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Japan has decided to increase defense spending for the first time in eleven years, a move widely perceived to be in response to the growing military power of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the divisive territorial dispute over the sovereignty of the Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands that have strained relations between the two nations throughout the past several years.
Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) Fiscal Year 2013 budget submission will include a request for funding to pay for a study to determine if the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft can be successfully incorporated into future Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) operations. This option was first proposed in October 2012 by former Minister of Defense Satoshi Morimoto.
The finalized bill sets the DoD’s base budget at $527.7 billion which is $1.7 billion more than the president requested, but represents a reduction of $29 billion from current spending levels. However, according to Defense secretary Panetta, Congress was too generous in allocating $74 billion in funding programs the military does not need, does not want, and previously scheduled for termination.
Xi’an Aircraft Corporation’s Y-20, is the latest in a long series of new military aircraft China has introduced to the world recently. The aircraft bears a striking resemblance to the US Air Force C-17 Boeing-built transport, but appears to be of a size that might fit somewhere between the C-17 and the Airbus A400M.
On 21 December, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible sale of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30(I) Global Hawk UAVs to the Republic of Korea (ROK) for an estimated sale price of $1.2 billion, almost a year after a proposed Global Hawk purchase was postponed by South Korea, due to concerns related to pricing and aircraft performance. Washington’s foot-dragging on the deal has been a major disappointment for South Korean leaders and military commanders.
At a time when most of the world was led to believe that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was experiencing unknown technical problems with a three-stage Uhna-3 rocket scheduled to be launched between 10 and 29 December, Pyongyang fired the rocket at 9:49 AM Japan Standard Time (JST) on 12 December.
North’s rocket launch scheduled to take place sometime between 10 and 22 December is likely to be postponed, according to official announcement from Pyongyang. Analysts are speculating that the delay may be a combination of foul weather and technical malfunctions. Others consider Pyongyang may be bending under intense international condemnation and the threat of impending UN sanctions...
China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) successfully completed one of the largest air-combat exercises ever undertaken by Chinese military forces on 30 November. More than 100 elite aircrews engaged in an intense air-combat readiness assessment representing crews from 14 PLAAF aviation brigades and...
Much as they did in April of this year, the United States Navy and the Japanese Self-Defense Force (SDF) have deployed missile batteries and Aegis-equipped warships in advance of North Korea’s next rocket launch scheduled for some time between 10 and 22 December. US Navy has also deployed its Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX-1) seaborne radar platform to monitor the North’s launch.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the North’s official state-run news service, announced that the reclusive nation would make another launch attempt to place a satellite in Earth orbit atop a three-stage rocket sometime between 10 and 22 December.
China’s Xinhua News Agency, commonly recognized as the nation’s official news service, announced on 25 November that a J-15 carrier-based fighter-bomber of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) made a successful landing aboard the nation’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. This landing represents the...
After years of negotiation, South Korea and the United States have reached an agreement in support of extending the reach of the South’s ballistic missiles. Under this agreement, Seoul will be allowed to deploy ballistic missiles with a range of 800 kilometers bringing all of North Korea within striking range of the South’s missile arsenal.
The United States Navy is planning to deploy Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad-Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) drones to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam with preparations for deployment projected to begin during Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14).
With The F-35A is still in the developmental stages, the F-22 Raptor cannot be had, the Typhoon is no longer cutting-edge - the Silent Eagle, even without its canted tails, may be the best deal on the table.