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Russia and India have not only long-standing close relations in the military sphere, but also big plans for further cooperation. No wonder Russia and its weapons are waiting on one of the largest international exhibitions of arms Defexpo India - 2016 to be held in the Indian state of South Goa from 28 to 31 March.
Plans for the military and military-technical cooperation between the two countries and confirmed the recent conversation Sergei Shoigu, Minister of Defense of Russia with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikarom. Ministry of Defense conversation item is not reported, however, it can be assumed that the parties touched upon the topic of the upcoming exhibition of arms in India, where Russia will present more than 800 kinds of items.
Defexpo India International Trade Fair is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry to once every two years, for the period from 1999, it became one of the most important international exhibitions of the defense industry.
In addition to showing Russian weapons, the exhibition will be held a series of talks with foreign customers. Defexpo India - 2016 is an important event for the Indian defense industry. For example, the company "Tehmash" plans to discuss with the Defense Ministry of India issues of joint development and organization in the country of production of ammunition caliber of 23 millimeters to 155 millimeters. This is confirmed by the Government of India passed the course «Make in India», which is aimed at the localization of production in the country and involves the creation of joint ventures and localization technologies.
"India has over the years is our strategic partner. Today we are working on the expansion of cooperation in various fields in accordance with the vector - the traditional sphere of military-technical cooperation up civilian areas: electronics, biotechnology and composite materials ", - said General Director Sergei Chemezov Rostec.
Missile systems
Russian developer and manufacturer of air defense systems - concern aerospace defense "Almaz-Antey" will present leading-edge products, including anti-aircraft missile system S-400 missiles "Caliber-PLE" (91RE1), "Caliber-NCE" (91RE2 ).
Developed in OAO "OKB" Innovator "in Yekaterinburg 91RE1 missile enters the integrated missile complex" Caliber-PLE "for arming submarines (export designation« Club-S »), 91RE2 rocket - an integrated missile complex" Caliber-NCE "for weapons surface ships (export designation Club-N). Complex "Caliber-PLE" and "Caliber-NCE" designed to destroy land, sea surface and underwater targets under intense fire and electronic countermeasures enemy.
They can affect the current and future submarines underwater, periscope and surfaced in all areas of the oceans, including in areas with shallow depths.
The effectiveness of these missiles "Movement" system has already seen the world during Russian operations in Syria. However, the range of the missiles "Caliber-PLE" and "Caliber-NCE" system - 200-300 kilometers and complies with the international agreement on arms exports.

Nevertheless, even with such a missile range, placed in transport containers in the civil courts, they can be used as a weapon of retaliation by those countries that can not openly oppose the US. India, by the way, was one of the first countries that purchased these complexes. In particular, they are equipped with a built in Russia for the Indian Navy diesel submarine Project 877 EKM.

Military equipment
The "Almaz-Antey" the press service reported that the company at the exhibition plans to hold talks with foreign customers. Perspective can be, and negotiations on the complex "Triumph", "Tor-M2E (K / CM)."
Last - anti-aircraft missile system designed to destroy aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles aerodynamics, guided missiles and other elements of high-precision weapons, flying at medium, low and very low altitudes in a complex air and noise conditions.
Holding "Precision Systems", included in Rostec, will present models of "Iskander-E", "Chrysanthemum-S", which have no analogues in the world.

Any armor remains defenseless against the "Chrysanthemum-S" complex. High penetration power and the ability to see the target in any environment make this complex popular with foreign customers.
Family complexes "Iskander", in turn, has another advantage. It can effectively engage in the depths of enemy territory multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery, anti-missile and anti-aircraft defense, planes and helicopters airfields, command posts and communications centers, as well as the most important civilian infrastructure.
In addition, it will present a series of portable missile systems on display. One of them, "Kornet-E" is designed to defeat tanks and other armored targets, including those equipped with modern dynamic protection.
The exhibition will show Russia and means of destruction of aircraft. In particular, the newest portable air defense systems "Verba". It is designed to engage low-flying air targets on a collision course and will catch up under the impact of false thermal noise. With a high probability of striking low-radiation targets - cruise missiles and UAVs.
It is worth noting that the complex includes an automated control system (ACS), which produces the detection of air targets, including the group, the determination of their flight parameters, as well as the distribution of anti-aircraft gunners found between the goals, taking into account their location.
According to the designer general of the Scientific and Production Corporation "Machine-Building Design Bureau" (JSC "SPC" MSC "), Valery Kashin, jointly MANPADS" Verba "performance surpasses all the world analogues. The complex at times improved thermal characteristics to overcome the traps, increased shooting accuracy, optimized for a variety of indicators.
In addition, the holding company will showcase at the exhibition layout antiaircraft "Sosna-R" guided missile, the automated complex "Pine" and sea-aided anti-aircraft artillery complex "Palma" with anti-aircraft "Sosna-R" guided missile.

Since India operates several types of Russian aircraft, for it is a topical issue of modernization of aircraft and engine production for her. To this end, United Engine Corporation will present models of the most advanced production engine for military aircraft (including Su-35) AL-41F-1S. In addition, the exhibition JDC plans to address the theme of aircraft engines (AL-31FP, AL-41F-1S, RD-33MK, the AL-55I), helicopters (VK-2500, TV3-117) and ships (M-70FRU) .
In turn, the holding company "Russian Helicopters" will present the latest Mi-38 and Ka-226T, and will hold talks with India's leading aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, an Indian shipping company Pawan Hans Limited, which operates the Mi-172 helicopters, and other organizations. For Pawan Hans Limited planned to hold the presentation of the Mi-38 and Mi-171A2.
United Shipbuilding Corporation will also participate in Defexpo India - 2016 and provide surface ships and submarines of various classes of non-nuclear.
As noted in the press-service of the company, number of vehicles exhibited projects already successfully manifest itself in actual combat conditions in the Russian Navy.
Attention of specialists, experts and visitors can attract companies presented projects the corporation: non-nuclear submarine "Amur-1650" with airindependent power plant; large diesel-electric submarine of project 636; 11711E large landing ship of the project; multipurpose frigates of the project 22356; patrol ship project 22500; rescue vessel to rescue the crews of submarines in distress project 21301; anti-mine ship Project 12701 "Alexander-E"; raid trawlers 10750E Project; small submarines "Piranha" and "Piranha-T"; patrol boat project 22160.

The exhibition will feature products from leading Russian shipyards: "Sevmash", "Admiralty Shipyards", "Baltic Plant - Shipbuilding", "Severnaya Verf" Shipyard "Yantar" CA "Zvezdochka" SNSZ and Proletarian plant, as well as design Office: CDB ME "Rubin" SPMBM "Malachite", Northern PKB, Zelenodolsk Design Bureau, Neva PKB and CMDB "Almaz".
It should be noted that some types of warships may start producing in India. So, Rosoboronexport is negotiating with India on the organization of production frigates of Project 11356 in the country, said Deputy General Director Sergey Goreslavskii special exporter.
"Today, we are in talks about a possible construction of submarines of Project 75 (and) on the basis of the latest diesel-electric submarines of" Amur-1650 ", also discuss prospects for the purchase of an additional batch of frigates of Project 11356 and the organization of their licensed production in India" - quoted Goreslavskaya TASS .
Frigates Project 11356 have a displacement of 4000 tons, speed - 30 knots, cruising - 30 days. The ships are armed with missile complex "Caliber-NK" cruise missile with a high-precision, multi SAM "Calm 1" SPAR "Broadsword."
Author: Michael Leverage
Photo: Alexey Ivanov / TRC "Star" Konstantin Semenov / TRK "Star", the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, "Russian Helicopters"

The phrase “a Pig War” used in the title of this article has been mentioned in a number of previously published articles. Today, in view of another episode of escalation of inter-Korean relations, this phenomenon will be explained in detail. First, let us look at the causes of the new wave of antagonism. If we focus on the role of mutual demonization and agitation, we will notice that a few factors heavily contribute to the transformation of a misunderstanding into a hostility.

First, demonization drastically reduces the chances for the resumption of the inter-Korean dialogue. And there is a certain logic behind that, “How can we engage in negotiations, or maintain “hot lines,” or the system of mutual awareness with them, a true embodiment of evil?” Consequently, the tools that are normally employed in the settlement of misunderstandings preventing them from descending into conflicts prove to be ineffective in a situation of mutual distrust.
Secondly, demonization is the root cause of distorted reality that manifests itself in several ways. First, any activity of the other party will be (incorrectly) interpreted as harmful based on the assumption that the other party is a bunch of “bloodthirsty ill-wishers.” Accordingly, any activity will be viewed as a preparation for a provocation or as a provocation in progress.

At the same time, analysis and expert examinations are twisted to play the role of yet another cog in the propaganda machine. Naturally, in the situation of mutual resentment, those trying to voice the true state of affairs will be silenced and those “greasing the wheel of propaganda machine” will be in trend. What does the world see as a result? A phenomenon where people first invent a propaganda construct and then uphold it as the ultimate truth. And it is nearly impossible to convince them to abandon their delusion.

Demonization also leads to a mutual agitation manifested in two ways. First, both parties act on the principle of an asymmetrical response, i.e., they harshly retaliate for any minor provocation. In other words, when a country is on the “red alert,” the shoot-and-kill tactic is applied each time something seems to be suspicious.

Second, mutual agitation creates a stressful environment for the parties to the conflict. The lower strata of the society experiences the most severe pressure. That, in turn, increases the chances of an inadequate reaction to some strange or unusual events.

As a result, the likelihood of a conflict triggered by an insignificant or engineered cause increases tremendously and is often referred to as “the Pig War.”

Here is a hypothetical situation. Let us speculate how things will develop in it. A pig is rustling in the bushes of a demilitarized zone. There are military personnel on either side of the zone. They have long been on the verge of a nervous break and have been subconsciously waiting for an enemy provocation. They are ready to leap into action to settle accounts with the scoundrels from the other side of the demilitarization zone.

One of the parties (it does not matter which one) loses the nerve and, having decided that it is not a pig in the bushes, but creeping saboteurs, opens fire. Having heard shots coming from the other side, the other party returns fire. It also reports to its leadership that it has (in compliance with the instructions) harshly retaliated for a provocation.

The party that started shooting at the pig and received a return fire also retaliates severely, while reporting to its commanders that it has been attacked without a declaration of war. In the aftermath, each party actively blames the other party for being attacked for no apparent reason. Then zealous military steps in: “Won’t you finally give us a chance to teach these scoundrels a lesson!” Then politicians join the choir: “This time we must not soften the issue and let them get away with it! We cannot afford to act as some weaklings. We must keep up our country’s prestige in the eyes of the public!” But situation is such as there is no way to determine what triggered this turmoil. On the other hand, nobody really cares to find out either. Because those who were wishing for a turmoil are now rubbing their hands.

Another point is that in these circumstances the overall picture of the political situation and military power of the opponent’s country can be significantly distorted. Ideological “blinders” can grant tremendous assistance as well. As a result, the parties might find themselves in a very unpleasant situation. For example, the South might believe that the “senseless bloody regime” of the North is about to collapse and that it really makes plans to attack the defenseless South. The South might also believe that there is a strong Christian opposition in the country and that mass protests are about to erupt. Basing their assumptions on these imaginary believes, they would expect that intervention of South Korean or American military aiming at the elimination of nuclear sites or the top country officials would gain support of the country’s population, or would, at least, resemble the plot of a Korean action movie. The North, in its turn, might believe that fancy reports about South Korean indestructible might are just reports, that the change of the puppet regime is inevitable and that the highly praised warriors of the US Army are cowards unable to fight without high-tech bathrooms and a 24-hour supply of ice cream. As a result, both parties would be preparing for an armed conflict not with the real North or South, but with some fictitious characters from the distorted “cartoon/propaganda reality.”

That seems like quite a realistic scenario for the initiation of a conflict. And it would be very difficult to discern where the fiction ends and the reality begins. Because at some point the damage suffered by each party would be so significant that nobody would be able to walk away by just saying “oh, we are sorry, it was just a misunderstanding” without losing their face. And that means that it would not matter anymore who initiated the fire. The winner’s version would go down in the history books.

The readers could notice that the topic of risk of “irrational factors” and the role of an accident, which is much more serious than it might seem, has been brought up in our articles on numerous occasions. It was zoomed in to show that despite majority of people think of politics as of something orderly, planned in advance and targeting long-term political goals, in reality things sometimes happen chaotically. And if ordinary people cannot understand something, they immediately classify the situation as an intricate combination of moves devised by some cunning politicians. In this context even “the Pig War” described above could be interpreted as a crafty design developed by the top officials. And this is why the irrational factor is so serious and so dangerous. And this is why the readers are reminded of it whenever it is appropriate to bring this subject up.

written by : Konsantin Asmolov [Konstantin Asmolov, Ph.D, Chief Research Fellow of the Center for Korean Studies, Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”]

This front cover of the New Yorker promotes the classical white supremacy colonial racism against East Asian people in its depiction of Socialist Korean leader as a child. Compounded in the racist framework of the picture is to at once depict this Asian and non-Western leader as a child but also a threat, the implicit meaning being that defiant peoples and their leaders against imperial son cannot be trusted with their own affairs and must be minded by the 'mature' and 'responsible' colonial and imperialist overlords.

That such a classic colonial racist attack can be made in a leading western journal indicates that Black and Asian people, a successfully resisting East Asian and East Asian people in general can be openly contemptuously treated with impunity.

The fact that the UK and USA killed 4 million Koreans between 1950-1953 is hardly known, and this ignorance directly feeds this racism, because if people are not aware the historic and present reasons why this racism takes place, then that ignorance informs and facilitates the historic and current imperialist crimes.

Many many millions of East Asian people were killed in Vietnam by imperialism in the 1960s and 1970s, after the Vietnamese radical socialist anti-imperialists freed their country, the Westerners who were inspired by their sacrifice of millions have since lost interest and have until now been unconcerned about a recovering and rebuilding people and nation.

The British army conducted a brutal war against anti-imperialist radical socialists in Malaya, where the revolutionaries were raped and be headed by the British army, but there has been no campaigns in Britain to seek justice for these people.

While Japan conducted brutal colonial policies in the region, with the backing of western imperialism, Japan itself has been victim itself of imperialism with the killing of 100s of thousands in the USA bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, they were massacred as a message to the anti-imperialist people's of the world that this is what they are facing if they dare to stand up for themselves. However, China, Vietnam and Korea showed that imperialist nuclear threats are a 'paper tiger' and liberation victories can be won.

More recently we are East Asian women, girls and boys subjected to colonial sexual acts and abuse, such as the sexual and sex child abuse industry in parts of South East Asia whereby mostly western white men go to sexually abuse our peoples with general impunity. A sexual abuse industry that has much to do with imperialist occupations and aggression in Korea but especially during the war against Vietnam.

North Korea said Monday that its nuclear forces are prepared to carry out a preemptive strike "against the mainland" US and South Korea, if this is necessary for the security of the country, reported the news agency KCNA, quoted by AFP.

"The pre-emptive nuclear attack justice will be carried out according to the statement by the head of the KPA," reads a statement from the North Korean Defense quoted by the Korean Central News Agency.

With this threat Pyongyang has reacted to the announcement of the South Korean authorities on joint military drills with the US, which have historical significance because of its magnitude. Maneuvers, were inaugurated on Monday, March 7 and will run until March 18, involved some 300,000 South Korean soldiers and about 15,000 US military. 

The announcement follows a series of provocative actions by North Korea on the right after the Security Council of the UN approved a list of sanctions against Pyongyang, the most severe in 20 years of tense relations with the communist country Peninsula.This move came in response to the nuclear test and launching a rocket with a satellite made by Pyongyang. Pyongyang has rejected Friday the Security Council resolution of UN sanctions against the country and has expressed its intention to further develop its nuclear program.In the operation 'Kill Kim'?Seoul military sources quoted by Yonhap news agency have reported that the US joint exercises and South Korea also contain a precise plan attacks against senior political and military positions of Pyongyang.

This is the 5015 operating plan, which also details how Seoul and its allies can detect, disrupt and destroy the nuclear arsenal of the communist country in case of war breaking out on the Korean peninsula, the agency said.

Infographic: The range missile North Korea
On March 3 North Korean leader ordered by a decree prepare nuclear forces in the country to carry out an attack at any time if necessary.

The North Korean missiles have a range of between a few and 10,000 kilometers and can reach most of the countries of Europe, Asia and North America. The only continent that seems to be safe from North Korean missiles is South America. These ballistic missiles potentially allow launch nuclear warheads.

The survey of electoral preferences, conducted on the site On the eve in the period from February 24 to March 1, revealed a curious section of opinions. Against the backdrop of the deteriorating socio-economic situation in the vast majority of "virtual vote" KPRF received.

The survey, which was only one question: "Who would you vote for in the elections to the Duma?", The site was attended by 2 thousand 487 respondents - it is even more than in the standard opinion polls, which are conducted by VTsIOM, but naturally. it does not take into account the sociological sample.

On the leading place was the Communist Party, which received 44.4% of the votes polled.Remained in second place, "United Russia" won only 8%, while the other parties have failed to overcome the 5% barrier. 4.7% received "Falcons Zhirinovsky" further ahead "Socialist", located "Homeland" with 3.9%. Same result - by 3.6% scored "Fair Russia" and "RPR-Parnas", 0.1% of them are behind "The Communists of Russia".

As for the other parties with an opportunity to participate in the elections to the State Duma without collecting signatures, the "Apple" has collected 1.8% of the vote, "party of pensioners" - 1.1%, "Patriots of Russia" - 1%. "Just Cause", "Civic Platform", "Green" and "Civil Force" were the result of lower than 1%.

The death toll from the recent earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale in southern Taiwan has climbed to 24, with 126 people still believed to be trapped in rubble.

The number of the fatalities rose as emergency workers dug for survivors of the tremor that destroyed a 16-story apartment complex in the Taiwanese city of Tainan on Saturday.

The emergency center in Tainan said 171 had been rescued from the building while more than 100 people were brought to safety in other parts of the city.

Tainan mayor, William Lai, said among the 126 residents still missing, 103 are trapped “very deep” in the rubble.

The move is a breach of UN sanctions barring the country from using long-range missile technology. North Korea had notified UN agencies that it planned to launch a rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite, triggering opposition from governments that see it as a long-range missile test. Earlier this week Washington-based 38 North, a North Korea-monitoring project said satellite images revealed tankers arriving at the rocket site. It said the presence of the trucks likely indicated the filling of tanks within bunkers at the site rather than a rocket itself. On Friday, US President Barack Obama spoke that a North Korean launch would represent a "provocative and destabilising action".

The launch, which South Korean officials confirmed early on Sunday morning, follows North Korea's claim last month that it had tested a hydrogen bomb.

The move will be considered a further provocation by Washington and its allies and likely draw more sanctions and condemnation from the United Nations.

The massacre of the rural population of Vietnam by U.S
Rocket and nuclear tests are seen as crucial steps toward the country's ultimate goal of a nuclear armed long-range missile arsenal.

Their weapons programs are necessary to defend itself against what it calls decades of US hostility.

Leader Kim Jong Un has overseen two of the four nuclear tests and three long-range rocket tests since taking over after the death of his father Kim Jong Il in late 2011.

North Korea says its rocket launches are satellite missions, but the US, South Korea and others say they are a covert test of ballistic missile technology.

The UN Security Council has attempted to prohibit North Korea from nuclear and ballistic missile activity.

In 2013 North Korea also did a nuclear test and unnerved the international community by orchestrating an escalating campaign of military might including threats to fire nuclear missiles at the US and Seoul.

The Korean border is the world's most heavily armed and the rivals' navies occasionally trade gunfire near a disputed boundary in the Yellow Sea.

North Korea has spent decades trying to develop operational nuclear weapons.