US Charges Chinese Military PLA Officials With Cyber-Spying

A US grand jury has indicted five Chinese individuals with cyber espionage charges for allegedly targeting six American companies and stealing trade secrets, publicly accusing China of cyber spying for the first time.

The hackers targeted US companies in the nuclear power, metals and solar products industries to steal information useful to competitors in China.

The companies targeted include Alcoa Inc, United States Steel Corp, Allegheny Technologies Inc, Westinghouse Electric Co and US subsidiaries of SolarWorld AG , US officials said.

The hackers also targeted United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied-Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW), officials said.

The hackers targeted US companies in the nuclear power, metals and solar products industries to steal information useful to competitors in China, the department said. 

More details were expected at a news conference later with Attorney General Eric Holder and other U.S. officials.

The move "indicates that DOJ has 'smoking keyboards' and (is) willing to bring the evidence to a court of law and be more transparent," said Frank Cilluffo, head of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University.

American officials have long been concerned about hacking from abroad, especially China. Secret US State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks traced major systems breaches to China, Reuters reported in 2011. One 2009 cable pinpointed attacks to a specific unit of China's People's Liberation Army.

Such charges, however, are symbolic but the move would prevent the individuals indicted from traveling to the United States or other countries that have an extradition agreement with the United States.

Several cyber security experts said Monday's action showed the United States was serious about tackling the hacking concerns.

Russia To Start S-350E Vityaz Production in 2015

Russia will start serial production of advanced medium-range air defense systems S-350E "Vityaz" in 2015.
"The ground component is ready, providing missile tests that must be completed before the end of this year. In 2015, will begin mass production complexes "Vityaz", "- said Novikov. As the head of "Almaz-Antey", "ground component" are ground launchers.
S-350E Vityaz
 S-350E Vityaz

According to the developers, the system's abilities exceed their foreign counterparts and should replace S-300. First "Vityaz" shown to the public at the MAKS 2013.

 S-350 "Vityaz" - the Russian anti-aircraft missile system of medium-range of new generation. It consists of a self-propelled launcher 50P6A working in conjunction with multi-function radar with electronic scanning 50N6A and command post 50K6A based on the chassis of a special vehicle
 S-350E Vityaz
 S-350E Vityaz 
bases. In ammunition "Vityaz" include medium-range missiles used in the S-400, and short-range missiles. Launchers complex produced Obukhov factory in St. Petersburg.

Iran Developed Its Own Prototype of US RQ-170 Drone

A senior Iranian legislator underlined the Iranian Armed Forces' capabilities to hunt down alien Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and said the Iranian type of the US drone which was tracked and hunted down in Iran late in 2011 will have its first flight in the near future.

Iran announced on December 4, 2011 that its defense forces had downed a US RQ-170 aircraft through a sophisticated cyber attack. The drone was the first such loss by the US. US officials have described the loss of the aircraft in Iran as a setback and a fatal blow to the stealth drone program.

"The brave personnel of the Armed Forces hunted down the drone with their knowledge and science and the Americans protested immediately and called for the return of the UAV," Chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.

Iran has downed several US drones so far and Boroujerdi did not mention which one he meant, but explained, "The reverse engineering started immediately (by the Iranian experts after hunting down the US UAV) and the Iranian type of the US drone will fly in Iran's Aerospace Organization soon.

Iran RQ-170 Drone Prototype
Iran RQ-170 Drone Prototype 

Boroujerdi's remarks most likely refer to RQ-170. The drone has special coatings and a batwing shape designed to help it penetrate other nations' air defenses undetected. The existence of the aircraft, which is made by Lockheed Martin, has been known since 2009, when a model was photographed at the main US airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The unmanned surveillance plane lost by the United States in Iran was a stealth aircraft being used for secret missions by the CIA, US officials admitted in December. The aircraft is among the highly sensitive surveillance platform in the CIA's fleet that was shaped and designed to evade enemy defenses.

China's New Anti-Stealth Ultra-Wideband Leida Radar

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China's New Anti-Stealth  Radar
China's New Anti-Stealth  Radar

  Recently held defense electronics exhibition, China demonstrated polymorphism VHF radar, saying these radars can detect stealth targets. Observer network reported, appearing on the Defense Electronics Exhibition export-oriented equipment does not represent China's highest level. The emergence of a few pictures displayed on the web today, a Chinese company produces ultra-wideband (UWB) radar equipped troops. 

China's New Anti-Stealth  Radar
China's New Anti-Stealth  Radar

The radar uses the world's most advanced ultra-wideband radar technology and active phased array system, with high detection precision, high resolution imaging target detection distance, anti-stealth, hard to interference, low probability of intercept a series of advanced characteristics. Currently, the United States and Russia have not yet publicly with similar performance radar.

Russia Bans Rocket Engine Sales to U.S. Military

Russia said it will no longer export rocket engines to the U.S. to launch military satellites, adding to a dispute in Washington that already pits the two biggest U.S. defense contractors against billionaire Elon Musk.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters in Moscow today that Russian engines can be used only to launch civilian payloads, amid tensions over Russia’s support for separatists in Ukraine and the U.S. and European economic sanctions that have followed.
The Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines are used by United Launch Alliance LLC, a joint venture of top contractors Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) and Boeing Co. (BA) that’s the sole supplier of rocket launches for the Pentagon. The engines power Atlas V rockets.
Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sued the U.S. Air Force, claiming it created an illegal monopoly for the military’s satellite launch business.

PAF-PLAAF Starts Joint Air Exercise - Shaheen-III (2014)

A Chinese air force contingent arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a joint drill. The drill, code-named \"Shaheen (Eagle)-3,\" will be held at the Rafiqui air base in the northeastern province of Punjab. The joint training, part of the exchange and cooperation programs between the two air forces, is expected to strengthen the friendly and cooperative relationship, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement.
 Shaheen-III Air Exercise
 Shaheen-III Air Exercise

 The first such drill was held in Pakistan in March 2011, and the second in China\'s western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region last August.

No J-10B for PAF Anytime Soon | PAF Offical Calls For A Focus On 5th Generation Platform Instead

New U.S. Stealth Jet F-35 Can’t Hide From Russian and Chinese Radars

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—the jet that the Pentagon is counting on to be the stealthy future of its tactical aircraft—is having all sorts of shortcomings. But the most serious may be that the JSF is not, in fact, stealthy in the eyes of a growing number of Russian and Chinese radars. Nor is it particularly good at jamming enemy radar. Which means the Defense Department is committing hundreds of billions of dollars to a fighter that will need the help of specialized jamming aircraft that protect non-stealthy—“radar-shiny,” as some insiders call them—aircraft today.

These problems are not secret at all. The F-35 is susceptible to detection by radars operating in the VHF bands of the spectrum. The fighter’s jamming is mostly confined to the X-band, in the sector covered by its APG-81 radar. These are not criticisms of the program but the result of choices by the customer, the Pentagon.

To suggest that the F-35 is VHF-stealthy is like arguing that the sky is not blue—literally, because both involve the same phenomenon. The late-Victorian physicist Lord Rayleigh gave his name to the way that electromagnetic radiation is scattered by objects that are smaller than its wavelength. This applies to the particles in the air that scatter sunlight, and aircraft stabilizers and wingtips that are about the same meter-class size as VHF waves.

The counter-stealth attributes of VHF have been public knowledge for decades. They were known at the dawn of stealth, in 1983, when the MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory ordered a 150-foot-wide radar to emulate Russia’s P-14 Oborona VHF early-warning system. Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth division—makers of the F-35—should know about that radar: they built it.

Making a plane VHF-stealthy starts with removing the target’s tails, as on the B-2 bombers. But we did not know how to do that on a supersonic, agile airplane (like the F-35 is supposed to be) when the JSF specifications were written.

Neither did the technology to add broadband-active jamming to a stealth aircraft exist in 1995. Not only did stealth advocates expect jamming to fade away, but there was an obvious and (at the time) insoluble problem: To use jamming you have to be certain that the radar has detected you. Otherwise, jamming is going to reveal your presence and identify you as a stealth aircraft, since the adversary can see a signal but not a reflection.

Israel Spies On The US Far More Than Other Close US Allies

A US Congressional panel discussing Israel's entry into the US visa waiver program was told that Israel's espionage activities in the US "go far beyond that of other close American allies, such as Germany, France, the UK and Japan.

This according to a report in the US news magazine Newsweek, citing a current US Congressional staffer as well as a former Congressional aid.

According to the report, Israel's efforts to "steal US secrets under the cover of trade missions and joint defense technology contracts have crossed red lines."

The House Judiciary Committee, is the Congressional panel with jurisdiction on the issue of visas and whether to allow Israel into the US visa waiver program.

Permitting Israel into the visa waiver program would exempt Israeli nationals from having to produce a tourist visa, allowing them to stay in the country for a period of up to 90 days.

Until recently, the widespread perception has been that two major obstacles have kept Israel from joining the program - allegations by US officials that Israel has discriminated against Arab- and Muslim-Americans seeking entry, and a proliferation of young Israelis traveling to the United States as tourists and then working illegally.

But according to the Newsweek report, and a report from last month in the Washington DC newspaper Roll Call,intelligence officials in Washington have expressed their reservations to Congress regarding the potential harm that could be done to US national security by Israeli spies who could exploit the waiver.

A congressional staffer familiar with a briefing last January said that the testimony given to the panel on Israeli espionage was “very sobering…alarming…even terrifying.”

China Media Claims Successful EMP Attack on Japanese Spy Satellite

Chinese media and internet claims, that the space intelligence section of Japan Self-defence Forces revealed in its newest intelligence that China has destroyed the control chip of a Japanese spy satellite with a secret weapon.

The attack reportedly happened when the satellite was tracking a Chinese J-20 stealth fighter jet in northwestern China. The satellite is the third Japanese spy satellite launched from Kagoshima, Japan.

There are also claims by China that analysis by US military, like the previous incident of Chinese military blinding a US spy satellite with laser, is that this was China’s move to display its military strength in space.

Chinese media goes on to claim that US analysts believe that China used the electromagnetic pulse weapon Poacher One in the attack. That is China’s top secret military research and development project.

The PLA’s electromagnetic weapon Poacher One is able to transmit an electromagnetic pulse of several megawatt continuously for one minute to destroy all military and civil electronic information and communications systems operating within a few kilometres. It can also destroy an enemy’s internal chips.

Vladimir Putin Says Internet Is A CIA Project

Vladimir Putin, the Russia’s president, has called the Internet a “CIA project” and warned Russians against making Google searches.

Speaking to a group of young journalists during a televised event on Thursday, Putin said the Internet was developed by the US as a “special project” by the Central Intelligence Agency.

When asked about Google, the Russian leader said the company’s web traffic “goes through servers that are in the States”, adding “everything is monitored there”, the a foreign news agency reported.

Shares in Russia’s biggest search engine, Yandex, fell as Putin expressed concern about its overseas investors, reiterating his fear of foreign control of the Internet.

“We must fight determinedly for our own interests. This process is happening. And we will support it from the government side, of course” he said.

The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists, who are barred from national television, have used to promote their ideas and organize protests, the AP news agency reported.

F-35 is China's Liaoning's Aircraft Carriers Worst Nightmare

The US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is capable of combating China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, reports the website of China's nationalistic Global Times.
In a hypothetical aircraft carrier battle between China and the United States, the main fighter jets would include the United States' F-35C fifth-generation multirole fighter developed by Lockheed Martin and China's J-15 carrier-based jet developed by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation.
The F-35 is equipped with extremely powerful offensive capabilities for both land and sea combat, with a weapons load of eight tonnes and the capacity to carry four AIM20C and AIM-9X mid-range and short-range air-to-air missiles.
In an attack on the Liaoning the F-35 could carry joint strike missiles developed in Norway, which have a range of 290 kilometers. The J-15, on the other hand, could carry two YJ8-3 anti-missiles with a range of only 180 km.

Russia Ready To Supply Military Equipment To Pakistan

Russia is a free player on the world arms market, but it is not excluded that the supplies to Pakistan will be coordinated with India and China. This was stated by Russian experts commenting on reports that Russia has placed Pakistan on the list of countries it might supply military products.

According to independent sources, Moscow had supplied about 70 Mi-17 / Mi-171 transport helicopters to Pakistan from 1996 to 2010. At present, Pakistan has shown keen interest in high precision weapons, air defence systems, artillery and long-range guided ammunition. It is also interested in the Mi-26 large transport helicopters.


Earlier, China and the U.S. have been the key suppliers of arms to Pakistan. Russia has traditionally been the largest weapon supplier to India. Concerning the impact of possible weapons supplies to Pakistan on Russia’s relations with these countries, director of the Centre for Public and Political Studies Vladimir Evseev has this to say.

“India understands that these supplies are stipulated by extremely negative developments in Afghanistan. When the U.S. blocks the purchase of Russian weapons for the Afghan army, cooperation between Russia and Pakistan is of crucial importance. Moreover, lately, relations between Pakistan and the U.S. have improved. Consequently, very complicated situation is building up here. On the one hand, Pakistan wants to have an alternative to American weapons. On the other hand, Russia wants to strengthen its position in the region. I can’t say that Russian-Indian relations will worsen on a background against possible supply of Russian weapons to Pakistan. 

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