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Russian S-300V and upgraded S-300V4 air defense launchers will receive short-range air protection. It will be an option of Pantsir launcher upgraded for the Ground Forces. Pantsir-SM/SV will have a tracked undercarriage instead of a wheeled one like the Pantsir-S1, the Independent Military Review writes. The ground option has to defend S-300V and S-300V4 against cruise missiles, precision weapons and combat drones. The 30mm Pantsir guns will also fight attacks on S-300V on the march and in positions.

The French Ministry of Defense publishes its annual document presenting the major data of its action in recent months. What budget allocated to Defense? How many soldiers deployed on mission? What means implemented during the health crisis? All the key figures can be found in the released document.

The Russian design of a DART analog has been known for long. It has recently joined the round of munitions of T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicle with the Kinzhal 57mm combat module. It has at least eight places to accommodate smart munitions. Derivatsya with guided projectiles can replace both Shilka and Tunguska. 2S38 ammunition will considerably expand the list of targets. Besides helicopters and drones, Derivatsya will destroy smart bombs and missiles (if armed with guided munitions).

The Russian Ground Forces have radically mounted air defense capabilities of late. However, they lag behind the Aerospace Forces. It is interesting to know which weapons will defend Armata, Kurganets and Boomerang against aircraft, drones and precision weapons, the Independent Military Review writes.

Last July, the Indian Ministry of Defence fast-tracked the emergency purchase of light tanks to counter possible attacks by over 20,000 Chinese troops poised on the Ladakh border along with tanks, artillery, air defence and road construction units, Ajai Shukla reports in Business Standard.

Until 1998, the Russian antiaircraft missile troops were subordinated to the air and missile defense forces. Today, they are a major component of the Russian Aerospace Forces. The latest S-350 Vityaz and Pantsir-SM participated in the latest Victory Day parade together with traditional S-400 and Pantsir-S guns, the Independent Military Review writes.

The creation of the main elements of the Russian Arctic air defense is nearing completion. The region has developed into a place of a standoff between various countries of late. Russia has been therefore creating infrastructure and defense facilities in northern latitudes in case the situation aggravates. The Izvestia daily writes about the means Russia has in the Northern Sea Route and defense prospects in the strategically important direction.

The latest S-350 Vityaz air defense missile systems are being supplied to the Russian troops. On the one hand, the supplies confirm that the large-scale rearmament program is implemented on schedule despite a difficult financial situation. On the other hand, the supplies of S-350 are a reaction of the Russian Defense Ministry to the development of new warfare trends when regular armies, insurgents and terrorists operate drones and various ballistic and cruise missiles, the Independent Military Review writes.

The U.S. Army’s AMPV is the replacement to the M113 family of vehicles at the brigade level and below. The AMPV is expected to replace the M113 in five mission roles: general-purpose, medical evacuation, medical treatment, mortar carrier, and mission command. The Army determined that the development of the AMPV is necessary due to mobility, survivability, and force protection deficiencies identified with the M113, as well as space weight, power, and cooling limitations that prevent the incorporation of future technologies.

The Design and Operations Management Unit (3CO) of the Parachute Commando Subgroup (Sous-Groupement de Commandos Parachutistes, SGCP) of the Barkhane force is the hinge between the commandos and their tactical chief deployed on the ground and the Joint Theater Command Post (Poste de Commandement Interarmées de Théâtre, PCIAT). The 3CO is responsible for planning, commanding, exploiting the results of the action and directing the maneuver of the paratrooper commandos.

The coronavirus crisis has a significant impact on many defense budgets around the world. For instance, China will increase its defense spending by 6.6 percent% in 2020, the lowest rate in years, the government said Friday. But analysts raise the concern that many expenses are not included in this official budget.

The 414th antiaircraft regiment went on combat duty in April 2020. It looks like a usual event, as several dozen antiaircraft regiments have been formed in Russia of late. However, the new regiment is deployed in Tiksi-3 settlement in Yakutia and is armed with S-300PS missile launchers. It considerably changes the balance of forces in the region, the Independent Military Review writes.

The Indian federal government has announced $66.9 billion defence budget for the fiscal year 2020-21, which represents a 9.4 percent increase in MoD’s overall allocation as compared to the allocation for the previous fiscal year 2019, Irfan Mahar* explains in Eurasia Review. According to the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB), the Defence budget accounted for 15.49 percent of the federal government’s total expenditure for the upcoming fiscal year.