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New details emerge on Chinese KJ-600 surveillance plane and third Chinese carrier
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New details emerge on Chinese KJ-600 surveillance plane and third Chinese carrier

By Peter Suciu* According to recent news reports, China’s third aircraft carrier, which is still under construction and won’t be hitting the waves anytime soon, could be fitted with an advanced type of aircraft launch system—likely an electromagnetic catapult. While details of the Type 002 carrier remain murky at best, it is known that the...

Lockheed Martin set to commence JASSM AGM-158B-2 LRIP
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Lockheed Martin set to commence JASSM AGM-158B-2 LRIP

The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCMC) has awarded Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control a USD428.4 million contract for Lot 19 production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) precision standoff missile for the US Air Force (USAF). Announced by the US Department of Defense on 22 January, the...

New details of Russian Belgorod ‘Doomsday’ submarine revealed
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New details of Russian Belgorod ‘Doomsday’ submarine revealed

Russia’s latest super-sized submarine, Belgorod, has been a conundrum for interested observers. While its existence is far from secret, Moscow has gone to great pains to keep certain key details out of the public domain. While navies traditionally hide the screw, or propeller, from the cameras, in Belgorod’s case the reverse was true: the screws were on display...

DARPA orders six satellites from Blue Canyon Technologies for Blackjack program
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DARPA orders six satellites from Blue Canyon Technologies for Blackjack program

Blue Canyon, a company owned by Raytheon Technologies, developed a satellite for DARPA based on its commercial X-SAT bus. Blue Canyon Technologies has received a contract option worth $26.5 million to produce six satellites for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a company spokesman told SpaceNews. DARPA has exercised the option to buy six more satellites...

Israel signs agreement to equip German military with Trophy APS
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Israel signs agreement to equip German military with Trophy APS

Rafael’s Trophy system is considered among the world’s most effective active protection systems. The Defense Ministry and the German Federal Ministry of Defense signed a government-to-government agreement to supply Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ Trophy active protection system to the German military. The system will be used for the German fleet of Leopard 2 tanks, the Defense Ministry...

Israel’s IAI and Matrix partner for AI center focused on automatic target detection
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Israel’s IAI and Matrix partner for AI center focused on automatic target detection

By Seth J. Frantzman* Israel Aerospace Industries and Matrix Defense are partnering on an artificial intelligence center to develop automated target detection for future battlefields. “The two companies will co-develop AI, machine learning (ML) and Big Data-driven solutions to be integrated into IAI’s satellite and space systems, defense and attack systems, missiles, homing heads, electro-optical...

IDEX 2021: Paramount Group unveils swarming UAV technology
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IDEX 2021: Paramount Group unveils swarming UAV technology

South Africa’s Paramount Group announced the launching of its new swarming UAV technology based on the firm’s new N-Raven unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 22 February at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2021 in Abu Dhabi. Developed by the company’s Paramount Advanced Technology subsidiary, the N-Raven weighs 41 kg and flies at a...

Russian modernization of its nuclear and military forces in 2021
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Russian modernization of its nuclear and military forces in 2021

By Mark B. Schneider* Every year in October Russia conducts (and usually announces) a major strategic nuclear exercise. This is followed by November meetings in Sochi between President Vladimir Putin and his generals concerning Russia’s nuclear and military programs, often accompanied by the release of a substantial amount of information about Russia’s modernization programs. This effort’s...

Turkey’s ULAQ armed USV prototype enters sea trials
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Turkey’s ULAQ armed USV prototype enters sea trials

By Cem Devrim Yaylali Turkish companies Ares Shipyard and Meteksan Defence launched the first prototype of their ULAQ weaponised unmanned surface vehicle (USV) in early February, according to a joint statement released by both firms. The prototype USV was launched in Antalya, where Ares Shipyard is located, and an intensive period of sea trials has...

Russia claims its Su-57 Felon fighter has been testing a new Hypersonic missile
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Russia claims its Su-57 Felon fighter has been testing a new Hypersonic missile

Unverified statements suggest Russia is working on an all-new hypersonic air-to-ground missile. Russia’s new-generation Su-57 Felon fighter jet has reportedly begun flight tests carrying prototypes of what’s claimed to be a new hypersonic air-to-ground missile. Unnamed sources from Russia’s military-industrial complex told a state-run media outlet that the Su-57 has already completed several test flights...

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