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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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RAND: The United States Air Force Is Too Small

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The United States Air Force is too small to meet the security challenges that meet the nation, a new study conducted by the RAND Corporation has found. In the unipolar moment that followed the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, American conventional military dominance allowed the Pentagon to assume some risks in force readiness and capability requirements for conflict with a major power while it undertook various open-ended “peace enforcement” and counterinsurgency operations. But in an era where the United States faces the threat of a rapidly rising China and a resurgent Russia, the findings are especially concerning. “That unipolar era is rapidly coming to an end as both Russia and China field increasingly capable forcesand become more willing to use force to pursue foreign policy goals,” RAND researchers Alan J. Vick, Paul Dreyer and John Speed Meyers wrote. “Today, the U.S. Air Force(USAF) must meet combatant commander demands and simultaneously improve its capabilities to defe…
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China number two in military spending in 2006 and India will be number three in 2019

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China became number two in military spending in 2006 and India will become the number three military spender in 2019. In total from 2006 to 2018, China has spend about three times as much as Russia and the UK but it has taken 13 years for China to modernize and have competitive or superior systems to Russia and the UK. China might not be a clear and definitive number two military technology and capability until 2025. China will not try to compete with Russia and the USA in terms of a matching nuclear capability. There is an overall level of economic development, manufacturing and technical capability that is needed along with sustained military spending in order to have a superior military capability. India economy will grow into its number three military spending position. It will take until 2030-2040 for India to establish a clear world number 3 military. nextbigfuture.com
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From Google Cars To Robot Tanks: Army RCV

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The Google Car and Tesla Autopilot have blazed a trail for the future Army. Both robotics technology and Army thinking have come a long way since 2009, when Defense Secretary Bob Gates cancelled the massive Future Combat Systems program. Where FCS tried to invent new technology on a schedule for 19 different manned and unmanned systems, all at once, the Army’s new step-by-step approach builds on private-sector breakthroughs in computing to get an unmanned mini-tank — the Robotic Combat Vehicle — in service by the mid-2020s. [Click here for Part I of this story, on how the Army’s staging a series of experiments inspired by the Louisiana Maneuvers just before World War II] BAE’s Armed Robotic Combat VehiclePhoto by: ARCV Commercial self-driving cars have made sensors both much cheaper and much better than in the days of FCS, for example. Back then, the needed sensors were frankly “cost-prohibitive,” said Kevin Mills, who’s worked at the Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineer…
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Will Next-Gen British Fighter Concept Enhance US-UK Partnership?

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To-scale concept of the BAE Systems Tempest aircraft at Farnborough Air Show, England, Tuesday, July 17, 2018.Photo by: Oriana Pawlyk/Military.com Whether or not U.S. defense companies end up working on the U.K.'s recently unveiled high-end fighter concept, Tempest, officials know that partnerships will blossom as they develop ideas for the plane. "When we talk about partnership, you see one big airplane, you see [the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter], which is clearly a great example of how we're building something together," said Air Commodore James Linter, the Royal Air Force air attaché for the United Kingdom, said in a recent interview with Military.com at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. Both the United States and the U.K. have invested in the fifth-generation F-35; variants of the fighter are now undergoing testing on American and British aircraft carriers. "Very often, the technologies inside [the aircraft] is actually what will end up being a partnersh…
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US Navy Awards Boeing Contract to Design & Build MQ-25A Tanker Drone

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The U.S. Navy awarded a contract to The Boeing Co. Aug. 30 for the MQ-25A Stingray, the first operational carrier-based unmanned refueling aircraft. This fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract with a ceiling price of $805.3 million provides for the design, development, fabrication, test, delivery, and support of four MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles, including integration into the carrier air wing for an initial operational capability by 2024. 


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Live firing in United Arab Emirates with Jobaria 107mm 122mm MLRS rocket launcher system

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Jobaria Defense Systems MCL Multiple Cradle 122mm Rocket launcher system live firing by army of United Arab Emirates. The Jobaria MLLRS JDS Multiple Cradle Launcher (MCL) is a 6x6 Oshksoh tractor truck with semi-trailer armed with four power-operated rocket launchers. Each rocket launcher has three blocks of 20 122 or 107 mm launcher tubes, in four lines. 

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Indonesia: Final firing tests with Kaplan MT Medium Tank by PT Pindad

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Indonesian Defense Company PT Pindad has performed final firing tests with the Kaplan MT MMWT (Modern Medium Weight Tank) on Monday, August 28, 2018 jointly developed by the Turkish Company FNSS and PT Pindad from Indonesia at the Army’s infantry education center in West Bandung regency in West Java.
Kaplan MT at the 72nd Anniversary of Indonesian National Armed Forces. (Picture source Wikipedia)
PT Pindad corporate secretary Tuning Rudyati said, the firing tests of the Kaplan MT were aimed to test the function of the 105-milimeter CT-CV turret system, designed and developed by the Belgian Company CMI Defence that incorporates an automatic loading system which contains 16 rounds in standard configuration and 12 rounds in air-deployable configuration. A series of trial tests of the medium tank started in the middle of July 2018, such as landmine blasts, testing the tank’s resistance to landmines and mobility tests. PT Pindad president director Abraham Mose said, "The construction …
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Israel Unveils Updated Armored Command Vehicle And Will Give Merkava Tank Crews X-Ray Vision

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The Mk IV Barak will also have improved network connectivity, allowing the vehicle to share a much broad array of information and do so rapidly. There will also be a new artificial intelligence-assistedmission computer to reduce the workloads for individual crew members, help them sift through sensor data and other information faster, and otherwise speed up the decision making and targeting processes. “The mission computer will be like a fifth crew member, which will improve processes in the cabin,” an IDF officer, identified only as Lieutenant Colonel Schachar for security reasons, told Jane’s in July 2018. “It’s designed to understand the situation and activate multiple touchscreens accordingly. This will form an inseparable part of the ability to conduct combat operations in closed, urban spaces.” Given the heavily networked nature of the Mk IV Baraks, Ofek could serve as a vital communications conduit and relay for other data between the tanks other forces, including those on the…
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The live of War and Peace Revival the largest military vehicle show in the world United Kingdom

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The War and Peace Revival (until 2012 the War and Peace Show) is the world's largest military vehicle show plus militaria collectors fair and living history re-enactments from the First World War to more recent conflicts.It is held annually over several days (usually in late July) at the Hop Farm Country Park, Kent, England (for four years between 2013 and 2016 it was held at Folkestone Racecourse (RAF Westenhanger). 
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Army-2018: Belarus Offered Russian Military a Multirole UAV

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The Belarusian designers applied the Austrian Rotax pusher-propped internal combustion engine as a powerplant. UAV Yastreb and ‘kamikaze’ drones
The airplane-type system Yastreb has a maximum takeoff weight of 700 kg and is capable to carry up to 120 kg payload. The flight endurance has been prolonged, comparing to the earlier models, and amounts to 10 hours. The UAV was designed both for civil and military use. To destroy targets, Yastreb uses the high-precision loitering munitions. "The basic aircraft carries 2 or 3 automatically guided drones. They are equipped with either high-explosive fragmentation or shaped-charge warheads weighting up to 10 kg", explained Maria Maksimova, assistant director of the scientific center. The target drones have the same characteristics, but instead the warheads they are equipped with the Luneburg lenses to simulate radar cross-sections of real larger targets, and other special-purpose equipment. The interviewee told Mil.Press Today that a…
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Russia, US Are In a Military Exoskeleton Race

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TsNiiTochMash AA Font size + Print the Ratnik-3 exoskeleton from Russian weapons maker TsNiiTochMash. The Russian suit, Ratnik-3, is an imposing web of hexagonal armor plates, black webbing, and small joint motors called actuators. Oleg Faustov, an engineer working with weapons maker TsNiiTochMash, told Russian media outlet TASS this week that the government had already tested a prototype. “It really enhances a serviceman’s physical abilities. For example, the tester was able to shoot from a machine-gun only with one hand and accurately hit targets,” he said at Russia’s recent Army-2018weapons show. As part of the Army-2018 publicity push, the makers of the suit also made vague and unverifiable claims that it had seen actual combat, according to Sam Bendett, an associate research analyst at CNA and a fellow in Russia studies at the American Foreign Policy Council. “It was interesting that the Russian announcement during Army-2018 stated that the exoskeleton was ‘tested in combat,’ tho…
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Russia’s new Spectrum EW system enters service

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The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 28 August that a new electronic warfare (EW) system, designated Spectrum, has entered service with an inaugural exercise in the Urals. The complex is based on an AMN-233114 Tigr-M 4×4 vehicle, which has fitted to its roof an array of mission systems, including an optical surveillance suite and a large container. The SpectrumPhoto by: pictured The vehicle is manned by specialists from the brigade-level EW forces that Russia operates. They are typically charged with interrupting or disrupting enemy communications. However, the Spectrum is described as a vehicle for "tracking of the specified territories where potentially dangerous objects can appear". janes.com
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Next-Gen Tracking Sensor Could Help Avoid Friendly Fire Accidents

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Tech. Sgt. Marcos Farias attaches a Low-Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night targeting pod to a 149th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon at Lackland Air Force Base.Photo by: U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Arellano There may soon be a new infrared detection sensor on the market that can better scrutinize friendly forces on the ground and shrink the time it takes to identify targets of opportunity. UTC Aerospace System is testing its next-generation short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera sensor, which it says is capable of seeing laser strobes in real time and can be incorporated into various ground, sea and air platforms, company officials recently told Military.com. The system -- already deployed with U.S. military testing units -- is a multi-mode tracking SWIR sensor, said Tara Martin, director of business development for UTC Aerospace Systems, ISR and Space Systems. "We're amongst the first companies offering that, and that will be reaching the field in the next two t…
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Kalashnikov Group military products robots armored Special Forces vehicles UGV boats motorcycle

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During Army-2018, the International Military Technical Forum in the Patriotic Park Expo, Moscow Region, Russia, Kalashnikov Group presents a full range of military equipment developed and marketed by the Company including unmanned ground vehicles, Special Forces vehicles, 4x4 and 6x6 APC armored personnel carrier, anti-riot vehicles, and electrical motorcycles for sniper team. 


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Jobaria MLRS 107mm 122mm Multiple Launch Rocket System technical review UAE

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The Jobaria Company from United Arab Emirates has designed a new concept of artillery system which was presented for the first time during the edition 2013 of IDEX, defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Jobaria MLRS JDS Multiple Cradle Launcher (MCL) is based on a 6x6 tractor truck with semi-trailer armed with four power-operated rocket launchers. Each rocket launcher has three blocks of 20 122 or 107 mm launcher tubes, in four lines. Exclusive interview about Jobaria MLRS manufacturer by Army Recognition editorial team during IDEX 2013.


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US Army to bring new vehicle protection technologies to fleet as early as 2020

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A brigade of Abrams tanks in Europe will soon receive the Trophy Active Protection System, but the Army is looking beyond an interim solution. (U.S. Army)


The U.S. Army is planning to bring new vehicle protection technologies to the fleet as early as 2020 to include reactive armor tiles as well as laser warning and signature management capabilities, according to Col. Glenn Dean, the program manager for the service’s Stryker combat vehicle.

Dean is also in charge of bringing active protection system capabilities to the current fleet. The service has been rigorously testing APS for the Abrams tank, Stryker and Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Israeli company Rafael has already been chosen to provide an interim APS system for Abrams. Other systems are being evaluated for Stryker and Bradley.


In addition to the service’s plans to rapidly field interim systems for its combat fleet, it is preparing to evaluate other kinetic energy defeat capabilities, Dean told reporters in an Aug. 24 interview.


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