Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) have established a joint venture company. Serving as general contractor or subcontractor, the new joint venture will design, develop and manufacture ammunition for the U.S. market. These include the 25mm ammunition for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.

Trading under the name Rheinmetall, Day & Zimmermann Munitions (RDZM), the company will operate out of Rosslyn, Virginia in the United States. Rheinmetall and D&Z each have a 50% stake in the joint venture, whose focus is on medium-calibre and indirect fire solutions.

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The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence announced it signed a deal with the German Ministry of Defence to acquire 168 M577 tracked armored carriers. The fleet will be commissioned by the Lithuanian Land Force between 2017 and 2018 along with spare parts, maintenance tools and other associated equipment.

Lithuania is purchasing command, indirect fire support, medical evacuation and training variants of the M577 carriers, the country’s military authorities said.

The M577 is the command post version of M113 family of vehicles. However some users field the type for other roles. The vehicles for Lithuania will be made available by the Germany Army though the German Ministry of Defence’s armament management agency, the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw).

It is not known if the fleet will be refurbished and upgraded by German defence industry prior delivery to Lithuania. Several vehicles of the M113

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has acquired EH/W 200 BISON tactical wheeled recovery vehicles form the German company EMPL Fahrzeugwerk GmbH. The first vehicle was recently shipped to the Middle East nation.

The vehicle is based on the Mercedes-Benz Zetros 3643A 6×4 high-mobility truck chassis.

Two hydraulic winches with a capacity of 30 t and 15 t are installed on the lifting boom. In addition, the vehicle is equipped with a 6 t front winch and a cable extension winch at the rear.

The storage boxes are made from stainless steel with keyhole bars and are rubber coated on the inside. Hinged doors in the front section of the body and fold-up doors in the area of the rear axles provide maximum storage space and unrestricted access to the extensive equipment. In addition to the standard equipment such as lifting forks, strap sets, towing bolts, pulley block, bullbar and adapter for NATO fitting, the equipment includes a separate compressor and a 3,500 W power converter for supplying external consuming units.

The lighting and safety equipment includes a flyer with light bar, flashing lights, work light and a reversing video system with monitoring camera.

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Poland is looking to purchase 70 Lockheed Martin JASSM-ER (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles Extended Range) missiles for its F-16C/D Fighting Falcon fighter jets. The potential acquisition for Polish Air Force was approved by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which notified US Congress on the possible foreign military sale.

The estimated cost of the deal is USD200 million and includes missiles designed for testing as well as simulators. The contract would also include integration, spares and repair parts, and training and contractor-supplied engineering, technical and logistics support.

Poland already purchased the non-extended range version of JASSM in 2014.

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On 30 November 2016, Dutch Defence Minister Hennis-Plasschaert and her Belgian counterpart Steven Vandeput, signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to cooperate in naval replacement projects.

The LOI focuses on research, development, procurement and maintenance for the replacement of the type M combat frigates and mine countermeasure capacity.

Together with knowledge institutes TNO and Marin, they will most likely play a role during the preparation and implementation phases of the projects. The corresponding political decision-making process is now expected to accelerate in both parliaments since today’s type M frigates and minehunters will reach the end of their life expectancy starting in the next decennium.

The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) operate the frigates Zr.Ms. Van Speijk and Zr.Ms. Van Amstel frigates, while the Belgian Naval Component fields BNS Leopold I and Louise-Marie units. The Belgian ships were formerly in service with the RNLN.

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The Flight2 integrated avionics system from Rockwell Collins has been selected by IMP Aerospace for the Chilean Navy’s cockpit modernization program for its Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

The Flight2 integrated avionics suite of communications, navigation and surveillance equipment integrates new-generation avionics with legacy sensors, radios, autopilot and aircraft systems. Flight2 features advanced displays and an integrated military/civil flight management system.

Rockwell Collins will provide dedicated in-country, on-site field service engineering and logistics support to IMP Aerospace during the aircraft modifications and test.

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The Israeli authorities approved the purchase of another 17 Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir fighter jets, boosting the total fleet so far ordered for the Israeli Air Force (IAF) to 50.

Israel initially ordered 19 aircraft in 2010, and a second batch of 14 was purchased in February 2015.

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