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Rheinmetall contracted for 1,000 military trucks for Australia

Rheinmetall contracted for 1,000 military trucks for Australia

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Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Rheinmetall has received a $ 497.2 million contract for medium and heavy-lift military trucks for Australia's Land 121 Phase 5B project. The Duesseldorf, Germany-based company announced this week it has been selected to supply the Australian Defense Force with more than a thousand military trucks and associated equipment. Rheinmetall is in the third phase of project 3B, which is supplying Australia with 2,500 medium and heavy military trucks worth a total of $ 1.29 billion. The new trucks will be delivered from the Rheinmetall plant in Brisbane, Australia, as part of the Land 121 Phase 5B project. "This follow-up order is of great strategic significance to us, providing an excellent reference for other important international projects," Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall...
Vladimir Putin renames military units after Ukrainian cities

Vladimir Putin renames military units after Ukrainian cities

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July 2 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin named 11 military units after places in the Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Germany and Romania. Putin signed a series of decrees published Monday, naming recently created military units after units that operated during World War II. The regiments were named after Ukrainian cities such as Lviv, Zhytomyr and Nizhyn, while some were named after cities in Belarus suchas Vitebsk, Kobrin and Slonim. Other units were renamed after Warsaw, Berlin and Romania's Transylvania region. Russian dictator Josef Stalin named the 93rd Tank Brigade after Zhytomyr in 1944 for its role in World War II, but it was renamed in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The decrees stated the names were intended to "preserve glorious military and historic traditi...
US military joins search for boys' soccer team missing in Thailand cave

US military joins search for boys' soccer team missing in Thailand cave

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Rising floodwaters are hampering search efforts to find a group of 12 teenage boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand. Around 30 members of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) as well as several British divers arrived in Thailand Wednesday to join the rescue attempts, now in their fifth day. Thai soldiers prepared Thursday to drill a shaft in order for rescuers to gain better access to pockets of the cave where the group may be taking refuge. Experts say Tham Luang, Thailand’s longest cave, has several chambers that could still be above floodwater levels. Major Buncha Duriyapan, commander of the 37th Military District in Chiang Rai, said workers would drill from the top of the cave complex in order to open up a new tunnel entr...
US military service member killed in Somalia attack

US military service member killed in Somalia attack

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An American service member was killed in Somalia Friday and four others were wounded in a firefight with Al Shabab fighters, according to U.S. Africa Command (Africom). "During an operation June 8, 2018, in Jubaland, Somalia, one U.S. Special Operations member was killed and four U.S. service members and one partner force was wounded as the result of an enemy attack," according to an Africom statement. "Names are being withheld pending next of kin notification. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the service members." The American forces were advising and assisting a large force of 800 Somali and Kenyan military forces that was part of a multi-day operation in an area of Jubaland located 217 miles southwest of the Somali capital of Mogadishu. President Donald ...
Lockheed Martin delivers first of 3 radars to Latvian military

Lockheed Martin delivers first of 3 radars to Latvian military

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March 12 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has delivered the first of three radars to Latvia, the company said Monday, calling it "a major step forward in strengthening [the country's] national defense."The TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar, purchased for an undisclosed cost in a 2015 contract, recently completed an on-site acceptance test and will increase the Latvian air force's capacity for low-level flight surveillance and identification, Lockheed Martin said. The company said it has worked with the NATO country on its radar systems for the last 16 years.The radar, which can be easily transported and mounted on a truck, can toggle between multiple missions at once by automatically adjusting during each 360-degree scan.Lockheed Martin added that the TPS-77 MRR uses less power than its predecessors, increa...