Independent military observer Vladimir Tuchkov outlines why the T-50 PAK-FA fighter’s new, truly fifth-gen engines are set to turn the aircraft into easily the best fifth generation fighter aircraft in the world.
Last week, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the MAKS-2017 air show, Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev told reporters that the first stage of state testing on the T-50 (PAK-FA) fifth generation stealth air superiority fighter have been completed, and that the first flight tests would be finished before the end of the year. Continue reading
The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has traditionally been a defensive military force designed to protect Chinese airspace and territory.However, under its current offshore defense doctrine strategy, the PLA has moved its horizon far beyond China’s national borders and it is beginning to embrace a more global outlook.
Andreas Rupprecht, an aviation expert who focuses on China, wrote in a recent report for The Jamestown Foundation, “China has strengthened its air and naval power projection capabilities dramatically in the past ten years but, in general, the PLAAF has still a defensive composition. A majority of its aircraft are fighters and only a very small percentage are offensive or multirole-capable types.” Continue reading
SOURCE: NATIONAL INTEREST
A new anti-ship missile promises to give a tremendous boost to the Japan Self Defense Force’s ability to deter naval aggression. The missile, known as XASM-3, can travel at speeds of Mach 3, evading missile defenses to sink enemy surface ships. The missiles will be a significant worry for China, whose navy will have to sail within range of the missiles in order to reach the North Pacific Ocean.
Traditional anti-ship missiles such as the U.S.-made Harpoon and French Exocet use rocket motors and turbojet engines to fly at subsonic speeds. The missiles are collectively known as “sea skimmers” due to their ability to fly as little as fifteen feet above the waves. The advantage to this low altitude flight is that incoming missiles are hidden from targets by the curvature of the earth. The lower a missile flies, the shorter the detection range. A radar sixty feet off the ground can detect a sea skimming missile flying at thirty feet at a range of nineteen miles. Assuming a Harpoon missile flies at a height of ten meters, enemy air defenses will pick it up on their radars only in the last two minutes of flight, giving them little time to react. Continue reading
SOURCE: TEHRAN TIMES
Bhakti M. Desai, an Indian international relations analyst, is of the opinion that Iran’s missile attack on ISIS strongholds in Syria on June 18 was a “historic game changer”.Desai also says BRIC members including India appreciate Tehran’s approach toward Syria.
Following is the text of Desai’s interview with the Tehran Times:
Question: During the BRICS meeting in Beijing last month Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asserted it is better for the U.S. to end its unilateral activities in Syria. How could Russia and the U.S. work shoulder to shoulder in Syria to fight terrorism? Is it is possible? Continue reading
Russian defence company Kronstadt Technologies is showing in public for the first time at MAKS-2017 its latest medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) Orion-E unmanned air system (UAS).
According to the company, the Orion-E is the first UAS in Russia with long-range drones, corresponding to the international classification of the MALE class. The new Russian drone looks like a U.S. MQ-1 Predator developed by General Atomics and AVIC’s Wing Loong Block 1. Continue reading
Pakistan treats America like a “limitless ATM” and most of the US aid to the country goes to the military’s kitty, a private US defence contractor who was responsible for one the worst bilateral tensions, has said.
“For Pakistan, no amount of money ever seemed to be enough. The economic aid it received from the United States became a drug it alternately loathed and could not live without,” Raymond Davis said in his book “The Contractor”. Continue reading
Russia’s MiG Aircraft Corporation is considering the options of a fifth-generation warplane with a single engine or twin motors, MiG CEO Ilya Tarasenko said at the MAKS-2017 international airshow on Tuesday.
“We are considering both options,” he said in response to the relevant question.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin earlier said that MiG would develop its own fifth-generation warplane. Continue reading
Iran’s military plans to field a new light attack and training jet called the Kosar within 2.5 years, industry officials tell FlightGlobal on 18 July at the MAKS air show outside Moscow.
After a public roll-out last month, Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) displayed a scale model of the twin-engined, two-seat Kosar jet to an international audience for the first time in the MAKS exhibit halls. Continue reading
SOURCE: IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
Images have emerged on Chinese online military forums showing a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) J-10C combat aircraft armed with what appears to be a new beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM).
The fighter was photographed carrying two PL-10 short-range AAMs on its outer underwing pylons and two of the new missiles on its mid-underwing pylons. Continue reading
SOURCE: PRESS TV
Terrorists based in Pakistan have fired projectiles at Iran’s border region of Saravan, killing two local workers, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has said in a statement.
“On Saturday afternoon, a terrorist team associated with the global arrogance and foreign intelligence services fired at the Islamic Republic of Iran’s borders in the Saravan region with indirect fire weapons and light weaponry, martyring two native workers,” an IRGC statement said. Continue reading
The MiG Russian Aircraft Corporation will begin mass production of the MiG-35 4++ generation multirole fighter in the next two years following the end of tests, Director General Ilya Tarasenko said Friday.
“We are now conducting tests, and mass production will begin based on their results. Mass production will begin in the next two years,” Tarasenko told reporters. Continue reading
SOURCE: ISLAND LK
China and Sri Lanka are in the process of overhauling Chinese-built F7 jets in accordance with an agreement finalised early last year. Two F7s (F7GS and F7 BS) that had been overhauled in China were recently delivered to Sri Lanka.
The F7 GS acquired in early 2008 is capable of firing missiles. Previous government acquired jets with missile capability in the wake of Air Tigers mounting attacks.Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy received the two aircraft at the Katunayake air base, home to fighter jets. Continue reading
SOURCE : ANI
Pakistan is using the narco-terror network Lashkar-e-Khorasan for ethnic cleansing, an American war veteran who has seen action in Afghanistan and Iraq, has said.In his article published in Family Security Matters, US Army Reserve Col. (Retired) Lawrence Sellin says this outfit kills in the name of religion and operates with the approval of Islamabad.
“Lashkar-e-Khorasan is part of a narco-terrorist network, fueled by the opium trade and operates with the tacit approval of the Pakistan government,” says Sellin in his article titled “Pakistan Uses Islamic State for opium-fuelled ethnic cleansing”. Continue reading
China will downsize its 2.3 million-strong military, the world’s largest, to under one million in the biggest troop reduction in its history as part of a restructuring process, an official Chinese daily said.The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will increase the numbers of other services, including navy and missile forces, the PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military, reported.
Jun Zhengping Studio, a Chinese social WeChat account run by the newspaper published an article yesterday on structural reform in the military, saying that “the old military structure, where the army accounts for the vast majority, will be replaced after the reform”. Continue reading
Online news outlet East Pendulum said Chinese Type 052D frigate DDG-173 CHANGSHA broke down in the Indian Ocean while en route to Baltic sea, to take part in joint China-Russia naval exercise Joint Sea 2017. East Pendulum is referring to an anonymous China military source.
CHANGSHA, according to East Pendulum, suffered propulsion failure and is drifting since at least June 26, with replenishment ship LUOMAHU (Qiandaohu-class or Type 903, displacement 23.400) nearby. Continue reading