Friday, 28 February 2014

European Union Battle Group EUBG led by Belgian army trains in Germany to prepare EU certification.

This week, Grafenwoehr Military Training Area in Germany is home to member of the EUBG (European Union Battle Group) 2014-02 for training exercise code-named "RAMPANT LION", during two weeks soldiers from Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Spain prepares for its EU certification, which is scheduled for June 2-13 2014 at Saint Hubert, Belgium.
Belgian army DF90 (Piranha IIIC vehicles with 90mm cannon) of the Infantry Task Force (ITF) of the EUBG during training exercise in Grafenwoehr Military Training Area, Germany.
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North Korea has launched four Scud ballistic missiles into the sea of its eastern coast.

According South Korean Defense Ministry, North Korea has launched four Scud medium-range ballistic missiles into the sea of its eastern coast Thursday, February 27, 2014. The missiles were fired just days after the start of annual joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States that North Korea opposes.
The No-Dong-B (BM-25 Musudan) is a local-made medium-range ground-to-ground ballistic missile based on the technology of the Russian-made ballistic missile Scud-C.
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Interview with Thomas Gaunt, DIMDEX 2014 Exhibition Director

With one month to go before the start of DIMDEX 2014, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference Navy Recognition interviews Thomas Gaunt, Exhibition Director of the event which will be held from 25 to 27 March 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha.

Russia moves troops along the Ukrainian border ready to protect its Sevastopol Navy base

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered military exercises along the Ukrainian border involving 150,000 troops. Ukraine are raising concerns that Moscow may be putting troops in position to move across the border. Russia has repeatedly expressed concern for the safety of Russian citizens in Ukraine, using language similar to statements that preceded its invasion of Georgia in 2008.
A Russian BTR-80 armoured personnel carrier is driven on a street in Sevastopol, Ukraine's Black Sea Port that hosts a major Russian navy b
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Zelenodolsky shipyard starts construction of new Project 22160 patrol ship for Russian Navy

The first vessel in a new class of patrol ships was laid down in a ceremony at Russia’s Zelenodolsky shipyard Wednesday, the builder said in a statement. The Vasily Bykov will be the first diesel-powered Project 22160 patrol ship and is planned to feature a helicopter landing pad on its aft deck, according to the Severnoye Design Bureau, the vessel's designer.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Latvia plans to purchase 120 armoured vehicles from United Kingdom.

Thursday, 27 February 2014, Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis (Greens/Farmers) met with British Defense Ministry State Secretary Philip Hammond, during which the two sides signed a protocol for cooperation in a project aimed at mechanizing Latvia's infantry brigade, LETA was informed by Defense Ministry spokesman Kaspars Galkins.
Latvian army soldier talks with U.S. Navy officer in charge of U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance during a mission in Afghanistan.
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Three new Project 21631 Buyan-M Corvettes for Russian Navy in 2016

The Russian Navy will receive three new missile corvettes by the end of 2015, navy commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said Wednesday. “The navy is expecting the Veliky Ustyug corvette this year and two more warships of the same class in 2015,” Chirkov said.

Algeria negotiating for two more Project 636 Kilo SSK Submarine

According to russian media ITAR-TASS, citing a source, Algeria is negotiating the order of two Project 636 Kilo class submarines in the first half of this year, for delivery by 2018. The submarines will be constructed at the Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg where similar submarines are currently being built for the Russian navy.

Navy Recognition selected as Official DIMDEX 2014 Online Show Daily

The Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference DIMDEX 2014 has selected Navy Recognition Online Naval Defence Magazine as Official Online Show Daily for the second time in a row. DIMDEX will be held from 25 to 27 March 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Center.

Third and Fourth Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Helicopters Complete Production, Begin Training

The third and fourth MH-60R “Romeo” helicopters take flight from the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y., to join the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) first pair of helicopters training at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

FN Herstal of Belgium to increase its small caliber ammunition range with three new products.

The Belgian Company FN Herstal further strengthens its position as innovation leader and announces three recent additions to its small caliber ammunition range. Under the brands FN Herstal, Browning and Winchester Repeating Arms*, the Herstal Group designs, manufactures and distributes a full range of firearms and accessories for defense, law enforcement, hunting, and shooting.
FN 9mm EP (EuroPolice) and FN 9mm EPT (EuroPolice Training) ammunition.
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BAE Systems has handed upgraded CV9030 armoured infantry fighting vehicle to Norwegian Army.

BAE Systems has delivered the first upgraded CV9030 tracked armoured infantry fighting vehicle to the Norwegian army. The new vehicle fleet has significantly enhanced protection, survivability, situational awareness and interoperability, incorporating lessons learned from Norwegian, Swedish and Danish operations in Afghanistan with CV90.
The CV9030 was deployed in Afghanistan by the Norwegian army.
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International Armoured Group IAG unveils new armoured vehicle water cannon.

The United Arab Emirates based Company IAG (International Armored Group) unveils its new armoured vehicle water cannon. With increasing turmoil and global unrest, our clients tasked IAG with developing a safe solution to crowd control, firefighting and preserving the peace. In response, International Armored Group is proud to introduce the IAG Armored Water Cannon, the newest addition to its growing armored tactical vehicle range.
The new armoured vehicle water cannon of IAG International Armoured Group
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Raytheon to deliver 9 Phalanx CIWS to Republic of Korea Navy

Raytheon Company signed a $123 million contract to deliver nine Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the Republic of Korea Navy. Under the direct commercial sale, the largest ever for the Phalanx program, Raytheon will deliver the Phalanx systems for installation aboard the FFX Batch II frigate-class ships and AOE II-class fast combat support ships.

Burke class Destroyer USS John Paul Jones Demonstrates Next Generation Warfighting Capability

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully completed two live-fire tests of the Aegis Weapons System (AWS) Feb. 8. The first target was launched from Naval Air Station Point Mugu. John Paul Jones used its onboard AN/SPY-1D (MOD) radar to engage the target, demonstrating the ability of the U.S. Navy's AWS to detect, track and fire upon a target simulating a high speed cruise missile. 

Russian-made Pantsir-1 missile-gun air defense system could be in service with Vietnamese army.

According to a Chinese newspaper report the Russian-made Pantsir-S1 air defense system is in service with the Vietnamese army. A picture releases on the Chinese newspaper website shows a Pantsir-S1 somewhere in Vietnam. 
Picture releases on the Chinese newspaper People's Daily website.
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United States army to receive new mountain-climbing gear for Mountain Troops soldiers.

The United States Army last week started handing out more than $11 million in new mountain-climbing gear to U.S. troops, who count on the equipment to move across rough terrain in places like Afghanistan. For years, the Army’s inventory of climbing equipment has focused on utility, meaning soldiers were equipped with items such as carabineers that were plenty strong, but also plenty heavy.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Bradley Cormier, a supply sergeant with the Army Mountain Warfare School inventories the newly received Army Mountaineering Kits (AMKs) at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, Vt., on Feb. 19, 2014. 
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Second test-fired for the Indian-made Akash surface-to-air missile in less than few days.

For a second time in less than few days, Indian Army successfully test-fired the Indian-made Akash medium range, surface-to-air missile, from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha on Monday, February 24, 2014. The Indian army could decide to commission the missile Akash after the successful firing tests of the last few days. Two regiments of Akash missile systems could enter in service with the Indian Army.
Akash surface-to-air defense missile system during firing test. (Credit photo DRDO)
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US Defense budget preview: LCS number limited to 32, US Navy to study alternatives & modifications

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s budget preview held yesterday set the stage for the administration’s fiscal 2015 budget rollout and announced that the number of Littoral Combat Ships would be limited to 32 units. The Defense Secretary asked the US Navy to start studying possible alternatives including a completely new design, existing ship designs, and a modified LCS.

Monday, 24 February 2014

U.S. Marine Corps ready to use unmanned ground vehicle Polaris to protect military bases.

The United States Marine Corps is experimenting with a new unmanned ground vehicle that can patrol installations and detect intruders or potential enemy forces nearly a mile away. The Mobile Detection Assessment Response System, or MDARS, was used in late January to successfully secure an air base during the latest Integrated Training Exercise. 
The Mobile Detection Assessment Response System uses color and infrared cameras, allowing operators to see things that Marines conducting ground patrols cannot.
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French Navy Aquitaine class (FREMM) frigate gets initial Anti-Submarine Warfare capability

The French Navy announced that Aquitaine, the first of its new generation FREMM (European multi-mission frigate) frigate, recently received its initial operational capability (IOC) in the field of anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The new French frigate is on its way to its official commissioning.

The new Chinese-made B80VJ military 4x4 light tactical vehicle ready to enter in service

The 4x4 light tactical vehicle B80VJ designed and manufactured by the Chinese Company Beijing Auto could be the future standard jeep of the Chinese Armed Forces. The vehicle is based on the civilian version which is called B80V. 
The new B80VJ Chinese military 4x4 light tactical vehicle
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Defense industry of Iran has developed and designed new type of hi-tech bulletproof vest.

The Iranian defense researchers, inspired by fish scales, have designed and developed a new type of hi-tech bulletproof vest which protects the soldiers against bullets fired from close range and different angles. The vest can highly increase the protection and survival chances of the individuals wearing it and protects them against many dangers in the battleground.
A bulletproof vest, ballistic vest or bullet-resistant vest is an item of personal armor that helps absorb the impact from firearm-fired projectiles and shrapnel from explosion. 
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Akash Indian-made surface-to-air missile could enter quickly in service with the Indian army.

The successful test-firing of the Indian-made Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) in Odisha on Friday, February 21, 2014, has the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) brimming with confidence that it would be quickly inducted into the Indian Army. 
Akash surface-to-air defense missile system mounted on truck chassis.
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China to export P18N Offshore Patrol Vessel with stealth performance to Nigeria Navy

The first unit of a new class of offshore patrol vessel that China plans to export to Nigeria has been launched. It will be delivered in the middle of 2014 as scheduled. It will become the first ship of the Nigerian navy's P18N project. During an interview, Major General Yin Zhuo made particular mention of the vessel's stealth performance. 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Saudi Arabia in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons to Syrian rebels.

Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to provide Anza anti-aircraft missile weapon system and anti-tank guided missile weapon system Baktar Shikan to Syrian rebels to try to tip the balance in the war to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a Saudi source said Sunday, February 23, 2014. 
Anza Mk-II man-portable air defense missile system designed and manufactured in Pakistan.
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AutoKrAZ of Ukraine to provide technical assistance and training for Thai Army soldiers.

Ukrainian Company “AutoKrAZ” sent a team of technicians to provide technical assistance and training in KrAZ truck operation in Thailand. The training was conducted in accordance with terms of contract awarded to the Kremenchug Automobile Plant following competitive bidding procedure for supply of large batch of all-terrain trucks for needs of the Royal Thai Army.
“KrAZ truck is a new and complicated vehicle for us. Before KrAZ trucks only 5-ton trucks were in service with the Royal Thai Army, and no one of them was able to tow 152 mm artillery systems. 
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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Army of Venezuela to modernize French-made AMX-13 APC with Russian-made turret MB2-04.

The army of Venezuela has modernized the French-made AMX-13 (APC-VTT) tracked armoured vehicle personnel carrier with new Russian-made turret MB2-04 armed with a 2A42 30mm automatic cannon and one 30mm automatic grenade launcher AGS-17.
AMX-13 (APC-VTT) armoured personnel carrier of the Venezuelan army fitted the Russian-made turret MB2-04.
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New Russian Kurganets-25 light tracked armoured could be unveiled in 2015 military parade

According to the Russian internet website "nakanune.ru", Kurgan Machine-Building Plant has reached a new stage in the production development of the new light tracked armoured vehicle platform Kurganets-25. The Russian Defense Company could be unveiled the new armoured vehicle during the military parade for the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War in 2015.
A drawing of Kurganets-25 concept.
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SAAB Carl-Gustaf man-portable anti-armour weapon to become standard issue for U.S. Army.

Defence and security company Saab´s man-portable weapon system Carl-Gustaf has been chosen by the U.S. Department of the Army to be a Program of Record within the U.S. Army. This means that the world leading shoulder fired weapon system, with a long service record with the U.S. Special Operations Forces, will now become standard issue to the U.S. Army’s Light Infantry units.
The HEAT 655 CS (Confined Space) is the first CARL-GUSTAF ammunition that is fully optimised for launch from confined spaces, i.e. from inside a building. (Photo: Saab)
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United States and China work to establish institutional dialogue between their two armies.

The United States is working with China to establish institutional dialogue between their two armies, Ray Odierno, the U.S. Army chief of staff, said here Saturday, February 22, 2014. "It is a very important first step," Odierno told reporters, noting that the dialogue is the first time at institutional level and is "more long-term and more long-standing."
Fang Fenghui (R), Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and also a member of China's Central Military Commission, shakes hands with U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno during their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 21, 2014. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
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Azerbaijan and Roketsan of Turkey to produce jointly 107mm and 122mm artilery rockets.

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry and ROKETSAN company of Turkey will sign a final document on the joint production of missiles at an Azerbaijani facility, said Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM).
Turkish Company Roketsan is best known for its vast range of unguided rockets as well as laser and infrared guided missiles such as Cirit and UMTAS.
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P-8A Poseidon aircraft to boost Australia's maritime surveillance capabilities

The Australian Government has approved the acquisition of eight P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. These state-of-the-art aircraft will dramatically boost Australia’s ability to monitor its maritime approaches and patrol over 2.5 million square kilometres of our marine jurisdiction – an area equating to nearly 4 per cent of the world’s oceans.

India has successfully test-fired its local-made Akash surface-to-air defense missile system.

India test-fired Friday, February 21, 2014, the indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash missile from the Integrated Test Range launch complex at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha. DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organisation) of India officials described the Akash launch on Friday as “highly successful” and said it was a user-trial done by the Army. 
Akash surface-to-air missile being launched from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, off the Odisha coast. (Archive image)
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Nexter Systems and DCI to join their expertises in the fields of simulation and on-board simulation.

The CEOs of Nexter Systems and Défense Conseil International (DCI) have signed a memorandum of understanding on the joint promotion of capability offers for the benefit of Forces in France and abroad. This move encourages joint projects built around Nexter systems combined with the provision of training, consultancy and operational assistance services that DCI can provide. Where appropriate, the services will be integrated in the field of simulation and on-board simulation.
Nexter Systems and DCI joint services will be integrated in the field of simulation and on-board simulation.
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Friday, 21 February 2014

Lorta Plant of Ukraine will produce ZTM-1 automatic gun for BTR-4 and BTR-3E 8x8 armoured

Lviv State Plant ‘Lorta’ being incorporated with Ukroboronprom State Concern has mastered the manufacture of 30 mm caliber ZTM-1 Automatic Gun for BTR-4. It was informed by Vadym Fedosov, Director of the Division on Armored Vehicles, Artillery Armament, Automotive Vehicles, Engineering and Special Equipment of Ukroboronprom.
Ukraine-made BTR-4 8x8 armoured personnel carrier
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Zodiac Milpro wins French Navy commandos ECUME RIBs order

The French defence ministry has confirmed its acceptance of the first advanced ECUME RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) manufactured by Zodiac Milpro and has placed an order for 9 boats. The purchase is the first part of an investment option that will ultimately result in the delivery of another 10 of the advanced new boats by Zodiac Milpro. The initial contract follows a detailed and challenging period of testing by the Direction Génerale de l’Armement during which the versatile new RIB was required to prove its suitability as a multi-purpose commando craft

PT PAL gets $250 million to build Type 209 class submarines for Indonesia Navy (TNI AL)

Indonesia State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL will get up to US$250 million in state capital injection (PMN) under a multi-year project for the development of 3 Type 209 class submarines according to Jakarta Post.

Russian army will adopt the Ratnik future soldier individual equipment gear for this summer.

The Russian military will adopt domestically designed “Ratnik future soldier” gear this summer, the Defense Ministry said Thursday, February 20, 2014. The "Ratnik" battle suit is thus a result of the implementation of advanced scientific and technological ideas, innovative solutions and the use of state-of-the-art materials. 
Ratnik "Future Soldier" project for the Russian Army.
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Thursday, 20 February 2014

UN Secretary-General asks to send 3,000 additional troops to Central African Republic.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to report soon to the Security Council on the outlines of a future UN peacekeeping operation with a robust mandate to protect civilians and promote stability in CAR (Central African Republic). However, he noted, the deployment of a peacekeeping operation, if authorized, will take months.
French troops patrol in armoured vehicle in Bangui, Central African Republic
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BAE Systems Q-Warrior revolutionary helmet mounted display system for Special Forces personnel.

The Q-Warrior™- the latest iteration of BAE Systems helmet-mounted display technology, looks like a pilot's head-up display but has been specially designed for the soldier who needs unique capabilities, such as identifying hostile and non-hostile forces, as well as co-ordinating small unit actions.
Designed by the world leader in helmet-mounted displays, Q-Warrior provides pioneering situational awareness information for ground troops.
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DSA 2014 the key business platform in Asia for the Defense and Security Industry

Defence Services Asia 2014 (DSA 2014) which marks the 14th show in the mega showcase of leading edge defence and security technology, is on track for another spectacular showing from April 14-17 as the premier platform for players in the defence and security industry around the world to promote their products, exchange ideas and technologies, forge partnerships and embark on strategic and synergistic collaborations. Up to date, the show is 95 percent sold out.
DSA, one of the top 5 defence shows in the world, the first defense event in Asia.
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France negotiates acquisition of Watchkeeper drones against purchase of VBCI armoured by UK.

According to the French Ministry of Defense, the French Army could buy British-made Thales tactical UAVs Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Watchkeeper depending of the purchase of Nexter VBCI 8x8 armoured infantry fighting vehicles by the British government.
The Nexter VBCI is a combat proven vehicle, since 2010 it has been successfully deployed in Afghanistan by the French Army. 
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State Enterprise Research Institute ‘Kvant’ Develops Up-to-Date Electronic Equipment for Corvette

Within the framework of ‘Corvette’ State Program, the State Enterprise Research Institute ‘Kvant’, being a member of the State Concern ‘Ukroboronprom’, works on the designing of eight scientific products. This news was announced by Yurii Radchenko, Director of the Division of Radar, Radio Communication and Air Defense Systems of the Ukroboronprom – Kvant Research Institute Director. 

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Lays Keel on Nation’s Eleventh Littoral Combat Ship

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s eleventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Sioux City, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation. The industry team is building Freedom-class LCSs for the U.S. Navy, and has delivered two ships with five others under construction and one soon to begin construction. The nation’s first LCS, USS Freedom, completed her deployment to Southeast Asia, during which she participated in multiple international maritime exercises, conducted patrols in the South China Sea and provided disaster relief for Operation Damayan. As USS Freedom proved, the ship class is addressing the Navy’s need for an affordable, highly-networked and modular ship unlike any other in the world. The platform is designed and outfitted with mission systems to conduct a variety of missions including anti-surface, mine and submarine warfare. The next LCS to deploy will be the Freedom-class USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in 2014. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

U.S. based Company Raytheon has demonstrated its latest variant of Griffin Block III missile.

The U.S. based Defense Company Raytheon Company RTN -0.74% demonstrated its latest variant of the combat-proven Griffin ® missile, the Griffin Block III, throughout a series of test shots culminating in several direct hits against a variety of static and moving targets.
Launching station of Griffin AGM-176 missile mounted on Humvee vehicle
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NjordWorks Announces Debut of Pioneer Small Unmanned Boat

NjordWorks Inc., a manufacturer of small unmanned vehicles, today announced the debut of the Pioneer small unmanned boat for civil and commercial use. The Pioneer unmanned boat, or unmanned surface vehicle (USV), lives up to its name as being the first in a class of small unmanned vehicles designed for very shallow and difficult to access bodies of water. 

SHARPEYE Radar from Kelvin Hughes Keeps An Eye On Chesapeake Bay

Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of surveillance and navigation systems, can announce that they have recently supplied two SharpEyeTM Solid State X Band surveillance radars to the Maryland Natural Resources Police (MPRP), to provide additional coverage around protected oyster beds.
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United States could create limited no-fly zone in Syria to train Syrian opposition fighters.

The Obama administration, frustrated by the stalled Syria talks, plans to revisit military options ranging from expanding efforts to train and equip moderate rebels to setting up no-fly zones, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants battle with Syrian army soldiers in the neighborhood of Askar in the northern city of Aleppo.
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Azerbaijan in talks with Turkey to purchase FNSS Samur AAAB Armored Amphibious Assault Bridge

Azerbaijan and Turkey are holding talks on Samur (AAAB Armored Amphibious Assault Bridge) mobile offensive floating bridges produced by Turkish FNSS Company. Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Under-Secretariat for Turkish Defense Industry, Yakup Tashdelen said; "negotiations are already underway to sell Azerbaijan the mentioned system."
The Samur AAAB Armored Amphibious Assault Bridge is designed and manufactured by the Turkish Company FNSS.
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