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US Navy Awards Boeing Contract to Design & Build MQ-25A Tanker Drone

The U.S. Navy awarded a contract to The Boeing Co. Aug. 30 for the MQ-25A Stingray, the first operational carrier-based unmanned refueling aircraft. This fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract with a ceiling price of $805.3 million provides for the design, development, fabrication, test, delivery, and support of four MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles, including integration into the carrier air wing for an initial operational capability by 2024. 

Live firing in United Arab Emirates with Jobaria 107mm 122mm MLRS rocket launcher system

Jobaria Defense Systems MCL Multiple Cradle 122mm Rocket launcher system live firing by army of United Arab Emirates. The Jobaria MLLRS JDS Multiple Cradle Launcher (MCL) is a 6x6 Oshksoh tractor truck with semi-trailer armed with four power-operated rocket launchers. Each rocket launcher has three blocks of 20 122 or 107 mm launcher tubes, in four lines. 

Indonesia: Final firing tests with Kaplan MT Medium Tank by PT Pindad

Indonesian Defense Company PT Pindad has performed final firing tests with the Kaplan MT MMWT (Modern Medium Weight Tank) on Monday, August 28, 2018 jointly developed by the Turkish Company FNSS and PT Pindad from Indonesia at the Army’s infantry education center in West Bandung regency in West Java.
Kaplan MT at the 72nd Anniversary of Indonesian National Armed Forces. (Picture source Wikipedia)
PT Pindad corporate secretary Tuning Rudyati said, the firing tests of the Kaplan MT were aimed to test the function of the 105-milimeter CT-CV turret system, designed and developed by the Belgian Company CMI Defence that incorporates an automatic loading system which contains 16 rounds in standard configuration and 12 rounds in air-deployable configuration. A series of trial tests of the medium tank started in the middle of July 2018, such as landmine blasts, testing the tank’s resistance to landmines and mobility tests. PT Pindad president director Abraham Mose said, "The construction …

Israel Unveils Updated Armored Command Vehicle And Will Give Merkava Tank Crews X-Ray Vision

The Mk IV Barak will also have improved network connectivity, allowing the vehicle to share a much broad array of information and do so rapidly. There will also be a new artificial intelligence-assistedmission computer to reduce the workloads for individual crew members, help them sift through sensor data and other information faster, and otherwise speed up the decision making and targeting processes. “The mission computer will be like a fifth crew member, which will improve processes in the cabin,” an IDF officer, identified only as Lieutenant Colonel Schachar for security reasons, told Jane’s in July 2018. “It’s designed to understand the situation and activate multiple touchscreens accordingly. This will form an inseparable part of the ability to conduct combat operations in closed, urban spaces.” Given the heavily networked nature of the Mk IV Baraks, Ofek could serve as a vital communications conduit and relay for other data between the tanks other forces, including those on the…

The live of War and Peace Revival the largest military vehicle show in the world United Kingdom

The War and Peace Revival (until 2012 the War and Peace Show) is the world's largest military vehicle show plus militaria collectors fair and living history re-enactments from the First World War to more recent conflicts.It is held annually over several days (usually in late July) at the Hop Farm Country Park, Kent, England (for four years between 2013 and 2016 it was held at Folkestone Racecourse (RAF Westenhanger). 

Army-2018: Belarus Offered Russian Military a Multirole UAV

The Belarusian designers applied the Austrian Rotax pusher-propped internal combustion engine as a powerplant. UAV Yastreb and ‘kamikaze’ drones
The airplane-type system Yastreb has a maximum takeoff weight of 700 kg and is capable to carry up to 120 kg payload. The flight endurance has been prolonged, comparing to the earlier models, and amounts to 10 hours. The UAV was designed both for civil and military use. To destroy targets, Yastreb uses the high-precision loitering munitions. "The basic aircraft carries 2 or 3 automatically guided drones. They are equipped with either high-explosive fragmentation or shaped-charge warheads weighting up to 10 kg", explained Maria Maksimova, assistant director of the scientific center. The target drones have the same characteristics, but instead the warheads they are equipped with the Luneburg lenses to simulate radar cross-sections of real larger targets, and other special-purpose equipment. The interviewee told Mil.Press Today that a…

Russia, US Are In a Military Exoskeleton Race

TsNiiTochMash AA Font size + Print the Ratnik-3 exoskeleton from Russian weapons maker TsNiiTochMash. The Russian suit, Ratnik-3, is an imposing web of hexagonal armor plates, black webbing, and small joint motors called actuators. Oleg Faustov, an engineer working with weapons maker TsNiiTochMash, told Russian media outlet TASS this week that the government had already tested a prototype. “It really enhances a serviceman’s physical abilities. For example, the tester was able to shoot from a machine-gun only with one hand and accurately hit targets,” he said at Russia’s recent Army-2018weapons show. As part of the Army-2018 publicity push, the makers of the suit also made vague and unverifiable claims that it had seen actual combat, according to Sam Bendett, an associate research analyst at CNA and a fellow in Russia studies at the American Foreign Policy Council. “It was interesting that the Russian announcement during Army-2018 stated that the exoskeleton was ‘tested in combat,’ tho…

Russia’s new Spectrum EW system enters service

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 28 August that a new electronic warfare (EW) system, designated Spectrum, has entered service with an inaugural exercise in the Urals. The complex is based on an AMN-233114 Tigr-M 4×4 vehicle, which has fitted to its roof an array of mission systems, including an optical surveillance suite and a large container. The SpectrumPhoto by: pictured The vehicle is manned by specialists from the brigade-level EW forces that Russia operates. They are typically charged with interrupting or disrupting enemy communications. However, the Spectrum is described as a vehicle for "tracking of the specified territories where potentially dangerous objects can appear".

Next-Gen Tracking Sensor Could Help Avoid Friendly Fire Accidents

Tech. Sgt. Marcos Farias attaches a Low-Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night targeting pod to a 149th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon at Lackland Air Force Base.Photo by: U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Arellano There may soon be a new infrared detection sensor on the market that can better scrutinize friendly forces on the ground and shrink the time it takes to identify targets of opportunity. UTC Aerospace System is testing its next-generation short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera sensor, which it says is capable of seeing laser strobes in real time and can be incorporated into various ground, sea and air platforms, company officials recently told The system -- already deployed with U.S. military testing units -- is a multi-mode tracking SWIR sensor, said Tara Martin, director of business development for UTC Aerospace Systems, ISR and Space Systems. "We're amongst the first companies offering that, and that will be reaching the field in the next two t…

Kalashnikov Group military products robots armored Special Forces vehicles UGV boats motorcycle

During Army-2018, the International Military Technical Forum in the Patriotic Park Expo, Moscow Region, Russia, Kalashnikov Group presents a full range of military equipment developed and marketed by the Company including unmanned ground vehicles, Special Forces vehicles, 4x4 and 6x6 APC armored personnel carrier, anti-riot vehicles, and electrical motorcycles for sniper team. 

Jobaria MLRS 107mm 122mm Multiple Launch Rocket System technical review UAE

The Jobaria Company from United Arab Emirates has designed a new concept of artillery system which was presented for the first time during the edition 2013 of IDEX, defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Jobaria MLRS JDS Multiple Cradle Launcher (MCL) is based on a 6x6 tractor truck with semi-trailer armed with four power-operated rocket launchers. Each rocket launcher has three blocks of 20 122 or 107 mm launcher tubes, in four lines. Exclusive interview about Jobaria MLRS manufacturer by Army Recognition editorial team during IDEX 2013.

US Army to bring new vehicle protection technologies to fleet as early as 2020

A brigade of Abrams tanks in Europe will soon receive the Trophy Active Protection System, but the Army is looking beyond an interim solution. (U.S. Army)

The U.S. Army is planning to bring new vehicle protection technologies to the fleet as early as 2020 to include reactive armor tiles as well as laser warning and signature management capabilities, according to Col. Glenn Dean, the program manager for the service’s Stryker combat vehicle.

Dean is also in charge of bringing active protection system capabilities to the current fleet. The service has been rigorously testing APS for the Abrams tank, Stryker and Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Israeli company Rafael has already been chosen to provide an interim APS system for Abrams. Other systems are being evaluated for Stryker and Bradley.

In addition to the service’s plans to rapidly field interim systems for its combat fleet, it is preparing to evaluate other kinetic energy defeat capabilities, Dean told reporters in an Aug. 24 interview.

The …

What are the chances an ‘Arab NATO’ will work?

A Saudi soldier takes part in a military parade on Jan. 15, 2005, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Abid Katib/Getty Images)

The Trump administration has in recent months been quietly working on creating a new security alliance comprised of six Gulf Arab states plus Egypt and Jordan, unofficially known as the “Arab NATO,” and also dubbed the “Middle East Strategic Alliance," or MESA.

The six Gulf Arab nations are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
According to the alliance’s objectives — which are expected to be formally announced during the Oct. 12-13 U.S.-Gulf summit in Washington — the new establishment will serve as a “bulwark against Iranian aggression, terrorism, extremism and will bring stability to the Middle East,” a spokesperson for the White House’s National Security Council said.
The idea of establishing a broad Arab alliance dates back to the beginning of the Arab Spring demonstrations in 2011. Such an alliance was again considered in 2015…

Macron Wants to Create a European Army—But First He's Reviving French Military Might

French President Emmanuel Macron has long wished for greater European military cooperation. This week, he continued the drive, suggesting the bloc can no longer rely on American military support to protect members against outside threats. In a speech to relaunch his political agenda Monday, the president explained, “It is up to us to guarantee European security” and said he would “launch an exhaustive review” of security relations with “all Europe's partners, which includes Russia.” After decades of underinvestment, Macron is spearheading a push to revamp France’s military, returning it to its historical position as one of the most well-funded and potent forces in the world. With Europe facing an emboldened Russia and the western allies battling Islamist threats across Africa and the Middle East, France needs its bite back. President Donald Trump’s residency in the White House has presented a challenge for European nations. For decades, NATO stood united and firm against the thre…

Army turns to artificial intelligence to counter electronic attacks

A team of eight engineers from Aerospace Corp. won a $100,000 Army prize by correctly detecting and classifying the greatest number of radio frequency signals using a combination of signal processing and artificial intelligence algorithms. WASHINGTON — The Army offered a $100,000 prize for a solution to an increasingly tough problem for commanders in the field: In a battlefield dense with electromagnetic signals, is there a better way to distinguish friendly transmissions from hostile attacks? There is, according to a team of eight engineers from Aerospace Corporation, based in El Segundo, Calif. They won the prize by correctly detecting and classifying the greatest number of radio frequency signals using a combination of signal processing and artificial intelligence algorithms. The competition, known as the “Blind Signal Classification Challenge,” was sponsored by the Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office, a small organization that looks for ways to apply commercial technology to solve m…

Russia is getting ready for its biggest war games since the Cold War — a potential sign they're worried about NATO

A multiple rocket launcher system fires during the Zapad-2017 war games, held by Russian and Belarussian servicemen, at an undisclosed location in Belarus, September 17, 2017. Thomson Reuters The Russian military is getting ready for what is said to be an "unprecedented" military exercise, but as thousands of men and machines gather in Russia's east, leaders in Moscow may be increasingly concerned about what's going on in the West. Earlier this month, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigucalledthe upcoming Vostok-2018, or East-2018, exercises "the largest preparatory action for the armed forces since Zapad-81," referring to a Soviet military exercise in 1981 involving about 100,000 to 150,000 troops, according to a CIA estimate at the time. Shoigu said on Tuesday that the Vostok-2018 exercise, scheduled for September 11 to September 15, will have some similarities to Zapad-81 but involve vastly more personnel. "In some ways, they resemble the Zapad-81 drills but…