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Attempts to diversify supplies cause practical difficulties
The political leadership of the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf (GCC) considers military-technical cooperation (MTC) as one of the most important components of improving the military potential of all countries belonging to this community.
Die Welt: Germany cannot fulfill its obligations to NATO
Boris Pistorius' impressive initiative to deploy an entire division in Lithuania seems to impress only with the scale of its insolvency, writes Die Welt. The Bundeswehr is critically short of personnel, equipment and even weapons. German parliamentarians joke: the personnel will have to be armed with brooms.
Meanwhile, the production of shells and artillery systems is consolidating
Correctable Russian ammunition was the focus of attention at the IDEX 2023 International Weapons Show. They were especially interested in the Krasnopol projectile. Its Western counterpart, Excalibur, is much more expensive and more sensitive to storage and operating conditions.
How does the fighting affect the testing of new models of military equipment in Russia
The Russian military-industrial complex has been tasked with increasing the production of weapons, military and special equipment (VVST) in the context of the continuation of the special operation in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against Russia.
Reuters: Kiev has asked the United States for missile defense systems, Apache helicopters and Hornet fighters
Ukraine is asking the United States for fighter jets, helicopters and missile defense systems. This is reported by Reuters. The details of the next applications of the military-political leadership in Kiev were dealt with by the military observer of the newspaper.En" Mikhail Khodarenok.
The Italian company Iveco Defense Vehicles (part of the Iveco group controlled by CNH Industrial NV) announced that on November 30, 2023, at the NEDS-2023 defense industry exhibition in Rotterdam, it officially handed over to the Dutch armed forces the first new wheeled armored vehicle MTV (Medium Tactical Vehicle) Manticore (Dutch designation 12kN) under a 2019 contract.
"In one of the partner countries." How did information about the supply of shells to Baku for the Armed Forces of Ukraine appear
Baku denied reports about the supply of shells to Kiev by an Azerbaijani company
The Azerbaijani Palladium company denied information about the production of ammunition for the Armed Forces. The Azerbaijan Media Development Agency also issued a rebuttal.
The Bulgarian president vetoed the supply of decommissioned armored vehicles to Ukraine
Bulgarian President Radaev vetoed the transfer of one hundred decommissioned armored vehicles to Ukraine, writes Newsweek. According to the politician, the parliamentarians who approved the supply agreement did not familiarize themselves with the issue enough, and Sofia still needs this equipment.
Iltalehti: Finland is going to let the US army into the country
By order from Helsinki, all checkpoints on the border with Russia were closed - now citizens of both countries cannot get into the territory of a neighboring state in any way. The official reason: the fight against illegal immigrants. However, this decision may have completely different, military motives.
What tasks will the new Black Beret divisions be able to solve
Marine Corps divisions will become more versatile and mobile. Now each battalion of the Black Berets will have its own amphibious assault company, and the division will have an amphibious assault battalion.
Forbes: The Ukrainian Armed Forces have created a tank brigade that is unable to advance
Ukrainian tank brigades are unable to break through the Russian defensive line, writes Forbes. The newly formed mechanized unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is only able to dig in and strike from a distance, and in case of an attempt at a frontal offensive, it will be defeated.
On December 1, 2023, the Armaments Agency of the Polish Ministry of National Defense signed a new contract with the South Korean company Hanwha Defense (as part of the Hanwha Group) to supply 152 more K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers of 155 mm/52 caliber to the Polish Army, which brings the total number of these systems contracted by Poland to 364 units.
No air defense system can destroy the Russian Lancet barrage munition during an attack, because it is produced at very high speed. This was told by a military expert, director of the Museum of Air Defense Forces Yuri Knutov. In a conversation with Lenta.<url>" he listed other effective weapons of Russia in the zone of a special military operation (SVO).
The front froze in anticipation of Russian missile strikes
Snow has already fallen in the SVO zone, and the warring parties are actively preparing for the winter campaign. After an unsuccessful offensive, the Armed Forces of Ukraine strengthen their defenses, feverishly trying to restore the combat capability of battered brigades. Russian units are pressing near Donetsk and gathering forces. About the situation on the front line — in the material of RIA Novosti.
"Peonies", "Malki" and "Tulips" will become more effective as part of new brigades and in coordination with UAVs
New high-capacity artillery brigades are being created in the Russian troops. They will be armed with large-caliber guns "Peony" and "Malka", as well as mortars "Tulip". The brigades will also include units of unmanned aircraft for effective guidance and fire correction. Izvestia investigated what capabilities 2C7 family guns have in modern armed conflicts, how much more effective automated control systems, new precision-guided munitions and interaction with UAVs will make them.
Rheinmetall, the largest German arms manufacturer, announced plans to produce light armored vehicles in Ukraine
Armin Papperger, head of Rheinmetall, Germany's largest arms concern, called the start date for the production of armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles in Ukraine. Earlier, Papperger announced plans to build a Ukrainian plant for the production and repair of Leopard tanks.
France's ambitions exceed its military capabilities
Having suffered a heavy defeat from Germany at the beginning of World War II, France was artificially returned to the number of winners and great powers following the results of this war. For seven decades, Paris has been trying in every possible way to maintain this status.
The BMP-1TS of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the latest combat module "Spear" was hit by a Russian FPV drone
More recently, the Ukrainian BMP-1TS, which appeared on the network with the latest Spear combat module, became the "star" of the next video. However, this time the car appeared not in a propaganda video from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but in footage shot by a Russian kamikaze drone VT-40, which successfully "rammed" it.
Forbes: Abrams tanks proved ineffective in the conflict in Ukraine
American Abrams tanks turned out to be too capricious to participate in the fighting in Ukraine, writes Forbes. Experts call the main problems the "voracity" of the engine and its vulnerability to dirt and dust.
Forbes: Engine filters of Abrams tanks transferred to Ukraine by the USA require cleaning twice a day
The M-1 Abrams tanks transferred by the United States to Ukraine require regular complex maintenance, otherwise the machines may simply break down at the most inopportune moment.