October 2015 Defence & Security Industry - Military - Army News
 
 
 
 

Lithuania and Ukraine strengthen their military ties
 
Lithuania and Ukraine strengthen their military relations

Lithuania and Ukraine will strengthen their military relations and defence cooperation plans. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence has had approved by the Government its plan to send two depute defence attachés in the diplomatic mission in Ukraine. In total, three deputy defence attachés will work at the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine.

 

USA ends Syrian rebels training programme
 
USA ends Syrian rebels training programme

The United States will bring to end the Syrian rebels training programme. The Obama Administration’s decision acknowledges the projects deficiencies to organize combat-ready units that would be able to confront the Islamic State in Syria. Therefore, the ongoing training programmes in Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar would be cancelled.

 

Russian army Arctic brigade could be equipped with 150 fire support armoured vehicles for 2017
 
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Russia’s Machine-Building Enterprise Muromteplovoz is ready to deliver 150 fire support and escort fighting vehicles to Arctic brigades within a year and a half, Enterprise CEO Yevgeny Tretyakov said at the ‘Innovation Day of the Russian Defense Ministry 2015’ exhibition.
 

Raytheon awarded Increment 3 of Jordan’s Border Security Programme
 
Raytheon awarded Increment 3 of Jordan’s Border Security Programme  Raytheon will expand Jordan’s Border Security Project after the award of Increment 3, which will cost USD18.6 million. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is assisted by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency who is the main source of the award. The programme is designed to protect the Jordanian borders on the Syrian side.
 

US and Poland sign agreement defining equipment staging locations
 
US and Poland sign agreement defining equipment staging locations

The United States and Poland have signed an agreement defining the locations where the US hardware will be staged in the near future. The agreement comes in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement comes on top of the one related to the status of the US forces in Poland, signed in 2010.

 

UK plans to deploy troops on long-term basis in the Baltic states
 
UK plans to deplo troops on long term basis in the Baltic states 640 001 Britain plans to join Germany and the US in the long-term deployment of its troops in the Baltic states to allegedly contain a threat they claimed emanates from Russia. London is due to deploy its troops in the Baltic region on a long-term basis, mirroring US and German plans; the goal is to strengthen NATO's eastern borders and "deter Russian aggression," according to British newspaper The Financial Times.
 

Textron to provide advanced training to Afghan National Army for its Mobile Strike Force Vehicles
 
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Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems, a Textron Inc. business, announced on Oct. 5 it has been awarded a $17.4 million Interim Contractor Training Support (ICTS) contract from the United States (U.S.) Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to provide next-level training to the Afghan National Army for its four-wheeled Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFVs). The contract has a 12 month period of performance.
 

Foreigners allowed to serve in the Ukrainian Armed Forces
 
Foreigners allowed to serve in the Ukrainian Armed Forces The Ukrainian Parliament is giving the right to foreign nationals to serve in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. According to the Ukrainian MOD, the law No 2389 was approved in 6 October and around 1,000 combat-ready and experienced servicemen will legally join the Ukrainian Army.
 

Modernized Dragunov sniper rifle about to be supplied to the Russian Armed Forces
 
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The modernized Dragunov sniper rifle "MDSR" manufactured by the Kalashnikov Concern has been accepted for supplying the Russian Armed Forces, a defense industry source told the Russian news agency TASS. "The MDSR has been accepted for supplying the Armed Forces," the source informed. "At present, there are contracts to provide it." However, the source did not specify the scope of supplies and their destination.
 

South Korea in partnership with India will provide K-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzer to Indian army
 
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Indian engineering major, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), in partnership with Korea's Samsung Techwin (STW), has bagged a Rs 4,875-crore ($750 million) order for supplying the Indian Army with 100 self-propelled tracked howitzers, K-9 Vajra.
 

US Army received its first upgraded PAC-3 missiles interceptors
 
US Army received its first upgraded PAC-3 missiles interceptors

The United States Army has accepted in 6 October the first upgraded PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors. The new Lockheed Martin’s interceptors feature an improved mobility and range, to defend against the evolving threats of modern battlefield.

 

Russia has deployed its famous Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter in Syria
 
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Russia has deployed its famous Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter to Syria, where they are part of the operation against Islamic State terrorist targets. According to Colonel Igor Klimov of the Russian Air Force in Hmeymim Air Base in Syria, the Mi-24 helicopters are currently being used for patrolling the area around the airfield and for potential search and rescue missions.
 

FRONTEX requests additional border guards to tackle migration
 
FRONTEX requests additional border guards to tackle migration 

The huge wave of migrants and asylum seekers has put its strains on Greece and Italy, which have seen 470,000 immigrants arriving at their borders, since the beginning of the year. Most of these people have Germany and other northern European countries as their final destination, seeking better living conditions.

 

Bulgaria adopted a new programme to expand Army's capabilities
 
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The cabinet approved on Wednesday a draft document to upgrade the Bulgarian Armed Forces' capabilities. A statement by the government reads that the so-called Program for Development of Defense Capabilities of the Bulgarian Armed Forces 2020 will be submitted to Parliament for consideration.
 

First AV8 Gempita infantry fighting vehicle IFV-25 variant for Malaysian army for end of 2015
 
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The Malyasian army expects the dlivery of the first AV8 Gempita 8x8 armoured fighting vehicle in IFV-25 version to be completed at the end of 2015 or in early 2016, according to Malaysian Army Chief General Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.
 

Polish Army to acquire sniper rifles
 
Polish Army to acquire sniper rifles

The Polish Ministry of Defence has announced a public tender, with a deadline on 5 November 2015, for the procurement of sniper rifles along with their dedicated day and night-vision optics, and specialized ammunition. The weapons will be used for anti-personnel and anti-material missions, up to 1,500 metres and 1,200 metres respectively.

 

Poland to upgrade its Leopard 2 tanks
 
Poland to upgrade its Leopard 2 tanks

The Polish Army will upgrade its fleet of Leopard 2 tanks, according to official’s statement at the country’s Media. Poland had acquired a total of 142 tanks. The first batch comprised of 124 Leopard 2A4 and the second of 14 Leopard 2A5. According to General Adam Duda, the Director of the MoD’s Procurement Directorate, the aim is to upgrade and bring all of them in the same configuration.

 

NATO’s Trident Juncture 2015 kicked-off
 
NATO’s Trident Juncture 2015 kicked-off

Trident Juncture exercise has kicked-off on 3 October to demonstrate NATO’s increased capabilities in joint modern warfare to meet present and future security challenges. Around 36,000 people, from 30 countries, 12 major international organization, aid agencies and other NGOs, will take part demonstrating the Alliance’s, EU’s and USA’s commitment and contribution to a comprehensive approach.

 

Latvia purchases three Lockheed Martin's TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar systems
 
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The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and Lockheed Martin signed a contract for three TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars (MRR) for use in air surveillance and to complement radar assets already in place. “Purchase of “TPS-77” MRRs will mean a huge investment in the strengthening of defence capabilities of National Armed Forces and gives us the chance to act accordingly to modern threats facing all NATO countries,” emphasizes Minister of Defence of Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis.
 

Rheinmetall supplies Czech Republic with Mithras rockets
 
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The Czech military has placed a major order with Rheinmetall for the handheld Mithras illumination rocket. Through to November 2015, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based defence contractor will supply the tried-and-tested Czech armed forces with an initial shipment of tens of thousands of Mithras rockets. The order is worth around €720,000.
 

Hellenic Army deployed helicopters to Israel for joint exercise
 
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Greece and Israel have jointly carried out in mid-September an operational exercise that involved helicopters in conjunction with fighter aircraft. The Hellenic Army Aviation has deployed for the first time outside its borders since WW2, six Boeing AH-64A+/D Longbow Apache attack and Boeing CH-47D heavy helicopters.

 

USAF deployed its “Guardian Angels” in Turkey
 
USAF deployed its Guardian Angels in Turkey 

The United States Air Force had deployed its Guardian Angels Weapons System personnel at Diyarbakir Air Base in Turkey. Combat rescue; pararescue; evasion, resistance and escape personnel, with HH-60G Pave Hawk and HC-130 platforms have arrived in support of the air operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

 

UK plans to buy 20 new drones to fight Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
 
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UK Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to buy 20 new drones to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Britain is part of an international coalition of more than 60 countries, including the United States, Arab and European nations, working together to dismantle and destroy ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
 

Bulgaria to boost its defence spending
 
Bulgaria to boost its defence spending 

The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has approved a new “Plan for the Development of the Defence Capabilities of the Armed Forces 2020”. Its aim is to develop the country’s Armed Forces based on the current and projected international and regional security situation and bring them closer to NATO standards.

 

France will increase its defense budget for 2016
 
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France will increase its 2016 defense budget by $671 million to $32 billion according to a parliamentary bill published on Wednesday, even as the country enacts corporate and income tax cuts worth more than $12 billion.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe established a new special weaponry export agency
 
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government in Japan has established a specialized agency to facilitate the overseas sale and acquisition of weaponry. The decision is designed to deepen Tokyo’s military ties with other countries following the easing of a ban on arms exports last year, while also providing an economic boost to Japanese corporations that have long demanded the removal of restrictions.
 

Australian army has selected Thales 4x4 Hawkei protected vehicle to replace its fleet of Land Rover
 
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The Hawkei is set to become the latest addition to the Australian Defence Force fleet following the signing of a AUD 1.3 billion (about EUR 820 million) contract with the Commonwealth. The Hawkei PMV is a light 4 x 4 protected mobility vehicle originally designed to meet an Australian Defence Force (ADF) requirement for a light armoured patrol vehicle to replace some of its Land Rover Perentie variants.
 

Since 30 September 2015 Russian air force has performed 60 missions on the territory of Syria
 
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Starting from September 30, the Russian aviation has performed over 60 sorties on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic to engage over 50 ISIS infrastructural objects. These are command centres, explosives and ammunition depots, communications, mini-plants aimed for production armament for terrorist attacks, training camps of militants.
 

Russia has started the construction of anti-missile warning radar station in the Arctic Region
 
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Construction of a cutting-edge missile attack early warning radar station has begun in the Arctic, Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces Deputy Commander said Saturday, October 4, 2015. Russia's strategic goals in the Arctic are to secure current and potential energy resources and to maintain military superiority above the Arctic Circle.
 

China will support peacekeeping missions with more troops and $100 million in the next 5 year
 
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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, November 28, 2015, announced a string of measures to back United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions. Addressing a peacekeeping summit, which gathered leaders and representatives of over 70 countries and international organizations, Xi said his country is to join the new UN peacekeeping capability readiness system.
 

Georgia became a member of NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force
 
Georgia became a member of NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force 

Georgia has become a member of the NATO Rapid Reaction Force. The force is a highly ready one comprised of multinational land, air, maritime and special operations components. Forces are committed on a rotational base for a period of 12 months. Its total power reaches 40,000 troops. They can respond swiftly to various crises around the world.

 

Austria received the first Husar vehicles
 
Austria received the first Husar vehicles 

The Austrian Army has received the first six light amoured 4x4 vehicles from the Italian firm Iveco. The vehicles, known as Husars” in Austrian service, were inducted into service in a special ceremony attended by the Minister of Defence, Gerald Klug.

 

ASELSAN awarded two new contracts for RCWS
 
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ASELSAN has been awarded two new contracts for remote-controlled stabilized weapon systems. The systems have been developed in-house and selected by 11 different countries until now. They can be fitted with a variety of weapons and installed in land or naval platforms.

 

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