Sunday, 30 November 2014

Iran unveils new range of military, rescue and minesweeping robots

Iranian researchers at the Islamic Azad University, Yazd Branch, Central Iran, have designed and developed three types of military, rescue and minesweeping robots to boost control over borders. "The rescue robot has been designed to help injured troopers in war zones and provide first aid to them, said Hadi Zare, one of the researchers of the team, the Iranian students' news agency reported. 
                                             Iranian new military, rescue and minesweeping robot
                                                   (Pic.: FARS)

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Israeli-made David Sling air defense missile system will be soon deployed for trial period by IDF

The Israeli-made David's Sling air defense system will soon be deployed for a trial period, before becoming operational, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) said in recent days. David's Sling can intercept short-range to medium-range rockets and missiles, including Hezbollah's Katyusha rockets. Its range of coverage is three times that of the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system.
Israeli-made David Sling air defense missile system launch station.
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Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissions Type 056 and Type 056A Corvettes on the same day

Just a few days following the commissioning of its first Type 056A ASW corvette (read our story here) the Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissioned two more corvettes simultaneously: On the same day (November 28th), the PLAN inducted Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Chaozhou (hull number 595) and Type 056A ASW Corvette Zhuzhou (hull number 594).

Friday, 28 November 2014

Russian army takes delivery of two new batches of Verba man-portable air defense missile systems

The Kolomna-based Engineering Design Bureau (KBM), part of the Precision Complexes holding, has delivered two new batches of Verba portable air defense missile systems (MANPADS) to the Russian Defense Ministry, a company spokesman told Interfax-AVN.
New Russian-made Verba MANPADS Man-portable air-defense systems 
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U.S. Army Research Laboratory tests robotic systems inspired by insect neurophysiology.

Dr. Joseph Conroy, an electronics engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, known as ARL, part of the Research, Development and Engineering Command, works with robotic systems that can navigate by leveraging visual sensing inspired by insect neurophysiology.
These nano-quads are the size that the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Micro-Autonomous Systems Technology consortium of researchers envision. The current state is about as compact as a microwave oven.
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Egyptian Air Force finally received ten AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

After delivery was suspended for many months, the Egyptian Air Force has finally received ten Boeing Apache attack helicopters from the United States, reported today Africa-focused website defenceWeb. On November 24 the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) released a photo showing the helicopters, covered in white protective plastic, after being delivered to an Egyptian port. 
Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter
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British F-35B Lightning II begins weapons testing with ASRAAM and Paveway IV

A UK test team including personnel from BAE Systems, has successfully completed initial aircraft handling trials for ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, United States. 
Lockheed Martin's F-35B STOVL multirole fighter aircraft with two MBDA’s ASRAAM missiles
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Airbus Defence and Space officially delivers first A400M to Royal Air Force

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter to the Royal Air Force, beginning the next stage of the transformation of the United Kingdom´s air mobility fleet. The aircraft is the first of 22 ordered by the UK and will be known in service as the A400M Atlas. 
Royal Air Force first Airbus A400M military transport aircraft landing at RAF Brize Norton base
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Lithuanian military aid for Ukraine could include weaponry

According to Reuters, Lithuania may supply weapons to Ukraine as part of military aid it promised to help Kiev fight pro-Russian separatists, the Lithuanian defense minister told the news agency in an interview on Wednesday, November 26. 
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
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DSME & ROK Navy cut first steel of future KSS-III (Jangbogo III) heavy diesel-electric submarine

The steel cuting cutting ceremony of the first KSS-III (Jangbogo III programme) heavy diesel-electric submarine took place yesterday (November 27th) at DSME shipyard in presence of the Republik of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) Chief of Staff, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) representatives and DSME officials. 

Elbit Systems presents 4th generation of its Tactical Battle Group Trainer

According to Israel Defense, the 4th generation of the Tactical Battle Group Trainer (TBT) has been delivered by Elbit Systems with the latest technological and operational developments, allowing land force commanders and their staff to test and improve their operational readiness, both effectively and efficiently. 
Elbit Systems' Tactical Battle Ground Trainer
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BAE Systems thinks about the possibility to put electromagnetic railgun on armoured vehicle

BAE Systems has been refining the electromagnetic railgun that it’s been developing for the U.S. Navy. Deployment of a prototype system is scheduled for 2016, but BAE is already looking forward to what might be possible as the technology scales up in power and scales down in size. The first target might be a railgun for the Army’s next-generation Future Fighting Vehicle.
BAE Systems electromagnetic railgun
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Concern Kalashnikov to unveil new brand and corporate development strategy through 2020

Small arms russian manufacturer Concern Kalashnikov will introduce a new brand and corporate development strategy through the year 2020 on December 2. The presentation will take place in the Central Telegraph and will bring together Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Concern Kalashnikov Alexey Krivoruchko, law enforcers and members of the military and security services. 

Royal Australian Navy Commissioned new Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Canberra

Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Mr Tony Abbott, MP, were the guests of honour today as Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) was welcomed into service in the Royal Australian Navy. The Australian White Ensign was raised for the first time, signaling that HMAS Canberra III was formally commissioned into the Fleet.

The Ukrainian National Guard has take delivery of new Raptor 6x6 armoured trucks.

The Ukrainian army has take delivery of new armoured truck used to transport soldiers on the battlefield. Under the name of Raptor, the new armoured trucks were delivered to the Ukrainian national guard troops fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east.
The new Ukrainian-made Raptor 6x6 armoured truck for the Ukrainian National Guard
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Raytheon to begin preliminary design for Qatar's future Air and Missile Defense Operations system

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has been awarded a $75,6 mn contract by the US DoD for providing preliminary design of an Air and Missile Defense Operations System for the country of Qatar. Primary tasks include engineering efforts to finalize technical requirements documentation and completion of the preliminary design of an air and missile defense system for Qatar. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2015. 

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

MBDA ASRAAM and Raytheon Paveway IV weapons Tested on F-35B at US Navy Test Facility

A UK test team including personnel from BAE Systems, has successfully completed initial aircraft handling trials for ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, United States. 

China Delivers First P18N Offshore Patrol Vessel to Nigerian Navy

According to local media, the first of two P-18N offshore patrol vessels (OPV) ordered by the Nigerian Navy was delivered today at the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company (CSOC)'s Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, China. CSOC is part of the part of the State Shipbuilding Corporation, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). This OPV, reportedly nammed The Century, is the first patrol ship China has exported to West Africa.

S-97 Raider Defiant SB1 Sikorsky next generation multi mission helicopte...

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider and Defiant  SB1 Defiant are the next generation multi-mission helicopters platform. The S-97 RAIDER aircraft’s capabilities will meet both conventional U.S. Army and Special Operations future requirements in a variety of combat roles. Additionally, potential applications for US Air Force, US Navy, and US Marine Corp services are being explored. 
The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of the SB1 Defiant, a medium-lift helicopter configured to Sikorsky’s X2™ coaxial design, through flight testing. First flight for the program is expected in 2017.

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Airbus Helicopters' EC645 T2 lightweight multi-role helicopter successfully completes its first flight

Airbus Helicopters’ newest lightweight military multi-role helicopter, the EC645 T2 (LUH SOF), has successfully completed its first flight. In the presence of representatives of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), which has ordered the first of this new helicopter type, the EC645 T2 demonstrated its capacities at the company’s Donauwörth location in Bavaria. 
Airbus Helicopters' newest lightweight military multi-role helicopter EC645 T2
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The Uruguayan Air Force confirms its interest for the Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II

Uruguayan Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro, has recently confirmed, during an Uruguayan Army and Air components joint exercise, that the Air Force has already selected the F-5 Tiger II as future fighter jet. Since August 2014 ten Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II plus a large engines, spare parts and training agreement are on the agenda between Swiss Air Force and Uruguayan government. 
Swiss Air Force's Northrop Grumman F-5E/F Tiger II fighter aircraft
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Russian Air Force base in Crimea renforced with Su-27SMs and four Su-30s fighter jets

Fourteen Russian fighter jets landed in Crimea’s Belbek military air base, Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev, a spokesman for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. The fighter jets are comprised of ten upgraded Su-27SM's and four Su-30's. All of them are fourth-generation fighter jets. Four of the aircraft deployed in Crimea are newly manufactured, according to Trukhachev. 
Sukhoi Su-27 SM Flanker fighters which will serve with the 62nd Fighter Regiment of the 27th Combined Air Division of the Russian Air Force at Belbek airfield near Sevastopol, Crimea
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China unveils new prototype of FT-1 solid rocket launch truck for small satellite or ICBM missile ?

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC) unveils its new FT-1 solid launch vehicle for small satellite at AirShow China 2014. A civilian long-chassis truck is used to transport a 20-meter-long rocket, which can be erected into vertical position at the rear of the vehicle.
CASIC FT-1 solid launch truck for small satellite at AirShow China 2014 in Zhuhai, China.
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Lockheed Martin wins a $800 mn sustainment contract for Iraqi C-130E/J military airlifters

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for C-130E/J sustainment and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $800 million. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland. 
Iraqi Air Force's C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft
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FAUN Trackway makes 100th Trackrack and 50th Spoolrack for Danish Defence Forces

British company FAUN Trackway, the leading manufacturer of portable roadways and runways, has officialy reached a milestone in its 60 year history with the production of its 100th Trackrack and 50th Spoolrack. The units were recently purchased by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO). 
FAUN Trackway's Spoolrack unit
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China and Russia sign agreement on S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems delivery

Russia is in the process of selling cutting-edge S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to China, which would hand Beijing a defense system capable of deterring even the most advanced air powers from infringing on Chinese airspace, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Wednesday. The two countries are reported to have recently signed an agreement for at least 6 divisions of the S-400 system. 
Russian S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) surface-to-air defense missile system
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U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 Launches First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, the "Bluetails," launched the squadron's first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye during a test flight from Naval Station Norfolk, Nov. 20. The flight marks the end of VAW-121's 37-year relationship with the E-2C Hawkeye, the previous model, and moving forward with the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye ahead of most other early warning squadrons.

Russian Marine Troops to receive modern equipment and enhanced armored vehicles

Marines of the Russian Black Sea Fleet will receive modern equipment and weaponry to ensure stability in the southern region, the commander of the Russian Navy’s coastal troops said. Gen. Alexander Kolpachenko told reporters that Russia's Marines are being rearmed and receive more new equipment and vehicles. 
Russian Marine Troops' Zubr landing craft along with BTR-82As 
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More than 1300 British soldiers in Poland with Challenger tanks and Warrior IFVs for NATO exercise

More than 1300 British soldiers and 100 armoured vehicles, including Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and Warrior Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle, from the 3rd UK Division are taking part in NATO Exercise BLACK EAGLE, a British/Polish NATO exercise taking place in Western Poland.
Polish Leopard 2A4 and British Challenger 2 Main battle (in rear) tanks advance towards a target in formation during NATO Exercise Black Eagle in Poland.
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Japan considers creation of a state-backed agency for weapons exports

According to Reuters, Japan is considering creating a government-backed financing arm for weapons exports, a move that would accelerate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's shift away from the country's pacifist past and strengthen Tokyo's regional security ties as China's military power grows. 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Canadian army artillery successfully tests Excalibur 155mm GPS guided artillery shell

It was a ground-breaking day for the Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) when they successfully test-fired a Global Positioning System (GPS) -guided 155 mm artillery shell. The trial of the newest generation of Excalibur proved the mettle of a shell that is unmatched for precision, range and accuracy.
Gunners fire two M-777 155 mm guns from an artillery position including Battery X, troop 3 during Exercise MAPLE GUARDIAN in Wainwright, Alberta
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Egypt would be interested in purchasing a FREMM multi-mission frigate from France

According to French financial newspaper La Tribune, Egypt would like to quickly procure a FREMM multi-mission frigate from France, following the deal the country has just signed with DCNS for four Gowind 2500 corvettes (the lead ship to be built in France and the 3 others to be built in Egypt as part of a transfer of technology). Egypt is reported to have requested a FREMM for as early as 2015. 

Rolls-Royce wins a $287 mn contract to provide aftermarket engine support for US V-22 Osprey fleets

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a new, two-year contract to provide aftermarket engine support for the US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 fleets, which provides a more than 30 percent reduction in support costs.The contract, through the company’s innovative MissionCare™ model, is valued at up to $287 million and will cover all V-22 aircraft across the Marine and Air Force fleets. Rolls-Royce is the sole engine provider for V-22 aircraft and has delivered 750 AE 1107C engines to the program. 
Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engine in US Marine Corps' V-22 Osprey tactical transport tiltrotor aircraft
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Dassault Aviation officially promotes its Rafale F3R for the Belgian F-16s fleet replacement

The Economic Interest Group (Groupemen d'Intérêt Economique in French) "Rafale", which produces the eponymous fighter aircraft, on Tuesday moved a step forward in Belgium's F-16s fighter aircraft replacement by promising significant industrial benefits to Belgium if it chose the French aircraft to succeed its aging F-16s fleet. 
Dassault Aviation's Rafale multirole jet fighter aircraft
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United States plan to increase military assistance and additional funds to Ukraine.

Barack Obama’s administration plans to increase military assistance to Ukraine and hopes the Congress will allocate additional funds for the purpose from the budget for the 2015 fiscal year, US officials told journalists on Sunday after Vice-President Joe Biden’s visit to Morocco, Ukraine and Turkey.
Ukrainian army soldiers from battalion 'Aydar' practise shooting during a military drill in the village of Schastya, near the eastern Ukrainian town of Luhansk September 20, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Mks Levin)
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U.S. army delivered three AN/TPQ-48 LCMR Light Counter-Mortar Radar to Ukrainian army.

The U.S. military delivered three lightweight, AN/TPQ-48 counter-mortar radar systems to Ukrainian armed forces, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters. The radar systems are the first few of 20 that will be delivered during the next several weeks and U.S. military members will begin training Ukrainian armed forces in mid-December, Warren said.
AN/TPQ-48 Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) of U.S. Army
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U.S. Navy deploys LaWS Laser Weapon System on board USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf

The U.S. Navy has deployed the LaWS Laser Weapon System prototype for operational testing on board the USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15, interim Afloat Forward Staging Base) in the Persian Gulf. The at-sea demonstration onboard USS Ponce is part of a wider portfolio of near-term U.S. Navy directed energy programs that promise rapid fielding, demonstration and prototyping efforts for shipboard, airborne and ground systems. 

Russian Helicopters launched flight tests on Mi-171A2 multirole helicopter first prototype

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has launched flight tests on the first prototype of the multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. During its first flight its main systems were tested and found to be in excellent working order, according to commander and test pilot 1st class Salavat Sadriev. 
Russian Helicopters Mi-171A2 multirole helicopter during first test flights
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Raytheon to deliver projectiles and Excalibur 155mm 1b precision-guided munitions to U.S. Army

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $15,050,856 contract to acquire 213 projectiles under option five Excalibur 155mm increment 1b production option and 24 containers for the U.S. Army. Estimated completion date is April 29, 2016. Work will be performed at various locations throughout the United States, including Arizona, California, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri and Massachusetts, as well as overseas in Sweden and the United Kingdom. 
Raytheon's Excalibur 155mm precision-guided extended range projectile
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Second Babcock-built Irish Naval Service Offshore Patrol Vessel launched at Appledor shipyard

The second of the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) being built by Babcock for the Irish Naval Service, LÉ James Joyce, was floated for the first time yesterday, at Babcock's Appledore shipyard in North Devon, marking a significant milestone in the build programme.

Germany gives 120 military vehicles to help Cameroon in fight against Boko Haram

On November 18, 2014, the Cameroonian Defence Minister, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, received a donation of military equipment from Germany in the form of 120 all-terrain vehicles which “have proven themselves in past military operations in areas such as Afghanistan.” 
Mercedes "Wolf" tactical military vehicle
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United States successfully test flight of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently supported the successful flight testing of the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon system. The operational flight test was conducted as part of the Air Force Global Strike Command's Force Development Evaluation Program.
Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile during flight test (Archive image) 
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Indian Army receives its first upgraded Shilka ZSU-23-4 air defense weapon system

Indian defense and security company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) announced yesterday, November 25, that it has handed over the first Upgraded Shilka Weapon System to the Indian Army. Lt Gen V K Saxena, AVSM, VSM, Director General, Army Air Defense, received the system from S. K. Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, BEL, at a function organized at BEL's Bengaluru, India factory. 
Indian upgraded ZSU-23-4 Shilka air defense weapon system scale model at Defexpo 2012 (India)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Royal Canadian Navy Successfully Completes Modernization of First Four Halifax class Frigates

The first four of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates have successfully completed modernization programs. The Halifax-class modernization/frigate equipment life extension (HCM/FELEX) is a $4.3 billion program to upgrade and enhance the existing fleet. The program has remained on budget and is scheduled to be completed by 2018.

Chinese-made CS/LN1 Integrated Soldier Combat System launched at AirShow China 2014

At AirShow China 2014, The Chinese Defense Company NORINCO launches its CS/LN1 Integrated Soldier Combat System. The CS/LN1 is an integrated fighting system for individual infantry soldiers which gives the soldier enhanced tactical awareness, lethality and survivability.
CS/LN1 Integrated Soldier Combat System at AirShow China 2014 in Zhuhai, China.
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CX-1 supersonic cruise missile to strike land naval targets China Chines...

At AirShow China 2014 in Zhuhai, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation unveils the new CX-1 supersonic cruise missile which can be used against naval and land targets. A cruise missile is a guided missile, the major portion of whose flight path to its target is conducted at approximately constant velocity. The supersonic missile travel faster than the speed of sound, usually using ramjet engines

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Boeing Delivers Sixth P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Indian Navy

Boeing delivered the sixth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India, on schedule, on Nov. 24, arriving at Naval Air Station Rajali to join five others being used by the Indian Navy. The P-8I is part of a contract of eight awarded in 2009. The final two deliveries are scheduled for 2015. 

Airbus Defence and Space unveils its new Tetra TH9 enhanced hand-portable radio

Airbus Defence and Space is launching its new Tetra hand-portable radio, called TH9, at the 2014 PMRExpo in Cologne. With wider coverage, high output power, Bluetooth connectivity and location-based applications, the robust radio provides professional Tetra users with the best feature set on the market and improves the efficiency of mission-critical voice and data communications. 
Airbus Defence and Space new Tetra TH9 enhanced hand-portable radio 
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Official: Delivery of First Russian Mistral class LHD Vladivostok postponed "until further notice"

According to an official statement made by the French presidency on November 25th, the delivery of the first Mistral-class LHD, built for Russia is now on hold "until further notice". Russia and France signed a contract for two Mistral-class LHDs for $1.6 billion in June 2011. Under the contract, the first French Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, the Vladivostok, was to be delivered to Russia by the end of the year, while the second ship, the Sevastopol, is due to arrive next year.

"The President of the Republic considers that the current situation in the east of Ukraine still does not allow delivery of the first BPC (LHD). It therefore considers it appropriate to postpone, until further notice, the examination of the application for authorization necessary for the export of the first LHD to the Russian Federation, " said the French presidency in a statement.

Raytheon to provide Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb kits to Royal Saudi Air Force

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $32,221,204 contract for Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb unit kits and a 10-year warranty for each kit. Contractor will provide 500 Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb units 49 and 50 kits (each kit includes an enhanced computer control group and an air foil group) and a 10-year warranty for each kit to be supplied to the Royal Saudi Air Force. 
Raytheon's GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb
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TenCate supplies armour systems for Royal Danish Navy Iver Huitfeldt & Absalon class ships

TenCate Advanced Armour has secured an order from the Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) for ballistic protection of the Iver Huitfeldt class frigates and Absalon class support ships of the Royal Danish Navy. The armour systems to be supplied will provide a fully engineered, lightweight solution for the protection of mission-critical areas of the Navy ships. The modular armour kits will be supplied and installed on the ships over the next months. No financial details will be provided. 

Pakistan might be interested by China's J-31 fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft

Pakistan plans to buy the fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft from China to boost its defence capability, according to Indian specialized website Brahmand. The matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper. 

Chinese J-31 4th generation stealth fighter aircraft during Zhuhai Air Show 2014 
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