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


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.

According a news of December 8, 2017,from the South Korean Yonhap News Agency website, the Defense Department of the South Korean Company Hyundai Rotem has won a contract of US$357 million to deliver latest generation of wheeled armoured vehicles K806 and K808 also called WAV (Wheeled Armoured Vehicle) to the South Korean army.

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.

Patria AMV 8x8 armoured vehicle is now combat proven with UAE armed forces, it was used during an offensive against Houthis in Western coast of Yemen with French-made main battle tank Leclerc, G-6 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer, Caiman MTV, Agrab 6x6 self-propelled mortar system, and M109 L47 155mm self-propelled howitzer.

The BAE Systems Caiman MTV (Multi-Theater Vehicle) is in service with the UAE (United Armed Forces) armed forces. The vehicle of the UAE army was showed for the first time to the public during the live demonstration at IDEX in Abu Dhabi, an International defense exhibition in February 2017.

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).

A new counter-drone system by German sensor maker Hensoldt has been successfully demonstrated at an airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany. The counter-drone system (for protecting airports and infrastructure) is the Xpeller counter-UAV system, which combines radar, RF and optical sensors and a targeted jammer.

According a Tweet from the French Ministry of Defense of December 6, 2017, Qatar has signed a letter of intent to purchase 490 French-made VBCI (Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie) 8x8 armoured infantry fighting vehicles designed and manufactured by the French Defense Company Nexter Systems.

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.

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