Tuesday, 12 May 2020

U.S. and British Soldiers conduct recon exercise in Poland


U.S. and British Soldiers conduct a reconnaissance exercise during NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group-Poland mission in Bemowo Piskie, Poland.
On Monday, the Army press release said that Soldiers assigned to the Kronos Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment with British Soldiers, assigned to the Legion Troop, C Squadron, also known as the Light Dragoons, conduct a squad live-fire exercise during NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group-Poland mission.
Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) is a NATO-allied forward deployed defense and deterrence military posture in Central Europe, in order to protect and reassure NATO’s Central and Northern European member states on NATO’s eastern flank of their security.
Following Russia’s invasion of Crimea and its War in Donbass, NATO’s member states agreed at the 2016 Warsaw summit to forward deploy four multinational battalion battle groups to those NATO member states perceived to be most at risk of a possible Russian attack or invasion.
NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence consists of four battalion-sized battle groups deploying on a persistent rotational basis to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to demonstrate the alliance’s determination and ability to act as one in response to any aggression against its members.
Photo by Sgt. Timothy Hamlin
Photo by Sgt. Timothy Hamlin
Photo by Sgt. Timothy Hamlin
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Monday, 27 April 2020

1935 Talbot BG110 Sports Tourer Coachwork by Vanden Plas


1941 Pontiac hot rod


Ford Mustang Fastback, 1966


Ford Mustang Fastback, 1966

1969 Ford Mustang Mach1 428


1939 BMW 328 by Wendler

1939 BMW 328 by Wendler

Swiss Army to receive modern 120mm mortar systems


On Friday, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport announced the successful completion tests of an advanced version of Mörser 16 120mm self-propelled mortar carrier, and that these systems, finally, in 2024 will go to the Swiss army.
In January 2016, the Swiss Federal Office for Defense Procurement (Armasuisse) issued a Swiss company RUAG contract worth 404 million Swiss francs for the supply of 32 Mörser 16 self-propelled mortar systems and 12 special vehicles to the Swiss Army.
The new mortar systemі consists of RUAG COBRA Mortar System that mounted on PIRANHA 5 wheeled vehicle.
According to Armyrecognition.com, the COBRA is a high-tech mortar system that weighs 1,200 kg (without loading machine) or 1,350 kg (with loading machine). The recoil force is 30 tonnes in 30 milliseconds. The firing of the first round needs less than 60 seconds.
RUAG said that its COBRA Mortar System is quickly and accurately. Automatic setup and loading guarantees consistence with its 120 mm ammunition. Electrical drives make the system highly accurate, whilst ballistic computing enables MRSI firing (Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact).
The delivery was supposed to be produced from 2018 to 2022.
However, tests of the first manufactured samples of the Mörser 16 system, which led to improvements, and as a result, the Swiss Ministry of Defense approved the test results of the upgraded system only now, giving approval for its delivery to the army.
An advanced version of the Mörser 16 mortar systems will eventually be delivered only in 2024.
It is reported that the cost overrun for additional tests and improvements amounted to about 10 million francs, which RUAG agreed to cover at its own expense.
It should be noted that PIRANHA 5 wheeled chassis made for Mörser 16 will be the first production vehicles of this modification of the Piranha family (to date, the PIRANHA 5 armored personnel carrier has not found serial customers).
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Thailand confirms delay in Stryker procurement


The Royal Thai Army has confirmed that its procurement of additional Stryker M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicles has been delayed in response to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The Thai government has asked each ministry to cut its non-urgent and non-committal spending by at least 10 percent.
The Thai army was the latest branch of the armed forces to slash its 2020 budget on Wednesday by about 10 billion baht ($310 million), out of the total of 18 billion baht cut by the Ministry of Defence.
It also halved its planned 900 million baht procurement of over 100 Stryker armoured infantry carriers from the US and suspended purchases of other artillery, army spokesman Winthai Suvaree told a press briefing.
“It’s a high figure compared to other ministries. All the non-committal budgets have been cut,” said Colonel Winthai Suvaree.
Thailand has postponed the planned purchase of another batch of 50 U.S.-made M1126 armored fighting vehicles in the amount of 4.5 billion baht ($140 million) as part of a general budget cut of the Thai Ministry of Defense due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The procurement of the additional vehicles is expected to be delayed until next year.
In July 2019, the U.S. State Department had announced a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of 60 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles with equipment and support for an estimated cost of $175 million.
In August 2019, the Royal Thai Army received the first batch of Stryker armored fighting vehicles from the United States.
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