April 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


New Iranian-made 35mm anti-aircraft air defense system "Seraj Sadegh 10" showed for the first time to the public during the military parade for National Army Day that was held on April 18, 2019. According to our first analysis, this new air defense system seems to use the Swiss Oerlikon 35 mm twin cannon mounted on a new 6x6 truck chassis.

Russian Airborne Troops (Vozdushno-Desantniye Voyska, VDV) will be the first military service to receive the newest Kalashnikov AK-12 5.45 mm assault rifles, a source from the country`s defense industry told TASS. "The VDV units are receiving the AK-12 on a priority basis. This firearm will replace the Kalashnikov AKS-74 and AK-74M 5.45 mm assault rifles being operated by the Airborne Troops," said the source.

The 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas, participated in Allied Spirit X, a multinational exercise designed to develop and enhance NATO and key partner interoperability and readiness across specified warfighting functions, here, March 30 - Apr. 17, 2019. Spc. Yon Henderson reports on U.S. Army’s website.

Ground drones are not only meant for military use. The dramatic fire that ravaged the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, this black Monday 15th of April, gave a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the invaluable role played by “Colossus”, a 200kg-tracked drone manufactured by the French company Sharks Robotics.

On Wednesday, April 17, Israel announced it had (once again) successfully tested two Raytheon MIM-104 Patriot missiles in the framework of its Iron Dome air defense systems, intercepting five targets. “The Israeli Air Force successfully concluded a series of exercises and tests to evaluate operational readiness and alertness to continue to maintain the necessary defense of Israel's skies," a military spokesperson stated.

On April 16, Northrop Grumman announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC has received orders totaling $194 million from the U.S. Army for small-caliber ammunition. Orders were placed for 5.56mm, 7.62mm and Cal. 50 cartridges under the company’s supply contract to produce small-caliber ammunition for the U.S. government at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri.

NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Lithuania began exercise Eager Leopard in Pabrade on Wednesday, 17 April 2019. The exercise mobilises around 650 troops, including Czech, Dutch, German and Norwegian forces. It provides an opportunity for the battlegroup to enhance its readiness, testing its ability to deploy troops and equipment.

The Singapore Army and the Indian Army participated in Exercise Bold Kurukshetra, a bilateral armour exercise. This year's exercise was held from 2 to 13 Apr at Babina Field Firing Range in Central India, and is the twelfth in the series. The exercise involved approximately 270 soldiers from the Singapore and Indian armies. As part of the exercise, the two armies participated in integrated maneuvers, exercise planning and training.

On April 12, 2019, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense issued PT Pindad a contract worth $ 80 million for the production of the first 22 Pandur II series 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles that received the Indonesian designation Cobra. The vehicles must be delivered to the Indonesian army within three years and will reportedly be equipped with the Israeli remote-controlled uninhabited combat module Elbit Systems U30MK.II, which Ares (Elbit Systems Brazilian) will supply with a Northrop Grumman Bushmaster Mk.44 30mm automatic gun and two 7.62mm machine guns.

37 Navistar MaxxPro Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles, donated by the US government, were handed-off for the Albanian Armed Forces on 4 April, Dylan Malyasov reported on MilitaryQ. The ceremony was attended by the Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka, the charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana Leyla Moses-Ones, and Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Bardhyl Kollcaku.

At the end of several rounds of tendering and trials since the beginning of the last decade, the Israeli company Elbit Systems has won the Indian Army’s 155 mm/52 calibre towed artillery gun competition, of which the import content alone is valued at over $ 1 Billion. Elbit’s Indian partner is Bharat Forge, Indian Defence News reports.

China has built the world's first armed amphibious drone boat which military analysts said could be used in land assault operations and is capable of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships, Liu Xuanzun wrote in the Global Times.

On April 12, 2019, Indonesian Defense Minister Ramisard Ryakuda signed a large package of contracts with enterprises of the Indonesian defense industry in Bandung, the most significant of which was the order for the Indonesian shipbuilding association PT PAL to build three more diesel-electric submarines in cooperation with South Korean corporation Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). Another significant contract was the order for the Indonesian state defense industry association PT Pindad to build the first batch of the Harimau ("Tiger") serial Turkish-Indonesian production for the Indonesian army.

An interagency committee has finished the checking of the terms of reference for the Udav pistol that has been developed by the design bureau Tsiitochmash (a subsidiary of the state corporation Rostec). The 9 mm semi-automatic handgun has been cleared for serial production, the press department of Rostec said in a statement.

The Bastion 4x4 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicle manufactured by the French Company ARQUUS is now in service with armed forces of Senegal. On April 4, 2019, a picture was released on the official website of the "Présidence de la République du Sénégal" showing Bastion APC at military parade marking Senegal's 59th anniversary of independence.

On 27 March, In Bordeaux (France), MBDA and ALPhANOV inaugurated their common Vulnerability Test Facility (VTF). MBDA is a world leader in missile systems offering a comprehensive international product range incorporating today's most advanced innovations. ALPhANOV was built, from its inception, on experience in micro-machining developed by laser platform applications Aquitaine (PALA), which depends on the CELIA laboratory and was implemented by François SALIN.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command has placed an order from global vehicle solutions provider AM General for 648 M997A3 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) Ambulances, valued at $185 million. The M997A3 is an ambulance configuration of the HMMWV family. Equipped with advanced armor protection, these combat ambulances were built to reliably transport causalities from the battlefield to medical aid stations.

Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, is being awarded a $2,457,390,566 modification (P00015) to a previously-awarded contract HQ0147-17-C-0032 for the production of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors and associated one-shot devices to support the U.S. government (USG) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case requirements.

Russia`s defense contractor Bazalt (a subsidiary of the Rostec’s Concern Tecmash) has detailed its DP-64 45 mm counter-sabotage grenade launcher. "The DP-64 grenade launcher can be used by both naval ships and civil vessels, including during counter-piracy operations. Owing to an active scheme of functioning, the weapon features a locked breech end. The launcher produces almost no noise," said a spokesperson for Bazalt.

A team of nearly 40 cybersecurity experts led by the NATO Communications and Information Agency starts competing this week (9-12 April) in Locked Shields 2019, the world’s largest live-fire cyber exercise. The NATO team, which won the competition in 2018, is strengthened this year with ten volunteers from six NATO Allies: Bulgaria, Croatia, Norway, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey.

Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for the porting of the European ESSOR (European Secure SOftware-defined Radio) program’s OC1 (Operational Capability 1) phase wideband waveform to the Bittium Tough SDR radios that will be delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces.

The Vilkha missile production started in 2018. That model had a range of 70 km. The modernized Vilkha-M's range has increased to 130 km. Turchynov said a missile with a range of more than 200 km is under development and could be ready in the near future.

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