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20 Apr 17. Romania has requested to buy Patriot air-and-missile defense systems from the U.S. government, but details are scant.
“Romania has announced their intent to enhance their defensive capability by procuring Patriot,” Raytheon confirmed in a statement sent to Defense News.
“Raytheon has a longstanding relationship with Romania, and will work closely with the U.S. and Romanian governments to ensure this NATO partner achieves it defense objectives,” the company said.
According to a Reuters report Thursday, the Patriot systems would be part of an integrated air defense system that includes six F-16 fighter jets Romania recently procured. The acquisitions this year could put the country in compliance with the NATO defense spending standard of 2 percent of gross domestic product. Romania did not reach that goal in 2016. Romania has been a member of NATO since 2004, and it hosts an important missile defense radar — Aegis Ashore — set up to create a shield against Iranian missile threats. The radar was made operational in 2015. Poland is also in the process of formalizing a deal, which includes major Polish industry participation, with Raytheon to buy eight Patriot systems for roughly $7.6bn, with hopes of closing close on it by the end of the year. Poland will also host an Aegis Ashore site, which is currently in construction and expected to become operational by the end of 2018. A total of 13 countries own Patriot systems, including five NATO partners. Romania’s procurement would contribute to a growing number of foreign-owned Patriot systems, particularly in Europe, as the threat from Russian aggression in the region continues to foster heartburn and is motivating such requests for capability. U.S. Patriot batteries are spread thin across the globe, and units manning these systems have some of the longest deployments across the force. The U.S. Army has sought to partly alleviate the burden on Patriot operators by increasing the number of foreign partners that can contribute with their own systems. (Source: Defense News)
18 Apr 17. Action Target INC., the leading manufacturer of modern shooting ranges, has announced the launch of the PT Twist Rimfire steel targets. The unique design of the PT Twist keeps it moving in a consistent direction when hit on the target zone. Compete with your friends and race your target to prove who’s the best shot, or just improve your target acquisition skills as the target moves further away. No matter how you shoot, the PT Twist is sure to provide hours of fun. The patent pending PT Twist Rimfire interactive target may be the most effective way to burn through your stock pile of 22lr. Made from 3/16 inch A514B steel, it combines rugged impact resistance with supreme reactivity on the range. Uniquely formed from a single piece of steel, there are no welds or bolts to break or ricochet providing a safe and long lasting target. Unlike other similar targets, the PT Twist Rimfire is made from one piece of steel and has no welds or bolts. This provides a safer, longer lasting target than the competition.
“Using the PT Twist shooters can develop their accuracy and acquisition skills as each shot walks the target further away. With two PT Twists side by side, shooters can challenge one another in an engaging duel that will quickly determine the best shot.” – Chris Hess, Product Marketing Manager
19 Apr 17. Representatives from Point Blank Enterprises and First Tactical announced this week that the two companies have merged and will build an integrated clothing and body armor system. Point Blank Enterprises is currently the premier source of body armor systems in the world, with 44 years of experience providing innovative personal protection products to the public safety community and military. The merger is a result of Point Blank’s desire