PANO – All units under the General Department of Techniques effectively fulfilled set targets during the recent "Peak month of action" campaign. Accordingly, they ensured weapons and military equipment in good conditions for units in charge of carrying out training and combat readiness, protecting national sovereignty, and conducting search and rescue missions. They also installed guns on ships of the Vietnam Coast Guard, reviewed and approved software to identify firearm serial numbers, manufactured modules on specialized equipment, and replaced gas engines with diesel ones on armored personnel carriers. The units also safely received and stored weapons, military equipment and technical materials. On the occasion of the coming Lunar New Year or Tet festival, they have spent over VND 4.1 billion to support policy beneficiaries in localities where they are stationed. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...] about Equipment for tasks ensured
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(VOVworld) - The United States plans to store heavy military equipment in the Baltics and Eastern European nations to reassure allies made uneasy by Russian intervention in Ukraine, and to deter further aggression, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday. According to the New York Times report, the Pentagon was poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 troops which are equivalent to the number of weapons the US kept in Kuwait for more than 10 years after Iraq attacked this country. But so far, the US Department of Defense has made no details on this plan. The New York Times said this proposal needs to be approved by the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and the White House prior to the defense ministers’ meeting of NATO countries to be held this month in Brussels, Belgium. … [Read more...] about Washington plans to store heavy weapons in Baltics and Eastern Europe
An Airbus Defense and Space satellite image courtesy of Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence and advisory firm in Austin, Texas, shows a Russian AN-124 Condor transport plane at the air base at Latakia, Syria on September 15, 2015. Photo: Reuters/www.Stratfor.com/Airbus Defense and Space/Handout Russia is planning a second major military base near the border with Ukraine, where NATO accuses Russian troops of helping pro-Moscow separatists fight Kiev's forces. The new base will house 5,000 soldiers and heavy weaponry, according to public documents and people working at the site. It is further east than one under construction in Belgorod region reported by Reuters earlier this month but still close to the border with separatist-held parts of Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region, where there has been heavy fighting. The bases are part of a Russian military buildup along a new line of confrontation with the West, running from the Black Sea in the south to the Baltic in the north, which … [Read more...] about Russia plans second big military base near Ukrainian border
Soldiers of China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA) march during the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders. China's confidence in its armed forces and growing military assertiveness, especially in the disputed South China Sea, has rattled the region and drawn criticism from Washington. Xi, speaking on a rostrum overlooking Beijing's Tiananmen Square before the parade began, said China would cut by 13 percent one of the world's biggest militaries, currently 2.3-million strong. He gave no timeframe for a reduction that is likely part of long-mooted military rationalization plans, which have included spending more money on high-tech weapons for … [Read more...] about China holds massive military parade, to cut troop levels by 300,000
Following a series of concerts by international musicians of all genres and stardom levels from Asian star Bi Rain to world-renowned icon Bob Dylan that has heated up Vietnam’s music scene in recent years, show organizers now promise there will be more to come. Hints of upcoming shows featuring big names and not so big names, from Linkin’ Park, Michael Learns to Rock, Jason Mraz, Bon Jovi to Justin Timberlake, have been leaked to many media channels, arousing heightened expectations of Vietnamese music fans, especially young ones. However, whether the excited fans will get to see more of their idols performing in Vietnam or not remains to be seen. We may lose, but we will continue “When we first decided to hold a Bob Dylan concert here, we already knew it would be a financial loss for us,” said Nguyen Kim Hanh of Saigon Sound System which organized last Sunday’s Bob Dylan show on Ho Chi Minh’s RMIT campus. “But we will continue to do it … [Read more...] about What’s in store after BSB & Bob Dylan failures?