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    IRAN has developed a terrifying hypersonic missile that can punch through all air defences, the regime has claimed in a chilling warning to the West. Tehran claims its new instrument of death can fool even the most high-tech of air defences by travelling five times the speed of sound. 6Tehran claims its developed a hypersonic missile capable of beating enemy air defencesCredit: Getty 6Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards aerospace wing, made the announcement on ThursdayCredit: AFP 6Iran has been test-firing a number of rockets, including its Ghader missile in the port of Jask near OmanCredit: AP:Associated Press Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards aerospace wing, claimed the rocket "can manoeuvre in and out of the atmosphere". The Ayatollah goon said it would take "decades" for Western air defence system to catch up. He said: "This hypersonic ballistic missile was developed to counter air defence shields "It will be able to breach all the systems of anti-missile defence. READ MORE ON WORLD NEWSTHE HATE ESCAPE Eerie pics reveal ‘U-boat submarine that helped Hitler escape to...
    A major explosion killed three people at a gunpowder factor working 24/7 to make rocket launchers and air defence systems for the war in Ukraine. Perm Gunpowder Plant, which produces Grad and Smerch weaponry for Russian troops, reportedly went up in flames.  Video footage showed a plume of smoke rising in the distance, with some witnesses claiming to have seen the explosion at the time of the attack.  Two of those who were killed were allegedly burned alive while more are feared dead and could be buried under the rubble.  The building also makes engine charges for aircraft missiles, booster systems for cruise missiles and products for the A-135 missile defence system. Video footage showed a plume of smoke rising in the distance, with some witnesses claiming to have seen the explosion at the time of the attack RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Race For PM LIVE: Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak hold... Xi Jinping tightens his grip on China: President secures... Share this article Share Reports suggested there was an explosion and fire...
    THE US is sending $1.1billion of arms to help Taiwan defend itself against China - including advanced missiles to shoot down drones, reports say. It comes as Taiwan said today it had downed a spy drone for the first time following a series of incursions by Beijing's unmanned planes. 5 5Laser-guided missiles mounted on a pickup can take down enemy dronesCredit: L3Harris 5A single solider can operate the drone-killer system, the manufacturer saysCredit: L3Harris Island defenders are on high alert after a full-scale invasion rehearsal last month, and have vowed a "counter attack" against any ships and planes entering its waters and air space. Recent weeks have seen a surge in drones flying over military bases on Taiwanese-controlled islands near the Chinese mainland. Today the defence ministry said troops had shot down "an unknown civilian aerial camera" flying over the restricted waters of Shiyu Island. Four other drones were forced to turn back by live fire warning shots in the past two days, it added. read more on dronesGAME OF DRONES China unveils deadly new anti-submarine drone that can...
    China tonight sent 21 military planes into Taiwan's air defence zone, Taipei claimed, as Beijing boasted that it had dispatched its elite J-20 stealth fighter jets toward the tiny island nation. Beijing's fighter planes had earlier sent a warning as they buzzed the Taiwan Strait, the 100 mile-wide strip of water that separates the two nations, in the immediate aftermath of House of Representative speaker Nancy Pelosi's arrival in Taipei. Chinese media confirmed its J-20 stealth jets had taken to the skies around the island, and two of Beijing's warships – a destroyer and a frigate – are in the seas to the east. The Global Times reported: 'Additional important drills [were] announced for days to come.' The firing of missiles into the Taiwan Strait would be the first such act since 1995, the last time there was deep concern about the possibility of all-out war. United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was greeted by Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu (left) as she stepped off the plane in capital city Taipei in the last few hours for a brief trip...
    Russia has been hitting ground targets in Ukraine with a surface-to-air missiles, reports have said, the latest sign of growing logistical issues faced by Moscow. The Soviet-era S-300 missile system, first deployed in 1979, was originally designed to defend against air raids and cruise missiles for the Soviet Air Defence Forces. But reports from Ukraine have said the system has been used by Russian forces to attack ground targets, with the British Defence Ministry saying this suggests Vladimir Putin's forces are experiencing 'critical shortages' of ground-attack weapons. Reports said the missiles were equipped with an atypical explosive projectile that destroys everything in the vicinity of impact, with commentators accusing Russian forces of yet more war crimes for striking civilian areas with weapons capable of such indiscriminate destruction. On Thursday, Vitaly Kim - governor of the southern Mykolaiv region - said it had been targeted with seven S-300 missiles, with one person wounded and impacts on infrastructure, energy facilities and storage areas. On Thursday, Vitaly Kim - governor of the southern Mykolaiv region - said it had been targeted with seven S-300 missiles,...
    The Chinese army sent aircraft into Taiwan's air defence zone over the weekend to 'test and improve their combat capability', Beijing said.  Taiwan had scrambled aircraft and readied missile defences when 18 Chinese jets violated its air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday. The People's Liberation Army manoeuvres were repeated on Saturday and Sunday.  A Chinese Y-20 military transport aircraft performs during an airshow in southern China Beijing's Eastern Theatre Command said in a statement that naval and air force assets carried out the drills to 'further test and improve the joint combat capability of multiple services and arms'.  Although Taiwan responded proactively on Friday, it did not scramble defence systems during Chinese military manoeuvres on Saturday or Sunday. Living in constant fear of a Chinese invasion, the self-ruled island 100 miles off the mainland raised its alert after Russia entered Ukraine in late February. Pictured: a Chinese jet takes off from the Liaoning aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea near Korea  It suspects a copycat invasion by Beijing, which has not condemned Putin's actions. Taiwan has complained for the...
    China sent 18 warplanes including fighters and bombers into Taiwan's air defence zone on Friday, the island's government said, in its second-largest incursion this year. Taiwan's foreign ministry said it scrambled its own aircraft to broadcast warnings and deployed air defence missile systems to track the jets. Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by Beijing, which sees the self-ruled democratic island as part of its own territory to be retaken one day, by force if necessary - something China has not been shy to admit. The final quarter of 2021 saw a spike in incursions by China into Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ), with the biggest single-day breach on October 4 when 56 warplanes entered the zone. China sent 18 warplanes including fighters and bombers into Taiwan's air defence zone on Friday, the island's government said. Pictured: A Chinese fighter jet takes off from the Chinese Navy's Liaoning aircraft-carrier in December in the Western Pacific (file photo) On Friday Taiwan said 18 Chinese aircraft - including 12 J-11 and J-16 fighter jets as well as two H-6 bombers,...
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) – Slovakia’s Defence Minister Jaroslav Nad says the United States will deploy a Patriot air defence system in his country next week. Friday’s announcement came shortly after Slovakia donated its Soviet-era S-300 air defence system to Ukraine at its request. Nad previously said his country was willing to provide its S-300 long-range air defence missile system to Ukraine on condition it has a proper replacement. Additionally, Germany and the Netherlands have agreed to send troops armed with Patriot missiles to Slovakia as part of a 2,100-strong force made up of soldiers from several NATO members states, including the US. The force will form a battlegroup on Slovak territory to boost NATO defences on the alliance’s eastern flank. Follow Breitbart London on Facebook: Breitbart London
    There is a “realistic possibility” that Russian forces “facing considerable supply and morale issues” may be encircled by Ukrainian counter-attackers near Kyiv (Kiev). “Ukraine is increasing pressure on Russian forces north-east of Kyiv. Russian forces along this axis are already facing considerable supply and morale issues,” the British government’s Ministry of Defence asserted in a Defence Intelligence update on Wednesday. “Ukrainian forces are carrying out successful counter attacks against Russian positions in towns on the outskirts of the capital, and have probably retaken Makariv and Moschun,” they continued, adding that “There is a realistic possibility that Ukrainian forces are now able to encircle Russian units in Bucha and Irpin.” BBC editor Jeremy Bowen has also suggested that Ukrainian troops have been “telling me for a few days that Bucha [is] encircled” and that Russian supply lines in Irpin are being struck.   In this series of exchanges, we hear how comms failures delay urgent requests for Russian air support amid mounting casualties. Thirty minutes after the unit requested help: “You forgot about air support, [expletive] air support! You forgot!” pic.twitter.com/GkGjgFqLne —...
    Taiwan's air force has scrambled its fighter planes on Thursday to warn away nine Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone on the day Russian invaded Ukraine.   Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained of regular similar missions by the Chinese air force over the last two years, though the aircraft do not get close to Taiwan itself. The number of aircraft involved was well off the last large-scale incursion, 39 Chinese aircraft on January 23, and since then, such fly-bys have been sporadic with far fewer aircraft. The ministry said the latest mission involved eight Chinese J-16 fighters and one Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft, which flew over an area to the northeast of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands at the top end of the South China Sea. Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained of regular similar missions by the Chinese air force over the last two years, though the aircraft do not get close to Taiwan itself. Pictured: A J-16 fighter jet  The ministry said the latest mission involved eight Chinese J-16 fighters...
    VLADIMIR Putin's ultra-secret satellite-destroying "Star Wars" missile capable of shooting down "space weapons" and nukes has been put into service as tensions with the West hit boiling point. According to a Russian defence ministry source, the terrifying air defence system - dubbed the S-550 - "has entered combat duty" after passing state trials. 3Suspected test of the new satellite-destroying S-550 at the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan, 3The air defence system has reportedly entered combat mode It's reported the covert weapon is capable of "striking spacecraft, ballistic missile re-entry vehicles and hypersonic targets at altitudes of tens of thousands of kilometres”. The deployment claim comes amid escalating tensions between Moscow and the West as Putin seeks to strong-arm US president Joe Biden into conceding controversial security guarantees including a Kremlin veto on Ukraine joint NATO. It follows a frenzy of major Russian war games in recent weeks, and a reported 100,000-plus troops massed close to Ukraine triggering fears of an invasion early next year. The ministry source told state news agency TASS: “The S-550 air defence system has...
    A Japanese fighter pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after the cockpit canopy of their F-2 jet fell off in mid-air while on a mission to intercept a foreign plane. The Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jet lost its canopy, which weights about 198lb (90 kg), while flying over a mountainous area in southwestern Japan on Sunday, Japan's Defence Ministry said.   The pilot, who has not been named, was in the middle of a scramble mission in response to reports that a foreign plane had entered Japan's airspace when the canopy fell off, leaving the aviator exposed to the air mid-flight.  The pilot made an emergency landing at the Tsuiki Air Base in the Fukuoka Prefecture, where the jets are stationed, after the incident took place on Sunday afternoon at 12.50pm, reports Japan Today. Another F-2 jet was deployed in its place to complete the scramble mission.  The Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jet (file image) lost its canopy, which weights about 198lb (90 kg), while flying over a mountainous area in southwestern Japan on Sunday, Japan's Defence Ministry said RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    CHINA has unveiled a lethal new anti-submarine drone that can wipe out US targets amid WW3 fears as Beijing continues to bully Taiwan. The CH-6 electronic attack vehicle will enable “more precise surgical strikes on targets” - especially in the South China Sea, warn military experts. 7The deadly CH-6 was unveiled at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in the southern city of ZhuhaiCredit: AP 7The event was designed to show off China's air power - amid a growing threat to Taiwan The CH-6 will bolster China's reconnaissance and attack capability against US and allied forces operating in the Indo-Pacific region, said one researcher. One of two new drones unveiled at the country’s biggest air show in Zhuhai, the CH-6 can “menace military targets across the Pacific with a barrage of missiles or snoop on American manoeuvres with the latest surveillance equipment,” reported the Times. The drone, developed by the state-run China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, can fly for 20 hours at an altitude of 50,000 ft, has a speed of 450mph and a range of about 9,000...
    A Boeing C-17A Globemaster III of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) made a low level pass through the center of Brisbane last week in preparation for the Queensland state capital’s annual Riverfire Festival. Operating out of its home base at nearby RAAF Base Amberley, the aircraft, serial A41-206, performed a number transits along the Brisbane River and through the central business district at 300ft AGL. The RAAF released a statement informing locals of the rehearsal flight, explaining the flight paths of the aircraft last seen in public use during the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Two Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III aircraft arrived at Australia’s main operating base in the Middle East region on Wednesday, 18 August 2021. The aircraft join the locally based Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft providing support to Australian and coalition evacuation operations from Kabul. (SGT Glen McCarthy/Australian Department of Defence via Getty) “Safety, noise management and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of Defence flying activities, and participating squadrons will operate with...
    WORLD War Three fears are mounting after China flew 19 nuke bombers and fighter jets into Taiwan air space for "invasion" war games. The latest Chinese military incursion on Sunday involved 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets, an anti-submarine aircraft, and four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, Taiwan's Defence Ministry said. 3Taiwan's Defence Ministry said 10 J-16 fighter jets entered its air spaceCredit: AFP 3Four H-6 bomber jets flew into Taiwan's air space in China's latest military incursionCredit: EPA The Taiwanese air force responded by scrambling combat aircraft, issuing radio warnings and deploying air defence missile systems to monitor the activity, the defence ministry added. The Chinese aircraft flew in an area closer to the coast of China, roughly northeast of the island of Pratas, according to a map provided by the ministry. China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has long threatened to use force to bring it under its control. Taipei has been complaining for more than a year about repeated missions by China's air force near the island. Earlier this year, China vowed to invade...
    ISRAELI planes have successfully used lasers to blast drones out of the sky in a series of "world first" war game tests. New footage released by the Israeli military shows the advanced laser system - mounted on the back of a small plane - directing a beam of energy towards a test drone, burning a hole and setting it on fire. 6The unmanned airborne vehicle was struck by a laser over the Mediterranean SeaCredit: AP 6Video footage from the military showed the pilots during the testsCredit: Israeli Ministry of Defense The prototype successfully shot down several drones in a recent test over the Mediterranean Sea, officials said today. Yaniv Rotem, head of the defence ministry's research and development unit, said the system could down any flying object, including "drones, mortars, rockets, ballistic missiles". Rotem said they hoped to have a working prototype in "three to four years". "This is the first time in Israel, perhaps the world, that this was done," Rotem...
    Russia is developing a top secret hypersonic missile designed to 'break through any modern air defence system,' according to a report.  Tests will start next year on the weapon codenamed Ostrota, or Sharpness, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia reported overnight. The news comes a day after President Vladimir Putin threatened to 'knock the teeth out of' foreign enemies.  The latest missile will be deployed with supersonic Tu-22M3 bombers and Su-34 fighter bombers 'to break through any modern air defence systems,' the pro-Kremlin Izvestia reported. The new small-sized hypersonic missiles are seen as modernising Russia's non-nuclear defences. Experts say they will ensure Russia's 'leading position in this field of high-tech type of weapons' and offer 'irresistible blows' to highly-protected targets. 'A ramjet engine was developed specially for the new super-high-speed rocket,' reported Izvestia.  Russia has revealed that it has been developing a secret hypersonic missile, a day after President Vladimir Putin threatened to 'knock the teeth out of' foreign enemies. Pictured: Putin at a virtual meeting on Thursday News of the weapon comes as Putin has accelerated his bid to outdo the...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Visiting United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he and his Indian counterpart had discussed India's planned purchase of Russia's S400 air defence system, adding that Washington had asked all its partners to stay away from Russian equipment to avoid U.S. sanctions. "There has been no delivery of S400 systems to India and so the possibility of sanctions was not discussed," Austin told reporters in New Delhi on Saturday. Austin is making the first visit by a top member of U.S. President Joe Biden's administration to India as part of efforts to forge an alliance of countries seeking to push back against China's assertiveness in the region. (Reporting by Aditi Shah; editing by Jason Neely) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, India, Asia, international tradeGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos You Should See - March 2021PhotosPhotos: America's Pandemic TollNewsThe Week in Cartoons: March 15-19RecommendedPoliticsBiden Meets With Asian American CommunityHealth NewsFauci: Variant Poses ‘Growing Threat’World ReportPutin Appears Eager to Meet Biden National NewsThe Year of Hatred Against Asian AmericansBest CountriesOp-Ed: How Asian Americans Are ViewedCoronavirus Bulletin Stay...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's civil aviation body has blamed an error by an air defence operator in a final report on the cause of a Ukrainian passenger plane crash in January 2020 that killed all 176 people aboard, the agency said on Wednesday. "The plane was identified as a hostile target due to a mistake by the air defence operator...near Tehran and two missiles were fired at it," the report said in its summary, published on the agency's website. "The flight's operation did not have a role in creating the error by the air defence battery," the report added. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight with ground-to-air missiles on Jan. 8, 2020 shortly after it took off from Tehran. The Iranian government later declared that the shooting down was a "disastrous mistake" by forces who were on high alert during a regional confrontation with the United States. Iran was on edge about possible attacks after it fired missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces in retaliation for the killing days before of its most powerful military...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's Defence Ministry said on Friday that eight Chinese fighter aircraft flew into the southwestern part of its air defence identification zone, in an uptick of tensions between Beijing and Taipei. The ministry said the fighters, as well as one electronic warfare aircraft, flew near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the top part of the South China Sea, and that Taiwan's air force was scrambled to warn the Chinese away. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; editing by John Stonestreet) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Taiwan, United States, Asia
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has cancelled its planned participation in a major defence expo in the United Arab Emirates next week due to COVID-19 curbs on air travel, Israeli officials said on Monday. Dozens of Israeli defence firms had been due to take part in the IDEX conference in Abu Dhabi on Feb 21-25 - a first for both countries, which last September established formal relations. But officials from Israel's Defence Ministry and Regional Cooperation Ministry said the plan was cancelled. They cited Israel's Jan. 26 ban on international air travel, which is still in force as it tries to reverse a surge in COVID-19 contagion. (Reporting by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Israel, United Arab Emirates, Asia, Middle East
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he is looking to a compliant U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to right a “serious wrong” and allow Ankara to purchase F-35 fighter jets to work alongside its new Russian air defense systems despite Washington’s previous repeated objections. Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed long-threatened sanctions on Turkey’s defence industry over its acquisition of Russian S-400 missile air defence systems, in a move Turkey called a “grave mistake.” Fellow NATO member Turkey was also excised from the F-35 program over the move, with the U.S. citing serious concerns over unauthorized sharing of military intelligence. Washington says the S-400s pose a threat to its F-35 fighter jets and to NATO’s broader defence systems. Turkey rejects this, saying S-400s will not be integrated into NATO and purchasing them was a necessity as it was unable to procure air defence systems from any NATO ally on satisfactory terms. The Russia deal comes as Turkey looks increasingly to involve itself in Middle East social, religious and military affairs. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned the world...
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Tuesday it had scrambled fighter jets in response to an intrusion into South Korea's air defence identification zone by 19 Russian and Chinese military aircraft. Four Chinese warplanes entered the Korea Air Defence Identification Zone (KADIZ) followed by 15 Russian aircraft, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). The South Korean military dispatched air force fighters to take tactical measures. The South Korean military said in a statement the Chinese military had informed South Korea that its planes were carrying out routine training before the Chinese aircraft entered the KADIZ. "This incident seems to be a joint military drill between China and Russia but it requires a further analysis," the JCS said in a statement. In July last year, South Korean warplanes fired hundreds of warning shots toward Russian military aircraft on a joint air patrol with China, when they entered South Korean airspace. South Korea and Japan, which both scrambled jets to intercept the patrol at the time, accused Russia and China of violating their airspace. Russia and China denied...
    Looks like the Bollywood film industry has now come under the scanner of the Indian Air Force, which has been pulling up B-Town for their ‘inaccurate portrayal’ of the defense forces. After the issue that arose with Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, the Indian Air Force has now turned its attention on the recently released AK vs AK trailer. AK Vs AK Trailer: Anil Kapoor Searching For Kidnapped Sonam Kapoor And Anurag Kashyap Mocking Him Looks Raw And Real (Watch Video). The trailer that was released yesterday, sees Anil Kapoor sporting an Air Force uniform and delivering some choice cuss words to Anurag Kashyap. This has not gone down well with the IAF, who have now demanded that the scenes be taken down. The funny part is that Anil Kapoor is not playing an IAF officer in the film, rather he is playing himself, who is caught in an unusual circumstance while shooting for a movie. AK vs AK: Did You Know Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap Had Once Fought for Real Over a Film? Check Out the...
    Looks like the Bollywood film industry has now come under the scanner of the Indian Air Force, which has been pulling up B-Town for their inaccurate portrayal of the defense forces. After the issue that arose with Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, the Indian Air Force has now turned its attention on the recently released AK vs AK trailer. AK Vs AK Trailer: Anil Kapoor Searching For Kidnapped Sonam Kapoor And Anurag Kashyap Mocking Him Looks Raw And Real (Watch Video). The trailer that was released yesterday, sees Anil Kapoor sporting and Air Force uniform and delivering some choice cuss words to Anurag Kashyap. This has not gone down well with the IAF, who have now demanded that the scenes be taken down. AK vs AK: Did You Know Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap Had Once Fought for Real Over a Film?. Check Out the Tweet Below: The IAF uniform in this video is inaccurately donned & the language used is inappropriate. This does not conform to the behavioural norms of those in the...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had deployed a number of its new S-300V4 missile defence systems for combat duty on a disputed chain of islands near Japan, a move that is likely to anger Tokyo. The Russian Defence Ministry's Zvezda TV station said the mobile air defence system designed to counter ballistic and aerial attacks was on Iturup, one of four islands held by Russia that Japan claims and calls the Northern Territories. "Short-range anti-aircraft missile systems are already on duty on the island of Iturup in Sakhalin Region. Now the air defence 'heavy artillery' has arrived. The so-called large air defence system: the S-300V4," Zvezda said. The Soviets seized the islands, known as the Southern Kuriles, at the end of World War Two and a territorial row over them has prevented the two sides signing a formal peace treaty since and strained relations for years. Japan is highly sensitive to military moves by Russia on the strategically important chain of islands that stretch northeast from Japan's Hokkaido to the Russian Far East region of Kamchatka. Russia...
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary has agreed to buy NASAMS air defence systems from Norway's Kongsberg and U.S. company Raytheon, the Hungarian government said in a statement on Thursday. It said Hungary would take delivery of the air defence systems in 2023. (Reporting by Gergely Szakacs) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, European Union, Europe, Norway
    By Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's air force has grounded its F-16 fleet after losing a plane on a training mission, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, the second loss of a fighter jet in less than a month at a time of increased missions to intercept Chinese aircraft. While Taiwan's air force is well trained and well equipped, mostly with U.S.-made equipment, it is dwarfed by China's. Beijing claims the democratic island as its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under Chinese control. Last month, Taiwan's defence minister said nearly $900 million had been spent this year on scrambling the air force against Chinese incursions, describing the pressure they are facing as "great". Late Tuesday, Taiwan's air force said a U.S.-built F-16 vanished shortly after taking off from the Hualien air base on the east coast on a routine training mission. That followed the crash of an F-5 - a jet which first entered service in Taiwan in the 1970s - in late October. Speaking to reporters, Tsai said...
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has issued notices restricting air space and waters off its Black Sea coast to allow firing tests apparently on Friday involving its Russian-made S-400 missile defence units, a week after they were transported to the area. While Turkey already tested the surface-to-air weapons last year, further exercises could stoke tensions with NATO ally the United States, which sharply opposed the purchase from Moscow on grounds the S-400s compromise NATO defence systems. Washington reacted last year by expelling Turkey from its F-35 jet programme and has threatened sanctions. The lira has remained near all-time lows since videos in local press last week showed the S-400s being hauled north from near Ankara. Turkey's air space notice, or NOTAM, restricts an area near the coastal city of Sinop for a radar test and possibly live-fire for six hours on Oct. 16. It advised aircraft to avoid the area to a height of 200,000 feet (61,000 metres). Earlier this week, Turkey issued a maritime notice for shooting training and two others for military training. The so-called NAVTEX notices said shooting...
    By Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's military has launched aircraft to intercept Chinese planes more than twice as much as all of last year, the island's defence ministry said, describing Taiwan as facing severe security challenges from its huge neighbour. China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own territory, has stepped up its military activities near the island, responding to what Beijing calls "collusion" between Taipei and Washington. In the past few weeks, Chinese fighter jets have crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait, which normally serves as an official buffer between the island and the mainland, and have flown into Taiwan's southwestern air defence identification zone. In a report to parliament, a copy of which was reviewed by Reuters, Taiwan's Defence Ministry said so far this year the air force had scrambled 4,132 times, up 129% compared to all of last year, according to Reuters calculations. China "is trying to use unilateral military actions to change the security status quo in the Taiwan Strait, and at the same time is testing our response, increasing pressure...
    Ms Mapisa-Nqakula’s salary will be put into a fund to help fight coronavirus South Africa’s president has docked three months of the defence minister’s pay after she allowed governing party officials to fly on an air force plane to Zimbabwe with her on 9 September. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was accused of misusing state resources for party political business. The defence force had argued she was on official business and had simply given the other passengers a lift. But President Cyril Ramaphosa called it an “error of judgement”. Ms Mapisa-Nqakula had been travelling to Zimbabwe’s capital Harare for a scheduled meeting to discuss regional issues. The delegation from South Africa’s governing party – the African National Congress (ANC) – was meanwhile going there for crisis talks with Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party aimed at helping tackle the country’s political and economic woes. But opposition politicians were extremely critical of the fact that she let the ANC delegation hitch a lift with her. Mr Ramaphosa, who in coming to power had pledged to clean up the ANC’s reputation after a decade of corruption...
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Defence Ministry will start talks with the Israeli government to buy a short and medium range air defence system made by Israeli state-owned supplier Rafael, the ministry said on Friday. The government has been raising defence spending to modernise its armed forces, but has admitted it would fall short of its pledge, as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to spend 2% of gross domestic product on defence by 2024. The ministry said it expected a government-to-government contract to be signed in early 2021 and supplies from 2023 and had picked Rafael's SPYDER Short Range Air Defence/Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (SHORAD/MRSAM) from nine systems offered by seven producers. It plans to spend 10 billion crowns ($430 million) on four batteries, each including its own radar, command and control unit. The SPYDER will replace an over 40-year-old Soviet-made 2K12 KUB air defence system. (Reporting by Jan Lopatka; editing by Barbara Lewis) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's defence ministry said on Friday that multiple Chinese air force jets crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and also into Taiwan's southwestern air defence identification zone on Friday. Taiwan scrambled fighters to monitor their activities, the ministry added. (Reporting by Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Kevin Liffey) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited an air defence missile base on Friday, where she urged the troops to be steadfast in their defence of the island's sovereignty and democracy as tensions with China continue to rise. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own, says that Chinese forces carried out two-days of large-scale air and naval exercises off Taiwan's southwest and in its air defence identification zone, denouncing it as provocation. China has stepped up its military activity around Taiwan this year. Tsai, who was re-elected by a landslide in January promising to stand up to China, observed exercises and chatted to soldiers thanking them for their hard work, in video footage provided by the government. "At the moment the Chinese Communist's aircraft harassing of Taiwan and military exercises have been quite frequent," Tsai said. "I believe that everyone is clear about this situation in performing their mission, and know they have a huge responsibility." Taiwan's skies and people are safe because of their hard work, she added. "I want to encourage everyone by saying 'don't give an...
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary on Wednesday signed a declaration of intent to buy air defence missiles from U.S. arms manufacturer Raytheon Technologies, Hungarian state news agency MTI reported, citing the defence minister. The deal, worth about $1 billion, will be managed through the Foreign Military Sales programme and will be concluded by the end of September, MTI added. Hungary has long vowed to increase its military spending, which as in many NATO countries remains far short of the alliance's goal of 2 percent of economic output. Much of its military infrastructure dates back to communist times. It recently purchased tanks from Germany and is renewing its air capabilities as well, and Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has put more focus on the military than most governments in past decades, when economic improvement was the priority. Defence Minister Tibor Benko said things had changed. "We see that the peace that we live in is an extremely vulnerable situation," he said, adding that extended beyond armed conflict into hybrid warfare such as in Crimea. Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, was one...
    BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia has bought a new generation of medium-range, radar-guided surface-to-air missiles from China in a new sign of deepening cooperation between Beijing and Belgrade. The purchase of the FK-3 missile defence system was included in state-run arms company Jugoimport SDPR's annual report, submitted to the state Business Registers Agency last week and seen by Reuters. Jugoimport SDPR said it made 163 import deals with 31 countries for $620.3 million in 2019. The weapons purchases included armed drones from China and Europe's first known purchase of the FK-3. "The biggest part of imports is related to the modernisation of MIG-29 planes, the procurement of drone systems, ... (and) air-defence system FK-3," it said. Beijing sees Serbia as part of its One Belt, One Road initiative, which is aimed at opening new foreign trade links for Chinese companies. In 2018, the Jugoimport SDPR made 162 import deals with 32 countries, worth $482.7 million, including purchases of Russian-made helicopter gunships and transport helicopters. China has invested billions of euros in the Balkan country, mainly in soft loans, infrastructure and energy...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation blamed a misalignment of a radar system and lack of communication between the air defence operator and his commanders for the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January that killed 176 people aboard. Iran's Revolutionary Guards shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight with a ground-to-air missile on Jan. 8 shortly after the plane took off from Tehran,in what Tehran later acknowledged as a “disastrous mistake” by forces who were on high alert during a confrontation with the United States. "A mistake in aligning the radar system had caused human error. An operator had forgotten to re-adjust the direction on the radar system after moving to a new position, an error that contributed to misreading the radar's data," an interim report on the Civil Aviation Organisation (CAO) website said. The CAO report, which was published on late Saturday, said the missile battery that targeted the passenger plane had been relocated and "was not properly reoriented". The downing occurred at a time of high tension between longtime foes Iran and the United...
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