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Russia, Vietnam to Jointly Manufacture Anti-Ship Missiles

February 15, 2012 Comments off

rian.ru

Russia and Vietnam are planning to start in 2012 joint production of a modified anti-ship missile, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Mikhail Dmitriyev said on Wednesday.

“We are planning to build facilities in Vietnam for the production of a version of the Russian Uran [SS-N-25 Switchblade] missile in a project that is similar to joint Russian-Indian production of the BrahMos missile,” Dmitriyev said.

The Uran subsonic anti-ship missile can be launched from helicopters, surface ships and coastal defense batteries. It has a range of up to 250 kilometers (135 nautical miles) and carries a 145-kilogram high explosive warhead.

Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Ltd, set up in 1998, manufactures supersonic cruise missiles based on the Russian-designed NPO Mashinostroyenie 3M55 Yakhont (SS-N-26).

Sea- and ground-launched versions have been successfully tested and put into service with the Indian Army and Navy.

US negotiating larger presence in Philippines

January 26, 2012 Comments off

globalpost.com

Philippine military presence

The United States is negotiating with the Philippines for an expanded military presence in the area. (James R. Evans/AFP/Getty Images)

With an eye toward China’s growing influence in the South Pacific, President Obama and the Philippines are negotiating a greater US military presence on the island nation, the Washington Post said.

Discussions are to continue Thursday and Friday in Washington, but it appears the US military will return to the Philippines 20 years after losing its foothold there.

“We can point to other countries: Australia, Japan, Singapore,” a senior Philippine official told the Post. “We’re not the only one doing this, and for good reason. We all want to see a peaceful and stable region. Nobody wants to have to face China or confront China.”

American troops left Subic Bay in Philippines in 1992 because a new treaty could not be signed. A volcanic eruption a year earlier forced them from Clark Air Force Base.

 

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Manila, US plan military drills in South China Sea

January 19, 2012 Comments off

emirates247.com

The United States and the Philippines are set to hold military drills that may anger Beijing near disputed waters in the South China Sea, testing their readiness to protect offshore oil and natural gas platforms, a Marine general said on Thursday.

Philippines Lieutenant-General Juancho Sabban, military commander on western island of Palawan, said it is the first time an annual exercise will be focused on protecting offshore energy platforms, adding that the drills should not anger China which also has territorial claims in the region.

“Why should they be angry, this is an annual activity,” he said, referring to China, one of six states claiming sovereignty over the South China Sea.

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Asia is hit with mutated bird flu virus

August 30, 2011 Comments off

bigpondnews.com

The UN says a mutant strain of the deadly H5N1 virus could be spreading in Asia.

The UN says a mutant strain of the deadly H5N1 virus could be spreading in Asia.

Bird flu is showing signs of returning, and a mutant strain of the deadly H5N1 virus could be spreading in Asia, the United Nations has warned.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) issued a warning on Monday that a mutant strain of bird flu could be spreading to previous virus-free countries by wild bird migrations, CBS News reports.

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81 children die after HFMD outbreak in Vietnam

August 20, 2011 Comments off

omantribune

HANOI Vietnam is battling to control an unusually severe outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) that has killed 81 children this year and infected tens of thousands more, health officials said on Thursday.

About three-quarters of the more than 30,000 reported HFMD cases so far this year have occurred in children younger than three, said Graham Harrison, the World Health Organisation’s acting representative for Vietnam.

“It’s a challenge to deal with it,” he said. “It’s certainly a significant increase on the previous two or three years.”

All of the dead were children, Vietnam’s health ministry said.

HFMD is a common viral illness of infants and children that causes fever and blister-like eruptions in the mouth, according to the US-based Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which are Read more…

Hackers target 72 organisations in ‘biggest cyber attack in history’

August 3, 2011 Comments off

telegraph

Security experts have discovered the biggest series of cyber attacks to date, involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organisations including the United Nations, governments and companies around the world.

Security experts have discovered the biggest series of cyber attacks to date, involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organisations including the United Nations, governments and companies around the world

A security expert who has been briefed on the hacking said the evidence points to China Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Security company McAfee, which uncovered the intrusions, said it believed there was one “state actor” behind the attacks but declined to name it, though one security expert who has been briefed on the hacking said the evidence points to China.

The long list of victims in the five-year campaign include the governments of the United States, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada; the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); the International Olympic Committee (IOC); the World Anti-Doping Agency; and an array of companies, from defence contractors to high-tech enterprises.

In the case of the United Nations, the hackers broke into the computer system of the UN Secretariat in Geneva in 2008, hid there unnoticed for nearly two years, and quietly combed through reams of secret data, according to McAfee.

“Even we were surprised by the enormous diversity of the victim organizations and were taken aback by the audacity of the perpetrators,” McAfee’s vice president of threat research, Dmitri Alperovitch, wrote in a 14-page report.

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China’s Growing Military Muscle: A Looming Threat?

June 24, 2011 1 comment

npr

Stonecutters Island army base in Hong Kong opens to the public once a year as a goodwill gesture. Displays include kung fu demonstrations and shows of knife-fighting skills.

This month, NPR is examining the many ways China is expanding its reach in the world — through investments, infrastructure, military power and more.

At the Stonecutters Island army base in Hong Kong, camouflage-clad Chinese soldiers lunge forward with fierce yells, making stabbing motions with their daggers. There’s a communal shout of admiration from the crowd watching the display on the army’s home territory, which is opened up once a year to the public as a goodwill gesture.

Evolving Military Technology

China is pouring money into its military forces — retrofitting ships, building stealth airplanes and developing advanced weapons technology. Below Read more…