Category: Military

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…

DEATH DRONES: China building cruise missiles powered by killer artificial intelligence

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Terrifying new ‘fire and forget’ weapons will use robotic technology to steer themselves toward a target China is developing a new range of killer cruise missiles fitted with technology which will effectively turn them into killer robots. Dubbed “death drones”, the missiles…

Russia Takes Countermeasures In Response To Washington’s Plans To Increase Funding For Military Forces In Europe

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Memri: On February 5, 2016, the Russian media outlet RBC Daily reported on military countermeasures that Russia is taking in response to America’s increased funding for military forces in Europe and to the increased military exercises in NATO countries.[1] According…

China: The PLA’s New Organizational Structure: What is Known, Unknown and Speculation (Part 1)

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Jamestown.org Note: This article is part of a two-part series examining changes to China’s Military organizational structure and personnel. Part 1 examines what is known and unknown. Part 2 contains speculation as to changes that may occur in the future. …

African nations gear up to counter Islamic terror groups

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Key Points New Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari is close to making good on his promise to attack Boko Haram, after months of intensive preparations. Unprecedented co-operation with, and assistance from, regional neighbours is likely to give Nigeria the chance to…

Iran’s Changing Regional Strategy and Its Implications for the Region

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In a typical gesture of defiance, which has signified allegiance to Iran’s revolutionary credentials since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979, General Abdullah Araqi, the lieutenant commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), stated the following at…

Putin Mobilizes Forces Preparing to Fight With NATO and US

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This week (March 16–21), the Russian military began massive, “sudden” military exercises (“vnezapnaya proverka”). The authorities initially announced that the “sudden exercises” are intended to check out the battle readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the possibility of reinforcing it…