Raytheon Company has achieved important milestones on three F/A-18E/F related programs, highlighting the company's ongoing, successful support of the Super Hornet aircraft: APG-79 AESA radar, ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receiver and ATFLIR pod.
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Monday, 30 July 2012
The Bulgarian Army would form its first reconnaissance drone unit next year, and would use it in NATO operations worldwide, Defence Minister Anyu Angelov said here on Friday, July 27, 2012.
|NATO plans to acquire an Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system that will give commanders a comprehensive picture of the situation on the ground.|
Syrian rebel fighters fought to control a key road to the Turkish border and turned captured tanks against a government air base north of Syria's largest city on Monday, July 30, 2012.
|A destroyed T-62 tank of Syrian government forces is seen after clashes with the Free Syrian Army in the north of Rasten bridge, near Homs July 29, 2012. Picture taken July 29.|
Turkey sent more troops, tanks and other military equipment on Monday, July 30, 2012, to its border with Syria as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces hit Syrian second largest city Aleppo in air and land attacks, Turkish semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.
|This picture taken on July 5, 2012 shows Turkish military missiles Hawk turned towards Syria in Hatay, near the Syrian border.|
The Czech government have decided that the Defence Ministry will go on in talks with Swedish party over prolongation of a lease agreement on SAAB 39 Gripen aircraft till this November. The Czech government authorised on 25 July 2012 Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra to negotiate over prolongation of 10-year lease of 14 SAAB 39 Gripen aircraft with Sweden till the end of this November.
|Czech Air Force Gripen JAS-39 fighter aircraft|
Tawazun Holding from United Arab Emirtaes, the steadily growing manufacturer which is helping to build the industrial backbone of the UAE, has expanded its presence in the African defense market by inking of a joint venture with Algeria to manufacture the NIMR combat vehicle in Algeria.
|Tawazun holding has presented a 6x6 version of NIMR vehicle at DVD 2012 defence exhibition in United Kingdom.|
Czech Ministry of Defence plans to buy approximately 10 thousand CZ 805 BREN attack rifles, 7 thousand CZ 75 PHANTOM pistols and 500 CZ SCORPION sub-machine guns during next several years. According to Colonel Pavel Bulant, Director of the Armaments Division of MoD, this quantity should cover needs of all elements of Czech armed forces.
|Czech army soldiers during live firing with CZ 805 BREN assault rifle.|
The US Navy made Pax River history July 29 after it conducted the naval air station's historic first flight of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator. At 11 a.m., the tailless, unmanned aircraft launched from Pax River and flew for a planned 35 minutes. The aircraft reached an altitude of 7,500 feet and an air speed of 180 knots during its flight over the Chesapeake Bay before successfully landing back at Pax River.
Turkey will spend up to $8 billion in defense purchases as its exports will reach $2 billion in 2016, four years from now, according to a major estimation by the procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM).
|The Turkish main battle tank project Altay at the Defence Exhibition in Turkey. (Archive image)|
India on Sunday, 29 July, 2012, successfully test-fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the integrated test range at Chandipur off Odisha coast. The 32nd test-firing was part of the development trials of the missile which has already been inducted into the Army and the Navy.
|BrahMos supersonic cruisse missile at defence exhibition Engineering Technologies 2012 in Moscow, Russia.|
Pictures of the first prototype of the Chinese carrier based Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) plane JZY-01 have emerged on the Chinese internet. The new platform looks to be based on the Y-7 aircraft produced by Xian Aircraft Industrial Corporation, but modified for carrier operations.
Designed by DCNS, Mistral BPC (Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandment) LHD is a multi-mission 21,500t amphibious assault, command and power projection ship. Mistral-class vessels are capable to accommodate and deploy 16 transport or attack helicopters, four landing crafts, up to 70 vehicles or 13 main battle tanks. They have accommodations for 450 to 700 troops. Each ship of the class is equipped with a 69-bed hospital.
The Israel Air Force (IAF) is expected to deploy two additional Iron Dome missile-defense batteries early next year, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday, July 29, 2012. The new batteries have reportedly been outfitted with upgraded software and radars that will enable interception at extended ranges, and will be operated by reservists, according to the report.
|Israeli-made Iron Dome anti-rockets artillery air defense missile system.|
Sunday, 29 July 2012
Fierce fighting has continued in rebel-held districts of Aleppo for the second straight day as opposition forces continue to hold out in Syria's largest city. Helicopter gunships flew over the Saif al-Dawla district as well as Salaheddin, where rebels held off an offensive by ground troops backed by tanks and helicopters on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
|Aleppo combat map situation July 30, 2012.|
The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer aircraft developed in Czechoslovakia to meet requirements for a trainer aircraft during the 1960s to replace the L-29 Delfin. the L-39 Albatros is used by the Syrian armed forces to bombard the city of Aleppo. L-39 Albatros technical data sheet specifications pictures.
|Czech Air Force L-39 Albatros jet trainer combat aircraft|
Helicopter gunships opened fire over Aleppo on Sunday, July 29, 2012, and the thud of artillery boomed across neighborhoods as government forces and rebels fought for control of Syria's second city. Opposition activists reported clashes in several rebel-held districts in the morning in what could herald the start of a decisive phase in the battle for Aleppo, Syria's commercial hub.
|Free Syrian army soldiers sit in a pick up truck in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, July 28, 2012.|
Russia will resume series production of non-nuclear Project 677 Lada-class submarines, Navy chief Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Friday. Construction of two Lada-class subs, the Sevastopol and the Kronshtadt, was frozen because of the project’s purported inefficiency.
Saturday, 28 July 2012
The ceremony celebrating this dual delivery was held at Marignane, the manufacturer’s headquarters, and was attended by the DGA, Dominique Maudet, Eurocopter Group’s Executive Officer for France & Vice President of Global Business and Services, and a number of representatives from France’s armed forces.
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Iraq for 12 FIREFINDER Radars and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $428 million.
|AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder is a mobile radar system manufactured by Northrop Grumman and ThalesRaytheonSystems (formerly Hughes Aircraft, which was acquired by Raytheon).|
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for 60 PATRIOT Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $4.2 billion.
|A US Army four-round Patriot surface-to-air M901 missile launcher deployed near Camp Doha in the desert of Kuwait. (Archive image. Credit photo: United States army image)|
Friday, 27 July 2012
United States President Barack Obama on Friday, July 27, 2012, signed a piece of legislation that gives Israel 70 million dollars for its "Iron Dome" rocket defense system, one day before his Republican rival in the 2012 presidential election Mitt Romney is scheduled to visit that country.
|Israeli Iron Dome launch unit|
Renault Trucks Defense, which is included in the Volvo Group’s Governmental Sales business area, is to acquire the French automotive manufacturer Panhard. The transaction is expected to be finalized during the fourth quarter of 2012. For implementation, approval is required from the relevant authorities.
|Panhard is specialized in manufacturing of light transport vehicles adapted for defense operations as the VBL. The VBL is in service in 16 armies.|
The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system will soon start using a new and improved interceptor missile. The upgraded model of the Tamir interceptor missile will soon become operational in the IAF, to be used against missiles and rockets. Iron Dome batteries across the country will use the new interceptor missiles as well as the currently used missiles.
|Israeli-made Iron Dome mobile defense solution for countering short range rockets and 155 mm artillery shell threats|
Syrian government forces have renewed their assault on the northern city of Aleppo, firing from helicopter gunships on rebel-held areas. Special forces were deployed on Wednesday and Thursday, July 26, 2012, on the edges of the city, and more troops have arrived to take part in a generalised counter-offensive on Friday or Saturday.
|In this Tuesday, July 24, 2012 photo, a damaged BMP-1 Syrian government forces armoured fighting vehicle is seen at the border town of Azaz, some 32 km North of Aleppo, Syria.|
Thursday, 26 July 2012
The United States Air Force announced the biggest conventional bomb ever developed is ready to use. The Pentagon has spent $330 million to develop and deliver more than 20 of the precision-guided Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bunker-busters, which are designed to blast through up to 200 feet of concrete.
|Mock-up of MOP bomb ( Massive Ordnance Penetrator) at Boeing facilities|
Russia will begin building new aircraft carriers after 2020, Russian navy chief Viktor Chirkov said on Thursday, in a major boost to Moscow's ability to deploy air power abroad. “At the moment, the construction bureau has received its assignment, the documents are being processed, and the money for the construction program has been allocated,” Chirkov said.
The new individual comprehensive support system developed by the Quartermaster and Equipment Research Institute under the General Logistics Department (GLD) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).
|The new individual combat field equipment for Chinese PLA soldiers.|
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lebanon for six Huey II helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $63 million.
|Huey II helicopter|
According to rumors, the Republic of Singapore Navy is about to start negociations with France for the possible purchase of 4 Scorpene class SSKs. The deal could include transfer of technologies.
Colt Defense LLC has been awarded an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity contract by the U.S. Marine Corps for up to 12,000 M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols (CQBP), plus spares and logistical support. The new CQBP is a direct descendant of the iconic Colt M1911 adopted by the U.S. military in 1911 and carried as the primary sidearm through all the major conflicts of the 20th century.
|Colt Defense M1911A1 Rail Guns|
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Activists say thousands of troops have been sent to Syria's second city, Aleppo, as clashes were reported in the city for the sixth consecutive day. The Syrian army and rebels on July 25, sent reinforcements to Aleppo to join the intensifying battle for the country's second city.
|Fighters from the Syrian opposition clash with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012.|
HMS Sutherland has stopped off at Gibraltar to take part in a series of gunnery exercises as she begins her six-month deployment. The Rock was the first port of call for the Devonport frigate as she makes her way towards the Indian Ocean to take over from HMS Westminster on a counter-terrorism/counter-piracy patrol.
Thailand will receive soon another batch of 48 Ukrainian wheeled armoured personnel carriers BTR-3E1 purchased under contracts from 2006-2011. Information from the Russian Press agency Lenta.
|Ukrainian BTR-3E1 armoured vehicle personnel carrier at IDEX defence exhibition in United Arab Emirates.|
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has added the new light BTR-4E armored personnel carrier to the arsenal of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the ministry's press service reported on Tuesday. Ukrainian Defense Minister Dmytro Salamatin signed a respective order on July 24.
|Ukrainian BTR-4E armoured vehicle personnel carrier|
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will hold a meeting in Kolomna in the Moscow Region on Monday, July 23, 2012, to discuss modernizing production facilities for Iskander tactical missile launchers, the government’s press office reported on Sunday, July 22, 2012.
|Russian Iskander/Iskander-M SS-26 Stone short range tactical missile|
On March 26 2012, Algeria’s ministry of defence ordered two Meko A200 frigates from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). The German shipyard will supply two Meko frigates to Algeria including six helicopters. The contract includes the construction of a dockyard in Algeria for the local assembly of two more frigates.
Army of North Korea has placed several dozen combat helicopters near its sea border with South Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, citing South Korean government sources.
|North Korean army are equipped with Russian-made helicopters Mi-24, Mi-8 and Mi-2.|
(Russian Mi-2 helicopter picture)
President Bashar al-Assad's forces have launched massive counter assaults in Damascus and Aleppo. They appear to have beaten rebels back from neighborhoods in the capital and are turning towards Aleppo, a commercial hub in the north.
|Syrian rebels fighters at a checkpoint in the northern city of Aleppo on July 24, 2012.|
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Navistar Defence Canada, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Navistar Defense, LLC, today announced that it delivered on a USD $14 million contract from the Government of Canada to supply the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with International(r) MXT(tm) Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs).
|MXT Navistar APC armoured personnel carrier at DSEI defence exhibition in United Kingdom|
Free Syrian Army have launched an offensive to take over downtown Aleppo, battling Syrian government forces and intelligence personnel at the gates of the Old City, a United Nations World Heritage site, residents and opposition activists said.
|A Syrian rebel runs in a street of Selehattin, near Aleppo, during an attack on the municipal building on July 23, 2012.|
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) conducted a live-firing of the Barak anti-missile missile in the South China Sea earlier today as part of the 18th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise which Singapore is conducting with the United States. The missile was fired by the upgraded RSN missile corvette RSS Victory against an air drone target simulating an attacking profile. The target was successfully destroyed.
Monday, 23 July 2012
The Syrian regime threatened Monday, July 23, 20132, to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction.
|The Russian-made medium range ballistic missile Scud in service with the Syrian army can be equipped with nuclear, chemical or conventional HE warheads.|
Taiwan is scheduled to take delivery next month of the new powerful multiple-launch rocket system aimed at neutralising former rival China's amphibious landing capabilities, local media reported Sunday, July 22, 2012.
|Taiwanese Ray Ting 2000 MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System|
A MiG-29KUB two-seat naval fighter jet made the first touch-and-go landings last week on the Indian Navy aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, Sevmash shipyard said on Monday. The ship is currently undergoing sea trials in the Barents Sea off the north coast of Russia.
Taiwan is considering purchasing tanks used by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan to update its aging fleet, the defense ministry and media said July 23. Taiwan remains wary of China despite a recent improvement in relations, and military experts say the self-ruled island would deploy tanks in the event of a land invasion by its powerful neighbor.
|Taiwanese army M48 main battle tank|
South African company EWI2 has partnered with the China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) to produce the 8M wheeled mine resistant, ambush protected vehicle. The 8M was unveiled at the China International Exhibition on Police Technologies and Equipment Expo (CIEPE) in Beijing at the beginning of last month.
|Norinco 8M mine protected armoured vehicle at the Police exhibition in China.|
Reports from activists in Aleppo said there were clashes overnight from Saturday to Sunday, July 22, 2012, between the Free Syrian Army and security forces. They said a building in the Seif al-Dawla district collapsed under tank fire.
|Free Syrian Army soldiers stand near a fallen Syrian flag at the Bab al-Salam border crossing to Turkey on July 22, 2012.|
Sustained assaults were launched on Sunday, July 22, 2012, against the north-eastern Damascus suburb of Barzeh, and against Mezzeh, in the west of the city. Some reports from activists said troops regained control of Mezzeh, killing about 20 people suspected of helping the rebels.
|BMP-1 and T-72 Tanks loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at |
El-Mezzeh in Damascus July 22, 2012.
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based affiliate of Insitu Inc., announced today it has extended and expanded its existing Australian Defence Force contract with the Australian Army to include the provision of ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) services for trials with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). ScanEagle will be installed on a number of RAN vessels commencing with a first-of-class flight trial on a Frigate in September 2012.
Boeing on July 17 delivered the second production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy. The P-8A is one of 13 low rate initial production (LRIP) maritime patrol aircraft that Boeing is building for the Navy as part of two contracts awarded in 2011. Navy pilots flew the P-8A from Seattle to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where the first LRIP P-8A is being used for aircrew training.
Friday, 20 July 2012
Clashes between the Syrian army and the opposition Free Syrian Army were continuing at the six gates on the Syrian side of Turkish-Syrian border by Friday afternoon, a Turkish diplomat told Chinese Press Agency Xinhua.
|Syrian rebels stand on a vehicle after seizing control of the Bab el Hawa border post with Turkey on July 20, 2012 in Bab al-Hawa.|
Syrian army tanks T-72 are seen in the al-Midan area in Damascus on July 20, 2012. Syrian regime forces routed rebel fighters from the Damascus neighbourhood of Midan, Syrian state television reported, saying troops had 'cleaned' the district of 'terrorists.'
|Syrian army tanks T-72 are seen in the al-Midan area in Damascus on July 20, 2012. Syrian|
Syrian state TV said Friday, July 20, 2012, that the government forces regained control of the restive Midan neighborhood of the capital Damascus, "cleaning armed terrorist groups there completely."
|Syrian soldiers lift up guns as they salute Syrian President Bashar Assad at the Midan neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, on July 20, 2012|