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 US Army opens first Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Instructional Facility at Fort Sill
 
US Army opens first Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Instructional Facility at Fort Sill 640 001 The US Army's soldiers destined to operate the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system will now learn their trade from fellow Soldiers. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Instructional Facility, or THAAD, opened at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Already, four classes are underway at the schoolhouse, announced the US Army on January 23.
 

 Morgan Advanced Materials introduces new buoyant lightweight rifle plate insert
 
Morgan Advanced Material introduces new buoyant lightweight rifle plate insert 640 001 Morgan Advanced Materials' Composites and Defence Systems business has introduced a buoyant, lightweight rifle plate insert for military and security personnel which is capable of stopping 7.62mm rifle ammunition yet is still less than 1kg in weight.
 

 Israel's artillery corps starts using the Hermes 450 tactical unmanned aerial system
 
The Israeli army recently revealed it is running a new drone unit in the Artillery Corps. The unit, the first of its kind, operates the tactical Hermes 450 drone from within the Ground Forces. During a recent drill in the North, the unit practiced working together with ground units by collecting advanced visual intelligence and broadcasting a live image of the battlefield to the divisions and brigades below. The Israeli army recently revealed it is running a new drone unit in the Artillery Corps. The unit, the first of its kind, operates the tactical Hermes 450 drone from within the Ground Forces. During a recent drill in the North, the unit practiced working together with ground units by collecting advanced visual intelligence and broadcasting a live image of the battlefield to the divisions and brigades below.
 

 Picatinny to give faster and more accurate mortar fire with new WULF fire-control system
 
Picatinny to give faster and more accurate mortar fire with new WULF sensors suite 640 002 By integrating many small sensors into light mortar systems, Picatinny engineers are developing a technology for use on all U.S. military mortar systems to give soldiers faster, more accurate mortar fire. The Weaponized Universal Lightweight Fire-Control, known as WULF, couples many small sensors together to create a robust, lightweight pointing device that will increase mortar fire.
 

 India's DRDO plans to increase range of the Akash surface-to-air missile
 
India increase akash range small 001 The Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has decided to increase the range of the Akash Surface to air missile (SAM), one of its successful programs, and provide it with a ‘seeker’ in its warhead to achieve better targeting efficiency. Reliable sources in the DRDO are not willing to divulge too many details about these two important elements – the range and the seeker – just yet.
 

 China to equip Type-99 main battle tanks with next-generation laser-guided missile
 
China to equip Type 99 main battle tanks with next generation laser guided missile small 001 The armoured divisions of the China's People's Liberation Army will be equipped with next-generation laser-guided missiles, in a move to improve the long-range firepower and accuracy of its tanks, reports today the South China Morning Post. The PLA Daily said on Wednesday a new glide bomb, that can be fired from tanks rather than from missile launchers, had been developed after years of live-fire tests on plateaus, islands and in the Gobi desert.
 

 South Korean military to develop new "reverse asymmetric weapon systems" by 2020
 
South korea new weapon systems small 001 South Korea’s Defense Ministry on Monday, January 19, unveiled a new defense vision based on information and communication technologies, and other cutting-edge digital platforms to better counter evolving North Korean threats and other security challenges.
 

 BAE Systems unveiled enhanced thermal weapon sight, the Universal Thermal Clip-On version XII
 
BAE Systems UTC XII small 001 BAE Systems yesterday unveiled its first-to-market 12-micron thermal imaging technology that significantly improves the effectiveness of thermal weapon sights. The company’s Universal Thermal Clip-On version XII (UTC® XII) is the first military-grade thermal weapon sight to include the new 12-micron technology, which greatly reduces lens size, total system weight, and battery use, while delivering improved image quality.
 

 Logo Technologies of U.S. to develop hybrid-electric motorcycle for military special forces.
 
Logo Technologies of US to develop hybrid-electric motorcycle for military special forces small 001 The American Company Logos Technologies, in partnership with San Francisco-based all-electric motorcycle maker BRD, is developing the Zero MMX hybrid-electric motorcycle SilentHawk project to support evolving mission requirements for military special forces.
 

 Chinese-made QW-2 MANPADS missile now in service with Sudanese People's Liberation Army.
 
Chinese-made QW-2 MANPADS missile now in service with Sudanese People Liberation Army small 001 South Sudan fighters loyal to Dr Riek Machar have acquired sophisticated man-portable surface-to-air missiles system (MANPADS) in preparation for new onslaughts against troops loyal to President Salva Kiir. A photo released by the "theinsider" website end of december 2014 show Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces with a Chinese-made QW-2 man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS).
 

 U.S. forces equipment GATR Ground to Air Transmit and Receive Inflatable Satellite Antennas.
 
US army equipment GATR Ground to Air Transmit and Receive Inflatable Satellite Antennas small 001 Inflatable ground satellite antennas are aiding the expeditionary nature of U.S. and coalition forces, enabling them to achieve high-bandwidth network connectivity anywhere in the world from small deployable packages. The antenna can connect Soldiers in remote locations to the Army's tactical communication WIN-T network backbone, as well as support other services and first responders. (By Amy Walker, PEO C3T)
 

 Israeli Army (IDF) expects to deploy new Rafael Iron Beam laser air defense system this year.
 
Israeli Army IDF expects to deploy new Rafael Iron Beam laser air defense system this year small 001 The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is expected to deploy the world’s first laser-based air defense system this year. The new system, known as “Iron Beam,” was developed by Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. As the system is still in development, it has not yet been determined how it might fit into Israel's multi-tiered missile defence system that includes Iron Dome, David's Sling, and Arrow 3.
 

 General Dynamics' Soldier Network Extension increases US Army's artillery troops capabilities
 
General Dynamics Soldier Network Extension improves US Army artillery troops capabilities small 001 During the recent Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 Development Test 2, a U.S. Army field artillery team found that the WIN-T Soldier Network Extension (SNE) significantly increased their communications reach and improved their call-for-fire response time.
 

 AutoKrAZ of Ukraine has developed first prototype of new 8x8 multi-purpose armoured vehicle.
 
AutoKrAZ of Ukraine has developed first prototype of new 8x8 multi-purpose armoured vehicle small 001 The Ukrainian Defense Company AutoKrAZ has developed the first prototype of a new 8x8 multi-purpose armoured vehicle based on an 8x8 truck chassis. This new vehicle is designed to be used as APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) an can carry a full range of special equipment and weapon systems.
 

 China unveils cloned edition of Russia's Tor M1, the HQ-17 surface-to-air missile system
 
China officially unveils cloned edition of Russia Tor M1 the HQ 17 surface to air missile system small 001 According to pictures recently issued, the Chinese edition of the Tor M1 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system has been officially unveiled. This air defense missile system, dubbed HQ-17 (Hongqi-17), is a cloned edition of the Russian Tor M1 SAM. When a designer from the Russian Kupol factory seeing the photos of HQ17, he said that this confirmed Russia’s long-term suspicion that China had cloned Tor-M1, reported DefenceBlog.
 

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