April 2016 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military - Army News
 
 
 
 

Optex to equip US Army's Abrams main battle tanks with laser protected persicopes
 
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Optex Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Optex Systems Holdings, Inc. (OPXS), a leading manufacturer of optical sighting systems and assemblies for domestic and foreign militaries, today announced that it has received $841,000 in orders for its laser protected periscopes with an option for an additional $841,000 from the U.S. Army Contracting Command.
 

Spanish Army introduced first prototype of the VERT land reconnaissance vehicle
 
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The first prototype of the Land Reconnaissance Vehicle (known by its Spanish acronym, VERT), designed and developed by the Spanish Army’s Logistic Support Command, was introduced to the Chief of the Army Staff, Army General Jaime Domínguez Buj, on 8 April at Spanish Army HQ in Madrid.
 

Israel's Tamir air defense missile successfully test-fired from a US Army Multi-Mission Launcher
 
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Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system successfully intercepted an unmanned drone in the United States earlier this week, in the battery’s first-ever trial on foreign soil. The US military fired Tamir missiles, the projectiles used in Iron Dome batteries, to successfully down the unmanned aerial vehicle.
 

El Salvador deploys new anti-gang special forces unit
 
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The government of El Salvador has unveiled yesterday April 20 a new 1000-strong special forces unit to fight criminal gangs in rural areas. The government created the force to detect the top 100 members of Salvadorian crime clans, officials said on Wednesday.
 

UK Defence Minister reaffirms strong ties with the US
 
UK Defence Minister reaffirms strong ties with the US Philip Dunne, UK’s Defence Procurement Minister, has travelled to the US on an official visit to reaffirm the close cooperation of the two countries in major weapons programmes. The US Deputy Defence Secretary Bob Work accompanied him during his travel at military installations at the southeast of the country, where British military personnel is training on new equipment.
 

Meggitt to debut FATS 100e virtual training system in Europe at ITEC 2016
 
Meggitt to debut FATS 100e virtual training system in Europe at ITEC 2016 At the ITEC 2016 exhibition, taking place between the 17th and 19th of May 2016 in London, Meggitt Training Systems will unveil the FATS® 100e virtual training system for the first time in Europe, after its release at the end of 2015. The system was developed to meet current and future requirements in small arms training.
 

Russia started developing the Rys biomorphic unmanned ground vehicle
 
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Russia is developing Rys` (Lynx) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), according to several Russian defense sources. "Kovrov-based Signal scientific-research institute is the main developer of the Rys` UGV. The platform is supposed to be developed in six configurations, including reconnaissance, fire support, mine clearance, medevac, logistic support and combat engineer reconnaissance vehicles. Rys` will be a biomorphic robot," a source said.
 

Afghan Army's ScanEagle UAV made inaugural flight
 
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The inaugural launch of a ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle in Helmand, Afghanistan marked new intelligence gathering capability for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. The Helmand ScanEagle site is the first of eight in Afghanistan that will be operational in the next two and a half years.
 

Lithuanian Army unveils plans to expand its military training capabilities
 
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The Lithuanian army on Tuesday presented plans to refurbish and expand military training infrastructure and new facilities amid intensifying national and joint international military drills in the Baltic country. According to the announcement from the country's defense ministry, the army has planned developments at five training areas to expand the sites and adapt it to new equipment.
 

Danish parliament approves expanded contribution to the fight against Islamic State
 
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A broad majority in the Danish parliament on Tuesday approved a proposal to increase the country's military contribution to the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. "The brutal and ruthless terrorist organization IS must meet a powerful response from the outside world. The darkness must be combated," said Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen.
 

Elbit Systems to provide XACTth65 thermal weapon sights to the Australian Defence Force
 
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Elbit Systems Ltd., announced yesterday that its Australian subsidiary, Elbit Systems of Australia Pty Ltd (ELSA), was awarded a contract in an amount of approximately US$30 million (approximately 40 million Australian dollars) by the Department of Defence of the Commonwealth of Australia, for the supply of XACTth65 sights, a member of the Elbit Systems thermal weapon sight product family.
 

Battelle contracted to support US Special Operations Forces
 
Battelle contracted to support US Special Operations Forces Battelle, an innovation firm managing some of the world’s leading laboratories, has been contracted by the US Army to support the Special Operations Forces. The company was recently awarded a USD33 million Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DS TAT) from the Army Nattick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Command.
 

US Army successfully tested IBCS air and missile defence system
 
US Army successfully tested IBCS air and missile defence system The US Army has successfully tested the Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) on 8 April. The Northrop Grumman system managed to identify, track, engage and defeat ballistic and cruise missile targets, validating its ability to manage multiple threats.
 

DRS Technologies contracted by GDUK for the Bowman upgrade
 
DRS Technologies contracted by GDUK for the Bowman upgrade  DRS Technologies UK has been contracted by General Dynamics UK for the implementation of the Bowman radio and battlefield management system upgrade programme. DRS UK will provide rugged tactical displays, rugged computing technology upgrades and associated services valued at GPB35.6 million.
 

Uralvagonzavod plans to install tactical drone on T-15 Armata infantry fighting vehicle
 
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The T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicle based on the Russian Armata tank will be equipped with a drone, Oleg Sienko, the General Director of the Uralvagonzavod corporation which manufactures the tanks, said. "The use of a drone on the T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicle is envisioned. This is an indispensable element in the tactical level. It is extremely difficult to move in a convoy without seeing," Sienko told RIA Novosti.
 

BAE Systems lands a $109mn contract from US Army for 36 M88A2 Hercules recovery vehicles
 
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BAE Systems Land & Armament LP has been awarded a $109,715,382 contract for 36 M88A2 "Hercules" Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System vehicles, and authorized stockage list spares, the US Department of Defense announced on its website on April 18.
 

US to deploy 200 soldiers and Apache helicopters in Iraq
 
US to deploy 200 soldiers and Apache helicopters in Iraq The US has decided to deploy 200 additional soldiers and Apache attack helicopters in Iraq. The decision was taken in coordination with the Iraqi government, after extensive discussions in an effort to bolster Iraqi military capabilities in preparation for the liberation of Mosul.
 

Armenia accelerates Russian weapons procurement with a Russian loan
 
Armenia accelerates Russian weapons procurement with a Russian loan The Armenian government has accelerated the procedure pertaining the procurement of Russian-made weapons with a USD200 million loan provided last year by Moscow. The decision comes in the aftermath of the latest conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, which resulted in more than 100 dead from both sides.
 

Orbital ATK awarded US DOD contract for international customers
 
Orbital ATK awarded US DOD contract for international customers The US Department of Defense has awarded Orbital ATK a contract for the production of ammunition. The Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract is for the supply of non-US standard ammunition and mortar weapons systems in support of international allies.
 

Hamas deploys security forces to borders with Egypt
 
Hamas deploys security forces to borders with Egypt Hamas has deployed additional security forces at the borders with Egypt on 14 April, in an effort to ease security related tensions with Cairo. Hamas’ spokesman, Iyad Al Basm told Agence France Press last Thursday that “national security forces started to increase the number of troops and double the security bases along all the southern border with Egypt, to be able to control the border better.”
 

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