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UK CONSIDERING FURTHER SUPPORT TO FIGHT AGAINST DAESH
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Source: UK MoD

STUTTGART, Germany - United Kingdom Defence Secretary Michael Fallon met with counterparts from ten countries in the Global Coalition against Daesh May 4 to review recent progress and consider further steps to accelerate the campaign.

During the counter-Daesh Coalition meeting held in Stuttgart, Defence Secretary announced that the UK will consider a further training and advisory package to help Iraqi ground forces tackle the terrorist organization. This builds on the most recent deployment, in March, of additional personnel to provide training in areas such as bridge building as well as specialist medical staff.

"Make no mistake - Iraqi forces have Daesh on the back foot and are retaking territory, hitting its finances and striking its leadership," said Fallon. "Now is the time to build on recent success and we are looking hard at what more we can offer as Iraqi combat operations intensify."

Further support will enhance the UK’s leading role in the fight against Daesh. The RAF has carried out the second highest number of strikes in Iraq and, since it obtained permission for air strikes, in Syria. In Besmaya, Erbil, Taji and the Al Asad Air Base in Anbar Province, UK personnel are training Iraqi and Kurdish Security Forces in infantry skills, Counter-IED and combat medical techniques.

The meeting, attended by US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian and German Minister of Defence Dr. Ursula Von der Leyen as well as representatives from Australia, Italy, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain, also provided an opportunity to review support to the Kurdish Regional Government. The Defence Secretary announced that Britain plans to provide Kurdish Peshmerga fighters with a further £1 million worth of ammunition.

The UK Government has already gifted over 50 tons of non-lethal equipment, nearly half a million rounds of ammunition, 1000 counter-Improvised Explosive Device (c-IED) Vallon detectors and has delivered over 300 tons of weapons and equipment on behalf of other nations. This latest package will consist of sniper rounds and will replenish stocks of ammunition for the heavy machine guns, also gifted by the UK. British military personnel have also trained over 3,400 Peshmerga troops as they play a key role in this fight.

Source:  UK MoD
Associated URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-considering-further-support-to-fight-against-daesh
Source Date: May 4, 2016
Posted: 05/05/2016

 
 
TURKEY WANTS ARMED UAVS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Source: Baykar Makina Sanayi

ANKARA, Turkey - The Turkish government wants to field an armed unmanned air vehicle (UAV) at the earliest possible time. The desire to field armed UAVs received new urgency after Turkish southern cities bordering Syria came under increasing mortar attacks from the Islamic State militants.

Unmanned air vehicles will enable Turkey to better monitor Islamic State territory for rapidly developing threats. Armed UAVs will allow a quick response to these threats.

Turkey successfully tested an armed drone, the Bayraktar, on April 29.

Turkey also is speeding up development of an armed version of the Anka medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicle.

Source:  Defense News
Associated URL: http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/air-space/2016/05/05/turks-rush-armed-d
Source Date: May 5, 2016
Author: Burak Ege Bekdil 
Posted: 05/05/2016

 
 
RHEINMETALL TO SUPPLY AMMUNITION AND ACCESSORIES FOR BUNDESWEHR’S PUMA INFANTRY FIGHTING VEHICLE
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Source: Rheinmetall Defence

DÜSSELDORF, Germany - In the ongoing process of integrating the Puma infantry fighting vehicle into the German armed forces, Rheinmetall has recently booked a series of orders from Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). Besides production and delivery of 10,000 rounds of 30mm x 173 caliber armor-piercing ammunition, the Bundeswehr has contracted with Rheinmetall to modify a system gun rest, and to supply it with special tools and spare parts. The orders, placed from February to April, are worth over €12 million in total.

Rheinmetall’s Oberndorf unit is in charge of these projects. The former Mauser plant is the birthplace of the Puma’s newly developed main armament, the 30mm MK30-2/ABM automatic cannon. The accompanying array of ammunition includes programmable rounds, enabling the Puma to successfully engage a wide spectrum of targets.

Now being fielded by the Bundeswehr, the Puma IFV provides Germany’s mechanized infantry forces with a new principal weapons system, one that represents a whole new dimension in international armoured vehicle design. Setting new standards in every relevant capabilities category, the Puma lends itself to a multitude of operational scenarios and can be deployed in all climate zones. Delivery of the 350 IFVs ordered by the Bundeswehr will be complete by 2020.

Source:  Rheinmetall Defence
Associated URL: http://www.rheinmetall-defence.com/en/rheinmetall_defence/public_relations/news/
Source Date: May 4, 2016
Posted: 05/05/2016

 

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