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#7061 glenn239

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 1200 PM

Even easier to sink them in the ECS or SCS.


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#7062 Nobu

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 1203 PM

The premise being that sailing ships through the SCS can prevent Chinese legitimacy over the SCS being established.  But is that the case going forward?  The bases will still be there long after the current ships sailing around them have been sold for scrap.

 

No more so than Russian warships sailing through the Caribbean could make Washington reconsider its policy toward the Western Hemisphere, I'm afraid. If only it were that easy.

 

On the subject of Pyongyang's ICBM capability, Washington's emphasis on it is indicative of what Washington's priorities may be in talks with Kim, as North Korea does not need intercontinental ballistic missile range to strike the population centers of Japan.

 

It must be admitted that up to this point, the South Koreans and Moon are having a greater and more influential impact on the rapprochement between Pyongyang and Washington than Japan is. This fact alone is offensive in various ways.


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#7063 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 1226 PM

https://thediplomat....4-fighter-jets/

 

Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) fighters intercepted four nuclear-capable Russian Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers and four Sukhoi Su-35S (Flanker-E+) multirole fighter jets flying in two separate formations over the east and west coasts of Japan on February 15, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement. The intercepts took place in international waters and Japanese airspace was reportedly not violated.

The February 15 flights constitute one of the largest single presence of Russian military aircraft near Japan since Russia resumed regular long-range patrols in East Asia in 2014 following the deterioration of Russia-Japan diplomatic relations as a result of the Russian intervention in Eastern Ukraine.

Russia usually dispatches its Tu-95MS bombers in pairs. The last exception to that took place in January 2017, when JASDF fighter jets intercepted three Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers circumnavigating the major islands — Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu — of the Japanese archipelago.

 

The February 15 intercept took place after a three-and-a-half-week hiatus of Russian long-range patrols. On January 17, Japanese fighters conducted a scramble against a Russian Navy Ilyushin Il-38 “Dolphin” maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft over the Sea of Japan. On January 16, the JASDF scrambled fighter jets to intercept two Sukhoi Su-24 nuclear-capable strike attack aircraft in the Sea of Japan.


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#7064 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 1241 PM

 

https://www.shephard...nding-pledge-s/

 

Europe would need to boost defence spending by more than $100 billion to hit the NATO spending pledge that has stirred much anger by US President Donald Trump, a study showed on 15 February 2019.

The failure of many European allies to get even close to the NATO target of spending 2% of their national output on defence by 2024 has infuriated Trump, who accuses them of freeloading. Figures from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) showed that NATO's 27 European countries fell short of the 2% target by $102 billion in 2018.

The IISS's annual Military Balance report said European NATO members would ‘collectively have had to increase their spending by 38%’ to hit the 2% target in 2018.

Trump's anger over spending has fuelled concern about his commitment to the transatlantic alliance, culminating in an explosive summit last year where he launched a blistering public attack on Berlin in a televised meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

US military spending dwarfs that of the rest of the alliance - in 2018 Washington spent nearly $650 billion on defence, compared with around $250 billion for all the European NATO members combined, according to the IISS report.

NATO expects seven European countries to meet the 2% target when final figures for 2018 are calculated - up from just three a year earlier. But while Germany is making efforts to boost military spending, the sheer size of its economy means it is hard to quickly increase the percentage relative to its hefty gross domestic product (GDP).

To hit the 2% target, analysts say Berlin would need to vastly raise its defence expenditure between 2017 and 2024 - a problematic undertaking in any country, let alone one with Germany's post-war history of unease about military strength.

The increase in US spending alone from 2017 to 2018 - around $45 billion - almost equalled the entire German defence budget, the report noted.


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 1243 PM

 

 

It must be admitted that up to this point, the South Koreans and Moon are having a greater and more influential impact on the rapprochement between Pyongyang and Washington than Japan is. This fact alone is offensive in various ways.

Why is that offensive?


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 2011 PM

 

https://thediplomat....4-fighter-jets/

 

Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) fighters intercepted four nuclear-capable Russian Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers and four Sukhoi Su-35S (Flanker-E+) multirole fighter jets flying in two separate formations over the east and west coasts of Japan on February 15, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement. The intercepts took place in international waters and Japanese airspace was reportedly not violated.

The February 15 flights constitute one of the largest single presence of Russian military aircraft near Japan since Russia resumed regular long-range patrols in East Asia in 2014 following the deterioration of Russia-Japan diplomatic relations as a result of the Russian intervention in Eastern Ukraine.

Russia usually dispatches its Tu-95MS bombers in pairs. The last exception to that took place in January 2017, when JASDF fighter jets intercepted three Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers circumnavigating the major islands — Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu — of the Japanese archipelago.

 

The February 15 intercept took place after a three-and-a-half-week hiatus of Russian long-range patrols. On January 17, Japanese fighters conducted a scramble against a Russian Navy Ilyushin Il-38 “Dolphin” maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft over the Sea of Japan. On January 16, the JASDF scrambled fighter jets to intercept two Sukhoi Su-24 nuclear-capable strike attack aircraft in the Sea of Japan.

 

 

Here's the flight path of the Russian aircraft from JSDF report.

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http://www.mod.go.jp...20190215_01.pdf


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#7067 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 0531 AM

 

https://www.janes.co...-akula-ssn-life

The Russia Federation Navy is aiming to keep its Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO reporting name ‘Akula’) nuclear attack submarines (SSNs) in service for another 25–30 years, according to a senior Northern Fleet officer.

Speaking to the Russian Ministry of Defence’s Zvezda television network on 3 February, Captain 1st Rank, Pavel Bulgakov, Chief of Staff of the 24th Submarine Division at Yagelnaya Bay on the Kola Peninsula, said “with overhauls and maintenance these submarines can stay in operation at least another 25–30 years.”

He added that the Project 971 submarines were well suited to having their lives extended through upgrades. “That’s [the Shchuka-Bs] greatest strength,” Capt Bulgakov said.


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Posted 16 February 2019 - 2018 PM

Because between Trump's hand extended in friendship to Kim on one side, and Moon's Sunshine Policy 2.0 on the other, Japan and Japanese deep concerns regarding North Korea and Koreans look increasingly to be left behind.


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Posted 16 February 2019 - 2051 PM

Because between Trump's hand extended in friendship to Kim on one side, and Moon's Sunshine Policy 2.0 on the other, Japan and Japanese deep concerns regarding North Korea and Koreans look increasingly to be left behind.

 

Often is the case really when it comes to Japanese security interests. It's been only in the past couple of years that Japanese security related stuff has been getting more open exposure. It's always in the back ground. On the surface, it has to be the US and ROK. Japan doesn't have a heavy military hand to put on the table in regards to DPRK. Can't be helped. Of course ultimately, US operations depends  heavily on being able to deploy from Japan territory. If the US military started doing things that are in great violation of Japanese security interest in the DPRK, then US forces would no longer be welcomed. I reckon that in order for US operations to continue smoothly, this point wouldn't want to get raised on the surface. But theoretically speaking, removal of American forces in Japan would mean like 60% reduction of US capability throughout the Asia Pacific. And that is a factor for even ROK to consider since ROK also wants a US presence, given their acceptance of 28,500 US troops in South Korea now and the successful deployment of THAAD which went in the face of Chinese economic retaliation pressure towards ROK. But 28,500 in ROK is a lot less capable if US forces stationed in Japan are gone.


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 0311 AM

There are several stories today raising the spectre of a Belarus anschluss

 

https://www.newsweek...ashenko-1333800

 

he president of Belarus has said the country is ready to unite with long-time ally Russia, raising the prospect of Moscow absorbing the eastern European dictatorship on the borders of Poland and Lithuania.

President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet state since the presidential post was created in 1994, said Friday his nation was ready to join with Russia, The Moscow Times reported.

Lukashenko made the comments on the third and final day of bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Rumors have long abounded that Belarus could be absorbed into Russia under Putin’s watch, deepening the “union state” arrangement that has existed between them since the late 1990s.

“The two of us could unite tomorrow, no problem,” Lukashenko said Friday. “But are you—Russians and Belarusians—ready for it?” the president added, according to Interfax. “We’re ready to unite and consolidate our efforts, states and peoples as far as we’re ready.”

Putin tried to question the very concept of independent states in his subsequent remarks. “There are simply no fully independent states in the world. The modern world is a world of interdependence,” the Russian president said.

He pointed to the European Union as proof of his assertion. “There, the European Parliament makes more binding decisions for all members than the Supreme Soviet of the USSR once took such decisions for the Union republics. Is it not a dependency?” Putin asked.

Putin also suggested that U.S. military deployments in Europe have undermined nation sovereignty there.  “Do you think someone from European countries wants U.S. medium-range missiles to appear in Europe?” he asked.

“No one wants that. But they sit, they keep quiet. Where is their sovereignty? But apparently they believe that in the ultimate, general calculation, they are interested in such an organization in which they have invested part of their sovereignty,” he said.

Putin’s presidential term will end in 2024, and the current constitution prevents him for running again. It has been suggested that he could bypass these restrictions by creating a new nation through a union with Belarus.

The president voiced his support for the idea as long ago as 2011, when he said a union was “possible, desirable and wholly dependent on the will of the Belarusian people.”

 
 

In December, Lukashenko said the union state agreement had been a success, Russian state-backed news agency Tass reported. He declared, “The will of Belarusians and Russians toward unity will, as before, serve as a solid foundation for integration, multi-faceted cooperation and formation of common new history.”

However, the long-serving dictator has previously dismissed suggestions he would allow his nation to fall under Kremlin governance. “Sovereignty is sacred,” he said in December, amid a spat with Moscow over oil and gas supply. “If someone wants to break [Belarus] into regions and force us to become a subject of Russia, that will never happen.”


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 0452 AM

 

 

https://thediplomat....4-fighter-jets/

 

Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) fighters intercepted four nuclear-capable Russian Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers and four Sukhoi Su-35S (Flanker-E+) multirole fighter jets flying in two separate formations over the east and west coasts of Japan on February 15, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement. The intercepts took place in international waters and Japanese airspace was reportedly not violated.

The February 15 flights constitute one of the largest single presence of Russian military aircraft near Japan since Russia resumed regular long-range patrols in East Asia in 2014 following the deterioration of Russia-Japan diplomatic relations as a result of the Russian intervention in Eastern Ukraine.

Russia usually dispatches its Tu-95MS bombers in pairs. The last exception to that took place in January 2017, when JASDF fighter jets intercepted three Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers circumnavigating the major islands — Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu — of the Japanese archipelago.

 

The February 15 intercept took place after a three-and-a-half-week hiatus of Russian long-range patrols. On January 17, Japanese fighters conducted a scramble against a Russian Navy Ilyushin Il-38 “Dolphin” maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft over the Sea of Japan. On January 16, the JASDF scrambled fighter jets to intercept two Sukhoi Su-24 nuclear-capable strike attack aircraft in the Sea of Japan.

 

 

Here's the flight path of the Russian aircraft from JSDF report.

2and2.jpg

http://www.mod.go.jp...20190215_01.pdf

 

 

A little footage from inside the TU-95s showing the scrambled Japanese fighters along side.

Two Russian long-range bombers were shadowed by Japanese combat planes while on a routine patrol mission in the Western Pacific, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The Japanese fighter jets were filmed by the Russian crews.
The two Tupolev Tu-95MS subsonic bombers flew a patrol mission in the neutral airspace, making their way over the Okhotsk Sea, the Sea of Japan and the western part of the Pacific, the ministry said in a statement. The bombers were accompanied by Russian Su-35S fighter jets during their 15-hour-long sortie.

For some parts of the flight, the Russian air team was shadowed by the fighter jets of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. Footage filmed during the mission shows a Mitsubishi F-15J and a Mitsubishi F-2, the Japanese-produced version of the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon respectively.

The Russian ministry stressed that like any other long-range aviation mission, the patrol was conducted in full compliance with international aviation rules.
https://www.rt.com/n...ol-japan-video/
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Posted 18 February 2019 - 0306 AM

https://www.telegrap...natos-northern/

British forces are to step up Arctic deployments to protect Nato's northern flank from Russia, Gavin Williamson has announced.

The Defence Secretary said the Royal Marines have launched a ten-year programme that will see over a thousand troops train each year with their Norwegian counterparts, building up to a brigade-strength deployment in the near future.

In addition, he announced that Britain’s new fleet of submarine-hunting aircraft will fly over the Arctic next year in their first deployment.


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Posted 18 February 2019 - 0524 AM

Modernization of Russian missile attack early warning system completed
https://rg.ru/2019/0...r7AaOZobr6qqkX0


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Posted 18 February 2019 - 0625 AM

Now THIS seems a useful bit of kit.

https://www.dailymai...kaze-DRONE.html

 

Russia has unveiled its new and deadly kamikaze drone after it 'successfully completed' trials.

The latest precision weapon from arms giant Kalashnikov 'delivers explosives to any terrain, bypassing systems of air defence', officials claim.

The KYB (Cube) drone - with a maximum flying time of just 30 minutes - was showcased for the first time at the international IBEX arms exhibition in Dubai.

A video shows the unmanned military flying machine exploding as it reaches its target.

 

The Russian drone flies at speeds of between 50 and 80 mph and can carry a payload of explosives up to 6.6lbs, say its manufacturers.


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Posted 18 February 2019 - 0719 AM

 

Now THIS seems a useful bit of kit.

https://www.dailymai...kaze-DRONE.html


 

Actually advert video shows drone missing the target (but it is close miss)


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 0350 AM

An F-2 fell and crashed into the Sea of Japan off from Yamaguchi prefecture on February 20th during air-to-air fighter combat training. The two pilots were found at sea 50 minutes after radar contact was lost with the F-2. Both pilots are conscious and did not suffer major trauma. Checks on not only F-2s but also F-15s, etc, have started. It said to be the fist time that an F-2 has crashed during training.
https://www.google.c...764370457199713


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#7077 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 0647 AM

Putin threatens nuclear. Again.

 

https://a.msn.com/r/...erID=InAppShare

 

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the United States itself, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
 
In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to Washington's decision this month to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty.
 
But he said that Russia's reaction to any deployment would be resolute and that U.S. policy-makers, some of whom he said were obsessed with U.S. exceptionalism, should calculate the risks before taking any steps.
 
"It's their right to think how they want. But can they count? I'm sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing," Putin told Russia's political elite to strong applause.
 
"Russia will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons which can be used not only in respect of those territories from which the direct threat to us originates, but also in respect of those territories where the centres of decision-making are located,” he said.
 

 

I swear, this man must have a seriously small penis.


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 0719 AM

Putin threatens nuclear. Again.

 

https://a.msn.com/r/...erID=InAppShare

 

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the United States itself, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
 

It is not "threat" but polite reminder of simple fact that decision-making centre is primary target for return strike. And this centre is obviously not in Europe.


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 0720 AM

"Threatens"
"Will respond"
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Posted 20 February 2019 - 0918 AM

USMC wants long range anti-ship missiles.

https://news.usni.or...ible#more-41205


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