Month: May 2015

CMN Offers Stealth Corvette to Malaysia and Vietnam | Defence blog

CMN Offers Stealth Corvette to Malaysia and Vietnam | Defence blog.

Commentary: If this goes through, wonder if it’ll follow the usual pattern for French shipbuilders in Asia:

1. Contract signed.

2. Scandals and bribery revealed

3. Murders

A new China Army Landing Ship Medium (LSM) undergo sea trials | Defence blog

A new China Army Landing Ship Medium (LSM) undergo sea trials | Defence blog.

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Vietnamese Navy looks at ASW/MP helicopters | Defence blog

Vietnamese Navy looks at ASW/MP helicopters | Defence blog.

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China Defense Blog: PLAN commission of the day: LST 981 Dabieshan

China Defense Blog: PLAN commission of the day: LST 981 Dabieshan.

Commentary: China continues its tradition of naming amphibious ships after mountains.

Defence ministry okays deals worth over $3bn to buy 15 Chinook, 22 Apache copters

Defence ministry okays deals worth over $3bn to buy 15 Chinook, 22 Apache copters.

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BMPD Blog: The oldest frigate in the world (Translated)

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Commentary: for a seventy year old ship it looks to be in really good shape.

New early-warning radar to be built in Zeya, Amur oblast – Blog – Russian strategic nuclear forces

New early-warning radar to be built in Zeya, Amur oblast – Blog – Russian strategic nuclear forces.

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Oryx Blog: Iranian delivered North Korean Type-73 machine guns joining the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq

 

via Oryx Blog: Iranian delivered North Korean Type-73 machine guns joining the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq.

Commentary: Most people know the Oryx Blog as specializing in OSINT analysis of Middle Eastern military hardware. They also have several very good posts on the Korean People’s Army. It’s no surprise they caught this picture.

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Alert 5 » Video of PLAAF H-6K first flight over Miyako Strait – Military Aviation News

Alert 5 » Video of PLAAF H-6K first flight over Miyako Strait – Military Aviation News.

Commentary: A relative breakthrough, the H-6Ks flew straight through the strait and straight back. A long, long way from the aerial navigation skills of Russia’s Long Range Aviation and their cookie-cutter circumnavigation of Japan.

China and MIRVed Warheads – All Things Nuclear

China and MIRVed Warheads – All Things Nuclear.

Commentary: It’s a bit weird that China would outfit the DF-5 with MIRVs. As the author points out the DF-5 is an older, liquid fueled missile. A liquid-fueled ICBM takes hours to prepare for flight, so it’s not the kind of a weapon to deter a no-notice attack. Why would China place more warheads from a limited stockpile on a vulnerable system?

It could be signaling by the PRC, that it can proceed with modernizing nuclear delivery systems if India and the U.S. do so.

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The Great 2010 DPRK Nuclear Test Debate: Summarizing the Evidence | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

The Great 2010 DPRK Nuclear Test Debate: Summarizing the Evidence | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea.

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Japan Plans To Deploy Missiles To Strategic Island Near Taiwan

Japan Plans To Deploy Missiles To Strategic Island Near Taiwan.

Commentary: Ishigakijima and Miyakojima are two inhabited islands in the Ryukyus that flank the Miyako Strait. The PLAN has been sending surface task forces through the strait once or twice a year since 2010 or so.

Placing anti-ship missiles on both islands will close the strait during wartime or times of crisis, and short of occupying the islands there won’t be much China could do about it.

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Arms Control Wonk • China MIRVs Some Missiles

Arms Control Wonk • China MIRVs Some Missiles.

Is Pakistan Forming an American (or Chinese) Style Coast Guard? | Chuck Hill’s CG Blog

Is Pakistan Forming an American (or Chinese) Style Coast Guard? | Chuck Hill’s CG Blog.

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DEFENSE STUDIES: Raytheon-Designed Coastal Watch Center Opens in Philippines

DEFENSE STUDIES: Raytheon-Designed Coastal Watch Center Opens in Philippines.

Commentary: Notice all of the coast watching stations face west or south.

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DEFENSE STUDIES: Indonesia Confirms Deployment of C-705 Missiles on KCR-60M Class

DEFENSE STUDIES: Indonesia Confirms Deployment of C-705 Missiles on KCR-60M Class.

Pinch Hitters • Back of the Envelope on the DPRK’s New SLBM

Pinch Hitters • Back of the Envelope on the DPRK’s New SLBM.

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Russia has Completed the Construction of Two Vietnamese Frigates | Defence blog

Russia has Completed the Construction of Two Vietnamese Frigates | Defence blog.

Commentary: This is the second batch of Russian frigates for the People’s Navy and part of Vietnam’s anti-access/area denial fleet buildup. Eight Kh-35 Klub anti-ship missiles make each a considerable threat to the People’s Liberation Army Navy.

Four frigates and six submarines is a good start, but Vietnam has probably spent as much as it can on this naval buildup and the question is whether or not China will see this as a force to be reckoned with.

Kim Kyok-sik: the N.Korean Mastermind Behind Cheonan Sinking Dies | Elites et économie de la Corée du Nord

Kim Kyok-sik: the N.Korean Mastermind Behind Cheonan Sinking Dies | Elites et économie de la Corée du Nord.

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North Korea with SLBMs Scares the Hell Out of Everybody | Robert Kelly — Asian Security Blog

North Korea with SLBMs Scares the Hell Out of Everybody | Robert Kelly — Asian Security Blog.

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