Burma’s burning ambition to acquire modern missile technology and to upgrade its conventional weapons is no longer a secret and, if left unchecked, could pose a destabilising threat to regional stability.Thailand, its most prominent historical enemy, should be concerned – its military leaders would not like to see a Burma in possession of missiles that could easily lead to a tit-for-tat arms race. Also, of course, there’s the generals’ chronic fear of the West, heightened last year when foreign navy vessels showed up off the Burmese shore in an effort to deliver relief items and water to cyclone victims in the Irrawaddy delta region.Since then, Burmese leaders have increasingly been looking for a source of medium-range missiles and sophisticated anti-aircraft and radar systems to deter imagined external threats.
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Nato and Russia have agreed to resume military ties in their first high-level meeting since Russia’s war with Georgia disrupted their relations 10 months ago.
NATO’S outgoing Secretary-General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, announced that the so-called Nato-Russia Council, a panel set up in 2002 to improve ties between the former Cold War rivals, was operational again.”It was my ambition to leave to my successor an NRC that is up and running,” said Mr de Hoop Scheffer, whose term as ends on Aug. 1.
Military power compilations for 2009 do not necessarily accurately predict relative strengths and weaknesses between 2025 and 2040. This is especially true when the year-to-year moving parts of those compilations could propel cash-rich China and budget-strapped America in opposite directions when it comes to military spending. China’s aggregate table of organization and equipment may very well swell impressively in years to come, while America’s could hold steady or even decline.
NORAD goes from under a mountain to basement. That’s certainly smart just as the Russians are starting cold war II. Sources say a risky situation is only growing more so.
As Sen. Wayne Allard this week declared support for Cheyenne Mountain’s transition to “warm standby,” sources familiar with the surveillance bunker allege U.S. Northern Command is rushing the job, breaking contracting rules and risking homeland security.
“They broke the law with the way they are contracting this,” said one source. “And nobody cares?”
NorthCom has been adamant that bringing North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, capabilities to the basement of a building on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs will enhance national security.
As unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, become a staple of modern military operations, their uses and forms have grown more varied. Today they range from slingshot-launched spybots to global guardians. In fact, the acronym itself may be morphing into UAS (unmanned aerial systems) to indicate that these are not just aircraft, but systems that include ground stations and other elements.
It’s not just the military that uses them — police use the same technology for surveillance, while terrorists build flying suicide bombers. Check out the stealthiest, deadliest and highest flying drones in use today, and the UAVs that are most likely to be making tomorrow’s headlines.
China’s newest attack helicopter is powered by Canadian-built engines, a development military analysts say could spark a backlash against Canada’s aerospace industry from U.S. lawmakers concerned about technology being transferred into the wrong hands.
Other analysts are questioning why Canada would sell engines to a nation that has used its military to crush internal dissent.
The engines built by Pratt and Whitney Canada of Longueuil, Que., are being used to power Z-10 Zhisheng attack helicopters.
The delegation also acknowledged that Russian presence in northern Syria is a counter-balance to US presence in the region and “is a reminiscence of the Cold War era”.
The undersecretary hinted that the Russian military poses threats to the US interests and said the US policymakers are exploring new strategies to counter Russian show of military might.
A Russian military resurgence bolstered by booming oil wealth is raising some concern here about where Moscow is headed, US defense officials and outside experts say.
Threats by Russia to withdraw from key arms control treaties, reaffirmed by President Vladimir Putin last week in Moscow with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, have punctuated the slide in relations.
China’s military forces will speed up their modernization drive over the coming five years, and adopt high-tech battle systems along with an upgraded training programme, Chinese president Hu Jintao said Monday as part of his keynote speech at the opening of the Communist Party Congress. The Congress convenes every five years.
Researchers in England have developed their own flying saucer â€” and it might be going to work for the U.S. and British militaries.
GFS Projects’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can soar high in the air, hover, bank and fly over any terrain, making it ideal for military surveillance.
It uses an aerodynamic principle known as the Coanda effect to take off vertically from any solid surface.