Get Ready, China Japan is Joining the Hypersonic Missile Club

Japan is developing its own hypersonic missile. Tokyo has allocated about $57 million in the 2019 defense budget to develop hypersonic weapons—which achieve speeds of Mach 5 or greater—according to UPI, citing Japan’s Kyodo News. “Japan’s defense ministry plans to build a prototype of a…

Chinese shipbuilder starts work on US$411 million submarine for Thai navy

Chinese shipbuilder starts work on US$411 million submarine for Thai navy China’s leading shipbuilder has begun the construction of a submarine for the Thai navy under a 13.5 billion Thai baht (US$411 million) deal agreed last year that observers say provides clear evidence of Beijing’s…

HOW INDIA CAN USE ‘SAGARMALA’ TO COUNTER CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

Hanoi, the capital of Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a country of some 95 million people, is the host of the 3rd Indian Ocean Conference. I have just returned to the conference after a visit to the most important monument in the country, at the Ba…

Pentagon Cuts off $300 mn Financial Aid to Pakistan over record on militants

The United States military has decided to cancel the financial aid worth 300 million USD to Pakistan due to the growing concerns regarding the latter’s failure to tackle the militants, according to an exclusive report by Reuters. Authored by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali, the…

Pakistan receives $439m in foreign loans in July

International creditors have disbursed $439 million loans to Pakistan last month, an amount that still seems insufficient to meet the country’s growing external sector requirements. About two-thirds of the total loans have been received from China against four projects, showed statistics compiled by the Ministry…

Pentagon preparing to test MQ-9 Reaper for missile defense missions

The Missile Defense Agency awarded General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems a $134 million dollar contract Aug. 21 for the development, integration, and flight testing of an advanced sensor in an MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle. The agency will test the MQ-9 with the advanced sensor “in realistic…

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin tapped to upgrade Javelin missile system

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon and Lockheed Martin’s joint venture company a $14,3 million modification (0003 11) to contract W31P4Q-17-D-0005 for Javelin Weapon System modernization engineering development. According to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Defense, announced Thursday, work on the contract will…