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  • Benelux nations make first common defence purchase

    The Benelux nations (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg) have jointly ordered soldier modernisation equipment from Elbit Systems. Announced on 2 July, the USD150 million contract covers the provision of Elbit's Smart Vest systems for the Benelux nation's future solider programmes. These are

  • EU signs major co-operation agreement with Afghanistan

    The EU signed a sweeping and unprecedented agreement with Afghanistan on 2 July. Inked in Kabul, the new "co-operation agreement on partnership and development" (CAPD) aims to stabilise the country's political structures and economy, with an emphasis on squashing terrorist financing,

  • Brazil, US strengthen military co-operation

    Two major co-operative agreements between Brazil and the United States for defence and security matters were recently reached and touted during a high-profile state visit. The Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) and the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) are intended to

  • EU training mission to provide Somali army only with basic equipment

    The European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) is now prioritising ways to provide Somalia's soldiers with basic supplies and equipment, the mission's commander told reporters in Brussels on 1 July. "We are now exploring the possibility to boost concrete support to the Somali

  • NATO failing to match RAP's ambition with funding, officials concerned

    NATO's 'readiness action plan' (RAP) to deter Russian aggression and other threats to the allies' homeland is big on ambition but it will take money - lots of it - to make the RAP really effective, say allied officials. "The RAP means high-readiness capability and that's expensive to achieve

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  • Indonesian Railways (Persero)

    PT Kereta Api Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan, 1, Bandung 40117, Java Tel: (+62 22) 423 00 31 Fax: (+62 22) 420 33 42 e-mail: Web: Key personnel Gauge (mm) Route length (km) Electrification (route-km) Voltage Hz AC/DC 1,067 8,159 N/A N/A N/A

  • Philippine Army mortars

    Development Although reportedly produced at one time these mortars are no longer in service or manufactured. Description The Philippine Army is equipped with two mortars of local design and manufacture. The M75 60 mm uses a tripod and a thick-gauge circular, stamped and welded baseplate. It is

  • M29 and M29A1 81 mm mortar

    Development This 81 mm mortar was introduced in 1952 as a replacement for the Brandt-copy M1. It was originally given the service designation M29 and a development designation of T106. The baseplate M3 was developed by the Canadian Armaments Research and Development Establishment (now DRDC

  • OFB E1 120 mm mortar

    Development The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), formerly Indian Ordnance Factories (IOF), 120 mm E1 mortar was designed to provide heavy and sustained firepower in all phases of battle in various types of terrain. It can provide support to amphibious forces immediately upon landing and can be