Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese aircraft enter air defence zone

Taiwan’s air force has scrambled once again to warn off 19 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, according to its defence ministry, in the latest uptick in tensions across the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese aircraft included 12 J-16 fighters and two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers, the ministry said on Thursday. Last Friday, the ministry said that Taiwan’s air force warned away 10 Chinese aircraft that entered its air zone in a similar incident. It involved six J-16 and two J-11 fighters along with one anti-submarine and one reconnaissance aircraft, according to the ministry. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained of repeated missions … Continue reading Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese aircraft enter air defence zone

Taiwan eyes $8.7bn arms deal as it warns of ‘severe threats’

Taiwan has proposed spending an extra 240 billion Taiwan dollars ($8.69bn) on defence over the next five years including on new missiles, warning of the urgent need to upgrade weapons in the face of “severe threats” from China, which claims the island as its own.Taiwan has already put into service a new class of highly agile stealth warships, which Taiwan refers to as an ‘aircraft carrier killer’ due to its missile complement, and is developing its own submarines Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who first came to office in 2016, has made modernizing the armed forces and increasing defence spending a … Continue reading Taiwan eyes $8.7bn arms deal as it warns of ‘severe threats’

Taiwan jets land on highway for Chinese invasion wargame

Fighter jets practised landing on a highway in southern Taiwan on Wednesday as part of an annual live-fire military exercise that simulates defending the island against an invasion by China.A US-made F16 fighter jet takes off from a motorway in Pingtung, southern Taiwan Democratic Taiwan lives under constant threat of invasion by Beijing, which claims the island as part of its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary.Taiwanese airforce fighter jets and an E-2K Early Warning Aircraft land and take off on a motorway in an exercise simulating a mock attack by enemies destroying … Continue reading Taiwan jets land on highway for Chinese invasion wargame

Taiwan says 19 Chinese warplanes entered air defence zone

Taiwan has said a large incursion of Chinese military jets flew into its air defence zone on Sunday. The defence ministry said 19 aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered its so-called air defence identification zone (ADIZ). Taipei has been complaining for more than a year about repeated missions by China’s air force near the island. China sees democratic Taiwan as a breakaway province, but Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign state. Taiwan’s defence ministry said Sunday’s mission by the Chinese air force involved four H-6 bombers which can carry nuclear weapons as well as an anti-submarine aircraft. The ministry … Continue reading Taiwan says 19 Chinese warplanes entered air defence zone

S Korea developing missile as powerful as nuclear weapon

South Korea is in the final stages of developing a surface-to-surface ballistic missile as powerful as a tactical nuclear warhead, Yonhap news agency reported, as the country unveiled budget proposals aimed at bolstering its defences against North Korea. According to the report published on Thursday, the new weapon can carry a warhead of up to three tonnes with a flight range of 350 to 400 km (217 to 248 miles). The missile is designed to destroy underground missile facilities and bases by penetrating underground tunnels to effectively nullify nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) ahead of their launches. The report … Continue reading S Korea developing missile as powerful as nuclear weapon

5 missing after a US Navy helicopter crashed off San Diego

A US Navy helicopter crashed into the sea off San Diego, and five crew members are missing. The US 3rd Fleet said in a statement that one crew member was rescued after Tuesday’s crash, and that “search efforts continue for five additional crewmembers.” It said that the MH-60S helicopter, which was embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, crashed into the Pacific Ocean while conducting “routine flight operations” around 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego at 4:30 p.m. local time. The search effort involves the Coast Guard and the Navy, the fleet said. This is a developing story……. Continue reading 5 missing after a US Navy helicopter crashed off San Diego

Armenia says 3 soldiers killed in gun battle with Azeri forces

Armenia has said three of its soldiers were killed and two wounded in border clashes with Azerbaijani forces in some of the heaviest fighting between the two neighbours since last year’s six-week war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. In separate statements on Wednesday, the defence ministries of both countries blamed the other side for initiating the clashes. Armenia’s defence ministry said an intense gun battle had taken place near the village of Sotk close to the border with Azerbaijan’s Kelbajar region, one of those Baku reclaimed after the war that claimed some 6,500 lives. “The Azerbaijani side is deliberately escalating … Continue reading Armenia says 3 soldiers killed in gun battle with Azeri forces

Russia sends fighter jets to intercept U.S. strategic bombers

Russia’s defense ministry has said it scrambled fighter jets to escort U.S. bombers over the Bering Sea in the country’s far east, as tensions between Moscow and Washington continue to ramp up. Moscow said on Thursday that it sent MiG-31 and Su-35 fighters to accompany the U.S. Air Force’s B-52-N strategic bombers over the Bering Sea, which separates North America from Russia. “Russian airspace control devices over the neutral waters of the Bering Sea detected three air targets approaching the state border of the Russian Federation,” Russia’s defense ministry said in a statement. The ministry said that after the U.S. aircraft … Continue reading Russia sends fighter jets to intercept U.S. strategic bombers

Afghan soldiers flee to Tajikistan after Taliban clashes

More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers have fled to neighbouring Tajikistan after clashing with Taliban militants, officials have said. The troops retreated over the border to “save their own lives”, according to a statement by Tajikistan’s border guard. Violence has risen in Afghanistan and the Taliban have been making significant gains, particularly in the north of the country, in recent weeks. The surge comes as the US, UK and allies withdraw after 20 years. The vast majority of remaining foreign forces in Afghanistan have left ahead of a September deadline. There are concerns that the Afghan military, who were supposed to … Continue reading Afghan soldiers flee to Tajikistan after Taliban clashes

German soldiers recalled from Lithuania over Hitler birthday song

Some 30 German soldiers are being recalled from service in Lithuania, with ringleaders facing immediate dismissal, after they were accused of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks and of sexual violence, a German military spokesperson said. The soldiers were in Lithuania as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission providing protection to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia by deterring Russia. Der Spiegel earlier reported that some German soldiers had got so drunk in a hotel that military police had to be called. Further investigations found that soldiers had sung a birthday song for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler at an earlier gathering. Beyond … Continue reading German soldiers recalled from Lithuania over Hitler birthday song

Canada military’s second-in-command resigns over golf game

The Canadian military’s second-in-command has resigned after playing golf with the country’s former defence chief, who is under investigation for sexual misconduct. Lieutenant General Mike Rouleau said he invited General Jonathan Vance to play golf “to ensure his wellness”. In his former role, Lt Gen Rouleau had authority over military investigators looking at the case against Gen Vance. Lt Gen Rouleau said the pair did not discuss details of the investigation. But he admitted that his decision had “intensified recent events and contributed to further erosion of trust” in the military. Gen Vance, who retired in January, has denied the … Continue reading Canada military’s second-in-command resigns over golf game

Marine General relived of duty after training incident in California killed 9 soldiers

The Marine Corps announced on Wednesday that the former Commanding General of 1st Marine Division is being relieved of duty pending an ongoing investigation into a training accident that killed nine troops off the coast of southern California last summer. Maj. Gen. Robert F. Castellvi has been suspended from his position as inspector general of the Marine Corps since April, and will now be temporarily relieved of duty for failing to give troops proper training, the Associated Press reported. Assistant Commandant Gen. Gary Thomas said 11 other Marine officials have previously been removed from their jobs or received disciplinary action, … Continue reading Marine General relived of duty after training incident in California killed 9 soldiers