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Six PLAAF jet fighters leaving Yunnan today to take part in “Eagle Strike 2017” China-Thailand joint training

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.

Source people.cn

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Bangladesh Navy‘s C13B (export variant of Type 056) corvette being built at Wuchang shipyard

Main image – Shadhinota (F111) – shipspotting.com

Background

The C13B corvette is the P18 variant for the Bangladesh Navy. The corvette displaces 1330 tons and is 90 m. long.[6] 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.[22] The C13B lacks sonar and ASW weapons.[6] Like the Type 056, there is a helicopter pad but no hangar.[5] The corvette has a reported speed of 25 knots (46 km/h).[23]

Two corvettes were ordered from Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan,[6]reportedly in October 2012.[5] Shadhinota (F111), the lead ship, was launched on 30 November 2014.[23] First two ships, Shadhinota and Prottoy were commissioned on 19 March 2016.[24] Two more corvettes were ordered in July 2015 and they are under construction now.[25]  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

Source

Jiangdao Class (Type 056) Corvette: Details

PLA Djibouti base comes into service

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 Pentagon even believes China is looking towards a base in Pakistan, who is that country’s largest supplier of arms! They have already agreed to build a drone factory in Saudi Arabia as well. 

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

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Egypt receives two more single-seat Rafales

Egypt receives first single-seat Rafales

Gareth Jennings – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

26 July 2017

Egypt has received the first of eight single-seat Dassault Rafale C multirole combat aircraft, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 26 July.

Two aircraft making up the fourth installment of Rafale deliveries (the previous three installments being made up of twin-seat Rafale B platforms) arrived in-country seemingly on the same day as the announcement that was made via the MoD’s official Twitter account.

With these latest arrivals, the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) has received into service 11 of the 24 Rafales that it ordered from France in February 2015. By the time deliveries are complete, the EAF will field 16 Rafale B two-seat and eight Rafale C single-seat aircraft.

Original post janes.com

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*Note error by Jane’s as in April 4, 2017 Egypt received the first 3 Rafale C multirole combat aircraft

The Egyptian Ministry of Defense released footage from the acceptance ceremony. The jets all appear to be single-seat.

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