Category: Military

China and the Politics of Space Control

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By Richard Weitz In late August, 2018 the Chinese Foreign Ministry published its position paper regarding the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, which will run from September 18 and October 5 in New York. In this document, Beijing…

Russia’s S-400 Air Defense System to Receive New Long-Range Missile, Likely for Sale to China for SCS

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Russia has reportedly completed user trials of the 40N6E long-range missile for the S-400 Triumf advanced interceptor-based air defense systems (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler), according to a Russian defense industry source. “The state trials of the 40N6E long-range surface-to-air (SAM) missile…

Norway, NORDEFCO and Shaping a Way Ahead with the Nordics

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By Robbin Laird As Norway looks to its defense transformation and working out ways to work more effectively with its allies in extended defense and deterrence, it faces change in Europe associated with significant dynamics of change in Europe from…

China is developing a nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile, likely based off the DF-21

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China is developing and has been flight-testing a nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) along with a new long-range strategic bomber to deliver it, The Diplomat has learned. https://thediplomat.com/2018/04/revealed-chinas-nuclear-capable-air-launched-ballistic-missile/ According to U.S. government sources with knowledge of the latest intelligence assessments…

A Closer Look at Iran and North Korea’s Missile Cooperation

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On May 2, 2017, the Iranian military conducted a missile test from a Ghadir-class submarine in the Strait of the Hormuz. Even though the missile test failed, the close similarities between Iran’s Ghadir-class submarine and North Korea’s Yono-class miniature submarine…

China’s Vision of the Future Networked Battlefield

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Cyber, space and electronic warfare challenges to the US in the Western Pacific Compared to the extensive coverage on China’s traditional war-fighting capabilities (e.g. its ‘carrier killer’ anti-ship missiles) far less ink has been spilled on Chinese thinking on the…

China possibly equipping PLA ground units with new light tank

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Images posted on Chinese online forums at the end of December 2016 suggest that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may be equipping ground units with a new light tank first seen in 2011. Posted on 31 December on the CJDBY…

EU battlegroups ‘failing’

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Europe’s (EU) battlegroup concept is failing because the costs are being borne by those nations providing the troops and equipment rather than by the European Union (EU) as a whole, a senior German official said on 30 November. Speaking at…

Poland requests to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B missiles

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Poland has requested to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) with related support, equipment, and training, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 28 November. The JASSM-ER is fitted with a more efficient…