This is How Bad Russia Wants Hypersonic Weapons

Russia has placed such a high priority on its new Avangard hypersonic boost-glide vehicle that it has placed two other intercontinental ballistic missile programs on hold. The Kremlin does not have the funds to develop and field Avangard while simultaneously developing the RS-26 Rubezh road-mobile ICBM and the Barguzin rail-mobile ICBM.

Here's Why Russia's 'New' Tu-160M2 Could Be NATO's Worst Nightmare

Russia’s fleet of new build Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack strategic bombers will be equipped with upgraded engines that would extend the range of the aircraft by roughly 600 miles. The massive Mach 2.0 capable bombers are also expected to receive a new generation of stealthy long-range cruise missiles as their main armament.

According to Russian deputy defense minister Yuri Borisov, engine manufacturer Kuznetsov is working on the development of a modernized version of the NK-32 afterburning turbofan for the new Tu-160M2 variant.

U.S. Military Eyes ‘Flash Gordon’ Ray Guns to Zap Foes in Space (Think North Korea)

US Defense Department researchers are dusting off an idea from old Sci-Fi novels: space-based ray guns that can blast enemy satellites and other targets in space.

Michael Griffin, the Pentagon’s defense undersecretary for research and engineering, has told military website Defense One that the US may resurrect work on so-called neutral particle beams – a space-based weapon that was mulled in the 1990s.