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Russia willing to work to avert air accidents over Syria: Pentagon

Rome: Moscow has said it will work to avert potential mishaps between Russian and US pilots flying missions over Syria, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. US and Russian officials held discussions last week — at Russia’s request — on establishing measures to avoid accidents so warplanes flying over Syria would not be in the same place

The Netherlands Chooses Lockheed’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod for F-16 Fleet

The Royal Netherlands Air Force selected Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to equip its F-16 fleet, becoming the 21st international customer to acquire the multi-mission system. The contract was awarded through the Dutch Defence Materiel Organization and includes 29 Sniper ATPs as well as support equipment, training and sustainment. Pod deliveries will begin

Latvia Buys 3 TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars from Lockheed Martin

The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and Lockheed Martin signed a contract for three TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars (MRR) for use in air surveillance and to complement radar assets already in place. “Purchase of ‘TPS-77’ MRRs will mean a huge investment in the strengthening of defence capabilities of National Armed Forces and gives

Airbus Helicopters H160 Program In Full Swing

The H160 mock-up is making its British debut today at Helitech, as the program steadily pursues its flight test campaign. The first prototype flights are progressing according to plan and the aircraft has already reached a maximum speed of 175 kts and an altitude of 10 000 feet. As the validation of technical parameters is

China’s New Attack Helicopter Takes to the Skies for First Flight

Designed as a military improvement over the AC-311, China’s Avicopter Z-11B made its first successful flight late last month. In November of 2010, Chinese state-owned manufacturer Avicopter unveiled the AC-311, a single-engine helicopter capable of carrying up to six people. On September 28, the company conducted the first test-flight of its military version, the Z-11WB.

Remote-controlled weapons augment Soldiers on perimeter at NIE 16.1

Remotely-controlled weapons systems have drastically reduced the number of Soldiers needed for perimeter security at an expeditionary base camp here. “Every Soldier I have assigned to securing the perimeter is one I don’t have that can execute support missions,” said Lt. Col. Raphael Heflin, commander, 142nd Combat Service Support Battalion, or CSSB, 1st Armored Division.

F-35C Lightning II Lands on Carrier for Second Phase of Developmental Test

ATLANTIC OCEAN: Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variants conducted their first arrested landings aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) off the coast of the eastern United States on Oct. 2. U.S. Navy test pilots Cmdr. Tony “Brick” Wilson and LT Chris “TJ” Karapostoles landed F-35C test aircraft 73/CF-03 and 75/CF-05, respectively, aboard USS Eisenhower’s

Australia Chooses Hawkei Armored Vehicle

The Hawkei is set to become the latest addition to the Australian Defence Force fleet following the signing of a $1.3 billion contract with the Commonwealth. Soldiers on operations will benefit from increased protection and mobility in a powerful 4×4 vehicle, which can be adapted for different missions. Hawkei follows the life-saving success of the

Obama pledges probe into fatal airstrike on Afghan hospital

President Barack Obama has promised a full investigation into an apparent US air strike on an Afghan hospital that killed 19 people, a bombing which the UN said could amount to a war crime. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said patients burned to death in their beds during a raid that continued for more than an

Drone market to hit $10 billion by 2024: experts

The market for military drones is expected to almost double by 2024 to beyond $10 billion (8.9 billion euros), according to a report published Friday by specialist defence publication IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review. “The global defence and security market for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will expand at 5.5 percent per year over this decade, from

Kashmir is unfinished agenda which hinders regional peace: General Raheel

ISLAMABAD: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, while addressing a gathering at Royal United Services Institute in London, said that Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of Indo-Pak partition which needs to be resolved for the sake of peace and stability in the region. According to details of the gathering shared by Director General of the Inter-Services

Australia to spend $1 bn on armoured vehicles

SYDNEY: Australia will spend Aus$1.3 billion on next-generation armored land vehicles for its army, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Monday as he announced the latest update to modernize the nation’s military. Australian forces are part of the coalition fighting Islamic State group militants in Iraq and Syria, but Turnbull denied that the procurement of 1,100

Drones to Take Network Integration Evaluation By Swarm

In this season’s Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, taking place on White Sands Missile Range, or WSMR, and Fort Bliss, Texas, coordinated units of remotely-operated and automated aircraft will be used to represent a possible threat on tomorrow’s battlefields. Show More Summary

Gripen Fighter Jets Operate from Roadside Bases In Finland

Nordic cooperation, and in particular the in-depth cooperation with Finland, took one more step on Wednesday when two Swedish JAS 39 Gripen aircraft landed on a Finnish road base for the first time. The exercise for the Finnish Air Force, designated Baana 2015, took place during the week at Hosio road base. They were testing

Patriot missiles to be pulled from Turkey as planned

Patriot missiles deployed in Turkey since 2013 to guard against rockets from Syria will be removed for planned upgrades in October, despite the ongoing crisis across the border, the Pentagon said Thursday. “The Patriots will be redeployed to the United States for critical modernization upgrades that will ensure our missile defense force remains capable of

Russia’s post-Soviet military engagements beyond its borders

Moscow: The military intervention in Syria ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday marks the first time that Moscow has taken part in a war far from its borders since its troops fought in Afghanistan in the late Soviet era. It comes after Russia’s landgrab of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March last year, when

Russian jets strike five more ISIS targets: govt

Moscow: Russian jets struck five more Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, the defence ministry said, as the country continued its air strikes against the extremist group. “Russian Sukhoi Su-24M and Sukhoi Su-25M conducted eight flights to strike five IS targets,” defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted by RIA Novosti state news agency

Taliban says shot down crashed US C-130 plane in Afghanistan

Jalalabad, Afghanistan: The Taliban Friday claimed to have shot down a C-130 military transport plane in eastern Afghanistan, with NATO confirming that 11 people including six US soldiers were killed in the crash. NATO did not confirm the cause of the crash but it comes as Afghan forces — backed by NATO special forces and

France sells warships to Egypt, after Russia deal scrapped

French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday Egypt had agreed to buy two Mistral warships which France built for Russia before scrapping the sale over the Ukraine crisis. The deal is the second big military contract this year between France and Egypt, which Hollande said he increasingly views as a strategic partner. “It was my preferred

TALONS System Mimics a Mast as Tall as a Skyscraper

DARPA’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort recently demonstrated a prototype of a low-cost, fully automated parafoil system designed to extend maritime vessels’ long-distance communications and improve their domain awareness. Show More Summary

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