US destroys mock ICBM

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Turning a significant milestone, US military destroyed a mock Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) high above the Pacific on Tuesday. The ground-based mid-course defense (GMD) system used a five-foot “kill vehicle” released from a larger ground-based interceptor missile to obliterate the mock ICBM.

The mock threat was launched from Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in Marshall Islands, while the Interceptor was launched from a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The test was scheduled for last year, however it was called off due to engineering changes to be made in the interceptor. The missile could be used in any North Korean ICBM attack, if it happens any-day.

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I mean, just when North Korea thought they had perfected the ICBM. Although I really though that the US had had these capabilities since before. But that’s good to know, it has it for sure now.

Indian defense companies to work with foreign companies

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On Wednesday, India approved a policy to boost local defense manufacturing by effectively picking industry champions that would want to tie up with key foreign defense companies to manufacture submarines, fighter jets, helicopters and armored vehicles in the country.

India is looking forward to spend about $250 billion in the next 10 years on it’s military, and the major priority for it is to boost local manufacturing to create more jobs and more affordable defense products.

Under the “Strategic Partnership” model, the government will shortlist and then pick Indian companies to join forces with foreign firms. The winners will be guaranteed billions of dollars of orders to incentivize them to manufacture.

Currently, the Indian defence manufacturing is dominated by state-run firms which are criticized for poor performance. Private firms such as Larsen & Turbo, Mahindra Group, Tata Group, Reliance Group and Adani Group, are working hard for the defense tenders too.

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This is an amazing opportunity for foreign firms to collaborate with Indian firms. And India trying to rise up in military power is a major decision, considering it often finds itself in conflict with it’s neighboring countries.

China captures US unmanned Navy Vessel

China unlawfully seized an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) on December 15th in the South China Sea while it was being recovered by the US Navy Oceanographic survey ship. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. He also asked China to “immediately” return the UUV untampered, as it was in international waters and China has no legal cause to seize it.

The UUV along with the USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) is an unclassified ocean glider system used around the world to gather military oceanographic data such as salinity, water temperature, and sound speed. The system was conducting a routine check in accordance with the international law about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay, Philippines, when a Chinese Navy PRC DALANG III-Class Ship (ASR-510) retrieved the UUV.

This incident comes after the factual evidence that China has militarized the artificial islands built in the South China Sea region, an action in direct contradiction of a pledge made by President Xi Jingping. This is deeply disturbing and not consistent with the actions of a nation seeking to built a constructive and cooperative relationship with the USA. Read the full article here!

China weaponized the artificial islands in the South China Sea

Cited in the new satellite imagery, a U.S. think tank reported on Wednesday that China appears to have installed weapons like anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on the 7 islands artificially built in the South China Sea. China has already built military length airstrips on these islands.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) told that it had been tracking construction of hexagonal structures on Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs in the Spratly Islands since June and July. Reefs like Hughes and Gaven seemed to also have anti-aircraft guns and Close-in weapons system (CIWS) to protect against cruise missile strikes. AMTI also said the installations of this heavy weaponry means that you are prepping for a future conflict.

These installations show that Beijing is serious about defense of its artificial islands in case of an armed contingency. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has also criticized China’s approach in the South China sea and has said that he will take a tougher approach to Chinese behavior than President Barack Obama. Read the full article here.