Friday, May 29, 2015

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Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) is teaming with the Polish defence contractor Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa SA (PGZ) through its subsidiary Obrum sp. z o.o. to develop a new wheeled vehicle designed to replace hundreds of Russian made BRDM-2 armored vehicles currently in service with the Polish military.

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CYBERBIT LTD., an Elbit Systems subsidiary is acquiring Nice Systems' Cyber & Intelligence Division business. Recently established CYBERBIT was created to consolidate Elbit Systems’ cyber activities. Elbit Systems will pay up to $157.9 Million - in cash and as earn-out through 2015.

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New helmet sights to be introduced on U.S. Air Force AC-130W Stinger II gunships in the next two years will improve situational awareness and...

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Israel plans to replenish its aerial ordnance stocks with the procurement of thousands of US made warheads and guidance kits worth over $1.8 Billion. The State Department published a request for Congress approval for this acquisition. The package includes several types of GPS and laser guided munitions, missiles and deep target penetrating bombs shells that can defeat deeply buried targets.

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the Air Force has now selected the stealthy, long-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER) as the optimal air vehicle to carry the CHAMP weapon.

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The US Army intends to develop and field a new family of specialized vehicles to support 'joint forcible entry' missions. The Ultra Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) general-purpose troop carrier is the highest priority in this plan. Fast, agile and safe to drive on and off road, ULCV will provide troops the survivability and protection by avoiding the roads vulnerable to IEDs and ambushes, gaining freedom of movement by traversing more concealed and unpredictable routes.

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China is offering to sell Jordan missile-firing drones to fight the Islamic State terror army. China has recently expanded its UAV offering to include armed versions. In the absence of alternatives from market leading suppliers in the USA and Israel, China and Turkey are both pursuing armed UAV requests from the UAE, Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria. According to press reports, some were already sold to Saudi Arabia in 2014.

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The Concept for Advanced Military Explosion-Mitigation Land (CAMEL) is a concept vehicle demonstrating 'Occupant Centric Platform' (OCP) concepts. A 30 ton class 8x8 troop carrier, CAMEL is designed to safely and securely transport nine troops and two crew members with a goal to reduce combat vehicle casualties well below 50 percent, compared to current combat vehicles.

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The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company have completed the critical design review (CDR) of the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR). This radar will be installed on US Navy DDG-51 Flight III missile destroyers, improving their fighting and self-defense capabilities. The company said the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the program continues and is now more than 40 percent complete.

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The Pakistani Army has inducted the Chinese HQ-7B short range air defense system. The export system is designated FM-90 in Pakistan's service can engage aerial targets including cruise missiles, drones and air-to-surface guided missiles under adverse electronic counter measure (ECM) environments.

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The German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has signed today a contract to build four patrol corvettes for the Israeli Navy. Israel will pay €315 million of the €430 million contract.

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The Boomerang 8x8 armored infantry fighting vehicle is the latest wheeled armored vehicle developed in Russia, a design introducing significant changes and improvement over the BTR-60, 70 and 80, that were in service since the early 1960s. The first pre-production vehicles delivered for operational testing were publicly displayed in 2015. Following those tests VPK is expecting orders for 2,000 such vehicles, in various configurations.

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Kurganets-25 represents two members of a new family of medium armored vehicles designed to replace the BMP-2 and MT-LB platforms in mechanized formations of the Russian Army. As their predecessors, the new vehicles have amphibious (swimming) capability, enabling uninterrupted mobility across rivers. The Kurganets is manufactured by Kurganmashzavod, the plant that produced the previous generations of BMP-1, BMP-2 and BMP-3 vehicles.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense publicly presenting today the first members of the Armata family of heavy armored vehicles - the T-14 main battle tank and T-15 armored infantry fighting vehicle. The two vehicles are designed to become the spearhead of armored formations of the Russian Army, replacing T-72, BMP-2 and MT-LB based platforms.

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