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Russia Likely to Sell Iskander-E Missiles To China And Belarus

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Russia is ready to export Iskander-E short range ballistic missile and is likely to sell it to China, during the exhibition of weapons and military equipment held in Minsk, Belarus. Voice of Russia reports.

Vasily Kashin from the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies told the Voice of Russia that Russia is currently discussing the sale of S-400 surface to air missile with China and Belarus. Russia is likely to sell Iskander-E together with S-400 to both nations if the deals are successful.

Iskander-E is designed to replace SS-21 Scarab-B Tochka-U tactical missile.

Kashin said that Russia is ready to carry out modifications on Iskander-E if China agrees to purchase the missiles.

Japan approves first weapons transfer after arms ban relaxed

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The Abe Cabinet on July 17 gave the green light for sales of missile parts to the United States, the first approval since the government eased Japan’s long-standing ban on weapons exports in April.

Cabinet ministers at a National Security Council meeting approved the export of a sensor part for use in surface-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) missiles.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., which has a contract with PAC-2 missile producer Raytheon Co., is manufacturing the sensor part.

According to Defense Ministry officials, the United States no longer uses the PAC-2 missile, and Raytheon had stopped production of the sensor part.

However, the United States plans to export the PAC-2 missile to Qatar in the Middle East and asked Japan to export the sensor part.

“While we had been approached about the part in the past, we declined because of the three principles on the export of weapons,” a high-ranking Defense Ministry official said.

The April decision to replace those principles with three new principles on the transfer of defense equipment made the export of the sensor part possible.

Norway, Australia collaboration could reduce Joint Strike Missile costs

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A potential collaboration between Australia and Norway could reduce the costs of integrating Kongsberg Gruppen’s Joint Strike Missile into Lockheed Martin’s new F-35 fighter jet, the Norwegian Air Force said on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

“Australia has signalled interest in a collaborative effort on the integration portion (of the missile’s development),” Lieutenant Colonel Sigurd Fongen told reporters at the Farnborough Airshow.

“That would potentially save money, however that remains to be seen. We have to keep the discussions going with the Australians,” he said.

Costs for Joint Strike Missile (JSM), an air-launched development of Kongsberg’s Naval Strike Missile, currently stand at $1.38 billion after the Norwegian government announced in May that they had risen by 37 percent.

Fongen said the Norwegian and Australian delegations had not met at Farnborough but would make a decision in the next 6-12 months.

Endre Lunde, F-35 spokesman for Norway’s defence ministry, said Australian participation in the programme could lower the cost of integrating the new missile into the F-35, but Norway would pay the full cost of developing the missile.

China and South Korea ‘resolutely’ oppose North Korea’s nuclear tests

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China’s president Xi Jinping, who arrived in South Korea on Thursday, made no mention of North Korea by name, a standard practice in Chinese diplomacy.

South Korean president Park Geun-hye said Mr Xi’s visit to South Korea is “a clear message” to North Korea.

“President Xi and I agreed North Korea’s denuclearisation should be achieved and we are resolutely opposed to North Korea’s nuclear tests,” Ms Park said at a joint press conference.

Both sides expressed support for the stalled six-party talks aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear programs in return for economic and diplomatic rewards.

Hosted by China, the talks involve the two Koreas, Japan, Russia and the United States.

North Korea defends its nuclear program as a “treasured sword” to counter what it sees as US-led hostility.

It test-fired short-range missiles and rockets from its east coast three times in the past week and threatened on Thursday to continue doing so.

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