Leaked Military Documents; NATO Ships Drill; Beefing Up Russia’s Defense Potential; New Precision U.S. Munitions
PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – As we reported earlier today a former U.S. government intelligence analyst has been charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns against terrorist group al-Qaida to a reporter.
Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested Thursday morning and will make an initial appearance at the federal courthouse there, authorities said.
Ships from nine NATO countries are taking part in live-fire air and missile defence drills off the coast of Scotland from Tuesday (7 May 2019), according the information in official NATO webpage.
Exercise Formidable Shield will take place at the United Kingdom’s Hebrides training range, in the Western Isles of Scotland and will run until 19 May. Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO will conduct the exercise on behalf of the US Navy.
Russia will continue developing its defense potential but remains open for cooperation with other countries in fighting terrorism, extremism and neo-Nazism, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a speech at the Victory Parade in Moscow’s Red Square, TASS reports.
“We did and will continue doing all the necessary to ensure the high defense capability of our Armed Forces, the defense potential of the most advanced weapons and to further strengthen the prestige of the military service, the prestige of soldiers and officers and Fatherland defenders,” the Russian leader stressed.
The U.S. Army has announced that it conducted demonstrations of modern precision munition with extended range for the guided multiple launch rocket system, and two 155mm cannon artillery precision munitions, Defence Blog reports.
Aligning with the Army’s top priority – Long-Range Precision Fires – these changes support the force’s need for both close and deep-strike capabilities against a near-peer adversary.
Last fall, the Army conducted demonstrations of the new XM1113 and Excalibur M982 munitions from a prototype Extended Range Cannon Artillery, or ERCA self-propelled howitzer.
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Source: TASS, Defence Blog, NATO