Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 11, 2015 10:27:59 GMT -5
Very modern looking fighting force
China to send 700 troops to South Sudan.
CCTV America Dec 22, 2014
China is preparing to send an infantry battalion of 700 troops to South Sudan for a UN peacekeeping mission. This marks the first time that China sends a combat unit for a peacekeeping operation. A ceremony was held on Monday in Laiyang, a city in east China's Shandong Province, to mark the upcoming trip. Our reporter Hu Chao has more.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 19, 2015 15:57:16 GMT -5
50 terabytes! Snowden leak reveals massive size of F-35 blueprints hack by China.
RT.com January 19, 2015 07:56
The reported theft by Chinese hackers of blueprints for the US’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter amounted to 50 terabytes of classified information, documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed.
The hackers are believed by many US officials to be affiliated with the Chinese government. The humiliating 2007 incident saved China “25 years of research and development,” according to a US military official cited by The Washington Post in a 2013 article covering the breach.
Previous media reports said “several terabytes” of data was stolen, but according to the new documents published by the German magazine Der Spiegel last week, the actual amount was far higher, at 50 terabytes –the equivalent of five Libraries of Congress.
The data – reportedly used by China to build their own advanced fighter jets – includes detailed engine schematics and radar design.
Beijing dismissed the allegations of data theft in the wake of Snowden’s revelation.
"The so-called evidence that has been used to launch groundless accusations against China is completely unjustified," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters, adding that "according to the materials presented by the relevant person, some countries themselves have disgraceful records on cyber security."
F-35 blueprints are just a fraction of what Chinese hackers have allegedly stolen from the Pentagon’s data vaults over the years. The reported haul includes some two dozen advanced weapon systems, including the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System, Littoral Combat Ship designs and emerging railgun technology, a classified report revealed in 2013.
Edward Snowden, a former NSA employee, leaked thousands of classified documents to various media outlets in 2013. The focus of the leaks was on massive electronic surveillance programs by the agency and its allies across the globe.
The US government wants to prosecute Snowden for espionage, but for many he is a heroic figure standing up for privacy and government transparency. He is currently living in Russia, which granted him political asylum after he was stranded in a Moscow airport when the US revoked his passport.
China Supplies Air Defense Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Uzbekistan.
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 14:47 02.02.2015
China has supplied its new generation medium- to long-range HQ-9 air defense systems and its percussion unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Pterodactyl (Yilong-1) to Uzbekistan; similar deliveries have been made to Turkmenistan.
MOSCOW, February 2 (Sputnik) – China has supplied its new generation medium- to long-range HQ-9 air defense systems to Uzbekistan, according to the country’s news website 12news.
Tashkent has also received at least one percussion UAV, the Pterodactyl (Yilong-1), which was developed by China's Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group.
Similar deliveries have been made to Turkmenistan, the website quotes Chinese newspaper "Huantsyu Shibao" as saying.
The contracts for the provision of defense equipment to these Central Asian countries were signed back in 2013.
The purpose of delivering weaponry to the countries is to reduce the price China has to pay them for natural gas, according to WantChinaTimes, a news website operated by The China Times group.
“Since natural gas produced in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan is vital to China's development, the country is willing to sell advanced weapon systems such as the FD-2000, an export version of the HQ-9 missile, to its western neighbors as a way to get better deals,” the website writes. “Yet there is a catch. If China successfully convinces both nations to purchase FD-2000s, they will then have to purchase Chinese radars, early warning aircrafts and even fighter jets to coordinate with the air defense system.”
Leaked Reports on China Building Second Aircraft Carrier Taken Off Websites.
ASIA & PACIFIC 11:03 02.02.2015
Reports that China is set to construct a second aircraft carrier, which were leaked online on Saturday, have been carefully removed from all websites where it was mentioned.
MOSCOW, February 2 (Sputnik) — News that China is building its second aircraft carrier, which appeared on the internet over the weekend, have been carefully removed.
The message that the Chinese city of Changzhou is set to focus on promoting some major programs in 2015 and that Jiangsu Shangshang Cable Group is “winning the contract for China’s second aircraft carrier” appeared in the city government's microblog on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like Chinese microblogging service this past weekend.
The message was posted by the Information Office of the Changzhou government at 9:07 am on Saturday, according to the English-language website of China Radio International.
The same piece of news was later published in the newspaper Changzhou Evening News on the same day.
Both reports were later deleted.
The Communist Party secretary of Liaoning Province, Wang Min, also said that the country was already working on the second ship, which is to be completed around 2020, according to the website of Channel NewsAsia. However, the country's authorities ordered that all reports of Wang's remarks be deleted, the website says.
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was commissioned in September 2012. Originally christened the Riga, the Admiral Kuznetsov-class ship was designated as a multirole aircraft carrier for the Soviet Navy. The vessel was launched on December 4, 1988, and renamed Varyag in 1990.
China purchased the stripped hulk in 1998 from Ukraine and completely rebuilt the ship at Dalian Shipyard in northeastern China.
A Chinese defense ministry spokesperson has said that Liaoning may not be the only aircraft carrier China intends to have in its fleet.
‘Very concerned’: Top US general attacks UK military spending cuts.
RT.com March 02, 2015 12:22
Following pressure from US President Barack Obama, NATO and former defense chiefs, Prime Minister David Cameron now faces calls from America’s top general to meet the military alliance’s 2-percent-of-GDP military spending target.
General Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the US Army, told the Telegraph he was “very concerned” at the cuts being made to the UK’s armed forces. He criticized Chancellor George Osborne’s refusal to confirm whether the UK will meet NATO member states’ spending target of 2 percent of respective national GDP.
Odierno’s comments follow remarks from the US President, who told Cameron in January that further defense cuts posed a risk to global security.
Critics of extending austerity to the defense budget fear cuts in spending would harm one of the central pillars of the NATO alliance – Britain’s provision of military hardware to US-led campaigns.
“This is the most uncertain global environment I have seen in 40 years of service,” said Odierno.
Since the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the British Army has been cut by a fifth, with troop numbers reduced from 102,000 in 2010 to around 82,000 by 2020. The government plans to increase the number of reservists.
The Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force (RAF) are both preparing to lose 5,000 regulars and gain 500 reservists over the same period.
“We have a bilateral agreement between our two countries to work together. It is about having a partner that has very close values and the same goals as we do,” explained Ordierno at the New America Foundation’s ‘Future of War’ conference.
“What has changed, though, is the level of capability. In the past we would have a British Army division working alongside an American army division,” he added. Cuts mean the US Army now expects Britain to provide only half its previous commitment.
Odierno further warned NATO must be “prepared for Ukraine,” whose destabilization posed a threat to global security. He also said America and its allies should be ready to join Iraqi forces in the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
Iraqi troops will begin an offensive to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, later this year. It fell to IS forces in 2014.
Decisions to cut military spending could also prove costly to David Cameron, who is attempting to win another term as prime minister in May.
Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox said Tory MPs would find it “hard to swallow” cuts that allowed spending to fall below the 2 percent threshold, while a pledge to spend 0.7 percent of GDP on foreign aid was maintained by the government.
He told the BBC: “I think this would be a political problem inside the Conservative Party because I think that people feel that the government's first duty is the protection of the United Kingdom and its citizens.”
His sentiment is echoed by former NATO chiefs, including Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, who have previously said cuts to defense spending would send a message of weakness to global aggressors.
French delete evidence US carrier was 'sunk' by sub in drill.
RT.com March 06, 2015 05:19
A major vulnerability that allowed French submarine to “sink” aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and most of its escort during drills was apparently revealed by the French Navy and Defense Ministry in blogposts that were quickly wiped out.
Both the French Defense Ministry and the Navy released and then quickly deleted a news post entitled “Le SNA Saphir en entraînement avec l’US Navy au large de la Floride” (“The SNA Sapphire in training with the US Navy off the coast of Florida”) that praised the 34-year-old French nuclear submarine’s success in “sinking” the American aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt along with best part of its escort.
The news, before it was deleted was spotted by several outlets, including The Aviationist blog, which disclosed the information which the French authorities initially shared.
The aim of the military games off the coast of Florida which began in mid-February were meant to test the newly upgraded carrier, which had undergone a four year, $2.6 billion overhaul, ahead of the Strike Group's deployment. The drills involved practicing scenarios of hostile ship boarding, submarine attacks, and enemy ships battles.
During the first phase of the 10 days naval exercises, the French Saphir sub was part of the so-called friendly force to support anti-submarine warfare.
However, in the second phase of the games, the Saphir turned foe and was integrated with the imaginary enemy forces. Its mission become to locate Theodore Roosevelt and to prepare an attack on the strike group by guiding the ships.
During that last stage of the drills, the French sub snuck up undetected on US Carrier Strike Group 12 by penetrating a US defensive screen.
“The Saphir has quietly slipped into the heart of the screen formed by the American frigates protecting the aircraft carrier, while avoiding detection against-pervasive air assets ,” the original release read as quoted by French Challenges blog. “On the morning of the last day, the order of fire was finally given, allowing the Saphir to fictitiously sink Theodore Roosevelt and most of its escort.”
No other details are available about the outcome of the exercise. The strike group will be deployed later this year to provide an overseas forward presence and maintain US maritime security abroad.
Iran army unveils its new Soumar long-range cruise missile.
RT.com March 08, 2015 22:23
Iran has unveiled its first surface-to-surface missile defense system capable of hitting targets with accuracy and “high precision”, the Iranian Defense Minister announced at a ceremony on Sunday, triggering a fearful reaction of neighboring Israel.
The new system is called ‘Soumar’, and it has been manufactured by Iranian experts at a domestic aerospace industries organization affiliated with the country’s defense ministry, state-run IRNA news agency reported. According to the country’s Minister of Defense and Logistics Hossein Dehghan, who spoke at the presentation, Soumar stands out from the previous missiles in terms of its range, accuracy and precision.
Among senior Iranian officials present at the test ceremony was the commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier-General Amir Ali Hajizadeh. IRGC [the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution] Aerospace force also received the long-range cruise missile named ‘Ghadr’ and ‘Ghiam’.
Minister Dehghan described the new missile as being capable of eliminating various targets and is equipped by radars that makes it precisely accurate, “despite radio electronic counter measures of a potential enemy,” according to TASS news agency.
The minister added that the missiles help to increase the country's defense power, and that Iran does not need to get permission from others to develop defense capabilities, according to IRNA.
Israeli media were alerted by the Iranian move, reporting that this was the first time such weapons had been unveiled publically with a probable lack of coordination with President Hassan Rouhani – and that it comes “on the eve of what could be a crucial round of negotiations toward an agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program”, according to Haaretz newspaper.
The newspaper has drawn parallels between Iran’s new missile and the Kh-55 missile, which “can carry nuclear or conventional warheads.”
The report claimed that Iran purchased the Kh-55 from Ukraine back in 2001 and that before then, the missile was used back in the Soviet Union.
In recent years, Iran has frequently announced tests of new advanced weaponry as the Islamic Republic is eager to strengthen its defense sector.
Last week Iran reported about successfully test-firing a “new strategic weapon,” which the country said would play an important role in the future battle against the US.
In January, Iran said it had activated its own “real Iron Dome” missile defense system, which makes the airspace above the Islamic Republic the safest in the Middle East.
Before that, in November, Tehran presented its own copy of a US reconnaissance drone captured in 201.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard possesses an advanced arsenal of missiles capable of striking as far away as Israel and US military bases in the Middle East. Tehran also plans to increase the rates of production of drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs), which the country’s Air Defense Force announced last month.
The West blames the Iranian authorities for trying to develop nuclear-weapons capabilities, but Tehran insists that its program is for peaceful purposes. A framework agreement is expected to be reached in the coming weeks.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 10, 2015 23:19:35 GMT -5
Record number of drone pilots quit jobs, cite PTSD & mental health issues.
RT America Mar 10, 2015
New reports show that a record number of drone pilots and operators are leaving their positions, despite the Obama administration ramping up drone warfare abroad. RT’s Anya Parampil examines the numbers and why people have been leaving their posts – including for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 16, 2015 15:53:31 GMT -5
Iran launches mass production of long-range anti-ship cruise missile.
RT.com March 14, 2015 21:11
Iran has announced the mass production of Ghadir, a long-range anti-warship cruise missile. The homegrown missile reportedly features great precision, high destructive power and the ability to fly at low altitudes.
“Today, we are simultaneously witnessing the launch of the mass production line and the delivery of this strategic and effective missile in the domain of defense and marine battle,” Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan told reporters at a ceremony of inauguration on Saturday.
The homegrown missile is equipped with highly advanced radar, as well as anti-jamming and anti-electronic warfare systems. It has a range of 300 kilometers and is capable of flying at low altitudes. It can be launched from different types of vessels, even helicopters.
Iran has developed its own drones, aircraft, vessels and electronics systems. The three-day Great Prophet 9 Maneuver held in the Persian Gulf in February showed the might of the Iranian navy.
"The high precision, rapid reaction and high quality of these important products have incredibly increased the Armed Forces' combat power in the sky, sea and ground," Dehqan said.
The minister spoke highly of the work completed by technical specialists, and stressed that new kinds of weapons currently under development will have even more impressive characteristics.
“God willing, the Defense Ministry’s new missiles with much more advanced capabilities will be delivered to the Armed Forces next year,” Dehqan said.
The first several Ghadir missiles were handed over to the naval forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that Iran plans to replace its first generation missiles in 2016.
Ghadir was first shown off in 2011. It was officially unveiled on August 24, 2014 in a special ceremony attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the country's defense chief.
The production launch follows the recent presentation of new types of weapons.
Earlier this month, Iran unveiled its first surface-to-surface missile defense system Soumar, which is capable of hitting targets with accuracy and high precision. Iranian authorities said the new missile is capable of eliminating various targets and is equipped with radars that make it precisely accurate, despite any radio electronic counter-measures from potential enemies.
In recent years, Iran has frequently tested its new advanced weaponry as the Islamic Republic is eager to strengthen its defense sector. It has repeatedly stated that its military strength poses no threat to other countries, claiming the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence of the enemy.
In January, Iran said it had activated its own “real Iron Dome” missile defense system, which makes the airspace above the Islamic Republic the safest in the Middle East.
Earlier, in November, Tehran presented its own copy of a US reconnaissance drone captured in 2014.
The Iranian army possesses a wide arsenal of missiles capable of striking Israel and US military bases in the Middle East. Tehran also plans to increase the production of drones.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 23, 2015 15:08:15 GMT -5
Rising China arms exports threaten US influence worldwide – report.
RT.com March 23, 2015 15:57
Chinese-made advanced weapons systems flooding the international market over the next 10 years will cause instability, and make it a lot harder for the US to intervene in other countries, Foreign Policy magazine warned.
China’s shift from small arms to advanced weapons systems is proven by the sale of drones to Africa and the Middle East in 2011, a contract to supply three frigates to Algeria in 2012 and Turkey’s surprise choice of a Chinese air and missile defense system over US, Russian, and EU offerings a year later.
In recent years, Beijing has been trying to achieve self-sufficiency in defense supplies by investing heavily in mimicking foreign weapon technologies and domestic arms research and development programs.
The approach turned out to be effective as, according to an independent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s report in mid-March, China has become the world’s third-largest arms exporter, behind the US and Russia.
“Chinese weapons systems are often much cheaper than those of competing exporters. And while they’re not better than Russian or US alternatives, they are often good enough,” the US magazine wrote.
According to FP’s expert, Joseph E. Lin, over the years Chinese advanced weapon platforms will increase in quality, while their prices will continue falling, as happened with consumer electronics.
The magazine also stresses that the rise of China and also India as global arms exporters is “part of a worrying trend.”
“Developing countries that once could only afford secondhand Cold War-era weapons will soon be able to acquire everything from modern fighter aircraft and warships to precision-guided munitions, all without breaking the bank,” FP wrote.
According to Lin, this easy and cheap availability will have a destabilizing effect in many parts of the world.
“As countries equip their militaries with far more capable weapons, their neighbors may feel threatened and respond in kind, resulting in a ratcheting-up of tensions,” he wrote.
Moreover, Chinese weapons’ exports may put an end to “the era in which the US military has largely had uncontested freedom of action throughout the international commons,” the FP report stated.
“These weapons will enable even countries with limited defense budgets to acquire ‘anti-access/area denial’ capabilities and make it more difficult for the United States to intervene militarily without suffering significant casualties,” the magazine stressed.
Cheap Chinese and Indian weapons are also likely to “disrupt the global arms market,” leading to a drop in orders for the US, Russia and the EU, the expert said.
The West, FP advised, should “be cautious in their decisions regarding arms sales, particularly to rising powers,” no matter how lucrative they are.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 27, 2015 16:19:04 GMT -5
Still Not Ready? Pentagon Extends F-35 Software Flaws Testing.
Sputnik NEWS 01:07 25.03.2015
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the costliest United States weapons system ever, has run into another delay, with the Pentagon extended testing to debug software flaws that need to be fixed before the jets can be integrated into service.
Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bodgan said software testing in December revealed problems with the jets’ ability to fuse data about threats on the ground when four F-35s were flying at once. As a result, the aircraft had trouble identifying the number of targets.
"We found out that the fusion model sometimes, not all the time, sometimes creates an inaccurate picture for the pilot," Bogdan was quoted as saying by Defense News. Ongoing corrections and tests mean the final version of the software would not be ready as planned in June.
The Marine Corps, however, still plans to declare its version of the F-35, which can take off and land vertically like a helicopter, ready for initial combat use in July. The branch has decided to use the current software version and modify planned operations accordingly. For example, the Marines could fly two sets of two jets, instead of combining them into a four-jet set.
As a result of the delay, Lockheed is likely to forfeit some of the $300 million in incentive fees linked to development of three separate software packages – 2B, 3I and 3F – for the new warplane, Bodgan said.
"Every bit of their fee in development is incentive fee now. They get none of it if they don't finish 2B, 3I and 3F with full capability, on time," he said, adding that the final version of the 2B software is now expected to be ready in early fall.
The Air Force and the Navy are waiting for two more-advanced versions of the software that would allow pilots to deploy a wider range of weapons and sensors.
The loss of the fees would make only a small dent in sales for the jet’s manufacturer, Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed-Martin.
The defense contractor’s sales are forecasted to fall slightly this year from $45.4 billion in 2014, with 17% derived from the F-35, according to a Wall Street journal report. However, the program’s profit margins already trail those of the company’s other military aircraft, such as the F-16.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 27, 2015 16:57:30 GMT -5
Japanese Navy Gets Biggest Warship Since WWII Era Aircraft Carriers.
Sputnik ASIA & PACIFIC 19:39 25.03.2015
The Maritime Self Defense Force in Japan made a little bit of history Wednesday by taking delivery of the largest Japanese warship since World War II.
At 813 feet long, the Izumo is the size of approximately eight football fields and has a crew of 470 sailors.
It is officially designated a helicopter carrier, even though it is as big as the aircraft carriers Japan used during WWII. But calling it a helicopter carrier and not an aircraft carrier allows Japan to get around a constitutional ban on owning the means to wage war. Aircraft carriers are considered offensive weapons. For instance, unlike aircraft carriers, the Izumo does not have a catapult to launch fighter jets.
"This vessel can serve in a wide range of roles, including peace keeping operations, and international disaster relief and aid," said Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani during a ceremony Wednesday welcoming the vessel at the Japan United Marine shipyard in Yokohama, about 45 minutes south of Tokyo. The Izumo will be housed at the Yokosuka Naval Base near Tokyo.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking legislative approval to build up its defense capabilities and loosen the country’s pacifist constitution that was largely drafted after World War II by US General Douglas MacArthur and his postwar occupation staff, and which put severe constraints on Japan’s defenses.
Japan is currently adding long-range patrol aircraft and military cargo planes, and acquiring several amphibious assault vehicles.
Pentagon upgrades biggest ‘bunker buster’ bomb in case Iran talks fail - report.
RT.com April 04, 2015 10:24
The Pentagon has upgraded and tested the largest bunker-buster bomb in the US, powerful enough to disable Iran’s most heavily fortified nuclear facilities in case of failure to reach a nuclear deal, a senior US official told the Wall Street Journal.
“The Pentagon continues to be focused on being able to provide military options for Iran if needed,” an unnamed senior US official has been quoted as saying. “We have not taken our eyes off the ball.”
According to the Wall Street Journal report, work on the bunker buster (the so-called Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP) started before the latest round of talks with Iran. The most recent testing took place in mid-January, when the improved bunker buster was dropped at a testing site at an undisclosed location by a B-2 bomber that took off from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, officials told the publication.
The Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that according to Pentagon war planners the 30,000-pound (13,607 kg) bunker buster wasn’t powerful enough to destroy some fortified Iranian nuclear facilities. So work reportedly began to upgrade the bomb’s design and guidance systems.
According to senior officials, the results show the improved bomb—when dropped one on top of the other—is now more capable of penetrating fortified nuclear facilities in Iran or in North Korea, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Pentagon also designed the bunker buster to challenge Iran’s Fordow facility, which is built into a mountain to protect it from potential airstrikes.
Upgraded electronic countermeasures have been added to the weapon to prevent jamming of its guidance systems by Iran, the source said. Electronic jammers could be allegedly used to throw an incoming bomb off target.
It's believed that the above mentioned measures will allow the destructive weapon to be targeted with a precision previously possible only for far smaller guided US bombs.
Pentagon officials have allegedly shared details about the bomb's capabilities with Israeli counterparts, showing demo videos of the weapon hitting a target during testing. In one of the videos, described by US officials, a massive ordnance penetrator is seen dropping toward a large “X” target at an undisclosed test site. The picture then cuts to depict the site’s destruction.
On Thursday, after 18 months of negotiations, Iran came to a preliminary agreement with China, Russia, France, UK, US and Germany (P5+1) on Tehran’s nuclear program. US President Barack Obama called the long-awaited agreement, reached in Switzerland, a “historic understanding” that would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, while getting relief from international sanctions. The sides are expected to sign an agreement by June 30.
In an effort to "sell" the deal to the American public, Obama said he sees it as the best way to avoid another war in the Middle East. The US has fought long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, and is currently busy carrying out airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State militant group.
"Do you really think that this verifiable deal, if fully implemented, backed by the world's major powers, is a worse option than the risk of another war in the Middle East?" Obama said.
Listing three options for curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, he said that while the first would "peacefully prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon", the second option is: "We can bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, thereby starting another war in the Middle East and setting back Iran's program by a few years - in other words, setting it back by a fraction of the time that this deal will set it back."
The preliminary agreement reached on Thursday envisions Iran operating just one uranium enrichment facility: the Natanz facility that will be scaled down to 5,000 centrifuges.
The fortified facility at Fordow will be converted to a nuclear physics and technology research center, while the reactor at Arak is to be redesigned as a heavy-water research reactor, and will not produce weapons-grade plutonium. All spent fuel from the reactor will be exported.
China reportedly completes 3 advanced nuclear attack subs.
RT.com April 06, 2015 08:23
Chinese shipbuilders have completed three advanced nuclear-propelled submarines that can fire the latest vertically launched anti-ship missiles, local media reported.
Satellite pictures broadcast last week by China Central Television showed three submarines anchored at an unidentified port, China Daily reported. The vessels were reported to be Type-093G submarines just completed by a shipyard and ready to be delivered to the Navy of the People’s Liberation Army.
Type-093G is an advanced version of Type-093, China’s second-generation nuclear-powered attack submarines. Compared to the relatively short 110-m regular variant, the Type-093G has a longer hull to make room for a vertical launch system, the report said.
The launchers are designed to fire YJ-18, the vertically launched version of China’s YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missile, according to the Navy’s website. The advanced missile can reportedly carry a 300-kilogram warhead to a range over 200 kilometers and is capable of performing maneuvers at speeds of up to Mach 3 just before hitting its target.
The Type-093G submarine also has improved speed and mobility, and reduced noise compared to the regular version, the website said.
PLA’s Navy is believed to have up to six Type-093 submarines currently in service in addition to three older Type-091s. A new Type-095 submarine is currently in development. China also reportedly has four Type-094 ballistic missile submarines carrying JL-1 or JL-2 nuclear missiles.
Earlier in February, US Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy said China had surpassed the US in the total number of submarines.
“They may not be the same quality, but their submarine forces are growing at a tremendous rate. They now have more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than we have,” the admiral told a House subcommittee.
“They are producing some fairly amazing submarines and they are actually deploying them,” he added, explaining the Chinese vessels are being sent on longer missions to regions located further from China.
The assessment sparked fears in the US that China would be able to strike American territory from its submarines deployed in the Pacific. However, the fears may be exaggerated, since JL-2, which according to some estimates has enough range to reach Alaska, Hawaii or the US military bases in Guam, is believed to have been in service since at least 2012.
Chinese naval development was addressed in the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s annual report to Congress in December last year, Military.com reported. Among other issues the commission commented on Chinese-Russian military development cooperation and a joint deal to build new attack submarines.
“China is pursuing joint-design and production of four to six Russian advanced diesel-electric attack submarines containing Russia’s latest submarine sonar, propulsion, and quieting technology,” the commission said.
“The deal would improve the PLA Navy’s capabilities and assist China’s development of quiet submarines, thus complicating future US efforts to track and counter the PLA submarines,” it added.
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