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  • Chinese J-11BH 'aggressive' with USN P-8A, says DoD

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) and Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND) are engaged in a war of words over an incident on 19 August when a People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) Shenyang J-11 fighter harassed a US Navy (USN) Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.
  • Libyan gateway falls to Islamists

    Libya's main international airport has fallen into the hands of an Islamist militia following weeks of heavy fighting. Fighters from the Libyan Dawn coalition announced the capture of Tripoli International Airport on 23 August. The airport had been shut since 13 July amid clashes between the Libyan


  • CSS-N-3 (JL-1/-21)

    Type Intermediate-range, submarine-launched, solid propellant, single warhead ballistic missile. Development Development of China's first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the Julang-1 (Giant Wave-1, JL-1), began in 1967. Designed for deployment from the Xia-class (Type 082) submarine,

  • Dassault Rafale

    Type Multirole fighter. Programme Development Milestones Design began June 82 Official go-ahead late 82 First order (demonstrator) 13 Apr 83 Rolled out 14 Dec 85 First flight 4 July 86 First flight, pre-production 19 May 91 Production go-ahead 23 Dec 92 First flight, production 24 Nov 98 First

  • Mk 50

    Type Helicopter and ship launched advanced lightweight torpedo. Development The Mk 50 torpedo (also known as the Barracuda) was originally part of the US Navy's Advanced LightWeight Torpedo (ALWT) programme and was developed as a successor to the Mk 46 Mod 5 (Neartip) torpedo (see separate entry)

  • Type 88 5.8 mm sniper rifle

    Description The Type 88 sniper rifle entered service with the Chinese Armed Forces in the late 1980's. Referred to as a 'sniper rifle', it fits more practically into the current class of Designated Marksmen Rifle (DMR). Chambered for the unique Chinese 5.8 × 42 mm cartridge, when originally