Sunday, April 27, 2008

Aussies Contemplate F-35

A 28 April 2008 story from The Australian reports a confidential report to Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon is expected to suggest the F-35 multi-role aircraft to replace a mix of F-18 Hornets and the aging F-111 attack bombers after 2010.

China is likely to become the predominant air power in Asia in the next 30 years.

U.S. Troops in Taiwan?

A 23 April 2008 Taipei Times article reports at least the suggestion that U.S. Marines might be stationed at the American Institute in Taiwan headquarters in Neihu, Taipei City.

U.S. military forces have been absent from Taiwan since 1979.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Chinese Electric Cars

Electric and hybrid cars are difficult to sell in China, according to a 21 April 2008 Wall Street Journal story. The problem is the high prices of the environmentally friendly cars. The Toyota Prius, which sells for about $21,000 in the U.S., sells for almost double that amount in China.

Vietnamese Satellite Launched

A Lockheed-Martin built communications satellite, Vinasat-1, was launched 18 April according to a 19 April 2008 story from Bloomberg. The satellite was launched from French Guiana on a rocket built by the French company Arianespace. It is intended to remove dependence on ground stations for television and wireless communications for rural communities.