership of the Russian Navy,” the company said in a statement.

Admiral Vladimir Korolev, the commander of the Northern Fleet, said Sunday the Vladimir Monomakh will enter into service later this year and will conduct a test launch of the navy’s new Bulava nuclear-capable ballistic missile before becoming fully operational.

Sevmash also said that hull work on the Yasen-class Novosibirsk submarine has been completed, and the boat will now undergo hydraulic testing, adding that the next Borei-class submarine, the Knyaz Vladimir, has completed such testing and is currently preparing to take on large equipment.

The Russian Navy is expected to receive 40 new warships and auxiliary vessels this year, including a variety of surface ships of various classes in addition to the nuclear submarines. The Russian Defense Ministry is currently carrying out a massive rearmament for the navy and air force as part of a series of modernization efforts.

US Airforce C 130J Hercules

Photo http://www.af.mil/

April 17, 2014

Philippines, Japan Navy Hold Staff to Staff Talks

In response to the invitation of Admiral Katsotoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), the Philippine Navy sent a delegation to Tokyo, Japan for the 3rd PN–JMSDF Staff to Staff Talks from 8th to 11th of April 2014.

During the talks, topics on Security Environment, Defense Policy and Build-Up Defense Program, Strategy and Activities and Defense Exchange Program were discussed by the participants.
The participants also tackled the lessons learned during the Disaster Relief and Rescue Operations following typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda onslaught.

PN–JMSDF Staff to Staff Talks is conducted as a way of strengthening bilateral relations and discussing matters that will increase the degree of cooperation, promote mutual understanding, trust and contribute to stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

In October 2012, the PN hosted the 2nd PN–JMSDF Staff to Staff Talks in Manila.
The talk focused on the terms of the Defense Cooperation and Exchanges (DCE) between the Department of National Defense (DND) of the Philippines and the Ministry of Defense (MOD) of Japan as signed by DND Secretary Voltaire T Gazmin and MOD Minister Satoshi Morimoto on July 02, 2012.

All Modern Chinese fighter jets in one photo

From left to right you can ID:
Shenyang J-11, Chengdu J-10, Shenyang J-8II, Shenyang J-8, Chengdu J-7, Shenyang J-6, Shenyang JJ-2. Front row: Xian JH-7A, Nanchang A5.

China's military cooperation with Ukraine in jeopardy

The escalation of civil unrest in Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk and other parts of southeastern Ukraine may spell trouble for China's arms procurement because the region is where Ukraine designs and produces advanced weapons for both domestic and overseas markets, reports the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily.

According to state-owned conglomerate Ukroboronprom — also known as the Ukrainian Defense Industry — the country's intercontinental ballistic missiles, tactical ballistic missiles, and radar and avionic systems are mostly designed in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk, while the cities of Kharkiv and Luhansk are production hubs for main battle tanks such as the T-34, T-64, T-80UD, and other types of armored vehicles. In addition, military aircraft engines are mostly designed and produced in the southeastern city of Zaporizhia.

The current pro-Russian civil unrest in Ukraine will likely slow down the development of Chinese helicopters, trainers, radars and tanks, according to the Canada-based Kanwa Defense Review operated by military analyst Andrei Chang or Pinkov. The report said that China is reliant on AI-222 engines produced by the Zaporizhia-based Motor Sich Public Joint Stock Company to complete the development of its L-15 trainer.

The 6TD-2 diesel engine produced by Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau in Kharkiv is also crucial for China to develop the MBT-2000 main battle tank of the People's Liberation Army, Kanwa said.

Despite the ongoing crisis, a Chinese military expert told the Global Times on Apr. 14 that the civil unrest in Ukraine will not bring major changes to the military exchanges between the two nations in the short term. He added however that some uncertainties may arise in the long term.


Indonesian Navy set to have domestically built frigate in 2016

The Indonesian Navy will soon have its own domestically made frigate when the construction of the PKR 10514 guided-missile destroyer escort is completed in 2016.Navy chief of staff Adm. Marsetio led a keel laying ceremony for the PKR, which the navy classifies as a frigate, at the state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia in Surabaya on Wednesday. The warship is being built under the supervision of Dutch shipbuilder Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS).

“The PKR frigate will have the modern surface warfare capabilities being equipped with [anti-ship] Exocet missile, anti-submarine warfare with torpedoes, anti-aircraft warfare and electronic warfare,” Marsetio said after the ceremony.The new warship is the largest to be built domestically with a length of 105 meters and a width of 14 meters.Marsetio was accompanied by the Defense Ministry’s Defense Facilities Agency chief Rear Adm. Rachmat Lubis, Dutch Ambassador to Jakarta Tjeerd F de Zwan, and DSNS CEO Hen van Ameijden.

The Defense Ministry ordered two PKR 10514s with a contract of US$220 million. The first steel cutting was conducted  in January to mark the start of the frigate construction.Rachmat said the contract already covered training for PT PAL’s engineers both at home and in the Netherlands and weaponry for the frigates, which must include domestically made weapon systems.

“Initially the warship was to be fully built abroad but after some 175 discussions, it was agreed that the production would be conducted jointly with PT PAL,” he said.The construction is divided into six modules, of which four would be built at PT PAL’s facility while the remaining two, engine and bridge, would be built in Vlissingen.


B-2 Spirit over New Jersey April 2, 2014


Master Sgt. Marshall N. Rice Jr. refuels a B-2 Spirit over New Jersey April 2, 2014. Air Force ROTC cadets observed the mission as part of the 108th Wing's orientation flight program. The orientation flight offers the cadets an opportunity to observe the pilots and aircrew perform their jobs in a real-world environment. Rice is a boom operator with the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard assigned to Joint Base McGuire Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The B-2 is assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

Lockheed Martin GMLRS Alternative Warhead Logs Successful Flight-Test Series, Shifts To Next Testing Phase

Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the fifth and final Production Qualification Test (PQT) for the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead recently at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.  During the long-range test, four rockets were fired from a HIMARS launcher and destroyed their respective targets approximately 65 kilometers away. The test is the final milestone before the Developmental Test/Operational Test (DT/OT) phase, which incorporates soldiers into the system testing. The DT/OT phase will begin this summer and will conclude with the Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) exercise in the fall of 2014.  

“This next phase of testing will be critical in determining operational effectiveness,” said Ken Musculus, vice president of Tactical Missiles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.  “We are committed to the customer and their success on the battlefield, and these tests ensure production of a trustworthy and effective solution.”

In April 2012, Lockheed Martin received a $79.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop the Alternative Warhead Program (AWP). Under the terms of the contract, the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the program runs 36 months, focusing on system performance, warhead qualification and producibility.

The Alternative Warhead is designed to engage the same target set and achieve the same area-effects requirement as the GMLRS submunitions warhead, but without the lingering danger of unexploded ordinance. The Alternative Warhead is being developed by ATK under subcontract to Lockheed Martin.

The AWP is part of a U.S. Department of Defense plan to create a GMLRS variant which meets the DoD’s cluster munition policy. The Lockheed Martin GMLRS Alternative Warhead program will also be compliant with the provisions of the Convention on Cluster Munitions international treaty.


First Borey-Class Strategic Sub Ready for Combat Patrols - Russian Navy

The first Borey-class ballistic missile submarine could be put on combat duty this year after taking weaponry on board, a senior Russian Navy commander said Wednesday.
"Upon receiving new weapons on board this year, the Yury Dolgoruky submarine will be ready to perform its duties," said Rear Admiral Alexander Moiseev, commander of the submarine forces of the Northern Fleet.

The Yury Dolgoruky joined the Northern Fleet in January 2013 while the second Borey-class boat, the Alexander Nevsky, was commissioned by the Navy in December last year.
The third boat, the Vladimir Monomakh, is undergoing sea and state trials, and the fourth Borey-class submarine, the Knyaz Vladimir, has been under construction at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia since July 2012.

The Borey is Russia’s first post-Soviet ballistic missile submarine class and will form the mainstay of the strategic submarine fleet, replacing aging Typhoon, Delta-3 and Delta-4 class boats. Russia expects eight Borey-class submarines to enter service by 2020.
The new Borey-class boats, with a length of nearly two football fields, can carry sixteen Bulava missiles, each fitted with up to 10 independently-targetable nuclear warheads.

Ballistic missile submarines comprise one leg of Russia’s strategic nuclear triad along with land-based ICBMs and the bomber force.


Selex to support Malaysian Navy’s Super Lynx MK100 helicopters

Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract by AIROD SDN BHD for the supply and support of equipment onboard the Royal Malaysian Navy's Super Lynx MK100 helicopters.The contract was signed by AIROD CEO YBhg colonel Dato' Mohammed Selamat bin Bakin and Selex ES Asia regional director Barry Anstey at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2014 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

Under the three-year agreement, Selex will supply spares and provide support for the MK100's sensors, specifically the Guardian 2500 electronic-support measures, the Seaspray 3600 surveillance radar and the multi-mission turret.Barry Anstey said: "We are committed to deliver the Malaysian Navy our best expertise and are looking forward to further develop our relationship with the industry and the Government in Malaysia."

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Gem 42-1 turboshaft engines, the aircraft is fitted with a non-retractable tricycle-type landing gear and can carry a range of depth charges, including the Mark 11 and torpedoes such as the Mark 44, Mark 46, the A244S and the Stingray.Additional features include 360° scan radar, and either the BAE Systems (now Selex S&AS) Seaspray Mark 3000 or the Telephonics RDR 1500, which are mounted in the chin fairing under the nose.

Indonesian Navy Upgrades Three Corvettes with ASW Capabilities

Kapitan Pattimura-class corvette (photo : Indian Navy)

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut - TNI-AL) has completed an upgrade of three Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I)-class corvettes, including the mounting of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) equipment.

The completion was marked in a handover ceremony held at the headquarters of TNI-AL's Western Fleet in central Jakarta on 4 April.

The 75 m vessels, KRI Kapitan Pattimura , KRI Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin and KRI Sutedi Senoputra , underwent upgrade works over a period of 234 days at a naval repair facility in Jakarta. The ex-German Democratic Republic boats, originally inducted into the East German Navy in the 1980s, were re-commissioned into the TNI-AL between 1993 and 1995.


Iran Navy fits vessels with new cruise missiles

The Iranian Navy has equipped its vessels and coastal defense units with a domestically developed state-of-the-art cruise missile, says a top commander.“Ghadir cruise missiles have been mounted on both destroyers and missile-launching warships of the Navy, and they are also used as coast-to-sea missiles,” said Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari on Monday.

He said that Ghadir missiles, which can be fired both from vessels and from the coast, have already been delivered to the Navy.Ghadir cruise missiles enjoy great precision and high destructive power in comparison to other types of missiles already manufactured in the country, the commander underlined.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.Iran has so far designed and manufactured a variety of indigenous missiles, including Sayyad-2, Khalij-e-Fars (Persian Gulf), Mehrab (Altar), Ra'd (Thunder), Qader (Mighty), Nour (Light) and Zafar (Triumph).

Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to other countries since the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.

China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning pilots

Seems China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning pilots are given special watches with PLA Navy patches

How Indian Intelligence RAW agents nabbed most wanted Pakistani Bomb maker

Pakistani intelligence agency -ISI- made mistake of making fake passports of terrorist without valid stamps.

Pakistani bomb maker Zia-ur Rehman alias Waqas

A small mistake on part of the ISI in preparing passport for Indian Mujahideen's (IM) Pakistani operative Zia-ur Rehman alias Waqas landed him in the net of Indian agencies. Waqas had been hiding in Bangladesh and was supposed to leave for Pakistan via Nepal when he was apprehended by India's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

According to sources in the security establishment, though there had been some information about the possibility of Waqas being in Bangladesh, Indian agencies were clueless about his exact location. However, their sustained interest in the ISI agent who had been loaned to IM made Waqas's handlers in Pakistan's spy agency worried that their asset had been exposed and needed to be brought home.

Accordingly, ISI got a passport made for Waqas. However, when he reached the airport, Bangladesh's immigration officials discovered that there was no entry stamp on his passport. Even as they set out to detain him, the commotion attracted the attention of a RAW staffer who swiftly used his smart phone to photograph one of India's biggest tormentors and relayed it to his superiors.

RAW officers were thrilled when they saw that the six-feet man being held at Dhaka airport was their elusive quarry. What followed was an intense spy game in which Indian agents managed to spirit him away to India without leaving footprints.How they managed to get him out of the airport and then to India remains unclear. But Waqas proved his utility by furnishing details of IM cells with whom he had collaborated and who would host him. The success was kept a closely guarded secret and Waqas was "encouraged" to do web chats with IM operatives, particularly Tehseen Akhtar "Monu", without raising suspicion.

Waqas's monitors made him seek a meeting with Tehseen. Although the IM commander was holed up in Rourkela at the time, intelligence agencies resisted the temptation to get Waqas to seek a rendezvous with him in Odisha's steel city. Instead, Waqas was made to insist that the meeting should happen, as usual, at their known hideout in Nepal.

As an unsuspecting Tehseen set out for Nepal, Indian agencies alerted their counterparts in the neighbouring country. Nepal Police, in a remarkable example of cross-border counter-terror cooperation, had the meeting point sealed as soon as Tehseen arrived. He was detained and later "pushed" into West Bengal to be "arrested" by Delhi Police.

The operation and the blow it has dealt to IM has been a source of huge respite and pride for Indian agencies. However, the celebration of the success is marred by the regret over the mishandling of Yasin Bhatkal's arrest. Unlike Waqas, agencies never got to spend "free time" with Bhatkal because of what sources allege was the "political cowardice" of Bihar authorities. That a garrulous officer of an agency blurted out the breakthrough to his colleagues in Bangalore did not help.

With the word out about Bhatkal being in Indian custody, TV channels were soon swarming all over, forcing the agencies to comply with the procedures. Now, the top-ranking jihadi terrorist, assured of the safeguards enshrined in the Constitution, has been giving a hard time to interrogators. Sources said the shrewd terrorist would turn back the interrogators by saying he was feeling fatigued, or that he needed to focus on his spiritual obligations.

That the lesson has been learnt was evident when RAW and IB did not involve others before the stage of arrest in Waqas's case.


Ukraine army's humiliations pile up as eastern push fizzles

Watch the word being used  pro-Russian rebels,  but we can see here are civilians.

NATO cannot and will not provide 'security'.

The humiliation on Wednesday of the Ukrainian army in its much-vaunted "anti-terrorist" push into separatist eastern territory makes an embarrassing string of failures even worse. Allowing pro-Russian rebels to seize six of its armoured personnel carriers and disarm its servicemen was evidence of a poorly planned and executed operation, analysts said.

They pointed out that the region, the Donbass, is hostile to Kiev's new, pro-EU leaders, and home to magnates and police reluctant to face down the separatists. "It was a mistake to launch an 'anti-terrorist operation' in the Donbass where the overwhelming majority is against the government. Targeted operations against armed groups is one thing, but when there are tanks in the street, people block them," said a Ukrainian political analyst, Volodymyr Fesenko. A military expert at the Razumkov think-tank in Kiev, Oleksiy Melnik, criticised the government for hesitating to use force and in the end sending in a smaller force than the one implied when it announced its "major operation" on Sunday.

"The arguments that 'We mustn't provoke Russia' are absurd in the current situation, because Russia needs no pretext to carry out its plan. The reason behind what happened is government inaction," he said. "The armoured vehicles were stopped by unarmed civilians, who they cannot shoot. That showed how badly thought-through the operation was, Melnik said. "These sorts of defeats are demoralising the army, whose fighting spirit has already been undermined by the events in Crimea," where Ukrainian soldiers ended up abandoning their units without offering any resistance to the Russian forces, he said.

Under-funded and possessing outdated weapons, the 130,000-strong Ukrainian army is easily overshadowed by the Russian one, which is six times bigger — and which currently has 40,000 men massed on Ukraine's eastern border, according to NATO.

Kiev asserts that the armed, pro-Russian rebels are being managed by Russian military intelligence officers on the ground. Several hundred trained military personnel carrying the sort of weapons used by Russia's elite forces and wearing uniforms stripped of any insignia can be seen in the region, but Moscow denies they are its soldiers.

Another military expert, Mykola Sungurovsky, said Ukraine has sent its best men and equipment to the border to protect it.

"But they are only capable of rebuffing a first assault. After that, they would need to turn to guerrilla actions because the balance of forces is not in our favour."

Several analysts observed that Ukraine's military is the main force loyal to Kiev's government in the east; the police, they said, did nothing to stop the pro-Russian assaults on public buildings and police stations in several towns in the region.

In Donetsk, the main city in the east, "the situation is very complicated," the interim first deputy prime minister Vitaliy Yarema acknowledged on Wednesday. "Some police officers are at the command of the separatists."

But Mykhaylo Kornyenko, a former deputy interior minister, said the police should not be blamed.
"Police stations were attacked by men with combat experience whereas they lack such experience. If they had used their weapons, the consequences could have been catastrophic." Olexandra Rudneva, an analyst at the Strategic Studies Institute, said, however, that many police are also bitter towards the new authorities for not punishing those responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people during the mass protests in Kiev early this year, and for being used as scapegoats for that bloodshed.

"In this situation, whoever is in power in Kiev would have a tough time exerting influence over the police, especially in Donetsk," she said.

Those "Russian Rebels" seem to be very friendly with locals. Russia has already won.

DARPA to Set Sea-based Electronic Ambushes for Enemies

U.S. military researchers are moving forward with a program to hide ruggedized electronic devices at the bottom of the world's oceans that when called on will float to the surface to jam, disrupt, and spy on enemy forces.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia, this week released a formal solicitation (DARPA-BAA-14-27) for the second and third phases of the Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) project to hide sensors and other devices on the ocean floor that will last for as long as five years concealed at depths to 20,000 feet.

Last summer DARPA awarded UFP phase-one contracts to Sparton Electronics of De Leon Springs, Florida, and to Zeta Associates Inc. in Fairfax, Virginia, to develop conceptual designs of a future system with the potential to launch sensors, electronic jammers, laser dazzlers, and other devices surreptitiously and quickly in any of the world's maritime hot spots.

Sparton has notable expertise as a designer and manufacturer of the U.S. Navy's airborne sonobuoys, while Zeta designs complex communications signals collection and processing systems for the military and intelligence agencies.

Sparton and Zeta experts designed UFP concepts that not only would float sensors to the ocean's surface, but also potentially launch a wave of distracting light strobes, blinding lasers, electronic warfare jammers, or other kinds of non-lethal weapons able to pop up without warning in the middle of an adversary's naval battle group.

Sparton's phase-one UFP conceptual contract was worth $177,697, and Zeta's was worth $248,004. The program's second and third phases will be for much bigger money, and could attract larger contractors. The second phase will split about $21 million among three to six defense companies. The optional third phase involving an undisclosed number of companies, will be worth about $17 million, DARPA officials say.

The DARPA UFP program envisions a force of forward-deployed, non-lethal weapons and sensors armed with propellant that hides on the ocean floor and pops to the surface when needed. UFP payloads would have communications systems that enable their deployment at standoff ranges.

“The goal is to support the Navy with distributed technologies anywhere, anytime over large maritime areas. If we can do this rapidly, we can get close to the areas we need to affect, or become widely distributed without delay,” says Andy Coon, the DARPA UFP program manager. “To make this work, we need to address technical challenges like extended survival of nodes under extreme ocean pressure, communications to wake-up the nodes after years of sleep, and efficient launch of payloads to the surface.”

The UFP system is to have three key subsystems: the payload, which executes waterborne or airborne applications after being deployed to the surface; the UFP riser, which provides pressure-tolerant encapsulation and launch of the payload; and the UFP communications, which triggers the UFP riser to launch.


Pakistani Taliban decide not to extend the 40-day ceasefire

The country’s top civil and military leadership will meet today (Thursday) to discuss the fate of the brittle peace process after the Taliban decided not to extend the 40-day ceasefire, officials said on Wednesday.

The meeting on national security will be chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and attended by federal ministers for defence and information as well three services chiefs and heads of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB).

It is the first time army chief General Raheel Sharif will be meeting the prime minister and defence minister following the recent tensions over the trial of former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf.

Official sources claimed that the high-level meeting was a clear indication that “things are not as bad as portrayed in the media” as far as civil-military relations were concerned.
The focus of the huddle will be on the progress so far achieved in the nascent peace talks with the TTP. The fate of talks appears to be hanging in the balance after the militants called off the ceasefire.

Ingalls Shipbuilding - Patrol Sea Control Frigate Variants Simulation

Shenyang Military Region 59D tanks Drills

Shenyang Military Region

Submarine classes of Russian Navy


Indian Air Force Antonov An-32RE








April 16, 2014

Airbus Defence and Space Pleiades Satellite captures Russian Navy's amphibious landing in Sebastopol

March 13, 2014

Pleiades Satellite Image - LSTM-class Ropucha Yamal 156 in Sevastopol


In Sevastopol continuing operations strengthening of Russian positions. The images show March 13 launched an amphibious operation, with numerous military vehicles leaving the LSTM (Ropucha class) Yamal 156.

The presence of class Ropucha LSTM is clear evidence of Russian military activity in the area, but since these activities occur in the vicinity of permanent military units of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, could be classified "training". Maybe the Yamal has been downloaded a mobile complex coastal defense Bal missile antiship cruise in a video recorded at ground level has been seen moving south to one mile area amphibious landing


Indian Army Sikh Soldiers guarding Srinagar Airport

Bangladesh buys five Russian helicopters

Bangladesh Ministry of Defense concluded with the company "Rosoboronexport" contract for the supply of five military transport helicopters Mi- 171SH . On this, as reported by ITAR - TASS news agency, said the director of the Special Assignments "Rosoboronexport" Nikolai Dimidyuk . Transaction amount is not specified. Supply helicopters will be on account of export credit in the amount of a billion dollars , issued by Bangladesh Russia .

Agreement to provide export credit Bangladesh signed in January 2013. On account of the same transaction will be delivered to Bangladesh combat training aircraft Yak-130. Their transfer to the customer , according to Dimidyuk begin in the second half of 2015 . In total, the Bangladeshi military should get 15 Russian aircraft.

Early last year , when it signed an agreement on the allocation of export credit Bangladesh , Russia also agreed to provide the country $ 500 million for the first phase of construction of nuclear power plants " Ruppur ." It began last fall.

New Zealand SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite Achieves First Flight

The first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman's Bloomfield, Connecticut facility. (Photo: Business Wire) 
Kaman Aerospace announced today that the first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility. After production flight tests, this aircraft will be used for maintenance and aircrew training. The program is on track with deliveries of all ten aircraft scheduled to be complete in mid-2015.

“This milestone is significant for the program and our continued commitment to the New Zealand Maritime Helicopter Capability project,” said Drake Klotzman, Kaman’s Director, AVMRO Programs.

Peter Lowen, New Zealand Defence Force Project Manager, stated, “This flight of a NZ SH-2G(I) with a ‘Kiwi’ roundel represents a major milestone. The effort invested by the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force in cooperation with Kaman is now paying off.”


F-35 Fleet Surpasses 15,000 Flying Hours - Lockheed Martin

Press release by company on its website - 15 April 2014:


The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

“Flying 15,000 hours itself demonstrates that the program is maturing, but what I think is even more impressive is the fact that operational F-35s accounted for more than half of those flight hours,” said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification. “While the fleet continues to train, we are actively flight testing the software and mission systems that will enable the Marine Corps to declare Initial Operational Capability (IOC) next year as planned.”

As of April 7, operational F-35s had flown 8,050 hours while System Development and Demonstration aircraft had accumulated 7,123 flight hours. In 2014, F-35A test aircraft have flown 328 hours; F-35B test aircraft have accumulated 191 hours; and F-35C test aircraft have flown 91 hours. In comparison, operational F-35As have flown 963 hours, while their F-35B and F-35C counterparts have accumulated 1,012 and 98 hours respectively for the year.

“Following successful AIM-120 AMRAAM Weapons Delivery Accuracy (WDA) tests in February and March, we're looking forward to executing additional WDAs in the 2nd quarter,” said McFarlan. “In another clear sign of program maturation, reliability metrics are trending upward as the operations tempo picks up – recently 60 F-35 sorties were flown in one day.”
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to declare IOC in 2015, while the U.S. Air Force and Navy intend to declare IOC in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

The F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combines advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries.

Royal Navy shows off its latest radar system - new 'Artisan' radar system

French navy announces first women to serve on submarines

Women are to be allowed to serve on nuclear submarines in the French Navy from 2017, the French Minister of Defence announced today.The first three candidates will begin training next year, and if the experience is successful the job will be opened up to women, explained Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday.Until now, women in the French Navy have been barred from submarine duty, which involves two and a half months without interruption under water, twice a year.

Among the physical risks of submarine life is an elevated level of carbon dioxide, which is apparently more likely to harm women than men.Few people of either sex are suited to a lifestyle which involves long periods away from loved ones back on land and little privacy aboard.

In February a book on sexual harassment in the French army created considerable concern.
No such book about the French navy has been written but the importance of good professional relationships between the sexes in the confined space of a submarine is paramount.At the moment, only nuclear weapons-carrying submarines are large enough to accommodate women but all French submarines built or renovated from 2018 will be equipped with facilities for women.

Since 1993 France’s naval school has trained around ten female officers per year and of those, only 23 have commanded or are now commanding vessels.Many women as well as men turn down operational jobs for the sake of their family lives at around the ages of 30-35, when they might be ready to take command.


Syrian army gains more ground near Damascus

Syrian army (yeah the original one) gains more ground near Damascus

The Syrian army has taken more ground from foreign-backed militants near the capital Damascus amid ongoing heavy clashes between the two sides across the country, Press TV reports.On Monday, Syrian army units killed many terrorists and destroyed their hideouts in the towns of al-Sarkha, Bakha’a and al-Jibbeh in the mountainous al-Qalamoun region in the countryside of Damascus.

The militants who were not killed escaped out to Housh Arab suburbs of the capital or to the Lebanese border and the army continues to chase them down.Army units also recaptured the historic town of Ma’loula, located about 60 kilometers northeast of Damascus.

“We regained control of Ma’loula just an hour ago. Just before that, we secured al-Sarkha after a series of difficult and complicated military operations because of the nature of the mountainous terrain. After taking the high grounds, we entered the town in a matter of hours and eliminated the militants,” said a Syrian army colonel. The Syrian army has been making more gains in its battle against foreign-backed militants.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that the war in his country has strongly shifted in favor of the government forces as they have made continuous gains in their battle against terrorists.
On Sunday, Syrian troops regained the control of eastern heights overlooking Rankous plain, cutting off the militants’ supply routes between the Lebanese border and the area.

Syria has been the scene of a deadly crisis since March 2011. Reports say more than 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions displaced in the foreign-backed violence.

Indonesia's ‘Air Force One’ will not be armed

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) revealed on Sunday that the country’s presidential plane is only equipped with a very modest “counter-sabotage” self-defense system.The Boeing Business Jet 2 (BBJ2) plane has a US$4.5 million anti-missile defense system — which deploys chaff, a cloud of thin metal sheets and plastic pieces, and flares — as a countermeasure to deter guided missiles.

“[It is equipped with] nothing else, just a defense system,” he said

Hadi also added that four pilots from the TNI-AU had been trained by Boeing to operate the defense system onboard the Rp 847 billion ($74.21 million) airplane. “They were trained in the US to [operate] the equipment, which will be used to avoid or prevent a guided missile strike,” said Hadi.

Security onboard the BBJ2 is very different to that installed in Air Force One, the US presidential aircraft.In addition to having an anti-missile defense system, Boeing’s version of the 747-200B for the US president is equipped with a sophisticated weapons system comprising a Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guidance kit, Small Diameter Bombs (SDB) and a 20mm automatic M61A2 Vulcan canon.

Indonesia’s first ever presidential aircraft arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta on Thursday after years of controversy and delays since its procurement in 2009.The BBJ2, based on the Boeing 737-800 narrow-body airliner, traveled for four days from Boeing’s aircraft manufacturing site in Delaware, United States, where it was fitted, after stop offs in Wellington, Sacramento, Honolulu and Guam before landing in Jakarta.According to the State Secretariat, the VVIP aircraft has a master en suite bedroom, four VVIP meeting rooms, two VVIP state rooms, 12 executive areas and 44 staff areas.

With a maximum capacity of 67 passengers, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s entourage will be able to enjoy cross-continental trips before the country’s next president is inaugurated in October this year.For most of his term, President Yudhoyono has been flown on a jet leased from flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.The president insisted that buying the aircraft would be less costly than having to rent one every time he had to travel.

The BBJ2 can fly up to 10 hours non-stop. It has a service ceiling of 41,000 feet, a cruising speed of 0.785 Mach and a maximum speed of 0.85 Mach. It can also reach a maximum cruising range of 4,620 nautical miles or 8,556 kilometers.


Fascism and India as reported in the manipulated Western media

Isn't this the same media who said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction?

The west should be reassured that the person coming to power in India is more likely to buy their arms and ammunition.

Peter Popham of the 'independent' called Atal Bihari Vajpayee a fascist in this 16 year ond article

Yet nothing happened under so called "Fascism" in India in the last decade.

I see the same foolish Fascism arguments now. Seems western paid jounos intellectuals do not have more arguments for a case against the party which works for development.

The west would like another incompetant dumb pushover leader (like the one below) in power in India.Under this sub-prime minister and his toxic NPA ministers, penguins from Antartica could show India the middle finger and get away.
Confusion Singh

Another article citing western sources in Chinese Press.

Pakistani press - Fascism.

Here is a Pakistani nut case preparing for the End times.  There were many Jihadis who went to find end times to Syria and found Assad's bullets instead.


Stop watching their programs, they spit out all manipulated news

Read about how Indian Media is not different from the west

One of the many Indian Mir Jafers  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir_Jafar)

Sold out husband wife duo (price 5 crores - less than 1 million USD)

BJP's Mode dilemma ?  huh


Trying their level best to scare minorities to vote to a particular side.

                       Journalist need to be apolitical.
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