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Germany (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann) Back Menu
Norwegian Army purchases Krauss-maffei Wegmann DINGO 2 wheeled armoured vehicle.

Munich, 29. October 2010 – The Norwegian Army has responded to the increased threat of attacks by commissioning Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) with the delivery of 20 DINGO 2 heavily armoured wheeled vehicles.
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29 October 2010

Munich, 29. October 2010 – The Norwegian Army has responded to the increased threat of attacks by commissioning Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) with the delivery of 20 DINGO 2 heavily armoured wheeled vehicles.
 

United States (Elbit Systems America) Back Menu
Elbit Systems U.S. Subsidiary Awarded $45.5 Million ID/IQ Contract for Night Targeting System Upgrade for AH-1W Cobra Helicopters.

Haifa, Israel, October 26, 2010 – Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was awarded a $45.5 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana for the supply of the Night Targeting System Upgrade (NTSU) and associated line items for the AH - 1W Cobra helicopters.
Work will be performed in Merrimack, New Hampshire and is expected to be completed over the next five years.
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26 October 2010

Haifa, Israel, October 26, 2010 – Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was awarded a $45.5 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana for the supply of the Night Targeting System Upgrade (NTSU) and associated line items for the AH - 1W Cobra helicopters.
 

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Navistar Defense launched both the International® MaxxPro® ambulance kit and the MaxxPro Tractor at AUSA 2010.

WASHINGTON, D.C., (October 25, 2010) Navistar Defense, LLC today launched both the International® MaxxPro® ambulance kit and the MaxxPro Tractor variant at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA 2010) Annual Meeting and Exposition.
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25 October 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C., (October 25, 2010) Navistar Defense, LLC today launched both the International® MaxxPro® ambulance kit and the MaxxPro Tractor variant at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA 2010) Annual Meeting and Exposition. WASHINGTON, D.C., (October 25, 2010) Navistar Defense, LLC today launched both the International® MaxxPro® ambulance kit and the MaxxPro Tractor variant at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA 2010) Annual Meeting and Exposition.
 

United States (Jeep) Back Menu
Recent award of a contract for Jeep from the US Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) to supply Jeep J8 Troop Carrier to Uruguayan military contingent in Haiti.

Jeep® Government and Military Sales announced on October 25, 2010 at the AUSA defense show in Washington, DC, the award of a US Department of State contract under the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) for a fleet of J8 Troop Carriers for deployment with the Uruguayan contingent to the UN Mission in Haiti.
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25 October 2010

Jeep® Government and Military Sales announced on October 25, 2010 at the AUSA defense show in Washington, DC, the award of a US Department of State contract under the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) for a fleet of J8 Troop Carriers for deployment with the Uruguayan contingent to the UN Mission in Haiti.
 

United States (Elbit Systems of America) Back Menu
Elbit Systems of America to Showcase Solutions for Empowerment of Rapid Deployment Forces at AUSA 2010.

FORT WORTH, TX, October 25, 2010 – Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. will present an array of cutting edge solutions, designed to enhance the capabilities of rapid deployment forces at the upcoming Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA), (booth #3205) set to take place in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC from October 25-27, 2010.
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25 October 2010

FORT WORTH, TX, October 25, 2010 – Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. will present an array of cutting edge solutions, designed to enhance the capabilities of rapid deployment forces at the upcoming Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA), (booth #3205) set to take place in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC from October 25-27, 2010.
 

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Indonesia would like to develop its military collaboration with Russia.

Indonesia would like to develop the military cooperation and technique with Russia, said to RIA Novosti the Indonesian minister of Defense Purnomo Yusgiantoro after the handing-over of three Russian helicopters of Mi-35P transport to the armed forces of the country.
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23 October 2010

Indonesia would like to develop the military cooperation and technique with Russia, said to RIA Novosti the Indonesian minister of Defense Purnomo Yusgiantoro after the handing-over of three Russian helicopters of Mi-35P transport to the armed forces of the country.
 

United States (BAE Systems) Back Menu
BAE Systems Improving Soldier Protection Through U.S. Army Vehicle Armor Contract.

BAE Systems has received an $11 million U.S. Army contract to produce bar armor kits that protect soldiers in ground vehicles from rocket-propelled grenade attacks. The company will continue to produce L-ROD® bar armor kits for the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command's RG-31 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles.
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22 October 2010

BAE Systems has received an $11 million U.S. Army contract to produce bar armor kits that protect soldiers in ground vehicles from rocket-propelled grenade attacks. The company will continue to produce L-ROD® bar armor kits for the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command's RG-31 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles.
 

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Force Protection Selects Manufacturing Base for Ocelot light protected vehicle in Australia.

Force Protection Australasia, a Force Protection, Inc. group company, today announced it had reached agreement with the South Australian Government to manufacture and support its Ocelot vehicle in Adelaide, if it is successful in securing the contract to manufacture up to 1,300 next-generation protected mobility vehicles under the ‘Land 121 Phase 4’ program.
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22 October 2010

Force Protection Australasia, a Force Protection, Inc. group company, today announced it had reached agreement with the South Australian Government to manufacture and support its Ocelot vehicle in Adelaide, if it is successful in securing the contract to manufacture up to 1,300 next-generation protected mobility vehicles under the ‘Land 121 Phase 4’ program.
 

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Russia to deliver 35 main battle tanks T-72M1M to Venezuela.

Russia will soon supply another shipment of tanks to Venezuela, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday. "Thirty-five tanks will be delivered soon," he said. Putin also said Venezuela is Russia's "reliable partner." Chavez said the two states would speed up military cooperation. Venezuela is building a plant to manufacture Kalashnikov assault rifles. Since 2005, Venezuela has bought over $4 billion worth of Russian weapons, including warplanes, helicopters, and Kalashnikov assault rifles. Earlier on Friday, Russia and Venezuela signed an agreement on the construction of a nuclear power station in the South American state. The agreement was reached in April 2010 during Putin's visit to Caracas. The presidents of Russia and Venezuela, Dmitry Medvedev and Chavez, said on Friday bilateral ties are strengthening. We are moving onto new agreements on a wide range of projects," Medvedev said at talks in Moscow. "We have a strategic partnership - we are close friends." Medvedev also said Venezuela acted "like a real friend" when it followed Russia in recognizing the former Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after Chavez's last visit to Russia in September 2009. Chavez arrived in Moscow on Thursday as part of an international tour that also includes Belarus, Ukraine and Iran.
16 October 2010

Russia will soon supply another shipment of tanks to Venezuela, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday. "Thirty-five tanks will be delivered soon," he said. Putin also said Venezuela is Russia's "reliable partner." Chavez said the two states would speed up military cooperation. Venezuela is building a plant to manufacture Kalashnikov assault rifles. Since 2005, Venezuela has bought over $4 billion worth of Russian weapons, including warplanes, helicopters, and Kalashnikov assault rifles. Earlier on Friday, Russia and Venezuela signed an agreement on the construction of a nuclear power station in the South American state. The agreement was reached in April 2010 during Putin's visit to Caracas. The presidents of Russia and Venezuela, Dmitry Medvedev and Chavez, said on Friday bilateral ties are strengthening. We are moving onto new agreements on a wide range of projects," Medvedev said at talks in Moscow. "We have a strategic partnership - we are close friends." Medvedev also said Venezuela acted "like a real friend" when it followed Russia in recognizing the former Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after Chavez's last visit to Russia in September 2009. Chavez arrived in Moscow on Thursday as part of an international tour that also includes Belarus, Ukraine and Iran.
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Venezuela could buy Russian air defense missile system S-300 PMU-1.

Russia's S-300 air defense systems, which Moscow refused to deliver to Iran following a new round of UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic, could be sold to Venezuela instead, a Russian arms trade expert said on Friday. Russia signed a deal to deliver five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems to Iran in 2007 but banned the sale in September, saying the systems, along with a number of other weapons, were covered by the fourth round of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against Iran over its nuclear program in June. "Russia is looking for a buyer of five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems ordered by Iran, which are worth $800 million, and Venezuela could become such a buyer," said Igor Korotchenko, head of a Moscow-based think tank on the international arms trade. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is currently on a visit to Russia, earlier said his country was interested in buying different types of Russian-made air defense systems to create a multilayered air defense network. Venezuela has already purchased 12 Tor-M1 air defense systems, a number of ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft guns and Igla-S portable short-range air defense systems from Russia. The S-300PMU-1 (SA-20 Gargoyle) is an extended range version of S-300PMU with a limited anti-ballistic missile capability. Korotchenko said that if the S-300 deal with Venezuela goes through, Caracas should pay cash for the missiles, rather than take another loan from Russia. "The S-300 is a very good product and Venezuela should pay the full amount in cash, as the country's budget has enough funds to cover the deal," Korotchenko said. Moscow has already provided Caracas with several loans to buy Russian-made weaponry, including a recent $2.2-mln loan on the purchase of 92 T-72M1M tanks, the Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems and other military equipment.
16 October 2010

Russia's S-300 air defense systems, which Moscow refused to deliver to Iran following a new round of UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic, could be sold to Venezuela instead, a Russian arms trade expert said on Friday. Russia signed a deal to deliver five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems to Iran in 2007 but banned the sale in September, saying the systems, along with a number of other weapons, were covered by the fourth round of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against Iran over its nuclear program in June. "Russia is looking for a buyer of five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems ordered by Iran, which are worth $800 million, and Venezuela could become such a buyer," said Igor Korotchenko, head of a Moscow-based think tank on the international arms trade. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is currently on a visit to Russia, earlier said his country was interested in buying different types of Russian-made air defense systems to create a multilayered air defense network. Venezuela has already purchased 12 Tor-M1 air defense systems, a number of ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft guns and Igla-S portable short-range air defense systems from Russia. The S-300PMU-1 (SA-20 Gargoyle) is an extended range version of S-300PMU with a limited anti-ballistic missile capability. Korotchenko said that if the S-300 deal with Venezuela goes through, Caracas should pay cash for the missiles, rather than take another loan from Russia. "The S-300 is a very good product and Venezuela should pay the full amount in cash, as the country's budget has enough funds to cover the deal," Korotchenko said. Moscow has already provided Caracas with several loans to buy Russian-made weaponry, including a recent $2.2-mln loan on the purchase of 92 T-72M1M tanks, the Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems and other military equipment.
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Germany (Rheinmetall) Back Menu
Rheinmetall and Timoney join forces in the military wheeled vehicle sector.

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RRMV) of Munich has entered a farreaching agreement with Timoney Technology Ltd. of Gibbstown, Ireland, to cooperate in the military logistic and tactical vehicle sector. Under a license agreement, Timoney Technology will develop and produce independent suspension systems and power trains for all new RMMV vehicle equipped with all-wheel drive and independent suspension, including systems with two, three or four axles. Based on the Timoney power train technology in Rheinmetall’s Wisent armoured transport vehicle, the result will be a new, highmobility family of vehicles systematically designed to meet the needs of the military.
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15 October 2010

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RRMV) of Munich has entered a farreaching agreement with Timoney Technology Ltd. of Gibbstown, Ireland, to cooperate in the military logistic and tactical vehicle sector. Under a license agreement, Timoney Technology will develop and produce independent suspension systems and power trains for all new RMMV vehicle equipped with all-wheel drive and independent suspension, including systems with two, three or four axles. Based on the Timoney power train technology in Rheinmetall’s Wisent armoured transport vehicle, the result will be a new, highmobility family of vehicles systematically designed to meet the needs of the military.
Germany German Rheinmetall Wisent 8x8 wheeled armoured transporft vehicle
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Israeli and Greek Air Force carry out joint exercises in the south of Greece.

Israeli and Greek Air Force carry out joint exercises in the south of Greece, information from the General staff of the Greek air forces. Six Greek planes and three helicopters, as eight Israeli combat helicopters take part in these operations with the goal of rescue operations in war time. The exercises began Monday October 11 to complete Thursday October 14. A delegation of the Israeli ministry of Defence is currently in Athens to sign a military cooperation program for 2011. The military cooperation between Israel and Greece are reinforced lately on bottom of increasing tension between Israel and Turkey. The relations Turkey/Israel were degraded following the boarding of the boats for Gaza by Israeli soldiers who cost the life of nine nationals Turkish people. Although Greece also condemned this bloody boarding, since Greek citizens were among the casualties of the boat Mavi Marmara, at the end of a few months, these tensions reabsorbed. Greece and Israel underline however that their military cooperation is not directed against Turkey and any another country.
14 October 2010

Israeli and Greek Air Force carry out joint exercises in the south of Greece, information from the General staff of the Greek air forces. Six Greek planes and three helicopters, as eight Israeli combat helicopters take part in these operations with the goal of rescue operations in war time. The exercises began Monday October 11 to complete Thursday October 14. A delegation of the Israeli ministry of Defence is currently in Athens to sign a military cooperation program for 2011. The military cooperation between Israel and Greece are reinforced lately on bottom of increasing tension between Israel and Turkey. The relations Turkey/Israel were degraded following the boarding of the boats for Gaza by Israeli soldiers who cost the life of nine nationals Turkish people. Although Greece also condemned this bloody boarding, since Greek citizens were among the casualties of the boat Mavi Marmara, at the end of a few months, these tensions reabsorbed. Greece and Israel underline however that their military cooperation is not directed against Turkey and any another country.
Greece Greek Hellenic army Apache AH-64 fighting combat helicopter
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Israel Aerospace Industries deliver UAV components to Russia.

Israel Aerospace Industries said on Wednesday it has signed a contract with the Russian defense firm Oboronprom on the delivery of assembly components and servicing for aerial drones. "The deal will begin to be implemented during 2011," the company said in a statement posted on its website. The contract was signed in the presence of the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Khristenko. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, but Israeli media earlier speculated that the three-year contract could be worth $400 million. Russia has already signed two UAV contracts with Israel. Under the first contract, signed in April 2009, Israel delivered two Bird Eye 400 systems (worth $4 million), eight I View MK150 tactical UAVs ($37 million) and two Searcher Mk II multi-mission UAVs ($12 million). The second contract was for the purchase of 36 UAVs, worth a total of $100 million, to be delivered later this year. Russia and Israel have also been negotiating the establishment of a joint $300-million venture to produce UAVs. Israel said in September it may tear up much of the aerial drone deals it signed with Russia due to anger over Moscow's decision to supply Yakhont naval missiles to Syria.
13 October 2010

Israel Aerospace Industries said on Wednesday it has signed a contract with the Russian defense firm Oboronprom on the delivery of assembly components and servicing for aerial drones. "The deal will begin to be implemented during 2011," the company said in a statement posted on its website. The contract was signed in the presence of the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Khristenko. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, but Israeli media earlier speculated that the three-year contract could be worth $400 million. Russia has already signed two UAV contracts with Israel. Under the first contract, signed in April 2009, Israel delivered two Bird Eye 400 systems (worth $4 million), eight I View MK150 tactical UAVs ($37 million) and two Searcher Mk II multi-mission UAVs ($12 million). The second contract was for the purchase of 36 UAVs, worth a total of $100 million, to be delivered later this year. Russia and Israel have also been negotiating the establishment of a joint $300-million venture to produce UAVs. Israel said in September it may tear up much of the aerial drone deals it signed with Russia due to anger over Moscow's decision to supply Yakhont naval missiles to Syria.
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Russia and India will conduct joint antiterrorism exercises INDRA 2010 on Indian territory.

Russia and India will conduct joint antiterrorism exercises on Indian territory on October 15-24, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. Russia is sending more than 200 troops from its 34th mountain brigade, based in the North Caucasus, to join the Indian troops in the INDRA 2010 drills. "During the upcoming exercise, the Russian and Indian military personnel will form a joint task force, and plan and carry out a series of mock antiterrorism missions in the mountains," the ministry said in a statement. The Russian troops will be equipped with lightweight Permyachka Infantry Suits, which protect at least 80 percent of the body surface from small-caliber bullets and low-speed shrapnel. The Russian and Indian military have been conducting joint INDRA exercises, including biannual antiterrorism drills, since 2003.
13 October 2010

Russia and India will conduct joint antiterrorism exercises on Indian territory on October 15-24, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. Russia is sending more than 200 troops from its 34th mountain brigade, based in the North Caucasus, to join the Indian troops in the INDRA 2010 drills. "During the upcoming exercise, the Russian and Indian military personnel will form a joint task force, and plan and carry out a series of mock antiterrorism missions in the mountains," the ministry said in a statement. The Russian troops will be equipped with lightweight Permyachka Infantry Suits, which protect at least 80 percent of the body surface from small-caliber bullets and low-speed shrapnel. The Russian and Indian military have been conducting joint INDRA exercises, including biannual antiterrorism drills, since 2003.
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Australian minister of Defence inspects the Thales Bushmaster vehicles used by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today visited Thales in Bendigo to inspect the Bushmaster vehicles used by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. Bushmasters are made in Bendigo and are used to transport troops in the field. Mr Clare was joined by the Member for Bendigo Steve Gibbons, the Chief Executive Officer of Thales Australia Chris Jenkins and Brigadier David Shields. There are already 584 Bushmaster vehicles in service. A further 153 vehicles are expected to be delivered by March 2012. Mr Clare said “These vehicles are saving the lives of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan”. "When our troops move around in Afghanistan, they do it in Bushmasters made here in Bendigo. "They have been hit hard by IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and have done an incredible job protecting the lives of the Australian soldiers inside.” Thales has also sold the Bushmaster vehicle to the British Army and the Netherlands Army. Mr Clare said the Defence Export Unit was working closely with Thales to pursue more overseas opportunities for the Bushmaster.
12 October 2010

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today visited Thales in Bendigo to inspect the Bushmaster vehicles used by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. Bushmasters are made in Bendigo and are used to transport troops in the field. Mr Clare was joined by the Member for Bendigo Steve Gibbons, the Chief Executive Officer of Thales Australia Chris Jenkins and Brigadier David Shields. There are already 584 Bushmaster vehicles in service. A further 153 vehicles are expected to be delivered by March 2012. Mr Clare said “These vehicles are saving the lives of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan”. "When our troops move around in Afghanistan, they do it in Bushmasters made here in Bendigo. "They have been hit hard by IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and have done an incredible job protecting the lives of the Australian soldiers inside.” Thales has also sold the Bushmaster vehicle to the British Army and the Netherlands Army. Mr Clare said the Defence Export Unit was working closely with Thales to pursue more overseas opportunities for the Bushmaster.
Australia Australian Thales Bushmaster wheeled armoured vehicle personnel carrier
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Merkava Mark 4 with “Trophy” Active Tank Defense System to Be Used in Joint Combat Exercise Demonstration for First Time.

A demonstration of the Joint Combat Exercise will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, October 12th, at the IDF base of Shizafon. The event will be in the presence of the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz, and the Chief of the Ground Forces, Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman. Senior ground forces officers will also participate in the joint combat demonstration. The Joint Combat Exercise summarizes the training of ground force officer cadets and its objective is to implement the collaboration between the different branches and corps. Tomorrow’s demonstration will display the ground forces’ abilities, in which Officers’ Training School cadets from the infantry, engineering, armored, and artillery corps perform drills that combine various diverse combat techniques. These include urban warfare, advancing through complex obstacles, using artillery support, and employing invasion techniques, along with aerial support of the Israel Air Force, including medical evacuations and aerial re-supplies. This demonstration will commence the Joint Combat Exercise that continues for ten days. The demonstration includes live fire and presents the interoperability of the ground and air forces by displaying a combined battalion fighting in different operational settings. This will be the first joint combat demonstration in which the Merkava Tank Mark 4 and the “Trophy” (Meil Ruach) active tank defense system will be presented. The Meil Ruach system is a new defense system against anti-tank missiles and will be demonstrated by firing a dummy missile at the tank.
11 October 2010

A demonstration of the Joint Combat Exercise will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, October 12th, at the IDF base of Shizafon. The event will be in the presence of the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz, and the Chief of the Ground Forces, Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman. Senior ground forces officers will also participate in the joint combat demonstration. The Joint Combat Exercise summarizes the training of ground force officer cadets and its objective is to implement the collaboration between the different branches and corps. Tomorrow’s demonstration will display the ground forces’ abilities, in which Officers’ Training School cadets from the infantry, engineering, armored, and artillery corps perform drills that combine various diverse combat techniques. These include urban warfare, advancing through complex obstacles, using artillery support, and employing invasion techniques, along with aerial support of the Israel Air Force, including medical evacuations and aerial re-supplies. This demonstration will commence the Joint Combat Exercise that continues for ten days. The demonstration includes live fire and presents the interoperability of the ground and air forces by displaying a combined battalion fighting in different operational settings. This will be the first joint combat demonstration in which the Merkava Tank Mark 4 and the “Trophy” (Meil Ruach) active tank defense system will be presented. The Meil Ruach system is a new defense system against anti-tank missiles and will be demonstrated by firing a dummy missile at the tank.
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United States (Oshksoh) Back Menu
Oshkosh Defense Equips U.S. Army with TerraMax Vehicle for Autonomous Logistics Missions.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, will showcase a U.S. Army vehicle equipped with Oshkosh TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Washington Convention Center October 25 – 27. The TerraMax technology delivers improved troop protection by reducing human exposure to battlefield threats, such as improvised explosive devices (IED), and increasing situational awareness while the vehicle is on the move. “Oshkosh is committed to bringing this life-saving technology to the field,” said Gary Schmiedel, Oshkosh Corporation senior vice president of Defense Engineering and Technology. “Our TerraMax technology is designed as a kit that can be integrated in new vehicles as they are produced or retrofitted into the government’s existing vehicle fleets.” The Oshkosh Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) Load Handling System (LHS) variant is equipped with the company’s unmanned technology for autonomous logistics missions. The TerraMax fully-autonomous navigation kit has been demonstrated on the Marine Corps’ Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles, as well as the Army’s Palletized Load System (PLS) vehicle. “The TerraMax fully autonomous system provides flexibility to the Warfighter,” added Schmiedel. “It is integrated so each vehicle can still be manually driven with the press of a button. The technology is capable of fully autonomous missions supervised from an escort vehicle at a safe standoff, or operation in leader-follower mode, depending on the mission and situation.” Oshkosh Defense has been awarded a five-year FMTV contract for the production of an estimated 23,000 trucks and trailers, as well as support services and training through fiscal 2014. The FMTV is a series of 17 models with payload capacities ranging from 2.5-tons to 10-tons. The Oshkosh FMTV LHS with TerraMax UGV kit will be on display Oct. 25-27, 2010, in booth 2639 at the Washington Convention Center at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition.
11 October 2010

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, will showcase a U.S. Army vehicle equipped with Oshkosh TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Washington Convention Center October 25 – 27. The TerraMax technology delivers improved troop protection by reducing human exposure to battlefield threats, such as improvised explosive devices (IED), and increasing situational awareness while the vehicle is on the move. “Oshkosh is committed to bringing this life-saving technology to the field,” said Gary Schmiedel, Oshkosh Corporation senior vice president of Defense Engineering and Technology. “Our TerraMax technology is designed as a kit that can be integrated in new vehicles as they are produced or retrofitted into the government’s existing vehicle fleets.” The Oshkosh Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) Load Handling System (LHS) variant is equipped with the company’s unmanned technology for autonomous logistics missions. The TerraMax fully-autonomous navigation kit has been demonstrated on the Marine Corps’ Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles, as well as the Army’s Palletized Load System (PLS) vehicle. “The TerraMax fully autonomous system provides flexibility to the Warfighter,” added Schmiedel. “It is integrated so each vehicle can still be manually driven with the press of a button. The technology is capable of fully autonomous missions supervised from an escort vehicle at a safe standoff, or operation in leader-follower mode, depending on the mission and situation.” Oshkosh Defense has been awarded a five-year FMTV contract for the production of an estimated 23,000 trucks and trailers, as well as support services and training through fiscal 2014. The FMTV is a series of 17 models with payload capacities ranging from 2.5-tons to 10-tons. The Oshkosh FMTV LHS with TerraMax UGV kit will be on display Oct. 25-27, 2010, in booth 2639 at the Washington Convention Center at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition.
United States American TerraMax Oshkosh Defense autonomous unmanned ground vehicle
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In 2011, the Gulf countries will buy for $68 billion of armaments.

In 2011, the Member States of Cooperation Council of Gulf (CCG), as well as Jordan, will spend at least 68 billion dollars in purchases of armaments, announced Friday the newspaper GULF News while referring to a report published by the experts of the Frost&Sullivan group. The Cooperation Council of Gulf (CCG) is composed of six States: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. “This figure (68 billion dollars) will be increased to 80 billion dollars in 2015, and it is awaited that the military expenditure of all the countries of the Middle East will exceed in this same year the figure of 100 billion dollars, the large one of the expenditure belonging to Saudi Arabia”, reads one in the report. According to the experts of Frost&Sullivan, Saudi Arabia spent in 2009 41,2 billion dollars in purchases of armaments. Currently, the United States and Saudi Arabia prepare the signing of a contract of 60 billion dollars, bearing on the delivery in Riyadh of tens of planes and helicopters, including 84 fighting aircrafts F-15, 70 Apache helicopters, 72 helicopters Black hawk and 36 helicopters Little bird. “In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are the champions in the field of the purchases of armaments. During years 2000-2009 the Member States of the CCG and Jordan spent nearly 493 billion dollars in purchases armaments”, concludes the report from the experts.
10 October 2010

In 2011, the Member States of Cooperation Council of Gulf (CCG), as well as Jordan, will spend at least 68 billion dollars in purchases of armaments, announced Friday the newspaper GULF News while referring to a report published by the experts of the Frost&Sullivan group. The Cooperation Council of Gulf (CCG) is composed of six States: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. “This figure (68 billion dollars) will be increased to 80 billion dollars in 2015, and it is awaited that the military expenditure of all the countries of the Middle East will exceed in this same year the figure of 100 billion dollars, the large one of the expenditure belonging to Saudi Arabia”, reads one in the report. According to the experts of Frost&Sullivan, Saudi Arabia spent in 2009 41,2 billion dollars in purchases of armaments. Currently, the United States and Saudi Arabia prepare the signing of a contract of 60 billion dollars, bearing on the delivery in Riyadh of tens of planes and helicopters, including 84 fighting aircrafts F-15, 70 Apache helicopters, 72 helicopters Black hawk and 36 helicopters Little bird. “In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are the champions in the field of the purchases of armaments. During years 2000-2009 the Member States of the CCG and Jordan spent nearly 493 billion dollars in purchases armaments”, concludes the report from the experts.
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Iran Back Menu
Iran is resolved to boost its defensive power against possible enemy attack.

Senior Iranian commander said Iran is resolved to boost its defensive power in a bid to bolster the country's deterrent capabilities against a possible enemy attack. "The more progress we make in defense, naturally the more deterrence we will have against the enemy," Deputy Head of the Joint Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said Saturday. "The Islamic Republic of Iran's defense doctrine tries to provide broad defense for the country's ground, air and sea borders," he noted. He stated that a higher deterrent power will increase enemies' losses even in case of limited wars. Jazayeri further warned about the severe consequences of any new conflict in the region, and stated, "Of course, we assume that if a new war erupts in the region, it will not be a limited war and will leave many negative consequences." "Accordingly, any move towards deterrence is a positive step," the commander noted. Jazayeri further underscored that Iran's deterrent capability covers an area far beyond the region. In August 2010, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned the US against the grave consequences of any military aggression against Iran, stressing that Tehran's response to such an attack will not be limited to Washington's interests in the region. "The Americans' resorting to military attack is a remote possibility, but if so, Iranians' counter-attack will not be merely regional, but covering a vaster scene," Ayatollah Khamenei said at the time.
10 October 2010

Senior Iranian commander said Iran is resolved to boost its defensive power in a bid to bolster the country's deterrent capabilities against a possible enemy attack. "The more progress we make in defense, naturally the more deterrence we will have against the enemy," Deputy Head of the Joint Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said Saturday. "The Islamic Republic of Iran's defense doctrine tries to provide broad defense for the country's ground, air and sea borders," he noted. He stated that a higher deterrent power will increase enemies' losses even in case of limited wars. Jazayeri further warned about the severe consequences of any new conflict in the region, and stated, "Of course, we assume that if a new war erupts in the region, it will not be a limited war and will leave many negative consequences." "Accordingly, any move towards deterrence is a positive step," the commander noted. Jazayeri further underscored that Iran's deterrent capability covers an area far beyond the region. In August 2010, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned the US against the grave consequences of any military aggression against Iran, stressing that Tehran's response to such an attack will not be limited to Washington's interests in the region. "The Americans' resorting to military attack is a remote possibility, but if so, Iranians' counter-attack will not be merely regional, but covering a vaster scene," Ayatollah Khamenei said at the time.
Deputy Head of the Joint Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri
 

Turkey Back Menu
Iran and Turkey to boost counter-terrorism cooperation.

Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay is slated to visit Tehran within the next few weeks to confer with Iranian officials on increasing cooperation between the two countries in their fight against terrorism. Atalay told reporters after a meeting with his Syrian counterpart in the port city of Latakia that neighboring countries could always undertake joint security operations, adding that Turkey and Syria not only cooperated against terrorism but also against illicit drug and human trafficking. "There might be joint operations in several fields. Syria has recently staged sensitive operations. They were not joint operations but we were informed about them. There might be mutual requests on security issues," Atalay said. Iran and Turkey have in recent years boosted their cooperation in all the various fields of economy, security, trade, education, energy and culture. The two sides have exchanged several politico-economic delegations during the last few months.
10 October 2010

Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay is slated to visit Tehran within the next few weeks to confer with Iranian officials on increasing cooperation between the two countries in their fight against terrorism. Atalay told reporters after a meeting with his Syrian counterpart in the port city of Latakia that neighboring countries could always undertake joint security operations, adding that Turkey and Syria not only cooperated against terrorism but also against illicit drug and human trafficking. "There might be joint operations in several fields. Syria has recently staged sensitive operations. They were not joint operations but we were informed about them. There might be mutual requests on security issues," Atalay said. Iran and Turkey have in recent years boosted their cooperation in all the various fields of economy, security, trade, education, energy and culture. The two sides have exchanged several politico-economic delegations during the last few months.
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Germany (Krauss-Maffei) Back Menu
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann delivers 20 upgraded LEOPARD 2A4 main battle tanks to Canada.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has handed over the first of 20 LEOPARD 2 A4M CAN modernised battle tanks to the Canadian armed forces yesterday, October 7th 2010. The roll-out took place in the presence of the Canadian military representative, Vice Admiral Denis Rouleau, and the General der Panzertruppen, Brigadier General Klaus Feldmann, and numerous other representatives of the Canadian and German army on training area at Bergen near Hannover (Germany). The next deployment location for the Canadian LEOPARDS will be Afghanistan.
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Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has handed over the first of 20 LEOPARD 2 A4M CAN modernised battle tanks to the Canadian armed forces yesterday, October 7th 2010. The roll-out took place in the presence of the Canadian military representative, Vice Admiral Denis Rouleau, and the General der Panzertruppen, Brigadier General Klaus Feldmann, and numerous other representatives of the Canadian and German army on training area at Bergen near Hannover (Germany). The next deployment location for the Canadian LEOPARDS will be Afghanistan.
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Germany (Rheinmetall) Back Menu
Leopard 2A4 main battle tank from Rheinmetall for the first time in Africa.

Marking the African debut of the Leopard 2A4, Rheinmetall Defence of Germany took advantage of Africa Aerospace & Defence 2010 (AAD) in Cape Town to put the world’s finest main battle tank through its paces. Daily live presentations on a special test track proved to be a major draw, with the Leopard 2A4’s excellent mobility in rough terrain clearly impressing the crowd. Rheinmetall has been developing and producing armoured vehicles for over forty years. The Leopard 2 continues to set the global standard for modern main battle tanks, with more than 3,600 in existence, now in service with 16 nations. Although Rheinmetall is not the main contractor for the Leopard 2 MBT, the company has nevertheless played an integral role in its development and production. Moreover, out of a total 2,125 Leopard 2A4 tanks produced, 977 were manufactured entirely by Rheinmetall in Kiel for the German and Dutch armed forces.
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08 October 2010

Marking the African debut of the Leopard 2A4, Rheinmetall Defence of Germany took advantage of Africa Aerospace & Defence 2010 (AAD) in Cape Town to put the world’s finest main battle tank through its paces. Daily live presentations on a special test track proved to be a major draw, with the Leopard 2A4’s excellent mobility in rough terrain clearly impressing the crowd. Rheinmetall has been developing and producing armoured vehicles for over forty years. The Leopard 2 continues to set the global standard for modern main battle tanks, with more than 3,600 in existence, now in service with 16 nations. Although Rheinmetall is not the main contractor for the Leopard 2 MBT, the company has nevertheless played an integral role in its development and production. Moreover, out of a total 2,125 Leopard 2A4 tanks produced, 977 were manufactured entirely by Rheinmetall in Kiel for the German and Dutch armed forces.
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India Back Menu
Russian Defense Minister on visit to India to discuss about bilateral military cooperation.

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, on a two-day visit to India since Wednesday, will discuss bilateral military cooperation on Thursday, his spokeswoman said. "The Russian defense minister will attend the tenth meeting of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military and technical cooperation," Lt. Col. Irina Kovalchuk told journalists. She said the sides will sum up defense activities in 2009 and outline priority tasks to further develop military cooperation. "After the meeting the sides are to sign the final protocol defining the basic directions of bilateral military and technical cooperation and specifying ways to implement the current projects," Kovalchuk said. Serdyukov will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Arackaparambil Kurian Antony. According to Kovalchuk, the key issues for the intergovernmental commission's consideration are the retrofit by Russia of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier for India's Navy and licensed manufacturing of Sukhoi Su-30MKI Flanker-H and T-90S tanks in India.
07 October 2010
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Iran Back Menu
Iranian President to Offer Weapons to Lebanese Army.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to offer Lebanon weapons, oil excavation assistance and construction aid during his upcoming visit to the country Oct. 13-14. During his trip he plans to meet with senior Hezbollah officials and make a public speech about the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Ahmadinejad also is expected to recognize Lebanon as an official Iranian base in the Middle East and that Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon is “Iran's border with Israel.” Iran funnels weapons and funding to its proxy within Lebanon, Hezbollah. Numerous experts suggest that Iran-backed Hezbollah is so entrenched in Lebanon's political and military culture that it can influence military operations and commands. On Aug. 4, a skirmish on the Israeli-Lebanese border began when a member of the Lebanese Army shot and killed an Israeli officer. A UN report found Lebanon responsible for the incident. After the clash, the U.S. Congress deliberated halting providing weapons to the Lebanese Army. Lebanon was going to reject the U.S. weapons if they came with orders forbidding their use on Israel. "Iran stepped in at this moment and is now expected to offer arms to Lebanese President Michael Suleiman in the upcoming visit," Dr. Ely Karmon, a senior researcher at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Israel-based Interdisciplinary Center told The Israel Project on Oct. 6. American officials voiced disapproval over Ahmadinejad's scheduled trip to Lebanon.
06 October 2010
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to offer Lebanon weapons, oil excavation assistance and construction aid during his upcoming visit to the country Oct. 13-14. During his trip he plans to meet with senior Hezbollah officials and make a public speech about the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Ahmadinejad also is expected to recognize Lebanon as an official Iranian base in the Middle East and that Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon is “Iran's border with Israel.” Iran funnels weapons and funding to its proxy within Lebanon, Hezbollah. Numerous experts suggest that Iran-backed Hezbollah is so entrenched in Lebanon's political and military culture that it can influence military operations and commands. On Aug. 4, a skirmish on the Israeli-Lebanese border began when a member of the Lebanese Army shot and killed an Israeli officer. A UN report found Lebanon responsible for the incident. After the clash, the U.S. Congress deliberated halting providing weapons to the Lebanese Army. Lebanon was going to reject the U.S. weapons if they came with orders forbidding their use on Israel. "Iran stepped in at this moment and is now expected to offer arms to Lebanese President Michael Suleiman in the upcoming visit," Dr. Ely Karmon, a senior researcher at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Israel-based Interdisciplinary Center told The Israel Project on Oct. 6. American officials voiced disapproval over Ahmadinejad's scheduled trip to Lebanon.
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Algeria Back Menu
Intensification of collaboration in the military field enters Algeria and Russia.

Russia and Algeria intend to intensify the co-operation in the field of the armaments, announced Russian President Dmitri Medvedev at the time of a press conference at the conclusion of negotiations in Algiers with the President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. According to the Russian president, any military technical co-operation requires necessarily confidence, and the co-operation which currently binds Russia and Algeria is precisely founded on confidence. “This co-operation continues since tens of years and is characterized by substantial amounts. We are satisfied with his development”, declared the Head of the Russian State.
06 October 2010
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Algiers airport
 

Pakistan Back Menu
More NATO trucks attacked in Pakistan by Pakistani Taliban's.

More NATO lorries have gone up in smoke in Pakistan, after the fourth attack on a supply convoy in just six days. Militants attacked dozens of vehicles parked up at a hotel on the outskirts of the south-western city of Quetta. The lorries were heading for another crossing into Afghanistan, after Islamabad closed the Khyber Pass route last week following a NATO border incursion. Firefighters worked for hours to get the blaze under control. One man, thought to be a truck driver, was killed in the attack. It is unclear who was behind it. The Pakistani Taliban have said they carried out similar attacks, including one on Monday in which four people died.
06 October 2010
NATO trucks attacked in Pakistan by Pakistani Taliban's. Video source Euronews
 

United States (Navistar) Back Menu
Navistar Defence wins first navy contract for 38 International® 5000-MV heavy truck tractors.

Navistar Defense, LLC today announced that it has received an award for $18.9 million from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) for 38 International® 5000-MV heavy truck tractors (HTTs). The company’s first contract with the U.S. Navy includes three option periods for additional vehicle orders. A proven heavy-haul tractor, the 5000-MV HTT unit will support Navy Seabee transportation needs. The vehicles incorporate a variety of armoring solutions derived from the International® MaxxPro® Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. Units include a manual 18-speed transmission and a MaxxForce® D 13L engine. “We are very appreciative of the Navy’s decision to select our HTT offering,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “The Seabees have a long history of building new infrastructures half way around the world and we are proud to be a part of that tradition going forward.” Similar 5000-MV HTT variants were used by the U.S. Army during two Persian Gulf Wars to transport tanks across the Northern Saudi Arabian Desert. Nearly 600 HTT units are currently in service with KBR and the Iraqi Ministry of Defense to support security and rebuilding efforts. Production of HTT vehicles will begin in early 2012. Spare parts and training services are included in the contract.
06 October 2010
United States American Navistar 5000-MV HTT Heavy tractor truck
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First Firing of Surface-Launch AMRAAM Missile for the Dutch Army.

The Dutch army is introducing the Surface-Launched Amraam missile for its air-defense units, and recently carried out its first firing in Norway.(Dutch MoD photo)The Dutch army’s air-defense artillery has carried out the first ground launch of an Amraam (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) missile on the very tip of Norway’s Andøya peninsula. The army’s air-defense component has been working towards this launch since the introduction of the missile in early 2009. The purpose of this first live-firing exercise was to test the integration of the weapon in the Army Ground Based Air Defense System. This system is intended to defend against aerial threats at low and medium altitudes. The Amraam covers the medium-high altitude layers at ranges of up to 75 km, while the shoulder-launched Stinger missile covers very low altitudes. The Amraam has its own radar and can be fired autonomously to independently track its target. After months of procedure training and exercises, this week saw the first real firing of the ground-launched Amraam missile, which is almost 4 meters long and which reaches speeds in the order of 5,000 km/hour. Its firing is only authorized in Norway and the United States. Besides the weapons section, the unit practiced the entire engagement sequence as a whole. The radar generated an image of the air space up to the moment of firing, which was carried out by simply pushing a button. The missile hit its target well beyond visual range. More than 100 troops and logistic personnel were involved in the launch.
05 October 2010
Netherlands Dutch Army AMRAAM ground-to-air missile system
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France (HGH) Back Menu
HGH French Company Vigiscan infrared panoramic camera, the ultimate solution for long range surveillance.

Throughout the world, security issues are becoming increasingly important due to the current political and economical situation. Formerly reserved to the Defence sector, surveillance technologies for site monitoring are now required in many sectors. To this aim, very often a multitude of sensors using different technologies are installed, i.e. radar, light intensification cameras, CCTV, infrared barriers, lasers, IR cameras. These are spread around or within the monitored area in order to secure it.
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05 October 2010
Throughout the world, security issues are becoming increasingly important due to the current political and economical situation. Formerly reserved to the Defence sector, surveillance technologies for site monitoring are now required in many sectors. To this aim, very often a multitude of sensors using different technologies are installed, i.e. radar, light intensification cameras, CCTV, infrared barriers, lasers, IR cameras. These are spread around or within the monitored area in order to secure it.
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Israel (Elbit Systems) Back Menu
Elbit Systems Awarded Asian Tank Upgrade Contract Valued at Approximately $56 Million.

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded an approximately $56 million tank upgrade contract from a customer in Asia. Under the contract, the tank upgrade project will include the installation of advanced battle management systems, as well as cutting edge observation and surveillance systems. The project will be completed within two years. Joseph Ackerman, Elbit Systems' President and CEO, noted: "Our selection for this upgrade project, following previous projects we have carried out for this customer, attests to the high level of satisfaction with our systems and performance." Ackerman added that both Elbit Systems subsidiaries Elbit Systems Land & C4I - Tadiran and Elbit Systems Electro-optics - Elop will take part in the project, and the successful synergy among Elbit Systems' different units enables the Company to offer its customers cutting edge, end-to-end solutions.
03 October 2010
Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded an approximately $56 million tank upgrade contract from a customer in Asia. Under the contract, the tank upgrade project will include the installation of advanced battle management systems, as well as cutting edge observation and surveillance systems. The project will be completed within two years. Joseph Ackerman, Elbit Systems' President and CEO, noted: "Our selection for this upgrade project, following previous projects we have carried out for this customer, attests to the high level of satisfaction with our systems and performance." Ackerman added that both Elbit Systems subsidiaries Elbit Systems Land & C4I - Tadiran and Elbit Systems Electro-optics - Elop will take part in the project, and the successful synergy among Elbit Systems' different units enables the Company to offer its customers cutting edge, end-to-end solutions.
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Afghanistan Back Menu
Manpower of the Afghan army could reach 240.000 soldiers in the next years.

Currently, manpower of the Afghan army is around 140.000 soldiers, announced this September 03, 2010, the spokesperson of the Afghan ministry of Defence, the general Zahir Azimi during a press conference in Kabul. According to him, about June 2011, the Afghan army will count 171.600 soldiers to carry later on its manpower to 240.000 people. As for the police force, the number of police officers will be increased of 109.000 current to 240.000. In this way, the national security forces will count 400.000 personnel, specified the general. By evoking the situation in the province of Kunduz (northern of Afghanistan), the general declared that “we will not allow to transform the northern province of Kunduz into a centre of terrorist activity in Afghanistan”. According to the governor of Kunduz, the very calm province formerly, is transforming itself into a centre of activity of the Taliban’s and terrorists coming from Chechnya, of Uzbekistan and Pakistan, more than 40% of the territory of the province being controlled by the Taliban’s. The spokesperson of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan Josef Blotz, present at the press conference, indicated that there were 45.000 foreign soldiers making their service in the north of Afghanistan.
03 October 2010
Currently, manpower of the Afghan army is around 140.000 soldiers, announced this September 03, 2010, the spokesperson of the Afghan ministry of Defence, the general Zahir Azimi during a press conference in Kabul. According to him, about June 2011, the Afghan army will count 171.600 soldiers to carry later on its manpower to 240.000 people. As for the police force, the number of police officers will be increased of 109.000 current to 240.000. In this way, the national security forces will count 400.000 personnel, specified the general. By evoking the situation in the province of Kunduz (northern of Afghanistan), the general declared that “we will not allow to transform the northern province of Kunduz into a centre of terrorist activity in Afghanistan”. According to the governor of Kunduz, the very calm province formerly, is transforming itself into a centre of activity of the Taliban’s and terrorists coming from Chechnya, of Uzbekistan and Pakistan, more than 40% of the territory of the province being controlled by the Taliban’s. The spokesperson of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan Josef Blotz, present at the press conference, indicated that there were 45.000 foreign soldiers making their service in the north of Afghanistan.
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Iran Back Menu
Iran Unveils Several Electronic, Optic, Radar Systems.

The Iranian Defense Ministry on October 03, 2010 unveiled over a dozen electronic, optic and radar systems on the occasion of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranian sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s. During the ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, 20 electronic, optic and radar projects were unveiled in Shiraz Electronic Industries (SA Shiraz) a subsidiary of the Defense Ministry's Iran Electronic Industries (SA Iran). "Thanks to the hard efforts made by innovative and diligent experts of the defense ministry's electronic industries in SA Shiraz, we managed to hand 10 systems (to the Armed Forces), inaugurate production lines of 7 other systems and unveil 3 newly made electronic, optic and radar systems," Vahidi said at the ceremony. The minister added that the systems have been developed for different fields of action, including electronic warfare, radar technologies, guiding and navigation and smart bombs and weapons technologies. Vahidi noted that the projects also include electronic technologies for controlling vessels and sub-surface vessels, including different types of coastal radars, airport approach radar, long-rang air defense radar, Ionic systems, heat-sensing and tracing cameras, electronic warfare system, detection systems, communication and radar surveillance and eavesdropping and electronic smart cards and devices.
03 October 2010

The Iranian Defense Ministry on Saturday unveiled over a dozen electronic, optic and radar systems on the occasion of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranian sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s. During the ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, 20 electronic, optic and radar projects were unveiled in Shiraz Electronic Industries (SA Shiraz) a subsidiary of the Defense Ministry's Iran Electronic Industries (SA Iran). "Thanks to the hard efforts made by innovative and diligent experts of the defense ministry's electronic industries in SA Shiraz, we managed to hand 10 systems (to the Armed Forces), inaugurate production lines of 7 other systems and unveil 3 newly made electronic, optic and radar systems," Vahidi said at the ceremony. The minister added that the systems have been developed for different fields of action, including electronic warfare, radar technologies, guiding and navigation and smart bombs and weapons technologies. Vahidi noted that the projects also include electronic technologies for controlling vessels and sub-surface vessels, including different types of coastal radars, airport approach radar, long-rang air defense radar, Ionic systems, heat-sensing and tracing cameras, electronic warfare system, detection systems, communication and radar surveillance and eavesdropping and electronic smart cards and devices.
Iran unveils several electronic, optic and radar system for the Iranian army
 

France (Thales) Back Menu
Thales reveals PROJECT CYTOON – another milestone in its association with the South African National Defence Force.

Thales Defence Systems, the Thales system integrator in South Africa, is delivering an integrated tactical intelligence system for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) referred to as PROJECT CYTOON. The system, designed to equip an intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) tactical unit, has been designed to address various requirements such as tactical intelligence, homeland security and boarder surveillance. Thales provides various sensors (such as radar and optical sensors), a specifically developed software for multi-sensor exploitation, field deployable infrastructure and dedicated tactical communications. Thales has teamed up with various local and international partners whose products have also been integrated. The resulting system has been designed to address the exclusive intelligence requirements of the SANDF, and in doing so established a unique state of the art intelligence gathering system. PROJECT CYTOON, a major reference of the Thales-wide Comm@nder Intel know-how, has been completed and is ready for commissioning into the SANDF. Operational field tests are being conducted at this moment prior to system delivery to SANDF. It will be complemented soon with the delivery of a training subsystem to support the specific training needs of the South African Army, Intelligence Formation.
03 October 2010
Thales Defence Systems, the Thales system integrator in South Africa, is delivering an integrated tactical intelligence system for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) referred to as PROJECT CYTOON. The system, designed to equip an intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) tactical unit, has been designed to address various requirements such as tactical intelligence, homeland security and boarder surveillance. Thales provides various sensors (such as radar and optical sensors), a specifically developed software for multi-sensor exploitation, field deployable infrastructure and dedicated tactical communications. Thales has teamed up with various local and international partners whose products have also been integrated. The resulting system has been designed to address the exclusive intelligence requirements of the SANDF, and in doing so established a unique state of the art intelligence gathering system. PROJECT CYTOON, a major reference of the Thales-wide Comm@nder Intel know-how, has been completed and is ready for commissioning into the SANDF. Operational field tests are being conducted at this moment prior to system delivery to SANDF. It will be complemented soon with the delivery of a training subsystem to support the specific training needs of the South African Army, Intelligence Formation.
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Belarus Back Menu
Belarus wishes to acquire the Russian ground-to-air defense missile system S-400.

Belarus wishes to acquire the new Russian ground-to-air missiles system S-400 Triumph, announced this 01 October 2010 to the journalists, the vice-president of State Belarus Committee of military-industrialist Alexandre Soloninko. Minsk plans to buy in Moscow anti-missile defence systems S-400, indicated the person in charge before adding that the Russian ground-to-air missiles S-400 is one of the best system in the world. However, the export of S-400 is not officially with the day order for Russia. The Russian vice-minister of Industry and Trade Louri Borissov had indicated before that as long as the Russian Armed forces would not be sufficiently equipped out of missiles of the S-400 type, it would be premature to consider the export of the latter. “However that appears in our projects. The departments (Russian, note) of export of armaments receive already orders”, it added. At the end of February 2008, the Belarus Minister of Defense, Leonid Maltsev, announced that within the framework of the modernization program of the Belarus army, Minsk planned to get of S-400. The Russian agency of armaments export, Rosoboronexport, declared in May 2009 that the purchase of S-400 system is a decision from an intergovernmental commission Russo-Belorussia and that this decision was not made yet.
01 October 2010
Belarus wishes to acquire the new Russian ground-to-air missiles system S-400 Triumph, announced this 01 October 2010 to the journalists, the vice-president of State Belarus Committee of military-industrialist Alexandre Soloninko. Minsk plans to buy in Moscow anti-missile defence systems S-400, indicated the person in charge before adding that the Russian ground-to-air missiles S-400 is one of the best system in the world. However, the export of S-400 is not officially with the day order for Russia. The Russian vice-minister of Industry and Trade Louri Borissov had indicated before that as long as the Russian Armed forces would not be sufficiently equipped out of missiles of the S-400 type, it would be premature to consider the export of the latter. “However that appears in our projects. The departments (Russian, note) of export of armaments receive already orders”, it added. At the end of February 2008, the Belarus Minister of Defense, Leonid Maltsev, announced that within the framework of the modernization program of the Belarus army, Minsk planned to get of S-400. The Russian agency of armaments export, Rosoboronexport, declared in May 2009 that the purchase of S-400 system is a decision from an intergovernmental commission Russo-Belorussia and that this decision was not made yet.
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General Dynamics has been awarded a contract to produce MK47 40 mm grenade launcher.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $24.9 million contract by the U.S. Army to produce MK47 advanced lightweight grenade launcher (ALGL) systems. The contract supports a foreign military sale and is a firm fixed price award for 130 MK47 systems that each include the lightweight video sight systems, spare parts and technical support. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2012 and be completed by August 2012. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). “The MK47 is a reliable, portable 40mm grenade weapon system suited for mobile, tactical combat infantry units, particularly against soft and lightly-armored targets,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president and general manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “The MK47 has been demonstrated in combat to be a one-shot, one-kill weapon system.”. The MK47, also known as the STRIKER40, is an ALGL capable of firing air bursting munitions. General Dynamics is partnered with Raytheon to build the lightweight video system fire control, which assists in the detection, recognition and first-round engagement of target threats.
01 October 2010
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $24.9 million contract by the U.S. Army to produce MK47 advanced lightweight grenade launcher (ALGL) systems. The contract supports a foreign military sale and is a firm fixed price award for 130 MK47 systems that each include the lightweight video sight systems, spare parts and technical support. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2012 and be completed by August 2012. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). “The MK47 is a reliable, portable 40mm grenade weapon system suited for mobile, tactical combat infantry units, particularly against soft and lightly-armored targets,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president and general manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “The MK47 has been demonstrated in combat to be a one-shot, one-kill weapon system.”. The MK47, also known as the STRIKER40, is an ALGL capable of firing air bursting munitions. General Dynamics is partnered with Raytheon to build the lightweight video system fire control, which assists in the detection, recognition and first-round engagement of target threats.
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Force Protection is preparing to go after the American market with its Ocelot vehicle.

Having recently won a major British competition with its Ocelot vehicle, Force Protection is preparing to go after the American market, according to the company's chief operating officer. Force Protection has briefed U.S. Army and Marine Corps leaders on the Ocelot, but the company wanted to secure a win in the U.K.'s light protected patrol vehicle (LPPV) program before pushing it aggressively in the United States, said Randy Hutcherson, chief operating officer for Force Protection, Ladson, S.C. The Ocelot weighs roughly 16,000 pounds and features demountable protected crew pods that allow for different configurations for various roles. Force Protection Europe and British automotive engineering company Ricardo jointly developed the vehicle to meet the British Army's requirements. According to an industry source, the Marine Corps is talking with Force Protection to evaluate the Ocelot as a lighter weight and lower cost alternative to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), a Humvee-replacement effort with the U.S. Army. The Ocelot is a potential competitor with the JLTV in Australia, where the government is pursuing parallel development efforts for 1,300 new light protected mobility vehicles. While participating in the U.S. JLTV program, the Australian government is evaluating Manufactured and Supported in Australia (MSA) options. These include Thales Australia's Hawkei, General Dynamics Land Systems' Eagle IV and Force Protection's Ocelot. According to Hutcherson, the Ocelot would need to be modified before being ready to sell to the Marine Corps. For example, it is currently designed for right-hand side driving. Its height also would need adjustment to meet the Marine Corps requirements for amphibious ships. These modifications do not present major obstacles, he said.
01 October 2010
Having recently won a major British competition with its Ocelot vehicle, Force Protection is preparing to go after the American market, according to the company's chief operating officer. Force Protection has briefed U.S. Army and Marine Corps leaders on the Ocelot, but the company wanted to secure a win in the U.K.'s light protected patrol vehicle (LPPV) program before pushing it aggressively in the United States, said Randy Hutcherson, chief operating officer for Force Protection, Ladson, S.C. The Ocelot weighs roughly 16,000 pounds and features demountable protected crew pods that allow for different configurations for various roles. Force Protection Europe and British automotive engineering company Ricardo jointly developed the vehicle to meet the British Army's requirements. According to an industry source, the Marine Corps is talking with Force Protection to evaluate the Ocelot as a lighter weight and lower cost alternative to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), a Humvee-replacement effort with the U.S. Army. The Ocelot is a potential competitor with the JLTV in Australia, where the government is pursuing parallel development efforts for 1,300 new light protected mobility vehicles. While participating in the U.S. JLTV program, the Australian government is evaluating Manufactured and Supported in Australia (MSA) options. These include Thales Australia's Hawkei, General Dynamics Land Systems' Eagle IV and Force Protection's Ocelot. According to Hutcherson, the Ocelot would need to be modified before being ready to sell to the Marine Corps. For example, it is currently designed for right-hand side driving. Its height also would need adjustment to meet the Marine Corps requirements for amphibious ships. These modifications do not present major obstacles, he said.
United States American Force protection Ocelot LPPV Light Protected Patrol Vehicle
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United Arab Emirates is looking to buy the Oshkosh M-ATV MRAP vehicle.

Significant foreign military sales are in the works for the lightest-weight MRAP variant built by Oshkosh, including a sale to the United Arab Emirates, according to the company. The uae is looking to buy the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), said John Bryant, vice president and general manager for Marine Corps programs at Oshkosh. The M-ATV was developed to meet an urgent operational request from U.S. combat forces in Afghanistan. There are currently 8,108 vehicles on contract with Oshkosh for the U.S. military.
01 October 2010
United States American Oshkosh M-ATV MRAP mine protected wheeled armoured vehicle
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