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Friday, 30 November 2012

The new Russian assault rifle Izhmash AK-12 has completed a set of preliminary tests

The latest version of Russia's world-famous Kalashnikov assault rifle, the AK-12, has completed a set of preliminary tests, the weapons-making agency responsible for trials of the new gun said on Friday, November 30, 2012.
The new Russian AK-12 assault rifle

Barracuda SSN: DCNS opens combat system shore integration facility

Over 100 people, including DCNS employees and representatives of the DGA, the French Navy and partners, attended a ceremony at the Toulon naval base on Wednesday 28 November to inaugurate the combat system shore integration facility for the Suffren, the first nuclear-powered attack submarine of the new Barracuda type. The combat system is the submarine’s central nervous system. It manages all command and control functions involving all sensors and weapons in real time.

MEADS air defence missile system successfully intercept air-breathing target

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) detected, tracked, intercepted and destroyed an air-breathing target in its first-ever intercept flight test today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test achieved all criteria for success.
MEADS Medium Extended Air Defense System German launcher unit

Chinese Army is ready for military exchanges and cooperation with Slovak Armed Forces

China and Slovakia agreed to enhance military-to-military cooperation as senior officials of the two countries' armed forces held meetings here on Thursday, November 29, 2012 . Fang Fenghui, chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), said during talks with his Slovak counterpart Peter Vojtek that the PLA is ready to work with the Slovak Armed Forces to further exchanges and cooperation.
Fang Fenghui, chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), said during talks with his Slovak counterpart Peter Vojtek that the PLA is ready to work with the Slovak Armed Forces to further exchanges and cooperation.

United States will continue to boost Israel's Iron Dome air defense system

United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged Thursday his country will continue to boost Israel's Iron Dome air defense system that has successfully intercepted hundreds of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.
Iron Dome missile is launched to counter rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

General Dynamics and Rafael Team to Produce Samson line RWS Remote Weapon Stations to U.S.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), and RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., are offering the Samson line of Remote Weapons Stations (RWS) to the U.S. military.
Israeli RWS Remote Weapon System Rafael Samson JR

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Conduct First Catapult Launch of X-47B Unmanned Aircraft

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have conducted the Navy's first catapult launch of an unmanned system using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator

Iran launched a new missile frigate, two hovercrafts and two Qadir class light submarines

In a ceremony attended by Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari in Iran's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas, hovercrafts BH7 which had been overhauled by local experts and SRNX whose Iranian name is Tondar (Thunderbolt) and has been manufactured through indigenized technology joined the Navy's fleets in Iran's Southern waters.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters enter service with the Bangladesh Army

The Bangladesh Army has marked its formal service introduction of two new Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters, which will be deployed on United Nations humanitarian missions and operated in multi-role transport duties for the republic.
The two new S365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters for the Bangladesh Army.

Serbia is considering to buy Russian fighter aircraft to increase its air force military power

Serbia is considering Russia’s offer to renew its air force with jets made by state-owned United Aircraft Corp. JSC (UNAC), Defense Minister Aleksandar Vucic said. The offer came in response to Serbia’s request in 2010 and the government is considering it now because “we are interested in increasing our military power,” Vucic told reporters in Belgrade today, after meeting with Russian Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin.
Serbian Air Force is mainly equipped with Russian aircraft as the fighter aircraft MiG-29.

China wants to conquer the aviation market of South America with competitive prices

Defense manufacturers in Brazil and Chile face new competition from China's rapidly developing aviation and arms industries, showcased at the Zhuhai International Air Show. The air show surprised Western military analysts with the diversity and variety of Chinese defense products that are destined for international markets at competitive prices.
Scale model of Chinese FTC-2000G light multipurpose jet trainer at AirShow China 2012 in Zhuhai

Rheinmetall has delivery MANTIS air defence system to the German Air Force

The German Air Force took formal delivery today of the Rheinmetall-made MANTIS air defence system at a ceremony in Husum, Germany, home of Air Defence Missile Squadron 1 “Schleswig-Holstein”. Bodo Garbe, a member of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall Defence, handed over the system in front of the assembled troops.
The NBS (Nächstbereichschutzsystem) MANTIS is equipped with six 35mm automatic guns, two sensor units and a ground control unit.

Albanian army was trained during two weeks with the armoured vehicle Nexter Aravis

The French company “NEXTER Systems”, in cooperation with the Albanian Land Forces, organised in October at the training area of the Special Forces Battalion in Zall-Herr a demonstration of the armored vehicle “ARAVIS”.
Albanian Army has conducted a two week training with the Aravis Nexter armoured vehicle.
(Credit photo Albanian Army)

Netherlands Ministry of Defence awards Thales Goalkeeper CIWS Modification contract

The Netherland’s Ministry of Defence and Thales Nederland have signed an agreement for the update of 16 Goalkeeper Close-In Weapon Systems that are operational in the Royal Netherlands Navy.

BAE Systems Receives $80 Million U.S. Navy Contract for Two Advanced Gun Systems (AGS)

BAE Systems has received an $80.3 million modification contract award from the U.S. Navy to deliver two Advanced Gun Systems (AGS) for the latest in the Zumwalt class destroyer fleet, the DDG 1002.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

After success of Iron Dome against Hamas Rockets South Korea shows interest to buy the system

The Israeli Ministry of Defense is in talks with South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd to purchase four patrol boats for the Israel Navy to protect Israel's exclusive economic zone. If the $400 million deal goes ahead, the ministry is expected to demand reciprocal procurements by Korea of the advanced missile interception system made by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
Iron Dome system in Ashdod intercepts a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, the Iron Dome system has intercepted hundreds of rockets fired at Israeli communities from the Gaza Strip. (Credit photo IDF)

Turkey asks NATO the deployment of 18 to 20 Patriot surface-to-air missile defence systems

Turkey has asked NATO to deploy 18 to 20 Patriot missiles along its border with Syria, but the Alliance only offered about eight to 10 missiles, NTV news channel reported Wednesday, November 28, 2012. A NATO team surveyed sites in Turkey's eastern Anatolian province of Malatya for the possible deployment of Patriot missiles.
The MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the primary of its kind used by the United States Army and several allied nations.

Many conscripts of the Israeli Army would like to join Iron Dome Air Defence System Team

Since Iron Dome became a star during the latest Gaza-Israel conflict, more and more Israeli conscripts are willing to join the Iron Dome team. Israel's Air Defense Corps used to struggle to spark enthusiasm among high school seniors to embark on their mandatory military service.
Israeli Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan, met with the soldiers operating the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system today. The Iron Dome system is an active defense system against short-range rockets.

International Armoured Vehicles 2013 Dynamic Vehicle Experience at Long Valley Test Track

International Armoured Vehicles, the largest show dedicated solely to the armoured vehicles community, has just announced that they are launching a live dynamic vehicle experience at the Long Valley Test Track during the 2013 event, which takes place at the FIVE in Farnborough, UK.
(Army Recognition Official Digital Media Show Daily News IAV 2013)
Defence IQ is proud to announce that they are hosting a Dynamic Vehicle Experience at the Long Valley Test Track, exclusive to test track exhibitors and invited military personnel during IAV 2013 International Armoured Vehicles Conference and Exhibition.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Lockheed Martin demonstrates successfully new ground-based laser system ADAM against UAV

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced that it has successfully demonstrated a portable, ground-based military laser system in a series of tests against representative airborne targets. Lockheed Martin developed the Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system to provide a defense against short-range threats, such as rockets and unmanned aerial systems.
Lockheed Martin’s Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system is a laser weapon system that defeats close-in improvised rocket and unmanned aerial system (UAS) threats.

New Technical Datasheet: 63m FMPV Trimaran - Stealth Fast Missile Patrol Vessel - Kri Klewang 625 PT. Lundin (North Sea Boats)

The Fast Missile Patrol Vessel (FMPV) Trimaran was designed by North Sea Boats, an Indonesia based shipyard, with input from New Zealand and Swedish engineers as well as the Indonesian Navy. The vessel employs a modern “Wave Piercing” trimaran design and some "stealth" characteristics.

DCNS and PIRIOU enter into exclusive negotiations to create a world leader in maritime security ships

DCNS and PIRIOU have entered into exclusive negotiations to set up a joint venture specialising in maritime security ships built to civilian shipbuilding standards. The project is part of both companies’ growth strategies and will expand their accessible markets.

Russia may be making new super silent torpedoes for submarines

The appearance of a new submarine, especially a nuclear-powered cruiser equipped with missiles, is always an outstanding event, since it represents the security of a country. How can one make it as invulnerable as possible and not too expensive at the same time? It turns out that it is not that hard: the submarine only needs to be outfitted with silent weapons.

X-47B UCAS-D hosted onboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) for Carrier-Based Testing

The U.S. Navy hosted a X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator on board aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Nov. 26, in preparation for an unmanned aircraft's first, carrier-based testing.

New dedicated zone for UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Systems at IDEX 2013

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) has announced the introduction of a focused Unmanned Systems Area to be launched at the show’s next edition in February 2013. Dedicated to the technology and equipment of unmanned vehicle systems, the area will feature a one-day technology workshop, a purpose-built exhibition hall and a static and live demonstration area.
(Army Recognition media partner and online Show Daily News IDEX 2013)
YABHON-R Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV at IDEX 2011

Monday, 26 November 2012

Spanish Company Eleycon 21 will deliver Husky 2G mine IED detection vehicle to Spanish army

The Spanish Company Eleycon 21 was awarded a contract from the Spanish Army for the delivery of IEDs detection vehicle Husky 2G for a total amount of 12.76 million of Euro. The tender was been processed under an urgent requirement and negotiate without official publication.
The Husky 2G is a two seats variant of the standard Husky mine/IED detection armoured vehicle. The Husky 2G is currently in use by the U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan.

Armor International Hunter TR-12 armoured personnel carrier selected as MRAP for Colombian army

Colombia has selected the Hunter TR-12 as MRAP vehicle for its armed forces. The vehicle is designed and maunfactured by the local Company Armor International. Armor International has specialized in armoring all types of vehicles since 1981. Working in conjunction with aeronautics agencies, Armor International develops increasingly lighter armor composites with the flexibility to meet clients' needs.
Armor International Hunter TR-12 armoured personnel carrier at Milipol 2011 in Paris, France.

NATO officials to survey Turkey-Syria border for possible deployment of Patriot air defense missile

NATO officials will start surveying sites along the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, for possible deployment of Patriot air defense systems, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement. The NATO delegation includes 30 experts from the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, all of whom have Patriots in their arsenals.
Patriot air defense missile system

Production challenge met: DCNS delivers first FREMM frigate to French Navy

On 23 November, European Joint Armament Cooperation Organization OCCAR* formally signed acceptance documents on behalf of French defence procurement agency DGA following the delivery of FREMM frigate Aquitaine in compliance with all contractual requirements. Aquitaine is the first FREMM multimission frigate for the French Navy. This major technological and industrial achievement is the result of a design and construction process conducted under DCNS programme prime contractorship and in close collaboration with the Navy, the DGA and OCCAR every step of the way.

Space, power and weight savings as Thales updates Australian Collins submarine sonar systems

Thales Australia has signed a major contract with the Defence Materiel Organisation to deliver a significant update to the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine sonar systems. The company will address obsolescence issues on the Collins class Scylla sonar, boosting the reliability of a system that was initially designed over a quarter of a century ago. Specifically, the project will replace existing equipment in the Scylla Signal Processing Cabinets with modern Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components, and also re-host the software.
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Severodvinsk Multirole Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Fires First Cruise Missile

Russia's newest attack submarine, the Project 855 Severodvinsk, successfully fired its first cruise missile at a land target during manufacturer's sea trials in the White Sea, a source in the United Shipbuilding Corporation told RIA Novosti on Monday. The Severodvinsk, laid down in 1993, is one of eight Yasen-class boats being built for the Russian Navy. 

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Israel has successfully tested new air defence system David Sling's Stunner missile interceptor

Israel has successfully tested the new missile defense system David Sling's (Stunner), which can intercept targets with a longer range than those downed by Iron Dome in the recent Israel- Gaza conflict, the Defense Ministry said Sunday, November 25, 2012. A Stunner missile launched by the David's Sling system " intercepts (the) target in (its) inaugural flight," the ministry said in a statement.
Israeli Stunner missile

Russian artillery unit of Southern Military Region receives 10 Khrizantema-S anti-tank vehicles

Artillery unit of the Russian armed forces of the Southern Military Region has received more than 10 new ATGM (Anti-tank Guided Weapon) armoured vehicles Khrizantema-S in the framework to replace old anti-tank missile system.
BMP-3 Khrizantema-S anti-tank armoured vehicle at Defence Exhibition in Moscow.

Russian Navy to buy L-CAT/EDA-R landing catamarans from France for Mistral class LHD

Russian Ambassador in Paris, Alexandre Orlov, Announced on Friday 23rd 2012 that Russia will be purchasing the L-CAT fast amphibious landing craft (dubbed EDA-R for "engin de débarquement amphibie rapide" by the French Navy) to be used with the Russian Navy's future Mistral class LHDs.

Chinese Navy Shenyang J-15 fighter jet performs first deck landing on "Liaoning" (ex-Varyag)

A Chinese Shenyang J-15 fighter jet has successfully carried out the first arrested deck landing on the country’s only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, Xinhua reported on Sunday citing naval sources. This achievement marks a crucial step in the development of China’s ambitious aircraft carrier program as landing tests of carrier-based aircraft are the most challenging to perform.
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Babcock to develop tactical weapons handling and launch for UK's future SSBN

Babcock has been awarded a contract for the system definition (SD) of the tactical weapons handling and launch system (WHLS) and submerged signal ejector (SSE) for the UK's future strategic nuclear deterrent, the Vanguard replacement submarine.
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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Army of Philippines is planning to acquire 100 M113 APC and FH70 155mm howitzer from Italy

The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) is planning to acquire 100 armored personnel carriers (APC)s and dozens of artillery equipment from Italy in support of the military’s capability upgrade program. The Italian government might donate 100 units of operational M113 APCs and 25 units of operational FH70 155 mm howitzers.
Italian army M113 APC armoured personnel carrier

BAE Systems and EXPAL for DMMA Australia's Domestic Munitions Manufacturing Arrangements

BAE Systems and EXPAL Systems have teamed to bid for Australia’s Domestic Munitions Manufacturing Arrangements (DMMA) project. Under this exclusive arrangement, BAE Systems Australia will be the prime contractor with EXPAL Systems as its principal sub-contractor and partner.

Z-19 WZ-19 attack fighting helicopter technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures

The Z-19 or WZ-19 is Chinese-made attack helicopter based on the Z-9W light helicopter. The Z-19 is designed and manufactured by the Chinese Company Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. The Z-19 attack helicopter is mainly used for anti-tank missions and against other ground targets.
Harbin Z-19 or WZ-19 Chinese-made attack helicopter

North Korea is preparing to launch a new ballistic missile by end of the year

North Korea is preparing to launch a new ballistic missile the Japanese Kyodo news agency reported Friday, quoting Japanese government sources. "Given their size and shape, the components transferred by train from an ammunition factory near Pyongyang appear to be for a three-stage rocket," Kyodo quoted sources in the Japanese secret services as saying.
On 15 April 2012, during a military parade commemorating the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth, North Korea unveils a new ballistic missile.

Bumar Group of Poland opens new small arms factory in Radom for $33 million

The Marshal of the Polish Parliament Mrs Ewa Kopacz and Minister of Treasury Mr Mikolaj Budzanowski participated in the inauguration of new arms factory. With investment worth about PLN 100 million, will produce modern weapons for the Polish Army and various services.
Polish PM-98 9mm submachine gun from Bumar Group

Poly Technologies presents for first time production vehicle of its MRAP CS/VP3 at AirShow China

At the International Aviation - Aerospace and Defence Exhibition AirShow China 2012, Chinese defence industry presents for the first time the production vehicle of a new MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle), the CS/VP3. The vehicle is designed and developed by Poly Technologies.
CS/VP3 Chinese-made MRAP vehicle at AirShow china 2012 in Zhuhai.

Z-10 WZ-10 attack fighting helicopter technical data sheet specifications pictures

The Z-10 or WZ-10 is a Chinese-made attack helicopter designed and manufactured by the Company Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) of China. The primary mission for the Z-10 is anti-tank missions, eliminating the enemy ground fixed and mobile forces, and secondary air-to-air combat missions.
Z-10 or WZ-10 Chinese-made attack helicopter at AirShow China 2012
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Friday, 23 November 2012

ThalesRaytheonSystems showcased its Ground Master family of radars at IndoDefence 2012

At IndoDefence 2012, the Tri-Service defence exhibition of Indonesia, ThalesRaytheonSystems is showcasing the Ground Master family of radars. The Ground Master radars are specifically designed to meet the following operational requirements: high detection performance, high track accuracy, weapon assignment, high operational availability and simplified maintenance as well as high mobility.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Turkey Defence Company OTOKAR presents the first prototype of national main battle tank ALTAY.

The first prototypes of Turkey’s first national main battle tank ALTAY which is designed and developed by OTOKAR has been introduced. Realized with an investment of about 500 million USD, the ALTAY Project is planned for mass production in 2015.

Chinese Defence Industry exhibits high technology of air defense system FD-2000 at AirShow China.

The dynamic simulation demonstration of the defense confrontation system at the exhibition area of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) vividly reappeared the whole process from target acquisition to successful interception of China’s independently-developed high-tech advanced air-defense anti-missile weapon FD-2000 during the 9th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition.

U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman Conducting MQ-4C Triton UAS Ground Testing Prior to First Flight

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have added a second Triton unmanned aircraft to ground testing efforts in late September – part of an initial step in preparation for flight operations. Two Triton unmanned aircraft systems are being used to flight test and mature the system for operational use. Ground testing allows the team to further reduce risks associated with control software and subsystems prior to flight.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Demonstrate Precision, Wireless Ground Handling of X-47B UCAS

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have taken a first critical step toward demonstrating that the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator can be maneuvered safely and wirelessly on the crowded deck of an aircraft carrier.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

BAE Systems successfully completes sea trials for its new Bofors 40 Mk4 40mm naval gun system

BAE Systems has successfully conducted the first ship-borne live fire testing of its future Bofors 40 Mk4 40 mm single-barrel naval gun system. The sea trials took place in Sweden (Baltic Sea) with the gun mounted on an older Swedish Navy picket ship.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Thales showcased its SMART-S Mk2 and VARIANT naval radars at IndoDefence 2012

Thales is at the forefront of developing new naval solutions to meet evolving environmental and security challenges. The Group has been a long-term partner for more than 50 Navies worldwide, providing customers with innovating offerings, from system design to through-life support. At IndoDefence 2012, Thales was showcasing its SMART-S Mk2 and VARIANT radars. Both types are already selected by the Indonesian Navy.

RAF Boats VITESSE Mark II the right answer to Indonesian Navy's need for 6 Fast Interceptor Boats

PT. Rizki Abadi and PT. Royal Advanced Fiber (RAF boats) were displaying their VITESSE Mark II Interceptor boat during IndoDefence 2012. The VITESSE Mark II is a high speed military delta conic airventilated triple step hull interceptor type vessel. It was designed following a special request from Indonesian Special Forces for Anti-terror and interception missions.

FREMM Aquitaine leaves DCNS shipyard in Lorient to join her homeport: French Naval Base in Brest

After five years of construction led in Lorient by DCNS contractors and partners, the multi-mission frigate FREMM Aquitaine (head of class) sailed Tuesday 6 November to join Brest French naval base, her future home port. Final testing of the ship's systems will continue until the end of 2012.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Datasheet: VITESSE Mark II - Combat Boat - High speed Interceptor in High Tech. Composite

The VITESSE Mark II is a high speed military delta conic airventilated triple step hull interceptor type vessel made in Indonesia. It is a joint project between PT. Rizki Abadi and PT Royal Advanced Fiber (RAF boats). It was designed following a special request from Indonesian Special Forces for Anti-terror and interception missions.