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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Indonesia approves purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifters

The Indonesian government reportedly approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M transport aircraft. According to Jane’s, Indonesia gave its green light to a US$2 bn acquisition project to boost airlift capabilities of the Indonesian Air Force, it was confirmed on Jan. 18. Read more
Airbus' A400M military transport aircraft
(Credit: Airbus Defence & Space)
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China's 31st Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet

A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new Ezhou (hull number 513) Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly on January 18 at the Shacheng Naval Base (Fujian province). The event means the vessel is officially commissioned to the PLAN. Ezhou is the thirty-first Type 056 Corvette delivered to the PLAN fleet and the ninth Type 056A variant specialized in anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

Russian soldiers of 106th Airborne Division started training with BMD-4 and BTR-MDM armoured.

Russian soldiers of the 106th Airborne Division based in the Tula Region in central Russia have started combat training at the Dubrovichi training range in the Ryazan Region with the use of advanced BMD-4M airborne fighting vehicles, the Defense Ministry’s press office said. Read full article at this link ...
BMD-4M of Russian airborne troops at military parade in Moscow, Russia
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Israeli Air Force received first Arrow 3 anti-ballistic air defense missile system.

Israel's Defense Ministry and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency have completed the first phase of development on the Arrow 3 missile defense system and the first of the advanced rockets were delivered to Israel on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Read full news at this link ...
Previous firing test of Israeli Arrow 3 anti-ballistic air defense missile system.
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Army of Russia to create military units to counter the threat of UAVs

Russia’s Eastern Military District of Russian army will form units to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), district spokesman Alexander Gordeyev said in an interview with RIA Novosti news agency. Many Companies has launched new products on the military market to counter UAVs. It is a new threat for the military and the civilian population. Read full news at this link ...
Battelle’s DroneDefender is a shoulder-fired weapon that uses radio waves to cut the link between the drone and its controller. (Photo courtesy Battelle)
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A-222E Bereg-E and Bal-E Modern Coastal Defense Systems from Russia

The coastal defense is one of the major tasks placed before armed forces of world`s littoral states. Therefore, the security of green waters is a pivotal issue, and reliable, and combat-effective systems are required to fulfill it. Russia`s Rosoboronexport company (a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation) offers modern coastal defense weapons such as the A-222E Bereg-E mobile coastal artillery system and the Bal-E coastal defense missile system. 

Northrop and Lufthansa Technik to partner for RAAF KC-30A tankers support

Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services (IDS), a fully-owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Technik AG for the provision of services in support of the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. Northrop Grumman IDS is the prime contractor for MRTT Through-Life Support (TLS). Read more
A RAAF KC-30A MRTT refuelling a USAF B-1B Lancer bomber
(Credit: RAAF)
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Rolls-Royce To Supply MTU Engines For Damen Search and Rescue Vessels In Turkey

Rolls-Royce will supply MTU diesel engines for six new search and rescue vessels to be built by Damen Shipyards and operated by the Turkish Coastguard. Damen Shipyards has been awarded a contract by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Ankara to build the vessels which will each feature two 8-cylinder MTU Series 2000 engines. The boats will support ongoing operations to rescue migrants and refugees from crisis areas along the Turkish coast. They are designed to be self-righting, should they capsize, the MTU engines will keep on running even in the extreme event that the vessel completes a full 360° vertical roll around its longitudinal axis. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Russia has delivered new batch of T-62M main battle tanks and BMP-1 IFVs to Syria

The Syrian Army has reportedly received T-62M main battle tanks and BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from Russia. The equipment was delivered to the Syrian port of Tartus, where the Russian naval base is also located. Read full news at this link ...
Picture released on Internet showing Soviet-made T-62M main battle tanks at Tartus port (Source Defense Watch)
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Russia & Turkey conduct first joint bombing mission against Daesh

On Wednesday jan. 18, 2017, Russia’s Aerospace Force and Turkey’s Air Force are conducting the first joint air operation against the Islamic State terror group on the outskirts of the al-Bab town in the Aleppo province, Head of the Main Operations Department of Russia’s General Staff Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi told reporters. Read more
Two RusAF Su-25 ground-attack aircraft about to take off
(Credit: Vadim Grishankin/Russian Defense Ministry)
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