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Did China Just 'Activate' Its Latest Carrier-Killer (or Guam Express) Missile?

The US-led coordinated strikes on Syria last week, in response to the Assad regime’s suspected use of chemical weapons, has given the Chinese military more impetus to develop its own precision airborne strike systems.

The Pentagon once again showcased its highly sophisticated weapons capabilities when targeted missile strikes allegedly crippled Assad’s chemical weapon facilities in the Syrian capital of Damascus and elsewhere.

Is the F-35 Now the Ultimate Drone Killer?

Previous test data and observers have confirmed the F-35 identified and targeted the drone with its mission systems sensors, passed the target ‘track’ information to the missile, enabled the pilot to verify targeting information using the high off-boresight capability of the helmet mounted display and launched the AIM-9X from the aircraft to engage the target drone, a statement from the F-35 JPO said.

The Army's Armored Weapons Will Soon Have 'Shields' from Small Arms Fire

The advantages of this kind of interoperability are multi-faceted. Given that RPGs and ATGMs are often fired from the same location as enemy small arms fire, an ability to track one, the other, or both in real time greatly improves situational awareness and targeting possibilities.

The Army is engineering new Hostile Fire Detection sensors for its fleet of armored combat vehicles to identify, track and target enemy small arms fire.

Superpower: China Claims This Is Biggest Naval Parade in 600 Years

More than 10,000 People’s Liberation Army airmen, marines and sailors boarded 48 naval vessels and 76 aircraft for a major show of force with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the South China Sea on Thursday.

During his rallying cry for loyalty and devotion, the Communist Party leader was greeted by a resounding chorus of platitudes from soldiers in front of the TV cameras.

Did China Just Admit Its Aircraft Carrier Is a Paper Tiger?

It requires “a little bit luck plus a strong body and mind” to land a plane safely on the deck of China’s sole aircraft carrier Liaoning, China Central Television has revealed.

A report on the state broadcaster cited a 17-year veteran pilot surnamed Xu who said that the ski-jump take-off from the carrier, which has a curled-up bow, is “much easier than landing” due to the refurbished Soviet vessel’s short take-off and the tricky system used to stop planes after they land on the deck.

Russia Just Built a 'Terminator' (And It Could Go to War in Syria)

The Russian Ground Forces have started accepting Uralvagonzavod’s new Terminator armored fighting vehicle.

The Terminator—which is a tank support fighting vehicle—is a new Russian concept for a machine that can support main battle tanks in combat against infantry in build up areas and difficult terrain using a combination of rapid fire cannons and guided-missiles. The Russians are buying the vehicle in small numbers to refine the concept and secure export orders.

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