Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Exclusive: DCNS will unveil the SMX OCEAN at Euronaval 2014: A Conventional (SSK) Barracuda

Navy Recognition learned that DCNS will introduce a new submarine concept at Euronaval 2014 which be held from October 27th to 31st at Paris Le Bourget in France. The SMX OCEAN is based on a Barracuda hull, the next generation SSN of the French Navy, fitted with a conventional propulsion system (SSK) with AIP technology.

The first Airbus A400M tactical airlifter for Germany runs its engines

The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has begun final tests towards its delivery. The four engines on the aircraft, known as MSN18, were successfully run simultaneously for the first time on 28 September at the Airbus Defence and Space Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain. 
First Airbus A400M tactical airlifter for Germany runs its engines 
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Kongsberg to start flight tests of its new Joint Strike Missile in 2015

Kongsberg is reportedly set to start flight testing of its new joint strike missile (JSM) aboard a Lockheed Martin-built F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in 2015. Capable of attacking land and sea-based targets, the long-range missile is being developed to arm the Royal Norwegian Air Force's (RoNAF) fleet of 52 F-35A conventional take-off and landing aircraft. 
Kongsberg's JSM long-range missile 
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Army Recognition editorial team at AUSA 2014 Defense Exhibition full coverage online show daily news pictures video TV

Army Recognition editorial team will provide a full coverage of AUSA 2014, Annual Meeting and Exposition organized by the Association of the United States Army which will be held from the 13 to 15 October 2014 in Washington D.C., United States.  If you cannot attend AUSA 2014, follow all activities of this international defense event on Army Recognition website, online defense & security magazine with news, report, pictures and video.
AUSA 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition organized by the Association of the United States Army
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Thailand Armed Forces plan buying EADS' UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand for UH-72A Lakota Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $89 million. The principal contractor will be EADS North America in Herndon, Virginia.  
EADS' UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters 
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Greece to promote their defense industry and products at AUSA 2014 defense exhibition.

The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce is organizing the Official Greek Pavilion at AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition on October 13-15, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC.
Lucas Papademos at Annual Meeting of the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.
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HGH Infrared Systems for the first time at AUSA with new Spynel X 360° thermal imaging system.

HGH Infrared Systems based in Cambridge MA, will be exhibiting for the first time at AUSA with their new and exciting 360 degree thermal imaging system, Spynel X. The Spynel X is the latest addition to the award-wining Spynel family (with three other distinct models for all different types of surveillance applications) whose unique and innovative sensors allow for a complete, panoramic image of an entire surrounding in near real-time.
Capturing, in real time, full panoramic images with an unequaled resolution of up to 120 Mpix., the SPYNEL-X is the IRST (Infrared Search&Track) with the best image quality.
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Airbus Defence and Space delivers new Joint Radio Systems to German Armed Forces

Airbus Defence and Space has developed and delivered a transmit/receive (T/R) module for the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr’s) software-controlled radio system after passing the final acceptance stage. The user will test nine broadband T/R modules, designed for the failure-free transmission of large volumes of data, in the overall system between now and the end of 2015. 
Airbus Defence and Space's Joint Radio Systems (Streitkräftegemeinsame Verbundfähige Funkgeräte-Ausstattung – SVFuA)
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Oshkosh Defense to modernize the USMC's Extended Boom Forklift fleet

The United States Marine Corps System Command has awarded Oshkosh Defense, an Oshkosh Corporation company, a five-year contract to modernize the service’s Extended Boom Forklift (EBFL) fleet. Under the contract Oshkosh will modernize 495 EBFLs and provide approximately 100 armored cabs as well as replacement parts.  
United States Marine Corps' Extended Boom Forklift (EBFL)
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British army Watchkeeper UAS Unmanned Aerial system first operational flights in Afghanistan.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced September 29, 2014, the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’s unmanned air system, Watchkeeper. The Thales Watchkeeper is a UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) especially designed to perform Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance missions. 
A 4 man team from 43 Battery, 47 Regiment, Royal Artillery of British Army , led by Corporal Si Downey assembling a Watchkeeper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, 23rd September 2014.
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Lockheed Martin to provide High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems launchers to UAE

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) Launchers and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $900 million. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas.
Lockheed Martin's High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS
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Ukraine defense industry unveils GROM-2 surface-to-surface ballistic missile.

During the Defense Exhibition in Kiev, Arms and Security 2014 which was held from the 24 to 27 September 2014, a new local-made military project was unveiled concerning the development of a new surface-to-surface ballistic missile, called GROM-2.
GROM-2 surface-to-surface ballistic missile 
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Russian S-400 Triumf air defense systems to be supplied to 12 missile regiments by 2020

New S-400 Triumf air defense systems will be supplied to 12 missile regiments of Russia’s Aerospace Defence Forces by 2020, their spokesperson, Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said on Monday, September 29. Until the end of this year, four S-400 regiments will be protecting Moscow and the Central Industrial District of Russia, he said.
S-400 Triumf SA-21 "Growler" long-range surface-to-air defense missile system
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Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps tests new home-made military hardware

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has put to the test new domestically designed and manufactured military hardware, including a high-explosive mine, a sniper rifle and a triple-barrel cannon. On Sunday, the IRGC Ground Forces also tested a remote-controlled roadside mine, dubbed “Ramait,” which is capable of destroying an armored column within a radius of 100-150 meters with high precision. 
The IRGC Ground Forces successfully tests the Asefeh three-barreled cannon 
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Monday, 29 September 2014

Poland's TELDAT and Raytheon Partner to Develop New Patriot Router

Raytheon Company is partnering with TELDAT to develop and produce advanced militarized routers for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system. TELDAT engineers and technicians will design, integrate and qualify this key communications networking technology for Patriot. Under the initial contract, the engineering teams from each company can begin design work and trade studies. 
MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile battery
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Future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Achieves Successful Light-Off of First Main Turbine Generator Set

The U.S. Navy's Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG 1000) program continues to make significant progress achieving key shipbuilding milestones, completing ship generator light-off Sept. 23 for the first-of-class ship, the future USS Zumwalt.

Bukkehave to supply Toyota Land Cruiser military trucks to 13 African Countries

The US Army has contracted Florida-based defence equipment manufacturer Bukkehave Inc to manufacture and supply an unspecified number of Toyota Land Cruiser military truck variants and essential spares to the armed forces of 13 African countries as part of its expanded regional counter-terrorism programme for East, West and North Africa. 
US Army contracted Bukkehave as part of its expanded regional counter-terrorism programme for East, West and North Africa
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Bangladesh Air Force inducts new Chinese K-8W trainer aircrafts

Bangladesh Air Force on Saturday, September 27, has inducted to its fleet four K-8W fighting/training aircrafts bought from China. The Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) says those were bought as part of the government’s effort to modernise Bangladi air force. 
Bangladi pilots receiving first batch of K-8W training/fighting aircrafts 
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Indonesian air forces to strengthen defense in South China Sea

To increase its military defenses in the South China Sea, the Indonesian government is preparing to establish an F16 fighter jet squadron in Pekanbaru, Riau Islands, and an Apache helicopter squadron near the South China Sea. Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the government had decided upon the measure to safeguard Asia’s largest gas field exploration at Riau Islands’ East Natuna field, formerly known as the Natuna-D Alpha block, which is set for development in the near future. 
Indonesian Hawk 109 jet aircraft 
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Russia to start testing future Yak-152 trainer aircraft by 2016

The Irkutsk Aviation Plant will launch in 2015 two samples of the light Yak-152 trainer, local news agency said on Saturday, September 27. Developed by Yakovlev Design Bureau, which is part of the Irkut Corporation, the new trainer is destined for primary pilot preparation. The "flying desk" will be tested in 2016, after which it will go into serial production. For initial training, the Yak-152 plans to use flight professionals from russian air force academies. 
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German army starts training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Bavaria

Germany's army has started training 32 Kurdish peshmerga fighters at an army school in Bavaria to support them in their fight against Islamic State extremists. A spokesman for the German defense ministry said Sunday, September 28, that the 32 Kurdish fighters would stay in Germany until October 3 to receive weapons' training. 
Germany plan calls for arming 10,000 Kurdish fighters
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Barco on the verge of selling its aerospace and defense division

Belgian visual technology company Barco NV is on the verge of selling its aerospace and defense business to a U.S. industrial firm, local business daily De Tijd said on Monday, September 29. Barco, which makes digital cinema projectors and a variety of high-end screens, has said for at least a year that the business was not core and that it could be sold for the right price. 
Barco was selected this year by Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace to deliver RFD-251 Rugged Flat Displays for the NASAMS and HAWK air defense programs 
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About 500 U.S. soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division Big Red One will deploy to Iraq next month

U.S. soldiers from the "Big Red One" 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq next month from Fort Riley, Kansas, DOD officials announced September 25, 2014. "September 24, 2014, the secretary (of Defense) signed a deployment for about 500 Soldiers from 1st ID headquarters," Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said at a Pentagon news conference. 
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general will take command of the Joint Operations Center in Baghdad.
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British Tornado aircrafts conducted first reconnaissance flights in Iraq

British Tornado GR4 aircrafts, currently deployed in Cyprus, have been flying intelligence gathering missions over Iraq for a number of weeks. Today, following the British Parliamentary approval given Friday, September 26, in company with other aircraft from the international coalition, two Tornados conducted armed reconnaissance operations over areas of Iraq where the terrorists threaten the civilian population. 
RAF pilot entering Tornado GR4 combat aircraft
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

VT4 MBT-3000 Norinco main battle tank China Chinese defense industry mi...

The MBT-3000 also named VT4 for the export version is a new generation of main battle tank designed and manufactured by the Chinese Defense Company NORINCO. According NORINCO, the MBT-3000 is the latest technology of main battle tank especially designed to meet the challenge of high-tech warfare. Its overall performance and combat capability are among the most advanced main battle tanks in the world. The MBT-3000 was unveiled for the first time to the public at the International Defense Exhibition Eurosatory in June 2012.

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ROC Navy Catamaran Corvette "Tuo River", first Taiwanese LCS, started Sea Trials

Taiwan's first vessel in a new class of 12 catamaran corvettes started its trials at sea. The "Tuo River" was going out at sea for the first time from Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county, where it was christened in March this year. The corvette will undergo a series of sea trials before its commissioning expected in the first half of 2015.

SAAB demonstrates latest Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system in live fire demonstration

Defence and security company Saab newly-developed and much sought-after Carl-Gustaf M4 saw the debut. During a successful ground combat systems demonstration at the Saab Bofors Test Center the M4 was the clear highlight for everyone present.
Built with future requirements in mind, the Carl-Gustaf M4 is compatible with intelligent sighting systems, and prepared for programmable ammo, ensuring your forces have advanced technology at their fingertips.
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Iran has unveiled a new drone armed with air defense missile suitable for aerial combats

Iran has unveiled a new missile-equipped drone to boost its military arsenal, as part of events marking the end of its 1980-1988 war against Iraq. Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the Iranian forces are now capable of building different state-of-the-art missiles and drones.
New Iranian-made UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle armed with air defense missiles.
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Chinese Navy Continues Flight Test Campaign of Future Maritime Patrol Aircraft Y-8FQ Cub/GX-6

A new picture recently surfaced from China showing the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) added a second Y-8FQ aircraft to conduct flight test and eventually qualify the new type of Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) variant of Y-8, the Y-8FQ Cub (also known as GX-6 for High New 6) first surfaced on the Chinese internet in November 2011 as we reported at the time

Saturday, 27 September 2014

North Korea to develop road-mobile ICBM intercontinental ballistic missile that could threaten U.S.

North Korea's military is taking steps to field a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that could threaten the United States, the head of American forces in the Pacific says. In an interview with Bloomberg Government, Admiral Locklear, commander of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) delivered some information regarding North Korea’s unconventional yet threatening military capabilities.
North Korea missiles arsenal
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United States approved major contract of MRAP vehicles for UAE

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $2.5 billion. The principal contractors will be Navistar Defense in Lisle, Illinois; BAE Systems in Sealy, Texas; and Oshkosh Defense in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 
Navistar will deliver 970 Maxxpro Plus MRAP vehicles to UAE
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U.S. Navy Harpoon anti-ship missile displays capability during military exercise

The U.S Navy successfully fired multiple Harpoon missiles as part of the joint military exercise, Valiant Shield, demonstrating its effectiveness against modern day threats. A total of six Harpoon missiles, launched from F/A-18 and P-3 aircrafts and two surface ships, USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Shiloh (CG 67), detected, tracked and engaged their intended targets, during live fire events, Sept. 15.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Belgium ready to join U.S.-led coalition with F-16 fighters to combat Islamic State in Iraq

Belgium's plan to send six fighter jets to join a U.S.-led coalition to combat Islamic State militants in Iraq won parliamentary approval on Friday, September 26, 2014. Even before the vote took place, the six F-16s took off from a Belgian air base headed for Araxos in Greece, a staging post on their way to Jordan, where they will be based from Saturday.
Belgian Air Force F-16 fighter
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AAD 2014 Mini War South Africa African army live demonstration combat he...

Live demonstration (Mini War) of South African Army with combat helicopters, armoured vehicles and main battle tanks at AAD 2014 Africa Aerospace and Defense Exhibition which was held in Air Force Nase Waterkloof from 17 to 21 September 2014, Pretoria, South Africa. 

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Chilean Army introduced new assault rifles during national military parade

On September 19 was held at the Ellipse O'Higgins Park, Santiago, a Military Parade where the Chilean Army first introduced the new chilean assault rifles IWI ACE GALIL 22 NC and FN Herstal SCAR L. The parade was attended by 8,435 troops, including 4,613 members of the Army, 1,008 from Navy, 1,099 of the Chilean Air Force (FACH) and 1,715 carabinieri. 
Chilean Amphibious Expeditionary Brigade troops exhibited new SCAR L 5.56mm assault rifle
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Liquid Robotics showcased its Wave Glider SV3 wave and solar powered USV/UUV at AAD 2014

At AAD 2014 (Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition which took place from the 17 to 21 September in South Africa) US company Liquid Robotics was showcasing its revolutionary Wave Glider SV3 hybrid unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) / unmanned surface vehicle. The Wave Glider is a unique wave and solar propelled 2 parts system (one on the surface, the other under water).

UkrOboronProm unveiled first home-made surface-to-air missile Alta

Ukraine on Friday, September 26, presented the first indigenous surface-to-air missile Alta, reports the Ukrainian public consortium Ukroboronprom. "The versatile missile Alta, the first missile designed entirely in Ukraine that uses a dual guidance, aroused the greatest interest" of visitors at the international exhibition "Weapons and Security 2014", which takes place in Kiev from September 24 to 27, announced the consortium in a statement. 
First ukrainian-made surface-to-air missile Alta
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LCS: U.S. Navy Complied with Regulations, but Quality Problems Persisted after Delivery

The U.S. Navy decisions to accept the first two littoral combat ships (LCS)—LCS 1 and LCS 2—in incomplete, deficient conditions complied with the Federal Acquisition Regulation's (FAR) acceptance provisions, largely due to the cost-reimbursement type contracts in place to construct these ships.

United States to support Lebanon with more AGM-114 Hellfire missiles

The United States has reported additional military shipments to Lebanon. Officials said the U.S. military oversaw the delivery of air-to-ground missiles to the Lebanese military. The officials identified the missiles as the AGM-114 Hellfire, meant to be deployed on light aircraft for the Lebanese Air Force.
Beirut also requested a combat variant of the Cessna light aircraft (Pic. : An AC208B Cessna Caravan firing an AGM-114 Hellfire missile)
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Oribi MTU medium size utility truck personnel carrier AAD 2014 defense e...

At AAD 2014, the Africa Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, the South African Defense Company DCD Protected Mobility has launched new Oribi medium sized utility truck (MUT). DCD Protected Mobility is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of special purpose tactile wheeled vehicles.

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Sierra Nevada & Embraer Roll-Out First U.S. Built A-29 Super Tucano for USAF LAS Program

Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer Defense & Security yesterday, September 25, presented the first United States-built A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft in a roll-out ceremony with the U.S. Air Force and government officials, industry and community representatives, and news media. 
First US built A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft
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Embraer gives wings to its first KC-390 military transport aircraft

The Brazilian aerospace company Embraer Defense & Security has released the last picture of the first prototype of its KC-390 military airlifter and aerial refueling. The KC-390 program is at a turning point, the first flight of the aircraft is expected within a month. The aircraft is designed to replace the aged C-130 Hercules. 
KC-390 final assembly takes place at Embraer's facility in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo 
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Navy Recognition is NAVDEX 2015 Official Show Daily and Web TV

NAVDEX is the naval defence and maritime security section of the tri-service exhibition IDEX. It is the leading event of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region. Following the success of the 2013 edition, NAVDEX 2015 will continue to provide a dedicated platform for international naval defence and maritime security companies to showcase their technologies and services to the MENA region. Positioned on the dock edge at the ADNEC Marina, NAVDEX will include:
Over 3000sqm of exhibition space, on-water exhibits, visiting naval vessels & live on-water demonstrations
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Ruselectronics develops new TsSS Yantar-T IP closed digital communications system

The Omsk Research and Development Institute of Instrument Engineering, which is a subsidiary of Ruselectronics, has developed a new Russian closed digital wireless communications system, the TsSS Yantar-T IP (which is compliant with the TETRA Standard) in order to meet the needs of Russian special services. 
Yantar-T IP closed communication system was developed in order to meet the needs of Russian special services (Illustrative Picture) 
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Russia halted cooperation with NATO in Afghanistan

The cooperation of Russia and NATO in Afghanistan has been halted, including a helicopter project, Russia’s envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko told russian news agency RIA Novosti on Thursday, September 25. "NATO has walked away from these projects and adheres to this decision," Grushko said, specifying that the helicopter project was also halted. 
An Afghan Mi-17 helicopter takes off for an air-assault training flight from Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan 
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European Union to strenghten its defense industry

The European Union (EU) said on Wednesday, September 24, defence should remain a priority on the EU agenda due to increasing instability, especially in the EU neighbourhood, and constant budget cuts in EU Member States. The EU said in a statement that EU defense will be one of the main topics in the first Competitiveness Council under the mandate of the Italian EU Presidency, which is taking place in Brussels on Sept. 25-26. 
EU defense industry employs about 400,000 people and generated a turnover of 122.73 billion dollars in 2012
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BAE Systems South Africa has launched RG21 4x4 mine protected vehicle ar...

BAE Systems today launched the latest addition to its RG series of mine protected vehicles, the RG21. The new RG21 combines the battle proven protection of the RG series — in service in many theatres around the world — with the maturity of a commercially available host vehicle driveline, running gear, and electronics. 

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Pakistan successfully test-fires short-range surface-to-surface missile Hatf IX

Pakistan on Friday, September 26, conducted a successful test fire of Short-Range Surface-to-Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR), the ISPR reported. The test fire was conducted with successive launches of 4 Missiles from a Multi Tube Launcher with Salvo Mode. 
Successfull test-fired Hatf IX (Nasr) short-range surface-to-surface missile
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SafeGuard Clothing Underlines the Importance of Body Armor Protection at Sea

With safety concerns as present as ever on boats traveling the oceans ofthe world, proper maritime body armor is imperative for staying alive when a dangerous situation arises. With not only attacks posing as a risk to the life of sea men and women, but also accidents caused by rough weather conditions and other reasons, maritime body armor can make the difference between life and death and be the reason for the safe return to shore. 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ukraine volunteer forces could purchase decommissioned British armoured vehicles AT105 Saxon

According the Ukrainian website Autoconsulting, an agreement was signed to supply 50 British designed 4x4 armoured vehicles AT105 Saxon to Ukraine for volunteer forces in the country. Each vehicle could cost $57,000, with a total amount for the contract around $2.85 million.
British Army Queens Lancashire Regiment on patrol in Basra with AT105 Saxon, armoured personnel carriers.
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Streit Group armoured vehicles personnel carrier MRAP security solutions...

STREIT Group is presenting its armored vehicle and security solutions at Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2014. In particular, STREIT Group’s main focus will be on enabling customers to protect and save lives by delivering a range of vehicles and training courses perfectly adapted to the regions security and defense challenges. The world’s leading privately owned company will also concentrate on its impressive record for delivering vehicles quickly and affordably.

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Babcock Completes Design for future ROK Navy KSS-III Submarine Weapon Handling System

Babcock has successfully completed the design definition of the Weapon Handling System (WHS) for South Korea’s Jangbogo III submarine (KSS-III), marking an important milestone in the project. Babcock was awarded a contract by DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering) to design the Weapon Handling and Launch System (WHLS) for the 3,000 tonne Jangbogo III submarine, and manufacture the equipment for the first two boats of a class of up to nine.

F-35 Stealth Fighter engine probably repaired by end-october

Pratt & Whitney and the Pentagon are expected to select a planned fix to the F-35 fighter jet's engine by the end of October, a senior company executive said Thursday. Engineers have identified two potential remedies to prevent a repeat of the fire that broke out on a test jet in June, which temporarily grounded the fleet and still threatens to derail plans to have the plane combat ready for the U.S. Marine Corps next July. 
Pratt & Whitney F-135 engine during ground tests 
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CAE to provide Canadian and US armed forces with training systems and services

CAE has been awarded a series of contracts with a combined value of C$115m ($104m) to provide a range of training systems and services for the Royal Canadian Air Force, US Air Force and US Army. 
CAE will continue to perform training services to USAF MQ-9 and MQ-1 UAVs' crews 
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At AAD 2014 CSOC showcased OPV, LPD and Aircraft Carrier designs from China

At AAD 2014 (Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition which took place from the 17 to 21 September in South Africa) the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company (CSOC) showcased its P-18N Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) and its LPD/LHD design. The booth also featured a scale model of China's aircraft carrier Liaoning. CSOC is part of the part of the State Shipbuilding Corporation, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).