Military Spending

Turkey Interested in Other Russian Weaponry Apart From S-400s – Official

The contract for Turkey to procure Russian air defence systems has been vehemently opposed by Washington, who is trying to convince Ankara to ditch it threatening the country with sanctions and freezing deliveries of F-35 fighters.

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‘A Very Big Gap’: China’s PLARF Outclasses US Missiles, Puts Carriers At Risk

The Chinese military is winning the conventional missile arms race, particularly for anti-ship missiles, and US commanders are frantically trying to come up with alternative strategies before US aircraft carriers become obsolete.

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Russia Hails Turkey’s Push for S-500s Amid Ankara’s Adherence to S-400 Deal

In March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Ankara’s commitment to its deal with Russia on the purchase of S-400 missile systems, adding that Turkey may subsequently look into buying S-500 systems.

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Turkey to Benefit if it Buys Russian Jets Instead of F-35 – Political Strategist

The United States on Monday announced its decision to halt shipments of F-35-related equipment due to Ankara’s plans to purchase Russia’s S-400 missile defence system. Turkey, a US-NATO ally, has been planning to purchase 100 F-35 fighter jets from the US. Sputnik discussed this with Oliver Steward, a political strategist from the UK.

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Trump is ‘for socialism’ … but only when it comes to funding US military industry – Tulsi Gabbard

US President Donald Trump, who has been relentlessly bashing everything linked to what he sees as ‘socialism,’ is himself no stranger to using socialist principles to support the US arms industry, Tulsi Gabbard has claimed.

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‘F-35 is Not Ready to Fly’, US Defence Companies ‘Buy Politicians’ – Journalist

The US Department of Defence recently opened an investigation about reports that acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has been favouring Boeing, where he worked for more than three decades, at the expense of competitors.

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Bad aim & short life: New Pentagon report reveals MORE problems with trillion-dollar F-35 jet

Adding to the pile of flaws and setbacks plaguing the F-35 joint strike fighter, a new report by the Pentagon reveals that jet’s life span is nearly four times shorter than expected and the accuracy of its guns is “unacceptable.”

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‘Cracks Appear’: Economist on Why US’ Giving Up Its Global ‘Policeman’ Role

Donald Trump’s official rejection of the role of a global “policeman” could be called the most important event of the outgoing year, Sputnik contributor Ivan Danilov writes, stressing that the cracks in the foundations of American hegemony have already become too visible.

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US Will Defeat EU Army

The testy slap-down by US President Donald Trump to the idea of a European army was telling. Any notion of the Europeans stepping away from American “protection” would be anathema to Washington. That’s because American power is not about “protecting” Europe. That’s just the vainglorious, propaganda mythology.

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Indonesia to Stick to Su-35 Deal With Russia Despite Looming US Sanctions

Earlier reports suggested that the deal between Moscow and Jakarta could fall under the US Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), despite attempts to secure a waiver for Indonesia.

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Chop-chop: Saudis may cut billions in military contracts & petrodollar in response to US sanctions

US penalties against Saudi Arabia over the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi may never be implemented. But just in case, the oil-rich kingdom has threatened to hit back using several effective weapons. Washington pledged ‘severe punishment’ if the Saudis ordered the killing of Khashoggi, a Saudi-born journalist, who disappeared nearly two weeks […]

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Simulated Hackers Learned Passwords to US Weapons Systems in 9 Seconds

In a recent cybersecurity test aimed at determining the resiliency of major weapons systems developed by the Pentagon, “testers playing the role of adversary were able to take control of systems relatively easily and operate largely undetected,” according to a government watchdog.

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Russia surpassed rivals with precise hypersonic weapons & will deploy more within months – Putin

New Avangard hypersonic glider warheads are just months away from entering military service, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that Russia is the first in the world to develop the breakthrough technology. A hypersonic glider is a type of projectile that can fly and maneuver in the upper atmosphere at speeds of over Mach 5.

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Exorbitant cost, multiple failures, years overdue: A recap of the ongoing F-35 calamity (VIDEO)

As the entire F-35 fleet was yet again grounded for technical inspections, in the wake of its first crash in September. RT looks at the abject history and prospects of the most expensive Pentagon program in history. Over $300 billion has been spent on the project to create a state-of-the-art fifth-generation multi-role fighter since 1992, […]

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‘Americans Will Die’: F-35s Fatally Flawed from Production to Battlefield

The first time an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter crashed was on September 28, 2018, and the US grounded its entire F-35 fleet to assess and remedy the problem. The failure highlights far greater problems in the procurement and production process responsible for both the high cost and low performance of the plane.

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