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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Netherlands & Luxembourg purchase two Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircraft

The Netherlands is ready to purchase 2 Airbus tanker/transport aircraft with Luxembourgn, the Dutch Defense Ministry announced today on its website. The aircraft will be NATO property and will be stationed at Eindhoven Air Base for pooling and sharing. Belgium, Germany, Norway and Poland intend to join the agreement at a later date. 
Artist impression of a A330 MRTT refuelling a F-35 Lightning II fighter jet
(Credit: Ministry of Defence of Netherlands)
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Russian land and naval forces will receive armoured vehicles derived from the Bumerang platform

The Russian Army and Marine Corps may receive armored vehicles derived from the Bumerang commonized armored wheeled chassis, according to the Izvestia daily. The Military Industrial Company (VPK), which is the major manufacturer of armored personnel carriers (APC), infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and armored cars for the Russian Armed Forces, has started the preliminary tests of an amphibious APC derived from the Bumerang. 
The K-17 Bumerang is an IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) fitted with a an electrically powered unmanned turret mounted in the centre of the hull. The turret is armed with the 2A42 30mm automatic cannon.
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South Korea's Navy launches new Chamsuri-211 fast patrol boat

According to the local news agency Yonhap, South Korea's Navy launched a new fast patrol boat to help counter North Korea's hovercraft force along its maritime demarcation line, the military said Thursday July 28, 2016.
An artist rendering of South Korea's new Chamsuri-211 fast patrol boat
(Credit: Yonhap)
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USAF F-15 unit complete flight tests with new ADCP II computer operating system

USAF Eglin's Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force completed a historic test mission here July 8 on an aircraft system that will enhance the life and lethality of the F-15, the Egline public affaires team announced on the airbase website. 
Maj. Justin Elliott, 40th Flight Test Squadron F-15 flight commander, prepares to deplane after he piloted the first F-15 equipped with the Advanced Display Core Processor II July 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. 
(Credit: USAF/1st Lt. Daniel Lee)
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Israel's first F-35 Adir fighter jet successfully completes maiden flight

One month after Israel received the new stealth F-35 “Adir” (Hebrew for “Great One”) in Dallas, Texas, the aircraft completed its maiden flight on Tuesday july 27th in the southern US, the Israel-based newspaper Jewishbusinessnews. 
Israel's first F-35 Adir took flight
(Credit: Lockheed Martin)
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DFNDR Armor selects Honeywell Spectra material for new Military and Law Enforcement Body Armor

Honeywell announced on Wednesday July 27 that DFNDR Armor, a leading engineer of U.S.-made advanced body armor systems, is using Honeywell Spectra Shield® ballistic composite materials to create one of the lightest, most high-protection lines of body armor plates available today.


DFNDR Armor is using Honeywell Spectra Shield® ballistic composite materials to create one of the lightest, most high-protection lines of body armor plates available today (Photo DFNDR Armor)

Raytheon launches NSA-certified, next-generation Ethernet encryption system

The National Security Agency has certified Raytheon Company's KG-350 Ethernet encryption system to protect network communications for sensitive information up to Top Secret/SCI classification. The Type 1 certification gives Raytheon authorization to sell the groundbreaking KG-350 encryptor to commercial, military and government customers immediately.

The KG-350 encryptor is ruggedized for tactical vehicle use and fixed-site applications, and is the first to conform to the NSA's new Ethernet Security Specification (ESS) standard (Photo Raytheon)
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Cubic awarded more than $10 Million in orders for I-MILES IWS 2 Training System by the US Army

Cubic Global Defense, a business unit of Cubic Corporation, today announced an award of more than $10 million for new orders of its Instrumentable-Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System Individual Weapon Systems 2 (I-MILES IWS 2) from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) and Army Contracting Command-Orlando (ACC-ORL).

Cubic’s MILES Individual Weapon System (IWS) 2 is the U.S. Army’s latest generation tactical engagement simulation system in use today (Photo Cubic Global Defense) 

Patria AMV35 selected for Australian Army’s Land 400 Program evaluation

The Australian Department of Defence announced on Thursday July 28 that BAE Systems Australia and Land 400 bid partner Patria have been confirmed as one of 2 tenders selected to take part in the 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity for the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 2 combat reconnaissance vehicle program.

The Patria AMV35 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (Photo BAE Systems)
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Analysis : Chinese-made armoured infantry fighting vehicles are based on Russian technologies.

The newest armoured vehicles developed by the Chinese heavy machine-building industry still rely on the Soviet/Russian technologies and technological assets, a source in the Russian defense industry said. The comparison between the Russian and the Chinese armoured vehicles has become an urgent issue in light of the Army Games 2016 competitions organized by Russia`s Ministry of Defense (MoD). The rivalry between the Russian Federation and the PRC (People`s Republic of China) is supposed to be the fiercest one. 
The ZBD-86A is an improved variant of the WZ-501 fitted with a new turret armed with a 30mm cannon.
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