March 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Russia has deployed another regimental set of the S-400 Triumph air defense missiles in its westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday, March 15. The new set of missiles has been supplied to the Russian Baltic Fleet from the Kapustin Yar test site in the southern Astrakhan Region after successful test launches, a ministry statement said.

On March 13, 2019, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $240.5 million. These items are in support of Australia’s purchase of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS).

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Spain of AAVP-7A1 Assault Amphibious Vehicles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $107 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 14, 2019.

Florence Parly, French Minister of Defense, accompanied Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, to Djibouti and Ethiopia, on March 11 and 12, 2019, to consolidate or create bilateral defense cooperation.

The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman a $713 million contract for the production of Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) for the first phase of Poland's WISLA air and missile defense program. WISLA plans also call for the Patriot missile defense system to be acquired, with that system expected to be integrated into the IBCS network.

On March 14, 2019, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg released his Annual Report for 2018. The Report outlines how NATO is responding to today's security threats, adapting to new challenges, and investing in the future. It covers NATO's activities and achievements to strengthen its deterrence and defense posture, to boost its efforts to fight international terrorism, to increase its capacity building support to partners and to accelerate its modernisation and innovation agenda. The Annual Report includes the details of estimated 2018 national defense expenditures for all 29 NATO Allies.

On 13 March, thousands of Cambodian and Chinese soldiers descended upon a 10,000-hectare training area in Kampot Province, southern Cambodia, to kick off the largest-ever joint military exercise between the two nations, as Ben Sokhean reports in the Khmer Times.

U.S. Marines are officially getting a new set of wheels. The Marine Corps will start fielding the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to Marines, following a decision made Dec. 12 by the Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Ashley Calingo reports on DVIDS. But serious cuts in the JLTV programme are firmly requested by U.S. Army officials to spend money on other defense priorities.

The Australian Army has partnered with the Defense Innovation Hub in awarding an Army Innovation Day contract to SYPAQ to develop and demonstrate a next-generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aerial system (UAS), called the Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS), for use by Australian soldiers. This contract, valued at over $1 million, was awarded as part of Army Innovation Day 2018, using the Defense Innovation Hub's Special Notice solicitation process.

The development of the 57mm Derivatsiya-PVO anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) system is entering its final stage, the informational support group of the Russian Ground Troops said. "The system’s state trials are due to finish in November this year," it said. The 57mm Derivatsiya-PVO AAA system is designed to equip tactical air defense units of the Russian Ground Troops.

Photonis has been awarded a contract to provide the German Army 1,700 night vision binoculars with state-of-the-art image intensifier tubes. The Photonis’ 4G high FOM image intensifier tubes will be integrated in the Theon Sensors new NYX binoculars, to increase night driving maneuverability of the German Army.

The U.S Army and soldiers from the Philippine army's K9 Battalion trained together on March 6, 2019, during exercise Salaknib to learn each other's military working dog training techniques. Training together like this allows U.S. forces and host countries to build lasting partnerships and prepare to work together on real missions. Pfc. Elizabeth Johnson reports on U.S. Army’s website.

On 2 March, the French ministry of Defense, via the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement, General Directorate for Armament), has launched a purchase procedure for the supply of 9 x 19 mm semi-automatic pistols, support systems and associated cartridges. The new pistols – designated either PSA (pistolet semi-automatique) or PANG (Pistolet Automatique de Nouvelle Génération) will replace the ones currently in use, some of them dating back to the 1950s like the MAC 50.

Aimpoint, the leading manufacturer and innovator of red dot sighting technology, has been awarded a USD 24 million firm, fixed-price contract to supply Aimpoint FCS13-RE Fire Control Systems to the U.S. military. The system will be deployed as the primary Fire Control on the new M3-E1 MAAWS lightweight 84mm Carl Gustaf produced by SAAB Dynamics. The contract was awarded through Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS Inc.) via the DLA Tailored Logistics Support program.

As part of the French Scorpion project (in which Belgium is also very involved), a combat group of the 4th Combat Company of the 3rd Engineer Regiment participated very recently in the modelling made to size of the light multi-role armored vehicle - light (VBMR-L) called "Serval". This 17-ton 4x4 armored vehicle is the little brother of the 6x6 VBMR Griffon. This mission was carried out to the benefit of the Technical Section of the Army (STAT).

BAE Systems on 7 March confirmed it is offering the CV90, a combat-proven Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), to the Commonwealth of Australia in response to the LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability Request for Tender. The project team will be led by BAE Systems’ Sweden-based combat vehicles business and supported by BAE Systems Australia.

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