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* China's fishing fleet/maritime militia/proxy navy
* Vietnam's Maritime / Fishing ‘Militia’
* Bantay Dagat (Sea Patrol) Forces

Gov’t task force mulls fisherfolk as ’maritime militia’ in disputed areas
Updated 1:57 PM, June 26, 2016

Tarlac, Philippines – If things go according to plan, unarmed fisherfolk or “maritime militia” could take the lead in “asserting” the Philippines’ rights over disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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ATF North covers Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal), Batanes, and Benham Rise.

“This is not purely a military affair nor a purely law enforcement affair. Ang pinakastakeholder natin fisherfolks (The biggest stakeholders are the fisherfolks). And we should be ale to organize them, mobilize them so that they could exercise their rights. And we will term them as "Maritime Militia" kasi di naman pwede magsabing (because we can’t call them) CAFGU.... Bantay Dagat, that's part of maritime militia,” explained Tanalgo when pressed on the term “maritime militia.”

Asked what the “maritime militia” would be able to do in the face of harassment from Chinese authorities, Tanalgo said: “If you had people power in EDSA, siguro meron tayong people power sa dagat (maybe we should have people power in the sea).”

China / Chinese-made amphibious armoured vehicle
« on: September 23, 2020, 03:15:55 PM »

21 September 2020
New Type 05-based amphibious reconnaissance vehicle in PLA service

Released on 19 September by the China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7) channel, the footage shows the tracked platform, which seems to be based on the chassis of the Type 05 family of amphibious armoured vehicles, taking part in exercises both on land and at sea.

The footage shows that the vehicle has been fitted with a telescopic mast mounting what appear to be an electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) system, a laser-range finder, and an X-band radar.

The vehicle is also equipped with a manned weapon station mounting what seems to be a Type 88 (QJC‐88) 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.

It has also been fitted with a retractable catapult system for launching a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to augment the range of the platform’s intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities.

The PLAGF’s new amphibious reconnaissance vehicle has been fitted with a telescopic mast mounting what appear to be an electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) system, a laser-range finder, and an X-band radar. (CCTV 7)

Vietnam / Vietnam People's Army T-54/55
« on: September 01, 2020, 01:28:57 AM »

T-54/55 of the Vietnam People's Army (Picture source : Vietnam People's Army)

T-54M of the Vietnamese Army (Picture source: VTV1)

Dissent & Breakaway Regions / Taiwan land-based air defense system
« on: September 01, 2020, 01:25:53 AM »
Taiwan launches the development of land-based air defense system | Army Recognition - 31 August 2020 08:59
National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) is a Taiwanese state-owned corporation, formerly part of the Republic of China Ministry of National Defense's Armaments Bureau, which is active in the development, manufacturing, support, and sustainment of various weapons systems and dual-use technologies.

The NCSIST has already integrated CIWS on a truck trailer that was previously mounted on Taiwanese Navy’s Yang Tzu-class warships. The institute mentioned it had already outfitted the Air Force’s Songshan radar station with a CIWS that had originally been mounted on a decommissioned Navy ship and that transferring the weapon onto a trailer would not be a problem.

The Taiwanese armed forces have requested a new air defense system that could be linked to the Skyguard. The Oerlikon Skyguard 1 uses two Oerlikon Twin Gun GDF007 35mm anti-aircraft cannons which can be coupled to two surface-to-air missile launchers (Sparrow, Aspide, SAHV-IR or Adats). The 35mm anti-aircraft twin-gun is the weapon that is used for short-range air defense against fighters, bombers, and helicopters.

The Centurion Weapon System is a Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System with the capability of integration with other protection sensors and systems. The system is designed and manufactured by the American Company Raytheon. Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks, and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated all other ship defense systems.


21 August 2020
Exercise demonstrates PLA Army Aviation ability to use commercial ships as temporary flight decks

An aviation brigade of China’s People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) has conducted an exercise at sea showing its ability to utilise a commercial semi-submersible heavy-lift ship as a flight deck: a move that would provide the service with an additional capability to support amphibious landing operations in case of a conflict.

Video footage released on 19 August on the website of the state-owned China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7) channel, shows Z-19 and Z-8 helicopters landing on and taking off from the vessel’s deck, which was marked with three operating spots.

From the video it is clear that the exercise included serials for aircraft refuelling, using conventional fuel bowser lorries embarked on the ship, and re-arming the attack helicopters with missiles.

A screengrab from CCTV 7 footage released on 19 August showing a PLAGF Z-8 helicopter about to land on a commercial semi-submersible heavy-lift ship. (CCTV 7 via

Dissent & Breakaway Regions / Taiwan F-16 MRO&U Facility
« on: September 01, 2020, 12:39:00 AM »
See Also: ROCAF F-16


AIDC, Lockheed Martin to set up F-16 maintenance facility in Taiwan
16 December 2019

Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin to deepen collaboration on providing maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) capability for F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft.

AIDC said that under the "strategic alliance", which was signed in Taichung City in Taiwan on 17 December, the two companies will establish an F-16 maintenance centre in Taiwan focused on supporting the Republic of China (RoC) Air Force's expanding F-16 fleets. AIDC is also expected to look to provide similar services to other F-16 operators in the Asia Pacific.

AIDC said the agreement, through which Lockheed Martin is expected to transfer supporting technologies to Taiwan as part of wider industrial co-operation obligations, is also aligned with the government's stated objective to ensure maintenance and support activity for frontline military equipment is carried out locally. The strategy is aimed at both ensuring military capability and boosting national industrial competencies.


18 August 2020
Israeli Air Force touches down in Germany for first time

Six Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Barak multirole fighters, accompanied by support and liaison aircraft as well as 180 personnel, arrived at the Tactical Air Force Wing 31 ‘Boelcke’ in Nörvenich, southwest of Cologne, for the first ever bilateral training exercise between the IAF and the Luftwaffe. Exercise ‘Blue Wings 2020’ will see the IAF F-16s train alongside Luftwaffe Eurofighters over the coming two weeks,

IAF F-16D crewmembers are greeted by an Israeli ground handler on their arrival into Germany for the first time in Israel’s history. (Luftwaffe)

China / PLAGF Bridging System
« on: September 01, 2020, 12:08:11 AM »

21 August 2020
Images emerge of Chinese tracked amphibious bridging system

Chinese state-owned media have released video footage showing what appears to be a new tracked amphibious ferry and bridging system for use by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF).

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This is the second such system Chinese state-owned media has shown about in a little over a week. On 12 August the state-owned China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7) channel reported about a 4×4 amphibious ferry and bridging system operated by a brigade within the 78th Group Army of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

The CCTV 7 report showed the wheeled system deploying its pontoons before entering the water and ferrying what appeared to be a 21-tonne ZBL-09 armoured fighting vehicle. Later on, the system was also shown in the water being attached to a similar platform to form a pontoon bridge and provide a bridging capability, although CCTV 7 did not reveal the system’s carrying capacity.

The media outlet revealed that the wheeled vehicle can deploy its pontoons within three minutes, with the platform then becoming 13 m long and 20 m wide.

Chinese state-owned media have released video footage showing what appears to be a new tracked amphibious ferry and bridging system. (CCTV 7 via

Filipino Potential / UP-developed COVID-19 test kit
« on: August 31, 2020, 10:03:32 PM »

Our heroes in health crisis

During this public emergency health crisis, frontliner heroes abound, selflessly serving the primary needs of Filipinos everyday. Image taken from


Hail the health workers

‘Frontliners’ Artwork by daje jr pinpiño

See also:
* F-16 thread index
* A.I Arms Race
* Simulation & Training Systems


A human F-16 pilot will fight against AI in an upcoming contest
August 7

The simulation — the third and final competition in DARPA’s AlphaDogfight Trials — will take place Aug. 20. The event will be virtual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The AlphaDogfight Trials was created to demonstrate advanced AI systems’ ability in air warfare. Eight teams were selected last year to participate in the final competition that runs from Aug. 18-20. The competition is also part of DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution, or ACE, program, which was started in 2019, and seeks to automate air-to-air combat as well as improve human trust in AI systems to bolster human-machine teaming.

See also: Five Eyes intelligence alliance


Japan wants de facto 'Six Eyes' intelligence status: defense chief

TOKYO -- Japan is eager to expand cooperation with the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing alliance that includes the U.S. and the U.K, Defense Minister Taro Kono told Nikkei, expressing hopes for the framework that would allow the country to obtain key classified information at an early stage.

"These countries share the same values," Kono said in an interview. "Japan can get closer [to the alliance] even to the extent of it being called the 'Six Eyes'."

The Five Eyes grouping takes its name from the number of countries that comprise it -- the U.K., the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The members share deep historical and cultural ties anchored in their common Anglo-Saxon heritage and use of the English language. Their multilateral UKUSA Agreement covers cooperation in signals intelligence, analysis and sharing of information obtained through wiretapping networks for security purposes.

Despite not being a formal member, Japan has been sharing information with the group. Kono stressed that expanding Japan's links to it will enable the country to share information at an earlier stage and also acquire highly classified intelligence.

The Five Eyes is also characterized by strong diplomatic ties on top of their intelligence-sharing and they release joint statements on issues of shared concern. "It is highly important that [the member countries] keep step in diplomacy as well as on the economy," Kono said, adding that the intelligence framework also jointly tackles issues such as climate change and space debris.

Dissent & Breakaway Regions / RoCN Fast Minelaying ships
« on: August 15, 2020, 04:55:31 AM »

07 August 2020
Update: Taiwan launches first ‘fast minelayer' for RoCN

The 41 m-long vessel, which bears the designation FMLB-I (Fast Mine Laying Boat-I) on its hull, entered the water in a ceremony held at the company’s facilities in Yilan County.

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According to computer-generated imagery released by the RoCN, each minelayers will be 41 m long, 8.8 m wide, have a hull draught of 1.7 m, and a full-load displacement of 347 tonnes.

Taiwan’s Lungteh Shipbuilding launched the first of four fast mine-laying ships being built for the RoCN on 4 August. (RoC Military News Agency)

China / Chinese helicopter-launched ASM/ATGM
« on: August 15, 2020, 04:51:09 AM »

03 August 2020
Image shows Chinese Z-10 attack helicopter firing possible new ASM

The image, which appears to be a screengrab from footage by the state-owned China Central Television 13 (CCTV 13) channel, shows that the weapon is somewhat similar in appearance to the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) Blue Arrow 21 (BA-21) missile that was displayed at the Airshow China 2018 defence exhibition in Zhuhai.

The BA-21 appears to be an improved export version of the AKD-10 third generation, precision-guided battlefield missile carried by the PLAGF’s Z-10 and Z-19 attack helicopters. The BA-21, of which no official information has emerged, is believed to have a range of around 18 km and be fitted with a dual-mode millimetre wave radar/semi-active laser seeker.

A screengrab from CCTV 13 footage showing what appears to be a new ASM being fired from a Chinese Z-10 attack helicopter at an undisclosed location. (CCTV 13 via Weibo)


23 July 2020
Royal Thai Army to trial Black Widow Spider AFV prototype

The prototype was handed over to the service in a ceremony held on 9 July at the Thanarat Infantry Camp in Thailand’s western Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, according to an announcement made the following day by the country’s Defence Technology Institute (DTI).

The RTA was handed over a new prototype of the locally developed Black Widow Spider wheeled AFV on 9 July. (DTI)

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