Thursday , 22 October 2020

Defense

Moscow confirms deployment of Iskander missiles on NATO borders

The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed media reports on the deployment of short-range Iskander missiles in the country’s west, near its borders with the Baltic states and NATO members, saying that it does not violate international agreements. German newspaper Bild wrote this weekend that Russia stationed several Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems – which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads …

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Chinese firm CPMIEC wins Turkey’s missile defense system tender

(Reuters) – Turkey on Thursday chose a Chinese defense firm CPMIEC to co-produce a $4 billion long-range air and missile defense system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, U.S. and European firms. The Turkish defense minister announced the decision in a statement. Turkey, which is a member of the NATO military alliance, has no long-range missile defense system of its own, but NATO …

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India activates nuclear submarine, joins select group of countries

In a giant step towards boosting its defence capability, India has activated nuclear reactor on-board country’s indigenous nuclear submarine (INS Arihant), thus becoming the 6th world power to have  such capability. Defence sources said the nuclear reactor on Arihant was made critical last evening and the submarine was on its own power now. “The activation of nuclear reactor was a …

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U.S. shows nuclear facilities to reassure Japan, allies on deterrence

The United States has allowed Japanese officials to see confidential nuclear-related facilities to allay concerns that the Obama administration’s disarmament initiative could weaken its nuclear umbrella. The move was also intended to prevent Japan from developing nuclear weapons using its massive stockpile of plutonium to counter potential threats from its neighbors in East Asia, sources said. Senior officials of Japan’s …

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South Africa welcomes Chinese military assistance

THE South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would benefit from Chinese military training, discipline and expertise if an exchange programme were initiated, Maj-Gen Ntakaleleni Sigudu of the Department of Defence said on Wednesday. Addressing diplomats and military representatives on the 86th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Maj-Gen Sigudu said had it not been for China’s contribution to the …

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Philippines says US spy planes monitoring China at sea

MANILA (AFP) –  The Philippines said Wednesday that US spy planes were providing crucial intelligence on Chinese military activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea. US Navy P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft frequently fly over areas that the Philippines says are within its legal territory but where China has deployed military vessels, said Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. “I …

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Los Alamos: Top-secret super-secure vault declassified

Down a remote canyon near Los Alamos National Laboratory lies a facility known as the Tunnel Vault. Once one of the most secret and secure locations in the United States, it is the original post-Second World War nuclear stockpile storage area. Built between 1948 and 1949, the facility has a formidable security perimeter, a hardened guard tower — complete with …

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Is the U.S. Ramping Up a Secret War in Somalia?

he Obama administration earlier this year expanded its secret war in Somalia, stepping up assistance for federal and regional Somali intelligence agencies that are allied against the country’s Islamist insurgency. It’s a move that’s not only violating the terms of an international arms embargo, according to U.N. investigators. The escalation also could be a signal that Washington’s signature victory against …

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DARPA’s ‘Hydra’ would be an undersea drone carrier

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are in the news constantly, but what about unmanned underwatervehicles? They could also be important in both war and peace, which is why the Defense Department’s research arm, DARPA, is looking into a mobile submarine base from which to launch drones. The project, still in the earliest stages, is called “Hydra,” after the mythical beast whose heads …

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Pakistan’s strategic forces develop world’s smallest nuclear weapons

Over the past few years, Pakistan’s strategic forces, responsible for the country’s primary deterrence program, have been doing extensive research into the design and development of smart weapons i.e. nuclear weapons that have a dynamic and compact form, and which can easily be transported from one location to another. Although a variety of warheads already exist, especially in northern Pakistan, these enhanced …

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