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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Iraqi Army receives last shipment of Abrams tanks

The final shipment of M1A1 Abrams tanks, purchased by the Iraqi government, arrived at Besmaya Combat Training Center mid-August. The delivery included the last five of the 140 tanks ordered by the Iraqi government through a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the U.S.

"The M1A1 Abrams Tank Program was initiated to modernize the Iraqi Army's tank capabilities with 140 tanks and eight heavy-tracked recovery vehicles," said John Hutchings, a desk officer with the Army Modernization Program, United States Forces -- Iraq.

"The tanks are the latest digital tanks coming out of the United States," he added. "They are the most modern M1A1s in the Middle East."

Upon arrival the tanks are secured at the BCTC where they are unpackaged and tested before their transition to the Iraqi army.

"When the tanks get there they get de-processed," said Hutchings. "The de-processing team undoes all the strapping and takes all the packing out of the tank barrel, cleans them up, and tests them for quality assurance. If they should find anything wrong due to the shipment process, they will fix the issue before turning them over to the Iraqi army."

Currently, 85 tanks have been fielded to the Iraqi army and more than 40 are ready for transfer in the near future.

With the FMS package, the Iraqi army also receives training for their M1A1 operators and maintenance personnel.

"Maintenance training consists of basic-unit maintainer training and advanced-maintenance training for the turret and hull, and fire-systems training," said Hutchings.

Recently, 180 Iraqi army troops completed Operator-New Equipment Training and more than 40 of them completed OPNET Train-the-Trainer Program.

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Eight MiG-21 warplanes have crashed in three years: Government


Eight MiG-21 fighter aircraft have crashed during a three-year period till August, government said on Wednesday. “A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) recently crashed at Nal airfield, Rajasthan on August 2, 2011, in which the pilot was killed. No civilian was killed or injured in the accident,” Defence Minister A K Antony told the Rajya Sabha in reply to a question

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INS Chakra update


India will soon receive the Russian-made Nerpa nuclear submarine armed with missiles and torpedoes (the Project 971I “Schuka-B”) under a ten-year leasing agreement. The Indian Navy has renamed the submarine Chakra. Testing of the submarine was completed in late August.
 The submarine will be leased under a secret agreement for $650-700 million. An Indian boat crew is currentlypracticing different missions in the Sea of Japan, accompanied by Russian instructors.
 Before it goes into commission in the Indian Navy in late 2011, the submarine will arrive at a special SSBN base currently under construction in Rambilli on India’s east coast.
 Once the Chakra is commissioned, India will become the sixth country in the world to own a nuclear submarine, after China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US.
 While the Indian Navy has refused to comment on its nuclear submarine program, news reports from Moscow have corroborated the program’s timeline.
 The Chakra will serve as a training platform for the INS Arihant, the first Indian designed and built SSBN, which is due to begin patrolling the seas with a full set of long-range weapons at the end of 2012. The Indian Navy plans to build between three and five SSBNs.

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