Af/Pak & Other News (1/5/2021)

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An ‘orchard of bad apples’ weighs on new Afghan peace talks

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-afghanistan-middle-east-taliban-5f1c33144d9f712962c707d3671985b2



Why PAF is Buying JF-17 Block 3 Instead Of J-10C?

https://fighterjetsworld.com/weekly-article/why-paf-is-buying-jf-17-block-3-instead-of-j-10c/24216/









IAI successfully tests the MRSAM air and missile defense system in India

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/iai-successfully-tested-the-mrsam-air-and-missile-defense-system-in-india-654330



Indian army to procure 118 local-made Arjun Mk-1A main battle tanks

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_january_2021_global_security_army_industry/indian_army_to_procure_118_local-made_arjun_mk-1a_main_battle_tanks.html









Iran: For All The Wrong Reasons

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/iran/articles/20210105.aspx



Iran tests drones in military exercise

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-drill-drone/iran-tests-drones-in-military-exercise-idUSKBN29A1A3



South Korean tanker was boarded by armed Iran Guard forces

https://apnews.com/article/strait-of-hormuz-iran-seoul-persian-gulf-tensions-south-korea-bbb977f8756fb4967c2e1f9756d94212



Iran demands South Korea tanker pay 'pollution' fines

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/01/05/Iran-demands-South-Korea-tanker-pay-pollution-fines/1611609855142/









Yemen Claims 'Iranian Experts' Present at Airport Attack, Iran Blames Saudis

https://www.newsweek.com/yemen-claims-iranian-experts-present-airport-attack-iran-blames-saudis-1558322









Lebanese Bristle Over Iran Commander’s Comments Regarding Hezbollah Missile Capabilities

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/lebanese-bristle-over-iran-commanders-comments-regarding-hezbollah-missile-capabilities









Israeli Submarine In Rare Deployment South Of Suez

http://www.hisutton.com/Israeli-Navy-Dolphin-Submarine-In-Red-Sea.html



Israel and Greece sign biggest defense agreement

https://defence-blog.com/news/israel-and-greece-sign-biggest-defense-agreement.html









Report on Russian Cyber Units

https://news.usni.org/2021/01/05/report-on-russian-cyber-units



Russia got its 2nd serially produced Su-57 stealth fighter on Christmas — a year after the first one crashed

https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-gets-2nd-serially-produced-su57-stealth-fighter-on-christmas-2021-1



A leaked recording exposed how Belarus' KGB plans its assassinations in Europe

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-leaked-recording-exposed-how-belarus-kgb-plans-its-assassinations-in-europe/ar-BB1cuB1m




Raytheon readies for initial flight test of baseline AMRAAM-ER design

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/update-raytheon-readies-for-initial-flight-test-of-baseline-amraam-er-design




Italy, United Kingdom And Sweden Sign Tempest FCAS Cooperation Memorandum Of Understanding

https://theaviationist.com/2021/01/05/italy-united-kingdom-and-sweden-sign-tempest-fcas-cooperation-memorandum-of-understanding/




UK Unveils Massive Type 31 Frigate Building Hall in Rosyth

https://defpost.com/uk-unveils-massive-type-31-frigate-building-hall-in-rosyth/



BAE collaborates with UAVTEK to develop nano ‘Bug’ drone

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/bae-collaborates-with-uavtek-to-develop-nano-bug-drone/



UK Royal Navy Declares IOC for Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group Ahead of Spring Deployment

https://news.usni.org/2021/01/04/uk-royal-navy-declares-ioc-for-queen-elizabeth-carrier-strike-group-ahead-of-spring-deployment



American nuclear submarine calls into Scotland

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/american-nuclear-submarine-calls-into-scotland/



First Royal Air Force Wedgetail Radar Plane Will Be Converted From An Ex-Chinese Airliner

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38536/first-royal-air-force-wedgetail-radar-plane-will-be-converted-from-ex-chinese-airliner



British Carrier Strike Group to deploy to Pacific

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-carrier-strike-group-to-deploy-to-pacific/









Venezuela’s socialists take control of once-defiant congress

https://apnews.com/article/international-news-venezuela-elections-caracas-5226bbbcdeb19b07fd8b4e2e425b2759









China’s advanced DF-17 hypersonic missile likely to have been part of recent military dril

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3116545/chinas-advanced-df-17-hypersonic-missile-likely-have-been-part



Type 99 Tank: How China Is Preparing for a Land War

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/type-99-tank-how-china-preparing-land-war-175809



Chinese PLA Navy Develops New Submarine Escape Immersion Equipment

https://defpost.com/chinese-pla-navy-develops-new-submarine-escape-immersion-equipment/



Xi Jinping orders China’s military to be ready for war ‘at any second’

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3116436/xi-jinping-orders-chinas-military-be-ready-war-any-second



Chinese J-10C, J-11B Fighters Simulated Indian Rafale, Su-30 Jets in China-Pak Exercise

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28695/Chinese_J_10C__J_11B_Fighters_Simulated_Indian_Rafale__Su_30_Jets_in_China_Pak_Exercise



Beijing using ‘cognitive warfare’ to sway Taiwan public opinion by feeding it misinformation, warns report

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3116539/beijing-using-cognitive-warfare-sway-taiwan-public-opinion





Taiwan says Chinese jets made record 380 incursions in 2020

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210105-taiwan-says-chinese-jets-made-record-380-incursions-in-2020





Japan to begin mass production of new ASM-3A supersonic anti-ship missile

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/japan-to-begin-mass-production-of-new-asm-3a-supersonic-anti-ship-missile





Indonesia governor believes drone behind security scare was made in China

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-security/indonesia-governor-believes-drone-behind-security-scare-was-made-in-china-idUSKBN29A11C










Navy Astronaut and 6th Man on the Moon Believed in Alien Intervention

https://www.military.com/off-duty/navy-astronaut-and-6th-man-moon-believed-alien-intervention.html



The White House's Planetary Protection Strategy Is About Space Invaders, But Not The Kind You Think

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38540/white-houses-planetary-protection-strategy-is-about-space-invaders-but-not-the-kind-you-may-think



The Nevernight Connection – A ‘Candy Store’ for Espionage

https://thedebrief.org/the-nevernight-connection-a-candy-store-for-espionage/



SpecOps Colonel Arrested in Police Standoff Was Subject of Toxic Command Climate Investigation

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/01/04/specops-colonel-arrested-police-standoff-was-subject-of-toxic-command-climate-investigation.html



Navy SEAL Will Plead Guilty to Killing Green Beret

https://www.thedailybeast.com/navy-seal-will-plead-guilty-to-killing-green-beret-logan-melgar?ref=home



Artificial Intelligence in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency, with Retired Gen. Stan McChrystal and Dr. Anshu Roy

https://mwi.usma.edu/artificial-intelligence-in-counterterrorism-and-counterinsurgency-with-retired-gen-stan-mcchrystal-and-dr-anshu-roy/



U.S. Army Acquires Two New Supercomputers

https://defpost.com/u-s-army-acquires-two-new-supercomputers/



Big Boost in Spending for Military Robots

https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/1/4/big-boost-in-spending-for-military-robots



Let's Talk About This Intriguing Object Seen In The Scoot-And-Hide Hangar At Area 51

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38518/lets-talk-about-this-intriguing-object-seen-in-the-scoot-and-hide-hangar-at-area-51



SpaceX, L3Harris pursue hypersonic missile defense system

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/01/04/SpaceX-L3Harris-pursue-hypersonic-missile-defense-system/7351609794347/



Air Force Spacecraft Will Beam Solar Power to Earth

https://thedebrief.org/air-force-spacecraft-will-beam-solar-power-to-earth/



Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon Could Be Historic

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/01/05/armys_next_generation_squad_weapon_could_be_historic_655367.html



Mighty Wings Fading Away

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htcbtsp/articles/20210105.aspx



New 360-Foot Coast Guard Off Shore Patrol Cutter To Set Sail Next Year

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/sea/new-360-foot-coast-guard-off-shore-patrol-cutter-to-set-sail-next-year-boug-2C35EePPQCrSdJmIg



The U.S. Navy Wasted A Whole Decade Building Bad Ships

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/01/05/the-us-navy-wasted-a-whole-decade-building-bad-ships/



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