Thursday, 30 June 2016

Indo-Israeli newly developed surface-to-air missile 'Barak-8' successfully test-fired

According to The New Indian Express, The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Thursday (June 30) successfully conducted maiden test of newly developed Indo-Israeli Barak-8 Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) from a defence test facility off the Odisha coast.
The Barak-8 showcased at Balt Military Expo 2016
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Live mobility demonstration for wheeled combat armoured vehicles of Renault Trucks Defense

As every two years after Eurosatory, the International Defense and Security Exhibition in Paris, France, the French Company Renault Trucks Defense performs a live mobility demonstration on the field with its latest armoured combat vehicles. This event was attended by many journalists from the International Press. 
Renault Trucks Defense VAB Mk3 (L) and Bastion 4x4 APC (R) at live mobility demonstration of Renault Trucks Defense, Monday, June 20, 2016.
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Russia already eyes on 6th-gen unmanned fighter jet

Russia is working on a new-generation fighter, according to former Russian Air Force Commander-in-Chief Gen. Pyotr Deinekin. "The development of the new-generation fighter began in 2013," the general said, adding that the new aircraft would be unmanned. 

German and Polish Navies sign a submarine cooperation agreement

The German and the Polish Navy signed an agreement that will lead to the establishment of a joint “Submarine Operating Authority”. The latest rapprochement builds on the 1999 military cooperation agreement and the 2013 maritime collaboration agreement.

Royal Navy Second Aircraft Carrier HMS Prince of Wales' Hull Completed

The second of the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy, the Queen Elizabeth Class carrier HMS PRINCE OF WALES, was given the royal seal of approval when HRH The Prince of Wales, (or Duke of Rothesay as he is referred to in Scotland), visited Babcock’s Rosyth Facilities and signalled for the final section to be lowered into place.

Iraq to receive $2.7 billion loan from United States for military equipment

According to NRT TV, Iraq secured a $2.7 billion credit facility from the U.S. to purchase military equipment for the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), the Iraqi Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday (June 29).
U.S. and Iraqi military service members inspect Humvees and logistical support vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq, March 26, 2008,This equipment was procured by the Ministry of Defence through the foreign military sales program (Photo US Army) 
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Thales wins $107 mn contract to support British Army's Watchkeeper UAVs

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded Thales a $107 million contract to deliver Support to the British Army’s combat proven Watchkeeper Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The Support Contract will provide technical support over the coming years and provide important additional capacity for training in order to generate operational capability.
British Army's Watchkeeper UAV (Credit: Thales Group)
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Russia receives another batch of Mi-8ATMSh combat and transport helicopters

Russian Helicopters Group has delivered the first batch of Mil Mi-8AMTSh transport and attack rotorcraft to Russia’s Defense Ministry, the group’s press office said. Russian Helicopters Group is a subsidiary of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec. 
A Russian Armed Forces' Mi-8AMTSH combat and transport helicopter
(Credit: Russian Helicopters)
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Russia’s Project 971 Akula-class Submarine K-175 Vepr to join Navy in 2016 after repairs

The Northern Fleet’s K-157 Project 971 nuclear-powered submarine Vepr will join Russia’s Navy in 2016 after repairs, the Zvyozdochka Shipyard said in an annual report published on the Corporate Information Disclosure Center’s website. 

South Korea's Air Force about to open new cyber security center

South Korea's Air Force (ROKAF) said Thursday it will establish a cyber security center this week to take charge of combating hacking attacks and preventing leaks of military secrets. The Cyber Protection Center set to open on Friday will bring together the Air Force's cyber security forces to operate an advanced monitoring system around the clock, according to the Air Force.
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US Navy awarded Fincantieri Marine Group design studies for LCU and T-ATS(X)

Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG)) was awarded two contracts by the US Naval Sea Systems Command, for Design Studies & Analyses Services in support of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and the new class of Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship T-ATS(X).

Elphinstone Group unveils prototype of armoured vehicle for Australian tender Land 400 phase 3.

The Tasmanian Company Elphinstone Group unveils the prototype of its new armoured vehicle for the Australian tender Land 400 Phase 3. The group has joined forces with the Australian branch of Israeli-based company Elbit Systems for the tender to build 225 of the Sentinel II vehicles for the Australian Defence Force over five years.
The new Sentinel II prototype 8x8 armoured vehicle for Australian tender Land 400 Phase 3 (Source picture ABC News: Sallese Gibson)
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Russia develops air-independent propulsion unit for diesel-electric submarines

Russia’s Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering developed an air-independent propulsion unit for diesel-electric submarines in 2015, according to the design bureau’s annual report published on the Corporate Information Disclosure Center’s website.

Two more dual-control Mi-28NE combat helicopters handed over to Algeria

Algeria took the delivery of two more Mil Mi-28NE 'Night Hunter' combat helicopters in late June, according to the local media outlets. "Algeria received two dual-control Mi-28NE combat helicopters from Russia in late June, 2016. The delivery was fulfilled within time limits specified by Moscow and Algiers," the MenaDefense local media said. 
One of the two last Mi-28NE combat helicopters recently delivered to Algeria
(Credit: MenaDefense)
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Thales wins $107 mn contract to support British Army's Watchkeeper UAVs

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded Thales a $107 million contract to deliver Support to the British Army’s combat proven Watchkeeper Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The Support Contract will provide technical support over the coming years and provide important additional capacity for training in order to generate operational capability. 
British Army's Watchkeeper UAV
(Credit: Thales Group)
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Tidespring, The First Tide Class (MARS) Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tanker Started Sea Trials

A picture was released this week showing the future RFA Tidespring (A 136), the first of four new MARS (Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability) tankers in builder sea trials off South Korea with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). The tanker is expected in Falmouth, UK, later this year for military customisation. 

MQ-8B Fire Scout VTOL UAS deploys with new radar capability

The MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter recently deployed with the USS Coronado (LCS-4) to begin flight operations using its new maritime surveillance radar. The AN/ZPY-4(V)1 radar, built by Telephonics Corporation, will be used to improve the situational awareness of the Fire Scout operators and the ship’s crew in maritime and littoral environments. The AN/ZPY-4(V)1 will also improve Fire Scout’s target classification for maritime and overland targets. 

US Navy CNO met with French Navy Chief in Paris, Gave Award to CVN Charles de Gaulle

On June 24th, the French Navy (Marine Nationale) chief of staff, Admiral Bernard Rogel, welcomed his US Navy counterpart, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson in Paris. This visit was an opportunity to highlight the excellent cooperation between the two navies who are conducting joint operations on every seas of the world with an unprecedented level of interoperability.

MBDA Italia signs 1 billion euros plus contract to supply missiles to the Qatar Emiri Navy

MBDA Italia has signed today a contract worth more than 1 billion euros to supply the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) with missiles for their new naval vessels recently procured from Fincantieri. In this respect, MBDA will be supplying the QENF in due course with Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles as well as Aster 30 Block 1 and VL MICA air defence missiles.

Turkish Company Otokar has received new order for Cobra 2 4x4 tactical armoured vehicles

Turkish Defense Company Otokar has received a new order from Turkey for the delivery of new Cobra 2 4x4 armoured vehicle personnel carrier. In December 2015, Otokar has announced a first contract of Cobra 2 for the Turkish Ministry of Defence.
Turkish-made Otokar Cobra 2 4x4 tactical armoured vehicle at Eurosatory 2016, the international land and airland defence and security exhibition in Paris, France.
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FNSS and Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries sign contract for Anti-Tank Vehicle Project

Contract negotiations held with FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S. in relation to the Anti-Tank Vehicle Project, which were initiated by the Defense Industry Executive Committee’s decision taken on March 9, 2016, have recently been concluded, and the project contract was officially signed on June 27, 2016, at a ceremony held in the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries. 
The FNSS PARS 4x4 will probably be used as the basis for the project’s wheeled type anti-tank vehicle (Photo FNSS)

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Iraq receives new batch of Mi-28NE attack helicopters

Russia supplied Iraq with a new batch of Mi-28NE "Night Hunter" military helicopters, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. "These helicopters will make a great contribution in support of ground forces in their operations aimed at targeting terrorist positions and destroying [their] armoured vehicle packed with explosives," the ministry said in a statement published on its website. 
One of the Mi-28NEs recently delivered to the Iraqi Armed Forces
(Credit: Iraqi Ministry of Defence)
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New Guided Missile Destroyer Project for ROC Navy Emerges out of Taiwan

Pictures of a scale model and computer renderings of a new guided-missile destroyer project for the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy (ROC Navy) emerged last week in the 中国军事中國軍事武器 (China Military Chinese Weapon) magazine. This new destroyer project is in line with Taiwan's new naval acquisition plan which was unveiled late last year. The new plan called for four new destroyers (among other vessels).

USAF showcased first HH-60G Pave Hawk Operational Loss Replacement helicopter

The US Air Force introduced the first of 21 fully built HH-60G Pave Hawk Operational Loss Replacement (OLR) helicopters June 28 at a ceremony in Huntsville, Alabama. The HH-60G is used to conduct combat search and rescue operations. The OLR program will restore the service’s HH-60G fleet to its authorized size, replacing aircraft lost in nearly 15 years of deployed combat operations since 9/11. 
Members of the 33rd Rescue Squadron fly an HH-60G Pave Hawk at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 20, 2012 
(Credit: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Sara Csurilla)
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Bur small-sized grenade launcher entered in service with Russian anti-terrorist units.

Russia`s counter-terrorist units have brought into service Bur multipurpose grenade launcher developed by Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (Russian acronym: KBP, a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding), according to the Izvestia newspaper.
Russian-made Bur small-sized grenade launcher system
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Rockwell Collins connects US, UK and France operations during LVC training

Rockwell Collins today took Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) training to a new level when the company connected simulators and live aircraft in France, the U.K. and the U.S. during a media event in Toulouse, France. LVC provides interoperability under critical conditions so warfighters on the ground, in the air and at sea can all train simultaneously, no matter where they are. 
Rockwell Collins' Live Virutal and Constructive training provides interoperability under critical conditions so warfighters on the ground, in the air and at sea can all train simultaneously, no matter where they are
(Credit: Rockwell Collins)
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TsNIITochMash Udav pistol may replace Makarov PM pistol in service with Russian Armed Forces

The newest Udav pistol being developed by TsNIITochMash design bureau may partially replace Makarov PM (Pistolet Makarova) pistol in service with Russian Armed Forces, according to a source in indigenous defense industry.
The Makarov PM (Pistolet Makarova) pistol (Photo Wikipédia)
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PZL-Swidnik handed over W-3PL Gluszec and W-3RM Anakonda choppers to Poland

PZL-Swidnik, a Leonardo-Finmeccanica company, handed over to the Polish Armed Forces the last in the second series of four W-3PL Gluszec helicopters, which will bring the total number of Gluszec helicopters in the service of the Polish Army to eight. 
PZL-Swidnik delivered the eighth W-3PL Gluszec gunship helicopter to the Polish armed forces
(Credit: Ministry of Defense of Poland)
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Russian armed forces will receive more Iskander-M SS-26 Stone tactical ballistic missile.

Russia’s Army has received another set of the Iskander-M (NATO reporting name: SS-26 Stone) tactical ballistic missile system, the press office of the Machine-Building Design Bureau told TASS. The Machine-Building Design Bureau, part of Russia’s Precision Systems Group, is the producer of the Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile system.
Russian army Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile
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DRDO Developed Varunastra Heavy Weight Torpedo Joins Indian Navy

India's DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) formaly handed over to the Indian Navy in a ceremony attended by India's defense minister Manohar Parrikar. According to the DRDO, Varunastra is the first indigenous state-of -the-art heavy weight ship launched anti-submarine electric torpedo designed and developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), a premier lab of DRDO. It is capable of targeting quiet and stealthy submarines, both in deep and littoral waters in intense countermeasure environment.

Serbia takes delivery of two Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters

Russian Helicopters holding has delivered two Mi-17V-5 medium military-transport helicopters to Serbia, according to the company`s press department. "Both Mi-17V-5 rotor-wing aircraft for Serbia were produced by Kazan Helicopter Plant (Russian acronym: KVZ, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters). Russia and Serbia signed the contract to supply two Mi-17V-5 helicopters to Belgrade in September 2015," Russian Helicopters` official spokeperson said. 
The two Mi-17V-5 helicopters are parked in the hangar of JAT Tehnika at the Belgrade Airport
(Credit: Serbian Government)
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Analysis: Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov Refit and Upgrade

The 35th Shipyard, an affiliate of the Zvyozdochka Shipyard (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC), is starting its preparations for upgrading the Project 11435 (NATO reporting name: Kuznetsov-class) heavy through-deck cruiser, according to the Izvestia daily.

Russian Shipyard continues to build 2nd production Project 12700 Mine Counter Measure Vessel

The Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard (SNSZ, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) carries on building the second production-standard Project 12700 minesweeper, according to the shipyard’s press office. 

Euronaval 2016 opening colloquium: Together for Safe and Secure Oceans

In partnership with the European Defence Agency (EDA), the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and l’Institut Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM), we will be happy to welcome you on October 18th 2016 at Paris - le Bourget from 02:00 pm to attend at the colloquium: Together for Safe and Secure Oceans.

Rheinmetall from Germany unveils new 130mm/L51 gun to counter to new modern combat vehicles

At Eurosatory 2016, the German Company Rheinmetall unveils its new 130mm/L51 gun to counter new Russian combat vehicles based on the Armata heavy tracked platform. Prompted by initial considerations for a future MBT, Rheinmetall's Weapons and Ammunition division launched a company-financed 130mm demonstrator programme last year to confirm the anticipated significant increase in performance against modern threats. 
New German-made Rheinmetall 130mm/L51 unveiled at Eurosatory 2016, the international land and airland defence and security exhibition in Paris, France. (Source Miltechmag)
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Vietnam receives Russian tank transporters

Vietnam has received a batch of Russian KZKT-7428 Rusich heavy tractors, according to the local media outlets.
The wheeled recovery vehicle KET-T on KZKT-74281-012-chassis (Photo Wikipédia)
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AJAX programme successfully completes air portability trials

General Dynamics Land Systems-UK has completed initial air portability trials for the AJAX family of vehicles at the Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit (JADTEU) at Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton.
ARES loaded onto A400M Atlas mock up at RAF Brize Norton (Photo General Dynamics Land Systems)
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Visitor Registration Now Open for EURONAVAL 2016

Four months before the opening of Euronaval in Paris / Le Bourget in October, visitor registration is now open for industry professionals. Sign up and visit the event to discover the 25th edition of the largest international gathering of naval defense technology.

Elbit Systems’ Seagull USV Successfully Completes Torpedo Launch Trials

Elbit Systems completed recently a trial test torpedo launch from its Seagull multi-mission, autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel(USV) system. The trial, performed out of Israel's Haifa port,demonstrated the capability of Seagull to install and launch lightweight torpedoes, adding to the advanced capabilities of the USV, which is designed to carry out unmanned maritime missions, such as protection of critical sea areas and high-value assets against submarines and sea mine threats.

Lithuanian Armed Forces have tested Boxer 8x8 armoured fitted with Israeli Samson Mk2 turret.

On June 22, 2016, Chief of Defence of Lithuania, Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and a delegation from the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces attended a fields tests of Boxer prototype in infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) version designed and manufactured by the German industrial group ARTEC.
The Boxer 8x8 multirole armoured vehicle fitted with Israeli-made turret Samson Mk 2 during trial tests in Lithuania.
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Navy Recognition selected as Official Online Show Daily & WebTV for EURONAVAL 2016

The 25th International Naval Defence & Maritime Exhibition & Conference, EURONAVAL 2016, has selected Navy Recognition as Official Online Show Daily and WebTV. EURONAVAL 2016 will be held from 17 to 21 October 2016 at the Paris Le Bourget exhibition center in France.

Hesco Armor achieves certification standards for its hard ballistic resistant body armor 6280616

Hesco Armor, Inc. achieves ISO 9001:2008 and BA 9000:2012 certification standards for the design and manufacture of hard ballistic resistant body armor.
US Soldiers on operation, protected using HESCO Body Armor (Photo Hesco Group)
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Israeli-made Plasan Sandcat 4x4 armoured vehicle now in service with Azerbaijan armed forces.

Azerbaijan has recently acquired 4x4 armoured vehicles Sandcat designed and manufactured by the Israeli Company Plasan. The vehicles was showcased for the first time during a ceremony, June 25, 2016 attended by the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. 
Israeli-made 4x4 armoured vehicles Plasan Sandcat unveiled during a ceremony in Azerbaijan. 
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Belgian F-16s about to start raids against IS targets in Syria and Iraq

Six Belgian F-16 fighter jets have left the Kleine Brogel airbase in Belgium yesteday June 27th for a Jordanian airbase, where they will carry out raids against IS targets in Syria and Iraq, Belgian media reported. Previously Belgian jets had only been deployed in operations against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq. From now on they will also attack IS targets in Syria. 
Belgium sent 8 F-16 fighter jets - two in reserve - in Jordan to resume bombing missions in Iraq and start raids in the Syrian airspace
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Insitu to provide ScanEagle UAS Services to U.S. Coast Guard

Insitu will provide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) services via ScanEagle aboard one Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) with three, one-year options following a contract award announcement this week. 

Lithuanian Armed Forces receives PzH2000 self-propelled howitzers

On Friday June 24, the Lithuanian Armed Forces have received 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers PzH2000 (Panzerhaubitze 2000) from the German Armed Forces. These are the first of the 16 155mm self-propelled howitzers purchased by the Lithuanian Armed Forces from the German Armed Forces under a contract signed in September 2015, 5 more have been purchased for training and spare parts.
The PzH 2000 is a 155mm self-propelled howitzer designed, developped and manufactured by the German Company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) together with Rheinmetall Defence (Photo Wikipédia)
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Russia’s large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren LST at sea for first time during trials

Russia’s Project 11711 large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren built at the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad in west Russia has gone to the Baltic Sea for the first time during its running trials, shipyard spokesman Sergei Mikhailov told TASS. 

US expands aerial reconnaissance along the inter-Korean border

The United States' forces stationed in South Korea have expanded their aerial reconnaissance along the inter-Korean border following North Korea's recent launch of Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBM), official sources said Monday, June 27th. 
Airmen assigned to the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron perform last-minute checks on a U-2 Dragon Lady before it takes off Oct. 23, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea
(Credit: USAF/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)
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AMDR AN/SPY-6 Array Delivered to U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility

The U.S. Navy installed a new AN/SPY-6 radar at the Advanced Radar Development Evaluation Laboratory (ARDEL) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) June 6. The delivery and installation of the AN/SPY-6 radar at ARDEL followed the successful completion of Near Field Range testing in Sudbury, Massachusetts in late May, and marks the beginning of the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) program's next phase of execution that includes live test campaigns at PMRF -- involving air and surface targets as well as Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) flight tests. 

Monday, 27 June 2016

RAF Tornado aircraft used Storm Shadow missiles against Daesh for the first time

Royal Air Force's Tornado fighter jets used Storm Shadow missiles against a very large concrete bunker in western Iraq, Typhoons destroyed a smaller bunker, and a Reaper struck targets in the north, the British Ministry of Defence announced yesterday June 27th. 
A RAF Tornado GR4 fighter jet fitted with two Storm Shadow missiles
(Credit: UK Ministry of Defense/Crown)
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