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US Marines at Balikatan military exercise in Philippines fire with HIMARS rocket launcher systems
 
US Marines at Balikatan military exercise in Philippines fire with HIMARS rocket launcher systems 640 001 The US Marines from 2nd Platoon, Fox Battery, 14th Marine Regiment, fired six Reduced-Range Practice Rockets (RRPR) utilizing two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), in Philippines April 4, 2016, as part of Balikatan 2016, US Marine Corps Forces in Pacific.
 

Analysis : Armenian-Azeri fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh
 
AnalysisArmenian Azeri fighting in Nagorno Karabakh 640 001
The aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated into large-scale fighting on the night of April 2. Reports from the warzone have been conflicting. Azerbaijan says that it delivered a counterattack and seized a few hills and villages in Nagorno-Karabakh. In Baku’s opinion, its offensive took place in response to Armenian provocations on the night of April 2.
 

French and British armed forces to train together during the Griffin Strike military exercice
 
French and British armed forces to train together during the Griffin Strike military exercice 640 001
Exercise Griffin Strike 2016 is a live exercise by joint UK and French forces known as the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF). The large exercise being held in April on the Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) is the culmination of six years of UK-French military cooperation and will demonstrate the CJEF’s potential high-readiness to deploy.
 

 US paratroopers to demonstrate M41 TOW Improved Target Acquisition System to the Spanish army
 
US paratroopers to demonstrate M41 TOW Improved Target Acquisition System to the Spanish army 640 001
U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and Spanish army soldiers from the Spanish Armed Forces Airborne Brigade (BRIPAC), trained on the M41 TOW Improved Target Acquisition System, Feb. 25, 2016, during Exercise Sky Soldier 16, here.
 

Barkhane force of French Army uses launch rocket system LRU against terrorits groups in Mali
 
Barkhane force of French Army uses launch rocket system LRU against terrorits groups in Mali 640 001
Friday, March 4, 2016, French army soldiers from the Barkhane force have used for the first time Launch Rocket System LRU (Lance- Roquette Unitaire - MLRS Multiple launch Rocket System) against terrorists groups in the North of Mali. The target has been hit in less than two minutes.
 

Nigerian army has deployed new hi-tech mine clearing equipment against Boko Haram
 
Nigerian army has deployed new hi-tech mine clearing equipment against Boko Haram 640 001
The Nigerian Army said yesterday that it had deployed its newly-acquired hi-tech mine clearing equipment in the ongoing military operation against Boko Haram in the North East.This came as Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, inspected military hardware recently deployed to the Operation Lafiya Dole theatre Command as the military pushes towards final defeat of Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east.
 

 British Royal Artillery displayed its firepower with AS90 Artillery System in exercise
 
British Royal Artillery displayed its firepower with AS90 Artillery System in exercise 640 001
Soldiers from 26 Regiment Royal Artillery, otherwise known as the “West Midlands’ Gunners”, have rolled on to the frozen landscape of the Northumberland hills for an impressive display of their firepower. The soldiers were practising their drills and skills firing Artillery System 90 (AS90).
 

Russia to develop further robotics amid foreign advanced military robots
 
Russia to develop further robotics amid foreign militaries advanced military robots 640 001
The Russian Defense Ministry’s attitude to robotics development has changed drastically. While different departments previously dealt with the robotics, lacking coordination and a clear-cut plan, the ministry has set up the Main Robotics Research and Test Center (MRRTC) recently under a governmental resolution dated February 15, 2014.
 

U.S. Marines completed final arctic-weather training package in Norway
 
US Marines completed final arctic-weather training package in Norway 640 001
U.S. Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force (BSRF) completed the final training evolution of an arctic-weather training package in Porsangmoen, Norway, Feb. 16-20, 2016. The arctic training was conducted by U.K. Royal Marine Commando Mountain Leaders and hosted by the Norwegian military to improve the U.S. Marine Corps’ capability to support their NATO Allies in extreme environments.
 

French Army Barkhane Force has deployed LRU MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket Systems in Mali
 
French Army Barkhane Force has deployed LRU MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket Systems in Mali 640 001
Since February 14, 2016, the French Army "Barkhane Force" which operates in Mali against Islamic terrorism in Africa has deployed three LRU (Lance- Roquette Unitaire - MLRS Multiple launch Rocket System) from the 1st Artillery Regiment of Belfort. This is the first operational deployment for this type of weapon since its entry into service in 2014.
 

Senegalese Special Operations forces conduct training with US and Dutch Special Forces
 
Senegalese Special Operations forces conduct training with US and Dutch Special Forces 640 001 U.S. Soldiers from 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and special operations forces from the Netherlands partnered with the Senegalese for training. Senegalese special operations forces soldiers landed on the shores of Saint Louis, Senegal, Feb. 10, during the culmination exercise of riverine training. Riverine training is one of the training events occurring in St. Louis as a part of Flintlock 2016.
 

U.S. Marines engineers test new counter-IED Improvised Explosive Devices training course
 
US Marines tested new counter-IED Improvised Explosive Devices training course 640 001
U.S. Marines with Company A., 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, tested a new counter-IED training course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 10-12, 2016. Since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, IEDs have been the primary cause of death or injury to coalition forces operating in the regions. The U.S. military has had to adapt to this ever-evolving threat and constantly seeks out new methods to counter these deadly devices.
 

Russian army Western military district receives 12 new BM-21 122mm MLRS based on Ural-4320
 
Russian army Western military district receives 12 new BM-21 122mm MLRS based on Ural-4320 640 001
The Russian Western Military District’s artillery units have received 12 new BM-21 Grad multiple 122mm rocket launch systems mounted on Ural-4320 truck, district spokesman Igor Muginov said on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The first version version of BM-21 rocket launcher system was mounted on Ural-375D six-by-six truck chassis.
 

North Korea armed forces have created new ICBM brigade equipped with KN-08 ballistic missiles
 
KN-08 No-dong-C Hwasong-13 ICBM intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea Korean army defense industry 640 001
North Korean armed forces have created the new "KN-08 Brigade" which is equipped with a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with missile of the same name. The KN-08 was first revealed in April 2012 during the military parade to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s founder.
 

Russian army artillery unit in Moscow region has received 8 BM-27 Uragan launch rocket systems
 
Russian army artillery unit in Moscow region has received 8 BM-27 Uragan launch rocket systems 640 001
An artillery unit of Russian armed forces in the Western Military District, stationed in the Moscow Region, has received eight Uragan multiple-launch rocket systems and 16 transporter-loaders under the ongoing rearmament program, the district’s press office chief, Igor Muginov, told TASS on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
 

Belarusian defense industry and military power of the Belarus armed forces
 
T-72BV main battle tank Belarus Belarusian army military equipment 640 001
The Republic of Belarus is lucky in the sphere of military build. It inherited from the Soviet Union one of the best military districts located on the main Western strategic direction. It was a second-tier echelon of the forces deployed in Warsaw Pact countries (East Germany and Poland). Belarus also got a number of military-defense enterprises that produced complex electronic systems, in particular.
 

Chinese army test combat readiness of its new rocket force with various scenarios
 
DF-15A short-range  road mobile ballistic missile China Chinese army military equipment defense industry 001 The People's Liberation Army PLA (Army of China) has said it is testing its new rocket force with various battlefield scenarios, including extreme weather and strong electronic jamming. A rocket force brigade, which is equipped with short-range ballistic missiles, has built a training base that can simulate rain, snow, galeforce winds, fog and lightning, as well as electronic warfare situations, according to a PLA statement.
 

Joint military exercise for Jordanian Armed Forces and U.S. soldiers in Jordan
 
Joint military exercise for Jordanian Armed Forces and US soldiers in Jordan 640 001
Soldiers with U.S. Army Central's 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, partnered with soldiers of the Jordanian Armed Forces, or JAF, to plan and execute an ongoing mission readiness exercise, or MRX, near the JAF's Joint Training Center, Jordan, that began, January 17, 2016.
 

New Strategic Support Forces of Chinese Army PLA in charge of cyberspace and electronic warfare
 
New Strategic Support Forces of Chinese Army PLA  in charge of cyberspace and electronic warfare 640 001
The newly-established Strategic Support Force of the People's Liberation Army (OLA Chinese Army) will take charge of the military's space, cyberspace and electronic warfare operations, according to a senior PLA expert. In an article published by the PLA Daily on WeChat, Yin Zhuo, director of the PLA Navy's Expert Consultation Committee, said the Strategic Support Force's mission is to ensure that the PLA's military superiority is maintained in space and on the Internet.
 

US Army soldiers in Lithuania received more than 50 vehicles including 17 Stryker armored
 
US Army soldiers in Lithuania received more than 50 vehicles including 17 Stryker armored 640 002
U.S. army soldiers, assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, received more than 50 vehicles, to include 17 Stryker combat vehicles during a rail offload operation at Gaiziunai, Lithuania, Jan. 15. The receiving of this equipment now makes the Lightning Troop, based out of Vilseck, Germany, fully-mission capable as it begins its rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
 

Several missile brigades of the new Chinese Army PLA Rocket force conducted military drills
 
Several missile brigades of the new Chinese Army PLA Rocket Force conducted military drills 640 001
Several missile brigades of the newly-formed Rocket Force of the People's Liberation Army (PLA Chinese Army) conducted military drills in the desert and snow-covered forests at the beginning of 2016, to enhance combat ability in extreme weather and environmental conditions.
 

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