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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

U.S. Army Orders 36 more M88A2 Hercules Heavy Armoured Recovery Vehicles

BAE Systems Land & Armaments was awarded an $110 million (€99 million) contract for 36 M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (HERCULES) vehicles and spares for United States Army. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2018.
An M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System, also known as Hercules, is loaded into a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Photo: U.S. DoD.

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Sikorsky to deliver Tunisia's last four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters by 2019

Sikorsky Aircraft was awarded a $79,680,022 to foreign military sales contract to Tunisia for four modified UH60M Black Hawk helicopters. Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2019, the US Department of Defense announced on Monday June 30, 2015. 
US Army Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopter
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Austal Lays Keel of Manchester (LCS 14) While Jackson (LCS 6) Completes Acceptance Trials

Austal and the U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony today for the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), marking the first significant milestone in its construction. This ship is the fifth Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) built at Austal under the 10-ship, $3.5 billion block buy contract awarded to Austal in 2010. The U.S. Navy also announced that future USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully concluded acceptance trials June 26, after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). 

Vietnam Navy received its 4th Russian-made project 636 Kilo class diesel electric submarine

The fourth of a total of six Varshavyanka class submarines of Project 636.1 that Vietnam ordered from Russia has been delivered to Cam Ranh Port in the central part of the country on Tuesday. The Da Nang submarine was transported by the Dutch heavy load carrier vessel Rolldok Star. Its unloading and the submarine’s putting afloat will be carried out within the next two days after all the necessary administrative formalities and customs documentation execution are completed.

Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod successfully performed first flight test

Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod recently completed its first flight test, successfully tracking multiple airborne targets while flying on an F-16 in Fort Worth, Texas. Legion Pod was integrated onto the F-16 without making any hardware or software changes to the aircraft. Additional flight tests on the F-16 and F-15C will continue throughout the year. 
Legion Pod was fitted on a F-16 and successfully tracked multiple airborne targets while flying
(Randy Crites)
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Netherlands order 12 new Bushmaster 4x4 armoured personnel carrier from Thales

A dozen life-saving Bushmasters are going into production in Bendigo for export to the Netherlands, after the country’s Ministry of Defence ordered new vehicles from Thales in Australia. The vehicles will complement the 86 Bushmasters previously purchase by the Dutch customer between 2006 and 2009, and will be delivered by the middle of 2016.
Bushmaster 4x4 armoured personnel carrier of Dutch Army.
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British Company WFEL Built The Land Based Ski Jump Used For F-35B Lightning II Aircraft Tests

WFEL has played a vital role in the inaugural launch of the F-35B Lightning II, which has made aviation history after it took off from a WFEL ski jump in the US, piloted by British BAE Systems Test Pilot Pete 'Wizzer' Wilson. The land-based test was carried out above the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Patuxent River, Maryland, and marks the first time that an F-35 Lightning II has taken off from a ski jump. Ski-jump ramps provide an aircraft with an upward flight path, meaning the aircraft can take off from a shorter runway with a heavier payload.

KRET unveils details about new multi-channel laser guidance system for military helicopters

KRET has developed a multi-channel laser guidance system for the Ka-52, Mi-8MNP, and Mi-28N helicopters. The new development will guide high-precision missiles and will allow helicopters to use various types of missiles, announced the Russian state corporation Rostec on June 26, 2015. The laser guidance system is designed to control and guide missiles to a target through either automatic or manual honing. 
KRET's new laser guidance system is mainly dedicated to rotary-wing aircraft, such as the Mi-28N attack helicopter
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Saab Signs Contracts with Sweden for A26 Submarines and Upgrade for Gotland-Class Submarines

Swedish company Saab has signed contracts with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the construction of two new Type A26 submarines and a mid-life upgrade for two Gotland-class submarines. The orders, signed with FMV on June 30, cover the period 2015-2024 and the total order value is $1.04 billion (€934 million).

Saab new generation SSK Kockums A26, will be designed for mainly littoral operations but will also possess ocean-going capabilities. Picture: Saab 

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Airbus Defence and Space will provide South Korea with four A330 MRTT multirole tanker aircraft

According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, Airbus today beated Boeing in the competition to supply South-Korea with four aerial refueling tanker. Total amount for the project has been estimated to $1.3 bn. The first two tanker will be delivered by 2018 and another two the next year. The two other competitors were Boeing with its KC-46 Pegasus, currently in development, and Israel Aerospace Industries with the B767 MMTT.
Royal Australian Air Force Airbus A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft
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Cubic Selected for the Australian Army’s Exercise and Advanced Services Standing Offer (EATSSO)

Cubic Global Defense (CGD) announced on June 23 the selection of Cubic Defence Australia as the prime contractor for the Australian Army’s Exercise and Advanced Services Standing Offer (EATSSO). Under the new award, Cubic will support the Australian Army with exercise planning, management and evaluation; the delivery of simulated environmental effects, including both live and constructive support; and the provision of medical training.

Chief of Staff, 1st Division/Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, COL Kahlil Fegan congratulates MR Mark Horn, General Manager, Cubic Defence Australia at contract signing in Brisbane on 25th May 2015. (© Commonwealth of Australia)

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Orbital ATK Successfully Launched Two GQM-163A Coyote Targets for the U.S. Navy

Orbital ATK, Inc. a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched two GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Target Vehicles for the U.S. Navy, marking the 47th and 48th mission of Coyote program since its inception 15 years ago. “The recent flight test showcases the robustness of the Coyote target and the commitment of our team to the success of our customer’s mission,” said Keven Leith, Orbital ATK’s Senior Director of Navy Programs.

GQM-163A Coyote. The highly maneuverable Coyote has two optional flight trajectories: “sea skimmer” and “high-diver.” This test was flown as a high-diver mission in which the Coyote ascended to approximately 35,000 feet, reaching Mach 3.3 cruise speed under ramjet power, and then executed a planned 40-degree unpowered dive to its objective point near the ocean’s surface at the end of its 110 mile journey. Picture: Orbital ATK
  
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Northrop Grumman, US Navy Celebrate Legacy of EA-6B Prowler, Future of EW Partnership

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971. On Saturday, June 27, the longest serving carrier-based aircraft in history passed that electronic attack baton to its successor, the EA-18G Growler, with a ceremonial final take-off and flyaway from its longtime home base...

Three U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers (bottom) and an EA-6B Prowler aircraft perform a "missing man" formation as part of a memorial ceremony held June 26 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The ceremony celebrated the lives of all the naval aviators and maintenance personnel who died serving the electronic attack mission of the Prowler. Photo by Edgar Mills, Northrop Grumman

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China has delivered 557 armoured and security vehicles to Venezuela

China has delivered 557 military vehicles that include VN-4 4X4 wheeled armored vehicles, engineer armoured vehicles and water cannon vehicles to Venezuela.The vehicles were delivered at a ceremony in Palo Negro in the state of Aragua on June 26, according to Military Parade, a Russian website.

NORINCO VN-4 4x4 armoured vehicle in Caracas, Venezuela on 5 March 2014 during the commemoration of Hugo Chavez's death

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Djiboutian Army Unveiled for the First Time WMA301 105mm Wheeled Tank Destroyer During Parade

During a military parade held on June 27 to celebrate the 38th anniversary of its independence, the Djiboutian Armed forces unveiled for the first time a chinese-made Norinco WMA301 105mm wheeled tank destroying vehicle.
Djibouti received at least one Chinese WMA301 105mm tank destroyer (©Djibouti Armed Forces)

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BAE Systems to continue providing Republic of Singapore Air Force with training solutions

BAE Systems has been awarded an extension to its contract to support the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Air Grading Centre (AGC) – Flying Training Institute (FTI) from its Flight Training Academy located in Tamworth, NSW. BAE Systems will continue to provide the RSAF with aircraft, purpose built training facilities, instructor training, student accommodation and recreational facilities until the end of 2019. 
RSAF will increase the number of students to 240 annually
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Orbital ATK Successfully Launched Two GQM-163A Coyote Targets for the U.S. Navy

Orbital ATK, Inc. a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched two GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Target Vehicles for the U.S. Navy, marking the 47th and 48th mission of Coyote program since its inception 15 years ago. “The recent flight test showcases the robustness of the Coyote target and the commitment of our team to the success of our customer’s mission,” said Keven Leith, Orbital ATK’s Senior Director of Navy Programs. “We are proud to provide an important capability to the Navy that is critical to the defense of this country.”

Northrop Grumman, US Navy Celebrate Legacy of EA-6B Prowler, Future of EW Partnership

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971. On Saturday, June 27, the longest serving carrier-based aircraft in history passed that electronic attack baton to its successor, the EA-18G Growler, with a ceremonial final take-off and flyaway from its longtime home base. It was the culmination of a two-day event honoring the legendary aircraft.

Angola to take delivery of up to four upgraded Su-30K multi-role fighters in late 2015

Angola will take delivery of up to four overhauled and upgraded Su-30K multi-role fighters in late 2015 under a contract with Russia, the Russian news agency TASS reports with reference to a representative of the 558th aircraft repair plant (Belarus); the enterprise is responsible for overhaul and upgrade of the aircraft. 
Former Indian Air Force's Su-30K multirole fighter aircraft
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Monday, 29 June 2015

Saab Receives €29 Million Order for RBS 70 Missiles for an Undisclosed Customer

Defence and security company Saab has received an €29 million ($33 million) order for the delivery of RBS 70 missiles and additional equipment and training. Deliveries will occur between 2015 and 2016. The RBS 70 is a man-portable air-defense missile system (MANPADS) designed for air defense warfare in all climate zones and with little to no support from other forces.

The RBS 70 NG is a man-portable air-defense system designed and manufactured by the Swedish Company SAAB (©Saab) 

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Orbital ATK's 155mm Artillery Precision Guidance Kit Meets All Requirements During Test

Orbital ATK announced on June 29 that the U.S. Army's Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) for 155mm artillery achieved another major program milestone, having successfully completed its first production Lot Acceptance Test, demonstrating a median accuracy of less than 10 meters and passing all safety and reliability requirements.
155mm artillery projectiles with Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) at AUSA 2014, the Association of the United States Army conference and exhibition in Washington, D.C. 


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Headquarters of United Forces in Lebanon conducted a security evaluation of Chinese contingent

Considering the current instability in Lebanon and the tense situation in the Lebanon-Israel border region, the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) conducted a security evaluation for the 14th Chinese peacekeeping multifunctional engineering contingent to Lebanon on June 26, 2015, so as to ascertain the peacekeepers' ability of security protection and self-defense.
A United Nations Chinese battalion involved in the demining of the town of Hiniyah in Lebanon prepares to detonate unexploded ordnance. 
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President of Russia plans to spend $400 billion through 2020 to modernize Russian armed forces

Putin's plan aims to spend 22 trillion rubles (over $400 billion) through 2020 to give the Russian armed forces dozens of navy ships, hundreds of new planes and missiles and thousands of tanks and other weapons. Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, in a stance that reflects soaring tensions with the West over the crisis in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside Moscow’s Kremlin Wall, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 22, 2015, to mark the 74th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. (AP)
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South Korea to select winner for country's future tanker aircraft fleet on Tuesday

South Korea is expected to pick the winner of its 1.4 trillion won ($1.25 billion) project to procure four in-flight refueling tankers at a session of the South Korea's National Defense Acquisition Program Committee on Tuesday, a procurement official said Sunday June 28th 2015. 
Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tanker aircraft
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Brazil to Buy Russian Pantsir (SA-22 Greyhound) Air Defense Systems in First Half of 2016

Brazil is apt to purchase Russian Pantsir air defense systems as early as in the first half of 2016, Brazilian Ambassador to Russia Jose Vallim Guerreiro said. “A general decision on the purchase has been made… As far as I know, the deal is expected in the first half of 2016,” Guerreiro told RIA Novosti.

The Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound NATO code name) is an air defense missile-gun system

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First group of IAF cadets achieved initial flight training on new M-346 Lavi trainer aircraft

Dozens of Israel Air Force cadets received their officer’s ranks on Tuesday June 23rd at Hatzerim Air Force Base, in a ceremony that occurs every year – though this year’s new pilots are different. These members of the 170th IAF training course are the first to have trained on the Alenia M-346 Master training jet, which is dubbed the Lavi (Hebrew for Lion) in the IAF. 
Israeli Air Force M-346 Lavi trainer jet
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First Korean Chassis for Polish Krab 155 mm self-propelled howitzer sent to Poland

According to South Korean newspaper Chosun, Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and Samsung Techwin announced, on June 25, that first K-9 chassis for Polish Krab 155 mm self-propelled howitzer has been shipped to Poland. The chassis should arrive In Poland on July and the integration by Huta Stalowa Wola, the Polish public defense company, of the already manufactured turret should immediately begin.

The inscription on the side of the vehicle presented by Samsung Techwin proves its destination

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The Royal Australian Air Force takes delivery of its first Alenia C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has taken delivery of the first of ten Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters. The new aircraft has touched down at its new home of RAAF Base Richmond, the Australian Aviation website announced on June 25th, 2015. 
RAAF C-27J A34-001 tactical airlifter on approach to Richmond
(Seth Jaworski)
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Rostec and OPK New Glider-T Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Can Navigate Without GLONASS

At "Army-2015” International Military-Technical Forum, Russia's United Instrument Corporation unveiled the Glider-T Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) which can navigate without GLONASS, the Russian version of GPS (Global Position System). The AUV will be able to locate passing ships by their sound, carry out radio-location warfare tasks, imitate false targets, interfere with the operation of enemy hydro-location and other hydro-acoustic equipment, according to Sputnik International. 

Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) System for the Australian Defence Force

The Australian Government has given a combined First and Second Pass approval for project LAND 19 Phase 7A – Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C-RAM) Sense and Warn capability. Force protection of personnel is of the highest priority, particularly given the increasingly complex operating environments. C-RAM Sense and Warn provides early detection and warning of incoming indirect fire threats. It gives personnel additional time to evade danger, minimising potential casualties.

Giraffe AMB Air Surveillance and Ground Based Air Defence of SAAB selected by Australia (©SAAB)

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French Navy ATL2 MPA Can Now Self Designate GBU-12 Laser-Guided Bombs With MX-20 System

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that on 18 June 2015, two Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol crews were qualified to GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb shooting procedures with self-designation. This flight marked the end of a training course which confronted crews to modern technologies used in air-to-ground support missions thanks to the Wescam MX-20D electro-optical turret fitted on ATL2 Standard V.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Armed forces of Germany want to order a total of 8 to 10 units of MEADS air defense missile system

The German armed forces want to order a total of 8 and 10 units of the MEADS air defense missile systems for the time being, the managing director of manufacturer MBDA Deutschland GmbH said on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
The MEADS air defense missile system is manufactured by the European defense group MBDA and Lockheed Martin Corp.
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Russian troops of Eastern Military District will receive Leer-3 UAVs designed for electronic warfare

Troops of Russia's Eastern Military District will receive the latest unmanned aerial vehicles Leer-3 designed for electronic warfare by the end of this year, the district's spokesman Alexander Gordeev said on Friday, June 26, 2015. At the present time the servicemen of the EW (Electronic Warfare) units learn to use the new equipment in the Interservice centre of UAV of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
The Russian-made Leer-3 is especially designed to perform electronic warfare missions.
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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Russia defense industry unveils new UMZ-K multipurpose mine-laying vehicle at Army-2015

During the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2015, which took place near Moscow from 16 to 19 June 2015, Russian defense industry has unveiled new multipurpose mine-laying vehicle, the UMZ-K. The vehicle is designed to remotely scatter anti-personnel, anti-paratrooper and anti-tank clustered mines over terrain.
New Russian-made UMZ-K new multipurpose mine-laying vehicle is based on a 8x8 military truck chassis KamAZ-63501.
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Chinese army has take delivery of new 125mm cannon with the highest range in the world

Chinese army has take delivery of new 125mm cannon during a ceremony, Sunday, June 10, 2015. According Chinese sources, the cannon will have the highest range, velocity and penetration power of any 120mm/125mm cannon in the world.
The new Chinese-made 125mm cannon
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Army of India Request For Information for new combat vehicle to replace Soviet-made T-72 MBT

The Indian Army has issued a Request for Information (RFI) inviting responses from companies by July 31 to design the vehicle which will form the “base platform for the Main Battle Tank which is planned to replace the existing T-72 tanks in the Armoured Corps”. 
The T-72 Main Battle Tank (MBT) called Ajeya in the Indian army is a licence manufactured Russian T-72M1.
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Mitsubishi from Japan to develop new amphibious assault vehicle faster the US-made AAV7

In January, a top U.S. Marine general visited Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan to look at a prototype of an amphibious assault vehicle that could one day be a key pillar in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to sell weapons abroad.
US. AAV-7 amphibious assault vehicle
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U.S. Army and Air Force to develop RADBO laser mounted on MRAP vehicle for mine clearance

The U.S. Army is working with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to develop laser technology-equipped mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles. The vehicles would be able to safely explode mines and other explosives from a distance.
The RADBO platform integrates a three-kilowatt Zeus III laser and robotic arm on a fielded mine-resistant ambush protected, or MRAP, vehicle, to more safely detonate unexploded ordnance from runways and taxiways.
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Friday, 26 June 2015

Video: RAN Frigate HMAS Melbourne Firing a RIM-162 ESSM Missile from Mk41 VLS

The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, has successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (RIM-162 ESSM), reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills. The missile firings were conducted off the coast of New South Wales on 24 June against an unmanned aerial target launched from the Beecroft Range at Jervis Bay. 

Video Yugoimport unveils SOVA trainer light attack aircraft Premax 39 multirole fast patrol boat at Partner 2015 Serbia

At Partner 2015, the International Defense and Security Exhition, which took place from the 23 to 26 June 2015 in Belgrade (Serbia), the Serbian State Defense Company Yugoimport has unveiled two main new products, the SOVA a new trainer and light attack aircraft and the PREMAX 39, a Multirole Fast Patrol Boat. 

Yugoimport unveils PREMAX 39 Multirole Fast Patrol Boat at Partner 2015 defense fair in Serbia

At the International Defense Exhibition in Serbia, Partner 2015, which took place from the 23 to 26 June in Belgrade, the Serbian State Defense Company Yugoimport has unveiled the Premax 39, a Multirole Fast Patrol Boat especially designed to be used in rivers, lakes as well as littoral water.
Premax 39 Multirole Fast Patrol Boat at Partner 2015, International Defense Exhibition In Belgrade, Serbia
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PARTNER 2015: EDePro presents the new ALAS-C coastal defense missile system

During PARTNER 2015, the Serbia-based company EDePro presented a new variant of its Advanced Light Attack System (ALAS) dedicated to coastal defense. The ALAS-C (Advanced Light Attack System-Coastal) is a fire & forget multipurpose weapon system, intended for coastal defense and OTHT (Over-The-Horizon Targeting) in all operations occuring in naval environment. 
EDePro's new ALAS-C coastal defense missile at PARTNER 2015
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EDePro introduces two new projects of UAV at PARTNER 2015: the Rapier and the Atrox

At Partner 2015, the Serbian company EDePro (Engine Development & Production introduced two projects of unnmanned combat aerial vehicle, the Rapier and the Atrox. EdePro, based in Belgrade, develops solutions for solid rockets, turbo jet powered missiles and production of energetic materials, and is now showcasing two new innovative solutions in order to enter the UAV market. 
EDePro's new project of UAV introduced at PARTNER 2015, the Rapier
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Russian S-300 Air Defence System Manufacturer Signs Deal with Iran

Russian S-300 air defence system manufacturer Almaz-Antey and Iran’s Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation have signed a cooperation agreement, Almaz-Antey said in a statement on Thursday, June 26. "The sides agreed on interaction in promoting Russian innovative products of civilian designation on the Iranian market and organizing joint production of these products at Russian and Iranian industrial enterprises," the press office said.

S-300 surface-to-air missile systems

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Australian Senate Committee gives green light for acquisition and use of armed drones

An Australian Senate Committee gave an exclusive right to Australia's military personnel to operate armed unmanned aircrafts and use them in compliance with international law, according to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Legislation Committee. "A policy statement governing the deployment of armed unmanned platforms should be clearly articulated by the Australian government," the report read, according to Australian news agency AAP. 
Australian Army's RQ-7B 200 Shadow UAV
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Saab Receives NLAW Anti-tank Weapon Order from Finnish Defence Forces

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Finnish Defence Forces for the NLAW anti-tank weapon. The contract value is approximately €32 million (approximately $36 million). In 2007 Finland ordered the NLAW, becoming the second export customer for the short range anti-tank weapon. Finland has now ordered an additional number of NLAWs.

NLAW is a joint Swedish and British short-range fire-and-forget anti-tank missile system

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Land Zone Area at DSEI 2015 latest innovations and products of armoured and combat vehicles

At DSEI 2015, the International Defence and Security event which will be held from 15 to 18 September 2015 in London, the dedicated Land Zone will provide even more suppliers and content, with many examples of innovative products and solutions. The Static Vehicle display is expanding this year following the success of 2013, with many exhibitors bringing vehicles including Iveco, Streit and a showcase by Faun Trackway. 

Magic Wand (David's Sling) Missile Defense System to begin to be absorb by Israeli Defense Force

A significant advancement in the absorption process of the "Magic Wand" (also sometimes called "David's Sling") Missile Defense System was marked, as the Israeli Air Force established a first founding team, following a serious of successful experiments

Israeli-made David's Sling air defense missile system launch station

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Italy hosts largest multinational helicopter exercise in Europe, Italian Blade 2015

More than 30 helicopters and 1000 military personnel have gathered 80 kilometers north of Rome for Italian Blade 2015, this year’s largest military rotary-wing exercise in Europe, the European Defence Agency announced on Tuesday June 23rd. Crews from seven different countries have started training together yesterday using joint procedures and tactics during missions of increasing complexity. 
Czech Republic participates in Italian Blade 2015 with 3 Mi-24 Hind combat helicopters
(European Defence Agency)
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Egypt is About to Procure an NH90 NFH Maritime Helicopter for its New FREMM Multi-Mission Frigate

According to several Middle Eastern news outlets, Egypt is about to procure an NH90 NFH Maritime Helicopter for its newly acquired FREMM multi-mission frigate Tahya Misr (originally intended for the French Navy and formerly nammed Normandie). The NH90 NFH (for NATO Frigate Helicopter) is fully operational with the French Navy. According to many, the FREMM/NH90 combo is one of the most potent anti-submarine warfare tool available today. 

HAL's home-grown Light Combat Helicopter successfully achieved hot weather trials

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) attained a milestone by successfully completing the hot weather flight trials for a nearly one week at Jodhpur recently, the India-based company announced today June 26th, 2015. 
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's Light Combat Helicopter performing hot weather trials in Leh
(HAL)
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KAI unveils further details on future LAH/LCH helicopters development program

Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KAI) has signed, on 25th June, the contracts for the development of Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) as well as Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) with the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT), the agency representing the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) simultaneous.
Korea Aerospace Industries' project of Light Armed Helicopter (LAH)
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