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New mobile air defense missile brigades in the Russian armed forces
 
New mobile air defense missile brigades in the Russian armed forces 640 001
The Russian Aerospace Force (RusAF) has started activating mobile air defense (AD) missile brigades, with the first one formed in Khakassia early this year. The new AD brigades are highly mobile large units capable of covering hundreds of kilometers in mere hours and equipped with S-300 (NATO reporting name: SA-10 Grumble) and S-400 (SA-21 Growler) surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, Pantsir (SA-22 Greyhound) anti-air gun/missile systems and Nebo-M radars, according to the Izvestia daily.
 

Two days of military exercises for the Taiwanese army with Avenger air defense systems
 
Two days of military exercises for the Taiwanese army with Avenger air defense systems 640 001
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Taiwan started two days of military drills imulating an attack by China. The Taiwanese armed forces gathered in central Taiwan for annual drills that saw troops practise combat skills with tanks, attack helicopters and artillery.
 

Russian soldiers of 106th Airborne Division started training with BMD-4 and BTR-MDM armoured
 
Russian soldiers of 106th Airborne Division started training with BMD-4-and BTR-MDM armoured 640 001 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.
 

U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley IFVs deployed in Poland perform first live firing
 
US Army M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley IFV deployed in Poland perform first live firing 640 001 U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams main battle tank and Bradley crews from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division conducted their first zero and Live-Fire Accuracy Screening Tests at Presidential Range in Swietozow, Poland, January 16.
 

Pantsir-S1 air defense system enters in service with Russian army Central Military District Siberia
 
Pantsir-S1 air defense system enters in service with Russian army Central Military District Siberia 640 001
Air defense missile and artillery systems Pantsir-S1 have entered duty in western Siberia, according a statement of the press-service of the Central Military District of Russian army. The first Pantsir-S1 air-defence missile-gun system was adopted for service with the Russian Armed Forces on November 16 , 2012.
 

Chinese soldiers perform live fire exercise with Lynx all-terrain vehicles armed with machine gun
 
Chinese soldiers perform live fire exercise with Lynx all-terrain vehicles armed with machine gun 640 001
Chinese soldiers perform live fire training exercise with new 8x8 all-terrain vehicles called Lynx at an undisclosed area in the Tibet Autonomous Region on January 3, 2017. These Chinese soldiers are assigned to a brigade of the PLA (People's Liberation Army) Tibet Military Command.
 

Strategic Missile Forces of Russia have around 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles
 
Strategic Missile Forces of Russia have around 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles 640 002
The Russian Strategic Missile Forces are armed with close to 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles which is over 60 percent of the total warheads and carriers of the Russian nuclear triad, Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Colonel-General Sergei Karakaev told reporters.
 

At military exercise Caucasus 2016 Russian armed forces tested latest river crossing equipment
 
At military exercise Caucasus 2016 Russian armed forces tested latest river crossing equipment 640 001
At the recent Caucasus 2016 exercise, the Russian Armed Forces tested the latest river crossing equipment, according to the Izvestia daily. During the crossing of the Don River by tank and infantry units, the Defense Ministry tested the unique BMK towboat designed to tow ferries and reconnoiter water bodies for setting up bridge or ferry crossing sites.
 

Chinese President asked Chinese Army to have strong and modern Rocket Force
 
Chinese President asked Chinese Army to have strong and modern Rocket Force 640 001
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, September 26, 2016, instructed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force to continue to build itself into a strong and modern rocket force. The PLA Rocket Force was established at the end of last year, part of a wider military structural reform drive. Xi conferred the military flag on the Rocket Force at its inauguration ceremony held in Beijing on Dec. 31, 2015.
 

Analysis : China defense industry continues to develop long-range precision guided cruise missile
 
DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile China Chinese army PLA military equipment defense industry 640 002
China's military is developing long-range precision-guided cruise missile with the purpose to prevent foreign aircraft carriers from getting close to the coast of China, which will greatly restrict the combat capability of US aircraft carriers, said a foreign media report.
 

Tactics of Russian motor rifle brigades will change with introduction of Armata tracked platform
 
Tactics of Russian motor rifle brigades will change with introduction of Armata tracked platform 640 001
The introduction of the Armata heavy tracked platform developed by the Uralvagonzavod (Russian acronym: UVZ) scientific-research corporation to armour and motor rifle brigades will drastically change the land tactics of Russian Armed Forces and lead to the transition to the modular-type units, according to the Gazeta.ru online newspaper.
 

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.
 

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