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02 Jun 15. US delivers TOW anti-tank missiles to Lebanese Army. The US Government has delivered a new package of BGM-71 tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) weapon system to the Lebanese Army. In a statement, the army said the package comprising undisclosed number of TOW missiles and their launch pads were delivered at Beirut airport. The missiles are an upgraded version of TOW Missile, BGM-71C or TOW II, which was built in 1983 with a range up to 3.75km. A senior undisclosed Lebanese Army official was quoted by The Daily Star as saying that the new missiles will enhance the Lebanese Army’s ability to combat terrorism. Manufactured by Raytheon, the BGM-71 TOW is a long-range anti-tank missile designed to defeat explosive reactive armour, bunkers, fortifications and amphibious landing craft, particularly in complex urban environments. Featuring multi-mission TOW 2A, TOW 2B, TOW 2B Aero and TOW bunker buster missile variants, the weapon is a command line-of-sight system requiring the user to track the target until the missile hits, and can be launched from a range of ground systems, vehicles or helicopters. Over the past decade, the US has reportedly donated more than $1bn in aid to the Lebanese Army, of which majority had been non-lethal equipment, including armoured personnel carriers, light aircraft and communication systems, among other systems. More than 70 M198 155mm towed howitzers, as well as 26 million rounds of ammunition, including small, medium, and heavy artillery rounds, were supplied by US Government to the country in February 2014. According to media reports, the Lebanese Army also received dozens of armoured high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles in January. Extensively used by US forces in every conflict since the Vietnam War, TOW missile is also the preferred heavy assault anti-armour weapon system for Nato, coalition, and UN peacekeeping operations worldwide. (Source: army-technology.com)
31 May 15. MBDA offers Aster for Canadian CSC programme. European missile house MBDA is offering the Aster surface-to-air anti-missile (SAAM) system as a total air defence solution for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) future Single Class Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme. CSC is part of the Canadian government’s CAD35bn (USD28bn) National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), announced in June 2010 and under which Canada will recapitalise the current surface fleets of the RCN and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) with some 40 new platforms plus 100 smaller vessels over a period of 30 years. The CAD26.6bn CSC project – the largest and most complex shipbuilding initiative in Canada in the past 70 years – will replace and update the capabilities found in the RCN’s three Iroquois-class guided missile destroyer and 12 Halifax-class guided-missile/multirole frigates. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
01 Jun 15. The U.S. Army has laid out a plan to outfit soldiers with the service’s new camouflage pattern that uniform officials maintain will perform as well as the MultiCam pattern troops wear in Afghanistan. Col. Bob Mortlock, the head of the Army’s Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, sat down with reporters to discuss the long-awaited roll-out of the new Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP.
Mortlock described the adoption of the new pattern as an important step for the Army.
“It’s important to the Army, and the reason it is important to the Army is because it is all about force protection,” he said. “In the close fight, soldiers rely on camouflage to provide concealment, and that is critically important to their mission effectiveness.”
Army units are scheduled to receive an All Army Activities, or ALARACT, message today that lays out the service’s plans to transition from the current Army Combat Uniform in the digital Univ