China could place upto 24 fighter aircraft in hangers it is building in the disputed Spratly Islands, which the Philippines' claims is a part of its exclusive economic zone.
Beijing has built three operational runways in the disputed Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi Reefsislands which it claims is for civilian use but in reality, military fighter and transport planes regularly operate to the islands, a report in Philstar.com said.
Despite China's claim that it is not militarizing the disputed South China Sea, rapid construction of hangars in the Spratly Islands indicate that they are ready to deploy military aircraft to these outposts.
Chinese H-6K bombers and Su-30 fighters have completed a patrol of airspace above the Nansha and Huangyan islands in the South China Sea, said a Chinese military spokesperson Saturday adding that the manoeuvers included aerial refuelling.
Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) reported that each of the three islets will soon have hangars that can accommodate 24 fighter jets plus three to four larger planes.
The smallest of the hangars can accommodate any fighter jet of the People's Liberation Army Air Force while a medium hangar can provide space for a bomber, a refueling tanker, a transport aircraft and an Airborne Warning and Control System plane.
"The largest of the hangars can accommodate the largest planes in the PLAAF fleet—the Y-20 and Il-76 transport planes, Il-78 refueling tanker, and KJ-2000 surveillance aircraft," the AMTI report read.
China has ordered 24 Russian-built Su-34 fighter-bombers, the most advanced aircraft in Russia’s fleet. Analysts opine the Su-34 aircraft would dominate the skies in the South China Sea as countries such as Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia which are opposed to China claiming the whole of the South China Sea, have poorly equipped air forces.
The Indian Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by the Prime Minister has cleared INR 4300 crore (US $644 million) contract for the Army to induct and deploy fourth BrahMos regiment in the northeast as a deterrent against China. A regiment consists of around 100 missiles, five mobile autonomous launchers on 12x12 heavy-duty trucks and a mobile command post, among other hardware and software,
China had conducted a reconnaissance mission with Tupolev Tu153M aircraft prior to its transgression in the Barahoti area in Uttarkhand district. The aircraft used by Chinese Peoples Liberation Army was armed with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) which provides broad-area imaging at high resolutions
Southeast nations failed to agree on maritime disputes in South China Sea after Cambodia blocked mention to the international court ruling against Beijing. The Philippines and Vietnam both wanted a communiqué issued by ASEAN foreign ministers after their meeting to refer to the ruling and the need to respect international law, ASEAN diplomats were quoted as saying by
Philippines has awarded $337 million contract to South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to build two modern warships for its Navy. The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) initiated the acquisition of the two battleships nearly three years ago to prompt the upgrade of the country's territorial defense capabilities
Japan has delivered the first of 10 patrol vessels to Philippines as part of the official development assistance loan to help Manilas maritime capabilities. The 44-meter multi-role patrol vessel will be assigned to the Philippine coast guard
Chinese military is likely to replace all its older tank fleet with Type-96B tanks. "The Type-96B is the strongest variant of the Type-96 family and is truly an advanced, third-generation main battle tank," he said
China has launched a new high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging satellite. The Gaofen-3 satellite was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province on the back of a Long March 4C rocket, Xinhua reported Wednesday
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