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MILITARY SITUATION IN EASTERN UKRAINE ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017 (MAP UPDATE)

This map shows the military situation in eastern Ukraine on February 22, 2017: Click to see the full-size map

POLISH ARMY RECEIVES UPGRADED LEOPARD 2A4 BATTLE TANK

The Leopard 2 PL tank has been developed by the Rheinmetall Company for the Polish Army.


The Leopard 2 PL tank (Photo: defence.pk)

German Rheinmetall Company presented to public the upgraded Leopard 2 PL tank at the IDEX 2017 international arms exhibition, the WarSpot information website reported. This version, intended for the Polish Army, is a future development of the Leopard 2A4 tank. In 2002-2003, 128 tanks of this type were delivered free of charge to the Polish Armed Forces. Since 2015, their upgraded version, designed to bring the tanks practically to the level of the Leopard 2A6, has been developing.

The Leopard 2 PL is equipped with an outboard composite armor, which significantly improves the protection against some types of ammunition, and has increased ballistic protection of the tower. Hydraulic stabilization mechanisms of the gun and turret drives of the tank were replaced with electrical ones that allowed to improve work of mechanisms and increase space inside the tank. T…

U.S. ARMY’S MOBILE PROTECTED FIREPOWER PROGRAM (MILITARY ANALYSIS)

Written and produced by SF Team: Brian Kalman, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson

In the first half of August of 2016, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) located at Fort Benning, Georgia, invited almost 200 representatives from the defense industry to a meeting to discuss the desire to acquire a whole new type of vehicle. The program was named “Mobile Protected Firepower” (MPF). The U.S Army has decided to dispense with its overly bureaucratic acquisition system of past decades, and has instead had the TRADOC, the command that is most knowledgeable of what the Army requires, sit down directly with industry professionals from the very start to design a vehicle that takes existing technologies and capabilities to design a workable solution at minimal cost. Apparently, the U.S. Army has learned something from past failed programs.

In concept, the MPF is seen as a highly mobile vehicle that is able to accompany and support Stryker Brigade Combat Teams and mobile and mechanized inf…

COMMANDER OF SAUDI-LED EMIRATI TROOPS IN YEMEN KILLED IN BALLISTIC MISSILE ATTACK OF HOUTHI-SALEH ALLIANCE

Scores of Saudi mercenaries, including several high-ranking commanders, have been killed in a ballistic missile attack in Yemen.


A file photo of Yemeni militia commander Major General Ahad Saif al-Yafei (L) and commander of Emirati troops in Yemen Nasser Moshabib al-Atibi (C), who were killed in a missile attack by Yemeni forces (Photo: Wam)

The Houthi-Saleh alliance has launched a medium-range ballistic missile on positions of Saudi-backed fighters, stationed near the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, the al-Masirah TV-channel reported on Wednesday, citing press service of the Yemeni Operational Command. As a result, scores of Saudi mercenaries, including the commander of Saudi-led Emirati troops in Yemen, have been killed and wounded.

As the TV-channel noted, the missile hit Mokha city, located in Taiz province, and killed not only usual Saudi militants, but also several high-ranking commanders, including commander of Emirati troops in Yem…

UNIDENTIFIED RAIDERS KILL US EMIR OF ISIS IN NORTHEASTERN SYRIA – REPORT

According to local sources from Hasakah, a senior commander of the Islamic State terrorist group, who had come from the US, was killed by unknown assailants in northeastern Syria.


Photo: AFP / Ashraf Shazly

A senior commander of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Abu Fariq al-Ameriki, who had come to Syria from the US, was killed by unknown assailants in the southern part of Hasakah, the Fars news agency reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed local sources. Reportedly, the body of the killed commander was found by other members of the terrorist group at a bazaar in Merkedeh town.

As the news agency’s sources noted, recently, a number of fighters and commanders of the IS were killed by unknown assailants or members of the terrorist group itself due to accusations of escape from the battlefields in Merkedeh.

After the killing of al-Ameriki, the terrorist group has put its forces on red alert in the region.

On Sunday, one of the senior commanders of the IS, Abu Mohammad, was executed by o…