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Sunday, February 7, 2016

China’s New Cutting-Edge Tank

Rumors of a new Chinese light tank first surfaced in 2011 and now new details have emerged, including adjustable armor and a 105-mm gun.

The People’s Liberation Army developed its first tank in 1962. The Type 62/WZ-131 was designed to successfully navigate the low-capacity bridges and rugged terrain of southern China.

Continuing that tradition, Beijing is developing its latest light tank, and Chinese web portal Sina released details last month.

The website confirms earlier reports that the vehicle weighs roughly 35 tons and is equipped with a 105-mm gun.

While the website claims that the vehicle requires a crew of four, it’s cannon features an autoloader, which would eliminate the need for one crewmember.

The gun appears to have sights and optics based on the T-99A2, the Chinese army’s third generation main battle tank. It could also come with shell-tracking radar.

Cannon rounds could be capable of penetrating 500-mm armor, and the tank could fire gun-launched missiles.

The turret comes with detachable armor and is equipped with smoke grenade launchers and laser detectors.

As for the tank’s chassis, Sina reports that the vehicle features a liquid-gas suspension. This allows the tank to "crouch" in order to more effectively conceal itself. The suspension also stabilizes the vehicle during targeting, allowing for improved accuracy.

Beijing has demonstrated a wide range of military hardware units over the last year. During a military parade in September, Beijing demonstrated a large number of cruise and ballistic missiles.

Also in September, Aviation Industry Corp of China confirmed it had begun developing a fourth-generation attack helicopter with "stealth capability," set to enter into service by 2020.

Credit to Sputnik
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20160204/1034181100/china-light-tank.html#ixzz3zRkQRSLD

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Top Iranian General Threatens Israel With “Defensive” ICBM’s

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“If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.” (Proverbs 29:12)
The Iranian Emad – a liquid-fuel, intermediate-range ballistic missile. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Mohammad Agah)

The Iranian Army’s Chief of Staff announced plans to upgrade their missile program, despite threats of renewed sanctions, and accompanied his statement with an implied threat to Israel.

Major General Ataollah Salehi was quoted by the Tasneem news agency as saying, “Iran’s future missile program will become more precise and stronger, and these are deterrent weapons that pose no threat to our neighbors and friends, but are against enemies.”

“They are rather a threat to the enemies of this establishment. Israel should fully realize the meaning of this concept,” he added.

Iran was prohibited from conducting ballistic missile tests under UN Security Council resolution 1929, passed five years ago. This was valid until the recent nuclear deal went into effect January 16, when another UN Security Council resolution, passed immediately after the nuclear deal, went into effect, The revised resolution calls upon Iran to refrain for up to eight years from any work on ballistic missiles designed to carry nuclear weapons.

When asked by Tasneem reporters about the UN resolution and the possibility of sanctions, he explained that Iran will not be bound to comply with those possible resolutions and the Armed Forces will not care about them.

In October, Iran tested an Emad medium range ballistic missile, which UN sanctions monitors confirmed is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. This was followed one month later by yet another ballistic missile test, both of which were in direct violation of the UN resolution. Iran also publicized 14 underground “missile cities”.

In response to the missile tests, in December, US President Barack Obama threatened to implement new sanctions on Iran’s missile program. A day later Rouhani threatened that Tehran would accelerate the development of its arsenal. One day after Rouhani’s threat, President Obama announced he would delay the new sanctions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by ordering the Defense Ministry to continue production of missiles needed by the country’s Armed Forces “more quickly and seriously”.

The US has since implemented sanctions on 11 entities and individuals connected to the Iranian missile program, while, at the same time, lifting sanctions connected with Iran’s nuclear program.

This is not the first time a high-ranking Iranian official has taunted the US over missile restrictions. In response to the threats of US sanctions last month, General Hossein Salami, head of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, said to Fars new agency:

“We tell the Americans that we will further expedite enhancement of our missile capabilities as long as they massacre the Palestinian children, as long as they bury Yemen’s oppressed children in their houses, as long as they displace the Muslim nation of Syria, as long as they attack the houses of the Pakistanis, as long as they occupy the Islamic lands and as long as they support the Zionist regime to bomb Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.”

Credit to Breaking Israel News
Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/60665/top-iranian-general-threatens-israel-with-defensive-icbms-middle-east/#Lq8Vo1oLrR72EebW.99