Wednesday, 25 November 2015

ECA Group and French DGA Working on a Tethered UAV Project Similar to DARPA's TALONS

While attending Milipol 2015, the Worldwide Exhibition of Internal State Security, Navy Recognition learned that ECA Group and the French procurement agency (DGA) are working on a tethered UAV project named "virtual mast" (mature virtuelle in French). Based on the IT180-999 prototype, an electric and captive variant of the existing IT180 UAV, the project shares many similarities with TALONS. TALONS is a joint research program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research.

General Dynamics Awarded U.S. Navy Contract for Virginia-class Submarine Design Improvement

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $102.8 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

Finnish Company Protolab launches a new amphibious MRAP vehicle called PMPV 6x6 MiSu

The Finnish Company Protolab Ltd has developed a new 6x6 armoured personnel carrier in the category of MRAP vehicle called PMPV6x6 MiSu . Protolab is specialized in the development of custom-made ballistic protection for military and civilian vehicles. 
New Finnish-made Protolab PMPV 6x6 MiSu MRAP vehicle
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HD Pictures of the First Indian Navy Scorpene class SSK Submarine "Kalvari"

DCNS released high definition pictures of Kalvari, the Scorpene class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) for the Indian Navy. Built by Indian shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, was launched in the water on 28th October 2015 in Mumbai.

Russian-Indonesian talks for delivery of Su-35 fighter jets "proceeding well"

Indonesia may become the second country after China to buy Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighter jets, a source in the system of Russia’s military and technical cooperation with foreign countries told TASS on Wednesday. The Russian-Indonesian talks on the delivery of a batch of Su-35 fighter jets are at the stage of discussing the technical and commercial aspects of the prospective deal.
Indonesia might become the second customer of the Russian Su-35 multirole fighter aircraft

Egypt requested a wide range of armaments and combat hardware to Russia

Russia will prepare answers in coming weeks to Egypt’s requests for buying a wide range of armaments and combat hardware, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Wednesday. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Defense and Military Industry Minister Sedki Sobhi Sayyud Ahmed in Cairo.
Egyptian Military Industry Minister Sedki Sobhi Sayyid Ahmed and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu
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Leidos contracted by US Army to support Airborne ISR needs

Leidos a US-based national security, health and engineering solutions company, was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army to design, produce, integrate and test for the Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) program of record, the company announced on Nov. 24, 2015. 
Leidos will participate i.a. in the modification of US Army's Bombardier DHC-8 aircraft
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Russian towed mortar 2B23 Nona-M1 received a new high-explosive munition

The Russian-made 2B23 Nona-M1 towed mortar has received a new mine, CEO of the Precision Engineering Research Institute (TsNIITOChMASh), part of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, Dmitry Semizorov said on Wednesday.
2B23 Nona-M1 towed mortar

Russian Helicopters delivers first Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopter to Russia's Arctic troops

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, part of Russian Helicopters, hosted a ceremony marking the acceptance of the Mi-8AMTSh-VA by the Russian Defence Ministry’s Arctic groupings. The first Arctic helicopter was developed specially for operation in the country’s north in temperatures lower than -40°. With auxiliary fuel tanks, the helicopter has a range of over 1,300 km. 
Russian Arctic Troops' first Mi-8AMTSh-VA being delivered by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant
(Credit: Russian Helicopters)
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U.S. lifts sanctions against Rosoboronexport for Afghanistan's Mi-17 helicopters support

The United States lifted the sanctions against Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport’s contracts for servicing the Mil Mi-17 (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopters in Afghanistan, according to Thomas Countryman, US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation. US governmental weekly Federal Register has published Mr. Countryman-signed document to that effect on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.
An Afghan Air Force Mi-17V-5 multirole helicopter
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