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Lithuania to Receive Kongsberg NASAMS

Today, the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania awarded Kongsberg a contract worth €109 million (approx. NOK1.000 million) to supply NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System). Lithuania announced 21 October 2016 an agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence on procurement of NASAMS components; today’s…

Chinese Stealth Goes Operational, Carrier Program and Export Initiatives Accelerate

(Source: Tom Demerly) China Has Emerged as a Preeminent Global Strategic Super Power: What Does It Mean? During the past five years China’s defense programs have not accelerated, they have increased by multiples into segments the Chinese had not previously been involved in. The introduction of a developmental aircraft carrier program, the…

Japan Needs Long-Range Strike Capabilities

There is a term to describe the mindset of Japanese people who put so much faith in Japan’s peace constitution that they are complacent about security threats. They are said to suffer from heiwa-boke. With North Korea demonstrating increasingly sophisticated missiles and threating to sink the country with nuclear weapons, heiwa-boke is a luxury the…

US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert

(Source: Marcus Weisgerber/DefenseOne) BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their…

French deploys Exercise Aurora 17 air support equipment

A Swedish Armed Forces national exercise conducted in the air, on land and at sea to increase Sweden’s defence capacity against territory threats, Aurora 17 involves 20,000 soldiers from the Swedish, French, US, Danish, Estonian, Norwegian, Lithuanian, and Finnish armed forces. Developed by the Eurosam consortium, including Thales and MBDA, the…

N Korea Threatens US With ‘Unimaginable Strike’ Over Naval Drills With S Korea

TOKYO – On Monday, the US and South Korean navies began 10-day joint drills in the East and West (Yellow) Seas. The exercises involves around 40 vessels, including the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Stethem and USS Mustin, all based in the Port of Yokosuka in Japan. The US is running amuck by…

European states after fortifying ties with Iran’s Navy

Sayyari, who is in Italy to attend a naval conference and to provide the European country with Iran’s experience in ensuring security in high-risk maritime zones, like the Gulf of Aden, saw willingness of various countries’ navy commanders to gain Iran’s know-how and experience in establishment of security and thwarting pirates in international…

Norway Sends Troops to the Border with Russia

Norway has announced plans to send an armored infantry battalion to its arctic border with Russia and buy more tanks and artillery in response to growing threats, according to Reuters. Scandinavian Defense Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide did not mention Russia as she revealed the government's military plan. She explained that there is no…

The United States will Produce Armored Machinery in Romania

US weapon producer giant General Dynamics will be involved in the production of armored personnel carriers for the Romanian army. The company signed an agreement to create a joint venture with state-owned arms company Romarm, which will be the main contractor for armored vehicles, money.bg reported Piranha 5 bomber carriers will be assembled at…

QinetiQ`s aerial targets were launched and flown in formation for the first time.

13 October 2017 – QinetiQ has flown Mirach and Firejet aerial targets together for the first time during a live exercise from MOD Hebrides on the Western Isles of Scotland. QinetiQ is supporting eight NATO countries as they take part in international maritime exercise, Formidable Shield. In a first for QinetiQ, two Firejets and two Mirach…

Ground Guards will be displayed MaxiTrack at DSEi 2017

A new matting system called MaxiTrack will be displayed at DSEI by Ground-Guards Ltd who are exhibiting at this show for the first time. Claimed to be the world’s most heavy duty man-handleable matting system, the manufacturers guarantee that MaxiTrack is unbreakable by vehicles up to 130 tonnes. Made from an advanced plastic called Zetralene,…

QinetiQ leads next phase of unmanned systems exploitation

The MAPLE project, spearheaded by QinetiQ in partnership with BAE Systems, SeeByte and Thales, seeks to demonstrate and de-risk the integration of multiple unmanned systems into the combat system of a Royal Navy warship. In MAPLE phase three, QinetiQ, with its partners, led the development and build of a technology demonstrator called…

Cohort showcase capability across land, sea and air domains at DSEi 2017

Defence technology company Cohort plc will showcase its capabilities across the land, sea and air sectors at DSEI 2017. Cohort’s four business units will all be represented, with their presence including Portugal-based EID for the first time following the company’s acquisition last year. Cohort Chief Executive Andy Thomis commented: “We have…

New Aussie Air Defence Umbrella

The intent is to issue a tender in 2017 for an, as yet, undefined number of systems with the goal of a contract award later in 2018. The Australian Ministry of Defence dubs this SHORAD replacement as Phase 7B of the Land 19 requirement which is performing an overall enhancement of the country’s Ground-Based Air Defence. Although specifics have…

Is Small Beautiful For The Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle?

There’s serious lesson here which the Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle effort is taking to heart. Automation, by replacing bulky humans with compact electronics, can make for smaller combat vehicles that are not only cheaper and more fuel-efficient, but harder to hit. “The key to survival on the battlefield is not being seen,” said David…

Rheinmetall’s Lynx

The firm first introduced this concept in 2006 via its Boxer multi-role eight-wheel drive armoured vehicles. This vehicle has since been fielded by Germany, Lithuania and the Netherlands, and has seen service in Afghanistan. In June 2016 at the Eurosatory exhibition held in Paris, Rheinmetall took the Modular AFV concept to a new level presenting…

Boeing receives $3.2B US Army contract for Apache sales to Saudi Arabia

The contract modification calls for full-rate production of new and existing AH-64E Apache helicopters and will be overseen by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The project will be carried out at Boeing’s Mesa, Arizona, facility, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Defense News' land warfare…

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