Just because the US is the worldwide leader in military might doesn't mean the other world powers are just sitting on their thumbs. No. They're designing and building their own weapons systems, then selling them at trade shows like Eurosatory 2012, the world's largest military weapons expo.
Held in Paris from June 11th - 15th, Eurosatory 2012 hosted 120 delegations and 34 national vendors, including a rapidly growing contingent from Asia and the Middle East. Indonesia, South Korea, Pakistan, Turkey and UAE all presented for the first time this year.
"Western armed forces generally, and land forces in particular, are facing significant cuts in capability," Mark Phillips, head of land warfare for the defense think tank Royal United Services Institute, told FoxNews. "The expanded participation by Russia and China was therefore a challenging juxtaposition: These countries ... are increasingly producing high specification equipment." And here are five of their most intimidating systems. [FoxNews - Defense Update]
China's Sky Dragon
The Sky Dragon is a SAM system with a 31-mile range and an 80-percent shoot-down efficiency. The system is reputedly capable of aiming 12 interceptors simultaneously and can track up to 140 concurrent inbound threats. Image: TRIS
Switzerland's Piranha 5
General Dynamics does more than just build bridges, it builds the ass-kicking, name-taking APC's that roll across them. The Piranha 5 is an 8-wheeled, 20-ton troop carrier. It totes up to eight soldiers over land and sea, defending them with a 30mm auto-cannon mounted on top of the vehicle. Image: Defense Update