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Sunday, 31 July 2016

HAL successfully flies first Final Operational Configuration upgraded Mirage 2000

Continuing its success on various recent projects, HAL has now flown the first FOC upgraded Mirage-2000 aircraft on July 28, 2016 adhering to the scheduled date of today, the India-based company announced the same day through its website.
HAL has flown the first FOC upgraded Mirage 2000 for the IAF on July 28
(Credit: HAL)
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Lockheed Martin delivered the 30th and final Merlin Mk2 Helicopter to the Royal Navy

The UK Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the 30th upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopter from industry. Lockheed Martin UK joined representatives from the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence for a ceremony to mark the handover of the final airframe at Leonardo's facility in Yeovil, England.

Russian Tank biathlon 2016 international contest began at Alabino range near Moscow

The Russian “Tank biathlon” international contest began at the Alabino range (Moscow Region). Teams of Russia, Kazakhstan, Serbia and India are participating in the first race. The Tank Biathlon World Championship consists of tests of driving, racing and shooting with various vehicles. It features 39 crews from 13 countries.
Tank crew at Tank Biathlon 2016 at Alabino range near Moscow.
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U.S. Air Force releases an official request for a new ICBM InterContinental Ballistic Missile.

The U.S. Air Force releases on Friday, July 29, 2016, an RFP (Request For Proposals) to replace the LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile and the nuclear cruise missile as the military moves ahead with a costly modernization of its aging atomic weapons systems.
LGM-30 Minuteman III ICBM is stored in hardened silos. Image courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Bob Wickley, US Air Force.
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Saturday, 30 July 2016

India on the way to acquire 100 K9 Vajra 155mm 52 calibre tracked self-propelled howitzer.

India is on the way to acquire 100 new K9 Vajra 155mm tracked sel-propelled howitzer for the Indian army. A contract is expected to be signed in the next few months with the South Korean Defense Company Samsung-Techwin and its Indian partner Larsen & Toubro (L&T). 
South Korean K9 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer at defense exhibition in South Korea
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Japan to upgrade its Patriot PAC-3 air defense missile system to increase range and accuracy.

Japan is upgrading its Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) missile defence system to increase range and accuracy needed to intercept more advanced North Korean ballistic missiles. This program represents the most significant upgrade to Japan’s missile defence system in a decade.
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has deploy Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles in and around its capital as a defensive measure to defend against to North Korean Ballistic Missile attack.
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ARDEC engineers have redesigned the recoil system on the M119A3 105mm towed howitzer.

After a year of re-designing the recoil system on the M119A3 105mm Howitzer, Picatinny engineers have made the howitzer safer, simpler and more reliable while also reducing the cost of the recoil system. The M119A3 Howitzer is a lightweight, direct and indirect fire support asset used by the U.S. Army and National Guard’s infantry brigade combat teams.
U.S. Army M119A3 105mm towed howiter was deployed in Afghanistan
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Friday, 29 July 2016

BAE Systems awarded contract to provide Mk 45 naval gun systems for Royal Navy Type 26 Frigate

BAE Systems has received a $245 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide the gun system, known as the Maritime Indirect Fires System (MIFS), for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. This award follows the MOD’s announcement of BAE Systems as the preferred bidder last year after a competitive process.

France will create a new National Guard to response to the new threats of terrorist attacks.

The French President François Hollande has confirmed Thursday, July 28, that a French National Guard would be created from the existing French army reserve forces to response to the new threats of terrorist attacks. 
French army paratroopers patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on March 30, 2016
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Lockheed Martin Delivers Final MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter for Royal Australian Navy

Lockheed Martin has delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the U.S. Navy in support of the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The milestone delivery took place during a July 27 ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York facility.

China would like to strengthen its military cooperation with Cambodia.

Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), met with General Nem Sowath, director general of Cambodian Defense Ministry's Policy and Foreign Affairs Department in Beijing on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission Admiral Sun Jianguo (R) meets with Director General of Cambodian Defense Ministry's Policy and Foreign Affairs Department General Nem Sowath (L) in Beijing on July 28, 2016. (mod.gov.cn/Li Xiaowei)
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Russia reportedly received next-gen "Doomsday Plane"

The Voronezh Aircraft Plant (Russian acronym: VASO, a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation, OAK) has delivered the Ilyushin Il-96-400-based aerial control post to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD), according to media outlets. 
The new Il-96-400-based airborne command post made its maiden flight in April 2016
(Credit: Sergei Pugachev / russianplanes.net)
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Kazakhstan Air Force receives a fifth C-295 transport aircraft

The Kazakhstan Air Force received a fifth Airbus C-295 military transport aircraft, the press service of the ministry of defence of Kazakhstan said on July 29th, 2016. The flight was carried out in three stages through Spain, Greece, Azerbaijan. 
Kazakhstan Air Force's 5th C-295 airlifter recently landed at Almaty airport
(Credit: Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan)
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Russia to deliver BTR-80 armored personnel carriers to UN peacekeepers

Russia’s Military and Industrial Company will deliver a batch of BTR-80 armored personnel carriers to UN peacekeepers, company spokesman Sergei Suvorov told TASS.





Rheinmetall and Tectonica establish partnership for the supply of land 400 Boxer LSWS

Rheinmetall has announced on July 28 a partnership with Melbourne-based defence systems integrator Tectonica Australia Pty Ltd for the development and manufacture of a sophisticated Local Situational Awareness System for the BOXER Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle in response to the Commonwealth of Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 Request For Tender.
The Rheinmetall Boxer at Eurosatory 2016 (Photo Army Recognition)
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GA-ASI conducts first flight at brand-new UAS Training Academy

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) yesterday announced the successful first flight of a company-owned Predator® A at GA-ASI’s new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Flight Training Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on July 28th. 
GA-ASI successfully performed first Predator A training flight at its new UAS Flight Training Academy
(Credit: GA-ASI)
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Russia to upgrade Tigr armored vehicle within five years

Russia may develop a new vehicle on the basis of the Tigr armored vehicle within five years, Vyacheslav Yershov, director of the Russian Military Engineering Center’s Design Department, told TASS.
The Tigr Armored Vehicle during a military parade (Photo Wikipédia)
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American-made M1A1 SA Abrams tank officially entered into service with Moroccan army.

According a video report from Moroccan television Medi 1 TV, July 26, 2016, during an official ceremony the Moroccan army has officially announced that the American-made M1A1 SA Abrams main battle tank is entered in service with its armed forces. 
Screen shot of Media 1 Tv video report with M1A1 SA Abrams main battle tank during the official ceremony, July 26, 2016.
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Embraer's KC-390 airlifter follows toward certification in 2017

The first prototype of the KC-390, next generation multi-mission aircraft by Embraer, returned to Brazil after successfully completing its first international mission, lasting 23 days and flying more than 48 hours. Currently, two KC-390 prototypes accumulated more than 400 flight hours, the Brazil-based company announced yesterday July 28th. 
Embraer's KC-390 medium-size airlifter
(Credit: Embraer)
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Ukraine armed forces take delivery of 24 RQ-11B Raven-B UAVs from United States.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have received a batch of American-made RQ-11B Raven UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). In September 2015, US Department of Defense has approved a contract to the U.S. Company Aerovironment Inc. for the delivery of 30 RQ-11B to Ukraine. 
Sgt. Dane Phelps, from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division prepares to launch the Raven unmanned aerial vehicle during a joint U.S. and Iraqi cordon and search operation in Patika Province, Iraq. (Source US Army)
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Netherlands & Luxembourg purchase two Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircraft

The Netherlands is ready to purchase 2 Airbus tanker/transport aircraft with Luxembourgn, the Dutch Defense Ministry announced today on its website. The aircraft will be NATO property and will be stationed at Eindhoven Air Base for pooling and sharing. Belgium, Germany, Norway and Poland intend to join the agreement at a later date. 
Artist impression of a A330 MRTT refuelling a F-35 Lightning II fighter jet
(Credit: Ministry of Defence of Netherlands)
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Russian land and naval forces will receive armoured vehicles derived from the Bumerang platform

The Russian Army and Marine Corps may receive armored vehicles derived from the Bumerang commonized armored wheeled chassis, according to the Izvestia daily. The Military Industrial Company (VPK), which is the major manufacturer of armored personnel carriers (APC), infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and armored cars for the Russian Armed Forces, has started the preliminary tests of an amphibious APC derived from the Bumerang. 
The K-17 Bumerang is an IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) fitted with a an electrically powered unmanned turret mounted in the centre of the hull. The turret is armed with the 2A42 30mm automatic cannon.
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South Korea's Navy launches new Chamsuri-211 fast patrol boat

According to the local news agency Yonhap, South Korea's Navy launched a new fast patrol boat to help counter North Korea's hovercraft force along its maritime demarcation line, the military said Thursday July 28, 2016.
An artist rendering of South Korea's new Chamsuri-211 fast patrol boat
(Credit: Yonhap)
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USAF F-15 unit complete flight tests with new ADCP II computer operating system

USAF Eglin's Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force completed a historic test mission here July 8 on an aircraft system that will enhance the life and lethality of the F-15, the Egline public affaires team announced on the airbase website. 
Maj. Justin Elliott, 40th Flight Test Squadron F-15 flight commander, prepares to deplane after he piloted the first F-15 equipped with the Advanced Display Core Processor II July 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. 
(Credit: USAF/1st Lt. Daniel Lee)
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Israel's first F-35 Adir fighter jet successfully completes maiden flight

One month after Israel received the new stealth F-35 “Adir” (Hebrew for “Great One”) in Dallas, Texas, the aircraft completed its maiden flight on Tuesday july 27th in the southern US, the Israel-based newspaper Jewishbusinessnews. 
Israel's first F-35 Adir took flight
(Credit: Lockheed Martin)
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DFNDR Armor selects Honeywell Spectra material for new Military and Law Enforcement Body Armor

Honeywell announced on Wednesday July 27 that DFNDR Armor, a leading engineer of U.S.-made advanced body armor systems, is using Honeywell Spectra Shield® ballistic composite materials to create one of the lightest, most high-protection lines of body armor plates available today.


DFNDR Armor is using Honeywell Spectra Shield® ballistic composite materials to create one of the lightest, most high-protection lines of body armor plates available today (Photo DFNDR Armor)

Raytheon launches NSA-certified, next-generation Ethernet encryption system

The National Security Agency has certified Raytheon Company's KG-350 Ethernet encryption system to protect network communications for sensitive information up to Top Secret/SCI classification. The Type 1 certification gives Raytheon authorization to sell the groundbreaking KG-350 encryptor to commercial, military and government customers immediately.

The KG-350 encryptor is ruggedized for tactical vehicle use and fixed-site applications, and is the first to conform to the NSA's new Ethernet Security Specification (ESS) standard (Photo Raytheon)
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Cubic awarded more than $10 Million in orders for I-MILES IWS 2 Training System by the US Army

Cubic Global Defense, a business unit of Cubic Corporation, today announced an award of more than $10 million for new orders of its Instrumentable-Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System Individual Weapon Systems 2 (I-MILES IWS 2) from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) and Army Contracting Command-Orlando (ACC-ORL).

Cubic’s MILES Individual Weapon System (IWS) 2 is the U.S. Army’s latest generation tactical engagement simulation system in use today (Photo Cubic Global Defense) 

Patria AMV35 selected for Australian Army’s Land 400 Program evaluation

The Australian Department of Defence announced on Thursday July 28 that BAE Systems Australia and Land 400 bid partner Patria have been confirmed as one of 2 tenders selected to take part in the 12-month Risk Mitigation Activity for the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 2 combat reconnaissance vehicle program.

The Patria AMV35 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (Photo BAE Systems)
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Analysis : Chinese-made armoured infantry fighting vehicles are based on Russian technologies.

The newest armoured vehicles developed by the Chinese heavy machine-building industry still rely on the Soviet/Russian technologies and technological assets, a source in the Russian defense industry said. The comparison between the Russian and the Chinese armoured vehicles has become an urgent issue in light of the Army Games 2016 competitions organized by Russia`s Ministry of Defense (MoD). The rivalry between the Russian Federation and the PRC (People`s Republic of China) is supposed to be the fiercest one. 
The ZBD-86A is an improved variant of the WZ-501 fitted with a new turret armed with a 30mm cannon.
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Safran signs 7-year contract to support Danish EH101 Merlin engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a seven-year contract with Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), to support 14 RTM 322-powered EH101 Merlin operated by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF). Over 50 engines will now be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP). 
One of the 14 RDAF EH101 Merlin helicopters flying in the Afghan airspace
(Credit: RDAF)
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Malaysia beefs up pilot training capabilities with new H120 and PC-7 MkII aircraft

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) received yesterday, July 27th, two Pilatus PC-7 Mk II aircraft and one H120 - formerly known as EC120 B- to beef up its pilot training capacity, said its chief General Tan Sri Roslan Saad. 
Three more Pilatus PC-7 MkII basic trainer aircraft will be delivered next month
(Credit: Royal Malaysian Air Force)
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Boeing's first production AH-6i Little Bird completes maiden flight

Boeing's pilots flew the first production AH-6i Little Bird light attack and reconnaissance helicopter, the US-based defense giant announced on July 27th, 2016. The AH-6i is an export variant of the AH-6S, which has been designed for the US Army's Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) programme. 
The first production AH-6i light attack and reconnaissance helicopter took to the skies
(Credit: Boeing Defense)
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South Korean Navy takes delivery of 4 Agusta Westland Wildcat Helicopters

According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's Navy said Wednesday it has received an initial delivery of four Wildcat helicopters it purchased as part of its ongoing efforts to beef up its fighting capability.
One of the four Wildcat helicopter delivered to the South Korean Navy at its base in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province (Photo Yonhap News Agency)
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Leidos completes initial performance tests of highly autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel

Leidos, a U.S. security, health, and infrastructure solutions company, announced on July 25, that on June 22, it completed initial performance trials of the technology demonstration vessel it is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. The at-sea tests took place off the coast of San Diego, California.
Leidos has completed initial at-sea performance trials of Sea Hunter, DARPA's Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV (U.S. Navy photo)
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KRET ready to export Rychag-AV airborne jamming station

The Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET), part of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, is planning to start exporting the Rychag-AV jamming station, Vladimir Mikheyev, adviser to the KRET first deputy CEO, told TASS. 
The Rychag-AV jamming station in action
(Credit: KRET)
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Rheinmetall wins major order for ammunition worth over €400 million

The Rheinmetall Group of Düsseldorf has won another major order for ammunition from an international customer. Booked in the second quarter of 2016 and worth over €400 million, the contract runs for seven years. This underscores once again the Group’s global reputation for excellence, which has made it one of the world’s top three makers of military munitions.
Rheinmetall Ammunition showcased at IDEX 2013

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Lockheed Martin's Next Generation Counter-IED System to support U.S. and coalition forces

In today's rapidly changing battlespace, our adversaries are using technology to their advantage to turn the most commonplace devices into explosives. The U.S. Navy recently approved Symphony Block 40, Lockheed Martin's counter-improvised explosive device system, which provides enhanced capabilities that allow partner nations to combat ever-changing threats.
Symphony Block 40 is an open architecture design that incorporates cutting edge technology to address new and emerging threats (Photo Lockheed Martin)
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Chinese ZBD-05 Infantry Fighting Vehicles to participate in Army Games 2016

The ZBD-05 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) of the Chinese People`s Liberation Army (PLA) have been dispatched to Baltiysk (Kaliningrad Territory) to participate in the Naval Landing 2016 competition (a part of the Army Games 2016 drills), according to a source in the Russian defense industry.
The ZBD-05 is an amphibious infantry armoured fighting vehicle base to the chassis of the ZBD2000 famlily
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Syrian Air Force to receive 10 Su-24M2 bombers from Russia

The Syrian Air Force has received a batch of Su-24M2 (NATO reporting name: Fencer-D) frontline bombers supplied by Russia, according to the AMN news agency. "The Syrian Air Force has received several Su-24M2 aircraft supplied by Russia in order to beef up the Damascus` combat capabilities to fight against international terrorism. At present, two Su-24M2 aircraft have been delivered with eight more planes to be transferred in the nearest future," the news agency said.
A RuAF Su-24M2 Fencer frontline bomber
(Credit: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation)
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South Korea and US to expand cooperation in aerospace technologies exchanges

South Korea and the United States will take steps to expand cooperation in defense technology exchanges and the conventional arms trade, the defense ministry said Wednesday. The meeting took place in Washington D.C. on Tuesday (local time). 
In November 2015 the U.S. government gave the approval to exports 21 core technologies needed for the KF-X project
(Credit: KAI) 
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Russian Udar UCGV Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle will be a fully autonomous robotic system

Russian Udar (Strike) Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle (UCGV) developed by the Kovrov-based VNII Signal scientific-research institute will be a fully autonomous robotic system, according to a source in the Russian defense industry.
Russian-made Udar UCGV Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle during live test demonstration in Russia
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Russian Navy commissions Project 20360OS experimental vessel for service

The Project 20360OS Victor Chirkov experimental vessel has passed the official tests and been accepted by the Russian Navy, according to the press office of the Vympel Design Bureau.

Vympel Shipyard in central Russia launched the second Project 21980 anti-sabotage boat

The Vympel Shipyard in Rybinsk in central Russia has floated out the second Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boat, the shipyard’s press office said. "A solemn ceremony of floating out the Project 21980 boat (factory number No. 01222) took place at the shipyard. This is the second out of four anti-sabotage boats the Vympel Shipyard is currently building under a contract signed with the Defense Ministry," the press office said. 

Hellenic Navy, Lockheed Martin & HAI Launch P-3B Orion Modernization and Upgrade Program

The Hellenic Navy, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony today at HAI's facilities here to recognize the official launch of the Hellenic Navy P-3B maritime patrol aircraft modernization and upgrade program. On July 13, the first of two Hellenic Navy P-3B Orions were successfully transferred from Elefsis Air Base to HAI's facilities at Tanagra, Greece, north of Athens.

Shipyard in northwest Russia lays down Project 22220 nuclear powered icebreaker Ural

Baltiysky Zavod JSC (shipyard based in St Petersburg) in northwest Russia has laid down the second serial-produced Project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural, Head of Russia’s nuclear power corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko said.

Lockheed-KAI' second T-50A jet trainer completed initial test flight

Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries successfully completed the initial test flight of its second T-50A configured aircraft in Sacheon, South Korea. The T-50A is the company’s aircraft offering in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition. 
The second T-50A configured aircraft took to the skies in Sacheon, South Korea
(Credit: Lockheed Martin)
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AgustaWestland's AW139 helicopter achieves hot and high altitude trials in Pakistan

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced yesterday July 26th that the AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter showed outstanding hot and high altitude performance and mission capabilities during recent trials in Pakistan, reached on a ferry flight from Italy. 
High altitude performance flights included take-offs and landings on unprepared surfaces at 16,300 feet density altitude and flights at 20,000 ft pressure altitude
(Credit: Leonardo-Finmeccanica)
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U.S. Army performs live firing demonstration of LAV and Flyer combat vehicles with 30mm cannon

A live-fire demonstration of weapon systems mounted on a Flyer ground mobility vehicle prototype and a LAV light armored vehicle combat reconnaissance vehicle prototype took place on Friday, July 15, at Red Cloud Range on Fort Benning. 
A live-fire demonstration of weapon systems mounted on a ground mobility vehicle prototype and a light armored vehicle combat reconnaissance vehicle prototype took place on Friday, July 15, at Red Cloud Range at Fort Benning. (Photo credit U.S. Army)
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Letterkenny U.S. Army Depot to celebrate production of new RG31 4x4 route clearance vehicle.

Last week, the Letterkenny U.S. Army Depot has celebtrated the successful production and roll out of the latest version of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected route clearance vehicle based on RG31 4x4 mine protected vehicle. 
A newly upgraded RG31 rolls off the production floor at Letterkenny Army Depot.
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