Tuesday, 31 March 2015

US President Barack Obama lifts weapons ban on Egypt

As the government in Cairo considers military actions against extremists in Yemen and Libya, President Obama, on Tuesday March 31, lifted an arms freeze against Egypt that he had first imposed after the military overthrow of the country’s democratically elected government nearly two years ago.

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Raytheon receives multiple orders for AMRAAM and MALD-J missile systems

Raytheon Company was awarded a $528,797,459 contract for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). Raytheon will provide AMRAAM Lot 29 missiles and other AMRAAM system items. This contract involves foreign military sales. Raytheon also received order from the USAF for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer missile Lot 8, the US-based company announced yesterday March 31. 
Raytheon's Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile fired from a F-35 Lighting II multirole fighter aircraft
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Larsen & Toubro Awarded Contract for Design & Construction of 7 OPV for the Indian Coast Guard

Indian Shipbuilder Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been awarded a contract valued at Rs 1,432 crores by the Ministry of Defence for the design and construction of seven Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

Streit Group SAND-X T-ATV 1200 Special Operations Tracked All-Terrain vehicle

STREIT Group, the world’s leading armored vehicle manufacturer has announced a strategic partnership with SAND-X Motors for the distribution of the SAND-X T-ATV 1200 all-terrain vehicle across the Middle East and Africa region and the production in the UAE of an Armored version of the product. 
Sand-X T-ATV 1200 Special Operation tracked all-terrain vehicle 
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Avionics, IAI to jointly enter the Brazilian defense market with Heron UAV variant

Avionics, a leading player in the Brazilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) arena is progressing towards production of a unique, Brazilian-made Medium Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV – the “Caçador”. IAI and Avionics announced today they will jointly enter the Brazilian defense market with a indigenous version of the Heron UAV. 
Avionics' Caçador MALE UAV is based on the Heron UAV, produced by IAI
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TOW 2A RF practice missiles successfully fired from an AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter

In the first of its kind launch, Raytheon Company fired tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW®) 2A radio frequency (RF) practice missiles from an AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter during a December exercise, the US-based company said yesterday, March 30. 
US Marine Corps' Bell AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter
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IAI to Supply Four Super Dvora Mk3 Fast Patrol Boat to an African Military Customer

IAI recently received a contract worth tens millions of dollars to supply four Super Dvora Mk3 Fast Patrol Boat to an African military customer.All four boats will be built at IAI Ramta's facilities in Israel, and will be delivered during 2016. These newly ordered Super Dvoras are stated to be used for coastal defense, EEZ and HLS missions.

Russian Armored articulated all-terrain tracked carrier DT-3PM unveiled for the first time

During a celebration held on February 13, the DT-3PM, an armored articulated all-terrain tracked carrier manufactured by the Joint-stock company «Machine-building Company «Vityaz», a company has specialized in production of amphibian and non-amphibian modifications of two section track carriers, was for the first time presented to the public.

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Saab to equip India's Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters with the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite

Defence and security company Saab has received follow-on orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. The orders have a total value of approximately USD78 million (SEK740 million), said today the Swedish company in a statement. 
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter
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Japan's law enforcement agencies order two new Airbus Helicopters Dauphin multirole rotorcraft

A contract for two new Airbus Helicopters Dauphins, along with deliveries of three Dauphins this month, have underscored the importance of this twin-engine aircraft family in Japan – particularly with the country’s law enforcement and firefighting agencies, announced the rotorcraft manufacturer today, March 31. 
Airbus Helicopters AS365 N3+ Dauphin medium-sized multirole helicopter
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Poland says will train 50 Ukrainian military staff this year

Poland will provide training to around 50 Ukrainian army instructors this year, the Polish ministry of defense said on Tuesday, a part of NATO's efforts to boost Ukraine's defense capacity as it faces a pro-Russian rebellion in the east.

ST Marine Celebrates the Naming for Royal Navy of Oman Second Al Ofouq Class Patrol Vessel

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Naming Ceremony today for the second Patrol Vessel (PV), RNOV Shinas cum the interim delivery for the first vessel RNOV Al Seeb, built for Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). The Guest-of-Honour was the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, Rear Admiral (RADM) Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah al-Raisi.

Royal Canadian Air Force takes delivery of its fifth CC-177 Globemaster III military airlifter

The Royal Canadian Air Force yesterday accepted delivery of its fifth CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft, increasing its flexibility to respond to both domestic and international emergencies and support a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance, peace support and combat, the RCAF said on March 30 in an official statement. 
RCAF's 5th CC-177 Globemaster III large military transport aircraft taxies at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, Ont.
(Credit: Jerome Lessard/Belleville Intelligencer/QMI Agency)
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Mexican Navy (SEMAR) becomes launch customer for new Airbus C295W equipped with winglets

The Mexican Navy (Semar) has become the launch customer of the latest version of the market-leading Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft - the new C295W equipped with winglets.

Estonia and Raytheon Agree to Pursue Long-term Collaboration in Cybersecurity

The Estonian Ministry of Defense and Raytheon Company have agreed to explore long-term collaboration in the area of cyber security. Mikk Marran, Permanent Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defense, and Raytheon agreed on the collaborative arrangement during Marran's recent visit to Washington for talks with U.S. government and U.S. defense industry representatives on issues of bilateral defense cooperation.

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New Shaanxi KJ-500 AEW&C aircraft enters service in China's air force

Capable of tracking nearly 100 vehicles at once, the Chinese military has launched its new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) Shaanxi KJ-500, taking to the skies with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). 
PLAAF's Shaanxi KJ-500 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft
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Monday, 30 March 2015

Ukraine and Czech Republic to strengthen industrial military cooperation in the defence sector

Ukraine and Czech Republic are strengthening military-technical cooperation in defence sector. Corresponding agreements were reached on March 26, during Ukrainian-Czech Defence Cooperation Forum, which took place at State Holding UKROBORONPROM. 
The Czech Republic supported Ukraine's transformation efforts and Euro-Atlantic aspirations by providing both know-how and finances for specific development and transformation projects. 
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U.S. Defence Companies will invest in development of Ukrainian military-industrial complex.

Leading US defence companies will invest in development of Ukrainian military-industrial complex. Arrangements were made during the visit of UKROBORONPROM leaders to United States. UKROBORONPROM Director General Roman Romanov mentioned that US experience and technology will accelerate the process of Ukrainian military-industrial complex reforming. 
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, center left, puts stickers depicting the Urainian flag and coat of arms on U.S. armored Humvees in Boryspil Airport, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Romanian-South Korean Agreement Signed at the Romanian Ministry of National DefenceRomanian-South Korean Agreement Signed at the Romanian Ministry of National Defence

The Romanian Minister of National Defence, Mircea Dusa, and the Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea in Romania, Mr. Hyo-Sung Park, signed an agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of South Korea on the protection of classified military information. The event was marked by a ceremony that took place at the defence ministry, on Thursday, March 26.

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DCI wins European Defence Agency Contract for Naval Operations Training Sessions

DCI has just won the “Train the Trainers course for naval operations room personnel” call for bids launched by the European Defence Agency (EDA). This contract is about conducting naval operations training sessions. 

India's first upgraded MiG-29UPG fighter aircraft has begun scheduled flights

The first MiG-29UPG underwent modifications conducted by Indian specialists and soared into the sky in February this year, stated CEO of MiG Corporation Sergey Korotkov in an interview with Interfax-AVN. The group of MiG-29’s, which underwent modernization in India, is made up of four fighter aircraft. 
Indian Air Force's upgraded MiG-29UPG fighter aircraft
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Russia Central Military District reconnaissance units are getting equipped with 1P63 collimator sights

Small arms mounted collimator sights 1P63 manufactured by Novosibirsk instrument engineering factory, were commissioned to the Central MD reconnaissance units located in Siberia. The 1P63 is designed for aiming and efficient firing different AK assault rifle modifications and a light machine gun at any time of day or night.

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First Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ Flight Simulator Commissioned

The Australian Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews, and the Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, announced on March 27 that the first of two Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ flight simulators had been commissioned into service.

First Elbit Systems' ATMOS 155mm Self-Propelled Gun Arrived to Thailand

According to reports on various sites, the Royal Thai Army purchased about 18 guns, with the possibility of joint production on the land of Thailand. Elbit Systems' SOLTAM ATMOS guns have arrived to the Thai army in the last months. The ATMOS is a wheeled self-propelled 155 mm howitzer with a range of 40 km. There are rumors of a joint production of Elbit Systems and the Royal Thai Army (RTA).

Arab League AL members agreed to form a joint Arab military force to counter security threats.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday said that the Arab League (AL) members agreed on the formation of a joint Arab military force to counter growing security threats. The idea of forming a multinational Arab force was initiated by Sisi to face common challenges that threaten Arab national security. His initiative came after a video was circulated online in February showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya by affiliates of the Islamic State militant group.
Saudi Arabia has mobilized 150,000 troops and some 100 fighter jets to rout Iran-linked fighters that have taken over swathes of neighboring Yemen.
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Royal Air Force launched biggest defense exercise in 30 year

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has launched its biggest defence exercise since the Cold War over the UK's skies in preparation for a mass enemy air attack on the country. More than 30 aircraft participated in the drill, including 20 Typhoons and Tornado bombers and ED-3, AWACS, Sentinel and Shadow surveillance jets. The defence war game lasted for a day and took place over the northeast of England earlier this month. 
No. 31 Squadron RAF's Tornado GR4 fighter aircraft
(Credit: RAF)
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USMC MV-22B Osprey Made First Landing On Board ROK Navy Amphibious Assault Ship Dokdo

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft made its first ever landing on the flight deck of a Republic of Korea Navy amphibious assault ship off the coast of the Korean peninsula, March 26, 2015. The Osprey departed from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) nearby and landed on the ROK ship Dokdo (LPH-6111).

DARPA Issues RFI for ACTUV and Future Unmanned Surface Vessel Programs

To help augment ACTUV’s capability for sensing and classifying other vessels, and to reduce reliance on radar as ACTUV’s primary sensor, DARPA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) about currently available technologies that could help ACTUV and future unmanned surface vessels perceive and classify nearby ships and other objects.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

KAI, Lockheed Martin selected for South Korea's indigenous KF-X fighter jet development program

South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., was picked as the preferred bidder for the country's indigenous fighter jet development program Monday, the arms procurement agency said. Codenamed KF-X, the 8.5 trillion won ($7.69 billion) project calls for South Korea to develop fighter jets of the F-16 class to replace its aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s. Some 120 jets are to be put into service starting around 2025. 
One of the preliminary designs of KAI KF-X fighter jet
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Australian Minister for Defence Approves ANZAC class Frigates Air Search Radar Replacement

The Australian Government had provided "First Pass approval" for project SEA 1448 Phase 4B – ANZAC Air Search Radar Replacement. The project intends to replace the ageing long-range radar onboard the ANZAC class frigates with significantly more capable radar, with integrated and upgraded IFF capability, currently under development by CEA Technologies in Canberra.

Royal Navy's New "Green" Merlin Mk3 Helicopter Started Trials at Sea with RFA Lyme Bay LSD

A "Green" Merlin Mk3 which was recently transferred from the Royal Air Force to the Royal Navy “Junglie” Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) started trials at sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Lyme Bay landing ship dock (LSD).

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Peru's Air Force takes delivery of its first Alenia C-27J Spartan military airlifter

Alenia Aermacchi delivered the first C-27J Spartan medium-sized military transport aircraft to the Peruvian Air Force, the Italian aircraft manufacturer announced today, March 28, in a statement. The official ceremony for the delivery of the first C-27J Spartan to Peru’s Air Force has taken place in Lima, at Las Palmas base. 
Peruvian Air Force's first Alenia C-27J Spartan military airlifter
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USAF awards a $485 mn contract to Lockheed Martin for Sniper precision weapons targeting pods

US Department of Defense announced today, March 28, that US company Lockheed Martin won a sole-source contract worth nearly half a billion dollars to supply the US Air Force with Sniper advanced targeting pods. 
Lockheed Martin Sniper advanced targeting pod
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Boeing wins contract to provide USAF with 25 more QF-16 full-scale aerial target drones

A few days after the delivery of the first production QF-16 full-scale aerial target to Tyndall Air Force Base, Boeing has been awarded a $28,460,408 contract for purchase of 25 QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Targets (FSAT), announced today the US Department of Defense. 
Boeing QF-16 full-scale aerial target drone
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India officially selects Airbus A330 platform for next-gen indigenous AWACS aircraft

India on Saturday took the first step towards developing an indigenous airborne warning and control system (AWACS), with the India's defence acquisition council (DAC) giving its go-ahead to a $817 mn project involving mounting two such complex surveillance systems on the Airbus A330 platform. 
Airbus A330 medium twin-engine jet aircraft
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MDA to deliver Naval Tactical Information Trainer to the Royal Navy

MDA’s Information Systems group announced today that it has been awarded a contract from BAE Systems (BAE) to deliver a further naval tactical information solution to the Royal Navy that will be used to train naval officers from international navies. This solution leverages MDA’s track record of success in the provision of high-fidelity computer-based training systems for naval personnel. 

Polish army needs to acquire new reconnaissance combat vehicle under the Viper program.

The Polish army has launched the procedure to acquire a new long-range reconnaissance combat vehicle, under the program "Viper". According the website Defence24, Polish army could purchase a total of 118 vehicles during the period of 2016 to 2022. 
Polish-made LPU-1 Virus Light Strike Vehicle is designed to meet the request of Polish army for a new long-range reconnaissance combat vehicle
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Russian Company KAMAZ will create artificial city as testing ground for unmanned vehicles.

Russian Company KAMAZ is proposing to create an artificial city as a testing ground for unmanned vehicles. The project will cost about 5 billion rubles. By May of this year, the automaker will have prepared the details of its unmanned vehicles program, which is estimated to cost 18.5 billion rubles, 5 billion of which will be designated for the creation of an artificial city as a testing ground. 
New Russian-made MRK-002-BG-57 unmanned ground combat vehicle UGV
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U.S. Army successfully completed launch of three missiles from new MML Multi-Mission Launch unit

The U.S. Army successfully completed a launch demonstration of three missile launches from the Multi-Mission Launcher Launch Demonstration Unit. The Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept Product Office conducted the launches with support from the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center. 
The U.S. Army successfully fired three missiles to verify tube integrity and missile stack integration of the Multi-Mission Launcher using a Launch Demonstration Unit.
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Akash air defense missile system will replace obsolete air defense weapons in Indian Army

According newspaper Economic Times of India, the Akash air defense missile system will enter in service with the Indian Army. The army will finally get some desperately-needed supersonic firepower to take on enemy fighters, helicopters, drones and sub-sonic cruise missiles after years of grappling with obsolete air defence weapons.
Akash air defense missile system mounted on 8x8 tactical truck at military parade in New Delhi.
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Second test-launch LGM-30G Minuteman III ICBM Intercontinental ballistic missile by US Air Force

The U.S. Air Force test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile from California for the second time this week. The missile blasted off at 3:53 a.m. Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast northwest of Los Angeles.
Test-launch of LGM-30G Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile (Archive image US Air Force)
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Large military exercise this summer for the U.S. Army special operations forces JADE HELM 15

U.S. Army special operations forces will be training in the Brazos Valley this summer as part of an eight-week exercise across seven states, raising concerns across the Internet of a military takeover. 
Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command provide security during a two-day presence patrol with Afghan Commandos in Farah province Feb. 27.
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Thales wins French - UK « Maritime Mine Counter Measures » MMCM contract SLAM-F/MHC

On behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) in France and UK MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organisation, OCCAr has awarded the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) contract to Thales, in collaboration with BAE Systems and their partners in France (ECA) and in the UK (ASV, Wood & Douglas, SAAB). Initiated in 2012 under a cooperation agreement between France and the United Kingdom, the MMCM programme develops a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralisation of sea mines and underwater improvised explosive devices (UWIEDs). 

Lithuanian MPs unanimously ratify creation of joint Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian Brigade

Lithuanian parliament unanimously approved on Thursday the treaty establishing joint military brigade with Poland and Ukraine (LITPOLUKRBRIG), according to the press office of the Seimas, the Lithuanian parliament. LITPOLUKRBRIG is a great opportunity to Ukrainian armed forces to achieve NATO standards.

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U.S. Marines international amphibious landing scenarios during Exercise Eagle Resolve in Kuwait.

U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and other U.S. forces joined Gulf Cooperation Council nations and other international partners in an amphibious landing scenario during Exercise Eagle Resolve 2015 at Failaka Island, Kuwait, March 23-25, 2015.
U.S. Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to assault a simulated objective during Exercise Eagle Resolve 2015 at Failaka Island, Kuwait, March 24, 2015.
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The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test (FGT) capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's (NSWC IHEODTD) Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Maryland.

Preparation of a Tomahawk missile for a functional ground test

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ENAER, Alenia Aermacchi sign MoU for technical support of the C-27J airlifter and M-345 HET trainer

Chilean aircraft manufacturer ENAER and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi officially announced today, March 27, the signing of an industrial cooperation agreement under the form of a Memorandum of Understanding on the logistical support of the M-345 HET trainer and the C-27J medium airlifter. This alliance is tied in the context of Italy’s Defense Minister, Roberta Pinotti’s first visit to Chile.
Alenia C-27J Spartan medium military transport aircraft
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Egypt with Pakistan Jordan and Sudan ready to send troops in Yemen to fight ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Egypt said Thursday, March 26, 2015, that it was prepared to send troops into Yemen as part of a Saudi-led campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthi movement, signaling the possibility of a protracted ground war on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. 
Egyptian army soldiers take their positions on top and next to their armored vehicles while guarding an entrance to Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt.
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UK Ministry of Defence Awards Royal Navy Helicopter Support Contract to AgustaWestland

The UK MOD has awarded a helicopter support contract worth £580 million to AgustaWestland, sustaining more than 1,000 jobs across the UK. The deal, worth over half a billion pounds, will provide maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters over the next five years. The new contract is expected to deliver more than £140 million savings over that time. 

China vows to deepen maritime security ties with Pakistan

On March 26, China pledged to deepen anti-terrorism, maritime security and military technology cooperation with Pakistan to further strengthen their all weather strategic ties.

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