Russia completes BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles delivery to Kuwait — manufacturer


MOSCOW, 30 September. /TASS/. Russia has completed the shipment of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles to Kuwait, Albert Bakov, first vice president and co-owner of the Tractor Works Concern, the manufacturer of these machines, told TASS today.

“The shipment is completed and the last lot has gone to the customers,” the interlocutor told the Agency.

He did not specify the number of machines shipped.

Bakov noted that the Kuwaiti colleagues expressed a desire to continue cooperating with Russia in defense equipment procurement.

Kuwait made the first purchase of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles from Russia as early as 1994.

Top Arab Generals Plan Libyan Intervention; Will France & Italy Join?

 Representatives of the Arab League attend an emergency meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

As world leaders continue to grapple over how to resolve the chaos left in post-Qaddafi Libya, high-ranking military personnel from Arab countries will discuss the matter in Cairo on May 18. The talks could also include France and Italy, which played key roles in the coalition’s bombing campaign.


Since the ousting of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, the lack of a stable government has led to a power vacuum in Libya. That disorder has, in turn, exploded the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, as thousands reach the coastline through the nation’s unsecured borders to attempt unsafe passage to Europe.


The migrant crisis can arguably be blamed on coalition airstrikes which aided the fall of the Qaddafi’s government.


Next Monday, military leaders from Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Sudan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Libya, will meet to discuss strategies on how to stabilize the nation, according to an Arab League source speaking to Defense News.


Talks already conducted between Libyan National Army chief Maj. Gen. Khalifa Haftar, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Arab leaders have already led to arms sales from the UAE to the Libyan Army.


“Five Mi-35 Hind upgraded helicopters were delivered last month ahead of more Russian equipment, which include anti-tank and armor-piercing weapons and munitions,” the source said.


The meeting will focus on organizing Libyan tribal leaders to create unified support for a potential Arab intervention.


“A meeting to coordinate the different tribes in Libya would reinforce the credibility of an action by the Joint Arab Force in Libya,” Jean-Marc Rickli, assistant professor with the Department of Defence Studies at King’s College London, told Defense News.


That unification is seen as a crucial step in stabilizing Libya, and something that has been stressed in the past by the Egyptian government.




Migrants arrive at the port in the Tunisian town of Zarzis, some 50 kilometres west of the Libyan border, following their rescue by Tunisia’s coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on April 13, 2015



The May 18 meeting could also include officials representing France and Italy, despite the role of those countries in the coalition bombing which largely caused the crisis.


“France has been asked to supply with logistics and special forces while Italy has been called to provide naval support,” the Arab League source said.


That naval support is already largely in place, and could easily be used to support a ground operation.


The European Union – Italy, in particular – has already taken criticism for its treatment of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Amnesty International blamed European leadership for its decision to halt a search and rescue operation after the capsizing of a migrant vessel off the coast of Tripoli.

It’s criticism like this that makes the Italian government eager to stabilize its neighbor across the sea.


“A Libya in convulsions of civil war is a source of instability for the whole North Africa and the Mediterranean, as it represents a geopolitical black hole which breeds the phenomenon of international crime trafficking of drugs, arms, and people, and religiously motivated terrorism,” Andrea Margelletti, president of the Center for International Studies in Rome, told Defense News.


“In addition, there are Italian economic interests in Libya that our government intends to protect, above all those related to the hydrocarbon sector.”


All parties have expressed concern over the growing influence of the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group, and the potential for its spread through a destabilized Libya. The group rose to power through the fall of the Saddam Hussein.



Migrants crowd and inflatable dinghy as rescue vassel Denaro of the Italian Coast Guard approaches them, off the Libyan coast, in the Mediterranean Sea, Wednesday, April 22, 2015


The leaders could also be encouraged to intervene in Libya based on what they see as a success in Yemen.


“With the operations in Yemen going quite well at the moment and with the movement from the first phase of operations to the second phase, now this could embolden the Arabs to move into Libya,” Rickli said.


“However, in Yemen it was known who were the assailants [and] where direct actions [can] be taken,” he added. “In Libya, the question is who could be labeled as the bad guys.”

Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait Show Interest in Russia’s Next-Gen Military Gear

Russian Army troops get new battle suit

CEO of TsNIITochMash, a major arms manufacturer sated that Iraq, Pakistan and Kuwait are among the countries that have shown an interest in Russia’s next-generation Ratnik (Warrior) military equipment system.

© Photo: JSC “Rosoboronexport” press service

Russia’s State Arms Exporter Sells Abroad Weapons Worth $13Bln in 2014

ABU DHABI (Sputnik) – Iraq, Pakistan and Kuwait are among the countries that have shown an interest in Russia’s next-generation Ratnik (Warrior) military equipment system, the CEO of TsNIITochMash, a major arms manufacturer, said Monday.

“Iraq, Pakistan and Kuwait have expressed interest in the Ratnik Russian military equipment system. It is too early to talk about any contacts,” Dmitry Semizorov told reporters at IDEX-2015 arms exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.

The Ratnik set is composed of more than 40 parts, including firearms, body armor and optical, communication and navigation devices, as well as life support and power supply systems. It enables voice and video communication between soldiers and squadron leaders.
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If Kuwait chose fighters “Typhoon” ?

01/20/2014 Military parity
European Eurofighter consortium has signed a draft agreement for supply Air Force of Kuwait with 28 fighter Typhoon, online edition of the French newspaper La Tribune reported on January 16.
The newspaper refers to various sources , in particular, the Italian company Alenia Aermacchi ( included in group Finmeccanica) and reports that a tentative agreement was signed a few days before Brazil chose the Swedish fighter Gripen, preferring their to aircraft Dassault Aviation Rafale and Boeing F / A- 18 Super Hornet.
Alenia Aermacchi and the British aerospace group BAE Systems are in talks with Kuwait for the sale of “Typhoon” ( also Rafale F.3 and F/A-18 Super Hornet are taking part in contest ).
The report said that if Kuwait really chose European “Typhoon” , it looks ” amazing,” as the country is heavily influenced by the United States and already has a fleet of fighter F/A-18C/D Hornet.

“Raytheon” in the near future plans to ship air defense system “Patriot” to Qatar and Kuwait

21/11/2013 TSAMTO
The company “Raytheon» is planning to sign a contract with Qatar for the supply with anti-aircraft missiles “Patriot” in the shortest time , and to begin shipping to Kuwait additional SAM “Patriot” to the end of the year.

About the Vice President of “Integrated Defense Systems” of “Raytheon” Tim Glaser said the agency “Reuters” during the air show Dubai Airshow-2013.

U.S. will deliver the weapons to the Middle East for $ 13 billion

U.S. will deliver the weapons to the Middle East for $ 13 billion

Office of Military Cooperation (DSCA) of the Pentagon for the past ten weeks has received orders from Middle Eastern countries for the supply of arms and military equipment worth a total of $ 13 billion. As reported by Defense News, DSCA has notified the U.S. Congress of the planned transactions. Preliminary approval of transactions for Saudi Arabia and Iraq have already been received. These two states ordered military products for a total of $ 11 billion.

In particular, Saudi Arabia plans to buy the U.S. patrol boats Mark V, maintenance services for military aircraft, as well as the supply of military equipment of the National Guard for a total of $ 6.4 billion. In turn, Iraq has placed orders for weapons and military equipment worth $ 4.7 billion.

Other customers of U.S. military products have become Qatar, Libya and Kuwait. In particular, Qatar plans to buy a radar early warning of missile attack AN/FPS-132 Block 5 for $ 1.1 billion. Libya has ordered a military transport aircraft C-130J Super Hercules at 588 million dollars, and Kuwait ─ service F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets for 200 million dollars.

Germany exports more and more weapons to the Persian Gulf

Germany exports more and more  weapons to the Persian Gulf

09.08.2013 Deutsche Welle
During the first half of 2013 the government of Germany has allowed export of arms to the Gulf almost for a billion euros. The opposition accuses Merkel is that she has become “the best friend there the despots.”

Despite the sharp criticism of the large-scale violations of human rights in the countries of the Persian Gulf, Germany at a record pace increases export of arms to the region. This follows from the federal government’s response to the request of the parliamentary faction Left Party, which was in the order of the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung.

According to this document, the German government only during the first half of 2013 has approved the delivery of weapons to six countries of the Gulf region for the amount of 817 million euros, the newspaper said in its issue of August 7. These countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The largest purchaser of German arms is Qatar. In the first half of the year, it ordered from the Federal Republic of Germany the arms for 635 million euros. In second place – Saudi Arabia (118 million euros).