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A major step toward mass production of military grade spider silk used by future protective body vests: US technology company Kraig Labs has delivered spider silk technology to Vietnam! superlight but as strong as steel.

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No, less is not more, sometimes it’s a certain death. A weak armor tank is an easy prey for enemy infantry. Take the war in Syria. When launching an attack on Al-Bab, a Turkish tank battalion lost 3 Leopards 2A4 in the first major battle.The IS fighters ambushed the tanks and hit from the side where the armor is thin. A good panzer is a good combination of firepower, mobility and armor. The German army phased out all Leopard 2A4. Well... the Germans sold them to Turkey and Indonesia.

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Sorry, I disagree. But I'm not talking about Tank armor. I'm talking about quantity of ppl. Of course, agility is better. Less is more depends on the strategy. This is why you have spies and ppl who are very specialized in warefare such as the Navy Seals. You could easily detect and target a thousand soldiers but not 100 soldiers who operate almost near invisible but of course you are not invincible. The point is to eliminate as many of your enemies as possible to with minimal losses. Again, it's the strategy and set up. What Vietnam needs is to make many Mother of all Bombs. Bombs are effective in killing masses and destroying Strongholds. Less is more.
 

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Ok but autoloading and isolated ammunitions compartments seem to be a good concept though. Germany for instance currently works on the Leopard 3 that copies many features of T90 tank and T14 Armata: light weight (50 tons), bigger cannon (130 mm), autoloading, unmanned turret, smaller tank personnel (2 or 3). There is plan to build 5,000 Leopard 3 for the cost of $100 billion. The question is whether or not a future Leopard 3 has a chance against Armata that is going to have a 152 mm cannon? I would say the Russians are far ahead in tank technology.

https://www.workzeitung.ch/2018/05/ruestungshysterie-5000-leopard-3-panzer-fuer-100-milliarden/


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First of all, let me apologise for the late reply, I was out on business and have had 3 days without internet. Anyway.

As I said, there are pros and cons with both system, I am not going to say which one is better because if you are a trained manual tank crew, you don't like Autoloader system, and vice versa.

Autoloader tank is the future because you cannot manually load a round if you want to use EM weapon or cartridge-less weapon, such as railgun, but as far as I can see, today autoloader is not mature enough to work as a standalone system. One major flaw for the autoloader is when it jam, it's very hard to clear it as the mechanism inside a already crowded tank would make you work like a wonder to unjam the vehicle, most of these would result to having the turret being taking off the chassis and unjam it this way. But for a loader tank, you clear jam by opening the breech, and if that didn't do the trick, push the charging stick inside the barrel to expel the casing or projectile.

You also need to think of the down time, when you have to maintain your tank in the field and stand guard outside when you are not using them. IT would be a lot easier to maintain the tank with a 4 men crew over a 2 or 3 men crew, and with 4 men crew, you have a shorter time to pull guard duty, (6 hours interval instead of 8 hours if you have a 3 men crew, and 12 hours if you have a 2 men crew.)

So as I said, it really depends on the user.
 

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Sorry, I disagree. But I'm not talking about Tank armor. I'm talking about quantity of ppl. Of course, agility is better. Less is more depends on the strategy. This is why you have spies and ppl who are very specialized in warefare such as the Navy Seals. You could easily detect and target a thousand soldiers but not 100 soldiers who operate almost near invisible but of course you are not invincible. The point is to eliminate as many of your enemies as possible to with minimal losses. Again, it's the strategy and set up. What Vietnam needs is to make many Mother of all Bombs. Bombs are effective in killing masses and destroying Strongholds. Less is more.
Well I think it depends much on war theaters how Vietnam adopts what defense strategy. Assaulting a weaker enemy as Cambodia, Vietnam tank army can launch a full frontal onslaught while against a much strong opponent as China, Vietnam adopts a defensive posture. The PLA lost 520 tanks in the first 4 days when attacking Vietnam in the early hours of Spring offensive 1979. Because of difficult terrains Chinese tanks were queued in long attacking lines. in many cases the PLA infantry could not be fast enough as tanks stormed too fast ahead. Tanks were easy targets. Vietnam difficult terrain is Vietnam’s most formidable defense. That helps the border defence. They were trained to hold the positions at all cost though. Because once the PLA breaks thru the northern defense lines, the way to Hanoi would be free. The terrain is mostly flat. There were two major Vietnamese army groups around that time to protect the capital though.

posting some pictures of the attacking PLA. Chinese army mobilization was about 600,000 men with probably 500,000 men in reserves. No idea how many tanks were readied for the invasion, probably some thousands pieces.

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Beautiful peaceful rise image of China

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Donald Trump offers to meet Kim in Vietnam in mid-Feb. for 2nd summit: report

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U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed holding the second summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in mid-February and suggested Vietnam as the venue, a foreign report said Sunday.

The report comes amid mounting expectations that the two leaders will soon hold their next summit to resume the stalled denuclearization talks. They first met in Singapore in June last year.

North Korea is said to be reviewing the U.S. proposal and has yet to give a formal response, a news report by Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun said, citing officials familiar with the matter.

The Strait Times also reported earlier that Vietnam and Thailand are on the "shortlist" for the second Trump-Kim meeting and that both countries are willing to host the event, citing unidentified sources.

Both have diplomatic ties with Pyongyang and Washington, and have organized international events like APEC, the report said.

Pyongyang and Washington have been locked in a stalemate over how to carry out the agreements they reached in their first-ever summit, at which Kim promised to work toward complete denuclearization in exchange for security guarantees from the United States.

Progress has been slow ever since as the North wants sanctions relief, while the U.S. remains firm that sanctions will remain in place until the North completely gives up its nuclear weapons program.

Speculation has been rising as to where Trump and Kim will decide to meet. Singapore was in the international spotlight when the June summit took place.

Southeast Asian countries have been mentioned as strong possible candidates, including Vietnam, Indonesia and Mongolia.

In his New Year's Day speech, Kim warned that he could go a new way if the United States clings to pressure and sanctions on the North's regime. But he kept the door open for talks with the U.S., saying he is willing to meet Trump at anytime.

Trump earlier said that the U.S. and North Korea are in talks over where to hold their second summit and a decision on the venue will be announced in the "not-too-distant future." (Yonhap)
 

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According to Russia media avia.pro, Vietnam is interested in acquiring 5th generation fighter aircraft SU-57. 2 squadrons a 24 pieces would cost $2 billion.

Not a small sum of money

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The backbone of Vietnam tank armies consists of legacy of T54/T55 tanks. Little hope against modern enemy tanks. But good when attacking in ambush.


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Recently, Laos has received loads of weapons from Russia and now, Vietnam takes its turn.

On 14/01/2019, Vietnam delivers a batch of Vietnam-Gali ACE 31 and 32 rifles to Laos Ministry Of Defense.

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Procurement: Herons Headed For Vietnam
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January 15, 2019: Vietnam has purchased $140 million worth of Israeli Heron 1 UAVs. Vietnam will use the Herons for “strategic reconnaissance” which probably includes patrolling coastal waters. That is something the Heron does a lot of for many foreign customers.

The Heron first flew in the 1990s and is not only similar to the American Predator but has been produced in larger quantities and sold to more foreign customers. Heron is the primary heavy UAV for the Israeli military, which makes sense as it was Israel, not the United States that pioneered UAVs of this type. It was the Israeli successes in UAV technology that motivated an American firm (General Atomics) to create the MQ-1 Predator.

The Heron 1, because it was so similar to the Predator has sold well to foreign customers who cannot obtain the MQ-1. In addition to being one of the primary UAVs for the Israeli armed forces security organizations from India, Turkey, Russia, France, Brazil, El Salvador, the United States, Canada, and Australia have either bought, leased, or licensed manufactured the Heron.

The original Heron 1 weighs about the same (1.2 tons) as the Predator and has greater endurance (40 hours). Max speed is 205 kilometers an hour and cruising speed is a bit less. Heron 1 has a slightly higher ceiling (10 kilometers/30,000 feet, versus 8 kilometers) than Predator and software which allows it to automatically take off, carry out a mission, and land. Not all American large UAVs can do this. Heron 1 does have a larger wingspan (16.5 meters/51 feet) than the Predator (13.2 meters/41 feet) and a payload of about 250 kg (550 pounds). The ground control equipment can control a Heron 1 up to 350 kilometers away but Heron can travel much farther using pre-programmed instructions and will automatically try to get back if there are any problems. While under pre-programmed flight Heron 1 cannot be jammed.

Heron 1 currently sells for about $10 million each although the Israelis are willing to be flexible on price. Herons are sold as a system (three Herons, a ground control station, maintenance equipment and training) that can cost $50 million (or more) per such system. Most Herons are used for reconnaissance and surveillance, including maritime patrol. Heron can be equipped with missiles but all those exported are unarmed and most used by the Israeli military are also unarmed. Heron does carry a wide array of sensors (day/night vidcams, radars, laser rangefinders and such) and often provides target information of warplanes and helicopter gunships.

Largely unnoticed is the fact that Vietnam is the third largest customer for Israeli military exports. While India gets about half of Israeli arms exports, Azerbaijan gets about 12 percent and Vietnam six percent. In the last decade, Israel has sold $1.5 billion worth of military weapons and military equipment to Vietnam. Israel and Vietnam established diplomatic relations in 1993 and a decade later Israel was supplying Vietnam with a growing number of high-tech exports, including a growing number of military items. It began with Israel providing training, advisory and equipment. After that Vietnam became a customer for a growing number of Israeli weapons and military equipment, including Derby air-to-air missiles, Spyder air defense systems, a factory for producing ACE assault rifles and air defense radars.

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Vietnam’s coast observation satellite goes into orbit from Japan

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Fri 1/18/2019, 11:46 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese satellite MicroDragon was successfully launched from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan Friday morning.
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Epsilon 4 rocket brings Vietnamese-made satellite MicroDragon into space as seen in a still image from a video by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The satellite, built by a team of Vietnamese engineers with help from Japanese experts and launched aboard Japan’s Epsilon 4 launcher, will be used to observe Vietnam’s coast line.

MicroDragon measures 50x50x50 centimeters (19.6 inches) and weighs around 50 kilograms (110 pounds).

It will help evaluate water quality, locate fisheries resources and monitor changes to serve aquaculture.

It will also detect cloud coverage and aerosols, collect ground-based sensor signals and transmit them to stations on Earth.

In 2013 the Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) sent 36 engineers to five top universities in Japan for master’s programs in satellite technology as part of a joint Vietnam-Japan project to prevent natural disasters and climate change using satellites.

Using official development assistance from Japan and counter capital from the Vietnamese government, the engineers worked with Japanese experts to build MicroDragon in Japan.

The satellite marks a milestone for Vietnam in building satellites. The VNSC told the media earlier that the satellite is expected to provide imagery of a specific area within six to 12 hours compared with at least two days when is it obtained from a commercial satellite imagery provider.

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Vietnam welcomes 2nd US-DPRK summit
Wednesday, 2019-02-06 16:08:15

Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang



NDO - Vietnam welcomes the second US-Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) summit and strongly supports dialogues to maintain peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang made the statement on February 6 in reply to reporters’ questions on Vietnam’s comment on US President Donald Trump’s remark in his latest State of the Union address on the upcoming summit, planned for February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.

Vietnam stands ready to actively contribute to and cooperate with relevant sides to ensure the success for the second US-DPRK summit, thus helping achieve the above-mentioned goal, the spokesperson concluded.
 

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