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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2013 07:33 
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Not bad , I wonder if Paki Nuke stockpike are being tested via NoKO and will be see new small weapons in Pakistan Arsenal ?

If true, it would mean that Pakistan would be financially compensating NoKo for their hardship with monies obtained from the US. Lovely.


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PostPosted: 19 Feb 2013 20:49 
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Austin wrote:
Not bad , I wonder if Paki Nuke stockpike are being tested via NoKO and will be see new small weapons in Pakistan Arsenal ?

If true, it would mean that Pakistan would be financially compensating NoKo for their hardship with monies obtained from the US. Lovely.
I know uncle does dumb things but I don't think OmBaba would be this stupid to give the Pukees so much leeway... what NoKo tested was like a Diwali Damaka... a 6KT yield device which was meant to be a larged Bang Dhamaka but became a damp squib


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PostPosted: 19 Feb 2013 21:23 
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Aren't all the estimates of yield based on reports from countries who might have a desire to make Noko's test look like a failure?

Unfortunately, all I could find for seismological measurements in India was this website. http://www.imd.gov.in/section/seismo/static/welcome.htm

Perhaps I didn't look hard enough.


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http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/ ... ike-bomber
U.S. Air Force Is ‘Committed’ To Long-Range Strike Bomber Lockheed Martin produced this impression of a long-range strike (LRS) design for the U.S. Air Force in 2007, before a secrecy clampdown banned contractors from discussing the program in public. (Photo: Chris Pocock Looks Like Souped up MCA
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Facing an uncertain budget environment in the coming months, the U.S. Air Force will nevertheless continue developing a new long-range strike bomber (LRS-B) capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear weapons. “Long term, we’re committed to the long-range strike bomber. We’re going to try to keep programs like that on track,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said.Sequestration would affect every program, including the new bomber, Donley said. But the service intends to preserve its core missions. “We’re going to continue to do global ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance]. We’re going to continue to do global precision attack,” he said. “You can see now what the Air Force will look like in 2020 in terms of new capabilities coming on board. The [KC-46A] tanker will be fielded. The F-35 will be fielded. We’ll be well along in the development of the bomber program. … But the underlying issue is size [and] overall capacity of the armed forces.”
The LRS-B was initiated in Fiscal Year 2012 as a successor program to the cancelled next-generation bomber effort. Major contractors interested in the program were instructed not to discuss their proposals in public. The LRS-B will be a “family of systems,” an optionally manned platform incorporating already proven subsystems, including engines, radars and avionics, according to the Air Force.In its Fiscal Year 2013 budget submission, the service said the LRS-B average procurement unit cost is expected to be $550 million for 80 to 100 aircraft. Planned funding for the program from Fiscal Years 2013 through 2017 is $6.3 billion, with $300 million programmed in the current year.


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PostPosted: 23 Feb 2013 05:49 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/busin ... .html?_r=0

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The Pentagon said on Friday that it had grounded all of its stealthy new F-35 fighter jets after an inspection found a crack in a turbine blade in the engine of one of the planes.


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Surprise Check Reveals ‘Systemic Problems’ in Russian Military

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MOSCOW, February 22 (RIA Novosti) - A series of random checks in the Russian Armed Forces this week revealed a number of systemic shortcomings, General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov said on Friday.

Combat alert checks were carried out in the Central and South Military Districts, the Airborne Assault Forces (VDV) and military transport aviation units.

Alert duty officers in some military units demonstrated an insufficiently prompt and ineffective response in processing orders via automated combat command and control systems, especially in VDV troops and at the 201st Military Base in Tajikistan, Gerasimov said during a teleconference.

He also criticized the level of cooperation between the 201st Military Base command and the local Tajik authorities.

Military vehicle drivers, mechanics and operators showed insufficient handling skills, leading to delays and disruptions on the march and during the fulfillment of combat training missions, particularly in the 28th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Central Military District, he said.

Other problems included low-accuracy shooting and shelling results, especially by tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

“The majority of subunits only received 'C' grades,” the General Staff chief said, adding that many officers commissioned last year failed to demonstrate good overall results.

Gerasimov ordered military commanders at all levels to analyze the causes of their problems, draw up remedial plans and follow them meticulously. The Defense Ministry said on Tuesday the checks were carried out for the first time in the past 20 years and will now be conducted on a regular basis.


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F-35: The Most Expensive Weapon Ever Built

You’re a SEAL Stranded in Hostile Territory: What’s in Your Survival Kit?


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NASA's discovery of third radiation belt around Earth will mean 'rewriting textbooks'

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Scientists used to think that the Van Allen belts — two nested rings of charged particles surrounding the Earth — bulge and swell in response to what’s happening on the sun, but are otherwise more or less fixed in place. Well, according to a new finding announced by NASA, the rings are actually much more malleable than originally thought. New data shows their structure reconfigured in response to a major coronal mass ejection (pictured below), for the first time revealing the formation of a third belt. In its press release, NASA said the discovery would require "rewriting textbooks."
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After switching on the REPT, the third belt was visible from just five days of observations, said
Shri Kanekal, deputy mission scientist for the Van Allen Probes. "We started wondering if there was something wrong with our instruments," she explained, but, "the third belt persisted beautifully, day after day, week after week, for four weeks." The scientists’ results were published in this week’s issue of Science.

It’s been 55 years since the Van Allen belts were first discovered, but a lot of questions remain about the complex system that steers their expansion and contraction. NASA says that seemingly similar storms to the one in August sometimes have completely different efffects on the belts, or sometimes have no effect at all. It’s hoped that with the new data being collected, theorists can begin to fill in some of the holes in our understanding.



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Scientist Shri Kanekal holds one of the solid-state detectors that will be used in the Compact Relativistic Electron and Proton Telescope (CREPT). The picture on the wall to the left is a design diagram of the instrument.


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PostPosted: 02 Mar 2013 22:50 
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First Look: China’s Big New Rockets

http://www.americaspace.com/?p=22881

China to launch its first solid fuel rocket before 2016
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/china ... 6/1082169/

just beat them :wink:


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Russian Arms Trade Czar Says "War" Declared on Weapon Supplies to Syria

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Russia is facing a ‘real war’ aimed at hampering the country’s legal deliveries of weapons to Syria, the head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation has said.

“A real war has been declared against us,” Alexander Fomin told Ekho Moskvy radio on Friday without specifying who has declared the war.

“The [Russian] ships are lured into ports and arrested there under various devised pretexts. When the ships are at sea, any insurance is canceled,” Fomin said adding that any attempts to deliver the contracted goods are being thwarted.

Russia earlier said it will continue selling weapons to Damascus observing both international law and bilateral obligations, while some western countries are pushing for an embargo on Russian arms supplies to Syria, the largest importer of Russian weapons in the Middle East.


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Air Force tells stealth pilots it has no cure for 'Raptor cough'

I wonder why people involved in Indian arms procurement never find any problems with imported systems.

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Air Force pilots employed to fly the US military’s F-22 warplanes are experiencing breathing problems and coughing fits caused by plane’s oxygen system – and officials say they have no solution for this problem.

Despite at least one fatal crash that may have resulted from a pilot’s crippling health condition, the government has refused to acknowledge the danger of keeping these planes in service without making any fixes to its oxygen system.


During a Sept. 2012 congressional hearing concerning health effects of flying F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, members of the Air Force described suffering from physiological conditions that have been considered “a normal part of flying the Raptor, such as the difficulty in breathing and the Raptor cough.”


The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) found that these health problems were directly related to flying the F-22s, since pilots first experienced the symptoms while flying the plane.


The hypoxia-like symptoms, which are triggered if the air contains more than 60 percent oxygen, include breathing problems, choking, coughing, confusion, memory loss and blackouts. These symptoms, all of which were at some point exhibited by pilots in the F-22 cockpits, can lead to a condition known as ‘acceleration atelectasis’, which is the collapse of alveoli in the lungs.


But despite the health and safety risks facing F-22 pilots, the Air Force refuses to address the problem.


During the congressional hearing, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), referenced a press report in which Air Force medical experts linked the Raptor cough to flaws in the plane’s design, but that “the Air Force decided in 2005 not to make a fix to the F-22 oxygen system.”

And since 2008, pilots have reported choking, confusion, memory loss and blackouts, which may have contributed to at least one fatal crash, Wired reports. Additionally, ground crews have reported growing sick while in the proximity of F-22s with running engines.


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missing soviet soldier found in afghanistan after 33 years
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Russia to Resurrect Titanium Submarines

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Tags: Project 945, K-239 Karp, Soviet Navy, Zvezdochka shipyard, Russian Navy


MOSCOW, March 5 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Navy will refit, modernize and recommission two Sierra class (Project 945) titanium-hull nuclear-powered attack submarines by 2017, the Zvezdochka shipyard said on Tuesday.
The Sierra class has a light and strong titanium pressure hull, enabling these boats to dive to depths of up to 550 meters (1800 feet) and enhancing their survivability, as well as having a low magnetic signature.
A total of four Project 945 and 945A submarines were built in Russia. In addition to the Karp and the Kostroma, the Pskov and the Nizhny Novgorod were built in the early 1990's and are currently in service with the Northern Fleet.
The K-239 Karp (Carp) was the first Project 945 (Barrakuda) submarine, which entered service with the Soviet Navy in 1984.
The K-276 Kostroma was commissioned in 1986 and had to be repaired after a February 11, 1992 collision with the American submarine USS Baton Rouge (SSN-689) while on patrol off Kildin Island near Severomorsk. The US Navy said the collision occurred more than 12 miles (22 km) from shore, in international waters.
The shipyard signed a modernization contract for the Karp and the Kostroma with the Defense Ministry in December 2012 , a Zvezdochka representative told RIA Novosti.
Karp has been sitting at the shipyard since 1994, he said, adding the submarines titanium hull is in a very good condition but a significant part of its equipment is missing.
The submarines sonar and navigation systems will be replaced and their reactors refuelled, he said.


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PostPosted: 06 Mar 2013 22:02 
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Thanks Singha , I am aware of this news ....seems like the submarine are brought back from reserve and are being majorly upgraded with new sonar , navigation and refuelled this should atleast give it a life of 10 years , making the life of this titanium submarine to 40-42 years since commisioning. So 2 subs of 949 and 2 more of 949A will be in service perhaps the titanium pressure hull have prolonged its life and double hull means the titanium pressure hull is not directly exposed to the elements i.e less wear and tear.

Funny thing is there would have been no Akula ( Schuka class ) had the Soviet didnt realise that building a large number of titanium submarine would not be possible as it was expensive proposition and getting that many tons of titanium will not be easy for just a single program so they made the move to steely pressure hull Akula which were cheaper to build in numbers. Well one mans gain is another mans loss.


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Mar 5, 2013 :: Russia to test new IL-476 military transport aircraft in mid-March

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“In February, we moved the aircraft to Zhukovsky where preparations for the test flights are full steam ahead. I hope, if everything goes well, that we will be able to start test flights according to a military program on March 12-14,” Livanov said in a live interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station on Monday.


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PostPosted: 07 Mar 2013 07:23 
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Interesting revelation at the Vegas Heli-Expo today...

http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.aspx? ... 2646b5a423

Lots of raised eyebrows, and a couple of " I knew it !"s at the venue. Timing and nature of Mikheyev's announcement was very curious. Will be interesting to see how China reacts to this "leak" over the next few weeks.


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a grave loss of face for sure. perhaps the contract is over now and Rus has no more money to gain off keeping quiet.


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PostPosted: 07 Mar 2013 11:43 
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Wont be surprised if 10 years from now some one from Sukhoi or Mikyon Design bureau revels that J-20 and J-21 were designed by them , I am sure Russian would be involved in these design as they use Russian engine and Chinese wont not be able to develop such sophisticate on their own , In much the same way there is Lavi hand in the J-10 design.


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PostPosted: 07 Mar 2013 11:56 
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Location: Desh ke baarei mei sochna shuru karo. Soch badlo, desh badlega!
Same going for their cyber warfare....very sure it has good russian inputs


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PostPosted: 08 Mar 2013 13:08 
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http://theaviationist.com/2013/03/07/f- ... TjslBynBB9


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“F-35 super stealth plane will get pilots shot down in aerial combat” new leaked report saysMarch 7, 2013
Posted by David Cenciotti in : F-35

According to an article published by the Washington Times, the F-35A, the Conventional Take Off and Landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter, would be defeated in aerial combat because of his current shortcomings.

Mentioning a leaked Pentagon report made available by POGO, the article explains that “out-of-cockpit visibility in the F-35A is less than other Air Force fighter aircraft” thus limiting a pilot’s ability to see aerial threats surrounding him.

The problem is in the large head rest that impede rear visibility and the ability of the pilot to check the aircraft’s 6 o’clock for incoming aerial or surface threats.

Another shortcoming is the aircraft adveniristic helmet mounted display system (HMDS Gen. II), that has not yet solved focal problems, blurry and double vision in the display and misalignment of the virtual horizon display with the actual horizon.


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PostPosted: 08 Mar 2013 14:04 
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^^ LM has been advertising that F-35 does not need to manouver the missile will do it for them , So why does Pentagon now worries about visibility when F-35 is suppose to have the best of Avionics , Sensors like DAS.


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PostPosted: 08 Mar 2013 18:18 
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^^^^That's not what they are seeking. They are seeking to find the best dog fighter they can have *and* still keep stealth characteristics. That means there are trade offs. If they can make adjustments to the plane and its systems and make it a better dog fighter while not degrading stealth they will probably make incremental adjustments over time. Please remember what this plane will be used for: patroling over hostile territory filled with AAC missiles and dog fighters that may exceed F-35 capabilities. Therefore, look for more incremental adjustments over time to give the plane a greater chance of survivabilty over hostile territory.


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PostPosted: 08 Mar 2013 20:39 
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The best dog fighter they have without compromising stealth was the F-22 which never made it the number USAF wanted , F-35 was then promoted into that role which was essentially a strike fighter and compromised for the role as they try to fit in multiple requirement into a single airframe.


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PostPosted: 08 Mar 2013 23:40 
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Doesn't make any difference. The attack a/c will be drones like the X-47 (which has an F-16 engine in it according to one source I have read) and the F-35 will ride herd over them.


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PostPosted: 08 Mar 2013 23:51 
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^^^

With budget cuts (and possibly other UCAV options in the near future), the F-35's order numbers are going to decrease further. This will increase cost per unit even more.


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PostPosted: 14 Mar 2013 09:26 
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SAF Gripens not spending too much time in air
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"The sad facts of the Gripen system are as follows: 26 Gripen fighter jets were delivered; 10 or fewer are operational; 12 are in long-term storage; there are six qualified pilots; there are about 150 flying hours available to the entire squadron for 2013."

http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/2013/0 ... in-storage
Saab had proposed setting up a Gripen pilot training school in SA for pilots worldwide, with a certain degree of confirmation. Was a fine idea IMO. SA then denied it.

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this month's 'Aerospace America' contains an article about 'Ion Propulsion' technology
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US Cancels 3rd Stage ABM Program in Europe , A precursor to further reduction in Nuclear Weapons between US and Russia as Obama has promised for second term , This should also put to rest on some ruffling feathers at Kremlin on 3rd stage Europen ABM Program

US scraps final phase of European missile shield

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The Pentagon announced Friday it will spend $1 billion to add 14 interceptors to a West Coast-based missile defense system, responding to what it called faster-than-anticipated North Korean progress on nuclear weapons and missiles. Defense officials confirm the move, saying it's in response to recent threats from North Korea to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons.

A portion of the $1 billion cost of the expanded system will come from scrapping the final phase of a missile defense system the U.S. is building in Europe.

The system in Europe is aimed mainly at defending against a missile threat from Iran; key elements of that system are already in place.

The decision to drop the planned expansion in Europe happens to coincide with President Barack Obama’s 's announced intention to engage Russia in talks about further reducing each country's nuclear weapons arsenal.

US to add 14 interceptors on the West Coast in response to recent threats from North Korea

The Pentagon announced Friday it will spend $1 billion to add 14 interceptors to a West Coast-based missile defense system, responding to what it called faster-than-anticipated North Korean progress on nuclear weapons and missiles.

Defense officials confirm the move, saying it's in response to recent threats from North Korea to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons. U.S. officials believe North Korea is incapable of carrying out an attack, but the threat adds to tension between the two countries.

The Pentagon intends to add the 14 interceptors to 26 already in place at Fort Greely, Alaska. That will expand the system's ability to shoot down long-range missiles in flight before they could reach U.S. territory. In addition to those at Greely, the U.S. also has four missile interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The officials confirmed the decision on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.


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PostPosted: 18 Mar 2013 10:14 
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Interesting image related to number of nuclear weapons in existence:
http://i.imgur.com/HxjY8Ks.gif


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PostPosted: 18 Mar 2013 19:25 
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Interesting image related to number of nuclear weapons in existence:
http://i.imgur.com/HxjY8Ks.gif



don't we need to increase the number of warheads for our subs & new missiles

or do we have more than 200 warheads already . ha....ha....ha........ :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


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PostPosted: 18 Mar 2013 20:54 
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Interesting image related to number of nuclear weapons in existence:
http://i.imgur.com/HxjY8Ks.gif



don't we need to increase the number of warheads for our subs & new missiles

or do we have more than 200 warheads already . ha....ha....ha........ :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


SO Brahmos is now "Brahma" !!! :rotfl:


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PostPosted: 18 Mar 2013 21:11 
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SO Brahmos is now "Brahma" !!! :rotfl:

^^^ This typo when Brahmos.com is credited as a source at the bottom of the graphic. Basically, they couldn't give a ****.

I take such infographics with a ton of salt. For all you know, the numbers could be wild guesses.


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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2013 00:45 
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jamwal wrote:
Interesting image related to number of nuclear weapons in existence:
http://i.imgur.com/HxjY8Ks.gif

Brahmos is not supposed to be nuclear armed. Why would we possibly confuse its role by tagging on a nuclear attack role?
We were trying to get Prithvi out of that role.

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Under threat, South Koreans mull nuclear weapons


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Nice...rest assured if SK goes nuclear Japan will not wait 1 sec.


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U.S. still paying Civil War veterans' families
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If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century. At the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, more than $40 billion a year are going to compensate veterans and survivors from the Spanish-American War from 1898, World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the two Iraq campaigns and the Afghanistan conflict.


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Russia to Get First 3 New Il-476 Cargo Planes in 2014


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PostPosted: 25 Mar 2013 11:16 
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jamwal wrote:
Interesting image related to number of nuclear weapons in existence:
http://i.imgur.com/HxjY8Ks.gif

Surprised to see only Agni -III and not Agni-I or Agni-II (which we operationalized long before Agni-III). Maybe if we include A-1 and A-2 the numbers would be way higher. what about gravity bombs? not accounted for here?


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The Chinese and Indian Warheads are ridiculously understated. China have 178 warheads and Pakistan having 90? and India having 50 warheads?


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China, Russia to Stand Together on Missile Defense in AsPac

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Russia and China will coordinate their reactions to US plans to boost its missile defense in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday.

The remarks follow Washington’s recent announcement this it has shelved plans for a European-based missile shield in favor of boosting its defenses in Alaska, which would give it coverage from a potential North Korean attack.

Beijing and Moscow oppose the deployment of missile shields, arguing that they undermine their own military strategies.

“The matter of missile defense has to do with global strategic balance, and China and Russia have similar views on it,” Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cheng Guoping said in Beijing.

“Russia and the People’s Republic of China have been cooperating on the matter for years, and we will only be strengthening collaboration in this direction,” he said.

US efforts to bolster its homeland missile defense follow threats by North Korea last week to attack the United States with its long-range missiles.

The US military intends to deploy 14 additional interceptors in Alaska by 2017 to counter the threat and install a radar station in Japan for early tracking of North Korean missiles.

Russian ambassador to China, Sergei Razov, also urged Moscow’s partners to “adjust their defense efforts to real challenges and threats” and said that no nation’s security effort should pose a threat to others.

Neither Cheng nor Razov elaborated on their countries’ possible reaction to US plans.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei earlier Monday said Washington’s adapted defense blueprint would “only intensify antagonism and not help to solve the problem.”

He also criticized “missile proliferation” in an apparent reference to North Korea’s December launch of a rocket to put a satellite into space that observers believe could serve as a precursor to Pyongyang developing the capability to launch long-range missiles.

Norther Korea carried out a nuclear test in February, prompting a new round of US-led international sanctions, which triggered the threats by North Korea to attack the United States.

Russia has for years vocally resisted US plans to deploy a missile shield in Eastern Europe, arguing that it would threaten the strategic parity between the two former Cold War foes.


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