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Forget the S-500 or Su-57 PAK-FA. Russia's Military Has Big Plans for the Future.

Russia has started planning for the development of a series of next-generation weapons to follow-on to systems such as the Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA and the S-500 surface-to-air missile (SAM) battery. These new systems—which the Russian government has not named—will be developed under future advanced State Armament Program.



“An important and key issue on our agenda is to define the beginning of the creation of yet another advanced state armament program,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting of the Kremlin’s Military Industrial Commission . Putin said that Russia has to start planning for its future defense needs now as it completes developmental programs that were funded under the current State Armament Plan (GPV-2027). “It is important for us to move further and start planning today the future development and production of advanced weapons and equipment that will define the image of the Russian Armed Forces in the long-term, for the next few decades,” Putin said. Putin …

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Saudi Arabia has the best military equipment money can buy — but it's still not a threat to Iran

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Saudi Arabia has the best military equipment money can buy — but it's still not a threat to Iran Saudi special forces soldiers with G36C assault rifles. Saudi Press Agency
Saudi Arabia has some of the greatest military equipment money can buy, but its military is still not seen as a threat to its longtime rival Iran.Saudi Arabia's military has not proved capable of effectively fighting back Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.Its arsenal is designed for a large conventional war — not proxy fighting. In the past few years, Saudi Arabia has led an intervention in Yemen's civil war, been the driving force behind a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its neighbors, andinvolved itself in the politics of Lebanon. All of these things appear to have one common objective: to push back against the influence of Iran. But experts say Saudi Arabia's ambitions are limited by its military, which is considered an ineffective force even though the kingdom is one of the world's large…
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Congress Should Request New A-10 Warthogs

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Congress Should Request New A-10 “Warthogs” By Bart Marcois · December 15, 2017 U.S. strategy in Afghanistan has been changed radically since President Trump’s decision to let military commanders conduct the war.  One of the most significant changes is the decision to target the drug labs and smugglers that produce revenue for the Taliban and other anti-government groups.  The mission requires careful targeting and close and sustained observation, which has prompted calls for the return of the legendary A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” planes to the theater. Afghan Officials Request A-10 ReturnMilitary Timesreports that the request for the A-10 comes directly from Afghan defense officials.  U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Lance Bunch, director of U.S. air operations in Afghanistan, addressed the issue at a press conference on December 12.  He refused to comment on whether or when the planes would be deployed.  “The discussions of what forces we move to Afghanistan or draw down from Iraq…
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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen calls to extend Bundeswehr deployment abroad

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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen calls to extend Bundeswehr deployment abroad The minister has called on parliament to renew the mandate of German troop missions regardless of whether a new government is formed by early 2018. She also pushed for continued presence in northern Iraq and Syria.
German defense minister and conservative politician Ursula von der Leyen said she would discuss extending the foreign deployment of Bundeswehr troops with all parliamentary parties in the upcoming weeks, independent of whether or not a German government has been formed. In an interview with German media group Funke Mediengruppe, von der Leyen called for troop deployment to be extended for one year. Von der Leyen is currently the defense minister in the German caretaker government "I would welcome extending deployment early next year — and not just for three months but once again in the typical pattern of one year." She added that Germany's partners are counting on its co…
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Russia’s most unique Mil helicopters

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Russia’s most unique Mil helicopters Military & Defense December 15, 15:23UTC+3 As the renowned Mil Helicopter Design Bureau marks 70 years since it was established, TASS tells about the legendary company’s most unusual and interesting projects Share © Yuri Smityuk/TASS The Helicopter Experimental Design Bureau led by aircraft designer Mikhail Mil was established in Moscow on December 12, 1947. Over its entire history, the Mil Design Bureau has designed 13 baseline helicopter models, from the light to the super-heavy classes, including the world’s most popular Mi-8 rotorcraft.
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