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U.S. State Dept. approves mortar round sales to Singapore
by Ryan Maass
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017


The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of 2,000 XM395 precision mortar rounds to the government of Singapore.

If approved by Congress, the sale is estimated to cost $66 million. In addition to the 2,000 rounds, Singapore's request also includes support equipment and services.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency says the proposed sale will benefit U.S. foreign policy interests by strengthening capabilities for an allied country in a highly strategic region.

Singapore intends to use the mortar rounds to defend against current and future threats in addition to bolstering its homeland defenses. State Department officials say the country's armed forces will no have no difficulty absorbing the weapons into its arsenal.

XM395 mortar rounds are built by Orbital ATK, the primary contractor for the proposed foreign military sale. The company says the munitions provide operators with tactical advantages in mountainous terrain, which typically prevents artillery platforms from mobilizing. The U.S. Army procures the weapon to support its Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative.

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Iran mass producing domestic main battle tank
Tehran (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Tehran formally announced it will begin mass producing its domestically built main battle tank during a ceremony attended by the country's defense leadership. The ceremony was held on Sunday and was attended by Iran's Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan. The official spoke highly of the tank's design, suggesting the new platform's capabilities rival those employed by Western armed forces, ... read more

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