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Flintlock exercises have taken place annually since 2005 across the Sahel region of Africa among nations participating in the Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Partnership and are planned by African-partner nation special operations forces, SOCAFRICA, and the U.S. For the edition 2020, approximately 1,600 service members from more than 30 African and partner nations will participate in Flintlock at multiple locations in Mauritania and Senegal from February 17-28, 2020.

U.S. Army Soldiers with Charlie Company,1st Combined Arms Battalion, 252 Armor Regiment (1-252 AR), 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) in collaboration with Military Engagement Team-Jordan (MET-J), conducted a two-week Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) on the BGM-71 Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wireless-guided (TOW) Weapon System with the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) at a base outside of Amman, Jordan in December 2019.

In the vast expanse of the Orogrande Range Complex, New Mexico, an assemblage of uniformed personnel and military tactical vehicles comprise of the scene. Despite the frigid climate on the morning of Jan. 4, 2019, Army National Guardsmen of Bravo Battery and Forward Support Company, 1-147th Field Artillery Battalion, Watertown, South Dakota, stood outside in eager anticipation to witness an awe-inspiring spectacle. Sgt Christopher Hernandez reports on U.S. Army's website.

Belarusian Armed Forces` 1146th Guards Surface-to-Air Missile Regiment has activated a new battery of the Russian-made Tor-M2EK (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet; EK for ‘export-oriented wheeled’, Eksportniy, Kolyosniy) short-range air defense (SHORAD) systems, Defense Minister of the Republic of Belarus Lieutenant General Andrey Ravkov told media.

US Army leaders have released the latest version of the service's future fighting concept, which focuses on, among other things, possible solutions to counter and defeat layers of stand-off created by adversaries. "The U.S. Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028," also referred to as MDO Concept 1.5, further refines the Multi-Domain Battle concept published last year.

The air defense of the Russian ground forces is moving to a uniform standard. The armed forces will begin large-scale replacement of outdated air defense weapons in 2022. The Defense Ministry has ordered large-scale Standard R&D. It will design a new line of antiaircraft weapons and engagement concept for air defense units. New weapons have to be uniform and standard to the maximum. They will be united into a single integrated system to increase efficiency. The ministry appropriated nearly half a billion rubles only for R&D. Experts believe the upgraded air defense will increase the potential of the Ground Forces, the Izvestia daily writes.

Analysis and Pictures by Army Recognition online defense and security magazine editorial team about all the new military equipment, armored, main battle tanks and air-defense systems at the Russian Victory Day parade 2018 in Moscow, Russia. The annual parade takes place on May 9 and marks the Allied victory in World War II on the Eastern Front, on the same day as the signing of the German act of capitulation to the Allies in Berlin, at midnight of 9 May 1945.

Six BMP-2M infantry fighting vehicles were supplied to the tank division of the Central Military District deployed in the Ural mounts, aide to district commander Yaroslav Roshchupkin said. "Six BMP-2Ms arrived to the tank division by defense procurement order. The upgraded hardware is distinguished by better sights and a new radio station. It was accepted by a tank regiment of Chebarkul garrison," he said.

Soldiers from Sky Wolf Commandos, a branch of PLA (People's Liberation Army) Special Operations Forces has been equipped with an integrated individual soldier combat system to "adapt to future computerized warfare," which has been hailed as the strongest individual firepower in the world, media reported on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Thirty-five Afghan special police officers graduated from the eight-week General Command of Police Special Units’ Special Operators Course in a ceremony held at the Special Police Training Center in Logar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 8, 2018. The course is a prerequisite for service in a GCPSU National Mission Unit.