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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon intercepted and escorted Russian Udaloy I Destroyer

In an example of routine work for the Royal Navy’s Fleet Ready Escort, the ship’s company of HMS Dragon have tracked, and met up with, the Russian Navy Vice Admiral Kulakov, a Udaloy I class destroyer as it transits past the United Kingdom.

Dragon, a fast and powerful Type 45 destroyer, pinpointed and monitored the movement of the Russian vessel as she approached British waters in what is a well-established and standard response to such events.


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China's Aircraft Carrier Liaoning Will Undergo Its First Interim Maintenance

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, returned to Dalian Shipyard dock to undergo its first interim service on April, 17, 2014. Experts predicted that the service will last for six months; comprehensive overhaul and maintenance will be conducted on the power, weapons, and other systems. Complex weapon systems require regular maintenance, and aircraft personnel also need to be trained and rest to maintain combat effectiveness. 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Army of Netherlands takes delivery of first Boxer 8x8 armoured vehicle in ambulance version.

On 7 April 2014, the OCCAR-EA BOXER Programme Manager released the delivery of the first Netherlands’ Ambulance (NL AMB) BOXER. The NL AMB is part of the fleet of 472 BOXER vehicles in total to be delivered.
Boxer 8x8 ambulance armoured vehicle
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Russian army to use unmanned ground robot Taifun-M to protect Yars and Topol-M missile sites.

The new Russian unmanned ground mobile security robot Taifun-M, designed to provide security at strategic missile facilities, has been shown on the Russian Vesti news program.
Russian-made unmanned ground mobile security robot Taifun-M.
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US Navy deploys Standard Missile-3 Block IB for first time

In partnership with the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Navy deployed the second-generation Standard Missile-3 Block IB made by Raytheon Company for the first time, initiating the second phase of the Phased Adaptive Approach.

Royal Navy AW-159 Wildcat maritime helicopter takes part in Exercise Joint Warrior

The newest helicopter in the Royal Navy’s arsenal came through its toughest test yet as it spent a fortnight taking part in Europe’s biggest naval war games. Wildcat – which will provide the aerial eyes and punch of the Royal Navy’s frigates and destroyers for the next quarter of a century – joined HMS Dragon on Exercise Joint Warrior.

Oto Melara DART/STRALES 76mm guided ammunition successfully tested

The first lot of DART/STRALES 76mm guided ammunition, produced by OTO Melara, was successfully tested at the end of March. The firing trials were conducted on board one of the Italian Navy’s ships equipped with Strales 76mm SR and Selex NA25 fire control system..

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

United States to send 600 soldiers in Baltic region for bilateral military exercises with Poland

A company-sized element of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team -- about 150 soldiers -- will arrive in Poland tomorrow to begin a bilateral infantry exercise with Polish troops, the Pentagon press secretary said today. In the coming days, about 450 additional soldiers from the Vicenza, Italy-based 173rd ABCT will arrive for similar exercises in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team conduct predeployment training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany
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KONGSBERG to deliver C4I CORTEX for the Combatant Craft Medium Mark One (CCM Mk 1) program

KONGSBERG will provide the C4I infrastructure solution for the CCM Mk 1 production contract, awarded to Oregon Iron Works, Inc. (OIW) in Clackamas, OR on February 10th, 2014. KONGSBERG will provide their C4I CORTEX system to fulfill the requirements of the program’s Tactical Computer System. 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Assad regime has one more time uses chemical weapons against civilian population in Syria.

The Obama administration said Monday, April 21, 2014, it has "indications" chemical weapons were used in Syria earlier this month, and is investigating whether the Assad regime might have been responsible. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki discussed the allegations a day after French President Francois Hollande said France also had indications the regime is still using chemical weapons. 
U.N. chemical weapons experts prepare before collecting samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus' suburb of Zamalka. (Picture September 2013)
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