SOURCE: Xinhua

Russian pilots have tested the weapons and on-board equipment of the advanced MiG-35 fighter, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.”Pilots of the aviation center, together with experts from the MiG Corporation, have evaluated the performance of a number of air-to-air and air-to-surface weapon systems,” the statement said.

They have also tested the performance of the on-board electronic equipment, integrated avionics control system and the aerodynamic stability and maneuverability.The tests were carried out under the conditions of intensive resistance to electronic warfare devices, in which the on-board equipment proved its effectiveness in all operational ranges, the ministry said. Continue reading


After been Snubbed by Russia on its effort to procure long-range air defense systems like S-300 and S-400 Air defense missile system, Pakistan is now reportedly setting its focus on procuring FD-2000 long-range air defence requirements from its old friend China and has expressed its desires to procure three to four FD-2000 long-range SAM systems to counter India’s Purchase of S-400 Systems from Russia.

HQ-16-based LY-80 medium-range (MR) surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems which Pakistan previously procured from China has a range of only 42km but with induction of FD-2000, Pakistani forces will have the ability to track and target aerial threats up to 125km. Continue reading


Russia completed the delivery of the last batch of five Sukhoi Su-35 multirole air superiority fighters to China last month, with Washington slapping Beijing with sanctions over its purchase of Russian military hardware, including the Su-35s, in September.

China Central Television has released footage of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s training using its new Su-35 fighters, showing the planes taking off, flying in formation, engaging in breakneck maneuvers and attacking mock targets. A PLAAF pilot speaking to the TV network praised the Su-35’s “great maneuverability,” attributing this to the plane’s dual thrust-vectoring engines.

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Australia’ has taken delivery of two of its ultra-expensive, state-of-the-art fighter jets The two F-35A stealth fighters have arrived at Williamtown RAAF Base, near Newcastle. More than 50 of the aircraft will eventually reside at this one base, with a further 12 or so on rotation to Tindal Air Force Base in the Northern Territory.

Flanked by the ageing F-18 Hornets they’re set to replace, the first two F-35s landed at RAAF Base Williamtown on Monday after flying from RAAF Amberley in south Queensland, where they arrived from the United States last week. Aviation enthusiasts gathered on the edge of the base from early in the morning and more watched a flyover of Newcastle ahead of the state-of-the-art aircraft’s official welcome by Defence Minister Christopher Pyne. Continue reading


Iranian naval forces plan to stage a large-scale drill in the Indian Ocean to boost and put on display the country’s military prowess, a senior commander says. The maneuver will be held this winter within the perimeters of Iran’s southern territorial waters and high seas, Deputy Navy Commander for Coordination Rear Admiral Hamzeh Ali Kaviani told IRNA on Saturday.

He added that the Navy’s state-of-the-art equipment, including two Ghadir-class submarines that recently joined Iran’s naval fleet, would take part in the drill. The two Ghadir-class submarines, capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines, joined Iran’s naval fleet on November 29. Continue reading


China on Saturday launched a first probe ever to explore the dark side of the Moon, marking another milestone in its ambitious space programme, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The probe, the Chang’e-4, is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon, according to Xinhua. Previous spacecraft have seen the far side of the Moon, but none has landed on it.

The Moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate that it orbits our planet, so the far side is never visible from Earth. Advancing China’s space programme has been a priority of its leaders, with President Xi Jinping calling for China to establish itself as a space power. Continue reading


A small party of Chengdu J-20 stealth fighters entered into service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force in February, with recent design improvements to its engines expected to allow mass production of the plane to begin before the year is out.

The Aviationist has published a photo of an unidentified combat aircraft which looks strikingly similar to a J-20, claiming the photo was taken at the Savannah-Hilton Head Airport in the US state of Georgia.The authenticity of the image has yet to be authenticated. US Air Force officials declined to speak to The Aviationist over the alleged image. Chinese authorities, as can be expected, have been similarly silent. Continue reading


China plans to operate five aircraft carriers in the near future, including two nuclear-powered ones that would be launched around 2025, according to Chinese military experts. A late entrant into aircraft carrier led naval battleship formations, China launched its first aircraft carrier ‘Liaoning’ in 2012, which was a refit of the former Soviet vessel bought from Ukraine.

India has been operating aircraft carriers since 1961.Though Liaoning was operationalised and led trial expeditions into the Taiwan Straits, it was widely regarded as an experimental vessel used for mastering technologies, especially to operate the newly built J-15 planes from its deck.Subsequently, China launched its domestically-built second aircraft carrier and commissioned it for sea trials last year. The yet to be named ship is expected to be put into service by 2020. Continue reading


Pakistan seems to have procured another ultra-modern piece of artillery equipment from China — the SH-15 howitzer. And the significance for India is that the system could be nuclear-capable, if Pakistan’s attempts to miniaturise nuclear weapons has been successful. The howitzer made an appearance at Pakistan’s 10th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), organised in Karachi this week. Only one picture of the weapon appeared, indicating some kind of secrecy or embargo, but that was enough to confirm that Pakistan has begun importing the system.

The SH-15 was also exhibited at the Zhuhai Airshow held this month in China. It is already in service with the People’s Liberation Army’s 72 Group Army in the Eastern Theatre Command, with the artillery brigade firing alongside the PHL03 MLRS (multiple launch rocket system) and the PLZ05 howitzer SP (self-propelled). Continue reading


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned the United States that if it walks out of a key arms treaty and starts developing the type of missiles banned by it, Russia will do the same.

Putin’s remarks to Russian news agencies on Wednesday came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a NATO meeting that Washington will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days, citing Russian “cheating. The U.S. has shared intelligence evidence with its NATO allies that it says shows that Russia’s new SSC-8 ground-fired cruise missile could give Moscow the ability to launch a nuclear strike in Europe with little or no notice. Continue reading


Russian-made combat lasers, Peresvet, have started to enter duty with the Russian armed forces, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper reported on Wednesday.

“Peresvet laser systems, based on new physical principles, entered combat service in testing regime with the Russian armed forces,” the paper said. “The armed forces started receiving them in 2017 as part of the state procurement program.”Russian military personnel operating those systems underwent special training at the Mozhaysky Military Space Academy in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg. Continue reading


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that Iran’s government had just test-fired a medium-range missile “that is capable of carrying multiple warheads.”

The ballistic missile Iran tested has the ability to hit parts of Europe and any location in the Middle East, the secretary said, which he claimed would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution that called Iran to not pursue “any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

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China has ruled out giving hard cash to Pakistan, saying that it will invest in multiple sectors and launch business ventures instead of providing loans to the country faced with deepened financial crisis.

Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan had visited China in an attempt to get an economic package from there to overcome his country’s failing economic condition. Upon his return from Beijing, his cabinet members boasted that the visit was the most successful and that it had helped reduce Islamabad’s dependence on the International Monetary Fund for a bailout. Continue reading


Japan is preparing an order for roughly 100 US-designed F-35 stealth fighter jets in a deal that could potentially upend the balance of power in Asia, according to sources familiar with the process.

That order would include a version of the jet that can take-off and land vertically, a feature that could prompt Japan to transform some of its existing ships into aircraft carriers so that it can operate the fighters at sea — a capability they have not had since World War II, a source close to the F-35 program told CNN.
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Russia will build two more Project 955A Borei-A serial-produced nuclear-powered strategic submarines at the Sevmash Shipyard and their total number will rise to ten, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Friday.

“The state armament program for 2018-2027 includes the construction of two more Project 955A Borei submarines that have not yet received their names. The construction will begin at the Sevmash in 2024,” the source said, adding that “the first submarine should be delivered to the Fleet in 2026 and the second in 2027.” Continue reading