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United States of America / USAF’s T-X trainer program
« on: September 28, 2016, 01:51:32 AM »
Lockheed Martin - KAI T-50A | IHS Jane's 360 - 17 December 2015

KAI rolled out its contender for the USAF's T-X trainer competition on 17 December. Source: KAI

* Golden Eagle @ USAF T-X


Raytheon, Finmeccanica to offer T-100 for USAF T-X | IHS Jane's 360 - 22 February 2016
CAE USA is expected to provide the simulation-based training systems to complement the aircraft, while Honeywell Aerospace is to provide twin F124 turbofan engines via the International Turbine Engine Company (ITEC) joint venture, officials said.

Two T-100s in formation flight. Raytheon and Finmeccanica will offer the aircraft for the USAF's T-X requirement. Source: Raytheon


Northrop Grumman - BAE systems Model 400 | IHS Jane's 360 - 22 August 2016

The Northrop Grumman T-X prototype seen during taxi trials at Mojave Air and Space Port on 19 August. Its appearance is broadly similar to the T-38 Talon that it is aiming to replace. Source: Withheld


Boeing - Saab | IHS Jane's 360 - Sep 14 2016, 0

Boeing and Saab have produced a clean sheet that draws inspiration from the US company’s F/A-18 and the Swedish company’s Gripen.

Currently the aircraft has only a single hardpoint on the centreline, but the wing’s design provides for additional pylons under the wings if they are required. The companies have completed one aircraft, designated BTX-1, with BTX-2 in the final stages of assembly. Flight trials are expected to begin before the end of the year.

The first Boeing T-X trainer aircraft was revealed to the public in St. Louis on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016. This aircraft will represent Boeing in the upcoming competition for the US Air Force Training Mission.
Photo: Boeing

Vietnam / Vietnam IAG Guardian 4x4 APC
« on: September 28, 2016, 01:26:14 AM »
IAG Company from United Arab Emirates has delivered Guardian 4x4 APC to Vietnam | Army Recognition - 26 September 2016
International Armored Group (IAG) is a manufacturer of customized and premium armored vehicles with over 20 years of experience with production facilities located in USA, UAE and Turkey and sales & marketing offices in Canada, UK, Yemen, South Africa, Iraq and Bulgaria.

The IAG Guardian is an armored personnel carrier that provides high level of ballistic and blast resistance, extreme survivability, off-road capability and commercial compatibility ensuring low maintenance costs. The Guardian features full vehicle armoring with certified ballistic material designed to resist incoming ballistic threats from any angle.

Picture releases on Internet showing IAG Guardian 4x4 APC in Hai Phong port, Vietnam.

Vietnam / High-speed Patrol vessels from India
« on: September 28, 2016, 01:13:11 AM »
DND India - 22 Sep 2016
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Thursday said it has entered into a pact, valued at US $99.7 million (around Rs 660 crore), with Vietnam Border Guard for design and construction of high speed patrol vessels.

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Constructed of aluminum alloy, the vessels are about 35 metres long and can clock a speed of 35 knots with a state-of -the-art navigation and surveillance equipment and self-defence capabilities on board.

Other source: naval-technology

IHS Jane's 360 - 27 September 2016
The MoA, which was signed in South Korea on 21 September, will see Boeing provide Korean Air with technical support for flight control and other data, and for test evaluations.

Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) first showcased a prototype of its unmanned Little Bird at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2015. Known as the Korean Air Unmanned System - Vertical Helicopter (KUS-VH), this platform was built as a demonstrator for the RoKA. At that event, IHS Jane's was told by a KAL-ASD official that the first flight would take place in 2016, although no news of such an event has yet been released.

Boeing's involvement in the programme stems from it being the successor company to the Little Bird's original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Hughes Helicopters. Boeing has already developed its own H-6U Unmanned Little Bird (ULB), which it will no doubt use to help inform KAL-ASD's efforts. This MoA follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that Boeing and KAL-ASD signed in 2013 to convert an undisclosed number of the RoKA's MD 500 helicopters into unarmed unmanned platforms.

The KUS-VH armed unmanned Little Bird demonstrator was seen for the first time at ADEX 2015. Source: IHS/Gareth Jennings

First Presidential Debate 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump greet each other on stage ahead of the debate at Hofstra University in New York. (Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY)

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Interaksyon - September 27, 2016
President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez, signed the deal at a ceremony in the Caribbean city of Cartagena, prompting loud cheers from the crowd which included numerous international dignitaries.

The signing followed a four-year process to end Latin America's last major armed conflict. The accord remains to be ratified in a referendum next week.

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Deadly conflict

Guerrilla armies were common across Latin America in the latter half of the 20th century. But now, 25 years after the Cold War, Colombia's is the last major armed conflict in the Americas.

The FARC, a Marxist guerrilla group, launched its war on the Colombian government in 1964, in the aftermath of a peasant uprising that was put down by the army.

Over the decades, the conflict has drawn in several leftist rebel groups, right-wing paramilitaries and drug gangs. Colombian authorities estimate it has killed 260,000 people, left 45,000 missing and uprooted 6.9 million.

Filipino Potential / Duterte to open PH to more investors from China, Russia
« on: September 27, 2016, 07:07:27 AM »
Interaksyon - September 26, 2016
“I have talked to (China) President Xi Jinping. I’m going to China. I will open all avenues of trade and commerce. They can come in,” President Duterte said in his speech during the induction of the Malacanang Press Corps' officers at the Heroes' Hall.

“And if there will be no time because I could not amend the Constitution right now, then I can give them 60 years plus another 60 years” to own land where they can put up factories in the Philippines.

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The President said he talked with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev on the sidelines of the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Laos.

“We had a one-on-one meeting. Nobody knew that. I told him, I’m about to cross the rubicon between me and the United States. At least for six years, I would need your help and everything – trade, commerce, and I will open up,” the President said.

Movies / Bagong Buwan (New Moon), Star Cinema, 2001
« on: September 26, 2016, 10:17:53 PM »
Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya
Writers: Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Ricardo Lee (as Ricky Lee)
Stars: Cesar Montano, Caridad Sanchez, Amy Austria

Bagong Buwan is a story we thought we knew and understood. It shows a war because it explains what peace is all about. Just like any war, it also tells it straight to the face that the victims of this horrible war are the innocent civilians and children who "are conceived in hell and born in strife. They are the living reminders of all the things we failed to do."

Image taken from

Bagong Buwan trailer

War on Drugs / PNP chief Dela Rosa visits Colombia to study their Drug War
« on: September 26, 2016, 09:41:33 PM »
The World Tonight: PNP chief Dela Rosa visits Colombian cocaine plant


'Bato' de la Rosa: Colombia exports, PH imports drugs | Interaksyon - September 26, 2016
(UPDATED - 3:00 p.m.) MANILA - Back from a six-day trip to Colombia supported by the United States State Department, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald "Bato" De la Rosa disclosed the inverse situations obtaining in the Philippines and that country in South America.

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In the Philippines, De la Rosa explained, most of supply is imported, either as finished products or precursors for fabricating shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), principally from mainland China and Hong Kong.

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Special search bloc

De la Rosa is also eyeing the creation of a special search bloc tasked to hunt down drug lords similar to what was carried out in Colombia.

War on Drugs / China ready to help Philippines in war on drugs
« on: September 26, 2016, 08:54:10 PM »
China offers intel, equipment to PHL's war vs. drugs | GMA news - August 24, 2016
In a chance interview during a diplomatic reception hosted by the Indonesian Embassy Tuesday evening, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said China is also prepared to work with Filipino counterparts in capturing Chinese drugs suspects.

Zhao also said a delegation from the Philippines is currently in China at the invitation of China’s Ministry of Public Security to map out a “specific plan of action” to fight illegal drugs.


Zhao said China does not deny that there are some Chinese nationals who are involved in illegal drug activities, but maintained that Beijing does not condone such criminal acts.


Duterte thanks China for offer to build rehab centers | Interaksyon - September 9, 2016
Speaking before representatives of the Filipino community in Indonesia, where he is on a state visit, Duterte noted that China "offered to help and build the rehab [facility]."

"I think they have started in Magsaysay. They're bringing the materials there already," he added.

This statement came after he clarified his verbal scrape with the United States and its President, Barack Obama, on the issue of human rights, in Laos at the ASEAN and East Asian summit a day earlier.


"Only China ang magtulong sa atin (helps us). They [the others] just give you principles of law, and nothing else," Duterte said, apparently referring to the United States and other critics of his war against drugs.

War on Drugs / Duterte's War on Drugs
« on: September 26, 2016, 08:47:43 PM »
Fearing Duterte, drug users surrender in Agusan del Sur
GMA News - June 15, 2016
More than 100 suspected drug users and pushers in Agusan del Sur voluntarily surrendered the police on Wednesday in fear of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's promise that criminals will be killed under his administration.


One of the suspects said they voluntarily surrendered to the police to clear their name and promised never to use illegal drugs again because of fear for their lives once Duterte assumes office.

Duterte urged the public during his thanksgiving party in Davao City to join his anti-crime crackdown. He also said he is in favor of citizen arrests for drug dealers and the use of firearms if they resist arrest.


‘Floating shabu lab’ intercepted in Subic waters 4 Chinese nationals nabbed | inquirer - July 12th, 2016

Authorities inspect this foreign vessel in the municipal waters of Subic that was suspected of being used to manufacture and ship shabu (methamphetamine hydrocloride) into the country. Four Chinese nationals from Hong Kong who were on board the ship and were suspected of being involved in drug smuggling were also arrested. Allan Macatuno/Inquirer Central Luzon


P1.77B worth of illegal drugs burned in Cavite | GMA News - July 14, 2016
Some P1.77 billion worth of recently seized illegal drugs were burned by authorities oThursday to remove suspicions that they will be recycled and sold again on the streets, according to Mariz Umali's report on "Balitanghali."

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Among those destroyed were 400,000 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, cocaine, ketamine, marijuana, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and expired medicines; and 66,000 milliliters of liquid shabu that were seized in the first 10 days of the Duterte administration, the report said.

French Army procurement agency has confirmed replacement of FAMAS assault rifle by HK-416F | Army Recognition - 24 September 2016
The HK-416F will replace the old FAMAS 5.56mm bullpup assault rifle which is in service with the French armed forces since many years. The FAMAS project began in 1967 under the direction of General Paul Tellié and the first prototype was completed in 1971, with French military evaluation of the rifle beginning in 1972.

In late 1978, the French military accepted the FAMAS as their standard assault rifle.

German-made HK-416 5.56x45mm caliber assault rifle.

Military Vehicles / Philippine army to acquire more upgraded M113A2 APC
« on: September 26, 2016, 02:38:32 PM »
Army Recognition - 23 September 2016
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of Philippines vowed Tuesday, September 20, 2016, to support the acquisition of more upgraded M113A2 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) for the Philippine Army. After the close inspection of the M113A2 APC, Lorenzana emphasized that he will concentrate on the allotment of additional budget for the purchase of more APCs.

Upgraded M113A2 with Remote Control Weapons System of Phillipine Army at military parade.

Indonesia / Indonesia reconsiders further acquisition of BTR-4 APCs
« on: September 26, 2016, 02:33:24 PM »
Indonesia Marine Corps could purchase new version of BTR-4 amphibious armoured from Ukraine | Army Recognition - 24 September 2016
Ukraine defense industry has tested a new version of its 8x8 amphibious armoured vehicle personnel carrier BTR-4 fitted with anew remotely operated weapon station, according Andrei BT Live Journal Blog. Some of these vehicles were send to Indonesia to perform a series of tests.

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The new version is motorized with German Deutz engine, and new modules were added to the sides of the vehicle to increase the characteristics for river crossing and amphibious operations in the sea.


The new BTR-4 is fitted with a remotely operated weapon station and new modules are added on the sides of the hull to increase amphibious capacities.

Japan to join US in South China Sea patrols | CNN - September 16, 2016
Inada also welcomed the US's plan to allocate 60% of its Navy and Air Force assets to the Asia Pacific region by 2020.

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Inada mentioned how China's recent activities in the East China and South China seas were "raising serious concern in the Asia-Pacific and beyond."
"I would like to underline my government's resolve to protect our territorial integrity and sovereignty," said Inada.
"To this end, we will continue our own defense efforts and also maintain and enhance the Japan-U.S. alliance."


‘Philippines won’t join sea patrol’ | philstar - Updated September 14, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte made it clear yesterday the country will not join any patrols in the volatile South China Sea to keep its forces from getting involved in hostilities.

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