Russian Air Power in Syria Remains Robust

Вывод российских войск из Сирии

Despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s widely publicized, mid-March order to evacuate the bulk of his forces from Syria, Russian air power in the country remains substantial, according to the Israeli Air Force (IAF), with newly deployed attack helicopters replacing many of the fighter bombers that have made their way home. “He changed the shape of the forces, but he didn’t evacuate,” a senior IAF officer said of the Russian president. “He’s…

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THAAD Deployments in Europe, Middle East

Система ПРО THAAD

A possible deployment of the Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System to South Korea is still being discussed, but the service is also looking at possibly sending THAAD batteries to the European and Central Command areas of operations (www.defensenews.com). “There’s a requirement coming out of EUCOM and also out of CENTCOM and so what we are looking at right now is how do we ensure that we meet the…

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Lockheed’s Hypersonic Weapons

HTV-2

As the Pentagon telegraphs a new sense of urgency to fielding hypersonic weapons, top Lockheed Martin officials are touting recent breakthroughs in leveraging extreme speed to counter emerging threats (www.defensenews.com). “Lockheed Martin has a legacy of making fast aircraft,” Lockheed CEO Marillyn Hewson said March 15 during the company’s annual media day. “We are now producing a controllable, low-drag, aerodynamic configuration capable of stable operations from takeoff to subsonic, transonic, supersonic and…

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UAE To Buy 8 Italian-Made Drones

Piaggio P.1HH Hammerhead

The UAE agreed to a €316 million contract to purchase eight Piaggio P.1HH Hammerhead unmanned aerial vehicles, the General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates Armed Force  said Tuesday (http://www.defensenews.com). The aircraft will be equipped with EO/IR (Electro-Optical Infra-Red) cameras, radar and communications systems, adding that the contract also covers logistic support and training. The contract has been signed with Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI). Last year Piaggio said…

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