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24 January 2019 Military News

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  • US Completes 20-Year-Long Naval Nuclear Warhead Overhaul Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- The US has completed a two-decade-long project to refurbish and update the W76 nuclear warhead in use on US Navy submarine-launched ballistic missiles, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced Wednesday. However, the larger problem of its Trident missile delivery system remains.
  • US Upgrade of Nuclear Forces to Cost More Than Expected Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- The Trump administration's plans to accelerate the modernization of US nuclear forces over the next 10 years will likely cost around $494 billion, a full $94 billion more than previously expected, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in an estimate released on Thursday.
  • Chinese, Russian Anti-Satellite Tech Puts US 'Space Assets at Risk' - Report Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- A new report released by the US National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) on Wednesday is claiming that Chinese and Russian military forces are using advanced and counterspace technologies for warfighting strategies in an effort to "challenge US superiority."
  • Joint Simulation Environment inches closer to reality US Air Force 24 Jan 2019 -- The 412th Electronic Warfare Group is one step closer to bringing the Joint Simulation Environment to life at Edwards Air Force Base. The 412th EWG recently began work to pave the way for ultimately building a new facility to house the JSE.
  • Essex Arrives in Phuket NNS 24 Jan 2019 -- The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Phuket, Thailand Jan. 24 for a port visit.
  • John C. Stennis, Cassard Complete Joint Training NNS 24 Jan 2019 -- The open ocean is a vast and sometimes unpredictable area in which the world's navies operate. Maritime forces must often rely on helping hands from allies to complete missions.
  • Navy Denies All Pending Camp Lejeune Federal Tort Claims Act Claims NNS 24 Jan 2019 -- The health and welfare of service members, veterans, civilians, and their families is the Department of the Navy's (DoN) leading priority. For more than two decades, the Navy and Marine Corps have supported and assisted the study of possible impacts of water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. To date, approximately 4,400 Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) administrative claims have been filed alleging personal injury or wrongful death resulting from exposure to contaminants from the 1950s to the 1980s.
  • US Navy Vessels Sail Through Taiwan Strait Despite Beijing's Past Warnings Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- The US Navy sailed two of its vessels through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the US Pacific Fleet, which oversees operations in the area, and Taiwan's Ministry of Defense both confirmed.
  • MND confirms two U.S. Navy vessels sailed through Taiwan Strait CNA 24 Jan 2019 -- Two United States Navy vessels sailed through the Taiwan Strait Thursday, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed that day.
  • NATO Secretary General in Davos: the transatlantic Alliance is strong NATO 24 Jan 2019 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed the importance of strong transatlantic cooperation and institutions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday (24 January 2019). The Secretary General took part in a panel session on the 'Future of the Transatlantic Alliance', together with German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, former US Secretary of State John Kerry and Professor Kishore Mahbubani of the National University of Singapore.
  • U.S. Official Accuses Russia Of Stonewalling On Missile Treaty Demands RFE/RL 24 Jan 2019 -- Russia is unlikely to meet U.S. demands for more verification on a missile system Washington says has violated a key Cold War treaty, the lead U.S. negotiator on arms control issues said.
  • Germany Claims Russia Lacks Transparency Despite Demostration of 9M729 Missile Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on 23 January after meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Russia had "failed to provide enough transparency" on the 9M729 missile, which, according to Washington's claims, allegedly violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
  • Sweden Says Russian Military Planes Briefly Violated Airspace RFE/RL 24 Jan 2019 -- The Swedish military says a Russian reconnaissance plane and two fighter jets briefly violated Sweden's air space on the country's Baltic Sea coast.
  • Russian Su-27 Jet Scrambled to Intercept Swedish Reconnaissance Aircraft Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- The Russian airspace control equipment spotted the Swedish reconnaissance aircraft Gulfstream over the Baltic Sea close to the Russian border, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the Russian Su-27 jet was scrambled to intercept it.
  • Russia Confirms 'Private Security Companies' Operating Amid Unrest In Sudan RFE/RL 24 Jan 2019 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry says private Russian companies are training the army in Sudan, confirming their presence in the African country being shaken by mass street demonstrations by opposition forces.
  • Chinese Rocket Forces Simulate ICBM Launch From 'Underground Great Wall' Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- China's strategic and tactical missile forces have practiced firing intercontinental ballistic missiles from a post deep underground, Chinese media reported.
  • China settles 480,000 veterans in 2018 Global Times 24 Jan 2019 -- China is conducting a census on the number and living conditions of its military veterans as the country strives to arrange for their settlement and improve their life.
  • China should learn from Su-57: experts Global Times 24 Jan 2019 -- Although many Chinese military observers are pessimistic over Russia's latest fighter jet Su-57's capability, a senior Chinese warplane designer believes the Su-57 has a very unique concept, and China should learn from it despite the country already operating the J-20 fighter.
  • Chinese Military Aircraft Flexes Muscles Flying Near Taiwan Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- On Tuesday, Chinese military aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel, a waterway between Taiwan and the Philippines, according to Taiwan's defense ministry.
  • Indian Navy Operationalises Third Airbase in Indian Ocean Region Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- INS Kohassa is the third naval air base in Andaman after INS Utkrosh at Port Blair and INS Baaz at Campbell Bay. The three airbases together will be of vital strategic advantage to the Indian Navy as they lie close to the Malacca Straits – the world's busiest shipping route, fulfilling two-third of China's energy requirements.
  • India Follows Chinese Footsteps in Africa With First Multi-Nation Military Drill Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- The 10-day joint exercise named "India-Africa Field Training" will be conducted with a focus on anti-terror operations, humanitarian action, and joint peace operations at the Aundh Military station and College of Military Engineering in Pune, India.
  • Iranian Army's Ground Force to hold maneuver Friday IRNA 24 Jan 2019 -- Commander of Iranian Army's Ground Force Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari announced on Thursday that a 2-day military maneuver dubbed as 'Eghtedar-e- 97' (Authority- 97) will kick off on Friday in a wide area of Isfahan province.
  • Israel deploys 'Iron Dome' after Syria warns of retaliatory strike on Ben Gurion airport Press TV 24 Jan 2019 -- The Israeli military has deployed the so-called "Iron Dome" missile systems in Tel Aviv and other parts of the occupied territories after Syria warned of a retaliatory strike on the Ben Gurion airport if the UN fails to stop the regime's aerial acts of aggression against the Arab country.
  • Iron Dome Reportedly Set Up in Tel Aviv as Damascus Mulls Retaliatory Strike Sputnik 24 Jan 2019 -- Israel conducted airstrikes on Damascus International Airport on 20 and 21 January after it intercepted a missile over the Golan Heights. The IDF claims to have targeted Iranian military bases.
  • Pakistan conducts launch of short range ballistic missile IRNA 24 Jan 2019 -- Pakistan successfully conducted the training launch of short range surface to surface ballistic missile "Nasr" on Thursday to enhance the operational efficiency of Army Strategic Forces, said the military's media wing.
  • Pakistan Equips Military With Tactical Nuke-capable Missile VOA 24 Jan 2019 -- Pakistan launched a short-range ballistic missile Thursday, formally equipping the military with a nuclear-capable rocket that officials say would deter a surprise conventional attack against the country by rival India.

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