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Pakistan Selects the AW139 Helicopters for SAR Role

ROME: Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that Government of Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The signing was held in Islamabad in presence of the H.E. Show More Summary

War Paint Squadron sharpens cavalry skills at Combined Resolve

HOHENFELS TRAINING AREA, Germany: The Troopers from 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, have been putting their cavalry and reconnaissance skills to the test at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center’s Combined Resolve VI. Combined Resolve VI is a squadron-level decisive action rotation, May 5-25, designed to train the U.S. Army’s regionally allocated forces to the U.S.

USNA Graduates First Cyber Operations Midshipmen

The first 27 of the U.S. Naval Academy’s cyber operations majors graduate May 27 as part of the Class of 2016. The academy first announced its intention to offer a cyber operations major in spring 2013, and midshipmen of the Class of 2016 were the first to be able to select it. “It’s really a

US Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

The Navy accepted delivery of future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship of the Navy’s next-generation of multimission surface combatants, May 20. DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of

Russia’s Northern Fleet Flagship Goes to Sea First Time In 2 Years

The heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, the flagship of Russia’s Northern Fleet, has gone to sea for the first time in two years, the fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “This is the first sea practice of the missile cruiser after the vessel’s technical readiness has been restored. The Pyotr Veliky crew has practised

Pentagon Buys ‘Safe Solution’ for Zapping Drones Out of the Sky

It’s the latest in high-tech anti-drone technology, and both the Pentagon and US Homeland Security are on board. As recreational drones become increasingly common, multiple government agencies are struggling to ascertain the best way to deal with security threats posed by the aircraft. High profile incidents like the series of mysterious UAV-sightings across Paris last

Stratobus: The Spy Blimp-Satellite of the Future Used for Snooping

If you thought surveillance drones were unnerving, a French-Italian aerospace company is now producing an unmanned blimp to monitor the ground from space. One good thing can be said for government-operated spy UAVs: they have to land occasionally. But Thales Alenia Space, an aerospace manufacturer, is hoping to take the utility of a Predator drone

US B-52 bomber crashes on Guam, crew safe

A B-52 bomber was left a fiery wreck after crashing at a US airbase on the Pacific island of Guam Thursday but all seven crew escaped unharmed, officials said. The giant B-52H Stratofortress went down at Andersen Air Force Base at 8:30 am (2230 GMT Wednesday) with photos showing flames and thick black smoke billowing

Israel successfully tests missile defence system at sea: army

Israel has successfully tested a maritime missile interception system dubbed the Iron Dome of the Sea, the military announced on Wednesday. The system, which the military said can shoot down short-range rockets similar to those fired from Gaza, successfully destroyed “several” missiles, Ariel Shir, head of operational systems in the navy, said. He said the

Saab Unveils Gripen E Fighter Aircraft

Defence and security company Saab unveils Gripen E, next generation fighter. Over previous versions of the Gripen, Gripen E has a significantly improved avionics system. The capability to carry more weapons and the improved range performance, is possible by a more powerful engine and the ability to carry more fuel. Gripen E is equipped with

US calls for ‘robust’ NATO posture on eastern flank

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that NATO was building a “robust” defensive posture on its eastern flank, as the alliance faces an increasingly aggressive Russia. Speaking after the first day of ministerial talks at the Alantic alliance’s Brussels headquarters, Kerry urged member states to meet pledges to increase defence spending. “A

NATO finalizes military build-up to counter Russia

NATO foreign ministers were on Thursday finalising the alliance’s biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the two-day meeting would address “all the important issues” to prepare for a “landmark” summit in Poland in July.

Allies test anti-tank capabilities in Lithuania

More than 1200 Soldiers from Canada, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the United States participated in Exercise Hunter, May 9-19, at General Silvestras Zukauskas Training Area in Pabrade, Lithuania. The exercise allowed commanders...Show More Summary

US, South Korean artillery coordinate fires near DMZ

Less than six miles from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea, the 30 U.S. and South Korean heavy artillery vehicles lined up, May 10, were the largest coordinated artillery fires many had seen. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, participated in

Saab Develops Underwater Anti-IED Robot

Defence and security company Saab presented its remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Sea Wasp, at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland. Sea Wasp, which relocates, identifies and neutralizes underwater improvised explosive devices (IEDs), is designed to combat below-the-surface terrorism. Show More Summary

Dutch F-35 OT Contingent Prepping to Head Overseas

EDWARDS AFB: Several media members and Royal Netherlands Air Force representatives stopped by May 10 to cover a big story. In about a week, most of the Dutch component of the F-35 Joint Operational Test Team will head to their homeland where they will conduct test sorties and introduce their fifth-generation fighter to the people

Egypt To Buy UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Encapsulated Missiles

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Encapsulated Missiles and equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $143 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 11, 2016. The Government of

US Army enhances NetOps, the eyes and ears of the network

During battlefield operations, a brigade’s fleet of Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) network equipped vehicles are often spread out across great distances and austere terrain, supporting both stationary command posts and on-the-move missions. Show More Summary

US, UK, Georgian soldiers cultivate capabilities in Exercise Noble Partner

Exercise Noble Partner 16 kicked off, May 11, beginning the 14-day training featuring Soldiers assigned to 3rd Infantry Division, paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Georgian Soldiers assigned to 4th Armor Brigade and Soldiers from the United Kingdom 3d Rifles. “We are happy to host you in Georgia and to be part of the

US, Russia step up war of words over missile shield

The United States and Russia on Friday accused each other of mounting an aggressive military presence in northern Europe, with Moscow vowing to “end threats” posed by a US missile shield near its border. The stepped-up war of words came as Poland on Friday broke ground on the northern section of a US missile defence

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