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Video of a small #drone dropping a package onto the ballistic missile #submarine USS HENRY M JACKSON SSBN730 in a test near Hawaii on 19 Oct. While weather conditions are ideal, still a feat to maneuver above a moving ship with a bit of wind and a tough landing spot pic.twitter.com/jYQIDc5YRt— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) October 21, 2020
October 20, 2020
Indonesia rejected this year a proposal by the United States to allow its P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance planes to land and refuel there, according to four senior Indonesian officials familiar with the matter.
U.S. officials made multiple “high-level” approaches in July and August to Indonesia’s defence and foreign ministers before Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, rebuffed the request, the officials said.Representatives for Indonesia’s president and defence minister, the U.S. State Department press office and the U.S. embassy in Jakarta did not respond to requests for comment. Representatives for the U.S. Department of Defence and Indonesia’s foreign minister Retno Marsudi declined to comment.
The proposition, which came as the U.S. and China escalated their contest for influence in Southeast Asia, surprised Indonesia’s government, the officials said, because Indonesia has a long-standing policy of foreign policy neutrality. The country has never allowed foreign militaries to operate there.The P-8 plays a central role in keeping an eye on China’s military activity in the South China Sea, most of which Beijing claims as sovereign territory. Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei have rival claims to the resource-rich waters, through which $3 trillion worth of trade passes each year.
Indonesia is not a formal claimant in the strategically important waterway, but considers a portion of the South China Sea as its own. It has regularly repelled Chinese coast guard vessels and fishing boats from an area to which Beijing says it has a historic claim.But the country also has growing economic and investment links with China. It does not want to take sides in the conflict and is alarmed by growing tensions between the two superpowers, and by the militarisation of the South China Sea, Retno told Reuters.
“We don’t want to get trapped by this rivalry,” Retno said in an interview in early September. “Indonesia wants to show all that we are ready to be your partner.”
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Myanmar 🇲🇲Navy exercise with Kilo class submarine From India 🇮🇳pic.twitter.com/74b8lxM3x1— MaverickⓂ️ (@Maverick_bharat) October 15, 2020
At least 20 security personnel were martyred in two separate terrorist attacks in Balochistan's Gwadar and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's North Waziristan districts on Thursday.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), at least six troops of Pakistan Army, including one officer, was martyred when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near a convoy of security forces in North Waziristan's Razmak area.
Those embraced martyrdom included 24-year-old Captain Umar Farooq, 37-year-old Naib Subedar Riaz Ahmed, 44-year-old Naib Subedar Shakeel Azad, 36-year-old Havaldar Younas Khan, 37-year-old Naik Muhammad Nadeem and 30-year-old Lance Naik Asmat Ullah.In the second incident, 14 security personnel also embraced martyrdom when terrorists opened fire on convoy of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) at Makran Coastal Highway in Ormara.
"On 15 Oct 20, an encounter took place between security forces and large number of terrorists on Coastal Highway (Near Ormara), when a convoy of OGDCL was being escorted from Gwadar to Karachi. Security Forces responded effectively, ensured security of the OGDCL persons and managed their safe exit from the area," an ISPR statement said.The military's media wing said that during the clash, substantial losses were also incurred to the terrorists.
As a result of the encounter, seven soldiers of the Balochistan Frontier Corps and seven security guards were martyred while fighting the terrorists.
Those embraced martyrdom in Ormara incident included Subedar Abid Hussain from Layyah, Naik Muhammad Anwar from Sibi, Lance Naik Iftikhar Ahmed from Dera Ghazi Khan, Sepoy Muhammad Naveed from Chakwal, Lance Naik Abdul Latif from Pishin, Sepoy Muhammad Waris from Mianwali, Sepoy Imran Khan from Lakki Marwat, Havaldar (retd) Samandar Khan from Lakki Marwat, Muhammad Fawad ullah from Lakki Marwat, Attaullah from Dera Ismail Khan, Waris Khan from Tank, Abdul Nafay from Kohat, Shakir ullah from Kohat and Abid Hussain from Bannu.
October 15, 2020
Chinese military lacks proper training methods and facilities to help PLA soldiers acclimatize to high altitude areas in cold deserts.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has suffered medical casualties in the North Bank area of Pangong Tso. Cases of casualty evacuation have been spotted in the area over the last week.
The weather in the area, which is considerably below the freezing point in the nights, may be the reason for increasing PLA casualties.
October 14, 2020
Indonesia’s Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto will be in Austria on Oct. 20 and he has requested to meet his European counterpart Klaudia Tanner to discuss the sale of 15 Eurofighters.
October 13, 2020
On October 12, an enemy AN-2 aircraft used as a drone was hit in the eastern direction by the air defense of the Defense Army. pic.twitter.com/oLY7potv22— Shushan Stepanyan (@ShStepanyan) October 12, 2020
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Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi Takes Charge Of Pakistan Navy
Anonymous industry sources told Korea Herald that a plan to lease four KAI T-50 advanced jet trainers for U.S. Air Force’s Reforge training concept has been delayed by COVID-19.
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(Warning, Explosions, gunfire & loud noises)— Sukhoi Su-57 Felon 🇷🇺🇮🇳 (@I30mki) October 4, 2020
Horrifying video of a #Israeli made HAROP kamikaze UAV hitting a civilian bus in Vardenis, #Armenia. #Armenian #Azerbaijani #ArmeniaVSAzerbaijan pic.twitter.com/QNQL8HmvhH
October 3, 2020
The SAF’s prevailing focus on homeland security and urban warfare is reflected on the Leopard 2SG’s many improvements. The entire hull is covered in a layer of applique armor, with thick side skirts and cage or slat sections protecting the flanks, and the turret’s frontal arc encased in removable composite panels. The armament of the Leopard 2SG remains the same–a 120mm smoothbore main gun paired with a coaxial machine gun–although a secondary machine gun on the turret roof is absent. The enhanced protection level of each Leopard 2SG is to guarantee its survival against multiple explosive threats, especially high velocity projectiles at close ranges such as the ubiquitous rocket grenades of an RPG-7.
The Leopard 2SG’s protection level and ability to function day and night (thanks to the commander’s oscillating thermal camera on the turret roof) gives Singapore’s ground forces a superb fire support vehicle in any conflict scenario where the full brunt of their mechanized fleet is required. Complementing the Leopard 2SG is the tracked Hunter AFV that entered service in 2019 whose armaments (a 30mm cannon and a tandem missile launcher) and mobility puts Singaporean troops far ahead of their regional peers. To date, no other military in ASEAN has fielded a locally assembled tracked fighting vehicle. The success of the Hunter AFV is giving ST Technologies a greater incentive to look for viable exports and improve the vehicle; one variant has the Hunter converted into a light tank with a John Cockerill turret.
Although Indonesia and Singapore both operate Leopard 2 battle tanks, Singapore’s variant is considered more advanced. In 2010 the German manufacturer Rheinmetall unveiled its “MBT Revolution” upgrade for the Leopard 2A4 that was later rebranded as the “Advanced Technology Demonstrator” or ATD. Externally, the ATD and the Leopard 2SG resembled each other but the ATD had additional features such as the ROSY smoke grenade launcher, an active detection and protection system, and a remote weapon station mounting a 40mm grenade launcher. MINDEF can add these same countermeasures on the Leopard 2SG in the near future but these plans haven’t been announced. Internally, the ATD’s analog controls within the turret were replaced with digital subsystems and Rheinmetall ensured the crew had 360 degree situational awareness.
The remaining two of the total six brand-new Embraer Defense and Security A-29 "Super Tucano" close-air support aircraft acquired by the Philippine government have arrived in Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga on Thursday afternoon."The two remaining Super Tucanos arrived yesterday (Thursday). The first aircraft touched down at 1304H (1:04 p.m.) and followed by the other at 1327H (1:27 p.m.)," said Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Friday.Andolong said the two Super Tucanos arrived from Vietnam, the last leg of their flight to the Philippines.
The A-29 attack helicopters are expected to beef up the Philippine Air Force's 15th Strike Wing.The first four Super Tucanos arrived in Clark Air Base in the afternoon of September 19. Embraer company pilots flew the aircraft from the company airfield in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and made fueling stops in the Canary Islands, Portugal, Malta, Egypt, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, and Vietnam before landing in the Philippines.Andolong earlier said Embraer pilots will train PAF pilots selected to fly the "Super Tucano" for two months as part of the agreement under the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee.
The A-29s were earlier scheduled to be delivered by the end of July but the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and subsequent travel bans have skewed the delivery timetables.The aircraft, which will be part of the PAF's 15th Strike Wing, will beef up the remaining North American Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" attack aircraft used by the Air Force in strike missions."They are a welcome and much-needed replacement for the PAF's aged, close air support aircraft, and their mission versatility and capability to carry a variety of ordnance will be very useful in the field," Andolong said.The Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft designed for light attack, counter-insurgency, close air support, aerial reconnaissance missions in low threat environments, as well as providing pilot training. The contract for the six aircraft is worth PHP4.968 billion and was issued in late 2017.
DND eyes acquisition of surplus Korean MD-500 helicopters
MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) on Friday has expressed its intent to acquire surplus Bell UH-1H and McDonnell Douglas MD-500 helicopters from South Korea.Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed the intent in a congratulatory letter to newly-appointed South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook.
He added the DND plans to conduct a Joint Venture Inspection in the fourth quarter of this year.The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is known to operate a number of UH-1H and MD-500 helicopters in its fleet.South Korea is known to have retired these helicopters from military service early this year.The PAF uses the UH-1H primarily for cargo and personnel transport and disaster relief missions while variants or models of the MD-500 in its inventory are utilized for ground attack or close-air support sorties.
"The JVI will be conducted following strict bio-safety protocols amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, by a team composed of representatives from the DND and the Armed Forces of the Philippines," DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a message.He added that the acquisition project for the South Korean UH-1H and MD500 helicopters is still in the exploratory stage, with the details yet to be finalized including the timeline and number of rotary-winged aircraft to be acquired.
October 2, 2020
Chinese PLA deploys curved balloon A2A launchers near Indian border in Tibet as Chinese propaganda fails miserably
After soldiering, Chinese are failing miserably in propagand too as they posted this pic to depict PLA Missile launchers but as soon as they realised that the launchers were in curved shape and in reality inflated balloons, they withdrew this propaganda picture. pic.twitter.com/lMf6zFjSkQ— Ajit Kumar Dubey (@ajitkdubey) October 2, 2020
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Indian Army deploys T-90 & T-72 tanks along with BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles that can operate at temperatures up to minus 40 degree Celsius
#WATCH Indian Army deploys T-90 & T-72 tanks along with BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles that can operate at temperatures up to minus 40 degree Celsius, near Line of Actual Control in Chumar-Demchok area in Eastern Ladakh.— ANI (@ANI) September 27, 2020
Note: All visuals cleared by competent authority on ground pic.twitter.com/RiRBv4sMud
🇯🇵 Kaga & 🇮🇳 Chennai at JIMEX 2020 earlier today. pic.twitter.com/1WJldNaOAh— Livefist (@livefist) September 27, 2020
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That’s the spirit! 90yo Russian veteran made his NINTH jump from a height of over 200 meters pic.twitter.com/VMOsrvf62i— RT (@RT_com) September 23, 2020
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Taiwan has redefined its rules of engagement with mainland Chinese forces, allowing its military to fire back in self-defence.
The announcement comes after People’s Liberation Army warplanes crossed a median line in the Taiwan Strait last week – apparently ignoring a tacit understanding between the two sides.
“In the face of high-frequency harassment and threats from the enemy’s warships and warplanes recently … the military clearly redefined the contingency handling regulations concerning the first strike as our right to self-defence and counter attack,” the island’s defence ministry said on Monday.
It said the island’s navy and the air force must follow guidelines that state there can be “no escalation of conflict and no triggering incidents” as well as “no provocation and no fear of the enemy” and the principle that “the closer [the enemy] approaches the island, the more active [the military must be] in dealing with it”.
From the discussion reserved the amendments of the Act The 2021 budget for Agenda 2 contains data from discussion showing the procurement of 10 more Stryker wheeled vehicles from the United States in fiscal year 2021 worth 900 million baht.
The procurement of Stryker vehicles was carried out in fiscal year 2019 with 70 vehicles (47 supplied and the United States assisted by giving 23 more free), totaling 3,720 million baht. In FY2020, another 50 Stryker vehicles worth 4,515 million baht, a project that has not been postponed or budgeted due to COVID-19 and continued procurement in this fiscal year
Thus, procurement of 10 more Stryker vehicles in the fiscal year around 2021 will provide the Army with a total of 130 Stryker vehicles, or approximately 3 Panzer Infantry Battalions, based on the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) rating. So, if the Army wants to form a complete Stryker Brigade at the actual rate, at least 192 additional Strykers will be required. It will complete the arrangement of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team rate of approximately 17,280 million baht, calculated from the Stryker price of 90 million baht per vehicle.
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) might experience hickups on its Maharajalela class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) but still packed with lots of lethal punches against hostile external threats especially when pitted against a Navy from neighbouring country.
Initially planned to be replaced by the Keris class Littoral Mission Ship (LMS), the four Laksamana class corvettes will continue to serve the RMN albeit as Fast Attack Craft.A plan to fit locally develop mini Combat Management System (CMS) for all of the FAC squadrons is also in the pipeline.Nevertheless, while all six Otomat anti ship missile (AShM) launchers have been removed, each Laksamana FACs still sports 40mm aft gun as well as Aspide Surface to Air Missile (SAM) launcher.
A refit program for all ships of the class has been completed. They are slated to be equipped with Gem Electronicca Electro Optic Fire Control System (EOFCS) which manage the 76mm Oto Melara main naval gun. When the Laksamanas were armed with the Otomat missiles, they could work together with the AgustaWestland Super Lynx Mk 300 naval helicopter for Over The Horizon (OTH) targeting thanks to Teleguidance telemetric system fitted on the latter.Malaysia received 20 units of Aspide SAM in 1997 with effective range 25 km (photo : Selenia)
Following the above mentioned refit, the RMN has quickly mobilised these Italian made ships under the Naval Region Command 1 (Markas Wilayah Laut 1 – MAWILLA 1) to patrol the Straits of Melaka.All four Laksamanas were deployed to Eks Perang Pangkor last May while KD Laksamana Tun Abdul Jamil was recently involved in a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Indonesian Navy’s KRI Sutanto, a Kapitan Patimura class corvette on August 2020.
Anti-sub helicopters' torpedoes, missiles now in PH: Navy chief
MANILA – Munitions for the major weapons system of the Philippine Navy (PN)'s two AugustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 "Wildcat" anti-submarine helicopters are now in the country."Both the Spike-NLOS (non-line of sight) missiles and the BlueShark anti-submarine torpedoes are already 'in-country'," Navy chief, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said in an interview on Thursday, when asked on the status of the weapon systems of the two AW-159 helicopters.
Bacordo said deliveries of the weapons were completed in the fourth quarter last year.Israel's Rafael Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd made Spike NLOS missile will give the AW-159s a capability to engage hostile vessels beyond visual range.
While the South Korean-made LIG Nex1 "Blue Shark" lightweight torpedoes will serve as the helicopters' anti-submarine weapon and are capable of shallow and deepwater operations and can run off to a speed of 45 knots.Once the pilots and aircrew of the AW-159s are fully trained, Bacordo said he expects these personnel to train on the use of these weapons to gain proficiency in their handling.The PN's two AW-159s were acquired to complement the Jose Rizal-class frigates' ASW capabilities.
The helicopters arrived in May 2019 and were commissioned in June of the same year.The contract for the helicopters' munition, mission essential equipment, and integrated logistic support is worth PHP5.4 billion.