China, Russia experiencing ‘highest period of military co-operation’, says US report

China and Russia are experiencing what is arguably their “highest period of bilateral [military] co-operation”, according to a 20 March report published by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Continue reading

PLA targets Vietnam in S China Sea exercise, US in E China Sea

The People’s Liberation Army Navy last week held large-scale military exercises in the East China and South China seas, according to Sina’s military news web portal.

The targets of the two military exercises were not announced in the PLA press release. Military affairs websites have suggested that the South China Sea exercise is likely aimed at territory within what China calls the “first island chain” — the term the Chinese military uses to refer to the string of archipelagos extending from the Kuril islands south through Japan and its Ryukyu islands, Taiwan and the Philippines — likely in preparation for a potential scenario in which a US aircraft carrier war fleet break through the first island chain. Although this is a reasonable assumption, in a real combat scenario, relying on anti-ship missiles, conventional submarine-launched missiles and air-launched cruise missiles with a range of just 300 kilometers to take on a carrier fleet means that all the warships, planes and submarines would have to penetrate the carrier fleet’s outer defenses and approach its inner defenses to fire their payload. This kind of scenario is hard to imagine playing out in reality, given the naval power of the US. Continue reading

Russia Plans Joint Military Drills with N.Korea

Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said at a meeting with top brass at the Russian Defense Ministry on Friday that he would hold talks with defense ministry officials from Brazil, Cuba, North Korea and Vietnam, adding Russia would stage joint drills with those countries mobilizing its Army, Navy, and Air Force.

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U.S.: Russian planes spotted near California, Guam

A lot of people might say ‘so what’ and dismiss any threat as the Russians are using Cold War era bombers. The planes themselves may not be the threat, however, the nuclear capable missiles they carry are. Slow and aged Russian bombers don’t even need to be anywhere near the coastal areas of America to launch advanced radar evading missiles from planes that can reach all of the country within minutes. Meanwhile, the United States is down to under 800 nuclear warheads while the Soviet collection ranges from 6,000 – 10,000.

Russians increase air activity as a show of force, gathering intel, says U.S. air forces chief.

The head of U.S. air forces in the Pacific said on Monday that Russia’s intervention in Ukraine had been accompanied by a significant increase in Russian air activity in the Asia-Pacific region in a show of strength and to gather intelligence.

General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle said the activity had included Russian flights to the coast of California, and around the U.S. Pacific island of Guam. Continue reading

Federation uniting former Soviet republic is only way to end crisis in Ukraine, Russia says

Russia on Sunday set out demands for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, saying the former Soviet republic should be unified in a federation allowing wide autonomy to its various regions as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Paris in another bid to calm tensions.

After a brief call on French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Kerry sat down with Lavrov at the residence of the Russian ambassador to France to go over Moscow’s response to a U.S. plan to de-escalate the situation as Russian troops continue to mass along the Ukrainian border. Continue reading

PLA staging large night-landing drills in Bohai, Yellow Sea

The People’s Liberation Army has launched a large-scale night-landing military exercise in the Bohai Sea and the northern part of the Yellow Sea, state media reported.

It was the first military exercise conducted by the PLA since the conclusion of the third plenum of the Communist Party’s Central Committee a week ago in Beijing. Continue reading

Russian military exercises trigger Baltic concern

MOSCOW Baltic officials said Friday regional security had been weakened as Russia led military exercises on their doorstep involving almost 12,000 troops.

A week of land and sea manoeuvres began Friday as part of biennial exercises with Belarus, Russia’s Defence Ministry said on its website.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which regained independence in 1991 after half a century of Soviet rule, joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2004 amid Russian opposition. Continue reading

Russia flexes its military muscles in Siberia

Russia has started its biggest military exercises since the Soviet era, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region in a massive show of strength.

Dozens of Russia’s Pacific Fleet ships and 130 combat aircraft also took part in the exercise, which continue throughout this week. President Vladimir Putin yesterday watched some of the drills on Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, where thousands of troops were ferried and airlifted from the mainland. Continue reading

China to Bolster Defense Ties With Post-Soviet States

From the state-run (KGB/FSB) propaganda outlet, Ria Novosti:

BISHKEK, June 26 (RIA Novosti) – Beijing is committed to boosting its defense collaboration with member states of a post-Soviet security group that includes Russia, China’s defense minister said Wednesday.

Joint military exercises as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which also includes Kyrgyzstan and neighboring Central Asian states, are a “real necessity” for ensuring regional peace and stability and “enhancing political and strategic confidence,” Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said on an official visit to Bishkek. Continue reading

Polska Times: Belarus to rehearse nuclear attack on Warsaw

This is more or less Russia doing the string pulling, not Belarus, although it is in the Soviet proxy sphere of influence.

The West is becoming more and more alarmed about Zapad 2013 war games.

NATO troops will carry out military exercises in Poland practising defence of Estonia, while Belarus and Russia will repel an imaginary attack from Poland: They plan to rehearse a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Warsaw, Polska Times reports.

Tension between Russia and NATO has been growing since the beginning of the year. The Alliance prepares for Steadfast Jazz 2013 military exercises that will take place in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, while Belarus and Russia will carry out Zapad 2013 war games. Continue reading

North Korean military cleared to wage nuclear war on U.S.

PAJU, South Korea — North Korea warned early Thursday that its military has been cleared to attack the U.S. using “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear” weapons, while the U.S. said it was strengthening protection in the region and seeking to defuse the situation.

The strident warning from Pyongyang is the latest escalating threats from North Korea, which has railed against joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises taking place in South Korea and has expressed anger over tightened sanctions for its February nuclear test. Continue reading

Practice Run — Strategic U.S. bombers fly practice nuclear strikes in Korea

United States B-52 bombers carried out simulated nuclear bombing raids on North Korea as part of ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises, Pentagon officials said on Monday.

Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters that B-52 bombers from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a training mission over South Korea March 8 during war games known as Exercise Foal Eagle. Continue reading

India and Russia to hold joint military exercise

The exercise, codenamed as Indra-2012 will start from this month 7th. More than 250 soldiers are expected to take place in the exercise, which will take place in the Siberian republic of Buryatia. The exercise will go on for 10 days, ending on August 16. Indra-2012 is one of the several bilateral military exercises between India and Russia planned for this year.

From the Indian side, in addition to the army, a contingent from the Indian Air Force (IAF) will also be taking part in the operations. The Ilyushin Il-76 multi-purpose strategic airlifter is likely to reach Russia by next week. The army contingent will be commanded by Additional Director General (Mechanised Forces) Maj Gen R S Chand. Troops from the 16 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, Army Medical Corps, 14th Mechanised Infantry, Parachute Regiment, and Artillery are likely to take part from the Indian side.

From the Russian side, hundreds of soldiers will take part, in addition to the armored infantry vehicles and Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). Troops from the Russian Special Forces are also likely to take part in the exercises. The Indian troops will be given the opportunity to use Russian equipment during the drills.

This is the fourth “Indra” exercises to be conducted by India and Russia. The first exercise was carried out in the Indian state of Rajasthan, in 2005. The Russian province of Pskov hosted the second event, while the third one took place in Kumaon, India.

Full article: India and Russia to hold joint military exercise (Indian Defence)

DEBKAfile: Simultaneous Iranian, Syrian military exercises – unprecedented

Although Iran completed a missile drill as recently as July 5, it is launching another big exercise Monday, July 8, against alien aircraft and missile incursions. Never before have Iranian and Syrian armed forces carried out simultaneous and coordinated exercises. They are both devoted to the same objective of repelling foreign intervention, having apparently accepted the Russian intelligence presumption that Western military intervention in Syria would create a beachhead for attacking Iran.

Full article: DEBKAfile: Simultaneous Iranian, Syrian military exercises – unprecedented (DEBKAfile)

Greece enters into ‘strategic alliance’ with Israel

Greece has reported forming a strategic alliance with Israel.

Officials said Athens and Jerusalem launched strategic cooperation over the last year. They said the cooperation included military exercises, strategic dialogue and intelligence exchanges on regional threats.

Officials said Avramopoulos sought U.S. help to enhance regional cooperation that would include Israel. They said Greece wanted to ensure the safety of energy exploration projects in the eastern Mediterranean, particularly off the coast of the Republic of Cyprus. Turkey, asserting the exploration violated its sovereignty, has sent warships to disrupt the projects.

Full article: Greece enters into ‘strategic alliance’ with Israel (World Tribune)