Tuesday, 31 May 2016

ILA 2016: MBDA Deutschland Reveals New 360-Degree Laser Weapon

For the first time, MBDA Deutschland is presenting a new, flexibly deployable laser effector at the ILA Berlin Air Show. The effector can be integrated onto both marine and land-based platforms via standardised interfaces. The new weapon system is especially suitable for defence against highly agile targets such as UAVs, rockets and mortar shells.

New Slovak Corsac 8x8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle gets Russian armament suite

New Corsac 8x8 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) developed by Slovak MSM Group has received Russian armament suite, according to the company's press department.
The new Corsac 8x8 IFV showcased at IDEB 2016 (Photo Samuel Kolesàr)
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Netherlands ‘new vehicle mix’ BOXER Production contract awarded

A contract for a new vehicle mix of BOXER vehicles for the Netherlands was signed on 25 May 2016 at the OCCAR-EA headquarters in Bonn by the original equipment manufacturer ARTEC GmbH and OCCAR. 
The Artec Boxer (Photo Artec Gmbh)
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SR-10 trainer aircraft started undergoing flight tests with Russian Air Force

The first prototype SR-10 trainer aircraft developed by Russia’s Modern Aviation Technologies Design Bureau has started undergoing flight tests at the Kubinka airfield near Moscow, a source in the Russian defense and industrial sector said on Tuesday. 
The SR-10 trainer aircraft performing first flight tests at RuAF Kubinka airfield
(Credit: Youtube)
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Russia Launched its 6th Project 636.3 SSK Submarine Kolpino for Black Sea Fleet

The sixth Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarine Kolpino designed for the Russian Black Sea Fleet has been put afloat at the Admiralty Wharves Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene.

Russian special operators will soon be equiped with the Typhoon family armored fighting vehicle

Reconnaissance battalions and Special Forces units of the Russian Armed Forces will soon be fielded with the cutting-edge Taifun (Typhoon) family of armored fighting vehicles capable of both moving over broken terrain and protecting their occupants against small-arms fire and improvised explosive devices (IED), according to the Izvestia daily.
Typhoon-U armored fighting vehicle © SPUTNIK/ ALEXANDER VILF
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Royal Australian Navy LHD HMAS Canberra in Deck and Handling Trials with Chinook Helicopters

Amphibious ship, HMAS Canberra has conducted deck and handling trials with two Chinook helicopters alongside in Sydney recently. The aircraft, from the 5th Aviation Regiment, based in Townsville will go on to conduct first of class flight trials with Canberra's sister ship, HMAS Adelaide. 

HAL's HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft successfully took to the skies

According to OneIndia, the Indian home-grown Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) from the hangars of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) had its first flight in Bengaluru today. The Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40) was piloted by Group Capt Subramaniam (Retd), Chief Test Pilot, HAL. According to sources, the flight lasted for about 30 minutes.
HAL' HTT-40 performing its maiden flight on May 31, 2016
(Credit: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)
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RAF 90 Signals Unit to get new communication systems by 2018

Personnel from 90 Signals Unit, based at RAF Leeming, are working alongside industry partners to pave the way for military future deployed communications systems, the Royal Air Force announced on its website on May 26, 2016. 
AE Systems' Falcon Early Entry Capability introduced to 90 Signals Unit at RAF Leeming(Credit: Royal Air Force)
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Magellan Aerospace to Collaborate with Atlas Elektronik for SeaSpider Anti-Torpedo System

Atlas Elektronik and Magellan Aerospace signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday, May 26, 2016, sealing intent to collaborate on the development of the rocket motor and warhead sections of the SeaSpider Anti-Torpedo-Torpedo.

Saab wins undisclosed order for AEW&C systems

The Swedish defence and security company Saab has received an order within the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) segment, the company announced on May 30, 2016. The order amounts to approx. SEK 1.1 billion (US$ 132 mn). Deliveries will be made from 2016 until 2018. 
Saab recently unveiled its new GlobalEye AEW&C solution
(Credit: Saab)
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Monday, 30 May 2016

First Littoral Mission Vessel LMV Independence Joins the Republic of Singapore Navy Fleet

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) welcomed a new addition to its fleet as Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) Independence finished its sea trials and cruised to its new home at Tuas Naval Base on 26 May. LMV Independence is one of the eight LMVs that will replace the current Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs). The new ships will be more efficient than their predecessors in areas such as speed and versatility.

GE to Provide IHI with LM2500 Gas Turbines for Japan’s New 8,200-Ton 27DD Aegis Destroyer

GE’s Marine Solutions announced it will provide IHI, Tokyo, Japan, with two LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbines for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) new 8,200-ton class Aegis destroyer.

Kirov-class Nuclear Powered Missile Cruiser Pyotr Veliky in Barents Sea for Northern Fleet drills

Russia’s Northern Fleet has started an exercise in the Barents Sea, the fleet’s press office said on Friday. The maneuvers involve ten warships and support vessels, including the Project 11442 heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, and planes and helicopters of the Northern Fleet’s Air and Air Defense Army, the press office added.

Russia & India will sign a contract with United Arab Emirates for delivery of Brahmos cruise missile

Russia and India have agreed to deliver BrahMos cruise missiles to third countries, in particular, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, South Africa and Chile, spokesman for the Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace Company Praveen Pathak told TASS on Monday, May 30, 2016.
Brahmos missile on mobile launcher unit during a military parade in New Delhi, India. (Picture from http://www.wallpaperup.com/)
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New batch of four Su-34 fighters delivered to Russian Aerospace Force

The Sukhoi Company, part of Russia’s United Aircraft-Manufacturing Corporation, has delivered a batch of Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) frontline bombers to the Russian Aerospace Force, the Company’s press office said on Monday. 
A RuAF Su-34 Fullback frontline bomber aircraft
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Beriev rolls out first serial-produced Be-200Chs amphibious multirole aircraft

The Beriev Design Bureau in Taganrog in south Russia has assembled the first serial-produced Beriev Be-200ChS amphibious plane, President of Russia’s United Aircraft-Manufacturing Corporation Yuri Slyusar said on Monday. 
Beriev rolled out the first upgraded Be-200Chs amphibious aircraft
(Credit: UAC)
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Algeria reportedly took delivery of first two Mi-28NE combat helicopters

According to pictures released on social medias, Russia reportedly delivered the two first Mi-38NE attack helicopters ordered by Algeria. Russia will deliver a total of 42 Mi-28NE attack helicopters to Algeria in line with a bilateral contract, Interfax news agency announced in late March 2016, quoting a source in Russia's arms exporting bodies. 
One of the twoi first Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters reportedly delivered to Algeria on May 26, 2016
(Source: Twitter)
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EURENCO commissions new NTO explosive plant in France

EURENCO has commissioned in May 2016 a new plant for the production of NTO insensitive explosives as part of its investment strategy in Sorgues (France) to modernize explosive production lines and answer current and future customers’ needs.

Video Interdepartmental Forum Tactics and Techniques for Belgian Police and Army Camp Lagland Arlon.

The 300 participants at the Belgian Interdepartmental Forum Tactics and Techniques met to determine best practices, concepts and technologies for protecting the public and police in a constrained budget environment and to consider the extent to which lethal and non-lethal technologies and weapons and tactics can be utilized to assist Police and Military forces during their missions.
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Algerian T-90 tanks receive Shtora-1 jammer

Russia has supplied a batch of Shtora-1 optical-electronic countermeasure systems to equip Algerian T-90S main battle tanks (MBT), according to a source in Russian defense industry.
An Algerian T-90S Main Battle Tank (MBT) (Photo Canal Algérie)
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300 instructors from Belgian army and police share techniques and tactics to counter terrorist threats

During four days from the 24 to 27 May 2016, the Belgian army training camp of Lagland hosted the Interdepartmental Forum Tactics and Techniques which brought together more than 300 instructors from the Belgian army and Police. The goal of this forum is to exchange and share the latest techniques and tactics in shooting, riot control, management of violence, etc.
SWAT team of Belgian Police performs demonstration about the use of ballistic shield
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RNLAF commander pushes for F-35-based Joint air force with Belgium

The Dutch air force commander invited himself in the debate on the successor of Belgian Air Force’s F-16 fleet. General Alexander Schnitger suggested on Flemish TV channel VRT that Belgium purchase the same type of aircraft selected by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) – the F-35 Lightning II – to create a joint Dutch-Belgian air force. 
RNLAF top commander expects Belgium will form a F-35-based joint air force
(Credit: Royal Netherlands Air Force)
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Israel boosts CH-53 Yas'ur self-protection with new defense system

An advanced missile defense system was installed on Israeli Air Force (IAF) CH-53 Yasur transport helicopters, the military confirmed last week. The Dragon Block 3 defense system provides 360° coverage against missile attacks and provide faster countermeasure service. 
A IAF CH-53 Yas'ur heavy-lift military helicopter 
(Credit: IAF)

Raytheon and UVision to jointly develop new loitering airborne system

Raytheon Company and UVision signed a teaming agreement to work together on small, loitering airborne solutions. As part of the deal, Raytheon will adapt the Hero-30 remotely-operated lethal loitering airborne system from Israel's UVision for U.S. military requirements. 
A UVision Hero-30 airborne loitering system
(Credit: UVision)
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Sunday, 29 May 2016

South Korea's DAPA Selects HHI for KDX-III Batch II Destroyer Design & Construction

South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced last week that Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) was selected as contractor for “KDX-III Batch-II Design and construction of the first hull”. The existing 7,600-ton KDX-III Batch I Aegis destroyers of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) are based on the DDG 51 class of the US Navy.

Israeli Navy Tests Iron Dome Air Defence System at Sea from Sa’ar 5 Corvette

The Israeli Navy (Heil HaYam HaYisraeli) has taken the Iron Dome air defence system to the sea and recently completed a live test fire. The naval version of the system will be used to protect strategic assets at sea, such as oil/natural gas rigs. Israel’s hydrocarbons fields and drilling installations in the East Mediterranean Sea have increased the requirements for security.

AutoKrAZ of Ukraine presents latest innovations of combat vehicles at Technical Forum in Lvov.

At the end of May 2016, “AutoKrAZ” participated at Annual International Scientific and Technical Conference “Military Weaponry and Vehicles Development Prospects”. This event was held in Lvov for the ninth time at Petro Sagaydachniy Military National Academy. National manufacturer, Kremenchug Automobile Plant, showcased to event participants its advanced concepts, KrAZ armored vehicles. 
AutokrAZ armoured vehicles from the left to the right, KrAZ-Cougar, KrAZ-Spartan and KrAZ-Fiona
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Canadian army would like to boost its military presence in the Arctic Region.

The Canadian army would like to boost its military presence in the Arctic Region and expands its Arctic Training Center, opened in 2013, in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. The facility, which can house and support 120 soldiers, has been used only in the winter months.
Canadian soldiers during the NOREX 2015 military exercise.
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Saturday, 28 May 2016

State Defense Company Delta of Georgia unveils new GMM-120 6x6 self-propelled mortar carrier.

During the Independence Day of Georgia, May 26, 2016, the State Military Scientific-Technical Center Delta has unveiled a new prototyoe of 120mm wheeled self-propelled mortar carrier under the name of GMM-120. 
The new Georgian-made GMM-120 120mm 6x6 self-propelled mortar carrier developed and designed by the State Defense Company Delta. 
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Old AGS-17 30 mm automatic grenade launcher replaced by AGS-30 in the Russian army.

Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) is replacing ageing AGS-17 Plamya (Flame) tripod-mounted automatic grenade launchers (AGL) chambered for 30x29mm grenade, according to a source within Russian defense industry.
Russian-made AGS-30 30mm automatic grenade launcher
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Raytheon and MDA SM-3 flight test validates rocket motor upgrade

Raytheon Company and the Missile Defense Agency completed a successful flight test of an improved Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB third stage rocket motor. The mission confirmed effective in-flight performance of the upgrade, which previously succeeded in all ground testing. The upgrade will be integrated into the current missile production line.

Friday, 27 May 2016

India has successfully test-fires upgraded variant of Brahmos land supersonic cruise missile.

Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace joint venture (JV) has successfully tested upgraded variant of the BrahMos land-attack supersonic cruise missile, according to the company`s press department. The supersonic cruise missile was test-fired at 1200 hrs at the Pokhran field firing range in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer district.
Indian Army's BrahMos Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MAL) (Source Wikipedia)
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Russian soldiers will receive new 6B43 & 6B45 body armour and 6B47 combat helmets.

Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) is delivering new body armour and combat helmets to the national Armed Forces at an increasing pace, according to a source within Russian defense industry. The Russian Armed Forces are receiving new 6B43 and 6B45 multipurpose body armour suits and 6B47 combat helmets. The refitting of Russian soldiers with new individual protection assets will have been finished by 2020.
Russian soldier with new new body armour and combat helmet. (Photo copyright Vitaly Kuzmin)
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Oman requests a $260 Mn FMS to support F-16 fighter jets fleet

The United States State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Oman for continuation of logistics support services and equipment for the country's fleet of F-16 fighters . The estimated cost is $260 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on May 26th, 2016. 
A RAFO F-16C Fighting Falcon jet
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BAE Systems wins a $49 mn contract to support USAF Solid State Phased Array Radar System

BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services has received a $49.6 million contract from the US Air Force to manage, operate and maintain advanced radar systems at five key strategic missile warning bases around the world, the US Department of Defense announced on May 26, 2016. 
The total contract value for BAE Systems’ support of SSPARS, from its original award in 2006 through the completion of the contract in 2018, is estimated at approximately $550 million
(Credit: US Air Force)
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South Korea's first four AH-64E combat helicopters delivered to combat units

South Korea has deployed the latest upgraded model of Apache helicopters, which are expected to enhance its overall combat capability, the country's defense procurement agency said Thursday. According to the Defense Acquisition Procurement Administration, four AH-64E Guardians were delivered to Army units, which recently completed combat deployment. The four are the first to reach front-line South Korean combat units. 
South Korea ordered 36 AH-64E Apache Guardian combat helicopters
(Credit: Boeing Defense)
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US approves a $420 mn FMS from Kuwait for F/18-C/D support

The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for F/A-18 C/D services and support for an estimated cost of $420 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on May 26, 2016. 
Two KAF F/A-18C Hornet fighter jets
(Source: Internet)
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Russian shipyard in Volga area floats out fourth Gepard-3.9-class frigate for Vietnam

The fourth Project 11661 Gepard-3.9-class frigate designed for the Vietnamese Navy has been put afloat at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard in Tatarstan in the Volga area, shipyard spokesman Andrei Spiridonov told TASS on Thursday.

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract to Continue AGM-158C LRASM Integration and Test Program

Lockheed Martin has received a $321.8 million sole-source contract from the U.S. Navy for the continuation of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) integration and test phase. The integration and test contract funds continuation of LRASM flight testing and integration onto the U.S. Air Force B-1B and the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft. LRASM early operational capability for the U.S. Air Force and Navy is expected in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

AeroVironment’s Tether Eye evaluated by the US DoD

AeroVironment has announced that its Tether Eye unmanned aircraft system is being evaluated by the US Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO). The development of the tethered UAV, used for ISR and security applications, has been funded by the CTTSO under a US Government contract. 
AeroVironment's Tether Eye small unmanned aerial system
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Russian Company VPK to develop VPK-39273 Volk-3 6x6 APC for Russian Ministry of Defense.

The Military-Industrial Company (Russian acronym: VPK, Voyenno-Promishlennaya Kompaniya) is developing VPK-39273 Volk-3 (Wolf III) 6x6 wheeled armoured car (AC), according to a source within Russian defense industry.
VPK VPK-39273 Volk-3 6x6 armoured personnel carrier at IDELF-2010 defense exhibition near Moscow, Russia.
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Russia issued request for next-gen heliborne command post

Russia’s Defense Ministry is currently formulating a requirements specification for new-generation airborne command posts based on helicopters, CEO of Russia’s Polyot Scientific and Production Enterprise Alexei Komyakov told TASS on Thursday. 
A Russian Mi-6 "Hook" heliborne command post
(Source: Internet)
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GE' F414-GE-400 engine selected for South Korea KF-X fighter program

According to the korean news agency Yonhap, the U.S. company General Electric (GE) was selected on Thursday as the preferred bidder to supply engines for South Korea's next-generation fighter jets, Seoul's state arms procurement agency said. GE has been picked as the supplier for the Korean Fighter Experimental (KF-X) program, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). 
GE has been selected to provide its F414 engine for South Korea's KF-X next-gen fighter program
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Large Number of Classes in Russian Navy Surface Fleet May Cause Logistic Problems

Numerous classes of littoral warships entering service with and being built for the Russian Navy may cause the service logistic and combat stability problems in the future, a defense industry source told TASS on Tuesday. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Russian armed forces to receive Kornet-M and 9K115 Metis-M1 anti-tank-guided missiles

Russian Armed Forces are receiving new Kornet-M (NATO reporting name: AT-14 Spriggan) and man-portable 9K115-2 Metis-M1 (AT-13 Saxhorn-2) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems, according to a source within Russian defense industry.
Russian-made Kornet AT-14 Spriggan ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile)
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Lockheed Martin to Build Advanced Sonar Systems for U.S. Navy's MK 48 Heavyweight Torpedoes

Lockheed Martin will provide the U.S. Navy the latest advancements in sonar systems under a contract valued at up to $425 million for guidance and control systems for the MK 48 Mod 7 torpedo, part of a five-year effort to increase the inventory of the MK 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedoes for the submarine fleet.

ECA Group provides AUVs and maintenance support to Japan Coast Guards

ECA Group has performed the preventive maintenance service of two ECA Group autonomous underwater vehicles AUV A9-E used by the Japan Coast Guards (JCG) for hydrographic survey and physico-chemical sampling.

Russian Navy Upgrading its Project 949A Oscar II SSGN Submarines into 949AM Variant

Russia has started the multi-year program to upgrade Project 949A (Antey-class, NATO reporting name: Oscar II) nuclear-powered submarines armed with cruise missiles (SSGN), according to a source in Russian defense industry.

DSME & ROK Navy Lay Keel of future KSS-III (Jangbogo III) heavy diesel-electric submarine

The keel laying ceremony of the first KSS-III (Jangbogo III programme) heavy diesel-electric submarine took place May 17 2016 at DSME Geoje shipyard in presence of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) officers, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) representatives and DSME officials. The first steel cutting ceremony for the vessel was held in November 2014.

Italian Navy Sixth FREMM ITS Luigi Rizzo Begins Sea Trials

On May 17, ITS Luigi Rizzo cast off at 7.20 a.m. from Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) for her first sea outing. This activity marks the beginning of the programme of sea trials which will continue until the completion of the ship's outfitting phase. The FREMM frigate is scheduled to be delivered to the Italian Navy in early 2017.