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Saturday, 31 August 2013

United States should take military actions against Syria after a vote of Congress.

President Barack Obama said Friday, August 31, 2013, the United States was considering "limited, narrow" military strikes on Syria but he set no timetable for action. Obama said he was considering a "limited narrow act" in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, in remarks made before a meeting with three Baltic leaders at the White House.
The U.S. president pledged continued consultations with Congress, as some lawmakers are urging him to seek Congressional authorization for action against Syria. 
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Friday, 30 August 2013

France ready to join United States for military strike on Syria which could started Wednesday.

French President Francois Hollande said a military strike on Syria could come by Wednesday and that Britain's surprise rejection of armed intervention would not affect his government's stand. "France wants firm and proportionate action against the Damasacus regime," he said in an interview to Le Monde daily on Friday. The French parliament is due to meet on Wednesday for an emergency Syria session.
France's President Francois Hollande said "France wants firm and proportionate action against the Damasacus regime."
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U.S. is ready to launch alone military operations against Syria after the use of chemical weapons

The United States and its allies are pressing ahead with plans for punitive military attack on Syria as the U.N. chemical investigation team was still probing the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. But at the same time, more and more countries have joined those opposing military intervention in the Mideast country, which is in a conflict for nearly two and half years.
The US Navy is deploying a fifth Arleigh Burke class Destroyer, the USS Stout. into the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria.
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As Russian warships head towards Eastern Mediterranean, US Navy deploys a fifth Destroyer

Russia has just deployed the Admiral Panteleyev, an Udaloy I class (Project 1155R Fregat) anti-submarine destroyer, and two Ropucha-class (project 775) landing ships the Minsk and the Novocherkassk to the Syrian coasts. At the same time, the US Navy is deploying a fifth Arleigh Burke class Destroyer, the USS Stout.

German army test its new armoured infantry fighting vehicle Puma in hot weather conditions

After successfully cold test completed in Norway in 2012, the German armed forces will tests the next generation of Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle Puma in hot weather conditions. For this purpose, two Puma were airlifted by Antonov transport aircraft from Leipzig- Halle Airport to the United Arab Emirates.
The new German-made Puma should replace the old German-made armoured infantry fighting vehicle Marder which is currently in service with the German army. 
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Thursday, 29 August 2013

U.S. Army and Marine Corps take delivery of 66 JLTVs from 3 Defense Companies for user testing

All 66 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototypes have been delivered to the military so that 14 months of testing can begin at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. Full-scale testing is scheduled to begin next week, according to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle joint program office.
The three competitors for the US Army and Marine JLTV program, Lockheed Martin, AM General and Oshkoh Defense.
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First production A400M Airbus Military transport aircraft flies in Turkish Air force colours.

The first production Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter for the Turkish Air Force (TAF) has been painted and flown for the first time in its new markings. The aircraft is the first of ten ordered by Turkey and will be delivered in the coming weeks.
First flight for the A400M Airbus Military transport aircraft in Turkish Air Force colours 
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Azerbaijan intends to purchase weapons and military equipment from South Korea.

Azerbaijan intends to purchase a slew of weaponry from South Korea, according to a source in the South Korean parliament, Hankook Ilbo publications reports. According to the source, the intention to purchase modern military weaponry was expressed during the visit of a South Korean parliamentary delegation to Azerbaijan. 
South Korean K9 Thunder 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer
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Iraq negotiates with U.S. the purchase of 200 Bradley M2A2 ODS armoured infantry fighting vehicles.

The Iraqi government is negotiating with the US government and BAE Systems to purchase 200 Bradley M2A2 ODS (Operation Desert Storm) Fighting Vehicles sometime during the next 15 months, according to BAE officials. (Source DefenseNews)
Bradley M2A2 ODS (Operation Desert Storm)
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Israeli Army on high alert amid a possible United States air strike against Syria.

The Israeli military is on high alert amid a possible U.S. strike on Syria, which may result in a Syrian missiles attack against Israel. A military source on Wednesday, August 28, 21013, confirmed to Xinhua unauthorized reports in the Israeli and Arab media, according to which Patriot anti-aircraft batteries were deployed in the northern city of Haifa and other spots in northern Israel, as well as in central Israel.
Photo taken on Aug. 28, 2013 shows the anti-aircraft batteries of Israeli Army near the northern town of Tiberias in northern Israel. 
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MBDA Germany successfully demonstrates scalable warhead technology.

Engineers at TDW GmbH have developed a new effector technology with which armed forces can achieve scalable target-adapted effectiveness. The subsidiary of MBDA Deutschland recently became the first company to successfully demonstrate this technology in a series of tests.
The tested technology is based on a remarkable concept: what is detonated is just a pre-selectable proportion of the explosive, sufficient to meet the requirements and not the entire explosive present in the warhead. 
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U.N. helicopters fire on rebels fighting Congolese troops.

A United Nations peacekeeper has been killed and three others wounded in escalating violence in the eastern Congo, which also saw UN helicopters fire on rebels fighting Congolese troops. The nationality of the slain peacekeeper was not immediately known and no other details were given.
A United Nations peacekeeping mission helicopter flys over a UN basecamp in Goma on May 29, 2013 
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French Navy Air Defense Destroyer Chevalier Paul (D621) deploys to the Syrian coasts

The French Navy is deploying one of its two Horizon class Air Defense Destroyers to the Eastern Mediterranean according to French weekly Le Point. The Chevalier Paul (D621) will join the four US Navy Guided Missile Destroyers and an undisclosed number of US and UK submarines already in the area. The role of the French Destroyer would be to provide air defense for the fleet, as well as air cover for coalition warplanes should they get involved in an air assault.

U.S. increases the number of aircraft carriers in Gulf Region in case of air strikes against Syria.

U.S. officials say the Navy is beefing up its presence in the Persian Gulf region, increasing the number of aircraft carriers from one to two. The USS Harry S Truman has arrived in the Arabian Sea and was scheduled to take the place of the USS Nimitz, which was supposed to head home. The Navy has ordered the Nimitz, which is in the Indian Ocean, to stay for now.
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) during a live-fire exercise in April. US Navy Photo
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Boeing Advanced Super Hornet Demonstrates Significant Stealth, Range Improvements

During three weeks of flight testing the Advanced Super Hornet, Boeing and partner Northrop Grumman demonstrated that the fighter can outperform threats for decades to come with improvements that make the jet much harder for radar to detect and give it significantly more combat range. 

British Special Forces were last night hunting Syrian missiles in readiness of Allied air strikes.

According to the newspaper website Mirror News, British special forces were last night hunting Syrian missiles in readiness for Allied strikes which could start as early as tomorrow night. Cruise missile attacks and Royal Air Force raids are expected in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.
Syrian army SA-8 Gecko air defense missile system.
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Military options and international armed forces for missile - air strikes against Syria.

The United States military has provided Barack Obama with a range of military options for launching an attack on Syria and is "ready to go" with an offensive, the US defence secretary has said. (With interactive combat map situation).
USS Florida launches a Tomahawk cruise missile during Giant Shadow in the waters off the coast of the Bahamas. (Archive image)
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Northrop Grumman JIB Antenna to Support Ship Identification Capability for Canada's RCM

Small, lightweight JIB antennas from Northrop Grumman Corporation's Astro Aerospace business unit will help provide a new maritime identification capability for Canada's three RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) Earth observation satellites planned for launch in 2018.

Future USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully concluded acceptance trials

The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully concluded acceptance trials Aug. 23, after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, which is planned for later this fall.
"Coronado's performance was strong" said Rear Adm. Robert Wray, INSURV president. "[This was] the most complete and rigorous trial on the Independence variant to date. I remain bullish on these seaframes."

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

New Russian S-350E Almaz-Antey medium range air defense missile system at MAKS 2013.

At MAKS 2013, the International Aviation and Space Salon in Moscow, the Russian Company Almaz-Antey presents for the first time to the public, its new S-350E medium-range air defense missile system. The new missile system S-350E is designed to protect objects from the massive strikes of current and future air threats, including those made by "stealth" technology, as well as tactical and operational-tactical ballistic missiles. 
Launch erector unit TEL 50P6E of Russian-made S-350E Vityaz air defense missile system at MAKS 2013. (Credit photo Vitaly Kuzmin)
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International air and missile strikes against Syria could be launched Thursday of this week

Missile strikes against Syria could be launched “as early as Thursday, August 29, 2013” senior U.S. officials said Tuesday, August 27, 2013, as the White House intensified its push toward an international response to the suspected use of chemical weapons.
USS Barry launches launches a cruise missile during the 2011 conflict in Syria.
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Russian Helicopters signs agreement for delivery of five Mi-171A1 and five Ka-62 helicopters MAKS 2013

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, and Colombia’s Vertical de Aviacion today signed agreements for five Mi-171A1s and five Ka-62s at the MAKS 2013 International Aviation and Space Salon.
Russian Mi-171A multirole transport helicopter
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United States government agree to sell AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia.

Indonesia obtained approval from U. S. government on its proposal to acquire AH-64 Apache combat helicopters with procurement document signed by Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel here on Monday, August 26, 2013.
U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling 2nd Class Tanner Kent guides an Army AH-64 Apache helicopter off the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) during deck landing qualifications in the Persian Gulf Jan. 27, 2012.
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Turkey ready to support military intervention against Syria without mandate of UN Security Council.

Turkey will join any international coalition in the event of a military invasion to the Syrian Arab Republic. This was stated by Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs. It seems that Ankara is very zealous in this regard. The Turkish authorities are ready to support a military intervention even without the mandate of the UN Security Council.
Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
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United States Army awarded Lockheed Martin for AN/TPQ-53 long-range counterfire radar.

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] $206 million in additional orders for the AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53), a long-range counterfire radar that provides soldiers with enhanced 360-degree protection from indirect fire. This contract is for 19 Q-53 systems, formerly designated as EQ-36. 
The Lockheed Martin AN/TPQ-53 counterfire target acquisition radar is a new generation of counterfire sensor with the flexibility to adapt to uncooperative adversaries and changing missions
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China and Bangladesh pledged to strengthen their military ties.

China and Bangladesh pledged to strengthen military ties during a meeting between Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan.
Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan (R) meets with Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 27, 2013.
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BAE Systems Ground Combat Vehicle Hybrid Electric Drive successfully completed 2000 miles testing

BAE Systems’ Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system successfully completed 2,000 miles of testing on a fully integrated “Hotbuck” mobility platform, a significant milestone for the U.S. Army’s GCV program.
The BAE Systems GCV Hotbuck testing lab (front view).
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French Navy deploying Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier in the Mediterranean

According to French weekly Challenges citing a French MoD source, France is about to deploy its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to the Syrian coasts. The aircraft carrier and its battle group will join several US Navy vessels already deployed in the area: USS Gravely, USS Barry, USS Mahan and USS Ramage.

Kelvin Hughes Achieves Multiple Wins In Asia Through Supply Of Their Innovative Solutions Including Sharpeye™ And Naval Mantadigital™ Radar

Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of navigation and surveillance systems, is pleased to announce multiple successes in Asia for its SharpEye™ and Naval MantaDigital™ technologies. Kelvin Hughes Surveillance is a division of Kelvin Hughes that focuses on naval, coastal and military markets to supply surveillance radar technologies into land and sea environments. Since the launch of SharpEye™, the advanced solid state radar is increasingly preferred by Navies throughout Asia.

Fighter and military transporters arrived in Cyprus sign for a military strike against Syria

Warplanes and military transporters have begun arriving at Britain's Akrotiri airbase on Cyprus, less than 100 miles from the Syrian coast, in a sign of increasing preparations for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria.
A military aircraft comes into land at the British RAF Akrotiri airbase on March 19, 2011 in Cyprus.
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Monday, 26 August 2013

Syrian rebels have received largest shipment of weapons from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Rebel groups in Syria's north say they have received their largest shipment of weapons yet, in a fillip to an anti-government campaign that had stalled for many months. Leaders of militias supported by backers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar say several hundred tonnes of ammunition and a limited supply of light weapons were allowed across the Turkish border in the past three days, in what they said was the first large-scale re-supply since earlier this year.
Free Syrian Army fighters on a civilian light truck armed with anti-aircraft machine gun in Deir al-Zor
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Lockheed Martin works on the new project of hybrid helicopter armoured vehicle Transformer TX.

A new project by Lockheed Martin and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, includes a flying "car" that will be a hybrid of an armored vehicle and a helicopter. Transformer TX can't travel back in time - that we know - but the vehicle could be ready for testing as soon as 2015, according to Lockheed officials.
Concept of Lockheed Martin hybrid armored vehicle and a helicopter.
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DRDO Defense Company of India plans a second test fire of Agni-V nuclear-capable ballistic missile.

Working at a fast pace towards production and induction of Agni-V missile into the forces, Defence Research and Development Organisation is reportedly planning its second test fire next month. The maiden test fire of Agni-V, the first intercontinental ballistic missile of India, was carried out in April 2012. The successful trial catapulted the country into the exclusive ICBM club comprising six elite countries, United States of America, Russia, China, France and United Kingdom.
India in April 2012 successfully test-fired the 5000-km range surface-to-surface Agni-V Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of covering entire China and reaching deep into Europe. 
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US Navy, PLAN Conduct Joint Counter Piracy Exercise in Gulf of Aden

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) participated in a counter piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden with elements of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)), Aug. 24-25. Mason joined Chinese destroyer Harbin (DDG 112) and Chinese auxiliary replenishment oiler Weishanhu (AO 887) to conduct a series of evolutions including combined visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), live-fire proficiency, and aviation operations to enhance bilateral interoperability in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
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Iran plans to increase exports of arms and military equipment to friendly countries.

The Iranian Defense Ministry plans to increase exports of arms and military equipment to friendly and neighboring countries in the future, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced on Sunday, August 25, 2013.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announces plans to increase exports of military equipment.
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New Chinese attack helicopter WZ-10 launched successfully its first air-to-air missile.

China's first self-developed modern military attack helicopter WZ-10 has launched its first air-to-air missile and successfully intercepted low-altitude targets.
WZ-10 Chinese attack helicopter
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Iran Navy to Upgrade its Ship Launched Mid-Range SAM Missiles

 Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam said the Navy is currently conducting different tests to improve the performance of its mid-range missiles. “We have gained good results from our tests on the mid-range Mehrab and Ra’d missiles in previous wargames and these missiles have been mounted on Navy warships,” Khadem Biqam told FNA, reiterating the new tests are being conducted "to upgrade Mehrab and Ra’d missiles".

Sunday, 25 August 2013

United States and France to discuss about military response in Syria after use of chemical weapons.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday, August 26, 2013, conversed with his French counterpart Francois Hollande over phone to discuss possible coordinated response to the alleged chemical weapons use by Syrian government forces.
French President Francois Hollande (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama (R).
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F-35C completes first in-flight refuel with United States Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft.

On Aug. 20, an F-35 Lightning II carrier variant (CV) refueled from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 for the first time. With the completion of this test, the F-35C joins the A and B models in proving that all three variants of the F-35 can be refueled from a common tanker platform, despite different methods. 
F-35C carrier variant fighter aircraft completes first in-flight refuel with U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft.
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Belgian Company FN Herstal at MAKS 2013 with FN MWP™ and deFNder® weapon systems.

The Belgian Company FN Herstal will attend the MAKS International Aviation and Space Trade Show, which will take place in Zhukosvky, Moscow Region, from 27th August through to 1st September. FN Herstal will exhibit two of its products, the FN MWP™ (Medium Window Pintle) and the deFNder® Medium Remote Weapon Station. Visit FN Herstal at MAKS 2013, Hall D2, Booth no. 3 (Belgian Pavilion).
FN Herstal deFNder® Medium Remote Weapon Stations 
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Russian Company Almaz-Antei will showcase new S-350E Vityaz air defense missile system.

Russia’s Almaz-Antei corporation will showcase for the first time its newest S-350E Vityaz mid-range air defense system at the upcoming MAKS-2013 air show near Moscow, the company said. The Vityaz, which is expected to replace the outdated S-300 systems, is superior to similar foreign models, according to Almaz-Antei statement released on Friday, Augsut 23, 2013.
The new Almaz-Antei S-350E Vityaz ground-to-air defense missile system.
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Russian Helicopters presents new Mi-171A2 Medium Multirole helicopter at MAKS 2013.

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, will present the new medium multirole Mi-171A2 at the MAKS 2013 International Aviation & Space Salon, which starts on August 27 in the Moscow Region town of Zhukovsky. The helicopter has already arrived at the Gromov Flight Research Institute aerodrome where it will be based before going on static display as part of Russian Helicopters' exhibition at MAKS.
Russian helicopter Mi-171A2
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New local-made Bistatic Radar - Passive Receiver System of Taiwanese army for coast surveillance.

The Taiwanese Army shows its new Bistatic Radar - Passive Receiver system for coast surveillance at TADTE 2013, Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition in Taiwan. The system is designed for forward deployment to provide wide-angle coverage to control the national airspace. 
The new local-made Bistatic Radar - Passive Receiver System at TADTE 2013, Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition in Taiwan.
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Taiwanese army invests in its communication infrastructure with the SOTM Satcom On The Move.

At TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition, the Taiwanese army presents a new communication vehicle, the SOTM Satcom On The Move. This new vehicle upgrades the existing satellite communication system with enhanced mobile communication capabilities. 
The new SOTM Satcom On The Move satellite communication vehicle of Taiwanese army at TADTE 2013, Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition in Taiwan.
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Saturday, 24 August 2013

United States has updated options for air strikes and use of cruise missiles against Syria.

The U.S. military has updated options for a forceful intervention in Syria to give President Barack Obama a range of choices should he decide to deepen American involvement in a civil war where new claims surfaced this week about possible chemical weapons use by the regime. A senior Defense Department official told CNN on Friday, August 23, 2013, that target lists for possible air strikes have been updated. 
Guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage of U.S. Navy (DDG 61) transits the Persian Gulf 
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China and Canada pledge to deepen bilateral military communication and cooperation.

Visiting Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and his Canadian counterpart Robert Nicolson held talks Thursday, August 22, 2013, pledging to deepen bilateral military communication and cooperation. Chang said military relations between China and Canada have maintained a sound momentum of development, as evidenced by frequent contacts between military leaders of the two sides, and their smooth and close coordination on global and regional issues.
Visiting Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan(R in front) shakes hands with his Canadian counterpart Rob Nicholson in Ottawa, August 22, 2013. (Xinhua/Shi Li)
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Japan army plans to add Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle for reconnaissance duties in 2015.

The Japanese government has planned to add the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for reconnaissance duties in 2015, local media reported Friday, August 24, 2013. The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper quoted government officials as saying that the Ministry of Defense will boost its spending for the next fiscal year, by adding an additional 200 million yen (2 million U.S. dollars) to cover the introduction of the UAV in fiscal 2015.
U.S. Airmen with the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conduct preflight services on an RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle at an undisclosed base in Southwest Asia Feb. 12, 2010, prior to a combat mission.
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Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 engages first over-the-horizon targets at sea

The U.S. Navy fired two Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6 interceptors from the USS Chancellorsville, successfully engaging two cruise missile targets (BQM-74 drones) in the missile's first over-the-horizon test scenario at sea. The SM-6 will provide U.S. Navy sailors and their vessels extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles as part of the Naval Integrated Fire Control - Counter Air (NIFC-CA) mission area.

Friday, 23 August 2013

General Dynamics won a contract to deliver Ground Mobility Vehicles 1.1 to U.S. Special Forces

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems of St. Petersburg, Fla., is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost delivery orders (or any combination of those) contract with total ceiling of $562,210,980 for the purchase of Ground Mobility Vehicles 1.1 (GMV 1.1). 
GMV 1.1 Ground Mobility Vehicle for Special Forces of United States
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Fourth Damen Stan Patrol 4207 patrol vessel for Mexican Navy

In the first week of August the Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina) and Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract for a fourth Damen Stan Patrol 4207. The Dutch ship design and shipbuilding company will supply the Mexican Navy with the design and material package with which ASTIMAR 1 (the Mexican Navy yard in Tampico) will build the patrol vessel. In addition, Damen will assist ASTIMAR 1 with technical support in order to optimize the delivery time and quality of the vessel.