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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Flying Circle Bags unveils a cover for iPad Mini designed specifically for the military.

Flying Circle Bags unveils a version of their Tactical iPad® Cover for iPad® Mini. The release of the new Tactical iPad® Mini Cover follows their successful 2012 launch of the Tactical iPad® Cover, the first iPad® Cover designed specifically for the military.
The multi-function cover provides easy access to all iPad® controls & ports.
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Indonesian Defense Company Pindad ready to launch new light tracked armoured vehicle.

The Indonesian Defense Company Pindad is ready to launch its first tracked light armoured vehicle personnel carrier. The vehicle enters now in the phase to produce a prototype. 
The new light tracked armoured produced by the Indonesian Defense Company Pindad.
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India presents for the first time at Seoul Defense Exhibition its Pragati tactical ballistic missile.

India is showcasing for the first time its newly developed "Pragati" tactical surface-to-surface missile at the International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition ADEX-2013. The missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has a range of 60-170 km.
Indian-made Pragati tactical ballistic missile at Seoul Defense Exhibition, ADEX 2013.
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Iraq asks more weapons and manpower to United States to fight al-Qaida rebels.

Nearly two years after pushing out the U.S. military, Iraq is asking for more American weapons, training and manpower to help fight a bloody resurgence of al-Qaida that has unleashed a level of violence comparable to the darkest days of the nation's civil war.
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, walks with the House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., right, and the committee's chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., October 30, 2013.
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Israel Army wants to replace old 155mm howitzer M109 with Soltam or AGM artillery system.

Israeli defense companies, including Israel Aerospace Industries and Elbit Systems, are squaring off for a $1 billion army program to replace the venerable U.S.-designed M109 self-propelled 155mm howitzer. These firms, along with Israel Military Industries, are mulling partnerships with international companies such as Lockheed Martin's Dallas-based Missiles and Fire Control Unit, and Germany's Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Defense. 
Israeli Army (IDF) M109A 155mm self-propelled howitzer
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Singapore to purchase 88 Unitary High Explosive Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Pods.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress Oct. 25 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Singapore for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $96 million.
HIMARS is designed to launch the entire MLRS family of munitions, including the transformational GMLRS and all ATACMS variants. HIMARS is in service with the Army of Singapore.
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Russian army airborne troops have conducted military exercise in the Arctic region.

Russian airborne assault forces and military transport aviation units have conducted an exercise in the Arctic, a senior defense official said Tuesday, October 29, 2013. About 40 metric tons of various cargoes were airdropped from two Il-76 aircraft, First Deputy Defense Minister Arkady Bakhin said.
Russian airborne troops on military exercises in the Russian Arctic region. 
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Smiths Detection receives a $7 million contract from U.S. Army for enhanced M4A1 detector.

Smiths Detection announce a follow-on production order worth approximately $7 million from the U.S. Army under the Department of Defense’s Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) program.
Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) M4A1. 
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US Navy First Zumwalt Class Destroyer (DDG 1000) Launched

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works successfully launched the Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer Oct. 28 at their Bath, Maine shipyard. The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) will be the lead ship of the Navy's newest destroyer class, designed for littoral operations and land attack. 

French company iXBlue to provide inertial navigation systems for Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers

iXBlue has been selected to provide inertial navigation systems for the two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers currently being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance for the UK Royal Navy. The bridge system for each of the carriers will incorporate two iXBlue MARINS units. Trials have already been conducted to optimise the configuration of the units to meet the specific operational requirements of the vessels.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Algeria the most attractive defense market with an increase of 6.2 percent a year until 2017.

North Africa is expected to become a key defense market, led by regional military heavyweight Algeria, increasingly the linchpin of the battle against al-Qaida in Africa, amid major upgrades for military and security forces, a new study says. Oil- and gas-rich Algeria will remain the continent's leading defense market because of its procurement program for boosting its counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency capabilities, the Strategic Defense Intelligence market research group reports.
The Fuchs 6x6 armoured personnel carrier was showed during a defense exhibition in Algeria.
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Despite budget cuts no change for JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle for U.S. Army and Marines.

Despite budget cuts, furloughs, sequestration, continuing resolutions, ongoing changes in force structure, and a government shutdown, both the Army and Marine Corps are committed to buying the same amount of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles they initially set out to purchase.
The three competitors for the US Army and Marine JLTV program, Lockheed Martin, AM General and Oshkoh Defense.
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Iran would like to increase the defense relations and cooperation between Tehran and Moscow.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan underlined the necessity for the development of defense relations and cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, calling it as an important contributor to the strengthening of stability and security in the region and the world. Dehqan made the remarks on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, in response to a message by his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu who had felicitated him on his appointment as Iran’s new defense minister.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan
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Polish army orders 300 Rosomak armoured vehicles including mortar and reconnaissance variants.

By 2019 the Polish army will get an additional three hundred and seven vehicles. The Agreement was signed in the presence of the Minister of National Defense Tomasz Siemoniak and Deputy Minister Waldemar Skrzypczak, the Agreement was signed by the head of the Inspectorate of Armaments and the CEO of WZM S.A.
Polish Rosomak 8x8 Rak 120mm self-propelled mortar carrier at MSPO 2013, defense Exhibition in Kielce, Poland
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Royal Anglian Regiment of British Army takes responsibility for one remaining base in Afghanistan.

Soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment of British Army have taken responsibility for one of Britain’s remaining bases in Helmand Province, as Afghan security forces progress continues. Members of the Second Battalion, known by the nickname The Poachers, have taken charge of Main Operating Base Lashkar Gah, which is one of five remaining bases including Camp Bastion.
Major Matt Woodeson, Officer Commanding of A 'Norfolk' Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment [Picture: Corporal Paul Morrison RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012] 
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Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat joins RFA Argus Aviation Training & Casuality Ship at sea for trials

A special trials version of Wildcat – replacement for the trusty Lynx which has been in service since the 1970s – has joined aviation training/casualty treatment ship RFA Argus to gather crucial data to allow the helicopter fly from large Royal Navy warships. Wildcat will spend the bulk of its time operating from Royal Navy frigates and destroyers – just like its predecessor.

US Navy F-35C Completes First Weapons Separation Test

The Navy variant of the F-35 executed the first airborne separation test of an inert weapon on 21 October. Marine Corps test pilot Capt Justin Carlson flew the F-35C test aircraft known as CF-2 over an Atlantic test range when he released the 500-pound inert Guided Bomb Unit-12 (GBU-12) Paveway II laser-guided weapon from an internal weapons bay. With Monday's weapons separation, all three F-35 variants have released ordnance from their weapons bays. 

China reveals pictures of its first generation SSN and SSBN Submarine Force

China has made a historic decision to reveal details about its nuclear submarine force. Mainstream media outlets across the country have provided wide coverage about the force's first fleet, its safety record, as well as training and technological advancements. But what does this transparency mean? What signals is China trying to send? Xinhuanet reporter Han Bin interviews Chinese military experts to find out more.

Malaysian Ministry of Defence Confirms Construction of Gowind ships for LCS program

Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation BHD (BHIC) announced in early october that its associate company Boustead Naval Shipyard has received confirmation from the Malaysian Ministry of Defence on a 10 year contract worth RM9 billion to build six Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) as part of the Malaysian Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Raytheon to upgrade AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar to better protect against missile raids.

Raytheon is upgrading its AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar to better protect against missile raids -- large numbers of simultaneously launched weapons. The improvements are focused on the radar's signal and data processing equipment to enable the system to more rapidly and accurately discriminate threats from non-threats, the company said. 
A critical element in the Ballistic Missile Defense System, AN/TPY-2 continually searches the sky for ballistic missiles.
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United States has renovated production line of 5.56mm bullets to produce new M855A1 cartridge.

The United States Program Executive Office for Ammunition's Enhanced Performance Round program shaved off more than $20 million dollars in a value engineering project aimed at renovating the bullet production lines and improving the program's purchasing strategies. The M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round, or EPR, is the newest member of the Army's small-caliber family of munitions fired from the 5.56mm family of weapons. It is replacing the M855 cartridge. 
M855A1 slug cold heading operations at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Lake City, Mo.
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Army of South Korea plans to purchase 800 EVO-105 105mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer.

According to Janes defense website, the South Korean Defense Company Samsung Techwin has confirmed that the South Korean army plans to purchase 800 EVO-105 105mm self-propelled truck howitzer. The first truck mounted 105mm howitzer was revealed to the media for the first time on 2011 at the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan, Seoul.
South Korean EVO-105 105mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer 
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Malaysian army received $4.2 billion to tighten border security in the 2014 defense budget.

The Malaysian Armed Forces received $4.2 billion to tighten border security in the Budget 2014. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the allocation showed that the government's priority to eradicate foreign threats which can jeopardise national security. 
Malaysian armed forces soldiers during a military parade in the capital.
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Raytheon's Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 demonstrates networked capability with E-2D aircraft

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the capability of the newest version of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 by establishing communications among an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft and the JSOW C-1. The test was part of the Navy's Trident Warrior 2013 demonstration in July. During the demonstration, fighters simulated the launch of a JSOW C-1 while the E-2D directed the weapon toward the positively identified target. The E-2D aircraft also received status updates sent from the JSOW C-1. 

Sunday, 27 October 2013

South Korea to purchase Patriot missiles upgraded to Guided Enhanced Missile-Tactical configuration

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress October 25, 2013, of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for Patriot Anti-Tactical Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $404 million.
Guidance Enhanced Missile TBM (GEM-T) is the latest in-production series of the highly successful Raytheon Patriot missile variants available to both U.S. forces and international customers. GEM-T deliveries to the U.S. Army began in 2006. 
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Saturday, 26 October 2013

BAE Systems could obtain new contract from U.S. Army for M109A6 PIM 155m self-propelled howitzer

The Sterling Heights business unit of BAE Systems Inc. could obtain more than $300 million in contract funding over the next few years, after a federal Defense Acquisition Board decision to green-light initial production of M109A6 PIM (Paladin Integrated Management.) 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer.
BAE Systems M109A6 PIM (Paladin Integrated Management) at AUSA 2013, defense exhibition in Washington D.C., United States.
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Oshkosh Defense displays JLTV solution with its L-ATV Light All-Terrain Tactical Vehicle at AUSA.

As the U.S. Army advances the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program to fill a critical capabilities gap for ground operations, Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has presented a JLTV solution with unprecedented protected mobility. The Oshkosh JLTV solution, the Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), leverages unmatched depth of experience designing, integrating and sustaining vehicles for missions outside the wire.
Oshkosh Defense presents JLTV solution with Its L-ATV Light All-terrain Tactical Vehicle at AUSA 2013 defense exhibition in Washington D.C. , United States.
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Iran has provided Russian army with the Yasir UAV a copy of U.S.-made ScanEagle

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iranian army has provided the Russian army with a copy of the US ScanEagle drone which was hunted by the IRGC in 2012 and a video showing how Iran monitors the trans-regional countries' vessels and equipment in the Persian Gulf.
Iran has provided Russian army with the Yasir UAV a copy of U.S.-made ScanEagle
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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Polaris to provide MRZR Tactical All Terrain Vehicles to U.S. Special Operations Command SOCOM

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, announced the company was awarded a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to provide MRZR Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicles. This contract award spans up to five years, and allows SOCOM to manage their ultra-light tactical mobility needs to meet mission demands and emerging threats.
MRZR Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicle at AUSA 2013, defense exhibition in Washington D.C., United States.
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Textron Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle System SCTV increases crew protection of HMMWV.

At AUSA 2013, Textron Marine & Land Systems and Granite Tactical Vehicle present an upgrade of armour to increase the crew protection of HMMWV light tactical vehicle. The Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle (SCTV™) System offers occupants an armored monocoque v-hull crew capsule and restores tactical mobility with proven components.
HMMWV fitted with Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle (SCTV) system at AUSA 2013, Defense Exhibition in Washington D.C., United States.
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Rafael Simon rifle-launched entry breaching grenade for urban & anti-terrorist warfare.

SIMON rifle launched grenade is a stand-off & surprise-attack type weapon; it replaces older breaching methods, which involved loss of surprise and the risking of assault troops to directly attack doors by mechanical means or by attaching explosive charges.
Rafael SIMON rifle launched grenade at AUSA 2013, Defense exhibition in Washington D.C., United States.
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L-3 Unmanned Systems showcased the CUTLASS tube launched expandable UAS at AUSA 2013

L-3 Unmanned Systems showcased during the 2013 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington, D.C its CUTLASS tube launched, expendable UAS. Cutlass is a tube-launched Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) capable of both air and ground launch from both 120 mm and 150 mm launch tubes.
The Cutlass is a UAS with an amazing launch system
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Boeing Directed Energy Systems has selected the MHR radar of RADA Electronic Industries

RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. announces the selection by Boeing Directed Energy Systems of its tactical radar, the MHR – Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar – for evaluation of its operability as part of Boeing’s Directed Energy tactical systems. Field testing of the MHR, which was recently delivered to Boeing, will begin in the near future.
RADA Electronic Industries MHR – Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar at AUSA 2013.
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Harris Corporation Introduces its new Falcon III Multi-Channel Manpack Radio at AUSA 2013

Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has introduced a multi-channel radio that will enable the U.S. Department of Defense to realize the fullest potential of the networked battlefield. The new Harris Falcon III® Multi-channel Manpack radio was unveiled during the 2013 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington, D.C. 
The Harris Falcon III® Multi-channel Manpack radio is the first commercially developed manpack to integrate two radio channels into a single chassis.
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AM General ready to produce its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle JLTV BRV-O for US Army and Marines.

The U.S. Defense Company AM General which has manufactured more military light tactical vehicles than any other in the United States is poised to produce the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the next-generation Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) for Soldiers, Marines and other American service members performing their missions around the world.
AM General JLTV BRV-O at AUSA 2013, defense exhibition in Washington D.C.,United States. 
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

General Dynamics US Special Operations Command contract for V-22 transportable vehicle Flyer.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems was awarded a contract by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for non-developmental V-22 Internally Transportable Vehicles (ITV). The three-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract is for up to 10 vehicles, with integration and logistical support and training. The total value of the contract is $5.8 million if all options are exercised.
The Flyer ITV is on display through Wednesday, October 23, in General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ booth (#707) at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C.
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Lockheed Martin presents the latest version of JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle at AUSA 2013.

At AUSA 2013, Lockheed Martin presents the latest version of the JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) which was just delivered to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps on Aug. 14, 2013 for 14 months of test and evaluation. A production award is expected in late fiscal 2015 for approximately 50,000 JLTVs for the Army, with their Marine Corps partners purchasing another 5,500 vehicles.
The latest version of the Lockheed Martin JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle)
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FN USA presents the next evolution in carbines for the United States Army at AUSA 2013.

The FN Advanced Carbine (FNAC™) is ready to serve as the U.S. Army’s next generation Individual Carbine. Its pedigree of excellence evolves from bold advancements in technical design validated by exhaustive testing for reliability, accuracy and durability. Expect the same high performance under extreme conditions with ease of maintenance and minimal logistics support seen in all FN SCAR® weapons.
FNAC FN Advanced Carbine at AUSA 2013 defense exhibition in Washington D.C., United States.
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BAE Systems to provide best solution to replace old M113 personnel carrier with AMPV vehicle.

BAE Systems shows at AUSA 2013 its proposed solution to the Army’s Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program, which will replace the M113 personnel carrier. The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is the U.S. Army’s program to replace the aging M113 Family of Vehicles for five mission roles including General Purpose, Mortar Carrier, Mission Command, Medical Evacuation and Medical Treatment in the U.S. Army Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT).
BAE Systems Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) at AUSA 2013
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Textron Marine & Land Systems introduces new Commando direct fire vehicle with 90mm gun.

Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS), an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has introduced the latest vehicle in its COMMANDO™ four-wheeled armored vehicle line-up during the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA 2013) in Washington. The new COMMANDO Select 90mm Direct Fire vehicle is being shown at Booth 825 during AUSA 2013.
The new Commando 90mm Direct Fire 4x4 armoured vehicle of Textron Marine & Land Systems at AUSA 2013, Washington D.C., United States.
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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Russian and Iran launch talks to expand cooperation in missile systems.

Russia's Air Force Commander in Chief Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev arrived in Iran for talks with Iranian military officials to expand cooperation in missile systems, Press TV reported on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
Russian-made S-300 PMU2 air defense missile system at MAKS Air Show in Moscow. 
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Saturday, 19 October 2013

DSME unveiled the FFX Incheon class Batch II, ROK Navy's future multipurpose frigates

The scale model of the Incheon class frigate Batch II was unveiled by DSME in the 63rd anniversary festival of the Incheon landing operation in the Korean War. Key updates of the Batch II over the ASW-focused Batch I include VLS and full electric propulsion system, as well as a larger hangar that can accomodate a 10-ton helicopter (Batch-I has hangar for lighter helicopters like AW159). About 8 ships of Batch II are going to be built in pairs by DSME until 2018. Some items like the MT30 gas turbine engines for the new propulsion system are already being delivered.

Friday, 18 October 2013

French Navy E-2C Hawkeye carrier-borne AEW aircraft fleet to be upgraded by Northrop Grumman

Under a $34.5 million U.S. Navy contract, Northrop Grumman Corporation will modify the French Navy's fleet of three E-2C Hawkeyes with an upgraded Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, further increasing commonality and interoperability with U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.

Boeing to Feature Proven Capabilities, New Technology at AUSA 2013 Conference - Defense Exhibition

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will showcase proven capabilities and technology advances designed to meet the needs of the U.S. Army during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, held Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.
Boeing CH-47F Chinook military transport helicopter (Credit photo Boeing)
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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Iran designs and manufactures new type of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle named Shahed 129.

Iranian researchers designed and manufactured a new type of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) named Shahed 129 which can be used for surveillance, imaging, and defense missions. The project manager, Seyed Mohammad Mavaei, said the aircraft, developed by Iranian students and academics from Kermanshah University of Technology in Western Iran, has an exceptional degree of autonomy and flight endurance. 
The new Iranian-made Shahed 129 Unmanned Combat aerial Vehicle
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Russian Army Special Forces test new thermal sight for Future Combat Soldier Equipment Ratnik.

The Defense Ministry will start official tests of a new thermal vision scope as part of Russia’s futuristic combat kit later this month, the system’s developer said Thursday, October 17, 2013. There are currently 160 prototype scopes at an army special forces (spetsnaz) facility near Moscow, said Oleg Yakovlev, advisor to the general director of the Tsiklon scientific research institute.
New thermal sight for Future Soldier Equipment Ratnik.
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Navistar Defense MaxxPro MCOTM armored and Special Operations Tactical Vehicle at AUSA 2013.

Navistar Defense, LLC invites you to visit booth # 6919, on the upper level between Halls D&E at the AUSA Annual Meeting, in Washington, D.C., to view the MaxxPro® Mission Command On The Move (MCOTM) vehicle as well as armored and unarmored variants of the company’s Special Operations Tactical Vehicle (SOTV).
Navistar Defense SOTV Special Operations Tactical Vehicle
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Turkish soldiers exchange fire with Islamist militants on the border with Syria

The Turkish army announced Wednesday, October 16, 2013, that it exchanged fire with militants from Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) that is linked to al-Qaida in the Kilis province on the border with Syria, local Today's Zaman reported.
Turkish soldiers stand guard near the Turkey-Syria border in Akcakale, Turkey.

DCNS launch Vladivostok, Russian Navy's first Mistral class LHD

Vladivostok, the first of two BPC-type vessels (LHD - Landing Helicopter Dock) on order from DCNS for the Russian Federation was floated out of its building dock at STX France's Saint-Nazaire shipyard on 15 October. The event was attended by senior officials representing the French and Russian navies and shipbuilding industries. The programme has proceeded as planned since the contract came into force in late 2011, with the vessels on schedule for delivery in late 2014 and late 2015 respectively.

French Navy nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle out at sea for Pilot Training

The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (CVN R91) left Toulon naval base on October 16 with its full crew and airwing onboard (Rafale, Super-Etendard Modernisé, Hawkeye, Dauphin helicopter). The training will focus mainly on the validation of pilot skills in two consecutive phases.