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China Topics / PLAAF increasing focus on long-range missions
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:49:38 PM »
Air Recognition - 20 September 2017
The Chinese Air Force will continue to transform from a territorial air defense unit into an extended arm capable of protecting national interests wherever they exist, according to its new commander. Lieutenant General Ding Laihang said that as China becomes stronger and security challenges continue to emerge, the military is striving to ensure it can safeguard national interests anywhere in the world.

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The second priority is that the Air Force must improve its capabilities in coordinating different types of aircraft and air defense missiles in an operation, and also nurture joint operation capabilities with other services, like the PLA Navy and Rocket Force, Wang added.

Citing the new-generation strategic bomber that is under development, Wang suggested the Air Force start studying the plane's usage in future warfare and work closely with designers to make sure the engine and flight-control system are good and reliable.

A PLAAF H-6K strategic bomber at Zhuhai Air Show 2016

A PLAAF Y-20 strategic transport aircraft at Zhuhai Air Show 2016

Discussions about all nations and places / US Navy FFG(X) program
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:39:23 PM »
Navy Releases Details of New FFG(X) Guided-Missile Frigate Program in Request to Industry

The Navy released the first formal details on what it wants in its guided-missile frigate in a new request for information to industry issued today. The new ship concept outlined in the RFI in many ways resembles the Navy’s previous frigate plans but also looks at upgrades like more powerful radars and vertical-launch missile tubes.

The RFI notes the Navy is still seeking industry input on a variety of capabilities – including, how to incorporate missile launchers for Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 and Standard Missile (SM)-2, according to an early draft of the RFI obtained by USNI News.

However, the document outlines many key details on the frigate’s mission set, the weapons systems the Navy would like it to employ and the ship class’s procurement profile.

Much like the Littoral Combat Ship that currently fills the small surface combatant role, the FFG(X) mission will focus heavily on unmanned systems, using them to expand “sensor and weapon influence to provide increased information to the overall fleet tactical picture while challenging adversary ISR&T (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting) efforts.”

From: popsci

Augmented Reality Glasses Are Coming To The Battlefield

Osterhout Design Group

Using a pair of augmented reality glasses, a Marine signals intelligence (SIGINT) specialist monitors web traffic while he lies on the ground, his assault rifle trained on a nearby building. Amid the cacophony of cyber-noise in the city -- the thousands of simultaneous, harmless Skype sessions, movie streams, and Internet searches -- the Marine has zeroed in on a possible insurgent, who is currently flipping through financial data on a spreadsheet. Perhaps the suspect will make a mistake, and open up a mapping application that will show where he's planning to meet an arms dealer to buy plastique.

The Marine glances at the vital statistics on the heads-up display. The heart rate of his point man has suddenly spiked up to 110. Using a mouse mounted on the handguard of his M-16, the SIGINT specialist silently clicks open the video feed from the point man's head-mounted camera. A convoy of enemy pickups is headed directly towards the platoon. The Marine pushes out an alert to the rest of the platoon and then switches from dual-display mode to left-only as he raises his weapon to his eye.
This is what the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is working on with its ongoing AR Glasses project; when the project comes to fruition, instead of having his face in a phone or glued to a laptop, the Marine will be able to keep his gaze on the battlefield, increasing what the military calls "situational awareness." And they can also facilitate commands and information between ordinary soldiers.
The glasses have already been demonstrated at cyber-intelligence exercises in November, January, and March. Modified versions of X-6 prototypes made by the San Francisco-based Osterhout Design Group (ODG), the ONR glasses allow SIGINT soldiers to monitor a variety of enemy waveforms, indicating Internet traffic, 2G/SMS, VHF/push-to-talk radio systems, and satellite communications.

Virtual Objective
A virtual military objective as seen through a pair of R-6 augmented reality glasses. The 3-D virtual image can be keyed to any symbol, a word like "Objective 1" or a particular geographic location.
Osterhout Design Group

Discussions about all nations and places / Infantry System Concept
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:21:47 PM »
Rheinmetall demonstrates infantry system concept | IHS Jane's 360 - 20 September 2017
Rheinmetall held the first dynamic field demonstration of its infantry system concept at its Unterlüss test centre in northern Germany on 19 September. The system consists of the Infanterist der Zukunft - Erweitertes System (Future Soldier - Expanded System, IdZ-ES), the RS556 assault rifle with which Rheinmetall is bidding to replace the Bundeswehr’s G36 assault rifle, manned, and unmanned vehicles, all networked sharing a common picture of the battlefield.

A Boxer 8x8 armoured vehicle with a Lance turret returned from trials in Australia to take part in the demonstration. During the demonstration, the vehicle transported a pair of soldiers equipped with IdZ-ES equipment to dismount close to a village to check it out for suspicious activities involving improvised explosive devices. Their movements could be followed on displays providing situational awareness and blue force tracking.

Rheinmetall demonstrated its infantry system concept, consisting of IdZ-ES and Boxer manned and 'Mule' unmanned vehicles, at its Unterlüss test centre on 19 September. Source: Rheinmetall

War on Drugs / Duterte to have Son Killed if involved in Drugs
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:17:00 PM »
Duterte to have son Paolo killed if involved in drugs | Philstar - September 20, 2017
Duterte said he would not hesitate to order the killing of any of his children if they become involved in narcotics.
“Ang order ko nga noon na pag may anak ako na sa droga, patayin niyo para walang masabi ang tao (My order then is if any of my children are into drugs, kill them so that the public can’t criticize us),” the president said during the awarding of outstanding government workers in Malacañang.
“Ang sabi ko kay (I told) Pulong my order is to kill you if you are caught and I will protect the police who will kill you,” he added, referring to his son by his nickname.
Duterte made a similar threat before assuming the presidency.
In one of the debates for presidential candidates, Duterte said none of his children are drug addicts but if they get connected with narcotics, he would have them killed.
“None (of my children are into illegal drugs). But my order is, even if it is a member of my family, ‘kill him’,” Duterte, then the mayor of Davao City, said.
He has also promised to step down if any of his children are found guilty of corruption.

Other source: ABS-CBN news

Elbit Systems to provide US Custom and Border Protection with radar system and tower | Army Recognition - 19 September 2017
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) awarded Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a contract to provide an in-fill radar system and tower.  The amount of the award is not material to Elbit Systems Ltd, the parent company of Elbit Systems of America.  The work is being performed in Texas.

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection will soon have another important capability helping secure our southwest border," said Raanan Horowitz, CEO and President, Elbit Systems of America. "This contract allows us to directly support CBP Air and Marine Operations and extend our border security solutions into the air domain."

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, has partnered with C Speed, LLC to incorporate its LightWave Radar technology used for detecting small and low-flying airborne threats in a high clutter environment. C Speed's LightWave radar has also been deployed worldwide to mitigate the effects of wind turbine clutter in similar environments.

Elbit has partnered with C Speed to incorporate its LightWave Radar technology (Credit: C Speed)

War on Drugs / Duterte wants UN to monitor drug war
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:29:26 AM »
If CHR gets P1,000 budget, Duterte wants UN to monitor drug war | Rappler - September 18, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – If Congress ends up giving the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) a P1,000 budget, President Rodrigo Duterte will invite the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) to monitor police operations for any abuses.

"'Yung kay [CHR Chairperson Chito] Gascon, sabihin ko na lang sa House of Representatives (As for Gascon, I will just tell the House of Representatives), I will personally, through an official channel, invite the human rights commission of the United Nations to set up a satellite office here," said Duterte on Monday, September 18.

see also: House gives CHR a P1,000 budget

DSEI 2017: Lockheed Martin unveils the Outrider canister launched UAS | Air Recognition - 12 September 2017
At only four inches wide and weighing only 1.7 kilograms, it is designed to be used in environments where conventional, larger unmanned air systems are not practical. Despite its size, OUTRIDER can travel up to 50 knots and boasts the best payload capacity and endurance when compared with similar UAS's.

Launched at the press of a button, OUTRIDER can be operated remotely or has the ability to be autonomous. It features a high-definition TV and infrared camera to give the operator enhanced situational awareness. The versatility of OUTRIDER means it has potential military, civil or commercial use and Lockheed Martin UK plans to offer it to market both in the UK and to interested export customers too.

Lockheed's new Outrider UAS unveiled at DSEi 2017 (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Discussions about all nations and places / US Naval Shipyards
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:30:47 PM »
Since the nation's earliest days, the U.S. Navy has operated its own shipyards.  There were 13 in total, four of which are still active.   In addition, eight naval stations - one in the U.S., seven overseas - had some shipbuilding capability.  At the end of WWII, the Navy terminated or cancelled almost all new ship construction contracts and only a few new ships were built in the Naval Shipyards thereafter.  Then, in 1972, a report was published that demonstrated that ships built in Naval Shipyards cost, on average, about 30% more than ships built by private-sector shipbuilders: as a result, all new ship construction in the Naval Shipyards ceased and five of the nine remaining yards were closed.  Finally, the U.S. Coast Guard maintains its own yard in Baltimore MD: a host of boats have been built there over the years but it is now primarily a maintenance facility.

Discussions about all nations and places / Future Autonomous Tank Concept
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:51:57 PM »
BAE Systems reveals future autonomous tank concept at DSEi 2017 | Army Recognition - 15 September 2017
At DSEi 2017, the British defense giant BAE Systems revealed a future concept of the tank of the future as an autonomous combat vehicle supported by fleets of smaller autonomous air and ground vehicles, working together in the most demanding combat environments. Whilst soldiers will remain right at the centre of decision-making, the aim is to remove soldiers from some dangers, increasingly using an unmanned network for hazardous tasks.

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Puddy continued: “No-one can be entirely sure what the future will look like, but we do know that it’s a relatively short step from the technology available today to having a fleet of autonomous vehicles sharing situational awareness and – where appropriate – making certain decisions independently. Today’s active protection systems already make decisions which require ultra-fast reactions such as triggering explosive reactive armour. The pace of development means these reactions need to be faster than ever before.

“The U.S. Marine Corps has said it wants to have an autonomous tank in the next five years, so this could start happening very quickly. The challenge for us at this stage is less around the technology development and more around the debate on the appropriate use of autonomy on the battlefield and questions about the cyber resilience of platforms given the evolving nature of this threat.

BAE Systems' concept for a future autonomous tank (Credit: BAE Systems)

Filipino Potential / PUV Modernization
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:15:41 AM »
Buses, jeepneys in the Philippines to be modernized by 2020 | Rappler - September 11, 2017
Pampanga, Philippines – By 2020, all buses, jeepneys, and public utility vans across the country will be modernized, organized, and put under an automated fare collection system, the transportation department said.

"The routes will be changed in a more efficient way. We are looking at two to 3 years before all PUVs (public utility vehicles) will be modernized," Transportation Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark de Leon told reporters on the sidelines of the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a P1.5-billion loan facility for PUV cooperatives.

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Automated fare collection for all

By 2020, all jeepneys should be powered by Euro 4 engines or electrically powered engines instead of Euro 2 engines, according to the DOTr.

"The local transport route plan will be the basis for the computation of number of jeepneys. Baseline number is 200,000 PUJs. There might be more because some existing multicab routes will be upgraded to jeepney routes," De Leon said.

The DOTr is also likely to require all PUVs to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, a GPS navigation system, speed limiters, dashboard cameras, and Wi-Fi.

PHL seeks to expand agri exports to Japan, South Korea | GMA news - September 11, 2017
The Philippines is exploring more avenues export agricultural products to nearby Asian markets, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Monday.

In a press briefing in Pasay City, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said the Philippines is eyeing to export more agricultural products to Japan and South Korea.

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Lopez said the Philippines is also in talks with South Korea to boost trade.

"We also pushed for those products for the acceptance of Korea to have greater market access of these products: banana, pineapple, at tsaka mangoes," he said.

Filipino Potential / World-famous island gets 24-hour electricity supply
« on: September 07, 2017, 11:46:34 PM »
World-famous island in Bohol gets 24-hour electricity supply | Rappler - September 05, 2017
Balicasag, an island in Bohol province famous for diving, snorkelling, and whale and dolphin watching, used to have power only from 6 pm to 11 pm

The National Power Corporation's Small Power Utilities Group (Napocor-SPUG) installed a diesel-fed generator set that can supply electricity to some 225 households around the clock.

During a switch-on ceremony Monday, September 4, officials announced that a 24-hour power service will enhance economic activity and people's productivity.

This ends decades of insufficient power supply that was available only from 6 pm to 11 pm in Balicasag Island, which is also famous for whales and dolphin watching tours.

Power is a crucial need for an island that is frequented by thousands of tourists every year and is home to the only Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA)-operated facility in the Visayas, the Balicasag Island Dive Resort, said Panglao Mayor Nila Paredes Montero.

Diving Destination. Aerial shot of Balicasag Island, located off the western coast of Panglao Island in Bohol. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard-Panglao

DOF installing new cybersecurity system | Rappler - September 03, 2017
The Department of Finance is cooperating with the Department of Information and Communications Technology on the system, which it expects to be fully operational by 2021

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The DOF announced in a statement on Sunday, September 3, that it is now putting in place a comprehensive cybersecurity defense structure that will span all DOF units and attached agencies to shield their online portals and communications systems from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

It added that starting now and up to next year, the cybersecurity system will be set up through an Advanced Security Operations Center (ASOC). The process would involve the deployment of communication "brokers" to connect all inline security appliances of each attached agency to this ASOC.

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Strategies include performing a comprehensive cleanup of all end-point devices connected to the department's network, establishing threat analytics, sharing protocols with the DICT, and limiting the number of potential channels that hackers usually exploit to gain access to online networks.

Beyond beefing up cybersecurity, the DOF also said it is planning a comprehensive digital infrastructure upgrade, for both hardware and software, of its attached agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC).

China Topics / China's Nuclear sub
« on: September 05, 2017, 01:40:31 AM »
Game changer: China's first stealth nuclear sub | Rappler - September 03, 2017
Everyone is so worried about the North Korea missile threat, yet few are aware of the greater threat of China’s nuclear attack stealth submarines (SSBNs) lurking in the 9-dash area, which covers 80% of the entire South China Sea (SCS). Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines have expressed worry over this new development.

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The first-ever Chinese operational nuclear sub was sighted in April 2016 in Hainan, an undisputed Chinese island between Taiwan and Vietnam. Hainan is reputed to be the Chinese future strategic naval mega-base to cover the Asia Pacific region, which would challenge US nuclear submarines with undersea berths in Subic Base in the Philippines or Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

China’s newest nuclear attack sub, Type 094A, is based in an undersea submarine base at Yulin in Hainan, similar to that in Subic, complete with underground shelters. It has supreme stealth capability, just like the US Ohio-class SSBNs. If the US can stalk the well-defended China mainland shores, China can do the same for both US Atlantic and Pacific shores. The Type 094A is armed with a 12 JL-2A multiple-warhead nuclear missiles, with a range of 11,200 kilometers. JL-2, the ‘tsunami missile’, stands for the Mandarin word for ‘Big Wave’. In a war of stealth nuke subs, both sides can induce massive tsunamis against each other’s population centers.

Close Proximity. Nuclear submarine facilities – China in Yulin, Hainan vs US in Subic. Woody Island (Yongxing in Chinese) in the Paracel Group, where China built massive infrastructure, such as a runway good enough for heavy bombers and rapid-deployment troops, and an oil rig, was the scene of violent clashes with Vietnamese boats. Scarborough (Panatag in Pilipino) in the Spratlys Group, had similar conflicts with the Philippine Navy


The Type 093B, above, prototype of the 094A, below.


See also: A Closer Look at China's Critical South China Sea Submarine Base

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