October 2015 Defence & Security Industry - Military - Army News
 
 
 
 
Russian armed forces have launched several cruise missiles and ICBM during military exercises
 
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A Topol (NATO reporting name: SS-27 Sickle) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as well as several cruise missiles organic to the Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack) strategic bomber and Iskander (SS-26 Stone) tactical missile system were launched throughout Russia as part of a scheduled combat readiness check, the press office of the Russian Defense Ministry told journalists on Friday, October 30, 2015.
 

United States has authorized first deployment of 50 U.S. Special Forces in Syria
 
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President Barack Obama has authorized the first deployment of U.S. special forces to Syria, officials said Friday, October 31, 2015. U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.
 

The budget spent by Russia on nuclear weapons will grow by almost $62 million in 2016
 
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Russia’s federal budget spending on nuclear weapons will grow by almost 4 billion rubles ($62 million) in 2016 as part of national defense expenditures, according to a document published in the electronic database of the Russian parliament on Friday, October 31, 2015.
 

Heckler & Koch sued the German Government for not granting exports license
 
Heckler and Koch sued the German Government for not granting exports license  The lights arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch has sued the German Government for not granting an arms exports license for the G-36 rifle deal with Saudi Arabia. The issue was revealed by the German Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and the NDR and WDR public broadcasters.
 

US to deploy Special Forces inside Syria
 
US to deploy Special Forces inside Syria  The US Government has taken an important decision in its policy regarding Syria and the Islamic State. The Obama Administration has authorized today the deployment of Special Forces troops inside Syria’s territory.
 

Israeli Army has developed a new armoured personnel carrier based on Merkava Mk 2 MBT
 
Israeli Army has developed a new armoured personnel carrier based on Merkava Mk 2 MBT 640 001
According the Ynetnews website, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is developing a new family of armored personnel carriers based (APC) on older Merkava Mk 2 main battle tanks’ hulls to reduce cost. The Merkava Mk2 is out of service in the Israeli Army and replaced by Merkava Mk3 and Mk4.
 

India MoD cleared purchase of 363 new BMP-2 IFVs and two Pinaka MLRS regiments
 
Indian MoD cleared purchase of 363 new BMP 2 IFVs and two Pinaka MLRS regiments 640 001
The Indian defence ministry on Thursday, Oct. 29, cleared new military modernisation proposals worth over $1.8 bn (Rs 12,000 crore), ranging from the acquisition of two additional regiments of the indigenous Pinaka multiple-launch rocket systems to the production of 363 BMP-II infantry combat vehicles by the Ordnance Factory Board.
 

Iraq plans to spend up to 20% of its 2016 national budget on defense
 
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Hoshiyar Zebari, Iraq's minister of finance, told Reuters on Wednesday that an estimated 20 percent of the 2016 national budget will be spent on defense, including paying and arming the Shiite militias known as Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces).
 

Raytheon introduces its new TOW EagleFire launcher
 
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Raytheon Company has introduced its TOW EagleFire launcher, an evolutionary development designed to bridge the capabilities of existing launchers and eliminate obsolescence issues. Designed to fire both the wire-guided and wireless radio frequency missiles, TOW EagleFire provides increased capabilities over the TOW 2 launcher at a lower cost.
 

MBDA presented its RADIUS scalable effects technology to the British MoD
 
MBDA presented its RADIUS scalable effects technology to the British MoD MBDA in cooperation with BAE Systems presented the RADIUS (Range Adaptable Device Incorporating Unique Scaling) technology. The technology allows Armed Forces to select the desired military effect up until the last moment before firing, offering scalability depending on the mission requirements, thus a wide range of advantages for the users.
 

Japan achieves deployment of its 24 Patriot air defense missile batteries
 
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Japan has completed the deployment of 24 Patriot missiles at 15 bases around the nation to guard against possible ballistic missile launches by North Korea. Japan's Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that it deployed two Patriot missiles at its Air Self-Defense Force base in Chitose, Hokkaido, completing the nation’s Patriot missile installation project, which it undertook in 2004.
 

Australian and New Zealand forces about to train another 2000 Iraqi soldiers
 
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With over 2100 Iraqi Army soldiers and officers trained by Australian and New Zealand forces in Iraq the combined Task Group prepares to train another 2000 soldiers. The 1st Battalion, 71st Iraqi Army Brigade, who completed approximately two weeks of training in June, returned with the remainder of the 71st Iraqi Army Brigade in late September to commence training.
 

Russia successfully test-launched a RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile
 
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A Yars (NATO reporting name: SS-27 Mod. 2) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched from Russia's Plesetsk cosmodrome to test the reliability of a batch of missiles in the type, Russian Strategic Missile Force spokesman Col. Igor Yegorov told journalists on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.
 

Bahrain shows interest to purchase Russian Pantsir-S1 short-range air defense system
 
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Russia and Bahrain may sign an intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation in 2016, Russian Ambassador to Bahrain Vagif Garayev said on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
 

Russia is now ready to deliver a modernized version of S-300 air defense missile system to Iran
 
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Iran will withdraw its suit against Rosoboronexport for default on the 2007 contract to supply S-300 air defense systems once a new supply contract is signed with it, Anatoly Isaikin, the company Director General, reported.
 

India about to clear purchase of 150 new BMP2/2K armoured fighting vehicles from Russia
 
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The Indian government is set to clear two major military purchases from Russia days before Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's visit to Moscow, including the acquisition of 150 new armoured fighting vehicles. Parrikar, who is set to leave for Russia on Friday, is likely to discuss the possible acquisition of 150 BMP 2/2K armoured fighting vehicles for the Indian Army, announced local medias.
 

US Army grants a $12mn contract to Harris Corp for RF-3134 HF tactical radio antennas
 
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The US-based company Harris Corporation has received a five-year, $12 million IDIQ contract to provide high-frequency (HF) tactical radio antennas to the U.S. Army. The award was received during the company's first quarter of fiscal 2016.
 

UK to maintain 450 troops in Afghanistan throughout 2016
 
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The British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon informed country's parliament yesterday, Oct. 27, that the UK will uphold its current military commitment of around 450 British troops in Afghanistan throughout 2016, which also emphasises UK support for the NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.
 

Russia will supply six battalions of Russian-made S-400 air defense missile systems to China
 
Russia will supply six battalions of Russian-made S-400 air defense missile systems to China 640 001
Rosoboronexport, the Russian state agency for export of armament will supply S-400 air defense missile systems to China without delays, Anatoly Isaikin, Rosoboronexport Director General, confidently stated today, October 27, 2015. According to the Time of India, China has ordered no fewer than six battalions of S-400 with a total value US$ 3 billion. The first S-400 systems for China are scheduled for delivery in 2017.
 

GDLS UK completes LAV Demonstrator’s and Ocelot’s 650-mile Tactical Road Move
 
GDLS UK completes LAV Demonstrator’s and Ocelot’s 650-mile Tactical Road Move 2 General Dynamics Land Systems UK completed the 650-mile Tactical Road Move, in under 24 hours, on the 23 October. The vehicles covered the distance between Plymouth and Inverness, making the necessary stops throughout the trip. The aim was to prove the vehicle’s capability in meeting modern warfare grueling demands.
 

KMW rolls-out the Stryker Launched Assault Bridge
 
KMW rolls-out the Stryker Launched Assault Bridge Krauss-Maffei Wegmann introduced into the market the new assault bridge integrated on a Stryker vehicle. The first presentation of the system in a scale model was at the AUSA exhibition, according to Defensetech.org.
 

China is able to export HJ-8 anti-tank missile to 20 countries thanks to collaboration with Pakistan
 
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Chinese Defense Industry Company NORINCO (China North Industries Corporation ) is able to export Chinese-made HJ-8 anti-tank guided missiles to 20 countries thanks to a collaboration with Pakistan. Pakistan produces a local version of the HJ-8 under the name of Baktar Shikan.
 

Smiths Detection to supply chemical agent detectors for UK's Ajax programme
 
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Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract worth almost £6 million ($9.2 mn) from General Dynamics UK to supply chemical agent detectors for the AJAX Programme. Production of up to 589 vehicles is planned under the UK MOD programme, with deliveries scheduled to start in 2017.
 

Russia to increase defense budget in 2016 to continue modernization of its armed forces
 
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Russia plans to boost its defense budget of 0.8 % for 2016 to increase modernization of military equipment of its armed forces. In 2015, almost $32 billion from the annual defense budget was allocated to military procurement.
 

South Korea plans to conscript 20,000 more soldiers by 2018
 
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South Korea's government and the ruling party agreed Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, to conscript an additional 20,000 soldiers over the next two years, as part of efforts to steadily maintain its standing forces. The Korean government will spend an extra budget of 60 billion won (US$53 million) to recruit an additional 10,000 officers in 2016 and another 10,000 in 2017.
 

USMC picks M4 carbine to replace the M16A4 rifle
 
USMC picks M4 carbine to replace the M16A4 rifle After a period of recommendations and reviews, the United States Marine Corps will replace the M16A4 rifle with the M4 carbine. The Corps Commandant, General Robert Neller has signed the order, according to Marine Corps Times. The carbines will become the primary weapon until September 2016. The recipients will be all infantry battalions, the security forces and supporting schools.
 

Council of Europe members sign the Riga additional Protocol to fight terrorism
 
Council of Europe members sign the Riga additional Protocol to fight terrorism  Members of the Council of Europe (COE) and of the European Union gathered at Latvia’s capital, Riga, on the 22 October to sign the Riga Protocol. The document’s aim is to harmonize legislation in Europe and, to prevent and fight terrorist acts, including the prevention of foreign terrorist fighters from travelling to Syria and Iraq.
 

France and UK extend major research program on missile technologies until 2018
 
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Owing to the success of the on-going research co-operation into missile technologies, on 1st October 2015 the French and British governments via, respectively, the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA – French Defence Procurement and Technology Agency) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence) agreed to extend their funding of the Materials & Components for Missiles Innovation Technology Partnership (MCM ITP).
 

Serbia reportedly interested in buying russian military equipment
 
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Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday weapons supplies will be one of the topics for discussion during his visit to Russia due to take place next week, announced the russian news agency TASS.
 

International Armored Group to deliver 8 Jaws 4x4 APC to Royal Malaysian Police
 
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Global Komited Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary ofThe Weststar Group, a leader in automotive defense and special equipment sectors today signs a contract agreement with the Ministry of Home Affairs Malaysia for the procurement of eight units of IAG’s 4x4 Armoured Personnel Carriers Jaws at the 4th General Police and Special Equipment Exhibition and Conference 2015 (GPEC ASIA 2015).
 

Chinese army becomes a major contributor of troops for UN peacekeeping operations
 
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China has been taking an active part in the UN peacekeeping operations and has already become a major contributor of troops and funds to the peacekeeping operations, making important contributions to safeguarding world peace and security with concrete actions, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference on October 23, 2015.
 

Greece continues Qatari staff training in Leopard 2 tanks and PzH-2000 self-propelled howitzers
 
Greece continues Qatari staff training in Leopard 2 tanks and PzH-2000 self-propelled howitzers 1  The Hellenic and Qatari Armies are well progressing into the bilateral training agreement. The two countries have signed a memorandum which gives the Qatari Army staff the opportunity to train in Greece in the use, operation and employment of KMW Leopard 2 tanks and KMW PzH-2000 self-propelled howitzers.
 

Russian army scouts at the army level equipped with R-145BMA Tigr command post vehicle
 
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The Russian Army scouts at the numbered army level in the Central Military District converted to the R-145BMA Tigr command post vehicle designed for communications with the higher headquarters and subordinate units, the military district’s press office said on Friday, October 23, 2015.
 

Vietnam has selected Israeli Rafael Spyder as new short-range air defense missile system
 
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According Russian blog military-informant.com, Vietnam has selected the Israeli-made Spyder as new short-range air defense missile system. The Israeli system was in competition with the Russian-made Pantsir-S1.
 

Iran and Russia ready to develop mutual cooperation against terrorism
 
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Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in a meeting in Tehran underlined the necessity for the further development of mutual cooperation, specially in campaign on terrorism.
 

Qatar to receive first Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks and PzH-2000 self-propelled howitzer
 
Leopard 2A7 main battle tank urban operation Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Germany German army 640 Qatar will receive the first four KMW Leopard 2A7 tanks and three PzH-2000 howitzers from Germany, according to the German Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. The shipment has left Germany a few days ago and will soon arrive to Qatar. The shipment is part of a contract signed in 2013 with an overall value of USD2.2 billion. It includes the sale of 62 Leopard 2 tanks, 24 Pzh-2000 howitzers and other equipment.
 

Australian DoD selected the Oxley Combi LED light for the Land 121 project
 
Australian DoD selected the Oxley Combi LED light the Land 121 project  The Australian Department of Defence will equip the Land 121 Phase 3 project Overlander, Command vehicles with the DC Combi LED internal lighting unit made by Oxley. The low-profile lighting unit provides white light plus an integrated blackout module, with advanced Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), which prevents interference with other systems on-board the vehicle.
 

First US casualty in the war against the Islamic State
 
First US casualty in the war against the Islamic State

The United States had their first casualty of war in the war against the Islamic State. On 22 October a US special operations soldier was killed during a raid at an IS prison site. It was an Kurdish Peshmerga operation assisted by the US special operations forces and US helicopters. It was a decision taken by the Defence Secretary Ashton B. Carter.

 

US Army brings heavy military equipment and troops in Lithuania for training tasks
 
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New shift of the rotational U.S. forces in the Baltic States is coming to Lithuania today to begin training with Lithuania’s military. Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, are bringing M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, Bradley armoured vehicles, and other heavy and logistical military materiel, the Lithuanian MoD announced yesterday, Oct. 22, 2015.
 

Izhmash-Unmanned Systems will start trials of the Granat-6 unmanned aerial vehicle
 
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The official trials of the Granat-6 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Russian defense contractor Izhmash-Unmanned Systems will commence late in 2015 or early in 2016, Yevgeny Zaitsev, the manufacturer’s deputy director for development.
 

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