Is China’s lone aircraft carrier is nightmare for its own fighter jets?

According to Geopolitical analysts China could use its lone aircraft carrier Liaoning to showcase its supremacy on South china sea and to frighten who claim the sea their territory.

But before that let’s have a brief look on this aircraft carrier. The Liaoning was born as “Riga” in Soviet Union for Soviet Navy, She is a Sister Ship of Admiral Kuznetsov (Now Russia’s only carrier) and has similar characteristics and capabilities.

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning

It was launched in 1988, and renamed “Varyag” two years later. Its Owner ship was transferred to Ukraine when it was only 68% completed in 1992. Later on it was bought by Hongkong Company,  Chong lot travel agency in US dollar 20 million and inducted in Chinese Navy in 2012, after 24  years of its launch.

It can carry a total of 36 aircraft, including 24 J-15 fighter jets and number of military helicopters. It is conventionally powered with steam turbines and can reach maximum speed of 28 knots(51.9 km/hr) but it lags behind the US’s many nuclear powered carrier.

17 year experienced Veteran Chinese pilot Surnamed XU reported that ski- jump take off from carrier is “much easier than landing.” The aircraft carrier has an extremely short takeoff space which makes flying out a lot trickier than coming home to base. Fighter Jets like much new age and much touted J-15 fighter may need to get rid off weapons and fuels in order to shoot off from aircraft carrier. It is not best suited for landing for latest Jets.

Varyag before it became Liaoning

Unlike the Kuznetsov, which carries surface attack cruise missiles Liaoning is only equipped with air defence weapons and must use its aircraft for surface attack.

Although Liaoning is in service China is preparing its second aircraft – Codenamed type 001.

 

Russia’s new Air-Launched Ballistic Missile will be unveiled to public at Military Parade in Moscow

The Russian Aerospace Forces publicly will display its new air-launched ballistic missile, called the Kinzhal, for the first time during the grand Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9.

Russia is going to unveil its new KH-47M2 Kinzhal (Dagger) precision-guided ballistic missile launches from the MiG-31 interceptor aircraft at the vast Victory Parade on May 9 to commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany. A pair of Russia’s modified MiG-31BM supersonic interceptor aircraft with a mass-scale model of the hypersonic rocket will fly for the first time over Moscow’s Red Square during the Victory Parade on May 9, the RG.ru announced on 15 April.

In an interview with a TASS on 1 March, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Force Colonel General Sergei Surovikin has revealed some details of the new KH-47M2 Kinzhal complex.

According to Sergei Surovikin, the new Russian  KH-47M2 Kinzhal has been developed on the basis of the upgraded Mikoyan MiG-31 aircraft. The new system designed for a strike at targets at a distance of over 2,000 km that allows manned aircraft remain at a safe distance.

According to Russian industry sources, the Kinzhal is based on the 9M723-1F variant of the 9M723-1 missile – as used by the 9K720 Iskander-M short-range road-mobile ballistic missile system – and modified for air-launch without major changes in its architecture.

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov has confirmed that Kinzhal missiles are capable of hitting both stationary and moving targets, including enemy aircraft carriers, destroyers and cruisers.

The length of the KH-47M2 is about three meters, externally it is distinguished by the air intake of the ramjet air-jet engine projecting at the bottom – a similar configuration is used on the latest strategic missiles KH-101. The speed of the new missile exceeds 4 Mach. One of the carriers of the new weapon also will be the Su-57 fighter.

This article is written by Dylan Malyasov (Editor-in-Chief Defence-Blog)

Russia is threatening to supply long-range air defence systems to Syria

Russia stated the possibility of long-range air defence systems supplied for the Syrian Arab Armed Forces.

Moscow may consider supplying S-300 surface to-air missile systems to Syria and “other countries”, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi told a televised briefing on Saturday.

Russia had “refused” supplying those missiles to Syria a few years ago, he added, “taking into account the pressing request of some of our Western partners”.

According to source in Russia’s Defence Ministry, Russia would deliver S-300PM1/2 and S-300PS air defence systems to Syria free of charge. To date, Syrian Arab Armed Forces have ageing S-125, S-200, Kvadrat and upgraded Buk., Pechora and new Pantsir air defence systems.

The most up-to-date system that Moscow has supplied to the Syrian regime is the short range Pantsir S-1, which has shot down drones and missiles that have flown over Syria. But only the advanced S-300 would be a major upgrade to Syrian air defenses and pose a threat to the USA and Israeli fighter jets and cruise missiles as the long-range missile defense system can track objects like aircraft and ballistic missiles over a range of 300 kilometers.

The S-300 system was developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles for the Soviet Air Defence Forces. Subsequent variations were developed to intercept ballistic missiles. The S-300 system was first deployed by the Soviet Union in 1979, designed for the air defence of large industrial and administrative facilities, military bases and control of airspace against enemy strike aircraft.

This article is written by Dylan Malyasov (Editor-in-Chief Defence-Blog)

Chinese MoD releases Imagery showing group of Newest Y-9 Transport Aircraft

Chinese Ministry of Defence (MoD) or, more precisely, the Ministry of National Defense People’s Republic of China released imagery showing the big group of the newest transport aircraft, called the Y-9, being used during a flight training exercise on April 10, 2018. 

According to the press department of the Chinese MoD, a group of newest Y-9 transport aircraft attached to an aviation division of the air force under the PLA Western Theater Command taxi take part in a flight training exercise on April 10, 2018.

The Y-9 is one of the most modern transport aircraft on the service of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. It is a medium-sized, medium-range transport aircraft produced by Shaanxi Aircraft Company and developed on the Soviet Antonov An-12 bases.

The Y-9 is powered by four Wojiang FWJ-6C turboprop engines, and equipped with 6-bladed JL-4 composite propellers. The tail ramp is capable of handling vehicle cargo. The aircraft is capable of transporting 25 tons of cargo, or configured with 106 troop seats in the troop transport role, or 72 stretchers for the medical evacuation role, or up to 132 armed paratroopers in the para-drop role. The dimension of the cargo bay is 16.2m X 3.2m X 2.35m (length X width X height).

This article is written by Colton Jones (Author Defence-Blog)

Air Strikes by the US and Its Allies in Syria in response of Chemical Attacks

In the biggest intervention by western powers US, British and French forces against Syrian president Bashar Al Assad they pounded Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to poison gas attacks that killed many innocent people last week.

On Late Friday, Donald Trump announced the military action from the White house on Syria in response of Chemical attacks last week.

 

Syria seven year old civil war has pitted the US and its allies against Russia which itself intervened in the war in 2015 to back Assad.

 

Their targets were one scientific facility base near the capital Damascus and the two storage facilities in the City of Homs.

Air strike which lasted for 70 minutes includes Naval and Air force units of these countries. 4 RAF Tornadoes targeted at  15 miles west of Homs where it is thought that Assad’s regime is stockpiling chemical weapons.

Damascus after missile attack

The cruise missile is 5 metre(16 feet) long and has range of 300 miles. They had already been programmed to find their target using global positioning system (GPS).

British Prime minister Theresa May called this attack ‘right and legal’ and strikes were not about intervening in a Civil war or regime change but to ensure Chemical weapons were not used again.

 

She also said”There is no graver decision for a Prime minister than to commit our forces to combat and this is the first time I have to do so”.

Donald Trump commented “response of evil and despicable” chemical attacks.

He said: ” The purpose of our actions is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons establishing this deterrent is a vital national security of the US”.

To Iran and Russia I ask what kind of regime wants to be assosciated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children.

“The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No state can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murdered dictators.

While French president Emmanuel Macron said” The fact and the responsibility of the Syrian regime(for Saturday’s attack) are not in any doubt. The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed.

Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the US condemned the attack and said “there would be consequences. The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard. A Pre -designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible”.

Vladimir Putin said it had a destructive influence on the entire system of international relations and would called for an emergency meeting of United Nation of Security Council.

Although Syrian state media called the airstrike ” flagrant violation of international law”, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Israel, a close US ally, and NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg supported the air strikes in order to degrade the Assad’s regime ability to launch chemical weapons against its own people.