Russia’s New Fighter Jet is ‘almost a Flying Robot’

Innovative technologies used in the Russia’s fifth generation T-50 fighter jet, which is currently undergoing tests before the start of production in 2016, makes it more of a flying robot than a plane, the developer said. The Sukhoi PAK FA fighter jet, also known as T-50, is “already to some degree a flying robot, where the aviator fulfils the function not only of pilot, but is actually one of the constituent parts of the flying apparatus. That is, the reaction of the aviator is a part of the...
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Chinese Military Jams US Drones over S. China Sea

China tried to electronically jam U.S. drone flights over the South China Sea in a bid to thwart spying on disputed island military construction, U.S. officials said. Global Hawk long-range surveillance drones were targeted by the jamming in at least one incident near the disputed Spratly Islands, where China is building military facilities on Fiery Cross Reef. Disclosure of the jamming came as a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance flight on Wednesday was challenged eight times by the Chinese milit...
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Unmanned Robotic X-37B Space Plane Takes Flight

The United States Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane will head to orbit this week for the fourth time. The unmanned X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to launch Wednesday (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The liftoff will begin the reusable space plane's fourth mission, which is known as OTV-4 (short for Orbital Test Vehicle-4). Most of the X-37B's payloads and specific activities are classif...
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Japan’s Military Industrial Complex is Booming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk1APnYz8Zw Japan’s first-ever international defense trade show kicked off in Yokohama on Wednesday, attracting more than 100 exhibitors as the country aims to ramp up its global security role. In opening remarks at the three-day MAST Asia 2015 defense conference on maritime security at Pacifico Yokohama convention center, former defense minister Satoshi Morimoto stressed the importance of establishing a system of maritime governance. “I suppose most parti...
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DoD Worried as China Launches New ‘Mystery’ Satellite

In what could ring alarm bells for the Indian security establishment, a report of the United States Department of Defence (DoD), has warned about China “destructive” space programme of stalling or destroying satellites of other countries and how its nuclear-powered submarines now make forays into the Indian Ocean. Released on May 8, the DoD’s annual report to the US Congress on ‘Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2015’ talks about a mystery ‘object’ th...
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China Building Fully Robotic Production Plant

Construction work has begun on the first factory in China’s manufacturing hub of Dongguan to use only robots for production, the official Xinhua news agency reported. A total of 1,000 robots would be introduced at the factory initially, run by Shenzhen Evenwin Precision Technology Co, with the aim of reducing the current workforce of 1,800 by 90 per cent to only about 200, Chen Xingqi, the chairman of the company’s board, was quoted as saying in the report. The company did not ...
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IBM’s Venture Deal with China Sparks Concern

IBM has announced a new venture in China to assist Beijing company Teamsun in the development of a full supply chain of computers and software using IBM’s technology. The goal of the new venture is to create a domestic tech industry in China that will eliminate the need to buy American products, thus avoiding security concerns. The chief scientist overseeing the IBM project on behalf of the Chinese government is former military engineer Shen Changxiang. IBM has received permission under Unite...
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Indian Navy Launches Lethal Missile Destroyer

The Indian Navy has launched its first guided-missile destroyer of Indian design and construction, the country's Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday. "The first ship of project — 15B, guided missile destroyer, christened 'Visakhapatnam' was launched on April 20, 2015 at a magnificent ceremony at Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL), Mumbai," the statement read. The Visakhapatnam is the first of four destroyers of the class designed by the Directorate of Naval Design in New Delhi. The ste...
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First China-Russia Railway Bridge by 2016

To improve the Sino-Russian border trade route, work on a major infrastructure project – the building of a long-planned railway bridge over the Amur river- has been accelerated, Chinese local media reports said. The $431 million project is the first railway bridge to cross a river linking China with Russia. The Tongjiang-Nizhneleninskoye Railway Bridge, which crosses the Heilongjiang River known as Amur in Russia, is slated for completion by the end of 2016, according to Heilongjiang Daily...
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US Designs New Jets to Keep up with the East

The Chinese Chengdu J-20 and the Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA are becoming a real threat to the US Air Force and Navy, according to The National Interest, an international affairs magazine.   “When you see these next-generation fighters, the PAK-FA out of Russia and the J-20 out of China, and some of their new missile technology, our advantage is dwindling,” the magazine quotes one senior industry official as saying, without disclosing his name.   Neither of the two j...
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Russia Plans to Arm China with Missile Defense

China has signed a contract with the Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport for the purchase of the S-400 air defense systems, the company's chief executive Anatoly Isaikin said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant. "I will not disclose the details of the contract, but yes, China has indeed become the first buyer of this sophisticated Russian air defense system. It underlines once again the strategic level of our relations," Isaikin said, when asked whether it was true t...
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Pentagon Developing Robot Army for Future Wars

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday outlined the Pentagon’s plans for an advanced war-fighting strategy involving robot weapons and remote-controlled warfare. In a speech to the Army War College Strategy Conference, Mr. Work said the “third offset strategy” will rely heavily on autonomous systems that will allow machines and U.S. technological superiority to win wars. The strategy follows two earlier “offsets” — the use of asymmetric means to counter enemy advantages. During ...
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China Develops Microwave Ray Gun for Crowds

China has presented Poly WB-1, a non-lethal ray gun that can be used for crowd dispersal, by making its targets feel like their skin is on fire. The US version of the weapon was shelved due to practical difficulties and the potential public backlash. According to the authoritative Jane’s magazine, the WB-1, presented at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai last month, has a current range of about 80 meters, though it can be expanded to 1 kilometer. Using a similar principle to a microwave oven...
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Google Clashes with China over Web Security

It does not appear that Google's frosty relationship with China will thaw anytime soon, as the search giant this week said it will reject digital certificates from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). At issue are the digital certificates issued on the Web, which ensure that sites are secure and not ridden with malicious software that might steal your information or ruin your device. In this case, Google discovered that CNNIC, which issues certificates for the .cn domain, ma...
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