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SOURCE: ENS

Pakistan Army on Thursday test fire the recently inducted long-range air defence weapon system, LY-80. The firing by the air defence weapon system was displayed during the concluding day of the two-week event of Exercise Al Bayza-2019, an army spokesman said.

Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan witnessed the display by the army of its firepower capability at air defence firing ranges near Karachi. “Hallmark of the event first ever fired by recently inducted Long Range Air Defence Weapon System LY-80. Induction of LY-80 has realized the concept of a comprehensive, layered and integrated air defence capability with enhanced lethality,” the spokesman said. Continue reading

SOURCE: NEWS AUSTRALIA

Beijing has moved to make good on its threat to ‘sink two aircraft carriers’, stating it has activated ‘ship killer’ ballistic missiles in response to a US Navy challenge earlier this week. The state-controlled Global Times news service overnight reported its newest ballistic missile weapon system, introduced as recently as April last year, are being deployed to positions best suited at striking vessels in the East and South China Sea.

The announcement follows a Chinese Vice Admiral’s threat stating the best way to force the US to ‘back away’ from Beijing’s attempts to annex the disputed waterways would be to ‘sink two aircraft carriers’. He boasted China could do so with the introduction of new ballistic missile systems. Continue reading

SOURCE: NATIONAL INTEREST

2019 is on track to be a big year for Russian surface-to-air missile systems. From the new S-350 “ Vityaz” to additional S-300V4 brigades, scores of modernized Russian artillery systems are poised to enter into military service over the coming months.

But the elephant in the room, Russia’s upcoming S-500 “Triumfator-M” missile system, remains conspicuously absent.The much-vaunted next generation of Russian missile defense, the S-500 boasts a host of best-in-class performance features. The Triumfator is purportedly able to engage anti-ballistic missiles at six hundred kilometers, an improvement of two hundred km over the already-formidable S-400. The S-500’s range is matched by its no less impressive ability to track and intercept up to ten missile warheads flying at a speed of over 4 miles a second, as previously outlines by a National Interest report citing Russian state news. Continue reading

SOURCE: TASS

New Kalibr-M cruise missile with a range of over 4,500 km is currently under development in Russia for the Russian Navy, a source in the military-industrial complex told TASS on Tuesday.

“The newest high-precision ship-based Kalibr-M cruise missile with a maximum firing range of more than 4,500 km is being developed for the Russian Navy. The creation of the rocket is at the stage of scientific research and financed by the Ministry of Defense,” the source told TASS. The source clarified that the development of the missile was included in the state armament program until 2027, and “the rocket must be transferred to the fleet before the end of the program.” Continue reading

SOURCE: HACKADAY

With a highly publicized test firing and pledge by President Vladimir Putin that it will soon be deployed to frontline units, Russia’s Avangard hypersonic weapon has officially gone from a secretive development program to an inevitability. The first weapon of its type to enter into active service, it’s capable of delivering a payload to any spot on the planet at speeds up to Mach 27 while remaining effectively unstoppable by conventional missile defense systems because of its incredible speed and enhanced maneuverability compared to traditional intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

In a statement made after the successful test of Avangard, which saw it hit a target approximately 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) from the launch site, President Putin made it clear that the evasive nature of the weapon was not to be underestimated: “The Avangard is invulnerable to intercept by any existing and prospective missile defense means of the potential adversary.” The former Soviet KGB agent turned head of state has never been one to shy away from boastful claims, but in this case it’s not just an exaggeration. While the United States and China have been working on their own hypersonic weapons which should be able to meet the capabilities of Avangard when they eventually come online, there’s still no clear deterrent for this type of weapon. Continue reading

SOURCE: DONG VIET NEWSPAPER

The Russian page of Avia.pro has published a very interesting information regarding the possibility of exporting the fifth generation of Su-57 stealth fighter. According to Avia.pro, the Sukhoi Aircraft Manufacturing Group will begin the process of providing export variants of the Su-57 5th generation stealth fighter to customers in Southeast Asia after completing the session. domestic version for the Russian Air Force.

Although the Sukhoi side has not yet announced who the potential customer is, Avia.Pro, according to its sources, confirms that Vietnam is very interested in Russia’s ultra-modern fighter line. The Russian newspaper even stated that the number of Su-57 fighters that Vietnam wants to buy will be 12, equivalent to a regiment, the contract value is estimated to be about $ 2 billion. Continue reading

SOURCE: QZ

China’s landing of a rover on the far side of the moon grabbed headlines around the world this week. Less noticed, the country’s state media reported on progress in another arena: game-changing naval weaponry. The state-run Global Times said on Thursday (Jan. 3) that Chinese warships will soon be equipped with electromagnetic railguns that fire projectiles with “incredibly destructive velocity,” and that the underlying technology was based on ”fully independent intellectual property,” rather than designs copied from other nations. It cited a report that appeared Wednesday on China’s CCTV.

Using electromagnetic force, such guns are more accurate and send projectiles up to 125 miles (200 km) at 7.5 times the speed of sound. Because the projectiles do their damage through sheer speed, they don’t need explosive warheads, making them considerably cheaper. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Days after India deported a Rohingya Muslim family of five lodged at an Assam prison to Myanmar, Saudi Arabia on Sunday prepared to send scores of Rohingya to Bangladesh. Rohingya immigrants, some of whom have already spent five to six years in Saudi detention, were being are lined up for deportation at the Shumaisi detention centre in Jeddah on Sunday, reported the Middle East Eye.

According to video footage sent to Middle East Eye, a detainee, speaking in Rohingya, could be heard saying, that he has been in Saudi Arabia for the past six years and is now being sent to Bangladesh, where he, like other Rohingya, will become refugees.”I’ve been here for the last five to six years, now they are sending me to Bangladesh. Please pray for me,” he said. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

At least 595 people, including Pakistani security officials, have been killed and 1,030 others injured in 262 terror attacks in the country during 2018, according to a report. Most of the attacks were targeted at security and law enforcement agencies. Among these attacks, the most menacing were carried out on political leaders and workers. The deadliest attacks took place in the run-up to the July 25 general elections, the Pak Institute for Peace Studies’ (PIPS), an Islamabad-based think tank, said in its annual Pakistan Security Report 2018.

In July, a suicide bomber killed 128 people at an election rally in southwestern Pakistan in the second election-related attack. The bombing was the most deadly attack in Pakistan in over three years. It stated that there was a “29 per cent decline in terrorist attacks and 27 per cent in consequent fatalities in 2018, compared to previous year”. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been criticised by the Chief Minister of Sindh province for travelling around the world to “beg” for financial support for the cash-strapped country which is currently battling serious economic crisis. Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country’s economy.”Imran Khan is going from country to country to beg (for financial aid),” Sindh province Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said at a rally in Matli, Badin on Sunday.

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader also claimed that those without any experience in politics were given a seat in the government, Samaa TV reported.  Continue reading

SOURCE: DEFENCE CONNECT

The US is looking beyond the fifth-generation F-35 with plans already underway for the sixth-generation ‘Penetrating Counter Air’ concept, which will be operated by the US Air Force and Navy and, potentially, allies like Australia. With the growing success of Russian and Chinese fifth-generation fighter aircraft like the Su-57, J-20 and JF-31, the US has kicked off a suite of development programs to replace the ageing F-15 Eagle and fifth-generation F-22 Raptor air frames.

This Penetrating Counter Air (PCA) concept will seek to complement the US Air Force F-35 and the US Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleets, serving niche roles including air dominance, air supremacy, fleet air defence, air interdiction and precision strike. Stemming from the the US Air Force ‘Air Superiority 2030’ study in 2016, which proposed that the US Air Force would require a ‘Next Generation Tactical Aircraft’ (Next Gen TACAIR) air superiority/dominance fight jet to enter service in the 2030s.
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SOURCE: JAPAN TIMES

Last January, the Doomsday Clock was moved to two minutes to midnight — the closest it has ever been, matching the acute sense of crisis of 1953. The primary explanation for the heightened threat alert was disturbing developments in the nuclear realm.

There was little improvement during 2018. There is no sign that New START, which regulates U.S. and Russian strategic force numbers and deployments, might be extended by five years to 2026. China is upgrading its considerably smaller nuclear arsenal. India and Pakistan are enlarging, modernizing and upgrading stockpiles, while investing in battlefield tactical nuclear weapons (Pakistan) and systems to counter them (India). Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he wanted a “great relationship” with Pakistan and was looking forward to meeting the “new leadership”, but also said, serving as a reminder of where he and most Americans stood on ties with the one-time ally, “they (Islamabad) house the enemy… take care of them”.

Around this time in 2018, Trump had accused Pakistan of returning only “lies and deceit” for the billions of dollars it received from the US as aid. The chief complaint remained the same, then and now, that Pakistan is not taking decisive action against terrorists based on its soil.

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SOURCE: FE

During the recently concluded International Airshow at Zhuhai, China displayed its CM-401 hypersonic anti-ship ballistic missile which re-focussed attention on China’s relentless march towards building its military strength in keeping with its avowed intent of being the global numero uno by 2049 – a date set by President-for-life Xi Jinping to signal the avenging of China’s century of humiliation between 1839 and 1949. The CM-401 is reportedly the first hypersonic anti-ship ballistic missile in the world and will also be available for export.

Similarly, China has also offered the M20B anti-ship ballistic missile for export. Both these missiles pose a very potent threat to any adversary and are a reliable deterrent against any aggression from the sea. If exported, these will be available with China’s allies, thus becoming an effective force multiplier in China’s aggressive intent at sea as it seeks to establish its unrivalled presence in the waters of its choosing.

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SOURCE: PTI

China has developed a massive bomb, said to be the country’s answer to the US-built ‘Mother of All Bombs’, the most powerful non-nuclear weapon, official media reported on Friday. China’s defence industry giant NORINCO for the first time showcased the aerial bomb, the country’s largest non-nuclear bomb, state-run Global Times reported.

It is dubbed as the Chinese version of the “Mother of All Bombs” due to its huge destruction potential that is claimed to be only second to nuclear weapons, the daily said.

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