A Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet (RIA Novosti/Lesya Polyakova)

A new broadcast from the Russian television network RT shows some of the military’s more than 50 jets and helicopters now operating in Syria.

The segment, which was posted to YouTube on Oct. 1, gives a glimpse into Russian military’s growing mission in Syria, including the airstrikes it’s launching from an air base in Latakia. [Continue reading…]

Airbus Defence and Space imagery shows the unidentified Dalian hull progressing through construction. (Image courtesy CNES | Airbus DS | IHS)

Newly released commercial satellite imagery appears to show construction of China’s first domestic aircraft carrier.

Imagery captured on Sept. 22 by Airbus Defense satellites and released on Thursday by IHS Jane’s indicates China may be building its first aircraft carrier at Dalian shipyard in northern China, according to a report from Jane’s. [Continue reading…]

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A top U.S. Defense Department official said Russia violated a landmark nuclear treaty with the recent test of a new surface-to-air missile.

Russia on Sept. 2 tested a new cruise missile that the Pentagon is calling the SSC-X-8, which may be based on the SS-N-30A Kalibr, according to an article on the conservative website The Washington Free Beacon. The latter is a variant of the SS-N-27B (shown above). [Continue reading…]

A J-20 flies in this undated photo. (People's Daily photo)

A U.S. senator asked Pentagon officials why the government hasn’t retaliated against China for copying the designs of its most advanced fighter jets.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, said the Chengdu J-20 twin-engine stealth fighter bears similarity to the F-22 Raptor made by Lockheed Martin Corp., while the Shenyang J-31 twin-engine multi-role fighter resembles the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter design also made by Lockheed. [Continue reading…]

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The Pentagon’s research arm has achieved another breakthrough in a project designed to revolutionize the technology behind prosthetic limbs and potentially help wounded troops.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this month announced that a 28-year-old man paralyzed for more than a decade from a spinal cord injury was able to feel physical sensations through a robotic hand wired to his brain. [Continue reading…]