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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