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LITHUANIA PLANS TO ADD NASAMS CAPABILITY
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Source: Kongsberg


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WARSAW - The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense is set to order the medium-range Network Centric Air Defense System, or NASAMS, to equip two military units. The estimated €100 million ($112 million) acquisition will see Lithuania become the fifth operator of the system in Europe alongside Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain.

Developed by Norway's Kongsberg in tandem with American company Raytheon, the NASAMS is capable of targeting multiple airborne objects ranging from drones to aircraft to missiles and can manage up to 72 multiple engagements.

Lithuania's Defense Ministry opened negotiations with the Norwegian government in mid-2015 regarding the possible purchase of the NASAMS and a contract is now close to fruition. The acquisition will be a first step taken by the trio of Baltic nations - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - towards adding a medium-range air-defense system. However, this step will be a unilateral one rather than a joint purchase - although such a system may eventually be shared by the three nations with the other two partners chipping in on training, maintenance and operational costs.

Source:  Defense News
Associated URL: http://www.defensenews.com/articles/lithuania-eyes-kongsberg-air-defense-system-
Source Date: September 27, 2016
Posted: 09/28/2016

 
 
FRENCH DEFENSE MINISTRY OPTS FOR HECKLER & KOCH 416F ASSAULT RIFLE TO REPLACE FAMAS
Friday, September 23, 2016
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Source: HK Defense, Inc.


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PARIS - The French Directorate-General of Armaments (DGA) awarded a contract to the Heckler & Koch GmbH and Heckler & Koch France SAS consortium on September 22 for the delivery of a new rifle under France's Future Individual Weapon (Arme Individuelle Future, or AIF) program.

The AIF was launched with the intention of replacing the FAMAS bullpup assault rifle in French military service, the use of which dates back to service entry in 1979. A tender for the AIF FAMAS replacement assault rifle was announced by the DGA on May 16, 2014. The Europe-wide competition resulted in five proposals short-listed by the DGA in tandem with the armed forces.

The winning bid promoted by the H&K consortium under AIF is the HK 416F, a rifle chambered for the NATO-caliber 5.56mm cartridge. The rifle also has the ability to fire grenades and can be fitted with a 40mm grenade launcher to maximize the firepower.

The German HK416F marks the first standard-issue rifle in French Army service sourced from another country.

Over 100,000 of these new assault rifles are being procured with deliveries beginning in 2017 and running through 2019.

Source:  DGA
Associated URL: http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/177332/france-orders-hk
Source Date: September 23, 2016
Posted: 09/27/2016

 
 
RUSSIA SUCCESSFULLY TESTS S-400 MISSILE SYSTEM
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Source: Russian MoD


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MOSCOW - A Russian official announced on September 27 that the military has conducted a testing of the S-400 air-defense system. The test, which occurred in the Central Military District, was described by the aide to the Central Military District's commander as successful.

Tass News Agency quoted the aide, Yaroslav Roshchupkin, as saying, "The crews excellently coped with combat launches, made in a joint exercise with the 14th Air Force and Air Defense Army at the Telemba proving ground in Buryatia.

"Six missiles were launched to destroy hard-to-hit high-speed missile targets Kaban travelling along a flat path at a speed of 1,200 meters per second at an altitude of 45 kilometers," he said.

The Central Military District began receiving the S-400 last year.

Russia has also deployed the S-400 abroad to its combat operation in Syria. The missile system arrived in Latakia at the end of last year, amid a flare-up in tension with Turkey following the downing of a Russian Su-24 by Turkish F-16s.

Source:  Tass News Agency
Associated URL: http://tass.com/defense/902434?_ga=1.125106953.2014227616.1458307743
Source Date: September 27, 2016
Posted: 09/27/2016

 

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