September’s top stories: Obama authorises anti-chemical weapons

2 October 2013 (Last Updated February 6th, 2020 10:01)

Barack Obama has authorised the supply of non-lethal warfare equipment to the Syrian rebels, while the Netherlands announced plans to sell infantry fighting vehicles.

September’s top stories: Obama authorises anti-chemical weapons

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Netherlands Defence Ministry plans to sell CV90 vehicles

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to sell 44 BAE Systems CV9035NL infantry fighting vehicles, following new cuts in the defence budget.

The Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) had disposed of Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks, a limited number of PzH2000 self-propelled howitzers and 40 anti-tank configured Fenneks, due to budget cutbacks in 2011, according to Shephard.

Since then the Fenneks have been stored at a former United States Army Europe Prepositioned Organisational Materiel Site (POMS) site, along with 116 Leopard II and 32 PzH2000s.

Meritor develops new electronic systems for military vehicles

Meritor has developed two new electronic systems to help military vehicles improve their manoeuvrability through varied terrains and extreme conditions, with enhanced traction and mobility.

Called SmartFlow central tire inflation system (CTIS) and DriveCommand Drivetrain Control (DTC), the new systems are designed to offer customised tire pressure and drivetrain management through mud, sand and snow, on highways, cross-country and in emergency situations.

Independently controlled by a single human machine interface (HMI) unit, the lightweight systems can readily mount on a cab or high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) chassis, as well as on the joint light tactical vehicles (JLTV).

Obama authorises anti-chemical weapons supply for Syrian rebels

US President Barack Obama has authorised the supply of non-lethal warfare equipment to help the Syrian rebel forces defend against a potential chemical attack, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden has revealed.

Hayden said in a statement that Obama has signed a presidential determination waiving certain restrictions under the Arms Export Control Act, which enables US Government to deliver or license certain non-lethal assistance inside, or related to, Syria.

''This action is part of long-standing and ongoing efforts to provide life-saving chemical weapons-related assistance to people in need in Syria,'' Hayden said.

US DoD initiates missile defence site study

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has initiated a study to evaluate five potential candidate sites for deployment of additional ground-based interceptors (GBI) in the continental US, Pentagon officials have revealed.

Located on federal land, all five shortlisted sites operated either by the DoD and the National Guard or both, according to the officials, who also noted the move is pursuant to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

The sites include Fort Drum in New York, Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Vermont, Naval Air Station Portsmouth SERE Training Area in Maine, Camp Ravenna Joint Training Center in Ohio, as well as Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan, US.

Sky Sapience hands HoverMast-100 tethered hovering systems to IDF

The Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) ground forces command has taken delivery of the upgraded Hovermast-100 tethered hovering system from Sky Sapience, during a ceremony at the company's experiment facility in Israel.

Delivered following several live demonstrations, including from a moving pick-up truck on difficult terrain, the patented system is scheduled to enter operational evaluation shortly.

Sky Sapience CEO and founder brigadier general, Gabriel Shachor, said the company is confident that IDF will find HoverMast an invaluable tool for its intelligence gathering and surveillance (ISR) missions, and will place further orders in the future.

Turkish Army orders CSI's Husky Mark III mine detectors

Critical Solutions International (CSI) has received a contract for supply of its two-operator Husky Mark III vehicle mounted mine detectors (VMMDs) to the Turkish Army.

Awarded to CSI's distributor IPA Defence and its strategic partner DCD Protected Mobility, the unspecified contract covers the supply of four Husky vehicles to help enhance mine and improvised explosive device (IED) detection, interrogation and clearance capabilities of the Turkish military.

Vehicles supplied under the contract will be fitted with several mission equipment packages, such as the Fassi M20AL lightweight composite interrogation arm, QinetiQ-NA-built rocket-propelled grenade net protection system (Q-Net), as well as a 360° situational awareness camera system, jointly manufactured by CSI and Torc Robotics.

Chemring develops lightweight Resolve manpack EW system

Chemring Technology Solutions (CTS) has developed a lightweight variant of its Resolve manpack electronic warfare (EW) system for on-the-march military operations.

Weighing 22lbs, the newly launched system provides an alternative EW system to the standard Resolve manpack, which provides dismounted soldiers with advanced signals analysis enabling multiple mission profiles.

In addition, the system readily fits into a standard daysack, offering more flexible EW capabilities to exploit several communications systems.

Cameroon orders Mi-17 military transport helicopters from Russia

Cameroon's Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Russia for the delivery of Mil Mi-17 multirole military transport helicopters.

The contract was signed with Russian state-arm-exporter Rosoboronexport, a unit of Russian Technologies, during the recent MAKS-2013 International Air Space Show in Zhukovsky, Moscow, Interfax-AVN reports.

Rosoboronexport's CEO, Anatoly Isaikin, was quoted by the news agency as saying the contract represents the first agreement in the military-technical cooperation domain between Russia and Cameroon.

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