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RUSSIA TO ACQUIRE NEW MINE-RESISTANT VEHICLES
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Source: Vitaly Kuzmin

MOSCOW - Russian media has reported, citing a source in the military, that the Russian Army will soon take delivery of new mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles. These will be provided for both reconnaissance and Special Forces units.

The source indicated that the vehicles will be the Typhoon-U produced by Ural Automotive Plant and the Typhoon-K, manufactured by KamAZ.

Reportedly, the Ministry of Defense has already decided to procure the vehicles, but has not determined how many of each it will order.

The vehicles, once in service, will serve alongside the Tigr infantry vehicles already operated by Russian troops. Both Typhoon-Us and Typhoon-Ks are able to carry several tons of cargo or up to 16 passengers, at speeds of 100 kilometers per hour.

Source:  Sputnik International
Associated URL: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160525/1040228635/russia-new-armored-vehicles.
Source Date: May 26, 2016
Posted: 05/26/2016

 
 
MILREM'S AUTONOMOUS GROUND VEHICLE SUCCESSFULLY PASSES FIRST SET OF MILITARY TESTS
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
TALLINN, Estonia - Milrem has announced that its unmanned ground vehicle passed rigorous tests by the Defence Forces Logistics Battalion during Spring Storm (Kevadtorm), a simulated battlefield event. Soldiers tested the Milrem vehicle for three days, using it mainly for transporting equipment and materials; something that is typically done manually or with bigger vehicles.

The THeMIS UGV can be customized to carry out different operations. The UGV carries supplies that previously needing to be transported manually. This eases the burden of soldiers in the field.

With the sector for unmanned ground vehicles slated to grow exponentially, Milrem cites the U.S. Army initiative Squad Maneuver Equipment Transport (SMET). This program partners the Army with industry to develop requirements and capabilities for enabling robots to haul a squad of soldier gear for a 72-hour patrol.

THeMIS will be used in environments where sending in a person would be dangerous or in working environments that are difficult for a human to reach. The benefit of THeMIS is modularity. All devices have been installed inside the tracks, leaving the middle platform free for different superstructures.

Development of Milrem's THeMIS takes place in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Forces of Estonia. Milrem also cooperates with several Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian universities and companies.

Source:  Milrem
Associated URL: http://milrem.ee/en
Source Date: May 25, 2016
Posted: 05/26/2016

 
 
TIGER AND APACHE PILOTS PARTNER FOR ELECTRONIC WARFARE TRAINING
Monday, May 23, 2016

Source: US Army

FRITZLAR, Germany - Soldiers from Kampfhubschrauberregiment 36 "Kurhessen," 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, and JägerBattalion 291, conducted a four day joint helicopter training exercise, "Strong Punch," focused on electronic warfare detection and evasion techniques, May 17-20, at Heeresflugplatz Fritzlar.

Strong Punch is an exercise laboratory in which German and American aviators can evaluate and refine the effectiveness of their current tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP's) in a threat environment that consists of real world, modern electronic warfare platforms (EW) and reconnaissance surveillance equipment.

The exercise began in 2013 when Staff Captain Thomas Müller and Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Sims had the idea to train together using the reconnaissance assets from JägerBattalion 291. Their goal was to cultivate the aviator experience base in their respective formations by flying training missions against an active opposing force.

Each day of the exercise brought a new scenario and focused on a different type of operation. The first day consisted of a screening mission and a forward passage of lines. The second day was an air interdiction. The exercise culminated in a search and destroy mission against a vehicle convoy.

The opposing force consisted of Bundeswehr Soldiers from the 4th Company, JägerBattalion 291, Deutsch-Französische Brigade out of Illkirch-Graffenstaden, Germany.

The 4th Company is organized as a reconnaissance company and operates as an independent reconnaissance unit. Their primary electronic monitoring system is the RASIT radar system mounted on a German Fox transport vehicle.

The RASIT radar is a ground surveillance pulse doppler system used to detect personnel, vehicles, and aircraft.

"Seeing the reconnaissance company shooting flares to simulate a surface-to-air missile strike was revealing," said Capt. James Freeman, an AH-64 Apache pilot from HHC, 12th CAB. "You just can't replicate that feeling of vulnerability from a simulator."

This multinational exercise met several training objectives for Kampfhubschrauberregiment 36 who are building readiness as part of the European Battle group, and also 1st Bn., 3rd Avn. Regt. who are members of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF).

The lessons learned in Strong Punch will further prepare the Vipers of 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, for Anakonda 16.

Exercise Anakonda 2016 is an upcoming Polish national exercise that seeks to train, exercise and integrate Polish national command and force structures into an allied, joint, multinational environment.

Source:  US Army
Associated URL: https://www.army.mil/article/168390/Tiger_and_Apache_pilots_partner_for_electronic_warfare_training/
Source Date: May 23, 2016
Author: Capt. Jaymon Bell 
Posted: 05/26/2016

 

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