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China should focus on hi-tech weapons, not plodding old carriers

China should focus on hi-tech weapons, not plodding old carriers

Technology has a clever habit of outdoing fantasy, and this month the US Navy announced that it has finally produced a working Laser Weapon System (the US military has been trying to develop something like this for decades). After proving itself by shooting down target drones in 12 out of 12 tests, the laser will be on board an active US warship by next year, probably in the Persian Gulf, ready to zap Iranian missiles.

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PLA develops unmanned road vehicle

The military's new unmanned vehicle 'Lion No 3'. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China’s Military Transportation University has developed a third-generation unmanned road vehicle with technology that could eventually be implemented for civilian-use, the army’s PLA Daily reported on Tuesday.

22 Jan 2013 - 5:38pm

Iron Dome rocket interceptions cost Israel US$30m

Israeli soldiers lie on the ground as an Iron Dome interceptor missile is launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel. Photo: AP

Israel's Iron Dome interceptions of Palestinian rockets during eight days of Gaza fighting cost US$25 million to US$30 million, the government said on Thursday, arguing the US-backed system was well worth the money.

23 Nov 2012 - 9:02pm

Iran gave Hamas technology for long-range missiles

Iran has supplied Hamas in Gaza with the technology to "quickly" produce longer-range missiles on their own without needing direct shipments, said a report yesterday that quoted the head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Killer robots not far off, Human Rights Watch warns

A weapons-grade sentry robot from South Korea. Photo: AFP

Hollywood-style robots able to shoot people without permission from their human handlers are a real possibility and must be banned before governments start deploying them, campaigners warned.

The report "Losing Humanity" - issued on Monday by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic - raised the alarm over the ethics of the looming technology.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland middlemen help Iran obtain banned components

Susan Yip (left) helped export banned electronic components to Iran.

When Susan Yip stood before a US federal judge in San Antonio last month, she apologised tearfully for her role in smuggling American technology to Iran.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Pakistan secretly developing drones: sources

China has rolled out unmanned drones like this one. Photo: AFP

Pakistan is secretly racing to develop its own armed drones, having been frustrated with US refusals to provide the aircraft, but is struggling in its initial tests with a lack of precision munitions and advanced targeting technology.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Both sides adapt as they try to minimise civilian casualties in latest Gaza conflict

Israeli soldiers watch as an Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket near the southern city of Ashdod. Photo: Reuters

With pinpoint airstrikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip and Iranian-made rockets flying deep into Israel, the current conflagration between Israel and Hamas reflects the vast changes that have taken place on the battlefield in just four years.

19 Nov 2012 - 8:51am

US to launch super spies over Asian skies

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Australian Minister of Defense Stephen Smith and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (From left to right) hold a press conference following meetings as part of AUSMIN in Perth.

The US military will station an advanced radar and place a new, state-of-the-art deep-space telescope in Australia as part of its strategic shift towards Asia, the two countries announced yesterday.

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith made the announcement after high-level talks in Perth.

15 Nov 2012 - 6:27am

Police 'doused in fuel and tied to van by villagers'

Twenty-six villagers appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with tying three officers to an overturned police van and dousing them with petrol in Foshan city, Guangdong, mainland media reported.

The villagers appeared before Shunde District People's Court and the charges included attacking civil servants and arson, the Guangzhou Daily reported.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Style meter


Animal prints

We're talking all types, from leopard to zebra, in bright colours. Anything goes.

Ruffled shoulders

A softer (and more wearable) version of the big-shoulder look this autumn.


Fits in with this season's rocker theme. Go for bags and shoes.

Sling bags

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Graphite export decision a boost for US business

Observers welcome Bush's move on dual-use material

Monday's decision by the Bush administration to authorise the export to China of more than 900 tonnes of bulk graphite, used for making plastics, comes as the US reviews policies governing the export of goods and technologies to the mainland which have been controlled for reasons of national security and foreign policy.

3 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Boiling oil attack

A 39-year-old woman was beaten and had boiling oil poured over her legs after a dispute with her husband in their fast-food shop in Shim Luen Street, To Kwa Wan. A man, 37, was helping police with their inquiries.

15 Apr 1997 - 12:00am