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Houthi Rebels Released FLIR Video Of Attempted Shoot Down Of UAE Air Force F-16E/F Block 60 Jets Over Yemen
Few hours ago, #IRGC backed #Houthi rebels tried to shoot down a #UAE Air Force's F-16E Block 60 over #Sanaa, #Yemen by means of R-27T air to air missile launched from ground platform but they failed simply because the F-16 pilot launched flares. pic.twitter.com/NWSYoDXGfr— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) March 27, 2018
PLAN aircraft carrier can be seen a little to the left of the cloud blob.
Dozens of Chinese naval vessels are exercising this week with an aircraft carrier in a large show of force off Hainan island in the South China Sea, satellite images obtained by Reuters show.
The images, provided by Planet Labs Inc, confirm a Chinese carrier group has entered the vital trade waterway as part of what the Chinese navy earlier described as combat drills that were part of routine annual exercises.
The Liaoning carrier group last week traversed the Taiwan Strait, according to the Taiwanese defense ministry.
The photos, taken on Monday, show what appear to be at least 40 ships and submarines flanking the carrier Liaoning in what some analysts described as an unusually large display of the Chinese military's growing naval might.
Sailing in a line formation more suited to visual propaganda than hard military maneuvers, the flotilla was headed by what appeared to be submarines, with aircraft above.
Our Doves caught stunning naval exercises in the open ocean. Read more @reuters and zoom for an enhanced view. https://t.co/7McG2qtNWw pic.twitter.com/FnbNLVN5yk— Planet (@planetlabs) March 27, 2018
March 27, 2018
The Philippines is not interested in buying more frigates after the delivery of two 107-meter-long vessels from South Korea. The small archipelagic country will instead acquire smaller vessels, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
"I think the two frigates from Hyundai will be the last in the near future. We are not keen on ordering more capital ships or the big ones," Lorenzana told an audience of economists last week, March 21, during a forum hosted by the Foundation for Economic Freedom.
"We are going to have to buy more small vessels, the fast boats," he said.
Lorenzana responded to a question from former National Economic and Development Authority director general Romulo Neri who asked if it's smart to buy expensive ships that, he said, enemies can sink with a single shot.
Neri, who served during the Arroyo administration, said it might be wiser to buy smaller vessels manufactured locally.
Lorenzana agreed with Neri, citing how "one torpedo can sink an P8-billion frigate."
But this position is expected to raise questions from camps that want the Philippine Navy to acquire more ships to patrol the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Smaller vessels are generally suitable only for coastal patrols and don't have the endurance for long deployments, according to a retired Navy officer.
The country needs a minimum of 6 frigates or long-range patrol vessels, based on pronouncements made during the previous administration, to be able to monitor the country's waters. The Navy ideally should also have about a dozen corvettes or smaller warships, based on discussions in the Navy.The Aquino administration had embarked on modest modernization as it identified China's aggressiveness in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as the biggest security threat.
The Philippine Navy, which until recently had a World War II relic for a warship, acquired 3 weather high- endurance cutters from the US Coast Guard.
It also funded the acquisition of two frigates which are expected to arrive under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The frigates became controversial after ousted Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado and the Department of National Defense had a disagreement over how shipbuilder Heavy Hyundai Industries planned to equip the warships. Mercado was removed for insubordination.
President Rodrigo Duterte has warmed ties with China and his administration is counting on Beijing's promise that it will not occupy or build more features in the West Philippine Sea.
Tapping local manufacturers
Lorenzana said the government is already talking to local manufacturers of fast boats.
"If we’re buying something, we first should go to local manufacturers," he said.
Lorenzana said he's talking to members of Congress about amending the procurement law, which he said, is biased against local manufacturers.
"Local manufacturers are slapped 12% VAT whereas the foreign suppliers are not. That is one of the complaints of the local manufacturers. I’m talking to some senators," he said.
A contest to choose names for three of Russia’s newest weapons has concluded and Burevestnik or Stormbringer is the new moniker for the nuclear-powered cruise missile.
Russia has deployed two Su-35 fighters to disputed Kuril Islands recently. The islands was Japanese territory but was occupied by Soviet Union since the end of World War II.
Intriguing images from Beijing, captured by Japan's Nippon TV. A 21-car train, similar to one used by Kim Jong Il in 2011, pulled into Beijing Station around 3pm. Met by honor guard and line of VIP cars. Speculation is that Kim Jong Un could be in Beijing. https://t.co/OR40pYEcgG pic.twitter.com/1G5jndciIr— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) March 26, 2018
March 26, 2018
Maiden bilateral Ex (INMEX-18) with Union of Myanmar Navy Ships UMS King Sin Phyu Shin (Frigate) & UMS Inlay (OPV) commences at Vizag.
#BridgesofFriendship Maiden bilateral Ex (INMEX-18) with Union of Myanmar Navy Ships UMS King Sin Phyu Shin (Frigate) & UMS Inlay (OPV) commences at Vizag. To be held in 2phases, harbour @ 25-30 Mar & Sea phase 31-03Apr18. Ex aimed at strengthening professional interaction pic.twitter.com/fJO6VykI7p— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) March 25, 2018