Friday, 20 January 2017

NATO Maritime Command Tracks Russian Navy Carrier Group as part of Allied Effort

NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM) continues to work closely with Allied Navies to monitor the Kuznetsov Task Group activities as it returns to Russia this month. NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM) routinely conducts patrols of Allied nations’ waters in order to ensure NATO is always prepared to defend Allied nations. 

Russia’s Northern Fleet commissions two Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boats

Russia’s Northern Fleet commissioned two advanced Project 21980 anti-sabotage boats, the fleet’s press office said. "A ceremony of raising the St. Andrew’s flag on two advanced Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boats was held at the main base of the Northern Fleet’s submarine forces in Gadzhiyevo [in the Murmansk Region in northwest Russia]," the press office said. 

Schwabe from Russia has delivered P8x56L rifle scope s to Czech Republic.

Russian defense contractor Schwabe has delivered more than 64 sights to the Czech Republic to fulfil an order awarded in June 2016. The hardware exported is collimated P1x42 and P1x20 and optical P8x56L scopes made by the Volgograd Optical and Mechanical Plant (VOMZ), according to Schwabe’s press office. Read full news at this link ...
Rifle scope Pilad P8x56L
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Ukraine will develop Grom-2 surface-to-surface missile system similar to Russian Iskander

Designer General of Iskander missiles producer Machine-building Design Bureau Valery Kashin doubts that the Ukrainian military-defense complex is capable of quickly creating a similar weapon. According to Internet sources, the new Ukrainian-made Grom-2 surface-to-surface missile system will be able to target Moscow. Read full news at this link ...
Drawing of the future Ukrainian-made Grom-2 surface-to-surface missile system.
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Russia tests new reactive armor Arena-M for T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks

New reactive armor Arena-M for T-72 and T-90 tanks is undergoing preliminary tests in Russia, Designer General of the Machine-building Design Bureau (KBM) Valery Kashin told TASS. "Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces Colonel-General Oleg Salyukov has twice visited the design bureau of late. We agreed to mount the work. At present active protection complexes for T-72 and T-90 tanks are undergoing preliminary tests," he said. Read full article at this link ...
The Russian-made T-72M1M is fitted with the with the KA3 Arena active defense system. 
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TsAGI unveils new concept of flying wing heavy transport aircraft

Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) is developing a concept of a heavy transport plane with the wing-fuselage configuration, the institute’s press office said on Jan. 16, 2017. The wing-fuselage configuration will allow using the internal volume as effectively as possible and increase aerodynamic effectiveness, the press office added. Read more
TsAGI's concept of flying wing heavy transport aircraft
(Credit: TsAGI)
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Two days of military exercises for the Taiwanese army with Avenger air defense systems.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Taiwan started two days of military drills imulating an attack by China. The Taiwanese armed forces gathered in central Taiwan for annual drills that saw troops practise combat skills with tanks, attack helicopters and artillery. Read full article at this link ...
Avenger air defense system of Taiwanese army.
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ECA Group's UMIS MCM system makes obsolete conventional minehunters

UMIS is ECA Group brand new Mine Counter Measure (MCM) unmanned system able to carry out any MCM missions, using a collaborative system of surface and underwater robots, thanks to an advanced Command & Control System. Delivering the UMIS system to the first customers in 2016, ECA Group’s solution made conventional mine hunters obsolete. It has proven to be faster in fulfilling operations, more efficient, cost-effective and safe, as the crew is kept away from minefield.

USAF B-2 stealth bombers conduct precision strikes on IS camps in Libya

Two U.S. B-2 warplanes carried out airstrikes on Wednesday night on camps of IS in the outskirts of Libya's Sirte, killing at least 80 militants, said a statement by the Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook. "In conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes Wednesday night destroying two IS camps, 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte," the statement said. Read more
A B-2 Spirit bomber taxis on a flight line during Exercise Global Thunder 15
(USAF/Airman 1st Class Joel Pfiester)
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Ilyushin Company Completes Modernization of Il-38N Maritime Patrol Aircraft for Russian Navy

The Ilyushin Aircraft Works fulfilled the state contract to upgrade another batch of anti-submarine Il-38 aircraft of the Russian Navy to the level of Il-38N, the press service of the United Aircraft Corporation said.