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Saudi Arabia To Get Armed Drones UCAV From China

Saudi Arabia bought its first drone fleet, according to a dispatch from Tactical Reports. Saudi Crown Prince Salman met with Chinese General Wang Guanzhong to sign a contract for a shipment of Chinese Wing Loong drones, also known as Pterodactyls. The drones that make up the shipment are designed to mimic America’s Predator drone, with surveillance capabilities and enough lift ...

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Russia Is Currently Not Developing A Light Fifth-Generation Stealth Fighter

The development of light fifth-generation fighter is not one of the top-priority projects of Russian United Aircraft Corporation . Although Russia don’t eliminate the possibility of developing a light fifth-generation aircraft, but currently this project is not included in the roadmap of United Aircraft Corporation UAC. In the near-term UAC will continue the expansion of MiG-29 fighter’s capabilities and then upgrade it to MiG-35 ...

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Japan’s Indigenous Stealth Fighter Prototype ATD-X To Fly By the End Of 2014

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has reaffirmed the nation’s plan for a 2014 first flight of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) fighter: a prototype for a future fighter to replace the Japan Air Self-Defence Force’s Mitsubishi F-2. “In February I myself visited at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI’s) Komaki Minami plant where the ATD-X is being built,” Onodera told the Foreign ...

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Russia Finalises PAK-DA Bomber Design

Tupolev have completed the design of Russia’s PAK-DA next-generation bomber aircraft, according to the head of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Mikhail Pogosyan. Pogosyan made the remarks during a briefing with the Russian aerospace press, according to individuals familiar with the presentation who briefed IHS Jane’s on the details. He is understood to have confirmed that the “on-paper” design of the ...

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Russia Needs Time To Build Capable Air Force and Naval Force

Personnel is a major problem for the Russian military. Efforts to move from a conscription army to “contract-employed” soldiers (such as the U.S. volunteer force) have not been successful. The military forces that Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to use “as a last resort” in eastern Ukraine are in the early stages of a major, seven-year modernization program that ...

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Chinese President Urges For Stronger Air Force (PLAAF)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday said modernization and regularization in the airforce should be accelerated to build a stronger military. Xi, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, told troops to speed up airspace integration and sharpen their offensive and defensive capabilities while inspecting the air force’s command headquarters. During the visit, the president said efforts should not slacken in the search for the missing Malaysian plane MH370 while debriefing airmen in the mission via video link. As a strategic military service, the air force plays a vital role in safeguarding national security, Xi said, urging the army to strengthen exercises and be prepared for combat, so as to quickly respond to emergencies. He called on military leaders to run the military in accordance with the law and enforce strict discipline to improve scientific management of troops. The Party’s absolute leadership over troops should be unswervingly stuck to, Xi said. He also urged further implementation of the “mass line” campaign in the army, which is targeted at cleaning up undesirable work styles – formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance.

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Pakistan Deal for Chinese J-10 Fighters Delayed

Tough IMF conditions on Pakistan and others concern ( PAF busy in the further development of JF-17)  likely will delay Islamabad’s plan to buy 36 J-10B Vigorous Dragon multirole fighters from China under a $1.4 billion deal signed in 2009, analysts said. Current economic conditions “preclude any possibility of acquiring new weapon systems in the next two to three years, at least,” said ...

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China to Get Former Greek Zubr Hovercrafts

Greek government has given the green light for the Hellenic Navy to sell its four Russian-built Zubr landing ships to China, Hong Kong newspaper reported. At more than five hundred tons, the Zubr is the world’s largest hovercraft. The massive ships can carry up to three tanks and at least 300 troops over hundreds of miles of ocean, and can ...

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China’s Area 51 and New Technology?

After the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) acknowledged the existence of Area 51 as a testing site for U-2 spy planes, a secret Chinese missile range in the Badan Jilin Desert in Inner Mongolia has become the world’s next great site of unexplained mystery technology development and testing , according to Chinese Internet. Photo of this secret military site were first ...

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