December 2017 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military - Army News


Russia continues to deploy modern military equipment in Syria, according to a video released on YouTube, December 29, 2017, showing a Russian TOS-1A flamethrower unloaded from a truck in Syria's Idlib province published by the Telegram channel 338 on Instagram.

The Israeli Army continues to strenghten fire power of these infantry units by the use of armoured vehicle personnel carrier (APC) called Namer. According to the Israeli Newspaper website, the Givati Infantry Brigade will receive the Namer APC combat vehicles as the Golani units that already uses this type of vehicle.

The contract to deliver four battalions of Russian-made S-400 (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) surface-to-air defense missile (SAM) systems to Turkey is worth $2.5 billion, Head of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation Sergei Chemezov said in an interview with the Kommersant business daily.

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) have tested advanced combat equipment during a launch of the Topol missile from a firing range in Russia. The results of the tests will be used to develop means to break effectively anti-missile defense systems, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD).

On 22 December 2017, Japan has released details of its defense budget for 2018 that will reached a total of $46 billion. The defense spending is part of Japan's $860 billion national budget for 2018, that is a record for the defense budget of Japan to over 5% of the entire $860 billion of Japanese national budget for 2018.

According to the Washington Post reported on December 20, 2017, that the U.S. State Department "approved a commercial license authorizing the export of Model M107A1 Sniper Rifles, ammunition, and associated parts and accessories to Ukraine, a sale valued at $41.5 million.

Iveco Defence Vehicles received a significant order from the German BwFuhrpark Service GmbH for a new fleet of military medium multipurpose 4x4 trucks for the German Army. The order encompasses the delivery of 280 Eurocargo trucks within 2018. The announcement, made on December 12, 2017, is a result of two years of intensive market evaluation and comprehensive practical trials with a demonstrator vehicle.

On  December 21, 2017, the Finnish Defence Forces received a mandate from Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö to procure a life cycle upgrade from the Finnish Patria Land Systems Oy. Life cycle upgrades are used to modernise 65 XA-180 6x6 wheeled armoured personnel carriers.

The new artillery formation of the combined arms army of the Western Military District of Russian army deployed in Moscow region received over ten 152mm self-propelled artillery guns 2S33 MSTA-SM2, the press service of the district said.

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, announced today that the U.S. Army has placed a $100.1 million order for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, to include 258 vehicles and associated installed and packaged kits. This is the seventh order for JLTVs since the contract was awarded in August 2015. Intended to replace the aging up-armored HMMWV fleet, the JLTV program fills a critical capability gap in the U.S. military’s current vehicle line-up.

Iveco Defence Vehicles (Iveco DV) announces that on December 19, 2017 the company signed a contract with the Romanian Ministry of National Defence for the delivery of 173 military logistic vehicles, to be completed within 2018. This is further testament to Iveco DV’s leadership in technical and economic terms.

L3 Technologies announced today that it has been awarded an approximately $150 million contract from an international country to provide night vision equipment with next-generation accuracy, including L3’s Binocular Night Vision Goggles, Holographic Weapon Sights, Light Weapon Thermal Sights and Advanced Target Pointer Illuminator Aiming Lasers.

BAE Systems has signed a contract with Czech manufacturer Laser Centrum CZ, Ltd. to produce mechanical components for the Swedish Army’s Mjölner mortar system based on CV90 tracked combat vehicle chassis. The agreement represents BAE Systems’ first agreement with a supplier in the Northern Liberec region of the Czech Republic.

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Norway’s defence ministry has announced the purchase of the K9 155 artillery self-propelled howitzers designed and manufactured by the South Korean Company Hanwha Land Systems. The contract that includes also the artillery howitzer K9, ammunition and transport vehicles will reach an ammount of $383 million.

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