SOURCE: Jane’s Defence Weekly
Malaysia expects to formally launch a procurement effort for a light combat aircraft/fighter lead-in trainer (LCA/FLIT) to replace a number of its current platform types in the near future. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule on 14 November, an official said that the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF’s) plan to procure up to 36 LCAs with options for 26 more had been cleared at service level, and that governmental approval is now expected in the first quarter of 2020.
A briefing slide presented by the official showed eight candidate airframes to replace the RMAF’s fleet of BAE Systems Hawk, MiG-29, and Aermacchi MB339 platforms, and to augment the current Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and Sukhoi Su-30 before those are eventually replaced by a different type also. Continue reading
SOURCE: TIMES NOW
Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile which has the ability to hit targets up to 650 kilometres, which brings many prominent Indian cities under its range. The testing of the nuclear-capable missile has come amid the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan over the abrogation of Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The Pakistani Army’s media wing issued a press release confirming the test-fire of Shaheen-I missile and asserting that the exercise was aimed at testing “operation readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command”. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) office further added that the missile has the capability of delivering all types of warheads up to a range of 650 km. Continue reading
A trove of leaked Chinese government documents reveals details of its clampdown on Uighurs and other Muslims in the country’s western Xinjiang region under President Xi Jinping, the New York Times reported. United Nations experts and activists say at least 1 million Uighurs and members of other largely Muslim minority groups have been detained in camps in Xinjiang in a crackdown that has drawn condemnation from the United States and other countries.
The documents, which the newspaper on Saturday said were leaked by “a member of the Chinese political establishment,” show how Xi gave a series of internal speeches to officials during and after a 2014 visit to Xinjiang following a stabbing attack by Uighur militants at a train station that killed 31 people. Continue reading
The European Union has offered technical assistance to Pakistan for the implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) action plan by the country, according to a media report. A joint press release issued at the conclusion of the 10th session of the European Union-Pakistan Joint Commission in Brussels on Friday said the two sides emphasised the importance of the implementation of FATF action plan by Pakistan, the Dawn reported.
Global terror financing watchdog FATF last month retained Pakistan on its ‘Grey List’ till February next year for its failure to take adequate action against money laundering and terror financing. Pakistan was placed on the Grey List by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in June last year and was given a plan of action to complete it by October 2019, or face the risk of being placed on the Black List with Iran and North Korea. Continue reading
SOURCE: ALMASDAS DR
Pilots in modified Israeli F-35I “Adir” jets, participating in Blue Flag war games, have tested their skills to conduct operations in areas covered by modern air defence systems, such as Russia’s S-400s, which were delivered to Turkey this year. Due to the absence of actual S-400s, Israel and other participants in the war games from the US, Germany, Italy, and Greece used US-made Patriot missile batteries modified to emulate S-400s, the media outlet Breaking Defence reported.
It’s unclear though exactly how the Patriots were modified to match the S-400, which has two times the effective range than the American “analogue” and minimal set-up time. Continue reading
Without filing a flight plan with Greek authorities, a Pakistani P-3 Orion Naval Co-operation and Information Collection Aircraft was flown into Greek airspace yesterday. The aircraft Greek airspace east of Kastelorizo, then continued to towards Cyprus and then returned to its base following the same course in reverse.
The Turkish fleet is conducting the “Eastern Mediterranean-2019” exercise in the Aegean and in the wider Mediterranean region, but now with the assistance of the Pakistani Navy, where the South Asian country participated with a frigate. Muhammad Akram, commander of the Pakistani frigate PNS Alamgir, which participates in the Turkish naval exercise, said that along with Turkish Navy ships, they would conduct special exercises and scenarios in the Aegean. Continue reading
The first serial-produced fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet is ready for its delivery to Russia’s Aerospace Force, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko told journalists on Friday.
“As for the program of creating fifth-generation aircraft, we can see together with you that the first serial-produced Su-57 plane is actually ready for its delivery to the troops. It will be delivered to the Aerospace Force before the end of this year,” the deputy defense minister said after his visit to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Enterprise, which is building Russia’s most advanced fighter jets. Continue reading
SOURCE: DHAKA TRIBUNE
Bangladesh has proposed to the United States to purchase advanced military equipment including multi-role combat fighters, Apache attack helicopters and surface-to-air missile systems, according to US government officials. Both countries are currently negotiating two agreements that are required by the US law for the purchase to go ahead that will expand the military cooperation between the countries, said the two officials, preferring anonymity, while talking to a select group of reporters at the US Embassy in Dhaka yesterday.
However, when contacted by Dhaka Tribune, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque declined to comment on the matter. The foundational agreements are Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA). Both are bilateral in nature. Continue reading
SOURCE: WION NEWS
China is encroaching into Nepal’s land through an ongoing road expansion project in Tibet, Nepal’s Survey Department has said. Nepali news portal Khabarhub cited a detailed report issued by the department which said that around 36 hectors of land in four different districts, including Sankhuwasabha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk and Humla, which touch the Chinese border.
A data revealed that around six hectors of land in the Bhagdare River in the Humla district and four hectors of land in Karnali district have been encroached upon that now falls in Tibet’s Furang area. Similarly, around six hectares of Nepali land in Sanjen River and Jambhu Khola of Rasuwa, have also fallen into Kerung in southern Tibet. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Tribune
The China-Pakistan strategic alliance has been expanding for five decades now and in the last three months, after the revocation of Article 370, China’s unflinching support to Pakistan has been discernible. Beijing used its position in the United Nations to call for a closed door meeting at the Security Council to discuss Kashmir after the revocation of Article 370, guarded Islamabad’s case at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to restrain the blacklisting of Pakistan, and very importantly, has offered to extend military support strengthening Pakistan’s position in the wake of rising tensions between India and Pakistan. China has reportedly offered to deploy a certain number of upgraded version of JH-7AII fighters on the Sino-Pak border.
An ‘official’ Chinese-language media report dated September 28, translation done by the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy in New Delhi, stated: “In the face of the strong Indian Air Force, Pakistan’s efforts are clearly not enough. China, on the other hand, could help Pakistan turn the tables by providing a fighter which will have remarkable ‘strength multiplication’ combat efficiency.” Continue reading
Beijing could resort to military conflict with self-ruled Taiwan to divert domestic pressure if a slowdown in the world’s second largest economy amid trade war threatens the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, the island’s foreign minister has said. As Taiwan’s presidential elections approach in January, China has stepped up a campaign to “reunify” with what it considers a wayward province, wooing away the island’s few diplomatic allies and flying regular bomber patrols around it.
In an interview with Reuters, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu drew attention to China’s slowing economy amid its bitter trade war with the United States. “If the internal stability is a very serious issue, or economic slowdown has become a very serious issue for the top leaders to deal with, that is the occasion that we need to be very careful,” Wu said on Wednesday. Continue reading
Images appeared in a popular Chinese military magazine recently offering the first look at the country’s upcoming air-launched ballistic missile, slung under the belly of an H-6N bomber. Observers noted its similarity to China’s Dong Feng-15 missile, as well as Russia’s Kinzhal.
The new edition of the magazine Modern Ships featured on its cover a drawing of Beijing’s H6-N bomber carrying what seems to be an air-launched ballistic missile underneath its belly. The images reportedly note only that the plane’s center-line pylon can be equipped with “large external objects,” but observers have noted the weapon’s incredibly similarity to the Dong Feng-15 ballistic missile already employed by China’s People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF). Continue reading
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he was ready to accept all “valid” demands of the ‘Azadi March’ protesters, led by firebrand cleric-cum-politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman, except their call for his resignation. Prime Minister Imran Khan reportedly made the remarks at a meeting with Defence Minister Pervez Khattak-led team tasked to negotiate with the Opposition parties taking part in the massive march comprising thousands of protesters in Islamabad.
“The government is ready to accept all “valid” demands except the demand for resignation,” the Express Tribune quoted Mr. Khan as saying. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
For almost five years, Talat Hussain, a well-known Pakistani journalist, hosted a popular current affairs talk show on Geo TV, openly discussing the political issues of the day. But last year all that changed. Forced to comply with a “total blackout” of news that criticised the military or the government of the new prime minister, Imran Khan, Hussain found himself unable to speak freely.
“My programmes were being repeatedly censored,” said Hussain. “I was told that any suggestion that the 2018 elections were rigged or that the army was part of the running of the government by Imran Khan was unacceptable.” While Pakistan has a turbulent relationship with media freedom, under Imran Khan, elected as prime minister last year with strong backing from the military, censorship is felt heavier than ever before. Continue reading
Pakistan suffered heavy casualties after its military clashed with Afghan border troops in the Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa recently. The media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed the news and said that six of its soldiers sustained injuries while five citizens were also wounded in the clash, according to the EurAsian Times.
The ISPR claimed that Afghan security forces fired mortars and heavy machineguns from Nari District, Kunar province. It further stated that the Afghan border post, from where the firing was initiated, suffered “substantial damage” in the retaliatory measures taken by its personnel. Continue reading