US Defense Department to Abandon Using 15 Military Bases in Europe

A soldier with the US flag

The UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Portugal will see partial and full closures of bases, as well as reduction in duty and civilian personnel.

 

MOSCOW, January 8 (Sputnik) — Fifteen military bases across Europe will no longer be used by US armed forces, saving Washington $500 million every year, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Thursday.”The Department of Defense announced today the consolidation of some US infrastructure in Europe, including the return of 15 sites to their host nations. These actions… will save the U.S. government approximately $500 annually,” the statement said.

 

The UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Portugal will see partial and full closures of bases, consolidation and closures of US facilities, as well as reduction in duty and civilian personnel.”I know that this will result in a reduction in size of our local host nation workforces at some nations… In the end, this transformation of our infrastructure will help maximize our military capabilities in Europe and help strengthen our important European partnerships, so that we can best support our NATO allies and partners in the region,” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said, as quoted in the press release.

The United States has a large number of military installations across Europe. Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, and the United Kingdom are among the nations that host various US Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Marine Corps forces.

CMI Defence and Doosan DST presents a new concept of a medium tank with a gun, 120/105 mm

CMI Defence and Doosan DST presents a new concept of a medium tank with a gun, 120/105 mm

Demand for Medium Tanks has been growing. At IDEX 2013 Belgian company CMI Defence and the South Korean Doosan DST jointly presented a new concept 120/105-mm medium tank. The machine is a combination of turret Cockerill XC-8 and K21 IFV tracked chassis of Doosan.
With a total weight of the system of about 25 tons, the concept offers advanced firepower guns caliber of 120mm or 105mm, combined with high operational flexibility and tactical mobility. Cockerill XC-8 is the concept of a light turret , which corresponds to the different requirements of the market, has wide flexibility and meets the requirements for medium tanks. In the turret XC-8 can be set the one of two version of. guns with low recoil force.