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13 May 13. WFEL exhibited at IDEF in Istanbul as it looks for new opportunities with the Turkish military. WFEL’s relationship with Turkey began in 2008 with an £8.5m order for the company’s next generation portable bridging system, the Dry Support Bridge (DSB). The contract, which was completed in 2011, included the procurement of Oshkosh vehicles on which Turkey transports and launches its DSBs, as well as a comprehensive training programme delivered on location. The DSB is the world’s longest unreinforced tactical military bridge and can span gaps of up to 46 metres. Able to withstand repeated crossings of up to MLC120, it can be deployed by a team of eight in under 90 minutes, making it one of the most efficient systems on the market. In addition to being employed by armed forces in combat situations, the DSB can also be used to provide tactical bridging in civilian disaster emergency relief operations, such as the Japanese tsunami in 2011.
17 May 13. Russia offers T-90S main battle tank to Peruvian Army. Russia is offering a full-scale model of its T-90S main battle tank (MBT) to the Peruvian Army in response to interest expressed by the service in the tank in 2012, Uralvagonzavod plant representative and former armed forces general Alexei Maslov has revealed. Announced at the ongoing 2013 International Defense Technology Exhibition and Prevention of Natural Disasters (SITDEF PERU) exhibition, the tank is currently being showcased at the army’s headquarters in Lima, Peru. Maslov was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying: “Given the genuine interest of Peru in purchasing T-90-type tanks, Uralvagonzavod is prepared to leave the tank in this country for testing after the exhibition is over.” Without disclosing the location of operational tests, Maslov said that Moscow had a good chance of selling T-90S tanks to Peru, which is expected to acquire between 120 and 170 tanks of the same class. However, the tank is expected to be transferred to the 18th Tank Brigade, which is based in Fuerte General de División EP Rafael Hoyos Rubio (Rímac) for comparative tests against US M1A1 Abrams, Spanish Leopard 2A4s and Dutch Leopard 2E6s, as well as Ukranian T-64E and T-84 MBTs, as reported earlier by Armyrecognition.com. This acquisition forms part of Project Ugarte, which seeks replacement of the land force’s ageing Russian T-55 tanks fleet. which was built between 1973 and 1978. An upgraded version of the T-72 tank, the T-90s MBT features a modernised 125mm gun, new fire control, navigation and communications systems, as well as a remotely-controlled mounted 7.62mm machine gun. The third-generation tank is powered by a multifuel 1,130hp diesel engine with gas turbine injection, which enables it to attain a top speed of more than 60kmph on the road and up to 45kmph on rough terrain. (Source: army-technology.com)
14 May 13. You probably haven’t seen anything quite like the S&S Stalker multi-purpose tactical vehicle. It’s a prop-driven, parachute lofted aircraft and an open-air ground assault vehicle in one super-capable package. The Stalker has been in development for 10 years and has just gotten the FAA flight certification a couple weeks ago. The vehicle needs to hit just 27 mph and cover 250 feet to launch. Once airborne, the truck can’t roll, dive or stall, making it easy to fly and tough to crash. Anyone with some canopy time will be comfortable with the controls, though a 30-day flight training class will get people up to a level of basic proficiency. The military can get folks in the air pretty quickly, but civilians will need to get no-kidding pilots licenses.
On the ground, the truck is still prop powered by the rotary engine. There is not traditional transmission and drive train. By th