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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Video: French Navy FREMM Frigate Aquitaine fires MBDA's MdCN Naval Cruise Missile

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) has released a video showing the first launch of an MdCN (Missile de Croisière Navale) Naval Cruise Missile from a FREMM Frigate. On May 19, frigate Aquitaine (head of the class and first unit in the multi-mission frigate program FREMM) successfully fired its first naval cruise missile on the firing ranges of the DGA missile testing centre off Levant Island. This event marked the first time a European surface ship has fired a cruise missile.

Airbus Helicopters officially unveils first prototype of the H160 utility helicopter

Three months after having unveiled a mockup of the H160 at Heli-Expo 2015, Airbus Helicopters has disclosed the first prototype of the aircraft. Airbus Helicopters unveiled the H160 prototype in the presence of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. This innovative helicopter also performed its first ground run on May 28, 2015, announced Airbus Helicopters. The company previously reported that the prototype, the first of three, powered on in November 2014. 
Airbus Helicopters H160 medium utility helicopter during its first ground run on May 28, 2015
(Airbus Helicopters)
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Video Saab Next Generation Carl Gustaf M4 (M3A1 MAAWS) multi-purpose weapon system

The new light-weight Carl Gustaf M4, weighing approximately 15 pounds, offers significant weight savings to the soldier. It is also compatible with future battlefield technology such as intelligent sighting systems for programmable ammunition. With a wide variety of munitions available, it is a weapon system capable of handling multiple tactical situations, bridging the gap between full scale operations and low intensity conflicts, and providing the modern warfighter with unprecedented flexibility and capability on the battlefield.

New Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-purpose weapon system presented for the first time in Canada

The new light-weight Carl-Gustaf M4, weighing less than 7 kg, offers significant weight savings to the soldier. It is also compatible with future battlefield technology such as intelligent sighting systems for programmable ammunition. For the first time in Canada, the new Carl-Gustaf M4 is now showcased at CANSEC, defense exhibition in Canada.
New light-weight SAAB Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-purpose weapon system
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U.S. approves a $130 mn FMS to United Arab Emirates for Guided Bomb Units

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Guided Bomb Units (GBU-31s and GBU-12s) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $130 million. The principal contractors will be The Boeing Company in Chicago, Illinois; and Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona, the DSCA announced yesterday, May 29.
UAE Air Force is currently involved in the international military intervention against ISIS, with 4 F-16 fighter aircraft engaged
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United States proposes to deploy THAAD air defense missile system in South Korea

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said Saturday, May 30, 2015, the possible deployment of the U.S. THAAD advanced missile defense system on Korean soil should be considered as threats by North Korea have grown. As an integral part of the U.S.-led missile defense system, it is designed to shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at a higher altitude in their terminal phase using a hit-to-kill method. 
THAAD Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Air Defense Missile System) mobile unit launcher. 
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Taiwan plans to purchase 120 American-made M1A1 Abrams tanks to replace old M60A3 MBT

The Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan said it would stick to a plan to buy 120 US-made M1A1 Abrams tanks in an estimated NT$33 billion (US$1.08 billion) deal. The Republic of China (ROC) Army Command Headquarters Office said the program’s budget allocation would be made in 2017, with delivery expected to begin in 2020.
An M1A1 Abrams tank is driven on a tank course by Iraqi soldiers with the 9th Iraqi Army Division instructed by U.S. Soldiers 
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China has sent for the first time infantry troops for peacekeeping missions in South Sudan

China's first peacekeeping mission involving combat-ready troops has been deployed to South Sudan. It has held an inauguration ceremony for its headquarters in the capital Juba. This is the first time China has sent peacekeeping infantry to any task zone since it first took part in peacekeeping operations in 1990. 
The Chinese 700-strong infantry battalion deployed in South Sudan includes 121 officers and 579 soldiers.
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Friday, 29 May 2015

KIDEC 2015 Kuwait first International Defense Exhibition under official patronage of Kuwaiti MOD

The Kuwait International Defense Exhibition & Conference (KIDEC) 2015 is proud to be the only Defense Exhibition in Kuwait that is being held under the official patronage of the Kuwait Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Sheikh Khalid Al- Jarrah Al-Sabah. Army Recognition appointed by KIDEC 2015 organizers as Official media partner, Official Online Show Daily News and Web TV KIDEC 2015.

Australia to train Afghan soldiers with Explosive Ordnance Disposal and IEDs Defeat courses

Australian military experts are continuing to help their Afghan allies with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, and Improvised Explosive Device Defeat courses. Last year, improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, claimed more than eight lives per day in Afghanistan.
An Afghan National Defense and Security Forces student in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) suit prepares to destroy dangerous ordnance during an explosive ordnance test in the EOD School at the Central Training Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Australian Department of Defence photo by Cpl. David Cotton)
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