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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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These are the world's newest aircraft carriers

USS Gerald R. Ford underway on its own power for the first time in Newport News, Virginia, April 8, 2017.US Department of Defense
The earliest aircraft carriers in history looked nothing like they do today. They were known as "seaplane tenders" because they could only carry and support seaplanes. These ships, like France's Foudre and Britain's HMS Ark Royal didn't even have large flat decks, because seaplanes could only take off from the surface of the ocean after being placed on the water. Over a century later, almost everything has changed. Affectionately nicknamed "flattops," aircraft carriers have become one of the most important weapons in the arsenals of navies around the world. There are currently 20 aircraft carriers in service with nine different countries around the world today. Five of those countries are currently building new aircraft carriers, which are expected to take to the seas in the next few decades. The US, UK, China, India and Italy are …

Every weapon the US Army gives to its soldiers

A U.S. Army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division returns fire with a M249 light machine gun during combat operations in the valley of Barawala Kalet, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on March 29, 2011.US Army
It goes without saying that the US Army is continuously testing and adding new weapons to its arsenal. For example, the Army recently began issuing its new M17 and M18 pistols to soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. At the same time, the sidearms are still not standard issue. While the Army continues to stay ahead of the game, it undoubtedly has a multitude of weapons for its soldiers. And we compiled a list of all these standard issue weapons operable by individual soldiers below, meaning that we didn't include, for example, the Javelin anti-tank missile system because it takes more than one person to operate, nor did we include nonstandard issue weapons.
M1911 pistol
DVIDS The M1911 is a .45 caliber sidearm that the Army has used since World …