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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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SAVUNMA SANAYİİ MÜSTEŞARLIĞI BİNASI

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VİDEO, SSM MSB'YE BAĞLIYKEN ÇEKİLMİŞTİR. SSM ARTIK T.C. CUMHURBAŞKANLIĞINA BAĞLANMIŞTIR.
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Kratos Advances to Gremlins Phase III

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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has announced that its subsidiary, Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems, Inc. as part of the Dynetics led team, has been selected for award on Phase III of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Gremlins program.

On the Gremlins program, Kratos is a critical team member responsible for providing the Gremlin Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) through both development and ultimate production. Under the Phase III contract, Kratos will lead fabrication, structural and subsystem testing, assembly, integration, and test of prototype Gremlin UAVs. Additionally, Kratos will support air vehicle flight tests, recovery tests and system demonstration, as well as planning for potential future capabilities and ultimately the fielding of an operational system. .

Steve Fendley, President of the Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, said,

“We are proud to support Dynetics on the Gremlins program which has been a key element of our strategic focus to position…
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NATO moves from Cold War bunker to glass and steel palace

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With its futuristic curved roof, gleaming walls of glass and steel and host of eco-friendly features, NATO's new billion-euro Brussels headquarters is a world away from the drab, low-slung warren of offices reeking of Cold War intrigue that it replaces.
The alliance is almost halfway through its move into the new building, with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expected to shift to his new office at the end of the month and completion due in mid-June in time for July's summit.
And while the old HQ has seen some of NATO's most important moments -- not least the United States' invocation of the alliance's mutual self-defence pact after the 9/11 attacks -- few disagree the time has come for an upgrade.
Stoltenberg's deputy Rose Gottemoller, the first woman to chair meetings of NATO's governing North Atlantic Council, said a storm during the winter brought home the urgency of the move.
"As I was sitting at my desk I suddenly heard a drip drip drip behind me a…
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America's F-35s, F-15s and F/A-18s Will Soon Have a New Bomb to Drop

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Raytheon has completed developmental testing of the 250-pound GBU-53B Small Diameter Bomb II.
The new glide bomb, which incorporates a tri-modal seeker, will now have to complete government “confidence testing” before it enters into its operational test phase before being fielded onboard the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle and the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The weapon is crucial to enabling the F-35 to perform the close air support mission effectively.

"We call SDB II a game changer because the weapon doesn't just hit GPS coordinates; it finds and engages targets," Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president, said. "SDB II can eliminate a wider range of targets with fewer aircraft, reducing the pilot's time in harm's way."
Indeed, in addition to the standard GPS/Inertial Navigation System (INS) guidance system, the SDB II incorporates a potent tri-modal seeker head. The three modes include millimete…
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US Army stops accepting AH-64E helos from Boeing due to safety concerns

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The U.S. Army has stopped taking deliveries of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from Boeing because the service is not confident in the durability of what it deems a “critical safety” item, Defense News has learned.
“We stopped accepting deliveries of new AH-64 Echoes because of a strap pack nut that we believe to be really suspect,” Brig. Gen. Thomas Todd, program executive officer for Army aviation, confirmed to Defense News on April 19.
As part of Army safety inspections of the fleet, the service determined it was “not happy” with the performance of the nuts in severe, coastal environments and saw corrosion due to climate and stress, according to Todd.
The nut in question holds very large bolts that subsequently hold the rotor blades on the helicopter and is therefore determined to be a critical safety item, Todd explained.
While Boeing had already begun a strap pack nut redesign effort six months prior, the Army decided to not take delivery of AH-64 Echo models in February, Todd said,…
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ASELSAN'ın yeni silahı KORHAN göreve hazır

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ASELSAN, yakın zamanda duyurduğu ve ilgiyle karşılanan KORHAN silah kulesi için görev bekliyor.
Milli donanım ve mühimmat
KORHAN, muharebe sahası ihtiyaçlarını en ileri teknolojik olanaklardan yararlanarak karşılamak üzere geliştirdi.

Yüksek ateş gücüne sahip, gelişmiş hedef tespit ve takip sistemleriyle donatılan KORHAN, kendini koruma ve çevresel farkındalık sistemleriyle kullanıcı ve sistem bekasını en üst seviyede sağlayabiliyor. 

Sistemde, ana silah olarak yüksek atım hızına sahip 35 milimetre top kullanılıyor. Söz konusu top Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu tarafından üretiliyor. KORHAN, herhangi bir dışa bağımlılık olmaksızın Türkiye'de üretilen 35 milimetre parçacıklı mühimmatı kullanma kabiliyetine sahip bulunuyor.

Tehdit tipine uygun mühimmat seçimi
ASELSAN tarafından geliştirilen otomatik şeritsiz mühimmat besleme mekanizması sayesinde tehdit tipine uygun mühimmatın seçilerek atılmasına imkan tanıyan sisteme, zırh delici, antipersonel, hava hedeflerine yönelik ya da tahrip e…
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Advanced Gun System was holding back the Navy’s new stealth destroyer

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Development issues with the Navy’s Advanced Gun System, destined to be one of the main armaments of DDG-1000, prompted the Navy to change Zumwalt into a ship killer, the Navy’s top requirements officers said Tuesday. The Navy announced in February in budget justification documents that it intended to integrate Raytheon’s SM-6 missile and was changing the mission from a land-attack platform to a ship killer. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s seapower subcommittee, Vice Adm. Bill Merz told senators that the slow development of the AGS prompted the change. The AGS, in conjunction with the Long-Range Land Attack Projectile, was supposed to fire a round more than 80 nautical miles. The Navy canceled the projectile after truncating the total Zumwalt-class buy to three ships pushed the cost per round up to more than $800,000 per round. Merz said the ship was ready to start its life with the fleet and that the larger MK 57 vertical-launch system canisters will allow for mo…
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Hypersonic missile flies at 3,800 miles per hour

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Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Armament Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., announced a $928 million contract Wednesday to the Lockheed Martin Space Systems segment in Huntsville, Ala., for the Hypersonic Conventional Air-Launched Strike Weapon program.The Air Force is asking Lockheed Martin to develop and integrate an air-launched hypersonic conventional stand-off strike weapon for fighter and bomber aircraft. The hypersonic conventional strike weapon will provide a prompt precision-strike capability against high-value, time-critical fixed and relocatable surface targets, Air Force officials say. The hypersonic weapon, which is expected to reach speeds of about 3,800 miles per hour, will use Global Position System (GPS) and inertial guidance system (INS) navigation and terminal guidance with a government-furnished warhead. The contract covers development, integration, and test through full-scale development, which military leaders call engineer…
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Lockheed Martin to propose stealthy hybrid of F-22 and F-35 for Japan

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U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp plans to offer Japan a stealth fighter design based on its export-banned F-22 Raptor and advanced F-35 Lightning II aircraft, two sources said. Lockheed has discussed the idea with Japanese defense ministry officials and will make a formal proposal in response to a Japanese request for information (RFI) after it receives permission from the U.S. government to offer the sensitive military technology, said the sources, who have direct knowledge of the proposal. The decision on whether to release parts of the highly classified aircraft designs and software to help Japan stay ahead of Chinese advances will test President Donald Trump’s promise to overhaul his country’s arms export policy. The proposed aircraft “would combine the F-22 and F-35 and could be superior to both of them,” said one of the sources. Japan, which is already buying the radar-evading F-35 to modernize its inventory, also wants to introduce a separate air superiority fighter in …
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Yerli ve milli projelerin alüminyumunu üretecek

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Kibar Grubu şirketlerinden Assan Alüminyum, direkt soğutmalı slab döküm ve sıcak haddeleme yöntemiyle alüminyum yassı mamül üretim yatırımı için “Proje Bazlı Teşvik Sistemi”ne dahil oldu.
Kibar Holding CEO’su Haluk Kayabaşı, yatırımını Karasu’da planladıkları 900 milyon dolar değerindeki tesisin, Türkiye’nin ilk modern ve hızlı alüminyum sıcak haddeleme tesisi olacağını belirtti. Yatırımın pek çok ürünün yerlileştirilmesi açısından büyük önemi var. Kayabaşı bu önemi şu sözlerle anlattı: “Yüksek katma değerli yassı alüminyum ürün tedariğini bugün tamamen ithalatla karşılayan havacılık, otomotiv ve savunma sanayii gibi bazı sektörler, planladığımız tesis sayesinde yerli, güvenilir ve düzenli bir kaynak sağlayabilecekler. Yatırımımızın, bu alanlarda Türkiye’de yapılan diğer projelere de katkı sağlayacağını söylemek mümkün.”
Yatırım henüz hayata geçmedi. Kayabaşı süreci en hızlı ve etkin şekilde tamamlayabilmek için büyük bir gayretle çalıştıklarını söyledi. Kayabaşı teşvik kapsamında ha…
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Israeli Firms Scramble As Trump Administration Restricts Military Aid

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An Israeli F-15I takes off during the US-Israel Juniper Falcon exercises. Tel Aviv decided to buy US-made Raytheon radars rather than Israeli ones for a recent upgrade, alarming domestic arms makers. After years of subsidizing the Israeli defense industry, the US is now insisting Tel Aviv spend all the military aid it gets from America on American companies. The Israeli government and hundreds of Israeli companies are scrambling to adjust, with one estimate predicting 20,000 layoffs. In the past, when the US provided Israeli with grants under the Foreign Military Funds program, Israel could convert 25 percent of the aid from dollars into shekels to buy Israeli products and support local R&D. But under the new 10-year FMF agreement signed in 2017, that percentage will gradually drop over time to zero. Under the new agreement signed in September 2016, the US will pay Israel $34 billion over the decade from 2019 to 2028 — but eventually all FMF funds will have to be used for the purc…
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US diplomat threatens Turkey's F-35 role in S-400 spat

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A senior US diplomat has threatened to use the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme as a retaliatory tool against Turkey for acquiring a sophisticated air defence system from Russia. Assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell’s remarks during 18 April hearing in Congress escalated a simmering confrontation with a NATO ally and combat partner against ISIS, which agreed to acquire the Almaz-Antey S-400 Triumf system even as it plans to take delivery of its first F-35A later this year. Breaking from a string of ambiguous statements by the Trump Administration, Mitchell’s testimony made specific threats of potential retaliation if the Turkish government follows through on the acquisition of the S-400 system. “Ankara claims to have agreed to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system, which could potentially lead to sanctions under section 231 of [countering America’s adversaries through sanctions act] and adversely impact Turkey’s participation in the F-35 progr…
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Denying adversaries use of outer space

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Earlier this week the world celebrated the International Day of Human Space Flight. Fifty-seven years ago, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly to outer space. The landmark event became a starting point for human space exploration.
Sputnik discussed the use of space for military purposes with Duncan Blake, a PhD candidate in law and the military uses of outer space from the University of Adelaide, and a consultant in space law and strategy at the International Aerospace Law and Policy Group, Australia.
Sputnik: Has space been maintained for peaceful purposes since the adoption of the resolution?
Duncan Blake: The idea that space should be used for peaceful purposes was an idea from the very beginning. The issue there is - what do we mean by peaceful purposes? Because it can't mean non-military; in fact, the first man-made object to enter outer space was a German V2 rocket towards the end of World War II.
The first uses of space were inspired by the milita…
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Turkish fighter jets reportedly harassed a helicopter carrying Greece's prime minister

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A Turkish air force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Red Flag 16-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 9, 2016.US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum Two Turkish Air Force fighter jets reportedly harassed a helicopter carrying Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis. The episode comes a week after a Hellenic Air force pilot died after his Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet crashed near the island of Skyros while returning from a mission where he intercepted two Turkish F-16 jets violating Greek airspace. Analysts have been worried that Greece and Turkey may be inching towards a war.

Turkish warplanes harrased a helicopter carrying Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis on Tuesday, Greek newspaper Ekathimerini reports.
The helicopter was flying from the Greek islet of Ro to Rhodes, another Greek island in the…
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Pakistan turns to China for high-end weapons: report

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Pakistan armed forces personnel take part in the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2016. PHOTO: AFP The downward trend in Pak-US relations has pushed Islamabad towards China for the procurement of high-tech weaponry as the United States has again become an unreliable supplier for weaponry, said a Financial Times report. “We have learnt over time that the Americans are terrible when it comes to honouring their promise,” a former minister told FT. “This was bound to end up in divorce.” On one hand, the US Congress approved the sale of eight fighter aircraft to Pakistan, on the other the price of the new F-16s was increased from US$270 million to US$700 million – putting it out of Islamabad’s reach. The move was a reflection of policymakers’ perceived ‘failure’ to tackle domestic extremism. US budget proposes $336m in civilian assistance, military aid to Pakistan For Pakistan, it was a confirmation that their long-term ally could not be relied upon as the primary sour…
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