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SOURCE: GLOBAL TIMES

The latest, upgraded version of the JF-17 fighter jet has recently been spotted equipped with China’s most advanced air-to-air combat missile that is also used by China’s J-20 stealth aircraft, with military observers saying on Thursday that the weapon will give the China-Pakistan jointly developed light fighter the upper hand against its counterparts in dogfights and make it one of the world’s best in its class.

A photo recently circulating on social media shows a JF-17 Block 3 fighter jet with the serial number “3001” on a test flight, eastday.com, a Shanghai-based news website, reported on Wednesday.

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SOURCE: Navy Recognition

According to a Tweet released by Loongnaval, China will deliver this summer the first Type 054A/P Jiangkai II-class frigate to the Navy of Pakistan. According to news published in June 2018, Pakistan has signed an agreement for the purchase of two more Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided missile frigates with Chinese shipbuilder China Shipbuilding Trading Co Ltd. (CSTC). In 2017, Pakistan had already signed a contract with China for the purchase of two Type 54A.

In total, the Pakistani Navy will receive four Type 54A frigates from China; The first Type 054A/P for Pakistan was launched on August 22, 2020. The second one was launched on January 29, 2021. On November 1, 2019, China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding held a steel cutting ceremony for the Pakistan Navy’s third and fourth Type 054A/P frigates.

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SOURCE: The Online Citizen

Indonesia and the world mourned the sinking of Indonesia’s Navy submarine KRI Nanggala-402 in the Bali waters. Singapore’s MV Swift Rescue had visual contact of the ship—which was split into three parts—at the depth of 838 meters on 25 April. KRI Nanggala-402 lost contact during a torpedo drill preparation on 21 Apr. Several countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia, India, the United States, and Germany joined the search to discover the sunken submarine that carried 53 people onboard.

Indonesia is trying to lift the sunken submarine from the depth of 838 meters at the request of the families of the 53 crew members. “We are trying to be able to lift the submarine from the depth of 838 meters. The International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO) and our partners are offering help,” said Indonesia’s Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono during a press conference on 25 Apr in Bali.

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SOURCE: Agence France-Presse

Dismissed as a traitor in Pakistan but lauded as a hero by the United States, Shakeel Afridi is paying a heavy price for his role in bringing an end to Osama Bin Laden. A decade after the Al-Qaeda chief was gunned down by a team of Navy Seals, there is no sign the doctor will be exonerated by Pakistan authorities for helping the CIA pinpoint Bin Laden’s location under the cloak of running a vaccination programme.

Locked up in solitary confinement in Sahiwal Jail in Pakistan’s central Punjab province, Afridi now spends his time counting the days — with nothing to differentiate between them.

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SOURCE: SPUTNIK

The development programme of the fifth-generation jet has also suffered from numerous cost overruns and missed deadlines, making the F-35 one of the costliest jets ever made. And still, the fighter faced multiple issues in the course of its not-so-long usage by the air forces of several countries.

The F-35’s price tag might jump (again) due to the increased costs of manufacturing the details for its F135 engines, Matthew Bromberg, chief of the military engines division for Pratt & Whitney, the company which assembles the part, told US lawmakers.

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SOURCE: KOREAN TIMES

Two diplomats from the Pakistan Embassy in Korea were caught allegedly shoplifting at a store in Seoul, according to police, Saturday. Yongsan Police Station said the two were caught stealing items worth 11,000 won ($10) and 1,900 won ($1.70), respectively, at the same store in Itaewon, Yongsan District, on different dates.

One allegedly stole chocolate treats worth 1,900 won ($1.70), Jan. 10, and the other a hat worth 11,000 won ($10), Feb. 23. After the hat was stolen, an employee at the store filed a police report shortly afterwards, and the law enforcement authorities identified the suspect through CCTV footage as a 35-year-old diplomat of the Pakistan Embassy.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

A missing Indonesian submarine has been found, broken into at least three parts, deep in the Bali Sea, army and navy officials said on Sunday, as the president sent condolences to relatives of the 53 crew. Rescuers found new objects, including a life vest, that they believe belong to those aboard the 44-year old KRI Nanggala-402, which lost contact on Wednesday as it prepared to conduct a torpedo drill.

“Based on the evidence, it can be stated that the KRI Nanggala has sunk and all of its crew have died,” military chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto told reporters. Navy chief of staff Yudo Margono said the crew were not to blame for the accident.

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SOURCE: SPUTNIK

Recently, new unmanned aerial vehicles such as drone swarms, kamikaze and AI-powered drones, have shown rapidly increasing widespread use among governments, and large and small military groups. The alarming trend has brought new security challenges as the devices are difficult for air defense systems to accurately identify.

China at the 9th World Radar Expo presented its newest YLC-48 portable multipurpose reconnaissance radar, said to be able to detect low-altitude, small and slower unmanned aerial vehicles, even in conditions of high noise impact close to the ground, the Global Times reported on Friday.

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SOURCE: TELEGRAPH UK

Australia’s defence minister said Sunday that a conflict with China over Taiwan should not be discounted because Beijing has made its goal of taking control of the island “very clear”.

Peter Dutton’s comments follow recent warnings by US admirals that annexing Taiwan is Beijing’s “no. 1 priority” and that it could launch a military attack on Taiwan within the next six years. China’s foreign ministry has said that the US is hyping up the threat to justify an increase in American military expenditure and its “interference in regional affairs”.

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SOURCE: NAVAL NEWS

The historic (over 70,000 tons combined commissioned on a single day) event coincided with the 72th anniversary of the PLAN. The Type 055 Destroyer commissioned yesterday is named Dalian (pennant number 105). It is the third ship of the class and the second one commissioned this year (The 2nd Type 055 joined the PLAN in March 2021).

The Type 055 destroyers are the largest surface combatant currently being built in the world with a length of 180 meters, a beam of 20 meters and a draft of 6.6 meters for a full load displacement of about 13,000t (compared to the US Navy’s Ticonderoga-class cruiser and the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer both at 9,800 tons or the Royal Navy Type 45 at about 8,500 tons). Their official PLAN designation is “10,000-ton class destroyer.” while the US Department of Defense have been calling them “cruisers” since 2017.

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SOURCE: Agence France-Presse

An Indonesian submarine that went missing off the coast of Bali has sunk, the country’s navy said Saturday, dashing hopes that its 53 crew would be saved. The navy’s chief said a search party had recovered fragments from the KRI Nanggala 402 including items from inside the vessel, whose oxygen reserves were already believed to have run out.

Warships, planes and hundreds of military personnel have been searching for the stricken vessel. Authorities had said the German-built craft was equipped with enough oxygen for only three days after losing power.

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SOURCE: SPUNITK

The United States has officially notified Turkey that it was excluded from the agreement on the F-35 jet production due to its purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence systems, the official Anadolu news agency reported, citing a Pentagon source.

According to the news agency, the US abrogated the 2007 F-35 deal with Turkey and concluded a new one with the remaining participants in the program — Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.

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SOURCE: AP

Afghanistan’s military “will certainly collapse” without some continued American support once all U.S. troops are withdrawn, the top U.S. general for the Middle East told Congress Thursday. Gen. Frank McKenzie also said he was very concerned about the Afghan government’s ability to protect the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said that as the U.S. pulls out all forces, “my concern is the Afghans’ ability to hold ground” and whether they will able to continue to maintain and fly their aircraft without U.S. aid and financial support. Later, at a Pentagon news conference, McKenzie said the U.S. will look for “some remote, televised way” to help the Afghan security forces perform maintenance on their aircraft without having U.S. personnel in the country.

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SOURCE: Reuters

A Syrian missile exploded in southern Israel on Thursday, the Israeli military said, in an incident that triggered warning sirens near the secretive Dimona nuclear reactor and an Israeli strike in Syria. An Israeli military spokesman identified the projectile as an SA-5 surface-to-air missile fired by Syrian forces against Israeli aircraft. He said it overflew its target to reach the Dimona area, 200 km (125 miles) south of the Syrian border.

The missile did not hit the reactor, landing some 30 km (19 miles) away, the spokesman added. In a further statement, the military said a preliminary investigation showed that Israel’s anti-missile systems had not carried out an interception of the projectile. Israeli security sources said the missile exploded in mid-air.

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SOURCE: The Australian Financial Review

The Indonesian Navy believes there is enough oxygen on a missing submarine to keep the 53 men on board alive until Saturday morning. Navy chief of staff Admiral Yudo Margono said the oxygen capacity of KRI Nanggala was 72 hours. The navy has failed to find any trace of the submarine, which disappeared after asking for permission to dive in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Two Indonesian Navy vessels are at the location of an oil spill in waters north of Bali where the last contact with the submarine was at 3am local time (1am AEDT) on Wednesday. Nothing is known about the condition of the submarine or the crew. “It is hoped the oxygen reserves are sufficient until Saturday at 3am,” Admiral Yudo told Indonesian media on Thursday.

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