Saturday, 30 April 2016

BMD-4M and BTR-MDM airborne armoured vehicles enter officially in service with Russian army.

Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has officially brought into service BMD-4M Sadovnitsa (Gardener) airborne infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV) and BTR-MDM Rakushka (Shell) armoured personnel carrier (APC) developed by the Tractor Plants concern, according to a Russian military source.
Russian BMD-4M airborne armoured infantry fighting vehicle at rehearsal in Alabino of 2016 Victory Day Parade, April 22, 2016 (Photo Copyright Vitaly Kuzmin)
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Russian Ministry of Defense has started trials of United 40 UAV developed in United Arab Emirates

Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has started the trials of United 40 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to a source in Russian defense industry.
United 40 UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at Dubai Show 2013.
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Video Defense Security news TV weekly navy army air forces industry military issues April 2016 episode 3

Army Recognition Group Defense and Security Weekly Web TV channel latest news and breaking news of international land, naval and air defense, security industry, exhibition and army - military issues. 
Episode 7: Week 25 to 29 April 2016 

Summary episode 7 April 2016: Week 25 to 29 April 2016

- 00:10 Advertising video NIMR Automotive 
- 00:47 Russian Armed Forces successfully test Iskander-M tactical missile
- 01:50 Ukrainian MLRS rocket launcher system based on SA-13 Gopher using S-8 rockets pods.
- 02:45 DARPA aims to make future military vehicles lighter, cheaper, and smarter
- 03:38 Russian armed forces need new multi-role grenade launchers.
- 04:36 Advertising video FNSS
- 05:05 Japan's X-2 fighter jet prototype took to the skies
- 05:50 US clears sale of 450 AIM-120D AMRAAM missiles to Australia
- 06:37 Boeing's final KC-46 Pegasus test aircraft made its maiden flight
- 07:34 DCNS Clinches SEA1000 Future Submarine Program Contract for Royal Australian Navy
- 10:11 New Generation Patrol Craft for MMEA with Thales FULMAR UAV

- 11:35 Chinese Defence Industry Unveils High Speed Unmanned Surface Vessel 

Friday, 29 April 2016

U.S. Navy Seriously Considering Distributed Lethality for its Amphibious Forces

The US Navy is planning to transform every surface unit into a “floating armoury”, which will be capable of firing weapons under the distributed lethality concept. In an A2AD environment, especially in the Asia-Pacific theatre or areas such as the Persian Gulf or the Black Sea, surface units will have to use most of their weapons defending them, leaving fewer payloads for offensive operations.

Project 20385 Gremyaschy corvette to be powered by Russian-made engines

The advanced Project 20385 Steregushchy class Gremyaschy corvette will be equipped with a Russian-made propulsion plant comprising four engines to be installed during May, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said on Friday.

Russia reportedly started flight tests campaign of United 40 UAV

The Russian Defense Ministry has commenced flight tests of the UAE-made United 40 military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a source familiar with the situation told the RIA Novosti Friday. "Tests of the UAE United 40 drone have started in the Chkalov State Flight Test Center of the Russian Defense Ministry," the source said. 
ADCOM Systems United 40 unmanned aerial vehicle
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South Korean companies delivered first components for country's Global Hawk program

The partnership between Northrop Grumman Corporation and the Korean defense industry achieved another milestone in April with the completion of the first two component orders on the Republic of Korea Global Hawk Program. 
South Korea ordered 4 RQ-4 Global Hawk RPAS under a US FMS in December 2014
(Credit: Northrop Grumman)
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Textron completes integration of Hybrid Quadrotor to Aerosonde SUAS

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has completed the integration of the Hybrid Quadrotor technology to the Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System. It is a proof of concept system combining vertical take off and landing (VTOL) of a multi-rotor air vehicle, with the speed, efficiency and endurance of Aerosonde’s SUAS fixed-wing aircraft. 
Textron Systems’ Aerosonde SUAS with the Hybrid Quadrotor technology”
(Credit: Latitude Engineering)
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Airbus Helicopters and PGZ start industrial talks for Poland's Kruk attack helicopter program

Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) and Airbus Helicopters are hosting a two-day workshop in Radom on the 28 – 29 April to identify potential areas of cooperation around the Tiger HAD project, in the frame of the Kruk attack helicopter project. The event included the global network of Tiger HAD suppliers who took part in the discussions with a number of Polish companies. 
Airbus Helicopters' Tiger attack helicopter
(Credit: Airbus Helicopters)
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Russian Helicopters' Ka-62 multipurpose helicopter prototype took to the skies

The first prototype of the Kamov Ka-62 medium multipurpose helicopter performed its debut flight at the Progress Aircraft-Manufacturing Enterprise, part of Russian Helicopters Group, on April 28, the Russian Helicopters press office said on Friday.
Russian Helicopters' Ka-62 medium multirole helicopter first prototype makes its maiden flight
(Credit: Russian Helicopters)
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USAF orders Raytheon's next-gen Multi-Spectral Targeting System

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $90 million first-lot production contract for the next-generation Multi-Spectral Targeting System. The AN/DAS-4, the latest variant of the MTS family of sensors, incorporates greater fire control and Target Location Accuracy technology for precise coordinates. 
USAF ordered first-lot production of next-generation AN/DAS-4 Multi-Spectral Targeting systems
(Credit: Raytheon)
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Airbus Helicopters hands over first two H145M Helicopters to Royal Thai Navy

With today´s successful technical acceptance, Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first two of five lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopters to the Royal Thai Navy. This marks an important milestone in the H145M programme on its way to the final acceptance and entry into service in Thailand at the end of 2016. A delegation from the Royal Thai Navy and Airbus Helicopters Germany CEO Wolfgang Schoder participated in the ceremony at Airbus Helicopters´ Donauwörth site.

Libyan Army has take delivery of several 4x4 Panthera T6 armoured personnel carrier from UAE.

According the Libyan Herald newspaper and te website DefenseNews, The Libyan National Army (LNA) has taken delivery of several wheeled Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) and military pick-up trucks donated by the UAE (United Arab Emirates). 
Some of the LNA's new APCs seen lined up at army HQ in Tobruk on Saturday (Photo: LNA Facebook page)
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AeroVironment begins production of Switchblade Tactical Missile System upgrade

AeroVironment, Inc. announced on April 28, it has developed a block upgrade, designated Block 10C, to its already fielded Switchblade™ Tactical Missile system. The Digital Data Link (DDL) incorporated into Block 10C provides a stable and secure encrypted communication link that enables more efficient use of existing frequency bands and significantly reduces the likelihood of signal interception. Frequency efficiency and secure communications are critical to warfighters in today’s complex operational environment.
The AeroVironment Switchblade Tactical Missile System in action
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Proekt-Technika Corporation develops mobile headquarters for Russian Armed Forces

A mobile headquarters (HQ) has been developed in Russia to facilitate staff officers’ work in the field, Shavasp Kalashyan, chairman of the board, Proekt-Technika Corporation, told journalists on Thursday, April 28.

The Royal Thai Navy selects Thales to modernise its naval capabilities

Thales has announced two significant contracts for the supply of a full spectrum of Above-water and Underwater solutions for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). Thales will modernise the Bang Rachan Class Minehunters and supply the combat, navigation and communication suite onboard the newly ordered Krabi Class Offshore Patrol Vessel.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Russian NSVT machineguns to be replaced by Kord

All 12.7mm NSVT machineguns installed on Russian Armed Forces` (RAF) armoured vehicles (including main battle tanks) are planned to be replaced by modern 12.7mm Kord (RAF designation: 6P49) machinegun developed by Kovrov-based (Vladimir Region) Degtyarev Plant (a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding), a source in Russian defense industry said.
The Russian-made Kord machinegun
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Russia and India agreed to hold joint military exercises Indra-2016

Russia and India have agreed to hold the Indra-2016 joint military exercises and will decide on their dates in May, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Eastern Military District’s press service said Thursday.
Indra – 2015 joint exercise held at the Mahajan range (Photo: Russian MoD)
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US Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado deploys with next-gen UAV controls from Raytheon

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command have deployed advanced mission control for the MQ-8 Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter, aboard the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado, which is now underway. Navy control hardware and Raytheon control software were combined for robust, flexible command and control of Fire Scout missions in littoral waters.

Russian-made 152 mm 2A65 Msta-B howitzers to use Krasnopol guided projectile in Syria

Russian-made 152-mm 2A65 Msta-B howitzers were first spotted in Syria in late October of last year. According to expert opinion, the type proved to be a real asset during the armed conflict, according to the Vestnik Mordovii news portal.
2A65 Msta-B Russian-made howitzer
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Future Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery Completes Builder’s Trials

The future USS Montgomery (LCS 8) successfully completed phase two of its [A1] builder's trials, which included extensive testing of the Twin Boom Extensible Crane system, April 21. The builder, Austal USA, will perform any remaining corrective actions required of the ship in preparation for acceptance trials, to be conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) later this spring.

Boeing's final KC-46 Pegasus test aircraft made its maiden flight

With a successful first flight on April 25th, Boeing has added the fourth and final flight test aircraft to the KC-46 Pegasus fleet, a 767-2C, the US-based giant announced on Tuesday. During the 1 hour, 40 minute flight, test pilots performed operational engine checks, flight controls and environmental systems checks and took the 767-2C to a maximum altitude of 39,000 feet prior to landing at Boeing Field, south of Seattle.
Boeing's fourth and final KC-46 test aircraft, a 767-2C, took to the skies
(Credit: Boeing/Tim Stake)
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Ingalls Shipbuilding Begins Fabrication of Destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division today marked the start of fabrication for the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) for the U.S. Navy. The start of fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut.

US clears sale of 450 AIM-120D AMRAAM missiles to Australia

The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles and associated equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $1.22 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on April 25. 
A Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM missile
(Credit: Raytheon)
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US Army has tested new air defense system IFPC Inc 2-I Multi Mission Launcher

A series of tests here is demonstrating the capabilities of a new air defense system in development by the U.S. Army. The Integrated Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept, IFPC Inc 2-I, is a defense system in development to protect Soldiers from aircraft, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial systems, as well as artillery weapons like cannons, rockets and mortars. 
The IFPC Inc 2-I Multi Mission Launcher launches a Longbow Hellfire missile against a UAS representative target on White Sands Missile Range. The MML is a new air defense system undergoing testing on WSMR to integrate new control systems and missiles. (Photo Credit: Mr. John Andrew Hamilton (ATEC))
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Russian shipyard in Volga area floats out third Gepard-3.9-class frigate for Vietnam

The third Project 11661 Gepard-3.9-class frigate designed for the Vietnamese Navy has been solemnly put afloat at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard in Tatarstan in the Volga area, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene. 

Germany to build permanent infrastructure at Incirlik AFB

Germany is upgrading its infrastructure at Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey. According to information obtained by Spiegel Online, the German Armed Forces will build permanent installations to accommodate Tornado aircraft and ground personnel, taking part in the war against the Islamic State. 
Two of the German Air Force Tornado aircraft at Incirlik AFB, in Turkey 
(Crédit: Luftwaffe)
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Royal Australian Navy MH-60R 'Romeo' Helicopter Train With AGM-114N Hellfire Missiles

The offensive tactical airborne capability of the Royal Australian Navy was demonstrated recently when 725 Squadron conducted firings of the AGM-114N Hellfire missile from MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters. Commanding Officer 725 Squadron, Commander Matt Royals, said the live firings provide important tactical training.

Finmeccanica integrated Mode 5 Reverse-IFF to the Italian Typhoons

Finmeccanica has upgraded the Italian Typhoons’ air-to-ground capabilities. In cooperation with the Italian Air Force the company integrated a Mode 5 Reverse-IFF system to the Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoons. The new capabilities were recently presented to NATO Battlefield Combat Identification Capability Team officials. 
An Italian Air Force Typhoon fighter jet flying with the air refuelling system extended
(Credit: Eurofighter GmbH)
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Russia offers upgrade of ageing T-55 and T-62 tanks to foreign customers

Russian defense industry is offering radical upgrade of ageing Soviet T-55 and T-62 main battle tanks (MBT) to developing nations, according to a military-industrial source.
The Russian-made T-55 Main Battle Tank (MBT)
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Russia to set up a new motor rifle division near Smolensk in west region

A new motor rifle division with its headquarters in Yelnya in the Smolensk Region in west Russia is currently being set up, Chief of Russia’s General Staff Main Operations Department Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said on Wednesday.
BTR-82AM APC from the motorized rifle units of the Western MD

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Northrop Grumman to be awarded $83 million for a logistics support contract for the Hunter UAV

Northrup Grumman Technical Services was awarded a $83 million modification contract for logistics support for the Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System. Work will be performed in Arizona and in Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of Oct. 30, 2016, US Department of Defense stated Tuesday.
Hunter (RQ-5) UAV (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

HII’s Proteus DMUV Proves Reliable And Mission-Ready During 30-Day Endurance Testing

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Proteus, the dual-mode undersea vehicle developed by the company’s Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary and Battelle, successfully completed endurance testing earlier this month.

Darpa awarded contract to 8 companies to develop the future fighting vehicle

For its Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program, the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) recently awarded contracts to eight companies to develop potentially groundbreaking technologies that would make future fighting vehicles more mobile, effective, safe and affordable.
The Darpa's Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program
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Russia' Second Project 11356 Frigate Admiral Essen Completed State Trials

The second Project 11356 frigate Admiral Essen has completed state trials with Russia’s Northern Fleet and will join the Russian Navy in late May, the Yantar Shipyard’s press office said on Tuesday. The Yantar Shipyard is a subsidiary of Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation. 

Factory Acceptance Test of ECA Group’s Converters for two Indian Navy Scorpene-class Submarines

As it had been done before in May 2015 for Indian Scorpene submarines 3 and 4, DCNS experts carried out the FAT of 8 ECA Group converters (2 x Static converter 60 kVA + 2 x Static converter 5 kVA per submarine), designed to be installed onboard Indian Scorpene submarines 5 and 6.

Lincad to supply LIPS batteries and power management systems to the Australian Defence Force

Lincad, a leader in the design and manufacture of bespoke batteries, chargers and power management systems, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a significant contract to supply its LIPS (lithium-ion power system) batteries to the Australian Defence Force.
LIPS 10, 11, 12-min
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Royal Australian Navy Fifth ANZAC class Frigate Completes ASM Defence Upgrade

A morning fog followed by a bright sun set the scene for HMAS Parramatta's return to the water after completion of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade. Parramatta's undocking on 19 April at the BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard in Western Australia is the latest milestone to be achieved under the program that significantly enhances the capability of the ship's weapons and sensors systems. 

Thales is delighted that DCNS has been selected by Australia for the renewal of its submarine fleet

As a major player in the defence sector in both France and Australia, Thales is delighted that DCNS has been selected, after an international competitive evaluation process, as the international partner of the Australian Ministry of Defence for the renewal of its submarine fleet (SEA 1000 programme).

Russian Company VPK develops new BMM armoured medevac vehicle

Russian Military Industrial Company (Russian acronym: VPK) has developed new BMM medical evacuation vehicle (medevac) based on BTR-80 armoured personnel carrier (APC), according to the VPK`s official spokeperson.
The VPK BMM Medevac Vehicle will be based on the BTR-80 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC)
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Russia to supply two Gepard-3.9 Frigates to Vietnam in late 2016

Russia will supply two Gepard-3.9 (NATO reporting name: Gepard-class) frigates to Vietnamese Navy in the third quarter of 2016, as the Director General of the Zelenodolsk Shipyard named after M. Gorky (the manufacturer of Gepard-3.9 frigates), Renat Mistakhov told TASS at the DSA 2016 defense show. 

Australian Government selects DCNS for the SEA1000 Future Submarine Program

The Australian Government has selected DCNS as its preferred international partner for the design of 12 Future submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. The announcement was made by the Australian Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Christopher Pyne and The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett. 

Hellenic Navy launched ancient trireme Olympias back to sea

The Hellenic Navy has launched trireme Olympias back to sea after a period of repairs. A successful test sail took place on Tuesday 19 April before the ship took its place again at the Museum of Naval Tradition at Faliro area in Athens. The crew consisted of 170 cadets from the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy of Non-Commissioned Officers.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

BAE Systems will convert 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles of US army to M88A2 standard.

The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract modification worth $109.7 million to convert 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles to the M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation Systems (HERCULES) configuration. The conversions allow the M88A2s to recover the Army's heaviest vehicles, such as tanks, without the assistance of another vehicle.
U.S. Marines assigned to Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, conduct routine maintenance on a M88A2 Hercules recovery vehicle on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 7, 2013.
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Analysis : Russian armed forces need new multi-role grenade launchers.

Russian Armed Forces need new multi-role grenade launchers, according to several Russian defense analysts.At the moment, RPG-7 still remains the organic multi-role grenade launcher of Russian Armed Forces. It was brought into service in 1961 and demonstrated in 1968. 
Russian-made RPG-7V2 anti-tank grenade launcher
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DSA 2016 Defence Services Asia Exhibition visit tour of internation pavilions Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Day 4

During the four days of DSA 2016, Asian Defence Services Exhibition, Army Recognition editorial team has covered the event as Official Online Show Daily News and Official Web TV with video published on a large screen at the main entry of the show.
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Defence Ministry of Malaysia has announced 8 defence contracts worth US$ 716 million at DSA 2016

At the end of DSA 2016, Defence Services Asia Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Defense Ministry has announced eight defense contracts worth RM2.8 billion (US$716 million), four Letters of Acceptance (LOA) worth RM114 Million (US$ 29 million), two Letters of Intent and a Letter of Instruction during the ongoing Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition and Conference. It's 56% increase from that of DSA 2014.
Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein at DSA 2016
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Malaysia to be a potential customer for BrahMos missiles

Malaysia may become a potential customer for BrahMos cruise missiles, according to the Director General of Russian-Indian joint venture (JV) BrahMos Aerospace, Sudhir Kumar Mishra. "There are a lot of potential buyers in the (Asia Pacific) region. Indian Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar has revealed intention to back the export of national weapons. I would say, that Malaysia is a potential customer for BrahMos missiles," Mishra said. "The final decision to supply BrahMos missiles to a third party depends on Russian and Indian governmental bodies responsible for it," the company`s director said. He did not mention the types of BrahMos cruise missiles, which may be supplied to Malaysia in prospect.

Nicaraguan Armed Forces to receive Russian-made T-72B1 Main Battle Tanks

Nicaraguan Armed Forces will receive a batch of Russian T-72B1 main battle tanks (MBT), according to a Russian defense industry source.
The Russian-made T-72B1 Main Battle Tank (Photo Reddit)
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Iran will continue to send military advisors in Syria to support Syrian government

Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Abdolrahim Moussavi announced that the country will continue dispatching volunteer military advisors to Syria. Iran is providing Iraq and Syria with military advisory and humanitarian aid in their fight against terrorist groups. 
Iranian soldiers during training exercise (Source photo http://theiranproject.com/blog)
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Russia's Project 11442M Kirov Class Cruiser to be Fitted with 3K22 & 3M22 Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile

The Project 11442M (NATO reporting name: Kirov-class) Admiral Nakhimov nuclear-powered heavy guided missile cruiser will be equipped with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles during her upgrade, a source in shipbuilding industry told TASS on Tuesday. "The Admiral Nakhimov’s strike system will be replaced with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles as part of her repair and heavy upgrade," the source said. 

Elbit Systems Ltd awarded $20 million contract for the supply of tactical mobile radios

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced on April 26, that it was awarded an approximately $20 million contract from a Western European country for the supply of tactical mobile radios, from the new and advanced E-LynX™ Software Defined Radios (“SDR”) family.The contract will be performed over a three-year period.
The E-LynX radio solution offers reliable voice, data and video services simultaneously (Photo Courtesy of Elbit Systems Ltd)
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