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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.
 

Currently Russian Armed Forces use a total of 1,720 UAVs Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
 
Currently Russian Armed Forces use a total of 1720 UAVs Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 640 001
The hostilities in Syria have shown that unmanned aerial vehicles /UAV/ are indispensable in today’s combat operations. In service with the Russian Armed Forces is a total of 1,720 UAVs, Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergey Shoigu announced at the Ministry Board’s enlarged session.
 

First firing of Spike MR anti-tank anti-armour guided missile by Belgian army soldiers
 
First firing of Spike MR anti-tank anti-armour guided missile by Belgian army soldiers 640 001
The first Spike MR anti-tank anti-armour guided missiles were fired at Bergen-Hohne in Germany on 17 and 20 November, 2015 by soldier of the Belgian army. Instructors of the Competence Center of the Belgian army and from the 2nd Commando Battalion they achieved the first shots of the Spike missile in collaboration with the Dutch Army.
 

The U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division back in Iraq to train and assist Iraqi Security Forces
 
The US Army 82nd Airborne Division back in Iraq to train and assist Iraqi Security Forces 640 001 Service members with the Iraqi Security Forces were glad to see the U.S. Army back in Iraq, said Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division, who recently returned from an advise, train and assist mission there. About 1,300 Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, left the United States for Iraq in January of this year, and redeployed in October, following the short-notice nine-month deployment there in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
 

Involvement of the International Defense Industry during NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2015
 
Involvement of the International Defense Industry during NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2015 640 001
During Exercise Trident Juncture 15 (TRJE 15), members of industry under the Industry Involvement Initiative for NATO Exercises (I3X) were invited to observe various facets of the exercise. The programme was announced at NATO Industry Forum 14 and updated at NATO Industry Forum 15.
 

Russian military base in Armenia equipped with Orlan-10 unmanned air reconnaissance vehicles
 
Russian military base in Armenia equipped with Orlan-10 unmanned air reconnaissance vehicles 640 001
Modern Orlan-10 unmanned air reconnaissance vehicles (UARV) have arrived for the Russian military base in Armenia, the Southern Military District’s press office said on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. The reconnaissance unit will use Orlan-10 UARVs to track targets of varying size in high mountainous terrain.
 

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