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AEROVIRONMENT PARTICIPATES IN CONTRACT SIGNING CEREMONY FOR ADF WASP AE PACKAGE
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Wasp AE UAS selected by ADF

Source: Australian Defence Force


Wasp AE UAS selected by ADF

Source: Australian Defence Force


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CANBERRA - AeroVironment, Inc. has participated in a signing ceremony here for the formal execution of contracts (first announced June 1, 2017) to deliver Wasp AE unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) over a three-year period commencing July 1, 2018.

AeroVironment is working closely with Australian partners XTEK, General Dynamics Mediaware and Sentient Vision to provide Wasp AE, a proven capability in service with militaries around the world, which will then be modified with Australian content to meet both ADF and Australia industry needs. XTEK and AeroVironment will provide local maintenance, training and field support to serve the immediate needs of ADF while expanding AeroVironment's global support capabilities.

"This contract to supply Wasp AE small UAV systems to support the Australian Defence Force is the result of 10 years of work with XTEK and the Commonwealth, including thorough operational testing, bringing small UAS compatible with the U.S. operations to Australia, and adding capabilities from Australian companies," said David Sharpin, vice-president of AeroVironment's Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) business unit. "This collaboration reflects the unwavering commitment of all four companies and the ADF to support and protect the dedicated members of the Australian armed forces with the best UAS capabilities available in the world today - to help them proceed with certainty and ensure successful missions."

Sharpin said this contract is another indication of AeroVironment's growing global footprint. AeroVironment now counts more than 40 allied countries as customers for its family of small UAS, including Wasp AE, Raven, Puma AE and support services.

At only 2.8 pounds, AeroVironment's Wasp AE is packed with powerful features, such as superior imagery, increased endurance, encrypted video and ease of use, that are inherent in all AeroVironment UAS solutions. Launched by hand and capable of landing on the ground or in fresh or salt water, the Wasp AE’s portability and flexibility make it ideal for infantry, littoral and maritime reconnaissance operations anyplace in the world.

Source:  AeroVironment
Associated URL: http://investor.avinc.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1034328
Source Date: July 25, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
U.S. AIR FORCE BOMBERS INTEGRATE WITH ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE JTACS
Monday, July 24, 2017
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Source: US Air Force


Source: US Air Force


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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers based at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam conducted two separate integration training missions with Royal Australian Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers as part of Exercise Talisman Saber 17 at Shoalwater Field Training Area, Australia, July 17 and 19, 2017.

Talisman Saber is a biennial, combined U.S. and Australian training exercise designed to train respective military forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations to improve the combat readiness and interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces.

The 12.5-hour sorties were comprised of two B-1Bs each and flown as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission, which has operated in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region since 2004.

"The Australian and U.S. air forces continue to pursue our shared commitment to safeguarding regional security and stability with missions and exercises like Continuous Bomber Presence and Talisman Saber," said Maj. Gen. Russ Mack, the Pacific Air Forces vice commander. "Exercising and validating our ability to train and operate seamlessly together ensures our ability to collectively respond to any crisis or contingency."

During the missions, the B-1 pilots were able to maintain contact with JTACs on the ground in order to safely and effectively deliver firepower when and where determined by the Australian team.

The realistic and challenging exercise is in line with the Talisman Saber goal of bringing service members closer and improving both nations' ability to work bilaterally and multilaterally, preparing them to provide security regionally and globally. Talisman Saber's major undertaking illustrates the closeness of the Australian and U.S. alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship.

"Conducting training with our American counterparts on a tactical level is integral to ensuring that together we remain combat ready," said Royal Australian Air Force Air Commodore Joe Iervasi, the Air Warfare Centre commander. "This exercise, and others like it, demonstrate our commitment to continuing to hone our skills as a combined force."

As demonstrated by these missions, Talisman Saber provides an invaluable opportunity to conduct operations in a combined environment that will increase both countries' ability to plan and execute contingency responses, from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts.

Continuous Bomber Presence rotations have contributed to regional security and stability since March 2004. This presence ensures that the U.S., along with key allies such as Australia, have a credible capability to respond to a variety of levels and types of threats throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

Source:  Pacific Air Forces
Associated URL: af.mil
Source Date: July 24, 2017
Posted: 07/25/2017

 
 
VIETNAM ORDERS RUSSIAN T-90 TANKS
Monday, July 24, 2017
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Source: Rosoboronexport


Source: Rosoboronexport


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LONDON - Vietnam confirmed through state-run news agencies on July 21 that it has ordered 64 of Russia's T-90S/SK main battle tanks. These include baseline tanks (the 'S' indicates export model0 and command variants (the 'K' indicator) with the estimated price tag for the acquisition placed at $250 million. The order comes amidst growing focus placed on the country's air force and navy as Vietnam's security planners pay ever-increasing attention to China's actions in nearby waters.

The Vietnam People's Army operates a mix of Soviet-designed main battle tanks, most of which were acquired from different countries producing variants under licensed agreement such as Poland (T-72s) and China (T-59s). But besides the aforementioned T-72s the vast bulk of the Army's tank inventory is mothballed and obsolete.

The T-90S tanks are likely to be used as replacements for the aging T-55s, few of which remain operational.

Source:  IHS Jane's
Associated URL: http://www.janes.com/article/72537/vietnam-confirms-order-of-russian-t-90-tanks
Source Date: July 24, 2017
Posted: 07/24/2017

 

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