SOURCE : ANI
The Pakistan Government has given its approval to former chief of army staff general (Retd) Raheel Sharif to lead a 39-nation alliance of Muslim states led by Saudi Arabia by providing him with a No-Objection Certificate (NOC).
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif confirmed the approval of the government in a Geo News programme.Asif said a written request from the Saudi Government was received by the Pakistan Government in this regard. Continue reading
According to Sina news portal, a number of photos have been circulating in the Internet, depicting installation of radars and base painting of the deck. After analyzing the photos expects came to a conclusion that the vessel might be launched in late April, in particular on April 23, when China celebrates Founding day of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.
Liaoning is a Type 001 class vessel. The first carrier was rebuilt out of Soviet aircraft cruiser Varyag in early 2000s, with the first sea trial taking place in 2011. In September 2012, Liaoning was commissioned into the PLA Navy. Continue reading
Prime Minister Prachanda said on Thursday that Nepal was keen to be involved in the ‘One Belt One Road’ project proposed by China and reiterated Nepal’s commitment to the ‘One China’ policy during a meeting with Chinese Defence Minister in Kathmandu. General Chang Wanquan, who leads the 2.3-million-strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the world’s largest, arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday with a 19-member delegation on a three-day goodwill visit at the invitation of Defence Minister Balkrishna Khand.
Chang, the first Chinese Defence Minister to visit Nepal in 16 years, discussed with Prachanda bilateral military cooperation and the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative, an ambitious project viewed with suspicion by India. Prachanda said Nepal was keen to be involved in the ‘OBOR’ project, a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Continue reading
SOURCE: IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Izumo-class helicopter carrier, JS Kaga (DDH 184), on 22 March in a ceremony held at the Japan Marine United (JMU) shipyard in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The first of class, JS Izumo (DDH 183), was berthed adjacent to Kaga during the event.
Built by JMU and launched in August 2015, Kaga is 248 m long, has a beam of 38 m, and will displace 24,000 tonnes at full load. Powered by four GE LM2500 gas turbines in a COGAG arrangement, it is estimated to have a top speed of 30 kt, according to Jane’s Fighting Ships . It will have a complement of 520 officers and enlisted men. Continue reading
Bangladesh on Thursday said that it would reach out to the UN to declare March 25 as Genocide Day globally, in remembrance of the atrocities carried out by the Pakistan Army on the same day in 1971. “The letter is ready…it will be sent to the United Nations by this month,” Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq told reporters.
“A delegation will go to the UN this month with a proposal to observe March 25 as Genocide Day globally while the foreign ministry, through the Bangladesh embassies and high commissions across the world, will campaign to get support from other countries in favour of our proposal.” The UN General Assembly in 2015 declared December 9 as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. Continue reading
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
The foundation stone for the first energy project under the $46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes though Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, has been laid in the restive Balochistan province.
Chinese state media said the coal-fired power project in Hub region of Balochistan will be built at a cost of $2 billion and its two 660 MW units will provide electricity to four million families after the project’s completion in 2019. Continue reading
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif committed blasphemy when he said Islam does not allow forced conversion and discrimination against minorities in his speech on Holi, a hardline cleric has alleged. Allama Ashraf Jalali, a leader of Pakistan Ahle Sunnah wa Jama’ah group and secretary of Sunni Ittehad Council, alleged Sharif committed blasphemy and attacked Pakistan’s ideological basis in the speech he delivered in Karachi, according to a video of the cleric’s speech circulating online.
“The prime minister said such anti-Islam and blasphemous words that the Earth should have exploded,” he claimed, adding that Sharif “violated his oath, ideology of Pakistan, The Quran and Sunnah of Prophet. His speech is a dangerous attack on Islam.” Continue reading
SOURCE: IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
Figures released by the Russian Federal Treasury have confirmed that Russia’s defence budget has been cut by 25.5% for 2017, falling from RUB3.8 trillion (USD65.4 billion) to RUB2.8 trillion.The reduction represents the largest cut to military expenditure in the country since the early 1990s.
The reduction follows an extended period of large increases to Russian defence spending with growth having achieved an average rate of 19.8% a year since 2011 in nominal terms. Despite the cut, the 2017 budget will remain about 14.4% higher than the level of defence spending seen in 2014 in nominal terms. Continue reading
The National Interest has wondered how Russia and China might annihilate the US aircraft carriers. Author of the article believes that aircraft carriers are the main combat vessels of the country’s Navy.
The first way is torpedoes. The journalist has given an example of annihilation of a huge Japanese Shinano aircraft carrier in 1944. Today, the US aircraft carriers are vulnerable to torpedoes as well. While the ‘Russian and Chinese submarines regularly exercise attacks on the US carrier groups’. Continue reading
Terror groups continue to have safe havens in Pakistan and its establishment provides unhindered support to terrorists, Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said on Tuesday, slamming Pakistan for being the destabilising factor in his war-torn country.
Noting that the Ghani government, soon after coming to power, tried to open a new chapter of relationship with Islamabad, Mr Rabbani told a Washington audience: “Unfortunately, we did not see practical steps taken by Pakistan on the promises they made.” Continue reading
Specialists of the Krylov State Research Center developed the concept of a prospective aircraft carrier tentatively titled as the Storm.According to representative of the research center, Vladimir Pepelyaev, Russia may start building the new aircraft carrier as soon as the customer approves the project and all questions related to finance are resolved.
The Krylov research center also develops a project of a light aircraft carrier, the combat capabilities of which will be a little inferior to those of the Storm vessel. Continue reading
Four A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft arrived for duty at Kabul Air Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan, March 20, 2017, where they will be used by the Afghan Air Force for close-air attack, air interdiction, escort and armed reconnaissance.
The latest arrivals, which traveled from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, bring the AAF A-29 inventory from eight to 12 aircraft in country. Continue reading
SOURCE: NATION PK
Pakistan has no imminent security threat due to it possessing a powerful arsenal of nuclear weapons, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan said on Monday.
Addressing a ceremony at the University of Karachi’s Dr AQ Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, he said, “If we ensure good governance in the country, in 10 years we could successfully become a developed country like Turkey and Malaysia.” Continue reading
In 2017, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is expected to order the Block-III variant of the JF-17, which is co-produced by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). It seems that specific details regarding the JF-17 Block-III’s subsystems and design attributes are emerging, and the forthcoming JF-17B, the dual-seat variant of the Thunder, could inform much of it.
The JF-17 Block-III is the first major update of the Thunder, a lightweight multi-role fighter positioned as a cost-effective successor to legacy Cold War-era combat aircraft, such as the MiG-21, Mirage III/5, F-7, F-5 Tiger II and others. Currently, the PAF has more than 70 JF-17 Block-I and Block-II fighters, which are in service with five fighter units – four squadrons and a training unit at the PAF Combat Commanders School. Continue reading
North Korea’s latest rocket-engine test showed “meaningful” progress, South Korea said on Monday, while an analyst said it was a dangerous step towards the North’s goal of developing a rocket that could hit the United States. The North’s KCNA news agency said on Sunday the engine would help North Korea achieve world-class satellite-launch capability, indicating a new type of rocket engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The North’s announcement of a successful engine test came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Beijing at the end of his first visit to Asia for talks dominated by concern about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes. “Through this test, it is found that engine function has made meaningful progress but further analysis is needed for exact thrust and possible uses,” Lee Jin-woo, deputy spokesman for the South Korean defence ministry, told a regular briefing. Continue reading