Russia has a new strategic nuclear submarine that can shoot lighter Bulava missiles even when moving and even when under the Arctic Ice, according to a Russian political news portal, PRAVDA.ru. This new submarine is named Vladimir Monomakh and will be in the hands of the Navy of Russia by mid-December. Vladimir Monomakh is just the first round of the many nuclear submarines of its type under the Russia’s Project 955 Borei.
Submarines under the Project 955 will all be equipped with “ascending rescue chambers.” The next in the project is a submarine to be called Knyaz Vladimir that is going to be the first among the many coming submarines that will be equipped with 20 Bulava missile pits, PRAVDA.ru said in its report.
A fleet of Russian warships continued to steam south closer to the G20 host city of Brisbane on Thursday as experts stressed the show of force was aimed at the world as a whole, not just Australia.
Reports indicate that Australia is sending two additional warships to its surveillance mission, with supply ship the HMAS Sirius joining the HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Stuart, and the HMAS Sydney preparing to also potentially join them.
Defence sources said the four ships, which include the Pacific flagship missile cruiser Varyag, were on a course that would put them in international waters off Brisbane by the time the international gathering gets under way on the weekend. Continue reading
China is the last nation on earth to care about ‘climate change’, as evidenced in their blatant flouting of international treaties year in and year out on pollution reduction. Like Iran, who has masked the launching of ICBMs with a ‘scientific’ facade, complete with chimpanzes and rats, China is masking its future military power projection over the Antarctic under the guise of ‘science’. At the very least, China is likely installing a monitoring station focused on the southern hemisphere and laying stake to a piece of one of the world’s last undeveloped and strategically critical regions.
Chinese researchers have sought environmental approval for a new climate change research station in Antarctica.
Under the Antarctic treaty regulations, Australian officials are responsible for environmental approval of such projects. Continue reading
Australian academics have pointed to dangers that Antarctic bases are for the first time being militarised, despite the continent officially being called a land of peace and science.
Satellite systems at polar bases could be used to control offensive weapons, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and little could be done to prevent it due to the loose nature of the Antarctic Treaty rules.
The report highlights a Chinese base inland in the Australian Antarctic Territory for its satellite intelligence gathering potential and also flags Iran’s recent interest in establishing a polar presence. Continue reading