• Ukraine developing new tactical missiles Thunder-2

    Ukraine developing new tactical missiles “Thunder-2″ Ukraine has finished the first stage of the project on the creation of “Thunder-2” multifunctional missile operational tactical complex. Ukrainian company Yuzhnoye Design Bureau is holding negotiations with several countries to participate in the MOTC program.
  • Italy Looks To Poland As Meads Production Partner

    MEADS (c) Lockheed Martin
    ROME — Italy’s top military brass is hopeful that Poland, and possibly Japan, will step in to fill the vacuum left by the U.S. after it abandoned plans to produce a next-generation air and missile defense system with Rome and Berlin. The U.S. plans to continue funding the Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) through fiscal 2013, but its support will end with the completion of development of the ambitious project in fiscal 2014. Washington has contributed 58% of the funding, with Germany providing 25% and the remaining 17% coming from Italy. The U.S. supported the completion of development, but was unable to move into production as the economic downturn pinched defense spending. The U.S. Army ultimately chose upgrading its legacy Patriot system over buying Meads. This has left Berlin and Rome without a partner for producing the system. Lt. Gen. Claudio Debertolis, secretary general of defense and national armaments director for Italy, told Aviation Week May 8 that Poland is “very interested” in joining the Meads partnership. “Two international customers are interested, and have started discussions with us about getting involved in development and production,” says Rick Edwards, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control, which is leading development of Meads. “They are interested in the 360-degree performance of Meads and industrial participation, and the ‘noble’ work share that would result from getting involved at the front end,” he says, indicating that one of the nations is Poland. Though Italy’s political leadership has implemented austerity plans and cut defense spending, Debertolis says he wants to buy at least one Meads battery for the defense of Rome. Poland, he says, is also interested in purchasing the entire system. Because Italy cannot afford a layered missile defense system like Washington, its armed forces see Meads as the solution it can afford with the most capability, said Brig. Gen. Alberto Rosso, logistics branch chief for the Italian air force, also interviewed by Aviation Week. The military here cannot afford to invest in both Meads and an upper-tier system such as the U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system or Israel’s Arrow. If the Meads team cannot find a new partner, defense officials here hope to at least use some of the hardware produced during the development phase for a “minimum engagement capability.” Through Meads, the Lockheed-led team has developed “plug-and-play” systems including a 360-deg. radar, new launcher, upgraded PAC-3 missile interceptor and command-and-control element. Meads was designed to interoperate with legacy missile defense systems such as the Patriot and be quickly deployable. Late this year, Meads is slated to counter its first theater ballistic missile target, its most taxing test to date, in a development graduation exercise. The system last year successfully destroyed an MQM-107 air-breathing target after the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor performed a 180-deg. maneuver for a so-called over-the-shoulder kill. “We will do another full-up system demonstration this fall,” Edwards says. This will complete the so-called “proof of concept” phase. “We could go into low-rate initial production pretty quickly, depending on the customer,” he says, noting the remaining work involves formal qualification of all system elements except the PAC-3 MSE, which is already qualified and entering production. Debertolis and Rosso did not say when Poland or Japan may sign up. However, it is likely that a successful test at year’s end will generate more support for the program. By Amy Butler, Graham Warwick Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
  • Lenco Industries Completes 88 Unit Morocco Tactical Vehicle Contract

    BearCat armored vehicles to the Moroccan Auxiliary Forces
    Lenco Industries, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of armored police vehicles, recently completed delivery of 88 BearCat® armored vehicles to the Moroccan Auxiliary Forces. The BearCat® is part of Lenco’s line of light and medium armored response vehicles, which are used by hundreds of Specialized Tactical teams in the United States and abroad. With military grade armor materials, an open floor plan and a powerful 4×4 system, the BearCat® can easily accommodate 10 to 12 operators across rugged terrain. The BearCat can also reach speeds up to 90 Mph (145 Kph) for rapid response in critical incidents. Due to its ease of use, low maintenance costs, and innovative designs, the BearCat® is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to up-armored military vehicles around the globe. The Moroccan Auxiliary Forces order included 5 different BearCat® variants, designed to address a variety of mission profiles. The BearCat® Riot Control model, which is specifically designed for international police forces, was among the variants. This BearCat® model is equipped with a heavy-duty hydraulic plow capable of moving cars, debris, and other barriers. The BearCat Riot Control variant also has protective screens on all windows and lights, fire suppression capabilities and several non-lethal options for hostile riot conditions. The remaining BearCat variants delivered to Morocco included Troop Transport, Communications, Convoy Protection and SWAT. The Lenco BearCat APC is built on a commercially available chassis, which allows for warranty-covered repairs with maintenance and parts replacement through OEM dealers and truck centers. This greatly reduces lifecycle maintenance costs and training expenses when compared with specialized military vehicles. The armored trucks for the order were manufactured at Lenco’s primary facility in Pittsfield, MA. www.lencoarmor.com
  • Textron Marine & Land Systems presented Tiger Light Protected Vehicle for Slidell Police Department

    (c) Textron Marine & Land Systems
    Textron Marine & Land Systems presented the Slidell Police Department with the Tiger Light Protected Vehicle it donated last month to the City of Slidell. Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS) Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Walmsley gave the keys to the armored vehicle, valued at $225,000, to Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith during Thursday’s presentation at the company’s 1010 Gause Blvd. headquarters  
  • Armored F-550 SWAT Truck Boxer®

    Armored F-550 SWAT Truck Boxer®
    Armored F-550 SWAT Truck Boxer® Engine: 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Power: 400 hp @ 2,800 rpm Tire: 225/70R19 (run-flat inserts) Height: 96 in. (244 cm) Length: 312 in. (792 cm) Width: 96 in. (244 cm) Wheelbase: 212 in. (538 cm) Final Weight: 14,700 lb (6,674 kg)
  • ARCA is developing a high performance unmanned aerial vehicle

    ARCA UAV Air Array
    The aircraft is named Air Strato and is part of a larger UAV family that will carry out various missions for ARCA and our partners. The first prototype is completed and is already in testing. This is the largest version having a wingspan of 16m (52 ft) and is intended for stratospheric flights up to an altitude of 18 km. The aircraft is electrically powered and has autonomy of 7 hours on internal batteries and 3 days using solar panels. It can carry a payload of 30 kg consisting of aerial photography and surveillance equipment, scientific instruments or other payloads for various tasks including additional battery pods for extended autonomy. The second prototype is already under construction and it will have a retractable landing gear and improved avionics. The other versions of Air Strato have a smaller wingspan and lower flight ceiling but higher maximum speed and larger payloads. “Our activity requires that we perform stratospheric missions for our partners and clients, and solar and helium balloons we used until now, although capable of lifting heavier payloads to higher altitudes, are more expensive and time consuming in construction, are dependent on calm weather conditions and require aerial safety zones to be established. “Air Strato can fill their roles much cheaper and reliable for an extended period of time and perform additional tasks for clients such as surveillance over a fixed area, telemetry testing and scientific experiments for extended period of time or other missions. It will make our entire aerospace activity much easier and less expensive.” – Dumitru Popescu, ARCA, CEO. If tests are successful ARCA is considering developing commercial versions of Air Strato and other UAV in the family. www.suasnews.com  
  • Photo shows U.S. E-4B doomsday plane on the ground at Incirlik, Turkey

    Everybody know E-4Bs are extremely important. In the event of a war, a terrorist attack, an alien invasion and so on (hence the “doomsday plane” nickname), these aircraft are destined to keep the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other “decision makers” alive to direct nuclear (and conventional) forces, by receiving, verifying and relaying EAM (Emergency Action Messages). One aircraft is usually airborne every 12 hours, with another one ready for departure with a 5-minute notice. If national command centers on the ground are attacked or unavailable, an E-4B is immediately scrambled: that’s why a “doomsday plane” was seen orbiting above Washington DC minutes after a hijacked plane had crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. The E-6B Mercury, whose mission could be a sign that the Syria air war has just started, can do the same job. Anyway, an E-4B was on the ground at Incirlik on Aug. 27. What was the doomsday plane doing in Turkey? Update: Hagel visited Malaysia on Aug. 24 and later was in Jordan to discuss about Syria. Maybe his plane made a stopover on its way back to the U.S. Image courtesy of Kokpit.Aero website
  • Canada’s new CH-147F Chinook Helicopter

    CH-147F Chinook

    Canada’s new CH-147F Chinook Helicopter

    As part of the Government’s commitment to strengthening the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the Department of National Defence is acquiring 15 advanced, multi-mission, medium- to heavy-lift helicopters, or more specifically the Canadian version of the F-model Chinook (also known as CH-147F). The delivery of Canada’s first of these versatile workhorse aircraft was marked with a ceremony held at the Canada Reception Centre in Ottawa on June 27, 2013.

  • The new Polish PL-01 stealth light tank could enter in service in 2018.

    PL-01 Concept
    The PL-01 prototype of stealth light tank, developed by Polish Defence Company Obrum and Britain’s BAE Systems that uses stealth technology thanks to thermal painting camouflage to blend in with its surroundings could enter in service in 2018. At MSPO 2013 (International Defense Industry Exhibition in Poland), the Polish Defence Company Obrum (a subdivision of Polish Defence Holding) has unveiled a new concept of direct fire support combat vehicle, the PL-01. The new vehicle is created at the OBRUM sp. z o.o. Research and Development Centre of Mechanical Devices in Gliwice. The goal of the PL-01 project is to create a light combat vehicle with the mobility and the fire power of the latest generation of main battle tank. A modern main battle tank has a total weight from 50 to 60 tonnes while the PL-01 has a weight of 35 tons. A real advantage to be quickly deploys by military transport aircraft. The layout of the PL-01 is very similar to a standard main battle tank with the driver at the front of the hull, with an unmanned turret mounted at the rear. The PL-01 has been designed with lot of angles to reduce its radar signature. It used also a cooled wafers mounted on the hull and turret to increase its stealth technology camouflage. These technologies allow the PL-01 to match the infrared signature of its environment to confuse the tracking systems of weapons that use infrared. The PL-01 is also fitted with external infrared sensors to create an infrared suitable camouflage on the field. The tank can also create effects to its temperature controlled wafers to look like a car or another common object, an effective countermeasure against radar, infrared and visual signature detection equipment. The PL-01 is fitted with an unmanned turret which can be armed with a 105 mm or 120mm caliber cannon adapted to fire with classic ammunitions or anti-tank guided missiles. Loading is carried out by using an autoloader unit located in the rear part of the turret, with 16 rounds ready to fire in the turret autoloader and 29 rounds stored in the chassis. www.armyrecognition.com
  • Vietnamese Army Upgraded BTR-152

    BTR-152 of the Vietnamese People’s Army
    Council technical acceptance Military Region 2 recently conducted test improved , upgraded armored vehicles BTR – 152. BTR – 152 armored cars produced by the Soviet Army and Vietnam are now widely used, however, because the BTR – 152 has gone through many years of use, this does not fit the requirements, training duties and maneuverability, the Military Zone 2 command has directed a series of improvements focused on vehicle equipment. Vehicle BTR – 152 engine was fitted to diesel instead of gasoline engines before, clutch assembly, new gearbox, steering system to convert hydraulic power assist; mounting system signals, lights, horn priority, rearview mirror, upgraded drivetrain, brakes, suspension runs, roof, upgraded bodywork repair, brushed rain, fire, ventilation, communication, padded seat, tire pump, maintenance contracts set, change oil, grease clusters . After improvements, upgrade the car has been running tests on different types of roads, has been tested specifically in sports coaching in schools and perform mobility tasks. Through activities, vehicles have good technical condition, the cluster system on the car stable synchronous operation … Through direct and organize test for driving in different terrain, the council accepted technical improvements Military Zone 2 rated outcomes and quality of content upgrades, improvements of vehicles BTR – 152 and agreed to vehicles in operation serving coaching duties, SSCD . Soviet BTR – 152 was designed in 1946 and mass production started in 1950-1962 with 15,000 units shipped, serving in 25 countries around the world as of this moment . BTR – 152 chassis designed on the basis of ZiS – 151 truck, the engine is mounted in front, the cabin was located shortly thereafter and troop transport compartment located in the rear. Several variations later used ZIL – 157 chassis. Body structure is steel welding type, armor thickness from 15 – 9mm, located at the thinnest part of the floor, 4mm. Cabin has two doors, the windshield is protected by two iron plates have slots look, have private open bar. Rear passenger compartment troops capable of carrying 1.9 tons of cargo or 18 troops. Soldiers in vehicles with guns can fight through personal loophole on both sides of the car, on/off via car by climbing through the roof because the car does not smell. BTR – 152 armored vehicles were also armed with a machine gun and a 12.7mm air defense machine gun 7.62 mm. Originally BTR – 152 is mounted petrol engine cooled 11.1 horsepower ZIS – 123 allows speed 75km/h (300 liter fuel tank).
  • Croatian light RAK-SA-12 multiple launch rocket system

    Croatia-based company M Adler D Ltd. developed and producing the light RAK-SA-12 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).  According to the company, the new RAK-SA-12 MLRS provides to deliver sudden and strong fire upon larger area targets at distances from 800 to 8500 meters. The 128 mm system could be used for destruction of enemy personnel and material on open areas or in shelters, including: infantry, artillery in firing position or on the move; command posts, communications centers and observation posts; paratroopers or marines landing areas; roads, railways and other transportation lines; harbors and air bases. Due to its low weight, relatively long range and rocket destruction power, RAK-SA-12 is suitable for operations on different terrain types and in all meteorological conditions. The launcher can use the following types of 128 mm caliber rockets: M91, M91A1, and M91A2 equipped with fuses RUK M92 and RUTI M94. Rocket can be used in a temperature range between -30 °C to +50 °C. More: Algeria confirms delivery of SR5 multiple rocket launchers from China It is worth noting that time required to convert launcher from transport to firing configuration is 1 min 30 sec, and back from firing to transport configuration is 1 minute. In doing so, RAK-SA-12’s launcher crew consists of five soldiers, commanded by group commander. More: UkrOboronProm unveils modernized “Verba” multiple launch rocket system Main transportation method is towing by truck and can be transported by truck, railway, ship or aircraft. The empty launcher can be towed at speeds up to 80 km/h on asphalt roads, up to 50 km/h on macadam and up to 25 km/h on a terrain. The loaded launcher can be towed at speeds up to 60 km/h on asphalt roads, up to 40 km/h on macadam and up to 15 km/h on a terrain.

    Photo by M Adler D Ltd.

  • Belarus repairs Tu-134UBL training combat aircraft of Russian Navy

    Belarus-based “Minsk Plant of Civil Aviation № 407” take part in a programme of Tu-134UBL training combat aircraft repair & overhaul for the Russian Naval Aviation. In Russian social media were released images showing the Tu-134UBL (also known as Tu-134A-4) training combat aircraft (RF-12037) of the Russian Navy at the JSC “Minsk Plant of Civil Aviation № 407” in Minsk, Belarus. The Tu-134UB is a training combat aircraft designed by the Tupolev experimental design bureau in the 70-80s. It is a conversion of  Tu-134B airliners used to train pilots and navigators of  Tu-160 and Tu-22M3 bombers. The Tu-134UBL were produced at the Kharkiv aviation factory in Ukraine. In general, there were made 90 units of such planes. More: Belarus expresses interest in AR-15 assault rifle variant The training combat aircraft had a new nose containing a bombers radar, increasing the overall length by nearly 5 m. to 41.92 m., although the aircraft’s handling characteristics remained unchanged. The Tu-134UBL’s cabin console containing bomb-sight displays for up to twelve pupils, and under-wing racks fitted for the carriage of training bombs. More: Belarus receives more Chinese armoured vehicles Minsk Plant of Civil Aviation No. 407 has more than 45 years of experience. At present, the company repairs Tu-134, Yak-40, Yak-42 and Yak-52 aircraft and also western aircraft, like Boeing, Airbus, and CRJ.
  • Korea’s Biho might be one of the most effective short-range anti-aircraft systems ever

    The Hybrid BIHO gun and missile air defence systems developed by South Korea’s company Hanwha Defense Systems might be one of the most effective short-range anti-aircraft systems ever. The Hybrid BIHO (Flying Tiger) advanced systems do have some unique capabilities in its ability to intercept low altitude infiltrating enemy aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) while providing effective fire with 30mm twin-gun or four additional LIG MANPADS launchers. According to the Hanwha Defense Systems companythe 30mm complex gun and missile air defense system ‘Hybrid BIHO’ is a weapon system under combat arrangement with the South Korean Army. It consists of a 30mm self-propelled anti-aircraft defense system ‘BIHO’ combined with the portable surface-to-air guided missile system and intercepts low altitude infiltrating enemy aircraft and helicopters. The ‘Hybrid BIHO’ can carry a total of 4 guided missiles with an effective range of 5km. The system features the detection distance of 21km and excellent tracking and aiming capability against enemy aircraft infiltration. In so doing, Hybrid BIHO based on the tracked armored vehicle with a driving speed of up to 60km/h as well as capability for climbing and crossing longitudinal and traverse slopes. It combines an electro-optically guided 30 mm gun system fitted with four additional MANPADS launchers an with a surveillance radar system on a tracked armored chassis. It is similar to the Russian Pantsir-S1 and 2K22 Tunguska systems in terms of ammunition carried and effective range of the ammunition.
    Detectable Range 21km Effective Range 30mm machine gun : 3km Shingung : 5km
    Key Armament Two 30mm machine guns, Four Shingung Rate of Fire 30mm machine gun : 2X600 rounds/minute Shingung : 45 sec/round
    The Hybrid BIHO self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon was developed to meet the operational requirements of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces for a highly mobile short-range air defenсe system. The South Korean Armed Forces have successfully test-fired the new Hybrid BIHO in November 2016. In addition, South Korea’s Hanwha Defense Systems is marketing its latest Hybrid BiHo self-propelled air defence system to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.
  • First Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter enters final assembly

    Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is beginning final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, which will bring unprecedented capability enhancements to the U.S. Air Force rescue mission. The timing of final assembly supports the program’s accelerated schedule and positions the aircraft’s first flight for the end of this year, two months ahead of schedule. “Final assembly of this first HH-60W helicopter marks a significant milestone for Sikorsky, our workforce and the U.S. Air Force,” said Tim Healy, director of Sikorsky Air Force Programs. “We are on track to deliver this significant capability enhancement ahead of schedule, ensuring the U.S Air Force continues its mission ‘That Others May Live.'” The final assembly process includes installation of the new Tactical Mission Kit (TMK) delivered from Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York, facility. The integration of sensors, radar and multiple defense systems will bring added intelligence into the cockpit, giving pilots more information to make split second decisions to complete the mission. “The HH-60W will be the most thoroughly networked and connected vertical lift platform ever produced, bringing unrivaled capability in high-threat environments,” said Healy. “The modern battlespace is an unforgiving place, no one survives on their own, and the HH-60W allows the entire suite of air and space power to be linked and employed in support of combat rescue operations, even in deep and denied territory.” The final assembly process also involves installation of a new fuel system that features duel internal fuel tanks totaling 660-gallons, nearly doubling the capacity of the internal tank on a UH-60M Black Hawk. This enhanced capability gives the U.S Air Force crew greater range and more capability to rescue those injured in the battle space. More : Ukraine’s Interior Ministry announces new helicopter service This Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) aircraft is the first to be assembled at the Sikorsky headquarters in Stratford, Connecticut. A total of nine aircraft will be built in Connecticut during the EMD phase of the program ― four EMD aircraft and five System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA). The U.S. Air Force program of record calls for 112 helicopters to replace the Air Force’s aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, which perform critical combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services. More : Jordan Armed Forces officially received the final shipment of new Black Hawk helicopters The $1.5 billion EMD and SDTA contract includes development and integration of the next generation combat rescue helicopter and mission systems, including delivery of nine HH-60W helicopters as well as six aircrew and maintenance training devices, and instructional courseware designed specifically for the HH-60W aircraft. Sikorsky successfully conducted the training systems design review in September.
  • Israel conducts successful anti-missile interceptor test

    The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted a successful test of the long-range Arrow 3 missile defense system early Monday morning. That was reported by www.israeldefense.co.il. The Arrow 3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the earth’s atmosphere. The test was conducted in central Israel, led by the Israel Aerospace Industries with the participation of the Israel Air Force. More: THAAD weapon system successfully intercepts 15th target According to IMOD’s announcement, the test was concluded successfully after it was finally launched at 2:30am following two cancellations between December and January. In December, a test was canceled over safety concerns and in January, another test was called off because of a data transfer problem. More: Russia successfully tested an upgraded PRS-1M interceptor missile The Arrow 3 system is a central component of the multi-layered defense system developed by the Ministry of Defense through the Homa administration of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D, aka MAFAT). The layout is based on four operational systems: David’s Sling, Iron Dome, Arrow 2, and Arrow 3.
  • Saudi Arabia’s land-based VL MICA air defence system spotted

    The Royal Saudi Arabian Armed Forces appear to have acquired land-based Vertical Launch MICA (VL MICA) air defence system made by MBDA. In social media were released undated imagery showing the new land-based VL MICA air defence system at the Jeddah Islamic Port in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Ministry of Defence of Defence and Aviation (MoDA) is showing interest in the land-based VL MICA air defence system made by MBDA since 2010. Vertical Launch MICA (VL MICA) is a short range, ground based air defence system deploying the MICA fire-and-forget missile, currently the only missile in the world capable of being fitted with either a heatseeking homing head (VL MICA IR) or with an active radar (VL MICA RF). More: CONTROP introduces new SWIR and HD thermal capabilities for airborne and naval EO/IR systems According to the MBDA, organisation of a typical VL MICA unit is based on a vehicle-mounted shelter-protected Tactical Operations Centre (TOC) also known as the Platoon Command Post (PCP). This is capable of carrying out all Command, Control and Coordination functions, including real-time engagement, mission planning, system monitoring and connection with the higher level of command. The TOC remotely controls a tri-dimensional radar mounted on a separate vehicle and three to six vertical launcher units also mounted on vehicles. More: Photos: Russian air defence units learn to operate Buk-M3 SAM system The VL MICA system design ensures ease of deployment, facilitates integration within a global air defence network, minimizes the need for personnel and reduces the logistic footprint and Life Cycle Cost.
  • Death toll rises to 14 in military helicopter crash landed in Mexico

    At least 14 people were killed when the UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter crash landed on a small town hit by Friday’s massive earthquake in Mexico.
    Mexican authorities have begun an investigation into a fatal helicopter crash after Friday’s devastating earthquake in the southern state of Oaxaca.

    Officials say a dust cloud caused the pilot to lose control, keel over and crash into an open field where local residents had set up camp for the night because they feared aftershocks could cause their homes to collapse.

    More: Mi-171 helicopter of Bangladesh Army crashed with Kuwait’ chief of general staff on board

    Authorities said 14 people were killed in all — up from an earlier toll of 13 — including a six-month-old baby and a 10-year-old girl.

    More: Two Yak-130 of Bangladesh Air Force crash after collision

    All victims in the accident were on the ground.

    Inside the helicopter, Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat were unharmed.

  • Serbia is set to upgrade Kub mobile surface-to-air missile systems

    On February 16, the Serbian Defence Minister, Aleksandar Vulin, announced that his country is looking to upgrade its Kub mobile surface-to-air missile systems Aleksandar Vulin and Chief of Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, General Ljubisa Dikovic, visited with an inspection the unit of air defense forces within the Air Force and Air Defense of the Armed Forces of Serbia. During a visit, the Defence Minister said that the Serbian Armed Forces will soon receive Kub mobile surface-to-air missile systems upgraded by Serbian Yugoimport company. More: Lockheed Martin receives $524 million contract for PAC-3 missiles No details of an upgrade have been presented, but a local source reported that Kub will be equipped with the new television, digital moving target indicators, new multifunctional indicator, a new digital indicator as well as a digital system for automatic antenna direction. More: U.S. Air Force receive new AGM-176 Griffin missiles This upgrade is intended to increase the efficiency of destruction of the enemy aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, cruise missiles etc.
  • Ukraine blames Russia for theft of blueprints of new armoured fighting vehicle

    The Ukrainian manufacturer Arey Engineering Group stated that Russia stole blueprints of a new medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle with a hybrid-electric propulsion system. According to the Arey Engineering Group, that the new Russian promising hybrid tracked combat vehicle developed by «Nii stali» JSC (also known as the NII Stali Institute for Protection) is a copy of Ukraine’s vehicle with hybrid-electric propulsion system called the Rysak. On 9 February 2018, the Arey Engineering Group announced that its engineering design and technical specifications of the new Rysak tracked vehicle with hybrid-electric propulsion system finds in Russia and on its bases started developing of the new Russian medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle. More: Dolph Lundgren tests new Caiman 4×4 armoured vehicle in Belarus Representatives of the Arey Engineering Group to accuse Ukrainian corrupt officials jointly Russian special agents in a theft of blueprints of a new vehicle with a hybrid-electric propulsion system. As for Russian promising hybrid tracked combat vehicle, it is a concept of a new all-terrain vehicle powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system same way as the Ukrainian Rysak. Russia’s project repeats the Ukrainian vehicle in everything. It will also use two small turbines and an electromechanical transmission. More: UkrOboronProm unveils new BRDM-NIK armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle Representatives of «Nii stali» JSC, in turn, refute the accusations made by the Ukrainian Arey Engineering Group. They stated that project of the new Russian medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle with a hybrid-electric propulsion system was started earlier than was established Ukrainian Engineering Group. Also, Nii stali’s representatives declined further comment.
  • Armenia confirms Kornet-E anti-tank missile system delivery

    Armenia’s acquisition of a large batch of the 9K129 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile system from Russia has confirmed by the state media. Armenian state media has released video footage showing the 9K129 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile system allegedly received from Russia as part of Russia’s state export loan of $200 million to Armenia for the acquisition of military goods. An undisclosed number of Kornet-Es were acquired for the Armenian Army under the country’s ongoing military modernisation programme. The irony of the situation is that Russia also delivers armoured vehicles and tanks to Azerbaijan, a country currently which is in territorial and ethnic conflict with Armenia. More: Azerbaijan’s army receives more Khrizantema-S anti-tank missile systems The Kornet-E is the name given to the export version (E-export) of the Russian Kornet anti-tank guided missile system. The missile carries the GRAU designation 9M133 and the NATO reporting name AT-14 Spriggan. More: Photos: Azerbaijan receives new batch of BTR-82A wheeled armoured personnel carriers The Kornet is a third-generation or Russian anti-tank missile system, developed to replace the Fagot and Konkurs missile systems. It is designed to destroy tanks, including those fitted with explosive reactive armour (ERA), fortifications, entrenched troops as well as small-scale targets.
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