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10 Sep 15. Pakistan to receive new C-IED support package from UK. The UK Government has announced plans to donate a package worth approximately £1m to Pakistan to support the previously gifted counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) equipment. Britain has gifted nearly £13m of C-IED equipment to Pakistan as part of a three-year programme to help the country develop a multi-agency ability to combat IEDs. The programme was completed in May this year. Last month, the UK offered a new enhanced three-year package of C-IED support, which will renew support in finding and defusing IEDs, and will also include vital training in how to gather and analyse forensic evidence from bomb scenes. The latest package covers the supply of spare parts for C-IED equipment, including Vallon metal detectors. In a written statement to Parliament, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said. “By working together, we will make our streets safer at home in the UK and in Pakistan.
“Pakistan has a rapidly expanding C-IED capability, with over 5,000 of its security forces trained, and more of these IEDs are being defeated across the provinces and lives are being saved.
“Pakistani battalions, who have benefited from UK support, have been operating for more than a year as part of the military’s counter terrorism operations.”
Facing a severe threat from IED attacks conducted by terrorists based in Pakistan, the country has requested the UK for assistance in developing the capabilities of its security forces to tackle IED threat, which allegedly caused more than 16,000 casualties in the country during the past decade.
Expected to be gifted later this year, the package is valued at £948,439, and the UK government will also spend approximately £40,000 for packaging and shipping of the equipment. (Source: army-technology.com)
09 Sep 15. OFB hands over locally built FH-77B to Indian Army for testing. India’s state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will deliver three licence-built Bofors FH-77B 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers to the Indian Army for maintainability and engineering evaluation by the end of 2015, officials said.
The howitzers, named Dhanush by the OFB, are likely to be handed over to the army in November, N K Sinha of the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) in Jabalpur said on 7 September.
The three upgraded guns, with electronic gun laying and sighting systems, are part of a limited series production of six howitzers, based on blueprints transferred to India in 1987 by A B Bofors alongside the purchase of 410 FH-77B 155/39 howitzers. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
08 Sep 15. Germany to replace G36 service rifle. Germany has decided to entirely replace the recently troubled Heckler & Koch (HK) G36 as the country’s service rifle, Katrin Suder, German State Secretary for Defence Procurement, told the defence committee of the German parliament on 8 September. Suder told the committee that the decision to fully replace the rifle was based on the fact that “the G36 was procured with a service life of 20 years in mind, which will be reached in 2016. Furthermore, the current forces’ requirements by far exceed the potential of modifications that could be made to the G36”. IHS Jane’s understands that, with the decision to replace the G36 taken, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to introduce a new service rifle by 2019. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
08 Sep 15. USMC conduct first live-fire augmented reality training. Marines recently tested augmented reality technology in a live-fire training exercise for the first time. Developed by the Office of Naval Research, the Augmented Immersive Team Trainer (AITT) system consists of a laptop, software and battery pack, and a helmet-mounted display. It supports live, virtual and cutting-edge training scenarios.
The system combines the physical domain wit