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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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Rheinmetall KF41 IFV Command Post UGV Arnold Defense Fletcher 70mm rocket KMW amphibious armored

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Eurosatory 2018, the Land and Airland Defence & Security Exhibition in Paris (France) is an opportunity for many Defense Companies from all over the world to showcase new products including combat vehicles, UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle and weapon system. In this video report, Army Recognition editorial team with its online Defense and Security Web TV has covered all the new military products launched at Eurosatory 2018. Summary of this video: 00:12 Lynx KF41 IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle tracked armored with Lance 2.0 turret 35mm cannon unveiled by German Company Rheinmetall Defence at Eurosatory 2018 02:58 Rheinmetall Kynx KF41 Command Post tracked armoured unveiled unveiled by German Company Rheinmetall Defence at Eurosatory 2018 04:01 Rheinmetall Defence launches its Mission Master Cargo Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) at Eurosatory 2018 05:39 Successful test firing of Fletcher 70mm rocket launcher announced by American Company Arnold Defense at Eurosatory 2018 06:46 APVT Amphibio…
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NATO’s Enemies Within

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How Democratic Decline Could Destroy the Alliance


NATO today faces multiple challenges. Terrorists have attacked European capitals, migration is putting pressure on border and homeland security systems, Russia is both able and willing to use military force and other instruments of influence in Europe, and U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap the alliance altogether. But the most serious problem is not one of these obvious threats; rather, it is the breakdown of liberal democracy within the alliance itself.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has never been a typical alliance. From its inception in 1949, NATO has not only deterred and defended against external threats; it has also advanced the principles of liberal democratic governance. Although its cohesion initially rested on the common threat of the Soviet Union, NATO was more unified than most multilateral organizations thanks to the common character of its members. Nearly all were democratically elected government…
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US military wants quieter drones

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Drones are noisy machines.

If you own one, have been around one or have just seen one in a video, you’ll know that during takeoffs and flights – drones emit a persistent, fairly annoying buzzing or whirring sound.

When it comes to consumer drones, some are quieter than others. Don’t get it twisted though- the sound they make is not a whisper, it’s more like low-level tinnitus.
What about military drones? Are they loud?

As a matter of fact – yes. They’re very loud. We truly hope you’ve never been in close proximity to a predator drone – those things are killing machines that rain death from the sky. In case you don’t know what they sound like, check out the video below:
Okay – we get it. Drones are noisy. How is the military planning to make them quieter?

Was just setting the scene. Chill

Ever heard of Felix Wankel? Neither had we. Aside from having an unfortunate surname, this man was responsible for creating a revolutionary aircraft engine in the 1960s. According to Military Times, Wankel’s…
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Selva: China Could Deploy Hypersonic Weapons on a 'Large Scale'

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China has advanced its hypersonic weapons to the point where it could potentially deploy them on a large scale, a top U.S. military officer warned June 21. Hypersonic missiles can travel at speeds of Mach 5 or faster and they pose a major challenge to existing missile defense systems, Pentagon officials have said. To date, China has been developing high speed, long-range precision missiles on a “micro” scale, said Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “They haven’t mass deployed hypersonics or long-range [tactical] ballistic missiles” yet, he said during a panel discussion at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C. However, “what they have done is proven the technologies, and so they are able now to deploy those capabilities at a large scale" if they decide to move in that direction, he added. The United States is behind in the demonstration of those types of technologies, but in some ways it still maintains an advantage, he no…
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Turkey's F-35 Rollout Ceremony Got Pretty, Pretty, Weird

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Music and a crazy dance routine interspersed speeches that notably did not touch on tensions between the United States and Turkey over the jets.

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Rollout events for major new combat aircraft are often flashy, overwrought affairs to begin with, but the Lockheed Martin event to celebrate the delivery of Turkey's first completed F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was particularly over the top, featuring traditional music and song together with a dancer who performed at one point while wearing a pair massive leather wings that looked like something out of Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks.

What this sometimes surreal celebration didn't have was any direct reference to the very serious and steadily escalating political spat between the U.S. and Turkish governments that threatens to upend the stealth fighter deliveries over the latter country's purchase of Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems.

Lockheed Martin hosted the ceremony on June 21, 2018, at its…
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Fighter Sale to Turkey Could Pit Trump Against Congress

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An F-35 fighter jet on display at a roll-out ceremony for Turkey's F-35s in Forth Worth, Texas on June 21.Photo by: Lockheed Martin U.S. lawmakers are threatening to block Turkey from obtaining its promised fleet of 100 F-35 fighter jets over Ankara’s human rights violations and planned purchase of a controversial Russian air defense system. But it’s not clear that President Donald Trump’s administration will back them up. Turkey, the third-largest planned operator of the F-35 after the United States and United Kingdom, just received its first aircraft during a June 21 rollout ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility. But members of U.S. Congress are pushing to prevent the planned transfer of those jets across the Atlantic to Turkey next summer, after pilot training wraps up, and to kick Ankara out of the nine-nation F-35 consortium altogether. The row underscores how tense U.S.-Turkey relations have become in recent years. The NATO allies have clashed in recent mon…
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DARPA GXV-T Demonstrates Extreme Off Road Mobility, Augmented Reality

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Several contracts awarded recently marked significant progress in DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program with field demonstrations of projects developed by teams and companies under the Phase 2 of the R&D program. Among the technologies showing much progress are extreme mobility projects and crew augmentation technologies. The GXV-T program aims to demonstrate how future combat vehicles could improve mobility, survivability, safety, and effectiveness without increasing their armor. “We’re looking at how to enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and augmenting the crew through driver-assistance aids,” said Maj. Amber Walker, the program manager for GXV-T in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO). “For mobility, we’ve taken a radically different approach by avoiding armor and developing options to move quickly and be agile over all terrain.” Demonstrations, such as those performed in May at the Aberdeen Test Center, have given potential military service …
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Joint Strike Missile enters final development phase

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The Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace Joint Strike Missile (JSM) has entered its final phase of development following the successful conclusion of its last qualification flight test (FTM-5) in March this year. Pending a Final Design Review in June, development of the missile is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018, following which it will be prepared for integration, carriage, and release trials with the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF’s) F-35A Lightning II multirole stealth fighter. FTM-5 was the culmination of a four-year flight test campaign to qualify the missile for integration with the RNoAF’s F-35A. In a first end-to-end flight test for the missile, a JSM equipped with a live warhead was launched from a legacy F-16C/D Fighting Falcon from the US Air Force’s 445th Flight Test Group against a ‘realistic’ land target at the Utah Test and Training Range in the United States. janes.com
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Norway cancels tank upgrade

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Plans to upgrade the Norwegian Army’s Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) have been abandoned following the publication of the government’s revised budget in May, the Norwegian MoD has confirmed. Plans to upgrade the Norwegian Army’s Leopard 2A4 MBTs have been abandoned.Photo by: Norwegian MoD “Through the examination of the Land Power Proposition in the autumn of 2017, it was decided to suspend the planned and approved upgrade project for existing tanks (Project 5050) based on the recommendations in the National Power Assessment,” the MoD told Jane’s . A reduced MBT capability will be retained until 2025, when a new tank or an interim solution will be introduced. Only 30 of the 52 tanks in the Norwegian Army inventory are operational. janes.com
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Airbus threatens to leave Britain over Brexit trade relations

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Airbus, which employs about 14,000 people at 25 sites in the U.K., said it needs to know by the end of the summer what rules will govern its operations, or the company will “reconsider its long-term footprint in the country.” Airbus also says a proposed transition deal that runs through December 2020 is too short for the company to reorganize its supply chain. “While Airbus understands that the political process must go on, as a responsible business we require immediate details on the pragmatic steps that should be taken to operate competitively,” Tom Williams, CEO of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said in a statement. “This is a dawning reality for Airbus. Put simply, a no-deal scenario directly threatens Airbus’ future in the U.K.” While many business leaders have demanded clarity about the future with Britain set to leave the EU in nine months, Airbus’ sheer size and role in the economy make it an influential voice in the Brexit debate. Airbus is the U.K.’s largest commercial aerospa…
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French Military Laughs at Idea of Joint European Forces – French Professor

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The creation of a joint European military force is again on the agenda after talks between French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. While France's top army official has stated that much progress has been carried out on the matter, French professor Christophe Réveillard told Sputnik that it plagiarizes the NATO system. As soon as talks between French and German leaders came to an end on June 19, France’s minister of defense, Florence Parly, stated there’d been progress in building up the joint European defense system. Sciences Po and Sorbonne professor Christophe Réveillard has overturned her optimistic claims, saying the concept of a Europe-wide joint army is non-original and would copy NATO documents. According to the scholar, the current programs can be called fully European, as they imply cooperation among four countries at most. Réveillard told Sputnik that the production plan of the defense industry doesn’t apply to the whole European Union. “Wha…
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