Saturday, 3 December 2016

French Navy FREMM Frigate Languedoc Returned From 104 Days-Long Deployment

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that the Aquitaine-class Frigate Languedoc, the third FREMM (Multi Mission Frigate) of the class, returned to Toulon naval base on November 24th after a long period deployment. The Frigate set sail on August 12th for the a long cruise which took her to the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

U.S. Army soldiers of Fort Carson armored brigade load trains to send military equipment in Europe

US. soldiers from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colorado on the way to load trains with military equipment for a deployment in Europe. In fact, the rail-load operations here concluded nearly a week ahead of schedule in what is the first transportation step toward re-establishing a continuous presence of U.S. Army armored brigade combat teams in Europe.
U.S. soldiers with 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, provide fuel to vehicles from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., during rail-load operations at Fort Carson, Colorado, Dec. 2, 2016. 
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Bushmaster 4x4 protected vehicles from Australian army will be fitted with new weapon systems.

The Australian Government Department of Defence has announced, Thursday, December 1, 2016, that the weapon systems mounted on the Bushmaster 4x4 Protected Mobility Vehicles are set for an upgrade. The Bushmaster is a highly mobile, ballistics, mine and improvised explosive device (IED) blast resistant Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV) designed and manufactured by Thales Australia. 
Australian Army Bushmasters 4x4 Protected Mobility Vehicle travel along the Derby Highway en-route to Broome during Exercise Northern Shield 2016. (Picture Australian Department of Defence)
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Friday, 2 December 2016

Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann to make medium-calibre ammunition for USAF F-35

Germany's Rheinmetall and the family-owned enterprise Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) have established a joint venture company. The two firms announced the move at the AUSA show in Washington D.C. in October 2016. Serving as general contractor or subcontractor, the new joint venture will design, develop and manufacture state-of-the-art ammunition for the US market. These include the 25mm ammunition for the F35 Joint Strike Fighter, the US Air Force's latest warplane. 

British army engineers from 101 Engineer Regiment are training Nigerian troops

British army engineers from 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)) are training Nigerian troops to beat terrorist bombs during a short deployment.
British soldiers from the 101 Engineer Regiment (Source Facebook)
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India has signed final contrat to acquire 145 M777A2 155mm towed howitzers from BAE Systems

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the Indian government has signed the final contract to acquire 145 M777A2 LW155 155mm ultralight howitzer artillery pieces from the United States. This contract was awarded to the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems. 
Pfc. Jhamori Samuel, assigned to Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 1st Armored Division of U.S. army, pulls the lanyard of a M777A2 howitzer during a live-fire exercise at Dona Ana Range, N.M., Aug. 28. 
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Defence Ministers from Belgium & Netherlands Sign MoU on Common Procurement of Vessels

The Belgian Navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy will replace their existing mine counter measure vessels and frigates with vessels of the same type. The ministers of both countries signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday in Brussels. Belgium also sees opportunity to provide crew members for the Joint Support Ship logistic Zr. Ms. Karel Doorman. Netherlands will assist in the training of the Belgian Light Brigade amphibious.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

USAF flies first C-130H equipped with T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade

The first U.S. Air Force C-130H aircraft to be fully equipped with the Rolls-Royce T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade has completed its first flight, demonstrating significant improvement in fuel efficiency, lower operating temperatures and improved high-altitude performance, Rolls Royce announced on Thursday Nov. 30. 
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Philippine Air Force takes delivery of two more FA-50PH fighter jets

Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer, delivered two more FA-50PH fighter jets to the Philippine Air Force, local media announced on Thursday, Dec. 1. The two planes are part of a $420 million government-to-government deal inked between Seoul and Manila that calls for the export of 12 FA-50PHs. 
The fourth PAF's FA-50PH fighter jet landing in The Philippines on Dec. 1, 2016
(Credit: PAF)
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Azerbaijan will expand military cooperation with Russia in the next few years

The defense ministries of Russia and Azerbaijan will expand military cooperation also in training Azerbaijani servicemen in Russian military educational establishments, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Colonel-General Zakir Gasanov. 
Russian-made T-90S main battle tank from Azerbaijan armed forces at military parade in Baku.
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