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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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MSPO 2018 Day 3: International Exhibitors

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Day 3 video coverage by Army Recognition at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2018 in Targi Kielce - This year, the record-breaking number of companies, i.e. 624 from 31 countries use the MSPO and MTL as the showcase for their products and services. 
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FNSS KAPLAN SERİ ÜRETİME HAZIR

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ENDONEZYA ORDUSU'NUN ZORLU KALİFİKASYON TESTLERİNİ BAŞARIYLA GEÇEN FNSS KAPLAN ARTIK SERİ ÜRETİME HAZIR HALE GELDİ... 


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Kaplan MT ready for mass production, says report

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The Kaplan MT has passed qualifications tests with the Indonesian Army, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency. Source: FNSS

The Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) has passed the required qualification tests with the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) and is now ready for mass production, Nail Kurt, the general manager of Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri (FNSS), was quoted by the Anadolu Agency (AA) as saying on 5 September.
The tank successfully underwent almost three months of trials designed to test its durability and lethality, Kurt told the media outlet, adding that FNSS, which is developing the Kaplan MT in collaboration with Indonesia’s PT Pindad, is now looking to move on to the production phase.
“A five-year budget is coming after 2019. The total need is between 200and 400 units, we are talking about very serious quantities,” said Kurt, adding that the company expects to sign an export contract by 2019, with Turkey and Indonesia expected t…
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New electro-optical and radio-frequency sensors

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Three U.S. technology companies are helping U.S. Air Force researchers develop new enabling technologies for next-generation electro-optical (EO) and radio-frequency (RF) sensors, communications, information processing, imaging, and signals intelligence (SIGINT) applications.
Officials of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are working with Defense Engineering Corp. in Beavercreek, Ohio; optX Imaging Systems LLC in Lorton, Va.; and Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Louisville, Colo. on the Research and Development of Electro-Optical and Radio Frequency Sensors (RADERS) project. Defense Engineering won a $3.9 million RADERS contract in August; optX Imaging Systems won a $748,315 RADERS contract in May; and Lockheed Martin won a $192,009 RADERS contract in August. RADERS concerns 12 EO/RF technology areas: -- antenna technologies and electromagnetic (EM) scattering;
-- electro-optic and infrared (EO/IR) sensor technology;
-- sensor information processi…
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Fully autonomous maneuver coming to the battlefields of the future

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A killer robot by any other name is far more palatable to the general public. That may be part of the logic behind chief scientist of the Army Research Laboratory Alexander Kott’s decision to refer to thinking and moving machines on the battlefield as “mobile intelligent entities.” Kott pitched the term, along with the new ARL concept of Fully Autonomous Maneuver, at the 2nd Annual Defense News Conference yesterday, in an panel on Artificial Intelligence that kept circling back to underlying questions of great power competition. If there is a canon against which this autonomy seems heretical, it is likely the international community’s recent conference and negotiations over how, exactly, to permit or restrict lethal autonomous weapon systems. The most recent meeting of the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems took place last week in Geneva, Switzerland and concluded with a draft of recommendations on August 31st. This diplomatic process, and the potentia…
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AI has already been weaponised – and it shows why we should ban 'killer robots'

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A dividing line is emerging in the debate over so-called killer robots. Many countries want to see new international law on autonomous weapon systems that can target and kill people without human intervention. But those countries already developing such weapons are instead trying to highlight their supposed benefits. I witnessed this growing gulf at a recent UN meeting of more than 70 countries in Geneva, where those in favour of autonomous weapons, including the US, Australia and South Korea, were more vocal than ever. At the meeting, the US claimed that such weapons could actually make it easier to follow international humanitarian law by making military action more precise. Yet it’s highly speculative to say that “killer robots” will ever be able to follow humanitarian law at all. And while politicians continue to argue about this, the spread of autonomy and artificial intelligence in existing military technology is already effectively setting undesirable standardsfor its role in …
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Belgian armed forces missions and purchases by Vice-Admiral Michiel Hofman Vice-Chief of Defense

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Vice-Admiral Michel Hofman, Vice-CHOD, is exposing the present situation of the Belgian armed forces: recruitment, training, external operations, international coopérations, and equipment purchases. 


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Interview with Major-General Marc Thys Commander of Belgian army land forces

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Major-General Marc Thys Commander of Belgian army land forces presents current missions and the future of the Belgian army during an interview at the Military barracks of Peutie. 
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‘Accessory to War’ probes the uneasy alliance between space science and the military

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In Accessory to War, Tyson and Lang chronicle how war-makers have long wielded knowledge of outer space as a weapon. This bloody history features Christopher Columbus exploiting his awareness of an upcoming lunar eclipse to threaten natives on the island of Hispaniola with divine retribution, as well as the United States using satellite intelligence to fight the Gulf War. “As for America’s forthcoming wars,” Tyson and Lang predict, “they will be waged with even more formidable space assets.” But just as militaries have long used space science and space-based technology to their advantage, astronomers and astrophysicists have reaped the rewards of military investment. James Cook, a captain in the British Navy, for example, established an observatory in Tahiti. Observations of Venus passing across the face of the sun in 1769 from that observatory helped astronomers pin down the distance between Earth and the sun. During the Cold War, U.S. military satellites designed to watch for nuclear …
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Düşman radarlarını karıştıracak HAVA SOJ 2023’te teslim edilecek

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ASELSAN tarafından geliştirilecek ve düşman radarlarını karıştırma kabiliyetine sahip HAVA SOJ sistemi 2023’ten itibaren Türk Hava Kuvvetleri’ne teslim edilmeye başlanacak. Global 5000 tipi iş jetine uygulanacak sistemler ile Hava Kuvvetleri önemli bir vurucu ‘elektronik gücü’ sahip olacak. Geçtiğimiz günlerde Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı (SSB) ile ASELSAN arasında Elektronik Harp Özel Görev Uçakları geliştirilmesi amacıyla Hava Platformunda Uzaktan Elektronik Destek/Elektronik Taarruz Kabiliyeti (HAVA SOJ) Projesi sözleşmesi imzalanmıştı. Yerli imkânlarla yapılacak HAVA SOJ sistemleri 2023 yılından itibaren Hava Kuvvetleri Komutanlığının hizmetine girecek.
HANGİ GÖREVLERİ YERİNE GETİRECEK Yüksek irtifadan uçabilen HAVA SOJ, düşmanın radar ve haberleşme imkanlarını uzaktan dinleyerek sinyal takibi gerçekleştirecek. Ayrıca bu sinyaller uçakta yer alan milli sistemler ile karıştırılacak veya şaşırtmaya yönelik sahte sinyaller-hedefler oluşturulabilecek. Bu sistemle; düşman haberleşme sisteml…
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The Drone Threat Is Real. The Solution Is Complex.

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In August, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro claimed he was the target of a drone-borne explosive assassination attempt. While some sources assert that the entire episode may have been staged to assist Maduro in consolidating power in distressed Venezuela, the incident highlights the challenges of defending against and mitigating drone threats. The United States has experienced our own less nefarious drone incidents, including one that occurred in 2015 at the White House. Although it garnered less notoriety than the Maduro incident, a drone carrying de-activated grenades, and likely flown by an organized cartel, targeted a police chief in Baja Mexico in June of this year. These incidents bring to the forefront an issue that security professionals and governments have been struggling with since the introduction of inexpensive, and readily available, commercialized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or “drones” — how to identify, classify, and defend against one or many hostile drones?
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MSPO 2018 Day 2: MBT Modernization, UGV, Anti-UAV Vehicle, Borsuk IFV, LANCA 2.0, PLS

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Day 2 video coverage by Army Recognition at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2018 in Targi Kielce - the 2018 expo breaks a number of records compared to the previous year, the number of exhibitors increased to 624, the number of represented countries also sky-rocketed too, from 27 to 31. 


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Electro-optical targeting for attack helicopters

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Electro-optics experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are building five multi-sensor electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) fire-control systems for U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters.
Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., announced an $11.8 million order on Friday to the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla., for five AN/AAQ-30 target sight systems (TSS). The TSS equipment for Marine Corps Viper helicopter gunships is part of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrades program for the remanufacture of legacy aircraft with state-of-the-art designs to convert the Marine Corps' existing fleet of AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to the AH-1Z Viper, Navy officials say. The Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-30 TSS provides target identification and tracking, passive targeting for integrated weapons -- including Hellfire missiles -- and a laser designation for laser-guided weapons. TSS provides can identify and laser-designate targets at the maximum ran…
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Russia is Building Its Own V-22 Osprey

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But is it a good idea?  Russia is building a tilt-rotor transport aircraft that could be Moscow's equivalent of America's V-22 Osprey. "Russian Airborne Forces are working on the possibility of using convertiplanes to deliver paratroopers on the battlefield," according to Sputnik News, citing an unnamed Russian defense industry source. "Before the end of September, it is planned to get the customer specification and start the experimental design work for this aircraft," the source said. Sputnik News didn't provide any more details. But Russia has previously announced other tilt-rotor projects. In October 2017, arms maker Rostec said it would be building a prototype of Russia's first electric helicopter as a tilt-rotor aircraft. It will be based on the unmanned VRT30 tilt-rotor, or "convertiplane." "The helicopter, which is expected to be ready in 2019, will have a takeoff weight of 1.5 tons and be completely electric," the compa…
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China ‘nears mass production’ of J-20 stealth fighter as engine issue fixed

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A new and improved engine designed to make China’s J-20 stealth fighter a world-class combat jet should be ready for mass production by the end of the year, military sources have said.
The WS-15 engine features cutting-edge single-crystal turbine blades and has been in development for several years, but Chinese technicians have struggled to get it into mass production.
However, many of the problems – which largely related to blades overheating at top speeds – have been ironed out in ground tests and trial flights, putting the goal of a consistently high quality product in sight, sources told the South China Morning Post.
Beijing is keen to have a stealth aircraft capable of competing with the best in the world as tensions rise in the Asia-Pacific and the United States ramps up deployment of its F-22 and F-35 fighters in the region.

“The WS-15 is expected to be ready for widespread installation in the J-20s by the end of this year,” one of the sources said.

Although some “minor proble…
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UAV laser weapons to down ballistic missiles

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Power electronics experts at two U.S. defense companies are moving forward with a project to develop enabling technologies for laser weapons on future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to destroy enemy ballistic missiles in boost phase. Officials of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in Albuquerque, N.M., announced contract modifications Friday to General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems in San Diego, and to the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in Huntsville, Ala., to push forward with the Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) project. LPLD seeks to develop enabling technologies in preparation for building a future high-energy laser weapon for a high-altitude UAV able to destroy enemy ballistic missiles in boost phase. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems on Friday won a $23.4 million contract extension, and Boeing won a $20.5 million extension for follow-on work to the first phase of the LPLD project. In late 2017 General Atomics, Boeing, and the Lockheed Martin Corp. S…
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