SOURCE: THE HINDU
The U.S. on April 13, 2017 dropped its biggest non-nuclear device, the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB, hence the nickname the Mother Of All Bombs) on Islamic State targets in Afghanistan. First tested in 2003, the bomb unleashes destructive power equivalent to 11 tonnes of TNT. But, it’s not the most powerful bomb in the world. Russia has a Father Of All Bombs, a far more destructive device.
What is the Father Of All Bombs?
Chinese engineers from the Beijing Research Institute of Machinery are set to test a prototype combined-cycle hypersonic aircraft engine and first-stage carrier rockets later this year, Aviation Week reported.That will pave the way for the first demonstration flight of a full-scale propulsion system by 2025.
As experts have noted, the main problem in the creation of such engines is the fact that each of them can operate in a narrow range of speeds but in order to design a power house that would accelerate the aircraft from zero to hypersonic speed (more than Mach 5 or over 6, 2,000 kilometers per hour), that is not yet possible. Continue reading
Footage and photographs showing a new prototype (marked “08”) of the famous Qaher F-313 stealth fighter jet have just emerged as Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani participated Saturday in an exhibition displaying the achievements of the Defense Ministry Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan gained during the past two years.
Indeed, an “upgraded version” of the “faux stealth fighter” can be observed performing taxi tests. The aircraft appears to be slightly different from the one unveiled on Feb. 2, 2013, that was nothing more than a poorly designed mock-up that would never fly unless it was extensively modified and heavily improved. Continue reading
China has handed over to Pakistan a 600-tonne patrol ship, the third of its kind, to safeguard the country’s maritime interests at a time when both nations are pushing forward with the CPEC project.
The ship which was handed over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province is the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co Ltd. Continue reading
Japan’s air force scrambled fighter jets to chase away foreign aircraft at record pace in the year to March 31, government figures showed on Thursday, as Chinese military activity in and around the East China Sea escalated. Japan worries that China’s probing of its air defences is part of a push to extend its military influence in the East China Sea and western Pacific, where Japan controls an island chain stretching 1,400 km (870 miles) south towards Taiwan.
“Recently we have seen Chinese military aircraft operating further south and that is bringing them closer to the main Okinawa island and other parts of the island chain,” Japan’s top military commander, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, told a briefing in Tokyo. Continue reading
Russia is in talks with a number of countries, including India and China, on making military and civilian aircraft of a new generation, the president of the United Aircraft Corporation, Yuri Slyusar, has said.
“India and China are the main countries, of course. There, where we already have specific discussions I cannot disclose either the countries or specific projects on the agenda. They are about creating new aircraft, including next generation projects,” Slyusar said on the Rossiya 24 television news channel. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE DAILY STAR
BNP today alleged that the charge of country’s independent territorial sovereignty has been handed over to India through signing the memorandum of understandings on defence areas.
“Bangladesh defence system has now been turned into made-in-India one,” said Rizvi Ahmed, BNP’s senior joint secretary general while addressing a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka.Bangladesh Jatiya Dal organised the programme demanding government assurance of fair share of water of 54 common rivers with India. Continue reading
Saudi Religious Affairs Minister Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz has said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would jointly take on the enemies of Islam and Harmain Sharifain (the holy places in Saudi Arabia).
Addressing a well-attended public meeting on the first day of centenary celebrations of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F) on Friday, he said that Pakistan-Saudi Arabia military alliance is a ‘victory of Islam’ and its main objective is ‘renaissance of Islam’. Continue reading
SOURCE: NATIONAL INTEREST
To protect its vast airspace, Russia relies on the powerful, long range and speedy Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxhound. But while Moscow continues to upgrade the venerable Mach 2.83-capable interceptor, the jets have not been produced since 1994.
While Russia’s current fleet of MiG-31s will likely be able to serve into the 2030s, the Kremlin will eventually have to develop a replacement. Indeed, the Kremlin has funded some preliminary work on developing a successor to the venerable Foxhound that is tentatively being called the MiG-41. Continue reading
SOURCE: RUSSIA & INDIA REPORT
Malaysia is looking for a replacement for its twenty-two year old MiG-29 fleet. France wants to sell its Rafale medium fighter to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). Having tasted success in the Malaysian market by bagging an order for four A400M military transport aircraft and two Scorpene submarines, France believes it is on a roll. No less than French President Francois Hollande landed in Kuala Lumpur in March 2017, offering industrial and credit inducements to get the Malaysians to pick the Rafale as the winner in its Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) competition.
However, the Malaysians don’t seem to be in a big rush to order, especially at time when there’s a fighter glut globally. According to RMAF chief Tan Sri Roslan, Malaysia will take an informed decision after evaluating several types of fighter aircraft. “We are now in the final stages of studying which of the companies are able to meet with our requirements and the decision to be made is not for a short term,” he says. Continue reading
The Foreign Office said on Thursday that Pakistan was ready for dialogue with India on terrorism and would like to discuss Indian role in subversive activities in Pakistani territory.
“India wants to speak of terrorism! We also insist on speaking of terrorism … We need to address Indian-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan,” FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said at the weekly media briefing. He was commenting on the Indian reaction to a statement by US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley in which she had indicated US interest in mediating between India and Pakistan to prevent the tensions between the South Asian rivals from escalating. Continue reading
SOURCE: POPULAR MECHANICS
China’s first stealth fighter, the Chengdu J-20, “has the potential to provide China with a variety of previously unavailable air combat options and enhance its capability to project power.” That’s the conclusion of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington D.C.-based security think tank. CSIS also concludes that the fighter, first flown in 2011, could enter service as soon as 2018.
SOURCE: AIN ONLINE
The Vietnam People’s Air Force (VPAF) needs a new jet for training. Local media report that the service is close to selecting the Russian Yak-130, but the Czech-built Aero Vodochody L-39NG may also be in contention.
“We have been equipping ourselves with state-of-the-art fighters in recent years, but our training system still consists of the old Yak-52 and L-39,” said VPAF Commander Lieutenant General Lê Huy V?nh at a pilot training conference held in Hanoi. “The operational conversion of pilots after their graduation therefore places a challenge on the combat units,” he continued. Vietnam operates 22 Yak-52 and 34 L-39C/Z. After the conference, the VPAF announced its intention to set up a new division dedicated to supersonic fighter training. Continue reading
While the world watches mounting military tensions in the South China Sea, another, more ominous situation is brewing in the East China Sea that could be the trigger point for a major war between the superpowers. At the heart of tensions are eight uninhabited islands controlled by Japan that are close to important shipping lanes, rich fishing grounds and potential oil and gas reserves. China contests Japan’s claims and is escalating its military activity in Japan airspace. In response, Japan has been doubling its F-15 jet intercepts.
The situation increases the risk of an accidental confrontation — and could draw other countries, like the United States, into a conflict. It’s a topic President Trump will likely bring up with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate this week. Continue reading
Iran today said it has reservations on the appointment of Pakistan’s former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif as the head of the Saudi-led 39-nation Islamic military alliance, warning that it may “impact” the unity among Muslim countries. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency quoted the country’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost as saying that Tehran had conveyed its concerns to Islamabad.
“We are concerned about this issue… that it may impact the unity of Islamic countries,” Honardoost said. Continue reading