China's J-31 Stealth Fighter Jet

China's J-31 Stealth Fighter Jet

PAF Suspends Its Air Force Development Plan

PAF Mirage-III Rose-I With Refueling Probes

Due to financial constraints and non release of funds by the federal government, the Pakistan Air force (PAF) has suspended its up gradation and development plan called “Air Force Development Plan 2025,” says a report of the Senate’s standing committee on defence Thursday.

The committee quoted Air Chief marshal Tahir Rafique in its report, who, it said, told the committee members during its recent visit to the air headquarters that the AFDP 2025 programme was launched in 2003/04 by former president Pervez Musharraf aimed at making it at par with modern air forces of the world.

He said under the plan, the PAF received money by the federal government till 2007.

“After 2007 PAF did not get a penny from federal government and had to shelve the plan,” the air chief was quoted as saying in the report by its Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.

Vidya Balan At Cannes Film Festival

Vidya Balan At Cannes Film Festival
Vidya Balan At Cannes Film Festival

Vidya Balan At Cannes Film Festival
Vidya Balan At Cannes Film Festival

Vidya Balan At Cannes Film Festival
Vidya Balan At Cannes Film Festival

Turkey's TAI Reveals Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft Designs

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has displayed concept designs for Turkey's indigenous fifth generation F-X fighter programme at the IDEF 2013 defence exhibition, the first they have been shown publically.

TAI displayed images of three different potential single seat concept designs: a single engine, conventionally laid out aircraft; a single engine aircraft, equipped with canards; and a twin engine, conventionally laid out fighter.

All three concepts feature elements traditionally associated with fifth generation aircraft, including a design optimised for low radar cross-sectional density, internal weapons bays, and the ability to super cruise, Huseyin Yagci, TAI's chief engineer on the F-X programme said.

Saudi Arabia To Get Anka Ucav and AltayTank From Turkey

Altay Tank
Altay Tank

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Hussein Bin Abdullah Al Gobail of Saudi Arabia paid an official visit to Ankara last week. He met with his counterpart the Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel. He was also accepted by President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the daily newspaper, Vatan, such a high level of acceptance for Gobail was because of $2 billion arms sale. The newspaper claims that Saudi Arabia wants to buy the national unmanned aerial vehicle "ANKA" the national tank "Altay". According to the source, the contract negotiations for sale have been conducted. 

India To Get US-2 Military Plane From Japan

ShinMaywa US-2
ShinMaywa US-2

Japan is close to signing an agreement to supply amphibious planes to India, a report said Monday, in what would be the first sale of hardware used by the military since a weapons export ban was imposed.

During a four-day visit to Tokyo by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, starting Monday, the two sides are setting up firm plans for Delhi to purchase the US-2, a domestically-developed aircraft used by Japan’s armed forces.

The sale, reported by the Nikkei business daily, would be the first of a finished product made by Japan’s homegrown defence industry since rules were imposed restricting the export of weapons systems and other equipment.

It would also mark a strengthening of the alliance between Japan and India, which both see rising China as a threat to regional stability.

China Started Mass Production of J-15 Fighters For Its Navy

J-15 Carrier-Borne Fighter Jet
J-15 Carrier-Borne Fighter Jet

J-15 Carrier-Borne Fighter Jet
J-15 Carrier-Borne Fighter Jet

China's New Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Y-8FQ

 Y-8FQ Maritime Surveillance Aircraft
 Y-8FQ Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

Iran to Start Mass-Production of New Air Defense System Bavar 373

The production line of the new system, Herz (Protector) 9, will be inaugurated in a special ceremony attended by the country's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi tomorrow. 

Last Tuesday, the Iranian defense ministry announced that Iran plans to unveil five new defensive achievements in coming days. 

Also, a senior Iranian military commander announced last month that the country would unveil a home-made long-range air-defense missile system similar to the Russian S-300 in the near future. 

"This system, dubbed as Bavar (belief) 373, is being developed in the country and will be officially unveiled soon," Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Self-Sufficiency Jihad Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri said. 

He noted that Bavar-373 missile defense system has reached the production stage and its subsystems have been already tested. 

Earlier this year, senior military officials announced that Iran was testing the subsystems of Bavar 373 missile defense system. 

Pakistan Starts Building Parts For Turkish Drones ANKA

Pakistan, which has being working on drone technology and  much of the its past decade has sought to acquire unmanned aerial vehicles (UCAV), a platform used by the US in Pakistan despite numerous protests by the government, has started export of drone parts.

On Monday, officials at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra handed over the first batch of parts created for the Turkish UAV (ANKA) to the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) in a ceremony held during the International Defence Exhibition and Fair (IDEF) at Istanbul, Turkey.

China Working On a Secret "Space Bomber" Like Boeing X-37

China is working on a secret "space bomber" to compete with America's Boeing X-37 reusable unmanned spacecraft.
Shenlong Spacecraft
Shenlong Spacecraft
Sources say people who reported UFO sightings on March 13 in the Chinese cities of Chongqing, Kunming, Chengdu, Wuhan, Changsha, Zhaoqing and Haikou actually saw a top secret rocket being tested by the government. This coincides with an announcement on the website of China's National Space Science Center the same evening which declared that scientists had successfully conducted a high-altitude scientific exploration test.

Various reports claim that China upped its space program following the successful launch of the US X-37B reusable unmanned spacecraft in December last year. Sources say China has been developing a mysterious space shuttle codenamed "Shenlong," meaning "Divine Dragon" in Chinese, a stealth space bomber that will significantly boost the country's space warfare capabilities.
Chinese military websites began "leaking" alleged photos of the Shenlong project in 2007, with a spacecraft appearing to be suspended from a Xian H-6 strategic bomber. In January 2011, a television station in northwest China's Shaanxi province reported the successful test of an aerosphere vehicle. However, precise details of the Shenlong have remained secret, with most online reports about the project deleted by censors.
Last June, media in central China's Hubei province said that the Shenlong is similar in purpose to the X-37B in that it is an unmanned spacecraft, and claimed that the country's scientists have achieved four major technological breakthroughs on the project in the last two years.

China's PLA Navy Forms 1st Carrier-Borne Aviation Force

China's First Aircraft Carrier Liaoning
China's First Aircraft Carrier Liaoning
A carrier-borne aviation force has been formally established as part of the PLA Navy, military sources said on Friday.
The forming of the force, approved by the country's Central Military Commission, demonstrates that the development of China's aircraft carriers has entered a new phase, the sources said.
The force comprises carrier-borne fighter jets, jet trainers and ship-borne helicopters that operate anti-submarine, rescue and vigilance tasks.
The sources said the carrier-borne force is vital to the strike force of China's aircraft carrier and a vanguard in transforming its navy. It will also play a key role in developing aircraft carrier groups and building a strong navy.
Wu Shengli, a member of the military commission and commander of the PLA Navy, attended the forming event on Friday.
The sources said the personnel of the force are more elite than the aviation forces within the PLA. To be able to fly fighter jets, the pilots should have flown at least five types of aircraft and their flight time must exceed 1,000 hours.

Chinese Stealth Drone Lijian's Combat Radius Covers The Western Pacific

Chinese Stealth Drone Lijian
Chinese Stealth Drone Lijian

Following the release of internet photos of the Lijian, China's first stealth combat drone, Peng Tinghua, a military analyst, stressed on his mircroblog that this unmanned aerial vehicle will be able to attack all potential targets within the Western Pacific region.
The Lijian is China's response to the push of most advanced countries to roll out unmanned aerial vehicles. The design of the aircraft relied heavily on Northrop Grumman's Dassault-designed X-47B, by the looks of the official photos released by the PLA Daily, the Hong Kong-based Wenweipo said.
Peng stated that the range of the Lijian is about 8,000km, according to China Aviation News. It is not able to compare with the Global Hawk, another unmanned aerial vehicle designed by Northrop Grumman with a range of 14,001 kilometers, but the Lijian is still able to attack all potential target within the Western Pacific with a combat radius of 4,000 kilometers. "Since it will not be necessary for China to attack any targets within Europe or the continental United States," said Peng, "the Lijian will be enough for us to face potential threats over the Taiwan Strait, South China Sea and Western Pacific."

Chinese Lijian (Sharp-Sword) Stealth Drone Prepares For Test Flight

Lijian (sharp_sword) chinese stealth drone

A newly designed Chinese stealth drone is ready for its first flight test after completing its taxi test last December at an unknown airfield in the southeastern province of Jiangxi, reports Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.
Designed jointly by the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group and Shenyang Aviation Corporation, the Lijian ("sharp sword") is China's first stealth drone and the third in the world after the X-47 designed by Northrop Grumman of the United States and France's Dassault nEUROn. The Lijian program was launched in 2009 and the drone's ground test was conducted on Dec. 13 last year.
China Aviation News reports that the Lijian is now ready for flight testing. The drone is set to be used by the PLA Air Force and Navy Air Force for combat missions, and also for tracking and reconnaissance purposes.

China officially Confirmed Development of its Strategic Stealth Bomber-Red B2

Chinese official media and several major chinese defence websites confirmed days ago that China is in the process of developing a stealth strategic bomber - Named as"Red B2".

Alongwith the successful development of Y-20, China has accumulated all the in-house technologies, including engines, for Red B2. The finance is not a problem and the timing is ripe.

The consensus on the mil fora seems to be that it would be slightly smaller than B2, aiming mainly to cover Guan, Hawaii to the East (or the US East Coast in case it's a bigger version), Darwin(AUS) in the South, Diego Garcia / entire India in the S West, Western Asia/Eastern Africa in the West.

 Now its time to wait and see which will have its maiden flight first this time, PAKDA or China's "Red B2".

China Becomes World's Top Fifty Arms Exporter

J-10B Fighter Jet
J-10B Fighter Jet

China has become the world's fifth-largest arms exporter, a respected Sweden-based think tank said on Monday, its highest ranking since the Cold War, with Pakistan the main recipient.

China's volume of weapons exports between 2008 and 2012 rose 162 percent compared to the previous five year period, with its share of the global arms trade rising from 2 percent to 5 percent, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said.

China replaces Britain in the top five arms-dealing countries between 2008 and 2012, a group dominated by the United States and Russia, which accounted for 30 percent and 26 percent of weapons exports, SIPRI said.

"China is establishing itself as a significant arms supplier to a growing number of important recipient states," Paul Holtom, director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Program, said in a statement.

The shift, outlined in SIPRI's Trends in International Arms Transfers report, marks China's first time as a top-five arms exporter since the think tank's 1986-1990 data period.

Now the world's second-largest economy, China's rise has come with a new sense of military assertiveness with a growing budget to develop modern warfare equipment including aircraft carriers and drones.

At the Zhuhai air show in southern China in November, Chinese attack helicopters, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and air defenses were on public show for the first time.

SIPRI maintains a global arms transfers database base that tracks arms exports back to the 1950s. It averages data over five-year periods because arms sales vary by year.

Chinese Indigenous Developed High-Bypass Turbofan Engines Emerging

Chinese New Indigenous  High-Bypass Turbofan Engines

China is developing four high-bypass turbofans, only two of which were previously known. All four have potential military and civil applications.

Work at Shenyang on a high-bypass turbofan in the 30,000 lb. class and suitable for large transport aircraft was already known, along with development of the similarly sized CJ-1000 engine for the C919 commercial aircraft.

But it turns out that there are two such engines from the Shenyang design bureau of Avic Engine: the WS-118 and the SF-A. This was revealed in materials prepared for a May 22-23 conference organized by Galleon (Shanghai) Consulting in association with Avic. The Avic connection means the conference materials can be taken as semi-official.

Both engines from the Shenyang Engine and Design Research Institute are based on fighter-engine cores, just as Western aircraft in the 1970s often used combat cores.

The 26,500-lb.-thrust WS-118 is based on the WS-10A Taihang core, which powers the J-10 and J-11B fighters, according to a document prepared for the China Aerospace Propulsion Technology Summit. Avic Engine’s Shenyang Liming Aero-Engine group is scheduled to begin manufacturing it in 2015.

The WS-118 is a candidate for the Y-20 military airlifter and Comac’s C919 airliner, Galleon reports, although it is likely to be underpowered for the Y-20 and too inefficient for the C919. The same design institute is working on a similar but slightly more powerful turbofan, the 28,700-lb.-thrust SF-A, based on the WS-15 core, reputed to be the engine of the J-20 heavy stealth fighter.

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