August 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The government of Sweden signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's Patriot air and missile defense system from the U.S. Army. The agreement, formally referred to as a Letter of Offer and Acceptance, paves the way for Sweden's Patriot force to rapidly reach Initial Operational Capability. So, Sweden becomes the 16th nation to entrust lower tier air and missile defense to Raytheon's Patriot system.

The installation of HENSOLDT’s ASR-NG Air Traffic Control systems in Australia takes up speed. Recently, the second Final System has completed site installation joining one Interim System and another already installed Final System.

As part of the Army network strategy, the service is continually seeking to simplify and improve upon its hardware systems, Dan Lafontaine, PEO C3T Public Affairs, reports on The Army's challenges with vehicle platform integration constraints and soldiers' requests for systems that mimic commercial technology's "look and feel" are spurring these initiatives.

General Dynamics Missions Systems was awarded a contract for the Common Hardware Systems-5 (CHS-5) Program from the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract consists of a three-year base contract with two one-year options, for a maximum potential contract ceiling of $3.9 billion.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected BAE Systems to develop data-driven, cyber-hunting tools that detect and analyze cyber threats to help protect extremely large enterprise networks. The contract for Phase 1, 2, and 3 of the program is valued at approximately $5.2 million.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced that it has been selected by the U.S. Army to demonstrate its On-Board Vehicle Power (OBVP) on Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile battery command and control, and launcher vehicles. The electrical power system improvements will give air defense operators immediate access to electrical power directly from a vehicle's power train.

The Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) will receive prototypes of the Ptitselov air-defense system in the coming years. Speaking to journalists on August 2, 2018, Col. Gen. Andrey Seryukov stated that the VDV will receive an initial batch of Ptitselov air-defense systems in 2020, adding that the technical design of the system has been completed. According to him, the vehicle will be based on the modular BMD-4M vehicle chassis, which is set to be the standard combat vehicle for the VDV. He did not indicate how large the batch of systems would be.

What's better on the battlefield of the future than swarming UAVs or waves of rockets? The U.S. Army thinks one answer might be a battlefield laser, and Huntsville company Dynetics has won a $10 million contract to help develop one, as Lee Roop reports on Alabama Business.

Looking to equip its armed forces with cutting-edge weapons, China is reportedly developing electromagnetic rockets which could be more powerful and more precise than most artillery currently in use the world over.

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