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

 
 
 
 

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.

At the beginning of November Rheinmetall transferred the first of 35 TGX 26.360 6X2-2 LL driver training trucks to BwFuhrparkService GmbH (BwFPS) in Oldenburg. Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) booked the vehicle order back in 2016. The contract is worth around €3.2 million without value added tax.

The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) intends to purchase new fleets of surveillance and combat drones under a CZK1 billion ($47 million) program unveiled on November 29. The ACR plan includes procuring ScanEagle UAVs from Boeing subsidiary Insitu in 2019 at the cost of CZK200 million ($9.3 million).

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