Thursday, 30 April 2015

Damen introduces the new "2nd Generation OPV" to meet demand for multi-mission platforms

This new generation of re-configurable Damen OPVs is highly efficient and incredibly versatile. Damen’s famous Sea Axe hull shape is used for these 2nd generation OPVs. Due to this hulldesign, these vessels demonstrate superior seakeeping including exceptional low heave accelerations. This makes the vessel very comfortable, even in stormy sea states. Since the hull is designed to reduce water resistance, the new OPV is also very fuel efficient and capable of speeds up to 25/26 knots. 

Dassault's Rafale fighter successfully performed first guided firing of a Meteor missile

On 28th April 2015, teams from the French Ministry of Defence, Dassault Aviation and MBDA carried out the first guided firing of the long-range Meteor missile against an air target from a Rafale combat aircraft. The firing, from a Rafale prepared at the DGA’s Cazaux Flight Test Centre (near Bordeaux, S.W. France), proceeded successfully within the secured zone of the DGA Essais de Missiles (previously Centre d'Essais des Landes) in Biscarosse (also near Bordeaux). 
MBDA's Meteor long-range air-to-air guided missile test fired from a Rafale fighter aircraft on April 28
(Direction Générale de l'Armement)
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Cubic to exhibit training innovations at the IDEF 2015 International Defence Industry Fair

Cubic Global Defense will demonstrate a range of technologies for increased effectiveness and readiness at the IDEF International Defence Industry Fair from May 5-8, in Istanbul, Turkey. One of the top four defence shows in the world, IDEF is the largest industry fair in the Eurasian region and continues to grow every year with the number of participating countries, delegations and companies.

U.S. Marine uses the Cubic Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) during a simulated Force-on-Force MOUT (Military Operations on Urban Terrain) 

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Possible bilateral cooperation between Krauss-Maffei Wegman and Romania about Leopard MBT

Romanian authorities will lay the foundations for a bilateral cooperation in the defense industry with the German armored fighting vehicles company Krauss-Maffei Germans Wegman. A working group has already been formed after a meeting between Sorin Encutescu, State Secretary of the Romanian Ministry of Economy, coordinator of the defense industry, and Thomas Fritzsch, regional sales director of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).

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Russian Army to get new amphibious armored engineer vehicles, according Russian media

Russian army is to get new amphibious armored engineer vehicles, equipped with machine-guns, electronic countermeasure devices and GLONASS navigation system and able to withstand temperatures ranging from -40°C to +40°C.

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French Navy Test Launched a MU90 Torpedo from its ATL2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The French Navy released a picture showing one of its ATL2 (Breguet/Dassault Atlantique 2) Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) launching a MU90 torpedo. The MPA belongs to the Flotille (naval air squadron) 21F based in Lann-Bihoué (Britanny) and the trial was conducted at the French procurement agency (DGA) maritime test field in the Mediterranean Sea. The first even MU90 torpedo launch from an ATL2 took place in April 2011.

Raytheon receives $20 mn from DARPA to continue air-launched hypersonic missile development

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) granted defense company Raytheon a $20 million contract to develop technology that will allow missile guidance systems to fly more than five times faster than the speed of sound, Raytheon said in a press release on Wednesday, April 29. 
DARPA's Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 concept
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162 multipurpose trucks delivered to 11th Armored Cavalry Brigade of Ecuador Army

Ecuadorian Minister of National Defence, Fernando Cordero, participated, on Saturday April 25, to the delivery of 162 multipurpose vehicles to the 11th Armored Cavalry Brigade "Galapagos". He said that the acquisition of these vehicles means more security for the country and its people and better conditions for the Ecuadorian Army to make their work more efficiently, effectively and in safety conditions.

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Good things come in threes: Qatar becomes the 3rd export customer of the Dassault Rafale

According to an official statement by the French presidency, Qatar announced today its intention to purchase the Dassault Rafale multirole fighter aircraft, for a total amount of about 6.3 billion euros ($7.06 billion). The Emir of the state of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani confirmed over the phone yesterday to French president François Hollande his intention to procure 24 fighter aircraft, with an option for 12 other planes. 
Dassault Rafale multirole fighter aircraft flying over Mali during Operation Serval
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Ukroboronprom to deliver updated T-64B main battle tanks to the Ukrainian army

The Ukrainian Defense Industry Group Ukroboronprom has announced the delivery of a new batch of updated T-64B main battle tanks to the Ukrainian ministry of Defense. The T-64 was developed and designed in Kharkiv (Ukraine) as the next-generation main battle tank in the early 1960s by the Company Morozov. 
T-64B main battle tank
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Upgraded D variant of China's Shenyang J-11 fighter aircraft performed maiden flight

The upgraded D variant of China’s J-11 fighter jet has made its maiden flight, Chinese media reported. The jet reportedly has new radar and an air refueling system. The J-11D model, which was tested in the air for the first time on Wednesday, is an upgraded variant, based on the J-11B, with an AESA radar and more composite materials. Its radar, EW systems, FBW systems, and communications equipment are the same as those aboard the Shenyang J-16. 
Shenyang J-11D multirole fighter aircraft
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Defence agreement signed between Italy and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Jordan and Italy, on Wednesday April 29, inked a deal to cement military cooperation between the two countries in areas of training, armament manufacturing and exchange of expertise among others. The agreement was signed by Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, the King's Adviser for Military Affairs, Gen. Mashal al-Zabin, and Italy's Defence Minister, Roberta Pinotti. 

A moment of the talks between the Gen. Mashal Al Zaben and the Italian Defence Minister Pinotti 

Navantia Launched The Last LCM-1E LLC Fast Landing Craft for The Royal Australian Navy

Navantia has launched on 27th. April 2015 the twelfth and last LLC fast landing craft being built for the Royal Australian Navy. The design of these ships is based in the fast landing crafts built also by Navantia for the Spanish Navy between 2006 and 2008.

Russia considers restarting production of Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu gave instructions on Wednesday to study the issue of resuming the production of Tupolev Tu-160 (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) supersonic strategic bombers at the Kazan aviation plant in the Volga Republic of Tatarstan, told yesterday April 29 the Russian newspaper Tass. 
Tupolev Tu-160 "Blackjack" strategic bomber
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Aselsan joins Team Leidos for NATO ballistic missile defense (BMD) program contract

ASELSAN will be part of the team, led by Leidos (USA), who was awarded a contract by the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency to provide systems engineering and integration support for the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program. 

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

KRET starts equipping Russia's Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters with Strapdown Inertial Navigation System

Radioelectronic Technologies Concern "KRET", part of Rostec State Corporation, has started equipping Russia's Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters with the strapdown inertial navigation system (SINS). This is the first time SINS is installed on an indigenous helicopter. The new system will allow the helicopters to navigate and perform tasks under extreme conditions of the Far North, KRET’s press-service reports. 
KRET's Strapdown Inertial Navigation System (SINS) is being installed on Arctic version of the Mi-8AMTSh assault transport helicopter, the future Mi-8AMTSh-VA
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Russian Navy Northern Fleet’s Su-33 Flanker D Fighters Conducted Missile Drills over Barents Sea

Russian Government official news agency TASS is reporting that deck-based fighter jets of Russia’s Northern Fleet held tactical exercises with air-to-air missile launches over the Barents Sea.

Libyan National Army reportedly received four Mi-35P gunship helicopters

According to local media, four new combat helicopters have been delivered to the Libyan National Army. They are said to have arrived in Marj two days ago. Pictures released on social medias seem to show that the helicopters delivered are the Russian-made Mi-24P "Hind-F" and are said to have been delivered from the United Arab Emirates, reported yesterday, April 28, the Libyan online newspaper Libya Herald. 
Mil Mi-35P "Hind-F" gunship helicopter seen in Marj (Libya), which could have been delivered to the Libyan National Army
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France to raise defence budget by €3.8 billion from 2016-2019

French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday he would increase the country's defence budget by 3.8 billion euros over four years from 2016 to ensure the army had the capacity to deal with threats at home and handle overseas operations.

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Joint Logistic Support Ship Karel Doorman Commissioned Into Royal Netherlands Navy

The Joint Logistic Support Ship (JSS) Karel Doorman was officially put into service in the Royal Netherlands Navy on 29 April. The largest ship of the Dutch navy is now called His Majesty (Zr. Ms.) Karel Doorman.  

Libya Dawn coalition uses Russian SA-3 and SA-6 SAM as surface-to-surface missile 2904154

After the conversions of SA-3 (S-125) to surface-to-surface missiles, Libya Dawn coalition surprises the world again with the installation of Russian SA-6 Gainful (2K12 Kub) SAM on a Italian made Puma 6x6 Armored Personnel Carrier.

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Sagem's BlueNaute navigation system chosen by US Coast Guard for the Juniper WLB class ships

After issuing an international request for proposals (RFP), the US Coast Guard has chosen Sagem (Safran)'s new attitude and heading reference system, BlueNaute®, to modernize a dozen of its ocean-going ships. About a dozen Juniper WLB class ships will be fitted with the BlueNaute system. 

Coastal troops of Russian Armed Forces perform live firing with new Bal anti-ship missile

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the Pacific Fleet (PF) Coastal Troops’ formation of Russian Armed Forces held the first launch from the new missile system ‘Bal’, which came into the brigade’service at the end of last year. 
The Bal-E is a mobile coastal defense missile system equipped with Uran/Kh-35 anti-ship cruise missiles 
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Alenia Aermacchi showcases for the first time the M-345 Ground Based Training Demonstrator Device

During ITEC, the annual International Forum for the Military Training, Education and simulation sectors, held on 28-30 April 2015 in Prague, Alenia Aermacchi is showcasing, for the first time, the M-345 Ground Based Training Demonstrator Device (GDD). The M-345 GDD, painted in “Frecce Tricolori” livery, is an advanced flight simulator, representative of the flight qualities of the Alenia Aermacchi M-345 HET aircraft and offering a replica of the cockpit and the main flight controls of the aircraft. 
Alenia Aermacchi's M-345 Ground Based Training Demonstrator Device (GDD)
(Alenia Aermacchi)
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Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Received and Tested Its First "BAL" Coastal Missile System

The Russian Navy just announced that the Pacific Fleet (PF) Coastal Troops’ formation held the first launch from the new missile system ‘Bal’, which came into the brigade’service at the end of last year. The Coastal Troop Division, having made a 200-kilometer march from its home station, deployed on the move on an unequipped position and conducted a missile launch against waterborne target.

L-3, Exelis to develop EW self-protection solutions for USAF's AC/MC-130J Commando II aircraft

Exelis and L-3 Platform Integration are partnering to provide cutting-edge electronic self-protection capabilities for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command’s (AFSOC) AC/MC-130J Commando II aircraft. The team’s combined experience in electronic warfare (EW) and platform integration will allow rapid development of a highly advanced yet low-risk solution to protect Air Force special operations aviators from the evolving radio frequency threats they face in their global missions. 
U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command’s AC-130J Ghostrider gunship aircraft
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EXACTO Guided bullet demonstrates repeatable performance against moving targets

DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, which developed a self-steering bullet to increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots, completed in February its most successful round of live-fire tests to date. An experienced shooter using the technology demonstration system repeatedly hit moving and evading targets. Additionally, a novice shooter using the system for the first time hit a moving target.

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MDA to Provide Upgrades To Radar Surveillance Systems On Board Canadian CP-140 Aurora MPAs

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a global communications and information company, today announced that it has signed two contract amendments, with a combined total of CA$7 million, with Canada's Department of National Defence to provide software upgrades to the radar surveillance systems for Canada's fleet of CP-140 Aurora aircraft. 

More non-lethal equipment, including night-vision goggles, transferred from Canada to Ukraine

On April 28, a new batch of non-lethal equipment, including night-vision goggles, was transferred to the Ukrainian National Guard during a media event in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration attended the event on behalf of Canada, in the presence of Lieutenant-General Mykola Balan, Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine.

Lieutenant-General Mykola Balan, Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine and Chris Alexander, Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration during the transfer ceremony

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U.S. approves $1.5 bn support contract for RAAF F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fleets

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and future fleet of EA-18G Growler Aircraft Sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion. The principal contractor will be The Boeing Company in St. Louis, Missouri. 
Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter aircraft
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

TOR-M2U short-range surface-to-air defense missile system technical data sheet pictures video Russian army

The TOR-M2U is an upgraded version of the TOR-M2 short-range air defense missile system. The TOR-M2U is equipped with a new battlefield missile system with better algorithms to recognize, classify and prioritize targets and able to engage four threats simultaneously.
Russian army TOR-M2U short-range air defense missile system
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T-90A T-90M main battle tank technical dat sheet specifications pictures video Russian army

The T-90A also called T-90M or T-90S is a Russian-made main battle tank and the successor of the standard T-90. T-90As entered service in 2005, replacing the aging T-72s and T-80s and forming the backbone of Russian ground forces.
Russian-made T-90A main battle tank
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BTR-MDM Rakushka airborne multi-role armoured vehicle technical data sheet specifications pictures video

The BTR-MDM Rakushka is a further development of the BTR-MD airborne tracked multi-role armoured vehicle. The BTR-MDM was unveiled for the first time during the at the 9th International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment and Ammunition Russian Arms Expo which was held from 25 - 28 September 2013 in the city of Nizhny Tagil, Russia. 
Russian-made BTR-MDM Rakushka airborne multi-role armoured vehicle
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T-15 BMP Armata AIFV Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle technical data sheeet specifications pictures video

The T-15 BMP Armata is the latest generation of AIFV (Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle) developed and manufactured by the Russian Defense Industry. The T-15 BMP Armata was unveiled for the first time to the public during the rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in April 2015. 
T-15 BMP Armata new Russian-made AIFV Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle
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Fincantieri Delivered the fourth FREMM Frigate “Carabiniere” to the Italian Navy

The frigate “Carabiniere” was delivered today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard. It is the fourth vessel of the FREMM program – Multi Mission European Frigates - commissioned to Fincantieri within the international Italian-French program, coordinated by OCCAR (the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri and 49% Finmeccanica) is the prime contractor for Italy in the FREMM program, which envisions the building of 10 units, all already ordered.

French Company Vaylon presents its Pegase Special Forces flying cross co...

At SOFINS 2015, the International conference and exhibition dedicated for the Special Forces Operation of the French Army, the Company Vaylon has presented the Pegase, a new off-road vehicle able to fly in the sky and run in off-road terrain thanks to a single propeller and a flexible wing. 

Saab unveiled upgraded PS-05/A Mk4 radar system for the Gripen C/D fighter aircraft

Defence and security company Saab announced today, April 28, it has developed the PS-05/A fighter radar to a new version designated Mk4, which gives Gripen C/D improved performance and operating range. The development is a significant step on the roadmap for the future capability enhancement of the Gripen C/D. 
Saab's new Mk4 upgrade for the PS-05/A radar will continue to improve capabilities of the Gripen C/D fighter aircraft
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Bolivia to purchase 40,000 last generation assault rifles

Bolivia wants to buy 40,000 assault rifles to modernize in fantry units. Since 1979, soldiers's rifles have never been renewed. A quarter of the 40,000 new weapons will be placed in reserve while the rest will go the infantry units.

Belarusian Air Force takes delivery of four Yak-130 trainer aircraft

A solemn ceremony to hand over four new training and light combat aircraft Yak-130 to personnel of the 116th guards assault airbase of the Belarusian Air Force took place at the Lida airfield on 27 April, reported yesterday the Belarusian newspaper BelTA. The four new aircraft will make up an independent wing as part of the airbase.
Belarusian Air Force new Yak-130 light attack and trainer aircraft
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US Navy Tested the MAGIC CARPET Software to Assist F/A-18E/F/G Landing on Aircraft Carriers

The US Navy recently field-tested its new Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies (MAGIC CARPET) software. The goal of the software is to automatically assist F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during their carrier landing phase. 

Indian Air Force likely to receive four more Tejas light combat aircraft by 2015-end

The Indian Air Force is likely to get four more indigenously made light combat aircraft Tejas by the end of the current financial year from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, National Aerospace Laboratories' Director Shyam Chetty has said. "The four aircraft may adhere to international standards on end-to-end accuracy," Chetty said, adding, further research was on to meet the parameters stipulated by the IAF. 
Indian Air Force HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft
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KIDEC 2015 organizers appointed Army Recognition as Official Online Show Daily News and Web TV

Army Recognition is proud to announce its selection as official Media Partner, Official Online Show Daily News and Official Web TV for KIDEC 2015, the International Defense Exhibition & conference which will be held from the 15 - 19 November 2015 in Camp Doha, Kuwait. The organizers of KIDEC 2015 understood the interest to use the notoriety and the popularity of Army Recognition online Defence & Security magazine to spread all activities of the event and to provide the exhibitors with a global online window in parallel with KIDEC 2015 exhibition about the latest defence and security technologies and innovations.
Army Recognition the Official Online Show Daily News and Official Web TV for KIDEC 2015, International Defense Exhibition & conference
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Indian Navy Orders 7 New Project 17A Stealth Frigates From Local Shipyards MDL And GRSE

Under project P-17A, Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL), Mumbai, will make four stealth frigates while Kolkata shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) will make three such frigates, all of which will be of the same design.

Bulgaria could jointly produce armored personnel carriers with US

Bulgaria's government should allocate more money to defense, President Rosen Plevneliev's Defense and Security Secretary Atanas Samandov has said. He told daily Pressa that several projects could be developed to boost the military industry, citing the example of prospective cooperation with US companies on armored personnel carriers. Comments of reserve Gen Samandov came hours before the beginning of a Consultative Council for National Security at Bulgaria's Presidency in the capital Sofia.

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Philippines Orders Ten Multi-Role Response Vessels from Japan for the Coast Guard

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has awarded a project to enhance the Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) ability to protect our seas, particularly the construction of ten (10) 40-meter multi-role response vessels or MRRVs and their staggered delivery from the third quarter of 2016 up to the third quarter of 2018. 

Visit report BSS Yugoimport Nora B 52K1 howitzer factory & live firing A...

The Serbian Defense Company Yugoimport opens the door of its new BSS "Complex Combat System" factory in Velika Plana (Serbia) for Army Recognition Group Defense Web Tv press team to visit the production line of the 155mm 8x8 self-propelled howitzer NORA B-52K1 . Yugoimport has launched the opening of its new factory to increase the production of NORA B-52 howitzer to meet new international orders and interest from many countries in Asia and Africa

Monday, 27 April 2015

Lockheed Martin to supply USAF with more C-130 support and training solutions

Lockheed Martin continues to advance C-130 military airlifter aircrew and maintenance training under recent contract awards from the U.S. Air Force valued at more than $80 million, the US-based company announced yesterday, April 27. 
C-130 Hercules training simulator being used by the USAF under Lockheed Martin's C-130 Aircrew Training System (ATS) program
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Indian indigenously built Dhanush 155mm howitzer successfully pass technical tests

The indigenously designed and manufactured 155/45 calibre artillery gun, Dhanush has successfully met all technical parameters during the winter and summer trials. Informing the Members of Parliament of the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry, the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar said on April 27. Dhanush incorporates many improved features than the guns which the Army is possessing at present.

Prototype 6 of Indian-made Dhanush 155mm 45 calibre towed howitzer at Defexpo 2014, Defense Exhibition in New Delhi, India

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PZL-Swidnik to provide Uganda with GrandNew, W-3A Sokol helicopter for law enforcement

PZL-Swidnik, an AgustaWestland company, announced that it has signed a contract with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uganda for the delivery of a GrandNew and a W-3A Sokol helicopter. These aircraft, which are to be delivered in 2015, will be operated by the Uganda Police to perform law enforcement missions across the nation. 
PZL-Swidnik AW109 GrandNew light utility multirole helicopter
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Rheinmetall to upgrade NH90 Helicopter Cockpit Trainer for the German Bundeswehr

The German Bundeswehr is currently upgrading its helicopter training programme with simulation technology from Rheinmetall. In March 2015 the Simulation and Training business unit of Rheinmetall Defence was awarded a contract from Germany’s BAAINBw defence procurement agency to upgrade all NH90 Cockpit Trainer to IOC+ configuration and with additional software modules from Rheinmetall’s Asterion product line. 
German Air Force technical training center's NH90 Cockpit Trainer
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Russia's Victory Day Parade 2015: List of aircraft on display

The 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade will take place in Red Square in Moscow on 9 May 2015that will be held in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II. Russia’s state-of-the-art aircraft will be presented to the public on an unique fly past column. More than 20 different aircraft will perform aerial display, such as the Tu-160 bomber and the newly-developed Su-35 multirole fighter aircraft. 
Tupolev Tu-22M3 bomber aircraft
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T-14 Armata could receive network-centric warfare equipment, according Russian media

According Russian media, the new T-14 Armata main battle tank could be fitted with network-centric warfare equipment. Some others new vehicles of Russian Army, that will be unveiled during the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade, such as Kurganets-25 light tracked armored infantry fighting vehicles, Bumerang 8x8 armored personnel carrier or Typhoon armored personnel carriers could also be fitted with that equipment.

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