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.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Russian engineer troops interested by new Armata tank chassis to replace old engineer vehicles

The new tracked chassis Armata is not yet ready but engineer troops of Russian army are already interested. A source from the Ministry of Defence said that the command of the Russian engineer troops had already prepared a tactical mission for a universal engineering vehicle with this new chassis, according the newspaper Izvestia, on April 22, 2013.
Russian-made tracked engineer armoured vehicle BAT-2.
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Russian army would like to upgrade BMD-1 airborne armoured infantry fighting vehicle

The Russian Defense Ministry has announced a tender for the modernization of BMD-1 airborne fighting vehicles, and plans to spend almost 3.4 billion rubles (around $100 million) on that goal, the state procurements agency said on Monday, April 22, 2013.
BMD-1 Russian airborne armoured infantry fighting vehicle
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AutoKraz has won a tender to supply 6x6 trucks to Royal Thai Army

PJSC “AutoKrAZ” has won the tender for delivery of large lot of KrAZ trucks for the needs of Royal Thai Army. Trucks to be delivered will be provided with the YaMZ-238DE2-33 engine rated at 330 hp (Euro 3), the 9JS150TA-B transmission and the MFZ-430 clutch. All the trucks are right-hand drive.
AutoKraz truck 6x6 during trial tests.
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U.S. Department of State delivers two Metal Shark 28 Defiant boats to the Navy of Djibouti

The U.S. Department of State has provided the Djiboutian navy with two high-speed aluminum coastal security boats to strengthen Djibouti's maritime security capabilities to protect its borders and combat piracy, smuggling and terrorist threats. During a boat delivery and turnover ceremony at the Djibouti Navy Headquarters, Escale Marina, more than a dozen Djiboutian sailors received certification for the state-of-the-art patrol boats. 

KAI to develop a dedicated version of its Surion helicopter for ROK Navy's Dokdo class LPH

KAI, or Korea Aerospace Industries, Inc. develops the amphibious task helicopter for the Korea's Marine Corps will run. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on the 17th that it held its 66th defense project promotion committee and selected KAI as a priority negotiator for the development of the amphibious task helicopter system.

Monday, 22 April 2013

HGH Infrared Systems Introduces its Spynel-S Long Range Surveillance System

HGH Infrared Systems, a global provider of 360 degree thermal imaging systems, announces the debut of their new high resolution system for Wide Area Surveillance. The new camera, the Spynel-S, features a new look and a longer detection range, displaying panoramic thermal images with an impressive resolution up to 30 Mpix. 

Eurocopter delivers the first Tiger HAD Support and Attack helicopter to the French Army

Eurocopter’s first production Tiger helicopter in the HAD (Hélicoptère d'Appui Destruction in French, or Support and Attack configuration) was delivered to France’s DGA armament procurement agency today for operation by French Army Aviation units, providing a highly capable combat weapon system that is tailored to the world’s evolving battlefield conditions.
Delivery ceremony of the first Tiger helicopter in HAD configuration.
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Chief of the Defense Staff of Canadian army visit Israel to strengthen military ties

Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defense Staff of the Canadian Forces, arrived in Israel on Sunday, April 21, 2013, for talks focusing on "mutual security challenges as well as cooperation between the two militaries," Israel Defense Forces ( IDF) said in a statement.
Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defense Staff of the Canadian Forces. 
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Sunday, 21 April 2013

North Korea has moved two more missile launchers to its east coast to make some tests

Armed forces of North Korea has rmoved two more missile launchers to its east coast, where preparations have apparently begun for a missile test, according to unidentified military source. Expectations had been high that Pyongyang would carry out a test to coincide with celebrations marking the birth of North Korea's late founding leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15.
The BM-25 Musudan also named No-Dong-B is a mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile developed by the Defence Industry of North Korea. 
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Saturday, 20 April 2013

The new BTR-82A enter in service with Russian army unit based in the Republic of Abkhazia

Around 40 new BTR-82A 8x8 armoured vehicle personnel carrier will enter in service at the beginning of this summer with the Russian army units based on the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia. The BTR-82A will take part for the first time at the military parade on the Red Square in Moscow.
The new BTR-82A 8x8 armoured personnel carrier at rehearsal for the military parade of May 9, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Credit Photo Vitaly Kuzmin)
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BAE Systems delivered new variant of CV90 Armadillo armoured personnel carrier to Danish Army

BAE Systems has delivered a new variant of the CV90 Armadillo, finished in traditional Danish Army camouflage, to the Danish Army Oksbol base for competitive evaluation to meet Denmark's armored personnel carrier requirement. Trials - involving five different vehicles - begin mid-April and will continue until September with contract scheduled for February next year. First deliveries will be in 2015.
BAE Systems CV90 Armadillo tracked armoured vehicle personnel carrier at Eurosatory, defence exhibition in Paris, France.
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Russia will unveil soon their first 152mm 8x8 wheeled self-propelled howitzer Koalitsiya-SV

The first Russian-made 152mm 8x8 wheeled self-propelled howitzer Koalitsiya-SV based on a KamAz truck will be presented at the defence exhibition REA 2013 (Russian Expo Arms) in Nizhny Tagil, September 2013. The Russian Defence Ministry has launched a programme to gradually replace tracked artillery pieces in its arsenal with wheeled types.
Koalitsiya-SV 152-mm twin-barrel howitzer 3d view.
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Northrop Grumman launches CUTLASS next generation of UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has launched CUTLASS, its latest generation unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), expanding its range of industry-leading capabilities in unmanned systems for the remote handling and surveillance of hazardous threats.
CUTLASS UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle of Northrop Grumman
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Venezuela takes delivery of the first Russian-made BUK-M2E air defence missile system

Venezuela takes delivery of the first Russian-made ground-to-air air defence missile system BUK-M2E, according to a picture published by the Venezuelan newspaper El Diario showing trucks carrying Russian-made 9M317 missiles on a road in Venezuela, which is used by the Buk-M2E (NATO code SA-17 Grizzly).
Trucks on a road in Venezuela carrying Russian-made missile 9M317 used by the air defence system Buk-M2E. (Photo from Internet)
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The President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff wants to continue modernization of the Brazilian army

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff Friday, April 19, 2013, stressed the "process of transformation, modernization and updating" of the operation means of the Brazilian Army. Rousseff gave a speech at a ceremony of the 365th anniversary of the Brazilian Army, held Friday at the Brazilian Army's General Headquarters in Brasilia before her trip to Venezuela to attend the ceremony of swearing-in of president Nicolas Maduro.
Brazilian army has presented lof of new equipment at the LAAD 2013, International Defence Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Cuba and Russia will continue military collaboration in the future

Russia has good military cooperation with Cuba and will continue expanding their military ties, Cuban official Prensa Latina news agency quoted a Russian general as saying here Friday, April 19, 2013.
The Cuban army uses many Russian-made military equipment as the armoured personnel carrier BRDM-2 and the multiple launch rocket system BM-21.
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New Zealand purchases eight Seasprite SH-2G(I) helicopters from Kaman Aerospace for its Navy

Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says the government has approved the purchase of an upgraded and expanded Seasprite helicopter fleet for the New Zealand Defence Force. A total of eight Seasprites (plus two spare airframes) will be purchased from the United States company Kaman Aerospace in a $242 million dollar deal, which includes a training simulator, missiles, and additional components.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Royal Bahamas Defence Force contracts Damen for fleet of long range patrol craft

Following a six-year acquisition program, the Government of the Bahamas has announced the signing of a Letter of Intent to acquire 9 vessels for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and construction work for their naval bases. The contract has been placed with Damen Shipyards Group, headquartered in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. In announcing the contract, the Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, stressed that his Government was determined to protect the security and economic well-being of the people of the Bahamas and this order was a powerful endorsement of this commitment.

The new RS-24M yars-M will enter in service with the Russian armed forces this year

The first modernized intercontinental ballistic missile, Yars-M, will enter service with Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) later this year, RVSN Commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karavayev said on Thursday, April 18, 2013. A defense industry source previously told RIA Novosti the Armed Forces will take delivery of a fifth-generation Yars-M missile before the end of the current year.
Yars RS-24 Russian-made intercontinental ballistic missile
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French and Malian troops seize many weapons in large cache northwestern town of Timbuktu

The Malian forces, supported by their French allies, have discovered a large cache of weapons in the country's northwestern town of Timbuktu. The discovery was unveiled by the public relations director for the Malian army (DIRPA), Souleymane Maiga, and his deputy Souleymane Dembele on Thursday, April 18, 2013.
French and Malian soldiers stand next to cases of ammunition and military equipment.
(Archive image)
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Iran unveils new drone Sarir H-110 armed with air-to-air missiles during military parade in Tehran

The Iranian Air Defense Force displayed a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on the occasion of the National Army Day. The new drone, named Sarir (Throne) H-110 , was showcased in the military parades underway at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, in Southern Tehran. 
The new Iranian-made Sarir H-110 was unveiled during a military parade in Tehran.
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Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer

Raytheon Company delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia's newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane. A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard the Hobart. A third system is under construction and will be installed on the Sydney in 2014.
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