16 Jan 2019

Japan surges new weapons, military roles to meet China’s rise

While officials with the Japanese military may not outwardly admit to the causes of its rapid military modernization that stands at questionable odds with its restrictive Constitution, China is driving Japan’s military purchases and production, from its commitment to purchase as many as 147 F-35s to its production of its

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16 Jan 2019

US Navy moves toward unleashing killer robot ships on the world’s oceans

The U.S. Navy is entering a paradigm shift on ship building, a shift emerging out of its “distributed lethality” and “distributed maritime operations” ideas. According to the Surface Warfare Director Rear Admiral Ronald Boxall, this mindset is moving away from “putting as much stuff on the ship for as much

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09 Jan 2019

Iranian navy vows to sail into America’s backyard this spring

Iran’s official new agency has announced that the Iranian navy will visit the western Atlantic Ocean for the first time this spring, including its recently commissioned home-built Sahand destroyer. The move responds to the regular US warship patrol of the Persian Gulf, where nearly 1/3 of all sea-traded oil passes,

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02 Jan 2019

China’s Electromagnetic Railgun Spotted During Sea Trials

“China’s futuristic electromagnetic railgun may already be the most powerful cannon to ever roam the high seas — ahead of schedule. In June, a U.S. intelligence assessment estimated that the Chinese military planned on fielding its own version of the electromagnetic railgun on naval vessels as early as 2025, far

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28 Dec 2018

Are robot swarms the future of destroying sea mines?

There are an estimated 80,000 sea mines in the Baltic, according to NATO estimates, and they remain a problem elsewhere around the world. New partnerships exploring the potential for underwater drones swarms in detecting and eliminating these high-risk mines are emerging as technology in the areas improves. “On Dec. 21,

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26 Dec 2018

Russia Begins Testing Nuclear Weapon That Can Travel Underwater And ‘Nothing’ Can Stop It, Putin Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared that an underwater nuclear weapon allegedly under development by the country will be invincible, as the country begins trials. The nuclear-capable “doomsday” drone is known as Poseidon in Russia and was revealed by Putin in his state of the nation address in March. Poseidon’s

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26 Dec 2018

China’s advances in Arctic may pose security threat to Canada

The arctic is becoming increasingly militarized as countries, including China, jostle for positions and to protect trading lanes and claims of different sorts. And while Canada has downplayed threats from China, it has complained about Chinese disregard for international rules and voiced concerns that China will repeat escalatory tactics in

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26 Dec 2018

Brazil’s oil revenue is set to fuel multibillion-dollar warship program

Brazil’s new right-wing populist government is preparing to implement a longstanding but often unimplemented national policy of using 2% of offshore drilling royalties for military spending. The move has made shipbuilders hopeful for large or expanded orders as the country bolsters its maritime capabilities. President-elect Bolsanaro takes office in January

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21 Dec 2018

China Conducts First Test of New JL-3 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

“On November 24, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy conducted the first known flight-test of the JL-3 solid-fuel, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), U.S. government sources with knowledge of the test confirmed to The Diplomat. Chinese authorities have not publicly confirmed the test. The JL-3, along with the Type 096, will mark

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12 Dec 2018

Senior Chinese military official urges plan to attack U.S. naval vessels in S. China Sea

PLA Air Force Colonel Commandant and President of the Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation was quoted by Chinese media   urging preparation for attacks on U.S. vessels in the event that they enter Chinese “territorial waters.” “If the U.S. warships break into Chinese waters again, I suggests that two

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