June 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Marines will have better situational awareness on missions in dark areas thanks to new night vision goggles. The Binocular Night Vision Goggle II, or BNVG II, is a helmet-mounted binocular that gives operators improved depth perception at night, and uses white phosphor Image Intensification technology to amplify ambient light, with a modular thermal imaging overlay capability. BNVG II helps Marines identify potential buried explosive devices, find hidden objects within foliated areas and safely conduct tasks that require depth perception.

British paratroopers have jumped into Latvia alongside their US counterparts to show their ability to strike hard and fast in response to crises anywhere in the world. The soldiers from C Company, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (C Coy, 3 PARA), part of Colchester-based 16 Air Assault Brigade, parachuted into the Adazi training area alongside American troops from 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division – known as “1 Fury”.

A Borisoglebsk-2 electronic warfare (EW) system has been delivered to Russia’s military base in Tajikistan, the Russian Central Military District’s press office said. "EW units of Russia’s 201st military base in Tajikistan have received advanced R-934BMV jamming stations of the Borisoglebsk-2 system," the press office said.

Saber Strike 2018, a major US-led multinational exercise, wrapped up in Poland on Friday (15 June 2018), with a live-fire demonstration involving Polish F-16s and Mi-24 attack helicopters. The exercise, which began on 3 June, mobilised around 18,000 troops from 19 NATO Allies and partners. It provided an opportunity for forces to enhance their readiness and train across the Baltic states and Poland.

The UAE-based Company INKAS Vehicles continues to develop new armoured vehicles to response to the new needs of military and security market. Army Recognition editorial team with its Defense and Security was in United Arab Emirates to visit the production line of INKAS factory. At the same time during our video report, INKAS Vehicles has unveiled its new INKAS Titan-S 6x6 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier).

BAE Systems has been awarded a USD 198 million contract to deliver an initial 30 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV), with options for a total of 204 vehicles which could be worth up to $1.2 billion. BAE Systems, along with its partner Iveco Defence Vehicles, won the USMC competition for the next generation of vehicles needed to bring the Marines from ships to shore and engage in land combat operations.

Lacroix is one of the few defense countermeasures and pyrotechnic systems manufacturers in the world. The 26th edition of Eurosatory took on new significance as the family-owned group, which has been exhibiting since the trade fair’s debut, is celebrating its 170th anniversary and showcasing numerous innovations and concepts with originality. Lacroix also spotlighted its new realistic training systems (REPY), the first concept of which was unveiled during Eurosatory 2016. These simulators will first equip French combat training centers and then be included as a component of the CENTAURE and CERBERE programs, among others.

On Friday 15 June, at the French army firing range of Suippes, CMI Defence gave a dynamic exhibition of its range of turrets. Thierry Renaudin, president of CMI Defence, gave an overview of what was to be demonstrated. Preliminary remark: CMI Defence introduces itself as a "turret integrator", which means that the chassis on which the turrets were demonstrated on 15 June are only examples and in no way specifically selected for these turrets.  Any other chassis could be taken into consideration.

In May this year, the French Army conducted a training campaign of firings in preparation for the next operational deployment of the MBDA MMP missile. The result was that two firings were made over a range of 5,000 meters, both of which were completely successful.

Two Bulgarian enterprises, the Metalika-AB private company and the state-run TEREM-Ivailo repair plant, have developed an upgraded variant of the BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The IFV, which was designated BMP-2+, was unveiled at the HEMUS 2018 defense show held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on May 30-June 2.

A leader in land combat systems, Nexter, a KNDS group company, was highlighting the VBCI, a "combat proven" reference for armored vehicles, equipped with the T40 turret, to the Bulgarian army at the HEMUS 2018 defense show, which took place from May 30 to June 2 in Plovdiv (Bulgaria).

Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract worth up to $841.3 million to produce the next-generation of U.S. Army mission command computing systems called the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS) II. The system will support the U.S. Army's current modernization strategy for tactical platforms, including ground combat vehicles and command posts.

Army Recognition editorial with its Defense and Security Web TV News channel is at the military camp of Grafenwoehr in Germany to cover the Strong Europe Tank Challenge that consists of 13 competitive events including an obstacle course, a shoot off, the Tanker Olympics, a precision driving course, and offensive and defensive live-fire operations performed by tank units from NATO and partner nations.

SM Group announced that its fully owned subsidiary, SMPP, was recently awarded a USD 100Mn contract to supply 186,000 units of body armor (models unspecified) over a period of next 3 years to the Indian Army which includes over 1.1 million armor plates.

Russia and Rwanda are developing military-technical cooperation, and negotiations over potential deliveries of air defense systems to Kigali are underway, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after his meeting with the head of Rwanda's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo on June 3.

BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles will get a new combat module AU-220M which has already been tested, the Defense Ministry said. "The fire module has upgraded combat characteristics. It is designed to fight ground and air targets. AU-220M has enhanced fire accuracy, higher penetrating capabilities and over-obstacle 57mm shells. The module can be remotely controlled by the crew from outside the vehicle," it said.

The 200th Puma tracked IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) earmarked for the Bundeswehr (German army) has just rolled off the assembly line at the Rheinmetall plant in Unterlüß in Lower Saxony. It is also the 100th Puma manufactured by the Düsseldorf-based tech enterprise, part-owner of the joint venture tasked with producing the vehicle. The jubilee vehicle will soon be arriving at the Bundeswehr’s force integration organization in Munster a.d. Örtze, likewise located in Lower Saxony.

More than 30 BTR-82A armored personnel carriers (APCs) have been delivered to Russian Caspian Flotilla Marine units, Southern Military District spokesman Vadim Astafyev said. "Caspian Flotilla Marine units have received 32 BTR-82A armored personnel carriers transported from the Kostroma Region to Astrakhan by rail," Astafyev said. "The BTR-82A APCs were delivered to Marine units under the 2020 rearmament program," he added.

On May 29, 2018, the Slovak Ministry of Defense has take delivery of 21 upgraded BVP-2 tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) during a handover ceremony at the Specialist Testing Branch Lieskovec, a facility of Dubnica nad Váhom-based Konštrukta Defence in Slovakia. The vehicles, configured in two variants, are configured for ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance) and mechanized units.

The Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate here, in conjunction with elements of the 82nd Airborne Division, completed final phases of Airborne testing for the Laser Target Locator Module, or LTLM II, recently. The primary mission of the LTLM II is to provide accurate targeting data to execute effective fires with artillery and mortars. "The LTLM II provides the dismounted squads the capability to obtain targeting data, no matter the weather conditions or location," said Staff Sgt. Marcus Love, Test NCO with ABNSOTD.

The research work on exoskeletons for US Army soldiers assigned to heavy duty tasks, to mention only them, keeps progressing. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory also keeps working on means of easing the manipulation of heavy weapons in combat situations. A third arm might be a solution.

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