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


Paramount Group, the African-based global defence and aerospace company, and its joint venture in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) have delivered the latest batch of Arlan 4x4 armoured vehicles to the Kazakhstan Special Forces as the company’s local manufacturing facilities continues to accelerate production.

Slovak Defense Industry unveils a prototype of the Patria AMV 8x8 armoured vehicle that will be delivered to the Slovak army, during the 2017 Industrial Day at the Záhorie Military Technical and Testing Institute on December 6, 2017 in Slovakia. The Slovak Patria AMV is fitted with a Slovak-made EVPU turret armed with one 30mm automatic cannon and anti-tank guided misssile launchers.

The Russian Defense Ministry plans to develop relations with Chinese counterparts on all guidelines, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at a meeting with Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of China Colonel-General Zhang Youxia. Shoigu noted that all-round development of strategic interaction with China is a priority of the Russian foreign policy. He recalled that last year the 15th anniversary of the Treaty on good neighborly relations, friendship and cooperation was solemnly celebrated.

On December 6, 2017, U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton officially handed over six Bearcat armored personnel vehicles (APVs) worth 150 million rupee ($1.5 million USD) to the Balochistan police officials at an event in Karachi. The vehicles were built by the American company Lenco and were designed specifically for the rough terrain of Balochistan and easy maintenance locally.

Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defense Forces for versatile Bittium Tough Comnode terminal. The purchase order concerns the final phase of the terminal’s productization over a duration of nine months and the delivery of a batch of the terminals to the Finnish Defence Forces after the end of the productization phase. Bittium Tough Comnode will fulfil the data transfer needs of the Finnish Defence Forces’ mobile troops by functioning for example as a VoIP phone (Voice over IP), an IP router (Internet Protocol), and an SHDSL repeater (Symmetrical High-speed Digital Subscriber Line).

The U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is hosting the 20th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, which is the largest international airborne operation conducted worldwide. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 350th Human Resources Company supported the event.

Rheinmetall is introducing the latest version of the cutting-edge Vario-Ray LowProfile to the US market. The latest version of Rheinmetall’s Vario-Ray LowProfile (VR-LP) is a compact laser aiming and illuminating device that was designed and developed by Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics (RSE) in Stockach, Germany.

Leonardo has announced sales this year of over 150 units of its ‘Linaps’ artillery pointing system and over 100 FIN 3120 Inertial Navigation Units (INU), worth together more than 50M Euros, signalling a sustained level of interest in the company’s artillery airming systems. Linaps, which can be adapted to fit any existing artillery, mortar or MLRS platform provides highly-accurate weapon management and navigation, without reliance on GPS. The system is being seen by customers worldwide as a cost-effective way to significantly enhance the capabilities of both modern and legacy systems.

Roshel Defence Solutions has introduced its new Observation and Video Surveillance Armoured Vehicle based on Toyota Land Cruiser V8 (J200). The new armoured vehicle has been specifically designed to provide border patrol and law enforcement agencies with observation, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to facilitate their missions in various terrains.

Defence and security company Saab has received an order for 155mm explosive training artillery ammunitions. The order value amounts to SEK 118 million and deliveries will take place during 2018 and 2019. The industry’s nature is such that due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced.

Alcon Components Ltd, the acclaimed global motorsport brake and clutch company, has today announced a major continued investment plan focussed on significant future expansion of their existing defence and security sector business. The investment plan aims to service emerging market demands in the USA, as well as facilitating continued growth in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Raytheon Co. was awarded a US$ 150 Million foreign military sales contract to Qatar for technical expertise and assistance in the training, planning, fielding, deployment, operation, maintenance management, configuration management, logistics support, installation and sustainment of the Qatar Patriot Air Defense Systems and associated equipment. Work will be performed in Doha, Qatar, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2022.

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently showcased two milestones in the development of advanced electromagnetic maneuver warfare capabilities during the 54th Annual Association of Old Crows (AOC) International Symposium and Convention. The symposium, themed “Innovation and Change in Electromagnetic Warfare,” took place in Washington, D.C., Nov. 28-30.

The government of Romania signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's combat proven Patriot from the U.S. Army. The agreement, formally referred to as a Letter of Offer and Acceptance, paves the way for Romania's Patriot force to rapidly reach Initial Operational Capability, and sets the stage for the U.S. government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon.

From 21 to 24 November, a series of full-scale operational demonstrations of SYNAPS, the new generation of software-defined radios from Thales, was successfully completed in Chantilly, France. Representatives of more than 20 armed forces who are already Thales customers had a chance to witness the outstanding performance of this new-generation radio family, which was launched at the Eurosatory exhibition in June 2016.

Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) is planning to complete the tests of the new firearms for the 2nd generation Ratnik combat gear (Ratnik-2) before end-2017, military officials say. "The goal is to complete the operational evaluation and tests [OE&T] of new firearms, including the upgraded SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm sniper rifle [SVDM], the upgraded 9 mm special sniper rifle [VSSM] and the upgraded 12.7 mm anti-materiel sniper rifle [ASVKM]," the officials say.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami announced that the country's newly-manufactured state-of-the-art main battle tank named Karrar has been mass-produced and is ready for delivery to Armed Forces. This tank was unveiled for the first time to the public in August 2016. A video footage from Iranian Television "Telewebion" was published on YouTube showing the Karrar main battle during trials in the desert.

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