Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Ukraine might have sold T-72AV main battle tanks and BTR-4E personnel carriers to Nigeria

Nigerian website Beegeagle published on Monday, December 29, photos of Nigerian troops posing near a batch of Ukrainian T-72AV main battle tanks and BTR-4E armoured personnel carriers. Earlier in the day, contracts for the supply T-72AV and BTR-4E military vehicleswere reported on both sides, reported the Russian website BMPD. 
A batch of BTR-4E armored personnel carriers in a Nigerian military base
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TSNIITOCHMASH to develop new self-propelled mortar vehicle for Russian airborne troops

According to Russian medias, the Russian Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH) is working on a new self-propelled gun, dubbed "Zauralets-D", and specially designed for the Russian Airborne Troops. The first deliveries of the “Zauralets-D” are scheduled for 2016.
2S31 "Vena" self-propelled mortar armored vehicle

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Lockheed Martin to provide C-130J AMC weapon systems trainer and loadmaster trainer to USAF

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $26,423,812 contract to provide one C-130J Air Mobility Command (AMC) weapon systems trainer and one C-130J AMC loadmaster part task trainer at Yokota Air Base in Yokota, Japan. Work will be performed at Tampa, Florida, and Yokota Air Base, Japan, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2018. 
Lockheed Martin's C-130J "Super Hercules" military airlifter
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Ukraine's armed forces receive new batch of armored vehicles and military equipment

In Yavoriv garrison, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko presented about 100 items of military equipment and armament produced and repaired by the defense-industrial enterprises of Ukraine, reported official press office yesterday, December 30.  
Ukrainian army received some 2S7 "Peony" 203mm self-propelled howitzers 
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Engine Issues for Latest Russian Navy Class Frigate "Admiral Gorshkov" (Project 22350)

Russian Navy's latest generation frigate (Admiral Gorshkov-class / Project 22350) is reported to have serious engine problems. According to flotprom.ru, the Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg announced on December 17 a tender worth 24 million rubles for "disassembly and fault detection of a gas turbine engine with its subsequent equipment on order number 921 of project 22350" (Admiral Gorshkov, the first ship of the new class which started sea trials in November).

Russia to deploy regiment of S-400 Triumf air defense missile system in Novaya Zemlya next year

A regiment of S-400 Triumf missile systems will be formed for the newly-created Arctic Command and deployed on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago next year. “There are plans for forming an air defense regiment of the S-400 launchers to be deployed on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago and a battery of Pantsir-S1 combined surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon systems, to be stationed at an air base inside the Arctic Circle,” an official source said. 
Russia's S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) long-range air defense missile system
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FLIR Systems wins contract to support the US Department of Defense's DR SKO program

FLIR Systems announced on Monday, December 29, that it has received the first full-rate production orders under a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to support the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Dismounted Reconnaissance Sets, Kits, and Outfits (DR SKO) program. 
DR SKO program, in development since 2008, is a US Department of Defense initiative centered on CBRNE threat detection systems that will be utilized by all the US Army's components 
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Second Project 636.3 Varshavyanka class SSK Enters Service with Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet

"Rostov-on-Don" (B-237), the second Project 636.3 (or Varshavyanka class) diesel-electric submarine (SSK) designed for the Russian Black Sea Fleet was officially taken into naval service, an official of Admiralty Wharfs told Russian news agency ITAR-TASS on Tuesday. 

United States plans to deploy around 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe by 2015-end

The United States plans by the end of next year to station around 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe for use by U.S. forces training there, according to a U.S. military commander, reported Reuters today, December 31. Some of the tanks and vehicles - enough to equip an armored brigade - could be placed in Poland, Romania or the Baltic states, Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, said to Reuters from Germany. 
M1 Abrams tanks from the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division 1st Brigade Combat team deployed in Latvia attend a military exercise in Adazi Nov 6, 2014
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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

China May Have Started Construction of Next Generation Destroyer Type 055 for the PLAN

A picture has just emerged on the Chinese internet showing that construction of the first Type 055 destroyer may have started. The Type 055 guided missile destroyer is the next generation destroyer designed for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy).

Russia will dedicate 50 MiG-31BM upgraded fighter aircraft to protect strategic areas

Fifty upgraded Mikoyan MiG-31BM supersonic interceptor aircraft will cover the most important strategic directions, including the Arctic, a Russian defense industry source told Russian news agencty TASS on Tuesday, December 30. Russian President Vladimir Putin sees control of the Arctic as a matter of serious strategic concern for Moscow. 
Russia's Mig-31 "Foxhound" fighter/interceptor aircraft
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Turkey takes delivery of its second Airbus A400M Atlas tactical airlifter

Turkey has received its second A400M tactical transport aircraft from the Airbus consortium, the country’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). “Delivery of our MSN0013 aircraft, with the tail number 14-0013, the second of 10 aircraft to be procured within the content of the A400M Strategic Transport Aircraft Program organized by our undersecretariat, has been completed as of Dec. 22, 2014,” the SSM said in a written statement released late on Dec. 23. 
Turkey's second A400M Atlas military airlifter during its acceptance flight
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Taïwan's CSIST plans to upgrade its Tien Kung III defense missile system in 2015

Taiwan's main weapons research and development unit yesterday confirmed its plans to further enhance the capabilities of the Tien Kung III missile system it developed that is to be used to intercept guided missiles as part of its upcoming projects in 2015, reports today the China Post. 
Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology's Tien Kung III/Sky Bow III defense missile system
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Venezuelian Marine Corps receive a new batch of Norinco's VN-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicles

Venezuelian Defense Ministry yesterday, 29 December, announced the delivery of a new batch of military vehicles destinated to the country's Marine Corps. A batch of 10 armoured personnel carriers type VN-1 (export version of Chinese ZBL-09), a military command post vehicle, and five trucks arrived Monday at Puerto Cabello, Carabobo state, as part of a first batch on four that will arrive soon from China to strengthen country's marine forces. 
New batch of Norinco's military vehicles, including 10 VN-1 infantry fighting vehicles, received by Venezuelian military on Monday, December 29 
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Russian Arctic Troops to receive Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles in 2015

Before the end of the outgoing year the Orlan-10 drones will be delivered to a unit of the Russia's Eastern Military District in Chukotka, the district’s press service told TASS on Monday. “The command staff and operators have completed training at the multiservice drone control center in the Moscow region. Before the end of the current year specialists with several Orlan-10 sets will arrive at the permanent service base - the Anadyr-Ugolny aerodrome,” an official said. 
Orlan-10 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
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Focus: Iranian Navy Testing its Latest Systems during Large Joint Exercise

Different units of the Iranian Army's Ground Force, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense started six days of large joint military exercises codenamed Mohammad Rasoulallah started last week in Iran. It cover an area of 2.2 million square kilometers from the East of the Strait of Hormuz to the Southern parts of the Gulf of Aden. Several naval systems were unveiled or test-fired during the drills. 
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Rafael, IAI and IMI to jointly develop next-generation of active defense system for vehicle

Rafael, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel Military Industries (IMI) agreed to jointly develop the next generation of active defense system for vehicles, reported today specialized website Israel Defense. The new development will be a combination of a "Trophy" system by Rafael and IAI and an "Iron Fist" system by IMI. The main contractor for the integrated development will be Rafael; IMI and IAI will be subcontractors. 
Rafael Trophy-LV active protection system mounted on a Hatehof's Hurricane 4x4 armored vehicle at MSPO 2014
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US Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Arrives in Singapore

USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in Singapore Dec. 29 as part of a 16-month rotational deployment to 7th Fleet in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance. As part of an initiative to deploy up to four LCS to the region on a rotational basis, Fort Worth will operate out of Singapore as a maintenance and logistics hub from which the ship will conduct patrols and train with regional navies during exercises like Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Third Russian Naval Aviation An-140-100 Delivered by Aviation Plant "Aviacor"

JSC "Aviacor - Aviation Plant" delivered the third An-140-100 aircraft for the Russian Navy on December 25th. The aircraft with registration RF-08853 (serial number 14A005) was handed over during a ceremony in Samara (south western Russia). «The aircraft is delivered in strict accordance with the delivery date specified in the state contract», - CEO of Aviacor, Alexey Gusev, said during the handover ceremony.

Japanese Defense Ministry plans to conduct performance tests on ATD-X fighter jet prototype in 2015

The Japanese Defense Ministry’s efforts to develop an all-domestic fighter jet, Japan’s first since World War II, are moving into full swing. A test model under development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is expected to make its maiden flight in mid-January, reported today the Japan Times. 
The ATD-X jet fighter is being built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in co-operation with the Japanese Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) 
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Iranian army successfully fired enhanced Maverick, Toufan and Dehlaviyeh air-to-ground missiles

The Iran's military successfully fired home-made high-precision missiles, Toufan (Hurricane) and Dehlaviyeh, and optimized air-to-ground tactical maverick missiles during the military drills underway in Southern Iran on Friday, December 26. 
The optimized AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground tactical missiles were fired by F-4 Phantom II and Su-24 fighter aircraft
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Ilyushin and the Russian Defense Ministry launch Il-112V light military airlifter development program

The Russian Defense Ministry and the Ilyushin Aviation Complex have signed a state contract for the development of the light military-transport plane Il-112V, the press service for the Aviation Complex has reported. "The construction of the test planes is scheduled for 2016 under the terms of the contract. The first test plane flight is scheduled to take place in 2016, too," the report, which was obtained by Interfax-AVN on Wednesday, says. 
The future Il-112V is intended to replace ageing fleets of An-24 and An-26 transport aircraft
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Successful first test flight for US Air Force and Boeing's KC-46 tanker program

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the first flight of the KC-46 tanker test program today. The plane, a Boeing 767-2C, took off from Paine Field, Wash., at 9:29 a.m. (PST) and landed three hours and 32 minutes later at Boeing Field. The aircraft will receive its military systems following certification. 
Boeing 767-2C tanker takes off from Paine Field, Washington, for its first test flight
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Ukraine Resumed Construction of Gyurza-M (Project 58155) River Armored Artillery Boats

The Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Vice-Admiral Sergei Haiduk confirmed that public company plant "Leninska Kuznya" resumed the construction of "Gyurza-M" armored boats for the river division of the Ukrainian Navy which temporarily based at Odessa. 

Iran's military deployed for the first time suicide drone during massive military drills

Iran's army said Saturday it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf, reported Iranian news agency on Saturday, December 27. 
An Iran-made Raad-85 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle launched last week during military drills near the Strait of Hormuz
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Russian artillery unit of Southern Military District has tested PRP-4A Argus artilery radar armoured

The Russian artillery infantry brigade of the Southern Military District has tested the 2S19 MSTA-S 152mm self-propelled artillery guns and the PRP-4A Argus artillery radar armoured vehicle at the Prudboy firing range in Russia’s Volgograd Region as part of the field training exercises. This was reported by the press service of the Russian Defence Ministry.
Russian PRP-4A Argus artillery reconnaissance and observation armoured artillery vehicle.
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Russian Strategic Missile Troops to be equiped with Sarmat heavy ballistic missiles by 2020

Seven Russian missile regiments will be armed with silo-based 100-ton Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) complexes, a source in the defense industry complex told RIA Novosti Friday, December 26. “We plan on delivering this new complex to two missile divisions in Dombarovsky (Orenburg) and Uzhur (Krasnoyarsk) for a total of seven missile regiments with 46 silo-based launch facilities,” the source said. 
Russia's R-36M/SS-18 Satan Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
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Russia's Sevmash Shipyard Laid Down Sixth Borey Class SSBN "Generalissimus Suvorov"

The sixth Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) was laid down on Friday during a ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, northern Russia. (Sevmash is part of OCK the United Shipbuilding Corporation). Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin attended the ceremony.

Hyundai Rotem secures $820 mn deal to supply K2 Black Panther main battle tanks to South Korea

South Korean tank maker Hyundai Rotem Co. said Monday it has signed a deal to supply 901.5 billion won (US$820.29 million) worth of battle tanks to the country's arms procurement agency. In November 2014, the country's Defense Acquisition and Procurement Agency announced that South Korea will deploy around 100 of its indigenously-built K-2 Black Panther main battle tanks (MBTs) by 2017. 
South Korean Army's K2 Black Panther main battle tanks
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Myanmar Navy Fitted Chinese C-802 Anti-Ship Missiles on its F12 - UMS Kyansittha Frigate

Based on a recently released picture, it appears that Myanmar Navy has fitted Eight Chinese made C-802 anti-ship missile launch canisters on board UMS Kyansittha Frigate (hull number F12).

South Korea plans to conduct first missile defense exercise in 2015

South Korea plans to conduct its first missile defense drill in the first half of next year to test the effectiveness of locally developed defense programs in the face of North Korea's missile and nuclear threats, as reported by the Korea Herald on Monday, December 29. 
South Korean KM-SAM/Cheongung medium-range surface-to-air missile system

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Future Polish Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel ORP SLAZAK Launched at Gdynia Navy Shipyard

Our colleagues from polish website Defence 24 (M. Dura) reported that the future Polish Navy OPV ORP Slazak was "test launched" on December 14. According to the official press release “one of the aims of the launching operation was to verify the current weight of the vessel via a capacity test, and to prepare the ship for installation of the propellers”

Royal Australian Navy Celebrates 30 Years of Operating the AS350BA ‘Squirrel’ helicopter

For the venerable AS350BA ‘Squirrel’ helicopter and the men and women of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) 723 Squadron, 2014 proved to be a remarkable year. The Squadron achieved significant flying hours undertaking aircrew training and fleet support tasking in the ‘Squirrel’. But what made their achievements all the more impressive, is the fact that the Squirrel fleet celebrated its 30th birthday with the RAN this year.

AutoKrAZ of Ukraine has completed delivery of KrAZ-6322 and KrAZ-63221 military trucks to Egypt

Ukrainian producer of heavy trucks AutoKrAZ has completed a number of major contracts with the Defense Ministry of the Arab Republic of Egypt, shipping another batch of machinery, including more than 100 cross-country vehicles.
AutoKrAZ KrAZ-6322 6x6 military truck
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Experimental testing of Russian-made Future Soldier Ratnik equipment will begin in spring 2015

Experimental testing of all elements of Russian-made Future Soldier equipment “Ratnik”, including AK-12 and AEK-971 rifles, will begin in spring 2015. Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH) develops combat gear of “Russian Future Soldier”, “Ratnik”. 
Russian-made Ratnik Future Soldier gear
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Iran has tested home-made Shalamcheh surface-to-air missile from air defense system Mersad.

Iran on Saturday, December 27, 2014, tested its home-made mid-range Shalamcheh missiles fired from its new air defense system, Mersad, which is capable of destroying different types of modern fighter jets and drones. The missiles were fired on the third day of the ongoing Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) military exercises in the Southern and Southeastern parts of the country with the participation of a large number of units and troops of the Iranian Army.
Iranian-made mid-range Shalamcheh missiles fired from air defense system Mersad
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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Nexter Robotics small robot UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle France French de...

Nexter Robotics is a wholly owned subsidiary by Nexter Systems, which develops a cost effective range of ground and air unmanned systems, dedicated to defense, civilian security, rescue and surveillance applications. Thus, NERVA products family proposes a large set of platforms, control stations and additional compatible “mission kits”, which make it possible to assemble the perfect solution which fits the current need.
The platforms all offer a high level of robustness and ease of use; 4-wheels and 6-wheels versions have semi-autonomous capabilities which increase operational efficiency.

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POPRAD Zubr P anti-aircraft mobile GROM missile launcher short-range air...

The Poprad is an anti-aircraft mobile missile launcher designed and manufactured by the Polish Defense Company Elektronika, a subsidiary of Polish Defence Holding. The POPRAD self-propelled anti-aircraft missile system is intended for fighting low and medium altitude air targets with heat-seeking missiles. 

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U.S. has sent second missile radar AN/TPY-2 to Japan to boost protection against North Korea.

The United States has sent a second missile radar system AN/TPY-2 to Japan as part of a strategy to boost its allies’ defense capabilities against a belligerent North Korea, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon, in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Defense, tested and constructed the AN/TPY-2 radar, which has been delivered for use by the US Pacific Command and US Northern Command.
Raytheon designed and built the AN/TPY-2 radar for the Ballistic Missile Defense System and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system drawing on extensive sensor knowledge from its X-Band “Family of Radars.” 
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Russia has developed new railway missile complex "Barguzin" able to tow up to six Yars missiles.

Last week the head of Russia's Strategic Missile Force, Lieutenant General Sergey Karakayev, revealed that the future missile platform would be called Barguzin. Now a source in the Russian military, which preferred to remain anonymous, has revealed some details of the weapon to Russian news agencies.
In the 1970s, the Soviet Union developed a train to transport and deploy the RT-23 "Molodets" intercontinental ballistic missile, known to the West as the SS-24 "Scalpel." 
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Friday, 26 December 2014

Elbit Systems U.S. Subsidiary Will Upgrade C-1A Aircraft for the Brazilian Navy

Elbit Systems announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC Elbit Systems of America, received a directed subcontract from the Brazilian Navy for the upgrade of four Grumman C-1A aircraft. The prime contract is held by Marsh Aviation Company of Mesa, Arizona. The subcontract, valued at $106 million, will be performed by Elbit Systems of America over a five-year period. 

GROM short range MAn Portable Air Defense missile System MANPADS Poland...

The GROM is a MAn-Portable Air-Defense missile System MANPADS designed, developed by MESKO a subsidiary of Polish Defence Holding. The GROM (PPZR) short-range air defense missile system is designed for destroying visually observed air targets, including aircrafts, helicopters and other targets emitting infrared radiation.

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In 2015 one battalion of the Georgian army will be deployed in Afghanistan for NATO mission.

The Georgian parliament has ratified an agreement under which one battalion and one squad from the country's military will participate in the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan in 2015, the Novosti Gruziya newspaper reported Thursday, December 25, 2014.
Georgian troops in a departure ceremony in Tbilisi in 2010 for 750 colleagues being deployed to Afghanistan.
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Russian armed forces will take delivery of Corsair UAV unmanned aerial vehicle in late 2016.

Russia's United Instrument Corporation (UIC) will start supplying the small-class Corsair surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Russian Armed Forces in late 2016, the company's CEO Alexander Yakunin told RIA Novosti.
Russian soldiers during training with new UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 
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Russian Strategic Arms Forces successfully test launched YARS RS-24 ballistic missile.

Russian Strategic Arms Forces on Friday, December 26, 2014, successfully test launched a RS-24 Yars solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missile from its Plesetsk Space Complex in the country’s northwest, an official spokesman for the Strategic Arms Forces said.
Russian Yars RS-24 Intercontinental ballistic missile launch vehicle 
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New Russian-made RS-26 intercontinental ballistic missile could enter in service for 2016

Russia’s newest RS-26 Rubezh missile system, dubbed the ‘anti-missile defense killer’, will join the ranks of the country’s defenses in less than two years, Russia’s Strategic Missile Force commander, Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said. According Internet source, the new RS-26 intercontinental ballistic missile could be based on the RS-24 YARS.
The new RS-26 Rubezh could be based on the RS-24 Yars nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile.
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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Italian Company IVECO contract for sale LMV - MPV - VBTP wheeled armoured vehicles to Lebanon

According DefenseNews website, Italian Defense Company IVECO has signed an agreement to sell 80 military and police vehicles to Lebanon, an Italian industrial source has said. The deal, worth around 30 million euros, was signed in mid-December and could be followed in the new year by further orders, the source said.
IVECO LINCE or LMV Light Multipurpose Vehicle
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Turkey agrees new extension in air defense program to counter Chinese FD-2000 system offer.

Turkey has urged bidders in a multibillion dollar contract for the construction of its first long-range air and anti-missile defense system under the program name of T-LORAMIDS to agree on a sixth extension of the deadline to renew offers, said the Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz on December 21, 2014.
Chinese-made launch station FD-2000 air defense missile system
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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-Class Guided Missile Destroyer Modernization Program Meets Key Milestones

The U.S. Navy's DDG 51 modernization program has met two key milestones Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced Dec. 22. The milestones involve the successful installation and testing of the new Aegis baseline 9 combat system on two DDG 51 destroyers, and a hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) modernization to a third. The modernization program ensures Arleigh Burke-class ships keep pace with evolving threats while meeting service life requirements and future operational commitments. 

Vladimir Monomakh Third Borey Class SSBN Joined Russian Navy

Russia's third Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, was officially inducted in the Russian Navy on Friday, the Sevmash shipyard reported. "The ceremony of raising the Russian Navy colors on the Vladimir Monomakh submarine on Friday, December 19, at Sevmash," the shipyard's press-service said in a statement. 

Collective Security Treaty Organization members plan to establish joint air force

Member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) plan to establish collective air force. This issue was put on the agenda of a joint meeting between CSTO foreign, defense ministers and secretaries of security councils within a joint CSTO military cooperation development concept. 
Collective Security Treaty Organization members' flags
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Army Recognition Team Season's Greetings & Best Wishes for 2015.

Army Recognition Season's Greetings & Best Wishes for 2015.

AgustaWestland's AW189 helicopter Search and Rescue variant achieves EASA certification

AgustaWestland announced yesterday, December 23, it has achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the Search and Rescue variant of the AW189, paving the way for the delivery of aircraft for the UK search and rescue programme. 
AgustaWestland's AW189 helicopter Search and Rescue variant
(Credit: AgustaWestland)
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