The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) will conduct the consequence management field exercise “Armenia 2010” from 11 to 17 September 2010 in the city of Arzni, in the Kotayk region next to Yerevan in Armenia.

Teams from 15 Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) and Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) nations including Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United States will take part in the exercise.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the Republic of Macedonia, the United Kingdom and Turkey will contribute to the exercise with staff officers.

All together, more than 600 individuals belonging to civilian and military teams from NATO and partner countries with capabilities to deal with different aspects of emergencies will take part in the event. Some 40 observers are also expected. The scenario for the exercise will be a severe earthquake in the vicinity of Yerevan, resulting in high numbers of victims and widespread damage to critical infrastructure, including chemical spills and a radiological incident.

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The Estonian Defense Forces (Eesti Kaitsevagi) will start to receive in late 2010 more than 80 Patria Land & Armament Oy (formerly SISU Defence Oy) PASI (PAnssari SIsu) XA-188 wheeled armored vehicles in different configurations from the Netherlands. Some of the vehicles will be sent to Afghanistan, where 155 Estonian troops are deployed with NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.

In 2004, Estonia has received 60 second hand upgraded XA-180 from Finland which are designed XA-180EST.

Deliveries  will be completed in 2015 said the Estonian MoD spokesperson to PoADU. The fleet includes troop carriers, command post and ambulance vehicles.

To partially fund the acquisition of new hardware and reduce costs associated with maintenance, the Netherlands MoD has sold to foreign countries a wide range of weapon systems including combat aircraft, maritime patrol aircraft, battle tanks, troop carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, tactical trucks as well as frigates.

(Estonian Defense Forces).

(Estonian Defense Forces).

Following a comprehensive review of its Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program, the US Army announced that it has cancelled the original contract solicitation and will issue a revised Request for Proposals (RFP) within 60 days.

GCG is intended to replace M2A3/M3A3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles from 2017.

The GCV study called Red Team was conducted by the Army and the Office of Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (OSD AT&L).

The contract cancellation was made at the earliest stage of the acquisition process, resulting in up to a six month delay of the program, which will best ensure the long-term success of the GCV program by better aligning vehicle capabilities with the anticipated needs of future combat operations said the US DoD (Department of Defence).

Three consortiums are competing to the GCV project namely SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) teaming with Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH, Krauss Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co KG and Boeing which propose a solution based on the Projekt System und Management GmbH PUMA tracked armoured vehicle which has been ordered by the German MoD BWB (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung) procurement agency.

BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman Information Systems are proposing an hybrid version of the well know BAE Systems Hägglunds AB CV90 vehicle to date procured by Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.

A third consortium headed by GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems) which comprise as well General Dynamics C4 Systems, MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control e Raytheon propose an unknown vehicle probably a modified General Dynamics European Land Systems ASCOD 2 (Austrian Spanish Cooperation Development). ASCOD is in service with Spain and Austria and has been selected by the United Kingdom.

(Krauss Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co KG).


The first of 14 EADS Airbus Military A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) refueling and strategic transport aircraft ordered by the AirTanker Consortium has completed the in-door trials, such as systems trials, required prior to First Flight and has been rolled out of its hangar at the company facilities in Getafe (Spain) to continue with the out-door trials, such as fuel trials and others.

The fleet has been procured under the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme.

Once all trials are successfully completed, the aircraft will be handed over to the flight test team for first flight which is due in early September.

The aircraft has been converted from a basic A330-200 airframe by EADS Airbus Military. Following the flight-test programme it will be delivered late next year to the consortium responsible for operating the aircraft on behalf of United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF).

(EADS Airbus Military).

The Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa-FAP) first Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft upgraded to the CUP+ (Capability Upkeep Program) standard will be officially received and presented on October 06 in a ceremony to be held at Beja air base Nº11. The aircraft is conducting flight trials in Portugal before its formal introduction in service.

In December of 2007, The Portuguese MoD procurement agency DGAIED (Direcção Geral de Armamento e Infra-Estruturas de Defesa) has contracted Lockheed Martin to upgrade three P-3C Update II.5 and two CUP CG (Coast Guard) aircraft procured in 2006 to the Netherlands and previously operated by the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN).

OGMA Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal SA will upgrade the last three aircraft.

Delivery of the last upgraded aircraft scheduled for February of 2012.

The upgraded fleet will replace the P-3P Orion aircraft operated by the 601 Squadron Lobos.

Oshkosh Defense has received a delivery order modification from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 1100 trucks and trailers to the National Guard and Reserve as part of the U.S. Army Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) fleet.

Deliveries for this latest award, valued at more than $180 million, will remain on the original contract timeline and be completed by April 2012. The award includes three FMTV truck variants and two different trailers.

AgustaWestland has delivered the first of four AW119Ke single engine helicopters to the Finnish Border Guard (Rajavartiolaitos).

The Finnish Border Guard chose the AW119Ke in 2008 as part of its fleet modernization and enhancement programme.

The helicopters will be used to perform various tasks including border patrol, special operations and fire fighting.

(AgustaWestland).