RAW: Chinese navy holds massive combat drills in disputed South China Sea.
RT Jul 9, 2016
Warships, supporting vessels and planes from China's Northern, Eastern and Southern Fleet were mobilised for the exercises, according to CCTV. The exercises took place on Friday between Hainan Island and the Paracel Islands, known in China as Xisha Islands. The military drills come a few days ahead of an expected ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, based in the Hague, on China's disputed territorial claims. The case was brought by the Philippines.
Self-driving ‘drone’ trucks trialed by British army to supply frontlines.
RT.com 14 Jul, 2016 10:58
Unmanned military trucks will be trialed by the UK military as early as 2017 with the aim of resupplying troops engaged in operations without risking drivers.
Trials of the autonomous vehicles will begin next year. The innovation is thought to have been initiated because of the substantial loss of life among military drivers due to roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD), along with the US Department of Defense (DoD), will ask arms companies to compete for contracts from September 2016, with testing scheduled to start in the US in October.
Provisional testing along similar lines has already taken place. The US demonstrated in 2014 that prototypes of unmanned cargo vehicles could negotiate hazardous conditions during a trial.
The UK will announce its own automated delivery system program on Thursday at the Farnborough Air Show – the annual centerpiece of the UK arms trade calendar.
Defense procurement minister Phillip Dunne will speak about the plan alongside his DoD counterpart, Frank Kendall.
In a statement to the Times newspaper, Dunne said “We’re looking to exploit technology that’s being used in the civil sphere and deliver it in the defense sphere. We’re not talking about an automated fighting vehicle just yet.”
He explained that the collaboration with the US was part of the so-called “special relationship” between the two nations, which has existed for 75 years.
“This collaboration on assured resupply will put our nations at the forefront of future developments – allowing us to transform our approach to military logistics,” he said.
The UK effort will be led by the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) in partnership with the British Army, which provides most of the land-based logistical power for the UK’s military.
While airborne unmanned vehicles like Reaper and Watchkeeper drones have become the most iconic pilotless equipment, the rapid development and associated risks of the maritime and land-based versions are less well known.
In May, a leading security scholar warned that technological advances in the maritime drone field will make the ocean “transparent,” meaning weapons such as Britain’s Trident nuclear submarines will be unable to hide from enemy detection.
Professor Paul Rogers, who teaches security at Bradford University, made the comments in an analysis piece for the OpenDemocracy website.
“One issue in particular is of deep concern to the authorities: whether the oceans are in the process of becoming transparent,” he warned.
“If the submarines which carry the missiles become detectable, they will no longer constitute a secure nuclear force.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 23, 2016 13:08:37 GMT -5
Iran releases images of 1st self-manufactured missile defense system.
RT.com 21 Aug, 2016 18:31
The final version of Iran’s first domestically-built long-range air defense missile system has been unveiled at a Defense expo, alongside other state of the art technologies.
Iran’s Bavar-373 air defense complex is designed to track down and penetrate targets like drones and missiles, as well as combat aircraft at various altitudes.
Pictures of the system were released to the public on Sunday during the exhibition of Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) hosted in the capital Tehran. The event was visited by the country’s president Hassan Rouhani, who was portrayed next to various elements of the weapon alongside other top Iranian officials.
Bavar-373 is the country’s first air defense system, manufactured solely by local specialists. It was commissioned back in 2010 following a suspended deal with Moscow on the delivery of similar S-300 defense systems due to nuclear sanctions adopted by the UN over Iran’s nuclear program.
Last year Moscow re-authorized the delivery of S-300 to Iran shortly before the international community clinched a deal with Tehran on the nuclear program.
“We did not intend to make an Iranian version of the S-300 – we wanted to build an Iranian system, and we built it,” Iran’s Minister of Defense Hossein Dehghan said on Saturday as quoted by The Times of Israel. The weapon was first time successfully test-fired in August of 2014.
Pictures posted by Iranian news outlets and people on social media showed the final shape of Bavar launchers.
“Images of the Iranian missile system demonstrate the square shape of the final version of its launchers, as opposed to the initial cylindrical shape,” Tasnim News Agency says.
Photos of the fire control radars as well as heavy trucks designed to carry the system were also presented on Sunday. According to AP citing the country’s defense ministry, Bavar is expected to go into production late this year.
During the exhibition Iran also unveiled its first self-constructed turbo engine, with the country’s officials claiming it is capable of flying at the altitude of some 15,000 kilometers (50,000 feet).
“The Islamic Republic is one of eight countries in the world who have mastered the technology to build these engines,” Rouhani said as quoted by the Iran Daily.
The country is also expecting to develop sea-based supersonic cruise missiles, according to the Iran’s Defense Minister, Hossein Dehghan.
“We have had considerable progress in this field,” Denghan said as quoted by ISNA news agency.
Research on missile defense is not banned by last year’s international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. However, the country is subject to a UN resolution 2231 that urges Tehran to refrain from ballistic missile tests for the next eight years.
Back in April Iran’s President Rouhani announced increase of the military budget.
“If we are able to discuss with world powers around the negotiating table, it is because of our national strength, because of our national unity,” Rouhani said during a televised statement commenting on the move.
From this angle it looks like an icecream sandwhich!
Iran unveils combat UAV based on captured US spy drone design (VIDEO)
RT.com 1 Oct, 2016 14:32
Iranian engineers have weaponized the drone they built after reverse-engineering the American RQ-170 Sentinel, which the Islamic Republic captured in 2011, Iranian media reported.
The drone has high endurance and can carry a payload of four smart guided bombs, Press TV reports. The aircraft is dubbed Saeqeh (Tunderbolt) and was made public on Saturday by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as part of an exhibition of advanced military hardware.
The design of the new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is based on the RQ-170 Sentinel, a US surveillance drone, which Iran captured in 2011. Earlier unarmed versions of the aircraft were demonstrated by the Iranians, with Pentagon officials describing it as inferior to the American version.
Commenting on the new weapon, IRGC’s Aerospace Division chief Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said that he considered Iran one of the world’s top four drone producers.
Iran is pursuing self-reliance in military production, seeking to make an entire range of hardware domestically. The country’s ability to purchase foreign military technology is limited by international sanctions, which are meant to stall Iran’s progress in sensitive areas like rocketry.
Tehran insists that its military does not pose a threat to any foreign nation. But Iran is apparently irritated by the presence of US military assets close to its borders, and has been showing their displeasure in particular by staging maneuvers close to American warships deployed in the Strait of Hormuz lately. In January, it flew a large drone apparently capable of carrying air-to-surface missiles over the USS Harry S. Truman.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 13, 2016 15:35:42 GMT -5
Chinese Physicists Develop Quantum Radar That Can Detect Stealth Jets.
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 11:34 04.10.2016
Chinese scientists have developed a small, powerful and secure radar system that relies on quantum physics to detect stealth targets located up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) away, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) announced.
CETC described the device as the first "single-photon quantum radar system" in the country that uses entangled photons to detect objects that remain invisible to existing systems.
If true, this will come as bad news for the Pentagon which has heavily invested in stealth as the key game-changing technology in defense. The DoD's latest procurements include the costly Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighter and the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) guided missile destroyer that also has stealth capabilities.
The CETC radar utilizes a physical phenomenon known as quantum entanglement. Albert Einstein famously derided quantum entanglement as a "spooky action at a distance," but later research showed that the concept was indeed feasible.
This is how it works. A quantum radar generates pairs of entangled photons, sending one particle into the air. This enables the system to obtain "critical information about a target, including its shape, location, speed, temperature and even the chemical composition of its paint from returning photons," Stephen Chen explained.
In theory, a quantum radar needs only one returning photon to determine an object's composition, the direction it is headed and its speed.
This might sound like something from a science fiction novel, but the radar, according to CETC, has already been tested. The system intercepted targets located 100 kilometers away during a recent field trial, but some say that the maximum range could be greater.
"The figure in declassified documents is usually a tuned-down version of the real [performance]," Professor Ma Xiaosong, a physicist at Nanjing University, told South China Morning Post. "The announcement has gone viral [in the radar research community]."
The new system, according to CETC, has additional advantages, including small size and resilience to countermeasures.
CETC designs and manufactures advanced electronics and communication equipment, information systems, software and components for military and civilian purposes. The state-owned company comprises research institutions behind some of the major technological breakthroughs in the country. They are said to have developed electronics for China's first nuclear bomb, guided missile and geo-orbital satellite.
China unveils advanced J-20 stealth fighter in fly over at air show (VIDEOS)
RT.com 1 Nov, 2016 12:26
China has showcased its new J-20 stealth fighter in southern Guangdong Province’s city of Zhuhai in a spectacular fly over at Air Show China, the country’s biggest meeting of aircraft makers and buyers.
Two J-20s, China’s fifth-generation jets, swept over hundreds of spectators at the show’s opening ceremony in a 60-second flyby on Tuesday. The J-20 is a long-range radar-evading fighter jet equipped with air-to-air missiles. China has reportedly already produced six prototypes of the new stealth fighter, which is expected to add greatly to China’s offensive and defensive capabilities.
The J-20, manufactured by Chengdu Aircraft Industries Corporation, is an original Chinese project. China carried out the first test flight of the J-20 back in 2011, but it made its public debut at today’s airshow. It is expected to be deployed with the Chinese Air Force within the next two to three years.
Bloggers have been comparing the J-20 with the US military’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor ever since it was been first tested. The fifth-generation fighter resembles the F-22 Raptor in terms of appearance, but is equipped with a different engine.
According to TASS news agency, it is fitted with Russian AL-31FM2 turbofan engines, but China reportedly plans to equip it with its own engines in the near future. Most of the tactical and technical characteristics of new stealth fighter have been kept secret, however.
Meanwhile, China is also working on another stealth jet program, the J-31, which is reported to be a Chinese response to the American F-35 Lightning II. China is the only country apart from the United States that has two concurrent stealth aircraft development programs going at the moment. Both the J-20 and J-31 programs are believed to be aimed at supporting China in taking more assertive stances in territorial disputes with its neighbors over the East and South China Seas.
Besides China, only the US and Russian Air Forces have fifth generation stealth fighters at their disposal at present.
Not again! US Navy ‘stealth’ destroyer towed into port after another breakdown (VIDEO)
RT.com 23 Nov, 2016 00:38
Built at a cost of more than $4 billion, the high-tech USS Zumwalt only made it to the Panama Canal while on its first journey to its home port of San Diego. A malfunction left the warship in need of tugboats so that it could reach the closest port, where it remains under maintenance.
Passing southbound through the Panama Canal on Monday evening, the USS Zumwalt crew discovered water seeping into two of the four bearings connecting the port and starboard Advanced Induction Motors, or AIMs, to the drive shafts, according to US Naval Institute News citing a defense official.
The AIMs are part of what makes the Zumwalt the most high-tech, and most expensive, destroyer in the US Navy’s history. They generate up to 78 megawatts, allowing the 610-foot, 15,000-ton ship’s propulsion to rely entirely on electrical power.
However, Zumwalt was at the mercy of tugboats Monday night. They towed the ship to a former US naval station in Panama, where it is still being worked on. The problem may not be fixed for another 10 days, a defense official told USNI.
The unusually angular warship, shaped to evade radar detection, endured “minor cosmetic damage” when it collided with canal walls, the Portland Press Herald reported. It was on its way to San Diego, where it would join the US 3rd Fleet and be ready for action in 2018 after some weapons systems are installed.
Third Fleet spokesman, Commander Ryan Perry, issued a statement late Monday, Defense News reported.
“Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, US Third Fleet, has directed USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) to remain at ex-Naval Station Rodman in Panama to address engineering issues that occurred while transiting the Panama Canal,” the statement read. “The timeline for repairs is being determined now, in direct coordination with Naval Sea Systems and Naval Surface Forces. The schedule for the ship will remain flexible to enable testing and evaluation in order to ensure the ship's safe transit to her new homeport in San Diego.”
This is the second major break down for the Zumwalt. In late September, just two weeks after leaving Bath, Maine, where it was constructed, it sprung a leak in its auxiliary motor drive oil system, Popular Mechanics reported.
Two other “stealth” destroyer ships in Zumwalt’s class are currently under construction.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 23, 2017 17:30:36 GMT -5
Russia could wipe out Britain on the battlefield ‘in an afternoon,’ says UK army’s own think-tank.
RT.com 22 Jan, 2017 21:13
UK military capacity has been “hollowed out” to such an an extent, that it could lose its entire fighting force in a single engagement, should a “threat from the East” emerge, claims a new paper from the authoritative Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research (CHACR).
The document was published following a two day gathering of Britain’s leading military experts and officials.
Although the paper admits the country “might not be facing an immediate risk of a direct attack by a foreign state,” it states there are “plausible scenarios” in which the UK could get dragged into a war - say with Russia - while supporting a NATO ally, for example, as cited by the Sunday Times, which exclusively trailed the document.
“This raises an important question: is the British Army ready for such a possibility? If one merely sees preparedness through net manpower and kinetic force capacity, the answer might be a simple ‘no’: the British Army is at its smallest and has suffered years of budget cuts,” the research paper read.
According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the UK has just over 83,000 full-time soldiers, and 102,000 reservists, while Russia has 750,000 active personnel, with well over 2,000,000 fighters in reserve.
The UK’s only “war-fighting” division will be expanded to 50,000 following the completion of a reorganization this year. According to CHACR, having such a relatively small battle-ready force is not only a disadvantage in itself, but could make British commanders extra-cautious in any potential engagement.
“The ‘prospect of losing the division in an afternoon’ will weigh heavily on the chain of command . . . as politicians appreciate the stakes involved in committing the division to battle,” say the authors.
Furthermore, the UK would struggle to even transport its force to any theater of war, with its current fleet only capable of carrying three brigades – about 5,000 strong – at any one time. Authors say the rest would rely on chartered or commandeered commercial ships and aircraft.
“The ability to get an entire division’s component parts swiftly and safely into a theatre of operations is identified as a key concern,” the paper states .
The situation is the result of the “hollowing out or deletion of the army’s deployed capabilities,” which means the army “might struggle” to participate even in a conflict as limited as the intervention in Iraq in 2003, for which the UK had months to prepare.
CHACR states that despite the relatively high expenditure on presumably maintaining a modern, high-tech military force, the UK “does not yet comprehend” cyber warfare has a “capability gap” in air defense – protecting its troops from aerial attack – and “lacks some of the tools that would be required against a threat from the East.”
The IISS said notably that the UK spends only $9 billion less on its armed forces than Russia - $56.2 billion in 2015, compared to Russia’s $65.6 billion - and still has the fifth-highest defence budget in the world.
The criticism is particularly potent as it comes from CHACR, the UK army’s own think-tank, based at its Sandhurst officer academy - a self-proclaimed “hub for scholarship and debate” involving “the Service’s brightest minds.”
Nonetheless, the Ministry of Defence has batted away these accusations, insisting that “the army is ready and capable of deploying a potent, large-scale, war-fighting force at divisional level with sufficient notice.”
This is not the first time senior UK military officials have warned about Russia’s military superiority, whether out of urgent concern, or a desire to attract attention from a busy government. Last August, a report was leaked to the Times, claiming that Moscow enjoyed a "significant capability edge" in advanced equipment, as well as a better grasp of cyber warfare and latest high-tech battlefield techniques, such as GPS hacking.
Russian and UK relations have been cool for over a decade. This has been iced further after the Russian embassy in London accused the British government of a “witch-hunt,” after it was revealed that UK intelligence passed on to American officials information about alleged hacking ahead of the US presidential elections last year. In addition, the UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has accused Moscow of “all sorts of dirty tricks.”
A recent test in which UK tanks were sent through the Channel Tunnel in a simulation of a conflict with Russia, was dismissed a “cheap stunt,” by a Moscow official, who dismissed claims that Russia could go to war with Britain as “spurious.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 15, 2017 11:08:56 GMT -5
China’s 3rd aircraft carrier to feature 3 steam catapults, no advanced launch system – report.
RT.com 14 Feb, 2017 16:46
China’s newest Type 002 aircraft carrier will feature three steam catapults allowing jets with heavier load and endurance to be launched from it, according to local media. The time-proven design was chosen over more advanced EM launch systems.
While little is reliably known about the Type 002, China’s third and latest aircraft carrier under development, it emerged that it would be fitted with “at least three conventional steam launch catapults,” according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), citing a source close to the navy.
The Type 002 is the latest development of China’s ambitious aircraft carrier program, which includes building at least two such ships to counterbalance US naval power in the Asia-Pacific. The Chinese Navy currently operates its first carrier, the ‘Liaoning,’ to train crews and test technology, while the ‘Shandong,’ a Type 001A, is expected to enter service in the next few years.
The design of the ‘Shandong’ is heavily based on that of the ‘Liaoning,’ which is a retrofitted Soviet warship ‘Varyag.’ It has steam turbine propulsion and features no catapults, relying on a ski ramp to launch fixed-wing aircraft. Some rumors suggested that the Type 002 aircraft carrier may feature nuclear propulsion and an advanced electromagnetic launch (EM) system, but the SCMP source says this will not be the case.
“There are still some technical problems applying nuclear propulsion to the carrier platform, so the Type 002 will still use steam catapults,” the source said.
“But this is still a breakthrough compared with the ‘Liaoning’ and the Type 001A carrier [Shandong], both of which are equipped with ski-jump ramps,” the source added. “It will [also] take a couple of years for the newest carrier to enter full service after its launch, as it takes two or three years to train carrier-based pilots.”
The take-off configuration is critical for every aircraft carrier as it impacts the vessel’s capability to launch various types of warplanes. The ski ramp variant, which is also called Short Take-Off but Arrested Landing (STOBAR), is used by China’s ‘Liaoning’ and ‘Shandong,’ the Russian aircraft carrier the ‘Admiral Kuznetsov’ as well as India’s ‘Vikramaditya,’ a Soviet-built Kiev-class aircraft carrier formerly known as the ‘Admiral Gorshkov.’
Some carrier jets such as the J-15, Mig-29K, and Su-33 rely on their own engines to accelerate to flight speed using a ski jump, but they have to take off with a reduced fuel load and armaments to do so, which limits their range and combat capabilities.
A catapult is another solution, which has been extensively used by US Navy aircraft carriers throughout the decades. It uses a track built into a flight deck to help an aircraft speed up to a point where it can take off. Larger warplanes with heavier loads, including the E-2 Hawkeye and S-3 Viking airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, can be operated from an aircraft carrier this way.
An Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) generates the force necessary to speed up a launching aircraft via a linear motor rather than a steam piston drive and has a number of advantages over the steam catapult. The drawback is that it has high electric energy consumption that only a nuclear powerful reactor can feasibly provide.
The development of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy comes as Beijing increasingly projects its military power in the Asia-Pacific. Washington and its regional allies seem to be increasingly wary of China’s ambitions to build a blue-water navy, which they see as an attempt to resolve by force territorial disputes, including those in the vital South China Sea area.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 15, 2017 11:13:35 GMT -5
Message to ‘warmonger’ Trump: Film showing Iran defeating US forces set to be released.
RT.com 15 Feb, 2017 14:44
An animated film depicting Iran's Revolutionary Guards defeating US forces will soon open in Iranian cinemas. The movie's director says he hopes the film will show “warmongering” President Trump what will happen if the US attacks the Islamic Republic.
The 88-minute film ‘Battle of the Persian Gulf II’ opens with the US Army attacking an Iranian nuclear reactor, and the US Navy in the Gulf hitting strategic locations across the country.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) then retaliates against the American forces, launching ballistic missiles on the US warships.
“They all sink and the film ends as the American ships have turned into an aquarium for fishes at the bottom of the sea,” the film's director, Farhad Azima, told Reuters.
Although he said the film's release amid US President Donald Trump's hardline stance against Iran is sheer coincidence, he still hopes it will send the “warmongering” leader a message.
“I hope that the film shows Trump how American soldiers will face a humiliating defeat if they attack Iran,” he said.
Azima went on to state that the film, which was four years in the making, is in response to the “many” Hollywood films and computer games against Iran.
“...We made this film as an answer to that propaganda,” the 35-year-old said.
He noted, however, that the team behind the film has not received any money from the Iranian government, and that the IRGC had no role in the making of the movie.
“Our animators are not working for money, but for their beliefs and their love of the country. Thank God, everyone is surprised that we've managed to create such high-quality production under this poor condition,” he said, referring to the film's modest budget.
Azima said screenings of the film will begin as soon as the movie gets the necessary permissions from cultural authorities. Local outlets have reported it will be released sometime this month.
The film's upcoming release comes amid Trump's hardline rhetoric against Tehran, with the US leader saying he will not be as “kind” to the country as his predecessor Barack Obama was.
The Republican billionaire has stated that military options are not off the table when it comes to Iran, and has repeatedly criticized the nuclear accord agreed between Tehran and six world powers as “disastrous” and the “worst deal ever negotiated.” He told an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in May that his “number one priority” was to dismantle the deal.
Iran has expressed concern over the possibility of Trump dismantling the deal, which outlines Tehran's commitment to reduce its nuclear program in exchange for the six world powers – the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China – lifting international sanctions against the country.
Last month, Tehran warned Washington against “creating new tensions” with Iran over an alleged ballistic missile test which the US says it held, stating that its missiles are not in violation of United Nations resolutions because they are for defensive purposes, and are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran were further strained in January by Trump's travel ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries, including Iran. Tehran called the ban “insulting” and vowed to take “reciprocal measures.”
Months after unveiling its first fifth-generation J-20 fighter jet, China’s People’s Liberation Army announced that the advanced aircraft has entered service. The jet is meant to counter the US and its regional allies in a potential battle for air superiority.
The brief announcement on Friday made on state broadcaster CCTV’s military and agricultural affairs channel said the J-20 had entered service in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). The report did not provide further details.
The announcement did not come as a big surprise; in November, the Chinese military demonstrated two J-20s during a pre-announced brief fly-past at the Zhuhai Air Show in Guangdong province, signaling that the aircraft was about to enter service.
The development of the Chengdu J-20 began in the late 1990s, with the first prototype taking flight in January 2011. Eight prototypes have been built so far, with two being LRIP, or low rate initial production – an indicator that the aircraft design was generally fixed. The J-20 is yet to receive its designated engine, the Xian WS-15, but has been reportedly tested with China’s advanced PL-15 and PL-10 air-to-air missiles.
Beijing has managed to develop an advanced aircraft, which is touted as a weapon meant to counter US F-22 and F-35 fighters, and is surprisingly fast, industry experts say.
“The J-20 is a giant leap for the PLAAF both capability-wise and technology-wise. Did anyone of us expect a Chinese stealth fighter to be operational before 2020 when asked in, let’s say, 2010?” aviation journalist Andreas Rupprecht wrote for the Aviationist website at the time the J-20 was first demonstrated.
Modernizing its military to match its economic potential is a strategic goal for Beijing, which has been investing heavily in advanced military technology to close the gap with NATO. In some areas it is already on a par with or possibly surpasses the West, the British International Institute for Strategic Studies warned last month.
China’s defense budget for 2017 will grow by a further 7 percent to over $150 billion, Beijing announced last week. However, this is still roughly only a quarter of what the US spends on its military.
China’s new stealth fighter makes Britain’s ‘new’ F35s look antique by comparison.
CHINA has unveiled its most advanced stealth fighter jet ever amid growing tensions with the US and President Donald Trump.
express.co.uk By VICKIIE OLIPHANT 06:20, Sun, Mar 12, 2017
And the J-20 aircraft are so technologically advanced, they make Britain’s new US-built F35s look antique in comparison.
The futuristic Chinese aircraft have longer range, more internal fuel capacity and a larger weapons capacity.
And this latest military addition is believed to be equipped with unique WS-15 turbo engines capable of reaching supersonic speeds.
The F-35's top speed is 1199mph – The J-20s is a hefty 1,305mph.
However when fully operational the F-35 may offer significant advantage in terms of manoeuvrability as questions hang over the Chinese plane’s air-to-air capability.
The F-35B can also land vertically – meaning it can be used in many more theatres of operations.
Chinese plane-spotters first caught a glimpse of the J-20 in 2010, before the public got its first viewing of the craft at the Zhuhai airshow in November 2016.
Visitors were reportedly not permitted to view the aircraft on the ground, sparking speculation the aircraft was falling behind production schedule.
Now the fighter jets have reportedly joined the arsenal of the People’s Liberation Army’s airforce as part of a high-priority military revamp.
But only a few of the stealth fighters have entered service so far – with more planned by the end of the year.
The new addition comes after the Chinese PLA released a statement saying that war with the US is a "practical reality".
Tensions have continued to escalate between the US and Beijing over North Korea and the South China Sea.
On Monday, Beijing announced its defence budget would increase by seven per cent, roughly a quarter of what Washington spends annually.
And defence sources close to the PLA reveal the unveiling of the J-20 was also meant as a warning to Japan and South Korea.
One source said: “It’s urgent for China to show off its achievements as soon as possible.”
Britain is being forced to pour millions of pounds of new funds into the troubled F-35 stealth fighter programme being developed in America and considered a vital part of the UK’s future defences.
The F-35 - built by the US in partnership with countries including the UK – is intended to be a cornerstone of UK defences for decades to come, flying off two new aircraft carriers.
But the aircraft - the costliest weapon ever developed by the Pentagon – has been plagued with difficulties. One expert even claimed the F-35’s laser guided missiles could only hit stationary objects.
Other software problems have seen the project costs soar from $233bn in 2001 to around $379bn.
Donald Trump has even instructed his own military to look at alternatives such as Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornet.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 13, 2017 14:30:30 GMT -5
Iran announces mass production of domestic main battle tank, which looks like Russian T-90MS (VIDEO)
RT.com 12 Mar, 2017 12:28
Tehran kicked off the mass production of a main battle tank called Karrar at a ceremony attended by Iran’s defense minister. The tank appears to have a design similar to Russia’s T-90MS.
Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan praised Iran’s new tank at the Sunday event, the Iranian media reported.
“The tank can compete with the most advanced tanks in the world in the three main areas of power, precision and mobility, as well as maintenance and durability in the battleground,” the minister said, as cited by Fars news agency.
Dehqan said the Karrar has advanced features like an electro-optical fire control system, a laser rangefinder, and a ballistic computer. It can also fire guided missiles.
The tank, first announced by Tehran in February of last year, has been touted as being as good as Russia’s T-90 MBT.
“The defense industry designed and built the battle tank from scratch. If not better, it’s still as deadly as the Russian T-90,” Dehqan said at the time.
The announcement came months after Iran suspended talks with Moscow on buying main battle tanks from Russia. Tehran said it was not interested in the deal unless technology sharing was included.
When the first images of the Iranian tank were made public in August of 2016, military experts said its design looks strikingly similar to that of the T-90MS, the export variant of Russia’s tank.
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Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 26, 2017 14:43:50 GMT -5
China launches its 1st domestically-built aircraft carrier (VIDEOS)
RT.com 26 Apr, 2017 02:51
China has transferred its first indigenously built aircraft carrier into the water, expanding its fleet to two such vessels. The ceremony, held amid heightened tensions in the region, almost coincided with the US deployment of THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.
The new carrier, which name is yet to be revealed, was launched on Wednesday morning in northeast China’s Dalian shipyard in Liaoning Province, Xinhua reported.
The pride of China's naval engineering was transferred from dry dock into the water at a launch ceremony that started at about 9am at the Dalian shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, the news agency noted.
The new carrier is slightly larger than the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, constructed by the Soviet Union as a Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier and refitted by the Chinese. The new carrier weighs 70,000 tons and is 315 meters long and 75 meters wide, South China Morning Post reported.
The carrier, however, is not expected to fully enter service until 2020, as it will reportedly take years to install all the equipment and conduct the necessary tests and trials.
The launch of the new vessel which has been referred to as CV-17 comes amid renewed tensions between North Korea and the United States in the region amid Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
Photos of the new vessel indicate that the ship has a ski jump and angled flight deck. Earlier reports also suggested that the ship’s hangars were built large enough to accommodate between 28 to 36 aircraft onboard.
The new ship was rolled out on the same day that the US Army began installing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system onto a golf course in Seongju, South Korea, as a response to the North Korean threat.
Beijing has repeatedly spoken out against THAAD over fears that it will undermine its own deterrence capabilities, and previously urged Seoul and Washington to reconsider their plans.
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5