It seems that Japan is developing plans to craft its own Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy—or what one former Japanese official describes as “maritime supremacy and air superiority”—against the Chinese Navy.
The plan itself, detailed by Reuters, makes a tremendous amount of good sense:
“Tokyo is responding by stringing a line of anti-ship, anti-aircraft missile batteries along 200 islands in the East China Sea stretching 1,400 km (870 miles) from the country’s mainland toward Taiwan. . .
Ironically, as the article mentions the European Army, it could come to fruition in the form of compromise. America created ISIS to take Syria down. Ukraine was also swiped away from Russia in order to keep the Soviets from forming a wedge between NATO and a Germany’s Fourth Reich-dominated Europe.
In return, Russia has sent nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, it’s strategic enclave right in the Mediterranean. Now as Russia’s making it known it can have a substantial and strategic military foothold right next to the heart of Europe, European leaders might find themselves joining the team instead of trying to beat them.
Russia is playing the Wests game and winning. Eventually the West will be kicked out of Europe as Germany wants to stand on its own and finds that in its best interests it should side with Russia and combine forces.
So, if you’re looking at an European Army, Russia could very well be part of the strategic shift taking place as we speak. Only time will tell how it actually forms, but it’s clear at this moment that a shift is heading in this direction.
Just days after Russia lifted sanctions on providing anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, Reuters reports that The Greeks are in talks with Russia to purchase missiles for the S-300 defense system. Greece, a NATO member, has been in possession of the advanced Russian-made systems since the late 1990s and in a defiant show of independence towards Troika, is now negotiating with Russia for the purchase of additional missiles and for their maintenance. Continue reading
Israeli air force jets bombed trucks carrying Syrian missiles bound for Hizbullah’s warehouses in Lebanon, according to Syrian opposition sources. The sources, were cited Sunday by Voice of Israel radio’s Arabic-language service, which was quoted by i24 News.
The Friday night bombing reportedly targeted a Syrian military base near the town of Quneitra, not far from the Golan Heights cease-fire line. Continue reading
AFP – Saudi Arabia plans to supply the Syrian opposition with anti-aircraft missiles to counter President Bashar al-Assad’s air force, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday.
The article, citing a classified report received by the German foreign intelligence service and the German government last week, said Riyadh was looking at sending European-made Mistral-class MANPADS, or man-portable air-defence systems. Continue reading
Brazil agreed Wednesday to open talks with Russia on buying surface-to-air missile batteries.
The deal was reached in the presence of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer, with negotiations due to start in March, the foreign ministry said. Continue reading
…and now for a second time. These recent escalations can only continue for so long before it turns into a full-scale war, which will likely light the entire middle east on fire.
Turkey’s military has returned fire across the border after a Syrian mortar round again landed on Turkish soil, television channels say.
The incident happened in southern Hatay province on Friday afternoon, Turkish media said. No injuries were reported.
On Wednesday Syrian mortar fire killed five Turkish civilians in the town of Akcakale. Continue reading
Islamic insurgents have deployed surface-to-air missiles in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for attacks on Israel, a report said.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy said Hamas has joined with Bedouin insurgents to establish Sinai as a venue for SAM attacks on Israeli civilian and military aircraft. In a report, the institute said the insurgency network was believed to have acquired a range of Russian-origin air defense systems.
“This flow of arms, which includes advanced Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 missiles capable of reaching the outskirts of Tel Aviv, has been supplemented by equipment smuggled from Libya, such as the fairly advanced Russian-made SA-14, SA-16, and SA-18 anti-aircraft missiles, which could pose a threat to Israeli aircraft and the Eilat airport,” the report, titled “Sinai: A New Front,” said.
Full article: Hamas, insurgents basing SAMs in Sinai for attacks on Israel (World Tribune)