Russia war games: Black Sea Fleet fires terrifying cruise missiles in warning to ‘enemies’ | World | News

The crew of two Su-24M attack aircraft from the Black Sea Fleet’s naval aviation and air defence force simulated the enemy in the drills. These frigates are aimed at destroying the enemy surface ships and vessels, submarines and ground installations. They are armed with missiles which are able to strike targets from a distance of 2,600 km. The US defence officials have expressed concern about Kalibr’s long reach in the past. The fleet’s press office said: “In accordance with the combat training plan, the crew of the Black Sea Fleet…

South China Sea news: Beijing will not back down over territorial claims as tensions rise | World | News

The People’s Republic says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to them, a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016. However, Beijing has never recognised this court ruling, saying the court’s resolution runs counter to international law. On Tuesday China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Wu Haitao underlined Beijing’s potion during a speech at the UN General Assembly. He said: “China’s territorial claims and claims to marine rights and interests in the South China Sea are…

China vs USA: China orders all American computers to be trashed | World | News

The aim of the move is reportedly to increase China’s reliance on home-made technologies. But this is likely to hit US companies such as HP, Dell and Microsoft hard. Analysts at Jefferies say that US technology companies generate as much as $150bn a year in revenues from China. Paul Triolo of consultancy Eurasia Group told the FT: “The goal is clear: getting to a space largely free of the type of threats that ZTE, Huawei, Megvii, and Sugon now face.” This comes after US President Donald Trump’s administration banned US…

South China Sea: Washington admits antagonised Beijing closely monitoring US air force | World | News

Bombers, U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and RQ-4 Global Hawk drones conduct regular “freedom of navigation” operations in the skies above the disputed waters despite China’s deployment of air defence facilities on artificial islands and reefs in the area. General Charles Brown, commander of US Pacific Air Forces, said: “We’ve been flying in and around the South China Sea for really about the past 15 years. “And I would probably tell you we’ve done some as recently as this week.” General Brown said the warplanes were deployed alongside the US Navy’s anti-submarine…

South China Sea crisis: How US submarines could clash with Chinese vessels | World | News

The presence of Chinese submarines does not match the US, in the same way Washington enjoys military superiority in all areas. But as Beijing begins to invest heavily in its development of weaponry, submarine presence could be another area of intense contest as both the US and China look to assert their dominance. The US has sought to disrupt China‘s grip over the key Spratly Islands chain, but some analysts have suggested that this could spark retaliation from Beijing. This could involve the Chinese Navy pushing its submarines further out…

South China Sea crisis: How US-Vietnam boat deal signals devastating blow to China | World | News

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper confirmed that the boat would be granted to Vietnam in a bid to help the Asian country combat China’s recurring entry into the country’s economic exclusion zone, resulting in standoffs and political fallout. Mr Esper also called out Beijing for “bullying” smaller nations in the region, adding that “China’s unilateral efforts to assert illegitimate maritime claims threaten other nations’ access to vital natural resources, undermine the stability of regional energy markets, and increase the risk of conflict.” While the rhetoric remains typically fraught with hostile…

World War 3 – China’s new wonder weapon that could destroy the west | World | News

The weapon is the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) most powerful multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) ever, capable of firing eight 370mm rockets 350km or two 750mm ballistic missiles 500km. A leading American military magazine, ‘Modern Ships’, has made the claim after examining footage of the parade where the weapon passed by largely anonymously. A commentator for state broadcaster Chinese CCTV described it only as a “self-propelled rocket launcher with precision strike capability”. But ‘Modern Weapons’ challenged that statement stressing the systems impressively destructive capabilities. Whilst it remains unknown how many…

World War 3: Nuclear missile panic as Israel fires mystery rocket ‘aimed at Iran’ | World | News

Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif argued Israel’s latest military test was more concerning than they had let on and hinted at it being a nuclear missile warning. Israel’s Ministry of Defence wrote on their Twitter page yesterday: “A few minutes ago, the defence establishment conducted a test of a rocket propulsion system, from a base in central Israel. The test was pre-determined and took place according to plan.”  Mr Zarif said: “Today tested a nuke-missile, aimed at Iran.” He also lamented that the West does not complain “about the only nuclear…

China warning: USA military expansion in Asia ‘fraught with tension’, says expert | World | News

Tensions in the region have increased in recent years, with the Chinese fortifying a large number of uninhabited islands in the South China Sea, over which the country asserts a territorial claim. The US has on a number of occasions sailed warships through the waterway, much to the annoyance of Beijing. Eugene Gholz, an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, who recently participated in a seminar hosted by the US-based Stimson Centre looking at possible ways forward, told Express.co.uk: “I think there is…

China plans monstrous new nuclear weapons facility to dwarf US rival | World | News

The Chinese military is building a colossal power facility designed to test the conditions of a nuclear weapon strike, similar to the existing Z Pulsed Power Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The US’ facility, according to Sandia National Laboratory, is the world’s most powerful and efficient laboratory radiation source. A report reads: “It uses high magnetic fields associated with high electrical currents to produce high temperatures, high pressures, and powerful X-rays for research in high energy density science. “The Z machine creates conditions found nowhere else on Earth.” But this…