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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

China to Deliver Eight S20 Submarines to Pakistan Navy based on PLAN's Type 039A SSK

According to various media, China will provide eight submarines to Pakistan for securing the coastal areas. This was disclosed in a briefing to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence by Pakistan Navy chaired by Sheikh Rohale Asghar in Islamabad on Friday.

Company Kalashnikov to develop new semi-automatic sniper rifle for Russian army.

The Kalashnikov Group (the Kalashnikov Concern, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation) is developing new semi-automatic and manually-operated sniper rifles for Russia`s military, according to a source in the Russian defense industry.
Russian-made K-16 semi-automatic sniper carbine.
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Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) Returning to Pearl Harbor Following Engine Problems

The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) experienced an engineering casualty today while transiting to the Western Pacific. The crew took precautionary measures, and the ship is currently returning to Pearl Harbor to determine the extent of the problem and conduct repairs. Coronado is operating under her own power and is being escorted by USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187).

China reportedly got rights to locally produce An-225 strategic cargo aircraft

According to the Chinese newspaper "Economic Information Daily" published today August 31, the Hong Kong-based company China Airspace Industry Group Ltd signed a collaboration agreement with the Ukrainian company Antonov, on August 30 in Beijing to establish production sites of the An-225 heavy lift aircraft in China. 
An Antonov An-225 Mriya strategic cargo aircraft
(Credit: Antonov Company)
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Company Otokar from Turkey to submit final offer to start mass production of Altay main battle tank

According the Turkish Newspaper website Daily Sabah, the Turkish Defense Company Otokar has submitted its final offer to start the mass production of the Turkish-made main battle tank Altay. Altay is a third generation main battle tank designed and developed in Turkey under the Milli Tank Üretim Projesi ALTAY (MITÜP ALTAY) programme (Altay National Tank Project). 
Altay main battle tank at Otokar booth during IDEF 2015 defense exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey
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Undisclosed Middle Eastern nation orders L-3's MX-10D targeting systems for its Black Hawks

L-3 Communications announced yesterday that its Integrated Sensor Systems (ISS) sector within its Electronic Systems segment has been selected under a U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to provide eight WESCAM MX-10D electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) designating turrets to a Middle Eastern nation’s Ministry of Defense. 
A L-3 WESCAM MX-10D EO/IR targeting system mounted on MDHI's MD-530G light attack helicopter
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Lithuania MoD to acquire new batch of German G-36 assault rifles and HK269 grenade launchers

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence has signed an agreement on procurement of another batch of automatic rifles G-36 and under-barrel 40 mm HK269 grenade launchers procurement with German company Heckler & Koch GmbH.
German-made HK G-36 assault rifle with under-barrel 40 mm HK269 grenade launcher
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India plans to invest $300mn in new Su-30MKI spart part supply center

India is planning to invest more than 20 billion rupees ($300 million) in setting up a spare part supply center for the Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet with the help of Russia, a source in the Indian Defense Ministry told TASS. The spare part supply center is planned to be set up on the premises of India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the source added. 
An Indian air force SU-30MKI jet touches down at Mountain Home Air Force Base train with US Air Force Airmen before participating in Exercise Red Flag at Nellis AFB
(Credit: USAF/Airman 1st Class Ryan Crane)
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Turkey in talks with Italian-French consortium Eurosam to purchase SAMP/T Aster 30 missile system

According the Turkish newspaper website Daily Sabah, Turkey is in talks with the Italian-French consortium Eurosam to purchase the SAMP/T Aster 30, a long-range missile defense system. The SAMP/T is produced by Eurosam, a 50:50 joint venture between MBDA and Thales.
French army mobile launcher unit of SAMP/T surface-to-air defense missile system 
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Sikorsky secures new US Army order for 14 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, has been awarded a $158,431,341 modification to a previous contract to exercise an option for 14 UH-60M Black Hawk tactical transport helicopters, the US DoD announced yesterday August 30 on its website. 
Two U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Tigershark fly over Logar province, Afghanistan
(Credit: US Army/Capt. Peter Smedberg)
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General Dynamics lands a $39mn contract for MK82/84 bombs bodies delivery

The US-based defense contractor General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a $39,258,206 modification to a previous foreign military sales contract for Mk 82 and Mk 84 bomb bodies deliveries to four countries, the US Department of Defense announced yesterday August 30 on its website. 
Three Mk 84 bombs fitted with JDAM kits mounted on a USAF B-52 strategic bomber
(Credit: USAF)
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U.S. and India signed an agreement to use each other's military bases for repair and supplying.

The United States and India on Monday, August 29, 2016, signed a logistics agreement that will enable their military forces to use each other's bases for repair and replenishment of supplies. The move "comes just weeks after India was designated a major defence partner of the United States during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's June visit to Washington," the Pentagon said.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Indian Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar obsersve the national anthem of India during an honor cordon at the Pentagon, Aug. 29. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee) 
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F-35C Completes developmental test phase (DT-III) Ahead of Schedule

The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) completed the third and final shipboard developmental test phase (DT-III) for the F-35C Lightning II aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) Aug. 25 - one week earlier than scheduled.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

US Navy and Royal Thai Navy Procuring Additional MK 54 torpedoes from Raytheon

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $37,723,774 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, cost and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of MK 54 lightweight torpedo common parts kits; MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo kits; and MK 54 exercise fuel tanks, spares, production support material, engineering support, and hardware repair support.

Project 636.3 submarines cover amphibious landing on Crimean beach during snap inspection

Two Project 636.3 (NATO reporting name: Improved Kilo-class) diesel-electric submarines of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet have covered an amphibious landing operation in Crimea as part of the ongoing snap inspection of the Russian Armed Forces, the Defense Ministry’s press office told journalists. 

Virginia-class Block III attack submarine Illinois (SSN 786) Delivered Early to the US Navy

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of PCU Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th submarine of the Virginia-class, on Aug. 27, early to its contract delivery date. Illinois is the ninth consecutive Virginia-class submarine to deliver early to the U.S. Navy. Illinois is the third Block III submarine of the series, featuring a revised bow with a Large Aperture Bow (LAB) sonar array, as well as technology from Ohio-class SSGNs (the Virginia Payload Module: 2 VLS tubes each containing 6 missiles)

France sends four Mirage 2000 fighter jets in Lithuania for NATO air-policing mission

Four French Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jets arrived at the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Siauliai, northern Lithuania, on Sunday August 28 before beginning NATO's four-month air-policing mission in the Baltic nations. The jets made a successful landing before 6 p.m. on Sunday, Ieva Gulbiniene, public relations officer at the air base, told the local media BNS Lithuania. 
A FAF Mirage 2000-5F fighter jet landing in Lithuania on August 28, 2016
(Credit: Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania)
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Ukraine defense industry presents new UAV Gorlysta and new UGV Phantom

Ukraine defense industry presents latest development of unmmaned aircraft “Gorlytsa” and unmanned ground vehicle "Phantom"to the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Alexander Turchinov.
New Ukrainian-made Gorlytsa UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
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3rd generation of surface-to-air missile ready to enter in service with the Chinese armed forces.

During a military exercise, a missile division of the Chinese Air Force fired a 3rd-generation surface-to-air missiles independently developed by China and able to hit American U-2 ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft, according a statement on August 28, 2016, from Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, spokesperson for the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force.
Chinese HQ-12 surface-to-air defense missile system
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Canada acquires five RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial systems

The Government of Canada announced on August 26 that it is buying 5 RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial surveillance systems, through a government-to-government contractual arrangement (U.S. Foreign Military Sales program) with the U.S. Government. The contract, which is valued at US$14.2 million, includes initial training. 
Insitu's RQ-21A Blackjack is already in service with US Navy and Royal Netherlands Army
(Credit: Insitu)
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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Design Work For LX(R) Class Of Amphibious Ships

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $13.7 million contract (with incremental funding) to perform contract design effort for the U.S. Navy’s amphibious warfare ship replacement, known as LX(R).

Monday, 29 August 2016

Lockheed lands a $287mn USAF contract for additional C-130J airlifters

The US-based contractor Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $287,192,281.00 US Air Force contract for an additional five C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft, the US Department of Defense announced on August 26, 2016. 
MC-130J Command IIs assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron fly in formation Feb. 17, 2016, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan
(USAF/Senior Airman Peter Reft)
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U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Nuclear-Submarine AN/BVY-1 Imaging System

The US Department of Defence announced Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training is being awarded a $126,292,178 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-6247) to exercise an option for engineering services and support of the AN/BVY-1 Integrated Submarine Imaging System (ISIS) program. 

RADA to Cooperate with Artis on Tactical Radars for Active Protection

RADA Electronic Industries of Netanya, Israel (NASDAQ: RADA), a developer and provider of tactical radars for the maneuver force, will provide its CHR-based RPS-10 radar system to Artis LLC. of Herndon, VA for integration and testing with its "Iron Curtain" close-in Active Protection System (APS).

CHR-based RPS-10 Radar System Photo (RADA Electronic Industries)
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Iran to deploy Russian-made S-300PMU2 air defense missile system to protect nuclear facility.

Sunday, August 28, 2016, a video footage from the Iran’s state television has showed the deployment of the new S-300-PMU2 air defense missile system in the country. According FARS , the Iranian News Agency, the system was deployed to central Iran to protect its Fordo nuclear facility.
Screenshot video footage from the Iran’s state television about the deployment of S-300PMU2 TEL (Transporter Erector Launcher) air defense missile system.
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Harpoon-Fitted Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado Deploys for Western Pacific

The Independence-class Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Aug. 26 to continue its independent deployment to the Western Pacific. The ship's departure follows participation in exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016, in which the ship successfully completed a Harpoon Block 1C missile LCS-based launch.

Lithuania's BOXER vehicles to receive Rafael's Samson Mk II Weapon Stations with Spike launchers

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., developer and manufacturer of land, air and naval systems, has won a contract to supply its advanced Samson Mk II Remote Weapon Stations to the Lithuanian armed forces, as part of a deal that was signed to provide Lithuania with 88 high-protection BOXER vehicles starting in 2017.

The Lituanian Boxer vehicles will be equipped with the Samson MK II Weapon station (Photo Rafael)

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Navantia signs the Future Frigate Participant Services Contract for Australia's SEA 5000 Program

The Commonwealth of Australia and Navantia have signed an agreement for the Risk Reduction and Design Study (RRDS) Phase for the SEA 5000 Future Frigate Program. This is part of the Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP) being conducted by the Australian Department of Defence for the SEA5000 Future Frigate Program. The Commonwealth has also entered into similar agreements with each of Fincantieri and BAE Systems.

China founds AECC state-owned aircraft engine maker

China established yesterday the state-owend company Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) on Sunday. Founded in Beijing, the AECC received investment from the State Council, the Beijing Municipal Government, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, with registered capital of 50 billion yuan (7.5 billion U.S. dollars). 
China's WS-10 military aircraft engine
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Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom Suffers Main Propulsion Diesel Engine Problem

The U.S. Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) experienced a casualty to one of the ship's main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) on July 11 caused by a leak from the attached seawater pump mechanical seal that resulted in seawater entering the engine lube oil system.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Iran unveils indigenously made Roham VTOL UAV

Iran’s Defense Ministry on Saturday unveiled a homegrown Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities used for aerial photography. The Iranian drone, dubbed Roham, was unveiled along with six other defense-related products at a ceremony held on the occasion of the Government’s Week. Roham has been developed for taking aerial photographs over difficult terrains, where landing and take-off is impossible for other types of aircraft. 
Iran's new Roham VTOL drone
(Credit: Ali Khodaei)
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Ukraine has taken delivery of 5 M1152 Humvee in ambulance configuration from United States

According a statement of the Ukrainain Ministry of Defense, from August 27, 2016, the International Center for Peacemaking and Safety in the Lviv region has take the delivery of five M1152 Humvee ambulance from United States. 
American-made M1152 Humvee ambulance for the Ukrainian army
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Indonesia has performed live firing tests with Chinese-made Type 90 35mm anti-aicraft gun.

According Chinese Internet source, Indonesian Marine Corps conducted a live-fire testing on Chinese-made Type 90 twin-barreled 35 mm towed anti-aircraft gun on August 12, 2016. The test was conducted at a beach in the Sukabumi regency of West Java. Present at the test site were technicians from China North Industries (NORINCO), manufacturer of this air defense system.
Chinese army Type 90 35mm (PG99) 35mm anti-aicraft twin-gun.
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U.S. Navy's F-35C Continues Carrier Qualifications and At-Sea Testing with USS George Washington

The jet blast from seven F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft only added to the already intense summer heat and humidity on the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73), Aug. 15, where the third and final round of at-sea developmental testing, or DT-III, was underway about 100 miles offshore from Virginia.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Ukrainian army has successfully test-fires new guided missile Vilha from BM-30 Smerch MLRS.

Ukrainian army has test-fired a new guided missile "Vilha" from Soviet-made BM-30 Smech MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System). Ukrainian military officials said that he missile has a range of up to 300 kilometers, and can be armed with various types of warheads, including nuclear.
The new guided missile Vilha fires from the Soviet-made BM-30 Smerch MLRS.
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Video: Fifth batch of PLAN pilots qualify for Liaoning aircraft carrier flight certification

According to an official statement by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) released this morning, a new batch of naval aviation pilots achieved their first landings and takeoffs aboard aircraft carrier Liaoning. These young J-15 pilots obtained their flight certification that allows them to conduct operation from and to the Chinese aircraft carrier.

Friday, 26 August 2016

VPK from Russia has designed new 30mm remote-controlled weapon station for Tigr 4x4 armored

Russia’s military-industrial company VPK LLC has designed a remote controlled version of the wheeled armored vehicle Tigr, armed with a 30-mm gun, CEO Aleksandr Krasovitsky told TASS. The remote-controlled Tigr is currently undergoing test runs and firing tests, and has performed impressively so far.
Tigr 4x4 armored vehicle fitted a remote controlled weapon station armed with a 30mm automatic cannon
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Russian Company VPK has delivered a batch of Tigr 4x4 armoured vehicles to Slovakia.

Russia’s Military Industrial Company (VPK) has delivered to Slovakia a batch of Tigr armored vehicles, Director General Alexander Krasovitsky said in an interview with TASS. The Tigr is a 4x4 armored vehicles designed and manufactured by the Arzamas Machine-Building Enterprise (part of VPK) in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region since 2005. 
Tigr GAZ-2975 is the police version in the Tigr family.
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Russia plans to equip Tu-22M3 long-range bombers with new Kh-32 cruise missile

Russia is finalizing the trials of a sophisticated cruise missile designated as Kh-32 and intended to equip the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic long-range bomber fleet, according to the Izvestia daily. Once launched, the product of the Raduga Design Bureau climbs to an altitude of 40 km, to the stratosphere, to dive on the target at a steep angle. 
A RuAF Tu-22M3 long-range bomber carrying two Kh-32 cruise missiles
(Source: Internet)
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New Iranian-made Karrar MBT Main Battle Tank unveiled by local television footage.

First footage of the Iranian Television "Telewebion" has unveiled the new Iranian-made Karrar MBT (Main Battle Tank) which is full designed and manufactured in Iran. The layout of the Karrar seems to be similar to the Russian made T-90MS but with some specific features.
Printscreen of Iranian television footage about the new Karrar MBT (Main Battle Tank)
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ARDEC helps develop safer, extended range rocket-assisted artillery round

The Army is developing a new 155 mm artillery round that will extend cannon range to more than 24 miles (40km), with the added benefits of greater safety for service members and the ability to deliver near-precision strike capability. The XM1113 Insensitive Munition High Explosive Rocket Assisted Projectile, or XM1113 RAP, will replace the aging M549A1 rounds produced in the 1970s and 1980s and help U.S. Soldiers and Marines maintain battlefield overmatch.

The XM1113 consists of a high fragmentation steel body with a streamlined ogive, the curved portion of a projectile between the fuze well and the bourrelet, and a high performance rocket motor. The projectile body is filled with insensitive munition high explosive and a supplementary charge. On gun launch, propellant gases initiate a delay device that will ignite the rocket motor, boosting velocity at an optimal time in the trajectory to maximize range (Photo Ardec).
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GA-ASI's new UAS Flight Training Academy graduates first aircrews

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) yesterday announced that the company's new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Flight Training Academy graduated its first cadre of GA-ASI aircrews on August 12th. 
Artistic rendering of the GA-ASI UAS Flight Training Academy
(Credit: GA-ASI)
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Russia to Activate a Coastal Defense Division Across from Alaska in 2018

The Russian Defense Ministry is planning the activation of a coastal defense division in Chukotka in 2018, the minister, Sergei Shoigu, has told journalists. "A coastal defense division is planned for activation in the Chukotka area of operations in 2018," he said. 

USAF will send F-15 fighter jets in Bulgaria for air policing mission

The US Air Force and the Bulgarian Air Force will jointly conduct air policing to protect Bulgarian airspace starting on 9 September 2016. Two US F-15 fighter jets will join Bulgaria’s MIG-29s for a week on this mission, which is part of NATO’s enhanced air policing measures for eastern Allies. 
A California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle assigned to the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, flies over the flightline at Campia Turzii, Romania, July 23, 2016
(Credit: USAF/Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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Northrop Grumman Demonstrates New Maritime Capabilities at US Navy Technology Exercise

Northrop Grumman Corporation demonstrated new cross domain approaches for autonomous undersea, surface and air vehicles to advance the Anti-Submarine Warfare mission during this year’s Annual Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Ministry of Defense from Russia will get 323 BTR-82AM armoured personnel carrier in 2016-2018.

Russia`s Ministry of Defense (MoD) will get 323 BTR-82AM armoured personnel carriers (APC) in 2016-2018, according to a source in the indigenous defense industry. "In April 2016, the 81st Armour Repairing Plant (Russian acronym: BTRZ, Bronetankovyi Remontnyi Zavod, a subsidiary of the Uralvagonzavod research-production corporation) and the Russian MoD signed the contract for 323 BTR-82AM APCs to be delivered in 2016-2018.
The BTR-82AM is an upgraded version of BTR-80 to the standard of BTR-82A
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Sixth Project 21631 Buyan M-class Corvette Launched by Gorky Shipyard

The Gorky Shipyard in Zelenodolsk floated the sixth small missile boat of project 21631 (Buyan-M code) named Vyshni Volochek, a source in the military-defense complex said.

Afghan Air Force receives final batch of MD 530F light attack helos

Four new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters arrived at Hamid Karzai International Airport Aug. 25, 2016, via a USAF C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The four helicopters, scheduled to be the final four delivered to the Afghan air force, brings the AAF total number of MD 530Fs to 27, the USAF 438th Air Expeditionary Wing announced today August 25. 
The four helicopters, scheduled to be the final four delivered to the Afghan air force, brings the AAF total number of MD-530s to 27
(Credit: USAF/Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes)
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US Army awards contract to Lockheed Martin for Long-Range Precision Fires Flight Test Prototype

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to complete the initial phase for the new missile design Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) Flight Test Prototype Demonstration for the U.S. Army.


The Lockheed Martin Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS) (Photo US Army)


New Zealand Signed Contract with Boeing for P-3K2 Orion MPA Modernisation

New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee welcomed the signing of a contract to upgrade the Royal New Zealand Air Force Underwater, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability: Six P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft with Boeing for a total of $36 million.