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Pentagon Wants Satellites That Can Dodge Incoming Fire

 

 

In the event of a shootout in space, the Defense Department is working to create satellite constellations that can dodge  missiles or even satellite-based weapons, according to U.S. Air Force officials.

 
“We have to give our mission systems an opportunity to participate in their own defense, give them a fighting chance,” Michael Dickey, who runs the Enterprise Strategy and Architectures Office at Air Force Space Command, said at a Mitchell Institute event on Capitol Hill on Friday. “We’ve begun to introduce changes.”
 
Col. Russell Teehan, Portfolio Architect of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, added “We are doing a lot of work in that area.”

 

https://www.defenseo...f=DefenseOneTCO


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German Rheinmetall Makes Progress to 100-kilowatt Combat Lasers
Brian Wang | February 28, 2019
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Germany is making progress to 100-kilowatt military lasers. There were successful tests shooting down drones and mortar rounds.

The next step will be to integrate a 20-kilowatt laser on an armored vehicle.

 

https://www.nextbigf...bat-lasers.html


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Russian Army Has New Body Armor and Promise Combat Exoskeletons
Brian Wang | March 11, 2019
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Russia has modernized 35 brigades (over 80,000 soldiers) active military combat personnel with new body armor and weapons. Russia calls this equipment Ratnik-2. Russia is promising to develop Ratnik-3 which would be advanced combat exoskeletons, UAVs and combat robots. The US has also been developing combat exoskeletons. Russia and the USA have had small field tests of some exoskeleton systems. Russia is displaying mockups of advanced guns, new helmets and more complete body armor. The main problem for real exoskeletons that boost the weight that a soldier can carry or provide real force multipliers is the batteries and power systems for the gear. US military research has admitted that it will still be 5-10 years or more before real combat exoskeletons will be produced and deployed. Commercial exoskeletons are being deployed in warehouses and factories. Soldiers and workers are able to load and move heavier gear and ammo. This makes supply chains more productive behind the lines. Real combat exoskeletons are research and empty promises.

 

https://www.nextbigf...oskeletons.html


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Global arms trade: USA increases dominance; arms flows to the Middle East surge, says SIPRI

 

 

(Stockholm, 11 March 2019) The volume of international transfers of major arms in 2014–18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009–13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004–2008, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

 
The five largest exporters in 2014–18 were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China. Together, they accounted for 75 per cent of the total volume of arms exports in 2014–18. The flow of arms increased to the Middle East between 2009–13 and 2014–18, while there was a decrease in flows to all other regions.
 
The gap between the USA and other arms exporters widens
 
US arms exports grew by 29 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18, and the US share of total global exports rose from 30 per cent to 36 per cent. The gap between the top two arms-exporting states also increased: US exports of major arms were 75 per cent higher than Russia’s in 2014–18, while they were only 12 per cent higher in 2009–13. More than half (52 per cent) of US arms exports went to the Middle East in 2014–18.
 
‘The USA has further solidified its position as the world’s leading arms supplier,’ says Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘The USA exported arms to at least 98 countries in the past five years; these deliveries often included advanced weapons such as combat aircraft, short-range cruise and ballistic missiles, and large numbers of guided bombs.’
 
Arms exports by Russia decreased by 17 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18, in particular due to the reduction in arms imports by India and Venezuela. Between 2009–13 and 2014–18 France increased its arms exports by 43 per cent and Germany by 13 per cent. The combined arms exports of European Union member states accounted for 27 per cent of global arms exports in 2014–18.
 
A small number of countries outside Europe and North America are large arms exporters. China was the fifth largest arms exporter in 2014–18. Whereas Chinese arms exports rose by 195 per cent between 2004–2008 and 2009–13, they increased by only 2.7 per cent between 2009–13 and 2014–18. Israeli, South Korean and Turkish arms exports increased substantially—60 per cent, 94 per cent and 170 per cent, respectively—between 2009–13 and 2014–18.

 

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Navy Wants 10-Ship Unmanned 'Ghost Fleet' to Supplement Manned Force

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THE PENTAGON – As the Navy faces more complex threats to its manned ships from Russia and China, the service is moving quickly to field an unmanned “Ghost Fleet” — a new breed of armed unmanned surface combatants will add more sensors and weapons to the current fleet.

In Fiscal Year 2020, the Navy has budgeted $400 million for two of the proposed large unmanned surface vehicles in its research and development budget line. The Navy plans to continue buying two a year until FY 2024, for a total of about $2.7 billion.

“These are 200- to 300-foot [vessels], 2,000 tons. I’m not sure what the final hull form will be, that’s what we are using today in terms of what the Ghost Fleet buy will be,” Rear Adm. Randy Crites, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, said on Tuesday during a press budget briefing.

Unlike the small unmanned craft the Navy has experimented with in the past, the 10 large USVs the Navy wants to buy are the size of a small warship. The corvette-sized USVs are being developed to field different types of sensors and, eventually, vertical launch system (VLS) cells for a variety of guided missiles. However, it’s unclear how the unmanned systems will fit into the larger Navy force structure, how they will be measured as part of the battle force, how they would function with other platforms and what requirements for the Navy the systems would fulfill.

 


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US Air Force: We Need $5 Billion To Fix Weather-Damaged Bases

 
 
The U.S. Air Force says it needs nearly $5 billion over the next three years to rebuild bases in Florida and Nebraska severely damaged by weather in the past six months.

If it does not receive $1.2 billion of those funds by June for repairs at Tyndall Air Force Base and Offutt Air Force Base, service officials warned they would be forced to cut projects at bases in 18 states and cancel 18,000 pilot training hours.
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Caught by surprise

The damage to both bases appears to have caught the military by surprise. The Pentagon’s widely criticized climate-impact report for 2019 listed Offutt as a base with climate-related vulnerabilities, but only for drought, and said there was no current or potential risk of recurrent flooding. While the report mentioned Tyndall in its text, the base did not appear in the list of at-risk facilities. ...

 

 

https://www.defenseo...d-bases/155863/


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Swarms of 250 Drones Will Support US Troops in Urban Combat
Brian Wang | April 2, 2019
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1 DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program wants swarms of 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing critical capabilities to ground units in urban areas where challenges such as tall buildings, tight spaces, and limited sight lines constrain essential communications, sensing, maneuverability, and autonomous operations. Each of the five core sprints emphasizes one of the key OFFSET thrust areas – swarm tactics, swarm autonomy, human-swarm teaming, virtual environment, and physical testbed – to ultimately enable cross-cutting breakthroughs in swarm systems capabilities. DARPA is now running the fourth of the five sprints. This will be the virtual environment.

 

https://www.nextbigf...ban-combat.html


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First US Hypersonic Interceptor Defense Test Scheduled for 2020
Brian Wang | April 17, 2019
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DARPA has scheduled the first test of a new advanced hypersonic glide weapon interceptor defense for 2020. Details of the hypersonic defense are classified and the contractors are still being selected. However, any hypersonic missile defense will need new satellites to spot the hypersonic weapons and likely space and ground-based interceptors.

New satellites with improved sensors that lookdown from high space orbit and look from low earth orbit are needed. Interceptors will need very different airframes with greater range and speed.

 

https://www.nextbigf...d-for-2020.html



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World military expenditure grows to $1.8 trillion in 2018

 

(Stockholm, 29 April 2019) Total world military expenditure rose to $1822 billion in 2018, representing an increase of 2.6 per cent from 2017, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The five biggest spenders in 2018 were the United States, China, Saudi Arabia, India and France, which together accounted for 60 per cent of global military spending. Military spending by the USA increased for the first time since 2010, while spending by China grew for the 24th consecutive year. The comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database is accessible from today at [https://www.sipri.or...ilex_2018_0.pdf].

 

Total global military spending rose for the second consecutive year in 2018, to the highest level since 1988—the first year for which consistent global data is available. World spending is now 76 per cent higher than the post-cold war low in 1998.* World military spending in 2018 represented 2.1 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) or $239 per person. ‘In 2018 the USA and China accounted for half of the world’s military spending,’ says Dr Nan Tian, a researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure (AMEX) programme. ‘The higher level of world military expenditure in 2018 is mainly the result of significant increases in spending by these two countries.’

Some interesting developments from the report:

 

1. Russia has dropped out of the top 5 spenders for the first time since 2006 (now at #6) after 2 years of budget cuts. It will be interesting to see if this is the start of a long-term trend, and what effect this will have on Russia's relationship with China (whose budget already dwarfs Russia's).

2. China's military growth continues:

 

 

China, the second-largest spender in the world, increased its military expenditure by 5.0 per cent to $250 billion in 2018. This was the 24th consecutive year of increase in Chinese military expenditure. Its spending in 2018 was almost 10 times higher than in 1994, and accounted for 14 per cent of world military spending.

3. Turkey had the highest annual budget increase, at 24%.

4. 6 of the top 10 countries spending the highest proportion of GDP on their military are in the Middle East.


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4. 6 of the top 10 countries spending the highest proportion of GDP on their military are in the Middle East.

Not surprising given the largest military in the world, and whole bunch of other massive militaries seem to spend most of their time invading the middle east, or at least just bombing it. 



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4. 6 of the top 10 countries spending the highest proportion of GDP on their military are in the Middle East.

Not surprising given the largest military in the world, and whole bunch of other massive militaries seem to spend most of their time invading the middle east, or at least just bombing it. 

 

True, foreign intervention has created a lot of destabilization, but the Sunni-Shia hostility between Iran and Saudi Arabia also play a role. There's also intra-Sunni competition between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, while smaller Gulf states like Qatar also fear the Saudis. I guess to some extent foreign intervention also plays a role here with the West propping up the Saudis, and Russia propping up Iran. But even without them, I doubt it would all be peace and roses.



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Dynetics Will Build and Test a US Army 100 Kilowatt Combat Laser
Brian Wang | May 16, 2019
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Dynetics, Rolls-Royce and Lockheed have been awarded a $130 million contract to build and test the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command’s (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) program, a 100-kilowatt class laser weapon system.

Rolls-Royce LibertyWorks will design the integrated power and thermal management system to successfully meet or exceed the requirements of the HEL TVD program. The system will provide the high level of electrical power and thermal management required in a compact, power dense package with the responsiveness required for directed energy applications.

The US Army wants 100-kilowatt laser on larger armored trucks. The Armu wants tests in 2022 of integrated lasers on High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator.

 

https://www.nextbigf...mbat-laser.html


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Dynetics Will Build and Test a US Army 100 Kilowatt Combat Laser

Brian Wang | May 16, 2019
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Dynetics, Rolls-Royce and Lockheed have been awarded a $130 million contract to build and test the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command’s (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) program, a 100-kilowatt class laser weapon system.

Rolls-Royce LibertyWorks will design the integrated power and thermal management system to successfully meet or exceed the requirements of the HEL TVD program. The system will provide the high level of electrical power and thermal management required in a compact, power dense package with the responsiveness required for directed energy applications.

The US Army wants 100-kilowatt laser on larger armored trucks. The Armu wants tests in 2022 of integrated lasers on High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator.

 

https://www.nextbigf...mbat-laser.html

 

A 100 kW laser beam would inflict the same instant, explosive damage on a human as the vehicle-mounted laser cannons in the Terminator movies. By 2029, the year the franchise's future combat scenes were set, the U.S. military should have ships and land vehicles packed with lasers of the same destructiveness. 

 

https://youtu.be/7dhgjr1oOcY?t=147


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AFP news agencyVerified account @AFP 5m5 minutes ago

 
 

#BREAKING Japan to buy 105 F-35 US stealth warplanes: Trump


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China Unveils New Armoured Vehicle Capable Of Launching 12 Suicide Drones

China has unveiled a new armoured vehicle that is capable of firing 12 suicide drones to launch attacks on targets and to conduct reconnaissance operations on Tuesday at the Beijing Civil-Military Integration Expo 2019.
The 5.7 meter-long, 2.4 meter-wide 4x4 off-road vehicle was developed by Beijing Zhongzi Yanjing Auto Co Ltd. It has a max speed of 125kmph and can adapt to the various demands of highly mobile troops. The vehicle can operate in difficult terrains including jungles and mountains, Global Times reported Tuesday.


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