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The Maldives has hit out at the United States after the US warned of possible sanctions against key officials of the island nation if upcoming elections are not free and fair.

President Donald Trump’s administration warned the Indian ocean archipelago on Thursday of possible sanctions if it doesn’t reverse democratic backsliding and ensure free presidential elections on September 23.On a statement posted late Friday on the foreign ministry website, the Maldives said it views the US statement as “as an act of intimidation, imposing undue influence on the democratic processes of a sovereign state.”  Continue reading


A Japanese team working to develop a “space elevator” will conduct a first trial this month, blasting off a miniature version of the apparatus and monitoring equipment on satellites to test the technology.The test equipment, produced by researchers at Shizuoka University, will hitch a ride on an H-2B rocket being launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency from the island of Tanegashima next week.

The test involves a miniature elevator that is 6 cm (2.4 inches) long, 3 cm wide, and 3 cm high.If all goes well, it will provide proof of concept by moving along a 10-meter cable suspended in space between two minisatellites that will keep it taut. Continue reading


Pakistan currently has 140 to 150 nuclear warheads and the stockpile is expected to increase to 220 to 250 by 2025 if the current trend continues, according to a latest report by authors keeping a track of the country’s nukes.The current estimate of 140 to 150 nuclear weapons exceeds the projection made by the US Defense Intelligence Agency in 1999 that Pakistan would have 60 to 80 warheads by 2020.

“We estimate that the country’s stockpile could more realistically grow to 220 to 250 warheads by 2025, if the current trend continues. If that happens, it would make Pakistan the world’s fifth-largest nuclear weapon state,” Hans M Kristensen, Robert S Norris and Julia Diamond said in the  report ‘Pakistani nuclear forces 2018’. Continue reading


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday, saying he was hopeful of “a reset of relations” long strained over the war in Afghanistan.

Pompeo’s visit, along with the U.S. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, was the first high-level U.S. mission to the new government. It aimed to smooth over tensions after President Donald Trump took a tough new line towards Pakistan over longstanding accusations it is not doing enough to root out Afghan Taliban fighters on its territory. Continue reading

SOURCE: Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday, in the first high-level U.S. visit to the new government, looking to “reset” relations strained over the war in Afghanistan.

Tensions between the uneasy allies were raised ahead of Wednesday’s visit when the Pentagon confirmed it had made a final decision to cancel $300 million in military aid to Pakistan. Continue reading


Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the Haqqani Network, one of Afghanistan’s most feared militant groups, has died after a long illness, the Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday. The founder of the outlawed outfit had been paralysed for the past 10 years and reports of his death had even surfaced in 2015.

Haqqani, a former anti-Soviet commander in Afghanistan, formed the network in the 1970s and in 1995 pledged allegiance to the Taliban. Continue reading


A Pakistan Navy helicopter crashed into the Arabian Sea leaving one of the crew members martyred on Friday.As per Pakistan Navy’s spokesperson, the helicopter had been on routine operation when it crashed into the Arabian Sea and left at least one of the naval airmen martyred.

It was further revealed that the cause behind the aircraft’s descend is under probe and as of now remains unknown. Continue reading


A Saudi official hinted Friday the kingdom was moving forward with a plan to dig a canal that would turn the neighbouring Qatari peninsula into an island, amid a diplomatic feud between the Gulf nations.

“I am impatiently waiting for details on the implementation of the Salwa island project, a great, historic project that will change the geography of the region,” Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said on Twitter. Continue reading


Russia will supply a civilian radar station to Pakistan to protect facilities of the nuclear power plant in Karachi, the press office of RTI hi-tech company said on Thursday.

“A memorandum of cooperation in the field of organizing the delivery of the civilian radar Surok was signed at the Army-2018 international military and technical forum between RTI Group and the Pakistani company TechWin Enterprise. The radar is set to control and protect the Karachi NPP’s facilities, and also some other installations of Pakistan’s critically important infrastructure,” the press office said. Continue reading


The South China Morning Post citing unidentified sources with ties to the Chinese military said, China was building the camp in the Wakhan Corridor, a narrow area that separates Tajikistan from Pakistan, in efforts to improve counterterrorism efforts in the war-torn country.

The Hong-Kong based daily in its article published on Tuesday said that once the base is completed, Beijing will dispatch its hundreds of troops, amounting to at least one battalion. Continue reading


Turkish fighter pilot has carried out the first flight of the F-35 jet in the U.S. as part of ongoing training, the Turkish General Staff said on Tuesday.Early July, the Pentagon said Turkish pilots and maintenance personnel were being trained on the F-35 fighter jet in the state of Arizona.

Late June, Turkey took delivery of its first F-35 fighter jet at a ceremony in Forth Worth, Texas. Continue reading


A combat air platform or an electronic warfare aircraft may be developed in Russia on the basis of an upgraded Ilyushin Il-114-300 plane, Ilyushin Aircraft Company Director for Il-114 Programs Ivan Kabatov told TASS on Tuesday.

“With its unique performance characteristics, the plane is an optimal platform for making air platforms to solve the broadest range of tasks – from monitoring, patrolling and transport carriages to electronic warfare, reconnaissance and combat employment,” Kabatov said.

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SOURCE: Telegraph India

Japan will shortly have its first female fighter pilot, the military said on Friday, with the Top Gun inspired officer vowing to blaze a trail in the sky for other women. First Lieutenant Misa Matsushima, 26, of Japan Air Self Defence Force, finished her training on Thursday to fly F-15s and will officially be named a fighter pilot on Friday, the ministry said in a brief statement.

“Ever since I saw the movie Top Gun when I was in primary school, I have always admired fighter jet pilots,” she told local media. Continue reading

SOURCE: Financial Times


At Canberra airport, a sleek modern building on the edge of Australia’s sleepy capital, evidence of Australia’s military build-up is everywhere. Almost every advertising hoarding is plastered with the name of an international defence company, such as Raytheon, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and ThyssenKrupp.

The promotional blitz has even prompted a “No Airport Arms Ads” campaign to ask the airport to replace them with a “friendlier greeting to the nation’s capital”. Continue reading