Saturday, 31 January 2015

U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence (LCS 2) To Test MCM Mission Package In Florida

USS Independence (LCS 2 ) departed San Diego Jan. 30 for Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., to conduct operational evaluation and testing of the mine countermeasures mission package.

KMDB presents a new modernized version of its Dozor-B APC to the President of Ukraine.

The President of Ukraine has tested the new Dozor-B 4x4 APC armoured vehicle personnel carrier designed and manufactured in Ukraine. The new vehicle was demonstrated to the authorities of the presidential administration in the center of the capital. 
The new Ukrainian-made Dozor-B APC 4x4 armoured vehicle personnel carrier
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India successfully test-launched home-made Agni-5 long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile.

India on Saturday, January 31, 2015, successfully test-launched Agni-5, its longest range ballistic missile, for the third time off the Odisha coast. The missile was launched from a canister from Wheeler Island, giving it higher road mobility. The three stage, solid propellant "missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 8.06 hours," ITR Director M V K V Prasad said.
Agni 5 ballistic missile successfully test-fired from launch pad four at wheeler island at Odisha coast.
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Friday, 30 January 2015

Rolls Royce to provide 38 AE 1107C engines in support of USMC's MV-22 Osprey aircraft fleet

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded an $87,712,436 contract for the procurement of 38 AE1107C engines in support of the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for the United States Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed in December 2016. The US Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. 
Rolls Royce's AE 1107C engine
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Boeing wins a $51 mn contract to sustain USAF's Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Boeing will provide sustaining engineering support for the guidance system of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the U.S. Air Force, ensuring the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s land-based nuclear deterrent, under a recently-awarded $51 million contract, the US company said yesterday in an official statement. 
US Air Force's LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
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US Air Force selects the Boeing 747-8 as next Air Force One presidential aircraft

Secretary of the US Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with the US Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One, the US Air Force officially announced on January 28. 
United States' future presidential aircraft "Air Force One"
(Artistical picture)
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India's Light Combat Aircraft Tejas demonstrates capabilities in extrem cold conditions

The Indian-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has achieved a rare technological breakthrough with three consecutive start ups of its engine in extreme sub-zero temperatures of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir, announced the Indian Defense Ministry on January 28. 
HAL Light Combat Aircraft "Tejas" MkI
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Russia's Central Military District troops to be equipped with Eleron-3 UAVs by mid-2015

The separate UAV companies of the Russian Central Military District will be equipped with Eleron-3 drones, which can be used both in autonomous and radio command modes, during the first half of 2015. This information was furnished by the press service of the Russian Central Military District. 
Enix's Eleron-3SV unmanned aerial system
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Russia To Lay Down Two New Project 20380 Corvettes Instead Of Improved Version Project 20385

Two new Steregushchy class corvettes based on the original design, the Project 20380, will be laid down for the Russian Navy at the end of February in St. Petersburg, according to TASS quoting the representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Dygalo. This comes as a surprise because all future corvettes for the Russian Navy were expected to be Project 20385 (Gremyashchy-class), an improved version of Project 20380. The reason may be European sanctions. 

Smiths Detection to provide US Army with 1,687 M4E1 Joint Chemical Agent Detectors

Smiths Detection was awarded a $9,510,995 contract to exercise the option to purchase 1,687 M4E1 Joint Chemical Agent Detectors, six Platform Interface Kits and 116 Sieve Packs. The estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2016. Work will be performed in Edgewood, Maryland. 
Smiths Detection M4E1 Joint Chemical Agent Detector

TOR-M2U Short-Range Air Defense Systems To Be Fitted On Russian Navy Vessels

Russian Navy vessels will be fitted with a naval version of the short-range anti-missile system "Tor-M2U." This was stated by a JSC IEMZ Kupol (Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant affilitated to Almaz-Antey the designer and builder of the system) representative in an interview with Russian media RIA Novosti.

Lithuania and Ukraine enhance military ties thanks to Bilateral Cooperation Plan 2015

On January 28 Lithuania's Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velicka and Lieutenant General Leonid Holopatiuk, Deputy Defence Minister of Ukraine, signed the Bilateral Cooperation Plan 2015 of Lithuania and Ukraine during Lithuanian Defence Vice Minister’s visit in Kyiv.  
Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Polish troops ride armored vehicles during joint exercise near Vilnius
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US Army Tests New Capabilities Between Landing Craft Utility & Military Sealift Command Vessel

The U.S. Army established a new proven watercraft capability on White Beach Naval Base, Okinawa, Jan. 20-22, that can improve efficiency and save time in future sea operations. While at port, Soldiers, with the 10th Support Group (Regional) aboard the U.S. Army Landing Craft Utility (Runnymede-class large landing craft ), USAV Port Hudson (LCU 2035), aligned the loading ramp to the stern ramp of the Military Sealift Command prepositioning vessel, USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005), to transfer supplies between watercraft.

Russia and Iran start talks on Tor-M1 air defense missile system modernization

Russia's Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol is in talks with Iran on modernizing the short range Tor-M1 (SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile defense systems, the plant's assistant director general told RIA Novosti Thursday, January 29. 
Iran's Tor-M1 (SA-15 Gauntlet) air defense missile system

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U.S. Marine Corps Received Its First F-35C Lightning II Carrier Variant

The first F-35C Lightning II, carrier variant, for the U.S. Marine Corps touched-down on the flight line here, Jan. 13, from the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas, to begin training in support of carrier-based operations.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

United States Army has completed the delivery of 250 Caiman 6x6 MRAP vehicles to the Iraqi army.

The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, also known as USASAC, has implemented and completed a case for delivery of 250 Caiman 6x6 MRAP Mine Resistant Armor Protected vehicles to the Iraqi government. This complicated and monumental task was achieved in less than 90 days by USASAC and its security assistance enterprise partners, Dec. 23.
Caiman 6x6 MRAP Mine Resistant Armor Protected vehicles
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Two Former RAN Balikpapan Class Landing Craft Gifted by Australia to the Philippine Navy

The Australian Government will gift two recently-decommissioned Balikpapan class LCH (Landing Craft Heavy) vessels, including a package of spare parts, to the Philippines Government, the Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews announced today.

Elektrobit will showcase its newest products and solutions for tactical communications at IDEX 2015

Elektrobit (EB) will showcase its tactical communications products and solutions at the IDEX 2015 defense exhibition to be held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, February 22-26. At the event EB will exhibit the EB Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system, EB Tactical LTE Access Point solution (Long-Term Evolution, 4G), EB Tough VoIP product family (Voice over Internet Protocol), and EB Tough Mobile smartphone. 
Elektrobit Tough Mobile Android LTE smartphone
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US Defense Department unveils major procurement and R&D projects for fiscal year 2016

The US Defense Department will ask for $585 billion for the fiscal year 2016. The proposal would boost procurement spending by $14.1 billion to $107.7 billion and research and development funding by $6.3 billion to $69.8 billion, according to the draft documents. The proposal includes funds for four projects likely to boost air capabilities of the US armed forces. 
The US DoD asked $1.2 bn to boost development of new long-range strike bomber, which is supposed to replace, among other, the B-1 Lancer heavy bombers
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Airbus DS Inc. wins $25 mn contract for logistic support of the US Army's UH-72 Lakota helicopters

Airbus Defence and Space Inc. was awarded a $24,989,250 contract to procure program year 10 contractor logistic support for the UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. The estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2015, announced the US Department of Defense on Wednesday, January 28. The work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi. 
US Army's UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopter
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Boeing and US officials start working on AH-64 Apache attack helicopters massive deal

Officials from Boeing Co and the U.S. Army said on Wednesday they had begun discussions about a multiyear agreement to buy about 240 AH-64 Apache helicopters from fiscal 2017 to 2021, a deal that analysts say could be worth around $4 billion, reported Reuters on January 28.
Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter
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First biannual Kuwait International Defense Exhibition and Conference KIDEC 2015

At Camp Doha, near Kuwait City, on the 15th-19th of November 2015, under the official patronage of the Kuwait Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, will commence the first biannual Kuwait International Defense Exhibition and Conference, KIDEC 2015. 

UkrOboronProm unveiled T-64-based Infantry Fighting Vehicle prototype

Ukrainian company UkroBoronProm is restarting the development of a heavy infantry fighting vehicle based on the T-64 MBT chassis.eNow the firm has resumed development of the heavy IFV in order to ready the design for serial production. According to Ukroboronprom, this work could be completed in time to start mass production before the end of the year. 
UkroBoronProm T-64 Infantry Fighting Vehicle prototype
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US Army opens first Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Instructional Facility at Fort Sill

The US Army's soldiers destined to operate the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system will now learn their trade from fellow Soldiers. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Instructional Facility, or THAAD, opened at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Already, four classes are underway at the schoolhouse, announced the US Army on January 23. 
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile launcher sits in the new THAAD Instruction Facility at Fort Sill, Oklahoma
(Credit: US Army)
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

New Canadian LAV III APC purchased by Colombia will be deployed on the border with Venezuela

Colombia has announced the purchase of 32 new LAV III 8x8 armored combat vehicles to be deployed on the border with Venezuela. Military authorities have specified that the new tactical units will be used to combat illegal armed groups in the frontier zone, described by Spanish newspaper El País as “one of the seven hells on Earth.”
LAV III APC 8x8 armoured vehicle personnel carrier
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Leidos Prototype Maritime Autonomy System for future ACTUV Completes First Self-Guided Voyage

Leidos, a national security, health, and engineering solutions company, announced that its prototype maritime autonomy system for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program recently completed its first self-guided voyage between Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi. 

IAI's RAMTA division received orders from African customers for 100 RAM Mk3 light armored vehicles

IAI’s RAMTA Division has received two follow-up orders from existing clients in Africa for a total of 100 latest model vehicles – the RAM Mk-3 light armored vehicle, reports today Israel Defense. The vehicles will be delivered to the clients by 2016. 
IAI's RAMTA Division RAM Mk3 light armored vehicle
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Russia plans to test the 9A1-4071K 30mm gun on a T-50 PAK FA fighter aircraft in 2015

Flight tests of the 9A1-4071K modernized rapid-aircraft cannon, which can exhaust its entire ammunition capacity in any mode, were conducted on the Su-27SM. In 2015, developmental work is planned to test the gun on a plane of the fifth-generation – the T-50, announced Rostec today, January 28. 
Russia's 5th-gen fighter aircraft Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA 
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Terma to equip Dutch air force's NH-90 helicopters with Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment pod

Terma has been contracted by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability (MASE) Pod onto the Dutch air force’ NH-90 helicopters, announced yesterday, January 27, the Danemark-based company in an official statement. 
RNLAF's Apache AH-64D attack helicopters fleet is already equipped with Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) pods
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Harris Corporation to provide vehicule communication systems to US Air National Guard

Harris Corporation has received an order to supply communication systems to the Air National Guard (ANG) for crucial ground-to-air communications during wartime and domestic emergency responses, including natural disasters, the company announced yesterday January 27 in an official statement. 
Harris Corporation's Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio
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Hungarian Defense Ministry plans to purchase 30 new military helicopters in 2015

Major Hungary's defence tasks this year include introducing a career model in the armed forces and continuing the modernisation of military hardware with a special focus on purchasing a new helicopter fleet, the Hungarian defence minister Csaba Hende said. Hende gave an outline of tasks for 2015 and assessed achievements in 2014 at an annual meeting with senior military officers in Budapest, reports today Hungary Today. 
Hungarian Air Force's Mil Mi-24 Hind transport and attack helicopter
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Brazil and Russia could ink deal for Pantsir-S1 air defense systems before mid-2015

Brazil and Russia could sign a contract on the delivery of Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to the Latin American country as early as in the first half of 2015, Brazilian Ambassador to Russia Antonio José Vallim Guerreiro said on Wednesday, January 28.  
Russia's Pantsir-S1/ SA-22 Greyhound air defense system
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A&P Group wins major British MoD contract to customise and support new RFA tanker fleet

A&P Group, the UK’s largest provider of ship repair, conversion and marine services, has been awarded a multi-million pound Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract to complete the fit-out of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new fleet of four tankers. The new Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers will maintain the Royal Navy’s ability to refuel at sea and will provide fuel to warships and task groups. The tankers will support deployed amphibious, land and air forces close to the shore and will have the ability to operate helicopters. 

Izmash's AK-12 assault rifle likely to be selected for future Ratnik infantry combat system

The combat gear of Russia's "soldier of future” “Ratnik” will receive the AK-12 assault rifle, produced by Izmash, part of Kalashnikov Group. It was ahead of his rival – AEK-971 produced by the Degtyarev plant, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Saturday, January 24. “It is clear – this is the rifle of “Izhmash”. It won by the parity “price-quality,” Borisov said in the program “General Staff” on radio RSN. 
Izmash's AK-12 assault rifle, showcased during Eurosatory 2014 in Paris
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US Navy Selects BAE Systems to Provide Communications & Combat Systems Support

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract to provide full life-cycle engineering and technical support for communication and combat systems on land and at sea.

Ukroboronprom of Ukraine has launched production of HAZAR BRDM-2-Di 4x4 armored vehicle

One of «UKROBORONPROM» enterprises has launched the production of the new armored Combat Reconnaissance Patrol Vehicle (BRDM 2-Di) «Hazar».
New "HAZAR" BRDM-2-Di reconnaissance armoured vehicle

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Morgan Advanced Materials introduces new buoyant lightweight rifle plate insert

Morgan Advanced Materials' Composites and Defence Systems business has introduced a buoyant, lightweight rifle plate insert for military and security personnel which is capable of stopping 7.62mm rifle ammunition yet is still less than 1kg in weight. 
Morgan Advanced Materials' new 20mm-thick rifle plate
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CAE acquires Bombardier's Military Aviation Training business

CAE and Bombardier yesterday, January 26, announced that they have signed an agreement for CAE's acquisition of Bombardier's Military Aviation Training business for approximately $16 million. The closing of the transaction is conditional on usual conditions and regulatory approvals, and if those are obtained closing is expected to occur during 2015. 
Bombardier provides support for NFTC program, which delivers live flying training on a fleet of Beechcraft T-6 (CT-156 Harvard) trainer aircraft and BAE Systems Hawk (CT-155 Hawk)
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Airbus Helicopters receives order from Botswana's Police Service for 3 new AS350 B3e helicopters

Botswana’s Police Service today signed for a contract for three new AS350 B3e ‘Ecureuil” aircraft for its Police Air Support Branch, Airbus Helicopters announced on January 26. The new helicopters will be customised to the Botswana Police Service’s specification, including the installation of night vision equipment for night-time operations and other law enforcement equipment. The start of delivery of the new aircraft is scheduled for later in 2015. 
Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e ‘Ecureuil” helicopter
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Boeing wins a $300 mn contract to deliver 8 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia

Boeing Defense was awarded on January 26 a $295,866,116 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract for eight AH64E Apache attack helicopters. The aircraft has been ordered by the Indonesian armed forces. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2018. 
Boeing Defense's AH-64E Apache attack helicopters
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Czech Ministry of Defence announced tender for the supply of up to 62 MRAP vehicles

The Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic has announced a tender for the supply of up to 62 mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, said Petr Pavel, chief of staff of the armed forces of the Czech Republic. According to him, the equipment will be procured for the Czech army in two tranches, with the first half of 2015. 
Nexter Systems Titus 6x6 Armored Personnel Carrier
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Exelis wins interim redesign contract for US Navy’s AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jammer

Exelis has received a U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center contract valued at $15.3 million to perform essential sustainment work on the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system. The ALQ-99 is used on the Navy’s EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. The technology will also be provided to the Australian government through a Foreign Military Sales program, the first time the ALQ-99 has been made available to an international ally. 

BAE Systems to deliver six M88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles to Australia

The United States' State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for M88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $47 million. The principal contractor will be the BAE Systems in York, Pennsylvania. 
Australian army's M88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles
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NATO Maritime Group Exercises With French Navy’s Charles De Gaulle Carrier Strike Group

Over the past week, Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO and the French Navy’s CHARLES DE GAULLE Carrier Strike Group (TF 473) conducted exercises across the Mediterranean Sea in a demonstration of the power of NATO maritime forces to rapidly come together in a crisis or for collective defence. 

China agrees to support Pakistan's efforts in fighting against terrorism and defense cooperation.

China's top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng met with Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Beijing on Monday, January 27, 2015, vowing to support Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts. China appreciates and supports Pakistan's efforts in fighting against terrorism and hopes to better bilateral defense and security cooperation, said Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
Yu Zhengsheng (R), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), meets with Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2015. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
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SAAB chooses KONGSBERG sonar and multibeam systems for Gotland class SSK overhaul

Defence and security company SAAB has selected a cutting-edge Kongsberg Maritime hydroacoustic package for installation on two Swedish A19 submarines. The delivery will consist of SA9510S Mine Avoidance and Navigation Sonar for submarines and the leading EM 2040 Dual RX multibeam echosounder.

Israel's artillery corps starts using the Hermes 450 tactical unmanned aerial system

The Israeli army recently revealed it is running a new drone unit in the Artillery Corps. The unit, the first of its kind, operates the tactical Hermes 450 drone from within the Ground Forces. During a recent drill in the North, the unit practiced working together with ground units by collecting advanced visual intelligence and broadcasting a live image of the battlefield to the divisions and brigades below. 
IDF's Elbit Hermes 450 tactical unmanned aerial system
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Monday, 26 January 2015

Pakistan officially inducts the JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft in PAF's Combat Commanders School

The JF-17 Thunder, the indigenously-made multi-role and all weather fighter aircraft, was formally inducted in the prestigious Combat Commanders’ School (CCS) of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Monday, January 26. The induction of this indigenous fighter jet will further facilitate advanced combat training of PAF fighter pilots. Pakistan's Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), Air Marshal Sohail Aman, was the chief guest on the occasion. 
Pakistan Air Force's PAC JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft
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German company PLATH unveils the MACSS compact communication signal surveillance system

MACSS combines a highly sensitive lightweight antenna and a high-performance seven channel direction finding receiver with integrated map and analysis software modules in a compact solution. The system operator can benefit from the acute accuracy of the sensors and the exceptional dynamic range, as well as from fast processing and easy-to-interpret data results. With MACSS threats can be detected earlier compared to the use of radar and optical sensors.

Bulgaria could turn to Poland to maintain its MiG-29 fighter aircraft fleet

Because of the inflated prices being charged, Bulgaria will no longer rely on Russia to maintain its MiG-29 fighters but could reassign the business to Poland, Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev told public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television. Bulgaria, a Nato member since 2004, still uses Soviet-made fighters which for several years it has been paying Russia’s RSK MiG to upgrade and maintain, reported Bulgarian newspaper The Sofia Globe. 
Bulgarian Air Force's MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft 
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