Iran in Latin America: Threat or Axis of Annoyance?

Senior Fellow Douglas Farah's analysis of the debate over the level of threat posed by Iran's expanding diplomatic, trade and military presence in Latin America, and its stated ambition to continue to broaden these ties.read more

Chinese Naval Modernization: Altering the Balance of Power

Richard Fisher details China's naval modernization program and the potential impacts on U.S. interests in the Western Pacific.read more

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India-China Relations in Uncomfortable Zone
by Bhaskar Roy

Published on September 23rd, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out the red carpet for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first visit in his new capacity to India (Sept. 18-20). Mr. Xi’s reception was shifted to Ahmedabad, capital of the state of Gujarat, which Mr. Modi ruled as a Chief Minister for three terms before becoming prime minister. Lavish entertainment and dinner was arranged on the picturesque banks of the Sabarmati River. This was unusual, as the visiting head of state or government is officially received in the capital New Delhi. Unfortunately, the visit was clouded by the incursion of around 1500 Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops in Chumar in the western sector, an area well within the line of Actual Control (LAC). This time, the Indian border forces and army responded accordingly, massing around 1000 troops in a close face off, forcing the Chinese forces to retreat to an extent. Currently, the Chinese have introduced another 35 troops after the visit.read more
China's Advanced Helicopter Concepts
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on September 7th, 2013
At the 2nd China Helicopter Exposition held in Tianjin from September 5 to 8, 2013, Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) revealed two advanced helicopter concepts in model form: a quad tilt rotor and high speed helicopter design. These models serve to confirm previous information released on 28 August 2013 by the China Helicopter Research and Development Institute (CHRDI), which is responsible for the design of most Chinese helicopters under the aegis of the AVIC consortium. While the unveiling of these concepts comes as some surprise for Western analysts, they are also the result of an accelerated Chinese investment in helicopter technology that aims to raise indigenous design and production capabilities to world-class levels.read more
Report from the 2010 Chinese Defense Electronics Exhibition (CIDEX): Growing Industry – Advancing Technology
by Rafael Smith

Published on October 3rd, 2010
The 7th biennial Chinese Defence Electronics Exhibition (CIDEX) 2010, held from 12-14 May, continues the trend for this event of growing in size and importance to the military industrial sector.  The 2010 show, which took place at the Beijing Exhibition Centre in the Haidian District, was roughly three times larger than the 2008 exposition, and that growth largely represents firms that had not previously exhibited at this event.  Perhaps more significantly, the show continues to grow in the sophistication of the hardware that is displayed.  What makes CIDEX somewhat difficult to interpret is that there are very few finished manufactured weapon systems or platforms displayed at this event.  What CIDEX is instead is a exhibition of the many components that make up the Chinese military’s weapon systems, radar networks, computerized control and navigation systems, etc.  Chinese firms attending CIDEX are often also not very forthcoming about which weapons systems their products are used in either and it takes someone who has knowledge of that hardware in order to discern what it is they are looking at.read more
Report From MAKS 2009: Betting On the Next Generation
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on September 11th, 2009
A chilly and cloudy week at the August 18-22, 2009 Moscow Aerosalon (MAKS) matched the somber times for the Russian aerospace sector.  While the 2009 show proved far better organized than the previous one in 2007, allowing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to avoid a public relations embarrassment, his near full-day presence on opening day served to remind all (as if they needed reminding) who was in charge.  Putin offered lectures and cash.  He warned an ailing Russian aerospace sector, deep in the throes of a major reorganization/consolidation, that it could not expect government bailouts to last forever, and sharply criticized the new United Aircraft consortium (OAK) over its $3.76 billion in debt.   But Putin also said he would consider $470 million to aid the Mikoyan Company and another $100 million for Sukhoi.read more
Chinese Dimensions of the 2007 Dubai Airshow
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on January 20th, 2008
Although located in a region of tension and conflict the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has successfully deterred foreign predation by building modern and professional armed forces and by maintaining a broad aviation talent by hosting some of the world’s most competitive airlines. The UAE has also made itself a center of the region’s civil and military aerospace trade by hosting two of the most popular arms shows, IDEX in Abu Dhabi and then the Dubai Airshow.  The 2007 Dubai Airshow from November 11 to 15 proved a boon for the airline and military aircraft industry, with over $100 billion in orders registered for over 500 aircraft.read more
Chinese Aspects of Singapore’s IMDEX Naval Technology Show
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on June 20th, 2007
From May 15 to 18 Singapore hosted its bi-annual IMDEX naval technology show. One of this show’s highlights was the participation, for the second time since 2003, of a warship from China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), to join the show’s Tour of Warships. This visit also served to symbolize China’s enhanced effort in recent years to complement its already decisive economic and political engagement of Southeast Asia with growing military engagement. In particular, China is for the first time in many years making a serious push to sell arms to its Southeast Asian neighbors, to parallel its strategic dialogues through ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Regional Forum (ARF), its vigorous military diplomacy, and a more recent initiatives to undertake multilateral military exercises with ASEAN members.read more
IDEX 2007 Showcases China’s Productive Weapons Sector
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on March 26th, 2007
Abu Dhabi’s 2007 International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) arms show from February 18 to 22 demonstrated China’s increasing capacity to offer new world-class weapons and in an increasing variety. While IDEX also saw continued evidence of China’s outreach for foreign weapons technology, the growing trend is for China to now offer multiple choices of near world class weapon systems.read more
PLA Navy Carrier Update and Euro-Naval Notes
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on November 7th, 2006
The most important news to emerge from the Euronaval weapons show at Le Bourget field near Paris, October 23-27, was word that Russia had agreed to sell China two Sukhoi Su-33 carrier-based fighters, with the possibility of selling up to 48 or 50 of these fighters. These would arm the three carrier battle groups that, according to Chinese press reports, are on track to be ready in a little more than a decade. Should these fighters receive a maximum Russian upgrade, then the PLA Navy could possess fighters that in important respects would be superior the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F, the dominant U.S. Navy combat aircraft for the foreseeable future.read more
Chinese Dimensions of the 2005 Moscow Aerospace Show
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on September 12th, 2005
The 2005 Moscow Aerospace Show or “Salon” (MAKS) came at a delicate time. It coincided with two demonstrations of Russian military power. The first was a strategic nuclear exercise involving a ballistic missile submarine launch and a Tu-160 bomber exercise, with one bomber piloted personally by President Vladimir Putin. The second was an unprecedented combined forces exercise with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) called “Peace Mission 2005,” which allowed the PLA to test its decade and a half effort to build a modern military force against a true “peer” military.read more
Chinese Notes from AeroIndia and IDEX
February 2005
by Richard Fisher, Jr.

Published on February 28th, 2005
An indepth look at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) programs obtained at two recent arms shows, AeroIndia in Bangalore, February 9-12 and IDEX, Abu Dhabi, February 12-17. Chinese armor, naval, missile and electronics companies were only at IDEX, traditionally one of their largest foreign displays. As a general observation, Chinese military modernization continues to accelerate in breadth and depth. Their general confidence and a growing desire for export sales impel the Chinese to reveal more systems previously kept secret.read more
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