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The German Army has received the first modernized Leopard 2A7 Main Battle Tank (MBT) upgraded by the original manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. Delivered on December 10, 2014 , the tank was the first of a batch of 20 former Dutch MBTs to be upgraded for the German Army.

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The Joint Tactical Light Vehicle program moves forward on schedule - on Friday December 12, 2014 the US Army released to three potential suppliers a final version Request for proposal for the procurement of 55,000 armored vehicles, clearing the way for contenders AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense to submit proposals.

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The US Navy announced the successfully deployment of the laser weapon system (LaWS) aboard USS Ponce (AFSB[I] 15) that operated with other naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf. During the operational demonstrations that took place from September to November 2014 LaWS intercepted surface targets and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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The French ministry of Defense has awarded a development and production contract worth €752 million. Follow-on production of nearly 2,000 armoured vehicles will cost additional €4.2 billion, built jointly by Nexter, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales under the GME consortium.

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ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and the Indian Ministry of Defense have signed a contract for the delivery of six active towed array sonar systems (ACTAS) for the Indian Navy. The total contract volume is approximately 40 million Euros. Delivery of the first system is planned for 2016.

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Alion's Science and Technology was awarded a $4.5 million three year contract to develop an advanced framework for the development of  enabling rapid development of software-defined radio (SDR) waveforms.

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The first Tupolev Tu-160M Blackjack has completed its maiden flight after an avionic modernization that revamped the bombers' radar and avionic systems in the past two years. The aircraft is one of three undergoing the upgrade, under a contract worth RUR3.4 billion (US$103 million) awarded in 2013.

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North Korea recently conducted a test of an ejection launcher that U.S. intelligence agencies assess is part of Pyongyang’s recently discovered submarine-launched ballistic missile program. Despite those alleged facts, analysts question the maturity of the North Korean missile submarine program.

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The Government of the Republic of Korea officially requested yesterday to cancel the KF-16 upgrading contract with BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Service of the USA. The contract worth $138 million was the lead part in a longer upgrading program covering the modernization of 134 Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16s. The contract was managed by the US Air Force under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement.

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RAFAEL unveils at Euronaval the C-DOME - a close-in weapon system comprised of a 10-missile stack, packed in a vertical launch unit installed below deck. The system utilizes combat-proven Tamir interceptor missiles, and command and control, integrated with the ship's surveillance and air defense radar

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