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Iran Back Menu
Tehran's preparedness to equip the Lebanese Army with the necessary military tools and weapons.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Monday renewed Tehran's preparedness to equip the Lebanese Army with the necessary military tools and weapons. "If they (Lebanese) demand, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to provide the country with their needed arms for defending Lebanon's borders," Vahidi said in an interview with the Arabic Language Al Alam network. "The Army of Lebanon is our friend and is in a region that is under the Zionist regime's pressure and threat," Vahidi noted. Last week, Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Qazanfar Roknabadi said that Tehran is prepared to arm the Lebanese Army, and added, "If Lebanon officially calls for Iran's help to equip its army, Iran will feel honored to help Lebanon's army." Iranian Ambassador to Beirut also said that the issue will be brought up during President Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit to Lebanon, which comes at the invitation of his Lebanese counterpart Michel Sulayman. The remarks by the Iranian officials came after Lebanese President Michel Sulayman officially asked Iran to equip and modernize the Lebanese Army. Meantime, Secretary-General of Hezbollah Seyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday welcomed the Lebanese government's decision to ask for Tehran's cooperation in equipping the country's Army. Nasrallah urged the Lebanese Cabinet to ask Iran and Arab states to provide equipment for Lebanon's army, stressing that "Hezbollah will work hard through its friendship with Iran to equip the Lebanese Army." Nasrallah said Beirut should seek an alternative source for its military needs, and stressed, "Lebanon must ask for help from countries that are willing to sell arms to Beirut without any conditions." The US Congress decided to block its $100 million military aid to Lebanon shortly after a deadly border clash between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers in early August.
30 August 2010
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Monday renewed Tehran's preparedness to equip the Lebanese Army with the necessary military tools and weapons. "If they (Lebanese) demand, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to provide the country with their needed arms for defending Lebanon's borders," Vahidi said in an interview with the Arabic Language Al Alam network. "The Army of Lebanon is our friend and is in a region that is under the Zionist regime's pressure and threat," Vahidi noted. Last week, Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Qazanfar Roknabadi said that Tehran is prepared to arm the Lebanese Army, and added, "If Lebanon officially calls for Iran's help to equip its army, Iran will feel honored to help Lebanon's army." Iranian Ambassador to Beirut also said that the issue will be brought up during President Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit to Lebanon, which comes at the invitation of his Lebanese counterpart Michel Sulayman. The remarks by the Iranian officials came after Lebanese President Michel Sulayman officially asked Iran to equip and modernize the Lebanese Army. Meantime, Secretary-General of Hezbollah Seyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday welcomed the Lebanese government's decision to ask for Tehran's cooperation in equipping the country's Army. Nasrallah urged the Lebanese Cabinet to ask Iran and Arab states to provide equipment for Lebanon's army, stressing that "Hezbollah will work hard through its friendship with Iran to equip the Lebanese Army." Nasrallah said Beirut should seek an alternative source for its military needs, and stressed, "Lebanon must ask for help from countries that are willing to sell arms to Beirut without any conditions." The US Congress decided to block its $100 million military aid to Lebanon shortly after a deadly border clash between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers in early August.

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Azerbaijan Back Menu
Russian Helicopters company will supply four Kamov Ka-32 helicopters to Azerbaijan.

Russian Helicopters company will supply four Kamov Ka-32 helicopters to Azerbaijan in the near future, the Azerbaijani APA news agency said on Monday. It is not known which of the country's state departments or institutions ordered the helicopters, the report said. In May, the Azerbaijan Emergencies Ministry bought two Ka-32 helicopters from Russia. The Ka-32 is a 12-ton coaxial twin-rotor helicopter that can carry a payload of up to four tons. It is commonly used in utility cargo work and fire-fighting, has an endurance of about four hours and cruises at 205 kilometers per hour.
30 August 2010
Russian Helicopters company will supply four Kamov Ka-32 helicopters to Azerbaijan in the near future, the Azerbaijani APA news agency said on Monday. It is not known which of the country's state departments or institutions ordered the helicopters, the report said. In May, the Azerbaijan Emergencies Ministry bought two Ka-32 helicopters from Russia. The Ka-32 is a 12-ton coaxial twin-rotor helicopter that can carry a payload of up to four tons. It is commonly used in utility cargo work and fire-fighting, has an endurance of about four hours and cruises at 205 kilometers per hour.

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Somalia Back Menu
Four Ugandan soldiers of the AMISOM killed in Somalia.

Four Ugandan soldiers of the peace force of the African Union in Somalia (Amisom) were killed Monday by a mortar fire in Mogadiscio, during engagements against the islamist insurrectionists shebab, announced the spokesperson of this force.
30 August 2010
Four Ugandan soldiers of the peace force of the African Union in Somalia (Amisom) were killed Monday by a mortar fire in Mogadiscio, during engagements against the islamist insurrectionists shebab, announced the spokesperson of this force.

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Iran Back Menu
Iran starts mass-production of long-range 130 mm artillery ammunition.

Iran on Sunday started mass-production of the county's longest-range artillery ammunition in an official ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the mass production of Base bleed projectiles in the capital Tehran, Vahidi said the new 130 millimeter advanced artillery shells will be the longest range artillery shells in arsenals of the Islamic Republic's army, Iran's Defense Ministry said on its website. "These ammunitions use solid propellants and act like ballistic missiles," Vahidi added. He also lauded Iranian experts at the arms production division of the country's defense industries for their efforts to modify the base bleed system in order to further enhance the range of the ammunitions from 27 to 42 kilometers. The defense minister also said such achievements demonstrate that sanctions against Iran have been ineffective. Base bleed is a system used on some artillery shells to increase their range, typically by about 30%.
29 August 2010
Iran on Sunday started mass-production of the county's longest-range artillery ammunition in an official ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the mass production of Base bleed projectiles in the capital Tehran, Vahidi said the new 130 millimeter advanced artillery shells will be the longest range artillery shells in arsenals of the Islamic Republic's army, Iran's Defense Ministry said on its website. "These ammunitions use solid propellants and act like ballistic missiles," Vahidi added. He also lauded Iranian experts at the arms production division of the country's defense industries for their efforts to modify the base bleed system in order to further enhance the range of the ammunitions from 27 to 42 kilometers. The defense minister also said such achievements demonstrate that sanctions against Iran have been ineffective. Base bleed is a system used on some artillery shells to increase their range, typically by about 30%.

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United States Back Menu
Lockheed Martin drone UAV helicopter Kaman K-MAX soon engaged in Afghanistan.

American Company Lockheed Martin markets a drone helicopter intended to supply the American soldiers in Afghanistan, announced this 27 August 2010 by some European media. The UAV baptized Kaman K-MAX can transport a charge of 1,300 kg. It will be used to forward food and ammunition to the bases deployed in the “hot spots”. Ordered remotely using a laptop or conduit by a pilot installed inside the cockpit, the helicopter can be used in any weather condition. Its maximum speed in load is of 147 km/h. The representatives of Lockheed Martin did not say the exact date of entry of this drone helicopter in service, but however indicated that in the event of success of the tests, it would make his appearance in Afghanistan at the end of 2011. Lockheed Martin Corporation appears among the largest American manufacturers of aeronautical, space, navy and military equipment.
28 August 2010
American Company Lockheed Martin markets a drone helicopter intended to supply the American soldiers in Afghanistan, announced this 27 August 2010 by some European media. The UAV baptized Kaman K-MAX can transport a charge of 1,300 kg. It will be used to forward foods and ammunition to the bases deployed in the “hot spots”. Ordered remotely using a laptop or conduit by a pilot installed inside the cockpit, the helicopter can be used in any weather condition. Its maximum speed in load is of 147 km/h. The representatives of Lockheed Martin did not say the exact date of entry of this drone helicopter in service, but however indicated that in the event of success of the tests, it would make his appearance in Afghanistan at the end of 2011. Lockheed Martin Corporation appears among the largest American manufacturers of aeronautical, space, navy and military equipment.

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Afghanistan Back Menu
American bases in Afghanistan attacked by kamikazes suicides talibans.

American bases in Afghanistan were attacked by kamikazes Taliban’s. These suicides actions were stopped by the NATO soldiers. These attacks aimed at the camps advanced of Chapman and Salerno, in the province of Khost, close to the Pakistani border. The Chapman base had been attacked already by a kamikaze in December 2009, who had caused the death of seven agents of the CIA. According to certain sources, members of the Afghan government would have been remunerated by the American agency. The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai qualified these remarks of insults, and used to discredit the government of its country.
28 August 2010
American bases in Afghanistan were attacked by kamikazes Taliban’s. These suicides actions were stopped by the NAO soldiers. These attacks aimed at the camps advanced of Chapman and Salerno, in the province of Khost, close to the Pakistani border. The Chapman base had been attacked already by a kamikaze in December 2009, who had caused the death of seven agents of the CIA. According to certain sources, members of the Afghan government would have been remunerated by the American agency. The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai qualified these remarks of insults, and used to discredit the government of its country.

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Iran Back Menu
Iran able to export military equipment to other coutries.

A senior lawmaker noted Iran's advancement in the production of military tools, weapons and equipment, and said Tehran is prepared to export its products to the other countries. "The government has the ability to export military equipment to different countries," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Mohammad Javad Abtahi told FNA on Saturday. Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes. Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.
28 August 2010
A senior lawmaker noted Iran's advancement in the production of military tools, weapons and equipment, and said Tehran is prepared to export its products to the other countries. "The government has the ability to export military equipment to different countries," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Mohammad Javad Abtahi told FNA on Saturday. Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes. Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

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Singapore Armed Forces has deployed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Afghanistan.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed a 52-man Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Task Group to Tarin Kowt, the provincial capital of Uruzgan, and a team of four institutional trainers to Kabul as part of Singapore's overall contribution to the multinational stabilisation and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The UAV Task Group, which commences operations today, will be deployed for three months, from August to November 2010. The four institutional trainers, who started their operations a week earlier, will be deployed till December 2010. They will then hand over to a second rotation of institutional trainers who will be deployed for four months till April 2011. This is the first time that the SAF is deploying a UAV Task Group and institutional trainers to Afghanistan. During its deployment, the UAV Task Group will operate out of Multinational Base Tarin Kowt to augment the International Security Assistance Force's (ISAF's) surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in Uruzgan. The Task Group will be carrying out assigned tasks such as the surveillance of key roads, to enhance the security of Afghan locals and the international forces. The four SAF institutional trainers are deployed in an artillery school in Kabul to assist in the ISAF's efforts to train the Afghan National Army (ANA). They will advise the ANA on artillery training and doctrine development, assist in the design of Train-the-Trainer programmes for ANA instructors, and advise the school on the effective administration and conduct of artillery courses. The SAF has been making deployments to Afghanistan since May 2007. The SAF currently has a six-man construction engineering team in Bamiyan province supervising the construction of a comprehensive health clinic, as well as a 21-man Weapon Locating Radar team at the Tarin Kowt base since September 2009 to provide early warning of rocket attacks and enhance force protection measures for ISAF personnel. Earlier this year, an eight-man SAF surgical team was deployed to a field hospital at the same base to provide surgical and medical support to the ISAF personnel deployed there, as well as emergency medical care for the Afghan locals.
27 August 2010
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed a 52-man Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Task Group to Tarin Kowt, the provincial capital of Uruzgan, and a team of four institutional trainers to Kabul as part of Singapore's overall contribution to the multinational stabilisation and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The UAV Task Group, which commences operations today, will be deployed for three months, from August to November 2010. The four institutional trainers, who started their operations a week earlier, will be deployed till December 2010. They will then hand over to a second rotation of institutional trainers who will be deployed for four months till April 2011. This is the first time that the SAF is deploying a UAV Task Group and institutional trainers to Afghanistan. During its deployment, the UAV Task Group will operate out of Multinational Base Tarin Kowt to augment the International Security Assistance Force's (ISAF's) surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in Uruzgan. The Task Group will be carrying out assigned tasks such as the surveillance of key roads, to enhance the security of Afghan locals and the international forces. The four SAF institutional trainers are deployed in an artillery school in Kabul to assist in the ISAF's efforts to train the Afghan National Army (ANA). They will advise the ANA on artillery training and doctrine development, assist in the design of Train-the-Trainer programmes for ANA instructors, and advise the school on the effective administration and conduct of artillery courses. The SAF has been making deployments to Afghanistan since May 2007. The SAF currently has a six-man construction engineering team in Bamiyan province supervising the construction of a comprehensive health clinic, as well as a 21-man Weapon Locating Radar team at the Tarin Kowt base since September 2009 to provide early warning of rocket attacks and enhance force protection measures for ISAF personnel. Earlier this year, an eight-man SAF surgical team was deployed to a field hospital at the same base to provide surgical and medical support to the ISAF personnel deployed there, as well as emergency medical care for the Afghan locals.

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Estonia Back Menu
Estonia is buying over 80 SISU XA-188 wheeled armored personnel carriers from Durch Army.

Estonia is buying over 80 SISU XA-188 armored carriers, currently owned by the Dutch defense forces, for close to 20 million euros. The Estonian defense forces want to use the vehicles to continue mechanizing the 1st Infantry Brigade and to offer their units in Afghanistan a better level of armored protection. "Compared with the current armored carriers these ones offer better protection, and the first carriers should reach Afghanistan this year for the use by the Estonian troops stationed there," said Minister of Defense Jaak Aaviksoo. The Ministry of Defense is currently in preliminary negotiations with the Netherlands on unit prices, delivery terms and payment schedule. The delivery will be made starting this year through 2015. Estonia previously purchased 60 SISU XA-180EST armored carriers from Finland in 2004, costing four million euros. The SISU XA-188 is similar to the latest vehicles, which will make use, maintenance and repair of the Dutch vehicles easier. The ministry said the new vehicles have better protection against live fire, IEDs and mines. Also to be procured from the Netherlands are medical and control point armored vehicles. These vehicles, 80 in number, will be used to deliver supplies to the 1st Infantry Brigade.
27 August 2010
Estonia is buying over 80 SISU XA-188 armored carriers, currently owned by the Dutch defense forces, for close to 20 million euros. The Estonian defense forces want to use the vehicles to continue mechanizing the 1st Infantry Brigade and to offer their units in Afghanistan a better level of armored protection. "Compared with the current armored carriers these ones offer better protection, and the first carriers should reach Afghanistan this year for the use by the Estonian troops stationed there," said Minister of Defense Jaak Aaviksoo. The Ministry of Defense is currently in preliminary negotiations with the Netherlands on unit prices, delivery terms and payment schedule. The delivery will be made starting this year through 2015. Estonia previously purchased 60 SISU XA-180EST armored carriers from Finland in 2004, costing four million euros. The SISU XA-188 is similar to the latest vehicles, which will make use, maintenance and repair of the Dutch vehicles easier. The ministry said the new vehicles have better protection against live fire, IEDs and mines. Also to be procured from the Netherlands are medical and control point armored vehicles. These vehicles, 80 in number, will be used to deliver supplies to the 1st Infantry Brigade.

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Palestine Back Menu
Russian wheeled armored vehicles BTR-70 sent to Palestinian National Authority stuck in Jordan.

Fifty wheeled armored personnel carriers BTR-70 sent by Russia to the Palestinian National Authority are stuck in Jordan because of Israeli red tape, the Palestinian ambassador to Russia said on Thursday. Russia sent the armored personnel carriers to the PNA in June. The vehicles have to be delivered to the PNA's administrative capital of Ramallah via Jordan. "This delay is caused by formalities from the Israeli side. They drag out this process in every possible way," Fayed Mustafa said. "But we hope that our forthcoming direct talks with Israel will help resolve the situation," he said.
26 August 2010
Fifty wheeled armored personnel carriers BTR-70 sent by Russia to the Palestinian National Authority are stuck in Jordan because of Israeli red tape, the Palestinian ambassador to Russia said on Thursday. Russia sent the armored personnel carriers to the PNA in June. The vehicles have to be delivered to the PNA's administrative capital of Ramallah via Jordan. "This delay is caused by formalities from the Israeli side. They drag out this process in every possible way," Fayed Mustafa said. "But we hope that our forthcoming direct talks with Israel will help resolve the situation," he said.

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Iran Back Menu
Iran Test-Fires 3rd Generation of Fateh-110 short range ballistic missile.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Wednesday that the country has successfully test-fired the third generation of Fateh-110 missiles. The Fateh-110 is a short-range, road-mobile, solid-propellant, high-precision ballistic missile with advanced navigation and control systems. Speaking on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting here in Tehran today, Vahidi told reporters that the newly tested missile enjoys high precision, and added, "Use of highly precise navigation and control systems in this missile has enabled it to hit targets with high precision." He added that the new generation of the Fateh-110 has been designed and developed by the Iranian experts in the Defense Ministry's Aerospace Organization and has not been modeled on any foreign product. Vahidi announced that the Iranian Armed Forces will be equipped with this missile in mid-September, and stated, "The missile power of the Armed Forces will be remarkably boosted by these missiles." The Iranian defense ministry has made great achievements in designing and producing missiles, including the surface-to-surface solid-fuel Sejjil missiles, the long-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile which has a range of up to 2,000 km, and Zelzal and Fateh missiles. The new test came days after Iran test-fired a new type surface to surface, cruise missile, named Qiam 1. "Being a new class of Iranian missiles, Qiam 1 has been equipped with new technical features and exceptional tactical power," Vahidi said, addressing a congregation of people on Tehran University campus on Friday. He explained that the missile is equipped with a smart navigation system, which decreases the possibility of interception by other projectiles. Vahidi added at the time that the liquid-fuel missile's launch time is low due to its smart targeting system. Iran has been pushing an arms development program in recent years in a bid to reach self-sufficiency. Tehran launched its arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own jet fighters and armored vehicles as well as radar-avoiding missiles and other high-tech weapons. Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.
26 August 2010
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Wednesday that the country has successfully test-fired the third generation of Fateh-110 missiles. The Fateh-110 is a short-range, road-mobile, solid-propellant, high-precision ballistic missile with advanced navigation and control systems. Speaking on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting here in Tehran today, Vahidi told reporters that the newly tested missile enjoys high precision, and added, "Use of highly precise navigation and control systems in this missile has enabled it to hit targets with high precision." He added that the new generation of the Fateh-110 has been designed and developed by the Iranian experts in the Defense Ministry's Aerospace Organization and has not been modeled on any foreign product. Vahidi announced that the Iranian Armed Forces will be equipped with this missile in mid-September, and stated, "The missile power of the Armed Forces will be remarkably boosted by these missiles." The Iranian defense ministry has made great achievements in designing and producing missiles, including the surface-to-surface solid-fuel Sejjil missiles, the long-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile which has a range of up to 2,000 km, and Zelzal and Fateh missiles. The new test came days after Iran test-fired a new type surface to surface, cruise missile, named Qiam 1. "Being a new class of Iranian missiles, Qiam 1 has been equipped with new technical features and exceptional tactical power," Vahidi said, addressing a congregation of people on Tehran University campus on Friday. He explained that the missile is equipped with a smart navigation system, which decreases the possibility of interception by other projectiles. Vahidi added at the time that the liquid-fuel missile's launch time is low due to its smart targeting system. Iran has been pushing an arms development program in recent years in a bid to reach self-sufficiency. Tehran launched its arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own jet fighters and armored vehicles as well as radar-avoiding missiles and other high-tech weapons. Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

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Russia denies deployment of S-300 air defense missile system in South Ossetia.

There is no truth to the Georgian Foreign Minister's statement that Russia has deployed S-300 air defense systems in South Ossetia, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. "There are no Russian S-300 systems on the territory of South Ossetia. There is no need for it," the source said. "The protection of the Russian military base as well as South Ossetia is carried out by Buk air defense systems," the source said, adding that the former Georgian republic's landscape would restrict the deployment of S-300 systems. Earlier on Wednesday, Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said Russia had deployed S-300 systems in South Ossetia. "Russia has deployed S-300s in the occupied Abkhazia... I assure you that while Russia has not announced this yet, the Russian S-300s are also deployed in the Tskhinvali region," he said. South Ossetian Defense Minister Valery Yakhnovets also refuted the statement. He said South Ossetia has no need for S-300s "at the present time." Russian Air Force commander-in-chief Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said on August 11 Russia had deployed S-300 systems in Abkhazia - a statement that angered Georgia but failed to surprise the U.S. State Department which said the systems appeared to have been in place for the last two years. "It is our understanding that Russia has had S-300 missiles in Abkhazia for the last two years... We can't confirm whether they have added to them or not," Department spokesman Philip Crowley said. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in August 2008 after winning a brief war with Georgia over South Ossetia. Russia signed agreements with Abkhazia and South Ossetia earlier this year on establishing permanent military bases in the republics. The bases are located in Gudauta, on Abkhazia's Black Sea coast, and in South Ossetia's capital, Tskhinvali. Each base hosts up to 1,700 servicemen, T-62 tanks, light armored vehicles, air defense systems and a variety of aircraft.
26 August 2010
There is no truth to the Georgian Foreign Minister's statement that Russia has deployed S-300 air defense systems in South Ossetia, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. "There are no Russian S-300 systems on the territory of South Ossetia. There is no need for it," the source said. "The protection of the Russian military base as well as South Ossetia is carried out by Buk air defense systems," the source said, adding that the former Georgian republic's landscape would restrict the deployment of S-300 systems. Earlier on Wednesday, Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said Russia had deployed S-300 systems in South Ossetia. "Russia has deployed S-300s in the occupied Abkhazia... I assure you that while Russia has not announced this yet, the Russian S-300s are also deployed in the Tskhinvali region," he said. South Ossetian Defense Minister Valery Yakhnovets also refuted the statement. He said South Ossetia has no need for S-300s "at the present time." Russian Air Force commander-in-chief Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said on August 11 Russia had deployed S-300 systems in Abkhazia - a statement that angered Georgia but failed to surprise the U.S. State Department which said the systems appeared to have been in place for the last two years. "It is our understanding that Russia has had S-300 missiles in Abkhazia for the last two years... We can't confirm whether they have added to them or not," Department spokesman Philip Crowley said. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in August 2008 after winning a brief war with Georgia over South Ossetia. Russia signed agreements with Abkhazia and South Ossetia earlier this year on establishing permanent military bases in the republics. The bases are located in Gudauta, on Abkhazia's Black Sea coast, and in South Ossetia's capital, Tskhinvali. Each base hosts up to 1,700 servicemen, T-62 tanks, light armored vehicles, air defense systems and a variety of aircraft.

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U.S. Army Orders 1,100 Oshkosh Defense Vehicles to Support the National Guard and Reserve.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today it has received a delivery order modification from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 1,100 trucks and trailers to the National Guard and Reserve as part of the U.S. Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles fleet. "This award demonstrates the government's confidence in the Oshkosh FMTV program," said Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense. "Every truck delivery is important. We are especially pleased to support the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve. We are anxious to do all we can to help modernize these important components of our national security." Deliveries for this latest award, valued at more than $180 million, will remain on the original contract timeline and be completed by April 2012. The award includes three FMTV truck variants and two different trailers, which will be produced at the company's facilities in Wisconsin. The five-year FMTV contract awarded to Oshkosh Defense is for the production of an estimated 23,000 trucks and trailers, as well as support services and training through fiscal 2013. The government has exercised contracts for more than 7,300 trucks and trailers to-date. The FMTV is a series of 17 models ranging from 2.5-ton to 10-ton payloads. Vehicles feature a parts commonality of more than 80 percent, resulting in streamlined maintenance, training, sustainment and overall cost efficiency for the U.S. Army.
25 August 2010
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today it has received a delivery order modification from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 1,100 trucks and trailers to the National Guard and Reserve as part of the U.S. Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles fleet. "This award demonstrates the government's confidence in the Oshkosh FMTV program," said Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense. "Every truck delivery is important. We are especially pleased to support the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve. We are anxious to do all we can to help modernize these important components of our national security." Deliveries for this latest award, valued at more than $180 million, will remain on the original contract timeline and be completed by April 2012. The award includes three FMTV truck variants and two different trailers, which will be produced at the company's facilities in Wisconsin. The five-year FMTV contract awarded to Oshkosh Defense is for the production of an estimated 23,000 trucks and trailers, as well as support services and training through fiscal 2013. The government has exercised contracts for more than 7,300 trucks and trailers to-date. The FMTV is a series of 17 models ranging from 2.5-ton to 10-ton payloads. Vehicles feature a parts commonality of more than 80 percent, resulting in streamlined maintenance, training, sustainment and overall cost efficiency for the U.S. Army.

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Regional security organization's SCO anti-terrorism drills in Russia enter active stage.

Law enforcement agencies and special services of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states will begin on Wednesday the active stage of their anti-terrorism drills, the Russian National Antiterrorism Committee said. The exercises in southern Russia's Saratov Region are being held in two stages. The first stage was held on August 16-23, and the second begins on Wednesday and will last until August 28. "The aim of the exercises is to organize cooperation among national antiterrorism centers, special services and law enforcement bodies of the SCO member states to implement a complex of measures to prevent acts of terrorism in crowded places," the committee said in a statement. During the first stage of the drills, Russian, Kyrgyz and Kazakh law enforcement agencies and special services practiced coordinated operational and investigative activities against a hypothetical terrorist group. The SCO is a security organization consisting of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.
25 August 2010
Law enforcement agencies and special services of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states will begin on Wednesday the active stage of their anti-terrorism drills, the Russian National Antiterrorism Committee said. The exercises in southern Russia's Saratov Region are being held in two stages. The first stage was held on August 16-23, and the second begins on Wednesday and will last until August 28. "The aim of the exercises is to organize cooperation among national antiterrorism centers, special services and law enforcement bodies of the SCO member states to implement a complex of measures to prevent acts of terrorism in crowded places," the committee said in a statement. During the first stage of the drills, Russian, Kyrgyz and Kazakh law enforcement agencies and special services practiced coordinated operational and investigative activities against a hypothetical terrorist group. The SCO is a security organization consisting of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.

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Croatia Back Menu
Patria and Croatian MoD agree on Amendment to Armoured Wheeled Vehicle contract.

Patria and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Republic of Croatia signed an Amendment related to the manufacturing and delivery contract of 126 Patria AMV 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles on July 2010. The negotiations were started on the Croatian MoD’s initiative due to the financial reasons. According to the amendment the number of vehicles remains unchanged and the deliveries will be completed by the end of 2012. The vehicle versions were updated to match the current requirements of the Ministry of Defence. Majority of the vehicles will be manufactured in Croatia by Patria’s local consortium partner Duro Dakovic Special Vehicles (DDSV).The new revised contract also strengthens financial capabilities of DDSV in this program. In addition to the initial batch of 6 vehicles manufactured in Finland Patria has completed the transfer of technology to DDSV. DDSV has already locally manufactured the first 9 Patria AMV 8x8 basic vehicles. “Patria is very pleased that the amendment negotiations were concluded in good cooperation and understanding with all parties. This new amendment further strengthens Patria’s leading position as the supplier of armoured wheeled vehicles but also opens possibilities for future business opportunities with our Croatian partner”, states Mr Seppo Seppälä, President of Patria Land & Armament Oy.
24 August 2010
Patria and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Republic of Croatia signed an Amendment related to the manufacturing and delivery contract of 126 Patria AMV 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles on July 2010. The negotiations were started on the Croatian MoD’s initiative due to the financial reasons. According to the amendment the number of vehicles remains unchanged and the deliveries will be completed by the end of 2012. The vehicle versions were updated to match the current requirements of the Ministry of Defence. Majority of the vehicles will be manufactured in Croatia by Patria’s local consortium partner Duro Dakovic Special Vehicles (DDSV).The new revised contract also strengthens financial capabilities of DDSV in this program. In addition to the initial batch of 6 vehicles manufactured in Finland Patria has completed the transfer of technology to DDSV. DDSV has already locally manufactured the first 9 Patria AMV 8x8 basic vehicles. “Patria is very pleased that the amendment negotiations were concluded in good cooperation and understanding with all parties. This new amendment further strengthens Patria’s leading position as the supplier of armoured wheeled vehicles but also opens possibilities for future business opportunities with our Croatian partner”, states Mr Seppo Seppälä, President of Patria Land & Armament Oy.

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Force Protection Receives $64.1 Million Award for Additional Vehicle Cougar I Modernization.

Force Protection Industries, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Force Protection Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT), a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions and provider of total life cycle support for those products, today announced that it has received a modification to existing contract M67854-07-D-5031 with an approximate value of $64.1 million for seat survivability upgrade kits for 1,946 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Category I Cougar vehicles. The modification is subject to definitization. Work will be performed primarily in Afghanistan with additional work in Kuwait and home stations in the United States. All work under this modification is expected to be complete by February, 2011.
23 August 2010
Force Protection Industries, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Force Protection Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT), a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions and provider of total life cycle support for those products, today announced that it has received a modification to existing contract M67854-07-D-5031 with an approximate value of $64.1 million for seat survivability upgrade kits for 1,946 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Category I Cougar vehicles. The modification is subject to definitization. Work will be performed primarily in Afghanistan with additional work in Kuwait and home stations in the United States. All work under this modification is expected to be complete by February, 2011.

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Russia started the preparations of the firing practices of ground-to-air missiles S-300 at Barents sea.

Russia started the preparations of the firing practices of S-300 missiles at Barents sea, information from this 23 August 2010 of Vladimir Drik from the Russian ministry of Defense. “This Monday, the preparations of the firing practices of S-300 from the island of Kildin began”, indicated the interlocutor of the agency without specifying the date of the exercises. According to M.Drik, the troops of missiles “will improve their knowledge to make as regards preparation with the combat, of loading of the batteries of missiles and co-operation with the naval forces”.
23 August 2010
Russia started the preparations of the firing practices of S-300 missiles at Barents sea, information from this 23 August 2010 of Vladimir Drik from the Russian ministry of Defense. “This Monday, the preparations of the firing practices of S-300 from the island of Kildin began”, indicated the interlocutor of the agency without specifying the date of the exercises. According to M.Drik, the troops of missiles “will improve their knowledge to make as regards preparation with the combat, of loading of the batteries of missiles and co-operation with the naval forces”.

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Training for the russian military mountaineers in the North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.

A hundred Russian military mountaineers will gather at a training base in the North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria on Monday for mountain survival training. They will learn how to climb grass- and gravel-covered slopes, rocks and glaciers. "The servicemen will also learn safety rules during climbing, as well as first aid and evacuation of injured people from remote mountainous regions," a military spokesman said. The training will continue through mid-September.
23 August 2010
A hundred Russian military mountaineers will gather at a training base in the North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria on Monday for mountain survival training. They will learn how to climb grass- and gravel-covered slopes, rocks and glaciers. "The servicemen will also learn safety rules during climbing, as well as first aid and evacuation of injured people from remote mountainous regions," a military spokesman said. The training will continue through mid-September.

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Large-scale military exercises involving more than 4,000 Russian army paratroopers.

Large-scale exercises involving more than 4,000 paratroopers will begin in two Central Russian regions on Monday, Airborne Troops spokesman Col. Alexander Cherednik said. The exercises in the Ivanovo and Kostroma Regions will be held through August 28 under the command of Russian Airborne Troops Commander Lt. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov. They will also involve 300 units of equipment. Over 30 vehicles and weapons will be airdropped during the exercises. The Airborne Troops are considered the most capable mobile assault forces in Russia. Various estimates put the current personnel at around 48,000 troops, deployed in four divisions and a brigade.
23 August 2010
Large-scale exercises involving more than 4,000 paratroopers will begin in two Central Russian regions on Monday, Airborne Troops spokesman Col. Alexander Cherednik said. The exercises in the Ivanovo and Kostroma Regions will be held through August 28 under the command of Russian Airborne Troops Commander Lt. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov. They will also involve 300 units of equipment. Over 30 vehicles and weapons will be airdropped during the exercises. The Airborne Troops are considered the most capable mobile assault forces in Russia. Various estimates put the current personnel at around 48,000 troops, deployed in four divisions and a brigade.

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Iran's new drone Karrar can hit targets 1000 km away.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Sunday that the country's first home-made long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) named 'Karrar' has a flight range of 1,000km. "Karrar's flying radius reaches 1000km," Vahidi said on the sidelines of a ceremony to unveil Karrar, and added, "In addition to Karrar, Iran possesses other UAVs with a flying range of 1,000 km." Iran successfully tested a home-made radar-evading UAV with bombing capabilities in June 2009. Also in 2008, the country's Defense Industries launched production lines of two well-known home-made fighter jets, namely Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) and Azarakhsh (Lightening). Iran started construction of a plant in the northern province of Mazandaran in March 2009 to mass produce various types of UAVs for a wide variety of missions. Hamed Saeedi, Managing Director of Farnas Aerospace Company in charge of the project, said that his company has been dealing with designing and manufacturing UAVs and reconnaissance and pilot training drones for the last 9 years. "We plan to manufacture UAVs, including unmanned choppers and drones, at this site" he said, referring to the plant in Mazandaran province. Regarding specifications of the UAVs to be produced by the plant, Saeedi noted, "Drones will be of the tactical type, with a short range of 400 to 500 meters flying altitude which cannot be detected by radio waves as they will be stealth aircraft." He singled out detection and control of contraband trafficking on land and in the sea and assistance in firefighting operations, specially in the woods as among other advantages of the UAVs to be manufactured in the plant.
22 August 2010
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Sunday that the country's first home-made long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) named 'Karrar' has a flight range of 1,000km. "Karrar's flying radius reaches 1000km," Vahidi said on the sidelines of a ceremony to unveil Karrar, and added, "In addition to Karrar, Iran possesses other UAVs with a flying range of 1,000 km." Iran successfully tested a home-made radar-evading UAV with bombing capabilities in June 2009. Also in 2008, the country's Defense Industries launched production lines of two well-known home-made fighter jets, namely Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) and Azarakhsh (Lightening). Iran started construction of a plant in the northern province of Mazandaran in March 2009 to mass produce various types of UAVs for a wide variety of missions. Hamed Saeedi, Managing Director of Farnas Aerospace Company in charge of the project, said that his company has been dealing with designing and manufacturing UAVs and reconnaissance and pilot training drones for the last 9 years. "We plan to manufacture UAVs, including unmanned choppers and drones, at this site" he said, referring to the plant in Mazandaran province. Regarding specifications of the UAVs to be produced by the plant, Saeedi noted, "Drones will be of the tactical type, with a short range of 400 to 500 meters flying altitude which cannot be detected by radio waves as they will be stealth aircraft." He singled out detection and control of contraband trafficking on land and in the sea and assistance in firefighting operations, specially in the woods as among other advantages of the UAVs to be manufactured in the plant.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented a new attack bomber combat drone, the Karrar.

At the time of a speech this August 22nd, 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented a new combat drone of attack with capacities of bombardment, information of Iranian national television. This new drone was baptized Karrar, it is able to carry various types of bomb, but its range was not specified. This system is entirely produced in Iran, and is able to run long distance with a high speed. The Karrar Drone was revealed two days after the firing success of the ground-to-ground missile Qiam. Iran, continuous to produce a big number of weapons systems, and two new production lines for fast patrol boats “Seraj” and “Zolfagar” with systems of missiles must be inaugurated in the next days. Following the opening of its new nuclear plant, Israel and the United States do not exclude an attack against Iran to stop its nuclear program. The Westerners suspect Iran, in spite of its repeated denials, to seek to manufacture the atomic weapon under cover of its civil nuclear program.
22 August 2010
At the time of a speech this August 22nd, 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented a new combat drone of attack with capacities of bombardment, information of Iranian national television. This new drone was baptized Karrar, it is able to carry various types of bomb, but its range was not specified. This system is entirely produced in Iran, and is able to run long distance with a high speed. The Karrar Drone was revealed two days after the firing success of the ground-to-ground missile Qiam. Iran, continuous to produce a big number of weapons systems, and two new production lines for fast patrol boats “Seraj” and “Zolfagar” with systems of missiles must be inaugurated in the next days. Following the opening of its new nuclear plant, Israel and the United States do not exclude an attack against Iran to stop its nuclear program. The Westerners suspect Iran, in spite of its repeated denials, to seek to manufacture the atomic weapon under cover of its civil nuclear program.

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New EFV Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle Prototype Tests at Camp Pendleton.

The latest prototype of the troubled Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle demonstrates its high speed water manoeuvrability off the coast of Camp Pendleton. The newest variant of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle throttles all 2,700 horsepower and lifts out of the glassy water gliding like a jet ski. Although the EFV program manager's RHIB has no problem keeping up with the 30 mph speed of the 78,000-pound EFV, it is a breathtaking advancement from its venerable predecessor, the Amphibious Assault Vehicle, which comparatively crawls at 9 mph in water. The EFV is expected to enter limited production in 2012 and the Marine Corps has planned to field 573 vehicles by 2026 according to the EFV Program Office in Woodbridge, Va.
21 August 2010
The latest prototype of the troubled Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle demonstrates its high speed water manoeuvrability off the coast of Camp Pendleton. The newest variant of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle throttles all 2,700 horsepower and lifts out of the glassy water gliding like a jet ski. Although the EFV program manager's RHIB has no problem keeping up with the 30 mph speed of the 78,000-pound EFV, it is a breathtaking advancement from its venerable predecessor, the Amphibious Assault Vehicle, which comparatively crawls at 9 mph in water. The EFV is expected to enter limited production in 2012 and the Marine Corps has planned to field 573 vehicles by 2026 according to the EFV Program Office in Woodbridge, Va.

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Granite Tactical Vehicles introduces ROCK armored vehicle to the defense market.

Granite Tactical Vehicles announces its intentions to market its Light Armored Vehicle known as the, "ROCK," in the United States. After more than 6 years, and millions of logged miles of proven service in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the ROCK is ready to meet the apparent and increasing needs that threaten the US borders. These current threats to Homeland Security have created high interest in the ROCK's abilities and performance. The ROCK is the most aggressive and survivable vehicle in its class. Its design and capabilities have repeatedly outperformed its competition, meeting current and future law enforcement needs with its ability to adapt to new threats. With the current drawdown of US military forces in Iraq, and the Administration's plan to double the number of private contractors, interest in the ROCK armored vehicle has grown exponentially.
20 August 2010
Granite Tactical Vehicles announces its intentions to market its Light Armored Vehicle known as the, "ROCK," in the United States. After more than 6 years, and millions of logged miles of proven service in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the ROCK is ready to meet the apparent and increasing needs that threaten the US borders. These current threats to Homeland Security have created high interest in the ROCK's abilities and performance. The ROCK is the most aggressive and survivable vehicle in its class. Its design and capabilities have repeatedly outperformed its competition, meeting current and future law enforcement needs with its ability to adapt to new threats. With the current drawdown of US military forces in Iraq, and the Administration's plan to double the number of private contractors, interest in the ROCK armored vehicle has grown exponentially.

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South African Army engineers could play a bigger role in national development.

The Department of Defence (DoD) is looking to increase the role of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in national development missions. While the primary role of the SANDF is to protect the territorial integrity of the country, it also has the secondary role of supporting other government departments and the South African people. “The National Defence Force assists . . . the civilian authorities on request,” explains Defence Secretariat acting director: communications strategy and content development Sam Mkhwanazi.
20 August 2010

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United States to Donate 68 Ford Jeeps to Mongolian Army.

The U.S military delegation led by the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Defense Department of the United States of America Wallace Gregson is in Ulaanbaatar for a working visit. On August 19, Prime Minister S.Batbold, the Defense Minister L.Bold and the Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces General-Lieutenant Ts.Byambajav received Wallace Gregsonled delegation in separate meetings, to share views on issues of mutual interests. The U.S military delegation is to attend the ongoing multi-national, peace supporting operational exercise “Khaan Quest” taking place in the Tavan Tolgoi Training Area. They are to hand over the first eighteen Ford jeeps donated by the U.S Government to Mongolian army. In total, the U.S government will donate 68 Ford jeeps.
20 August 2010

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No decision from Moscow about the S-300 delivery in Iran.

No decision has been taken yet on the delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Friday. Russia signed a contract on delivering at least five S-300 systems to Iran in December 2005, but the contract's implementation has so far been delayed. On June 9, the UN Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, including tougher financial controls and an expanded arms embargo. Later, the United States and the EU imposed extra sanctions against the Islamic republic. The sale of S-300 air defense systems is believed to fall under the sanctions, though Russia said the delivery would not be affected since the weapons are not included in the UN Register of Conventional Arms. The head of the Russian State Technology Corporation Rostekhnologii, Sergei Chemezov, said in July that the contract had not been cancelled.
20 August 2010
No decision has been taken yet on the delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Friday. Russia signed a contract on delivering at least five S-300 systems to Iran in December 2005, but the contract's implementation has so far been delayed. On June 9, the UN Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, including tougher financial controls and an expanded arms embargo. Later, the United States and the EU imposed extra sanctions against the Islamic republic. The sale of S-300 air defense systems is believed to fall under the sanctions, though Russia said the delivery would not be affected since the weapons are not included in the UN Register of Conventional Arms. The head of the Russian State Technology Corporation Rostekhnologii, Sergei Chemezov, said in July that the contract had not been cancelled.

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End of the combat mission for the American army troops in Iraq.

The United States withdrew this night their last brigade of Iraq, two weeks before the deadline of August 31st, which had been fixed for this withdrawal. After 7 years of presence on the Iraqi ground, the American army again crossed thus the Kuwaiti border for a return to the country, and enclosed the end of the mission of combat in the country. The end of the mission of the American troops in Iraq was fixed at September 1st, 2010. There will remain still 50.000 American soldiers in Iraq who will have of trainer and military adviser. The complete withdrawal of the American troops of Iraq is planned for January 2012, 4.419 American were killed since the invasion of Iraq.
19 August 2010
The United States withdrew this night their last brigade of Iraq, two weeks before the deadline of August 31st, which had been fixed for this withdrawal. After 7 years of presence on the Iraqi ground, the American army again crossed thus the Kuwaiti border for a return to the country, and enclosed the end of the mission of combat in the country. The end of the mission of the American troops in Iraq was fixed at September 1st, 2010. There will remain still 50.000 American soldiers in Iraq who will have of trainer and military adviser. The complete withdrawal of the American troops of Iraq is planned for January 2012, 4.419 American were killed since the invasion of Iraq.

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For 2011, the Russian Army will obtain new modernized ground-to-air missile TOR-M2U.

In 2011, the Russian Army will start to obtain modernized ground-to-air missiles systems TOR-M2U, announced this 18 August 2010 to the journalists the chief of the DCA of the Army, the general Mikhaïl Crouch. According to the general, this system is able to strike to four targets simultaneously, its performances being improved considerably. The number of missiles carried by the wheeled chassis was doubled, while passing from 8 to 16. The general stressed that the DCA of the Army had an important potential of modernization, the existing armaments being in the course of improvement. The TOR-M2U is a mobile anti-aircraft system of short range. It is used for defense against the weapons of utmost precision, the drones, the fighter-bombers and the helicopters.
18 August 2010
In 2011, the Russian Army will start to obtain modernized ground-to-air missiles systems TOR-M2U, announced this 18 August 2010 to the journalists the chief of the DCA of the Army, the general Mikhaïl Crouch. According to the general, this system is able to strike to four targets simultaneously, its performances being improved considerably. The number of missiles carried by the wheeled chassis was doubled, while passing from 8 to 16. The general stressed that the DCA of the Army had an important potential of modernization, the existing armaments being in the course of improvement. The TOR-M2U is a mobile anti-aircraft system of short range. It is used for defense against the weapons of utmost precision, the drones, the fighter-bombers and the helicopters.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states will start antiterrorism drills in southern Russia's Saratov Region.

Law enforcement agencies and special services of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states will start antiterrorism drills in southern Russia's Saratov Region on 16 August 2010, the regional governor's press service reported. "In line with the decision of the National Antiterrorism Committee, an international operational and strategic exercise of SCO member states, with participation of Russian, Kyrgyz and Kazakh law enforcement agencies and special services, will be held in the Saratov Region on August 16-28," the press service said. The exercises will be held in two stages: the first stage on August 16-23, and the second on August 25-28. "During the first stage of drills, joint actions by Russian, Kyrgyz and Kazakh law enforcement agencies and special services to conduct coordinated operational and investigative activities against a hypothetical terrorist group are to be practiced," the press service said. "At the second stage, a counter terrorism operation is to be conducted on a mass facility in Saratov," it said. The SCO is a security organization consisting of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.
16 August 2010
Law enforcement agencies and special services of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states will start antiterrorism drills in southern Russia's Saratov Region on 16 August 2010, the regional governor's press service reported. "In line with the decision of the National Antiterrorism Committee, an international operational and strategic exercise of SCO member states, with participation of Russian, Kyrgyz and Kazakh law enforcement agencies and special services, will be held in the Saratov Region on August 16-28," the press service said. The exercises will be held in two stages: the first stage on August 16-23, and the second on August 25-28. "During the first stage of drills, joint actions by Russian, Kyrgyz and Kazakh law enforcement agencies and special services to conduct coordinated operational and investigative activities against a hypothetical terrorist group are to be practiced," the press service said. "At the second stage, a counter terrorism operation is to be conducted on a mass facility in Saratov," it said. The SCO is a security organization consisting of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.

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Special tactical peacekeeping drills "Steppe Eagle 2010" start at Ili site near Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Special tactical peacekeeping drills Steppe Eagle 2010 start this 16 August 2010 at Ili training polygon in Almaty region. The militaries of three countries take part in it; Kazakhstan, USA and Great Britain. The representatives of the Armed Forces of these states took part in the opening ceremony, the press-office of the Ministry of Defense informs. The goal of the drills is to address issues of common security, coordinate and correct interaction while peacekeeping activities and other tactical tasks. The drills are to last for ten days. On August 25-26 the forces of three countries will demonstrate the skills gained within the drills.
16 August 2010
Special tactical peacekeeping drills Steppe Eagle 2010 start this 16 August 2010 at Ili training polygon in Almaty region. The militaries of three countries take part in it; Kazakhstan, USA and Great Britain. The representatives of the Armed Forces of these states took part in the opening ceremony, the press-office of the Ministry of Defense informs. The goal of the drills is to address issues of common security, coordinate and correct interaction while peacekeeping activities and other tactical tasks. The drills are to last for ten days. On August 25-26 the forces of three countries will demonstrate the skills gained within the drills.

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Big joint military exercices for United and South Korea.

Military operations began this Monday, August 16, 2010 between South Korea and the United States, with the participation of 56.000 soldiers on the Korean side and 30.000 American soldiers, in spite of the threats launched by the North Korea. The exercise should last ten days. The North Korea is completely to oppose to these operations, and indicated that it could react severely against the United States and to South Korea to answer these military exercises. The shipwreck of the military corvette Cheonan on March 26th, 2010 largely degraded the relations between the two countries, but the North Korea contradicted always to be implied in this shipwreck and qualified these new operations like a repetition for a military invasion. The American General Walter Shap, commander-in-chief of the American troops in South Korea indicated that these operations most important were ever carried out in the world.
16 August 2010
Military operations began this Monday, August 16, 2010 between South Korea and the United States, with the participation of 56.000 soldiers on the Korean side and 30.000 American soldiers, in spite of the threats launched by the North Korea. The exercise should last ten days. The North Korea is completely to oppose to these operations, and indicated that it could react severely against the United States and to South Korea to answer these military exercises. The shipwreck of the military corvette Cheonan on March 26th, 2010 largely degraded the relations between the two countries, but the North Korea contradicted always to be implied in this shipwreck and qualified these new operations like a repetition for a military invasion. The American General Walter Shap, commander-in-chief of the American troops in South Korea indicated that these operations most important were ever carried out in the world.

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Patria wins the Swedish armoured wheeled vehicle contract with the AMV.

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has today announced this 13 August 2010, the contract for 113 armoured vehicles goes to Patria. The contract includes an option for another 113 vehicles. The value of the deal is approximately SEK 2.5 billion.
- I am very pleased that the FMV has found our AMV vehicle to meet best their requirements. We offer the Swedish soldiers a safe and field-proven vehicle which can be of vital importance in the extreme conditions the soldiers operate. At the same time we offer Sweden a true Nordic solution as well as 100% offset. Since the operating principle of Patria is strongly networked this contract is significant to our co-operators in Finland and abroad – especially in Sweden where Patria has also had a long cooperation in the area of the armoured military vehicle supply. Patria’s focus on its key competencies will be also strengthened further since the final assembly of AMVs will take place in Finland, states Mr Seppo Seppälä, President of Patria Land & Armament Oy.
The 113 vehicles ordered by the FMV will be delivered by the end of 2013 for making it possible the Swedish Army to have the operating capability with them during 2014. Patria AMV was launched in 2004. Until today Patria has contracts for some 1300 vehicles with among others Finland and Poland.

15 August 2010

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Russia will be equipped in the future with new air defense missile systems.

The Air Defense System of Moscow and the Russian Central Economic region will receive new weapons, including prestigious S-400 and S-500 air defense systems, Air Force Commander Colonel General Alexander Zelin said on Saturday. "We have Air Defense System which protects Moscow and the Central Economic region; this system operates, accomplishes tasks and, of course, undergoes changes," Zelin said. Central economic region is located in the European part of Russia; it is the country's major industrial region. Besides Moscow, major cities include Nizhny Novgorod, Smolensk, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Tula, Dzerzhinsk, and Rybinsk. "We will buy a significant number of S-400s before 2020. They will not just go to the five anti-aircraft missile regiments equipped with this system, but also to a much larger number [of regiments.] We are also discussing the purchase of S-500 anti-aircraft missile systems," Zelin said. The S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) is designed to intercept and destroy airborne targets at distances of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles), twice the range of the U.S. MIM-104 Patriot, and two-and-a-half times that of Russia's S-300PMU-2. So far, Russia has three S-400 battalions.
15 August 2010
The Air Defense System of Moscow and the Russian Central Economic region will receive new weapons, including prestigious S-400 and S-500 air defense systems, Air Force Commander Colonel General Alexander Zelin said on Saturday. "We have Air Defense System which protects Moscow and the Central Economic region; this system operates, accomplishes tasks and, of course, undergoes changes," Zelin said. Central economic region is located in the European part of Russia; it is the country's major industrial region. Besides Moscow, major cities include Nizhny Novgorod, Smolensk, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Tula, Dzerzhinsk, and Rybinsk. "We will buy a significant number of S-400s before 2020. They will not just go to the five anti-aircraft missile regiments equipped with this system, but also to a much larger number [of regiments.] We are also discussing the purchase of S-500 anti-aircraft missile systems," Zelin said. The S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) is designed to intercept and destroy airborne targets at distances of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles), twice the range of the U.S. MIM-104 Patriot, and two-and-a-half times that of Russia's S-300PMU-2. So far, Russia has three S-400 battalions.

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Russia deploys S-300 air defense missile system in Abkhazia.

Russia has deployed S-300 air defense systems in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, the commander of the Russian Air Force said. "We have placed the S-300 systems in Abkhazia to protect the airspace of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in conjunction with other air defense means deployed by the Ground Forces," Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin told reporters. He added that the air defense assets deployed in the two former Georgian republics will also help to prevent any violation of Russian airspace and destroy any airborne "intruders" regardless of their purpose. Zelin was not specific on the number and type of the S-300 deployed in Abkhazia. The advanced version of the S-300 missile system, called S-300PMU1, has a range of over 150 kilometers (over 100 miles) and can intercept ballistic missiles and aircraft at low and high altitudes, making it effective in warding off potential air and missile strikes. Russia recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia two weeks after a five-day war with Georgia in August 2008, which began when Georgian forces attacked South Ossetia in an attempt to bring it back under central control. Russia also signed earlier this year agreements with South Ossetia and Abkhazia on establishing permanent Russian military bases there. The military bases are located in Gudauta, Abkhazia, and in South Ossetia's capital Tskhinvali. Each base is likely to host up to 1,700 servicemen, T-62 tanks, light armored vehicles, air defense systems and various aircraft.
12 August 2010
Russia has deployed S-300 air defense systems in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, the commander of the Russian Air Force said. "We have placed the S-300 systems in Abkhazia to protect the airspace of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in conjunction with other air defense means deployed by the Ground Forces," Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin told reporters.

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Hugo Chavez and Juan Manuel Santos have agreed to restore diplomatic ties following a dispute last month.

Venezuela and Colombian presidents, Hugo Chavez and Juan Manuel Santos have agreed to restore diplomatic ties following a dispute last month. It is the first major initiative from the newly elected Colombian leader although it’s not clear how Santos’s rightist policies will rub along with the volatile Socialist Chavez. The row had involved accusations that Venezuela was harbouring Colombian rebels, but Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos seems to have been reassured over the matter. “President Chavez told me that he will not allow any presence on his territory of outlawed groups. And this is something very important for us, and I think this is an important step in order to keep our relations on a solid basis,” said Santos. When the former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe publicly produced evidence of the camps inside Venezuela, Chavez cut all ties with his neighbour. Santos who wants trade benefits for Colombian food producers has subsequently distanced himself from his predecessor.
11 August 2010
Venezuela and Colombian presidents, Hugo Chavez and Juan Manuel Santos have agreed to restore diplomatic ties following a dispute last month. It is the first major initiative from the newly elected Colombian leader although it’s not clear how Santos’s rightist policies will rub along with the volatile Socialist Chavez. The row had involved accusations that Venezuela was harbouring Colombian rebels, but Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos seems to have been reassured over the matter. “President Chavez told me that he will not allow any presence on his territory of outlawed groups. And this is something very important for us, and I think this is an important step in order to keep our relations on a solid basis,” said Santos. When the former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe publicly produced evidence of the camps inside Venezuela, Chavez cut all ties with his neighbour. Santos who wants trade benefits for Colombian food producers has subsequently distanced himself from his predecessor.

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Israel (Elbit Systems) Back Menu
Elbit Systems Launches Two New Robots, Creating a VIPeR Family.

During Elbit Systems' latest exhibition displaying advanced land and C4I solutions, the Company launched two new members of the VIPeR family of intelligent and portable robots: Mini-VIPeR and Maxi-VIPeR, which join the combat-proven VIPeR robot, already operational in the Israel Defense Forces under the Hebrew name "Pazit." Building on Elbit Systems' extensive experience and know-how in the unmanned systems field, and using a common control system, the robots feature intuitive operation and enable real-time reconnaissance, in addition to arena clearing, in-building mapping, decoy and screening functions. The Mini-VIPeR robot is an extremely light-weight one-person portable system (weighing approximately 3.5 kg), equipped with advanced sensors that allow full operation in various adverse terrains, as well as allowing ground forces to survey structures before entering by literally throwing the robot through the window or into a dark tunnel. The larger compact robot, Maxi-VIPeR, allows the disarming of explosives and handling radioactive materials using its robotic arm and the various advanced sensors. Designed to reduce the danger to the dismounted force during different phases of combat, the VIPeR family of robots can take on many of the challenges faced by land warriors engaged in today's low intensity conflicts (LIC). Portable and highly mobile, the robots are configurable for multiple types of missions by add-on sensors, modules and payloads, tailored to specific tasks.
10 August 2010
During Elbit Systems' latest exhibition displaying advanced land and C4I solutions, the Company launched two new members of the VIPeR family of intelligent and portable robots: Mini-VIPeR and Maxi-VIPeR, which join the combat-proven VIPeR robot, already operational in the Israel Defense Forces under the Hebrew name "Pazit." Building on Elbit Systems' extensive experience and know-how in the unmanned systems field, and using a common control system, the robots feature intuitive operation and enable real-time reconnaissance, in addition to arena clearing, in-building mapping, decoy and screening functions. The Mini-VIPeR robot is an extremely light-weight one-person portable system (weighing approximately 3.5 kg), equipped with advanced sensors that allow full operation in various adverse terrains, as well as allowing ground forces to survey structures before entering by literally throwing the robot through the window or into a dark tunnel. The larger compact robot, Maxi-VIPeR, allows the disarming of explosives and handling radioactive materials using its robotic arm and the various advanced sensors. Designed to reduce the danger to the dismounted force during different phases of combat, the VIPeR family of robots can take on many of the challenges faced by land warriors engaged in today's low intensity conflicts (LIC). Portable and highly mobile, the robots are configurable for multiple types of missions by add-on sensors, modules and payloads, tailored to specific tasks. During Elbit Systems' latest exhibition displaying advanced land and C4I solutions, the Company launched two new members of the VIPeR family of intelligent and portable robots: Mini-VIPeR and Maxi-VIPeR, which join the combat-proven VIPeR robot, already operational in the Israel Defense Forces under the Hebrew name "Pazit." Building on Elbit Systems' extensive experience and know-how in the unmanned systems field, and using a common control system, the robots feature intuitive operation and enable real-time reconnaissance, in addition to arena clearing, in-building mapping, decoy and screening functions. The Mini-VIPeR robot is an extremely light-weight one-person portable system (weighing approximately 3.5 kg), equipped with advanced sensors that allow full operation in various adverse terrains, as well as allowing ground forces to survey structures before entering by literally throwing the robot through the window or into a dark tunnel. The larger compact robot, Maxi-VIPeR, allows the disarming of explosives and handling radioactive materials using its robotic arm and the various advanced sensors. Designed to reduce the danger to the dismounted force during different phases of combat, the VIPeR family of robots can take on many of the challenges faced by land warriors engaged in today's low intensity conflicts (LIC). Portable and highly mobile, the robots are configurable for multiple types of missions by add-on sensors, modules and payloads, tailored to specific tasks.
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Israel Israeli Elbit Systems Mini VIPeR land robot
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The tensions continue between South and North Korea.

South Korea has demanded the swift return of a fishing boat after it and its seven man crew were seized by the neighbouring North. South Korean coastguard officials are unsure where exactly the vessel was when it was detained in the sea of Japan, but say the crew are being questioned for crossing into the North’s waters. South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung said: ‘‘The South Korean government insists on the prompt return of our fishing boat crews and the boat taken by North Korea yesterday along with immediate measures from the North according to international law.’‘ Fishing boats have frequently been stopped over the years in the Korean peninsula’s disputed waters. But, the latest incident will only add to simmering animosity between the two Koreas. Tension remains high with Seoul continuing to stage military drills off its west coast following the sinking of one of its warships in March.
09 August 2010
During Elbit Systems' latest exhibition displaying advanced land and C4I solutions, the Company launched two new members of the VIPeR family of intelligent and portable robots: Mini-VIPeR and Maxi-VIPeR, which join the combat-proven VIPeR robot, already operational in the Israel Defense Forces under the Hebrew name "Pazit." Building on Elbit Systems' extensive experience and know-how in the unmanned systems field, and using a common control system, the robots feature intuitive operation and enable real-time reconnaissance, in addition to arena clearing, in-building mapping, decoy and screening functions. The Mini-VIPeR robot is an extremely light-weight one-person portable system (weighing approximately 3.5 kg), equipped with advanced sensors that allow full operation in various adverse terrains, as well as allowing ground forces to survey structures before entering by literally throwing the robot through the window or into a dark tunnel. The larger compact robot, Maxi-VIPeR, allows the disarming of explosives and handling radioactive materials using its robotic arm and the various advanced sensors. Designed to reduce the danger to the dismounted force during different phases of combat, the VIPeR family of robots can take on many of the challenges faced by land warriors engaged in today's low intensity conflicts (LIC). Portable and highly mobile, the robots are configurable for multiple types of missions by add-on sensors, modules and payloads, tailored to specific tasks.

South Korean Korean army soldier at the border with North Korea

 

India Back Menu
The Indian Army is placing an order for 124 Arjun Tanks Mark II.

The Indian Army is placing an order for 124 Arjun Tanks Mark II in addition to the equal number of Mark Is ordered earlier. Tank T-90, Tank T-72, and Arjun tanks are all main battle tanks of the Indian Army. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri BP Tarai and Shri Prabodh Panda in Lok Sabha today.
09 August 2010
The Indian Army is placing an order for 124 Arjun Tanks Mark II in addition to the equal number of Mark Is ordered earlier. Tank T-90, Tank T-72, and Arjun tanks are all main battle tanks of the Indian Army. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri BP Tarai and Shri Prabodh Panda in Lok Sabha today.

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Iraq Back Menu
First Abrams M1A1 Main Battle Tanks for Iraqi army.

The Iraqi Army has accepted an initial supply of 11 US-built tanks in advance of the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq in coming months. The 11 M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) represent the first wave of a much larger delivery which will eventually see the Iraqi Army equipped with 140 examples. The last of these will be delivered by the end of 2011, the point at which US troops will start vacating Iraq as per the terms of a security agreement established between Washington and Baghdad in 2008. The Abrams M1A1 Iraqi tanks news was announced by a spokesman for the Iraqi defence ministry. “Today, Iraq received 11 US-made tanks as part of an agreement with the US to hand over 140 tanks to the Iraqi army”, Major General Mohammed al-Askari advised news agency AFP. He continued: “This step is part of preparations by Iraqi forces to take over security responsibilities and build a strong army as the US withdraws. This delivery will help to form the military's first armoured division since 2003.” Several days earlier, the US Army issued its own statement to the media, describing how the Iraqi M1A1 Abrams would be based at Besmaya Range Complex: a training facility close to Baghdad, control of which was only recently given back to Iraqi forces.
09 August 2010
The Iraqi Army has accepted an initial supply of 11 US-built tanks in advance of the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq in coming months. The 11 M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) represent the first wave of a much larger delivery which will eventually see the Iraqi Army equipped with 140 examples. The last of these will be delivered by the end of 2011, the point at which US troops will start vacating Iraq as per the terms of a security agreement established between Washington and Baghdad in 2008. The Abrams M1A1 Iraqi tanks news was announced by a spokesman for the Iraqi defence ministry. “Today, Iraq received 11 US-made tanks as part of an agreement with the US to hand over 140 tanks to the Iraqi army”, Major General Mohammed al-Askari advised news agency AFP. He continued: “This step is part of preparations by Iraqi forces to take over security responsibilities and build a strong army as the US withdraws. This delivery will help to form the military's first armoured division since 2003.” Several days earlier, the US Army issued its own statement to the media, describing how the Iraqi M1A1 Abrams would be based at Besmaya Range Complex: a training facility close to Baghdad, control of which was only recently given back to Iraqi forces.

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Italy (Iveco Defence Vehicles) Back Menu
Russia to assemble Italian armored vehicles LMV Iveco for its military.

The Russian Defense Ministry is going to set up a joint assembly line with the Italian automaker Iveco to produce LMV M65 tactical vehicles in Russia, the Kommersant daily said on Friday. The Italian vehicles have already been included on the list of Russian military equipment, the paper said. The LMV M65 is a light multirole armored vehicle developed in 2001 by Iveco Defense Vehicles. It is designed primarily for strategic and tactical mobility with a high level of protection against anti-tank and anti-personnel mines Italian LMVs have been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and other NATO missions, where their performance has been praised. The Russian state corporation Rostekhnologii is currently holding talks with Iveco on launching the joint venture with planned minimum capacity of 500 vehicles per year. The move is a serious blow to the interests of the Russkie Mashiny company headed by tycoon Oleg Deripaska. His company produces Tigr (Gaz-233014) vehicles with characteristics close to LMV M56 ones. The Gaz-233014 vehicles entered into service in 2006. The LMV M65 assembly line will be based at one of the sites belonging to leading Russian truck manufacturer KamAZ, the paper said, citing a source close to the Defense Ministry. "This project has been approved at the highest level, the country's top leadership is abreast of the situation," the source said. "The Iveco vehicles assembled in Russia are expected to be acquired by the Russian Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service of Russian Federation," he added. A representative of the state Rostekhnologii corporation also confirmed the plans, adding that the details were being negotiated. The Russian Defense Ministry will acquire 278 Italian vehicles in 2011 and 2012, and during the next two years the volumes of supplies will be increased to 458 vehicles per year. In 2015, the ministry will buy 228 vehicles and 75 vehicles in 2016, the source said. The Defense Ministry plans to spend some 30 billion rubles ($1 billion) on the project in the next few years, and Rostekhnologii has pledged that the average price of a vehicle will not exceed 300,000 Euros ($395,340).
06 August 2010
The Russian Defense Ministry is going to set up a joint assembly line with the Italian automaker Iveco to produce LMV M65 tactical vehicles in Russia, the Kommersant daily said on Friday. The Italian vehicles have already been included on the list of Russian military equipment, the paper said. The LMV M65 is a light multirole armored vehicle developed in 2001 by Iveco Defense Vehicles. It is designed primarily for strategic and tactical mobility with a high level of protection against anti-tank and anti-personnel mines Italian LMVs have been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and other NATO missions, where their performance has been praised. The Russian state corporation Rostekhnologii is currently holding talks with Iveco on launching the joint venture with planned minimum capacity of 500 vehicles per year. The move is a serious blow to the interests of the Russkie Mashiny company headed by tycoon Oleg Deripaska. His company produces Tigr (Gaz-233014) vehicles with characteristics close to LMV M56 ones. The Gaz-233014 vehicles entered into service in 2006. The LMV M65 assembly line will be based at one of the sites belonging to leading Russian truck manufacturer KamAZ, the paper said, citing a source close to the Defense Ministry. "This project has been approved at the highest level, the country's top leadership is abreast of the situation," the source said. "The Iveco vehicles assembled in Russia are expected to be acquired by the Russian Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service of Russian Federation," he added. A representative of the state Rostekhnologii corporation also confirmed the plans, adding that the details were being negotiated. The Russian Defense Ministry will acquire 278 Italian vehicles in 2011 and 2012, and during the next two years the volumes of supplies will be increased to 458 vehicles per year. In 2015, the ministry will buy 228 vehicles and 75 vehicles in 2016, the source said. The Defense Ministry plans to spend some 30 billion rubles ($1 billion) on the project in the next few years, and Rostekhnologii has pledged that the average price of a vehicle will not exceed 300,000 Euros ($395,340).

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United States (Raytheon) Back Menu
Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded a $492,440,683 contract which will provide dvanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile.

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $492,440,683 contract which will provide: 132 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-120D All-up-Round (AUR) missiles; 12 AIM-120D Air Vehicles Instrumented (AAVI); 87 AIM-120D Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); 273 AIM-120C7 AURs for Foreign Military Sales customers; warranty for 85 AIM-120D AURs for the U.S. Air Force; warranty for 10 AAVIs for the Air Force; warranty for 87 CATMs for the Air Force and Navy; warranty for 58 AIM-120C7 AURs for Foreign Military Sales customers Chile (13) and Jordan (45); 192 non-developmental item-airborne instrumentation units; test equipment; AIM 120D guidance section and rear data link for the Air Force; HIF/Spike life time buy; and contractor logistics support. This includes foreign military sales to Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey, Singapore, Canada, Korea, Chile, Finland, United Kingdom (44 percent).
06 August 2010
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $492,440,683 contract which will provide: 132 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-120D All-up-Round (AUR) missiles; 12 AIM-120D Air Vehicles Instrumented (AAVI); 87 AIM-120D Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); 273 AIM-120C7 AURs for Foreign Military Sales customers; warranty for 85 AIM-120D AURs for the U.S. Air Force; warranty for 10 AAVIs for the Air Force; warranty for 87 CATMs for the Air Force and Navy; warranty for 58 AIM-120C7 AURs for Foreign Military Sales customers Chile (13) and Jordan (45); 192 non-developmental item-airborne instrumentation units; test equipment; AIM 120D guidance section and rear data link for the Air Force; HIF/Spike life time buy; and contractor logistics support. This includes foreign military sales to Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey, Singapore, Canada, Korea, Chile, Finland, United Kingdom (44 percent).

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Kyrgyzstan Back Menu
Kyrgyz police fired shots in the air to disperse anti-government protestors.

Kyrgyz police and special forces ride on an armoured vehicle while dispersing supporters of Kyrgyz businessman and political leader Urmat Baryktobasov outside Bishkek on August 5, 2010. Kyrgyz police fired shots in the air to disperse anti-government protestors as twin demonstrations in support of a renegade businessman rocked the tense Central Asian country.
05 August 2010
Kyrgyz police and special forces ride on an armoured vehicle while dispersing supporters of Kyrgyz businessman and political leader Urmat Baryktobasov outside Bishkek on August 5, 2010. Kyrgyz police fired shots in the air to disperse anti-government protestors as twin demonstrations in support of a renegade businessman rocked the tense Central Asian country.

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Lebanon Back Menu
Border clash in which an Israeli helicopter gunship attacked a Lebanese army post.

The UN is calling for restraint after a border clash in which an Israeli helicopter gunship attacked a Lebanese army post with rocket fire killing four people. Lebanese soldiers are said to have opened fire with automatic weapons. The Israeli military has confirmed the death of an Israeli officer, identifying him as a batallion commander. The skirmish erupted as Israeli border guards attempted to remove foliage on the Lebanese side of the frontier which, they say, was obstructing their view. The clash is the most serious exchange between the two sides since a brief war four years ago. Milos Strugar, the UNIFIL Director of Political and Civil Affairs said: “Our acting force commander General Bonfanti has been in contact with the top leadership of the Lebanese army and with the commander of the Israeli army urging maximum restraint.” Three Lebanese soldiers and a journalist are said to have been killed.
03 August 2010
The UN is calling for restraint after a border clash in which an Israeli helicopter gunship attacked a Lebanese army post with rocket fire killing four people. Lebanese soldiers are said to have opened fire with automatic weapons. The Israeli military has confirmed the death of an Israeli officer, identifying him as a batallion commander. The skirmish erupted as Israeli border guards attempted to remove foliage on the Lebanese side of the frontier which, they say, was obstructing their view. The clash is the most serious exchange between the two sides since a brief war four years ago. Milos Strugar, the UNIFIL Director of Political and Civil Affairs said: “Our acting force commander General Bonfanti has been in contact with the top leadership of the Lebanese army and with the commander of the Israeli army urging maximum restraint.” Three Lebanese soldiers and a journalist are said to have been killed.

Israeli soldier at the border with Israel and Lebanon

 

United States (Oshkosh) Back Menu
First Oshkosh Defense Vehicles to Enter Iraqi Fleet.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, announced today its first ever order for vehicles to the Iraqi Armed Forces. The inaugural order is for 60 Heavy Equipment Transporter Systems (HETS), which includes the Oshkosh HET vehicle and a trailer. Oshkosh also will provide operator training, spare parts and manuals. “Oshkosh Defense is committed to helping international militaries become more independent by supplying vehicles that increase their mission and logistics support capabilities,” said Ron Ziebell, Oshkosh Defense vice president and general manager, International Programs. “We look forward to working with the Iraqi Armed Forces as they strive to improve security within the region.”
01 August 2010
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, announced today its first ever order for vehicles to the Iraqi Armed Forces. The inaugural order is for 60 Heavy Equipment Transporter Systems (HETS), which includes the Oshkosh HET vehicle and a trailer. Oshkosh also will provide operator training, spare parts and manuals. “Oshkosh Defense is committed to helping international militaries become more independent by supplying vehicles that increase their mission and logistics support capabilities,” said Ron Ziebell, Oshkosh Defense vice president and general manager, International Programs. “We look forward to working with the Iraqi Armed Forces as they strive to improve security within the region.”

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