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Topol M SS-27 missiles to be shown at Victory Day parade 9 May 2010 on Moscow's Red Square.

Russia's new Topol M missile system will for the first time be shown at the Victory Day parade on May 9 on Moscow's Red Square, a spokesman for the Strategic Missile Forces said. Earlier Topol M predecessors — Topol missile systems — were shown at Victory Day parades in downtown Moscow. Col. Vadim Koval said three Topol M launchers were brought to Alabino near Moscow early on Friday. The three-stage Topol M (SS-27 Sickle B) is a solid-propellant, silo-based or road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). It has a maximum range of 11,000 km (6,800 miles). On May 9, 2009, a military parade involving over 9,000 personnel, 103 sophisticated tracked and wheeled military vehicles, as well as 69 aircraft and helicopters was held on Red Square as Russia celebrated Victory Day. Victory Day marks the final surrender by Nazi Germany to the U.S.S.R. in WWII, often referred to as the Great Patriotic War in Russia and other states in the former Soviet Union. The 2009 parade was largely a rehearsal for this year's event, when Russia is to mark the 65th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War. The first Victory Parade was held on Red Square on June 24, 1945 on the order of the then-Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Joseph Stalin.
26 February 2010
Russia's new Topol M missile system will for the first time be shown at the Victory Day parade on May 9 on Moscow's Red Square, a spokesman for the Strategic Missile Forces said. Earlier Topol M predecessors — Topol missile systems — were shown at Victory Day parades in downtown Moscow. Col. Vadim Koval said three Topol M launchers were brought to Alabino near Moscow early on Friday. The three-stage Topol M (SS-27 Sickle B) is a solid-propellant, silo-based or road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). It has a maximum range of 11,000 km (6,800 miles). On May 9, 2009, a military parade involving over 9,000 personnel, 103 sophisticated tracked and wheeled military vehicles, as well as 69 aircraft and helicopters was held on Red Square as Russia celebrated Victory Day. Victory Day marks the final surrender by Nazi Germany to the U.S.S.R. in WWII, often referred to as the Great Patriotic War in Russia and other states in the former Soviet Union. The 2009 parade was largely a rehearsal for this year's event, when Russia is to mark the 65th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War. The first Victory Parade was held on Red Square on June 24, 1945 on the order of the then-Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Joseph Stalin.
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U.S. Army Launches Ground Combat Vehicle Contest.

With Pentagon approval newly in hand, the U.S. Army on Feb. 25 released its request for proposal (RfP) for the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), the service's planned next-generation full-spectrum-combat troop carrier. "I am really hoping for three solid proposals to enter into the technology development phase," Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's vice chief of staff, told an audience later that day here at a convention of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). Chiarelli addressed the gathering via video teleconference. Interested companies have until April 26 to submit their proposals. Army officials have said they plan in September to award up to three contracts for the GCV program's 27-month technology development phase. Chiarelli said he rejected the idea that the new vehicle program is Future Combat Systems "warmed over." He told the audience that he had read the requirements document several times and is certain the program is taking a new direction while incorporating lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan. The RfP was delayed two weeks as the Defense Department and the Army discussed details of the service's acquisition strategy, said Maj. Gen. John Bartley, program executive officer for integration. The Army wants to issue the RfP before finishing its formal analysis of alternatives, an unusual move that Pentagon acquisition executive Ashton Carter eventually approved. By approving a materiel development decision, Carter is saying he is willing to consider that there is a need for a ground combat vehicle, Bartley said. "The decision of whether or not there will be a GCV will be at milestone A" in September, he said. The finished analysis of alternatives also will be considered then.
26 February 2010
With Pentagon approval newly in hand, the U.S. Army on Feb. 25 released its request for proposal (RfP) for the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), the service's planned next-generation full-spectrum-combat troop carrier. "I am really hoping for three solid proposals to enter into the technology development phase," Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's vice chief of staff, told an audience later that day here at a convention of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). Chiarelli addressed the gathering via video teleconference. Interested companies have until April 26 to submit their proposals. Army officials have said they plan in September to award up to three contracts for the GCV program's 27-month technology development phase. Chiarelli said he rejected the idea that the new vehicle program is Future Combat Systems "warmed over." He told the audience that he had read the requirements document several times and is certain the program is taking a new direction while incorporating lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan. The RfP was delayed two weeks as the Defense Department and the Army discussed details of the service's acquisition strategy, said Maj. Gen. John Bartley, program executive officer for integration. The Army wants to issue the RfP before finishing its formal analysis of alternatives, an unusual move that Pentagon acquisition executive Ashton Carter eventually approved. By approving a materiel development decision, Carter is saying he is willing to consider that there is a need for a ground combat vehicle, Bartley said. "The decision of whether or not there will be a GCV will be at milestone A" in September, he said. The finished analysis of alternatives also will be considered then.
The GCV Ground Combat Vehicle IFV will replace 6,300 M-113 family of vehicles beginning in 2017.

 

 

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Industry can deliver 130 Stryker vehicles with "MRAP-like" protection.

If the U.S. Army approves funding to keep the production line steady, industry can deliver 130 Stryker vehicles with "MRAP-like" protection in time for the next Stryker brigade's deployment, sources said. U.S. soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team patrol in Baqubah, Iraq. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) The Army is nearing a decision on whether to give the flat-bottomed Stryker a double V-shaped hull, which would provide protection equivalent to that of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, sources said. The changes were already planned as part the Stryker modernization program and are scheduled to be cut into the production line in 2015 and 2016. After several Strykers were damaged in Afghanistan, vehicle maker General Dynamics began thinking about accelerating the change. It proposed the acceleration to the Army in January, one source said. The V-shaped hull distributes the blast and moves the bottom of the vehicle higher off the ground. The Army plans to reduce production to 20 Strykers per month by next January, which would delay the improvements, the source said. But if production is held steady, the company could deliver 130 vehicles in the infantry carrier configuration in time for the next Stryker brigade's deployment to Afghanistan in July 2011. A full Stryker brigade has 332 vehicles in 10 variants, two of which are not yet in full-rate production. The company will follow with seven more variants by the end of December 2011. To do this, the rate of production has to be kept at roughly 35 per month. Funding is also needed for government testing, the source said. The company has done some testing, including blast testing and analysis with partial vehicles, but a full vehicle prototype has not been tested yet, the source said. Part of the Army's decision is to decide how much government testing they want to fund before fielding. There is $299.5 million in the president's budget, including base and supplemental dollars, to purchase 83 Stryker vehicles. There is an additional $591.3 million for Stryker modifications, and $136.3 million in research and development funds for Stryker survivability efforts.
25 February 2010
If the U.S. Army approves funding to keep the production line steady, industry can deliver 130 Stryker vehicles with "MRAP-like" protection in time for the next Stryker brigade's deployment, sources said. U.S. soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team patrol in Baqubah, Iraq. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) The Army is nearing a decision on whether to give the flat-bottomed Stryker a double V-shaped hull, which would provide protection equivalent to that of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, sources said. The changes were already planned as part the Stryker modernization program and are scheduled to be cut into the production line in 2015 and 2016. After several Strykers were damaged in Afghanistan, vehicle maker General Dynamics began thinking about accelerating the change. It proposed the acceleration to the Army in January, one source said. The V-shaped hull distributes the blast and moves the bottom of the vehicle higher off the ground. The Army plans to reduce production to 20 Strykers per month by next January, which would delay the improvements, the source said. But if production is held steady, the company could deliver 130 vehicles in the infantry carrier configuration in time for the next Stryker brigade's deployment to Afghanistan in July 2011. A full Stryker brigade has 332 vehicles in 10 variants, two of which are not yet in full-rate production. The company will follow with seven more variants by the end of December 2011. To do this, the rate of production has to be kept at roughly 35 per month. Funding is also needed for government testing, the source said. The company has done some testing, including blast testing and analysis with partial vehicles, but a full vehicle prototype has not been tested yet, the source said. Part of the Army's decision is to decide how much government testing they want to fund before fielding. There is $299.5 million in the president's budget, including base and supplemental dollars, to purchase 83 Stryker vehicles. There is an additional $591.3 million for Stryker modifications, and $136.3 million in research and development funds for Stryker survivability efforts.
United States US Army Stryker M1126 ICV wheeled armoured infantry carrier vehicle with wire cage picture

 

 

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Members States of the Cooperation organization of Shanghai will organize Anti-terrorists exercises in September 2010.

Antiterrorist exercises of the Member States of the Cooperation organization of Shanghai (OCS) will proceed in Kazakhstan in September, announced Thursday, February 25, 2010, the chief of the Russian Army Land Forces, General Alexander Postnikov.
“During these exercises the troops will be involved to carry out military operations implying all the units”, indicated the general.
According to him, the specificity of these exercises consists of what they will be held on the territory of Kazakhstan, and in what the number of Kazakh soldiers will be largely higher than that of the other participants.
“Thus, manpower of the Chinese and Russian units will not exceed 400 soldiers for each country, whereas Kazakhstan mobilizes approximately 4.000 men”, M.Postnikov specified.
25 February 2010
Antiterrorist exercises of the Member States of the Cooperation organization of Shanghai (OCS) will proceed in Kazakhstan in September, announced Thursday, February 25, 2010, the chief of the Russian Army Land Forces, General Alexander Postnikov.
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BAE Systems Secures More Than US$140 Million Contract for 250 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles.

BAE Systems Land Systems OMC, through its partnership with General Dynamics Land Systems Canada (GDLS-C), was awarded a follow-on order for the supply of 250 RG31 Mk5E vehicles in support of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle programme for U.S. forces. All vehicles will be manufactured in South Africa and delivery of the vehicles to GDLS-C will take place in 2010.
24 February 2010
BAE Systems Land Systems OMC, through its partnership with General Dynamics Land Systems Canada (GDLS-C), was awarded a follow-on order for the supply of 250 RG31 Mk5E vehicles in support of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle programme for U.S. forces. All vehicles will be manufactured in South Africa and delivery of the vehicles to GDLS-C will take place in 2010.
United States US Army RG31 M5E mine protected wheeled armoured vehicle picture

 

 

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BAE Systems Receives $90.6 Million Order for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Special Operations Vehicles.

BAE Systems has received a delivery order from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command worth up to $90.6 million to provide 58 U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The U.S. SOCOM vehicle is one of several MRAP variants based on the RG33 family of vehicles.
"These vehicles have been in service with our forces in Iraq providing survivability against improvised explosive devices (IEDs), medium machine gun or small arms fire and mine blast protection," said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of New Vehicles and Amphibious Systems for BAE Systems. "The entire RG33 team is proud to be able to provide these highly survivable vehicles to support our troops."
Work on the delivery order will be performed by the existing workforce and will begin immediately at BAE Systems facilities in York, Pennsylvania and Aiken, South Carolina; with assistance from Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) and Spartan Motors Chassis' facility in Charlotte, Michigan.

23 February 2010
BAE Systems has received a delivery order from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command worth up to $90.6 million to provide 58 U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The U.S. SOCOM vehicle is one of several MRAP variants based on the RG33 family of vehicles. BAE Systems has received a delivery order from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command worth up to $90.6 million to provide 58 U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The U.S. SOCOM vehicle is one of several MRAP variants based on the RG33 family of vehicles.
United States US Army RG33 4x4 MRAP mine protected wheeled armoured vehicle personnel carrier
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United States US Army RG33L 6x6 MRAP mine protected wheeled armoured vehicle personnel carrier
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Force Protection, Inc. to Debut Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset (JAMMA) Vehicle at AUSA Winter 2010.

Force Protection, Inc., a leading American designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions, will debut the Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset (JAMMA) vehicle at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare’s Winter Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., February 24-26, 2010 at booth #109. JAMMA is the only armor-ready, four-occupant, hybrid, high-performance off-road vehicle that can be transported inside the V-22 Osprey helicopter.
23 February 2010
Force Protection, Inc., a leading American designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions, will debut the Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset (JAMMA) vehicle at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare’s Winter Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., February 24-26, 2010 at booth #109. JAMMA is the only armor-ready, four-occupant, hybrid, high-performance off-road vehicle that can be transported inside the V-22 Osprey helicopter.
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V-22 ITV Joint All-terrain Modular Mobility Asset Light Wheeled Vehicle
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BAE Systems Introduces two new wheeled armoured at AUSA Winter 2010, the Caiman MTV and the RG Outrider.

BAE Systems recently completed two successful demonstrations of the Caiman Multi-Theater Vehicle (MTV) before U.S. military leaders. A new version of the combat-proven Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, Caiman MTV is designed for multiple theaters of operation and, specifically, the end strength transition from Iraq to Afghanistan. The vehicle will be on display at the Association of U.S. Army’s Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida February 24-26, 2010 at booth #2521. BAE Systems gave U.S. military leaders the first look at the RG Outrider recently at the Nevada Automotive Test Center – a light armored vehicle designed to meet the needs of U.S. special operations and coalition forces operating in Afghanistan. Based on the RG series of light tactical vehicles originally designed and developed in South Africa, the 4x4 RG Outrider offers a cost-effective approach to the enhanced protection, demonstrated mobility and payload capacity required in Afghanistan.
23 February 2010
BAE Systems recently completed two successful demonstrations of the Caiman Multi-Theater Vehicle (MTV) before U.S. military leaders. A new version of the combat-proven Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, Caiman MTV is designed for multiple theaters of operation and, specifically, the end strength transition from Iraq to Afghanistan. The vehicle will be on display at the Association of U.S. Army’s Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida February 24-26, 2010 at booth #2521. BAE Systems gave U.S. military leaders the first look at the RG Outrider recently at the Nevada Automotive Test Center – a light armored vehicle designed to meet the needs of U.S. special operations and coalition forces operating in Afghanistan. Based on the RG series of light tactical vehicles originally designed and developed in South Africa, the 4x4 RG Outrider offers a cost-effective approach to the enhanced protection, demonstrated mobility and payload capacity required in Afghanistan. BAE Systems recently completed two successful demonstrations of the Caiman Multi-Theater Vehicle (MTV) before U.S. military leaders. A new version of the combat-proven Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, Caiman MTV is designed for multiple theaters of operation and, specifically, the end strength transition from Iraq to Afghanistan. The vehicle will be on display at the Association of U.S. Army’s Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida February 24-26, 2010 at booth #2521. BAE Systems gave U.S. military leaders the first look at the RG Outrider recently at the Nevada Automotive Test Center – a light armored vehicle designed to meet the needs of U.S. special operations and coalition forces operating in Afghanistan. Based on the RG series of light tactical vehicles originally designed and developed in South Africa, the 4x4 RG Outrider offers a cost-effective approach to the enhanced protection, demonstrated mobility and payload capacity required in Afghanistan.
United States American BAE Systems Caiman MTV Multi-Theater vehicle
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American BAE Systems RG Outrider light wheeled protected patrol vehicle
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Oshkosh Defense presents two new variants of his M-ATV vehicle at AUSA Winter 2010.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is displaying two new tactical wheeled vehicles in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today through Friday (Feb. 24-26) at the annual Association of United States Army (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition. Two new variants of the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle M-ATV are making their debut at the event, as is - for the first time in the Oshkosh booth - an Oshkosh truck from the U.S. Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. "This AUSA event is a great opportunity for Oshkosh Defense to demonstrate our support for the U.S. Army and showcase our newest offerings to military personnel across all ranks," said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense. "The face-to-face conversations taking place at this show allow us to gather important feedback and information, which we use to continually improve our military vehicles." The new utility and ambulance M-ATV variants on display at AUSA offer new capabilities and mission profiles while maintaining the durable, best-in-class mobility and superior crew protection of the original M-ATV offering. Utility and ambulance M-ATVs were developed to allow military operations to provide critical casualty care and resupply services in unforgiving landscapes where tactical missions must operate. The M-ATV has provided superior off-road mobility for harsh mountainous terrain and unimproved road networks in places like Afghanistan. To date, the company has received orders valued at more than $4.74 billion to supply 8,079 M-ATVs, spare parts kits and in-theatre aftermarket support.
23 February 2010
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is displaying two new tactical wheeled vehicles in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today through Friday (Feb. 24-26) at the annual Association of United States Army (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition. Two new variants of the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle M-ATV are making their debut at the event, as is - for the first time in the Oshkosh booth - an Oshkosh truck from the U.S. Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. "This AUSA event is a great opportunity for Oshkosh Defense to demonstrate our support for the U.S. Army and showcase our newest offerings to military personnel across all ranks," said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense. "The face-to-face conversations taking place at this show allow us to gather important feedback and information, which we use to continually improve our military vehicles." The new utility and ambulance M-ATV variants on display at AUSA offer new capabilities and mission profiles while maintaining the durable, best-in-class mobility and superior crew protection of the original M-ATV offering. Utility and ambulance M-ATVs were developed to allow military operations to provide critical casualty care and resupply services in unforgiving landscapes where tactical missions must operate. The M-ATV has provided superior off-road mobility for harsh mountainous terrain and unimproved road networks in places like Afghanistan. To date, the company has received orders valued at more than $4.74 billion to supply 8,079 M-ATVs, spare parts kits and in-theatre aftermarket support. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is displaying two new tactical wheeled vehicles in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today through Friday (Feb. 24-26) at the annual Association of United States Army (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition. Two new variants of the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle M-ATV are making their debut at the event, as is - for the first time in the Oshkosh booth - an Oshkosh truck from the U.S. Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. "This AUSA event is a great opportunity for Oshkosh Defense to demonstrate our support for the U.S. Army and showcase our newest offerings to military personnel across all ranks," said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense. "The face-to-face conversations taking place at this show allow us to gather important feedback and information, which we use to continually improve our military vehicles." The new utility and ambulance M-ATV variants on display at AUSA offer new capabilities and mission profiles while maintaining the durable, best-in-class mobility and superior crew protection of the original M-ATV offering. Utility and ambulance M-ATVs were developed to allow military operations to provide critical casualty care and resupply services in unforgiving landscapes where tactical missions must operate. The M-ATV has provided superior off-road mobility for harsh mountainous terrain and unimproved road networks in places like Afghanistan. To date, the company has received orders valued at more than $4.74 billion to supply 8,079 M-ATVs, spare parts kits and in-theatre aftermarket support.
United States American Oshkosh
M-ATV Utility Variant Cargo Carrier MRAP wheeled vehicle
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M-ATV Tactical Ambulance battlefield MRAP wheeled vehicle
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Navistar Defense Showcases MaxxPro Dash With DXM Independent Suspension at AUSA Winter 2010.

Navistar Defense, LLC today will showcase its enhanced International® MaxxPro® Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle with DXM™ independent suspension for attendees at the 2010 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition. The enhanced MaxxPro Dash with DXM independent suspension offers added mobility for off-road travel while still providing warfighters with Category I MRAP survivability protection. A number of other added features that are included on the enhanced Dash include insulation and door upgrades, as well as an inclinometer, which acts as a level and measures side slope during vehicle operation. The DXM independent suspension solution is provided by Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems and AxleTech International. Navistar selected this no-compromises suspension system after conducting an extensive trade study. The DXM design also minimizes the effort needed to integrate the system onto existing MaxxPro and 7000 Series vehicles should the military be interested in retrofitting the company’s fleets.
23 February 2010
Navistar Defense, LLC today will showcase its enhanced International® MaxxPro® Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle with DXM™ independent suspension for attendees at the 2010 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition. The enhanced MaxxPro Dash with DXM independent suspension offers added mobility for off-road travel while still providing warfighters with Category I MRAP survivability protection. A number of other added features that are included on the enhanced Dash include insulation and door upgrades, as well as an inclinometer, which acts as a level and measures side slope during vehicle operation. The DXM independent suspension solution is provided by Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems and AxleTech International. Navistar selected this no-compromises suspension system after conducting an extensive trade study. The DXM design also minimizes the effort needed to integrate the system onto existing MaxxPro and 7000 Series vehicles should the military be interested in retrofitting the company’s fleets.
United States US Army American Navistar MaxxPro Dash MRAP mine protected wheeled armoured vehicle personnel carrier
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Oshkosh Corporation Receives $640 Million Award to Supply 1,460 Additional M-ATVs.

Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced this 23 February 2010 it has received an additional $640 million award from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to deliver 1,460 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles. To date, Oshkosh has received awards valued at more than $4.74 billion for 8,079 M-ATVs, as well as spare parts kits and aftermarket in-theater support. "Our Armed Forces have Oshkosh's full assurance that these highly mobile, life protecting vehicles will continue to be a top priority because we understand the urgency of the situation," said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer. "From day one, Oshkosh Corporation and our employees have been committed to meet or exceed the M-ATV delivery requirements, while simultaneously producing our other quality advanced tactical wheeled vehicles and meeting all other contractual obligations."
23 February 2010
Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced this 23 February 2010 it has received an additional $640 million award from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to deliver 1,460 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles. To date, Oshkosh has received awards valued at more than $4.74 billion for 8,079 M-ATVs, as well as spare parts kits and aftermarket in-theater support. "Our Armed Forces have Oshkosh's full assurance that these highly mobile, life protecting vehicles will continue to be a top priority because we understand the urgency of the situation," said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer. "From day one, Oshkosh Corporation and our employees have been committed to meet or exceed the M-ATV delivery requirements, while simultaneously producing our other quality advanced tactical wheeled vehicles and meeting all other contractual obligations."
United States US Army Oshkosh M-ATV MRAP all-terrain armoured vehicle
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Revolutionary CTAI weapon turret system to start qualification.

A revolutionary new weapon system for the British and French armies has been given a major boost with the signing on the 8th of February of an £11m contract with the French and UK ministries of defence. Under the contract, CTA International, an Anglo-French joint venture between BAE Systems and Nexter Systems, will begin qualification in early 2011 of cannon and ammunition for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP), the Scout reconnaissance vehicle for the British Army and the future reconnaissance vehicle (EBRC – Engin Blinde de Reconnaissance et de Combat) for the French Army.
Qualification is a rigorous process designed to prove that a weapon system is safe, effective and reliable. Both the gun and ammunition will be subjected to freezing, baking, extremes of humidity and a series of “shake, rattle and roll” trials to demonstrate that they will operate under every foreseeable circumstance. While the system has been passed for manned firing and considerable data has already been collected, these trials will formally pass the system for use by the British and French armies.
While CTAI’s 40mm Cased Telescoped Cannon and Ammunition (CTCA) was mandated for WCSP and the Scout vehicle by the UK Ministry of Defence in March 2008, the turrets and Scout chassis will be selected through competition.
23 February 2010
A revolutionary new weapon system for the British and French armies has been given a major boost with the signing on the 8th of February of an £11m contract with the French and UK ministries of defence. Under the contract, CTA International, an Anglo-French joint venture between BAE Systems and Nexter Systems, will begin qualification in early 2011 of cannon and ammunition for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP), the Scout reconnaissance vehicle for the British Army and the future reconnaissance vehicle (EBRC – Engin Blinde de Reconnaissance et de Combat) for the French Army.
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Lockeed Martin was awarded for HIMARS High Mobility Rocket System for Jordan.

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded on Feb. 4, 2010 a $26,884,609 firm-fixed-price contract for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Full Rate Production 5, option exercise for 12 Jordan Launchers. Work is to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, (40 percent) and East Camden, Ark., (60 percent) with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received.
22 February 2010
Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded on Feb. 4, 2010 a $26,884,609 firm-fixed-price contract for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Full Rate Production 5, option exercise for 12 Jordan Launchers. Work is to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, (40 percent) and East Camden, Ark., (60 percent) with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received.
United States Lockeed Martin HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket launcher System
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New soldier combat uniforms for the US Army troops in Afghanistan.

Starting this summer, Soldiers sent to fight in Afghanistan will wear an Army Combat Uniform with the "MultiCam" pattern instead of the standard-issue universal camouflage pattern. Secretary of the Army John McHugh made that announcement Feb. 19, after the service conducted a rigorous four-month evaluation of various uniform patterns to determine what could best protect Soldiers in Afghanistan. The new uniforms are of the same material and cut that Soldiers are already wearing in the Army Combat Uniform or ACU. It is the camouflage printed on the fabric that will be different. The change allows commanders in Afghanistan to have more options in deciding how best to equip their Soldiers. The uniforms bearing the new pattern, like the latest ACUs, will be fireproof. The decision to use the MultiCam pattern came after the Army evaluated its effectiveness at providing camouflage protection in Iraq. That was done, in part, by consulting with nearly 750 Soldiers who had deployed to Afghanistan. Those Soldiers participated in a "photo simulation" study administered by the Army. Additionally, feedback from Soldiers who have already worn the uniform in Afghanistan was used to make the final decision. About 2,000 Soldiers were involved in tests to see how effective patterns such as MultiCam and UCP-Delta were at providing concealment in the varying terrain of Afghanistan.
22 February 2010
Starting this summer, Soldiers sent to fight in Afghanistan will wear an Army Combat Uniform with the "MultiCam" pattern instead of the standard-issue universal camouflage pattern. Secretary of the Army John McHugh made that announcement Feb. 19, after the service conducted a rigorous four-month evaluation of various uniform patterns to determine what could best protect Soldiers in Afghanistan. The new uniforms are of the same material and cut that Soldiers are already wearing in the Army Combat Uniform or ACU. It is the camouflage printed on the fabric that will be different. The change allows commanders in Afghanistan to have more options in deciding how best to equip their Soldiers. The uniforms bearing the new pattern, like the latest ACUs, will be fireproof. The decision to use the MultiCam pattern came after the Army evaluated its effectiveness at providing camouflage protection in Iraq. That was done, in part, by consulting with nearly 750 Soldiers who had deployed to Afghanistan. Those Soldiers participated in a "photo simulation" study administered by the Army. Additionally, feedback from Soldiers who have already worn the uniform in Afghanistan was used to make the final decision. About 2,000 Soldiers were involved in tests to see how effective patterns such as MultiCam and UCP-Delta were at providing concealment in the varying terrain of Afghanistan. Starting this summer, Soldiers sent to fight in Afghanistan will wear an Army Combat Uniform with the "MultiCam" pattern instead of the standard-issue universal camouflage pattern. Secretary of the Army John McHugh made that announcement Feb. 19, after the service conducted a rigorous four-month evaluation of various uniform patterns to determine what could best protect Soldiers in Afghanistan. The new uniforms are of the same material and cut that Soldiers are already wearing in the Army Combat Uniform or ACU. It is the camouflage printed on the fabric that will be different. The change allows commanders in Afghanistan to have more options in deciding how best to equip their Soldiers. The uniforms bearing the new pattern, like the latest ACUs, will be fireproof. The decision to use the MultiCam pattern came after the Army evaluated its effectiveness at providing camouflage protection in Iraq. That was done, in part, by consulting with nearly 750 Soldiers who had deployed to Afghanistan. Those Soldiers participated in a "photo simulation" study administered by the Army. Additionally, feedback from Soldiers who have already worn the uniform in Afghanistan was used to make the final decision. About 2,000 Soldiers were involved in tests to see how effective patterns such as MultiCam and UCP-Delta were at providing concealment in the varying terrain of Afghanistan. Starting this summer, Soldiers sent to fight in Afghanistan will wear an Army Combat Uniform with the "MultiCam" pattern instead of the standard-issue universal camouflage pattern. Secretary of the Army John McHugh made that announcement Feb. 19, after the service conducted a rigorous four-month evaluation of various uniform patterns to determine what could best protect Soldiers in Afghanistan. The new uniforms are of the same material and cut that Soldiers are already wearing in the Army Combat Uniform or ACU. It is the camouflage printed on the fabric that will be different. The change allows commanders in Afghanistan to have more options in deciding how best to equip their Soldiers. The uniforms bearing the new pattern, like the latest ACUs, will be fireproof. The decision to use the MultiCam pattern came after the Army evaluated its effectiveness at providing camouflage protection in Iraq. That was done, in part, by consulting with nearly 750 Soldiers who had deployed to Afghanistan. Those Soldiers participated in a "photo simulation" study administered by the Army. Additionally, feedback from Soldiers who have already worn the uniform in Afghanistan was used to make the final decision. About 2,000 Soldiers were involved in tests to see how effective patterns such as MultiCam and UCP-Delta were at providing concealment in the varying terrain of Afghanistan.
US Army soldiers from 12th Infantry Regiment are wearing the Army's new uniform pattern for Afghanistan, MultiCam
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US Army soldiers from 12th Infantry Regiment are wearing the Army's new uniform pattern for Afghanistan, MultiCam
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Oshkosh Defense Receives $13 Million Delivery Order to Supply HEMTT A4s trucks to Army Reserve.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a delivery order valued at more than $13 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to supply more than 35 next-generation Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks to the Army Reserve. The variants included in the order include M984A4 wreckers and M1120A4 load handling systems (LHS). Production is expected to begin in September 2010 and be completed in June 2011. The order was issued under the Army's Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) III contract.
22 February 2010
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a delivery order valued at more than $13 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to supply more than 35 next-generation Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks to the Army Reserve. The variants included in the order include M984A4 wreckers and M1120A4 load handling systems (LHS). Production is expected to begin in September 2010 and be completed in June 2011. The order was issued under the Army's Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) III contract.
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The first two air defense missile S-400 Triumph are operational in the area of Moscow.

The first two air defense missile system S-400 systems have entered combat duty at the regiment base of the Military Space Defense joint command in Elektrostal, the Moscow Region. The S-400 Triumph (NATO code : SA-21 Growler) , seen by the Russian army as the best anti-aircraft missile system, has been adopted by the army. The military claim that the S-400 system boasts unique characteristics. It can destroy any air target, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise and ballistic missiles within a range of 400 kilometers and an altitude up to 30 kilometers. The system is almost three times more efficient than its Russian and foreign counterparts. There are no plans so far to export the S-400. It will be produced only for the Russian Armed Forces. An additional two systems will be deployed by the end of 2010.
21 February 2010
The first two air defense missile system S-400 systems have entered combat duty at the regiment base of the Military Space Defense joint command in Elektrostal, the Moscow Region. The S-400 Triumph (NATO code : SA-21 Growler) , seen by the Russian army as the best anti-aircraft missile system, has been adopted by the army. The military claim that the S-400 system boasts unique characteristics. It can destroy any air target, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise and ballistic missiles within a range of 400 kilometers and an altitude up to 30 kilometers. The system is almost three times more efficient than its Russian and foreign counterparts. There are no plans so far to export the S-400. It will be produced only for the Russian Armed Forces. An additional two systems will be deployed by the end of 2010.
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The BAE Systems’ programme to deliver 60 TERRIER™ vehicles to the British Army has taken two important steps forward.

Manufacture of the first TERRIER production hull began on 27 January at the company’s Newcastle plant. In a ceremony attended by senior staff from both the MoD Combat Wheels Group and BAE Systems’ suppliers; visitors saw machining operations on the first side plate commence. Attendees at the production launch ceremony were able to see first hand the £2m investment in process and machinery which has been put in place to support Terrier production. Both have been completely overhauled to improve build efficiency and maximise build quality, following lessons learnt from production of the heavier Titan and Trojan engineer vehicles, and the mine-protected Panther command and liaison vehicle which was recently delivered to Afghanistan. The first TERRIER hull will be used in mine blast trials to demonstrate improved protection levels introduced by modifications resulting from experience gained on other vehicles during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The complete hull will be available for trials towards the end of this year. Assembly, integration and test of the first production vehicle is scheduled to commence in the first half of 2011. Another important TERRIER development milestone was successfully completed in December 2009 after two demonstrator vehicles finished a comprehensive performance trial designed to demonstrate reliability growth. This two-month assessment consisted of a range of typical battlefield missions, including:
- Travelling 3300km, split between road, track and cross country going
- Excavating 135 pits for Warrior infantry fighting vehicles
- Digging 39 pits for AS 90 self-propelled howitzers
- Moving 15,500 tonnes of spoil
- Operating the vehicles remotely via a remote control system and radio link
- Completing a range of route clearance and denial operations and placement of ditch-crossing fascines.

19 February 2010
Manufacture of the first TERRIER production hull began on 27 January at the company’s Newcastle plant. In a ceremony attended by senior staff from both the MoD Combat Wheels Group and BAE Systems’ suppliers; visitors saw machining operations on the first side plate commence. Attendees at the production launch ceremony were able to see first hand the £2m investment in process and machinery which has been put in place to support Terrier production. Both have been completely overhauled to improve build efficiency and maximise build quality, following lessons learnt from production of the heavier Titan and Trojan engineer vehicles, and the mine-protected Panther command and liaison vehicle which was recently delivered to Afghanistan. The first TERRIER hull will be used in mine blast trials to demonstrate improved protection levels introduced by modifications resulting from experience gained on other vehicles during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The complete hull will be available for trials towards the end of this year. Assembly, integration and test of the first production vehicle is scheduled to commence in the first half of 2011. Another important TERRIER development milestone was successfully completed in December 2009 after two demonstrator vehicles finished a comprehensive performance trial designed to demonstrate reliability growth. This two-month assessment consisted of a range of typical battlefield missions, including:
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The Russian Ministry of the Interior interested by the French armored vehicle Panhard VBL.

The Russian Ministry of the Interior east in negotiation with French General Panhard Defense in order to acquire light armoured vehicles VBL, written Tuesday the daily newspaper of Kommersant businesses. According to the newspaper, the negotiations continue but did not approach the official stage yet. The beginning of a “true co-operation” between the Russian interior and Panhard could be announced in June, at the Defense Exhibition Eurosatory 2010 in Paris. According to French sources, it could be a question of “a small batch” of vehicles. The experts recall on their side that the Russian police forces are already equipped with wheeled armoured vehicle Tigr and Medved (Bear), are more cheaper for the same type of vehicle. In addition, they say, the VBL do not protect the crew against mine explosions and the firing of heavy machine-guns, as operations in Africa and in Kosovo show it.
18 February 2010
The Russian Ministry of the Interior east in negotiation with French General Panhard Defense in order to acquire light armoured vehicles VBL, written Tuesday the daily newspaper of Kommersant businesses. According to the newspaper, the negotiations continue but did not approach the official stage yet. The beginning of a “true co-operation” between the Russian interior and Panhard could be announced in June, at the Defense Exhibition Eurosatory 2010 in Paris. According to French sources, it could be a question of “a small batch” of vehicles. The experts recall on their side that the Russian police forces are already equipped with wheeled armoured vehicle Tigr and Medved (Bear), are more cheaper for the same type of vehicle. In addition, they say, the VBL do not protect the crew against mine explosions and the firing of heavy machine-guns, as operations in Africa and in Kosovo show it.
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British army use for the first time Trojan engineer vehicle and Python mine clearance system during military operations in Afghanistan.

The Trojan engineer tracked armoured tank and its Python mine clearance system have been used for the first time in the ongoing Operation Moshtarak in southern Helmand province where troops' progress has been slowed by the number of deadly Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, left by insurgents. The Royal British army Engineers have fired their latest weapon Python mine clearing system in their battle against the Taliban for the first time – an exploding hose which punches safe passage through suspected IED belts. In addition, The Royal British army Engineers used Trojan – which is fitted with a large plough on the front – to clear safe passage through a suspected IED belt to the north west of Showal, the Taliban’s ‘seat’ of governance.
18 February 2010

The Trojan engineer tracked armoured tank and its Python mine clearance system have been used for the first time in the ongoing Operation Moshtarak in southern Helmand province where troops' progress has been slowed by the number of deadly Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, left by insurgents. The Royal British army Engineers have fired their latest weapon Python mine clearing system in their battle against the Taliban for the first time – an exploding hose which punches safe passage through suspected IED belts. In addition, The Royal British army Engineers used Trojan – which is fitted with a large plough on the front – to clear safe passage through a suspected IED belt to the north west of Showal, the Taliban’s ‘seat’ of governance. The Trojan engineer tracked armoured tank and its Python mine clearance system have been used for the first time in the ongoing Operation Moshtarak in southern Helmand province where troops' progress has been slowed by the number of deadly Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, left by insurgents. The Royal British army Engineers have fired their latest weapon Python mine clearing system in their battle against the Taliban for the first time – an exploding hose which punches safe passage through suspected IED belts. In addition, The Royal British army Engineers used Trojan – which is fitted with a large plough on the front – to clear safe passage through a suspected IED belt to the north west of Showal, the Taliban’s ‘seat’ of governance.
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Navistar Defense Awarded $752 Million Contract for MaxxPro Dash MRAP Vehicles.

Navistar Defense, LLC today was awarded a contract for $752 million to provide 1,050 enhanced International® MaxxPro® Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Vehicles under the award from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command will include the DXM™ independent suspension solution. Since May 2007, Navistar has received orders for a total of 7,494 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles to help combat improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other threats. In late 2008, the company modified its design for added mobility and produced the MaxxPro Dash MRAP variant. The addition of an independent suspension solution further improves mobility and is one of several capability insertions that will be incorporated into the next 1,050 MaxxPro Dash units. Navistar also has provided more than 8,100 International® 7000 Series vehicles to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.
17 February 2010
Navistar Defense, LLC today was awarded a contract for $752 million to provide 1,050 enhanced International® MaxxPro® Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Vehicles under the award from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command will include the DXM™ independent suspension solution. Since May 2007, Navistar has received orders for a total of 7,494 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles to help combat improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other threats. In late 2008, the company modified its design for added mobility and produced the MaxxPro Dash MRAP variant. The addition of an independent suspension solution further improves mobility and is one of several capability insertions that will be incorporated into the next 1,050 MaxxPro Dash units. Navistar also has provided more than 8,100 International® 7000 Series vehicles to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.
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Russia could deploy the anti-aircraft defense missiles system S-400 in the countries of the CEI.

Russia could deploy its ground-to-air missiles of last generation S-400 Triumph (code NATO: SA-21 Growler) in the Member States of the CEI if an ad hoc political decision is adopted, declared Wednesday the chief of staff of the Russian Air forces, the general Vadim Volkovitski. “If the Directorate of Political Affairs makes an adapted decision, these systems will be installed everywhere”, it indicated at the time of a visit of the center of space protection of Elektrostal (in the surroundings of Moscow). According to the general, S-400 could belong to the anti-aircraft defense system of the Member States of the CEI (the Community of the independent States). It is persuaded that these missiles exceed the similar foreign systems by far. “Being of the features and the developmental perspectives of this weapon, we must stress that it is still in its first age. It needs to grow, to become ripe, but we can note as of now that no country of the world has a system having such possibilities and performances”, underlined the chief of staff of the Russian Air forces.
18 February 2010
Russia could deploy its ground-to-air missiles of last generation S-400 Triumph (code NATO: SA-21 Growler) in the Member States of the CEI if an ad hoc political decision is adopted, declared Wednesday the chief of staff of the Russian Air forces, the general Vadim Volkovitski. “If the Directorate of Political Affairs makes an adapted decision, these systems will be installed everywhere”, it indicated at the time of a visit of the center of space protection of Elektrostal (in the surroundings of Moscow). According to the general, S-400 could belong to the anti-aircraft defense system of the Member States of the CEI (the Community of the independent States). It is persuaded that these missiles exceed the similar foreign systems by far. “Being of the features and the developmental perspectives of this weapon, we must stress that it is still in its first age. It needs to grow, to become ripe, but we can note as of now that no country of the world has a system having such possibilities and performances”, underlined the chief of staff of the Russian Air forces.
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Russia increases its exports of weapons towards the Latin America.

Russia considerably increased its supplies of weapons to the countries of Latin America, announced the chief of the Russian diplomacy Sergueï Lavrov at the conclusion of the negotiations with its counterpart Mexican Patricia Espinosa. “We increased lately the volume of the contracts and of the Russian supplies of armaments in the various areas of the world, in particular in Latin America”, M.Lavrov indicated. These exports do not aim political goals nor ideological. “It is a purely commercial question. Admittedly, the United States exceeds us, but we progress”, underlined the Russian minister. According to him, Russia exports towards Mexico of military equipment which the Mexican government needs. “They are helicopters, technical capacities for the coastal guard used in the fight against the drug trafficking and organized criminality”, added M.Lavrov.
17 February 2010
Russia considerably increased its supplies of weapons to the countries of Latin America, announced the chief of the Russian diplomacy Sergueï Lavrov at the conclusion of the negotiations with its counterpart Mexican Patricia Espinosa. “We increased lately the volume of the contracts and of the Russian supplies of armaments in the various areas of the world, in particular in Latin America”, M.Lavrov indicated. These exports do not aim political goals nor ideological. “It is a purely commercial question. Admittedly, the United States exceeds us, but we progress”, underlined the Russian minister. According to him, Russia exports towards Mexico of military equipment which the Mexican government needs. “They are helicopters, technical capacities for the coastal guard used in the fight against the drug trafficking and organized criminality”, added M.Lavrov.
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Lockheed Martin Completes Production Of Its First Two JLTV Technology Development Vehicles Ahead Of Schedule.

Lockheed Martin has completed, ahead of schedule, production of its first two Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), both new six-passenger Infantry Carrier variants. The vehicles will be delivered to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps for a year-long testing period as part of the Technology Development (TD) phase of the JLTV program. As part of the 27-month TD contract awarded in October 2008, Lockheed Martin will deliver multiple JLTV variants and trailers to the Army and Marine Corps for the testing program, scheduled to begin in April of this year. The testing will be conducted primarily at Aberdeen Test Center, MD, and Yuma Test Center in Yuma, AZ. "Successfully completing production of our first two TD vehicles ahead of schedule is a major achievement for our program," said Steve Ramsey, vice president of Ground Vehicles at Lockheed Martin. "The team's tireless efforts to design, assemble and test our previous six operational prototypes culminated in the production of technology development vehicles that are mature, low-risk and thoroughly tested." In addition to the TD vehicles, the Lockheed Martin JLTV team has produced multiple test vehicles. The team's current JLTV family of vehicles includes five prototypes, all of which are in system test and have accumulated more than 70,000 combined miles:
• The original Infantry Carrier JLTV Category B model, designed for troop transportation;
• The Utility Vehicle Light Category C model, designed with a focus on payload;
• The General Purpose Mobility Category A model, designed for logistical support;
• The second variant of the Utility Vehicle Light Category C model; and
• The Command and Control on the Move Category B model. This vehicle is scheduled to make its public debut at the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium in February 2010.
"We are confident that we'll continue to remain on schedule and deliver a high-quality family of vehicles that meet all transportability requirements by air, land and sea," Ramsey added. "We look forward to final delivery to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps this spring and having our vehicles rigorously tested." The Lockheed Martin-led JLTV Team includes leaders in their respective fields. Lockheed Martin serves as the prime contractor and design agent, providing advanced systems, systems engineering, platform and components integration, design expertise, and program and supply chain management. The BAE Systems Global Tactical Systems and Security & Survivability Systems businesses are providing production facilities for high volume assembly, and advanced armor solutions for protection. Alcoa Defense is supplying materials experience, design services and aluminum components that give the vehicle its structural strength at reduced weight. JWF – Defense Systems is offering state-of-the-art machining and cost-effective fabrication.

17 February 2010
Lockheed Martin has completed, ahead of schedule, production of its first two Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), both new six-passenger Infantry Carrier variants. The vehicles will be delivered to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps for a year-long testing period as part of the Technology Development (TD) phase of the JLTV program. As part of the 27-month TD contract awarded in October 2008, Lockheed Martin will deliver multiple JLTV variants and trailers to the Army and Marine Corps for the testing program, scheduled to begin in April of this year. The testing will be conducted primarily at Aberdeen Test Center, MD, and Yuma Test Center in Yuma, AZ. "Successfully completing production of our first two TD vehicles ahead of schedule is a major achievement for our program," said Steve Ramsey, vice president of Ground Vehicles at Lockheed Martin. "The team's tireless efforts to design, assemble and test our previous six operational prototypes culminated in the production of technology development vehicles that are mature, low-risk and thoroughly tested." In addition to the TD vehicles, the Lockheed Martin JLTV team has produced multiple test vehicles. The team's current JLTV family of vehicles includes five prototypes, all of which are in system test and have accumulated more than 70,000 combined miles:
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The anti-aircraft defense missiles system S-400 need a continuous modernization according to the manufacturer.

The development of the offensive weapons brings the manufacturer of the ground-to-air missile S-400 Triumph (code NATO: SA-21 Growler) to modernize this system unceasingly in order to protect safety from the country, declared Wednesday the general manager of the consortium Almaz-Antey, Vladimir Kaspariants. “The S-400 system is permanently modernized in order to be able to deal with the research and development carried out by our potential enemy”, it affirmed at the time of a visit of the center of space protection of Elektrostal (near Moscow). The ground-to-air system S-400 is able to reach the Iranian ballistic missiles, announced Wednesday Vladimir Kaspariants, of the group Almaz-Anteï, originator of the system, at a meeting within a brigade of militaro-space Defense deployed in the east of Moscow. “It is able”, some it answered, questioned on the capacity of this recent battery, which equips already the Russian army, to cut down the ballistic missiles of Iranian manufacture.
17 February 2010
The development of the offensive weapons brings the manufacturer of the ground-to-air missile S-400 Triumph (code NATO: SA-21 Growler) to modernize this system unceasingly in order to protect safety from the country, declared Wednesday the general manager of the consortium Almaz-Antey, Vladimir Kaspariants. “The S-400 system is permanently modernized in order to be able to deal with the research and development carried out by our potential enemy”, it affirmed at the time of a visit of the center of space protection of Elektrostal (near Moscow). The ground-to-air system S-400 is able to reach the Iranian ballistic missiles, announced Wednesday Vladimir Kaspariants, of the group Almaz-Anteï, originator of the system, at a meeting within a brigade of militaro-space Defense deployed in the east of Moscow. “It is able”, some it answered, questioned on the capacity of this recent battery, which equips already the Russian army, to cut down the ballistic missiles of Iranian manufacture.
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General Dynamics was awarded for the procurement of 250 wheeled armoured vehicle MRAP RG31A2.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, London, Ontario, was awarded on Feb. 12, 2010, a $227,380,750 firm-fixed-priced delivery order #0007. The procurement is for 250 MRAP RG-31A2 vehicles and associated engineering change proposal upgrades to include an independent suspension system. The work is expected to be completed no later than Oct. 30, 2010. The major production and assembly work will be performed in South Africa. Major subassemblies will be purchased from companies in Fairfield, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Ogdensburg, N.Y. This contract delivery order was sole source procurement. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
16 February 2010
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, London, Ontario, was awarded on Feb. 12, 2010, a $227,380,750 firm-fixed-priced delivery order #0007. The procurement is for 250 MRAP RG-31A2 vehicles and associated engineering change proposal upgrades to include an independent suspension system. The work is expected to be completed no later than Oct. 30, 2010. The major production and assembly work will be performed in South Africa. Major subassemblies will be purchased from companies in Fairfield, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Ogdensburg, N.Y. This contract delivery order was sole source procurement. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
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U.S delivers 48 field artillery self-propelled howitzer M109A5 to Pakistan.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Nagata, U.S. Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan deputy commander, officially handed over the M1095A5 Howitzer self-propelled cannons to Pakistan Army Brigadier Farrukh Saeed, 25th Mechanized Division Artillery Commander, during a ceremony in Karachi. The event was attended by Mr. Steve Fakan, U.S. Consul General to Karachi, and more than a dozen U.S. and Pakistani military representatives. The delivery marks the completion of a total purchase of 115 field artillery cannons by Pakistan through the United States' foreign military sales/foreign military finance program. The FMS/FMF case was initiated by Pakistan in 2006 and enabled the Government of Pakistan to obtain the cannons from the United States at a greatly discounted rate. "These field artillery cannons are an important part of enhancing the capabilities of Pakistan's Army as it continues to wage its courageous fight against terrorists who seek to destroy Pakistan's people and way of life," said Brig. Gen. Nagata. "It is our hope that these weapons are ultimately able to play an important role in ending extremist violence and bringing peace once again to this great nation." During the last three years, U.S. civilian and security assistance to Pakistan has totaled more than $4 billion.
16 February 2010
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Nagata, U.S. Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan deputy commander, officially handed over the M1095A5 Howitzer self-propelled cannons to Pakistan Army Brigadier Farrukh Saeed, 25th Mechanized Division Artillery Commander, during a ceremony in Karachi. The event was attended by Mr. Steve Fakan, U.S. Consul General to Karachi, and more than a dozen U.S. and Pakistani military representatives. The delivery marks the completion of a total purchase of 115 field artillery cannons by Pakistan through the United States' foreign military sales/foreign military finance program. The FMS/FMF case was initiated by Pakistan in 2006 and enabled the Government of Pakistan to obtain the cannons from the United States at a greatly discounted rate. "These field artillery cannons are an important part of enhancing the capabilities of Pakistan's Army as it continues to wage its courageous fight against terrorists who seek to destroy Pakistan's people and way of life," said Brig. Gen. Nagata. "It is our hope that these weapons are ultimately able to play an important role in ending extremist violence and bringing peace once again to this great nation." During the last three years, U.S. civilian and security assistance to Pakistan has totaled more than $4 billion.
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Brahmos missile to be tested in Baltic Sea.

Brahmos, the Indian-Russian joint venture cruise missile, will be tested in the Baltic sea for the first time. So far all tests have been held in India. The trials will held later this year on a stealth frigate. The test is intended to equip the Talwar class frigate which India is buying from Russia and due for delivery in 2011. The vertical launcher and fire control system of the missile have been shipped to Kalinigrad in Russia for the trials, Dr. A Sivathanu Pillai CEO, Brahmos told the prin show daily during defexpo 2010. Meanwhile, groundwork is being prepared for the air-launched version of the Brahmos cruise missile by equipping a Sukhoi 30 MKI of the IAF.
15 February 2010
Brahmos, the Indian-Russian joint venture cruise missile, will be tested in the Baltic sea for the first time. So far all tests have been held in India. The trials will held later this year on a stealth frigate. The test is intended to equip the Talwar class frigate which India is buying from Russia and due for delivery in 2011. The vertical launcher and fire control system of the missile have been shipped to Kalinigrad in Russia for the trials, Dr. A Sivathanu Pillai CEO, Brahmos told the prin show daily during defexpo 2010. Meanwhile, groundwork is being prepared for the air-launched version of the Brahmos cruise missile by equipping a Sukhoi 30 MKI of the IAF.
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France plans to order medium-range anti-armor missiles in 2010.

France plans to order medium-range anti-armor missiles in 2010, according to Laurent Collet-Billon, the head of the Direction Generale pour l'Armement (DGA) procurement office. A competition will determine which company will win this contract. Contenders for the award include the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin anti-armor missile and Israeli company Rafael's SPIKE missile.
15 February 2010
France plans to order medium-range anti-armor missiles in 2010, according to Laurent Collet-Billon, the head of the Direction Generale pour l'Armement (DGA) procurement office. A competition will determine which company will win this contract. Contenders for the award include the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin anti-armor missile and Israeli company Rafael's SPIKE missile. France plans to order medium-range anti-armor missiles in 2010, according to Laurent Collet-Billon, the head of the Direction Generale pour l'Armement (DGA) procurement office. A competition will determine which company will win this contract. Contenders for the award include the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin anti-armor missile and Israeli company Rafael's SPIKE missile.
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Sagem delivers first new-generation high-performance infrared sights for MBDA’s Eryx antitank missiles.

On January 29, 2010, Sagem (Safran group) delivered to MBDA the first batch of new-generation infrared sights designed to fit the launchers for Eryx antitank missiles. This batch is part of MBDA’s initial order in 2008 for approximately 400 new-generation IR sights; the sights will be deployed this year. The new IR sight uses the latest non-cooled infrared detector technology, and calls on developments by Sagem for the FELIN (dismounted soldier integrated equipment suite) soldier modernization program. Compared with previous generation sights, this new IR sight gives weapon system users a host of advantages: it is light, compact, silent in operation, easy to use, more reliable and more autonomous. Detection, recognition and identification ranges are also significantly improved, beyond the range of the Eryx missile itself. MBDA recently carried out a very successful series of test firings in the Gulf region, demonstrating the operational advantages of this new sight, especially for night combat. The sight is now on offer as either original equipment or a retrofit option to modernize current weapon systems. Since 1993, the armed forces in eight countries have ordered more than 3,500 Eryx weapon systems.
15 February 2010
On January 29, 2010, Sagem (Safran group) delivered to MBDA the first batch of new-generation infrared sights designed to fit the launchers for Eryx antitank missiles. This batch is part of MBDA’s initial order in 2008 for approximately 400 new-generation IR sights; the sights will be deployed this year. The new IR sight uses the latest non-cooled infrared detector technology, and calls on developments by Sagem for the FELIN (dismounted soldier integrated equipment suite) soldier modernization program. Compared with previous generation sights, this new IR sight gives weapon system users a host of advantages: it is light, compact, silent in operation, easy to use, more reliable and more autonomous. Detection, recognition and identification ranges are also significantly improved, beyond the range of the Eryx missile itself. MBDA recently carried out a very successful series of test firings in the Gulf region, demonstrating the operational advantages of this new sight, especially for night combat. The sight is now on offer as either original equipment or a retrofit option to modernize current weapon systems. Since 1993, the armed forces in eight countries have ordered more than 3,500 Eryx weapon systems.
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Competition to supply the British Army with up to 400 Light Protected Patrol Vehicles (LPPVs).

The competition to supply the British Army with up to 400 Light Protected Patrol Vehicles (LPPVs) is expected to be decided in mid-year, following the completion of a series of trials currently underway at the Millbrook Proving Ground. So far both the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the industry contenders for the LPPV requirement have declined to provide any formal information on these trials, or even to confirm which vehicles are currently being tested. The LPPV is an urgent operational requirement (UOR) to replace the currently deployed Land Rover Snatch and Snatch Vixen vehicles, which have proven vulnerable to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) whilst on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Ricardo-designed Snatch Vixen has a number of additional enhancements including improved protection but, as it has no further stretch potential, a new vehicle (the LPPV) is required. It was originally expected that at least four contractors would each supply two vehicles for the LPPV trials that started at Millbrook in mid-January. However, Jane's understands that only two contractors actually provided vehicles in the required time scale and these were the Supacat Protected Vehicle 400 (SPV400) and the Force Protection Europe/Ricardo Ocelot.
15 February 2010

The competition to supply the British Army with up to 400 Light Protected Patrol Vehicles (LPPVs) is expected to be decided in mid-year, following the completion of a series of trials currently underway at the Millbrook Proving Ground. So far both the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the industry contenders for the LPPV requirement have declined to provide any formal information on these trials, or even to confirm which vehicles are currently being tested. The LPPV is an urgent operational requirement (UOR) to replace the currently deployed Land Rover Snatch and Snatch Vixen vehicles, which have proven vulnerable to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) whilst on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Ricardo-designed Snatch Vixen has a number of additional enhancements including improved protection but, as it has no further stretch potential, a new vehicle (the LPPV) is required. It was originally expected that at least four contractors would each supply two vehicles for the LPPV trials that started at Millbrook in mid-January. However, Jane's understands that only two contractors actually provided vehicles in the required time scale and these were the Supacat Protected Vehicle 400 (SPV400) and the Force Protection Europe/Ricardo Ocelot. The competition to supply the British Army with up to 400 Light Protected Patrol Vehicles (LPPVs) is expected to be decided in mid-year, following the completion of a series of trials currently underway at the Millbrook Proving Ground. So far both the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the industry contenders for the LPPV requirement have declined to provide any formal information on these trials, or even to confirm which vehicles are currently being tested. The LPPV is an urgent operational requirement (UOR) to replace the currently deployed Land Rover Snatch and Snatch Vixen vehicles, which have proven vulnerable to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) whilst on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Ricardo-designed Snatch Vixen has a number of additional enhancements including improved protection but, as it has no further stretch potential, a new vehicle (the LPPV) is required. It was originally expected that at least four contractors would each supply two vehicles for the LPPV trials that started at Millbrook in mid-January. However, Jane's understands that only two contractors actually provided vehicles in the required time scale and these were the Supacat Protected Vehicle 400 (SPV400) and the Force Protection Europe/Ricardo Ocelot.
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Large offensive of the NATO troops in Afghanistan, operation “'Moshtarak”.

Since this Friday, February 12, 2010, the NATO forces launched a great offensive in the South Afghanistan, under the code name “Moshtarak”, it is the greatest offensive operation carried out by the NATO troops since 2001, date of the Taliban overthrown. This operation saw the engagement of 15.000 Afghan and foreign soldiers, whose objective is to restore the authority of the government in the province of Helmand, one of the principal strongholds of the insurrectionists, and also a region of opium, which makes it possible to provide important incomes to the Taliban. At the second day of the offensive, the military officials of the troops of the coalition are very satisfied with the course of operation. According to the Afghan military forces, at least 20 Taliban’s would have been killed in the offensive. Five soldiers of NATO were killed, including three American and British soldiers. During the first hours of the attack, the troops underwent shootings of sniper, and American military troops used their new vehicle of mine clearance ABV (Assault Breacher Vehicle) to explode many explosive devices.
14 February 2010
Since this Friday, February 12, 2010, the NATO forces launched a great offensive in the South Afghanistan, under the code name “Moshtarak”, it is the greatest offensive operation carried out by the NATO troops since 2001, date of the Taliban overthrown. This operation saw the engagement of 15.000 Afghan and foreign soldiers, whose objective is to restore the authority of the government in the province of Helmand, one of the principal strongholds of the insurrectionists, and also a region of opium, which makes it possible to provide important incomes to the Taliban. At the second day of the offensive, the military officials of the troops of the coalition are very satisfied with the course of operation. According to the Afghan military forces, at least 20 Taliban’s would have been killed in the offensive. Five soldiers of NATO were killed, including three American and British soldiers. During the first hours of the attack, the troops underwent shootings of sniper, and American military troops used their new vehicle of mine clearance ABV (Assault Breacher Vehicle) to explode many explosive devices. Since this Friday, February 12, 2010, the NATO forces launched a great offensive in the South Afghanistan, under the code name “Moshtarak”, it is the greatest offensive operation carried out by the NATO troops since 2001, date of the Taliban overthrown. This operation saw the engagement of 15.000 Afghan and foreign soldiers, whose objective is to restore the authority of the government in the province of Helmand, one of the principal strongholds of the insurrectionists, and also a region of opium, which makes it possible to provide important incomes to the Taliban. At the second day of the offensive, the military officials of the troops of the coalition are very satisfied with the course of operation. According to the Afghan military forces, at least 20 Taliban’s would have been killed in the offensive. Five soldiers of NATO were killed, including three American and British soldiers. During the first hours of the attack, the troops underwent shootings of sniper, and American military troops used their new vehicle of mine clearance ABV (Assault Breacher Vehicle) to explode many explosive devices. Since this Friday, February 12, 2010, the NATO forces launched a great offensive in the South Afghanistan, under the code name “Moshtarak”, it is the greatest offensive operation carried out by the NATO troops since 2001, date of the Taliban overthrown. This operation saw the engagement of 15.000 Afghan and foreign soldiers, whose objective is to restore the authority of the government in the province of Helmand, one of the principal strongholds of the insurrectionists, and also a region of opium, which makes it possible to provide important incomes to the Taliban. At the second day of the offensive, the military officials of the troops of the coalition are very satisfied with the course of operation. According to the Afghan military forces, at least 20 Taliban’s would have been killed in the offensive. Five soldiers of NATO were killed, including three American and British soldiers. During the first hours of the attack, the troops underwent shootings of sniper, and American military troops used their new vehicle of mine clearance ABV (Assault Breacher Vehicle) to explode many explosive devices.
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The new french wheeled armoured infantry fighting vehicle VBCI would be likely to be deployed in Afghanistan in April of this year.

The delivery of the new wheeled armoured infantry fighting vehicle VBCI designed and manufactured by the French company Nexter Systems continues, the 35° Infantry Regiment of Belfort (35e RI) was the first French army regiment to perceive the vehicle VBCI, it is now the 92° Infantry Régiment of Clermont Ferrand which will be equipped with the infantry fighting armoured VBCI. The Infantry Regiment of Belfort was the first unit of the French Army to being equipped with this vehicle, and it was in responsibility of carry out tactical exercises on the level of a section, up to a level of battle groups between October 2008 and July 2009. At the end of these exercises, the regiment was declared operational with the new vehicles VBCI. The VBCI would be likely to be deployed in Afghanistan in April of this year
11 February 2010
The delivery of the new wheeled armoured infantry fighting vehicle VBCI designed and manufactured by the French company Nexter Systems continues, the 35° Infantry Regiment of Belfort (35e RI) was the first French army regiment to perceive the vehicle VBCI, it is now the 92° Infantry Régiment of Clermont Ferrand which will be equipped with the infantry fighting armoured VBCI. The Infantry Regiment of Belfort was the first unit of the French Army to being equipped with this vehicle, and it was in responsibility of carry out tactical exercises on the level of a section, up to a level of battle groups between October 2008 and July 2009. At the end of these exercises, the regiment was declared operational with the new vehicles VBCI. The VBCI would be likely to be deployed in Afghanistan in April of this year
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United States (Oshkosh) Back Menu
Oshkosh Defense Awarded $5 Million Delivery Order for next generation HEMTT A4 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a delivery order valued at more than $5 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to produce more than 15 next-generation Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks. The order was issued under the Army's Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) III contract. The variants included in the order are M985A4 guided missile transporters (GMT), as well as M977A4 electrical power plant (EPP) and large repair parts transporter (LRPT) cargo trucks. Production is expected to begin in July 2010 and be completed in September 2010. The GMT variant is designed to deliver and load four guided missiles to the launcher using an integrated crane. The EPP cargo truck includes a chassis-mounted electrical power plant, and the LRPT cargo truck is used to store or transport heavy repair parts.
11 February 2010
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a delivery order valued at more than $5 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to produce more than 15 next-generation Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks. The order was issued under the Army's Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) III contract. The variants included in the order are M985A4 guided missile transporters (GMT), as well as M977A4 electrical power plant (EPP) and large repair parts transporter (LRPT) cargo trucks. Production is expected to begin in July 2010 and be completed in September 2010. The GMT variant is designed to deliver and load four guided missiles to the launcher using an integrated crane. The EPP cargo truck includes a chassis-mounted electrical power plant, and the LRPT cargo truck is used to store or transport heavy repair parts.
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Vietnam could arrive in second position after India for the volume of the purchases of Russian armament.

Vietnam could arrive soon in second position after India for the volume of the purchases of Russian armaments, entrusted the vice-director of the Center of analysis of the strategies and technologies (CAST) Konstantin Makienko this 10 February 2010, to the Russian press agency RIA Novosti. India, Algeria and China are currently the largest purchasers of Russian armaments. “The contract of 4 billion dollars concluded in 2009 on the purchase from six submarines and construction from infrastructures for their exploitation in the old Russian naval base Camwood Ranh, as well as the contract of a billion dollar signed last week for the purchase of 12 fighting aircrafts SU-30MK2 make it possible to affirm that Vietnam east comes from there to become the second Russian purchaser of armaments after India”, M.Makienko indicated. “According to the analysts, since 2011-2012, Vietnam will buy Russian weapons for 1 billion dollar per year”, he specified. The expert stated that in 2009, Hanoï had acquired Russian armaments for an amount higher than any other country of the world. In addition to the six diesel-electric submarines and the naval Camwood Ranh infrastructures, it also ordered eight fighting aircrafts SU-30MK2 for approximately 400 million dollars. SU-30MK2 is a general-purpose two-seater fighting aircraft intended to destroy air, ground and maritime targets, to carry out reconnaissance missions and to train pilots.
10 February 2010
Vietnam could arrive soon in second position after India for the volume of the purchases of Russian armaments, entrusted the vice-director of the Center of analysis of the strategies and technologies (CAST) Konstantin Makienko this 10 February 2010, to the Russian press agency RIA Novosti. India, Algeria and China are currently the largest purchasers of Russian armaments. “The contract of 4 billion dollars concluded in 2009 on the purchase from six submarines and construction from infrastructures for their exploitation in the old Russian naval base Camwood Ranh, as well as the contract of a billion dollar signed last week for the purchase of 12 fighting aircrafts SU-30MK2 make it possible to affirm that Vietnam east comes from there to become the second Russian purchaser of armaments after India”, M.Makienko indicated. “According to the analysts, since 2011-2012, Vietnam will buy Russian weapons for 1 billion dollar per year”, he specified. The expert stated that in 2009, Hanoï had acquired Russian armaments for an amount higher than any other country of the world. In addition to the six diesel-electric submarines and the naval Camwood Ranh infrastructures, it also ordered eight fighting aircrafts SU-30MK2 for approximately 400 million dollars. SU-30MK2 is a general-purpose two-seater fighting aircraft intended to destroy air, ground and maritime targets, to carry out reconnaissance missions and to train pilots.
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The new long range ballistic missile Agni-3 could equip the Indian army soon.

Following the completion of its test program, the Indian missile Agni-3 could equip the Indian national army soon, announced this 10 February 2010 to the journalists, the director of the program Agni, Avinash Chander. “Following the three successful tests, the missile is ready to equip the army”, indicated the person in charge. According to experts, this system has the longest range of South Asia and must exceed the performances of the Pakistani missiles. Only China has more powerful missiles. Agni-3 underwent its last test on February 7th, opening the process of its adoption by the army, announced on its side the director of the Indian Organization of studies and developments as regards defense, Vijay KUMAR Saraswat. With a range of 3.500 km, Agni-3 is able to transport a maximum charge of 1.5 ton. The missile has a length of 17 meters and 2 meter diameter, with a weight of 48 tons. “It is a very powerful factor of dissuasion”, explained M.Saraswat. The Agni-3 missile is designed and produced in India, it is able to strike targets with a precision of several hundred meters, it added. According to the person in charge, India could soon approach the tests of a new missile, Agni-5, whose range will be of more than 5.000 km.
10 February 2010
Following the completion of its test program, the Indian missile Agni-3 could equip the Indian national army soon, announced this 10 February 2010 to the journalists, the director of the program Agni, Avinash Chander. “Following the three successful tests, the missile is ready to equip the army”, indicated the person in charge. According to experts, this system has the longest range of South Asia and must exceed the performances of the Pakistani missiles. Only China has more powerful missiles. Agni-3 underwent its last test on February 7th, opening the process of its adoption by the army, announced on its side the director of the Indian Organization of studies and developments as regards defense, Vijay KUMAR Saraswat. With a range of 3.500 km, Agni-3 is able to transport a maximum charge of 1.5 ton. The missile has a length of 17 meters and 2 meter diameter, with a weight of 48 tons. “It is a very powerful factor of dissuasion”, explained M.Saraswat. The Agni-3 missile is designed and produced in India, it is able to strike targets with a precision of several hundred meters, it added. According to the person in charge, India could soon approach the tests of a new missile, Agni-5, whose range will be of more than 5.000 km
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United States (Oshkosh) Back Menu
Oshkosh Defense Receives $158 Million Order U.S. Marine Corps for 400 Logistics Vehicle System Replacements.

Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced this 10 February 2010, that its Defense Division received a delivery order to an existing contract valued at more than $158 million from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) for more than 400 Logistics Vehicle System Replacements. The order brings the total number of LVSRs under contract to nearly 1,300. With this latest order, LVSR production and delivery is extended into July 2011. More than 385 MKR18 cargo variants will be produced under the order. The remaining variants will be MKR16 tractors.
10 February 2010
Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced this 10 February 2010, that its Defense Division received a delivery order to an existing contract valued at more than $158 million from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) for more than 400 Logistics Vehicle System Replacements. The order brings the total number of LVSRs under contract to nearly 1,300. With this latest order, LVSR production and delivery is extended into July 2011. More than 385 MKR18 cargo variants will be produced under the order. The remaining variants will be MKR16 tractors.
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Iran develops air defense system comparable to Russia's S-300 missile system.

Iran has developed its own air defense system comparable to and even more sophisticated than the Russian S-300 system, the IRNA news agency said Monday, citing an Iranian military official. Russia signed a contract with Iran on the supply of at least five S-300 air defense systems to Tehran in December 2005. However, there have been no official reports on the start of the contract's implementation. "In the near future, a new domestically-made air defense system will be unveiled by the country's experts and scientists which is as powerful as the S-300 system, or even stronger," IRNA quoted Heshmatollah Kassiri. He said the delay in the implementation of the S-300 delivery contract was unacceptable, and Iran would do everything possible to protect its "sensitive nuclear centers." Iranian Ambassador to Russia Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi earlier said the S-300 contract had been stagnated by some technical issues. However, many experts believe Moscow has refused so far to honor the S-300 contract due to pressure from Washington and Tel Aviv. Both the United States and Israel have not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program and have expressed concern over S-300 deliveries, which would significantly strengthen Iran's air defenses. Russian defense industry officials have repeatedly said that Russia is interested in fulfilling the contract, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but the future of the contract would largely depend on the current situation in international affairs and the Kremlin's position.
08 February 2010
Iran has developed its own air defense system comparable to and even more sophisticated than the Russian S-300 system, the IRNA news agency said Monday, citing an Iranian military official. Russia signed a contract with Iran on the supply of at least five S-300 air defense systems to Tehran in December 2005. However, there have been no official reports on the start of the contract's implementation. "In the near future, a new domestically-made air defense system will be unveiled by the country's experts and scientists which is as powerful as the S-300 system, or even stronger," IRNA quoted Heshmatollah Kassiri. He said the delay in the implementation of the S-300 delivery contract was unacceptable, and Iran would do everything possible to protect its "sensitive nuclear centers." Iranian Ambassador to Russia Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi earlier said the S-300 contract had been stagnated by some technical issues. However, many experts believe Moscow has refused so far to honor the S-300 contract due to pressure from Washington and Tel Aviv. Both the United States and Israel have not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program and have expressed concern over S-300 deliveries, which would significantly strengthen Iran's air defenses. Russian defense industry officials have repeatedly said that Russia is interested in fulfilling the contract, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but the future of the contract would largely depend on the current situation in international affairs and the Kremlin's position.
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Russia and Mongolia prospects of bilateral cooperation in the technical and military fields.

The Russian and Mongolian Defence Ministers Anatoli Serdioukov and Luvsanvandangiin Bold evoked this February 8th, 2010 in Moscow, the prospects for the bilateral cooperation in the military and technical fields, from the spokesperson of the Russian ministry Irina Kovaltchouk. “The prospects for the Russo-Mongolian co-operation in the military and technical fields, as well as the security issues in Central Asia and in the Asia-Pacific area were with the menu of the negotiations of the two ministers”, indicated the spokesperson. “Russia confirmed its intention to continue the training of the Mongolian soldiers in the Russian military schools with the Russian ministry of Defense”, it added. The Ministers for the two countries also greeted the Russo-Mongolian military exercise Darkhan-2 which was held in August - September 2009.
08 February 2010
The Russian and Mongolian Defence Ministers Anatoli Serdioukov and Luvsanvandangiin Bold evoked this February 8th, 2010 in Moscow, the prospects for the bilateral cooperation in the military and technical fields, from the spokesperson of the Russian ministry Irina Kovaltchouk. “The prospects for the Russo-Mongolian co-operation in the military and technical fields, as well as the security issues in Central Asia and in the Asia-Pacific area were with the menu of the negotiations of the two ministers”, indicated the spokesperson. “Russia confirmed its intention to continue the training of the Mongolian soldiers in the Russian military schools with the Russian ministry of Defense”, it added. The Ministers for the two countries also greeted the Russo-Mongolian military exercise Darkhan-2 which was held in August - September 2009.
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Iran builds own aerial drones with strike capabilities.

Iran started on 08 February 2010 production of two domestically-developed unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering high-precision bombing strikes and performing reconnaissance missions, the Fars news agency said. Iran unveiled the drones, dubbed Ra'd (Thunder) and Nazir (Harbinger), at a plant in the northern province of Mazandaran. "We plan to manufacture UAV's at this site" Fars quoted Hamed Saeedi, managing director of Farnas Aerospace Company in charge of the project, as saying. He said both UAVs were short-range, low-altitude drones with reduced radar-detection signature. According to analysts, Iran has recently made significant progress in developing various types of combat planes and succeeded in gaining the technical know-how for producing aircraft and drones with stealth capabilities.
08 February 2010
Iran started on Monday production of two domestically-developed unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering high-precision bombing strikes and performing reconnaissance missions, the Fars news agency said. Iran unveiled the drones, dubbed Ra'd (Thunder) and Nazir (Harbinger), at a plant in the northern province of Mazandaran. "We plan to manufacture UAVs...at this site" Fars quoted Hamed Saeedi, managing director of Farnas Aerospace Company in charge of the project, as saying. He said both UAVs were short-range, low-altitude drones with reduced radar-detection signature. According to analysts, Iran has recently made significant progress in developing various types of combat planes and succeeded in gaining the technical know-how for producing aircraft and drones with stealth capabilities.
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Iran unveils two new weapons, the anti-tank missile Toufan-5 and the ground-to-air missile Qaem.

Iran has started production of two domestically-developed missiles with enhanced armor-penetration capability, the Iranian media has reported. The Iranian state TV footage showed on Saturday the Qaem ground-to-air missile and the Toufan-5 anti-tank missile being test-fired at a shooting range during the inauguration of two production lines for these weapons. "Once these advanced weapons are mass produced and delivered to the Armed Forces, Iran's defense power in ground and air combats will be reinvigorated," the Iranian Fars news agency quoted Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi as saying. According to Vahidi, who attended the inauguration ceremony, the Toufan 5 missile has two warheads and is capable of destroying armored vehicles, tanks and personnel carriers due to its high armor-penetration power. The Qaem laser-guided surface-to-air missile is capable of destroying aerial targets traveling at low speed and low altitude, especially attack helicopters. Iranian military officials earlier said Tehran had achieved self-sufficiency in manufacturing combat missiles of various modifications and developed an effective weapon to shoot down U.S. Apache attack helicopters. Iran launched a domestic arms development program after a U.S. weapons embargo was imposed during its 1980-88 war with Iraq. Since 1992, the Islamic Republic has reportedly produced its own Saeqeh and Azarakhsh jet fighters, stealth-capable Ghadir submarine, missile boats, torpedoes, tanks and armored carrier vehicles. Iran frequently holds military drills and shows off modern weaponry in an effort to demonstrate its readiness to thwart any attack on its territory.
07 February 2010
Iran has started production of two domestically-developed missiles with enhanced armor-penetration capability, the Iranian media has reported. The Iranian state TV footage showed on Saturday the Qaem ground-to-air missile and the Toufan-5 anti-tank missile being test-fired at a shooting range during the inauguration of two production lines for these weapons. "Once these advanced weapons are mass produced and delivered to the Armed Forces, Iran's defense power in ground and air combats will be reinvigorated," the Iranian Fars news agency quoted Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi as saying. According to Vahidi, who attended the inauguration ceremony, the Toufan 5 missile has two warheads and is capable of destroying armored vehicles, tanks and personnel carriers due to its high armor-penetration power. The Qaem laser-guided surface-to-air missile is capable of destroying aerial targets traveling at low speed and low altitude, especially attack helicopters. Iranian military officials earlier said Tehran had achieved self-sufficiency in manufacturing combat missiles of various modifications and developed an effective weapon to shoot down U.S. Apache attack helicopters. Iran launched a domestic arms development program after a U.S. weapons embargo was imposed during its 1980-88 war with Iraq. Since 1992, the Islamic Republic has reportedly produced its own Saeqeh and Azarakhsh jet fighters, stealth-capable Ghadir submarine, missile boats, torpedoes, tanks and armored carrier vehicles. Iran frequently holds military drills and shows off modern weaponry in an effort to demonstrate its readiness to thwart any attack on its territory.
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A contract on the delivery of S-300 air defense missile system to Iran has been stagnated by technical reasons.

A contract on the delivery of advanced S-300 air defense systems to Iran has been stagnated by technical reasons, the Iranian ambassador to Russia said on Thursday. Russia signed a contract with Iran on the supply of at least five S-300 air defense systems to Tehran in December 2005. However, there have been no official reports on the start of the contract's implementation. "Iran is ready to receive these systems and our Russian colleagues have assured us that they will meet their obligations," Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said at a news conference at RIA Novosti in Moscow. "Several technical issues [in the contract's implementation] have emerged, and we hope they will be resolved soon," the diplomat said without specifying the problems. Many experts believe Moscow has refused so far to honor the S-300 contract due to pressure from WaToufan-5shington and Tel Aviv. Both the United States and Israel have not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program and have expressed concern over S-300 deliveries, which would significantly strengthen Iran's air defenses. Russian defense industry officials have repeatedly said that Russia is interested in fulfilling the contract, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but the future of the contract would largely depend on the current situation in international affairs and the position of the Russian leadership.
07 February 2010
A contract on the delivery of advanced S-300 air defense systems to Iran has been stagnated by technical reasons, the Iranian ambassador to Russia said on Thursday. Russia signed a contract with Iran on the supply of at least five S-300 air defense systems to Tehran in December 2005. However, there have been no official reports on the start of the contract's implementation. "Iran is ready to receive these systems and our Russian colleagues have assured us that they will meet their obligations," Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said at a news conference at RIA Novosti in Moscow. "Several technical issues [in the contract's implementation] have emerged, and we hope they will be resolved soon," the diplomat said without specifying the problems. Many experts believe Moscow has refused so far to honor the S-300 contract due to pressure from WaToufan-5shington and Tel Aviv. Both the United States and Israel have not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program and have expressed concern over S-300 deliveries, which would significantly strengthen Iran's air defenses. Russian defense industry officials have repeatedly said that Russia is interested in fulfilling the contract, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but the future of the contract would largely depend on the current situation in international affairs and the position of the Russian leadership.
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Russian president Dmitry Medvedev approves new military doctrine.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has approved the country's new military doctrine which allows preventive nuclear strikes against potential aggressors. "The president informed the members of Russia's Security Council on Friday that he has approved two documents - the military doctrine and the Fundamentals of the state policy on nuclear deterrence until 2020," said presidential press secretary Natalia Timakova. According to Russian officials, the adjustment of the country's military doctrine was prompted by real threats and challenges faced by Russia. Russia's nuclear triad comprises land-based ballistic missile systems, nuclear-powered submarines equipped with sea-based ballistic missiles, and strategic bombers carrying nuclear bombs and nuclear-capable cruise missiles. Under the new doctrine, Russia will continue developing and modernizing its nuclear triad, increasing its capability to overcome missile defenses of a potential enemy. The new military doctrine also aims to transform the Armed Forces into a more effective and mobile military force. Their structures will be "optimized" through the use of combined arms units performing similar tasks. The previous document was adopted in 2000. It outlined the role of the Russian military in ensuring the defense of the country and, if necessary, preparing for and waging war, although it stressed that the Russian military doctrine is strictly defensive. Russia's military expenditure has of late been steadily growing, and the country reportedly plans to increase the current defense budget of $40 billion by 50% in the next three years.
05 February 2010
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has approved the country's new military doctrine which allows preventive nuclear strikes against potential aggressors. "The president informed the members of Russia's Security Council on Friday that he has approved two documents - the military doctrine and the Fundamentals of the state policy on nuclear deterrence until 2020," said presidential press secretary Natalia Timakova. According to Russian officials, the adjustment of the country's military doctrine was prompted by real threats and challenges faced by Russia. Russia's nuclear triad comprises land-based ballistic missile systems, nuclear-powered submarines equipped with sea-based ballistic missiles, and strategic bombers carrying nuclear bombs and nuclear-capable cruise missiles. Under the new doctrine, Russia will continue developing and modernizing its nuclear triad, increasing its capability to overcome missile defenses of a potential enemy. The new military doctrine also aims to transform the Armed Forces into a more effective and mobile military force. Their structures will be "optimized" through the use of combined arms units performing similar tasks. The previous document was adopted in 2000. It outlined the role of the Russian military in ensuring the defense of the country and, if necessary, preparing for and waging war, although it stressed that the Russian military doctrine is strictly defensive. Russia's military expenditure has of late been steadily growing, and the country reportedly plans to increase the current defense budget of $40 billion by 50% in the next three years.
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Russia will grant a credit of 300 million dollars to Sri Lanka for the purchase of armament.

Russia will grant a credit of 300 million dollars to Sri Lanka for the purchase of armament and military and civil Russian technologies, announced this 05 February 2010, Vladimir Mikhaïlov, ambassador of Russia in Colombo. The agreement will be signed at the time of the work visit of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse in Moscow from the 6-8 February. “Such an agreement is indeed in preparation”, confirmed the Russian vice-minister of Finances Dmitri Pankine.
05 February 2010
Russia will grant a credit of 300 million dollars to Sri Lanka for the purchase of armament and military and civil Russian technologies, announced this 05 February 2010, Vladimir Mikhaïlov, ambassador of Russia in Colombo. The agreement will be signed at the time of the work visit of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse in Moscow from the 6-8 February. “Such an agreement is indeed in preparation”, confirmed the Russian vice-minister of Finances Dmitri Pankine.
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Delivery of the first wheeled armoured vehicles Aravis Nexter Systems for the French Army.

On January 19, 2010, the French procurement agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement -DGA) supplied the French Army with its first four ARAVIS® multipurpose heavily protected armoured vehicles. In April 2009, the DGA ordered a total of 15 ARAVIS® vehicles from NEXTER Systems under a contract worth nearly €20 million, of which €15 million was funded from the national economic recovery plan. The defense element of the economic recovery plan totaled €2.4 billion in 2009, and had the effect of increasing funds earmarked for equipment by 10%. This acquisition provides the French Army with a heavily protected armored vehicle for use in reconnaissance missions in areas where roadside explosive devices are likely. ARAVIS® vehicles will be used to equip the engineering units that use the BUFFALO and SOUVIM mine-clearing systems used to disarm improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan. The last eleven ARAVIS are envisaged to be delivered by NEXTER Systems to the DGA before the end of April 2010. The users as well as the people in charge of the maintenance of the ARAVIS will begin in February their formation on the first vehicles.
05 February 2010
January 19th, 2010, the French Head office of armament (DGA) delivered to the French Army its first four high protected wheeled armoured vehicles ARAVIS Nexter Systems. On the whole 15 ARAVIS were ordered by the DGA in April 2009 at company NEXTER Systems for close to 20M€, including 15 M€ under the revival program of the economy. The shutter defense of the revival program of the economy represented 2.4 billion euros in 2009 and in particular allowed to increase by 10% the appropriations devoted to the equipment. This acquisition will make it possible to equip the Army with a vehicle strongly protected for the recognition from routes likely to be trapped. The ARAVIS will equip the engineer units which accompany BUFFALO and SOUVIM vehicles in Afghanistan, specialized in the fight against IED (Improvised Explosive Devices). The last eleven ARAVIS are envisaged to be delivered by NEXTER Systems to the DGA before the end of April 2010. The users as well as the people in charge of the maintenance of the ARAVIS will begin in February their formation on the first vehicles.
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Kazakh parliament ratifies deal on post-Soviet rapid reaction force.

Kazakhstan's parliament ratified an agreement on 04 February 2010 on establishing a post-Soviet security group's rapid reaction force. The creation of a powerful military contingent in former Soviet Central Asia by members of the Russian-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is seen as Moscow's bid to counterbalance NATO. But its formation has run into problems caused by the regional rivalries of some members. Speaking at a plenary session, the Central Asian state's defense minister, Bolat Sembinov, said the rapid reaction force is designed "to improve the security of the CSTO members against the backdrop of existing and potential threats," including terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, natural disasters and to enhance the organization's role in ensuring international security. The CSTO comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Observer status is enjoyed by Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan. Five of the seven members signed the agreement in February 2009. Belarus, which initially refrained from signing the deal because of a trade dispute with Russia, joined it later last year. Uzbekistan has so far refused to join the force, saying it opposes stronger Russia's role in Central Asia. Uzbekistan is also at odds with regional neighbor Kyrgyzstan, which hosts a Russian airbase. The Collective Rapid Reaction Force held two-week military exercises in southern Kazakhstan in October 2009, with more than 7,000 personnel from Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan taking part. Russia's security strategy until 2020, recently approved by President Dmitry Medvedev, envisions the CSTO as "a key mechanism to counter regional military challenges and threats."
04 February 2010
Kazakhstan's parliament ratified an agreement on 04 February 2010 on establishing a post-Soviet security group's rapid reaction force. The creation of a powerful military contingent in former Soviet Central Asia by members of the Russian-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is seen as Moscow's bid to counterbalance NATO. But its formation has run into problems caused by the regional rivalries of some members. Speaking at a plenary session, the Central Asian state's defense minister, Bolat Sembinov, said the rapid reaction force is designed "to improve the security of the CSTO members against the backdrop of existing and potential threats," including terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, natural disasters and to enhance the organization's role in ensuring international security. The CSTO comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Observer status is enjoyed by Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan. Five of the seven members signed the agreement in February 2009. Belarus, which initially refrained from signing the deal because of a trade dispute with Russia, joined it later last year. Uzbekistan has so far refused to join the force, saying it opposes stronger Russia's role in Central Asia. Uzbekistan is also at odds with regional neighbor Kyrgyzstan, which hosts a Russian airbase. The Collective Rapid Reaction Force held two-week military exercises in southern Kazakhstan in October 2009, with more than 7,000 personnel from Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan taking part. Russia's security strategy until 2020, recently approved by President Dmitry Medvedev, envisions the CSTO as "a key mechanism to counter regional military challenges and threats."
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Raytheon Company has been awarded a $58.2 million contract for Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical, or GEM-T, missiles.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $58.2 million contract for Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical, or GEM-T, missiles. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AAMCOM), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., issued the contract to upgrade 124 Patriot Advanced Capability-2 missiles to the configuration. This is a follow-on contract issued as part of AAMCOM's Patriot missile continuous technology refreshment program initiated in 2000. "Patriot is combat proven and trusted by 12 nations around the globe, and the continuing upgrades speak to the critical role Patriot plays in those countries' air and missile defense capabilities," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president for Patriot Programs at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). The upgrades will improve performance against tactical ballistic and cruise missiles. In addition, select components will be replaced to extend the reliability and service life of the missiles. Work under this contract will be performed at the Raytheon IDS Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass.
04 February 2010
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $58.2 million contract for Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical, or GEM-T, missiles. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AAMCOM), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., issued the contract to upgrade 124 Patriot Advanced Capability-2 missiles to the configuration. This is a follow-on contract issued as part of AAMCOM's Patriot missile continuous technology refreshment program initiated in 2000. "Patriot is combat proven and trusted by 12 nations around the globe, and the continuing upgrades speak to the critical role Patriot plays in those countries' air and missile defense capabilities," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president for Patriot Programs at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). The upgrades will improve performance against tactical ballistic and cruise missiles. In addition, select components will be replaced to extend the reliability and service life of the missiles. Work under this contract will be performed at the Raytheon IDS Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass.
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Iran has developed a new weapon to shoot down U.S. Apache attack helicopters.

Iran has developed a new weapon to shoot down U.S. Apache attack helicopters, the Iranian Fars news agency has reported. "Our enemies should not imagine that if their Apache choppers have shown a mighty and desirable performance in Iraq and Afghanistan, they can show the same might and power in any possible aggression against Iran. We will certainly put an end to the power of their Apaches through our measures," Fars quoted Col. Nasser Arab-Beigi of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps. The official did not specify the type of the weapon Iran is manufacturing to shoot down Apache helicopters. In a further rise in tensions, Iran hit out on Tuesday at U.S. plans to boost Gulf defenses. Parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani called the move to deploy ships with missile-targeting abilities off Iran's coast and anti-missile systems in the Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates "a new political trick to pave the way for its presence at others' expense."
03 February 2010
Iran has developed a new weapon to shoot down U.S. Apache attack helicopters, the Iranian Fars news agency has reported. "Our enemies should not imagine that if their Apache choppers have shown a mighty and desirable performance in Iraq and Afghanistan, they can show the same might and power in any possible aggression against Iran. We will certainly put an end to the power of their Apaches through our measures," Fars quoted Col. Nasser Arab-Beigi of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps. The official did not specify the type of the weapon Iran is manufacturing to shoot down Apache helicopters. In a further rise in tensions, Iran hit out on Tuesday at U.S. plans to boost Gulf defenses. Parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani called the move to deploy ships with missile-targeting abilities off Iran's coast and anti-missile systems in the Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates "a new political trick to pave the way for its presence at others' expense."
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New contract for Oshkosh Defense for 388 Logistic Vehicle System and 15 tractors.

Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., is being awarded $158,382,797 for fixed-price delivery order #0064 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-06-D-5028). This delivery order is issued against exercised priced options for the purchase of 388 Logistic Vehicle System replacement production cargo vehicles and 15 tractors. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., and for this delivery order, work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.
03 February 2010
Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., is being awarded $158,382,797 for fixed-price delivery order #0064 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-06-D-5028). This delivery order is issued against exercised priced options for the purchase of 388 Logistic Vehicle System replacement production cargo vehicles and 15 tractors. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., and for this delivery order, work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.
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Saab has received an order for a training system to the Norwegian Armed Forces.

The order is part of the system for supporting the training of units and soldiers which has been operational for several years. The Norwegian Army is working to create a realistic training environment which offers an accurate picture of the reality that soldiers will face during missions where the reality is different to that in Nordic countries. The order includes simulators for tanks and small arms, increased capacity for communication systems plus a targeting system that can be used with more than 40 different vehicle systems, facilities and constructions. "Norway is one of our biggest customers for training systems. The order is a confirmation that our systems provide good training value for the customer. This order extends the Norwegian Army's training capacity, and adds new features and capabilities," says Claes-Peter Cederlöf, Marketing Manager at Training and Simulations.
03 February 2010
The order is part of the system for supporting the training of units and soldiers which has been operational for several years. The Norwegian Army is working to create a realistic training environment which offers an accurate picture of the reality that soldiers will face during missions where the reality is different to that in Nordic countries. The order includes simulators for tanks and small arms, increased capacity for communication systems plus a targeting system that can be used with more than 40 different vehicle systems, facilities and constructions. "Norway is one of our biggest customers for training systems. The order is a confirmation that our systems provide good training value for the customer. This order extends the Norwegian Army's training capacity, and adds new features and capabilities," says Claes-Peter Cederlöf, Marketing Manager at Training and Simulations.
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Bulgaria Back Menu
Plasan Announces Delivery of 25 SandCats wheeled multirole wheeled protected vehicle to Bulgaria.

Plasan, a global leader in survivability and combat-proven armor solutions for vehicles, airborne platforms and personal protection, announces the delivery of 25 SandCat vehicles in cooperation with Oshkosh Defense, for the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense. Plasan was awarded this contract December 2008.
02 February 2010
Plasan, a global leader in survivability and combat-proven armor solutions for vehicles, airborne platforms and personal protection, announces the delivery of 25 SandCat vehicles in cooperation with Oshkosh Defense, for the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense. Plasan was awarded this contract December 2008.
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India Back Menu
India to Procure Six More Akash Missile Squadrons.

The Defence Acquisition Council has decided to procure six more Akash missile squadrons, Defence Minister A K Antony said in Bangalore on Tuesday, 02 February 2010. This is in addition to the two squadrons procured earlier, Antony told reporters on Tuesday. Each squadron comprises 125 missiles. Antony said earlier there was a proposal to abandon the Akash project as IAF was not happy with it, but later they tried it. "Now they are very happy," the Minister said.
02 February 2010
The Defence Acquisition Council has decided to procure six more Akash missile squadrons, Defence Minister A K Antony said in Bangalore on Tuesday. This is in addition to the two squadrons procured earlier, Antony told reporters on Tuesday. Each squadron comprises 125 missiles. Antony said earlier there was a proposal to abandon the Akash project as IAF was not happy with it, but later they tried it. "Now they are very happy," the Minister said.
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Libya Back Menu
Russia, Libya Sign $1.8 Billion Arms Deal .

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Moscow has agreed to sell Libya weapons in a $1.8 billion deal. Mr. Putin made the announcement Saturday while meeting with the head of Izhmash, a major Russian gun manufacturer. He said the contract was signed Friday, and covers both small arms and more complex weapons. Russia's Interfax news agency had quoted a "military diplomatic source" as saying Libya was ready to buy about 20 fighter planes from Moscow, as well as air defense systems and several dozen tanks. Libyan Defense Minister Major General Younis Jaber met with officials in Moscow earlier this week. The deal with Libya follows a report by Russia's state-owned arms export monopoly claiming overseas sales of military equipment rose 10 percent in 2009.
02 February 2010
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Moscow has agreed to sell Libya weapons in a $1.8 billion deal. Mr. Putin made the announcement Saturday while meeting with the head of Izhmash, a major Russian gun manufacturer. He said the contract was signed Friday, and covers both small arms and more complex weapons. Russia's Interfax news agency had quoted a "military diplomatic source" as saying Libya was ready to buy about 20 fighter planes from Moscow, as well as air defense systems and several dozen tanks. Libyan Defense Minister Major General Younis Jaber met with officials in Moscow earlier this week. The deal with Libya follows a report by Russia's state-owned arms export monopoly claiming overseas sales of military equipment rose 10 percent in 2009.
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EADS Defence & Security (DS) and Mowag which makes the armoured Eagle IV vehicle in ambulance version.

EADS Defence & Security (DS) and Mowag, the subsidiary of General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) which makes the armoured Eagle IV vehicle, will enable the German Armed Forces to quickly and safely transport ill and wounded soldiers through danger zones. The companies involved developed an armoured ambulance system for the German ISAF troops operating in northern Afghanistan. As part of an order placed by the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB), Defence Electronics (DE), an integrated activity of DS, will equip a total of 20 vehicles with medical installations. Apart from the necessary medical equipment, the requirements specify the provision of sufficient space to transport a wounded person lying down as well as the medical staff responsible for the care of the wounded such as a doctor, a rescue assistant or paramedic. The ambulance version of the Eagle IV is designed for the role of a “mobile medical unit” (in German: “Beweglicher Arzttrupp” – BAT) for the Bundeswehr. This unit is to safely transport all severities of ill and injured from the site of occurrence to a medical facility whilst providing emergency medical care. Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Defence Electronics, commented on this, saying: “Based on to the many years of experience that we have in the field of armoured transport and mobile military ambulance systems, and thanks to our expertise in integration, we were able to fully comply with the Bundeswehr’s requirements. For their soldiers on operations abroad, the German Armed Forces ordered an armoured ambulance which can fully meet the very demanding requirements for deployment in crisis regions.”
02 February 2010
EADS Defence & Security (DS) and Mowag, the subsidiary of General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) which makes the armoured Eagle IV vehicle, will enable the German Armed Forces to quickly and safely transport ill and wounded soldiers through danger zones. The companies involved developed an armoured ambulance system for the German ISAF troops operating in northern Afghanistan. As part of an order placed by the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB), Defence Electronics (DE), an integrated activity of DS, will equip a total of 20 vehicles with medical installations. Apart from the necessary medical equipment, the requirements specify the provision of sufficient space to transport a wounded person lying down as well as the medical staff responsible for the care of the wounded such as a doctor, a rescue assistant or paramedic. The ambulance version of the Eagle IV is designed for the role of a “mobile medical unit” (in German: “Beweglicher Arzttrupp” – BAT) for the Bundeswehr. This unit is to safely transport all severities of ill and injured from the site of occurrence to a medical facility whilst providing emergency medical care. Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Defence Electronics, commented on this, saying: “Based on to the many years of experience that we have in the field of armoured transport and mobile military ambulance systems, and thanks to our expertise in integration, we were able to fully comply with the Bundeswehr’s requirements. For their soldiers on operations abroad, the German Armed Forces ordered an armoured ambulance which can fully meet the very demanding requirements for deployment in crisis regions.”
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One SHADOW unmanned aircraft system for the U.S. Marine Corps.

AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Md., was awarded on Jan. 26, 2010, a $13,046,030 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of one SHADOW unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the U.S. Marine Corps. The SHADOW UAS provides flexible and responsive near real-time reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition; battle damage assessment; and battle management support to Army ground maneuver commanders. Work is to be performed in Hunt Valley, Md., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received.
01 February 2010
AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Md., was awarded on Jan. 26, 2010, a $13,046,030 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of one SHADOW unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the U.S. Marine Corps. The SHADOW UAS provides flexible and responsive near real-time reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition; battle damage assessment; and battle management support to Army ground maneuver commanders. Work is to be performed in Hunt Valley, Md., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received.
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