Chinese Navy to Gain 415 Warships

James Fanell, the former director of the US Pacific Fleet's intelligence and information, predicted China will eventually have about 415 warships including four aircraft carriers and 100 submarines in the near future while attending a two-day conference held by the US Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute in Newport, Rhode Island last week, reports the Defense News. The event was held to discuss the PLA Navy's shipbuilding progress and challenges. It concluded that the PLA Navy...
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US: Chinese Artillery on Artificial Islands

U.S. surveillance images reportedly show that China has positioned weaponry on at least one of the artificial islands it is developing in the South China Sea, apparently confirming suspicions that Beijing has been building up the area for military use. The Wall Street Journal, citing U.S. officials, reported that images taken about a month ago showed two Chinese motorized artillery pieces on one of the artificial reefs. Although the weaponry would not pose a threat to U.S. planes or ships, it...
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DARPA to Test Lasers to Counter Missile Threat

DARPA is going to start shooting missiles and rockets out of the sky with laser beams when it tests the High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System at White Sands Missile Range this summer. The agency has been working on improving the strength and portability of its lasers so that the HELLADS can be used to blow up incoming mortars, aircraft, missiles or anything else in the sky. Now its ready for field testing. "The technical hurdles were daunting, but it is extremely gratifying to have pro...
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Russian ICBMs too Expensive for US to Counter

Countering the threat of Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missiles is too hard and too costly for the United States, Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James Winnefeld stated on Tuesday. The top of the list of threats to the survival of the United States itself is “a massive nuclear attack from Russia, or some other high-end adversary or potential adversary like China,” Winnefeld noted. “We have stated that missile defense against these high end threats is too hard, and...
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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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China’s Role in Japan’s New Military Position

In less than two years, Japan transformed from a pacifist nation to a major military power willing and able to defend itself and its allies, and new draft legislation will further its shift. You can thank China for this. While the changes don’t mean that Japan is immediately going to exert its military globally, they mean that that time could soon come: they will be able to join U.N. peacekeeping missions, defend their allies, such as the United States, and even extend their defensive capabil...
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Russia Paid Clinton Foundation Millions for Uranium Deal

Bill Clinton and his family foundation reportedly received millions from the head of a uranium company -- and a firm promoting their stock -- while the Russians sought approval for a takeover of the company from several U.S. agencies including the one headed by Clinton's wife. The New York Times reported on the complex and intertwined relationships -- as well as the favors and donations -- that factored into the deal. At the center of the controversy is a company called Uranium One. The Ru...
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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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Putin Warns Israel Against Selling Arms to Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Israel against selling arms to the Ukraine in response to Russia's decision to green-light the sale of an advanced missile defense system to Iran. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the deal, saying it would only bolster Iran's regional aggressions. “It’s the Israeli leadership’s choice. It’s their right to do what they think is appropriate. If (the arms they choose to sell) are lethal weapons, I think it will be counterproductive. It ...
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Russian General Warns NATO over Missile Shield

Russia’s top general warned European countries planning to host installations for a U.S.-led missile-defense shield that Russian forces would be forced to target them. “Nonnuclear powers where missile-defense installations are being installed have become the objects of priority response,” Gen. Valery Gerasimov said, referring to Poland and Romania. The comments came at a defense conference in Moscow where a series of high-level Russian leaders repeatedly warned of perceived threats that th...
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China’s New Missiles Threaten US Navy

A recent report from the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has confirmed the Chinese government's own claims that "the newest class, the LUYANG III, destroyer is fitted with the new vertically-launched YJ-18 ASCM [anti-ship cruise missile]." The revelations about the the YJ-18 — a latest generation supersonic ASCM — are one of the major takeaways of the ONI's overview of the developments in the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). So far there is only one Luyang III (also known as a 052D...
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US Concerned over Russian S-300 Deal with Iran

The United States is concerned over Russia's possible deliveries of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran in connection with Tehran's actions in the region, although such developments would not violate sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic by the UN Security Council, US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf has said. Harf’s comment followed reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to lift the ban on S-300 deliveries to Tehran. However, she said the US be...
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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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North Korea Launches Two Missiles into Sea

North Korea has fired two KN-06 surface-to-air missiles into the Yellow Sea, the South Korean defense ministry said on Thursday. On April 3, Pyongyang fired four short-range missiles (with a range of 100 km) into the sea. North Korea also fired seven surface-to-air missiles with a range of 300 km in March. Earlier Japanese and South Korean media reports said that North Korea could be preparing for the launches of Nodong ballistic missiles with an estimated range of 1,300 km. A report...
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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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