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Taiwan Building 300 New Cruise Missiles

October 29, 2008

October 29, 2008: Taiwan officially announced it will be producing 300 of the new Hsiung Feng 2E cruise missiles. The 19 foot long missile weighs a ton (with a 450 pound warhead) and has a top speed of 800 kilometers an hour. Max range is 600 kilometers. It uses inertial and GPS guidance.

Taiwan tends to develop its new weapons quietly, and then suddenly reveal them. The Hsiung Feng 2E suddenly began showing up in military parades recently, with little official comment. The Hsiung Feng 2E was developed from the Hsiung Feng 2 anti-ship missile. This was a smaller weapon (.685 ton), with a range of 160 kilometers. It entered service in the early 1990s, and by the late 1990s, developers were working on turning it into a cruise missile. The Hsiung Feng 2E can be launched from ships or from land and can threaten Chinese targets several hundred kilometers inland.

From Strategy Page

Russia Testing Strategic Bombers, Subs, Missiles and Cruise Missiles

October 12, 2008
From Xinhua and the People’s Daily

Russia’s Tu-95MS strategic bombers launched cruise missiles Saturday following an earlier report that it test-launched a long-distance ballistic missile in the same day, the Interfax news agency reported.

“The Tu-95MS aircraft of Russia’s Long Range Aviation took off from tactical airfields and successfully launched training cruise missiles in the Arctic region of the country,” Col. Lieut. Vladimir Drik, aide to the Russian Air Forces commander said.

The missiles accurately hit training targets at the firing range, he said.

The launch was made as part of Stability-2008 exercises conducted with Belarus from Sept. 22 to Oct. 21.

It was reported earlier that Russia test-launched a long-distance ballistic missile Saturday as part of its Northern Fleet’s military exercises. It was the first time that a submarine launched the Sineva ballistic missile to its maximum range.
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Japan to boost defense against cruise missiles

January 27, 2008

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is planning to beef up its defense against cruise missiles in response to China‘s growing air strike capabilities, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday.

The measure will be part of the government’s review of the mid-term defense plan, which will begin in the fiscal year starting in April, the newspaper said.

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U.S. Aborted Raid on Qaeda Chiefs in Pakistan in ’05

July 7, 2007

WASHINGTON — A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s  tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan, according to intelligence and military officials.

The target was a meeting of Al Qaeda’s leaders that intelligence officials thought included Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s top deputy and the man believed to run the terrorist group’s operations.

But the mission was called off after Donald H. Rumsfeld, then the defense secretary, rejected the 11th-hour appeal of Porter J. Goss, then the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, officials said. Members of a Navy Seals unit in parachute gear had already boarded C-130 cargo planes in Afghanistan when the mission was canceled, said a former senior intelligence official involved in the planning.

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