Wednesday, 29 February 2012

American defence industry ready now to Joint Light Tactical Vehicle JLTV program for U.S. Army

American defence industry bidders will respond March 13 to the most recent government request for solutions to modernize the light tactical vehicle fleet -- and they don't need any more time than that to do so, because they are prepared now.
United States Army officials say industry is ready now to begin developing the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle for the Army. While multiple prototype JLTV vehicles exist, the Army has yet to choose one as the service's newest vehicle.
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Lockheed Martin , Center - General Dynamics, Right - BAE Systems

Russian Navy Mistrals to be fitted with Offensive Weapons

According to ITAR-TASS citing a source in Russian defense industry newest Russian strike and defensive weapon systems including supersonic cruise missiles will be fitted on all four Mistral-class amphibious assault ships built for Russian Navy in France and Russia.

RUAG received contracts for Maintenance Repair Overhaul Canadian Leopard 2A4 training tanks

The Swiss Defence Company RUAG received contracts for Maintenance Repair & Overhaul from Rheinmetall Canada. With the award of the order for the Repair & Overhaul of several subcomponents for the 42 Canadian Leopard 2 A4 training tanks, RUAG contributes to the support of the Canadian Forces. RUAG is subcontractor of Rheinmetall Canada.
Leopard 2A4M of Canadian army

German Company Rheinmetall Defence at FIDAE 2012 Aerospace Defence Show in Chile

From 27 March to 1 April 2012, FIDAE 2012 will take place in Santiago de Chile. FIDAE is one of the largest defence technology trade shows in South America. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of defence technology systems, Rheinmetall Defence will be on hand with a representative selection of its diverse array of products for military and security forces.
At FIDAE 2012, the Chilean Air Force will be displaying two Rheinmetall-made air defence system components: an Oerlikon GDF007 35mm Twin Gun

New Krivak IV class Frigate (Project 11356) to be laid down for Russian Navy

The Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad will start on Wednesday the construction of a new Krivak IV class frigate for Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

The Admiral Makarov is the last in a series of three Krivak IV class frigates built for the Russian Navy under a tender won by Yantar in 2010.
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Russia will renounce the purchase of foreign armored vehicles as soon as possible

Russia will renounce to buy foreign armored vehicles as soon as possible, said Tuesday, February 28, 2012, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
LMV IVECO Defence Vehicles Light Mutirole Armoured Vehicle during trial test in Russia

Test flight in Russia of the new combat helicopter Mi-35M produced for Azerbaijan

Russia conducted test flights of Mi-35M helicopters, which were produced for Azerbaijan by Rosvertol Company in Rostov-Don, Russia. In September–October 2010, Azerbaijan purchased 24 Mi-35M from Rhe Russian Company Rostvertol.
Russian combat helicopter Mi-35M during test flight in Rostov-Don, Russia.
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Indian Defence Ministry has approved the production of 8 Tejas local-made light combat aircraft

In a boost to India's indigenous maritime combat plane development programme, a top defence panel has approved the limited series production of the Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Navy's under-construction indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC). The defence ministry’s apex Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) sanctioned the building of eight Naval LCA aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Indian-made Tejas light fighter aircraft during test flight.

Indian MoD approves 9 maritime patrol aircraft buy as part of MRMR

The Defense Acquisitions Council of the Indian Ministry of Defense has launched a procurment process for nine Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft for the Indian Navy. The Acceptance of Necessity this week came after the evaluation of data provided by manufacturers in response to the Request for Information issued a year ago.

DCNS India delivers to MDL the first locally produced Scorpene submarines equipments

The delivery, managed by DCNS India, was achieved on time, meeting all the stringent quality standards required for on-board use on a submarine (100% quality compliance).

The shipyard Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) has received the first Indian made equipment for the Scorpene submarines programme (P75). MDL has congratulated this successful industrial performance during the recently held Government to Government (G2G) meeting between India and France.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Boeing B-1 bomber aircraft has completed 10,000th combat mission

The Boeing [NYSE: BA] B-1 bomber aircraft has completed its 10,000th combat mission. The heavy bomber entered service with the U.S. Air Force on June 29, 1985, and has been in nearly continuous combat for the past 10 years. The milestone mission took off from a base in Southwest Asia and was flown in support of operations over Afghanistan before returning to base.
Boeing B-1 bomber aircraft United States Air Force

Possible foreign military sale to Kuwait of 80 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II air-to-air

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress Feb. 24 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of 80 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All-Up-Round Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $105 million.
The AIM-9X Sidewinder heat-seeking, short-range, air-to-air missile background of the picture

Elite Afghan policemen and British soldiers joint operations to find caches of drugs and weapons

Elite Afghan policemen from Helmand's Provincial Response Company (PRC), trained by British troops, have uncovered a huge stash of weapons and drugs in two separate operations in a 48-hour period.
British Flight Lieutenant Tom Foskett liaises with an Afghan National Police explosive ordnance disposal specialist [Picture: Crown Copyright/British MOD 2012]

Raytheon Company tested a new propulsion system for the TOW wire-guided anti-tank missile

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) tested a new propulsion system for the Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wireless (TOW) missile. Developed by ATK (NYSE: ATK), the enhanced system doubles TOW's range and reduces the missile's flight time by one-third.
United States army soldiers assemble the ITAS (improved target acquisition system)
Tow anti-tank missile system in Iraq (Archive image)

US Navy Successfully Launches Next Generation Communications Satellite

The Navy's first Mobile User Objective System satellite was launched Feb. 24 from Space Launch Complex 41. MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users simultaneous voice, video and data capability by leveraging 3G mobile communications technology.
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DIMDEX 2012 organizers selects Navy Recognition as Official Online Daily News

The third Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2012) has announced the selection of Navy Recognition, the brother website of Army Recognition as Official Online Daily News Provider and Media Partner. DIMDEX 2012 will be staged in the new Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) in March 26 - 28.
Navy Recognition online naval defence industry maritime technology magazine

French Company Sagem wins maintenance contract for Sperwer drones deployed by French army

Sagem (Safran group) has just signed a contract with SIMMAD (1), on behalf of the French Ministry of Defense, to provide in-service maintenance for the Sperwer SDTI tactical drone systems deployed by the French army.
The Sperwer is a 3-meter-long unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by the French Company SAGEM

Monday, 27 February 2012

U.S. Army Special Operations forces and Afghan army commandos locate and destroy rocket cache

Soldiers from the Afghan National Army’s 8th Commando Kandak found and destroyed a rocket cache in Tarin Kowt district, February 23, 2012.
An Afghan army engineer from the 8th Commando Kandak crawls toward a suspected rocket cache in Tarin Kowt district, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 23.

Turkish army artillery bombed a village in Iraq near the border against the PKK rebels

The Turkish artillery Monday pounded border areas inside Iraq forcing civilians to leave their villages in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, an official Kurdish website reported.
Turkish army Firtina self-propelled howitzers are seen in a camp near the border with Iraq
(Archive Image)

Russia has modernized two radars in Syria and Lebanon to warn U.S. or Israel attack against Iran

Russia has modernized two radars in Syria and Lebanon that could threaten U.S. or Israel’s ability to launch a surprise attack against Syria and Iran, Israeli DEBKAfile portal said on Monday, February 27, 2012. The range of the Jabal Al Harrah electronic and surveillance station south of Damascus has been increased to cover all parts of Israel and Jordan, the Gulf of Aqaba and northern Saudi Arabia.

Azerbaijan has agreed to buy $1.6 billion weapons from Israel including drone and missile systems

Azerbaijan has agreed to buy $1.6 billion in weapons from Israel, a massive deal that is likely Azerbaijan's largest single arms purchase ever. The deal will include drones, anti-aircraft and missile defense systems, Israeli officials have told news agencies.
Army of Azerbaijan is already equipped with Israeli weapons as the Lynx MRLS Mulltiple Rocket Launcher System.

Military Sealift Command and MV-22 Osprey Make History During Bold Alligator 2012

For the first time in an at-sea exercise, an MV-22 Osprey landed aboard a Military Sealift Command (MSC) ship while conducting a proof of concept test during Bold Alligator 2012 (BA12) Feb. 9.
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Navies of Black Sea littoral states plan BLACKSEAFOR exercises

The Navies of Black Sea littoral states began to plan BLACKSEAFOR exercises due this year, spokesman for the Russian Black Sea Fleet Captain First Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev told Itar-Tass
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Sunday, 26 February 2012

South Korea and United States launch joint military exercises despite North Korea warning

South Korea and United States forces launched their annual military exercise Monday, February 27, 2012, despite the latest warning by the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea that it is " fully ready to fight a war."
K1 main battle tank of the South Korean army during military exercises (Archive image)

The American Company Lockheed Martin the biggest arms seller in 2010

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an independent international institute researching into conflicts, arms control and disarmament, named U.S. Lockheed Martin the biggest arms vendor in 2010, with sales totalling $35.7 billion.
The project of F-35 fighter aircraft is managed by the Company Lockheed Martin. The purchase is expected by many countries around the world

Tu-95 Tu-95MS Tupolev strategic bomber aircraft technical data sheet pictures Russian Air Force

The Tupolev Tu-95 (NATO reporting name: Bear) is a four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform aircraft. First flown in 1952, the Tu-95 entered service with the former Soviet Union in 1956 and is expected to serve the Russian Air Force until at least 2040. Tu-95 technical data sheet and pictures.
Tu-95 strategic bomber aircraft Russian air Force

Georgia unveils its new local made Lazika tracked armoured infantry fighting combat vehicle

Georgia unveils February 25, 2012, a local made Tracked Inrfantry Combat vehicle "Lazika" at the Vasiani military firing-range. The Georgian President and Defence Minister drove a few kilometers in a new armored vehicle along with military servicemen.
The New Georgian Lazika IFV tracked Infantry Combat Vehicle at the Vasiani military firing-range.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

The 101st Airborne brigade of United States Army is equipped with the new M26 shotgun

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division of United States Army , is the first unit in the Army selected to be issued the new weapons system M26 Shotgun.It weighs 3.5 pounds, has a barrel length of 7.75 inches, fires 12-gauge shells and can be mounted on the M4 carbine or act as a standalone firearm. The M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System is the latest combat enhancer in Strike's arsenal.
Sgt. Rhys McMahon, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires the stand alone version of the M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System

A second battery of Russian-made ground-to-air missile system TOR-M2 will be delivered to Belarus

The second battery of Russian-made Tor-M2 missile systems is to be supplied to Belarus before the end of this year, Defense Minister Yury Zhadobin told reporters in Minsk on February, 2012.
TOR-M2 SA-15D Gauntlet ground-to-air missile system at MAKS Air Show in Moscow   

U.S. Army tests Israeli Namer and Swedish CV90 as a part of Ground Combat Vehicle program

As part of its Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program, the United States Army plans to test Israeli and Swedish tanks this spring at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Specifically, the Army will take the Israeli Namer armored personnel carrier and the Swedish Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90), Col. Andrew DiMarco, GCV project manager, told reporters at the Association of the U.S. Army winter symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Israeli Namer armoured vehicle personnel carrier

Pictures of Israeli Navy new AIP equipped Dolphin class submarine surface

Images of the next AIP Dolphin class submarine have surfaced as the vessel was getting prepared for its launch in the water at the German shipbuilder Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) shipyard in Kiel. This is the first of at least two (and up to three) new generation of Dolphin class submarine for the Israeli Navy.

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First export contract for the 4x4 French Nexter Aravis armoured vehicle for Saudi Arabia

Laurent Collet-Billon Delegate General for the French Armaments Procurement Agency (DGA) confirmed this Monday, February 20, 2012 during the presenting of the DGA 2011 results, that the French Defence Company manufacturer Nexter has signed a contract in late 2011 with Saudi Arabia, for "between 100 and 200" ARAVIS 4 x 4 armoured vehicle.
The Nexter Aravis is a high mobility 4x4 protected multi-mission vehicle intended for land forces in scenarios such as Iraq and Afghanistan

Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk cancels Gawron (Rook) class Corvette Project (Projekt 621)

The Polish government has terminated a warship building project seen as a drain on the nation’s resources, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Friday. “Vast amounts of money are still being spent on the Polish military that simply have nothing to do with defense,” Polish Radio External Service quoted him as saying.
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Friday, 24 February 2012

ArmourWorks an expert in survivability for blast protection and signature management at IAV 2012

ArmourWorks International Ltd is part of the ArmourWorks group and is a worldwide leader, manufacturing advanced survivability products. Armourworks is specialized in three areas: Signature Management, Blast Protection and Armour Systems. At IAV 2012, Armour Works presents blast seats for combat vehicles and random 3D pattern camouflage.
ArmourWorks blast protection systems provide unparalleled IED blast and fragmentation protection.

Electrothermal Chiller Crock Pot provides hot and cold meals and drinks for soldiers on battlefield

The soldiers on the battlefield need to eat and drink in all conditions of the modern combat. The comfort of the soldier is necessary to carry out its tasks with maximum efficiency. At IAV 2012, the British Company Electrothermal presents the RAK 15/30 "CrockPot", the solution to provide hot meals and drinks to soldiers on the battlefield with armoured and combat vehicles.
Electrothermal at IAV 2012 presents its new Chiller Crock Pot to eat and drink hot an cold on the battlefield

Belgian subsidiary of Thales presents its expertise at IAV 2012 with the Dingo 2 PRV

The Belgian subsidiary of Thales Group presents its expertise at IAV 2012 with the integration of communication and surveillance systems for the battlefield on an armored Dingo 2 Protected Reconnaissance Vehicle (PRV) of the Army of Luxembourg.
Dingo 2 PRV Protected Reconnaissance Vehicle of Luxembourg Army with Thales optronic and communication systems at International Armoured Vehicles 2012

Russia precedes the United States in the modernization of its nuclear forces

Russia precedes the United States in the modernization of its nuclear forces and has good perspectives to catch up in the high-precision weapons, said on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a meeting with leaders of brigades and divisions of the Russian Armed Forces.
Russian Topol-M SS-27 Sickle B intercontinental ballistic missile

The Merkava main battle tank of Israeli army defence forces IDF 33 years of excellence

The Merkava is the standard main battle tank of the Israel Defense Forces. It is widely considered to be one of the best tanks in the world, and is perfectly suited for the needs of the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces). The initial planning for the Merkava began in the 1960s at a time when Israel wanted to become less reliant on foreign factories. The IDF began research and development together with the British army, but due to political reasons the project was soon abandoned.
Latest generation of Merkava 4 of IDF Israeli Defence Forces with Trophy active protection system

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System APKWS successfull first time demo from AT-6C aircraft

The semi-active laser guided version of the U.S. military’s Hydra rocket successfully hit within inches of the center of its laser spot target after it was fired off a Hawker Beechcraft AT-6C from a range of three miles. This successful test, which BAE Systems accomplished in record time, highlights the potential of APKWS as a low-cost weapon system for reconnaissance and attack aircraft throughout the world.
AT-6 Hawker Beechcraft Light attack aircraft employs laser guided rockets

Boeing awarded performance based logistics contract for sustainment of Korea F-15Ks fighter

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received a Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract from the Republic of Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to ensure the long-term, affordable sustainment of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) fleet of F-15K fighter jets. The five-year contract, valued at approximately US$300 million, also brings new opportunities to local industry. Hyundai Glovis will provide in-country logistics handling and supply chain distribution activities.
F-15K Slam Eagle fighter aircraft from the Republic of South Korea Air Force

Foreign military sale to Japan to provide support and modifications for 6 KC-130R tanker aircraft

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress Feb. 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan to provide regeneration, overhaul, modifications and support for 6 KC-130R aircraft and associated engines for an estimated cost of $170 million.
Lockheed Martin KC-130R Hercules military tanker aircraft of United States Air Force

Leased Nerpa (K-152 of Project 971 "Shchuka-B") nuclear sub to arrive in India in late March

The nuclear-powered submarine leased from Russia for ten year, will arrive in India in late March, a source close to the Indian Ministry of Defense, told Itar-Tass
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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Sherpa Light a family of 4x4 tactical and armoured vehicles with high mobility and payload

The new range of wheeled armored vehicle Sherpa designed and manufactured by French Company Renault Trucks Defense has already demonstrated its capabilities and qualities by his selection with NATO and several armed forces in the world. At IAV 2012, Renault Trucks Defense presents the Sherpa light in personnel carrier version.
Renault Trucks Defense Sherpa Light armoured vehicle personnel carrier at IAV 2012

Spafax International shows unbreakable rear view mirror at International Armoured Vehicles 2012

Each modern combat or military tactical vehicles are equipped with rear view mirrors for security reason and to be in compliance with the rules of road traffic, but in combat conditions, this accessory is fragile in its use. The British Company Spafax International has designed and engineered unbreakable rear mirrors for military users and the security and emergency services.
SPAFAX International stand at International Armoured Vehicles 2012
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Acmat Bastion Patsas a new generation of combat vehicle for Special Forces Operations

Today Special Forces Units must be equipped with new generation of combat vehicle which provide high level of protection coupled to high mobility with full autonomy for several days, and capabilities of firepower. The Bastion Patsas designed and manufactured by the French Company Acmat is one the vehicle which can respond to such requests for soldiers of Special Forces Units.                           
ACMAT Bastion PATSAS Special Forces Operations armoured vehicle.

Panasonic presents its new tablet PC Toughbook CF-D1 for military use at IAV 2012

Tablet PCs are also become a tool for the armed forces. To meet this need, the famous Company Panasonic that manufactures a full range of rugged computers for military use introduces its new rugged Tablet PC Toughbook CF-D1 at International Armoured Vehicles 2012.
Panasonic at International Armoured Vehicles 2012 with a full range of rugged computers for military use.

Syrian government forces continue bombardment and the use of tanks to annihilating the rebellion

Severe clashes have occurred between Syrian government forces and armed men in some areas in the central province of Homs, leaving six army personnel killed and many gunmen injured, al-Watan daily reported Wednesday, February 22, 2012.
Main ballte tank T-72 of Syrian government forces is seen in the neighbourhood of Erbeen, near Damascus, February 20, 2012.

DSME wins Royal Navy contract for 4 MARS tankers vessels for Royal Fleet Auxiliary

A new generation of 37,000-tonne tankers is to be ordered for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) to support future Royal Navy operations around the globe, the British MOD has announced on 22 feb. Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is the Government's preferred bidder for the deal.
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Royal Air Force test pilot marks milestone in the F-35C Joint Combat Aircraft

On Feb. 21, Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the United Kingdom’s first military test pilot to fly the F-35C, the carrier variant of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Nimr 6x6 Armoured Patrol Vehicle equipped with DRS Systems Technologies on display at IAV 2012

Abu Dhabi-based Nimr Automotive, a subsidiary of Tawazun Holding, is currently exhibiting at the 11th Annual International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) conference and exhibition being held at FIVE, Farnborough, UK (20th to 23rd Feb 2012).
NIMR 2 6x6 wheeled armoured cargo vehicle United Arab Emirates defence industry

Tawazun to reveal UAE’s emerging manufacturing and technology capabilities at IAV 2012

Tawazun Holding, the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment firm, is the Lead Sponsor of this year’s 11th Annual International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) conference and exhibition being held at FIVE, Farnborough, UK from 20th to 23rd Feb 2012.
Tawazun stand with NIMR armoured vehicle at IAV International Armoured Vehicles 2012