US defiantly sends warship through Taiwan Strait after China calls it a regional security threat

A guided-missile cruiser has sailed through the Taiwan Strait just a day after the Chinese military criticized Washington for “adding complexity to regional security” and warned it to stay clear of the island. The transit of USS Antietam (CG-54) through the narrow waterway “demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the US Navy's Seventh Fleet, said, stressing that the US will continue to conduct their 'freedom of navigation' voyages, which Beijing has repeatedly condemned.

The Chinese military warned the US to stay clear of Taiwan on Wednesday, vowing to use force, if necessary, to prevent any attempts to split the island from the mainland. “The PLA will resolutely defeat anyone attempting to separate Taiwan from China and safeguard national unity at all costs,” the newly released white paper on national defense stressed.

China held military drills off the coast of Taiwan earlier this month after Washington approv…


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A mysterious photo from China recently appeared on the Internet showing what appeared to be a mock-up of a Russian T-90 tank built on the chassis of a heavy truck. The photo came from a Chinese army weapons testing facility and while the mock-up seems to accurately replicate the key elements of a T-90 chassis, from the ground you don’t have to be too close to see the truck wheels beneath the “tank.” It was unclear what this mock-up was for until you consider that while Russia is a Chinese ally the largest user of T-90s in the world is India, not Russia.

It is known that China is building new fire control systems make their helicopter gunships and fighter-bombers more effective when using guided missiles and smart bombs against armored vehicles. Then consider the fact that the T-90, like most current Chinese tanks are also based on the T-72 design and that China provides Pakistan (another enemy of India) with most of its modern tanks as well as air-to ground missiles and smart bombs an…
Russia has warned the US-led NATO alliance over a recent decision to beef up military presence in the Black Sea, saying such a move would further increase tensions in the volatile region. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Friday that the decision by the Western military alliance to strengthen its position in the sea “is not a surprise” for Moscow. “We are talking about the strengthening of military and maritime forces of NATO member states, first and foremost, Romania and Bulgaria, plus non-coastal states entering the Black Sea more often,” he said. "It is our understanding that this activity aggravates the situation in the sphere of security,” Grushko added.

The Russian diplomat made the remarks in response to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said on Thursday that the alliance was considering an expansion of its presence in the region in an effort to support Ukraine. He also said that the military alliance is prepared to carry out war games in…

US stealth jets train for high-end combat in the Pacific

The US military has rolled out a number of its B-2, F-22 and F-35 stealth aircraft to simulate “high-end combat scenarios” in the Pacific, as Washington turns its attention to the region in order to curb China and Russia’s growing influence there. During the drills, which were conducted with the assistance of the USS Wasp amphibious assault ship, F-22 Raptors and B-2 Spirit bombers performed Day One operations, where the so-called “door kicker” aircraft take out enemy defenses and pave the way for follow-up attacks by less stealthy aircraft, the Business Insider reported Friday.

​The B-2s spent their time near Hawaii "going out to an airspace and practicing realistic threats," while an F-22 flew on each of their wings, said Lt. Col. Robert Schoeneberg, commander of the 393rd Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. He noted that the region "is of high importance as of late," and would continue “to be of high importance." Interestingly, the F-35 Li…

Russian Navy Will Soon Deploy 32 "Poseidon" Nuclear Drones

The Russian Navy is on track to deploy up to 32 of its “Poseidon” thermonuclear drones across four submarines, according to Russian state media. Citing a military insider source, TASS reported earlier this week that "Two Poseidon-carrying submarines are expected to enter service with the Northern Fleet and the other two will join the Pacific Fleet. Each of the submarines will carry a maximum of eight drones and, therefore, the total number of Poseidons on combat duty may reach 32 vehicles."

Poseidon is an underwater drone weapon, armed with a 2-megaton nuclear or conventional payload that can be detonated “thousands of feet” below the surface. This is meant to generate a radioactive tsunami capable of destroying coastal cities and other infrastructure several kilometers inland. Poseidon can remain submerged at up to one kilometer, travels at a maximum speed of 200 kilometers per hour, and is programmed to execute three-dimensional evasive maneuvers in response to interceptio…

Korea Aerospace Industries has begun the development of an improved variant of the FA-50 Golden Eagle

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has begun the development of an improved variant of the FA-50 Golden Eagle, with enhanced air-to-ground capabilities. Known as the FA-50 Block 10, the upgraded batch will integrate the Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod, allowing the aircraft to self-designate and deploy laser-guided munitions. A KAI senior manager told AIN in an exclusive interview that work started in October 2018 and that the project aims to be completed no later than 2021. He added that current FA-50 users can still benefit from the software upgrade and that no physical modifications are to be made to the aircraft.

“Our current priority is to promote the Block 10 to a Southeast Asian FA-50/T-50 user who is looking for more jets,” the manager said. He added that KAI has conducted a workshop with the said air force and found it is keen to enhance the air-to-ground capability of its FA-50s. Currently, the Golden Eagle is flown in the region by the Philippines, Indonesia an…

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The United States Air Force AC-130 gunship is an awesome capability, but one which likely be far too expensive and difficult to justify for the Australian Defence Force. Australian troops in Afghanistan certainly benefitted the AC-130’s ability to rain down hellfire from its onboard 105mm howitzer and, depending on variants, Bofors 40mm gun, 25mm cannon and 7.62 miniguns. US defence giant Northrop Grumman is now developing a gunship-lite, in the form of its Palletised Weapons System (PaWS), in which a GAU-23 30mm Bushmaster cannon, ammunition and operator consoles slot in and out of the hold of a C-27J Spartan on standard cargo pallets.

The company advertises a conversion time of four hours but says it has done it in two. That means any of the RAAF’s 10 new Spartans could be delivering cargo one day and flying as a gunship in support of troops the next. This isn’t yet a capability for which the ADF has yet expressed a requirement, although it has discussed it with Northrop Grumman. “T…

Russia to Develop Ground-Based Kalibr Missiles Amid INF Treaty Row - Minister

A ground-based version of Kalibr sea-based complexes with a long-range cruise missile should be developed in 2019-2020 in response to the US decision to suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. "In 2019-2020, we should develop a ground-based version of sea-based Kalibr complexes with a long-range cruise missile, which has proved to be effective in Syria. During the same period, we should create a ground-based missile complex with a long-range hypersonic missile," Shoigu stated, adding that the measures would be taken in light of Washington's decision on the INF Treaty.

"Besides, it is important to increase the range of land-based missile systems, which are currently being developed," Shoigu added. Speaking further, the senior official said that the experience of conducting combat operations with the help of high-precision weapons in Syria demonstrated that Russia ne…