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  • India Wants New Subs While Ones They Already Have Sail With Broken Periscopes

    07/24/2017 9:09:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Drive ^ | JULY 24, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    After nearly a decade, India says it will finally move ahead with plans to team up with a foreign contractor to build advanced diesel electric submarines. The announcement comes amid reports that despite ambitious plans to upgrade their equipment, each of the country’s eight front line Sindhughosh-class submarines have only one working periscope instead of two. On July 24, 2017, the Indian government reportedly declared it would begin considering offers from six different countries to pair up with an Indian shipyard to build a total of six advanced diesel-electric “stealth” submarines, according to The Times of India, which described the...
  • Fukushima robot finds potential fuel debris hanging like icicles in reactor 3

    07/21/2017 11:24:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    japan times ^ | Kazuaki Nagata
    “From the pictures taken today, it is obvious that some melted objects came out of the reactor. This means something of high temperature melted some structural objects and came out. So it is natural to think that melted fuel rods are mixed with them,” said Takahiro Kimoto, a Tepco spokesman. “In that sense, it is possible that the melted objects found this time are melted fuel debris or probably around it,” he said, saying the utility will think about how they can be analyzed to determine if they are the former fuel rods. This is the first time Tepco has...
  • Investigation Reveals Navy At Fault For Massive USS Fitzgerald Collision

    07/21/2017 10:42:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 104 replies ^ | 7/21/2017 | Jonah Bennett
    A preliminary investigation into the collision of the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine cargo ship in June has revealed that the U.S. Navy is at fault. According to two defense officials who spoke with CNN, the crew aboard the USS Fitzgerald made numerous abysmal mistakes which led to the collision with the ACX Crystal in an area known for commercial shipping. The investigation is likely to result in recommendations for possible punishment, making the review “dual purpose.” “They did nothing until the last second,” one official said, speaking of the crew on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. “A slew of things...
  • Six in fray for Navy’s €8.3-billion advanced submarine project

    07/19/2017 7:18:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Hindu ^ | July 19, 2017 | AMRITA NAIR-GHASWALLA
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Thyssenkrupp among bidders MUMBAI, JULY 19: Six advanced submarines, to be built under Project 75(I) to scale up the Navy’s warfare capabilities, are set to get off the starters’ block, with the Navy issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to six foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the €8.3-billion submarine project. “The Indian Navy has issued an RFI asking competent companies that have independently designed and constructed a modern submarine, which is either currently in service or is undergoing sea trials,” confirmed officials who got the RFI, adding that “the L1 for P-75(I) will...

    07/18/2017 7:54:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Center for International Maritime Security ^ | 2017-07-18 | Jason Y. Osuga
    “Our history is clear that nations with strong allies thrive, and those without them wither. My key words are solvency and security to protect the American people. My priorities as SECDEF are strengthening readiness, strengthening alliances, and bring business reform to DOD.” – General James Mattis (ret.), SECDEF Confirmation Hearing, 1/11/17 At current growth rates, China may become a comparable power to the United States in economic and military terms in the not too distant future. In this future world, China will be less constrained than it is today to attempt to coerce other Asian nations to its will.[1] China’s...
  • New missiles eyed for ASDF F-2 fighters

    07/18/2017 7:38:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | July 19, 2017
    The government plans to equip the Air Self-Defense Force’s F-2 fighters with a new air-to-ship missile from next fiscal year, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. It will allocate several hundred millions of yen in a budgetary request for fiscal 2018 to mass produce the missile, which is currently under development, according to sources. The new missile will be the first supersonic air-to-ship type to be made in the country. It is characterized as being difficult to intercept, the sources said. The introduction of the new missile is aimed at keeping the Chinese Navy — which has been taking high-handed action...
  • Analysis: PLA Navy edges toward owning Asia-Pacific

    07/16/2017 6:54:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 13th July 2017 | Wendell Minnick
    China is producing naval vessels at a rate that will soon see the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) eclipse the US Navy (USN) in force structure and capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. Sources indicate that China is intent on replacing the US as security guarantor for the region, and could use its position to force regional neighbours to serve as tributary states. China’s naval modernisation efforts are based entirely on modelling their navy after the US naval combatant structure, said Chris Cavas, a Washington-based naval analyst. They are emulating the USN’s ‘balanced fleet concept’, he said, with destroyers, frigates, logistics,...
  • 'Get used to it', China says as it flies bombers near Japan

    07/15/2017 12:28:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 14, 2017
    BEIJING: China told Japan on Friday to "get used to it" after it flew six warplanes over the Miyako Strait between two southern Japanese islands in a military exercise. Japan's defense ministry issued a statement late on Thursday describing the flyover by the formation of Xian H-6 bombers earlier that day as "unusual", while noting that there had been no violation of Japanese airspace. The Chinese navy and air force have in recent months carried out a series of exercises in the Western Pacific, as they hone their ability to operate far from their home shores. The Chinese defense ministry...
  • 'Get used to it' China says as it flies bombers near Japan

    07/14/2017 6:41:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    reuters ^ | July 14, 2017
    China told Japan on Friday to "get used to it" after it flew six warplanes over the Miyako Strait between two southern Japanese islands in a military exercise. ... The Chinese defense ministry said it was "legal and proper" for its military aircraft to operate in the airspace and that it would continue to organize regular training exercises according to "mission requirements". "The relevant side should not make a fuss about nothing or over-interpret, it will be fine once they get used to it," the ministry said in a statement. The Miyako Strait is between Japan's islands of Miyako and...
  • Taiwan's Air Force celebrates 25th anniversary of home-grown jets

    07/14/2017 4:15:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    FOCUS TAIWAN ^ | 2017/07/14 | Claudia Liu and Elaine Hou
    Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Air Force celebrated the 25th anniversary of taking its first delivery of locally made IDF fighter jets at an air base in Taichung, and pledged to continue to beef up its capabilities in the face of the military threat from China. Lt. Gen. Hu Kai-hung (胡開宏), deputy commander of the Air Force, said at the ceremony that Taiwan has faced many difficulties in procuring advanced weapons systems from other countries due to the international situation, meaning that Taiwan has also had to develop home-grown defense capabilities. The development, production, delivery and commission of the IDFs...
  • Damaged Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Moves to Dry Dock in Japan -PHOTOS

    07/13/2017 6:02:04 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 80 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 12, 2017 | Mike Schuler
    The USS Fitzgerald has entered dry dock at a United States Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan to continue repairs and assess damage following its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) entered dry dock July 11 at the Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka base.
  • EU and Japan reach free trade deal

    07/06/2017 4:29:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies ^ | July 6, 2017 | BBC
    The European Union and Japan have formally agreed an outline free-trade deal. The agreement paves the way for trading in goods without tariff barriers between two of the world's biggest economic areas.
  • EU, Japan seal free trade in signal to Trump

    07/06/2017 8:39:49 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/6/2017 | Alastair Macdonald and Robert-Jan Bartunek
    BRUSSELS, July 6 (Reuters) - Japan and the European Union agreed a free trade pact on Thursday to create the world's biggest open economic area and signal resistance to what they see as U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist turn. Concluded in Brussels on the eve of meetings with Trump at a summit in Hamburg, the "political agreement" between two economies accounting for a third of global GDP is heavy with symbolism. It leaves some areas of negotiation still to be finished, although officials insist the key snags have been overcome. "Ahead of the G20 summit tomorrow, I believe Japan and...
  • China Explores Electromagnetic Carrier Launch System

    07/06/2017 8:35:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    AINonline ^ | July 6, 2017 | Chen Chuanren
    A J-15 lands on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning, carrying a YJ-83K anti-ship missile. Inset: The J-15T prototype attached with holding rods similar to Western EMAL systems. A recently released photo on the Chinese Internet has furthered speculation that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has begun trials of an electromagnetic (EM) catapult launch system, known as electromagnetic aircraft launching system (EMALS) in the West. It was previously rumored that China had successfully constructed its first EMALS in November 2016, but there were no official reports or pictures at the time. The photo shows a prototype Shenyang J-15T “Flying Shark”...
  • Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash-Landing, Newly Discovered Photo Suggests

    07/05/2017 1:25:49 PM PDT · by Main Street · 97 replies
    nbc ^ | Jul 5 2017 | Tom Costello and Daniel Arkin
    A newly discovered photograph suggests legendary aviator Amelia Earhart, who vanished 80 years ago on a round-the-world flight, survived a crash-landing in the Marshall Islands. The photo, found in a long-forgotten file in the National Archives, shows a woman who resembles Earhart and a man who appears to be her navigator, Fred Noonan, on a dock. The discovery is featured in a new History channel special, "Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence," that airs Sunday. Independent analysts told History the photo appears legitimate and undoctored. Shawn Henry, former executive assistant director for the FBI and an NBC News analyst, has studied...
  • US President calls emergency meeting over North Korea

    07/04/2017 6:44:47 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 83 replies
    Daily mail ^ | July4th 2017 | Staff
    President Donald Trump called an emergency meeting on the Fourth of July to formulate a 'measured response' to North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile test, amid fears it could reach as far as Alaska. North Korea declared Tuesday that it had finally achieved its dream of building an intercontinental ballistic missile, saying it would 'fundamentally put an end to the US nuclear war threat and blackmail'. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later confirmed the latest missile test was with an intercontinental ballistic missile.
  • North Korea launches missile, nearing Japanese waters

    07/03/2017 6:48:01 PM PDT · by Malcolm Reynolds · 78 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/3/17 | Leslie Shaffer
    On its website, South Korean state news agency Yonhap cited South Korea's military as saying an unidentified ballistic missile launched from a location near the North's border with China at 9:40 a.m. local time. South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered a National Security Council meeting after the launch, Yonhap reported, citing the Blue House — the South's equivalent of the White House.
  • New Flight Ops Video From China's Carrier Features Loaded Up J-15 Fighters

    07/03/2017 11:21:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    The Drive ^ | JULY 3, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    China's aircraft carrier, the rebuilt Kuznetsov class Liaoning, and its battle group are prowling their way towards Southeast Asia ahead of a much anticipated inaugural and very high-profile visit to Hong Kong. The carrier's port call, which will be yet another major symbol of China's rapidly increasingly military and geopolitical might in the region, is part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the country's reclaiming of the territory from the British Crown. The armada passed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, an operation that causes anxieties to soar in Taipei. Fighters and maritime patrol aircraft scrambled from the island...
  • Navy Destroyer Sails Near Disputed Island Claimed by China

    07/02/2017 10:17:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | July 2, 2017 | Allen Cone
    The USS Stethem, a U.S. Navy destroyer, sailed Sunday within 12 miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, a U.S. official said. The Sethem approached the Triton Island in the 30-island Paracel archipelago, which are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. The Paracel Islands are known as the Xisha Islands in China and the Hoang Sa Archipelago in Vietnam. The standard international boundary extending offshore from all nations is 12 nautical miles. The United States does not recognize Beijing's claim of sovereignty over the islands. Lt. Cmdr. Matt Knight, a spokesman for the U.S....
  • Chinese Cruiser or Destroyer ? Full Details on PLAN's First Type 055

    06/30/2017 9:33:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Eastpendulum ^ | June 29, 2017
    Translation from Eastpendulum's article Seven and a half years after the start of the project, the first Chinese destroyer displacing more than 12,000 tons at full load was launched, yesterday June 28th at the Jiangnan Changxing Shipyard in Shanghai. This new Type 055 class of first line surface combattant is in the process of becoming the new flagship of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy). Until we see this new class of Chinese destroyer sailing the seven seas, let us review what we already know about it. Type 055 1The first Type 055 during the launch ceremony...