May 6, 2021
HMAS Sydney fires an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile for the first time during Combat System Sea Qualification Trials in the Southern Californian Exercise Area off the coast of the United States.In early April 2021 HMAS Sydney-42 AWD has deployed to San Diego to conduct combat system sea qualifications trials on its Aegis weapons system with the US Navy.
May 5, 2021
May 4, 2021
False pride and satisfaction derived out of suffering and tragedy of others in not a human trait
May 3, 2021
Taiwanese and Japanese warships team up in the East China Sea to shadow Chinese Type 054A frigate BINZHOU 515
Exercise Coral Soldier provided an opportunity for Fijian and Australian soldiers to share their knowledge by working together.With enemy role-players scattered throughout the bush and urban environments in the Greenbank Training Area in Brisbane, soldiers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (8/9RAR), teamed up to win the simulated fight.
Exercise Coral Soldier was held from March 15 to April 16, with the final full-mission stage held from April 11-13.RFMF Sergeant Loresio Sovea said the exercise allowed him to learn from 8/9RAR and pass on some of his own knowledge, too.“For me, [the exercise] is about enhancing regional relationships with our Anzac partners,” Sergeant Sovea said.
“We’ve been exchanging a few tips on building clearances, tackling obstacles, and of course those little jungle tips that we carry with us that our forefathers are well known for, especially during the Malayan campaign, Solomon Islands and East Timor.“We’ve developed those throughout the years and it’s a great opportunity to share some of those tips with our Australian mates. “I’ve worked with Australians before and it’s always a huge learning curve for us.”Sergeant Sovea said the exercise improved the bonds between the Australian and Fijian forces involved, and he looked forward to training with the ADF again.
Lieutenant Max Silvy, from 8/9RAR, echoed Sergeant Sovea’s sentiments about the combined training, saying he learned a lot from his experience working with the RFMF in the field.
The Biden administration this week approved a trio of potential foreign military sales cases for Australia and India, items worth a potential $4.36 billion for American companies.
On Thursday, Australia was cleared to purchase a package of Heavy Armored Combat Systems, with an estimated price tag of $1.685 billion, and four CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters, with an estimated price tag of $259 million. On Friday, India was cleared to purchase six P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft, worth an estimated $2.42 billion.FMS notification figures represent potential arms sales that the State Department internally cleared, then passed to Congress through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The notifications do not represent final sales; if Congress does not reject the potential sale, it then goes into negotiations, during which dollar figures and quantities of equipment can change.
The potential sales go to two key allies for the U.S. as it is increasingly focused on the Pacific. Both nations are part of the “Quad,” a group of like-minded partners that also includes the U.S. and Japan.The Indian package would include the six P-8I aircraft, as well as radio systems, engines, navigational systems, and contractor support. Boeing is the primary contractor, with work performed at its Seattle facility. The proposed sale “will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defensive partner, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region,” according to the DSCA notification.India procured eight P-8I aircraft in Jan. 2009 via a direct commercial sale, and went under contract for another four in July 2016. The Indian Navy has operated the planes since 2013.
The Australian Heavy Armored Combat Systems package involves taking 160 M1A1 Tank structures and hulls provided from U.S. stock, and then using those to produce a variety of vehicles and equipment, including: 75 M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams Main Battle Tanks; 29 M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicles; 18 M1074 Joint Assault Bridges; six M88A2 Hercules Combat Recovery Vehicles; and 122 AGT1500 gas turbine engines.
May 2, 2021
China’s national legislature dismissed a senior military representative on Thursday, who was formerly a deputy commander of the Liaoning, the country’s first aircraft carrier.
The abrupt dismissal of Song Xue was made after the National People’s Congress Standing Committee concluded its Thursday meeting. He was also removed as the deputy chief of staff of the navy under the People’s Liberation Army.It was reported by domestic media that Song had violated the Chinese Communist Party’s discipline and law, but exactly what rules the 62-year-old had breached remains unclear.
Although he has rarely appeared in local media in recent years, he was known to represent the navy as a deputy commander in 2012 during the maiden take-off and landing test mission of the self-developed J-15 warplane on the Liaoning aircraft carrier.Song’s dismissal reflected the continued anti-graft efforts the PLA had made, said the state-run Beijing Youth Daily in a Thursday editorial.