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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Leidos Commences Operational Testing Of DARPA ACTUV System

Leidos, a global science and technology solutions company, announced today that it is beginning operational testing 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. Testing will occur off the coast of San Diego, Calif., and follows the successful completion of performance trials from the summer.

Belarus plans to purchase five Yak-152 training aircraft by 2018

Belarus is planning to purchase five Russian-made Yakovlev Yak-152 training planes before the end of 2018 for the DOSAAF Voluntary Society for Cooperation with the Army, Air Force and Navy, Deputy Chairman of the DOSAAF Central Council Andrei Gorbatovsky said. 
A Yak-152 primary trainer aircraft
(Credit: UAC)
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Kratos' BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target about to enter LRIP phase

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced yesterday Nov. 30 that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) has recently successfully achieved the final development program milestone for its BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT), which will allow for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) to begin once the Federal Fiscal 2017 Budget is approved. 
A Kratos BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target
(Credit: Kratos)
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Russia’s Northern Fleet receives two Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boats

Two advanced Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boats have arrived for Russia’s Northern Fleet, fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said. "These are the 11th and the 12th Project 21980 boats. They are currently undergoing running and state trials at the main base of the Northern Fleet’s submarine forces in Gadzhiyevo," Serga said.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

French DGA Engineer Developed the Innovative "FLIGHTEX" Non Skid Flight Deck Coating

During the "Forum DGA Innovation", a symposium organized by DGA (the French defence procurement agency) focusing on defence innovation, a DGA engineer was showcasing its innovative FLIGHTEX non skid flight deck coating. Flight deck coatings are essential to ensure carrier operations at sea (launch, recovery and movement of aircraft on the deck). They require high performances and unique properties because of the mechanical and chemical stress they endure: Abrasion from aircraft tires, intense deterioration from the friction of the arresting wires, oil and fuel drops...

Taxila Heavy Industries from Pakistan announced the development of Al Khalid 2 main battle tank

At IDEAS 2016, the Colonel Rizwan Rasul from Heavy Industries Taxila has announced the development of a new version of the Pakistani-made main battle tank (MBT) Al-Khalid. Currently the Al-Khalid 1, the second generation of this tank is the backbone of the Pakistani Armed Forces. 
Al-Khalid 1 main battle tank at IDEAS 2016, International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan
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Belarus' first six Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters enter service

The official ceremony of transferring six helicopters produced by a Russian Helicopters’ subsidiary - Kazan Helicopters - took place at the Machulischi airport near Minsk today. The ceremony was attended by the Belarusian Minister of Defense, the Air Force and Air Defense commander and top management of Russian Helicopters, the company announced today Nov. 30, 2016. 
Two of the Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters recently delivered to the Belarusian Ministry of Defence
(Credit: Ministry of Defence of Belarus)
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Thales delivers new-generation training simulators for French Army AMX-10 RCR vehicles

Thales has delivered to the French defence procurement agency (DGA) two STP-NG new-generation platoon-level firing simulators for French Land Forces. These training simulators have entered into service at the Canjuers and Saumur (école de cavalerie) army bases to train forces to use the new systems equipped on the upgraded AMX-10 RCR vehicle.
The Thales STP-NG simulator (Photo Thales)
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Barrett Communications awarded three year contract with Canadian National Defense Department

Barrett Communications have recently been awarded a three year contact by the Canadian National Defense Department (DND).
Barrett 2090 HF manpack transceiver (Photo Barret Communications)
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Belarus army to receive a fourth battery of Russian-made Tor-M2 air defense missile systems

The Belarus armed foThe Belarus armed forces will be equipped with a fourth battery of Russian-made Tor-M2 short range air defense missile systems for December 2016. Belraus has already received three batteries of Tor-M2 from 2011 to 2013. 
Belarus Tor-M2 air defense missile system at military parade. 
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Shanghai Cooperation Organization members started seven-day joint military training exercise.

Infantry forces from member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) started a seven-day joint training exercise Monday, November 28, 2016, in Korla, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Senior Captain Alegen (C) of the Kyrgyz Army exchanges training experience with Chinese PLA Army officers at a military training base in Korla, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Nov. 28, 2016. 
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GA's Type-Certifiable Predator B RPAS made its maiden flight

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that its Type-Certifiable Predator B (TCPB) variant completed its first flight test at the company's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif., on November 17th. 
GA-ASI's Type-Certifiable Predator B performinf its first flight
(Credit: GA-ASI)
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U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal ensure software reliability for advanced precision airdrop system.

Engineers at U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal are applying their expertise in software reliability to an advanced precision airdrop system designed to deliver vital supplies to the warfighter on time and in challenging terrain with minimum damage to cargo.
Paratroopers assigned to the 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, recover a Humvee after it was airdropped onto Frida IV Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Jan. 21, 2016.
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Elbit Systems completes delivery of M-346 ground based training systems to Israel Air Force

Elbit Systems announced that it has completed the delivery of the Ground Based Training System (GBTS) center for the M-346 “Lavi” trainer aircraft. This comprehensive training solution was selected by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) and the Directorate of Production and Procurement (DoPP), to effectively and affordably qualify its pilots and Weapon Systems Operators (WSOs) to progress directly to fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft (F-16, F-15 and F-35). 
A Elbit Systems Ground Based Training System Center
(Credit: Elbit Systems)
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US clears a $200 mn FMS from Poland for 70 JASSM-ER missiles

The US State Department has approved possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and related support, equipment, and training for an estimated cost of $200 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Nov. 29. 
A US Air Force B-1B Lancer releasing the JASSM-ER missile
(Credit: US Air Force)
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Royal Navy leads US Navy Task Force 50 for the first time

The Royal Navy has taken command of US Task Force 50 in the Gulf – the first time it has led a US task force in the Middle East. Commodore Andrew Burns, the Royal Navy’s Commander Amphibious Task Group, has taken charge of the US task force while currently embarked on HMS Ocean. It represents a significant development in combined maritime operations between the UK and US.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Italian Navy FREMM Frigate Bergamini Test Fired its First ASTER 30 Surface to Air Missile

On 22 November at 11:10 a.m., the Italian FREMM frigate Bergamini successfully carried out the first ASTER 30 firing of the FREMM Programme. The firing took place at the PISQ facility in Easter Sardinia, which is the Italian Joint Firing Range.

Spanish Company Expal demonstrates its One-Stop Shop for Mortar Systems including UAV

The Spanish Company Expal has demonstrated its 'One-Stop Shop' for Mortar Systems Tuesday, November 16th, in the Spanish Army firing and training range ‘Álvarez de Sotomayor’, located in Almeria (Spain). 
The Expal 'One-Stop Shop' for Mortar Systems includes a mini UAV for aerila reconnaissance.
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Local-made Belrex PCSV Protected Combat Support Vehicles enter in service with Singapore army

The new local-made Belrex PCSV (Protected Combat Support Vehicle) has entered in service with the Singapore armed forces, Friday November 25, 2015 to replace the army's five-tonne trucks. Second Minister for Defence Mr Ong Ye Kung officiated at a ceremony to mark the commissioning of the Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV) at the SAFTI Live Firing Area this afternoon.
Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung officiates at ceremony to commission Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicle (Image from Twitter Power 98FM News) 
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Artillery units of Russia will replace Tochka-U tactical missile with Iskander-M

Russia’s Missile, Rocket and Tube Artillery Corps will fully replace the Tochka-U (NATO reporting name: SS-21 Scarab-B) tactical ballistic missile system with the Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) complex by 2020, Corps Commander Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky said. 
Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile at Army-2016, International Military Technical Forum near Moscow, Russia.
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Thales to upgrade simulators for Switzerland's H135M and AS532 helicopters

Thales has been notified by armasuisse for the standardisation of the Full Flight Mission Simulator (FFMS) for the AS532 Super-Puma transport helicopter. Functional upgrades will also be made to the multi-purpose twin-engined H135M military helicopter. 
Thales' EC635 military helicopter Full Flight Mission Simulator
(Credit: Thales)
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Russia and China implemented military contracts worth $3 billion for 2016.

Russia and China implemented military contracts worth three billion dollars this year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng. 
President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping (R) and Vladimir Putin President of Russia (L)
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India's upgraded Jaguar DARIN III reaches IOC

Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, AVSM, VM, Dy. Chief of India's Air Staff, flew the upgraded Jaguar DARIN III twin-seat aircraft at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) airport recently and announced satisfactory completion of Initial Operation Clearance (IOC) of Jaguar DARIN III Upgrade. Wg. Cdr. V. Prabhakaran, Test Pilot, ASTE was his co-pilot, HAL announced on Nov. 23. 
India's Jaguar DARIN III taking off from HAL facility
(Credit: HAL)
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Israel orders 17 more F-35A stealth fighters jets

Israel will buy 17 more F-35A stealth fighter jets yesterday, after a vote of approval yesterday, Nov. 27, by the country's Security Cabinet. This additionnal batch of "Adir" fighters will bring up Israel Air Force to a total of 50 F-35A by the end of 2030. These fighters are to be purchased with the military foreign aid received from the U.S through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in September 2016. 
Israel's F-35A Adir performing its maiden flight on July 25
(Credit: Lockheed Martin)
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STM, Aselsan and Havelsan hold the signature ceremony of Agosta-90B modernization at IDEAS 2016

STM brought its experience from the submarine modernization projects of Turkish Naval Forces to abroad. STM, which is closely interested in the Submarine Modernization Market in the world, is awarded the contract on semi-life modernization of French origin AGOSTA-90B submarine of Pakistan. At this framework, A signature ceremony was organized for the subcontractors who were included in the project during IDEAS 2016 International Defense Fair, held in Pakistan.
STM, ASELSAN and HAVELSAN participated in the signature ceremony of Agosta-90B submarine modernization project
(Credit: Army Recognition)

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Belarus receives four more Yak-130 advanced jet trainers

Four brand-new Yakovlev Yak-130 combat training aircraft have been received by the Belarusian Air Force’s 116th Guards Attack Aircraft Air Base in Lida (Grodno Region, Belarus). "The delivery of another four Yak-130 combat training planes have enabled our pilots and cadets to continue to hone their skills in flying Generation 4++ aircraft," the BelTA news agency quoted Belarusian Air Force Commander Oleg Dvigalyov as saying. 
Belarus took delivery of a first batch of Yak-130 combat training aircraft in 2015(Credit: BelTA)
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UEC start testing new izdeliye 30 engine for PAKFA fighter jet

The United Engine Corporation (UEC, a subsidiary of Rostec) has conducted the first start of the advanced engine (Product 30) designed to power the T-50 (PAKFA - Russian acronym for Future Tactical Aircraft), the corporation’s press office says in a news release. 
A T-50 PAK FA still equipped with two NPO Saturn izdeliye 117 engines at MAKS 2011(Credit: Rulexip)
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Russian Navy to decide on prototype Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval howitzer system production

The Russian Navy has not yet made any decision on the production of a prototype of the promising Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne howitzer, the press office of Russia’s Uralvagonzavod armor producer said in an interview with Flotprom online media organization.

GIDS of Pakistan presents muliti-missile launcher station armed with 4 Baktar Shikan missiles

The Pakistani Company Global Industrial & Defence Solutions (GIDS) presents multi-missile launcher station armed with four Baktar Shikan anti-tank guide missiles. GIDS is Pakistan leading public sector corporate company dealing in export of military, industrial, technological products/ systems and services.
Multi-launcher station armed with four Baktar Shikan anti-tank guided missiles at IDEAS 2016, the International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan. 
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Uralvagonzavod from Russia to launch new production line of guns for T-14 and T-90MS tanks.

The Uralvagonzavod (Russian acronym: UVZ) scientific-research corporation will launch an automatized manufacturing line to produce newest high-precision guns for T-14 Armata and T-90MS main battle tanks (MBT), as well as for 2S25 Sprut-SDM air-droppable self-propelled anti-tank gun (SPATG) systems, the Izvestia newspaper said.
T-14 Armata main battle tank
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The POF Eye weapon system fitted with IR camera and video data transmission at IDEAS 2016.

At IDEAS 2016, Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) presents its POF Eye a portable weapon system that can fire around corners fitted with an IR camera with monocular screen mounted on an helmet. This new system is especially designed for SWAT and special forces teams in hostile situations, particularly counter-terrorism and hostage rescue operations.
POF Eye upgrade package with IR Camera, data transmission video and screen on the back side showed at IDEAS 2016, International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan.
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Norway to Replace Ageing P-3 MPA & DA-20 Falcon EW Aircraft with Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon

The Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Friday that it intends to replace its ageing fleet of six P-3 Orion (four P-3C for ASW & two P-3N for SAR) and its three Dassault DA-20 ECM aircraft with five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Russian Navy Naval Aviation to Receive Six New Su-30SM Fighters and Two Il-38 MPA by Year End

The seaborne aviation of the Russian Navy will receive some two dozen aircraft and helicopters, including six multipurpose Su-30SM fighter jets and two Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft in November-December, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Korolev told a meeting of the military council.

Sixth Project 636.3 SSK Submarine "Kolpino" Handed Over to the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet

The sixth diesel-electric Kolpino submarine of project 636.3 for the Black Sea fleet was passed over to the Russian Navy, TASS correspondent reported. St. Andrew's colors were hoisted on the submarine at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg where the whole series of the submarines was built for the Black Sea fleet.

Geospectrum Awarded Contract To Supply TRAPS Variable Depth Sonar To Royal Canadian Navy

GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that is has received a contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Program. Defence Research and Development Canada will test the TRAPS (Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar) variable depth ASW sonar on Royal Canadian Navy ships. 

Video: First Mi-8AMTSh-VA Arctic Helicopter Transferred to Russian Navy Naval Aviation

The first Mil Mi-8AMTSh-VA (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopter accepted by the Russian Navy shall be fielded with a unit in the Kamchatka Peninsula, Alexei Nikolaichuk, deputy commander for aviation engineering service, Naval Air Station 7060, has told journalists.

Albanian Navy Ship ALS Oriku Joins NATO Maritime Mission for the First Time

The Albanian navy joined it’s first-ever NATO maritime mission with the addition of ALS Oriku to Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 on Monday. The vessel will support NATO activities in the Aegean Sea as part of the international efforts to stop illegal trafficking and migration.

Friday, 25 November 2016

South-African company LMT awarded new contracts for its LM5 armoured vehicles

LMT (Land Mobility Technologies), a subsidiary of the South African company Denel Land Systems, signed contracts for supplying its LM5 armoured vehicles for two African countries. That was reported by the website defenceweb.co.za.
The LMT LM5 Vehicle (Photo LMT)
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Rosoboronexport has USD7 billion backlog of orders for land hardware

JSC Rosoboronexport (a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation) is promoting the military hardware for land forces, being produced by Russia`s military-industrial complex, in full accordance with the tendencies of the world market. The company has a USD7 billion backlog of orders for land forces hardware, the press department of Rosoboronexport said in a statement.
JSC Rosoboronexport is the sole state intermediary agency for Russia's exports/imports of defense-related products, technologies and services. Here on the picture, a Pantsir production line (Photo Rostec)
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Spanish URO VAMTAC 4x4 multirole tactical vehicle in live demonstration at IDEAS 2016 in Pakistan

The Pakistani private Company car-manufacturer Metal Engineering Works (MEW) in collaboration with the Spanish Company URO Vehículos Especiales S.A. (UROVESA) presents the URO VAMTAC (Vehículo de Alta Movilidad Táctico, "High Mobility Tactical Vehicle") a four-wheel drive multirole military vehicle in live demonstration at IDEAS 2016, the International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan.
The URO VAMTAC 4x4 multirole light tactical vehicle in live demonstration at IDEAS 2016, the International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Future Independence-class LCS USS Gabrielle Giffords Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) successfully completed its acceptance trials Nov. 18. The trials consisted of a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

Russia to Launch Second Project 18280 Intelligence Ship Ivan Khurs in 2017

The Project 18280 intelligence ship Ivan Khurs will be floated out in 2017 rather than in the fourth quarter of 2016 as it was reported earlier, spokeswoman for Russia’s Northern Shipyard Olga Danilevskaya said. Danilevskaya made this statement in an interview with the Flotprom online media organization. 

Pakistani Shibli presents its Skua-LR thermal binocular at IDEAS 2016

At IDEAS 2016, Shibli presents the Skua-LR, its thermal binocular. As an advanced and cutting-edge thermal imaging solution, the Skua-LR is specially designed for infantry and special forces in reconnaissance and scouting roles regardless of environmental constraints in both day & night scenarios. The device is mountable on a tripod, yet compact and lightweight enough to be a part of any soldier's standard loadout.
A Sri Lankan military officer testing the Skua-LR at IDEAS 2016 (Credit: Army Recognition)
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The Chinese Beijing Heweiyongtai introduces its portable X-ray scanner at IDEAS 2016

At IDEAS 2016, in Karachi Pakistan, the Chinese company Beijing Heweiyongtai presents its wide range of products regarding security equipments, EOD and rescue products. Among them, the company showcases its portable X-ray scanner which is a light weight, portable, battery powered X-ray scanning system.
Beijing Heweiyongtai's portable X-ray scanner, HWXRAY-03 model (Credit: Beijing Heweiyongtai)
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IDEAS 2016: Bell Helicopter keeps on promoting its AH-1Z Viper helicopter

As Pakistan is to receive its first nine AH-1Z Viper combat helicopters by September 2018, Bell Helicopter continue to actively promote the platform at the occasion of IDEAS 2016 defence exhibition in Karachi. The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the United States Marine Corps.
A scale model of Bell's AH-1Z Viper helicopter at IDEAS 2016
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New upgrade of Chinese-made 37mm anti-aircraft gun with laser sight and ballistic computer.

Pakistani army air defense forces use now an upgrade version of the Chinese-made twin-barreled 37mm anti-aircraft guns which can work in fully autonomous mode connected to laser aiming and trajectory ballistic computer.
The upgraded version of the Chinese-made 37mm twin barreled anti-aircraft gun at IDEAS 2016, International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan.
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IDEAS 2016: Poly Defence promotes its family of handeld thermal imagers

At IDEAS 2016, which will be held until Nov. 25 in Karachi, Pakistan, the Chinese company Poly Defence is highlighting for the first time two members of its family of handheld thermal imagers: the HHB201 and the HHBC200-JA.
The HHBC200-JA at IDEAS 2016
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Rheinmetall to supply international customer with 110 HX81 tractor-trailers

An international customer has awarded Rheinmetall a major contract for military trucks. The order encompasses 110 logistic vehicles worth a total of €134 million, earmarked for delivery between January 2018 and February 2019. Additional vehicle orders are envisaged. The contract includes comprehensive service and logistical suport for a period of five years.
The Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles HX81 tractor-trailers(Photo Rheinmetall)
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Poly Defence of China showcases latest development of unmanned helicopter with its UZ-5E

The Chinese Company Poly Defence showcases latest innovations of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) including its new UZ-5E unmanned helicopter at IDEAS 2016. Poly Defence is a large-scaled Chinese defense company authorized by the central Government of China for the import and export of all ranges of defense equipments for Army, Navy, Air Force, police and anti-terrorism.
Scale model of Poly Defence UZ-5E unmanned helicopter at IDEAS 2016, the International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan
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HIT Taxila presents Dragoon 2 APC manufactured in collaboration with Belgian Company at IDEAS

New upgrade variant of the Dragoon 4x4 armoured security vehicle manufactured by Heavy Industries Taxila from Pakistan in collaboration with a Belgian Company is showed at IDEAS 2016, the International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan. 
Dragoon 2 4x4 APC at IDEAS 2016, International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan.
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