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Iran Back Menu
Iran to Unveil New Generation of Zolfaqar main battle Tanks.

"Army's Ground Force has carried out ample research and studies for upgrading the technology and applications of Zolfaqar tanks, and the updated version of the tank will be unveiled in the (Iranian) month of Khordad (May 22-June 21)," Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said in an exclusive interview with FNA today. "Fire navigation system of the new Zolfaqar tank has been updated and Laser systems have been mounted onto the tank," Pourdastan said, adding, "These upgrades have remarkably increased the tank's operational capabilities." Zolfaqar is a second generation of Iran's main battle tank (MBT). The test prototypes of the tank were evaluated in 1993. Six semi-industrial prototypes of the tank were produced and tested in 1997. The tank has a distinctive box-shaped, steel-welded turret of local design. Zolfaqar combat weight is reported to be 36 tons and has a 780 hp diesel engine; the tank has a 21.7 hp per ton ratio.
27 May 2010
"Army's Ground Force has carried out ample research and studies for upgrading the technology and applications of Zolfaqar tanks, and the updated version of the tank will be unveiled in the (Iranian) month of Khordad (May 22-June 21)," Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said in an exclusive interview with FNA today. "Fire navigation system of the new Zolfaqar tank has been updated and Laser systems have been mounted onto the tank," Pourdastan said, adding, "These upgrades have remarkably increased the tank's operational capabilities." Zolfaqar is a second generation of Iran's main battle tank (MBT). The test prototypes of the tank were evaluated in 1993. Six semi-industrial prototypes of the tank were produced and tested in 1997. The tank has a distinctive box-shaped, steel-welded turret of local design. Zolfaqar combat weight is reported to be 36 tons and has a 780 hp diesel engine; the tank has a 21.7 hp per ton ratio.

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Russia to test new model of Kalashnikov assault rifle in 2011.

State tests of the new model of Kalashnikov automatic rifles will be held in Russia next year, Izhmash Director General Vladimir Grodetsky said on Tuesday. The new model of the legendary assault rifle, the AK-200, is based on the AK-74M and differs in weight (3.8 kilograms/8.4 lbs vs. 3.3 kilograms/7.3 lbs) and the magazine capacity (30, 50, 60 rounds vs. 30). The AK-74, a developed version of the Kalashnikov rifle's first model, the AK-47, was introduced in 1974 and used by the Soviet forces during the Afghanistan conflict. The AK-47 was originally created by Mikhail Kalashnikov, who as a WWII soldier was inspired to design the weapon after being wounded in 1941. While his first attempts were unsuccessful, he was given a position in weapons development, and by 1947 he had perfected his masterpiece. Since then, the AK-47 has become the most widespread and famous assault rifle. Used by some 50 armies around the world, as well as countless urban guerrilla movements, it is also featured on the flag of Mozambique.
27 May 2010
State tests of the new model of Kalashnikov automatic rifles will be held in Russia next year, Izhmash Director General Vladimir Grodetsky said on Tuesday. The new model of the legendary assault rifle, the AK-200, is based on the AK-74M and differs in weight (3.8 kilograms/8.4 lbs vs. 3.3 kilograms/7.3 lbs) and the magazine capacity (30, 50, 60 rounds vs. 30). The AK-74, a developed version of the Kalashnikov rifle's first model, the AK-47, was introduced in 1974 and used by the Soviet forces during the Afghanistan conflict. The AK-47 was originally created by Mikhail Kalashnikov, who as a WWII soldier was inspired to design the weapon after being wounded in 1941. While his first attempts were unsuccessful, he was given a position in weapons development, and by 1947 he had perfected his masterpiece. Since then, the AK-47 has become the most widespread and famous assault rifle. Used by some 50 armies around the world, as well as countless urban guerrilla movements, it is also featured on the flag of Mozambique.

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Australia Back Menu
Ocelot down-selected for Australian Land 121 Phase 4 project

Force Protection Europe's Ocelot light protected light protected patrol vehicle has been down-selected by the Australian Government to compete in the Land 121 Phase 4 Project for the Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light (PMV-L) prototype.
27 May 2010
Force Protection Europe's Ocelot light protected light protected patrol vehicle has been down-selected by the Australian Government to compete in the Land 121 Phase 4 Project for the Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light (PMV-L) prototype.

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Navistar Defense Receives $61 Million to Support Allied MRAP Needs Vehicles to Operate in Afghanistan.

Navistar Defense, LLC today completed two Foreign Military Sales worth a total of $61 million for 80 enhanced International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles with DXM™ independent suspension. The awards from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command include parts and service support. Vehicles will support coalition forces. The enhanced MaxxPro Dash with DXM suspension offers vehicle operators a turning radius of 54 inches, approximately 14.5 inches of wheel travel as well as a number of enhanced capabilities. Upgrades have been made to the windows and doors, which continue to utilize an air-hydraulic system to ensure doors function in the most extreme situations. The company is currently delivering new Dash units with DXM suspension to U.S. Forces and will begin deliveries to several allies at the end of June. Navistar is the leading provider of Category I MRAPs with 7,589 MaxxPro units on contract.
27 May 2010
Navistar Defense, LLC today completed two Foreign Military Sales worth a total of $61 million for 80 enhanced International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles with DXM™ independent suspension. The awards from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command include parts and service support. Vehicles will support coalition forces. The enhanced MaxxPro Dash with DXM suspension offers vehicle operators a turning radius of 54 inches, approximately 14.5 inches of wheel travel as well as a number of enhanced capabilities. Upgrades have been made to the windows and doors, which continue to utilize an air-hydraulic system to ensure doors function in the most extreme situations. The company is currently delivering new Dash units with DXM suspension to U.S. Forces and will begin deliveries to several allies at the end of June. Navistar is the leading provider of Category I MRAPs with 7,589 MaxxPro units on contract.

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United States Back Menu
US Army Ground Combat Vehicle Programme, three competitors.

Almost three months after the US Army released a request for proposal (RFP) for the technology development phase of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), developed within the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) programme, three competing teams, uniting key defence industry players of the US and Europe, step up to the plate. The three competitors include the BAE Systems/Northrop Grumman team, the General Dynamics team, joined by Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and MTU Detroit Diesel, as well as the SAIC-led team which includes Boeing and the two German companies Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall Defence.
26 May 2010
Almost three months after the US Army released a request for proposal (RFP) for the technology development phase of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), developed within the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) programme, three competing teams, uniting key defence industry players of the US and Europe, step up to the plate. The three competitors include the BAE Systems/Northrop Grumman team, the General Dynamics team, joined by Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and MTU Detroit Diesel, as well as the SAIC-led team which includes Boeing and the two German companies Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall Defence.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall Defence they will propose an update version of the Puma armoured infantry fighting vehicle

 

Finland Back Menu
Finnish Defence Forces has received 60 new SISU 8x8 Military Trucks.

Finnish military vehicle supplier, Sisu Defence Oy, has handed over 60 High Mobility SISU 8x8 Military Trucks to Finnish Army. The delivery was received by the Minister of Defence, Jyri Hakamies, at Sisu factory in Raasepori, Finland, on 24.5.2010. Delivered trucks are equipped with effective mine protection and feature a cabin of armour steel. Additionally, part of these trucks are allocated to be used in international crises management operations. The latter are equipped also with ballistic protection matching with the requirements of the intended use. Sisu 8x8 Military Trucks feature a modular protection system. Thereby, the ballistic and NBC protection of the vehicles can easily be assembled on or dismounted, quickly even in field. The delivery includes also a training, servicing and spare parts program. The value of the delivery altogether is approximately EUR 26 Million, excl. VAT.
26 May 2010
Finnish military vehicle supplier, Sisu Defence Oy, has handed over 60 High Mobility SISU 8x8 Military Trucks to Finnish Army. The delivery was received by the Minister of Defence, Jyri Hakamies, at Sisu factory in Raasepori, Finland, on 24.5.2010. Delivered trucks are equipped with effective mine protection and feature a cabin of armour steel. Additionally, part of these trucks are allocated to be used in international crises management operations. The latter are equipped also with ballistic protection matching with the requirements of the intended use. Sisu 8x8 Military Trucks feature a modular protection system. Thereby, the ballistic and NBC protection of the vehicles can easily be assembled on or dismounted, quickly even in field. The delivery includes also a training, servicing and spare parts program. The value of the delivery altogether is approximately EUR 26 Million, excl. VAT.

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Poland Back Menu
First US Patriot Battery missile Arrives in Poland.

In the midst of an increasingly improving political environment between the US and Russia comes a signal from the Polish-Russian border that may hamper the basis for dialogue between the two former antagonists. On Monday, the US Embassy in Warsaw confirmed that the first US surface-to-air Patriot missile battery arrived at a Polish military base in the town of Morag, some 57 kilometres south of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast on the Baltic shore. The first of these air and missile defence systems will initially be operated by some 100 to 150 US soldiers deployed to Morag. According to the Embassy, this is the first such deployment on Polish soil.
25 May 2010
In the midst of an increasingly improving political environment between the US and Russia comes a signal from the Polish-Russian border that may hamper the basis for dialogue between the two former antagonists. On Monday, the US Embassy in Warsaw confirmed that the first US surface-to-air Patriot missile battery arrived at a Polish military base in the town of Morag, some 57 kilometres south of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast on the Baltic shore. The first of these air and missile defence systems will initially be operated by some 100 to 150 US soldiers deployed to Morag. According to the Embassy, this is the first such deployment on Polish soil.

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The Indian Army is planning to import a short-range surface-to-air-missile.

The Indian Army is planning to import a short-range surface-to-air-missile (SAM) system to replace its obsolete Soviet-vintage OSA-AK (SA-8 'Gecko') and Kub (SA-6 'Gainful') units to counter threats to cities and important installations from enemy aircraft and missiles. In an international request for information (RfI) dispatched on 29 April, the army announced its requirement for a short-range SAM system with active and passive guidance and a 20 km strike range capability to hit multiple and hovering targets simultaneously moving at speeds between zero to 500 m per second.
24 May 2010
The Indian Army is planning to import a short-range surface-to-air-missile (SAM) system to replace its obsolete Soviet-vintage OSA-AK (SA-8 'Gecko') and Kub (SA-6 'Gainful') units to counter threats to cities and important installations from enemy aircraft and missiles. In an international request for information (RfI) dispatched on 29 April, the army announced its requirement for a short-range SAM system with active and passive guidance and a 20 km strike range capability to hit multiple and hovering targets simultaneously moving at speeds between zero to 500 m per second. The Indian Army is planning to import a short-range surface-to-air-missile (SAM) system to replace its obsolete Soviet-vintage OSA-AK (SA-8 'Gecko') and Kub (SA-6 'Gainful') units to counter threats to cities and important installations from enemy aircraft and missiles. In an international request for information (RfI) dispatched on 29 April, the army announced its requirement for a short-range SAM system with active and passive guidance and a 20 km strike range capability to hit multiple and hovering targets simultaneously moving at speeds between zero to 500 m per second.

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United Kingdom Back Menu
New combat uniforms camouflage for British troops in Afghanistan.

British military personnel in Afghanistan have started wearing uniforms bearing the first new camouflage design in over 40 years. The new Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) camouflage was unveiled in December last year and began to be worn by soldiers in Afghanistan in April 2010. It will be issued to all military personnel by 2012. The camouflage is intended to help British troops blend into Afghanistan's varied terrain. It was trialled in laboratory tests and field evaluations to assess overall performance, with pilot trials held before the final testing. This included aerial and scientific photography to provide the right colours and brightness for the new camouflage pattern. Colours were fed into a computer and computer modelling was used to represent the Green Zone, deserts and mixed environments in Afghanistan. A number of camouflage samples were then generated based on the colours found in Afghanistan and via the computer modelling trials. The new MTP camouflage will work across different terrains in Helmand province, such as compounds, grassland, crops and woodland - all the areas our troops encounter on patrol. Members of the Royal Dragoon Guards are among the first to be issued with the new pattern.
21 May 2010
British military personnel in Afghanistan have started wearing uniforms bearing the first new camouflage design in over 40 years. The new Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) camouflage was unveiled in December last year and began to be worn by soldiers in Afghanistan in April 2010. It will be issued to all military personnel by 2012. The camouflage is intended to help British troops blend into Afghanistan's varied terrain. It was trialled in laboratory tests and field evaluations to assess overall performance, with pilot trials held before the final testing. This included aerial and scientific photography to provide the right colours and brightness for the new camouflage pattern. Colours were fed into a computer and computer modelling was used to represent the Green Zone, deserts and mixed environments in Afghanistan. A number of camouflage samples were then generated based on the colours found in Afghanistan and via the computer modelling trials. The new MTP camouflage will work across different terrains in Helmand province, such as compounds, grassland, crops and woodland - all the areas our troops encounter on patrol. Members of the Royal Dragoon Guards are among the first to be issued with the new pattern British military personnel in Afghanistan have started wearing uniforms bearing the first new camouflage design in over 40 years. The new Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) camouflage was unveiled in December last year and began to be worn by soldiers in Afghanistan in April 2010. It will be issued to all military personnel by 2012. The camouflage is intended to help British troops blend into Afghanistan's varied terrain. It was trialled in laboratory tests and field evaluations to assess overall performance, with pilot trials held before the final testing. This included aerial and scientific photography to provide the right colours and brightness for the new camouflage pattern. Colours were fed into a computer and computer modelling was used to represent the Green Zone, deserts and mixed environments in Afghanistan. A number of camouflage samples were then generated based on the colours found in Afghanistan and via the computer modelling trials. The new MTP camouflage will work across different terrains in Helmand province, such as compounds, grassland, crops and woodland - all the areas our troops encounter on patrol. Members of the Royal Dragoon Guards are among the first to be issued with the new pattern
United Kingdom British army new military combat uniforms MTP Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage picture

United Kingdom British army new military combat uniforms MTP Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage picture

 

 

United States Back Menu
Oshkosh corporation awarded more than $234.8 million in delivery orders for M-ATV protection kits.

Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies, announced today that its Defense division has received four delivery orders valued at more than $234.8 million from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 4,300 MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) protection kits. Oshkosh will deliver more than 3,800 rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) protection kits, as well as more than 500 explosively formed penetrator (EFP) add-on armor kits and in-field service and parts. Work under the orders is expected to be completed in April 2011.
21 May 2010
Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies, announced today that its Defense division has received four delivery orders valued at more than $234.8 million from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 4,300 MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) protection kits. Oshkosh will deliver more than 3,800 rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) protection kits, as well as more than 500 explosively formed penetrator (EFP) add-on armor kits and in-field service and parts. Work under the orders is expected to be completed in April 2011.

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British Government has requested a possible sale of 102 Mastiff/MRAP Cougar II 6x6 vehicles.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress May 19 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of 102 Mastiff/MRAP Cougar Category II 6X6 modified vehicles and associated equipment, parts, and logistical support for an estimated cost of $122 million. The Government of the United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of 102 Mastiff/MRAP Cougar Category II 6X6 modified vehicles, tools and test equipment, maintenance support, contractor technical and logistics personnel services, support equipment, spare and repair parts, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $122 million.
20 May 2010
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress May 19 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of 102 Mastiff/MRAP Cougar Category II 6X6 modified vehicles and associated equipment, parts, and logistical support for an estimated cost of $122 million. The Government of the United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of 102 Mastiff/MRAP Cougar Category II 6X6 modified vehicles, tools and test equipment, maintenance support, contractor technical and logistics personnel services, support equipment, spare and repair parts, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $122 million.

United Kingdom British Army Mastiff 2 MRAP mine protected wheeled armoured vehicle
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United Kingdom Back Menu
U.K. Invites Force Protection, Supacat To Tender for Patrol Vehicle Buy.

A competition to replace the British Army's Snatch Land Rover armored vehicle has approached the end game after the issue of an invitation to tender to the two companies vying to secure the deal. Force Protection Europe with the Ocelot is head-to-head with the rival SPV400 vehicle offered by Supacat to supply an initial batch of 200 light protected patrol vehicles for troops operating in Afghanistan. The winning vehicle, being supplied as an urgent operational requirement, will offer troops better protection and greater mobility than the much-maligned Snatch machine. The invitations issued by the Ministry of Defence are scheduled to be returned in June, with a decision on a winning contractor expected in early autumn.
20 May 2010
A competition to replace the British Army's Snatch Land Rover armored vehicle has approached the end game after the issue of an invitation to tender to the two companies vying to secure the deal. Force Protection Europe with the Ocelot is head-to-head with the rival SPV400 vehicle offered by Supacat to supply an initial batch of 200 light protected patrol vehicles for troops operating in Afghanistan. The winning vehicle, being supplied as an urgent operational requirement, will offer troops better protection and greater mobility than the much-maligned Snatch machine. The invitations issued by the Ministry of Defence are scheduled to be returned in June, with a decision on a winning contractor expected in early autumn. A competition to replace the British Army's Snatch Land Rover armored vehicle has approached the end game after the issue of an invitation to tender to the two companies vying to secure the deal. Force Protection Europe with the Ocelot is head-to-head with the rival SPV400 vehicle offered by Supacat to supply an initial batch of 200 light protected patrol vehicles for troops operating in Afghanistan. The winning vehicle, being supplied as an urgent operational requirement, will offer troops better protection and greater mobility than the much-maligned Snatch machine. The invitations issued by the Ministry of Defence are scheduled to be returned in June, with a decision on a winning contractor expected in early autumn.
United Kingom British Supacat SPV400 light wheeled protected patrol vehicle
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United Kingdom British Ocelot Force Protection light wheeled protected patrol vehicle
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India Back Menu
Indian Army To Buy Second Batch of Arjun Tanks.

The Indian Army has ordered and placed fresh orders for purchase of additional 124 homemade Arjun tanks following March comparative trials with the Russian-built T-90 tank. The Defence Research and Development Organisation, which produced the tank, has been urging the Army, which ordered an initial 124 tanks, to order a second batch to make the assembly line economical.
19 May 2010
The Indian Army has ordered and placed fresh orders for purchase of additional 124 homemade Arjun tanks following March comparative trials with the Russian-built T-90 tank. The Defence Research and Development Organisation, which produced the tank, has been urging the Army, which ordered an initial 124 tanks, to order a second batch to make the assembly line economical.

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Russian air defense missiles systems S-400 and Iskander will equip the Belarus army.

The common space of defense thus requires that the two armies are equipped with the same equipment, Minsk will be able to receive Russian missile system S-400 and Iskander, announced Wednesday 19 May 2010 to the Press Agency RIA Novosti, Sergueï Gouroulev, president of the Committee military-industrial of Belarus. “Here no voluntarism on behalf of the Defence Minister. We are a union, a common space of defense, a plain regional anti-missile defense system. For that the equipment of the armed forces must be in conformity with a precise project: the law of programming soldier 2006-2015, the annual invitation to tender of the military ordering of State”, it indicated. Russian and Belarus soldiers had evoked on several occasions that Minsk was to receive ground-to-air missiles S-400 and Iskander missiles systems, but according to Sergueï Gouroulev the project of construction of the Belarus Armed forces do not stipulate obligatorily the equipment in this precise type of missiles and systems. “It is written there: “to have systems of type Iskander and ground-to-air missiles S-400”, explained the interlocutor of the agency.
19 May 2010
The common space of defense thus requires that the two armies are equipped with the same equipment, Minsk will be able to receive Russian missile system S-400 and Iskander, announced Wednesday 19 May 2010 to the Press Agency RIA Novosti, Sergueï Gouroulev, president of the Committee military-industrial of Belarus. “Here no voluntarism on behalf of the Defence Minister. We are a union, a common space of defense, a plain regional anti-missile defense system. For that the equipment of the armed forces must be in conformity with a precise project: the law of programming soldier 2006-2015, the annual invitation to tender of the military ordering of State”, it indicated. Russian and Belarus soldiers had evoked on several occasions that Minsk was to receive ground-to-air missiles S-400 and Iskander missiles systems, but according to Sergueï Gouroulev the project of construction of the Belarus Armed forces do not stipulate obligatorily the equipment in this precise type of missiles and systems. “It is written there: “to have systems of type Iskander and ground-to-air missiles S-400”, explained the interlocutor of the agency. The common space of defense thus requires that the two armies are equipped with the same equipment, Minsk will be able to receive Russian missile system S-400 and Iskander, announced Wednesday 19 May 2010 to the Press Agency RIA Novosti, Sergueï Gouroulev, president of the Committee military-industrial of Belarus. “Here no voluntarism on behalf of the Defence Minister. We are a union, a common space of defense, a plain regional anti-missile defense system. For that the equipment of the armed forces must be in conformity with a precise project: the law of programming soldier 2006-2015, the annual invitation to tender of the military ordering of State”, it indicated. Russian and Belarus soldiers had evoked on several occasions that Minsk was to receive ground-to-air missiles S-400 and Iskander missiles systems, but according to Sergueï Gouroulev the project of construction of the Belarus Armed forces do not stipulate obligatorily the equipment in this precise type of missiles and systems. “It is written there: “to have systems of type Iskander and ground-to-air missiles S-400”, explained the interlocutor of the agency.
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Further Blast Testing is conducted on the Supacat SPV400

The Supacat SPV400, the all-British, all-new contender from Supacat to meet the UK Ministry of Defence's Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) requirement was, this week, subjected to a second round of blast tests as part of the vehicle's development programme. A number of blast tests were conducted to correlate development work and prove the upgrades and improvements incorporated into the SPV400 design since the first round of testing in December 2009. The results were very positive and consistent with expectations. Whilst for security and competitive reasons the detail cannot be released, the size of the blasts were "very significant" and underwrote Supacat's philosophy of future proofing the SPV400 design by aiming for protection levels above those within the LPPV requirement. Further refinement will now take place prior to another round of testing next month.
17 May 2010
The Supacat SPV400, the all-British, all-new contender from Supacat to meet the UK Ministry of Defence's Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) requirement was, this week, subjected to a second round of blast tests as part of the vehicle's development programme. A number of blast tests were conducted to correlate development work and prove the upgrades and improvements incorporated into the SPV400 design since the first round of testing in December 2009. The results were very positive and consistent with expectations. Whilst for security and competitive reasons the detail cannot be released, the size of the blasts were "very significant" and underwrote Supacat's philosophy of future proofing the SPV400 design by aiming for protection levels above those within the LPPV requirement. Further refinement will now take place prior to another round of testing next month.

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India Back Menu
Indian army tests successfully medium range ballistic missile Agni-2.

The Indian Army carried out Monday morning May 17th, 2010, a shooting test of Agni-II medium range ballistic missile, announced Monday the press agency Trust of India. The missile, length 21 meters and weighing 17 tons were firing since the polygon from the island of Wheeler (bay of Bengal). According to the agency, the firing was successful. The Agni-2 missile is able to carry a load of a ton to the distance of two thousand kilometres. Its range can be increased by the reduction of the weight of its warhead. The two preceding firing tests of Agni-2, carried out in April 1999 and in November 2009, had shown a failure.
17 May 2010
The Indian Army carried out Monday morning May 17th, 2010, a shooting test of Agni-II medium range ballistic missile, announced Monday the press agency Trust of India. The missile, length 21 meters and weighing 17 tons were firing since the polygon from the island of Wheeler (bay of Bengal). According to the agency, the firing was successful. The Agni-2 missile is able to carry a load of a ton to the distance of two thousand kilometres. Its range can be increased by the reduction of the weight of its warhead. The two preceding firing tests of Agni-2, carried out in April 1999 and in November 2009, had shown a failure.

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Russia, India plan to hold peacekeeping drills in fall.

Up to 150 Russian troops will take part in joint peacekeeping exercises with India scheduled for autumn this year, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday 17 May 2010. A group of Russian officers has already arrived in India to attend the first planning stage of the INDRA 2010 exercise. "During the planning stage, the sides will work out a detailed plan of the exercises, reconnoiter the area where the drills will take place and discuss logistics issues," the ministry said in a statement. Russia is planning to send a motorized infantry company to join the Indian troops in the drills. The Russian and Indian military have conducted joint INDRA exercises since 2003, including biannual peacekeeping drills. Russia's military cooperation with India goes back nearly half a century, and the Asian country accounts for about 40% of Russian arms exports.
17 May 2010
Up to 150 Russian troops will take part in joint peacekeeping exercises with India scheduled for autumn this year, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. A group of Russian officers has already arrived in India to attend the first planning stage of the INDRA 2010 exercise. "During the planning stage, the sides will work out a detailed plan of the exercises, reconnoiter the area where the drills will take place and discuss logistics issues," the ministry said in a statement. Russia is planning to send a motorized infantry company to join the Indian troops in the drills. The Russian and Indian military have conducted joint INDRA exercises since 2003, including biannual peacekeeping drills. Russia's military cooperation with India goes back nearly half a century, and the Asian country accounts for about 40% of Russian arms exports.
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Russia Back Menu
Russia creates weapons able to avoid a space attack.

Russia creates weapons able to avoid a space attack, declared this Saturday 15 May 2010 Edouard Sigalov, commander of a Russian anti-aircraft system brigade equipped with ground-to-air missiles S-300 PM and S-400. “We are developing new weapons able to destroy targets in space”, indicated colonel Sigalov before adding that the Russian army should soon “protect the sky from Moscow against the space attacks”. The 5th brigade of Russian anti-aircraft and space defence is deployed in the area of Moscow. Strong of more than 4.500 men, the operational units of the brigade are able to open fire in 10 minutes and to destroy all the flying targets in their sector. The systems S-400 “Triumph” (code NATO: SA-21 Growler) make it possible to organize a spread out defence of the sites against a massive air attack. The speed of the missiles reaches 4.800 m/sec and their range operating is of 400 km at an altitude of 30 km. Moreover, the range minimum is of 2.000 m at an altitude of 100 m. They can be put in position of combat in the time of 5-10 minutes.
15 May 2010
Russia creates weapons able to avoid a space attack, declared this Saturday 15 May 2010 Edouard Sigalov, commander of a Russian anti-aircraft system brigade equipped with ground-to-air missiles S-300 PM and S-400. “We are developing new weapons able to destroy targets in space”, indicated colonel Sigalov before adding that the Russian army should soon “protect the sky from Moscow against the space attacks”. The 5th brigade of Russian anti-aircraft and space defence is deployed in the area of Moscow. Strong of more than 4.500 men, the operational units of the brigade are able to open fire in 10 minutes and to destroy all the flying targets in their sector. The systems S-400 “Triumph” (code NATO: SA-21 Growler) make it possible to organize a spread out defence of the sites against a massive air attack. The speed of the missiles reaches 4.800 m/sec and their range operating is of 400 km at an altitude of 30 km. Moreover, the range minimum is of 2.000 m at an altitude of 100 m. They can be put in position of combat in the time of 5-10 minutes. Russia creates weapons able to avoid a space attack, declared this Saturday 15 May 2010 Edouard Sigalov, commander of a Russian anti-aircraft system brigade equipped with ground-to-air missiles S-300 PM and S-400. “We are developing new weapons able to destroy targets in space”, indicated colonel Sigalov before adding that the Russian army should soon “protect the sky from Moscow against the space attacks”. The 5th brigade of Russian anti-aircraft and space defence is deployed in the area of Moscow. Strong of more than 4.500 men, the operational units of the brigade are able to open fire in 10 minutes and to destroy all the flying targets in their sector. The systems S-400 “Triumph” (code NATO: SA-21 Growler) make it possible to organize a spread out defence of the sites against a massive air attack. The speed of the missiles reaches 4.800 m/sec and their range operating is of 400 km at an altitude of 30 km. Moreover, the range minimum is of 2.000 m at an altitude of 100 m. They can be put in position of combat in the time of 5-10 minutes.
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BAE Systems open office in Jordan

BAE Systems is to open an office in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to support its ongoing business with the Jordanian Armed Forces and collaborative activities with the King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). The office will complement the network of offices the company operates across the region and will be used as the focal point for business in Jordan and neighbouring countries. The office is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year and will be developed in line with legal and regulatory requirements of the Kingdom and according to developing business prospects. Jeff McCray, Regional Vice President Africa and Near East, commented: "This move underlines our commitment to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and developing business prospects in the region."
14 May 2010
BAE Systems is to open an office in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to support its ongoing business with the Jordanian Armed Forces and collaborative activities with the King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). The office will complement the network of offices the company operates across the region and will be used as the focal point for business in Jordan and neighbouring countries. The office is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year and will be developed in line with legal and regulatory requirements of the Kingdom and according to developing business prospects. Jeff McCray, Regional Vice President Africa and Near East, commented: "This move underlines our commitment to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and developing business prospects in the region."
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The Magna thermal camera system developed for border surveillance, recently came into use in the Central Command.

The Judea and Samaria Area Division of the Central Command recently introduced the Magna to its services, a thermal camera system that provides intelligence information for soldiers serving in the operation room in the area. The new system, which was developed by Magna Company in the Rotem Industrial Park in Dimona, was received this month by the Yehuda (Territorial) Brigade around Hebron and is in the final stage of installation. In the future, the Magna system integration process is expected to expand to the entire Central Command, likewise the camera is expected to be installed at additional sites.
13 May 2010
The Judea and Samaria Area Division of the Central Command recently introduced the Magna to its services, a thermal camera system that provides intelligence information for soldiers serving in the operation room in the area. The new system, which was developed by Magna Company in the Rotem Industrial Park in Dimona, was received this month by the Yehuda (Territorial) Brigade around Hebron and is in the final stage of installation. In the future, the Magna system integration process is expected to expand to the entire Central Command, likewise the camera is expected to be installed at additional sites.
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BAE Systems Receives $5 Million U.S. Army Contract for Patriot Vehicles for Taiwan.

BAE Systems today announced the award of a $5.5 million contract from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to manufacture 24 Patriot support vehicles for Taiwan. These vehicles will be configured on the Long-Term Armor Solution (LTAS) equipped Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). The LTAS system, specifically designed for the FMTV by BAE Systems, is comprised of the ready for armor cab, or A-Cab, and appliqué armor, or B-kit. The A-Cab configuration allows crews to operate the FMTV in on- and off-road, non-tactical and low-threat tactical environments with minimal vehicle weight. The crews can increase their protection during periods of increased threat levels by installing the B-kits. Under this contract BAE Systems will manufacture eight Specially Modified Long Wheel Base Chassis, nine cargo vehicles and seven tractors. The vehicles will be produced in Sealy, Texas and delivered to the Army by December 2010.
12 May 2010
BAE Systems today announced the award of a $5.5 million contract from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to manufacture 24 Patriot support vehicles for Taiwan. These vehicles will be configured on the Long-Term Armor Solution (LTAS) equipped Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). The LTAS system, specifically designed for the FMTV by BAE Systems, is comprised of the ready for armor cab, or A-Cab, and appliqué armor, or B-kit. The A-Cab configuration allows crews to operate the FMTV in on- and off-road, non-tactical and low-threat tactical environments with minimal vehicle weight. The crews can increase their protection during periods of increased threat levels by installing the B-kits. Under this contract BAE Systems will manufacture eight Specially Modified Long Wheel Base Chassis, nine cargo vehicles and seven tractors. The vehicles will be produced in Sealy, Texas and delivered to the Army by December 2010.
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Textron to Deliver 423 Additional Armored Security Vehicles to US Army.

Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, today announced the signing of a new base contract award for the M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) and M1200 Armored Knight with the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). The finalized contract includes an exercised option for 423 vehicles (327 M1117s and 96 M1200s) with provisions for future options of up to 272 more vehicles. These quantities are in addition to a base order previously awarded under a letter contract award of 191 M1117 ASVs and 65 M1200 Armored Knight vehicles, field support and special sustainment tools, as well as technical and field services. Delivery of these latest orders are expected to commence October 2010 and, should all options of the contract be exercised, could continue through the first quarter of 2012. The contract totals approximately $461 million with an additional $239 million in options remaining to be exercised. Textron Marine & Land Systems has delivered a total of 2,600 ASVs to the U.S. Army to-date.
12 May 2010
Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, today announced the signing of a new base contract award for the M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) and M1200 Armored Knight with the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). The finalized contract includes an exercised option for 423 vehicles (327 M1117s and 96 M1200s) with provisions for future options of up to 272 more vehicles. These quantities are in addition to a base order previously awarded under a letter contract award of 191 M1117 ASVs and 65 M1200 Armored Knight vehicles, field support and special sustainment tools, as well as technical and field services. Delivery of these latest orders are expected to commence October 2010 and, should all options of the contract be exercised, could continue through the first quarter of 2012. The contract totals approximately $461 million with an additional $239 million in options remaining to be exercised. Textron Marine & Land Systems has delivered a total of 2,600 ASVs to the U.S. Army to-date.
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The Hy-DRA Hybrid-Defense Reconnaissance Assault Vehicle launched at SOFEX Defense Exhibition.

US prime Raytheon is entering the automotive market with an innovative new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) aimed at the special forces market. Officially launched at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX), held in Amman, Jordan, from 10-13 May, the Hybrid-Defense Reconnaissance Assault (Hy-DRA) vehicle is a small, stealthy all-terrain platform employing hybrid electric drive (HED). With one forward seat for the driver and two back seats facing forwards, the Hy-DRA can carry three fully equipped soldiers, act as a weapons platform or carry one soldier and two litters to extract wounded personnel.
10 May 2010
US prime Raytheon is entering the automotive market with an innovative new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) aimed at the special forces market. Officially launched at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX), held in Amman, Jordan, from 10-13 May, the Hybrid-Defense Reconnaissance Assault (Hy-DRA) vehicle is a small, stealthy all-terrain platform employing hybrid electric drive (HED). With one forward seat for the driver and two back seats facing forwards, the Hy-DRA can carry three fully equipped soldiers, act as a weapons platform or carry one soldier and two litters to extract wounded personnel.
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The futur weapons for the US Army presented at the Aberdeen Test Center.

The Army's Program Executive Office Soldier showcased some of its products May 5 at the Aberdeen Test Center here. Among those products were the XM153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, the M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun with M2E2 Quick Change Barrel Kit, the lighter weight M240L Medium Range Machine Gun, and the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System. Aboard the XM25 is a laser rangefinder that can measure the distance to the target and place an adjusted aim point on a targeting screen. The system then allows Soldiers to choose to over-shoot the measured distance so the round will explode inside the building.
10 May 2010
The Army's Program Executive Office Soldier showcased some of its products May 5 at the Aberdeen Test Center here. Among those products were the XM153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, the M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun with M2E2 Quick Change Barrel Kit, the lighter weight M240L Medium Range Machine Gun, and the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System. Aboard the XM25 is a laser rangefinder that can measure the distance to the target and place an adjusted aim point on a targeting screen. The system then allows Soldiers to choose to over-shoot the measured distance so the round will explode inside the building. The Army's Program Executive Office Soldier showcased some of its products May 5 at the Aberdeen Test Center here. Among those products were the XM153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, the M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun with M2E2 Quick Change Barrel Kit, the lighter weight M240L Medium Range Machine Gun, and the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System. Aboard the XM25 is a laser rangefinder that can measure the distance to the target and place an adjusted aim point on a targeting screen. The system then allows Soldiers to choose to over-shoot the measured distance so the round will explode inside the building. The Army's Program Executive Office Soldier showcased some of its products May 5 at the Aberdeen Test Center here. Among those products were the XM153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, the M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun with M2E2 Quick Change Barrel Kit, the lighter weight M240L Medium Range Machine Gun, and the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System. Aboard the XM25 is a laser rangefinder that can measure the distance to the target and place an adjusted aim point on a targeting screen. The system then allows Soldiers to choose to over-shoot the measured distance so the round will explode inside the building.
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First French VBCI (Infantry Armoured Fighting Vehicle) on the way for Afghanistan

The Belfort-based 35th Infantry Regiment, the first French Army unit to convert to the new Véhicule de Combat de l’Infanterie (VBCI, or infantry combat vehicle), and which subsequently carried out the vehicle’s operational evaluations, will deploying two platoons to Afghanistan this summer. The ten VBCIs embarked on May 10, at the Toulon naval base, on the MS Eider, a commercial vessel chartered by the Ministry of Defense. The ship is due to sail on May 12 and is due to arrive in theater in the early summer. The two VBCI sections will be integrated into the Joint Tactical Groups operated by the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment (Fréjus) and the 126th Infantry Regiment (Brive), and respectively deployed in the Kapisa and Surobi regions of Afghanistan.
10 May 2010
The Belfort-based 35th Infantry Regiment, the first French Army unit to convert to the new Véhicule de Combat de l’Infanterie (VBCI, or infantry combat vehicle), and which subsequently carried out the vehicle’s operational evaluations, will deploying two platoons to Afghanistan this summer. The ten VBCIs embarked on May 10, at the Toulon naval base, on the MS Eider, a commercial vessel chartered by the Ministry of Defense. The ship is due to sail on May 12 and is due to arrive in theater in the early summer. The two VBCI sections will be integrated into the Joint Tactical Groups operated by the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment (Fréjus) and the 126th Infantry Regiment (Brive), and respectively deployed in the Kapisa and Surobi regions of Afghanistan.
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French DGA Orders 187 PVP Panhard Small Armoured Vehicles

On 7 May 2010 the French Armament Procurement Agency (Direction generale de l`armement, DGA) ordered 187 small armoured vehicles (petits vehicules proteges, PVP) from Panhard General Defense. This order is for the last lot from the contract for a total of 933 PVPs, signed on 7 September 2004. So far, 506 PVPs have been delivered to the French Army. The deliveries are scheduled to be completed in 2011. The PVPs are manufactured at the two industrial facilities at Marolles-en-Hurepoix (Essonne) and Saint-Germain-Laval (Loire). The PVP programme comprises a total of approximately one million work hours for Panhard and its sub-suppliers. The initial delivery contract provided for the delivery of 200 PVPs per year starting in late 2007 through 2012. The acceleration of deliveries and orders, agreed within the framework of the economical revitalisation plan, has allowed increasing the production cycle to 300 PVP per year in 2009 and 2010.
12 May 2010
On 7 May 2010 the French Armament Procurement Agency (Direction generale de l`armement, DGA) ordered 187 small armoured vehicles (petits vehicules proteges, PVP) from Panhard General Defense. This order is for the last lot from the contract for a total of 933 PVPs, signed on 7 September 2004. So far, 506 PVPs have been delivered to the French Army. The deliveries are scheduled to be completed in 2011. The PVPs are manufactured at the two industrial facilities at Marolles-en-Hurepoix (Essonne) and Saint-Germain-Laval (Loire). The PVP programme comprises a total of approximately one million work hours for Panhard and its sub-suppliers. The initial delivery contract provided for the delivery of 200 PVPs per year starting in late 2007 through 2012. The acceleration of deliveries and orders, agreed within the framework of the economical revitalisation plan, has allowed increasing the production cycle to 300 PVP per year in 2009 and 2010.
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First deliveries of the counter-mining system vehicle SOUVIM 2 to the French armament procurement agency.

Development of SOUVIM 2, a mine path clearing system designed and manufactured by MBDA since 2008, has just been completed. Two units of this land vehicle set will be delivered very shortly to the DGA, the French armament procurement agency and will undergo final qualification testing before delivery to the French Army. In line with the DGA's aim, the French Army will be ready to deploy this system on foreign theatres in 2010. SOUVIM 2 was designed for use in mobility support missions, allowing quick clearing of mined paths over long distances behind the lines: over 100 km of track cleared daily, with extensive counter-mining capabilities. The SOUVIM 2's performance is currently unequalled.
07 May 2010
Development of SOUVIM 2, a mine path clearing system designed and manufactured by MBDA since 2008, has just been completed. Two units of this land vehicle set will be delivered very shortly to the DGA, the French armament procurement agency and will undergo final qualification testing before delivery to the French Army. In line with the DGA's aim, the French Army will be ready to deploy this system on foreign theatres in 2010. SOUVIM 2 was designed for use in mobility support missions, allowing quick clearing of mined paths over long distances behind the lines: over 100 km of track cleared daily, with extensive counter-mining capabilities. The SOUVIM 2's performance is currently unequalled.
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Assault rifle SCAR FN Herstal for the American Special forces

FN Herstal, S.A. (FN) received notification from the USSOCOM Program Executive Office—SOF Warrior (PEO—SW) that the SCAR Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) was approved and signed on April 14, 2010, moving this FN program into the Milestone C phase. This decision authorizes the production and deployment of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) MK 16 and MK 17, as well as the Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module (EGLM) MK 13.
06 May 2010
FN Herstal, S.A. (FN) received notification from the USSOCOM Program Executive Office—SOF Warrior (PEO—SW) that the SCAR Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) was approved and signed on April 14, 2010, moving this FN program into the Milestone C phase. This decision authorizes the production and deployment of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) MK 16 and MK 17, as well as the Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module (EGLM) MK 13.
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Elbit Systems Awarded $50 Million UAS Contract by the Israeli Defense Ministry for the delivery of UAS Hermes® 900 and Hermes® 450.

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE:ESLT) announced this 02 May 2010, that it was awarded an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, valued at approximately $50 million. Under the contract, Elbit Systems will supply the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) with its brand new Hermes® 900 unmanned systems along with additional Hermes® 450 unmanned systems to expand the IDF's current Hermes® 450 fleet. In addition, the Company will supply the IDF with an enhancement of its existing UAS intelligence capabilities. The contract will be carried out over a three-year period.
02 May 2010
Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE:ESLT) announced this 02 May 2010, that it was awarded an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, valued at approximately $50 million. Under the contract, Elbit Systems will supply the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) with its brand new Hermes® 900 unmanned systems along with additional Hermes® 450 unmanned systems to expand the IDF's current Hermes® 450 fleet. In addition, the Company will supply the IDF with an enhancement of its existing UAS intelligence capabilities. The contract will be carried out over a three-year period. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE:ESLT) announced this 02 May 2010, that it was awarded an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, valued at approximately $50 million. Under the contract, Elbit Systems will supply the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) with its brand new Hermes® 900 unmanned systems along with additional Hermes® 450 unmanned systems to expand the IDF's current Hermes® 450 fleet. In addition, the Company will supply the IDF with an enhancement of its existing UAS intelligence capabilities. The contract will be carried out over a three-year period.
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