WW4 File/Communist Bloc Military Updates: Putin authorizes resumption of Tu-160 supersonic bomber production after 24-year hiatus, 50 new “Blackjacks” to be built for Russian Air Force, support Moscow’s nuclear deterrent ahead of maiden flight of PAK-DA stealth bomber in 2019; current force of 15 Tu-160s built during Soviet era, undergoing comprehensive upgrades for avionics, power plants, conventional armaments; Kremlin allocated US$84.5 billion to military budget in 2014, but Russian defense industry likely to be stretched by huge order for world’s largest combat aircraft; White House counters Red China’s territorial aspirations in S. China Sea, Pentagon deploys B-1 bombers, surveillance aircraft to Darwin, Northern Territory, 1,150 US Marines undergoing 6-month training regime in Australia’s “Top End,” number of Marines “Down Under” to be augmented to 2,500 in 2017; Chinese Foreign Ministry voices “serious concern” about US military presence in Australia, spokeswoman Hua Chunying says China would “resolutely safeguard its territorial sovereignty,” urges Washington “not to take any risks or make any provocations”

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One response to “WW4 File/Communist Bloc Military Updates: Putin authorizes resumption of Tu-160 supersonic bomber production after 24-year hiatus, 50 new “Blackjacks” to be built for Russian Air Force, support Moscow’s nuclear deterrent ahead of maiden flight of PAK-DA stealth bomber in 2019; current force of 15 Tu-160s built during Soviet era, undergoing comprehensive upgrades for avionics, power plants, conventional armaments; Kremlin allocated US$84.5 billion to military budget in 2014, but Russian defense industry likely to be stretched by huge order for world’s largest combat aircraft; White House counters Red China’s territorial aspirations in S. China Sea, Pentagon deploys B-1 bombers, surveillance aircraft to Darwin, Northern Territory, 1,150 US Marines undergoing 6-month training regime in Australia’s “Top End,” number of Marines “Down Under” to be augmented to 2,500 in 2017; Chinese Foreign Ministry voices “serious concern” about US military presence in Australia, spokeswoman Hua Chunying says China would “resolutely safeguard its territorial sovereignty,” urges Washington “not to take any risks or make any provocations”

  1. mah29001 June 2, 2015 at 11:59 am

    You really wonder if the Red Chinese were indeed itching to control Taiwan’s lone pro-independence party:

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/taiwan-pro-independence-l/1887434.html

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