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February 2013 Army - Military - Defence & Security Industry News
 
 
 
 

French Army takes delivery of first VBCI armoured infantry fighting vehicle FELIN-capable variant
 

The French army has received the first FELIN-capable variant of its VBCI armored infantry fighting vehicle. The variant specifically supports troops equipped with the FELIN soldier system, enabling them to recharge the batteries of manpack electronic systems for dismounted operations and use those systems from within the troop-carrying vehicle.

The French army has received the first FELIN-capable variant of its VBCI armored infantry fighting vehicle. The variant specifically supports troops equipped with the FELIN soldier system, enabling them to recharge the batteries of manpack electronic systems for dismounted operations and use those systems from within the troop-carrying vehicle.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 03:11 PM

 

Germany will extend its support for the French military operation Serval in Mali
 

The German government wants to extend its support for international and French operation Serval in West African Mali, possibly including A310 MRTT-type tanker aircraft, military trainers and medical personnel. Germany’s Air Force has already sent three C-160 Transall ESS transport aircraft with 75 soldiers to Dakar, Senegal. Their job is to transport troops of the Economic Community Of West African States to the Malian capital Bamako and Sevare-Mopti.

The German government wants to extend its support for international and French operation Serval in West African Mali, possibly including A310 MRTT-type tanker aircraft, military trainers and medical personnel. Germany’s Air Force has already sent three C-160 Transall ESS transport aircraft with 75 soldiers to Dakar, Senegal. Their job is to transport troops of the Economic Community Of West African States to the Malian capital Bamako and Sevare-Mopti. Tuesday , February 12, 2013, 10:49 AM

 

Thales awarded optronics contract for Canadian army upgraded LAV III 8x8 light armoured vehicle
 

Thales Canada announced today that it has been awarded a significant subcontract from General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada for the delivery of uncooled optronics technology to be applied to 409 modernized Canadian Army LAV III combat vehicles. General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada is the prime contractor to the Canadian Army for a comprehensive upgrade package modernizing these effective vehicles.

Thales Canada announced today that it has been awarded a significant subcontract from General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada for the delivery of uncooled optronics technology to be applied to 409 modernized Canadian Army LAV III combat vehicles. General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada is the prime contractor to the Canadian Army for a comprehensive upgrade package modernizing these effective vehicles.
Tuesday , February 12, 2013, 10:27 AM

 

Pakistan successful test fire of its Surface-to-Surface Hatf IX NASR nuclear-capable missile
 

Pakistan, Monday, February 11, 2013, conducted a successful test fire of a short range Surface to Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR), which can carry nuclear warheads, the military said. "NASR, with a range of 60 km and inflight maneuver capability, can carry nuclear warheads of appropriate yield, with high accuracy," an army statement said.

Pakistan Monday, February 11, 2013, conducted a successful test fire of a short range Surface to Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR), which can carry nuclear warheads, the military said. "NASR, with a range of 60 km and inflight maneuver capability, can carry nuclear warheads of appropriate yield, with high accuracy," an army statement said.
Tuesday , February 12, 2013, 09:27 AM

 

Russia introduces a new export version of its mobile 3D air defense radar 1L121-E at Aero-India 2013
 

The Russian company NNIIRT has introduced an export version of its 1L121-E mobile 3-D air-defence radar at the Aero-India 2013, International Aerospace exhibition which was held from the 6 to 10 Februray 2013, in the air force base Yelahanka, Bengaluru, India.

The Russian company NNIIRT has introduced an export version of its 1L121-E mobile 3-D air-defence radar at the Aero-India 2013, International Aerospace exhibition which was held from the 6 to 10 Februray 2013, in the air force base Yelahanka, Bengaluru, India.
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Monday, February 11, 2013, 11:12 AM

 

Soldiers of New Zealand have begun training with new FN Herstal 7.62mm light machine gun
 

New Zealand military personnel have begun training with new Belgium-made FN Herstal 7.62mm (MINIMI) light machine guns that will extend their operating capabilities, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced Monday, February 11, 2013.

New Zealand military personnel have begun training with new Belgium-made FN Herstal 7.62mm (MINIMI) light machine guns that will extend their operating capabilities, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced Monday, February 11, 2013.
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Monday, February 11, 2013, 10:01 AM

 

First fighting for the french soldiers in Gao against Islamist rebels infiltrated in the city
 

Black-robed Islamist rebels armed with AK-47 assault rifles infiltrated Gao in wooden boats, Sunday, February 10, 2013, to launch a surprise attack on the most populous city in northern Mali, two weeks after French and Malian troops ousted the jihadists.

Black-robed Islamist rebels armed with AK-47 assault rifles infiltrated Gao in wooden boats, Sunday, February 10, 2013, to launch a surprise attack on the most populous city in northern Mali, two weeks after French and Malian troops ousted the jihadists.
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Monday, February 11, 2013, 08:55 AM

 

The new Tigr-M GAZ-233114 multipurpose 4x4 armoured will enter in service with Russian army
 

The Tigr-M GAZ-233114 4x4 multipurpose armoured vehicle will enter in service with the Russian army during the first half of 2013, said the spokesman of the military-industrial Company (VPK) Sergei Suvorov. All tests on the vehicle were achieved by the Russian Ministry of Defense, and at the request of the Russian army, the manufacturer improved its ability to have more protection against land mines.

The Tigr-M GAZ-233114 4x4 multipurpose armoured vehicle will enter in service with the Russian army during the first half of 2013, said the spokesman of the military-industrial Company (VPK) Sergei Suvorov. All tests on the vehicle were achieved by the Russian Ministry of Defense, and at the request of the Russian army, the manufacturer improved its ability to have more protection against land mines.
Sunday, February 10, 2013, 06:34 PM

 

Benin purchases ten Casspir 2000 4x4 mine protected vehicle from South African Company Mechem
 

Benin purchases ten CASSPIR 2000 4x4 mine protected vehicle from the South African Company Mechem which is now a subdividion of Denel, the largest manufacturer of defence equipment in South Africa. Mechem is expecting new orders for the CASSPIR 2000 in the next financial year (starting April 1), according to Stephan Burger, CEO of Denel Land Systems.

Benin purchases ten CASSPIR 2000 4x4 mine protected vehicle from the South African Company Mechem which is now a subdividion of Denel, the largest manufacturer of defence equipment in South Africa. Mechem is expecting new orders for the CASSPIR 2000 in the next financial year (starting April 1), according to Stephan Burger, CEO of Denel Land Systems.
Sunday, February 10, 2013, 05:42 PM

 

New €84 million order of 64 more systems Gladius future soldier equipment for German Army
 

Moves by the German Bundeswehr to equip its infantry forces with the state-of-the-art Gladius soldier system are gathering pace. In January 2013, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based Rheinmetall Group was awarded an order to supply a further sixty systems. The procurement programme began in 2012 with an initial order of thirty systems, enough to equip 300 troops.

Moves by the German Bundeswehr to equip its infantry forces with the state-of-the-art Gladius soldier system are gathering pace. In January 2013, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based Rheinmetall Group was awarded an order to supply a further sixty systems. The procurement programme began in 2012 with an initial order of thirty systems, enough to equip 300 troops.
Sunday, February 10, 2013, 01:50 PM

 

Ukraine to send another batch of 40 BTR-4 8x8 armoured personnel carrier vehicles to Iraq
 

Ukraine is preparing to send to Iraq a batch of 40 BTR-4 armored personnel carriers assembled in Kharkiv under a big Ukrainian-Iraqi contract for military hardware. Representatives of the Defense Ministry of Iraq signed on Thursday a certificate of acceptance of another batch of armored vehicles, Interfax-Ukraine learned at the state-run arms exporter Ukrspecexport.

Ukraine is preparing to send to Iraq a batch of 40 BTR-4 armored personnel carriers assembled in Kharkiv under a big Ukrainian-Iraqi contract for military hardware. Representatives of the Defense Ministry of Iraq signed on Thursday a certificate of acceptance of another batch of armored vehicles, Interfax-Ukraine learned at the state-run arms exporter Ukrspecexport.
Saturday , February 9, 2013, 11:54 AM

 

Strategic collaboration between India and Israel with joint venture for artillery systems in India
 

Bharat Forge Limited, the flagship company, of the Kalyani Group, and Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., today announced a strategic co-operation in India under which a new Joint Venture Company (JVC) will be established, to address the Indian Ministry of Defence and other potential Indian government customers’ requirements for the most advanced artillery and mortars systems solutions.

Bharat Forge Limited, the flagship company, of the Kalyani Group, and Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., today announced a strategic co-operation in India under which a new Joint Venture Company (JVC) will be established, to address the Indian Ministry of Defence and other potential Indian government customers’ requirements for the most advanced artillery and mortars systems solutions. Friday, February 8, 2013, 10:24 AM

 

Czech Republic plans to send military instructors to Mali to join French Army operation Serval
 

The Czech Republic plans to send combat instructors to Mali to join a military operation against Islamist militants in the north of the country, Czech radio reported citing the foreign minister said. According to Czech Foreign Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, the participation of the Czech Republic in the anti-Islamist operation, would prove that his country “is a reliable ally that can help the army of Mali.”

The Czech Republic plans to send combat instructors to Mali to join a military operation against Islamist militants in the north of the country, Czech radio reported citing the foreign minister said.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 08:32 AM

 

Rheinmetall to supply German army with Fuchs KAI IEDs clearing 6x6 armoured vehicle
 

The German Bundeswehr has contracted with Rheinmetall to supply it with seven Fuchs/Fox armoured vehicles specially configured for detecting and identifying roadside bombs, mines, etc. This new Fuchs/Fox variant is called the KAI, short for its official Germany designation, “Kampfmittelaufklärung und –identifizierung”. The order is worth around €37 million.

The German Bundeswehr has contracted with Rheinmetall to supply it with seven Fuchs/Fox armoured vehicles specially configured for detecting and identifying roadside bombs, mines, etc. This new Fuchs/Fox variant is called the KAI, short for its official Germany designation, “Kampfmittelaufklärung und –identifizierung”. The order is worth around €37 million.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 05:27 PM

 

Iran unveils its new home-made optimized Zulfiqar (Zolfaqar) main battle tank
 

Iranian home-made Zulfiqar (Zolfaqar) tanks optimized by Iranian Army experts were unveiled by Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan on Monday, February 4, 2013. During the unveiling ceremony, which was attended by a group of army commanders and high-ranking military officials, advanced versions of Zolfaqar tank was unveiled.

Iranian home-made Zulfiqar (Zolfaqar) tanks optimized by Iranian Army experts were unveiled by Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan on Monday, February 4, 2013. During the unveiling ceremony, which was attended by a group of army commanders and high-ranking military officials, advanced versions of Zolfaqar tank was unveiled.
Monday, February 4, 2013, 03:47 PM

 

New joint venture for Tawazun and SAAB to create development and first facility of radar systems
 

Tawazun, the strategic investment firm focused on defense and strategic manufacturing owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, has announced that it has partnered with defense and security company Saab, to create a new joint venture. It will be the Middle East region's first facility for the development, manufacture, assembly and integration of radar systems.

Tawazun, the strategic investment firm focused on defense and strategic manufacturing owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, has announced that it has partnered with defense and security company Saab, to create a new joint venture. It will be the Middle East region's first facility for the development, manufacture, assembly and integration of radar systems.
Monday, February 4, 2013, 11:52 AM

 

Brazil could buy Russian-made Pantsir S1 and Igla MANPADS air defence missile systems
 

Brazil’s Defense Ministry intends to discuss purchasing air defense systems from Russia during talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev later this month, the ministry said on Sunday, February 3, 2013. "We are interested in acquiring three batteries of Pantsir-S1 missiles and two batteries of Igla missiles," General Jose Carlos De Nardi, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces, said in a statement.

Brazil’s Defense Ministry intends to discuss purchasing air defense systems from Russia during talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev later this month, the ministry said on Sunday, February 3, 2013. "We are interested in acquiring three batteries of Pantsir-S1 missiles and two batteries of Igla missiles," General Jose Carlos De Nardi, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces, said in a statement. Sunday, February 3, 2013, 11:55 AM

 

Iranian Army plans to unveil optimized version of its home-made main battle tank Zolfaqar
 

The Iranian army plans to unveil optimized versions of home-made tanks in a special ceremony due to be held tomorrow. The army of Iran will display an optimized version of Zolfaqar and Samsam tanks on the occasion of the Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies, celebrating the victory of the Islamic Revolution back in 1979.

The Iranian army plans to unveil optimized versions of home-made tanks in a special ceremony due to be held tomorrow. The army of Iran will display an optimized version of Zolfaqar and Samsam tanks on the occasion of the Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies, celebrating the victory of the Islamic Revolution back in 1979.
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Sunday, February 3, 2013, 11:33 AM

 

Soldiers of Ghana will be deployed in Mali with help of the British Royal Air Force
 

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama had a closed-door meeting with United Kingdom's Chief of Defense Staff General Sir David Richards on Saturday in Accra to discuss Mali issue, the state-run Ghana News Agency reported. The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) is waiting for the green light from ECOWAS to send 120 soldiers to the besieged nation of Mali.

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama had a closed-door meeting with United Kingdom's Chief of Defense Staff General Sir David Richards on Saturday in Accra to discuss Mali issue, the state-run Ghana News Agency reported. The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) is waiting for the green light from ECOWAS to send 120 soldiers to the besieged nation of Mali.
Sunday, February 3, 2013, 10:47 AM

 

Successfully test fired for the Indian-made Pinaka 214mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System
 

For the second consecutive day, India's indigenously developed Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) weapon system, 'Pinaka' was successfully test fired on Thursday, January 31, 2013, from a defence base at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from here. "Three rounds of Pinaka rockets were successfully tested today. Four rounds of trial were conducted, January 31, 2013," a defence official said.

For the second consecutive day, India's indigenously developed Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) weapon system, 'Pinaka' was successfully test fired on Thursday, January 31, 2013, from a defence base at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from here. "Three rounds of Pinaka rockets were successfully tested today. Four rounds of trial were conducted, January 31, 2013," a defence official said.
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10:04 AM

 

Canadian army has received the first of 66 upgraded LAV III 8x8 armoured vehicles
 

Canada's military has received the first of 66 Light Armored Vehicles with reconnaissance and surveillance upgrades by General Dynamic Land Systems-Canada. The contract for modernization of the 66 LAV IIIs for reconnaissance and surveillance was issued last year and is worth about $150 million.

Canada's military has received the first of 66 Light Armored Vehicles with reconnaissance and surveillance upgrades by General Dynamic Land Systems-Canada. The contract for modernization of the 66 LAV IIIs for reconnaissance and surveillance was issued last year and is worth about $150 million.
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Friday, February 1, 2013, 03:57 PM

 

Four NATO Patriot batteries of air defence missile systems are now operational in Turkey
 

NATO now has command and control of two Dutch and two German Patriot batteries located in Adana and Kahramanmaras in the south of Turkey. These four Patriot anti-missile systems are now actively defending these locations from missile threats.

NATO now has command and control of two Dutch and two German Patriot batteries located in Adana and Kahramanmaras in the south of Turkey. These four Patriot anti-missile systems are now actively defending these locations from missile threats.
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Friday, February 1, 2013, 11:51 AM

 

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