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Taiwan Has a Plan to Find (And Destroy) China's Stealth Fighters

The Taiwanese military will deploy mobile passive radar systems to fend off stealth aircraft from China after rumors Beijing may dispatch its J-20 fighters to circumnavigate the island.

Two radar units – developed by the ministry-affiliated Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology – would be deployed some time this year for operational testing, with mass production and deployment expected by 2020, the Taipei-based Liberty Times quoted a defense ministry official as saying.

100 Years Ago, British and German Tanks Clashed in the First Tank Battle in History

One hundred years ago, on the evening of April 23, 1918, a thousand German artillery pieces unleashed a holocaust of high explosive shells and mustard gas around the French town of Villers-Bretonneux. Imperial Germany had launching a last-ditch Spring Offensive in the sector around Amiens in an attempt to defeat French and British forces before U.S. reinforcements could tilt the balance of power against them.

Why the Glock 17, Sig P226 and CZ 75 Are 3 of the Best Guns on the Planet

The P226 was an evolution of the Sig P220, a postwar favorite of Western and Western-oriented (such as Japan) armies worldwide. The pistol is a so-called double-action design, meaning a single long pull of the trigger will both cock the pistol and release the firing pin, firing the pistol. Users can also operate the Sig in single action mode, in which the pistol is manually cocked and a shorter trigger pull releases the firing pin. The pistol is equipped with a side-mounted decocker for lowering the hammer without firing.

Iran Still Uses Navy F-14 Tomcats (And Is Making Them Even More Deadly)

Tomcats have led the effort to intercept these drones. In the early 2000s, the Iranian air force stationed an F-14 squadron in Bushehr, the site of Iran’s first nuclear reactor. That squadron eventually disbanded as its Tomcats fell into disrepair, but other F-14 squadrons maintained vigil over Bushehr and two other atomic facilities as U.S. spy flights continued to probe the sites, trying to glean intelligence on Iran’s nuclear efforts.

China’s First Homemade Carrier Is Conducting Sea Trials

The first aircraft carrier made in China’s headed into open waters on Sunday morning for its first sea trial, away from prying eyes in the Bohai Sea, a gulf surrounded by Chinese territory.

The new carrier embarked on its maiden voyage after weeks of preparations as rumors spread about the vessel’s first sea trials.

All S-400 Parts on Order from Russia Reportedly Delivered to China

Russia may have just finished shipping its ace S-400 Triumf self-propelled anti-aircraft systems to China, after three Russian vessels carrying what were believed to be S-400 regimental core components including a control station, radars, fuel, launch-silo parts and other auxiliary equipment sailed into an unspecified Chinese port last month, according to Russian news agency TASS.

A third and final ship recently arrived in China as well, an unnamed military diplomatic source told TASS.

Will Xi Jinping Join the Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore?

Rumor has it that Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in Singapore at the same time US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are holding the first-ever summit between the leaders of their respective nations.

The summit is set to take place on June 12, in Singapore.

Last Friday, Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun’s  Washington correspondent cited a National Security Council source saying “there is a possibility” of a third country’s leader taking part, and identifying that leader as China’s president, Xi.

From twosome to threesome?

Why India Should Fear China’s Growing Naval Power

As things stand, the Indian Navy is intent on emphasising its pre-eminent status in the Indian Ocean. Even so, the task of constantly patrolling the South Asian seas is imposing a heavy burden on naval frontline assets. The sheer magnitude of the task has led Admiral Sunil Lanba, head of the Indian Navy, to observe that even though Indian warships were monitoring the pattern and periodicity of extra-regional deployments, it is clear the People’s Liberation Army Navy is here to stay in the Indian Ocean.