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First ex-US Army OH-58Ds delivered to Croatia


The Croatian air force has received its first batch of ex-US Army Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, which were ferried to Zadar-Zemunik air base on the Adriatic coast on 30 June.

A US Air Force Reserve Command Lockheed Martin C-5B Galaxy delivered five examples of the rotorcraft that were built between 2010 and 2012, plus one simulator, the Croatian ministry of defence says.

The sale is worth some HRK97 million ($14.5 million), and covers the acquisition of 16 Kiowa Warrior examples, three simulators and spares. The budget was approved by the Croatian government in May 2016, and falls under budget years 2017-2020.

Training of Croatian instructors and maintenance personnel, meanwhile, is valued at $3.8 million and will be provided by certified civilian contractors under US funding.

Croatia previously showed interest in acquiring surplus US Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks to replace its Mil Mi-8/17 fleet, and it was expected that Zagreb would transfer its older fleet to Ukraine or another NATO nation. However, the proposal has seemingly been abandoned or at least shelved for an unspecified period.

The US Army is retiring more than 300 OH-58Ds as outlined in its 2013 Aviation Restructure Initiative that favoured the Boeing AH-64D/E Apache combined with Textron RQ-7 Shadow unmanned air vehicles for its armed aerial scout role.

Croatia becomes the first nation to receive OH-58Ds under the US State Department’s Excess Defense Articles framework, to be followed by Tunisia, which is receiving 24 examples.

Tunisia has also received authorisation for the possible sale of a weapons package including 10 Lockheed AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for integration on-board its Kiowa Warriors, valued at some $100 million.

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phoca_thumb_l_kiowe_30072016_02Image @MORH/ T. Brandtphoca_thumb_l_kiowe_30072016_13.jpgImage @MORH/ T. Brandt

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US Army is looking for a light reconnaissance helicopter to fill the vacant role made by the retirement of Bell’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

Croatia’s Parliament approves purchase of 16 OH-58D Kiowa helicopters

OH-58D Kiowa Warriors: Details 






Fresh reports have appeared that the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted heavy air strikes in the area where the Mi-8 helicopter had been shot downed by the Army of Conquest (Jaish al-Fatah). According to pro-jihadists sources, Russian air strikes were targeted the militant-held areas of Abu Dhuhur and Tell Tawkan.

On August 1, the militants shot downed a Russian Mi-8 helicopter that was delivering humanitarian aid to Aleppo cityPhoto inside cabin of the downed Mi-8AMTSh.It use to be a transport ambulance helicopter:



Meanwhile, south of Aleppo City, the Syrian army has succesfully counter-attacked along the road between Hakima School and the 1070 Apartment Project. The counter-attack was supported by massive air raids of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Air Force.

The ANNA News video (above) depicts Syrian army units inside the 1070 Apartment Project that are saving civilians and preparing to develop the counter-attack in order to reverse the gains of the joint jihadi forces. The ANNA News journalist said that up to 5000 militants oppose the Syrian army in the area. According to him, the Syrian government deployed enough troops and military equipment for the successfull operation.


Original post @southfront.org


Downed transport helicopter(212 yellow) in prev. time was shown when transporting wounded little Syrian girl


BAE, Rheinmetall shortlisted for Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 program


Two companies shortlisted for the army’s mounted combat reconnaissance capability.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz   |   Aug. 1, 2016 at 1:20 PM

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 1 (UPI) — BAE Systems and Rheinmetall have been chosen to participate in the next state of evaluation for Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 program, the defense department announced.

LAND 400 is a program to acquire and support the next generation of Australia’s armored fighting vehicles with cutting edge firepower, protection and mobility, the defense department said.

It will deliver enhanced survivability levels for the land forces with sensors, weapons and information systems that will be networked to strategic intelligence platforms.

It will deliver replacements for the Australian light armored vehicle and M113 armored personnel carrier fleets.

Phase 2 involves assessing mounted combat reconnaissance capabilities.

Rheinmetall has offered the Boxer 8×8 combat reconnaissance vehicle, while BAE put forth the AMV35 vehicle.

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Rheinmetall and Tectonica to partner for Australia’s Land 400 Phase 2 program

CobSL1LWcAAZPWD.jpgBoxer CRV – Image @boxercrv

Published: Wednesday, 04 November 2015 08:24

Rheinmetall has announced on Oct. 29 a partnership with Melbourne-based defence systems integrator Tectonica Australia Pty Ltd for the development and manufacture of a sophisticated Local Situational Awareness System (LSAS) for the BOXER Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) in response to the Commonwealth of Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 Request For Tender.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Andrew Fletcher said Rheinmetall would provide funding and support to Tectonica to develop and manufacture a next generation LSAS that enhances the situational awareness of the BOXER CRV.

The battle proven BOXER 8×8 provides a unique mix of survivability, mobility and lethality that allows the vehicle to operate effectively across the full spectrum of combat operations. If selected for LAND 400 the BOXER CRV will provide the Australian Army with a combat proven, low risk capability that can be rapidly transitioned into service and easily supported through life.

“Rheinmetall is delighted to partner with Tectonica, a proven leader in the Australian Defence industry that employs highly skilled engineers and manufacturing workers, invests significantly in research and development and exports its products globally,” Mr Fletcher said.

Mr Fletcher said Tectonica was among 300 companies that met with Rheinmetall executives through June and July as part of its comprehensive supplier engagement activity in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide.

In the event BOXER is selected as Australia’s CRV under LAND 400 Phase 2, Tectonica will manufacture the LSAS and Rheinmetall will offer it for export through its global supply chain, ensuring ongoing local support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) whilst securing Australian jobs.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to provide a vital situational awareness capability to the ADF in partnership with a world leader in armoured vehicles,” said Tectonica Managing Director David Levy.

The President of Rheinmetall’s Combat Platforms Business Unit, Ben Hudson, said the company was committed to the creation of an enduring Australian capability beyond the minimum LAND 400 Australian Industry Capability (AIC) requirements and the application of Australian technology for global requirements.

“Tectonica has provided an innovative proposal that will dramatically increase the situational awareness of the BOXER CRV crew and we see potential application not only to the BOXER CRV but also to our wider family of military vehicles in-service around the world,” Mr Hudson said. Source @armyrecognition.com

Boxer CRV at Unterluss May 2016

Defence Technology Review Magazine

Published on May 31, 2016

One of three Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles for the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 2 program at the Rheinmetall facility, Unterluss, Germany, May 2016.

Patria and BAE Systems Submit Australian Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle Bid

1434581937486.jpgBAE Systems Land 400 vehicle – Image @baesystems.com 

(Source: Patria; issued Sept 4, 2015)

Patria and BAE Systems have offered a highly protected armoured vehicle integrated with a combat proven turret as the solution that will best meet the Australian Army’s mounted combat reconnaissance requirements. The companies offer the AMV35 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) under Phase 2 of the Land 400 Program.

The solution combines Patria’s Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) and BAE Systems Hägglunds’ E35 turret system. Both are qualified and in service with NATO nations.

The Patria AMV has been selected by seven nations with 1,400 contracted vehicles. The platform has attained a strong combat reputation, chiefly based on the strength of its operational performance e.g. in Afghanistan. The BAE Systems-Hägglunds manned turret system is fitted to the successful CV90 family of infantry fighting vehicles operated by five nations. It has been used on crisis management and combat missions across the globe.

“The AMV-35 vehicle offers a very strong solution with extraordinary operational performance in various situations and threats. Its protection, firepower, situational awareness systems, and mobility are unrivalled”, says Mika Kari, President of Patria’s Land Business Unit.

BAE Systems is the prime contractor in this offer and Patria will provide vehicle technology and platform. Patria and BAE Systems team will manufacture and support the AMV35 in Australia, securing and retaining in-country capability, and contributing significantly to the Australian economy throughout the expected 30+ year life of the vehicles. If selected, this project has also a high positive impact on the Patria operations in Finland. According to the public information shared by the Australian Department of Defence, the final decision will be made in the beginning of 2018.

Patria is a trusted provider of defence, security and aviation life-cycle support services and technology solutions. Patria has operations and projects in countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Poland, United Arab Emirates, USA and South Africa. Versatile duties employ today some 2,800 skilled professionals. Source @defense-aerospace.com

AMV35 down selected for Land 400 phase 2

BAE Systems Australia

Published on Jul 27, 2016

The AMV35 has been down selected for the Land 400 phase 2 program.

We’re committed to building the AMV35 in Australia, providing jobs for the Australian defence industry.

Israeli Ministry of Defense unveils its new Eitan 8×8 APC armoured vehicle personnel carrier


Published: Monday, 01 August 2016 16:53

Today, August 1, 2016, the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) has unveiled a new 8×8 armoured vehicle personnel carrier (APC) called Eitan. According the Israeli MoD, the vehicle will replace the old tracked armoured personnel carrier M113 in service with the Israeli army since many years.

Eitan_8x8_APC_wheeled_armoured_vehicle_personnel_carrier_Israel_Israeli_army_defense_industry_640_001The new Israeli-made Eitan 8×8 APC armoured vehicle personnel carrier
The new Eitan has a weight from 30,000 to 35,000 kg and can carry a total of 12 military personnel including commander, driver and gunner. The vehicle will be fitted with a new generation of active protection system based on the Trophy Active Protection System developed by the Israeli Defense Company Rafael to counter RPG and modern anti-tank missile threats.

Brigadier General Baruch Matzliah, head of the Ministry’s Tank Production Office, said ” The Eitan was developed from the experience of Israeli troop during the Israel-Gaza conflict 2014 and the Operation Protective Edge”. “This new vehicle will join the fleet of Namer tracked armoured vehicle personnel carrier to offer one of the most advanced, protected wheeled combat vehicle.”, he added.

Israeli MOD, said that the Tank Production Office and the Israeli Ground Forces command have just started field tests to control the performances of the vehicle in various conditions.

The Eitan is motorized with a 750 horsepower engine and will be able to reach a 90 km/h road speed. The vehicle will be fitted with an unmanned turret armed with an automatic cannon of 30 or 40 mm.

As many other armies in the world, IDF (Israel Defense Forces) have make the choice to use wheeled armoured vehicle which offers more mobility with a ground pressure considerably higher than that of their tracked armoured counterparts. Modern wheeled combat vehicle also can offer the same level of firepower of main battle tank, as the Italian Centauro which can be armed with a 120mm gun.



Israel Develops a Highly Protected APC to Replace Thousands of M-113 ‘Tin Cans’


The Israeli prototype is based on a proven automotive system, with an operationally proven powertrain that has been adopted by several armed forces in Europe. According to the head of Mantak, Brig. General Baruch Mazliah, using commercially available automotive components enabled the designers to develop an APC that will cost half as the tracked Namer, and less than similar wheeled APCs available in the world market. The hull was developed in the country, along with the weapon systems, survivability and protection systems used. According to Mazliah, the need for a wheeled armored vehicle such as Eitan evolved from lessons learned in recent combat operations in Gaza. The Eitan complements the Merkava and Namer, as it can transport infantry squads on roads, without relying on tank transporters. Eitan has a maximum road speed of +90 km/h (56 mp/h).

Similar to Merkava and Namer, Eitan does not rely only on ballistic armor for protection but uses a combination of survivability systems for to enhance the survival of the crew, passengers, and the entire vehicle. Designed for a gross vehicle weight of up to 35 tons (77,000 pounds), Eitan provides sufficient base protection for common battlefield threats. Using the Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS), the vehicle can effectively avoid high-level threats without proportionally increasing the weight of its armor. To protect the occupants from blast effects, of mines and IEDs, Eitan has been designed with protected, relatively high floor. The passive protection provided by modular armor is applied to the vehicle’s front and sides, while equipment modules add to its security. The vehicle will be initially produced at the Israel MOD AFV plant, at an annual production rate of several dozens of vehicles, as is the case with the Namer ICV.


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