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China Tests 10 DF-21 Missiles

China Flight-Tests 10 DF-21 Missiles

Show of force comes amid transition to Trump


December 2, 2016 5:00 pm

China’s military conducted a salvo of 10 missile flight tests late last month in a show of force during the transition to the Donald Trump administration.

Chinese state media reported Thursday that the simultaneous flight tests of 10 DF-21 intermediate-range ballistic missiles were carried out in China.

The missiles “can destroy U.S. Asia-Pacific bases at any time,” the dispatch from the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The flight tests were disclosed by China Central Television on Nov. 28 and coincide with President-elect Donald Trump’s high-profile announcements of new senior government officials.

Disclosure of the missile salvo launch comes as Trump announced on Thursday that he will nominate retired Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis as his defense secretary. Mattis is one of the Corps’ most celebrated warfighting generals.

Xinhua reported that the DF-21 is comparable to the U.S. Pershing II intermediate-range missile that used a two-stage rocket and aerodynamic reentry vehicle. The Pershing II was dismantled under the U.S.-Russian INF treaty.

Rick Fisher, a China military expert, confirmed the missile tests involved the DF-21C variant of the missile.

Fisher, a senior fellow with the International Assessment and Strategy Center, also noted that the missile test came as China is conducting large-scale naval exercises.

“The PLA is banging some drums to provide background for military psychological warfare,” Fisher said.

The DF-21 is the basis for several types of missiles, including the anti-ship variant known as the DF-21D. Another version is believed to be part of China’s anti-satellite arsenal.

The DF-21C is a land-attack maneuvering missile with a range of about 1,000 miles.

It is also capable of firing a maneuvering warhead.

Original post freebeacon.com

Main image tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com


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Thailand’s Marsun Shipyard Delivers Six M21 Patrol Craft to Royal Thai Navy

Thailand’s Marsun Shipyard Delivers Six Inshore Patrol Craft to Royal Thai Navy

Published: Friday, 02 December 2016 09:58

The Royal Thai Navy took delivery of six inshore patrol craft from local shipyard Marsun. They are intended to patrol the country’s coastlines in the Gulf of Thailand and in the Andaman Sea and to conduct maritime security missions.

The Commander-in-Chief RTN, ADM Na Arreenij, chaired the delivery ceremony. He was welcomed by ADM Sucheep Whoungmaitree, Commander-in-Chief Royal Thai Fleet, and RADM Banjob Poedaeng, Commander Coastguard SQN, where the ships will be posted to. The ceremony was held at Sattahip Naval Base, Chonburi, on 30 Nov 2016.

The vessels are 21.40 metres in length and 5.56 metres in width with a maximum speed of 30 knots.

Original post navyrecognition.com


M21 Patrol Boat


Boats built by Marsun for The Royal Thai Navy

Set back for Tejas as Navy rejects Tejas, says ‘overweight’ and does not meet its requirements

Navy rejects Tejas, says ‘overweight’ fighter does not meet its requirements

TNN | Updated: Dec 2, 2016, 10.12 PM IST


  1. The Navy has rejected the naval version of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft
  2. Navy has said that the “overweight” fighter cannot optimally operate from aircraft carriers

NEW DELHI: The Navy has rejected the naval version of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft, holding that the “overweight” fighter cannot optimally operate from aircraft carriers, and is now looking to induct an alternative fighter from abroad in the next five to six years.

“We will continue to support Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) but the naval LCA in its present form unfortunately does not meet our qualitative requirements for carrier capability,” said Admiral Sunil Lanba on Friday.

The single-engine Tejas, which is “too heavy”, does not meet the “thrust-to-weight requirement to take off with a full fuel and arms load” from an aircraft carrier’s deck. At present, the Navy has inducted over 30 of the 45 MiG-29K fighters acquired from Russia for $2 billion.

 Both the MiG-29Ks and the naval Tejas were supposed to operate from the 44,400-tonne carrier INS Vikramaditya as well as the under-construction 40,000-tonne INS Vikrant, which will be ready by 2019-2020.

“In addition to MiG-29Ks, we now need an alternative aircraft to operate from these two carriers. If you look around the world, there are not too many options available and we need this carrier-capable aircraft sooner than later. So, I am looking at next five to six years,” said Admiral Lanba.

 While the IAF is going to get at least 120 Tejas, under the LCA project which was cleared way back in 1983, while the Navy was supposed to get around 50 of the indigenous fighters. In August this year, IAF finally inducted the first two Tejas fighters in the 45 “Flying Daggers” Squadron, which will be fully constituted with 20 jets only by 2018.

IAF had earlier ordered 40 Tejas jets, with the defence ministry in November giving the initial approval for procurement of another 83 Tejas Mark-1A fighters from HAL for Rs 50,025 crore. The Mark-1A version, which is the one IAF really wants, will be ready only by 2020 or so. It will have an AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar and advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite, as also be capable of mid-air refuelling and firing advanced BVR (beyond visual range) missiles.

Original post indiatimes.com


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