BEIJING: China today announced testing of a new generation of inter-continental ballistic missile, Dongfeng-41, with a strike range of 14,000 km and capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads.
“China last month tested a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missile, the Dongfeng-41, or DF-41, which is believed to have a maximum strike distance of 14,000 km,” the state-run CCTV said in a brief report.
The television also showed a rare footage of its [...]
The Ministry of Defence is to abandon plans to buy the preferred fighter for the Royal Navy‘s new aircraft carriers, in an embarrassing U-turn for David Cameron.
The prime minister personally endorsed the decision to equip the over-budget carriers with “cats and traps” so they could catapult and recover a version of the F-35 joint strike fighter (JSF) from their decks.
But the cost of converting the carriers has already reached £2bn, [...]
Converting HMS Prince of Wales so that it can be used by the Joint Strike Fighter will require significantly less than the £2 billion quoted by officials, the assistant secretary of the US Navy, Sean J Stackley, insisted.
In a letter seen by The Daily Telegraph, he told Peter Luff, the defence procurement minister, that the necessary equipment would cost £458 million before installation. Defence experts estimate the installation cost at [...]
A possible UK decision to reverse a variant switch on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would not cause a problem for Lockheed Martin, according to one of the company’s senior programme officials.
Speculation has mounted over recent weeks that the UK government could backtrack on its decision to shift its interest in the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B to the C-model carrier variant. The move was included as part [...]
December 28, 2011
The new commander of the Guantanamo Bay prison is seeking to impose significant restrictions on the communications allowed between the lawyers and inmates at the US military base in Cuba.
The Pentagon-appointed lawyers representing five of the prisoners accused of helping to organize the September 11 attacks say the new rules would violate the attorney-client privilege and legal ethics, and deprive the prisoners of their constitutional right to [...]
CHINA-IRAN MISSILE SALES
China is continuing to provide advanced missiles and other conventional arms to Iran and may be doing so in violation of U.N. sanctions against the Tehran regime, according to a draft report by the congressional U.S.-China Commission.
“China continues to provide Iran with what could be considered advanced conventional weapons,” the report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission says.
According to the [...]
A leading internet security expert has warned that a cyber terrorist attack with “catastrophic consequences” looked increasingly likely in a world already in a state of near cyber war.
Eugene Kaspersky is not given to easy hyperbole. But the Russian maths genius who founded an internet security empire with a global reach, clutched at his thick mop of hair with both hands.
“I don’t want to speak about it. I don’t even [...]
(CNN) — Sony on Tuesday reported another security breach, saying 8,500 user accounts had been compromised.
The company said that Sony Music Entertainment Greece learned about the data breach late Sunday. It affected artist websites where fans can sign up for newsletters.
The sites were taken down immediately, the company said.
The compromised records contained email addresses, phone numbers, user names and passwords.
However, no credit card data was stolen.
The sites, [...]
COST-CUTTING Britain has been forced to go cap in hand to borrow a US spy plane to protect our ships in Libya.
Top Brass had to ask for help after last year’s controversial decision to axe Nimrods left the UK with NO airborne maritime surveillance capability.
A US Navy P-3 Orion is now keeping watch over HMS Liverpool, mine hunter HMS Brocklesby and nuclear sub HMS Triumph. It has [...]
You Don’t Know Where Your Drugs Come From And Neither Does The FDA; U.S. Imports 90 Percent Of Its Antibiotics (And Vitamin A) From China
“China has surpassed the United States as the world’s largest manufacturer of bulk drugs, vitamins and nutritional supplements and is now exporting a large portion of its production to the United States. Tens of millions of American consumers have no idea that the majority of the [...]
Defence insiders say as many as 12 of the weapons have been fired from the hunter–killer submarine Triumph in the past four days.
If this is correct, the Navy will have used up to 20 per cent of its 64 Tomahawks in the opening salvos of the war, leading to fears that it is “burning through” its armoury.
The situation could become an [...]