Monday, 31 October 2011

Colombia orders Second OPV-80 from COTECMAR

The Colombian Navy placed an order on 20 October for a second OPV-80 offshore patrol vessel (OPV) from the government-run COTECMAR shipyards in Cartagena.

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Royal Navy and Marine Nationale plan major exercise for 2012

The flagships of the Royal Navy and the Marine nationale are lined up to work side-by-side next year to demonstrate the progress made between the two fleets. The Royal Navy's key deployment of 2012 - which will see the UK Response Force Task Group (UK RFTG) head to the Mediterranean - is due to join forces with the FS Charles de Gaulle and her carrier battlegroup for an exercise that will highlight co-operation between the two navies.

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P-8A successfully launches first MK 54 during weapon test

The P-8A Poseidon successfully launched the first MK 54 torpedo during a test event in the Atlantic Test Range Oct. 13.
“The P-8A is advancing along a rigorous test schedule,” said Tony Schmidt, P-8A assistant program manager for Test and Evaluation. “The success of the first separation test of the MK 54 moves us one step closer to delivering the P-8A to the fleet on time.”

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German government has offered second hand anti-aicraft gun Gepard 35mm to the Brazilian army

The German government offered to the Brazilian Army second hand self-propelled anti-aircraft gun Gepard 35mm, recently refurbished by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann - KMW. A contract that would include spare parts, technical support, training, technology transfer and nationalization of KWM items through Brazil.
German KMW Gepard self-propelled anti-aicraft gun 35mm during fiiring test in Brazil

Dr. Mahmoud Jibril, interim prime minister of the Libyan Transitional National Council announced that nuclear and chemical weapons have been found in Libya

Libya's acting Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has announced that nuclear and chemical weapons have been found in the country and said foreign inspectors would arrive later in the week to investigate the issue, Al Arabiya TV network reported on Monday quoting a National Transitional Council official.
Dr. Mahmoud Jibril, interim prime minister of the Libyan Transitional National Council announced that nuclear and chemical weapons have been found in Libya

Sunday, 30 October 2011

A-400M airbus military transport aircraft technical data sheet specifications pictures video

The Airbus A400M is a multi-national four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. It was designed by Airbus Military as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities. Airbus A-400M technical data sheet specifications description pictures video.
Airbus A400M Mlitary transport aircraft

British Royal Air Force conducted numerous missions across southern Afghanistan laste week

The British Royal air Force 31 Squadron's detachment at Kandahar Airfield has undertaken a number of 'shows of force' (SoF) and 'shows of presence' (SoP) in support of ground based troops across Afghanistan. Two SoP were carried out in support of US troops operating in Regional Command (RC) North.
A British Tornado GR4 at Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan

CASSIDIAN has developed the most powerful ground surveillance radar worldwide for German Army

Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has developed the world’s most powerful radar for battlefield surveillance for use by the German Armed Forces. Owing to a combination of the latest technologies, this ground surveillance radar under the German Army designation “Bodenüberwachungsradar” (BÜR) can track movements on the ground, in the air close to the ground and over water, with previously unattainable precision, speed and reliability.
Dingo 2 Bür Battlefield surveillance radar armoured vehicle

United States administration plans to build up the American military presence in the Persian Gulf

The United States administration plans to build up the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq by the end of this year, The New York Times reported on Sunday, referring to diplomatic sources.
U.S. Army and Marine Corps personnel during a military parade in Kuwait

Pakistan tested cruise missile Hatf-7 Babur which can be equipped with stealth technologies

Pakistan tested this Friday October 28, 2011,nuclear- capable Hatf-7 Babur cruise missile having a range of 700 km that can hit targets in India, saying the launch was aimed at consolidating the country's strategic deterrence capability and strengthening national security. The Hatf-7 missile would be equipped with stealth technologies.
The Hatf-VII Babur Cruise Missile during its initial launch in 2005. (Archive image)

The 45 Albanian Army Special forces face-to-face with the Taliban's in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Albanian soldiers have stood alongside some of the most modern military forces in peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan and other countries. The example, for which we should all be proud, comes from the Special Forces troupes whom since over one year and a half continue to complete successfully on every battle mission in the Kandahar area of Afghanistan.
Albanian army Special Forces use the best and most qualitative equipment currently used by the various military forces.

Duro Dakovic presents the wheeled armoured personnel carrier Patria AMV at ALMEX 2011

At the Albanian Military Exhibition ALMEX 2011, the Croatian Defence Company Duro Dakovik presents the wheeled armored vehicle personnel carrier Patria AMV. The Company is in charge to manufacture the vehicles order by the Croatian ministry of defense under a joint contract with the Finnish Company Patria.
The Croatian Company Duro Dakovik presents the wheeled armoured vehicle personnel carrier Patria AMV at Albanian Military Exhibition ALMEX 2011

Friday, 28 October 2011

Russia sells armored vehicles BMP-T, BTR-82 and TOS Buratino in Kazakhstan

The Kazakh military will take delivery of 12 BTR-82 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carriers, three Buratino heavy flame-thrower tracked vehicles, and three BMP-T Terminator tank support fighting vehicles. The latter can carry the 9M120 Ataka-T (AT-16 Scallion) anti-armor missile.
BMPT Terminator was show for the first time during the military parade in August 2011

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Interpolitex 2011 pictures International exhibition security police internal state equipment weapons moscow russia

Interpolitex – the largest in Russia exhibition of means for provision of state security – is the only exhibition event in Russia in the field of security, having a Federal status and importance, is held annually in order to give suppliers and users of up-to-date special technical means and armaments an effective tool for solution of promotional and marketing tasks, market monitoring and bargaining. The results of this work are directly connected with the stock of orders (firstly, state ones) and implementation of a number of Federal Target Programs. Photographs report from our correspondent in Moscow, Vitaly Kuzmin.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Dassault Rafale - Eurofighter invited to open their commercial bids to supply 126 fighters to India

France's Dassault Aviation and the European EADS were informed this week that their representatives would be required to be present when their bids (for the Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon respectively) are opened on November 4, 2011, by a Contract Negotiation Committee (CNC).
Rafale Dassault multi-role fighter aicraft French aviation industry

Russian made Mi-171Sh helicopter deliveries to Peru Defence Ministry completed

In September 2011 the second batch of 3 Mi-171Sh military transports was delivered to the Defence Ministry of Peru under a contract signed by Rosoboronexport, JSC in 2010 for the delivery of 6 Mi-171Sh helicopters. Helicopter manufacturer - Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP), part of Russian Helicopters. The first batch of 3 Mi-171Sh helicopters was delivered to Peru in May 2011.
Russian made Mi-171Sh of Peruvian Air Force

Bad weather delayed the testing of three Russian nuclear submarines

The Yury Dolgoruky SSBN, the Alexander Nevsky SSBN and the Severodvinsk SSN all had to delay their sea trials because of the bad weather conditions on the white sea.

Russian Navy Severodvinsk SSN, first of Yasen Class
(picture: JSC PO Sevmash)

Link to Yasen class technical datasheet, picture and video

Russian defence industry unveils new home made light wheeled tactical vehicle Skorpion-2M

In October 2011, the Russian Defence industry unveils a new light tactical vehicle, the Skorpion-2M. A video of the vehicle was show on the press agency web site RIA Novosti. This RIA Novosti video footage shows the capabilities of the Skorpion-2M vehicle which may replace the famous UAZ off-roader.
Skorpion-2M new home made light tactical vehicle

Sunday, 23 October 2011

The latest edition of Army Recognition defence and Security magazine is now available

The last Issue of Army Recognition magazine is now available only in PDF (electronic) version.
- Worlwide defense news, technical data Ocelot,
S-300PMU, ZBD-03, Pantsir S1. Focus on defense and security market with Eurosatory (France), AAD (South Africa), and IDEB (Slovakia) exhibition review. The Military Power of Iran. List of Defence exhibition 2012 and more.
Full text in French and English.

Turkish army continues military operations against the PKK terrorists' camps in Iraq

Turkish Army continues operations in the territory of Iraq to strike on PKK terrorists’ camps. About 15 000 Turkish soldiers have gathered on Turkey-Iraq borders. Thirty two rebels of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in a large-scale operation in Cuukurca town of Hakkari province in southeastern Turkey late Friday and early Saturday, private Dogan news agency reported on Saturday.
Turkish soldiers patrol a road with new BMC 350 Kirpi MRAP near Cukurca in the Hakkari province, southeastern Turkey,  (October 22, 2011)

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Heckler and Koch presents its new Marksman rifle G28 at Milipol 2011

At Milipol 2011, the German weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch presents its new Marksman rifle the G28, a military version of of the civilian competition rifle MR308.
New G28 Marksman rifle Heckler & Koch

Large joint military exercises of Chinese air and land forces in four provinces over 3,000 km

In mid autumn, a division under the Xinjiang Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), with all its troops and armaments, crossed four mountains, two deserts and four provinces and regions, namely Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu and Ningxia, covering a distance of more than 3,000 kilometers ...

How Gaddafi's convoy was stopped by U.S. drone and French Air force fighter aircraft Mirage 2000

A U.S. drone and a French Air Force Mirage 2000D attacked a convoy without knowing that Gaddafi was part of it. At war, things are often simpler than we think and chance sometimes if a factor. Twenty-four hours after the event, we can finally detail the course of the air operation which resulted in the capture and execution of Gaddafi.

Friday, 21 October 2011

President Barack Obama announced the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011

All American soldiers will be pulled out of Iraq by the end of the year, President Barack Obama has announced this Friday, October 21, 2011. He ordered a complete withdrawal from the country, nearly nine years after the invasion under President George W Bush. About 39,000 US troops remain in Iraq, down from a peak of 165,000 in 2008.
The United States army troops are deployed since February 2003 in Iraq.

New Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrtaor 'FED Alpha' burns 70% less fuel than an HUMVEE

The Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator, dubbed "FED Alpha," was on display this week in the Pentagon courtyard for an Energy & Sustainability Technology Fair. Last week it was on the exhibit floor at the 2011 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.
The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center unveiled its Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator FED Alpha to employees at the Pentagon

General Dynamics Awarded $1 Billion to Upgrade LAV III Light Armoured Vehicles by Canada

Canadian Minister of National Defence, announced today that the Government of Canada has awarded a contract valued at C$1.064 billion (US$1.052 billion) to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to incorporate a comprehensive upgrade package into the Canadian Army’s fleet of LAV III combat vehicles.
A LAV 3 from the 3 RCR battle group of Canadian Army returns from a patrol to a forward operations base in Southern Afghanistan. (Copyright Canada Combat Camera)

Equatorial Guinea has just ordered 48 ACMAT ALTVs vehicles for its police and gendarmerie forces

Equatorial Guinea has just ordered 48 ALTVs for its police and gendarmerie forces. This urgent need will enable this country to strengthen security during the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament it is co-hosting with Gabon in early 2012.
ACMAT Defense ALTV light tactical vehicle

Oman armed forces could buy U.S. Avenger fire units - Stinger missiles and fire units SL-AMRAAM

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Oct. 18 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Oman for AVENGER Fire Units, STINGER Missiles and Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missiles, as well associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.248 billion.
Avenger AN/TWQ-1 short-range air defence missile system vehicle of U.S. Army

Monday, 17 October 2011

Royal Australian Navy rules out French and Spanish submarine designs

Australian Defence officials have revealed that at least two possible contenders for the navy's new submarine fleet, the Spanish S-80 and French Scorpene class boat, have been ruled out of the future submarine project.

Collins class submarine
(Picture: US Navy)

Libyan National Transitional Council fighters control 60 per cent of Bani Walid

Libyan interim government forces say they have entered Bani Walid, one of the last outposts still loyal to deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi, with National Transitional Council fighters saying they now control about 60 per cent of the town.
Libyan NTC National Transitional Council fighters with T-55 main battle tank in the city of Sirte.
(October 15, 2011)

Kenyan military troops were sent to attack Islamist rebel group al-Shabab in southern Somalia

Kenyan military troops have crossed into Somalia and have driven out al-Shabab islamist fighters from two bases near the border in a joint operation with Somali soldiers, according to a Somali military commander.
Kenyan security forces talk with a local goat herdsman on October 15, 2011 near Liboi, Kenya's border town with Somalia

USS George Washington Strike Group gets underway for disaster relief in Thailand

SINAPORE - The USS George Washington Strike Group departed early from a port visit in Singapore Oct. 16 to be better postured to provide humanitarian aid if needed in the wake of the worst flooding in many years in Thailand.

Contractors lift the brow from USS George Washington (CVN 73) prior to the ship getting underway from Changi Naval Base in Singapore.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob D. Moore/RELEASED)

Russia to sign contract for the two other Mistral class LHDs In 2012

Contract for building of third and fourth Mistral-class landing ships will be signed in 2012, said Roman Trotsenko, the president of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).

French Navy's Tonnerre (Mistral class) off the Lybian coast
(picture: French Navy)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Swedish government and SAAB have submitted a Gripen multirole fighter aircraft sale offer to Croatia

The Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) invited Croatian media to a press briefing in Zagreb to present the Swedish Gripen offer that has been submitted to the Croatian government. Through FXM, the Swedish Government submitted an offer including the sale of either twelve or eight of the latest version of Gripen C/D. The offer also includes a support and training agreement for pilots and technicians.
SAAB Gripen multirole fighter aircraft at Paris Show 2011
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Three former Gaddafi regime armed trucks was destroyed by British Air Force aircraft in Libya

British Royal Navy ships and Royal Air Force aircraft have continued operations this week to help safeguard the Libyan people as part of NATO's Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR. October 13, 2011, afternoon, an armed reconnaissance patrol of RAF Tornado GR4s was alerted by another NATO surveillance platform to the presence of three former Gaddafi regime armed trucks hidden beneath trees to the east of Bani Walid.
A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft lands at Gioia del Colle air base in southern Italy having expended its entire payload of Brimstone missiles and Paveway IV bombs
[Picture: Corporal Babs Robinson, Crown Copyright/British MOD 2011]
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United States soldiers were sent in Uganda to help hunt down the leader Joseph Kony

President Barack Obama is sending about 100 United States soldiers to Africa to help hunt down the leaders of the notoriously violent Lord's Resistance Army in and around Uganda. U.S. military personnel advising regional forces working to target Kony and other senior leaders will not engage Kony's forces "unless necessary for self-defense," Obama said.
Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army LRA in Uganda

Turkey and Azerbaijan reached an agreement on purchase and sale Firtina 155mm self-propelled howitzer

Though Azerbaijan and Turkey reached an agreement on purchase and sale of Firtina self-propelled howitzer, according to the reports there are some technical problems in the project. Germany’s MTU company, which is providing Firtina with engine, refused to provide with engine the self-propelled howitzer that will be sold to Azerbaijan. Yonca-Onuk company, which is going to sell boats to Azerbaijan, has faced similar problem.
Turkish Firtina 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer

Friday, 14 October 2011

UAE's Baynunah Muti-Mission Corvette successfully completes testing program

The first of six multi-mission corvettes ordered by the UAE has successfully completed all of its testing program. Designed and assembled by CMN Cherbourg the Baynunah left the Atlantic French Shipyard to reach the Persian Gulf. The vessel will then undergo a further testing period of four months to test its weapon systems and sensors, prior to its acceptance by the UAE Navy and its commissioning.

Baynunah Multi-Mission Corvette, Head of Baynunah Class
(picture: CMN)

A JH-7 Flying Leopard fighter bomber crashed during demo flight at Chinese Air Show

A JH-7 FBC-1 fighter-bomber aircraft also know as Flying Leopard crash to the ground Friday, October 14, 2011, morning during an air show held for the 2011 China International General Aviation Convention in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, the executive committee of the convention confirmed at a press briefing.
JH-7 Flying Leopard bomber-fighter aicraft China Chinese Air Force

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Iran renews offer to equip Lebanese Army during a meeting in Beirut

Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi renewed Tehran's offer to equip the Lebanese Army during a meeting with Beirut's Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn.
Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabad

CASSIDIAN and Northrop Grumman present first EURO HAWK® UAS Unmanned Aircraft System for German Armed Forces

EURO HAWK®, the premier Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the German Armed Forces, was presented today to government officials and media during a rollout ceremony held in Manching, Germany. The UAS arrived on 21 July 2011 following a nonstop ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base in California to Manching.
German Air Force Euro Hawk UAS Unmanned Aircraft System
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Meet the new addition to the FN Herstal SCAR® Family at MILIPOL 2011 wit the SCAR®-H PR precision rifle

In conjunction with the 2011 MILIPOL Trade Exhibition being held from 18 through to 21 October in Paris, France, FN Herstal is pleased to introduce the new semi-automatic SCAR®-H PR precision rifle.
New semi-automatic SCAR®-H PR precision rifle FN Herstal

Panhard General Defense is showcasing three new products at MILIPOL 2011 PVP APV VBL Mk2 Wasp turret

Panhard General Defense will be taking part in the Milipol 2011 security exhibition at the Porte de Versailles in Paris, from 18th to 21st October 2011, with three of its new products. Panhard is the leading European manufacturer of armoured vehicles of less than 12 tonnes, and intends to enhance its efforts to break into the domestic security market, which is currently enjoying significant expansion.
Panhard PVP Light Protected Vehicle of French Army

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

France sells Foudre LPD to Armada de Chile

The Government of Chile completed negotiations with his French counterpart for the acquisition of amphibious landing ship, Foudre LPD. This ship would replace the Newport class Valdivia LST, retired from active duty with the Navy of Chile on January 14, 2011, after 15 years of service.

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Land, sea and air forces from ten countries are taking part in Joint Warrior exercise in Scotland

Land, sea and air forces from ten nations are currently taking part in the two-week Joint Warrior exercise in Scotland, the largest such exercise staged in the UK. The exercise - taking place in locations ranging from Faslane to the north west tip of Scotland at Cape Wrath - is intended to test NATO forces across the full spectrum of 21st century conflict, from fending off air attacks and hunting mines and submarines to putting - and, crucially, supporting - troops ashore.
French Marines soldiers in a Zodiac rigid inflatable boat during Joint Warrior in Scotland
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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Daewoo to sign $1.1 bln submarine deal with Indonesia by November

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Engineering said on Monday that it aimed to seal a $1.1 billion agreement with the Indonesian government by November to build three submarines.
The South Korean shipbuilder said in a statement that this would mark the first exports of submarines from the country.
"We have launched talks to sign a submarine contract with Indonesia's defense ministry and marine," Daewoo said in a statement.

Republic of Korea Submarine Chang Bogo - SSK 61.
The 3 submarines for Indonesia will be a custom version of this Type 209 class
(picture: US Navy)

EADS Noth America readies its Armed Aerial Scout AAS-72X helicopter fof fly off demonstration

In anticipation of a competitive flight demonstration, EADS North America’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) is on display at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) convention this week in Washington, DC.
AAS-72X Armed Aerial Scout helicopter EADS North America
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British Royal air Force RAF strikes more targets in the city of Sirte, Libya

British Royal Air Force RAF aircraft have struck further targets in Sirte and Bani Walid over recent days as NATO continues operations over Libya to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.
An RAF Tornado GR4 touches down at Gioia del Colle air base in southern Italy (stock image)
[Picture: Corporal Pete Devine, Crown Copyright/British MOD 2011]

Monday, 10 October 2011

Ricardo announced today that it has completed the build of the new FED ALPHA armoured vehicle

Ricardo today announced that it has completed the build of the FED ALPHA vehicle as part of the Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) programme for the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) – the company has been awarded a contract for the testing phase, which is currently underway.
FED ALPHA Ricardo wheeled armoured vehicle
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Battle of Sirte Libya Libyan NTC National Transition Council fighters armed forces against Colonel Gaddafi forces in images

Heavy fighting continues in Colonel Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte, Libya, after the new Libyan government forces launched severals assault in recent days. The NTC forces moved in with tanks on Friday morning and bombarded the city with heavy artillery, from their position just over one kilometre to the east.Forces loyal to Colonel Qaddafi continue to oppose a strong resistance.
NTC fighters fire with T-55 main battle tank against at pro-Gaddafi militia during heavy battles in Sirte front lines, Libya.