Archive for the ‘armaments’ Category

Tech Sales to China Questioned

January 2, 2008
WASHINGTON — Six months ago, the Bush administration quietly eased some restrictions on the export of politically delicate technologies to China. The new approach was intended to help American companies increase sales of high-tech equipment to China despite tight curbs on sharing technology that might have military applications.
But today the administration is facing questions from weapons experts about whether some equipment — newly authorized for export to Chinese companies deemed trustworthy by Washington — could instead end up helping China modernize its military. Equally worrisome, the weapons experts say, is the possibility that China could share the technology with Iran or Syria.The technologies include advanced aircraft engine parts, navigation systems, telecommunications equipment and sophisticated composite materials.The questions raised about the new policy are in a report to be released this week by the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control….

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From WW2 To 21C Russia Packs A Fierce Arsenal

December 23, 2007

by Martin Sieff
Washington (UPI) Dec 21, 2007Russia’s 21st Century success in selling weapons to the world is rooted in its experience as a successful arms manufacturer for the largest mechanized army in history during World War II.

Russian T-34 Model 1942 tank: Considered
the finest “all-around” tank of WWII.

Russia’s arms industry dramatically out-produced that of Nazi Germany not only in terms of quantity but in key areas in terms of quality, too. Even the great abilities of Albert Speer, Hitler’s industrial production czar in the later years of the war, could not begin to match the enormous volume of output of the Russian weapons factories that had been desperately moved from Belorussia — the modern nation of Belarus — and Ukraine east of the Ural Mountains. Britain and the United States made enormous progress in radar during the war, which was essential to win the great sea wars in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and to win the air battles over Japan and Germany. The pioneering work was done in Britain, especially at Birmingham University, but the great advances came at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Russia, however, focused on its great land battles with the overwhelming mass of the German army. By the end of the war, its atomic program was finally starting to gather steam, aided by the work of Soviet spies.Russian arms manufacture today is ….Read the rest: