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Year Estonia will finish merging police and navy vessels fleet.
Value of the contract Oshkosh Defense won for JLTV trucks.
Number of precision-guided cargo delivery drones Silent Arrow will provide for the US Air Force.
Number of compact team radios the Canadian Armed Forces ordered from L3Harris.
Distance travelled by the Russian Zircon hypersonic missile during test launch.
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Navies of Sri Lanka, India and Maldives conduct maritime drills
The navies of India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka have conducted a two-day maiden exercise known as Colombo Security Conclave Focused Operation. The exercise, held on 27 and 28 November, was aimed at enhancing maritime security cooperation and promote peace in the Indian Ocean Region. It also focused on improving mutual operational capability and exercise interoperability.
Read more at Naval Technology
Rheinmetall completes trials of composite rubber track on Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle
Rheinmetall has completed testing of Soucy composite rubber tracks (CRT) on the Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle. The trials showcased that the IFV could use both steel and composite rubber tracks. Rheinmetall managing director Gary Stewart said that the latest demonstrations confirm flexible configurations of the vehicle. During the demonstration trials, the vehicle was reconfigured from its base steel track system to the CRT.
USAF contracts Tomorrow.io for spaceborne weather data
The US Air Force has awarded a contract to meteorological intelligence company Tomorrow.io to provide 3D global weather and ocean data. The $19.3m contract will see the company support a constellation of high-tech weather satellites, which can observe precipitation and storm structures from space. The spaceborne weather data will be provided to the Hanscom Air Force Base-headquartered Aerospace Management Systems Division.
Read more on Air Force Technology
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India-Russia defence engagements have progressed in an unprecedented manner in recent times. We hope Russia will remain a major partner for India in these challenging circumstances.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during the India-Russia 2+2 format dialogue
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As we approach the end of 2021, a super year for Royal Naval Reserve in terms of delivery, we are bringing focus to recognising and rewarding our people and their achievements.
We start by reminding ourselves of our team commendation for our support to the UK MOD’s response to Covid 19.
Commodore Commander Maritime Reserves Melanie S. Robinson ADC on Royal Naval Reserve receiving a commendation for its contribution to the UK Government’s Covid 19 response.
Welcome to the British Army’s 60 Second Update for December.— British Army (@BritishArmy) December 1, 2021
🪖 Our Future Soldier plans for the next decade and beyond.
🇲🇱 Protecting the people of Mali.
🏎 Going Extreme and Electric.
🎄 Wishing our soldiers and families a very Happy Christmas. pic.twitter.com/qHMsWSc3Rr
A British F35 pilot from HMS Queen Elizabeth ejected during routine flying operations in the Mediterranean this morning.— Ministry of Defence Press Office (@DefenceHQPress) November 17, 2021
The pilot has been safely returned to the ship and an investigation has begun, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.
27, NOV, the JS ABUKUMA conducted a Japan-Peru goodwill exercise with the Peruvian Navy corvette GUISE in the East China Sea. Through the exercise, the JMSDF improved its tactical skills and deepened its friendship and mutual understanding with the Peruvian Navy. #FOIP pic.twitter.com/P5VB92BWVt— JMSDF Self-Defense Fleet ENG (@JMSDF_SDF_ENG) November 30, 2021
Babcock marks the completion of the new Rosyth assembly hall with a recruitment drive. Credit: Babcock International.
The guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) transits the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: MC2 Scott Barnes/US Navy.
Northrop Grumman has delivered 10,000 GMLRS rocket motors in support of the US Army’s GMLRS programme. Credit: Northrop Grumman.
A US Army UH-60 Black Hawk of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Wings of Victory, flies over the Black Sea for maritime operations crew certification flights off the coast of Bulgaria on May 5, 2021, during Exercise Swift Response 21, part of DEFENDER-Europe 21. Credit: US Army
The British Army has sent almost 2,000 troops to Liverpool to help with the mass testing of residents for Covid-19. Image: Crown Copyright / MOD