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#7061 glenn239

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Posted Yesterday, 12:00 PM

Even easier to sink them in the ECS or SCS.


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#7062 Nobu

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Posted Yesterday, 12:03 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 Yesterday, 12:26 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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Posted Yesterday, 12:41 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 Yesterday, 12:43 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 Yesterday, 08:11 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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Posted Today, 05:31 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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