Sunday, February 1, 2015

Defense Technology

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After 32 years of frustrating development, Hindustan Aeronautics yesterday delivered the initial, semi-operational, Tejas – the first modern, light combat aircraft designed and built (almost) entirely in India.

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The Iranian air defense command has introduced a third generation evolution of the Hawk missile, locally designated ‘Shalamcheh’, operated along with new radar and ELINT systems. The Iranian Army has also tested its new Mohajer type drones during the recent exercises.

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The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems $1.2 billion contract develop and produce Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPV) based on Bradley chassis to replace the 50 year old M-113 Armored Personnel Carriers that haved served the army since the Vietnam War. The contract worth $1.2 billion (with options) will fund the production of 318 vehicles.

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The Brazilian Navy is restarting the refurbishment of eight C1/S2 carrier based transport aircraft. If everything goes according to plan, four ex-US Navy C-1A Trader aircraft that have rested for 26 years in the aircraft boneyard in Arizona will return to sea, operating from the deck of Brazil’s aircraft carrier São Paulo.

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Washington plans to equip the Iraqi Army with 175 M-1A1 Main Battle Tanks to equip an armoured brigade. The package also includes a thousand up-armored HMMWVs The new arms transfer package is worth US$3 billion.

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South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said the planned switch from BAE Systems to Lockheed Martin is expected for next year, following the submission of the issue to the defense projects committee.

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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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