The CT/4 first flew in 1972 and went on to serve as a basic trainer with the RNZAF, RAAF and Royal Thai Airforces. Around 160 were completed in total.

Ship identification and recognition,

The Tariq-class destroyers are Former Royal Navy Type 21 frigates obtained by Pakistan from the United Kingdom in 1993-94. In Royal Navy service these ships were classified as frigates, they are classed as destroyers by the Pakistan Navy.
The Type 21 or Amazon Class frigates entered service with the UK beginning in the 1970s prior to entering service with Pakistan. A total of 8 were completed and 2 were lost during the Falkland Islands conflict with Argentina in 1982. The remaining 6 would all enter service with the Pakistani Navy.

PNS TARIQ was named after a great Muslim conqueror TARIQ BIN ZIYAD. His conquest of Gibraltar led to the extension of Muslim rule of Europe.

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Quiz on military news items over the past week. This is the second quiz in the series.

The Thales Bushmaster is an Australian designed, mine resistant, infantry mobility vehicle (IMV) or a wheeled APC. More than 1,000 have entered service with militaries from New Zealand to the UK and many countries in between. Bushmaster has successfully completed deployments in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria.

IMV is used to indicate that the Bushmaster is not as heavily armored as a more traditional APC. Theoretically the troops would dismount from the the Bushmaster prior to going into action. However, there are additional armor packages that may be added to increase vehicle survivability.

Birthed at the start of the Cold War the B-52 Stratofortress continues to punish those America deems worthy of punishing and will continue to do so up into the 2050s according to reports.

Initially, the planned B-52 had 8 engines turning propellers rather than jet engines. However, the military ever an organization to change plans midstream decided they instead wanted a jet powered bomber which led to the aircraft flying today.

Just for something a little different. A quiz on military happenings over the past week.

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Learn how to identify the Russian Admiral Kuznetsov and the Chinese Liaoning aircraft carriers.

Entering service at the end of the Cold War the Kuznetsov class carriers are often ridiculed by Western observers. However, it ought to be remembered that the Kuznetsov class envisaged role was not directly comparable with its Western counterparts.

While the west considered carriers an offensive platform whose aircraft would form the teeth of the ship, the Soviets and Russians imagined a different role for the Admiral Kuznetsov.

Kuznetsov's fighter aircraft would provide air cover for heavily armed Russian naval units such as cruisers, destroyers, and submarines. Doing so would allow the Russian vessels to get within firing range of their massive AShM missiles so that they could attack NATO sea forces.

The Liaoning was sold to China by the Ukraine and is today in service the Chinese navy.

The design for the Lynx helicopter dates to the late 1960s when the with the UK armed forces seeking a replacement for the Westland Scout and Westland Wasp.

Out of this requirement the Lynx was born. This helicopter is a popular choice for militaries around the world with more than 400 entering service.

The Lynx is currently the fastest production helicopter in service.

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The K1 and K2 main battle tanks (MBT) are well known in Asia, but less so in the rest of the world. This is rather surprising as both are set to form the backbone of the ROK militaries armored formations well into the 2030s.

The K1 often nicknamed "Baby Abrams" due to both similarities with the American M1 and input from General Dynamics entered service in 1988. More than 1,500 K1 and K1A1 versions rolled off Hyundai assembly lines.

In 2014 the first of the K2 Black Panther tanks entered service. This later vehicle has a crew of 3 thanks to an auto loader and has the dubious distinction of the most expensive MBT in the world.

However, for the price the K2 is an impressive piece of kit being able to reach speeds up to 70km/h while and incorporating an active defense system designed to shoot down incoming anti tank munitions.

The South Korean military hopes to buy more than 700 K2 Black Panthers while the tank itself is starting to garner attention from potential overseas markets in the Middle East, Europe, and South America.

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The Slava class cruiser was built as a smaller, cheaper, alternative to the Kirov class battle cruiser. While not as heavily armed as the Kirov the Slavas remain large and impressively armed ships with a focus on surface warfare.
Initially the Soviet Union wanted 20 of these ships, however with he collapse of the USSR only 3 entered service.

The Udaloy DDG entered service in 1983 replacing the smaller and less capable Krivak ASW frigates. The Udaloys are in two major variants the Udaloy 1 and the Udaloy 2.

The Soveremenny class destroyers like the the Slava crusiers are designed with surface warfare in mind and their armament includes 8 SS-N-22 Sunburn AShM (Anti Ship Missiles.) These ships are in service with Russia and China.

The SU-25 entered service with the former Soviet Union in 1981. More than a 1,000 of this close air support aircraft rolled off the production lines and unlike its U.S counterpart the A-10 the Frogfoot enjoyed widespread export success from Europe to Asia and places inbetween.

Today several variants of this aircraft remain in operation flying from bases around the world or even the Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

The UK built 14 type 22 ships in 2 batches. Today several still serve with the navies of Chile, Brazil and Romania.

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The UK built 14 type 22 ships in 2 batches. Today several still serve with the navies of Chile, Brazil and Romania.

The Type 87 Self Propelled Anti Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) is a Japanese air defense vehicle which entered service with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces (GSDF) in 1987.

Around 50 of these vehicles rolled off the production lines at around 13,000,000 dollars each. Today this machine remains in service with Japan after 30 years.

This video looks at two of the most well known wheeled self propelled guns (SPG) in service today. The Czechoslovakian (now Czech and Slovak republics) Dana and the South African G6.

The U.S Predator and Reaper drones are now famous/infamous around the world. The lesser known, similar, but increasingly popular Chinese CH-4 series are finding homes with militaries across the glove.

My opinion on why New Zealand gun regulations would not work in the United States despite U.S left wing politicians and anti gun groups implying otherwise.

There are 2 Fort Class ships. Both served with the British in the Falklands War in 1982.

Around 30 of these ships are expected to enter service with navy of China (PLAN.) These ships are heavily armed and highly capable of bloodying the nose of most would be opponents.

These ships share a common hull, however there are noticeable differences that make identification possible.

16 Kaiser class ships were completed replacing the earlier Cimarron class oilers. These ships are operated my Military Sealift Command (MSC) supporting U.S Navy ships throughout the world.

This plane first flew in the mid 1970s. Designed by Yugoslavia and Romania. It is no longer in service with Romania but continues to soldier on with the Serbian military.

More than 700 Mirage F1 aircraft rolled off the assebly lines by the time production of this aircraft ended in 1992.
The F1 would up in the militaries of more than a dozen countries around the globe. Today it continues to soldier on and will likely do so for another 20 years.

This infantry fighting vehicle entered service with the South Korean army in 2009. More than 1,000 expected to roll off the production lines.


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Will focus primarily, but not solely on military topics such as the identification of commonly seen military equipment and items. In addition will look at military news and events across the globe.

With the identification series I will focus primarily on the platform identification features rather than the capabilities. I shall be adding weapons and platform capabilities over the next few months. The trouble is sorting out the facts from fiction all the while ensuring that I am not passing on classified information. For those of you who have offered information please, please, please DO NOT send me classified info. I realize a lot of the information that is available to the public is inaccurate. However, militaries keep actual specifics classified for a reason.

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