On Monday, Defense News reported that USAF has set in motion plans to allocate millions of dollars toward new construction and existing base improvement projects in Campia Turzii, Romania. © Sputnik / Aleksei KudenkoRussia's Rostec Exhibits World's 1st Underwater Drone Fitted With Assault Rifle While the US military does not maintain a permanent contingency at the base, according to Defense News, the base has provided accommodation to a variety of US personnel in recent years. Most recently, a squadron of F-15C/D Eagles and approximately 300 airmen arrived at the Romanian base this summer, the report noted. A-10 ground attack aircraft, F-16 fighter aircraft and accompanying crews have previously been stationed at the base as well. On Tuesday, Defense News claimed to have learned that MQ-9 Reaper drones may in the future be kept inside a $950 million hangar facility that has already been … [Read more...] about US Expands Romanian Air Base Facilities for Reported Drone Deployments
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"There is value to having an unmanned aerial system teamed with a manned system," Gen. James McConville, Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army, said at the National Defense Industrial Association's 2018 Army Science & Technology Symposium and Showcase in Washington, DC, Tuesday. But, he warned, "it's not a panacea." © Photo: Youtube/25th HourPentagon Drops Almost $1B on Underwater Drone Materials Activist Leah Bolger agrees with that: drones allow wars to be conducted without the combatants actually facing each other, and that's no good thing. In drone warfare, "we don't really know who we're killing. We don't know what the damage is. We don't know who those people are, or all the 'collateral damage,' as they use that euphemism — the people who are actually killed," she told Sputnik Thursday. "Drones are a really good example of something that's not just ineffective, it's countereffective; because every time you … [Read more...] about US Army Brass Warns Against Overuse of Drones, But ‘Pandora’s Box’ Already Open
US and British navies could counter Russia’s nuclear-powered autonomous torpedo, Poseidon, by using undersea sensors and anti-submarine aircraft, writes Covert Shores website. But is this really a viable tactic? The development of the Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), originally known as ‘Status-6’, was first mentioned in November 2015. Western media later dubbed the submarine drone a doomsday weapon. On March 1, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin officially confirmed the weapon’s existence in his annual address to the Federal Assembly. “We have developed unmanned submersible vehicles that can move at great depths – I would say extreme depths – intercontinentally, at a speed multiple times higher than the speed of submarines, cutting-edge torpedoes and all kinds of surface vessels,” said Putin. It is reported that the main goal of the torpedo is to deliver a thermonuclear warhead to enemy shores in order to destroy … [Read more...] about ‘Doomsday weapon’: How could the West respond to Russia’s nuclear underwater drone?
The Russian military will soon receive new nuclear weapons, which are far ahead of any foreign designs, President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Speaking at a meeting in Sochi, Putin said delivery of the new Avangard hypersonic vehicle will begin next year, while the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile will enter duty in 2020. The Avangard and the Sarmat were among an array of new nuclear weapons Putin presented in March. The Russian leader said then that the Avangard has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at a speed 20 times the speed of sound. The Russian leader added that the weapon can change both its course and its altitude en route to a target, making it "absolutely invulnerable to any air or missile defense means." Putin noted that Avangard is designed using new composite materials to withstand temperatures of up to 2,000 Celsius (3,632 Fahrenheit) resulting from a flight through the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds. "It heads to target like a … [Read more...] about Russian military will soon receive new nuclear weapons, Putin says
According to the Russian Navy Main Command, the complex is being tested at the naval training ground in Feodosia. youtube.com A new Klavesin-2 unmanned underwater robotic complex is being tested in occupied Crimea. It has already received the official military index 2R52, which means a high degree of readiness for acceptance into service, as reported by Russia's Izvestia newspaper. According to the Russian Navy Main Command, the complex is being tested at the naval training ground in Feodosia. Read also EU Council sanctions five persons over Putin's elections in Crimea – Poroshenko Klavesin-2 is the second generation of the Russian autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles. It is larger and more massive than its predecessor – Klavesin-1, which resembles a torpedo in appearance and size. Externally, Klavesin-2 looks like a miniature submarine about seven meters in length and about one meter in diameter. The weight of the device is about four tonnes. The depth of … [Read more...] about New underwater drones being tested in occupied Crimea – Russian media