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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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French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle Received its SMART-S Mk2 Radar

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The French Navy (Marine Nationale) nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has received its radar upgrade. The SMART-S Mk2 radar was fitted on December 19, 2017 according to a Thales spokesperson. Charles de Gaulle is in dry dock since February 2017 for its mid-life refit following 15 years of operational deployments. Read More 
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Russia's Pacific Fleet to get Four SSGN by 2021

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The Pacific fleet is likely to get four upgraded cruise missile nuclear submarines (SSGN) of project 949A by 2021, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said. "We discussed the issue today and believe 2021 is a real deadline," he said during a visit to Zvezda shipyard in the Far East. Read More
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Future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) Completes Acceptance Trials

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) released a really nice video showing the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) underway for acceptance trials. The U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer successfully completed those trials on Feb. 1. BIW crew demonstrated the ship’s systems to evaluators with the U.S. Navy. Read More
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Russian Pacific Fleet submarine force commander appointed

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Rear-Admiral Vladimir Dmitriyev has been appointed Russian Pacific Fleet submarine force commander, the Eastern Military District’s press office said. "The Russian president has appointed Rear-Admiral Vladimir Dmitriyev Pacific Fleet submarine force commander," the press office said. Read More
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Highly adapted sea life could help U.S. military detect adversary activity over large areas

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The world’s vast oceans and seas offer seemingly endless spaces in which adversaries of the United States can maneuver undetected. The U.S. military deploys networks of manned and unmanned platforms and sensors to monitor adversary activity, but the scale of the task is daunting and hardware alone cannot meet every need in the dynamic marine environment. Sea life, however, offers a potential new advantage. Marine organisms are highly attuned to their surroundings—their survival depends on it—and a new program out of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office aims to tap into their natural sensing capabilities to detect and signal when activities of interest occur in strategic waters such as straits and littoral regions. Read More
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Israeli F-16I destroyed in attacks prompted by Iranian UAV infiltration

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A frontline Israeli F-16I was destroyed on Saturday after it came under heavy attack by Syrian-based anti-aircraft missiles during a round of strikes and counter-strikes prompted by an early morning.
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Empty Cockpits Are a Problem for the U.S. Air Force

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In late 2016, the Air Force realized it was facing a shortage of about 700 fighter pilots. The service, to its credit, pushed ahead with several initiatives to avert the looming crisis. The result: The Air Force is now short about 1,200 fighter pilots. It's not that the Air Force's steps weren't improvements. It's that they were too small. With commercial airlines poaching the military ranks to replace a giant cohort of their own pilots now reaching mandatory retirement age, the Air Force's predicament is likely to get worse. Read More
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Belarus tests upgraded version of Polonez MLRS rocket launcher

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Belarus tests upgraded version of Polonez MLRS rocket launcher | weapons defence industry military technology UK | analysis focus army defence military industry army: ""On October 26, 2017, the modernized variant of the [Polonez] MLRS passed its live-fire trials. The firing range of the system has increased by 50% and reached 299 km," the magazine says, adding that the specified target was hit with 100% accuracy. The modernization works are being carried out by a consortium of Belarusian defense enterprises led by the Precision Electro-Mechanics Plant (ZTEhM).

The V-200 Polonez MLRS was unveiled at the MILEX 2017 exhibition held in Minsk from May 20-22. The system incorporates the V-200BM combat vehicle, the V-200TZM transport-loader and the V-200BMU upgraded command-and-control (C2) vehicle. The specifications of the Polonez were disclosed at the MILEX 2017 show also. The MLRS will get a rocket, which will be able to deliver a 480 kg warhead to a range varying between …
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ADM Richardson's Prescription for 'the Navy the Nation Needs'

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In the past 25 years, maritime traffic has increased 400 percent, and competition from the Russian and Chinese superpowers—or as Adm. John Richardson puts it, “‘great power’ competition”—is rising each day.
The U.S. Navy has not kept pace with that growth, he warned.
Richardson, the chief of naval operations, presented the case at the beginning of February at The Heritage Foundation for the Navy the nation needs, in which he outlined the seven dimensions to make the U.S. Navy great again. Read More
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Kim Jong-un Invites South Korean Leader to North for Summit

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Choe Sang-Hun, NYT
SEOUL, South Korea Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has invited President Moon Jae-in of South Korea to visit his country at an early date for a summit meeting, Mr. Moon's office announced on Saturday.Mr. Moon said the two Koreas should work together to create the environment to make it happen, a spokesman said.Mr. Kim relayed the invitation through his trusted adviser and only sister, Kim Yo-jong, who met with Mr. Moon at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday, in the highest-level contact between the two Koreas in years. She is part of an official North... Read More
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The 5 Best Sporting Rifles in the World

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The field of modern sporting riflessemiautomatic rifles with detachable magazineshas exploded in popularity over the past decade. The expiration of the Federal 19942004 Assault Weapons Ban and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan fueled an interest in these weapons. Innovation, in part due to research and development into military small arms, introduced new and interesting rifle designs. Here are the top five modern sporting rifle designs. Read More
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Senators Urge Mattis Not to Delay Shock Test on USS Ford

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An. Capaccio, Bloomberg
The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee urged Defense Secretary Jim Mattis not to delay shock testing intended to determine how well its new $12.9 billion aircraft carrier can withstand an attack.Mattis is weighing a Navy request to delay the test on the USS Gerald R. Ford for at least six years, until delivery of a second carrier in the $45.7 billion program. The test was ordered in 2015 by then-Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and is scheduled to occur in 2019. The USS John F. Kennedy, second carrier in the three-ship program, isn't scheduled for delivery until... Read More
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China Has Big Plans to Win the Next War

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Jeffrey Engstrom, The National Interest
The 1991 Gulf War and the 1999 Kosovo War heralded a new era of warfare for the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). Stunning victories by U.S.-led coalitions over Iraq and Yugoslavia were unique not only because they emphasized stealth and precision-guided weaponry, but more importantly, because victory did not require the annihilation of enemy forces on the battlefield. Indeed, the ability of Iraqi and Yugoslav forces to function on the battlefield, had become according to one PLA source, limited, deprived, and rendered useless, and their annihilation was not necessary to achieve... Read More
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Boeing to Build More Massive Ordnance Penetrators for the Air Force

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Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Boeing was awarded a contract to provide the U.S. Air Force with the GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP.The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $20.9 million.The GBU-57 MOP is a 30,000-pound, precision-guided "bunker buster" bomb that is primarily used against fortified positions and underground targets, such as caves and tunnels. Read More
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U.S. Strategic Approach to Africa

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Donald C. Bolduc, Small Wars Journal
Strategic Concerns in AfricaThe recent tragic event in Niger has brought attention to the US presence in Africa (especially that of USSOF). This attention which highlights the why we are in Africa now, serves as a useful point that we are there because we have interests. The point that is not very well explained is the importance of Africa and why it matters and why we have diplomatic, military, and other government agencies supporting our African partners and other members of the international community. Given the lessons learned from 9-11 on preventing attacks on the homeland. Read More
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ADM Harry Harris Tapped to Be Ambassador to Australia

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Sam LaGrone, USNI News
THE PENTAGON The head of U.S. forces in the Pacific has been put forth as the Trump administration's pick to be the next U.S. ambassador to Australia, The White House announced on Friday.Adm. Harry Harris, who has long been rumored to be the administration's pick for the top U.S. diplomatic post in Canberra, has led forces in the region as the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet in 2013 and took over as the head of U.S. Pacific Command in 2015. Read More
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Clues Emerge on New Pentagon Ballistic Missile Defense Review

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P. McCleary, USNI
In a year packed full of new strategic reviews being pushed out by the Pentagon, yet another new document is on the way.While the Ballistic Missile Defense Review expected to be released in the coming days is the last of several reviews to emerge from the Pentagon over the past two months, in many ways it might have the most immediate effect, analysts say.
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Digitization to Provide Cost Savings for Major Navy Programs

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Vivienne Machi, NDM
SAN DIEGO The Navy could see cost savings on its largest procurements by increasing the use of digital technologies beginning in the research-and-development phase, a senior service official said Feb. 8.James Hondo Geurts assumed the job of assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition in late 2017, after many years as the acquisition executive for Special Operations Command. In his new role, he is looking to help the service create different acquisition processes for different programs, he said at the annual WEST conference in San Diego co-hosted by the... Read More
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Army Accelerates Acquisition of Robotic Mules

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Stew Magnuson, National Defense Mag.
The Army is on a path to field up to 5,700 squad multi-purpose equipment transport robotic vehicles in a winner-takes-all competition that may wrap up as early as 2019.After more than a decade of experimenting with robotic mules designed to take the load off overburdened foot soldiers, the service is on an accelerated path to award a contract that will take about 15 months total, Mark Mazzara, program manager force projection's robotics interoperability lead, said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference Feb. 7. Read More
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A Budget the Likes of Which the Pentagon Has Never Seen

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It’s the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That’s far more in defense spending than America’s two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else.

And next year it would rise to $716 billion. Together, the two-year deal provides what Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says is needed to pull the military out of a slump in combat readiness at a time of renewed focus on the stalemated conflict in Afghanistan and the threat of war on the Korean peninsula. Read More
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Israel Downs Iranian Drone and Strikes Syria, F-16 Crashes

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Aron Heller, et al., AP
JERUSALEM (AP) The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone it said infiltrated the country early Saturday before launching a large-scale attack on at least a dozen Iranian and Syrian targets inside Syria. Responding anti-aircraft fire led to the downing of an Israeli fighter jet.Israel said the drone infiltration was a severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty and warned of further action against unprecedented Iranian aggression.The military said its planes faced massive anti-aircraft fire from Syria that forced two pilots to abandon an F-16 jet that crashed in. Read More
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Air Force Readies Competition to Re-Wing A-10s

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Oriana Pawlyk, DefenseTech
By the looks of it, the Air Force wants to get new wings for the A-10 Thunderbolt ground-attack aircraft at jet speeds.The service on Thursday released a draft request for proposal in preparation of having defense companies submit ideas on how best to develop new wings for the remaining portion of the A-10 fleet, according to a solicitation on FedBizOps. Read More
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Marines' New Expeditionary Advance Base Operations Concept

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Shawn Snow, MCT
The Corps is scrambling to piece together a new operational concept to counter growing threats around the globe, especially the new long-range cruise missiles and other sophisticated technology from near-peer competitors like Russia and China.On April 10, the Marines will host a classified innovation day with members of academia and industry to discuss a new concept called Expeditionary Advance Base Operations. The event will showcase new emerging technologies that could aid the Corps in implementing this new plan. Read More
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Pentagon Considering Boosting East Asia With More Marines

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Jeff Daniels, CNBC
In a move seen as largely signaling to China , the Trump administration could soon boost its military presence in East Asia.The Wall Street Journal reported Friday the Pentagon is considering increasing its Marine Corps Expeditionary Units in East Asia as it draws down its deployments in the Middle East, citing unnamed military officials."The Department of Defense continually evaluates how we employ our forces throughout the globe but it would be inappropriate to discuss any ongoing planning," Pentagon spokesman Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Logan told CNBC in a statement. Read More
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US Drone Kills Top Pakistani Taliban Commander

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US Drone Kills Top Pakistani Taliban Commander: "An American drone attack in northwestern Pakistan is believed to have killed a high-profile militant commander along with several of his aides.

Tribal sources and local Pakistani officials confirmed Friday the strike took place a day earlier near the Afghan border in North Waziristan tribal district.

They said the deputy chief of the outlawed Pakistani Taliban, Khan Said Mehsud, also known as Sajna, was returning from the adjacent Afghan border province of Khost when missiles fired from an unmanned aircraft hit his vehicle." Read More



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Intelligent drone swarm

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Intelligent drone swarm | EurekAlert! Science News: "Specialists from the Academic Laboratory of Industrial Robotics of Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a multi-agent robotic system for flying a swarm of intelligent drones. Now they are tasked to 'teach' a swarm of 10 drones to fly without crashing into each other, avoid stationary or mobile obstacles and safely land on the point specified by the operator with high accuracy. At the same time, high accuracy of drone navigation is ensured by the simultaneous use of a global navigation system and an ultrasonic system.

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Israel hits Iranian targets in Syria after shooting down Iranian drone

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Israel hits Iranian targets in Syria after shooting down Iranian drone: "The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country early Saturday before launching a "large-scale attack" on at least a dozen Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria. Israel called it a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty" and warned of further action against the unprecedented Iranian aggression.

The military said its planes faced massive anti-aircraft fire from Syria that forced two pilots to abandon an F-16 jet that crashed in northern Israel. One pilot was seriously wounded and the other lightly. Syrian officials reported large explosions in the center of the country and the Syrian counter fire set off warning sirens throughout northern Israel." Read More



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Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia discuss cooperation in defense industry

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Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia discuss cooperation in defense industry - AZERTAC - Azerbaijan State News Agency: "Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia discussed development of the current cooperation in defense industry, as a delegation led by Head of the Department of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Major-General Ali bin Ibrahim Fawaz visited Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry.

According to the ministry, the sides exchanged information on the ministries’ activity and views on other issues of mutual interests between Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia.

Within the visit, the delegation got acquainted with the ministry’s enterprises and closely watched the production process." Read More



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WHY IS TURKEY'S MILITARY FIGHTING THE YPG IN AFRIN?

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Turkey has just launched a military campaign in Syria called ‘Operation Olive Branch’. The border mission is to clear the area of the SDF, formerly known as the YPG. The YPG is an affiliate of the PKK, which NATO and its allies regard as a terrorist group. The group controls more than 65 percent of the Turkey-Syria border. The small Syrian city of Afrin is one of two major SDF strongholds.
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Armable” drones for the Belgian army

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Delicate wording to be found by the Belgian Defense to make Parliament accept the undeniable need to equip the army with drones corresponding to what an increasing number of countries are adopting in the 21st century, namely drones capable of firing missiles. Read more
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Army Futures Command might be in a city

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Army Futures Command might be in a city: "Details are scant on what the Army’s new Futures Command will look like or how it will be organized, but the service’s under secretary said it could reside in a city.

“It will probably be in a city where we are going to put this Futures Command,” Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy said at a Brookings Institution event Feb. 8, “where there is access to academia and business.”

The type of command the Army is looking for “doesn’t have flags out front or old tanks in front of it,” McCarthy said.

The Army is waiting to unveil a good deal about how the command will take shape at the end of March after it gets recommendations on the way forward from a task force led by Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, who is the director of the Army’s Office of Business Transformation.

The service announced it was standing up the command in October at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference in Washington. The plan is to realign the Army’s modernization priorities…
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Russia to develop new 122mm MLRS rocket launcher based on DT-10PM all-terrain vehicle

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According to a drawing published to the Russian military website BTVT.info, the Russian defense industry is also busy to develop a new version of 122mm MLRS (Multiple Rocket Launcher System) based on the all-terrain tracked armoured vehicle DT-10PM which is a lighter version of the DT-30PM. Read More
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“Fair Winds And Following Seas” For Post-Brexit Anglo-French Military Relations

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Britain’s decision to leave the European Union could be compared to France’s departure from NATO in 1966. Paris left the integrated military command structure “but not the Atlantic Alliance” just as London intends to leave the EU “but not Europe.” But in defense terms virtually nothing is changing about how Britain works with France,
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Otokar'dan yerlilik vurgusu

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Altay ana Muharebe Tankı için Son teklifini (Best and Last Offer /BAFO) dün Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı’na sunan OTOKAR firması konuya ilişkin basın duyurusu yayınladı.  Firma, projeye teklif veren firmalar arasında tamamen yerli tek firma olduklarına dikkat çekti. “ Otokar, yabancı ortağı olmayan tek Türk kara sistemleri üreticisi” ifadesinin yer aldığı açıklamada şu sözlere yer verildi; Otokar’ın yabancı ortağının olmaması, yurt içinde olduğu gibi, uluslararası ihalelerde de bağımsız olmamızı sağlıyor; bu özelliğimiz Altay’ın ihracat potansiyelini artırarak milli tankımızın dost ve müttefik ordularda görev almasını kolaylaştırıyor. Otokar Genel Müdürü Serdar Görgüç, Altay seri üretimi hakkında özetle söyledi;  Önceliğimiz, her zaman ülkemize hizmet etmek. Ana yüklenicisi olduğumuz milli ana muharebe tankı Altay’ın geliştirme projesinde sahip olduğumuz tüm know-how’ı kullandık; teknolojimizi Altay’a uyarladık; Altay’ı başarıyla tasarladık ve geliştirdik. Altay tankımız, ülkemizin sa…
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Karada 1000 araçlık sipariş

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Ocak ayının son günü, 31 Ocak 2018 tarihinde gerçekleşen Savunma Sanayii İcra Komitesi’nde alınan kararların içeriği ortaya çıkmaya başladı. Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan başkanlığında Başbakan Binali Yıldırım, Milli Savunma Bakanı Nurettin Canikli, İçişleri Bakanı Süleyman Soylu, Genelkurmay Başkanı Orgeneral Hulusi Akar’ın yer aldığı toplantıda kara araçlarına yönelik önemli projelere imza atıldı. Kara araçlarında ilk karar Özel taktik Tekerlekli Zırhlı Muharebe Aracı (ÖTTZMA) programına ilişkin oldu. Bu program ile Kara Kuvvetleri Komutanlığının acil alım ihtiyacına binaen 170 adedin üzerinde 8X8 araç, FNSS firmasından tedarik edilecek. SSİK’te alınan bir diğer karar çeşitli kuvvetlerin ihtiyacını karşılamak üzere alındı. Bu çerçevede Bu arada 700’den fazla 4X4 araç için BMC ile sözleşme görüşmelerine başlanacak. BMC’nin iş yüküne etki edecek bir diğer karar, 116 adet mayına ve pusuya karşı korumalı personel taşıyıcı Kirpi’nin tedarikine ilişkin oldu. Bu kararlarla yaklaşık b…
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Romania to buy 3 sub, 4 ships to bolster Black Sea ops

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The country requires an additional three submarines to ensure Romania’s operational capacities in the Black Sea, as the one Kilo-class submarine does not meet that need, says a Navy official.Read More
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ORG. AKAR HİK UÇAĞIYLA OPERASYON FAALİYETLERİNİ DENETLEDİ

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Genelkurmay Başkanı Orgeneral Hulusi AKAR; Kara Kuvvetleri Komutanı Orgeneral Yaşar GÜLER, Deniz Kuvvetleri Komutanı Koramiral Adnan ÖZBAL ve Hava Kuvvetleri Komutanı Orgeneral Hasan KÜÇÜKAKYÜZ ile birlikte Havadan İhbar Kontrol uçağından Suriye’nin kuzeyinde harekâta katılan Kara ve Hava Kuvvetleri unsurlarının faaliyetlerini denetlemiş, bölgedeki komutanlardan icra edilen faaliyetler hakkında bilgi almış ve gerekli direktifleri vermiştir. Müteakiben Orgeneral AKAR; Kuvvet Komutanları ile birlikte Havadan İhbar Kontrol uçağı ile Ege bölgesine intikal ederek, Doğu Akdeniz ve Ege Denizi’ndeki hava sahası kontrol faaliyetleri ile bölgede görev yapan Deniz ve Hava Kuvvetleri unsurlarının çalışmalarını denetlemiş, bölgedeki komutanlardan icra edilen faaliyetler hakkında bilgi almış ve gerekli direktifleri vermiştir. Orgeneral AKAR bilahare, Kuvvet Komutanları ile birlikte İzmir’e intikal etmiş, buradaki Deniz Kuvvetleri Gözetleme Koordinasyon Merkezi (GKM)’nde modern tespit, teşhis ve ko…
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Australia’s foreign policy white paper

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As we look at the foreign policy white paper published in late 2017, it echoes some of the remarks in the 2016 defence white paper about the importance of the rules-based global order. Indeed, the frequent use of the term belies a gnawing concern about the fragility of that order, and a hope that repeating the mantra might help bolster that order in the face of numerous challenges. But the defence white paper predated Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte, Brexit, and post–19th Party Congress Xi Jinping. The world certainly looks different nowadays. If anything, those developments have added urgency and clarity to the foreign policy white paper.
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So you think you want a grand military parade?

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Three years ago, I had the pleasure of covering my first ever Russian Victory Day parade directly from Red Square. As someone who grew up watching too many Cold War movies, I walked into the event with naive, boyish excitement. Standing front row as what felt like the entire Russian military paraded by, I must admit that it was not a disappointment.

That was the 70th anniversary parade, a major event in contemporary Russian patriotic lore. And it was the year the Victory Day parade became something more than what may have been an earnest, albeit very Russian, event to mark a solemn and hard fought victory. As talk of a new Cold War proliferated, the parade was used to unveil scores of new vehicles and weapons for the world to see, and fear.

For those, like me, hoping to get a peak of what President Vladimir Putin’s massive military modernization program was producing, the parade was a goldmine. Tanks roared onto the brick pavement of Red Square, followed by every armored vehicle in R…
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Air Force Readies Competition to Re-Wing A-10s

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By the looks of it, the Air Force wants to get new wings for the A-10 Thunderbolt ground-attack aircraft at jet speeds.

The service on Thursday released a draft request for proposal in preparation of having defense companies submit ideas on how best to develop new wings for the remaining portion of the A-10 fleet, according to a solicitation on FedBizOps.


"We request any questions or comments to these documents be submitted to the Contracting Office by Feb. 23," the draft said. "Due to potential A-10 groundings, this acquisition is being expedited to the maximum extent possible."

The draft schedule indicates the Air Force intends to start reviewing proposals by June 5. It will select a winner for the contract award in spring 2019, the tentative schedule says. Read More
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United States could deliver Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine this year

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United States could deliver this year Javelin anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine according to the Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak. The FGM-148 Javelin is an American-made man-portable anti-tank guided missile and employable fire-and-forget medium-range missile system. It was developed and built by a joint venture formed by American Companies Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Read More
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IOMAX may adapt its Archangel aircraft to patrol Asian coastlines

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After seeing the demand for inexpensive maritime surveillance from Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, signals intelligence specialist IOMAX is considering marketing a maritime surveillance.
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British army unveils its new Sky Sabre air defense missile system

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British armed forces has recently unveiled its new air defense missile system Sky Sabre at Baker Barracks on Thorney Island in England, home of the 16 Regiment Royal Artillery of the British army. The three main components of the Sky Sabre system include the MBDA CAMM mobile launcher unit mounted on 8x8 MAN truck, the Giraffe radar targeting system manufactured by Swedish Company SAAB and the control electronics suite provided by the Israeli Company Rafael. Read More
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Lockheed Martin receives $524 million contract for PAC-3 missiles

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The United States and allied military forces will upgrade their missile defense capabilities under a $524 million contract modification for production and delivery of Lockheed Martin Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors. Read more...
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China: exoskeletons for the army

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Since January 2018, Norinco is no longer the only Chinese exoskeleton builder: the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation's (CSIC) 707th Institute revealed off its own powered exoskeleton to senior Chinese military officers.Read more...
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The U.S. Navy’s Persian Gulf Patrol Boats, Armed With Laser-Guided Missiles

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The U.S. Navy is completing a host of sweeping modernization upgrades to its fleet of 14 Patrol Coastal boats by integrating new laser-guided weapons, communications technology, drone sensors and navigation systems to enable the ships to respond to newly-emerging coastal threats.

“This modernization consists of numerous upgrades that support coastal patrol and interdiction surveillance, which are important aspects of littoral operations outlined in the Navy’s maritime strategy,” said Colleen O’Rourke, spokeswoman for Naval Sea Systems Command. Read More
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Collective Wisdom introduces Spider 103 VTOL UAS

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Another UAV coming from China made its first public appearance in an international exhibition this week at Singapore Airshow 2018. Designed by Collective Wisdom Technology Company Ltd, the Spider 103 is an unmanned tri-blade coaxial helicopter. Read more
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Rapid Evolution of Air Combat Power

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Robbin Laird & Edward Timperlake, SLD
The introduction of stealth designed sensor fusion aircraft with new secure communication systems and an inherent ability to trigger a wide range of multi-service; multi-domain combat assets is the foundation for understanding what comes next.
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'Bloody Nose' Strike Illegal but Unstoppable

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Eighteen Democratic Senators have reportedly signed a letter to President Trump informing him they are “deeply concerned about the potential consequences of a preemptive military strike on North Korea and the risks of miscalculation and retaliation.” Further, they assert, "without congressional authority, a preventative or preemptive U.S. military strike would lack either a constitutional basis or legal authority."

They are certainly right. Under the provisions of the 1973 War Powers Resolution, "The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces." While it has never been tested…
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A Nationalized 5G Network as Counter to China?

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United States national security officials considered building a secure 5G network to guard against China, a cybersecurity and economic threat, according to a memo and Powerpoint slides leaked to the media. The nationalized 5G plan did not enthuse the U.S. wireless industry. The Federal Communications Commission leadership also opposed the idea of a government-controlled network. The White House later clarified that the documents were dated and did not suggest an upcoming policy announcement.

News of a possible U.S. government built 5G network got China’s attention. State mouthpiece China Daily accused the U.S. of planning a “digital iron curtain” and adopting the “rhetoric and strategies of the Cold War.” Two days after the documents were released, a chief engineer with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said at a press conference that 2018 would be a “pivotal year” in setting 5G standards and preparing the super-fast wireless network for commercialization. On Ja…
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U.S. Continues Support for PKK in Syria and Iraq

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Jack Detsch, Al-Monitor
The Pentagon is continuing to support Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria, a government audit revealed this week, even as the fight against the Islamic State (IS) winds down and the United States faces growing pressure from allies and foes alike to back down.The latest quarterly Lead Inspector General (IG) report for the US-led mission in Iraq and Syria confirms that the Donald Trump administration continues to supply weapons and equipment to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Defense Department considers the YPG to be the most capable.
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