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Russian S-400 ground-to-air missile defense system to go into serial production.

Russian long range ballistic missiles for S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems will go into serial production in the autumn, a leading missile manufacturer said on Friday. Earlier media reports said the S-400 missile system was incomplete as long range ballistic missiles, among others, had not been adopted for it. "On December 26, 2009 the preliminary tests were finished and the missile was put forward for state tests," Kommersant daily quoted the general director of Almaz-Antei, Igor Ashurbeili, as saying. "In the third quarter of 2010 we should finish them, along with combat duty launches, and then put it [the missile] into serial production in the fourth quarter," he added. According to Ashurbeili, there were no technical failures or difficulties concerning the long range missile tests. "The tests of S-400 missile lasted for about 3 years...We are bewildered by the bacchanalia of rumors and slander concerning the issue as an ordinary working process is going on," he continued. Ashurbeili added that the situation regarding the production of missiles after 2012 is unclear as Almaz-Antei does not have "any signed contracts for 2012". The S-400 Triumph boasts unique characteristics. It can destroy any air target, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise and ballistic missiles within a range of 400 kilometers and an altitude up to 30 kilometers. The system is almost three times more efficient than its Russian and foreign counterparts. There are no plans so far to export the S-400. It will be produced only for the Russian Armed Forces. An additional two systems will be deployed by the end of 2010.
30 April 2010
Russian long range ballistic missiles for S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems will go into serial production in the autumn, a leading missile manufacturer said on Friday. Earlier media reports said the S-400 missile system was incomplete as long range ballistic missiles, among others, had not been adopted for it. "On December 26, 2009 the preliminary tests were finished and the missile was put forward for state tests," Kommersant daily quoted the general director of Almaz-Antei, Igor Ashurbeili, as saying. "In the third quarter of 2010 we should finish them, along with combat duty launches, and then put it [the missile] into serial production in the fourth quarter," he added. According to Ashurbeili, there were no technical failures or difficulties concerning the long range missile tests. "The tests of S-400 missile lasted for about 3 years...We are bewildered by the bacchanalia of rumors and slander concerning the issue as an ordinary working process is going on," he continued. Ashurbeili added that the situation regarding the production of missiles after 2012 is unclear as Almaz-Antei does not have "any signed contracts for 2012". The S-400 Triumph boasts unique characteristics. It can destroy any air target, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise and ballistic missiles within a range of 400 kilometers and an altitude up to 30 kilometers. The system is almost three times more efficient than its Russian and foreign counterparts. There are no plans so far to export the S-400. It will be produced only for the Russian Armed Forces. An additional two systems will be deployed by the end of 2010.
Russia Russian army S-400 SA-21 Triumph ground-to-air missile defense system
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The new Russian ground-to-air missile S-500 will be completed for 2015.

The development of the new Russian ultramodern air defense system Triumph-M, equipped with S-500 missile, will be completed in 2015, announced this 30 April 2010, Mister Igor Achourbeïli , general director of the Almaz-Anteï research department charged to develop S-500. “The objective which was posed to us within the framework of the military program of State is to develop the system Triumph-M. This system, equipped with S-500 missiles and intended to ensure the mobile anti-aircraft defense must be developed before 2015”, say Igor Achourbeïli. According to him, the mobility of the system will enable him to move in any area threatened at the time of a conflict. Almaz-Anteï Bureau plans to build “two new factories” which will produce ground-to-air missiles and ground armaments of air-defense, added M.Achourbeïli. The ground-to-air missiles S-500 are intended to replace S-400 able to organize the spread out defense of the sites against a massive air attack. The S-500 missiles will be able to destroy 10 targets against 6 for S-400.
30 April 2010
The development of the new Russian ultramodern air defense system Triumph-M, equipped with S-500 missile, will be completed in 2015, announced this 30 April 2010, Mister Igor Achourbeïli , general director of the Almaz-Anteï research department charged to develop S-500. “The objective which was posed to us within the framework of the military program of State is to develop the system Triumph-M. This system, equipped with S-500 missiles and intended to ensure the mobile anti-aircraft defense must be developed before 2015”, say Igor Achourbeïli. According to him, the mobility of the system will enable him to move in any area threatened at the time of a conflict. Almaz-Anteï Bureau plans to build “two new factories” which will produce ground-to-air missiles and ground armaments of air-defense, added M.Achourbeïli. The ground-to-air missiles S-500 are intended to replace S-400 able to organize the spread out defense of the sites against a massive air attack. The S-500 missiles will be able to destroy 10 targets against 6 for S-400.
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Patria AMV 8x8 - Re-Procurement of Combat Vehicles AWV 2014.

Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) decided on 25 June 2009 to award the contract to deliver Patria AMV 8x8 armoured vehicles to the Swedish defence forces. The order included 113 vehicles, systems and spare parts worth about 240 million Euros. On 29 October 2009, the Stockholm County Administrative Court decided that FMV had not fully complied with public procurement regulations in its management of the armoured vehicle competition. To secure the supply of combat vehicles in time to meet the Swedish Armed Forces' operational requirement, in 2014, FMV decided to re-open the competitive process for the contract. Patria is participating in this renewed competition, designated AWV 2014, with the Patria AMV 8x8 vehicle, and submitted a new offer to FMV on 9 March 2010.
30 April 2010
Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) decided on 25 June 2009 to award the contract to deliver Patria AMV 8x8 armoured vehicles to the Swedish defence forces. The order included 113 vehicles, systems and spare parts worth about 240 million Euros. On 29 October 2009, the Stockholm County Administrative Court decided that FMV had not fully complied with public procurement regulations in its management of the armoured vehicle competition. To secure the supply of combat vehicles in time to meet the Swedish Armed Forces' operational requirement, in 2014, FMV decided to re-open the competitive process for the contract. Patria is participating in this renewed competition, designated AWV 2014, with the Patria AMV 8x8 vehicle, and submitted a new offer to FMV on 9 March 2010.
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US Army urges NLOS-LS cancellation

The US Army has recommended that the Pentagon cancel a new precision strike weapon system after it struggled significantly during a recent key test and was estimated to have a relatively high cost. Top service officials determined they should terminate the Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) and its Precision Attack Missile (PAM) after conducting a review of the army's precision fires portfolio, a source has told Jane's. NLOS-LS is intended to provide infantry, as well as sailors on Littoral Combat Ships, with the ability to engage moving targets from beyond their line of sight. Because NLOS-LS is a major joint programme, the Department of Defense's acquisition executive must make the final decision as to whether it will be cancelled.
30 April 2010
The US Army has recommended that the Pentagon cancel a new precision strike weapon system after it struggled significantly during a recent key test and was estimated to have a relatively high cost. Top service officials determined they should terminate the Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) and its Precision Attack Missile (PAM) after conducting a review of the army's precision fires portfolio, a source has told Jane's. NLOS-LS is intended to provide infantry, as well as sailors on Littoral Combat Ships, with the ability to engage moving targets from beyond their line of sight. Because NLOS-LS is a major joint programme, the Department of Defense's acquisition executive must make the final decision as to whether it will be cancelled.
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U.S. Army and Marine Corps receive 7 JLTV General Dynamics vehicles and 4 trailers in all payload categories.

The General Tactical Vehicles (GTV) team of General Dynamics Land Systems and AM General delivered today seven Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs), four trailers and supporting equipment ahead of schedule to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps for Technology Development (TD) phase testing. The TD phase includes a 12-month test and evaluation process at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, in Aberdeen, Md., and at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz. This follows GTV's previous ahead-of-schedule deliveries of armor samples, ballistic hulls and spare parts. Drawing from the combined experience of General Dynamics and AM General in building and supporting tactical and combat vehicles, GTV's vehicle design provides an armored crew capsule with an optimized V-shaped hull for protection against mines and IEDs, a state-of-the art C4 architecture that accommodates future force technology capabilities, high-performance and off-road mobility and deployability by land, sea and air.
29 April 2010
The General Tactical Vehicles (GTV) team of General Dynamics Land Systems and AM General delivered today seven Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs), four trailers and supporting equipment ahead of schedule to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps for Technology Development (TD) phase testing. The TD phase includes a 12-month test and evaluation process at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, in Aberdeen, Md., and at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz. This follows GTV's previous ahead-of-schedule deliveries of armor samples, ballistic hulls and spare parts. Drawing from the combined experience of General Dynamics and AM General in building and supporting tactical and combat vehicles, GTV's vehicle design provides an armored crew capsule with an optimized V-shaped hull for protection against mines and IEDs, a state-of-the art C4 architecture that accommodates future force technology capabilities, high-performance and off-road mobility and deployability by land, sea and air.
United States AM General Dynamics JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
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Iran to Mass-Produce New UAVs.

A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Sunday that his forces plan to mass-produce a new home-made Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) tested during the current wargames in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the last stage of IRGC naval exercises, codenamed as Payambar-e Azam (The Great Messenger) 5 in Iran's southern waters today, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that the new UAV (Pahpad) will be mass-produced in the near future. "In addition to reconnaissance flight over the operation (battle) field, this kind of drone brings ease to battle command by transferring real-time data," Hajizadeh added. Asked about the role of IRGC Aerospace Force in the latest wargames, the commander said that his forces provided the naval and ground forces with logistical supports. He added that his forces were tasked with defending the Persian Gulf airspace during the military drills, while they were also in charge of electronic warfare, surface-to-air missile systems and artillery systems.
28 April 2010
A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Sunday that his forces plan to mass-produce a new home-made Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) tested during the current wargames in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the last stage of IRGC naval exercises, codenamed as Payambar-e Azam (The Great Messenger) 5 in Iran's southern waters today, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that the new UAV (Pahpad) will be mass-produced in the near future. "In addition to reconnaissance flight over the operation (battle) field, this kind of drone brings ease to battle command by transferring real-time data," Hajizadeh added. Asked about the role of IRGC Aerospace Force in the latest wargames, the commander said that his forces provided the naval and ground forces with logistical supports. He added that his forces were tasked with defending the Persian Gulf airspace during the military drills, while they were also in charge of electronic warfare, surface-to-air missile systems and artillery systems.
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Force Protection Announces Sale of Two Ocelot Vehicles to United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.

Force Protection, Inc., a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions and provider of total life cycle support for those products, today announced that Force Protection Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Force Protection Industries, Inc., received a contract from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the purchase of two Ocelot vehicles for further testing in respect of the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) program. Ocelot has been designed by Force Protection Europe and Ricardo, plc, a UK based automotive engineering company.
28 April 2010
Force Protection, Inc., a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions and provider of total life cycle support for those products, today announced that Force Protection Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Force Protection Industries, Inc., received a contract from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the purchase of two Ocelot vehicles for further testing in respect of the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) program. Ocelot has been designed by Force Protection Europe and Ricardo, plc, a UK based automotive engineering company.
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Oshkosh Defense Receives $79 Million for M-ATV Protection and Remote Weapon System Kits.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has received two awards valued at more than $79 million from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 1,750 add-on rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) protection kits and more than 1,000 kits to support remote weapon systems for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Work for both orders is expected to be completed in September 2010. The award for RPG protection kits is valued at more than $68 million and installation will be completed in-theater. The award for remote weapon system kits is valued at more than $11 million. Oshkosh will install these kits on the production lines and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will install the kits on previously delivered vehicles. Remote weapon systems allow fighting crews to operate from within the vehicle, even when on the move.
27 April 2010
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has received two awards valued at more than $79 million from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 1,750 add-on rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) protection kits and more than 1,000 kits to support remote weapon systems for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Work for both orders is expected to be completed in September 2010. The award for RPG protection kits is valued at more than $68 million and installation will be completed in-theater. The award for remote weapon system kits is valued at more than $11 million. Oshkosh will install these kits on the production lines and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will install the kits on previously delivered vehicles. Remote weapon systems allow fighting crews to operate from within the vehicle, even when on the move.
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Post-Soviet security bloc members CSTO completes joint anti-terror drills.

Units from the Collective Security Treaty Organization's rapid reaction force have completed joint command-and-staff counter-terrorism exercises in Tajikistan, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Monday. Over 1,000 servicemen, more than 150 pieces of military hardware, L-39 combat trainers, An-2 military transport planes and Mi-8 helicopters from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan took part in the Rubezh-2010 exercises, which started on April 22 at the Chorukh-Dairon training range. "The exercises were a success. The units have accomplished all the set tasks," the official said. The CSTO is a security grouping comprising the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Five of the seven members signed an agreement on the creation of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force in February 2009. Belarus, which initially refrained from signing the deal because of a trade dispute with Russia, joined it later last year. Uzbekistan has so far refused to join the force, saying it opposes stronger Russia's role in Central Asia. Uzbekistan is also at odds with regional neighbor Kyrgyzstan, which hosts a Russian airbase. The CSTO members insist that the rapid reaction force is designed to improve the security of the CSTO members against the backdrop of existing and potential threats," including terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, natural disasters and to enhance the organization's role in ensuring international security. However, many experts believe that the creation of a powerful military contingent in former Soviet Central Asia by members of the Russian-dominated security grouping is seen as Moscow's bid to counterbalance NATO.
27 April 2010
Units from the Collective Security Treaty Organization's rapid reaction force have completed joint command-and-staff counter-terrorism exercises in Tajikistan, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Monday. Over 1,000 servicemen, more than 150 pieces of military hardware, L-39 combat trainers, An-2 military transport planes and Mi-8 helicopters from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan took part in the Rubezh-2010 exercises, which started on April 22 at the Chorukh-Dairon training range. "The exercises were a success. The units have accomplished all the set tasks," the official said. The CSTO is a security grouping comprising the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Five of the seven members signed an agreement on the creation of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force in February 2009. Belarus, which initially refrained from signing the deal because of a trade dispute with Russia, joined it later last year. Uzbekistan has so far refused to join the force, saying it opposes stronger Russia's role in Central Asia. Uzbekistan is also at odds with regional neighbor Kyrgyzstan, which hosts a Russian airbase. The CSTO members insist that the rapid reaction force is designed to improve the security of the CSTO members against the backdrop of existing and potential threats," including terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, natural disasters and to enhance the organization's role in ensuring international security. However, many experts believe that the creation of a powerful military contingent in former Soviet Central Asia by members of the Russian-dominated security grouping is seen as Moscow's bid to counterbalance NATO.
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Eleven tons of stolen combat helmets flood market.

A Ukrainian army commander has sold over 70,000 combat helmets, weighing almost 11 tonnes, to a fence as army surplus materials. For each helmet, the thief was paid a mere 5 cents, while if bought in bulk, the way Defense Ministry would procure the hardware, they would be priced at least at 40 cents, reports Ukrainian news agency. Meanwhile, the market price of such helmets varies between $0.60 and $1.20, so the buyers were quick to re-sell the hot goods at an astounding profit. This ultimately led to the downfall of the whole criminal chain. Once the market was flooded with helmets, Ukrainian military prosecutors launched an investigation and identified the commander of a unit stationed near the city of Cherkassk as the main culprit. The man faces demotion and a jail term for the crime.
26 April 2010
A Ukrainian army commander has sold over 70,000 combat helmets, weighing almost 11 tonnes, to a fence as army surplus materials. For each helmet, the thief was paid a mere 5 cents, while if bought in bulk, the way Defense Ministry would procure the hardware, they would be priced at least at 40 cents, reports Ukrainian news agency. Meanwhile, the market price of such helmets varies between $0.60 and $1.20, so the buyers were quick to re-sell the hot goods at an astounding profit. This ultimately led to the downfall of the whole criminal chain. Once the market was flooded with helmets, Ukrainian military prosecutors launched an investigation and identified the commander of a unit stationed near the city of Cherkassk as the main culprit. The man faces demotion and a jail term for the crime.
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Iran plans to produce missile defense systems similar to Russia's S-300.

Iran intends to produce missile defense systems similar to Russia's S-300 system, the county's PressTV channel said on Thursday, quoting Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi. Answering the question on whether Iran has plans to produce an S-300 defense system, Vahidi said, "We don't need to produce the S-300 system, but we have plans on the agenda to produce similar weapons." The minister also said Iran has developed a medium-range air defense system. "All parts of the system have been domestically produced," the TV channel quoted him as saying. He said the defense system had "three radars and a domestically produced missile that has high agility and a range of more than 40 kilometers." Russia and Iran signed a contract on the delivery of Russia's S-300 missile defense systems to the Islamic Republic in December 2005. There have been no official announcements concerning the start of deliveries. In February, speaker of the Russian parliament's upper house, Sergei Mironov, pledged that Moscow would fulfill its obligations, saying the delay in deliveries was due to "technical" problems. "We have bilateral agreements with Iran, Russia has always fulfilled its international agreements. That is why the delivery of this defense complex, let me stress it, is a matter of time," he said. Iran's ambassador to Russia, Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi, told the Islamic republic's Mehr news agency on Wednesday "Russian officials are committed to their [S-300] deal with Iran."
23 April 2010
Iran intends to produce missile defense systems similar to Russia's S-300 system, the county's PressTV channel said on Thursday, quoting Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi. Answering the question on whether Iran has plans to produce an S-300 defense system, Vahidi said, "We don't need to produce the S-300 system, but we have plans on the agenda to produce similar weapons." The minister also said Iran has developed a medium-range air defense system. "All parts of the system have been domestically produced," the TV channel quoted him as saying. He said the defense system had "three radars and a domestically produced missile that has high agility and a range of more than 40 kilometers." Russia and Iran signed a contract on the delivery of Russia's S-300 missile defense systems to the Islamic Republic in December 2005. There have been no official announcements concerning the start of deliveries. In February, speaker of the Russian parliament's upper house, Sergei Mironov, pledged that Moscow would fulfill its obligations, saying the delay in deliveries was due to "technical" problems. "We have bilateral agreements with Iran, Russia has always fulfilled its international agreements. That is why the delivery of this defense complex, let me stress it, is a matter of time," he said. Iran's ambassador to Russia, Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi, told the Islamic republic's Mehr news agency on Wednesday "Russian officials are committed to their [S-300] deal with Iran."
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S-300 PMU2 air defense ground-to-air missile system
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The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) staged a series of wargames in the Persian Gulf.

IRGC started the military exercises code-named Payambar-e Azam 5 (The Great Messanger 5) on Thursday morning. A range of home-made missiles will be test fired during the war game which will show the naval strength of the IRGC. Various kinds of short range missiles will be also fired during the military maneuver which is to be conducted in four separate stages. The ground, air and naval units of the IRGC will participate in the three-day exercise which is aimed at preserving the security of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, as the world's key economic and energy routes. The IRGC deputy commander, Brigadier Hossein Salami said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic wants the world to know the importance of security of this region and its undeniable role in this regard. "Peace and friendship, security, tranquility and mutual trust are the messages of this war game for neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf region," he added.
22 April 2010
IRGC started the military exercises code-named Payambar-e Azam 5 (The Great Messanger 5) on Thursday morning. A range of home-made missiles will be test fired during the war game which will show the naval strength of the IRGC. Various kinds of short range missiles will be also fired during the military maneuver which is to be conducted in four separate stages. The ground, air and naval units of the IRGC will participate in the three-day exercise which is aimed at preserving the security of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, as the world's key economic and energy routes. The IRGC deputy commander, Brigadier Hossein Salami said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic wants the world to know the importance of security of this region and its undeniable role in this regard. "Peace and friendship, security, tranquility and mutual trust are the messages of this war game for neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf region," he added.
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Russia intends to buy light armour in Germany for its military vehicles.

Russia intends to buy light armor in Germany for its military vehicles, announced this Tuesday, the Russian Minister for Defense Anatoli Serdioukov, in Moscow, during a meeting with the representatives of Russian Defense Companies. “We obliged KAMAZ and other Russian companies to launch contacts with foreign groups. Our companies carry out already negotiations on the purchase of light armor for reconnaissance vehicles, armoured personnel carrier and other cargo vehicles. “, indicated the minister before specifying that a German company could provide light armour to Russia. “The Russian ministry of Defense seeks with better protecting manpower by buying new materials”, concluded the minister. “The Russian Ministry of defence seeks with better protecting its soldiers by buying new material“, concluded the minister.
20 April 2010
Russia intends to buy light armor in Germany for its military vehicles, announced this Tuesday, the Russian Minister for Defense Anatoli Serdioukov, in Moscow, during a meeting with the representatives of Russian Defense Companies. “We obliged KAMAZ and other Russian companies to launch contacts with foreign groups. Our companies carry out already negotiations on the purchase of light armor for reconnaissance vehicles, armoured personnel carrier and other cargo vehicles. “, indicated the minister before specifying that a German company could provide light armour to Russia. “The Russian ministry of Defense seeks with better protecting manpower by buying new materials”, concluded the minister. “The Russian Ministry of defence seeks with better protecting its soldiers by buying new material“, concluded the minister.
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Successful operational test of the Boxer wheeled armoured vehicle in Australia.

The “Gruppentransportfahrzeug” (GTFz) is the Boxer version used by the German infantry, which was transported in early February 2010 to the Australian Outback, for an operational test under hot and dry and hot and humid conditions. The GTFz Boxer was soon nicknamed the ‘Mother ship of the infantry’ by the crew of 10 soldiers, who were testing the Boxer in operational and harsh conditions comparable to a mission area with temperatures rising to 40º C. Including the latest ‘Infantry of the future’ gear, all equipment can be stored in the vehicle which offers a high level of protection and mobility as the soldiers experienced. In the six weeks a wide variety of tests were executed in the heavy terrain in dusty South Australia and tropical Queensland. The tests and experience they gained will better prepare the soldiers for future use of the Boxer in operational areas.
20 April 2010
The “Gruppentransportfahrzeug” (GTFz) is the Boxer version used by the German infantry, which was transported in early February 2010 to the Australian Outback, for an operational test under hot and dry and hot and humid conditions. The GTFz Boxer was soon nicknamed the ‘Mother ship of the infantry’ by the crew of 10 soldiers, who were testing the Boxer in operational and harsh conditions comparable to a mission area with temperatures rising to 40º C. Including the latest ‘Infantry of the future’ gear, all equipment can be stored in the vehicle which offers a high level of protection and mobility as the soldiers experienced. In the six weeks a wide variety of tests were executed in the heavy terrain in dusty South Australia and tropical Queensland. The tests and experience they gained will better prepare the soldiers for future use of the Boxer in operational areas.
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Finnish Army Places New Order for MATIS HH Thermal Imagers by Sagem.

After an international competition organized by NAMSA (Nato Maintenance and Supply Agency), Sagem won the order for a new series of MATIS HH (Handheld) thermal imagers for the Finnish Defense Forces. The contract, having a total value of several millions of euros, includes a significant amount of thermal imagers. The contract also includes complete maintenance services for these imagers, to be provided in Finland. These new MATIS HH imagers will join the previous MATIS imagers already deployed by the Finnish army. Featuring an ergonomic design for tactical efficiency, Matis HH adds new functions to its infrared vision, namely stabilized observation and image recording. It also incorporates the latest technologies developed by Sagem for the JIM LR long-range multifunction binoculars, which includes video, laser range-finding, North seeker and GPS functions in addition to its infrared vision. The performances of the MATIS HH thermal imager enables night time detection of an armored vehicle at a range of over 8 kilometers, and a soldier at over 5 kilometers. MATIS HH gives armies outstanding day/night operational capabilities, in terms of detection and identification of enemy activities, encompassing vehicles, landing craft, aircraft and foot soldiers. It is integrated in pointing systems for artillery pieces. Nato armed forces have already ordered several thousand MATIS thermal imagers, and deploy them in zone protection, air defense, intelligence, forward observation and combat support missions.
19 April 2010
After an international competition organized by NAMSA (Nato Maintenance and Supply Agency), Sagem won the order for a new series of MATIS HH (Handheld) thermal imagers for the Finnish Defense Forces. The contract, having a total value of several millions of euros, includes a significant amount of thermal imagers. The contract also includes complete maintenance services for these imagers, to be provided in Finland. These new MATIS HH imagers will join the previous MATIS imagers already deployed by the Finnish army. Featuring an ergonomic design for tactical efficiency, Matis HH adds new functions to its infrared vision, namely stabilized observation and image recording. It also incorporates the latest technologies developed by Sagem for the JIM LR long-range multifunction binoculars, which includes video, laser range-finding, North seeker and GPS functions in addition to its infrared vision. The performances of the MATIS HH thermal imager enables night time detection of an armored vehicle at a range of over 8 kilometers, and a soldier at over 5 kilometers. MATIS HH gives armies outstanding day/night operational capabilities, in terms of detection and identification of enemy activities, encompassing vehicles, landing craft, aircraft and foot soldiers. It is integrated in pointing systems for artillery pieces. Nato armed forces have already ordered several thousand MATIS thermal imagers, and deploy them in zone protection, air defense, intelligence, forward observation and combat support missions.
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United Kingdom (Supacat) Back Menu
SPV400 contender for UK MoD LPPV Programme unveiled

The Supacat Protected Vehicle (SPV400) received its International Media Launch this 14 April 2010 at the Long Valley Test Ground, Aldershot, UK. The SPV400 is the contender from British high mobility vehicle specialist, Supacat, for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) programme. Under an Urgent Operational Requirement the UK MoD is expected to order an initial batch of 200 vehicles to enter service in early 2011. The SPV400 is the contender from British high mobility vehicle specialist, Supacat, for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) programme. Under an Urgent Operational Requirement the UK MoD is expected to order an initial batch of 200 vehicles to enter service in early 2011. “The SPV400 is purpose designed for LPPV and offers a 21 century solution for 21st century operations. Its clean sheet design is `future-proofed` and can be upgraded to exceed the present LPPV requirements for protection and mobility”, said Nick Ames, Managing Director of Supacat Ltd.
14 April 2010
The Supacat Protected Vehicle (SPV400) received its International Media Launch this 14 April 2010 at the Long Valley Test Ground, Aldershot, UK. The SPV400 is the contender from British high mobility vehicle specialist, Supacat, for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) programme. Under an Urgent Operational Requirement the UK MoD is expected to order an initial batch of 200 vehicles to enter service in early 2011. The SPV400 is the contender from British high mobility vehicle specialist, Supacat, for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) programme. Under an Urgent Operational Requirement the UK MoD is expected to order an initial batch of 200 vehicles to enter service in early 2011. “The SPV400 is purpose designed for LPPV and offers a 21 century solution for 21st century operations. Its clean sheet design is `future-proofed` and can be upgraded to exceed the present LPPV requirements for protection and mobility”, said Nick Ames, Managing Director of Supacat Ltd.

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Israel and Turkey complete joint tank M60A1 revamp project.

In the Center for Tank Maintenance in Kayseri, Turkey, a special ceremony marked the end of the joint tank project carried out by the Turkish Defense Ministry, Israel Aircraft Industries and Elbit Systems. The program improved 170 M60A1 tanks, so that they are now at the same level as the most advanced tanks in the world. The nearly $700 million deal was signed in March 2002 in order to revamp 170 old tanks. The M60A1 tanks started out as 40 year old American armored vehicles, but now have state of the art weapons systems that combine fire power, sensors and more. The system was integrated with the help of the knowledge and experience acquired by Israel Military Industries during Project Chariot. The eight year long project, which has been deemed extremely successful, replaced all major systems of the original tank with advanced modern systems. 120 mm cannon control systems, enhanced fire power, advanced turret moving, protection systems, engine transmission changes and other major improvements were made on the tanks. The end result is a high performance tank that is in line with the world’s leading combat tanks.
12 April 2010
In the Center for Tank Maintenance in Kayseri, Turkey, a special ceremony marked the end of the joint tank project carried out by the Turkish Defense Ministry, Israel Aircraft Industries and Elbit Systems. The program improved 170 M60A1 tanks, so that they are now at the same level as the most advanced tanks in the world. The nearly $700 million deal was signed in March 2002 in order to revamp 170 old tanks. The M60A1 tanks started out as 40 year old American armored vehicles, but now have state of the art weapons systems that combine fire power, sensors and more. The system was integrated with the help of the knowledge and experience acquired by Israel Military Industries during Project Chariot. The eight year long project, which has been deemed extremely successful, replaced all major systems of the original tank with advanced modern systems. 120 mm cannon control systems, enhanced fire power, advanced turret moving, protection systems, engine transmission changes and other major improvements were made on the tanks. The end result is a high performance tank that is in line with the world’s leading combat tanks.
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The opposition to Kyrgyzstan took the control of the armed forces.

The opposition to Kyrgyzstan took the control of the armed forces, indicated the Minister for Defense by interim. Rosa Otounbaïeva, is the chief of the temporary Kyrgyz government. The Kyrgyz president, Kourmanbek Bakiev, fled the Bichkek capital after bloody confrontations Wednesday 07 April 2010, between opponents and police officers who made 75 died and a thousand of casualties. These events led the opposition to take the control of the nerve centres of the authorities’. Rosa Otounbaïeva, the ex-minister of the Foreign affairs, was placed by the opposition to the head of the government by interim which says to control the country and claims the resignation of Mr. Bakiev.
09 April 2010
The opposition to Kirghizstan took the control of the armed forces, indicated the Minister for Defense by interim. Rosa Otounbaïeva, is the chief of the temporary Kyrgyz government. The Kyrgyz president, Kourmanbek Bakiev, fled the Bichkek capital after bloody confrontations Wednesday 07 April 2010, between opponents and police officers who made 75 died and a thousand of casualties. These events led the opposition to take the control of the nerve centres of the authorities’. Rosa Otounbaïeva, the ex-minister of the Foreign affairs, was placed by the opposition to the head of the government by interim which says to control the country and claims the resignation of Mr. Bakiev.
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The negotiations continue with Moscow for the delivery in Iran of the anti-aircraft air defense missile system S-300.

The negotiations on the delivery in Iran of Russian anti-aircrafts missiles system S-300 continue, declared this 07 april 2010 in Bratislava Mikhaïl Dmitriev, director of the Russian Federal service of technical and military collaboration. “The contracts were signed and are in force, they were not terminated”, indicated M.Dmitriev. “The deliveries did not start yet”, it specified. The specialist’s estimate that according to their technical performances, S-300 exceed Patriot American deployed, in addition to in the United States, in many countries of the world, including in Israel. The contract of delivery in Iran of S-300 systems had been signed in 2007, but Russia still did not confirm the implementation of the transaction following many objections on behalf of the United States.
08 April 2010
The negotiations on the delivery in Iran of Russian anti-aircrafts missiles system S-300 continue, declared this 07 april 2010 in Bratislava Mikhaïl Dmitriev, director of the Russian Federal service of technical and military collaboration. “The contracts were signed and are in force, they were not terminated”, indicated M.Dmitriev. “The deliveries did not start yet”, it specified. The specialist’s estimate that according to their technical performances, S-300 exceed Patriot American deployed, in addition to in the United States, in many countries of the world, including in Israel. The contract of delivery in Iran of S-300 systems had been signed in 2007, but Russia still did not confirm the implementation of the transaction following many objections on behalf of the United States.
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A new version of the Polish wheeled armoured Rosomak with an upgrade armour package against RPG anti-tank rocket weapons.

The Polish Defense Compnay WZM and Poland's Ministry of National Defence (MND) have unveiled the first improved Rosomak 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle, destined for use with Task Force White Eagle, the Polish contingent operating with Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Ghanzi province, Afghanistan. The most visible change, apart from new desert camouflage, was QinetiQ North America's RPGNet counter-RPG-7 system, mounted around the hull of the vehicle.
08 April 2010
The Polish Defense Compnay WZM and Poland's Ministry of National Defence (MND) have unveiled the first improved Rosomak 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle, destined for use with Task Force White Eagle, the Polish contingent operating with Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Ghanzi province, Afghanistan. The most visible change, apart from new desert camouflage, was QinetiQ North America's RPGNet counter-RPG-7 system, mounted around the hull of the vehicle. The Polish Defense Compnay WZM and Poland's Ministry of National Defence (MND) have unveiled the first improved Rosomak 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle, destined for use with Task Force White Eagle, the Polish contingent operating with Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Ghanzi province, Afghanistan. The most visible change, apart from new desert camouflage, was QinetiQ North America's RPGNet counter-RPG-7 system, mounted around the hull of the vehicle.
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German Army orders 44 DINGO 2 GSI mobile workshop vehicles from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.

The German Defence Procurement Agency (BWB) has commissioned Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to supply 44 Dingo 2 GSI all-protected battle damage repair vehicles based on the DINGO 2 personnel carrier. The task of the battle damage repair contingent (in German GSI contingent) is to eliminate combat and wear damage to vehicles as fast as possible and restore their ability to function.
07 April 2010
The German Defence Procurement Agency (BWB) has commissioned Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to supply 44 all-protected battle damage repair vehicles based on the DINGO 2. The task of the battle damage repair contingent (in German GSI contingent) is to eliminate combat and wear damage to vehicles as fast as possible and restore their ability to function.
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Israeli unveils tank-defense system of the future, the Trophy from Rafael.

The Trophy is the latest in a series of new systems. State-owned Israel Military Industries is producing "Iron Fist," an anti-missile defense that is expected to be installed on Israeli armored personnel carriers ant tanks next year. The Trophy is believed to be the first of a series of so-called "active defense" systems to become operational. Such systems aim to neutralize threats before they strike the tank. In the past, tanks have relied on increasingly thick layers of armor or "reactive" technology that weakens an incoming rocket upon impact by setting off a small explosion. Israeli weapons maker Rafael, the developer of the Trophy, says the system has been in the works for years, but the bitter experience of Israel's 2006 war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon gave the project an extra push. The tiny Trophy system, lodged behind small rectangular plates on both sides of the tank, uses radar to detect the incoming projectiles and fires a small charge to intercept them, said Gil. After firing, the system quickly reloads. The entire process is automated, holds fire if the rocket is going to miss the tank, and causes such a small explosion that the chances of unintentionally hurting friendly soldiers through collateral damage is only 1 percent, the company says.
04 April 2010
The Trophy is the latest in a series of new systems. State-owned Israel Military Industries is producing "Iron Fist," an anti-missile defense that is expected to be installed on Israeli armored personnel carriers next year. The Trophy is believed to be the first of a series of so-called "active defense" systems to become operational. Such systems aim to neutralize threats before they strike the tank. In the past, tanks have relied on increasingly thick layers of armor or "reactive" technology that weakens an incoming rocket upon impact by setting off a small explosion. Israeli weapons maker Rafael, the developer of the Trophy, says the system has been in the works for years, but the bitter experience of Israel's 2006 war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon gave the project an extra push. The tiny Trophy system, lodged behind small rectangular plates on both sides of the tank, uses radar to detect the incoming projectiles and fires a small charge to intercept them, said Gil. After firing, the system quickly reloads. The entire process is automated, holds fire if the rocket is going to miss the tank, and causes such a small explosion that the chances of unintentionally hurting friendly soldiers through collateral damage is only 1 percent, the company says.
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Russia will continue to deliver weapons to Venezuela.

Russia will continue deliveries of military equipment to Venezuela to help the Latin American country boost its national defense, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Saturday. "We will continue to support the development of the armed forces of Venezuela. As you know, Russia has already delivered the most efficient Su-30 heavy fighters and other military equipment to Venezuela," Putin said at a joint news conference after a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas. At least part of this loan could be used for the purchase of over 90 T-72 tanks and an unspecified number of
BM-30 Smerch
multiple rocket launchers, or even diesel-powered submarines and S-300 air defense systems. Since 2005, Venezuela has bought $4 billion worth of Russian weapons, including warplanes, helicopters, and Kalashnikov assault rifles. No new military-technical agreements were signed on Friday but Russia delivered the last four of 38 Mi-17 military transport helicopters earlier purchased by Venezuela. Chavez, whose domestic and international policies have been lately criticized by the country's opposition, says Venezuela needs to boost its defenses to protect its oil riches from a possible U.S. attack.

03 April 2010
Russia will continue deliveries of military equipment to Venezuela to help the Latin American country boost its national defense, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Saturday. "We will continue to support the development of the armed forces of Venezuela. As you know, Russia has already delivered the most efficient Su-30 heavy fighters and other military equipment to Venezuela," Putin said at a joint news conference after a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas. At least part of this loan could be used for the purchase of over 90 T-72 tanks and an unspecified number of Smerch multiple rocket launchers, or even diesel-powered submarines and S-300 air defense systems. Since 2005, Venezuela has bought $4 billion worth of Russian weapons, including warplanes, helicopters, and Kalashnikov assault rifles. No new military-technical agreements were signed on Friday but Russia delivered the last four of 38 Mi-17 military transport helicopters earlier purchased by Venezuela. Chavez, whose domestic and international policies have been lately criticized by the country's opposition, says Venezuela needs to boost its defenses to protect its oil riches from a possible U.S. attack. Russia will continue deliveries of military equipment to Venezuela to help the Latin American country boost its national defense, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Saturday. "We will continue to support the development of the armed forces of Venezuela. As you know, Russia has already delivered the most efficient Su-30 heavy fighters and other military equipment to Venezuela," Putin said at a joint news conference after a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas. At least part of this loan could be used for the purchase of over 90 T-72 tanks and an unspecified number of Smerch multiple rocket launchers, or even diesel-powered submarines and S-300 air defense systems. Since 2005, Venezuela has bought $4 billion worth of Russian weapons, including warplanes, helicopters, and Kalashnikov assault rifles. No new military-technical agreements were signed on Friday but Russia delivered the last four of 38 Mi-17 military transport helicopters earlier purchased by Venezuela. Chavez, whose domestic and international policies have been lately criticized by the country's opposition, says Venezuela needs to boost its defenses to protect its oil riches from a possible U.S. attack.
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Moscow delivers 15 ground-to-air missile system S-300 to China.

Russia awarded a contract envisaging the supply of 15 ground-to-air missile system S-300 to China, announced this Friday 02 April 2010, to the journalists, the director of the Research department of the group Almaz-Anteï, originator of these systems, Igor Achourbeïli. “We have just carried out very a big contract envisaging the supply of 15 ground-to-air anti-missile systems most recent S-300 to China”, it said. The person in charge stressed that the importers “made the tail” to get the Russian military products, in particular the ground-to-air anti-missile systems S-300 and S-400, specifying that the group however had suspended the process of the concluding of new agreements. “Initially should be equipped the Russian army. When we have additional capacities and that we will have carried out all the contracts concluded, this process will be continued”, explained Mr. Achourbeïli before adding that the question of the additional capacities will be cleared up as soon as the Russian ministry of Defense adopts the military law of programming until 2020. The ground-to-air missiles system S-300 is intended for the protection of industrials area and administrative centres’, military bases and military headquarters. The S-300 is able to destroy ballistic missiles, to destroy aircraft at a distance of 150 km and an altitude going up to 27 km and ground targets if necessary. The systems with long range S-300 operating were already bought by Slovakia, Vietnam and Cyprus.
02 April 2010
Russia awarded a contract envisaging the supply of 15 ground-to-air missile system S-300 to China, announced this Friday 02 April 2010, to the journalists, the director of the Research department of the group Almaz-Anteï, originator of these systems, Igor Achourbeïli. “We have just carried out very a big contract envisaging the supply of 15 ground-to-air anti-missile systems most recent S-300 to China”, it said. The person in charge stressed that the importers “made the tail” to get the Russian military products, in particular the ground-to-air anti-missile systems S-300 and S-400, specifying that the group however had suspended the process of the concluding of new agreements. “Initially should be equipped the Russian army. When we have additional capacities and that we will have carried out all the contracts concluded, this process will be continued”, explained Mr. Achourbeïli before adding that the question of the additional capacities will be cleared up as soon as the Russian ministry of Defense adopts the military law of programming until 2020. The ground-to-air missiles system S-300 is intended for the protection of industrials area and administrative centres’, military bases and military headquarters. The S-300 is able to destroy ballistic missiles, to destroy aircraft at a distance of 150 km and an altitude going up to 27 km and ground targets if necessary. The systems with long range S-300 operating were already bought by Slovakia, Vietnam and Cyprus.
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Israeli army aircrafts strikes to Gaza in response to rocket firing.

Overnight, the IAF successfully struck weapons manufacturing sites and weapons storage facilities in the northern, central and southern Gaza Strip. The strikes are in response to Qassam rocket fire on Thursday. IDF Spokesperson reported that during night an IAF aircrafts successfully struck a weapons manufacturing site in the northern Gaza Strip, a weapons manufacturing site in the central Gaza Strip and two weapons storage facilities in the southern Gaza Strip. Precise hits of terror targets were identified. All aircrafts returned safely to their base. The strikes are in response to the rocket firing on Thursday. Nearly 20 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip during March, killing one man in the community of Netiv Ha'Asara and doubling the number of rockets fired this year. Overall, more than 40 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel since the beginning of 2010.
02 April 2010
Overnight, the IAF successfully struck weapons manufacturing sites and weapons storage facilities in the northern, central and southern Gaza Strip. The strikes are in response to Qassam rocket fire on Thursday. IDF Spokesperson reported that during night an IAF aircrafts successfully struck a weapons manufacturing site in the northern Gaza Strip, a weapons manufacturing site in the central Gaza Strip and two weapons storage facilities in the southern Gaza Strip. Precise hits of terror targets were identified. All aircrafts returned safely to their base. The strikes are in response to the rocket firing on Thursday. Nearly 20 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip during March, killing one man in the community of Netiv Ha'Asara and doubling the number of rockets fired this year. Overall, more than 40 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel since the beginning of 2010.
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The Russian army will be equipped with a third division of anti-aircraft missile system S-400.

The Russian army will obtain a third division of anti-aircraft missiles systems S-400 in the days which come, announced this 02 April 2010, to the journalists, the director-general of the Research department Almaz-Anteï Igor Achourbeïli. “The army has already two divisions, it will have of it a third from one day to another”, indicated the director. The systems S-400 “Triumph” make it possible to organize the spread out defence of the sites against a massive air attack. The speed of the missiles reaches 4.800 meters second and their range operating is of 400 km at an altitude of 30 km. Moreover, the minimum range is 2 km at an altitude of 100 meters. They can be put in position of combat in the time of 5-10 minutes. A division of S-400 can include eight installations of firing, each equipped with four missiles. The price of a division is approximately 200 million dollars.
02 April 2010
The Russian army will obtain a third division of anti-aircraft missiles systems S-400 in the days which come, announced this 02 April 2010, to the journalists, the director-general of the Research department Almaz-Anteï Igor Achourbeïli. “The army has already two divisions, it will have of it a third from one day to another”, indicated the director. The systems S-400 “Triumph” make it possible to organize the spread out defence of the sites against a massive air attack. The speed of the missiles reaches 4.800 meters second and their range operating is of 400 km at an altitude of 30 km. Moreover, the minimum range is 2 km at an altitude of 100 meters. They can be put in position of combat in the time of 5-10 minutes. A division of S-400 can include eight installations of firing, each equipped with four missiles. The price of a division is approximately 200 million dollars.
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Russia will obtain ultramodern defense systems aerospace from here 2015.

Russia will have before 2015 “all chain” of the ultramodern systems of aerospace defense guaranteeing its safety on the airspace and space, announced to Friday the director of the Research department of the group Almaz-Anteï, originator of these systems, Igor Achourbeïli. “From 2015, we will have anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems of short range (Morfeï) and medium range Vitiaz, S-400, S-500 and others still”, it indicated to the journalists. “Russia will have all the chain of the space means of defense”, specified M.Achourbeïli. The expert also indicated that for 2015, the ground-to-air defense systems S-300 Favorit could be withdrawn from the service.
02 April 2010
Russia will have before 2015 “all chain” of the ultramodern systems of aerospace defense guaranteeing its safety on the airspace and space, announced to Friday the director of the Research department of the group Almaz-Anteï, originator of these systems, Igor Achourbeïli. “From 2015, we will have anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems of short range (Morfeï) and medium range Vitiaz, S-400, S-500 and others still”, it indicated to the journalists. “Russia will have all the chain of the space means of defense”, specified M.Achourbeïli. The expert also indicated that for 2015, the ground-to-air defense systems S-300 Favorit could be withdrawn from the service.
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Saudi Arabia takes delivery of first Caesar wheeled self-propelled howitzer manufactured by Nexter Systems.

The Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) accepted its first four CAESAR (CAmion Equipé d'un Système d'ARtillerie) 155 mm wheeled self-propelled artillery systems in March. The batch forms part of a fleet of 100 systems ordered from France's Nexter Systems in 2006.
01 April 2010
The Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) accepted its first four CAESAR (CAmion Equipé d'un Système d'ARtillerie) 155 mm wheeled self-propelled artillery systems in March. The batch forms part of a fleet of 100 systems ordered from France's Nexter Systems in 2006.
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United States voices concern over Venezuelan arms purchases from Russia.

The U.S. has reiterated its concerns over Venezuelan arms purchases from Russia, a U.S. State Department official has said. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will discuss military and economic cooperation, including a $2.2 billion loan to buy Russian arms, during his first visit to the South American country on Friday. During his visit to Caracas, Putin will also oversee the delivery of the last four Russian Mi-17 Hip helicopters out of the total of 38 under a 2006 contract. "I think we've voiced our concerns, if you will, but our opinions about Venezuela's need for these kinds of defense systems previously from the podium," Acting Deputy Department Spokesman Mark Toner said. "Beyond that, Venezuela, Bolivia, any country, is entitled to pursue its own bilateral relationship with any other country, clearly. So - but just beyond, kind of, questioning the need for Venezuela to have such a robust defense system, no comment," he added. During his visit to Moscow in September, Chavez said Venezuela would buy 92 T-72 tanks and an unspecified number of Smerch multiple rocket launchers from Russia, among other military inventory. Since 2005, Venezuela has bought $4 billion worth of Russian weaponry, including warplanes, helicopters, and Kalashnikov assault rifles.
01 April 2010
The U.S. has reiterated its concerns over Venezuelan arms purchases from Russia, a U.S. State Department official has said. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will discuss military and economic cooperation, including a $2.2 billion loan to buy Russian arms, during his first visit to the South American country on Friday. During his visit to Caracas, Putin will also oversee the delivery of the last four Russian Mi-17 Hip helicopters out of the total of 38 under a 2006 contract. "I think we've voiced our concerns, if you will, but our opinions about Venezuela's need for these kinds of defense systems previously from the podium," Acting Deputy Department Spokesman Mark Toner said. "Beyond that, Venezuela, Bolivia, any country, is entitled to pursue its own bilateral relationship with any other country, clearly. So - but just beyond, kind of, questioning the need for Venezuela to have such a robust defense system, no comment," he added. During his visit to Moscow in September, Chavez said Venezuela would buy 92 T-72 tanks and an unspecified number of Smerch multiple rocket launchers from Russia, among other military inventory. Since 2005, Venezuela has bought $4 billion worth of Russian weaponry, including warplanes, helicopters, and Kalashnikov assault rifles.
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Launching of an anti-terrorist operation in Ingushetia by the FSB (Federal security service).

The mode of antiterrorist operation was issued this 31 March 2010 in Ingushetia, republic of the Russian Caucasus, after the localization close to Malgobek (center) “particularly dangerous gangsters”, announced a spokesperson of the local Management of Federal security service (FSB). This decision makes following “information concerning the presence, in the district of Malgobek, members of armed bands implied in crimes with an exceptional gravity on the territory of the Caucasus of North”, explained the official one. The zone concerned with the operation is buckled by the Interior Troops and the units of police force. The mode of antiterrorist operation was issued in Ingushetia made following a double murder commits suicide perpetrated Monday in the subway of Moscow (39 dead) and with the double murder commits suicide to Dagestan Wednesday (12 dead). The mode of antiterrorist operation from now on is issued in three districts of Ingushetia, of which that of the Nazran capital.
01 April 2010

The mode of antiterrorist operation was issued this 31 March 2010 in Ingushetia, republic of the Russian Caucasus, after the localization close to Malgobek (center) “particularly dangerous gangsters”, announced a spokesperson of the local Management of Federal security service (FSB). This decision makes following “information concerning the presence, in the district of Malgobek, members of armed bands implied in crimes with an exceptional gravity on the territory of the Caucasus of North”, explained the official one. The zone concerned with the operation is buckled by the Interior Troops and the units of police force. The mode of antiterrorist operation was issued in Ingushetia made following a double murder commits suicide perpetrated Monday in the subway of Moscow (39 dead) and with the double murder commits suicide to Dagestan Wednesday (12 dead). The mode of antiterrorist operation from now on is issued in three districts of Ingushetia, of which that of the Nazran capital.
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United States unmanned aerial vehicle killing five suspected militants.

Unmanned U.S. aircraft fired two missiles on a house in Pakistan's tribal belt, killing five suspected militants, officials said Wednesday. The drone attack occurred Tuesday night in the Tappi area of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's troubled tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Meanwhile, in the Khyber district, extremists attacked a military camp with rockets and a suicide vehicle, killing five soldiers and 20 suspected militants. Fifteen others were injured. The bomb-laden vehicle blew up at the gate of Jhansi Fort in the area of Bara after security forces opened fire, officials said.
01 April 2010
Unmanned U.S. aircraft fired two missiles on a house in Pakistan's tribal belt, killing five suspected militants, officials said Wednesday. The drone attack occurred Tuesday night in the Tappi area of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's troubled tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Meanwhile, in the Khyber district, extremists attacked a military camp with rockets and a suicide vehicle, killing five soldiers and 20 suspected militants. Fifteen others were injured. The bomb-laden vehicle blew up at the gate of Jhansi Fort in the area of Bara after security forces opened fire, officials said.
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German Army orders 41 DINGO 2 wheeled armoured vehicle manufactured by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.

The Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has now ordered a further 41 of these heavily-protected personnel and material carrier from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), which the German Army will deploy in Afghanistan. The leading European manufacturer for protected wheeled and tracked vehicles will deliver the 41 DINGO 2 to the troops even before the end of the year. The DINGO 2 has already been successfully tried and tested in numerous international missions, including in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Next to Germany it is also used by Austria, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Czech Republic.
01 April 2010
The Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has now ordered a further 41 of these heavily-protected personnel and material carrier from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), which the German Army will deploy in Afghanistan. The leading European manufacturer for protected wheeled and tracked vehicles will deliver the 41 DINGO 2 to the troops even before the end of the year. The DINGO 2 has already been successfully tried and tested in numerous international missions, including in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Next to Germany it is also used by Austria, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Czech Republic.
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The British Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of 24 BVs10 Viking MkII from BAE Systems.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken delivery on time of the last of 24 BvS10 Viking Mk 2 mine-protected vehicles ordered from BAE Systems in July last year. The vehicles will be deployed to Afghanistan in the near future. The fast-moving £21m programme was a response to new threats from insurgents in Afghanistan. The original more lightly armoured go-anywhere BvS10s - known as Vikings in British service - proved extremely successful because of their ability to provide the element of surprise in carrying the fight to the enemy. Before long they came under attack from improvised explosive devices and in response they were fitted with extra armour in Afghanistan under an urgent operational requirement.
01 April 2010
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken delivery on time of the last of 24 BvS10 Viking Mk 2 mine-protected vehicles ordered from BAE Systems in July last year. The vehicles will be deployed to Afghanistan in the near future. The fast-moving £21m programme was a response to new threats from insurgents in Afghanistan. The original more lightly armoured go-anywhere BvS10s - known as Vikings in British service - proved extremely successful because of their ability to provide the element of surprise in carrying the fight to the enemy. Before long they came under attack from improvised explosive devices and in response they were fitted with extra armour in Afghanistan under an urgent operational requirement.
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Oshkosh Defense Awarded $41 Million for M-ATV Protection Kits.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, has received an order valued at more than $41 million from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 1,000 add-on rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) protection kits for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV). Timing for the work is expected to be completed by September 2010 and installation will occur in theater. “The M-ATV provides exceptional protection capabilities for our Armed Forces in Afghanistan,” said Kenneth G. Juergens, Oshkosh Corporation vice president and general manager, Joint Programs, Defense. “These add-on RPG kits are being delivered to further bolster the security of our men and women in uniform and ensure that they continue to have the best protection available as they carry out their missions. We are committed to providing a robust aftermarket parts support program to meet our Warfighters’ needs in the field.” Delivery of the RPG kits is one element of the complete spectrum of service and support Oshkosh Defense provides for the M-ATV fleet in the Afghan theater. The company also deploys in-theater field service representatives (FSR). Oshkosh FSRs operate service facilities at forward operating bases that require additional training or more support than internal assets can provide.
01 April 2010
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, has received an order valued at more than $41 million from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 1,000 add-on rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) protection kits for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV). Timing for the work is expected to be completed by September 2010 and installation will occur in theater. “The M-ATV provides exceptional protection capabilities for our Armed Forces in Afghanistan,” said Kenneth G. Juergens, Oshkosh Corporation vice president and general manager, Joint Programs, Defense. “These add-on RPG kits are being delivered to further bolster the security of our men and women in uniform and ensure that they continue to have the best protection available as they carry out their missions. We are committed to providing a robust aftermarket parts support program to meet our Warfighters’ needs in the field.” Delivery of the RPG kits is one element of the complete spectrum of service and support Oshkosh Defense provides for the M-ATV fleet in the Afghan theater. The company also deploys in-theater field service representatives (FSR). Oshkosh FSRs operate service facilities at forward operating bases that require additional training or more support than internal assets can provide.
United States American US Army Oshkosh M-ATV MRAP mine protected wheeled armoured vehicle
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