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06 Aug 15. UK to supply new C-IED support package to Pakistan. The UK will supply a new, enhanced three-year package of counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) support to Pakistan, the country’s defence secretary Michael Fallon has revealed. The latest support builds on the successful C-IED package provided by the UK between 2012 and 2015, and will enable Pakistan to find and defuse IEDs, which allegedly caused more than 16,000 casualties in the country during the past decade.
The package will also include vital training in how to gather and analyse forensic evidence from bomb scenes.
Fallon said: “By sharing British counter-IED expertise, we have already trained 5,000 Pakistanis to defuse these evil and dangerous devices.
“This new offer means thousands more could be trained, saving lives, and preventing life changing injuries.
“Our counter-IED work here is all part of our close partnership with Pakistan and our shared determination to fight terrorism. By working together, we will make our streets safer at home in the UK and here in Pakistan.”
To date, the UK had donated 12 million C-IED equipment units to Pakistan, at their request, to help the country develop effective and sustainable counter terrorism capabilities.
The C-IED equipment, supplied along with search equipment, vehicles, storage and flights, as well as training, enhances Pakistani police, civil defence and military capacity to dismantle IED networks, and improve intelligence available to countering emerging IED threats.
The C-IED programme also assists Pakistan in establishing a multi-agency capability for combating IEDs.
The Pakistani battalions who benefited from the UK support are said to be currently operating in counter-terrorism operations in the North Waziristan Agency, bordering Afghanistan. (Source: army-technology.com)
05 Aug 15. US Army seeks Stinger-based defence against cruise missiles.
The US Army issued a request for information (RfI) for a Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger-based air defence system to counter cruise missiles on 4 August.
The RfI, which was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, calls for sources with the capability to provide engineering services in support of the Stinger missile in relation to the development of the Cruise Missile Defense Systems (CMDS) for both United States and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.
As highlighted in the RfI, the Stinger is a short-ranged fire-and-forget shoulder-launched man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) designed to provide point-defence for ground forces against attack or observation by low-flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), helicopters, and fixed-wing threats out to 4.5km.
The missile currently utilises a high-explosive, hit-to-kill warhead with a contact fuze, and can be fired from a range of platforms, including ground vehicles, UAVs, and helicopters. While no configuration has been disclosed, in the CMDS role it will be either a static or mobile ground-based system.
Having first entered service in 1981, the Stinger is now in its Advanced FIM-92E Stinger Block 1 configuration. A FIM-92E Block 2 configuration with an improved infrared/ultraviolet seeker that could defeat low-signature cruise missiles was shelved not long after engineering and manufacturing development was begun in 2000.
The RfI provides no details on the configuration of the proposed CMDS, or if it will be a mobile vehicle-based or a static solution. No details of timelines, numbers, or contract values were released either.
More than 44,000 Stinger missiles have been delivered to US forces and 17 export customers, with Raytheon claiming a more than 90% success rate in over 1,500 tactical firings, resulting in more than 270 kills against helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Besides the US Army, customers include Germany, India, Ital