Military Part 4

China Is Building The World’s Largest Nuclear Submarine Facility

Apr 21, 2017

  • Perhaps it is time to shift attention away from the “rally around the flag” diversion that is North Korea and pay some attention to China, which delighted by the ongoing geopolitical distractions is currently building the world’s largest submarine facility, which will be able to produce as many as four ultramodern nuclear submarines at a time. Starting later this year, China’s new submarine factory on the Yellow Sea will churn out nuclear-powered attack submarines (or SSNs) ensuring that the sub program of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will soon be a deadly global force. Once fully operational, the assembly line will enable China to at least match USN SSN production.

China’s Xi restructures military, consolidates control

Apr 19, 2017

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced a military restructure of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to transform it into a leaner fighting force with improved joint operations capability, state media said. Centered around a new, condensed structure of 84 military units, the reshuffle builds on Xi’s years-long efforts to modernize the PLA with greater emphasis on new capabilities including cyberspace, electronic and information warfare.

U.S. Marines arrive in Darwin for Australia, China exercises

Apr 17, 2017

  • U.S. Marines began arriving in Australia’s tropical north on Tuesday for a six-month deployment during which they will conduct exercises with Australian and visiting Chinese forces. The 25-year annual deployment program started by former U.S. President Barack Obama in 2011 is part of the U.S. “pivot” to Asia at a time of increased assertiveness by China.

First of Its Type: China to Test Next-Generation Hypersonic Engine


  • Chinese engineers from the Beijing Research Institute of Machinery are set to test a prototype combined-cycle hypersonic aircraft engine and first-stage carrier rockets later this year, Aviation Week reported.

China reveals hypersonic scramjet developments and plans

April 14, 2017

  • China has revealed the first known images of an indigenous scramjet test that it says was successfully conducted at speeds up to Mach 7 and altitudes up to 30 km, in December 2015. Studies of a folding-wing hypersonic boost-glide vehicle designed for deployment from a launcher at Mach 5 and 30-km altitude show dramatic changes in the center of pressure on release. Credit: China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology

Third China-made aircraft carrier could be nuclear-powered: expert

April 14, 2017

  • As China’s second aircraft carrier, and the country’s first domestically built carrier, approaches its launch, experts predict that the third China-made carrier will see dramatic breakthroughs, such as the use of nuclear power and the capability for an electromagnetic launch. Military expert Xu Guangyu made this forecast during an interview with BTV.

China Takes Wraps Off National Hypersonic Plan

Apr 10, 2017

  • For many years, any coherent view of China’s highly ambitious hypersonic research program, just like its mist-shrouded coastline, has been all but impossible to see from the outside world. However, following the apparent decision to reveal more about its latest hypersonic research activities, the fog is lifting for the first time over at least some of China’s test and development efforts in high-speed flight. What has come into view is a cohesive, nationwide hypersonic research

India, China navies stop suspected pirate attack on Pinoy-crewed vessel

April 9, 2017

  • Chinese navy ship supported by an Indian navy helicopter thwarted an attack on a Tuvalu-flagged merchant ship by suspected Somali pirates, India’s defense ministry said on Sunday. “Subsequently … a boarding party from the nearby Chinese Navy ship went on board the merchant ship, while the Indian Naval helicopter provided air cover for the operation.”

New Chinese PL-15 Missile is Designed to Destroy US Air Force Aerial Tankers

Apr 09, 2017

  • China is testing its new PL-15 long-range air-to-air missile (LRAAM) designed to shoot down defenseless U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy aerial tankers and airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) from as far away as 300 kilometers.

China and US agree to top military talks to head off close armed encounters

08 April, 2017

  • The armed forces of China and the United States will set up a new dialogue mechanism as a further step to minimise military confrontation. President Xi Jinping said both sides should make full use of the soon-to-be-established dialogue between the joint staffs of the two countries’ armed forces. Both militaries should also “improve the existing notification mechanism on military action and the code of unexpected encounters between their navies and air forces”, state-run Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.

China and Russia are Catching Up to the U.S. Military

April 5, 2017

  • America’s enemies are rapidly catching up and in some cases exceeding the United States in terms of military technology, according to a senior U.S. Navy official. In some cases, while it took the United States decades to master certain technologies, adversaries like Russia and China are mastering weapons such stealth aircraft and networked air defense systems much faster than expected. “What we have got to do, is we’ve got to begin to challenge ourselves and industry and the government in how do we attack those pieces that we have that have been broken by some of the advances that our adversaries have made,” Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, the Navy’s program executive officer for unmanned systems and strike weapons told the Navy League’s Sea, Air and Space symposium on April 4. “The bottom line is, right now, our adversaries are moving up a curve that is not linear.”

Thailand to buy more Chinese tanks, reportedly for $58M

April 4, 2017

  • Thailand has taken another step in a burgeoning arms trade with China, with the Thai government approving the purchase of more Chinese-built tanks. According to Thai government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the cabinet has approved the acquisition of 10 more VT4 main battle tanks designed and built by China’s Norinco.

China’s Growing Military Ties With Nepal – Analysis

April 2, 2017

  • The Chinese Defence Minister and State Councillor General Chang Wanquan undertook a three-day official visit to Kathmandu from March 23 to 25, 2017. Chang led a 19-member high-level military delegation to both Sri Lanka and Nepal. During his sojourn in Nepal, he met President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, Defence Minister Bal Krishna Khand, and Chief of Army Staff General Rajendra Chhetri. The visit saw China offer a grant assistance of USD 32.3 million to the Nepal Army (NA) for the purpose of strengthening its capacity to deal with natural calamities and providing it equipment for United Nations peacekeeping missions in high conflict zones. The latest grant is ten times higher than China’s previous military assistance to the NA in the post-Monarchy period. The visiting delegation also discussed holding the first ever military exercises by the armies of the two countries.

China’s Blue Navy Ambitions: Fast Bridging Gap With US Navy – Analysis

April 2, 2017

  • Any country with blue water navy dreams need carrier vessels (CVs) to pursue those dreams. And every CV that is in blue waters away from home requires replenishment of cargo and fuel. Sustained naval operations at far seas, especially of the aviation fleet, demand replenishment every 4-5 days, because it requires the CV to operate at maximum speeds for extended periods. Thus there is a strong need to have a replenishment vessel with comparable speeds to accompany the CV battle group (CVBG).

China, Switzerland pledge to advance military-to-military cooperation


  • Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, and Chang Wanquan, Chinese defense minister and state councilor, on Friday met separately with Guy Parmelin, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport. Fan Changlong said China is willing to work with Switzerland to implement consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, enhance strategic communication, enrich military-to-military relations, and make positive contributions to the China-Switzerland innovative strategic partnership.

China, Serbia vow to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership


  • China and Serbia vowed to strengthen their comprehensive strategic partnership during a visit by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Thursday in Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Serbian counterpart Nikolic attended a welcoming ceremony before talks at the Great Hall of the People. Xi said China wanted to enhance cooperation with Serbia in areas such as political and legislative affairs, agriculture, bio-pharmaceuticals and people-to-people exchanges.

China’s second aircraft carrier to be launched soon


  • China’s domestically-made aircraft carrier is currently being fitted out and will soon be launched, according to a spokesperson from China’s Ministry of National Defense, who gave no further details. Earlier reports suggested that the carrier might be launched on April 23, when China celebrates the founding day of the Chinese navy.

Analysis: The Pace of Chinese Military Modernization is Getting Attention at the Pentagon and in Congress – Warrior – Scout

Mar 29, 2017

  • The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is requesting expert proposals to provide a one-time unclassified report on China’s development of advanced weapons.

World’s largest amphibious aircraft to take maiden flight in May


  • The world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the China-made AG600, is expected to make its maiden flight over land in May, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced on March 29. AVIC has spent almost eight years developing the AG600, which is roughly the size of a Boeing 737 and is designed to carry out marine rescues and battle forest fires. It has a maximum flight range of 4,500 km and a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tons.

China building navy’s biggest amphibious assault vessel, sources say

29 March, 2017

  • China has started building a new generation of large amphibious assault vessels that will strengthen the navy as it plays a more dominant role in projecting the nation’s power overseas, military sources said. The 075 can serve as a form of aircraft carrier and military experts said it would give China’s navy the ability to launch various types of helicopters to attack naval vessels, enemy ground forces or submarines in the East or South China Sea.

America’s hidden role in Chinese weapons research

29 March, 2017

  • For more than a decade, China has been ramping up efforts to lure back talented scientists working at laboratories in the US linked to America’s nuclear weapons programme and other military research, as well as those working for Nasa and companies such as Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing.

Heavy-lift helicopter qualifies for commercial operation


  • China’s first heavy-lift helicopter for civilian purposes, the AC313, successfully completed a test flight in heavy rain at the Lyumeng Airport in Jingdezhen, East China’s Jiangxi province on March 24, the last of its airworthiness tests. This was the first time for China’s domestically made large helicopter to test fly in heavy rain, and success shows that the 13-ton helicopter for civil use is capable of flying in complicated weather conditions.

Report: China’s man-made S.China Sea islands nearly complete

Mar. 28, 2017

  • A report from a U.S. think tank says China has nearly completed construction work on three man-made islands in the South China Sea, giving it the ability to deploy combat aircraft and other military assets to the disputed region. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies analyzed recent satellite photos and concluded that runways, aircraft hangers, radar sites and hardened surface-to-air missile shelters have either been finished or are nearing completion.

Thai Navy To Receive Three Chinese Submarines

March 24, 2017

  • Thailand’s navy will receive three submarines under Bt3.6 billion (US $104.2 million) worth agreement it signed with China. “It’s finally Chinese submarines for Thailand. But the government would pay for only two as the third one was ‘a free gift’,” Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced Wednesday. The three submarines are Yuan Class S26 T, which have been developed exclusively for Thailand based on China’s Yuan Class Type 039 A, The Nation reported Thursday.

Panel: Russia and China Practicing More Hybrid, Information Warfare

March 22, 2017

  • Russia and China are effectively using tools as old as propaganda and as current as viral social media messaging to sow distrust abroad and split alliances to gain their way, three expert witnesses in a new age of conflict told the House Armed Services Committee. Frank Hoffman of National Defense University said Wednesday these “gray zone measures” and also called hybrid warfare, would include aircraft buzzing warships and turning reefs into militarized islands was in a way “a return to Cold War tactics.”

Breaking down China’s electronic warfare tactics

March 22, 2017

  • In the wake of Russia’s demonstrations of advanced electromagnetic spectrum and communications jamming capabilities, most recently displayed in their incursion into Ukraine, China also is upping its game in this space, demonstrating similar capabilities in the Pacific. The U.S. Department of Defense, in an annual report to Congress on China’s military and security developments, assessed that the country is placing greater importance upon EW, on par with traditional domains of warfare such as air, ground and maritime.

Xi Urges PLA to Emphasize Science and Technology in Warfighting

Mar 20, 2017

  • Xi said efforts should be made to provide greater science and technology support for the PLA. He claims significant progress in combat readiness has been achieved since the 18th CPC National Congress in late 2012 when historic breakthrough in national defense and military reform were made. Xi is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC).

Taiwan confirms China’s deployment of DF-16 missiles


  • Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) on Monday confirmed that there is a growing military threat from China, which he said has been deploying a new type of medium-range ballistic missiles capable of hitting Taiwan. Since 2016, China has been pushing military reform, including streamlining its armed forces to improve joint combat capabilities, Feng said in a report to the Legislature on Taiwan’s responses to the changing situation in East Asia since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

Russia, China making gains on US military power


  • Russia and China are increasingly challenging the military superiority that the United States has held since the early 1990s. Since the end of the Cold War, America’s naval, air, land and space capabilities, paired with key bases in Europe and Asia, have created a strategic advantage over other major superpowers.

China Poses Threat to US, Ramps Up Missile R&D as PLA Works with Private Tech Firms

Mar 18, 2017

  • President Xi Jinping called for the People’s Liberation Army to collaborate with the private sector to develop their arsenal and take lessons from science and technology companies. The president’s order was expressed so that the PLA will fast track the application of the latest technologies in the army’s missiles and spy techniques.

5 Ways Russia and China Could Sink America’s Aircraft Carriers

March 18, 2017

  • Aircraft carriers have been the primary capital ship of naval combat since the 1940s, and remain the currency of modern naval power. But for nearly as long as carriers have existed, navies have developed plans to defeat them. The details of these plans have changed over time, but the principles remain the same. And some have argued that the balance of military technology is shifting irrevocably away from the carrier, driven primarily by Chinese and Russian innovation.

Can China leapfrog the US in the scramble for the world’s best aircraft carrier?

15 March, 2017

  • Rear Admiral Ma Weiming, a top engineer working on the project, said on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress on Monday that China had made breakthroughs in its advanced ­arresting gear (AAG) system designed to retrieve aircraft at sea, while the US had stumbled. “The Gerald Ford cancelled its AAG and reverted to its original [arresting wire] system. We have no such problem,” he said, referring to the US’ new class of aircraft carrier. He also said China’s electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) was more advanced than comparable US technology. “We have long overcome [all technical difficulties in EMALS]. I have ­already moved on from this [area of research and development],” he said. Saying he was just a scientific researcher, Ma declined to say when his advanced technologies would be installed on China’s homegrown carriers.

Bangladesh Navy Commissions Two Type 035G Diesel-Electric Submarines from China

15 March 2017

  • First ever in history Bangladesh Navy has inducted two submarines BNS Nobojatra’ andBNS Joyjatra’ to its fleet. Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over commissioning warrants to the Commanding Officers of the two submarines and unveiled the name of plaques, Sunday (12-3-2017) through a ceremony as per naval tradition at the Naval Base BNS Issa khan in Chittagong.

China to boost marine corps by 400pc to enforce growing world influence

March 15, 2017

  • BEIJING is boosting its offensive force of rapid-deployment marines by 400 per cent amid plans to dramatically increase its military presence in the Indian Ocean. Chinese media is reporting the People’s Liberation Army’s ambitious new plans following the announcement of a 7 per cent increase to $AU200 billion in defence spending last week.

China ready to neutralise THAAD, retired PLA general says

13 March, 2017

  • China knew it might not be able to stop Seoul deploying a US anti-missile system and was prepared to counter with its own anti-radar equipment, a retired PLA general said on Monday. The comments by Wang Hongguang came as a South Korean court’s decision to uphold the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, the country’s former president, fanned hopes Seoul might put plans for the Terminal High Altitude Area ­Defence system on hold.

China to expand marine corps for deployment in Gwadar, Djibouti

March 13, 2017

  • China is set to increase the number of its marine corps from 20,000 to one lakh as part of plans to deploy them overseas for the first time, including at the strategic Gwadar port in Pakistan and military logistics base in Djibouti in the Indian Ocean. The expansion is planned to protect China’s maritime lifelines and its growing interests overseas, Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

Stealth fighter soon powered by local engines

March 13, 2017

  • A domestically developed engine will soon power the nation’s latest stealth fighter jet, according to a senior scientist working for Aero Engine Corp of China. “It will not take a long time for our fifth-generation combat plane to have China-made engines,” said Chen Xiangbao, vice-president of the AECC Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials. Chen, also a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was referring to the J-20 stealth fighter. “The engine’s development is proceeding well. We also have begun to design a next-generation aviation engine with a thrust-to-weight ratio that is much higher than that of current types,” he said. Thrust-to-weight ratio is considered the top indicator of an aviation engine’s capability.

Pakistan inducts advanced Chinese air defence system

March 12, 2017

  • Pakistan have inducted an advanced Chinese made LY-80 (LOMADS) Surface to Air missile defence system to secure its airspace from any sort of misadventure, a statement from the ISPR said. Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said the defence system would enhance our capabilities to defend motherland.

China to intercept ‘intruding’ aircraft, follow military vessels amid efforts to strengthen navy

10 Mar, 2017

  • China is building a “first-class navy” which will intercept “intruding aircraft” and follow any military vessels traveling within its controlled areas, an official has stated, adding that sailors should “stay vigilant.” “We will intercept any intruding aircraft and follow every military vessel in areas under our responsibility,” Wang Weiming, deputy chief of staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy, told Xinhua on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC). “Our sailors should stay vigilant and be able to deal with emergencies at all times,” he added.