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Turkey Back top page
Korea Signs $400 Million Contract with Turkey on Transfer of Tank Technology.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Wednesday (July 30) that Korea has signed a $400 million deal with Turkey to help develop a new tank by 2015, using over 50 percent of Korea's indigenous technology on the armored vehicle. The deal was signed between Korean tank manufacturer Hyundai Rotem and Turkish carmaker Otokar in a ceremony attended by Korean Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. The contract also includes the transfer of technology owned by Korea's state developer, the Agency for Defense Development (ADD), according to the Korean defense procurement office. Korea competed against Germany for the $400 million project to help develop Turkey's new main battle tank, which will be the country's first-ever indigenous tank, according to the defense procurement office. Turkey plans to produce some 200 units of the next generation tank, provisionally named Turkey National Main Battle Tank, upon completion of its development. Turkey is one of the largest purchasers of Korean defense articles and is set to buy some $100 million worth of weapons, including 155mm self-propelled artillery, from Korea this year alone, according to the defense procurement office.
30 July 2008

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Wednesday (July 30) that Korea has signed a $400 million deal with Turkey to help develop a new tank by 2015, using over 50 percent of Korea's indigenous technology on the armored vehicle. The deal was signed between Korean tank manufacturer Hyundai Rotem and Turkish carmaker Otokar in a ceremony attended by Korean Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. The contract also includes the transfer of technology owned by Korea's state developer, the Agency for Defense Development (ADD), according to the Korean defense procurement office. Korea competed against Germany for the $400 million project to help develop Turkey's new main battle tank, which will be the country's first-ever indigenous tank, according to the defense procurement office. Turkey plans to produce some 200 units of the next generation tank, provisionally named Turkey National Main Battle Tank, upon completion of its development. Turkey is one of the largest purchasers of Korean defense articles and is set to buy some $100 million worth of weapons, including 155mm self-propelled artillery, from Korea this year alone, according to the defense procurement office. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Wednesday (July 30) that Korea has signed a $400 million deal with Turkey to help develop a new tank by 2015, using over 50 percent of Korea's indigenous technology on the armored vehicle. The deal was signed between Korean tank manufacturer Hyundai Rotem and Turkish carmaker Otokar in a ceremony attended by Korean Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. The contract also includes the transfer of technology owned by Korea's state developer, the Agency for Defense Development (ADD), according to the Korean defense procurement office. Korea competed against Germany for the $400 million project to help develop Turkey's new main battle tank, which will be the country's first-ever indigenous tank, according to the defense procurement office. Turkey plans to produce some 200 units of the next generation tank, provisionally named Turkey National Main Battle Tank, upon completion of its development. Turkey is one of the largest purchasers of Korean defense articles and is set to buy some $100 million worth of weapons, including 155mm self-propelled artillery, from Korea this year alone, according to the defense procurement office.
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Peru Back top page
Polish PT-91 main battle tank for the Peruvian Army.

A peruvian Newspaper wrote that Poland was offering to sell PT-91 main battle tank to the Peruvian Army. The PT-91 is an upgraded version of T-72 with ERA shield armor. The Peruvian Ministry of Defence will be also interested to buy missile system Spike and Kornet.
29 July 2008

A peruvian Newspaper wrote that Poland was offering to sell PT-91 main battle tank to the Peruvian Army. The PT-91 is an upgraded version of T-72 with ERA shield armor. The Peruvian Ministry of Defence will be also interested to buy missile system Spike and Kornet. A peruvian Newspaper wrote that Poland was offering to sell PT-91 main battle tank to the Peruvian Army. The PT-91 is an upgraded version of T-72 with ERA shield armor. The Peruvian Ministry of Defence will be also interested to buy missile system Spike and Kornet.
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Russia Back top page
Russia is negotiating with Jordan to set up a joint venture to make RPG-32 rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

Russia is negotiating with Jordan to set up a joint venture to make rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Vladimir Korenkov, general director of the state enterprise Bazalt, said "the first technical steps have already been taken" to launch co-production of the RGP-32 system. He also said two main options were on the table: either a stake in a Jordanian enterprise would be transferred to the Russian side or a new enterprise would be established. Bazalt Deputy Chief Designer Nikolai Sereda described the RPG-32 as a precision-guided weapon, adding that its performance would be significantly improved by 2010.
28 July 2008

Russia is negotiating with Jordan to set up a joint venture to make rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Vladimir Korenkov, general director of the state enterprise Bazalt, said "the first technical steps have already been taken" to launch co-production of the RGP-32 system. He also said two main options were on the table: either a stake in a Jordanian enterprise would be transferred to the Russian side or a new enterprise would be established. Bazalt Deputy Chief Designer Nikolai Sereda described the RPG-32 as a precision-guided weapon, adding that its performance would be significantly improved by 2010.
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Lebanon Back top page
The Lebanese army deployed on Saturday to halt two days of heavy sectarian fighting between Sunni and Alawite.

Lebanese soldiers, in an armoured personnel carrier, patrol a street in Tripoli, northern Lebanon July 26, 2008. The Lebanese army deployed on Saturday to halt two days of heavy sectarian fighting which medical sources said had killed nine people. Soldiers took up positions between Sunni and Alawite districts of the city in an effort to stop clashes which have wounded at least 68 people and forced residents to flee their homes.
26 July 2008

Lebanese soldiers, in an armoured personnel carrier, patrol a street in Tripoli, northern Lebanon July 26, 2008. The Lebanese army deployed on Saturday to halt two days of heavy sectarian fighting which medical sources said had killed nine people. Soldiers took up positions between Sunni and Alawite districts of the city in an effort to stop clashes which have wounded at least 68 people and forced residents to flee their homes. Lebanese soldiers, in an armoured personnel carrier, patrol a street in Tripoli, northern Lebanon July 26, 2008. The Lebanese army deployed on Saturday to halt two days of heavy sectarian fighting which medical sources said had killed nine people. Soldiers took up positions between Sunni and Alawite districts of the city in an effort to stop clashes which have wounded at least 68 people and forced residents to flee their homes.
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France Back top page
French Military Orders Buffalo wheeled armoured Vehicles from Force Protection.

Force Protection, Inc. announced 24 July 2008, that it will produce five Buffalo Category III vehicles for the French military under a contract modification to contract M67854-07-C-5039.The order totals $3.5 million and is scheduled for completion by November 2008. Work is to be performed solely by Force Protection Industries.
24 July 2008

Force Protection, Inc. announced 24 July 2008, that it will produce five Buffalo Category III vehicles for the French military under a contract modification to contract M67854-07-C-5039.The order totals $3.5 million and is scheduled for completion by November 2008. Work is to be performed solely by Force Protection Industries. Force Protection, Inc. announced 24 July 2008, that it will produce five Buffalo Category III vehicles for the French military under a contract modification to contract M67854-07-C-5039.The order totals $3.5 million and is scheduled for completion by November 2008. Work is to be performed solely by Force Protection Industries.
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France Back top page
French Army Takes Delivery of First Serial Production Caesar wheeled self-propelled howitzer.

The French General Delegation for Armaments (DGA) delivered on July 16 the first series production artillery cannon CAESAR (truck equipped with an artillery system) to the French Army. Seven additional guns will be delivered before the end of 2008. The contract CAESAR notified in December 2004 to Nexter Systems, foresees the development, acquisition and support of 77 guns with deliveries spread until 2011. CAESAR is already a success in the export market. Two contracts were signed, one with Thailand (6 systems), the other with an undisclosed Middle East country (80 systems).
23 July 2008

The French General Delegation for Armaments (DGA) delivered on July 16 the first series production artillery cannon CAESAR (truck equipped with an artillery system) to the French Army. Seven additional guns will be delivered before the end of 2008. The contract CAESAR notified in December 2004 to Nexter Systems, foresees the development, acquisition and support of 77 guns with deliveries spread until 2011. CAESAR is already a success in the export market. Two contracts were signed, one with Thailand (6 systems), the other with an undisclosed Middle East country (80 systems). The French General Delegation for Armaments (DGA) delivered on July 16 the first series production artillery cannon CAESAR (truck equipped with an artillery system) to the French Army. Seven additional guns will be delivered before the end of 2008. The contract CAESAR notified in December 2004 to Nexter Systems, foresees the development, acquisition and support of 77 guns with deliveries spread until 2011. CAESAR is already a success in the export market. Two contracts were signed, one with Thailand (6 systems), the other with an undisclosed Middle East country (80 systems).
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Australia Back top page
M777A2 155mm Lightweight Howitzers for the Australian Army.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of M777A2 155mm Light-Weight Howitzers as well as associated equipment and services. The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of 57 M777A2 155mm Light-Weight Howitzers, 57 AN/VRC-91F Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS), integration, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $248 million.
21 July 2008

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of M777A2 155mm Light-Weight Howitzers as well as associated equipment and services. The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of 57 M777A2 155mm Light-Weight Howitzers, 57 AN/VRC-91F Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS), integration, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $248 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of M777A2 155mm Light-Weight Howitzers as well as associated equipment and services. The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of 57 M777A2 155mm Light-Weight Howitzers, 57 AN/VRC-91F Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS), integration, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $248 million.
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Belgium Back top page
Military parade for the National Day in the centrum of Brussels.

The traditional military parade on National Day in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels July 21. During the parade, the Belgian Army presented the first official armoured vehicles, LMV from Iveco, Piranha IIIC from Mowag and the Groundhog LUV from JBC. See the photographs report from the team of Army Recognition magazine, Belgian Military parade 21 July 2008.
21 July 2008

The traditional military parade on National Day in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels July 21. During the parade, the Belgian Army presented the first official armoured vehicles, LMV from Iveco, Piranha IIIC from Mowag and the Groundhog LUV from JBC. See the photographs report from the team of Army Recognition magazine, Belgian Military parade 21 July 2008. The traditional military parade on National Day in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels July 21. During the parade, the Belgian Army presented the first official armoured vehicles, LMV from Iveco, Piranha IIIC from Mowag and the Groundhog LUV from JBC. See the photographs report from the team of Army Recognition magazine, Belgian Military parade 21 July 2008. The traditional military parade on National Day in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels July 21. During the parade, the Belgian Army presented the first official armoured vehicles, LMV from Iveco, Piranha IIIC from Mowag and the Groundhog LUV from JBC. See the photographs report from the team of Army Recognition magazine, Belgian Military parade 21 July 2008.
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United States Back top page
US Marine Corps Orders 773 RG-31 Mk5E MRAP wheeled armoured Vehicles.

U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada a delivery order to produce 773 RG-31 Mk5E Category I vehicles for its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program. The order has a total potential value of $552 million. This contract is in addition to the 624 RG-31 Mk5 vehicles already supplied under the MRAP program. Separately, an additional 566 RG-31s have been previously ordered by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command based on Operational Need Statements by the U.S. Army for route clearance vehicles.
21 July 2008

U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada a delivery order to produce 773 RG-31 Mk5E Category I vehicles for its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program. The order has a total potential value of $552 million. This contract is in addition to the 624 RG-31 Mk5 vehicles already supplied under the MRAP program. Separately, an additional 566 RG-31s have been previously ordered by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command based on Operational Need Statements by the U.S. Army for route clearance vehicles. U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada a delivery order to produce 773 RG-31 Mk5E Category I vehicles for its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program. The order has a total potential value of $552 million. This contract is in addition to the 624 RG-31 Mk5 vehicles already supplied under the MRAP program. Separately, an additional 566 RG-31s have been previously ordered by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command based on Operational Need Statements by the U.S. Army for route clearance vehicles.
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RG-31 MRAP wheeled armoured vehicle picture
United States US Army
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Belgium Back top page
Two new military vehicles for the Belgium Army , and the official delivery of the first wheeled armoured vehicle Piranha IIIC.

During the repetitions of military parade for the Belgium National Day of 21 July 2008, the Mowag Company part of General Dynamics delivered the first wheeled armoured vehicle Piranha IIIC at the Belgium Army, a symbolic key was given to the Belgian Minister of Defense Mister Pieter De Crem. At the same time, two new vehicles were presented to the press, the Dingo 2 Medical Support and the multi-role light wheeled vehicle from the JCB Company.
18 July 2008

During the repetitions of military parade for the Belgium National Day of 21 July 2008, the Mowag Company part of General Dynamics delivered the first wheeled armoured vehicle Piranha IIIC at the Belgium Army, a symbolic key was given to the Belgian Minister of Defense Mister Pieter De Crem. At the same time, two new vehicles were presented to the press, the Dingo 2 Medical Support and the multi-role light wheeled vehicle from the JCB Company. During the repetitions of military parade for the Belgium National Day of 21 July 2008, the Mowag Company part of General Dynamics delivered the first wheeled armoured vehicle Piranha IIIC at the Belgium Army, a symbolic key was given to the Belgian Minister of Defense Mister Pieter De Crem. At the same time, two new vehicles were presented to the press, the Dingo 2 Medical Support and the multi-role light wheeled vehicle from the JCB Company. During the repetitions of military parade for the Belgium National Day of 21 July 2008, the Mowag Company part of General Dynamics delivered the first wheeled armoured vehicle Piranha IIIC at the Belgium Army, a symbolic key was given to the Belgian Minister of Defense Mister Pieter De Crem. At the same time, two new vehicles were presented to the press, the Dingo 2 Medical Support and the multi-role light wheeled vehicle from the JCB Company.
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France Back top page
The wheeled armoured vehicle Panhard PVP family gets bigger.

With the entry of the PVP into service with the French Army, Panhard has developed a complete
range of vehicles to meet operational requirements. The PVP/HD (Heavy Duty) and the PVP/XL join a family of vehicles ranging from 5 to 12 tonnes combat weight. These two new arrivals to the family, the PVP/HD and the PVP/XL, follow the same design principles as the PVP, with an armoured hull fitted to a chassis. Profiting from its experience, Panhard has designed a chassis architecture which allows an interior volume comparable to that of a monocoque vehicle. The interior volume of the PVP is 4.5m3, that of the PVP/HD 6.5m 3 and the PV/XL offers from 8 to 11m3, depending on the version. The vehicles of this family are of interest to many security forces. The PVP, equipped with a radar, has been offered in response to many requests for bids in the field of frontier surveillance, while a derivative of the PVP/XL, designed for peace keeping missions, has been entered in the competition for the gendarmerie armoured vehicle (VBG).
17 July 2008

With the entry of the PVP into service with the French Army, Panhard has developed a complete With the entry of the PVP into service with the French Army, Panhard has developed a complete
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Canada Back top page
General Dynamics Awarded $374 Million Light Armoured Vehicle Lifecycle Support Contract by the Government of Canada.

Services provided under this contract include fleet management, supply support, repair and overhaul, major vehicle repair, obsolescence management, and engineering and technical services. The contract will cover a period of five years commencing on June 1, 2008, with additional option years to be exercised at the discretion of the government. This is the second phase of a lifecycle support contract originally awarded in April 2004 and successfully completed in May 2008. General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is the original equipment manufacturer for the Bison, Coyote and LAV III vehicles supported by this contract.
16 July 2008

Services provided under this contract include fleet management, supply support, repair and overhaul, major vehicle repair, obsolescence management, and engineering and technical services. The contract will cover a period of five years commencing on June 1, 2008, with additional option years to be exercised at the discretion of the government. This is the second phase of a lifecycle support contract originally awarded in April 2004 and successfully completed in May 2008. General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is the original equipment manufacturer for the Bison, Coyote and LAV III vehicles supported by this contract. Services provided under this contract include fleet management, supply support, repair and overhaul, major vehicle repair, obsolescence management, and engineering and technical services. The contract will cover a period of five years commencing on June 1, 2008, with additional option years to be exercised at the discretion of the government. This is the second phase of a lifecycle support contract originally awarded in April 2004 and successfully completed in May 2008. General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is the original equipment manufacturer for the Bison, Coyote and LAV III vehicles supported by this contract. Services provided under this contract include fleet management, supply support, repair and overhaul, major vehicle repair, obsolescence management, and engineering and technical services. The contract will cover a period of five years commencing on June 1, 2008, with additional option years to be exercised at the discretion of the government. This is the second phase of a lifecycle support contract originally awarded in April 2004 and successfully completed in May 2008. General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is the original equipment manufacturer for the Bison, Coyote and LAV III vehicles supported by this contract.
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India Back top page
Indian Army abandons plans to order more Arjuns.

The Indian army has confirmed that it will not place additional orders for the locally designed Arjun main battle tank (MBT) beyond the 124 already under construction. The Indian Ministry of Defence ordered 124 Arjuns in 2000 - which the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been developing since 1972 - to be built at the Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi in southern India. These were meant to be delivered by 2009 but will not be completed on time.
16 July 2008

The Indian army has confirmed that it will not place additional orders for the locally designed Arjun main battle tank (MBT) beyond the 124 already under construction. The Indian Ministry of Defence ordered 124 Arjuns in 2000 - which the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been developing since 1972 - to be built at the Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi in southern India. These were meant to be delivered by 2009 but will not be completed on time. The Indian army has confirmed that it will not place additional orders for the locally designed Arjun main battle tank (MBT) beyond the 124 already under construction. The Indian Ministry of Defence ordered 124 Arjuns in 2000 - which the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been developing since 1972 - to be built at the Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi in southern India. These were meant to be delivered by 2009 but will not be completed on time.
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France Back top page
The traditional military parade of French Army for 14 july on the Champs Elysees.

France celebrated Bastille Day with the traditional military parade on the Champs Elysees. Our reporter and photographer Pierre from the Worldwide Land Forces Defense magazine make a photographs report about the Military parade of 14 July 2008. See the full pictures to 14 July 2008 pictures gallery.
14 July 2008

France celebrated Bastille Day with the traditional military parade on the Champs Elysees. Our reporter and photographer Pierre from the Worldwide Land Forces Defense magazine make a photographs report about the Military parade of 14 July 2008. See the full pictures to 14 July 2008 pictures gallery. France celebrated Bastille Day with the traditional military parade on the Champs Elysees. Our reporter and photographer Pierre from the Worldwide Land Forces Defense magazine make a photographs report about the Military parade of 14 July 2008. See the full pictures to 14 July 2008 pictures gallery. France celebrated Bastille Day with the traditional military parade on the Champs Elysees. Our reporter and photographer Pierre from the Worldwide Land Forces Defense magazine make a photographs report about the Military parade of 14 July 2008. See the full pictures to 14 July 2008 pictures gallery.
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France Back top page
The DGA delivers the system drone DRAC to the Army.

The General delegation for armament (DGA) delivered on Monday June 30, 2008 the first 25 systems of Reconnaissance Drones To Contact (DRAC) to the French Army. In addition, the DGA also notified on June 30 with EADS Defence & Security (DS) an order of 35 additional systems DRAC. The Drac/Tracker system is destined for front line army units with the aim of multiplying their intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities. Within the scope of the Drac contract (Drone de Renseignement Au Contact), Military Air Systems is about to deliver the first of 160 units from series production. The characteristic features of the Drac/Tracker system are its easy transportability (as a backpack), fast deployability (hand launch), discretion (electric engine), the exceptional quality of the images transmitted and its enormous ruggedness (operational capabilities proven under the severest climate conditions). The development and production of the Drac systems are carried out under the overall prime contractorship of EADS in cooperation with Surveycopter.
10 July 2008

The General delegation for armament (DGA) delivered on Monday June 30, 2008 the first 25 systems of Reconnaissance Drones To Contact (DRAC) to the French Army. In addition, the DGA also notified on June 30 with EADS Defence & Security (DS) an order of 35 additional systems DRAC. The Drac/Tracker system is destined for front line army units with the aim of multiplying their intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities. Within the scope of the Drac contract (Drone de Renseignement Au Contact), Military Air Systems is about to deliver the first of 160 units from series production. The characteristic features of the Drac/Tracker system are its easy transportability (as a backpack), fast deployability (hand launch), discretion (electric engine), the exceptional quality of the images transmitted and its enormous ruggedness (operational capabilities proven under the severest climate conditions). The development and production of the Drac systems are carried out under the overall prime contractorship of EADS in cooperation with Surveycopter. The General delegation for armament (DGA) delivered on Monday June 30, 2008 the first 25 systems of Reconnaissance Drones To Contact (DRAC) to the French Army. In addition, the DGA also notified on June 30 with EADS Defence & Security (DS) an order of 35 additional systems DRAC. The Drac/Tracker system is destined for front line army units with the aim of multiplying their intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities. Within the scope of the Drac contract (Drone de Renseignement Au Contact), Military Air Systems is about to deliver the first of 160 units from series production. The characteristic features of the Drac/Tracker system are its easy transportability (as a backpack), fast deployability (hand launch), discretion (electric engine), the exceptional quality of the images transmitted and its enormous ruggedness (operational capabilities proven under the severest climate conditions). The development and production of the Drac systems are carried out under the overall prime contractorship of EADS in cooperation with Surveycopter.
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France Back top page
First firing evaluation for the SAMP/T surface-to-air medium range / land.

At Biscarrosse, in the centre test of launching missiles of the general delegation of armament (DGA), the air force carried out on July 3, 2008 the first firing of technical-operational evaluation of the ground-to-air system average carried terrestrial (SAMP/T) with a missile Aster 30. This success represents a major stage of system SAMP/T and opens the way with the deliveries of the materials of series to the air force, envisaged as of the end of 2008. The Aster 30 SAMP/T (Sol-Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre or surface-to-air medium range / land) is a land-based air defence system effective against high-speed threats such as tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, combat aircraft and UCAVs (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles). The missile system has been developed by Eurosam, jointly owned by MBDA Missile Systems and Thales.
10 July 2008

At Biscarrosse, in the centre test of launching missiles of the general delegation of armament (DGA), the air force carried out on July 3, 2008 the first firing of technical-operational evaluation of the ground-to-air system average carried terrestrial (SAMP/T) with a missile Aster 30. This success represents a major stage of system SAMP/T and opens the way with the deliveries of the materials of series to the air force, envisaged as of the end of 2008. The Aster 30 SAMP/T (Sol-Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre or surface-to-air medium range / land) is a land-based air defence system effective against high-speed threats such as tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, combat aircraft and UCAVs (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles). The missile system has been developed by Eurosam, jointly owned by MBDA Missile Systems and Thales. At Biscarrosse, in the centre test of launching missiles of the general delegation of armament (DGA), the air force carried out on July 3, 2008 the first firing of technical-operational evaluation of the ground-to-air system average carried terrestrial (SAMP/T) with a missile Aster 30. This success represents a major stage of system SAMP/T and opens the way with the deliveries of the materials of series to the air force, envisaged as of the end of 2008. The Aster 30 SAMP/T (Sol-Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre or surface-to-air medium range / land) is a land-based air defence system effective against high-speed threats such as tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, combat aircraft and UCAVs (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles). The missile system has been developed by Eurosam, jointly owned by MBDA Missile Systems and Thales.
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France Back top page
Kuwait orders light wheeled armoured vehicle VBL Mk2 from Panhard.

The Kuweiti Ministry of the Interior has just ordered 20 light armoured vehicles (VBL) Mk2 to equip its special forces. This is the first order of a programme to equip these units. The Mk2 version of the VBL includes many improvements on previous models: thepower of the vehicle has been greatly increased thanks to a Steyr engine of 125 hp,while its cross-country mobility has been improved by a ZF four-speed automatic gearbox and larger tyres. The central tyre inflation system also contributes to improving the mobility of the vehicle in soft ground, especially in sand. In addition,the VBL Mk2 retains its amphibious capability and is NRBC protected. These VBL, which will be used for patrol and surveillance missions, will be equipped with hefty firepower thanks to a remotely-controlled turret capable of operating a 12.7mm machine gun. This weapon, useable in all conditions and especially at night, will reinforce the offensive capabilities of the VBL. The first deliveries of the VBL Mk2 to the Kuweiti Ministry of the Interior will take place during the second quarter of 2009.
10 July 2008

The Kuweiti Ministry of the Interior has just ordered 20 light armoured vehicles (VBL) Mk2 to equip its special forces. This is the first order of a programme to equip these units. The Mk2 version of the VBL includes many improvements on previous models: thepower of the vehicle has been greatly increased thanks to a Steyr engine of 125 hp,while its cross-country mobility has been improved by a ZF four-speed automatic gearbox and larger tyres. The central tyre inflation system also contributes to improving the mobility of the vehicle in soft ground, especially in sand. In addition,the VBL Mk2 retains its amphibious capability and is NRBC protected. These VBL, which will be used for patrol and surveillance missions, will be equipped with hefty firepower thanks to a remotely-controlled turret capable of operating a 12.7mm machine gun. This weapon, useable in all conditions and especially at night, will reinforce the offensive capabilities of the VBL. The first deliveries of the VBL Mk2 to the Kuweiti Ministry of the Interior will take place during the second quarter of 2009. The Kuweiti Ministry of the Interior has just ordered 20 light armoured vehicles (VBL) Mk2 to equip its special forces. This is the first order of a programme to equip these units. The Mk2 version of the VBL includes many improvements on previous models: thepower of the vehicle has been greatly increased thanks to a Steyr engine of 125 hp,while its cross-country mobility has been improved by a ZF four-speed automatic gearbox and larger tyres. The central tyre inflation system also contributes to improving the mobility of the vehicle in soft ground, especially in sand. In addition,the VBL Mk2 retains its amphibious capability and is NRBC protected. These VBL, which will be used for patrol and surveillance missions, will be equipped with hefty firepower thanks to a remotely-controlled turret capable of operating a 12.7mm machine gun. This weapon, useable in all conditions and especially at night, will reinforce the offensive capabilities of the VBL. The first deliveries of the VBL Mk2 to the Kuweiti Ministry of the Interior will take place during the second quarter of 2009.
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Germany Back top page
German Armed Forces order 98 all-protected DINGO 2 vehicles and 420 FLW remote controlled weapon stations.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) won a large order for all-protected vehicles and remote controlled weapon stations from the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) in Koblenz. The contract includes the manufacture and delivery of a total of 50 DINGO 2 patrol and backup vehicles, four DINGO 2 GSI (battle damage repair) vehicles, 44 optional DINGO 2 GSI, plus 230 light and 190 heavy FLW weapons stations. The German Armed Forces will take a fast-track delivery of 54 DINGO 2 already by the end of this year.
07 July 2008

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) won a large order for all-protected vehicles and remote controlled weapon stations from the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) in Koblenz. The contract includes the manufacture and delivery of a total of 50 DINGO 2 patrol and backup vehicles, four DINGO 2 GSI (battle damage repair) vehicles, 44 optional DINGO 2 GSI, plus 230 light and 190 heavy FLW weapons stations. The German Armed Forces will take a fast-track delivery of 54 DINGO 2 already by the end of this year. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) won a large order for all-protected vehicles and remote controlled weapon stations from the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) in Koblenz. The contract includes the manufacture and delivery of a total of 50 DINGO 2 patrol and backup vehicles, four DINGO 2 GSI (battle damage repair) vehicles, 44 optional DINGO 2 GSI, plus 230 light and 190 heavy FLW weapons stations. The German Armed Forces will take a fast-track delivery of 54 DINGO 2 already by the end of this year.
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United States Back top page
BAE Systems Receives $226 Million for MRAP Upgrade Order.

BAE Systems has received four delivery orders totaling $226 million from the U.S. Marine Corp for engineering changes and spare parts to support Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. BAE Systems manufactures three of the five MRAP variants: the Caiman, the RG31 and the RG33. The RG33 is manufactured in several configurations including the Category I 4x4, Category II 6x6, the Heavy Armored Ground Ambulance (HAGA) and the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) vehicle. The first order is for engineering changes to 51 HAGA and 393 Category II 6x6 vehicles. This contract was awarded in March 2008 and is worth $162 million. The remaining three additional orders provide spare parts for Category II 6x6 variants, SOCOM, and HAGA vehicles purchased fewer than three previous delivery orders. These awards total $64.3 million and were awarded over the course of the past three months.
02 July 2008

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Turkmenistan Back top page
Russia to sell six multiple rocket launcher systems Smerch to Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan has signed a $70 million contract with Russia to buy six Smerch multiple rocket launcher systems (MLRS). Kommersant said that under the contract, the first major military-technical deal with Ashgabat in the past decade, the Smertch manufacturer, OAO Motovilikhinskiye Zavody, will deliver the first two systems before the end of this year and the other four next year.
02 July 2008

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United Kingdom Back top page
BAE Systems has been awarded £14 Million Contract For BvS10 VIKING Vehicles from the British Ministry of Defence.

BAE Systems has been awarded a £14 million contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defence for 14 BvS10 Viking amphibious armoured all-terrain vehicles, including nine repair recovery vehicles, one command vehicle and four troop carriers. The BvS10 Viking consists of two tracked vehicle units linked by a steering mechanism. The vehicle can operate in temperatures from -46C to +49C, providing it with multi-role, worldwide, rapid deployment operational capabilities in jungle, desert and Arctic conditions. The vehicles are available in four variants-the repair recovery vehicle, the command vehicle, the troop carrier and the ambulance. The vehicles will be used by the UK armed forces in Afghanistan beginning in July 2008.
02 July 2008

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Iran Back top page
Iran Starts Manufacture of Rapid Reaction light Tanks, the Tosan.

Iran has launched a production line for superior Rapid Reaction tanks as part of the country's campaign for self-sufficiency in defense.Iran has successfully started the production of a Rapid Reaction tank named "Tosan", Head of the self-sufficiency unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) ground forces, Colonel Nasser Arab-Beigi was quoted by press tv as saying. The self-sufficiency unit is also working on projects to enhance passive defense systems and secure the country's military sites, he said.
02 July 2008

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