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Monday, 30 November 2015

Opening of ExpoDefensa 2015 International Exhibition of Defense and Security in Colombia

First day, at the International Exhibition of Defense and Security ExpoDefensa 2015 which takes place in Bogota (Colombia) from the 30 November 2015 to 2 December 2015. Army Recognition editorial team is in Colombia to cover the event with its online Show Daily News and Web TV, an unique opportunity to follow all activities of ExpoDefensa 2015 with news, report and video. 
Opening ceremony at ExpoDefensa 2015, International Exhibition of Defense and Security in Bogota, Colombia. 
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Harris is showcasing its multimission radio systems at Expodefensa 2015

US Company Harris is exhibiting it's radio systems at Expodefensa 2015 in Bogota. The Falcon III RF-7800W High-Capability Line-of-Sight multimission Radio is showcased at the stand. It provides secure, dependable wireless broadband connectivity for both military and commercial applications. The company is also presenting its Individual Soldier System.
Harris Falcon III Vehicular solutions

SAAB is presenting its wide range of systems for air, land and sea at Expodefensa 2015

Saab’s trusted and reliable products are backed by a unique mix of high technology, proven effectiveness and lower costs. Saab’s broad portfolio of reliable, cost-efficient and high technology products and systems for air, land and sea are currently showcased at Expodefensa 2015.
Optimized BAMSE scale model at Expodefensa 2015

Orbital ATK's AARGM Block 1 Software Upgrade Missile Scores Direct Hit in U.S. Navy Test

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, and the U.S. Navy successfully launched and scored a direct hit against an advanced enemy air defense radar system during a live fire test of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Block 1 Software Upgrade at China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center on Sept. 22, 2015.

U.S. Navy Issues Remaining Funding for future Littoral Combat Ship USS Cooperstown (LCS 23)

The U.S. Navy has issued a Lockheed Martin led industry team the balance of funding of $279 million for the construction of the future USS Cooperstown (LCS 23). The funding approved by Congress provides the financing required to maintain the cost and schedule of this critical national asset. Congress provided $79 million in advanced procurement funding for LCS 23 in March 2015

The Royal Jordanian Air Force receives APKWS units for integration on its CN-235 gunship aircraft

The US Navy and industry partner BAE recently shipped 110 Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) units to Jordan for integration on its CASA CN-235 light gunship aircraft. Jordan is the first international partner to receive APKWS, a laser-guided rocket that can destroy targets while limiting collateral damage in close combat, the Navy announced today.
RJAF AC-235 light gunship aircraft
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Direct hit for the Orbital ATK’s AGM-88E AARGM missile

Orbital ATK conducted a live fire test of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Block 1 Software Upgrade. The test took place on 22 September at China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center and included the use of a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet platform for the launch of the missile. 
An US Navy F/A-18F firing an AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Block 1 Software Upgrade
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Airbus DS may offer an ISR version of the A400M and the A330 military aircraft

Airbus Defence and Space is considering offering a new capabilities for the A400M and A330 aircraft. The company sees the fight against the IS, the requirement for multi-purpose platforms in an era of tight budgets, as the main driving forces.
An Airbus A300 MRTT tanker aircraft refuelling an A400M military airlifter
(Credit: Airbus DS)
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Sevmash to lay down eighth Project 955 SSBN, fifth Project 885M attack submarine in 2016

Russia’s Sevmash Shipyard is to lay down the eighth Project 955 Borei (NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy) nuclear ballistic missile submarine and fifth Project 885M Yasen-M (Severodvinsk) nuclear attack submarine in 2016, Sevmash Director General Mikhail Budnichenko told TASS on Monday.

Indonesian Defense Minister officially signs deal to acquire Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jets

Indonesia's defense minister had finally signed the official document approving deal to acquire Russia-made Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to replace the would-be decommissioned F-5 E/F Tiger II operated by Indonesian air forces. The document had been submitted to the National Development Planning (Bappenas) for the follow up.
A RuAF Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jet
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French Navy Lafayette Class Frigate Surcouf in MM40 Block II Exocet Anti-Ship Missile Exercise

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced its Lafayette class frigate Surcouf (second ship of the class) launched an MBDA-made MM40 Block II Exocet anti-ship missile during a live fire test which took place on November 25 2015. The missile hit its target with high accuracy, showing the expertise of the French Navy to implement and maintain a complex weapons system for high-intensity conflict.

Russian Navy Project 971 M Akula-III SSN Submarine Gepard Back in Northern Fleet After Refit

The Russian Navy Northern Fleet’s Project 971 M (NATO reporting name: Akula III) K-335 Gepard nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) returned to the operating forces following its repair by the Nerpa Shipyard, the fleet’s spokesman, Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga, told TASS on Monday. 

Russian Aerospace Force to receive upgraded anti-ballistic missile defense system

The Russian Aerospace Force will receive a modernized anti-ballistic missile defense system soon to provide air defense for Moscow, Anti-Missile Defense Division Commander of the Aerospace Force’s 1st Air and Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Army Colonel Andrei Cheburin said on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. 
Russian Aerospace Force troops in Moscow are to receive upgraded anti-ballistic missile defense systems
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Israel about to retire its last Merkava Mark II main battle tanks

After 33 years of loyal service, the Israel Defense Forces’ Armored Corps is retiring the Merkava Mark II tank from service by its conscripted brigades. The tank will now be used only by reserve forces for border patrols during times of conflict, while the newer Merkava Mark III (which entered service in 1990) and the new generation Merkava Mark IV (2004) will handle all battlefield missions.

IDF Merkava Mark II main battle tank
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China Launched its 8th Type 052D Destroyer while the 4th Started Sea Trials with PLAN

Based on several pictures that have been released by Chinese spotters, it appears that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) fourth Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer started sea trials. In the meantime, another Type 052D was launched on November 28th. It is the 8th vessel in the class and the first one launched at the Dalian naval shipyard (Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company member of CSIC - China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation).

Sunday, 29 November 2015

British Company Morgan awarded Canadian soldier CM735 combat helmet contract

The Composites and Defence Systems business of the British Company Morgan Advanced Materials has been awarded the Canadian CM735 Combat Helmet contract. The improved helmet features an innovative ultra-lightweight hybrid composite structure, the result of more than three years of materials research and development and achieves outstanding ballistic performance at an extraordinarily low weight. 
British Company Morgan Advanced Materials combat helmet
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Germany may allow deployment of German soldiers in Syria end of this year to fight Islamic State

Germany may allow for the deployment of German forces to fight the Islamic State terror group in Syria by the end of the year, with troops likely to be sent to the region soon after the green light is given, the Chief of Staff of the German armed forces said Sunday, November 29, 2015.
A German army soldier Explosive Ordnance Disposal trainer teaches Malian soldiers how to use mine detectors as part of the European Training Mission in Mali in July 2013.
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Tomorrow opening of ExpoDefensa 2015 International Exhibition of Defence & Security in Colombia

Tomorrow, opening of the International Exhibition of Defence and Security ExpoDefensa 2015 which will takes places in Bogota (Colombia) from the 30 November to 2 December 2015. Expodefensa 2015 is an international exhibition of specialized nature and point of reference for Latin America in terms of technological development and innovation for Defense and Security Forces (in air, land and naval domains).
International Exhibition of Defence and Security ExpoDefensa 2015 will be held from the 30 November to 2 December 2015 in Bogota, Colombia.
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Russia to create several new missile and artillery units to increase Russian armed forces by 2021

Russia is to create several large missile and artillery units within its ground forces by 2021, the ground forces’ commander, Mikhail Matveyevsky told the media on Thursday, November 26, 2015. Over the three years Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has been in office the structure of the armed forces underwent fundamental change. Eight large operational units, 25 divisions and 15 brigades have been formed. 
Russian artillery unit during training exercice with new Tornado-G MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System
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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Chinese Army PLA Commissioned a Logistics Support Ship for South China Sea Islands Support

The Chinese Ministry of Nationa Defense announced that a new logistics support ship of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began its service in Sansha City, south China's Hainan Province, on the morning of November 23, 2015. The supply ship (hull number GY820) is the largest of its kind in the PLA Army with a maximum displacement of 2,700 tons. The 90 meters long and 14.6 meters wide vessel will be based in the South China Sea region to support replenishment operations.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Russian army received two sets of new brigade and division 9K333 Verba MANPADS

The KBM Design Bureau of Kolomna /KBM, incorporated by the High Precision Systems holding company/ in late November handed over to the troops two brigade and two divisional sets of new 9K333 Verba man-portable air defense systems, fulfilling the 2013 contracts. This has been announced to TASS by the company press service.
Russian-made new 9K333 Verba man-portable air defense systems MANPADS.
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Russia to Upgrade its Bulava R-30 SLBM Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile


The Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology is modernizing the Bulava R-30 submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile, Institute General Designer Yuri Solomonov said on Friday.

Second Kamorta Class Stealth ASW Corvette ‘INS Kadmatt’ Handed Over to Indian Navy

The second indigenously built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette ‘INS Kadmatt’ built by M/s Garden Reach Shipyard (GRSE), Kolkata was formally handed over to the Indian Navy on November 26. The new vessel was delivered by Rear Admiral (Retd) AK Verma, VSM, chairman and managing director of GRSE.

FZ successfully completes test firing campaign on its new FZ2725LGR laser guided rocket system

The Belgium-based arms manufacturer Forges de Zeebrugge (FZ), subsidiary of Thales Group, announced on Friday, Nov. 27, the completion of a successful test firing campaign with its 70 mm laser-guided rocket. The test firings of the new FZ275LGR rocket were conducted in South Africa in late October from a Rooivalk helicopter in service with the South African Air Force (SAAF).
This test firing campaign took place in Denel's Overberg test range(Credit: Thales Group)
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DCNS Delivers its Final Proposal for Australia' SEA1000 Future Submarine Program

DCNS today lodged its final deliverables to the Australian Government’s Competitive Evaluation Process to select an International Program partner for the SEA1000 Future Submarine Program. 

USAF achieves final development flight test of a B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and United States Air Force completed the third development flight test of a non-nuclear B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on October 20, 2015, the NNSA announced on Nov. 16, 2015. 
An F-15E from Nellis AFB released the B61-12 test asset(Credit: NNSA - USAF)
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French Navy’s RIFAN Phase 2 IP Broadband Networking Capability Qualified by DGA

The French defense procurement agency (DGA) qualified on November 12 2015 the RIFAN (Réseau IP de la Force AeroNavale or naval aviation's IP netorwk) in its "step 2". RIFAN Step 2 system's function is to secure the services of voice and data information exchange among naval aviation forces guaranteeing the security level and quality of service required by users.

Russian S-400 Triumf deployed at Syrian Hmeimim airbase amid tensions with Turkey

The Russian S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) air defense missile system has gone on combat duty at the Hmeimim airbase in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday.
S-400 air defense missile system

New squadron of upgraded MiG-31BM aircraft delivered to Russian Air Force

A squadron of upgraded Mikoyan MiG-31BM (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) fighter jets has arrived for the Russian Aerospace Force’s air base in the Nizhny Novgorod Region in the Volga area, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.
Russia is currently upgrading its fleet of MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor aircraft
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Lockheed Martin Opens Submarine Combat System Lab to Support Australia’s Submarine Force

Lockheed Martin today opened a new high-tech laboratory to support the design, delivery and sustainment of Australia’s future Submarine Force, bringing world-class defence innovation to South Australia.

Philippines about to take delivery of its two first KAI FA-50PH multirole jets

Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer, said Friday that it has made the first delivery of its multi-mission jets to the Philippines, further solidifying its status as an aircraft exporter. The two FA-50PH took off from Sacheon, 437 kilometers south of Seoul, to make the 2,482 kilometer "ferry flight" to the Philippines. The pair are expected to arrive at Clark Air Base on Saturday, KAI said.
Philippine Air Force's two first FA-50 multirole jets are expected to arrive at Clark Air Base tomorrow
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Russian airborne troops test new RKhM-5M chemical reconnaissance armoured vehicle

The trials of the advanced Russian-made RKhM-5M chemical reconnaissance vehicle are in progress, Airborne Force spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Yevgeny Meshkov said on Friday, November 27, 2015. The vehicle is furnished with special equipment to monitor the situation and search for radiation, chemical and biological threats to the Airborne Force’s NBC protection units, the spokesman added.
Russian-made RKhM-5M chemical reconnaissance vehicle at Army-2015 defense exhibition near Moscow, Russia.
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Austal launched U.S. Navy’s Twelfth Littoral Combat Ship the Future USS Omaha LCS 12

Austal has launched the twelfth Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, on Friday 20th November 2015. This marks the third ship Austal USA has launched this year.

Successful test-fired for the indian-made nuclear-capable Agni-I missile

India on Friday successfully test-fired indigenously built nuclear-capable Agni-I missile, capable of hitting a target at a distance of 700 kms, from a test range off the Odisha coast as part of Strategic Forces Command (SFC) training exercise.
Indian surface-to-surface missile Agni-I test-fired

Successful Interception Test for IAI's Barak-8 Missile System from Israeli Navy Sa'ar 5 Class Corvette

A successful interception test of the Barak-8 system was conducted from an Israel Navy Sa'ar 5 class corvette, in continuation of the test held in late 2014, when the operational capabilities of the Barak-8 were successfully proven.

Germany plans to deploy Tornado aircraft and frigate to support the fight against ISIS

Germany plans to send Tornado reconnaissance jets to support the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria, the defence spokesman of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said Thursday. A day after Merkel pledged in Paris to "soon" decide how to help battle the IS group in Syria, she met cabinet ministers in charge of security ahead of afternoon meetings of the major parties' parliamentary groups.
Germany will deploy Tornados, A-310 MRTT aerial refuelling aircraft, frigate to support the fight against ISIS
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Israel has tested its Barak-8 surface-to-air missile from a ship for the first time

Israel’s official military says it has successfully tested the Barak-8 advanced surface-to-air missile that analysts believe could play a key role in securing the country’s offshore gas fields. The Barak-8 was tested or the first time from a ship.
Barak-8 surface-to-air defense missile

Chinese President urges for breakthroughs in reform of the country's armed forces by 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged breakthroughs in reform of the country's armed forces by 2020, vowing to reorganize the current military administration structure and military command system. Xi, also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), made the remarks at a meeting on reforming the armed forces which was held from Nov. 24 to 26.
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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Interview Jean-Louis Courtois Military equipment and armoured vehicle used by the RAID counter-terrorist unit of French Police at Milipol 2015

During Milipol 2015, the Worldwide Exhibition of Internal State Security which was held in Paris from the 17 to November 2015, Army Recognition Defense and Security Web TV has the chance to make an interview with Mister Jean-Louis Courtois, former police officer who explained the new equipment and vehicle used by the RAID, counter-terrorist Special Unit of the French Police. 

Russian Navy's Tula SSBN (Projet 667BDRM Delfin – Delta-IV) Docked at Shipyard for Refit

The Project 667BDRM (NATO reporting name: Delta IV) K-114 Tula nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) was put into the wet dock of the Zvyozdochka Shipyard in Severodvinsk for routine maintenance, Zvyozdochka’s press officer, Nadezhda Scherbinina, told TASS on Monday.

Military equipment and armoured vehicles used by the RAID counter-terrorist unit of French Police

This year the RAID (Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence), the elite tactical unit of the French National Police has received five PVP light protected vehicles manufactured by the French Company Panhard, now a subdivision of Renault Trucks Defense. 
A PVP 4x4 light protected vehicle of the RAID counter-terrorist unit of French Police at Milipol 2015, the Worldwide Exhibition of Internal State Security in Paris, France
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Russian Navy Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Project 22350 Tested its Cruise Missiles in White Sea

The latest Russian Navy frigate, the Admiral Gorshkov (lead ship of Project 22350), has practiced launching cruise missiles against coastal and sea targets as part of its trials, Northern Fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said on Thursday.

Russia to supply Iraq with new 80mm air-to-ground unguided rockets

The Mi-171, Mi-35M and Mi-28NE helicopters in service with the Iraqi Air Force will receive new 80 mm airborne unguided rockets, featuring a high armor piercing capability, that will complement their ammunition suite, the Iraqi Defense Ministry has reported. 
New 80 mm unguided rockets can be fired from Iraqi Mi-28NE attack helicopters
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Raytheon Anschütz Reports Successful SYNTACS SAT Aboard CMN's Ocean Eagle 43 and HSI 32

Raytheon Anschütz, a leading integrator of naval integrated bridge systems, has successfully completed the Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) for the Synapsis Tactical Command System (SYNTACS) 32 built at CMN’s Cherbourg shipyard in France.

Switzerland officially orders six Hermes 900 HFE UAVs from Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded an approximately $200 million contract from the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport ("DDPS"), for the supply of 6 Hermes 900 HFE (Heavy Fuel Engine) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and an advanced ground segment for command, control and communications. 
Elbit Systems Hermes 900 MALE UAV
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Iran inaugurates new air defense command and control center in Southwestern part of the country

The Iranian Air Defense Force inaugurated a new command and control center in the Southwestern parts of the country in a ceremony participated by Lieutenant Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard. 
Mersad air defense system's Kavosh pulse acquisition radar (upgraded AN/MPQ-50)
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India and France could sign Rafale deal during President Hollande visit in January

After an impasse over technicalities, India and France are working to finalise the agreement for the direct purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets before the visit of French President Francois Hollande to India as the chief guest of the next Republic Day parade here. “Negotiations are in an advanced stage and both sides are working to reach an agreement before the visit,” a Defence Ministry official told Indian newspaper The Hindu. 
A French Air Force Rafale multirole fighter aircraft
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United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million

The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the US ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region over China's new assertiveness in the South China Sea. Since 2002, the United States has provided the Philippines with nearly $500 million in military assistance as well as various types of military equipment.
U.S. soldiers train with Philippines Army soldiers during bilateral military exercise.
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Russian-Indian combined exercise Indra 2016 will be held for the first time

Russian-Indian Exercise Indra 2016 will be held in Russia’s Primorsky Territory, at the Sergeyevsky Training Area, for the first time, Col. Alexander Gordeyev, spokesman for the Eastern Military District, told journalists on Thursday.
Russian BTR-60 armoured vehicle personnel carrier © Yuri Smityuk/TASS archive

Iran is interested in buying Russian's all types of weapons in addition to S-300 air defense systems

Iran is showing interest in purchasing all types of Russia’s weapons in addition to S-300 air defense missile systems, Russian presidential aide for military and technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin told TASS on Thursday.
Russian-made S-300 air defense system

South Korea starts using 3-D printing for ROKAF's F-15K fighters support

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has introduced three-dimensional printing in its production of engine components for fighter jets which helps cut budget and time on maintenance, it said Thursday. So far this year, 14 of the ROKAF's F- 15K fighter jets have been repaired with 3-D printed high-pressure turbine shrouds, an engine component, according to the country's Air Force.
A ROKAF F-15K Slam Eagle multirole fighter aircraft 
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