April 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Russian soldiers are training for the Victory Day military parade, which will take place on Red Square on May 9 to mark the 74th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) over Nazi Germany. The preparations, which are taking place at Alabino range near Moscow, have entered the final stage," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Elbit Systems' U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, has signed a definitive agreement with Harris Corporation for the acquisition of Harris' Night Vision business for a purchase price of $350 million. The transaction is conditioned on completion of Harris' proposed merger with L3 Technologies, Inc., as well as customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.

China is reportedly planning to station an elite special force from it's army in Zimbabwe, as Beijing moves to crystalize military cooperation with Harare, amid growing fears that the Asian powerhouse has formally approved plans to commence construction of an underground military base in the country, Spotlight Zimbabwe reported echoed by Itai Mushekwe/Mary-Kate Kahari on Bulawayo 24 News.

Uzbekistan`s National Guard has received a batch of Russian-made upgraded VPK-233136 Tigr 4x4 multi-purpose armored vehicles, a source from the country`s defense industry told TASS. The VPK-233136 also dubbed Tiger-M is a variant of the standard Tigr 4x4 light tactical vehicle but motorized with a Russian-made YaMZ engine.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed a joint meeting of the United States Congress in Washington DC on Wednesday (3 April 2019), making him the first leader of an international organization ever to do so. The Secretary General’s speech focused on the bond between Europe and North America, the enduring strength of the NATO Alliance and the importance of unity in an unpredictable world.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has a new hand-thrown drone in its arsenal, and experts said the human-sized fixed-wing aircraft has enhanced imaging devices and will greatly boost basic combat units' reconnaissance capability, Liu Xuanzun reports in The Global Times.

On April 2, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger met with Lithuanian Policy Director Robertas Šapronas today at the Pentagon to sign the U.S.-Lithuania Defense Cooperation Strategic Roadmap.

The first bilateral exercise for thirty years between Egypt and the UK has successfully come to its conclusion. Exercise AMHOSE 1 saw the participation of 165 UK military personnel from Cyprus based 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment "The Poachers", in a joint exercise with members of the Egyptian 112 Infantry Brigade.

Last February, right on time, Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH delivered the first of 71 protected mobile and recovery cranes to the Bundeswehr under a major procurement contract. In June 2017 the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, or BAAINBw, awarded Liebherr the order, which is worth around €150 million.

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