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Taiwan to study possibility of purchasing arms from Japan


Taiwan could study the feasibility of purchasing arms from Japan if Tokyo is willing to sell defense equipment to the self-ruling island, the No. 2 man of the ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) said on Thursday, August 28, 2014.

KMT Vice Chairman Tseng Yung-chuan said while Taiwan purchases most of its defensive weapons from the United States, it has in the past procured defense equipment from other countries, including buying submarines from the Netherland and Mirage fighter jets and La Fayette-class frigates from France.

“If any foreign country other than the United States, including Japan, is willing to sell Taiwan defense equipment we need, we could study the feasibility of buying such equipment from them,” he said.

Iran test-fires indigenous missile system


The Islamic Republic has successfully test-fired indigenously designed and manufactured Talaash 3 (endeavor) missile defense system, a senior Iranian commander says.

Commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili announced on Thursday, August 28, that Talaash 3, which has a range of more than 200 kilometers, had successfully been put to test and would be unveiled on September 22.

The country’s air defense range will be expanded from 3,600 spots to 5,000 in the near future, added the top Iranian military commander.

On August 24, Iranian Armed Forces unveiled two marine cruise missiles, Ghadir and Nasr-e Basir, as well as two unmanned aerial vehicles, Karrar-4 and Mohajer-4.

China’s second hypersonic glider test fails as PLA trials nuclear weapons delivery system


The People’s Liberation Army has carried out a second, albeit unsuccessful test of a hypersonic vehicle, two sources close to the military said, as China attempts to find a way to deliver nuclear weapons at immense speed to evade defence systems.

The test was carried out on August 7 at a missile and satellite launching centre in Shanxi province, about 300 kilometres from its capital Taiyuan.

The vehicle broke up soon after it was launched. It was the second time the PLA has tested the system. The first test took place on January 9, and it was confirmed by the National Defence Ministry as successful a few days later.

The latest model is designed to be carried by a ballistic missile to an undisclosed suborbital altitude, then released. The vehicle then dives towards its target at speeds of up to Mach 10, more than 12,000km/h.

The United States is the only other nation known to have developed similar technology. China first tested the technology successfully in January. Russia and India are also known to be developing similar vehicles.

PLA’s JL-2 SLBM set to enter service in near future


The JL-2, China’s second-generation submarine-launched ballistic missile, is set to enter service. China may develop its next generation with a range of at least 12,000 km in order to reach North America from the South China Sea, Want Daily reports.

The PLA Navy’s nuclear-powered Type 094 submarine was spotted patrolling with the missile, which has a range of around 8,000 km and can carry multiple warheads, at the beginning of this year. The Chinese military ended its decade-long research, development and trials for the missile at the end of 2012 and has been preparing to introduce it to its arsenal. State broadcaster CCTV recently aired a documentary on the missile’s development process with video clips of its firing tests.

Photos posted by military enthusiasts show three Type 094 submarines, capable of launching the JL-2, in Sanya, Hainan province. A fourth of the class of submarine is said to be under construction.

China Declares Australia a Military Threat Over US Pact


China’s state-run media have declared Australia a threat to its national security, after Australia finalized a 25-year military pact with the United States.

The United States currently has 1,200 troops from the Marine Corps and Air Force training with Australian troops for humanitarian and disaster relief. The defense agreement will increase the number of U.S. troops at Darwin in northern Australia to 2,500.

The Chinese regime is none too pleased about the agreement, however.

Li Jie, rear admiral of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, told Want China Times that Australia could pressure China’s supply lines in the Strait of Malacca in a conflict over the South China Sea.

“Australia is therefore likely to become a threat to China’s national security,” it states.

Global Times reported that if a war broke out between China and Vietnam or the Philippines, the United States could deploy submarines and aircraft from Australia.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the U.S.-Australia Force Posture Agreement on Tuesday, August 12, alongside Australian minister of defense David Johnston and minister of foreign affairs Julie Bishop.

Hagel said during a press conference, “This is a part of the world that represents five of America’s seven treaty obligation countries that we are committed to, which we’ve made very clear we’re committed to.”
Johnston said the U.S. troops are helping train the Australian military. “The Marines, of course, are the world’s experts in amphibious combat and amphibious operations,” he said during the press conference. “And so, we’re watching as to how those operations are carried out.”

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