The Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan has received two new  Su-30SM two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft from Russia.

That was reported by press service of the Kazakh Defense Ministry on Dec. 27, 2016.“One needs to have deep knowledge and constant self-improvement to operate the jet. In a year and a half, our pilots have successfully mastered this type of aircraft and participated in a number of drills. Continue reading


The new improved variant of Chengdu J-10 multirole fighter aircraft was spotted in China. During trial flight was spotted J-10C semi-stealth multi-role variant of Chinese multirole fighter.

The improved J-10C is a semi-stealth jet fighter with enhanced 4th generation electronics including a more powerful AESA radar, more composite material and a more powerful engine. Continue reading

SOURCE: IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has taken delivery of the first four of 24 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 ‘Flanker-E’ multirole fighter aircraft, according to the Russian Aviation website.

The four aircraft arrived on 25 December at a PLAAF flight training centre in Cangzhou, in China’s northeastern Hebei Province, said the website. Russia’s TASS news agency had previously reported that the first four Su-35s were to “fly over to China” by the same time. Continue reading


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday inaugurated the power production from 340 MegaWatt Chashma-III nuclear power plant ‘C-III’ near Mianwali,in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Radio Pakistan has reported Sharif and other dignitaries offered prayers for the successful operation of the nuclear power project which is a joint collaboration between the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and China National Nuclear Corporation. Continue reading


Antonov, a subsidiary of Ukraine’s state-owned Ukroboronprom, formally rolled out its multipurpose AN-132D military transport aircraft.

The plane was rolled out during a ceremony attended by high-ranking government officials, including Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and Saudi Prince Turki bin Saud bin Muhoammed Al Saud. Poroshenko presented an optimistic vision for aircraft during a speech. Continue reading


Two aging Russian Navy battlecruisers will be outfitted with the anti-ship version of the world’s first hypersonic missile, the 3K-22, which carries Zircon (or Tsirkon) 3M22 hypersonic warheads. This hypersonic missile will also arm Russian ballistic missile submarines.

With a claimed speed of Mach 5 or 6,200 km/h, the 3K-22 has a range of 450 kilometers. The weight of the 3M22 Zircon warhead remains unknown but will likely be heavier than the 200 kg warhead on India’s BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. Continue reading


Azerbaijani Armed Forces have successfully tested a long-range air defense missile system Barak 8 developed by Israel. Barak 8 has ability to repel any air attack on a maximum range of 70 km (according to some sources, up to 90 km). “Barak-8” was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in partnership with Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies.

Azerbaijan has placed orders for land based version of SAM which is truck mounted . Order includes 12 PU trailer chassis MAZ (6×6) and 75 rockets. Continue reading


Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday hoped that timely completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would usher in a new era of development in Pakistan.He was addressing the passing out parade of newly recruited Baloch personnel of the Pakistan Army.He said Balochistan is an integral part of Pakistan and its resources would in future open new paths of progress for the people of Balochistan.

Development in Balochistan would ensure peace and stability in the country, the army chief added.”That is why certain elements are trying to destabilise this province. Continue reading


Confusions, stirred by a fake news, involving nuclear threats to Pakistan by Israel prompted Defence Minister Khawaja Asif to issue a statement directing the same to Israel.

Israel’s ministry of defence, however, clarified that the statement attributed to former Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon was “never said” and the reports are “entirely false”.The headline of the news published on AWD News’ website quotes “Israeli Defense Minister” as saying that If Pakistan send ground troops into Syria on any pretext, “we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack.” Continue reading


There was an angry reaction in Afghanistan to news that the first female fixed-wing pilot in the country’s air force was requesting asylum in the United States after completing an 18-month training course.

The Afghan defence ministry confirmed on Sunday that Captain Niloofar Rahmani, 25, had sought asylum after the Wall Street Journal quoted her as saying that she feared her life would be in danger if she returned home. Continue reading


Sri Lanka said Tuesday it was investigating a former navy sailor convicted of attempting to assassinate India’s Rajiv Gandhi nearly three decades ago on suspicion of involvement in an alleged plot to kill its president.Vijithamuni Rohana de Silva served two and a half years in prison for trying to murder the former Indian leader as he inspected a naval guard of honour in Colombo in 1987.

He has since turned to astrology and on Tuesday Sri Lanka’s Information and Parliamentary Affairs ministry secretary said police were investigating whether he was part of a plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena. Continue reading


Israel’s prime minister lashed out at President Barack Obama on Saturday, accusing him of a ‘shameful ambush’ at the United Nations over West Bank settlements and saying he is looking forward to working with his “friend” President-elect Donald Trump. Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments came a day after the United States broke with past practice and allowed the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a ‘flagrant violation’ of international law.

Although the US opposes the settlements, it has traditionally used its veto power as a permanent member of the Security Council to block resolutions condemning Israel, saying that disputes between Israel and the Palestinians must be resolved through negotiations. Welcomed by the Palestinians, the resolution, while mostly symbolic, could hinder Israel’s negotiating position in future peace talks. Continue reading


The War Zone reported on the existence of a second rendition of China’s Shenyang FC-31 Gyrfalcon stealth fighter when pictures of the design under construction surfaced during the Zhuhai Air Show in early November. Now that aircraft—which features substantial upgrades in its low observable shaping and manufacturing quality—has flown for the first time, as evidenced by the photos and video below.

Not only could an operational FC-31 help fill the ranks of PLAAF medium and light fighter squadrons, but it could also be adapted for China’s emerging CATOBAR aircraft carrier program. This would give China a stealthy fighter that can project power far from the Chinese mainland. Continue reading


China is getting increasingly worried about the possibility of a thaw in the relationship between the United States and Russia after president-elect Donald Trumptakes office next month. Any improvement in the relationship would seriously hurt Beijing’s foreign policy goals including its ability to deal with neighbors like Japan and India, experts said.

“There is a lot of anxiety in Beijing that Russians who have all along taken an anti-US stance may start to think differently,” Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow for Russia at the American Foreign Policy Council told TNN. “If the US and Russia come closer, it implies that China-Russia relationship would be affected,” he said. Continue reading

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