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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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Alman tankları NATO Görevlerine hazır değil - C4Defence

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Alman Die Welt Gazetesinin elde ettiği bir belgeye göre ülke NATO’ya karşı yükümlülüklerini yerine getirebilecek durumda değil. Alman Silahlı Kuvvetleri (Bundeswehr) bu sorunu en çok ana muharebe tanklarında yaşıyor. Gazeteye göre ülke, NATO’nun Rusya’ya karşı savunma gücünde lider konuma gelemeyecek şekilde ekipman eksikliği yaşıyor. Bu nedenle de silahlı kuvvet gizli olarak NATO’ya görevi yerine getiremeyeceğini ifade etti. Bundeswehr’in 2019 yılı başında NATO’nun çok uluslu, Çok Yüksek Hazırlıklı Müşterek Görev Gücü (Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF)  liderliğini üstlenmesi gerekiyor ancak savunma bakanlığının raporu kuvvetin elinde buna yetecek miktarda çalışır tank olmadığını ifade ediyor. Yazıya göre Bundeswehr'in Münster’deki tank taburunda dokuz adet Leopard 2 tankın operasyonel durumda oysa Bakanlık VJTF’ye 44 adet tankı göreve sokma sözü vermişti. aynı şekilde söz verilen 14 adet Marder zırhlı piyade aracının yalnız üçü çalışır durumda bulunuyor. Read More Mea…
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Nikola Motor Electrically powered UTV Utility Task Vehicle tested by U.S. Marines

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The American Company Nikola Motor has presented its Reckless UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) during the warfighting technology event for U.S. marines. The Marine Military Expos is an opportunity for defense companies to showcase the latest technology and prototypes aimed at preparing today’s Marines for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.  Read More
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Russia's cyber meddling 'sophisticated espionage,' says national security advisor

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White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster confirmed that the U.S. would, in theory, sit down with Russia to come to some compromise on operations in cyberspace, but not while ample evidence exists showing Moscow continues to perpetuate cyberattacks and meddle in global affairs and elections.

“We’d love to have a cyber dilague when Russia is sincere about curtailing its sophisticated form of espionage, enabled by modern technology,” McMaster said during a dialogue at the Munich Security Conference.

This came after he chided a Russian cybersecurity expert who asked a question, saying “I’m surprised [Russian] cyber experts are available, given how active they’ve been undermining our democracies in the West.” Read More


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McMaster to allies: Track your investments and stop funding Iran’s proxy militias

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National Security Advisor H.R.McMaster made an appeal to NATO members and allies at the Munich Security Conference to look hard at who they’re doing business with overseas and cut off funding that indirectly funds Hezbollah and other proxy militias that weaken Middle East nations to bolster Iranian influence.

The Iranian regime continues to get support from commercial entities, affiliated with the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – “including Mahan Air, a company that lands right here in Munich airport,” said McMaster, referring to a report released at the end of 2017 by the National Council of Resistance of Iran that stated the Iran’s largest commercial airline in fact works as a tool for Iran’s expansionist policies.

In October 2017, President Donald Trump called for tougher sanctions against the IRGC, and the Treasury Department announced it was designating the IRGC as a terrorist entity under a White House Executive Order, for support of a number of terrorist groups, incl…
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Navy Picks Five Contenders for Next Generation Frigate FFG(X) Program

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USNI N.
Five ship designs will compete in the Navy's bid for 20 next-generation guided-missile frigates (FFG(X)) that will follow the Littoral Combat Ship, the service announced on Friday.Five shipbuilders were awarded contracts for conceptual design of the frigates, which the Navy will evaluate over the next 16 months ahead of a final request for proposal in 2019 and a contract award in 2020.Austal USA, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Fincantieri Marine and Huntington Ingalls Industries were each awarded $15 million contracts for the work. Read More
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Air Force Data Grab Raises Doubts About Its Acquisition Culture

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Loren Thompson, Forbes
Lockheed Martin did something unusual this week. The world's biggest defense contractor lodged a protest with the Government Accountability Office over the conduct of an Air Force helicopter competition many months before a winner was due to be selected.Contractors usually wait until an award is announced to mount protests. They rightly fear that if they complain while a competition is in progress, they will reduce their prospects of winning. But Lockheed thought the Air Force's behavior in this case raised such fundamental questions that it couldn't just go along to get along.
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Imagery of China's Expanding Outposts in the Spratly Islands

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AMTI
On February 5, the Philippine Daily Inquirer published a series of aerial photos of China's seven outposts in the Spratly Islands. The photos, most of which were taken in late 2017 by an unspecified patrol aircraft from an altitude of 5,000 feet (1,500 meters), offered glimpses of Beijing's military facilities at a level of detail rarely seen before. They also reinforced a message that AMTI delivered most recently in December: these artificial islands now host substantial, largely complete, air and naval bases, and new construction continues apace despite diplomatic overtures between. Read More
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The Air Force Wants to Develop a Cyber Carrier'

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Mark Pomerleau, Fifth Domain
Much like traditional military capabilities have platforms from which to launch attacks, Cyber Command and the services' cyber components need a comparable platform.This effort underway is called the unified platform, which some have equated to a cyber carrier, and the Department of Defense's budget request for fiscal 2019 describes a plan to develop such a program. Read More
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U.S. Army Sees Faster Path for Patriot Radar Replacement

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Jen Judson, Defense N.
WASHINGTON The U.S. Army sees a faster path to get a radar that can detect threats from 360 degrees to replace the current Patriot air-and-missile defense system's sensor. And the service plans to funnel more than half a billion additional dollars into the program to move it forward, according to fiscal 2019 budget documents released this week.Since this time last year, engagements with industry have enabled refinement of the schedule to accelerate the capability, the Army's budget justification documents read. Utilizing [Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium]. Read More
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SOUTHCOM Wants More Surveillance, Coast Guard Cutters

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John Grady, USNI News
The Southern Command's top officer told the Senate Armed Services Committee he is receiving only a fraction of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance resources he needs to stem the flow of illegal rugs, people and money into the United States.Adm. Kurt Tidd, testifying Thursday, added that lack of ISR translates into interdicting only 25 percent of the known movement of narcotics.
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U.S. Navy Says It Won't Be Deterred by Chinese-Built Islands

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AP

A Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F18 fighter jets said Saturday that American forces would continue to patrol the South China Sea wherever “international law allows us” when asked if China’s newly built islands could restrain them in the disputed waters.

Lt. Cmdr. Tim Hawkins told The Associated Press on board the USS Carl Vinson that the Navy has carried out routine patrols at sea and on air in the strategic waters for 70 years to promote regional security and guarantee the unimpeded flow of trade that’s crucial for Asian and U.S. economies.
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The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was

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Rhys Dubin, Foreign Policy
KUWAIT CITY For the final session of the international Iraq reconstruction conference held here this week, two sets of speeches were drawn up for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the United Nations secretary-general to deliver one in the event that funding targets were met, and another in case they weren't.Iraq needs billions of dollars to rebuild after the military defeat of the Islamic State, but the nations expected to step up and shoulder the financial burden of reconstruction have sent a mixed message of support, leaving the final outcome in doubt. Read More
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Senate Confirms Nuclear Weapons Chief, Key Pentagon Officials

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Joe Gould, Defense News
WASHINGTON America's next nuclear weapons czar, the Pentagon's management chief and its chief innovation officer were among eight Trump national security nominees the Senate confirmed late Thursday.Lisa Gordon-Hagerty was confirmed as the undersecretary for nuclear security at the Department of Energy, the top job for managing America's arsenal of nuclear warheads. Previously on the National Security Council, Gordon-Hagerty replaces Frank Klotz, the retired Air Force general who has been in the job since 2014. Read More
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Afrin Puts Turkish-Iranian-Russian Mistrust on Full Display

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Al-Monitor
Almost a month after Turkey's launch of Operation Olive Branch in the northern Syrian district of Afrin, there is no clear outcome. Since the beginning of the campaign, Turkey's post-Afrin objectives remained a matter of serious concern to other players mainly Iran whose reaction was to distance itself from supporting the Turkish assault while simultaneously refraining from supporting the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the area.To Iran, Turkey's intervention will only complicate the already-complicated situation in Syria and weaken the Sochi peace process that already... Read More
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CIA Chief Hints at Covert Retaliation for Cyberattacks

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Lee Ferran, RealClearLife
In all fairness, Sen. Angus King warned them out front he was steaming mad.The first statement I want to make is more in sorrow than in anger. I'll get to the anger part in a minute, the independent senator from Maine said.King was addressing some of the most powerful men in the country, from the Director of National Intelligence to the chiefs of the CIA, NSA, FBI, Defense Intelligence Agency and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at Tuesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Worldwide Threats an annual face-to-face discussion about what keeps the top U.S. national... http://bit.ly/2FekHCN
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U.S. Seeks to Double Ak-47 Supply to Syrian Partners

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Jack Detsch, Al-Monitor
The Donald Trump administration is seeking to more than double the number of assault rifles it provides to Syrian Kurds and other US-backed fighters despite rising anger from NATO ally Turkey.Budget figures released Feb. 15 reveal that the Pentagon plans to give its Syrian partners including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) more than 25,000 AK-47s, the gas-powered Soviet-era gun that has become a fixture in Syria's seven-year civil war. The low cost and accessibility of the Kalashnikovs make them easy for US-backed troops to sustain as the Pentagon looks to hold territory won... http://bit.ly/2ExpM7Q
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The Myth of North Korea, the USS Pueblo, and Nuclear War

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Mitchell Lerner, 38 North
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How Britain Tricked a German Battleship into Sinking Itself

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M. Peck, Nat. Interest
Just before he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, the German officer penned a final note."For a captain with a sense of honor, it goes without saying that his personal fate cannot be separated from that of his ship," wrote Hans Langsdorff on December 19, 1939, in a hotel room in Buenos Aires. Langsdorff finished his letter to the Nazi ambassador to Argentina, lay down on a German battle flag, and shot himself. http://bit.ly/2ExpHRA
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Germany and two percent for defense – it's complicated

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Lofty goals of European and NATO cooperation abound here at the Munich Security Conference, but who will pay the bill? http://bit.ly/2C5unR9
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UK Prime Minister May warns EU against freezing Britian out of defense developments

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The top government official of the U.K. send a subtle message to the European Union that going it alone in defense development efforts would be a step backward in regional security. http://bit.ly/2o86yzq
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Belarusian army receives Chinese-made 4x4 armored vehicles

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The Belarusian Armed Forces are receiving Chinese-made CS/VN3 Dajiang (Dragon) 4x4 armored cars, according to the press department of Belarus` Ministry of Defense (MoD). Read more...
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New ST Kinetics BR18 5.56mm caliber bullpup assault rifle at Singapore AirShow 2018

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The Defense Company of Singapore, ST Kinetics unveils its new 5.56mm bullpup rifle BR18 at Singapore Air Show 2018, fully designed and developed by the Singaporean Company and now ready for production. The BR18 was designed based on the SAR21, a 5.56mm caliber bullpup assault rifle also designed and manufactured by ST Kinetics.  Read More
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Pearson Engineering to play major role in Boxer MIV manufacture

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Pearson Engineering has signed an agreement with the ARTEC consortium to manufacture the Boxer armoured vehicle in the UK alongside BAE Systems and Thales UK. Should the vehicle be chosen for the British Army’s MIV (Mechanised Infantry Vehicle) requirement, the British ARTEC partners will secure up to 1,000 British jobs. Read More
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Romania approves purchase of US M142 HIMARS missile / rocket launchers

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On February 15, 2018, government of Romania has approved the acquisition of American-made M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System). According to the Romania-Insider website, Romania will make a payment of around to $1 billion on February 28 to acquire the first HIMARS rocket/missile system. Read More
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How Lindsey Graham came to embrace a European army

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a prominent Republican voice on security matters, said he has come to embrace the idea of a European Union-led defense initiative, as some U.S. officials are still raising questions about the plan.

Graham said he previously was against an EU defense force for fear that it would compete with NATO, a view shared by opponents to the project on both sides of the Atlantic.

“I don’t believe that anymore,” he said at the Munich Security Conference here. Read More
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Argentina to acquire RBS 70 NG air defense missile system to protect G20 meeting

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The Argentine Ministry of Defense has announced via a decree its intention to acquire new capacity of air defense, to increase capabilities to defend and control its airspace. In November 2018, Argentina will organize the G-20 meeting and would like to improve protection during the event especially against air threats. Read More
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Graham to Russia on Ukraine: 'You’re going to get what you deserve'

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Defense leaders from Europe and the United States expressed optimism about the prospect of Ukraine becoming a NATO member, with Sen. Lyndsey Graham of South Carolina arguing that relations with...Read More
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US Army Eyes Replacing Its 105mm and 155mm Towed Howitzers With One New Cannon

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The U.S. Army is soliciting ideas for a single new howitzer to replace all of the towed 105mm and 155mm types in its Stryker-equipped and regular light infantry brigades. The service says it is particularly interested in upgrades for or modification to its existing weapons, especially lightweight 155mm cannons, or various types of self-propelled guns, though it is willing to consider other concepts.

On Feb. 14, 2018, the Army announced it would be studying its options for this “next generation” howitzer in a notice on the U.S government’s main contracting website FedBizOpps. Though there are no firm requirements as of yet, the new weapons would have to be at least as portable and lightweight as the existing 105mm M119 and 155mm M777 towed howitzers, but hopefully have better range and accuracy and be more mobile. Read More
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Russian Mercenaries Take The Lead In Attacks On US And Allied Forces In Syria

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American forces in Syria, along with their local partners, have now weathered two separate attacks from troops fighting on behalf of dictator Bashar Al Assad, one of which almost certainly involved some number of Russian military personnel or contractors from a company called Wagner. Though the United States soundly defeated its opponents in both cases, the incidents could be another sign of increasingly worrisome tensions with Russia in Syria as the situation in the country careens toward a larger regional conflagration.

On Feb. 13, 2018, U.S. personnel called in a air strike, involving an MQ-9 Reaper drone, to destroy a T-72 tank that had been firing at them and members of the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the bulk of which are Kurdish fighters, on the eastern side of the Euphrates River near Syria’s strategic city of Deir ez-Zor. Read More
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SecAF: Don’t Expect Large Budget Increases After 2019; $2.4B Set For Light Attack

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CAPITOL HILL: The Air Force placed a $2.4 billion placeholder in the 2019 budget to buy Light Attack aircraft over the next five years, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters this morning.

The service does not plan to buy planes in 2019 but to work with allies to build Concepts of Operations and hone the number of planes both allies and the United States should buy. Then the service will nail down how many to buy and when to buy them, she told us after a Mitchell Institute breakfast. Read More
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Russia and China Racing to Get Satellite Jammers, Report Finds

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Weapons capable of jamming or destroying U.S. military and commercial satellites will reach initial operational capability in the next few years, according to a new intelligence report.

According to the "Worldwide Threat Assessment" authored by National Intelligence Director Daniel Coats, the space domain will become ever more congested as hostile actors launch weapons into orbit. Read More
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Finland to get new guns for BMP-2MD infantry fighting vehicles

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The order will be implemented through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (SPA). Nine guns were reported to have been supplied by Slovakian contractor ZTS Special AS, and there is an option for 91 more guns in 2018-2021. These weapons will replace Soviet-era components of the BMP-2MD IFVs of the Finnish National Forces (FNF), local media outlets say. The type of the gun to be procured by Finland is not specified. However, it should be mentioned that the ZTS Special AS enterprise produces Soviet/Russian-type artillery systems, including the 2A42 30 mm automatic gun, the D-10T 100 mm tank gun, the 2A46/2A46MS 125 mm tank gun, and a 152 mm L/45 howitzer for the vz.77 Dana self-propelled gun (SPG). The Slovakian company has also developed the Turret DVK-30 manned combat module armed with a 2A42 gun and smoke dischargers. Read More
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Paul McLeary Joins Breaking Defense

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Breaking Defense and I are proud to announce the beginning of our expansion to provide more in-depth coverage of more defense topics for you, dear Reader. On March 1, Paul McLeary (the guy in the photo above) will begin reporting for us. Paul, probably best known now for having put out Foreign Policy’s SitRep morning
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French defense minister: European defense industry needs export to survive

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As European nations look to increase defense cooperation, France’s defense minister is acknowledging the continental defense industry is not strong enough to stand on its own without strong exports.

“We Europeans are extremely fragmented right now. So one day, if we were to produce just for ourselves without exporting anything, we would be faced with a stark reality — we wouldn’t have the capacities to do this,” Florence Parly, the French defense minister, said through a translator during an opening panel at the Munich Security Conference Friday.

Parly was responding to a question about weapon sales and what regulations go into them. Some European countries have raised concerns about weapon sales in recent months to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen. But Parly defended the French export policy, saying it follow strict rules — and that it is vital for industry. Read More
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German defense chief denounces Trump-era focus on militarism

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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen opened the Munich Security conference here today admonishing the United States, without mentioning Washington by name, for dialing back its spending on foreign development.

Her comments attempt to turn the tables somewhat on the Trump administration’s argument that European countries are freeloading on security by spending way less than the Pentagon. While von der Leyen acknowledged that Germany must increase its military expenditures, she made the case that Berlin’s budget for non-military assistance programs is an important calculus in the country’s security-policy mix.

“Germany stands by the agreement it has with NATO,” von der Leyen said, referring to the alliance’s goal that all members spend 2 percent on the military by 2025. Berlin is still far away from that objective, however, currently spending 1.25 percent. Read More
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European MALE RPAS completes System Requirements Review phase

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The European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) has successfully passed its System Requirements Review (SRR) in January 2018, the OCCAR said. The successful SRR also initiates the second phase of the definition study, which will lead to a consolidated preliminary design. Read more
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Russia: successful Arctic fire trials of Tor-M2DT antiaircraft missiles

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“Fire trials of Tor-M2DT prototype on the chassis of two-section prime mover for operations in the Arctic and the Extreme North have been successfully completed at Kapustin Yar range, in the Astrakhan region”, the Defense Ministry said. “The fire in bursts was held to assess aiming precision at two targets. Live fire was held from one combat vehicle in a complicated aiming situation and jamming of two targets imitating cruise missiles," it said. Read more
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Su-57 starts test operation ahead of first batch delivery

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Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said the first stage of acceptance trials of the fifth-generation Su-57 (T-50, PAK FA) fighter jet was over and the aircraft began test operation in the troops. A contract to buy a development batch of 12 jets will be signed this year. Read more
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Iran: Karrar home-made tanks to be delivered soon

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Brig.Gen. Heidari said on 15 February in Tehran that the Karrar’s earlier version is already in service, together with other locally-made tanks like the Zolfaqar. The updated version that benefit from the last tests will be delivered to the army in “a near future”.

The Karrar (Striker, in English) is a main battle tank (MBT) fully developed and designed by the Iranian defense industry. This tank was unveiled for the first time to the public in August 2016. A video footage from Iranian Television "Telewebion" was published on YouTube, showing the Karrar during trials in the desert. In March 2017, the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan inaugurated the production line of the new home-made Karrar main battle tank at the Bani-Hashem Armor Industrial Complex, in Dorud County, Lorestan.

According to military experts, the Karrar MBT is based on the chassis of the Soviet-made T-72 but fitted with a new turret. The design of the tank seems to be very similar t…
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Saab reports strong 2017 financial results

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Demand for and interest in Saab’s world-leading products and solutions are strong, the Swedish company said today, February 16, 2018. In 2017, Saab strengthened its market position, at the same time that operating efficiency was improved. Read more
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Fortem starts marketing DroneHunter airborne anti-UAV system

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Fortem Technologies on February 15 announced the release of DroneHunter, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue drones from the sky. Read more
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Russia's MiG-35 multirole fighter jet completes factory tests

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Russia’s MiG Corporation has completed the factory tests of the advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) multirole fighter jet, the corporation’s press office told TASS on February 15, 2018. Read more
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Indonesia, Russia finally clinch deal for 11 Su-35 jets

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Russia and the Ministry of Defense (MoD) of Indonesia have sealed a contract for the delivery of Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E+) fighter jets to Jakarta, according to Indonesian news papers. Read more
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Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Are Going to Dominate the Defense Industry

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Market Forecast has announced the release of their latest report titled “Global Artificial Intelligence & Robotics for Defense, Market & Technology Forecast to 2027”. It encloses an in-depth research of the AI & Robotics in the defense industry market and the competitive landscape globally. A first of its kind report highlights enormous potential of Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision and Robotics among other technologies. The report shed light on 7 major AI & Robotics technologies Read More
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The Long Road to Common European Security and Defence

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On 14-15 February 2018 NATO Defence Ministers again met in Brussels to discuss the main threats the world now faces. NATO consists of 29 member states, but 22 of them are simultaneously EU member states. Speaking in general, the decisions taken by NATO are binding on the EU. On one hand, NATO and the U.S., its main financial donor, and the EU very often have different goals. Their interests and even views on the ways to achieve security often differ, with the majority of differences existing inside the EU. Read More
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Air Force to Invest Heavily in Next-Gen Technologies

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Oriana Pawlyk, DoD Buzz
The Air Force has long made clear it wants to conduct rapid research and testing on new equipment that can give it a competitive edge against near-peer adversaries, such as China and Russia, while also prototyping weapons for the advanced fight.And it plans to start investing heavily in that goal soon, its new budget request for Fiscal 2019 shows. The service asked for $504 million next year for its next-generation air dominance research, development, test and evaluation program, according to the document. Read More
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China Will Soon Have Air Power Rivalling the West's

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The Economist
THERE is no question which country gets the starring role in The Military Balance, the latest annual review of the world's armed forces by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a London-based think-tank. Amid renewed jostling between the world's great powers, it is the pace of military modernisation in China that stands out. Read More
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The Navy's Stealth Destroyers to Get New Weapons and a New Mission

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D. News

The Navy has a new vision for what its enormous high-tech destroyers will do: Killing enemy warships at extended ranges.The Navy is asking Congress to fund a conversion of its 600-foot stealth destroyers from primarily a land attack ship to an anti-surface, offensive strike platform, according to budget documents released Feb. 12. Read More
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