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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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EU Army a ‘TANGIBLE REALITY’ as funds for huge defence project approved

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BRUSSELS has announced EU military cooperation is a now a “tangible reality” after signing off a huge new project.By Mark Chandler PUBLISHED: 15:37, Fri, Dec 22, 2017| UPDATED: 17:54, Fri, Dec 22, 2017

The European Defence Fund has received its first grant from the bloc for a €1million research programme called Pythia. Named after the Priestess of Ancient Delphi, Pythia will see countries including France and Italy join forces to research cutting-edge military technology. The UK also forms part of the programme, despite leaving the bloc in 2019, alongside Bulgaria, Poland and Romania. A further €90million will be dished out from the EU budget in the next two years as Brussels chiefs look to strengthen military ties across the bloc. Grants will be approved in the coming weeks to research drones and equipment for soldiers. Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska said: "Only months after the launch of the European Defence Fund, we are delivering by supporting the first concrete defen…
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Why DARPA and NASA are building robot spacecraft designed to act like orbital service stations

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Why DARPA and NASA are building robot spacecraft designed to act like orbital service stations By CHRISTIAN DAVENPORT | The Washington Post | Published: December 22, 2017 There's a graveyard in space littered with the corpses of dozens of dead satellites, a remote spot in the cosmos reserved to entomb spacecraft at the end of their lives. Even the most robust and expensive satellites eventually break down or run out of fuel, and must be retired to a remote parking orbit more than 22,000 miles away, safely out of the way of other satellites. There, the graveyard holds billions of dollars-worth of some of the most expensive hardware ever to leave the surface of the Earth — including not just commercial communications satellites, but some of the Pentagon's most sensitive assets, used for spying, guiding bombs and warning against missile launches. Now, the Defense Advanced Projects Agency, NASA and others, are developing technologies that would extend the life of the critical infr…
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The Pentagon wants AI on fighters to predict mechanical failures

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The Pentagon wants AI on fighters to predict mechanical failures Kris Osborn Warrior Scout Dec. 22, 01:12 PM The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is working with industry to implement AI, automation and machine-learning technology into aircraft as a way to anticipate and predict potential maintenance failures, service and industry officials said. In a collaborative effort with DOD and the Air Force, C3 IoT is working on a deal to integrate AI-driven software into an F-16 and an E-3 Sentry AWACS surveillance aircraft, industry developers explained. Developers say the new software should be operational on the aircraft within six months. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visits Defense Innovation Unit Experimental at Moffett Field, Calif., to deliver remarks at DIUx May 11, 2016. (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz) The plan is to gather and analyze data, such as operationally relevant maintenance information during or after missions so that crews and service eng…
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FNSS, Çalışanlarının Çeyrek Asırlık Hizmetlerini Ödüllendirdi

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FNSS, 23 Aralık’ta Ankara’da düzenlenen yılsonu etkinliğinde, 20 ve 25. yılını geride bırakan çalışanlarına “Kıdem Ödülleri” takdim etti. FNSS CEO’su Nail Kurt’un da çeyrek asırın üzeri kıdem ödülü alacak çalışanların arasında yer aldığı etkinlik FNSS çalışanlarının katıldığı  yıl sonu balosu ile sona erdi. Nail Kurt  1987 yılında NUROL’da ilk ZMA projesi teklifin hazırlandığı ve 1988’de  FNSS nin kurulduğu günden bu yana başarılı bir çok proje imza attı ve firmanın gerek yurtdışında gerekse yurt içinde önemli bir konuma yükselmesinde rol aldı. Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri ile müttefik ülke silahlı kuvvetleri için, paletli ve tekerlekli zırhlı araç aileleri ile silah sistemlerinin tasarım ve üretiminde  önemli bir konuma sahip olan FNSS, bugün, yurt dışında 2 ülkede üretim faaliyetlerini sürdüren, 4.000’i aşkın zırhlı muharebe aracı  dünya genelinde farklı ülkelerin kullanımda olan ve 200’ü aşkın yerli altyüklenicisi bulunan, alanında dünya lideri kuruluşlardan birisidir. Source: defencet…
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Forget North Korea: Russia Is Now Building EMP Weapons

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Forget North Korea: Russia Is Now Building EMP Weapons Michael Peck December 22, 2017 Amid all the recent fears about North Korea building an electromagnetic-pulse weapon that could disrupt America’s electronic backbone, another potential threat has been ignored: Russia’s new Alabuga EMP weapons program. Russian media describes a program that appears to be aimed at developing tactical EMP weapons that would affect a small area, rather than strategic arms that would disable, say, a nation’s entire electrical grid. “One component of the program involves the development of an EMP missile that emits an electromagnetic pulse 200-300 meters above an enemy position by means of a high-frequency high-power electromagnetic field generator,” according to an article in Rossiyskaya Gazeta and translated by the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office. “This EMP would create an ultra high frequency (UHF) field of approximately 3.5 kilometers, not only disabling computers, radars, communications sy…
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Air Force solidifies options for B-52 engine replacement

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By: Valerie Insinna   20 hours ago



The clock is ticking as the Air Force considers whether to re-engine its B-52 Stratofortresses. Age, obsolescence and diminishing sources for spare parts could make current engines unsustainable as early as 2030. (Mike Dey/Air Force)
WASHINGTON — The Air Force has laid out three potential plans for replacing the B-52’s engines, a key step for keeping its oldest bomber in service into the 2050s. For almost two decades, the Air Force has studied whether and how to replace the B-52’s Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-103 engines, eight of which have powered each Stratofortress since the 1960s.
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Uncertain Path Ahead for F-35 Sales to Middle East

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12/22/2017 By Vivienne Machi F-35 joint strike fighter Photo: Lockheed Martin The Air Force has confirmed discussions to potentially sell Lockheed Martin’s F-35 joint strike fighter to Arabian Gulf state partners for the first time. But any potential foreign military sale could face hurdles in Congress, said one analyst. The Defense Department is in talks with the United Arab Emirates to sell F-35s to the Middle Eastern ally, a top Air Force official told reporters at the Dubai Air Show in November. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson discussed potential sales at the biennial event, Defense News reported. “Specifically with the F-35, you look at all of our partner nations … here in the Gulf, they share some of the same adversaries and many of the same challenges,” he said. “Discussions are ongoing now with the administration on partner nations that may require them.”
Saudi Arabia has also expressed interest in the fighter. If the deals went through, they would bring signi…
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