China is offering to sell Jordan missile-firing drones to fight against Islamic State following the US’ delay to aid, Washington Times reported Friday.
Jordan urgently needed drones as ISIL captured one of the F-16 pilots and burned him alive. “I am now aware that China is presently in Jordan to discuss operations, logistics and maintenance associated with the urgent sale of weaponized unmanned systems,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, said in a letter on Thursday to President Obama.
Rep. Hunter, who represents the San Diego area, home to the Predator’s manufacturer, stressed the Obama administration to approve the sale of Predator unmanned surveillance aircraft to the kingdom. He also raised the possibility of its main ally Jordan turning towards China for military equipments.
Jordan had planned to buy unarmed MQ-1 Predators from US to find Islamic State targets and monitors its movements in neighboring Iraq and Syria.
Jordan is a main coalition member in the war against the Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS), flying US F-16 fighters in coordination with American warplanes. The delays in US considerations and process is a serious mistake as it would help Chinese advisers, pilots and technicians to gain access and influence in the Arab kingdom, Mr Hunter said in the letter. .
Apart from providing a new market for China to export its technology, any incorporation of Chinese assets will directly harm US interoperability. Mr. Hunter added.
I am confident that we can curtail Jordan’s interest in Chinese assets by taking this immediate action,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has told Congress that the administration is considering a Predator sale to Jordan.
The Predator is a main asset for US war planners in Iraq as it allows them to find ISIL troop concentrations and vehicles.
The Jordans light military training aircraft T67 Firefly crashed during a routine military exercise on Monday morning. The crash killed a Jordanian lieutenant colonel and his Iraqi trainee, during a routine training exercise, said Colonel Mamdouh al-Amiri, spokesman for the Jordanian military, Press Tv reported Monday
The US state department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale worth $192 million to Jordan for M31 Unitary Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Rocket Pods. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 4, 2015
The UAE has ordered the stationing of a UAE Air Force F-16 squadron in Jordan, marking it return to the coalition airstrikes against ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq. The UAE had suspended airstrikes following the brutal murder of a Jordanian F-16 pilot by the ISIS last week
A Jordanian F-16 fighter aircraft was shot down by ISIS today using a heat-seeking missile over Raqqa, Syria, according to various media reports. It would mark the first time ISIS would have shot down a fighter
Jordan has received close to 16 retired US supplied Cobra combat helicopters free of charge from Israel to counter insurgents on the Syrian and Iraqi borders. “The handover initiated last year was approved by Washington, which provided mechanical overhauls for the aircraft before they were incorporated free of charge in Jordans existing Cobra fleet,” Reuters quoted an US official as saying Thursday
Thales announced today at Paris Airshow 2015 that it has won a contract from the Jordanian Armed Forces to provide further I-Master SAR/GMTI radars. The selection follows the successful delivery and installation of the radar onto their Royal Jordian Air Force AC-235 aircraft in 2014
China has set up an advisory institute that carries out research for strategic development of the defense industry, China Military online reported Friday. The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND)s Director Xu Dazhe said "The founding of the committee is aimed to gather opinions and advice from leaders and experts in relevant military and civilian departments and units, and get external intellectual support for the strategic development and technological innovation of China's defense industry,"
China is developing submarines powered by a lithium-ion battery propulsion system as they offer higher energy density and longer dive times than old diesel submarines. Chinese researchers see them as the "wave of the future," Andrew Erickson, a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island was quoted as saying by Diplomat, Tokyo-based news magazine on May 28
The Chinese People's Liberation Army will demonstrate its advanced weapon systems to the people at Hainan Island, which is located close to China. The weapons to be demonstrated are J-10 fighter, WZ-10 gunship, Type 63A amphibious light tank, anti-tank missile vehicle and armoured command vehicle, Xinhua News Agency reported Thurday
China will have about 415 warships that includes four aircraft carriers and about 100 submarines by 2030, James Fanell the former director of the US Pacific Fleet's intelligence and information said in a two-day conference held by the US Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute, DefenseNews reported Sunday. During the event, which was held to discuss the PLA Navy's shipbuilding progress and challenges, Fanell said that apart from 99 submarines and four aircraft carriers, the 415 warships include 26 corvettes, 73 amphibious ships, three missile craft, and 102 destroyers and frigates
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