Sunday, 5 May 2013

French M51 Ballistic Missile fails during test, self destructs shortly after launch

A French M51 SLBM (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile) test has ended in failure after the missile self destructed shortly after its launch from the French Navy's Le Vigilant SSBN off the coast of Brittany on May 5th 2013.

Republic of Singapore Navy's second Archer-class submarine, RSS Swordsman, fully operational

The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) second Archer-class submarine, RSS Swordsman, was declared fully operational in a commissioning ceremony at Changi Naval Base on 30 Apr. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who officiated the ceremony, presented the commissioning warrant to the Commanding Officer of RSS Swordsman, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Loh Mun Heng.

USNS Montford Point mobile landing platform ship Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials

The U.S. Navy's first Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Montford Point (MLP) 1, successfully completed Acceptance Trials on April 19, in San Diego, Calif. Built by General Dynamics-NASSCO, MLP is a highly flexible platform that will provide capability for large-scale logistics movements such as the transfer of vehicles and equipment from sea to shore.

Australia confirms objective for 12 strong Submarine Fleet, rules out off-the-shelf options

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly today announced further steps the Government has taken to progress the Future Submarine Program. The 2013 Australian Defence White Paper confirms the Government’s commitment to replacing the existing Collins Class fleet with an expanded fleet of 12 conventional submarines to be assembled in South Australia, but it rules out any submarine design available off-the-shelf.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

North Korea is able to reach United States with new nuclear weapons according Pentagon report

North Korea's progress in developing nuclear weapons that could reach the United States depends on continued missile and nuclear tests, a Pentagon report said. The annual report to Congress, presented Thursday, provided an overview of North Korea's military threat and discussed the reclusive country's progress toward developing a nuclear missile, CNN reported Friday, May 3, 2013.
North Korea has recently unveiled the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-13 which would have a maximum range of 9.000 km
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United States Air Force X-51A Waverider missile has achieved the longest hypersonic flight

The U.S. Air Force announced Friday, May 3, 2013, its X-51A Waverider missile has achieved the longest hypersonic flight in history, flying for three and a half minutes on scramjet power at more than five times the speed of sound. The final flight of the unmanned aircraft built by Boeing reached Mach 5.1 over the Pacific Ocean on May 1. It traveled over 230 nautical miles in just over six minutes.
The X-51A Waverider prepares to launch its historic fourth and final flight. The cruiser achieved Mach 5.1 traveling 230 nautical miles in just over six minutes, making this test the longest air-breathing hypersonic flight ever. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bobbi Zapka)
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Friday, 3 May 2013

Special Forces Group of Belgian army live demonstration pilot rescue after plane crash

Friday, May 3, 2013, during a special day dedicated for the press, the editorial team of Army Recognition has attended the rehearsals of dynamic demonstrations for the open day of Belgian Army land force which will be held, Sunday, May 5, 2013. The Belgian Special Forces Group have demonstrated their skills during a live demonstration which showed a pilot evacuation after a plane crash in hostile territory (Video).

Turkish army stop the contract with the Company BMC for the delivery of MRAP vehicle Kirpi

Turkey intends to terminate a contract with private company BMC to purchase a new batch of Kirpi Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP), the Zaman newspaper reported on Friday, May 3, 2013. According to the report in this regard, the Defense Industry Secretariat of the Armed Forces of Turkey sent a letter to the company in which it notified the company about refusal to cooperate. 
The Kirpi is a 4x4 combat vehicle in the category of MRAP produced by the Turkish Company BMC
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After the use of chemical weapons in Syria United States is reconsidering to arm rebel fighters

Defense Department wants to have "options on the shelf" for Syria in case U.S. President Barack Obama orders action, a Pentagon spokesman said. President Barack Obama’s defence chief says America is reconsidering arming rebel fighters in Syria.
Rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army run during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus.
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China and Australia would like to boost military exchange and cooperation

Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), met with Brendan Sargeant, the visiting deputy secretary strategy of the Australian Department of Defence, in Beijing, Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Lieut. Gen. Qi Jianguo (R), deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), meets with Brendan Sargeant, the visiting deputy secretary strategy of the Australian Department of Defence, in Beijing on the morning of May 2, 2013. ( Xiaowei)
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Two Oscar II class SSGN and One Akula class SSN to Be Recommissioned in Russian Navy

Three nuclear submarines of the Russian Navy currently under maintenance will be recommissioned by 2014, a Navy spokesman told journalists Tuesday: Two Oscar II class (Project 949A Antey) nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines and one Akula class (Project 971 Schuka-B) nuclear-powered attack submarine.

Ingalls Shipbuilding Awarded Contract to Build Sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that the U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a $487 million, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract to its Ingalls Shipbuilding division to build the sixth National Security Cutter, Munro (WMSL 755).

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Azerbaijan machine guns UP-7.62 and HP-7.62 will be demonstrated at IDEF 2013

Along with the various arms produced at the local facilities, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry will exhibit two various models of light machine guns at IDEF-2013 in Istanbul on May 7-10. The Ministry told APA that one of them is UP-7.62 which is included in the armament of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, another is HP-7.62, which was produced by local engineers and currently is being tested. UP-7.62 was exhibited at IDEF-2011 for the first time. HP-7.62 will be demonstrated at the international exhibition for the first time.
Azerbaijan defence industry booth at military exhibition
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Azerbaijan defence industry will unveiled its new Gurza military patrol vehicle at IDEF 2013.

Azerbaijan-produced military vehicle will be demonstrated at an international exhibition for the first time in the history of the country’s military-industrial complex. The Gurza military patrol vehicle designed by the Ministry of Defense Industry for security forces, will be exhibited at IDEF 2013 defence exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey between May 7 and 10.
The Gurza military patrol vehicle from Azerbaijan defence industry
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Russian defence industry will present T-90 main battle tank at SITDEF 2013 defence event in Peru

Rosoboronexport sent T-90S main battle tank to Peru, to be displayed at the International Defense Technologies Exhibition (SITDEF 2013). Besides, An-124Ruslan will also be presented within the event. 
Russian-made T-90 main battle tank during live demonstration at defence exhibition in Moscow.
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Azerbaijan will host its first International Defence Exhibition ADEX in September 2014.

Speaking at a government meeting presided by the Azerbaijan’s head, Defense Industry Minister Yavar Jamalov claimed that for the first time in the history of the republic in September 2014 Baku will host an international defense industry exhibition - ADEX-2014.
Azerbaijan’s head, Defense Industry Minister Yavar Jamalov 
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Iranian army ground force plans to deliver more home-made weapons to missile units

The Iranian Army Ground Force plans to further upgrade and reinvigorate its missile units using home-made weapons and equipments, an army commander announced on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Speaking to reporters Lieutenant Commander of the Army Ground Force General Kiomars Heidari said that the Army has already upgraded its missile units, and added that further expansion of the missile units is "top on our agenda" this year. 
Naze'at-10 is a medium-range ballistic missile.
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Azerbaijan discusses with United States about a cooperation in the fields of defense and security

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, met with a U.S. delegation led by its Transportation Command Gen. William Fraser. According to the press service of the Azerbaijani president, both sides praised the development of bilateral relations as well as high level of cooperation in the field of defense and security.
Ilham Aliyev President of Azerbaijan. 
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Future Royal Australian Navy LHD HMAS Canberra One Third Completed

Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly MP today toured the BAE Williamstown shipyard and Australia’s first Amphibious Assault Ship Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) NUSHIP Canberra. “BAE Systems Australia are the prime contractor for the LHD ships and are building the sizable superstructures, integrating the combat and communication systems, and finalising the internal fit-out of the Canberra to prepare her for sea trials,” Dr Kelly said. 

U.S. Navy Orders Marinized Version of Kongsberg's PROTECTOR M153 CROWS

The U.S Navy has announced it is ordering marinized version of the M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) from Kongsberg Protech Systems to fulfill requirements for its remotely operated Stabilized Small Arm Mount (SSAM) weapon systems program.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Thales’s APAR Multi Function Radar Performs Flawlessly on Danish Frigate

The first Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) of Thales’s APAR multifunction radar on the new Iver Huitfeldt class frigates of the Royal Danish Navy was a success. Thanks to the excellent cooperation with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization, this test could be completed in one week instead of a more usual three weeks.

Iranian Navy Commander: More Jamaran Destroyers will be built to boost Iran naval power

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the country has started construction of several Jamaran destroyers to further boost its naval power. "In a bid to increase the Navy's level of preparedness, more Jamaran (class) destroyers are under construction," Sayyari said.

First Krivak IV Frigate (Project 11356) Admiral Grigorovich to Join Russian Navy Next Year

Russia's first Project 11356 frigate, the Admiral Grigorovich, will join the Black Sea Fleet in 2014, Vice-Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov said on Monday. “The newest Project 11356 escort ship, the Admiral Grigorovich, should be launched in 2013 and join the Black Sea Fleet in 2014,” Fedotenkov said.

General Dynamics Land Systems extended contract for GCV Ground Combat Vehicle program

General Dynamics Land Systems and the local business unit of BAE Systems Inc., both in Sterling Heights, have received nearly $340 million combined to extend their early development contracts on the military Ground Combat Vehicle program by six months. 
BAE Systems’ hybrid GCV gives the Army the power to more affordably support new technology enhancements far into the future. 
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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Streit Group unveils at Counter Expo 2013 its new COBRA APC VBAS Vehicle Borne Assault System

Streit Group, the world’s largest privately-owned vehicle armouring company, was one of the sponsors of the London Counter Terror exhibition which was held on 24th and 25th April 2013. At the event, Streit Group has unveiled a new product in its range of armoured vehicle, the Cobra 4x4 APC Vehicle Borne Assault System (VBAS).
The new Cobra 4x4 APc (Armoured Personnel carrier) in VBAS (Vehicle Borne Assault System) configuration from the Company Streit Group.
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The new home-made assault rifle AK-12 will be tested by Russian army in June 2013

The fate of the new Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle developed for the Russian army will be decided during the state acceptance trials due to begin in June 2013, Russia's largest firearms manufacturer, Izhmash, said. “In the interests of the Defense Ministry, Izhmash is working on the modernization of the AK-74 and AK-100 assault rifles in service with the Russian army, as well as developing a [new] standard assault rifle on the AK-12 platform which will undergo state acceptance trials in June 2013,” Izhmash’s chief designer, Vladimir Zlobin said on Monday, April 29, 2013.
The new Russian-made AK-12 assault rifle
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Taiwan will deploy three batteries of Patriot air defense missile system in southern of the country.

Three U.S.-made Patriot antimissile air defense batteries will be deployed in southern Taiwan, in addition to the one already in northern Taiwan, said the Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Yang. Responding to lawmakers' questions in the Legislative Yuan's Foreign and National Defense Committee, Yang said the three Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile batteries will be used to boost the country's defense capability. The PAC-3 missile batteries, part of a US$6.4 billion arms package supplied by the United States in recent years, will be deployed in southern Taiwan, he said. 
Taiwanese military vehicle loading Patriot 2 anti-missile in Taipei.
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Iran to unveil new home-made air defense missile system Bavar-373 similar to the Russian S-300

A senior Iranian military commander announced on Sunday that the country will unveil a home-made long-range air-defense missile system similar to the Russian S-300 in the near future. "This system, dubbed as Bavar (belief) 373, is being developed in the country and will be officially unveiled soon," Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Self-Sufficiency Jihad Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri said. 
Russian-made S-300PMU2 ground-to-air defence missile system battery at MAKS Air Show in Moscow
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China would like to boost cooperation with Bulgaria in the defence and military fields

Fang Fenghui, chief of general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), pledged here yesterday the Chinese PLA would boost cooperation with the Bulgarian military to raise the military-to-military ties between the two countries to a new high.
General Fang Fenghui, chief of general staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, holds a welcoming ceremony for General Simeon Hristov Simeonov, the visiting Bulgarian chief of defense staff, in Beijing, April 27, 2013.
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Israel's fifth Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Rahav, unveiled during ceremony in Kiel, Germany

Israel's fifth Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Rahav, was unveiled on Monday, April 29 at a special ceremony in Kiel, Germany attended by Commander in Chief of the Israeli Navy Rear Adm. Ram Rothberg, Director-General of the Ministry of Defense Maj. Gen. (Res.) Ehud Shani and a delegation of Israeli and German officials.

DCNS and local partners deliver sixth Skjold FPB to the Royal Norwegian Navy

On 26 April 2013, DCNS and its local partners delivered the sixth and final Skjold-class fast patrol boat to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The six-boat Skjold programme is led by a consortium comprising DCNS and two Norwegian contractors with DCNS acting as the combat system design authority and co-supplier. 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Russia launches construction of two new plants to build more S-400 air defence missile systems

The Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air defense missile systems are so requested on the world defense market that Russia has launched the construction of two additional plants, announced this week, the Russian President Vladimir Putin during his traditional session of questions and answers in live with the local people.
The Russian-made S-400 ground-to-air defence missile system is able to engage, ECM, radar-picket, director area, reconnaissance, strategic and tactical aircraft, tactical and theatre ballistic missiles, medium-range ballistic missiles at a maximum range of 400 km. 
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Saudi Arabia could be interested to buy the future Turkish main battle tank Altay and UAV Anka.

Saudi Arabia's top general sought opportunities for an arms imports deal from Turkey worth $2 billion during a visit to Ankara last week, according to a Turkish newspaper. Saudi officials are reportedly interested in orders for Turkish defence products as unmanned surveillance drone, the Anka, and the future local-made main battle tank Altay. 
The first prototype of the Turkish main battle tank Altay was unveiled during a live demonstration November 15, 2012.
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Iran plans to display its latest home-made achievements of missile in the next few months

Iran plans to display its new achievements in the missiles and space industries in the next few months, a senior Iranian defense official announced on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Last week, Iran has unveiled the quadruple missile-launcher Soheil.
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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Iranian army to unveil new home-made weapons and armoured personnel carrier during wargames

The Iranian Army plans to unveil and test new domestically-made weapons and military hardware during the upcoming wargames in Central Iran, a senior commander announced. "A number of armored personnel carriers, weapons, sniper rifles, anti-aircraft batteries and missile launchers will be unveiled in the upcoming Beit ol-Moqaddas 25 wargames of the Army's Ground Force," Lieutenant Commander of the Army's Ground Force Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari said on Friday, April 26, 2013.
In February 2013, Iran has unveiled a new version of its home-made main battle tank Zulfiqar.
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Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles to supply HTRV Heavy Tactical Recovery Vehicle to Danish army.

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) is supplying the Danish armed forces with 14 heavyweight protected recovery vehicles. Weighing some 36 tons, the Heavy Tactical Recovery Vehicle (HTRV) is based on the tried-and-tested RMMV SX45 8x8 chassis, combining extreme stability, safety and crew comfort with outstanding manoeuvrability, whether on the road or in the toughest terrain. 
The Heavy Tactical Recovery Vehicle (HTRV) is based on the tried-and-tested RMMV SX45 8x8 chassis
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Ukrainian Company AutoKrAZ has shipped first batch of KrAZ H22.1 truck chassis to Russia

The Ukrainian Company “AutoKrAZ” has shipped a first batch of KrAZ H22.1 truck chassis to Russian machine works to mount oil well servicing and workover equipment. 
The KrAZ H22.1 chassis is designed to be fitted with various body equipment for use on hard-surface roads including cobblestone and macadam pavement, as well as earth roads. 
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U.S. DARPA awarded price for Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Vehicle FANG

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of United States awarded a $1 million prize to “Ground Systems”, a 3-person team with members in Ohio, Texas and California, as the winner of the Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Vehicle (FANG) Mobility/Drivetrain Challenge. Team Ground Systems’ final design submission received the highest score when measured against the established requirements for system performance and manufacturability.
The Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Vehicle (FANG) program seeks to develop the infrastructure for and conduct a series of design challenges intended to precipitate open source design for a next-generation infantry fighting vehicle.
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United States talk with Japan to work closely about defense cooperation against regional threats

Visiting top U.S. military officer Martin Dempsey met here Friday with Japanese military chiefs and vowed to cooperate closely with Japan on defense to cope with regional threats. Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, held talks with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Chairman of the Self-Defense Forces'Joint Staff Shigeru Iwasaki and reaffirmed U.S. commitment to defend Japan under their bilateral alliance.
United States joint chiefs of staff chairman Martin Dempsey in Washington
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Chinese Defense ministry confirms high-sea voyage of Liaoning aircraft carrier

A military spokesman confirmed Thursday that China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is set to conduct a voyage on the high seas. When and in what waters the voyage will be conducted will be decided in accordance with overall conditions, Yang Yujun, spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense, told a press conference.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Syrian army backed by fighter aircraft and artillery fight rebels near military airport around Aleppo

Syrian troops backed by air force and artilleries have confronted fierce attacks by armed rebels against a military airport in the country's northern province of Aleppo, the pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported Thursday, April 25, 2013, claiming that Turkish officers and soldiers were fighting alongside the rebels.
T-72 main battle tank of Syrian Armed Forces near Aleppo.
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DRS Technologies demonstrates the first five-micron pixel long-wave infrared camera LWIR

Performers at DRS Technologies, Inc., working on the DARPA Advanced Wide FOV Architectures for Image Reconstruction and Exploitation (AWARE) program, have demonstrated the first LWIR camera that uses pixels only five microns across.
The Five-micron pixel LWIR long-wave infrared camera
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U.S. Defense Research Agency unveils timing and inertial measurement unit TIMU to replace GPS

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of United States) researchers at the University of Michigan have made significant progress with a timing & inertial measurement unit (TIMU) that contains everything needed to aid navigation when GPS is temporarily unavailable.
The single chip TIMU prototype contains a six axis IMU (three gyroscopes and three accelerometers) and integrates a highly-accurate master clock into a single miniature system, smaller than the size of a penny.
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ReconRobotics world leader tactical micro-robot launches Recon Scout® XL reconnaissance robot

ReconRobotics, Inc., the world leader in tactical micro-robot systems, announced April 23, 2013, that it will introduce the Recon Scout® XL reconnaissance robot at the Counter Terror Expo in London on April 24. The 1.4-lb Recon Scout XL is designed for use by law enforcement and military personnel to conduct reconnaissance within challenging outdoor terrain as well as within cluttered indoor environments. 
The robot features a trademarked two-wheel, single-axle design, plus aggressive wheels and a distinctive stabilizing tail that produce superior obstacle climbing ability. 
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Russia has started a new train ICBM Intercontinental ballistic missile which could be ready for 2020

Russia's Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology has started an R&D program to develop new rail-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) systems, said the Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov. The work is in the initial stages, he said, adding the cost of the program has yet to be determined. He provided no timeframe for the program.
In the past, Russia has developped an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Misile) RT-23 (SS-24 Scalpe) mounted on a railcar.
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Russia will deliver four divisions of S-300 ground-to-air defense missile systems to Belarus

Russia will deliver four divisions of ground-air missiles S-300 to Belarus in 2014, announced Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Russian-made S-300 air defense missile system at MAKS Air Show near Moscow.
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Russian army will receive the new short range air defense system Morfey in 2015

The Russian military will start receiving the new Morfey short-range air defense system in 2015, Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko said on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Scale model of Russian-made Morfey short range air defense system
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U.S. and South Korea high level of alert for possible missile launch of North Korea in next 48 hours

Nuclear tension is growing on the Korean Peninsula. Earlier this month, two mid-range BM-25 Musudan missile complexes were positioned on the eastern coast. Intelligence information says the complexes are in a ready-to-launch status. 
The No-Dong-B (BM-25 Musudan) is a medium range ground-to-ground ballistic missile based on the technology of the Russian-made ballistic missile Scud-C.
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ATK received a contract from United States to provide low cost guided missile for USSOCOM

ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced today that the company has received a $3.2 million contract award through the Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC) Program to provide a low-cost, light-weight, precision guided missile for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) evaluation. 
The Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket is a 70 mm precision system that uses a semi-active laser guidance package to achieve extreme accuracy against both stationary and moving targets. 
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United States try to find more fund for Israeli Iron Dome anti-rockets system

The Pentagon has stepped up efforts to fund Israel's anti-missile shield with the Missile Defense Agency requesting $220 million in fiscal 2014 for Israel's air force to buy more Iron Dome batteries. It's the first time the MDA has specifically sought funds for Iron Dome, developed and built by Haifa's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, in its annual budget process.
Picture here is the Iron Dome battery in Ashkelon which intercepted approximately 8 rockets and Grad missiles launched from the Gaza Strip since its deployment on April 4th.
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Fincantieri Delivers Second Falaj 2 Stealth Patrol Vessel For the UAE Navy: The “Salahah”

April 22nd at Fincantieri Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard there was the delivery ceremony of the "Salahah" patrol vessel for the United Arab Emirates Navy. Her sister ship, the “Ghantut”, was delivered last January together with an "Abu Dhabi Class" corvette. The two patrol vessels – whose names come from an area of the Emirates near Abu Dhabi – were ordered in 2010 within the “Falaj 2” program. The contract provides for an option for a further two vessels in addition to technology transfer to a local shipyard for the construction of further sister ships.

Raytheon Anschütz and Seastema supply IBS to Italian Coast Guard Patrol Vessels

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz in partnership with Italian marine automation provider Seastema has been selected to deliver advanced integrated bridge and navigation system for two Italian Coast Guard military patrol vessels. The vessels are currently being built at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) shipyard.