January 23, 2021

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US Considering Australian-Designed Light Amphibious Warship


New amphibious vessels would each displace 1,000 to 8,000 tons and measure around 100 meters in length (image : ASPI Strategis)

US Navy and Marine Corps reimagine their future amphibious force, high-level discussions have focused on an innovative Australian-designed vessel to land troops and their equipment on unprepared beaches.

Gold Coast – based Sea Transport Solutions' stern landing vessel is one of several contenders vying for the US Navy's light amphibious warship program. The stern landing design overcomes problems of conventional landing craft, which features a large ramp in the bow that makes for poor handling in rough seas, reduces speed and obstructs visibility. Stern landing vessels are a mature capability and have been used extensively in Australia's mining industry.

After years of US marines waging granting counterinsurgency campaigns inland, Marine Corps Commandant General David Berger's 2019 planning guidance refocuses on 'exploiting positional advantage and defending key maritime terrain'. He encourages naval expeditionary forces to look to ‘unmanned platforms, stern landing vessels, other ocean-going connectors, and smaller more lethal and more risk-worthy platforms” when reconceiving the amphibious fleet.

Large US landing ships displace up to 45,000 tons and are intended to stand off a shoreline and launch their own bevy of landing craft from an internal well deck. The new amphibious vessels would each displace 1,000 to 8,000 tons and measure around 100 meters in length. With a range of 3,500 nautical miles and the ability to operate within a fleet or independently, they could serve as 'lilypads' for dispersing and relocating marine littoral regiments among western Pacific islands or along the Baltic coastline, for example.

Lieutenant General Eric Smith points out that such a light amphibious warship is 'much more able to hide in plain sight, much more affordable, much more numerous because of its cost'. Offloaded platoons could fire anti-ship cruise missiles at Chinese naval forces in a conflict scenario, or conduct other missions such as forward refueling and rearming of friendly aircraft, coastal surveillance and radar early warning or air defense.

The total planned buy of 28 to 30 ships, at US $ 100–130 million apiece, will be competitively awarded, but Sea Transport Solutions is considered to be in with a strong chance. The Department of the Navy's 2021 budget request explicitly calls for 'a stern landing vessel to support amphibious ship-to-shore operations', according to naval reporter Megan Eckstein, and the US Congressional Research Service indicates that the marines want the program expedited to ensure the vessels are operational by 2026.One option would be for the Australian company to partner with an American yard for construction of the vessels in the US. For instance, West Australia-based company Austal has such a shipyard in Alabama where it builds the Independence-class littoral combat ship and the expeditionary fast transport.

If that plays out, US marines could find themselves aboard fresh, Australian-designed amphibious vessels.

3 Black Hawk S-70i Helicopters Land At Tactical Operations Group 2 - Philippine Air Force (PAF)

 Three Black Hawk S-70i helicopters landed at Tactical Operations Group (TOG) 2 in Cuayan, Isabela, 92.9 Brigada News Cauayan City reported January 19.

TOG 2 is a Philippine Air Force (PAF) unit operating under Tactical Operations Wing (TOW) Northern Luzon.

Earlier this month, Black Hawk helicopters also landed at Loakan Airport in Baguio City for proficiency training and familiarization of landing zone for pilots. The said Black Hawk S-70i helicopters are part of the first six helicopters delivered under the 16-helicopter order from Polish company PZL Mielec.

Remaining helicopters are expected to be delivered this year.

“The purchase of 16 S-70i combat-utility helicopters manufactured by the Polish Aviation Works-Mielec (PZL-Mielec) is an excellent example of cooperation between our two countries,” said Jarosław Szczepankiewicz, chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Manila.The Polish embassy noted that 16 Black Hawks were ordered under PAF’s Combat Utility Helicopter (Phase 3) Acquisition Project, which is a Horizon 2 phase priority project under the current Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Project.

Blue Angels brought their Super Hornets to El Centro for the first time

The Blue Angels are back at NAF El Centro for their winter training, this time with the Super Hornet.

Morocco has bought the Patriot air defense missile system

The U.S. Trade Department has disclosed the sale of the Patriot air defense missile system to Morocco in December, the announcement was uncovered by The North Africa Post.


January 22, 2021

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Cambodia will Receive the First FTC-2000G from China in 2021


This year, an ASEAN nation will receive the first FTC-2000G supplied from China. According to the news report, the deliveries will be completed within two years, or 2021-2023, no specific number of aircrafts. But there is a current news that it is likely to supply 6 aircrafts.

It is highly likely that it means Cambodia. It was previously revealed that the pilot was sent to train in China. Starting to study as a student of aviation and lately, China has been a big arms supporter of Cambodia.

We do not yet know the details of the equipment to be installed on this Cambodian aircraft. But overall, the FTC-2000G can be equipped with an AESA radar like the LKF-601E and can be used in conjunction with the PL-12 medium-range air-to-air (SD-10) rocket carrying 2-4 rounds or, however, if not be necessary cheaper version radar can be chosen, either the MSA or PESA, which is the same model installed in the L-15B trainer.

The fear of the FTC-2000G lies in a wide variety of air-to-ground weapons, such as the CM-102 anti-radar rocket for use in destroying ground-to-air missile bases, as well as the US AGM-88 HARM. The C-704KD, an infrared-guided missile with a range of about 30 km, is capable of destroying armored vehicles or structures. This includes the C-705KD surface anti-ship missile with a range of more than 100 km and several FT family of missile/glide bombs.

The FTC-2000G is a light fighter (LCA) comparable to FA-50PH (Philippines), T-50TH (Thailand), F-5TH (Thailand), T-50i (Indonesia), Yak-130 (Myanmar and Laos), or the Hawk 200 (Malaysia and Indonesia). In ASEAN countries together, the FTC-2000G is one of the top performers in ASEAN when considering the radar system with the highest performance radar option of all light fighter jets if selected LKF-601E radar set, offers a wide variety of weapons and inexpensive but has a weakness in electronic warfare.

India, Singapore Navies Sign Submarine Rescue Pact

 The Indian Navy and the Republic Singapore Navy (RSN) have signed a bilateral submarine rescue agreement, establishing mutual underwater emergency assistance between the two services.

The agreement, which is known as the submarine rescue support and co-operation implementing arrangement, was signed at the fifth iteration of the India-Singapore defence minister’s dialogue that was held via video conference on 20 January.

“The submarine rescue support and co-operation implementing arrangement will allow both navies to extend submarine rescue assistance to each other as well as conduct bilateral rescue exercises and familiarisation visits to enhance interoperability and proficiency in submarine rescue operations”, said Singapore’s defence minister, Ng Eng Hen, in his remarks on the pact.

The RSN currently operates a fleet of two Archer-class and two Challenger-class diesel-electric submarines and is anticipating the delivery of four new Invincible (Type 218SG) boats from Germany. The service also operates the 84 m submarine rescue ship, Swift Rescue , which is capable of conducting intervention, and hyperbaric rescue operations.

Meanwhile, the Indian Navy operates four submarine classes, and one 70 m submarine rescue vessel, Nireekshak (15), which is equipped with a six-man recompression and can accommodate up to two deep-submergence rescue vehicles (DSRVs). In 2016 the Indian Navy signed a contract for two DSAR-650L DSRVs with JFD, and the first unit was delivered in 2018.

Besides the submarine rescue agreement, India and Singapore have also agreed to step up military co-operation, including in the areas of cyber defence and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations.

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NUSHIP Supply Arrives in Her Homeport of Sydney

 The Royal Australian Navy’s new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship, NUSHIP Supply, has arrived at its homeport in Sydney Harbour.

NUSHIP Supply is one of two new Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ships that will provide combat and logistics support to the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet, replacing HMA Ships Success and Sirius.Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said Supply will provide enhanced logistics to the Navy for decades to come.“The arrival of Supply into Sydney Harbour today marks the beginning of a new capability for the Royal Australian Navy, one that will extend the endurance and operational range of Australia’s entire naval fleet,” Minister Reynolds said.

“This is the second ship of the Royal Australian Navy to carry the name Supply. The first HMAS Supply has a long list of achievements and honours, including providing disaster relief in North Australia following Cyclone Tracy in 1974.“The two new Supply class ships are part of the Morrison Government’s largest regeneration of the Navy since the Second World War through our up to $183 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan.”The Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ships will carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support to deployed naval or combat forces that are based far from ports for long periods.

In addition to replenishment, the vessels can be used to combat against environmental pollution at sea, provide logistics support to the joint force and partner Navies, and to support humanitarian and disaster relief operations.

Supply is expected to commission into the Royal Australian Navy in April 2021.

Hermes UAVs Boost Air Force ISR Capabilities


The delivery and activation of Hermes 450 and 900 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) ordered from Elbit Systems of Israel have contributed to Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.“The arrival and operationalization of the Unmanned Aerial System to include the Hermes 450s and 900s are part of the continuous development of ISRS capabilities for day and night operations,” said First Lieutenant Egon Bryan Carbolledo in the latest edition of PAF’s journal Perspective.

1LT Carbolledo is assigned at 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing (Prov) which is the unit operating the Hermes 450s and 900s.

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Weapons at North Korea’s latest military parade

 North Korea displayed new submarine-launched ballistic missiles under development and other military hardware in a parade that underlined leader Kim Jong Un’s defiant calls to expand the country’s nuclear weapons program.

Kim presided over Thursday’s parade, which took place at night under powerful floodlights, the second time the country has done so. State media said he took center stage at the parade celebrating a major ruling party meeting in which he vowed maximum efforts to bolster the nuclear and missile program that threatens Asian rivals and the American homeland to counter what he described as U.S. hostility.During an eight-day Workers’ Party congress that ended Tuesday, Kim also revealed plans to salvage the nation’s economy, hit by U.S.-led sanctions over his nuclear ambitions, pandemic-related border closures and natural disasters that wiped out crops.

The economic setbacks have left Kim with nothing to show for his ambitious diplomacy with President Donald Trump, which derailed over disagreements about sanctions relief in exchange for North Korean denuclearization steps, and pushed Kim to what is clearly the toughest moment of his nine-year rule.

Kim’s comments are likely intended to pressure the incoming U.S. government of Joe Biden, who has previously called the North Korean leader a “thug” and accused Trump of chasing spectacle rather than meaningful curbs on the North’s nuclear capabilities. Kim has not ruled out talks, but said the fate of bilateral relations depends on whether Washington abandons its hostile policy toward North Korea.

What was on display?

The parade featured the debut of a number weapons systems, primarily a number of what appears to be a new two-stage submarine-launched ballistic missile. Markings painted on the missile at the parade indicate that this new weapon is called the Pugguksong-5 and has a distinctly different warhead section from the Pugguksong-3 tested by North Korea in 2019 and the Pugguksong-4 displayed at the massive October 2020 parade.

Another notable debutant at the parade was a road-mobile, solid-fuel, short-range ballistic missile, or SRBM. The as-yet unnamed system mounted a pair of missiles on a wheeled five-axle transporter-erector-launcher, or TEL, and appeared to be a larger version of the KN-24 SRBM previously unveiled.

The new missile is also longer than the North Korean KN-23 SRBM, whose design is outwardly similar to the Russian Iskander missile. The KN-23 has been tested up to a range of 430 miles, and is also mounted in pairs, albeit on a shorter, four-axle version of the new missile’s TEL.

This North Korean parade was also notable for the missiles systems that did not make an appearance, which include the longer-ranged intermediate-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles that were present at earlier parades.

North Korean state TV on Friday aired edited footage of the parade, showing thousands of civilians and troops roaring and fireworks exploding overhead as Kim stepped out of a building and took his spot at a podium in Kim Il Sung Square, named after his grandfather and the country’s founder.

Kim, wearing a black fur hat and leather trench coat, waved and smiled widely as his troops chanted “Let’s defend Kim Jong Un with our lives!” and “Protect with our lives the Workers’ Party of Korea’s Central Committee led by Great Comrade Kim Jong Un!”Reports and video from state media suggested that Kim did not make a speech during the parade.His defense minister, Kim Jong Gwan, said in a speech that North Korea’s military would “preemptively marshal our greatest might to thoroughly punish hostiles forces” if they threaten the North’s safety.

Military aircraft flew in formation across the dark sky, using what appeared to be flares to form the symbol of the Workers’ Party — a hammer, brush and sickle.

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January 19, 2021

Russian Embassy in India hosted a protocol event for Indian military specialists heading to Moscow for the S400 air defence systems

 Russian Embassy in India hosted a protocol event in honour of the first group of the Indian military specialists heading to Moscow for the S400 air defence systems training courses


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Philippines Navy’s Air Wing Building New Hangars

 The Naval Air Wing (NAW), operating under Philippine Navy’s Philippine Fleet, is building new hangars to accommodate its growing inventory of air assets.

NAW leadership together with civilian contractor RD Mandanas Construction conducted the ground breaking for the first hangar on January 11. Three hangars are being eyed this year.

According report by Inquirer.net, the first 2 hangars are eyed to be built within the first of 2021, while the third hangar is slated before the year ends. Each 700-squaremeter hangar is estimated to accommodate up to 6 aircraft.NAW, in its official publication The Flight Log’s edition released late last year, said it is working to “keep in pace with the fleet’s modernization efforts to attain a strong and credible navy capable of protecting our maritime interest.”

The Flight Log managing editor Captain Nelson Liwanag said in the publication that “we are vying to have additional anti submarine helicopters to complement the Jose Rizal Class Frigates. We are waiting for funding for the amphibious helicopter heavy (long range maritime helicopters) designed for tactical airlift and amphibious operations.”

“We also have the naval helicopter weapons upgrade,” he added. “An amphibian aircraft which aims to provide airlift and support to PN personnel guarding our bases at [West Philippine Sea] is also expected to be acquired by the PN.”“We are also aiming to have TC12B Huron aircraft with ISR capabilities. The NOC on the other hand further prescribes, on its long term A2/AD concept for the NAW to have the Anti Submarine Warfare Long Range Aircraft and Medium Range Patrol Aircraft in the Future,” Captain Liwanag said.

HMNZS Canterbury Trains with Its Landing Craft

 HMNZS Canterbury with its two landing craft "Tahi" and "Rua" (photo : RNZN)

A key capability of multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury is its two landing craft, "Tahi" and "Rua". They weigh around 60 tonnes each, and are launched from the ship using two cranes.

The landing craft can take troops and cargo ashore, particularly on aid missions to Pacific islands, where there are no suitable port facilities. Cargo would be unloaded on to a beach through their bow door ramps. HMNZS Canterbury is a multi-role vessel (MRV) of the Royal New Zealand Navy. She was commissioned in June 2007, has 131 m in length and displacement of 9,000 tonnes (full load). She is also New Zealand's first purpose-built strategic sealift ship.

Australia Selects AH-64E Apache Guardian as Tiger Replacement

 Future ready - strengthening Army's armed reconnaissance capability

The Australian Army’s armed reconnaissance capability will be strengthened following the selection of Boeing Apache Guardian to replace Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) from 2025. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the AH-64E Apache Guardian is equipped with improved sensors, communications suites, attack capabilities and improved survivability.

“This new ARH capability will strengthen Australia’s armed reconnaissance force to better shape our strategic environment and deter actions against our national interest,” Minister Reynolds said.“Defence considered a number of helicopters against key criteria of proven ability, maturity and an off-the-shelf operating system.

“The Apache Guardian is the most lethal, most survivable and lowest risk option, meeting all of Defence’s capability, through-life support, security, and certification requirements.

“By pursuing a proven and low-risk system offered by the Apache, Defence will avoid the ongoing cost and schedule risk typically associated with developmental platforms.”Lessons learnt from issues with the ARH Tiger and other rotary wing projects had informed the strategy to seek a proven, mature ARH replacement capability.“The project will deliver on the Government’s vision to maximise Australian industry involvement in defence capability,” Minister Reynolds said.

“There are potential opportunities for Australian industry in logistic support, warehousing services, training development, engineering services, and maintenance, repair and overhaul.“Maximising these opportunities for Australian businesses will enable the future growth of our local rotary wing industry and will present opportunities for Australian industry involvement in the aircraft’s global supply chain.”

Detailed transition planning will be conducted to ensure effective management of the skilled workforce, across Defence and industry, as Defence transitions the Tiger to the Apache.

Philippines Crew Now Training to Familiarize with BRP Antonio Luna

 The officers and enlisted personnel aboard the prospective BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), the country's second missile frigate, is now conducting unit training at sea.

"(They are now conducting) unit training (as of this time). This means that the crew is now conducting a hands-on operation on the different systems aboard the ship. This includes machinery, weapons, and sensors," Philippine Navy (PN) public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said in a message to the Philippine News Agency on Thursday, when sought for updates about the ship.

Roxas added that the ship is also performing maneuvers during this period except undocking which is being done with the assistance of a harbor pilot.

She added that the unit training took place shortly after the BRP Antonio Luna's final drydock, painting and outfitting after its satisfactory sea acceptance trials (SAT) which took place last December 14 to 18 off Ulsan, South Korea.

Earlier, Rear Adm. Alberto Carlos, head of the PN's Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC), declared that FF-151 is compliant with the agreed technical specifications after personally witnessing the warship's performance during the sea trials."FF-151 is 95 percent complete at this time. All machinery and combat systems were subjected to test procedures as stipulated in the contract and were observed to be working properly. More importantly, I'm happy to announce that FF-151 passed the prescribed standards and procedures," he said.

Built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), BRP Antonio Luna is a modern naval warship capable of surface, sub-surface, air, and electronic warfare using state-of-the-art electronic sensors, long-range missiles, acoustic guided torpedoes, and an embarked anti-submarine helicopter.The ship is expected to be delivered and turned over to the PN by the first quarter of 2021.

The first frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), was delivered and subsequently commissioned into the PN last July 10.BRP Antonio Luna's keel-laying on May 23, 2019, coincided with the launch of BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150).The contract for the BRP Jose Rizal and the BRP Antonio Luna was placed at PHP16 billion with another PHP2 billion for weapon systems and munitions. 

New Countermeasure System for P-8 Poseidon can Defeats Every Missile

 BAE Systems has signed a contract with the US Navy to develop the AN/ALE-55 electronic countermeasure system for the P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft.

The contract has a total value of over 4 million USD, the time to complete the contract is 2 years from the time it was officially signed, BAE said on January 5. With the above money, it is not clear how many systems will be delivered.

According to some information disclosed by BAE, the AN/ALE-55 is capable of accurately replicating the aircraft’s flight path and radar reflection in order to deceive all missiles using heat probes or radar.This system also combines with electronic warfare devices on aircraft to jam enemy radar systems, or attract enemy air defense fire, to protect the safety of expensive aircraft.

In addition, the AN/ALE-55 bait can be fitted with radar detection and detection equipment to provide parameters for the aircraft behind. While the enemy focuses on these “fake planes”, the aircraft will approach and launch missiles / bombs at the target, preventing the enemy from responding.

“In combat, especially in anti-aircraft warfare, early detection of the target and firing before the enemy is vital.

The AN/ALE-55 trap has repeatedly demonstrated its capabilities and BAE Systems will take that technology up with a deal with the US Navy, “said Tom McCarthy, director of baits at BAE Systems. concentration.The AN/ALE-55 is not only integrated into large aircraft like the P-8A, but they can be easily fitted to other fighters to increase the safety of the aircraft, he added. close to the enemy air defense battle.

It is known that the P-8A Poseidon is the most active aircraft of the US Navy when operating near the Tartus and Hmeimim bases of Russia in Syria in recent years. In addition, this aircraft also regularly appears in the Black Sea, in the Baltic.

The frequency of the P-8A’s appearance along with a number of other US aircraft near Russia was increasing, causing Russian fighters to take off to intercept. Therefore, experts said that the US decided to equip the AN/ALE-55 for the P-8A to deal with the dangers of Russian missiles.

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Pakistan Launches Local Production of JF-17 Block III Jets

 Pakistan has launched local production of JF-17 Block III fighter aircraft, the most advanced variant of the JF-17 it developed along with China.

“In-country production of JF-17 Block-3 formally launched by Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, PAF at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra today,” Pakistan Air Force announced on December 30.

The occasion also witnessed roll out of dual-seat JF-17B aircraft for Pakistan Air Force (PAF). PAC Kamra rolled out the first batch of eight dual-seat JF-17 aircraft on December 27 last year.Pakistani media reported that the service inducted 14 JF-17Bs Wednesday.

The occasion was attended by Ambassador of Peoples’ Republic of China in Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Nong Rong. He highlighted JF-17 as a shining example of cooperation between two countries over the last two decades for a joint venture from drawing board to successful materialization. He assured of China's continued support for ongoing & future joint ventures in all domains.

New in the the Block III version is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, helmet-mounted targeting system, an advanced targeting pod, data links and beyond visual range weapons. The jet also packs information-based warfare capability and upgraded weapons. 

In July, Russia confirmed it is working on a new engine, RD-93MA, which is an upgraded version of RD-93 used on the JF-17. This engine can produce maximum thrust of 9,300 kgf, more when compared to RD-93’s maximum thrust of 8,300kgf. It is not yet clear if this engine will be shoe-horned into the JF-17.

KLJ-7A AESA radar for JF-17 Block III

The PAF has selected the KLJ-7A active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the JF-17 Block-III, unconfirmed reports said in early 2020.

Developed by the Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology (NRIET), the KLJ-7A was revealed in 2016 as a potential option for the JF-17. The sales brochure released by NRIET says that the KLJ-7A offers a maximum range of 170 km against a target with a radar cross-section (RCS) of 5m2. NRIET added that the KLJ-7A uses over 1,000 transmit/receive modules (TRM), and is capable of tracking 15 targets and simultaneously engaging four.It also has over 11 modes for operation, including synthetic aperture radar which will allow it to see through clouds.

ASELPOD Targeting System for JF-17

Turkish firm Aselsan has signed a $24.9 million contract with Pakistan in 2017 to integrate its ASELPOD Electro Optical Targeting System onto JF-17 fighter jets. While these are said to be used on the JF-17 Block II, it is not confirmed if the pods will be used on the Block III as well.

The PAF also has the option of Chinese targeting pods- WMD-7 and OC2. It is not known if these have superior features over the ASELPOD.Earlier, Pakistan tried unsuccessfully to obtain the Damocles targeting pod from France. However, with the advent of the Talios targeting pod on the Indian Rafale, considered more advanced than the Damocles, the response of the PAF on what targeting sytem to put on the  JF-17 Block III remains to be seen.

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Chinese Navy's Third Aircraft Carrier Likely to be Launched This Year

 The Chinese Navy’s large aircraft carrier, Type 003, is expected to be launched in 2021 and enter naval service around 2025.

General outline of the warship is already identifiable in recent openly available photographs. Blocks of the Type 003 aircraft carrier are currently being assembled in Shanghai-based Jiangnan Shipyard.

After all the blocks are put together, the upper structures will be installed. Since the blocks are built in advance, the assembly and the outfitting work will take much less time compared with China's second aircraft carrier, Ordnance Industry Science Technology, a Chinese defense industry magazine, said in a report published in its WeChat account on Saturday.

The current status indicates that the Type 003 could be only a few months away from its launch before the end of 2021. After this the carrier will undertake outfitting work, be installed with equipment including radar and sensor devices, conduct tests and embark on sea trials, which could take about two years, meaning the warship could join naval service in 2024 or 2025, the magazine predicted.

The Chinese media had speculated earlier that the warship could be launched in 2020.

Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) also expects the country's third aircraft carrier to make its public debut in 2021.

"2021 is a year full of expectations, including the Type 003 aircraft carrier and also the H-20 bomber. It is time for our technological development to bear fruit," Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Sunday.Type 003 carrier is expected to be as big as U.S. Navy’s Kitty Hawk-class, displacing more than 80,000 tons. The magazine said that the ship is likely to be equipped with electromagnetic catapults to launch aircraft, replacing the ski jump method used on current Chinese carriers.

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BRP Abaraham Campo (PC396) was Assigned to Safeguard South Cebu and Surrounding Areas

 PN vessel BRP ABRAHAM CAMPO (PC396) safeguard seawaters of Southern Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor and Negros

Headquarters, Naval Forces Central, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, January 12, 2021 – Naval Forces Central through Naval Task Force 50 operation control surface vessel, BRP ABRAHAM CAMPO (Patrol Craft 396), skippered by Commander Kenneth N Rosalejos PN conducted Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO)/ Law Enforcement Operations (LEO) at vicinity seawaters of Southern part of Cebu-Bohol-Siquijor and Negros.

In support to Central Command’s Territorial Defense Operation, Naval Forces Central continuously provides naval presence and coastal security that leads to the deterrence of lawless elements which utilizes seawaters as an avenue to mobilize their personnel and logistics from one island to another. Moreover, PC396 strengthens naval presence at vicinity seawaters of Southern Cebu-Bohol-Siquijor and Negros. Thus, monitored a total of 12 vessels transiting the area safely and with no unusual observations.

NTF50 through PC396 conducted inter-agency collaboration thereby establishing coordination to 17 different local government units and local government agencies in the area of operations. PC396 also conducted coastal patrol to different key vital installations and tourist spots within Southern Cebu.

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Regional Defense Spending in 2021 by GFP

 Global Firepower tracks the annual defense spending budgets of each participant in the GFP ranking, these being funds allotted by governments to cover various aspects of a standing fighting force - namely procurement, maintenance / support, and pensions.

Data presented on this list is through 2021. Values are presented in $USD. Estimates are made when official data is not available. (amount in thousands USD)

(10) Australia  42.700

(27) Singapore 10.700

(31) Indonesia 9.200

(37) Thailand 7.200

(38) Vietnam 6.390

(50) New Zealand 4.300

(52) Philippines 4.250

(57) Malaysia 3.850

(71) Myanmar 2.000

(94) Cambodia 600

(137) Laos 18

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China withdraws 10,000 soldiers from depth areas of LAC in Ladakh due to extreme cold


China has withdrawn around 10,000 troops from the depth areas along the disputed boundary in eastern Ladakh while frontline troops continue to remain in position, according to news agency ANI.

Citing government sources, the report said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has moved back 10,000 troops from its traditional training areas opposite eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) possibly due to extreme winters. However, the deployment in the frontline areas has remained the same as also the heavy equipment moved in since the beginning of the standoff in May, it said.

The traditional training areas are around 150 km and beyond from the Indian side of the LAC, according to the report.

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