April 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News




As part of the Force Mobility Enhancement (FME) project, the Canadian army began receiving 18 new and improved Leopard 2 Armored Engineer Vehicles (Leo 2 AEVs) in late fall 2017 to provide critical support to the Canadian army’s Leopard 2 main battle tanks, Light Armored Vehicles, Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicles and future fleets.

The Latvian armed forces will be receiving three RQ-20A Puma tactical hand-launched drones from U.S. firm AeroVironment later this year. The acquisition of the surveillance and reconnaissance-mission unmanned aviation systems is being conducted with the aid of over $3 million worth of U.S. government foreign military financing (FMF).

The Czech armed forces are currently pressing ahead with a far-reaching modernization programme. Among other things, its fleet of BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, which dates from the 1980s, is to be replaced with a family of modern systems. Procurement of over 200 new medium-weight fighting vehicles is on the table. Most of these are to be equipped with a high-performance medium-calibre turret. Rheinmetall – a proven, longstanding partner of Czech industry – has put forward its new Lynx for this project, a medium-weight, modular platform armed with the Lance turret system.

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (1 RGR) have conducted Exercise Askari Storm in Kenya. The Battlegroup consisted of 1 RGR and E Company, 15th Kenyan Rifles from the Kenya Defence Force plus attachments from across 16 Air Assault Brigade, who joined the demanding 6-week exercise.

Poland's Wtorplast company has delivered an unspecified number of BMP-1AK (AK stands for Anti-HEAT (high-explosive anti-tank), Anti Kumulyativnaya) infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) to Ukraine.

According to the Taiwanese United Daily News newspaper, Taiwan has performed a test flight with its local-made UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) dubbed Teng Yun (Cloud Rider in English) near an Air Force base. The Teng Yun is a medium-altitude long-endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle produced by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CIST).

Orolia, a world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, announced today that its subsidiary McMurdo Inc. was awarded a $33,986,800 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD). This PRD is a dual-mode, MIL-SPEC Personal Locator Beacon that will be integrated into the Army's Personnel Recovery Support System (PRSS). The PRD will be capable of transmitting both open and secure signals (training-combat dual mode) to alert and notify that a soldier has become isolated, missing, detained or captured.

The SA80 A2 is being phased out for a new and improved SA80 A3. The Grenadier Guards, who have been the first infantry battalion to fire the new weapon system, have been putting some of the new features to the test. This year sees them deploy on three separate operational tours on OP TORAL to Kabul, OP TRENTON to South Sudan and OP SHADER in Iraq. The busy deployment period sees them adapt to three different theatres where they will be doing three completely different jobs. Training has therefore been paramount and helped them get to grips with a number of differences in the weapon systems.

An international customer has contracted with Rheinmetall to supply it with artillery and tank ammunition worth a total of round €380 million; the order intake was booked in Q1 2018. The calibre of the artillery ammunition ordered is 155mm, the tank ammunition, 120mm. The contract is set to run for 42 months.

The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) has awarded a public contract to a consortium of the Estonian Defence and Security Industry Innovation Cluster to launch a project entitled ‘Automated systems on the battlefield’, managed by the Centre for Applied Studies at the Estonian National Defence College (ENDC).

Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that it has received new orders totaling more than $115 million to produce small-caliber ammunition for the U.S. Army. The Army placed orders for a variety of 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50 caliber ammunition, which will be manufactured at the U.S. government-owned, Orbital ATK-operated Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri.

The U.S. Army has integrated critical tactical network transport configurations -- the Tactical Communications Node-Lite, known as TCN-L, and Network Operations and Security Center-Lite, known as NOSC-L -- onto lighter High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle HMMWV platforms, versus the previous five-ton Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle FMTV integration.

The prospective air and missile defense S-500 complex will become the backbone of the national aerospace defense. In contrast to numerous military designs, the creation of the weapon is kept secret. It is only known that S-500 have been included into the Russian arms program up to 2027. The characteristics of the weapon are classified, the Russian Arms project of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily writes.

Otokar, Turkey's largest private capital defense industry company will participate in LAAD Defence& Security 2018 exhibition in Sao Paolo, Brazil on April 10-12, 2018. In the 12th edition of the leading Latin American defense and security exhibition, Otokar will promote its land systems capabilities in booth B40.

Russia and Mongolia are elaborating a new military and technical cooperation program for 2019-2024, Mongolian Defense Minister Nyamaagiin Enkhbold said. According to the Mongolian defense minister, the Mongolian government regards relations with Russia as a priority and is pursuing a policy to establish strategic partnership with Russia.

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of 155mm M109A5/A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer structures for conversion to M109A6 Paladin Howitzer systems for an estimated cost of $1.31 billion. The M109A6 Paladin uses the existing main armament and cab structure of a Paladin M109A6, and replaces the vehicle’s chassis components with modem components common to the Bradley vehicle.

On April 6, 2018, during the rehearsal of military parade for Victory Day 2018, taking place every year May 9 in the center of Moscow, Russian army has unveiled new BMPT fire support combat vehicle. During Army-2017, the International Military Technical Forum that was held in August 2017, Russia’s Ministry of Defense has signed a contract for the supply of the first BMPT fire support combat vehicles to the Russian army.

Regiments operating the Yars (NATO name: SS-29 Yars) missile system from the Strategic Missile Force’s large unit based in Nizhny Tagil, in the Ural Mountains, are performing maneuvers to move to new field positions during a command post exercise, the Defense Ministry’s press office said. They are also exploring new combat patrol areas, the press office added.

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