Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Airbus Helicopters officially unveils all-new H160 medium-class helicopter at Heli-Expo 2015

Airbus Helicopters yesterday presented its all-new H160, raising the standards for performance, cost effectiveness, passenger comfort and environmental impact to create the medium-class rotorcraft benchmark. As the first product introduced with the Airbus Helicopters corporate identity and its new numbering designation, this 5.5-6-ton-class rotorcraft’s nose-to-tail breakthroughs in design and systems exemplify the company’s transformation plan that puts customer satisfaction and operational safety first. 
Airbus Helicopters' H160 medium-sized helicopter at Heli-Expo 2015
(Credit: Airbus Helicopters)
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Colombia Navy to support EU anti-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean

According to Bruxelles2 information website, the European Union mission to prevent and combat acts of piracy in the Indian Ocean (EUNAVFOR Atalanta) could receive some support from Colombia. Indeed, Bogota informed the EU about its interest to be present by its side on the Indian Ocean. This contribution is strongly support by Madrid.

Sikorsky Aircraft wins $241 mn contract to deliver 22 UH-60M helicopters to the US Army

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $241,701,155 contract to exercise option for a quantity of 22 UH-60M aircraft to support contingency operations. The estimated completion date is December 31, 2016. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut. US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. 
Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60M Black Hawk multi-role tactical transport helicopter
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Argentine armed forces took delivery of first batch of 35 HUMVEE tactical vehicles

The Argentine military received in February the first batch of tactical and utility vehicles acquired from surplus of the of the United States Armed Forces. This batch, which will be followed by two more, consisted of 35 vehicles HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or Humvee) configured for troops transport. The HMMWV received are divided into three types: open, canvas cab and closed. These vehicles are the first of a total of 100 to be delivered in three batches. 
Argentine armed forces' Humvee tactical vehicles
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Russian Black Sea Fleet to get 3 surface ships, two submarines in 2015

The Russian Black Sea Fleet counts on getting three surface ships of different types and two diesel-electric submarines in 2015, the fleet's captain Vyacheslav Trukhachyov told reporters. According to the source, it's expected that at least one Project 11356 top-of-the-line frigate, the Admiral Grigorovich, will enter service in 2015. 

The Royal Navy has its first battlefield Wildcat crews after seven months of intensive training.

Eleven pilots and seven aircrew from 847 NAS and the Army’s 652 Sqn based at RNAS Yeovilton have received their Wildcat badges. During the flying phase of training, 847 NAS flew alongside the Hawks of 100 Sqn and Typhoons from 9 Sqn RAF. The aircrew also took part in a Naval gunfire support exercise with the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless.

Streit Group showcased Typhoon-2 Armored Personnel Carrier during IDEX 2015 Live Demo

During the live demonstration held during IDEX 2015, Streit Group unveiled a new APC/MRAP: the Typhoon-2. Typhoon-2 provides superior level of ballistic protection and blast resistance, with advanced off-road capability. Based on commercial off-road heavy duty chassis with protection level of up to STANAG level 3.

Lockheed Martin successfully test-fired ATHENA fiber laser weapon system prototype

Lockheed Martin’s 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test, demonstrating the rapidly evolving precision capability to protect military forces and critical infrastructure, the US-based company reported yesterday, March 3rd. 
Lockheed Martin's Advanced Test High Energy Asset "ATHENA" disabled engine of a small truck in a recent field test
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Israel plans to accelerate production of Merkava Mk IV MBTs and Namer APCs

The Israelian Defense Ministry has doubled the number of orders for parts for Merkava tanks and Namer armored personnel carriers, reported yesterday, March 3rd, the newspaper Jerusalem Post. The move comes ahead of an expected rise in orders for complete Merkava Mk IV tanks and Namer APCs, as well as the need to replace parts following their heavy use during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last summer. 
Israel Defense Forces' Merkava Mk IV main battle tank
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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

EDIC's NIMR Automotive unveils new Special Operations Vehicle (AJBAN SOV) at IDEX 2015

NIMR Automotive LLC, a light-medium weight military vehicle manufacturer based in Abu Dhabi, UAE and part of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), an integrated national defence and services manufacturing platform, has increased its range of specialised vehicles with the launch of a new special operations prototype.