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Chinese, Thai air forces to conduct joint training
(Xinhua) 17:17, August 17, 2017
Six aircraft of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) air force arrived at an air base in Thailand Thursday for a joint training exercise with the Thai air force from Thursday to Sept. 3.
The training, the second of its kind, is expected to test their combat tactics and weaponry, and to improve their actual combat training, according to the PLA air force.
The first joint training of the two air forces took place in Thailand in November 2015.
Main image – Shadhinota (F111) – shipspotting.com
The C13B corvette is the P18 variant for the Bangladesh Navy. The corvette displaces 1330 tons and is 90 m. long. It is armed with a H/PJ-26 76 mm. gun, C-802A anti-ship missiles, FL-3000N SAMs and Two H/PJ-17 30mm remote controlled gun turrets. The C13B lacks sonar and ASW weapons. Like the Type 056, there is a helicopter pad but no hangar. The corvette has a reported speed of 25 knots (46 km/h).
Two corvettes were ordered from Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan,reportedly in October 2012. Shadhinota (F111), the lead ship, was launched on 30 November 2014. First two ships, Shadhinota and Prottoy were commissioned on 19 March 2016. Two more corvettes were ordered in July 2015 and they are under construction now. Source
Bangladesh Navy‘s C13B corvette
“With a displacement of 1300 tons, the 90-meter long and 11-meter wide corvettes are of China’s most advanced export warship type. And they will be the key warships of Bangladesh Navy” according to Zhu Xuejun, chief engineer of the CSIC.
“Decked out with powerful weapons, the vessels are able to sail at a max speed of 25.5 knots on the high seas. They have comprehensive combat capacity and excellent maneuverability,” Zhu said.
Bangladesh C13B-class corvette retains most of the sensor and weapon systems found on board Chinese Navy Type 056 corvettes:
» 4x C-802A Anti-ship missiles (2 launchers with 2 missiles each)
» 1x FL-3000N (export version of AJK-10 / HQ-10) Surface to air missile launcher (8x missiles)
» 1x H/PJ-26 76mm main gun
» 2x H/PJ-17 30mm dual mode (auto/manual) remote controlled naval turret
Jiangdao Class (Type 056) Corvette: Details
Now there does lie an issue with Chinese money impeding our interests there as well. This base will be only a few miles from one of our own, and the government in Djibouti even forced us to vacate a secondary base recently because China invested more money in the way of $3 billion railroad project. Whereas the US and allies traditionally simply pay off the politicians themselves with money, China does it in a way that benefits their whole society, not just the greedy politicians. I think if the US wants to compete for influence in the 21st century, we will have to adopt similar mutually beneficial policies as well.
The key motive for so many military powers such as France, Japan, Saudi Arabia, USA, China and more is the location and proximity to the Bab al Mandeb sraight which links the Mediterranean and Red Seas to the Indian Ocean through the Suez Canal. As well, it is a very centralized hub for multiple anti-terrorism ops and UN peacekeeping missions in Africa. The imortance of this cannot be understated, especially with a direct rail line now linking Djibouti’s capitol with that of Ethiopia’s.
The Chinese Dragon is now fully mobilized for expansion into the world, and it is going full steam ahead! Eventually down the line, it may not be so unthinkable that China, the USA, and Russia may in fact cross a path that will lead to confrontation and/or conflict. Be vigilante people, these actions can have consequences. Source abovetopsecret.com