Friday, October 30, 2009

DPP Legislators want to drive Chen Sisi out of Taiwan

Chen Sisi@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

Miss Chen Sisi, a PLA major officer and singer of China’s PLA Art Troupe, has arrived in Taiwan for her concert Beautiful Road at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall scheduled on Oct. 31, 2009.

According to the Taiwan media, Chen Sisi in Taiwan has led to anxiety and restlessness from some politicians of Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Oct. 30, 2009, the DPP legislators Lai Tak and Pan Meng-an said that the Second Artillery of PLA (which Chen Sisi belongs to) is a troop unit preparing to attack Taiwan with missiles, and they asked the Taiwan administration to drive Chen Sisi and her accompaniers out of Taiwan.

As soon as Chen Sisi landed Taiwan, she visited the resting place of the late Taiwan famous pop singer Terasa Teng to deliver her admiration and respect to this late Taiwan singer. She also visited Taipei National Yang Ming Rehabilitation Center to interact with the physically and mentally handicapped people there. She watched their performance and presented small gifts to them.

In mainland of China, Chen Sisi has a nick name “Little Teresa Teng”. The late Taiwan singer Teresa Teng, who is always admired by Chen Sisi was an immensely popular and influential Chinese pop singer from Taiwan. Teresa Teng's voice and songs are instantly recognized throughout east Asia, south east Asia, and in worldwide areas with large Asian populations. Her songs not only enjoy the people on both sides of the Taiwan strait, but also enjoy huge popularity among Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, and Indonesian people.

Teresa Teng suffered from asthma in her late years. She died on May 8,1995 from a severe respiratory attack while she was taking vacation in Thailand. She was 42.She was given a state funeral in Taiwan. Her casket was draped over with the flag of Republic of China------blue sky, white sun, and red ground.

In the early years of her popularity, Teresa Teng had ever dated with Jackie Chan. Due to many unkown reasons, they finally did not go together.

To know more about Teresa Teng, please click the link below to enjoy her song Mei Hua (Plum Flower) in the video, which was shot in 1981. The plum flower is the national flower of the Republic of China (Taiwan).



The song says,"Plum flower, plum flower is all over under the sky. She blossoms more and more when it becomes colder and colder. She never fears ice, snow, wind, and rain. She is my national flower. Look! She blossoms all over the field, wherever there is soil. Her toughness is the emblem of our great China!"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Do not let our soldiers die in vain in Afghanistan

While our soldiers are fighting with blooding for the stability and democracy in Afghanistan, what did Afghan President Karzai and some of his guys do? They busted the August election by “widespread fraud”. To this event, President Karzai is continually trying to deflect the blame for the fraud that was committed on his behalf, said that is “foreign propaganda”.

Shouldn’t President Karzai say sorry to his people who were injured or even was finger-cut by Taliban due to taking part in the August election? Shouldn’t President Karzai say sorry to his people who risked their lives to the poll stations in August? Shouldn’t Mr. Karzai say sorry to our fallen soldiers in Afghan battlefield since he became the president of Afghanistan?

Canadian soldiers and NATO are fighting in Afghanistan on behalf of the Afghan government. Oct. 28, 2009, while training Afghan police, Canadian Lt. Justin Garrett Boyes was hit by the improvised explosive device (IED). He was the 132nd Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Under the leadership of NATO, Canadians soldiers are contributing to the effort to provide stability to the Afghan population. We Canadians know that only in a stable environment, we could, in concert with the Afghan government, extend basic services and humanitarian assistance to those in need in Afghanistan.

Taliban did not ruin the Afghan people’s confidence on the August election, but Mr. Karzai and the guys on his behalf did. They did what Taliban dreamed of but was not be able to do.

According to the Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), On November 7, a presidential run-off will be held in Afghanistan to choose the new president between the incumbent president Karzai and his rival Abdullah Abdullah. Hope the fraud will not happen again in Afghanistan, although the UN chief there lacks of confidence on that.

To these guys busted the election on behalf of Mr. Karzai, I have to say, please do not let our soldiers die in vain in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Taiwan expects the first PLA soldier's landing


Taiwan strait looks going to peace and even harmony. Taiwan's Today's News reported that China’s most famous folk singer Chen Sisi, an actress of People's Liberation Army Art Troupe will held her concert Beautiful Road on October 31, 2009 in the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

In China, Chen is also a representative of the Tenth National People’s Congress. In the upcoming concert, she will sing some songs of Taiwan late famous pop singer Teresa Teng besides her songs from mainland of China. The Hongkong artists Jackie Chan and the Taiwan artist Chi Yu will be also the special guests of the concert. The Taiwan Cultural Association of Performance and Art Brokerage headed by Taiwan famous artist Hsu Nai-lin has been organizing this concert.

When Chen Sisi accepted the Taiwan media interview, She said, "To prepare for this concert, we spent almost a year. We are going to use music to enhance the cultural exchanges between two sides of the strait and are going to use the songs to deliver the Chinese mind and the emotion across the strait."

Please click the link above to watch and listen to the song THE RED SUN by Chen Sisi.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

U.S. sells Apache AH-64Ds to India



U.S. is up the ante for India on India’s gambling table in Asia. On Oct. 23, 2009, Boeing announced that Boeing is seeking to sell Apache Longbow and CH-47F Chinook helicopters to India.

Vivek Lall, vice president and India country head for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems said, "Boeing believes the Apache and Chinook helicopters are the most capable and cost-effective rotorcraft to meet India's defense and transport requirements. The Apache will be a capable and lethal defender of India's troops and assets, while the Chinook will answer many of the country's military and humanitarian needs."

India is going to purchase 22 attack helicopters and 15 transport helicopters and has not set a date to announce the acceptance of the winning offers.

The combat proven AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter is the latest model of Apache attack helicopters, which meet the worldwide military demands for attack and reconnaissance. The apache helicopters have been sold to Egypt, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Netherland, Republic of China (Taiwan), Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.

The Boeing CH-47F Chinook is a twin-engine, heavy-lift and high-altitude transport helicopter. Its roles include troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply, humanitarian, disaster relief, search and rescue, and firefight in a variety of climatic conditions.

With these helicopters, India will be much easier to attack enemies and deploy ground forces on high altitude area around Everest.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The day to be defeated is not far

Chinese navy@Yaomin Peng

These days, the TV series THE SEA are on the air in China by the China Central Television (CCTV). The TV series are a tribute to the 60 anniversary of Chinese PLA navy. In one episode, the hero expressed his worry on the development of Chinese navy, saying “The day to be defeated on the Pacific Ocean is not far”. Actually the crises waiting for China, I think, are not only on the Pacific Ocean.

As we know, China is a country that extremely relies on imported resources and international trade. As statistics from China, 90% of its foreign trade relies on marine transportation. From January to November of 2008, more than 1,200 Chinese ships registered in China went through routes off Somali coast in Indian Ocean.

Recently, the Indian famous strategic expert Subramaniam wrote on Indian media suggesting Indian government to accelerate the construction of infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh and near the Control Line of Indian-Chinese Border. The article also suggests that the Indian Government does not need to worry this action will lead to a war between India and China, because of China’s heavy reliance on oil transportation line going through the Indian Ocean.

We all know that China’s lifeline abroad is too vulnerable due to its weak navy in far oceans. Several days ago, the hijack of Chinese bulk carrier De Xin Hai showed the weakness of China to the entire world again. We also know, in the next 5 to 10 years, Indian navy will have 3 to 4 carrier battle groups cruising on oceans. If a war breaks out between India and China five years later, India will easily cut off China’s lifeline on oceans with its carrier battle groups. How long can the Chinese mighty war-machine run without supplies it desperately needs? The answer is obvious to us.

These years, Chinese people have been intoxicated by the fast growing GDP in their country. They like to hear flattering words regarding their country’s fast development due to over dignities created by the weapon embargo from the western countries. Receiving information mostly from the censored domestic media, not many of them realize the crises they are facing and that a mighty navy is the shield and foundation of their development on land. On this point, India has done much better than China.

Without a strong naval force to protect China’s vulnerable arteries on oceans, Chinese navy will soon know that the day to be defeated is not far, not only on the Pacific Ocean.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Analysts: Chinese Vessel Ambushed with Plan Ahead

Some analysts said the incident of vessel De Xin Hai was not a coincidental event but a planned ambush.

Usually the safe distance off coast is 600 nautical miles for a cargo ship to avoid attacking from pirates. As experience, a pirate boat either is not able to reach this off-coastal distance, or even it is able to reach so far, it will not have enough fuel to return to the coast if the pirates on it fails to find a target.

But recently Chinese Bulk Carrier De Xin Hai was hijacked at 980 nautical away from the Somali coast. Did pirates possess a ship, which had a 2,000 plus nautical-mile range? There has been no such a report yet. The analysts believed that the pirates could successfully attack the cargo ship De Xin Hai, mostly was because the pirates had probably established their intelligence network across continents.

These years, so much ransom from so many successful hijacks has accumulated a huge mountain of treasure for Somali pirates. In living, they have their luxury houses and cars. On their so-called jobs, they are equipped with satellite phones, GPS, and other advanced communications equipment, as well as automatic weapons, rocket propelled grenades. They have been well trained and highly organized. With large funds turned from ransom, the pirates have already established their cross-continental intelligence network, although the network maybe is only at its early stage. With big money, it is easy for the pirates to find moles in some harbors or get some information from personnel who love money there.

Upon this supposition, the analysts said the incident of vessel De Xin Hai was not a coincidental event but a planned ambush. From a mole in the arrival port or the departure port, the pirates could easily get the information on the nationality, name, and route of the ship De Xin Hai, as well as its estimated arrival time (EAT) and estimated departure time (EDT). Thus, they could easily calculate out when the targeted ship De Xin Hai would appear at a specific area on waters. With accurate intelligence, these pirates did not need to play darts any more on the ocean and worry about how to take their small boat back if they missed the target. What they needed was just a one-way sail. Following the intelligence in hands, they sailed their boat to the ambush-area at a specific time and then waited on the appearance of the targeted ship De Xin Hai.

Due to the one-way sail to the ambush this time, their attack range certainly was extended almost double from original 600 nautical miles to recent 1,000 nautical miles. This is why Chinese vessel De Xin Hai was hijacked 980 miles away off the Somali coast several days ago.

The incident of vessel De Xin Hai tells us, Somali pirates will be more and more difficult to deal with in the future. With their intelligence, the pirates will be able to cover more off-coastal area as long as weather allows. And more, with the information they get in advance, the pirates will be able to specially find fully loaded ships to ambush. These fully loaded ships are easy to climb because of their slow speeds and low heights of deck-railings above water. When the vessel De Xin Hai was hijacked, it was fully loaded with coal and its speed was only 8 knots.

If the countries in the world still could not cooperate well on eradicating the Somali pirates, the analysts said, the pirates would feel much easier to win the future battles against some countries with weaker navies.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Somali Pirates' Tough Quiz to China

The whole world is watching the development of Vessel De Xin Hai incident. Chinese navy is facing an unprecedented challenge, because this is the first time its warships sail to the international waters with a battle-ready status, and it is the first time Chinese navy bears a mission to protect China’s interests outside of its traditional waters.

The Somali pirates put a tough quiz in front of the Chinese navy and its government. Will China solve it well?

Now the hijacked cargo ship is sailing towards Somali coast. October 20, 2009, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told a regular press conference that China would make every effort to rescue the crew and the hijacked bulk carrier De Xin Hai.

As a response to the upcoming rescue from China, the ringleader of the pirates threatened that any rescue would cause the killings of these Chinese sailors.

Two Chinese missile frigates are rushing with full speed (27 knots) to the point where the Chinese vessel De Xin Hai was hijacked. Because the hijack happened 1080 nautical miles away from their converging point A, the two frigates are estimated to reach the accident-area by October 21, 2009.

The two frigates (named Xuzhou and Zhoushan respectively) belong to the third escort flotilla Chinese navy put in the waters off Somalia. On September 18, 2009, they just took part in a joint anti-terror exercise with Russian warships in the Gulf of Aden. Each of them is equipped with a Z-9C helicopter. There are several ten commandos on the two warships. This time, what waiting for these soldiers are not a drill any more.

Will China and its navy be smart enough to handle this hot potato the pirates baked for them? It is worth watching.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Freight Saving Turns to Ransom Paying

According to Chinese media, the Chinese 40,892-ton bulk carrier De Xin Hai was hijacked in India Ocean on Oct. 19, 2009 at the point of 550 nautical miles northeast of Seychelles and 700 nautical miles off the east coast of Somalia. This point is southeasterly 1080 nautical miles away from the converging point A of China's escort fleet in the Gulf of Aden.

The media analyzed that this Chinese vessel went up alone near Seychelles was probably because the vessel’s owner could not afford to wait on a group escort organized by the Chinese naval flotilla. Since the end of last year, the freight rate of bulk carriers has dropped dramatically. Waiting for a group escort will cause a big loss on the freight.

The hijacked ship belongs to China Qingdao Ocean Shipping Co., Ltd. When it met the pirates on the sea, it was loaded with bulk coal and sailing from South Africa to India. There are 25 sailors on board with Chinese nationality.

This ship is a new ship and was just christened at China Shanghai Jiangnan shipyard in Sept. 2008. It is a Panamax-type vessel, which is 225m long and 32.26m wide. Its maximum load is 76,528 tons. Its speed is 8 knots. Its main routes are: America to Europe and Far East, Australia to Japan and Singapore. It is sometimes also used for Chinese coastal freight. The types of its cargo include coal, coke, grain, chemical fertilizer, mixed ore, aluminum powder, cement, and other bulk goods.

On Oct. 19, 2009, after the hijack, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China reminded the Chinese ships in the Indian Ocean not to close to 1,000 nautical miles east of Somali coast and 350 nautical miles north of Seychelles in order to avoid accidents.

Saving freight-cost probably caused this accident. Whether the pirates will extort a big ransom for the ship’s release, we have to wait and see. Hope it will not be freight saving comes to ransom paying.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Stranded in Shallow Water, Chinese Navy's Fate


The Beidou navigation system being developed by China is becoming a fatal obstacle on the route of Chinese navy. These years, more and more people realize that the Beidou navigation system does not fit for military utilization. Chinese navy maybe will never be a real blue-water navy because of this system, although more and more Chinese naval fleets have sailed to the waters off Somalia for training under the excuse of anti-piracy.

Chinese flotillas on oceans now have to rely on the GPS system of United States or the GLONASS system of Russia to find their positions on international waters. To get rid of this situation, China began to develop its own Beidou Navigation System in year 2000.

Today the Beidou system is able to cover the area of China and part of its neighbourhood. The newly launched Beidou-2 (Compass) Plan in April of 2009 is going to add the satellites from recent 2 to 35. If the plan is completed as schedule, the Beidou system will become a global navigation system in the future.

This huge project seems perfect, but it unfortunately has a fatal defect when it is used on military purpose.

Unlike a GPS remote terminal or a GLONASS remote terminal, which takes the responsibility of calculating its own position once having received data from the satellites, a remote terminal of the Beidou system does not calculate its own position by itself. To get its own position, a remote terminal of the Beidou system has to send a signal via the satellites to the ground control centre first. After the ground control centre processes the received data, it transmits a signal back to the remote terminal via the satellites to tell where the remote terminal is. This positioning procedure will be fatal to a remote terminal during a war. It means a battleship or a combat vehicle equipped with a Beidou remote terminal has to break its silence in a war by sending a signal out to get its position from the Beidou system. When a warship or a combat vehicle knows the position of itself through the Beidou navigation system, it has also exposed its position to the opponent at the mean time.

Since the Beidou Plan started in October 2000, nine years have passed. It seems impossible that China is able to go back now to fix this problem from scratch.

Without a suitable navigation and positioning system, Chinese Navy will never be a real blue-water naval force such as Russian navy and US navy. To go into oceans, Chinese navy still has a too long route to sail. First of all, it has got off on a wrong foot due to the Beidou navigation system. Stranded in shallow water maybe is Chinese navy's fate.

For latest update, please see http://peterpeng210.blogspot.com/2011/04/beidou-navigation-system-goes-to.html

China’s fighter jets have home-made engines

Chinese made engines@Yaomin Peng

Alarm is on. NATO will keep more alert to China. Right before the 60th anniversary of this far-eastern country, NATO noted that China’s new produced fighters had been successfully equipped with China's own-made WS-10 engines. It finished the history of importing Russia’s AL-31-FN engines in this country.

The WS-10 engines were designed and developed by China Shengyang Liming Engine Corporation (CSLEC). The design started in 1987. Due to technical problems it took China more than 20 years to make WS-10 engines perfect.

The WS-10 engine has four different variants ranging from A to D. The WS-10A, WS-10C, and WS-10D are respectively used on J-10, J-11, and J-10C Chinese fighters, while the WS-10B is a variant for Chinese transport or commercial aircrafts. Now the WS-10D is being modified further to fit the F-12 fighter compatible to F-35 fighter, a 5th generation’s fighter of USA.

Let’s look back into the history in China. In 1998 six WS-10A engines were installed on J-10 fighters on trial for the first time. Two years later (Y2K), WS-10C engines began to replace AL-31-FN engines imported from Russia on some Russia-made Su-27 fighters (China named them J-11 fighters). In November of 2005, WS-10A engines were formally used on J-10 fighters. Now all of the WS-10 variants become finally perfect to power the J-10, the J-11, and J-10C fighters.

NATO has been watching closely the development of WS-10 engines. Some NATO experts said that China’s success on WS-10 engines had greatly upgraded this country’s aviation industry, and it even pushed China’s aviation industry into a new era.

Besides the WS-10 engine’s development, the developing plan for the J-10, J-11, and J-10C fighters can be mentioned as a Chinese version of Apollo Plan. According to the information collected from China, more than 150,000 people participated directly or indirectly into the development of these fighters. NATO believes the 20-year-plus of exploration on these fighters has largely improved Chinese fighters’ propulsion systems, stealth, and flying control systems, and it has paved the way for the trial production of the J-12 fighter, a Chinese 4th generation’s fighter, which is similar to F-35, a 5th generation’s fighter of the United States.

Alarm sounds. NATO has to be keeping alert.

Newest Update on Oct. 06, 2009: China Aviation Museum has just showed the China-made WS-10 engine (Military version FWS-10) (See the picture above). The museum said that the FWS-10s has been produced in batch and formally used for J-10 and J-11 fighters.

A New Icon to Set Up in Vancouver Before the 2010 Olympic Games


Nearly four months before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Vancouver, a 65-meter turbine tower is set to build atop Grouse Mountain. The construction will begin on September 23, 2009. Vancouver will have one more icon to welcome the tourists from all of the world during the games.

Grouse Mountain is the site of a well-known ski area and tourist attraction located in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The tower is designed to be both an electricity-generating facility and a tourist attraction. After the construction is completed in early 2010, it will generate 1.5 megawatts of power to cover 1/4 of electrical usage on Grouse Mountain. This wind turbine will also be the first in the world to have a viewpod which can be accessed with an elevator inside the tower. The viewpod will be able to hold up to 37 people and offer vistas of Vancouver and an up-close look at the spinning blades.

Vancouver will soon be the focus of the world. The new tower is bound to give people a beautiful impression during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

China has a say on AWACS aircrafts

An aircraft Y-9 AWACS will guide the aerial formations in the air show of China’s National Day parade on October 1, 2009. With the Y-9 AWACS to lead the first formation, China is trying to tell the world its message on the exploration of Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS).

The AWACS is an airborne radar system designed to detect aircraft hundreds of miles away. The service ceiling of the Chinese Y-9 AWACS is more than 34,000 feet high. At this altitude, it can detect aircraft from up to 250 miles away and cover an area of more than 120,500 square miles, which is almost equal to 1/3 of European area. In combat, it can distinguish between friendly and hostile aircraft and guide missile units and air forces to attack and counter attack.

The radar system on the Y-9 AWACS is called Active Phased Array Radars. It was designed by the Research Institute of Electronics Technology located in Nanjing, China. It is said to be superior to the Israeli IAI/Elta Phalcon radar system and be able to track more targets at a greater range. It is equipped on a airframe of Y-9 transport aircraft, which is a C-130J class transport aircraft produced by Shanxi Aircraft Company in China. It is powered by four Wojiang FWJ-6C turbo engines, and equipped with 6-bladed JL-4 composite propellers.

China’s attemp to have its own AWACS started from early 1970. At the end of last century, China ever tried to buy four IAI/Elta Phalcon radar systems from Israel. In July of 2000, under the pressure of the United States, Israel had to rip off the $1 billion agreement on selling these systems to China. Then China developed out KJ-2000 as its AWACS comprising domestically designed electronics and radars installed on a modified Russian Ilyushin IL-76 airframe. Around 2003, Russia significantly raised price on all future IL-76s to China despite previous contract.

Recently China went through the throny jungles set by US and Russia at last. With its domestic radar system mounted on its home-made Y-9 aircarft fuselage, China can finally have a say in the world regarding AWACS aircrafts.

The Spratly Islands exposed China’s Weakness


China does not have long-range stealth strategic bombers and an aircraft carrier. This is the weakness hindering China to protect its interests in the South China Sea.

Within the sea, there are over 200 identified islands and reefs, most of them within the Spratly Islands. Ancient Chinese regimes had already put the islands into China’s territory several hundred years ago, although the islands were almost 1000 km away from China’s main land-territory. Because this area was found full of resources of oil, gas, and fishing, the confrontations between China and some countries near the islands always could be heard, especially after 1968.

China now has its modified H-6H long-range bombers, JH-7A fighter-bombers, and the battleships which are able to cruise out of its territorial waters. Because China has no heavy stealth bombers or aircraft carriers, China can only use these bombers and warships in the future conflicts in/near its land-territory. If China use them to fight for the islands which are 1000 km down in the South China Sea, the un-stealth H-6H and JH-7A will feel difficult to break through the anti-aircraft heavy defenses set up by the opponents, and more, China’s warships there will not be covered by the fighters which should come from a friendly aircraft carrier near them.

Turning back to see the wars Serbia, Iraq, and Afghanistan launched by the United States since 1990s, we could find the tactics were always: first, the Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups gathered on waters near the battle region. Then, B-2 stealth strategic bombers which took off from the stateside of the United States sneaked through the enemies’ extremely dense anti-aircraft defenses and destroyed opponents’ most important targets. Third, with the fighters covering the Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups in the air, the Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups launched enough cruise missiles to paralyse all of the enemies’ communication and combat systems.

From the combat-style above we know, China still has no ability to launch these modern Blitzkriegs the United States usually did. Before China has its heavy stealth bombers and an aircraft carrier, it has to argue on the table with some countries near the Spratly Islands with patience.

The ‘Regina’, A Warship Loved by Canadians

Canadian Navy@Yaomin Peng

Canadian Navy is always the honour and love of Canadian citizens. Someday this year, near a hundred of Canadian citizens boarded on Canadian Naval Frigate ‘Regina’ (FFH 334) to show their respect to the Canadian Navy. During the citizens were cruising on the frigate near the Canadian west coast, they visited the facilities on the ship, watched performances arranged by Canadian naval force, and had a lunch together with the sailors on board.

The Canadian Frigate ‘Regina’ is also a warship welcomed twice by Chinese Navy in Shanghai, the biggest city of China.
In August of 2004, led by Commodore Roger Girouard, head of the Canadian Pacific Fleet, the frigate ‘Regina’ and her crew arrived in Shanghai of China for a four-day visit.

In August of 2006, The Frigate ‘Regina’ with 233 people on board arrived in Shanghai of China again. Commodore Bruce Donaldson, Commander of the Canadian Pacific Fleet, commanded her that time. During their stay, Commodore Donaldson and his sailors visited a guided missile frigate designed and produced by China and spent six wonderful days there.

Virtual Tours in Canada with Google Maps

Google Map@Yaomin Peng

On October 7, 2009, Google started its Street View service in Canada, which has been available in the United States since 2007. Some people said that terrorists would feel easier to plan attacks in Canada with the panoramic street views from the Google search.

Whether the service will be used for terror, I have no idea about this. Although it is really beyond my ken, one thing is obvious, that if you have a relative, a friend, or a classmate living in big cities of Canada, the new service from Google Maps will satisfy your curiosity on what their homes look like and what the city looks like.

Instead coming to Canada to find out before, now you just need to type the address into the Google search. Once the map shows up, click and drag the yellow human-shape (on the top of the zooming bar) on to the position you want to view, and the Google Maps will offer you high resolution, 360-degree street-level images of the place you are expecting to see.
The panoramic images were captured earlier this year with cars mounted with special cameras driving down the streets of Canadian big cities.

Now going to Canada is easy, uh? You do not need to pay for the jets. The virtual tours with Google Maps can show you exactly what the streets and somebody’s home look like. Will the Google new service be used by bad guys in Canada? We have to wait and see.

China’s Retaliation on U.S. with Drones

Chinese UAV@Yaomin Peng

China is revenging on U.S. with its newly developed combat drones. According to the news from China, recently China’s unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) are going to overseas. On the international arms exhibition, BRIDEX 2009, held in August in Brunei, China’s medium-sized CH-3 UCAVs were welcomed by many countries from Asia Pacific and Middle East. Besides China, some arms dealers from US and Canada, such as Raytheon Company, Piper Aircraft, Lockheed Martin, Harris Corp., CAE, and Bell Helicopter, showed their products there.

The CH-3 drone is the first kind of UCAV China pushed to the international market. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, No.11 Branch designed it.

The CH-3 is 5.5m long with wingspan 8.0m. Its take-off weight is 640kg, and its maximum load is 100kg.The CH-3 has service ceiling of 6,000m high with cruise altitude 3,000 to 5,000m. Its range is 2,400km. To take off from a runway, the CH-3 is also equipped with a 3-point landing gear.

For the reconnaissance purpose, an opto-electronics equipment is mounted under the CH-3’s belly. The CH-3 can also carry up to two AR-1 anti-tank missiles. To fit the maximum load of the CH-3, the AR-1 missile is specially designed to a weight of only 45kg with 6.8 kilograms of high-explosives in its warhead. The missile is guided by IR plus a combination of GPS and inertial guidance once it is launched to the target. It is able to penetrate 1.4m armor. It can also be used to destroy fortifications and other fixed targets.

In 1994 China bought some IAI Harpy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Israel. In 2004, when the UAVs were returned to Israel under contract to be upgraded, the United States demanded that Israel detain the Harpy UAVs and nullify the contract. The United States insisted the Harpy contained U.S. technology, although Israel argued that the Harpy was an indigenously designed UAV. In 2005, the Harpy UAVs were returned to China without being upgraded.

The Israeli Harpy is a UAV designed to attack opponent’s radar. It can be launched from a launcher mounted on a ground vehicle or a surface ship far away from the war zone. Once the sensor of the Harpy finds the enemy’s radar, the UAV makes a nearly vertical dive to the target and destroy it with its high-explosive warhead.


The IAI Harpy is smaller than China-made CH-3. Its length is 2.7m, and its wingspan is only 2.1m. Its range is 1/5 of that of CH-3, maximum 500 km. The Harpy is armed with a 32kg air-to-ground missile with a high-explosive warhead.

Now China is selling its own UCAVs under the eyes of the United States. Some analysts say that China is giving the United States a lesson with selling its newly born drones.

Indian navy will soon be ready to beat China

The altercation between India and China these years often could be heard from the media. The two countries have unsolved border problems, which have lasted for 60 years. Recently, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the controversial boarder region Arunachal Pradesh for an election rally. China expressed strong dissatisfaction over his visit to this disputed area.

To become a regional tycoon in South East Asia, India has been working hard in the past several decades. Recently, as one part of the global strategy to isolate China, the United States has agreed to help India modernize its military technologies. Meanwhile, the U.S. is going to sell advanced weapons and military systems to India. The arms dealers Lockheed Martin and Boeing are marching into Indian market. And more, this year the code of the annually joint ground-drill between the United States and India was escalated from last year’s ‘Anti-Terror’ to this time’s ‘War Study’. On October 19, 2009 the air forces between U.S. and India will hold another joint exercise coded ‘Cope India-09’ together. Under the aids of the United States, India is striving for the status of a military giant to best China. This article below will say something on the fast development of Indian navy.

Different from China that it does not have an aircraft carrier and just announced it had the ability to build an aircraft carrier, India will expand the number of its aircraft carriers from recent one to four before 2019. Inevitably, Indian navy will become the strongest navy in the region of South East Asia in next 5 to 10 years.

Recently, India’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is being renovated out from Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov in Russia. To get this second-hand carrier from Russia, India is going to pay USD2.9 billion which covers the complement of its aircraft. When the Gorshkov contract was signed in 2004, the deal for this 40,000-ton carrier and its aircraft was only 1.5 billion US dollars. To finally get the carrier, India has agreed to pay the total cost demanded by Russia. The sea trial of the INS Vikramaditya (Gorshkov) is scheduled between 2011 and 2012. It will be put into service in 2014.

The INS Vikramaditya (Gorshkov) was originally slated to replace the incumbent carrier INS Viraat. But after four mid-service refits during Sept.1993 to Aug.2009, the Viraat has had its engine and hull refurbished, and its electronics upgraded, so it will continue to serve Indian naval force till 2019.

Besides the two carriers above, India now is building a 40,000-ton aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at its state-run Cochin Shipyard in the southern state of Kerala. The shipbuilding yard is going to complete the project and hand over the carrier to the 137-ship Indian navy by 2012.

After completion, the carrier INS Vikrant will carry 30 Russian- and locally-made jet fighters (Mig-29K and HAL Tejas), as well as up to 10 Kamov Ka-31 or HAL Dhruv helicopters.

The carrier is 260m long (853 feet). It will be powered by four gas turbines and have a range of 7,500 nautical miles (13,890km). It will have a top speed of 28 knots (52km/h) and will carry 160 officers and 1,400 sailors.Another order for the fourth aircraft carrier in the series of INS Vikrant is expected to be placed by 2010. It is planned to be inducted into the Indian navy by 2017.

From above we know India will have up to four aircraft carriers cruising on oceans before 2019. Along with the construction of the carriers, India is building other 19 warships, including frigates and corvettes, and buying patrol-boats. Indian navy will be much stronger than Chinese navy five years later. If Indian navy can be equipped with some advanced defensive systems from U.S. (f.g. Aegis Combat Systems), this day will come much quicker. Indian navy will be ready to best China soon.