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Saturday, 31 March 2012

India successfully test fires second supersonic BrahMos cruise missile

India Friday, March 30, 2012, testfired its second supersonic BrahMos cruise missile in two days off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, sources said. The missile lifted off at 10 a.m. from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa, from a truck. It reached its full range of 290 km at twice the speed of sound (2.8 Mach).
Indian Brahmos ground-to-air ballistic missile firing test (Archive image)

Maini Group have announced the launch of the Tomcar ATV All-Terrain Vehicle at DefExpo 2012

At the Defence Exhibition DefExpo 2012, Maini Group, one of India’s premier design and manufacturing entities, have announced the launch of the Tomcar ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicle) in India.
Tomcar AT All-Terain Vehicle

Tata Motors unveils new Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle MBPV for indoor combat operations at DefExpo 2012

Tata Motors showcased a new Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle (MBPV) at DEFEXPO India 2012, a highly mobile combat vehicle for indoor combat inside airports, railway stations and other such infrastructure. The concept is the first of its kind design to assist the country’s elite forces in indoor combat.
Tata Motors MPBV Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle for indoor military operations

Russia and India are in talks to jointly develop hypersonic cruise missile at DefExpo 2012

Russia and India are in talks to jointly develop a hypersonic cruise missile and will soon agree on a general outline of the design, the head of the BrahMos Indian-Russian cruise missile program, Praveen Pathak, said on Friday, March 30, 2012, at the Defexpo 2012 defense show in Delhi.
Indian Brahmos ground-to-air missile system

Mahindra and Telephonics Corporation announced a joint venture at DefExpo 2012

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and Telephonics Corporation,announced the impending formation of a Joint Venture (JV) Company which will provide the Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Indian Civil sector with radar and surveillance systems, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) devices and communication systems.
Telephonics mission is to provide innovative and cost effective electronic systems and products to military and commercial markets worldwide.

Mahindra from India and Rafael from Israel new joint venture for Anti Torpedo Defence Systems

The company's MoU with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd., a manufacturer of high tech defence systems for air, land, sea and space applications, will lead to the formation of a Joint Venture Company in India. The JV will develop and manufacture products such as Anti Torpedo Defence Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Advanced Armouring Solutions and remotely operated weapon stations for Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicles (FICV).
Rafael Scutter Israeli anti-torpedo defence system

S-400 Triumph air defense missile systems will be deployed in Russia’s Far East for end of the year

S-400 Triumph air defense missile systems will be deployed in Russia’s Far East before the end of the year, Far East Air Force and Air Defense Force chief Col. Sergei Dronov said on Friday, March 30, 2012. The Space Defense Forces are currently equipped with different modifications of the Soviet-era S-300 system.
Russian army S-400 ground-to-air defense missile system (Credit Photo Vitaly Kuzmin)

Friday, 30 March 2012

Army of Ukraine gets new automatic 30mm cannon on ZTM-1 turret for armoured vehicle

The Ukrainian army is taking delivery of a new automatic 30-mm cannon ZTM-1 developed by Ukrainian experts, the Defense Ministry said quoting a minister's order on Thursday, March 29, 2012. The ZTM-1 automatic cannons are designed to engage light armored infantry fighting vehicles, dismounted infantry and low-flying aircraft.
The Ukrainian 30mm ZTM-1 automatic cannon/turret

Sagem to supply EOMS-NG optronic system for French navy frigates

Sagem (Safran group) has signed a contract with French naval shipyard DCNS, under French defense procurement agency DGA as contracting authority, for the modernization of fire control systems on six Floréal class surveillance frigates. The modernization will be based on Sagem's new-generation Electro-Optical Multifunction System (EOMS-NG).

Tata Motors presents new concept of armoured personnel carrier DefExpo 2012 Tata Mobile Bunker

At the Defence Exhibition 2012, the Defence Company of India, Tata Motors presents the Tata Mobile Bunker, a new concept of armoured personnel carrier based on the Tata LPA 713, 4-wheel drive platform. The vehicle is protected against gunfire, corresponding to ballistic protection of NIJ Level III.
Tata Mobile Bunker armoured personnel carrier with mine and ballistic protection.

DCNS showcases wide range expertise at Defexpo India 2012 (Hall 12, booth 12.2k)

At the centre of the focus, the Scorpene submarine which Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) is producing under ToT from DCNS will be displayed. The first Scorpene submarine is to be launched at the end of 2013 and commissioned in 2015. Recently, DCNS India has delivered the first locally produced Scorpene submarines equipment to Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) for the P75 Scorpene submarines, thus illustrating DCNS’s commitment to the indigenization. At Defexpo, DCNS local presence will be strong with DCNS India representatives explaining the successful indigenization for the P75 program in India.
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Oto Melara presented the new HITROLE-G RWS at DIMDEX 2012

The Oto Melara HITROLE RWS is a modern, fully stabilised, electrically operated and remotely controlled naval
weapon system for policing operations and countering asymmetric threats.

The turret can be easily operated by a single operator through a Remote Control Console and joystick or can be controlled by the ship’s Combat Management System.
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ASELSAN showcased its new STAMP turret system at DIMDEX 2012

ASELSAN developed a remote-controlled stabilised machine gun known as STAMP for defending against asymmetric threats. The system is envisaged for use on land and sea-based platforms including coastal and border defence.

AM General has submitted its BRV-O Blast-Resistant Vehicle Off-road for JLTV program U.S. Army

AM General LLC announced Mar. 28 that it is backing two separate proposals for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. AM General has submitted an independent JLTV solution for the EMD phase based on more than a decade of the company's own investments in research, development and testing for the next-generation light tactical military vehicle.
AM General BRV-O Blast-Resistant Vehicle – Off Road for the JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program for United States Army (Credit photo AM General)

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Asia MotorWorks AMW of India unveils military trucks called AMW Defence at DefExpo 2012

India’s third largest heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer Asia MotorWorks (AMW) unveiled its new range of military vehicles called ‘AMW Defence’ at the 6th International Land and Naval Systems Exhibition or Defence Expo 2012 being held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi between March 29-April 1.
AWM Asia MotorsWorks presents its new range of military trucks at DefExpo 2012

Defence Company of India Tata motors showcases a full range of combat vehicles at DefExpo 2012

Tata Motors today showcased a new Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle (MBPV) at DEFEXPO India 2012, a highly mobile combat vehicle for indoor combat inside airports, railway stations and other such infrastructure.
Mr. Ravi Pisharody, President, Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors and Mr. Vernon Noronha, Head - Defence and Government Business, Tata Motors at DEFEXPO 2012

Lockheed Martin lighter and more affordable vehicle for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle JLTV program

Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] today submitted a proposal for a substantially lighter and more affordable Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) for the next phase of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps competition.
Lockheed Martin JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program for U.S. Army

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior acquires 200 NIMR high mobility tactical vehicles

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior signed a contract with Tawazun Holding, to acquire 200 high mobility tactical NIMR vehicles at the fringe of International Security and National Resilience Exhibition and Conference (ISNR 2012) being staged at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
NIMR 2 armoured personnel carrier at Defence Exhibition SOFEX in Jordan
(Credit photo Army Recognition)

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

North Korea continues activities for the launching of missile on the Tongch'ang-ni launch pad

A new satellite image has captured increased activity on North Korea's launch pad as the country prepares for its controversial missile launch in mid-April. The DigitalGlobe image taken on March 28, 2012, shows trucks on the Tongch'ang-ni launch pad. Atop the umbilical tower, which sits beside where the assembled rocket will stand, a crane arm that will be used to lift the rocket stages has been swung wide.
A DigitalGlobe satellite image of North Korea's launch site at Tongch’ang-ri.
The image was taken on March 28, 2012.

French Industry Nexter Systems equipment and know-how in advanced combat systems at DefExpo 2012

Since 2004, Nexter is participating in DEFEXPO in India, exhibiting its equipment and showing its know how in advanced-combat systems. Nexter Systems has inherited the centuries old experience of French land defence experts and is a European leader in Defence Industry. Nexter Systems been designing and supplying Land Defence systems for the French army for several decades.
Nexter developed a new towed howitzer, the Trajan, based on the Caesar 155/52 mm barrel.

Israel Aerospace Industries POP300 advanced day/night surveillance capabilities at FIDAE 2012

Israel Aerospace Industries to showcase advanced day/night capabilities at FIDAE 2012 with POP300. Plug-In Optronic Payload (POP300) by IAI's Tamam Division, Installed on Vision Austral's Cameron observation balloon, will be used to showcase various potential solutions to law enforcement and homeland security missions as well as civilian applications as control of traffic in the main Chilean cities.
POP300 by IAI's TAMAM Division installed on Vision Austral Cameron Balloon, in Santiago, Chile.

Israel Aerospace Industries IAI presents new RAM Mk3 AT NIMROD anti-tank missile combat vehicle

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will present its new armored tank hunter/killer system: the RAM MK3 'AT' (Anti- Tank) Configuration. The system will be on display during March 27 to 30, 2012 at the Fidae Air Show in Santiago, Chile.
Israeli RAM Mk3 AT Nimrod anti-tank missile combat vehicle

Rosoboronexport Russian defence industry at DefExpo 2012 with full range defence technologies

Rosoboronexport, JSC is going to present at the Defexpo India 2012 Land, Naval & Internal Security Exhibition (29 March - 1 April) more than 150 military-purpose products. Since the first Defexpo India in 2000, Russian enterprises have been regularly taking part in this major trade event in the Asia-Pacific Rim.
A display of the upgraded T-90S main battle tank will be the central event at the DefExpo 2012 exhibition.

Oshkosh Defense presents its L-ATV for Engineering Manufacturing Development JLTV program

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), today presented its solution for the Engineering Manufacturing & Development (EMD) phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. With the JLTV program, the U.S. military is seeking to modernize its light vehicle fleet. Oshkosh is offering the latest generation of its Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV).
Oshkosh L-ATV Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Military experts gather at DIMDEX 2012 to discuss maritime security in the region

Distinguished Naval Commanders, experts and decision-makers convened today at the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) on the second day of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2012) to discuss maritime security in the region.
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HAVELSAN: A Key Player for Combat System Integration onboard Turkish MILGEM Type Corvettes

Turkish Defense Industry has accelerated efforts to enhance local industrial participation in the Turkish Armed Forces defense contracts during the last decade. Especially, Turkish naval industry has been the most robust to accommodate with this revolutionary development. Turkish Navy’s MILGEM program is being managed smoothly on the schedule. The first corvette, TCG HEYBELIADA, was delivered to the Turkish Navy on 27 September 2011. This is an unprecedented success on the Turkish side, since MILGEM is the first attempt of the Turkish Navy to design its own combatants. HAVELSAN plays a critical role in designing, developing and delivering high-tech combat systems for those combat vessels
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His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani inaugurates DIMDEX 2012

His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Heir Apparent of Qatar and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Qatar Armed Forces yesterday officially inaugurated the third Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2012).
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Lockheed Martin Introduces New Combat System for Light Surface Combatants

Six navies around the world rely on the Aegis Combat System to protect more than 100 destroyers, cruisers and frigates. Now, Lockheed Martin is expanding its role as the world leader in naval combat management technology with the development of a new system designed for light surface warships.
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MBDA AT DIMDEX 2012

With sales well over 3,500 around the world, Exocet is a leading name in the anti-ship domain. Naturally, MBDA’s stand will show how this family of surface/submarine and air-launched missiles has become indispensable to many of the world’s navies, including several in the Gulf region.
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Sikorsky showcasing both MH-60R and MH-60S Seahawks at DIMDEX 2012

Sikorsky helicopters have more than 60 years experience performing maritime missions. The SEAHAWK helicopter family has more than 2.5 million flight hours with more than 600 SEAHAWK helicopters in service worldwide. The current production MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters bring powerful new capabilities to the U.S. fleet with digital cockpits and mission-adaptive systems.
Visit Sikosrky during DIMDEX 2012 on stand N-110
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Metal Shark Boats showcases its RB-S Patrol Boats at DIMDEX 2012



Following their success with a contract from the US Coast Guards for 470 Response Boat – Small (RB-S) vessels, Metal Shark Aluminum Boats is now showcasing this model as well as their full range of patrol boats to Qatari and Gulf countries Coast Guards

Navistar Defense submits bid for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle JLTV program with variant of Saratoga

Navistar Defense, LLC today announced it has submitted a bid to compete for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. The company will bid with a variant of its International(r) Saratoga(tm) light tactical vehicle, which Navistar launched in October after conducting its own automotive and blast testing.
Saratoga Navistar Defense light tactical vehicle

BAE Systems to submit proposal for JLTV Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase

BAE Systems, along with teammates Northrop Grumman and Meritor Defense, announced today that they plan to submit tomorrow a proposal for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program.
JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Valanx BAE Systems

First Turkish-made attack helicopter ATAK T-129 will delivered in 2013

Turkey’s Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry has disclosed a new five-year strategic plan, which finalizes completion dates for key projects including Turkish-made tanks, aircraft, satellites, destroyers, and ATAK T-129 helicopters, in a bid to lift the country’s defense industry into a higher league.
Turkish-made T-129 ATAK attack helicopter

Turkish-made main battle tank project ALTAY from OTOKAR will be complete by the end of 2015

Turkey’s Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry has disclosed a new five-year strategic plan, which finalizes completion dates for key projects including Turkish-made ALTAY main battle tanks, aircraft, satellites, destroyers, and helicopters, in a bid to lift the country’s defense industry into a higher league.
Scale model of ALTAY Turkish-made main battle tank at IDEF 2011 defence exhibition in Turkey

Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter aircraft completes first night refueling mission

The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35’s boom receptacle.
The first F-35 fighter aircraft night refueling mission, March 22, 2012 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Lockheed Martin receives contract to continue development of THAAD air defence missile system

Defence Company of United States Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] received a $66 million follow-on contract from the Missile Defense Agency to continue development of the highly successful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System.
Launch unit Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System.
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Raytheon's first new-production Patriot surface-to-air missile system debuts in successful flight test

United States Defence Company Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) successfully completed a system-level guided flight test of the new-production Patriot at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The modernized Patriot provides an affordable, low-risk and rapid path to meet the warfighter's current and future air and missile defense requirements.
U.S. Army M901 launch unit Patriot ground-to-air defence missile system

Monday, 26 March 2012

HMS Daring unveils upgraded sensor system at DIMDEX 2012


HMS Daring, the first of the Royal Navy's (RN’s) Type 45 destroyers, Arrived at DIMDEX (Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference), showcasing her state-of the-art technology, including the new, fully digital, radar electronic support measures (RESM) system supplied by Thales UK

ANA Afghan National Army certifies D-30 4th Kandak artillery battery for real-world operations

The D-30 artillery battery from the 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Afghan National Army, was certified for real-world operations in Paktika province by the Ministry of Defense following a successful live-fire exercise, March 13, 2012.
Two Afghan National Army soldiers, from the 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Corps, fire a D-30 howitzer during a live-fire certification, March 13, 2012.

New Dingo 2 A3 armoured vehicle PSYOPS Psychological Operations of German Army

Early this year, the acoustic testing of the Vehicle-Mounted Loudspeaker Equipment for direct communication in theater took place at the German Army Technical Center for Weapons and Ammunition (Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Waffen und Munition 91 - WTD 91) in Meppen, Germany.
General view of the DINGO 2 A3 with loudspeaker equipment (Source: Bundeswehr/OpInfoBtl 950)
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State-of-the-art Rheinmetall defence systems and equipment for the Malaysian military at DSA 2012

The Defence Services Asia (DSA) tradeshow takes place in Kuala Lumpur 16-19 April. Rheinmetall will be on hand at DSA 2012, showcasing an impressive array of products and services. Malaysia is an influential member of the Asia-Pacific region, serving as an intermediary between the West and the Islamic world. Modern, well-equipped armed force and security services form an important component of its multilateral security policy.
Vingtaqs II+ features a fully integrated ground surveillance radar and can also serve as a laser target-marker, e.g. for forward artillery observers and forward air controllers.

African Union deploys 5,000 military troops in Uganda to hunt down the rebel Joseph Kony

The African Union (AU) will starting on Saturday deploy 5,000 troops to hunt down Uganda' s notorious rebel leader Joseph Kony who is said to be operating in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR), an AU envoy said here.
Joseph Rao Kony is the chief of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan guerrilla group.
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Polish Company Bumar signed a contract for delivery of 240 WZT-3 recovery vehicles to India

The Supervisory Board of Polish Defence Company Bumar sp. z o.o. chose to implement the contract signed by Bumar sp. z o.o. and Indian Defence Company BEML Ltd. for the supply of 204 units of the WZT-3.
Polish WZT-3 armoured recovery vehicle at MSPO 2009 Defence exhibition in Poland.
(Credit photo Army Recognition)
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Sunday, 25 March 2012

North Korea transports nuclear missile to new launch facility North of Pyongyang

South Korean and United States military officials confirmed Sunday, March 25, 2012, that North Korea had moved the main part of a long-range missile to a launch site north of Pyongyang. The information is based on images obtained from surveillance satellites.
Surveillance satellite imgae of long-range missile launch site in north of Pyongyang

Arrival of warships in Doha signals start of DIMDEX 2012

The majestic sight of warships arriving in Doha Commercial Port has signaled the start of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2012). DIMDEX 2012 is the only specialised maritime defence exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and brings together companies from around the world to present the latest in high-end technologies to meet the maritime challenges of the 21st century.

ST Kinetics to propose TERREX 8x8 vehicle for U.S. Marine Corps personnel carrier program

ST Kinetics of Singapore, the land systems arm of ST Engineering, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) today announced they will team for the upcoming U.S. Marine Corps Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) programme.
Singapore ST-Kinetics Terrex 8x8 armoured vehicle personnel carrier

Friday, 23 March 2012

DCNS exhibits at DIMDEX 2012 26th March~28th March, Doha, Qatar (Booth N-125)

DCNS is a major player in the European and world markets for value-added naval defence systems. As a naval prime contractor, shipbuilder and systems integrator, DCNS combines resources and expertise spanning the naval defence value chain and entire system lifecycles. DCNS delivers innovative solutions from integrated warships to strategic systems, equipment, services and new energy solutions.
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Russian Air Force orders 30 Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter aircraft

Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and President of Irkut Corporation Alexey Fedorov, have signed the contract on Su-30SM multirole fighters delivery for the Russian Armed Forces. Under the contract, Irkut Corporation will supply to the Defence Ministry 30 aircraft of this type by 2015.
Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter aircraft

Eurocopter confirms its market leadership and strong commitment to Latin American at FIDAE 2012

Eurocopter’s participation at the FIDAE 2012 International Air and Space Show in Santiago de Chile will underscore its strong presence in Latin America with a competitive range of products perfectly adapted to the growing needs of customers in the region.
Eurocopter E725 transport helicopter
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