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China Test Flies Heavy Air Force Freight Plane

January 29, 2013 Comments off

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China's new jumbo air freighter, the Y-20, prepares to take off from an unidentified airport for a test run on Jan. 26. (Photo: People's Daily)

China’s new jumbo air freighter, the Y-20, prepares to take off from an unidentified airport for a test run on Jan. 26. (Photo: People’s Daily)

BEIJING — China said it successfully tested a heavy air force freighter that could be a mostly home-grown substitute for the older Russian planes it now uses while substantially boosting the Chinese military’s global reach.

The Y-20 flew took off from its development base near the northwestern city of Xi’an on Saturday, the China Daily and other newspapers reported on Monday. The plane can fly 44,000 km with 66 tons of freight, and is designed to fill the need for a stronger, long-range heavy lift capacity.

China now uses Russian IL-76 freighters, including for communications roles, but those planes were first built in Read more…

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Top Japan General Calls for Beefed-Up Defenses

January 12, 2013 Comments off

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China Japan IslandsTOKYO—When a Japanese coast guard cutter spotted a small Chinese aircraft flying above disputed East China Sea islands in December, Japan’s air force scrambled eight F-15 fighter jets, but they reached the scene only after the intruder had left. Japan’s radar or surveillance planes had missed the low-flying aircraft entering what the nation considers its airspace, causing a delay in scrambling.

The embarrassing incident underscores the need for Japan to beef up the defense of air, sea and land in its southwest, said Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, the top uniformed official of Japan’s military, known as the Self-Defense Forces. He said China’s navy and air force have been gradually shifting activities closer to the waters and skies near Japan’s southwestern islands and “establishing a tenacious presence” in what’s becoming an Read more…

First of Three Military Hybrid Airships delivered and flying

September 23, 2012 Comments off

nextbigfuture.com

They have designed a 400ft (122m) long “lighter-than-air” hybrid vehicle for the US Army, in a contract worth half a billion pounds. The LEMV, a first-of-its-kind airship, took to the sky on the 7th August 2012 at 6:49 p.m. Eastern Time and flew for more than 90 minutes over Lakehurst Naval Air Station.

Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited website is here

The vehicle is capable of:

* Operating at 20,000 feet (6,096 meters) above sea level
* With a 21-day on-station availability
* a 2,000 mile radius of action and is
* Runway independent

These hybrid airships have up to
* 40% Aerodynamic Lift
* 25% Vectored Thrust Lift
* 60% Buoyant Lift

Provides zero energy lift for long-endurance flight

Last year, Nextbigfuture covered a plan to buy around 45 new civilian hybrid air vehicles from this same company by a Canadian customer. These aircraft will be used across Read more…

Russia to Create “Son of Satan” Missile

September 14, 2012 1 comment

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Last week, General Sergei Karakayev, Commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, announced plans for a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to go into production as soon as 2018. He emphasized that the new missile would be capable of penetrating the NATO missile shield Russia dislikes so much. The new delivery system will carry a five-ton payload into orbit, almost as much as its predecessor, the infamous R-36m/SS-18 ICBM known by its NATO designation, “Satan.” Like “Satan,” “the Son of Satan” will use highly poisonous liquid propellant.

This escalation comes after President Obama once again hailed his Russia policy. The Russian announcement delivers a blow to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which limited U.S. and Russian warheads. An Obama Administration “reset” policy, New START traded real concessions to Moscow for promises of imaginary cooperation in arms control, in a Read more…

The Master ‘PLAN’: China’s New Guided Missile Destroyer

September 4, 2012 Comments off

thediplomat.com

China’s navy appears on the verge of creating a new class of warship. It could eventually alter the balance of naval power in the region.

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We are loyal followers of baseball philosopher Yogi Berra, who reportedly proclaimed that “it’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Like the great Yogi, we seldom venture prophecies. But we did hazard one in The Diplomat late in 2010, namely that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) would defy those Western experts who opined that Beijing had slowed or halted its naval buildup.

For evidence, such experts claimed that the PLAN had stopped building guided-missile destroyers, or DDGs. If so, Beijing had made a conscious choice to limit its navy’s offensive punch. Not so, said we. Having experimented with various DDG designs, the PLAN was simply settling on a model that incorporated the best of each test platform. And indeed, DDG serial production has recommenced in earnest, judging from pictures of the new Type 052D Luyang II-class DDG that have surfaced on the Internet.

Until recently it was fashionable for Western PLA-watchers to contend that Chinese shipyards had Read more…

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DoD Confirms Russian Troops To Train On U.S. Soil

April 27, 2012 Comments off

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The Department of Defense has confirmed foreign media reports that Russian troops are set to target terrorists on Americans soil as part of an unprecedented joint drill with the United States which will take place in Colorado next month.

DoD Confirms Russian Troops To Train On U.S. Soil Russian airborne troops russi armed forces 001

As we reported yesterday, Airborne troops from Russia are set to take part in drills focused around targeting terrorists at Fort Carson between May 24 and May 31. The soldiers will also be mingling with the local community, attending a baseball game in Colorado Springs during their stay.

Although it marks the first time Russian troops will train on U.S. soil, soldiers from a plethora of different nations have been involved in similar drills for well over a decade.

“The Russian soldiers are here as invited guests of the U.S. government; this is part of a formal bilateral exchange program between the U.S. and Russia that seeks to develop transparency and promote defense reform,” Cmdr. Wendy L. Snyder, U.S. Defense Press Officer for policy, told The New American in an e-mail. “This is the first time that American and Russian special operations troops have Read more…

29,000 troops ‘axed within 5 years’

April 26, 2012 Comments off

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silhouette of soldiers saluting The US Army could axe as many as 24,000 enlisted staff and up to 5,000 officers within five years to meet a projected reduction in the force driven by budget cuts and the winding down of two wars, a Pentagon chief signalled.

Pressed on the possibility of involuntary terminations, Thomas Lamont, an assistant secretary of the army, told a Senate Armed Services panel that redundancies were possible as the army shrinks from a peak of 570,000 to 490,000.

“I hate to throw out numbers, but I have seen numbers that would approach enlisted category perhaps as high as mid-20s, 23, 24,000,” Mr Lamont said.

“On the officer contingent, again these are very rough numbers and all based again on assumptions and attrition rates, officers may go up” to 4,500 to 5,000.

Defence secretary Leon Panetta, in announcing the Pentagon budget earlier this year, also said the Marines would drop by 20,000, to 182,000. The Pentagon has indicated that the reductions would Read more…

Huge Sino-Russian joint military exercise at sea to participate in the troops in the million or more

April 17, 2012 Comments off

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April 22 to 29

2012, Russia will be held in China’s Yellow Sea waters, code-named “Sea collaboration – 2012″ joint naval exercises. Suha Ivanov, deputy commander of the Russian Navy has stressed that the exercise will be the Navy of Russia and China in recent years, the largest joint military exercises at sea. 15, the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet held a grand expedition ceremony.

more than 20 warships participating

formation with wear Strait

According to the news of the Russian Defense Ministry said: “The leader of the Russian Navy the participating warships participating in the Pacific Fleet’s flagship ‘Varyag’ large anti-submarine of the Pacific Fleet’s’ Tribhuvan Cihai Admiral number ‘three large anti-submarine, and four Ka-27 shipborne helicopters. “In addition to’ Telibuci Navy Admiral ‘is from the Gulf of Aden attended the anti-piracy exercises direct catch to the exercise site, all the participating warships and vessels of the Pacific Fleet starting from 斯特列洛克 Gulf, arrived in China port on the morning of April 22, 22, the Russian navy ships will participate in Read more…

China Lashes Talk of Asian Missile Shield

April 12, 2012 Comments off

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A senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official on Wednesday lashed potential U.S. plans to collaborate with partner nations in developing a ballistic missile shield covering Asia, China Daily reported (see GSN, March 27).

U.S. Assistant Defense Secretary Madelyn Creedon in March said the Obama administration was discussing cooperative missile defense with Australia, Japan and South Korea, according to earlier reporting. Any antimissile system for the region would be based on the developing U.S. “phased adaptive approach” program to deploy land- and sea-based missile interceptors around Europe, Creedon told lawmakers.

“The Chinese government always insists that (countries) should start by maintaining global strategic stability and promoting strategic mutual trust between major powers to handle the issue of missile defense prudently,” according to Luo Zhaohui, Asian affairs chief for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

“Building a missile defense system in the Asia-Pacific region will have negative effects on global and regional strategic stability, and go against the Read more…

China, Uzbekistan Pledge to Strengthen Military Ties

April 10, 2012 Comments off

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Senior Chinese and Uzbekistan military officials pledged to strengthen bilateral military ties on Tuesday.

The pledge came during a meeting between Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Xu Caihou and Chief of Joint Staff of Uzbekistan Armed Force V. Makhmudov.

Xu hailed the traditional friendship between the two peoples of China and Uzbekistan. The bilateral relation with Uzbekistan has been developing steadily since diplomatic relations were forged 20 years ago, he added.

He said China is willing to work with Uzbekistan to bring the friendly and cooperative partnership to a higher level under the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.

Xu pointed out that China’s military ties with Uzbekistan have been developing smoothly in recent years with growing exchanges in various fields. He also expressed his hope to further expand and deepen pragmatic cooperation and exchanges between the two armies.

Makhmudov said Uzbekistan always adheres to the one-China principle, and Uzbekistan is a reliable friend of China in Central Asia.

The Uzbekistan side is willing to work with China to achieve new progress in comprehensive pragmatic cooperation under bilateral and multi-lateral structures, he said.

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