The US Navy has not ruled out sending an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait, despite military technology advances by China that pose a greater threat to US warships than ever before, the chief of US naval operations said on Friday. Washington sent ships through the strategic waterway three times last year as it makes more frequent transits of the strait that separates Taiwan from the Chinese mainland, but it has not dispatched a carrier in more than 10 years.

During that time, China has modernized its forces with missiles designed to strike enemy ships. “We don’t really see any kind of limitation on whatever type of ship could pass through those waters,” Admiral John Richardson told reporters in the Japanese capital, when asked if more advanced Chinese weapons posed too big a risk. Continue reading


An arm of the U.S. Intelligence Community has publicly confirmed the existence of not one, but two Chinese stealth bomber development programs for the first time in a new report. In addition to the much-reported H-20 stealth heavy bomber program, China is also working on a smaller, regionally-focused stealthy bomber, commonly referred to as JH-XX.

This new information was contained in the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) latest China Military Power report, which the Agency released on Jan. 15, 2019. DIA restarted issuing its “Military Power” unclassified public reviews, which trace their origins to the Cold War-era Soviet Military Power reports, in 2017. This new examination of China’s capabilities says the information it contains is up to date as of November 2018.  Continue reading


Two Su-34 jets accidentally hit each other mid-flight over the sea in Russia’s Far East. The crews of the planes ejected, and a search and rescue operation is underway. The jets “touched” each other in air while flying over the Sea of Japan, the Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed. The planes crashed 35km from the coast. The crews of the planes ejected, and a search and rescue operation has been launched.

An An-12 plane and two Mi-8 helicopters are searching for the pilots, who apparently landed in the water. Apart from the aircraft, sea vessels have been dispatched to the crash area, the Sakhalin maritime rescue center told TASS. Continue reading


Pakistan may view a weak and destabilised Afghanistan as preferable to a strong and unified one, according to a Congressional report which also highlights India’s lack of desire to pursue a deeper defence cooperation with Kabul.The report “Afghanistan: Background and US Policy in Brief” prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) comes amidst intensification of efforts by the Trump administration to hold peace talks with the Taliban by seeking help of Pakistan.

US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad Thursday held talks with Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary in Islamabad after extensive discussions in Kabul as part of his efforts to arrange the first-ever direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan to seek Islamabad’s help to convince the Taliban to return to the negotiating table to end the 17-year-long Afghan war.
“Pakistan may view a weak and destabilised Afghanistan as preferable to a strong, unified Afghan state (particularly one led by a Pashtun-dominated government in Kabul; Pakistan has a large Pashtun minority),” the CRS said in its report for lawmakers on Thursday. Continue reading


China will launch 90 earth observation satellites for an Argentinian company which, according to a Chinese space official, will be a landmark achievement for the country in the international space market. China has been using its space rockets to put satellites of several countries including Pakistan.

China Great Wall Industry Corp, the international arm of State-owned space conglomerate China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, said on Wednesday that it recently signed a multiple launch services agreement with Satellogic, a private Argentinian company specialising in Earth-observation satellites. Continue reading


The second contract to manufacture 13 Su-57 fighter jets for the Russian Aerospace Forces is to be signed next year, a source in Russia’s aircraft-making industry told TASS on Wednesday.”In 2020, we plan to sign the second contract to manufacture and deliver 13 Su-57 fighter jets, some of them equipped with the second-stage engines,” he said. “The preliminary timeframe for the new contract is five years.”

The first contract envisages the delivery of two fifth-generation aircraft in 2019-2020.”In line with the contract signed in 2018, one serial Su-57 jet with first-stage engines will be delivered to the Aerospace Forces this year, the other aircraft featuring the same type of engine – in 2020.”The aircraft’s manufacturer, the United Aircraft Corporation, refrained from commenting on the report. Continue reading

SOURCE: Global Times

As South Korea became the latest country to buy and deploy US F-35 stealth fighter jets, Chinese military observers asserted that an upgraded Chinese J-20 fighter will gain overwhelming superiority over the F-35 in future and that China can fend off all potential threats from what media dubs the “US F-35 friends circle” in the Asia-Pacific region.

Yonhap News Agency reported on Monday that two F-35As will be assigned to South Korean combat units starting in April or May. The delivery is a part of South Korea’s procurement of 40 F-35As in 2014 at a cost of more than $100 million each. South Korea is not the only US ally that has purchased the stealth aircraft. Japan operates 10 F-35As, with 32 more due from a previous order, CNN reported in November 2018. Continue reading


Scientists at the Siberian State University of Sciences and Technologies will test in the open water their robot-drone, Director of the University’s Institute for Space Research and High Technologies Alexander Kuznetsov told TASS.

Work on the underwater robot continues under the University’s project “Geo-information systems. The Yenisei – the Arctic.” The new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) will be used to probe the Yenisei’s bed. The UUV will be used also to study sunken vessels, which remain in the river. Earlier, the scientists have completed testing the drone in a pool. Continue reading


China plans to double the recruitment of aircraft carrier fighter cadet pilots as it aims to have adequate personnel for its fast expanding aircraft carrier fleet, official media here reported Tuesday. Over 4,500 Chinese students have passed the initial selection in the recruitment programme, almost twice as many as last year. With China’s second aircraft carrier widely expected to join the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy this year, the recruitment campaign is designed to ensure personnel to meet the needs of the aircraft carrier-borne fighter jet J-15, state-run Global Times reported.

The comprehensive examination phase of the 2019 annual recruitment campaign for aircraft carrier cadet pilots started in January and is due to conclude in April. Students will undergo physical and psychological tests and political examinations, the PLA Navy’s website reported on Sunday. Continue reading


An octogenarian scientist who received China’s top science and technology award this month has said that the “underground steel great wall” created by him for missile bases located under mountains could withstand attacks from nuclear and hypersonic weapons.

Qian Hu, 82, called the steel wall China’s last line of defence and inseparable part of the country’s “no first strike” nuclear doctrine.Attached to both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Qian received the 2018 State Supreme Science and Technology Award during a conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing earlier this month. Continue reading


Hit by constraints in manufacturing its indigenous Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), Pakistan has finally decided to buy engines and other parts of Al Khalid II tank from overseas. “Pakistan has been trying to make indigenous Al Khalid II for a long time but it seems that because of the delay in making the tank, we have now abandoned manufacturing it,” a senior official of the Defense Ministry of India told Zee News, adding, “Pakistan is now contacting overseas to procure engines that can be fit in this tank.”

The Pakistan Government will import the Al Khalid II tank engine with the help of China and other European nations.  With the intention of achieving a decisive edge against India, the Pakistan Army has constantly been engaged in strengthening its defense preparedness. Towards this, the Pakistan Air Force will add 62 new JF-17 jets in the next three years against India’s 36 Rafale fighter jets. Continue reading


China on Friday announced that the Chang’e-4 mission, the first-ever probe to land on the moon’s dark side, was a “complete success” as it transmitted images back to earth through a special relay satellite. With the assistance of the relay satellite Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), the rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2), the lander of the Chang’e-4 probe took photos, China National Space Administration (CNSA) said.

The scientific instruments aboard the probe worked well, and the images taken by the probe and the detection data have been sent back to ground control, it said. This is the first time an attempt was made to explore the far side of the moon. Since the moon’s revolution cycle is the same as its rotation cycle, the same side always faces Earth. The other face, most of which cannot be seen from Earth, is called the far side or “dark side” of the moon, not because it is dark, but because most of it is uncharted. Continue reading


The Russian Navy plans to place more than 30 Poseidon strategic nuclear-capable underwater drones on combat duty, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Saturday.  “Two Poseidon-carrying submarines are expected to enter service with the Northern Fleet and the other two will join the Pacific Fleet. Each of the submarines will carry a maximum of eight drones and, therefore, the total number of Poseidons on combat duty may reach 32 vehicles,” the source said.

The special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Khabarovsk currently being built at the Sevmash Shipyard will become one of the organic carriers of the Poseidon nuclear-capable underwater drone. Also, special-purpose submarines and Project 949A nuclear-powered underwater cruisers operational in the Russian Navy may be used as the carriers “after their appropriate upgrade,” the source noted. Continue reading


The F-35 strike fighter is supposed to be streets ahead of the competition. It’s stealthy. It’s smart. It networks with everything and everybody around it to give its pilot an unprecedented picture of what’s going on. So why does the US Air Force already want to replace it?

Warfare is changing fast. Russia and China both claim to have already put new hypersonic missiles into operation. These can cover the ground between Adelaide and Melbourne in less than six minutes. China’s boasting the first ever electromagnetic rail gun to put to sea. It is supposed to be able to fire cheap, guided, shells incredibly fast, incredibly accurately, over incredible distances. Continue reading


A new composite material with enhanced radar wave absorbing properties was used to make the cockpit canopy of the most advanced Sukhoi Su-57 multirole fighter jet and the Tupolev Tu-160 strategic missile-carrying bomber, Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec told TASS on Friday.

The innovative glass coating has been developed by specialists of the Obninsk-based Technologiya R&D Enterprise (part of RT Chemcomposite Group within Rostec). “It doubles radar wave absorption and reduces the aircraft cockpit’s radar signature by 30% Currently, the coating is applied to the canopy of T-50 (Su-57 aircraft since August 2017), Su-30, Su-34, Su-35, MiG-29K and Tu-160 planes,” Rostec said. Continue reading