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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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Exclusive: Lockheed Skunk Works' X-44A Flying-Wing Drone Revealed

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The aircraft is a missing link in a lineage of shadowy unmanned flying-wing drones built by the legendary Skunk Works.

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Let's Face It, The USAF Isn't Serious About Buying a Light Attack Aircraft

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The service says it somehow still needs more information, despite a decade of studies, evaluations, and other experiments with the concept.

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Boeing's Hypersonic Valkyrie Will Likely Struggle To Catch Up With Lockheed's SR-72 ...

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Years after Lockheed unveiled its SR-72 concept, Boeing has thrown its helmet into the hypersonic plane ring.

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The French Army Eyes All-New Fleet of Light Attack Airplanes

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The head of the service's aviation arm is eager to get modern choppers, too, but says fixed-wing planes make more sense in various situations.

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F-15 Eagle: Inside One of America's Most Deadly Fighter Jets of All Time

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The F-15 was also designed with long range in mind. Carrying three six-hundred-pound fuel tanks, the F-15 had a range of three thousand miles, making it possible to fly from the continental United States to Europe without stopping or midair refueling. This would make it possible to quickly reinforce NATO air defenses in case of a crisis in Europe, and later would permit the Air Force to quickly dispatch F-15s to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.For nearly three decades, the F-15 Eagle fighter was considered the undisputed king of the skies. Until the debut of its replacement, the... Read More
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Air Force Kills Combat Demo for Light Attack Aircraft

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Valerie Insinna, Defense News
WASHINGTON The U.S. Air Force will not be proceeding with a combat demonstration for its light attack aircraft, but an eventual program of record has become the assumed outcome of further experimentation planned for two turboprop planes.The new experiments, planned for May to July 2018 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, narrow the field to Textron Aviation's AT-6 Wolverine and the A-29 Super Tucano made by Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer cutting the Textron Scorpion and L-3 Technologies' AT-802L Longsword from further competition. Read More
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Boeing Views Navy's MQ-25 As a Must Win

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Loren Thompson, Forbes
You wouldn't think a company that just told Wall Street it will deliver over 800 jetliners this year would assign top priority to winning a Navy program aimed at buying a mere 76 unmanned aircraft, but that's what Boeing has done. The world's biggest aerospace company has decided the carrier-based MQ-25 drone is the beginning of a revolution in naval aviation, and it is determined to be on board.MQ-25, popularly known as the Stingray, is the latest in a series of Navy efforts aimed at investigating how unmanned aircraft might be integrated into the air wings that fly off of its supercarriers.... Read More
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China Will 'Pull the Trigger' in the South China Sea

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The National Interest has recently hosted a debate on whether China wants a confrontation in the South China Sea.

In a January 24 piece, “China Wants Confrontation in the South China Sea,” I argue what the title states. James Holmes, in “No, China Doesn’t Want Confrontation in the South China Sea,” takes a different view.

In this piece, I show China wants more than just to provoke a confrontation in that contested body of water. It wants to “pull the trigger.” Beijing, we should recognize, will almost certainly use force if it gets the opportunity. Read More
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F-35 Software to Prevent Pilots From Flying Into the Ground

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Hope H. Seck, Def.Tech
Even experienced fighter pilots are at risk of a phenomenon known as Controlled Flight Into Terrain, or CFIT.In 2016, it claimed the life of Marine Maj. Richard "Sterling" Norton during F/A-18 Hornet training at 29 Palms, California.Bottom line: When you're multitasking in mid-air at speeds of up to 1,000 miles per hour, it's easy to get disoriented. Read More
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Nuclear Posture Review: Signaling Restraint with Stipulations

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The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is a thoughtful, deliberative report that captures the big strategic issues facing the United States in the area of nuclear force structure.[1] This is surprising and welcome in my view. The previous two NPRs, in 2002 and 2010 respectively, were ideological tracts with little policy analysis of the strategic issues facing the United States. This one is different. Read More
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Navy: 17 Sailors Disciplined for Fitzgerald and Mccain Collisions

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G. Ziezulewicz, MT
Seventeen sailors from the destroyers Fitzgerald and John S. McCain have received nonjudicial punishment for their roles in last summer's West Pacific collisions that killed 17 sailors, officials confirmed Thursday.The Navy also plans to reverse a guilty verdict it handed out to an officer from the warship Fitzgerald for involvement in the June 17 collision off Japan that killed seven shipmates.The prior ruling against the officer in a nonjudicial punishment hearing was reversed by the head of the consolidated disposition authority, an entity established in October to review all prior... Read More
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Norwegians, Germans Join U.S. Navy's Truman Strike Group

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Megan Eckstein, USNI
A Norwegian and a German frigate are in Norfolk now to join the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) beginning this week, with the German ship remaining with the CSG during its upcoming overseas deployment.The Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Roald Amundsen (F 311) and the Sachsen-class German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk on Jan. 26 and Jan. 28, respectively, after more than seven months of planning for the integrated training event and deployment. Read More
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Russia's Military Cooperation Goals in Central Asia

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Dmitry Stefanovich, The Diplomat
The year 2017 marked several important milestones for Russian-led not-so-allied alliances: the Collective Security Treaty (on the basis of which an organization of the same name, the CSTO, was created) turned 25, while the Commonwealth of Independent States Joint Air Defense System (CIS JADS) received an adaptation roadmap to tackle Air-Space Defense tasks. Several high-profile multilateral military exercises took place, and their analysis may help understand the grand strategy of Russia and other participants in these groupings. Read More
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Trump Taking Tougher Stance on Russia Nuclear Threat

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The Trump administration on Friday announced it will continue much of the Obama administration’s nuclear weapons policy, but take a more aggressive stance toward Russia. It said Russia must be convinced it would face “unacceptably dire costs” if it were to threaten even a limited nuclear attack in Europe.

The sweeping review of U.S. nuclear policy does not call for any net increase in strategic nuclear weapons — a position that stands in contrast to President Donald Trump’s statement, in a tweet shortly before he took office, that the U.S. “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” In his State of the Union address Tuesday, he made no mention of expansion, though he said the arsenal must deter acts of aggression. Read More
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Much Political Warfare' in Our Future

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Seth Jones, Breaking Defense
The Trump administration's National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy outline a shift from counterterrorism to inter-state competition with China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. However, U.S. policymakers need to be prepared for much of this competition to occur at the unconventional level, since the costs of conventional and nuclear war would likely be catastrophic. Read More
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DARPA Wants to Identify WMD Threats Through Genetics

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Daniel Cebul, C4ISRNET
WASHINGTON An office within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is preparing to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by developing a portable device that can identify exposure to a threat agent.The four-year Epigenetic CHaracterization and Observation, or ECHO, program falls under the purview of the Biological Technologies Office, which will attempt to create a device that discriminates if and when a friend or foe has been exposed to a WMD threat agent. Read More
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U.S. Adds Hamas Political Leader to Terrorist List

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Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor
The United States on Jan. 31 added the head of Hamas' political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, to its list of Specially Designated Terrorists. "Haniyeh has close links with Hamas' military wing and has been a proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians, announced the US State Department. He has reportedly been involved in terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. Hamas has been responsible for an estimated 17 American lives killed in terrorist attacks.The State Department has another list that includes 61 organizations designated as terrorist groups. Hamas was added to... Read More
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Army Aims to Build Robotic Combat Vehicle Prototypes

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Connie Lee, National Defense
The Army is pursuing plans to develop a fully autonomous combat vehicle and hopes to build prototypes for experimentation and testing between 2020 and 2021, according to a service official.The service has a draft predecisional capability development document that could be shared during a potential industry day this spring, said Col. William Nuckols, director of Training and Doctrine Command's project office for maneuver robotics and autonomous systems. Read More
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HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for helicopter trials

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HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for helicopter trials: "The UK’s future flagship sailed for the first time since being officially commissioned into the Royal Navy in December and will be launching her first helicopter trials at sea.

Two Chinook helicopters from the Aircraft Test and Evaluation facility at MOD Boscombe Down landed on the warship before it sailed and two Merlin Mk2 helicopters will join later." Read More



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Your WHOLE body could be 'replaced or upgraded' with robot parts by 2070

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Your WHOLE body could be 'replaced or upgraded' with robot parts by 2070: "A robotics boffin says we might all be upgrading our bodies with bionic bits before the end of the century, and suggests science fiction could soon become fact. YOUR entire body could be swapped out with robot parts as soon as 2070, if a top robotics expert is to be believed.

One bionics expert says that we're not far from a future where anyone can buy upgraded body parts that provide superhuman powers. "

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China’s Swarms of Smart Drones Have Enormous Military Potential

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China’s Swarms of Smart Drones Have Enormous Military Potential | The Diplomat: "China set a world record in December 2017 at the Global Fortune Forum in Guangzhou when it succeeded in mobilizing the largest swarm of drones in history. Over 1,000 miniature drones performed a variety of tasks to showcase the collective orchestration of the high-tech instruments.

The future of drone swarms and their implications on the future of warfare are topics of much debate. The idea of using drones en masse to overwhelm a target, achieving a tactical advantage through numbers, is a popular notion. However, the orchestration of China’s new drones illustrates more than the employment of sheer numbers and drones operating in close proximity to one another. The performance put on near the end of 2017 demonstrates China’s potential skill in effective swarm systems. Flying 1,108 tiny dronebots in as a single unit illustrated China’s acuity and interest in autonomous flight capabilities, not simply …
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Russian Company VPK tests Bumerang new local-made 8x8 armoured vehicle

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Russia's Military Industrial Company (Voyenno-Promishlennaya Kompaniya, VPK) is testing its cutting-edge Bumerang (Boomerang) wheeled armored fighting vehicle (AFV), according to Sergey Suvorov, the head of marketing at VPK. Read full news at this link ....
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Turkey test-fired local-made HISAR-A air defense missile system

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The Turkish Defense Industry has successfully test-fired new generation of local-made HISAR-A short-range surface-to-air missile system developed by the Turkish Companies Aselsan and Roketsan. During the firing test, the HISAR missile was successfully fired from a land platform based on 6x6 truck chassis. Read full news at this link ....
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Defence Ministry of Croatia presents its procurement plan for 2018

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The Procurement Plan of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia for the current year was presented and the 2017 Plan was reviewed on 31 January 2018. Croatia's defense ministry on Friday, February 2, 2018, signed procurement contracts worth 37.8 million euro with 26 local companies to provide various equipment and services, including weapons and weapons servicing, clothing, footwear, and insurance services for the members of Croatian armed forces. Read full news at this link ....
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Glock makes military-grade pistol available to civilians

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Glock makes military-grade pistol available to civilians | Fox News: "Initially designed to provide the Army with the very best personal protection sidearm in the world, now civilians can get access to the G19X pistol with Glock’s very latest advances for maximum personal protection.

Many Americans are concerned about scenarios like an armed home invasion or a deadly attack in a dark alley. One new solution for self-defense against attacks is the military-grade Glock G19X." Read More



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Lockheed Skunk Works' X-44A Flying-Wing Drone Revealed

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Exclusive: Lockheed Skunk Works' X-44A Flying-Wing Drone Revealed - The Drive: "An aircraft that represents a missing technological link between Lockheed's abortive "Tier III-" RQ-3 Darkstar unmanned penetrating and long-loitering spy aircraft and the company's history making RQ-170 Sentinel is now coming to light. This previously unknown (to the public) flying-wing drone was built by Lockheed Skunk Works in 1999, shortly after the RQ-3 program vanished. 

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The Hyper Velocity Projectile: How the Navy Could Fire 5,600 MPH 'Bullets' at Missiles

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The Hyper Velocity Projectile: How the Navy Could Fire 5,600 MPH 'Bullets' at Missiles | The National Interest Blog: "The Pentagon is pursuing an innovation missile-defense system that could address some of the shortcomings of the existing systems it deploys.

There are a number of major (somewhat interrelated) obstacles to defending against a missile attack. The first is simply the sheer technological challenge of using a missile to destroy another fast-moving missile. This is sometimes compared to trying to shoot a bullet with another bullet. The other is the cost equation: because of the technological challenges involved, missile-defense interceptors are inherently more expensive than the offensive missiles they are trying to destroy. " Read More



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Russia Is Developing An Underseas Nuclear Torpedo That Some Analysts Are Calling A ‘Doomsday’ Weapon

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Over the last year, the Russian military hasramped up its activities in both disputed areasas well asinternational waters. While some in the Oval Office don’t seem to be in a hurry to confront Russia, the Department of Defense issued a report Friday which includes the startling revelation thatthe Kremlin is working on a nuclear torpedo. In its Nuclear Posture Review, the Pentagon revealed that much of its efforts aimed at nuclear deterrence are focused on Russia. “Russia considers the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to be the principal threats to its contemporary geopolitical ambitions,” the Pentagon said. The report also stated that Russia has over 2,000 “non-strategic” nuclear weapons, including missiles, “gravity bombs,” anti-ship and anti-submarine torpedoes. “What do they need nuclear depth charges for?” one US official asked. The report was the first public mention that Russia is developing a new “intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, …
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Lockheed Martin successfully conducts flight test of miniature Hit-to-Kill missile

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Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) missile successfully conducted a controlled flight test to...


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DSA 2018 the biggest Defense & Security Exhibition in the Asian region

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DSA (Defence Services Asia) exhibition has reached three decades since its inception in 1988, marking an impressive milestone in the defence show industry. The 16th Edition of the Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference will take place on 16 - 19 April 2018 at the newly built Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read full news about DSA 2018 at this link ...
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No ‘Automaticity,’ But Yes To Low Yield Nukes: NPR

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PENTAGON: The United States government sees a fundamentally more threatening world today, one that requires a more nuanced balance of delivery systems than we’ve deployed since the end of the Cold War. That’s really the change that has driven the results of the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, officially released today. Careful transparency continues to Keep reading →
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Bullseye from CH-4

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China has undergone a series of tests on the Caihong-4 (CH-4) unmanned aerial vehicle which developed with its own capabilities. The platform carried out multi-type ammunition live fire tests in the six-day-long trials conducted in the northwestern part of China. CH-4 is developed from CH-3. CH-4 has the ability to fulfill many tasks. For the first multi-type ammunition tests, 50 kilograms of cluster ammunition, 50 kilograms of satellite guided bombs, 100 kilograms of laser guided bombs and 50 kilograms of precision guided ammunition were tested. According to the statement made from authorities, the test results provided the desired design standards of the systems. The CH-4 can carry different kinds of ammunition at the same time. C4Defence
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T-90 Tanks at Baghdad

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Iraq began receiving T-90S and T-90SK tanks, which it ordered in 2014. Under the deal, a total of 73 T-90S and SK will be delivered to Iraq. Together with the tanks, it is stated that logistics vehicles are being delivered under the agreement. T-90S and SK has increased survivability compared to the T-72B3 tanks currently in use in the Iraqi Army. The T-90S is the most advanced tank of the T series tanks which currently in active service. There is a laser warning system in the tank that detects laser emissions from laser-guided missiles or laser rangefinders and allows the user to automatically turn the turret to laser source. The T-90SK is a modified version of the T-90 tanks for command and control. In addition to the standard equipment on the platform, the R-168-100KBE high frequency radio set, TNA-4-3 tank navigation equipment and PAB-2M sights are available. C4Defence
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Global Modernization for 'Patriot'

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Raytheon has inked a $235-million modernization contract for its Patriot Missile and Air Defence System which will be funded by the 14 nations that have the system in their inventories. This is the first of five annual, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity task order awards with a total contract ceiling of more than $2,3 billion.  The company will work on developing new methods to search, detect, track, discriminate, engage, and defeat a wide range of evolving threats including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and military aircraft; improving Patriot's interoperability with higher echelon systems; developing training simulators; reducing the life-cycle costs and enhancing the system's ability to counter electronic countermeasures. C4Defence Measure Measure
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Bofors 40 Boost for Hamina Class

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BAE Systems was awarded a contract for its Bofors 40 Mk 4 naval guns under the Finnish Navy's Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade Programme (SQ2000 MLU). In the scope of this contract with Squadron 2000 main contractor Patria, the company will produce and deliver Bofors 40 Mk4 Naval Guns for the service's four Hamina-class fast attack craft (FAC). BAE Systems announced the contract on 30 January. C4Defence
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Secret missile defence test by US military fails

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Secret missile defence test by US military fails: "A secret US military test to shoot down an incoming missile has failed, according to reports, raising concerns about the threat posed by North Korea.

The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor missile was launched from Hawaii on Wednesday, but failed to intercept its target, according to an anonymous US official.

The official said those involved in the launch, including developer Raytheon, were analysing why it failed." Read More



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‘At least 12 crew members killed’ in Chinese military plane crash | South China Morning Post

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‘At least 12 crew members killed’ in Chinese military plane crash | South China Morning Post: "Incident during exercise in Guizhou shows ‘imperfect’ aircraft might not be up to the task of intensive drills in the region, military source says

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The US could be getting 2 new nuclear capabilities. Here are the details.

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The Pentagon wants to put two new nuclear capabilities into the Navy. Here's what you need to know. http://bit.ly/2nBqcUv
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Russia tests Bumerang, Kurganets-25 armoured vehicles

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Russia tests Bumerang, Kurganets-25 armoured vehicles | Jane's 360: "Preliminary testing of the Bumerang 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle and Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is under way, the Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN reported at the end of January.

Sergei Suvarov, the head of marketing at Voenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (Military-Industrial Company: VPK) told Interfax-AVN on 26 January that Bumerang testing is on schedule and state trials will begin after shortcomings are addressed.

He said Bumerang is already available in the form of the K-17 IFV and K-16 armoured personnel carrier (APC), with the possibility of creating an entire family of vehicles based on the platform, including armoured recovery, command post, reconnaissance, and anti-tank vehicles, depending on customer interest." Read More



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Drone NAS Integration, What Really Happened

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Drone NAS Integration, What Really Happened - sUAS News - The Business of Drones: "As we look forward to working with a new FAA administrator, we have to remember some of the past integration mistakes so we do not relieve them on the regulatory wheel of suffering. Some of these whoppers have put the U.S. behind the rest of the world in adapting and innovating with this technology.

Randolph Babbitt picked up the pieces after Marion Blakey’s administration did the arbitrary policy clarification in February of 2007. Before that, you could fly drones in class Bravo airspace, BVLOS, at night over 400′ or whatever you wanted. Folks that asked for procedures for operations from the FAA were told to use AC91-57 and to have a nice day. 

Hard to believe that the policy clarification was made up, done on the fly and in private. At the time the FAA didn’t even have an Administrative Procedures manual to work from! They used Title 5 of the U.S.C. and some other documents and stuff. I can’t gi…
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Russian officials visit US as Trump decides against new sanctions

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Russian officials visit US as Trump decides against new sanctions - Business Insider: "Three top Russian intelligence officials traveled to the US last week.
Two are barred from entering the US under existing sanctions, but one official's visit was authorized and cleared by the appropriate agencies, and it's unclear who authorized the second's entry.
The State Department declined to comment on the specifics of visa cases and referred further questions to the Russian Embassy." Read More



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GOP memo criticizing FBI surveillance is released

GOP memo criticizing FBI surveillance is released - The Washington Post: "President Trump authorized the release Friday of a GOP memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI, intensifying a fight between the White House and Republican lawmakers, on one side, and the nation’s top law enforcement agency over claims that the FBI hid the political motivations of a key figure supplying it information in the case." Read More



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Turkey’s fighter program awaits presidential go-ahead

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Turkey’s ambitious program to build the country’s first indigenous fighter jet is awaiting a critical endorsement from a supreme body chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Procurement officials said the meeting of the Defence Industry Executive Committee, expected to convene in the next few weeks, will produce a comprehensive briefing to Erdogan on the fighter program, dubbed TF-X.

“The briefing will be the first critical step for the program this year,” an official said. “With the president’s approval, the TF-X will gain pace.”

The TF-X and other major indigenous development programs are Erdogan’s pet projects.

A presidential adviser said Erdogan intends to order officials to give momentum to TF-X. “The president is strongly in favor of independent defense industry capabilities, including the fighter program,” the adviser said. Read More
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