December 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The commanding officer of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment says the unit’s newest addition is a high-tech armoured vehicle, which is carrying on a millennia-old tradition, the Calgary Herald reports. On 8 December 2018, the regiment named its newest vehicle — a Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle, or TAPV — with the name of the city the regiment calls home.

KTVB reported that Ada County Paramedics has unveiled its new MedCat armored ambulance to help providers navigate through dangerous situations. Officials said the group is the first EMS agency to own one of the vehicles. "This vehicle is specifically designed for the rescue of citizens and officers who may be involved in situations that aren't accessible to normal ambulances," Tac Med Commander Chris Shandera said.

Russia’ manufacturer of surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems Almaz-Antey has detailed its newest Viking SAM system that is an export-oriented variant of the Buk-M3. The new SAM system can be mounted on both wheeled and tracked vehicles and integrated with other Russian-made air defence assets, such as the Buk-M2E medium-range and Tor-M2E short-range air defense systems.

The latest member of Patria’s Game Changers of the Battlefield – Patria Nemo Container has undergone vigorous test firings in demanding sea conditions on board Fast Supply Vessel in Sweden. Together with the successful land tests earlier on Sisu E13TP 8x8 off-road truck, these naval tests verified that Patria Nemo Container truly opens a whole new market segment for Patria’s turreted mortar systems.

U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command at Quantico Marine Base are ordering 30 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) and accompanying vetronics to replace the Corps's ageing fleet of Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs). A $140.4 million contract has been signed with BAE Systems Platforms & Services segment in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Expected delivery of the first vehicles is fall 2019 and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force’s 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., is expected to be the first to get them the following year.

On 11 December, French Defense Minister Florence Parly oversaw the handover at a ceremony at M'Polo military base in the capital Bangui. France donated over 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and three amphibious vehicles (no model specified) to the Central African Republic. The 1,400 AKs are a gift: they were seized aboard a dhow off Somalia in 2016 that was intercepted for breaching an arms embargo with Yemen.

The Armament Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of Defense signed an agreement on 10 December with the WB Electronics company for the delivery of three sets of FlyEye mini-UAVs (four platforms in each set. The agreement also covers optional procurement of another nine sets. The UAVs will be assigned to the Polish Territorial Defense Component.

In a tweet (of course), Donald Trumphas announced he has selected Gen. Mark A. Milley, chief of Staff of the Army, as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "I am pleased to announce my nomination of four-star General Mark Milley, chief of Staff of the United States Army -- as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Joe Dunford, who will be retiring," the president tweeted. "I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country!"

Japan will increase military spending over the next five years in response to security challenges with China and North Korea, as well as to narrow its trade surplus with the U.S. by buying American equipment, the Nikkei business daily reported on 8 December.

24 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) have been delivered by the United States to the Security Forces of Kosovo, Pristina-based RTK2 reported. It is expected that they will be later put at the disposal of the (future) Kosovo army. The report forwarded by B92 recalled that, in July, the government of Kosovo signed a contract to buy 51 such vehicles.

A source close to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that Baku and Paris have agreed in principle that France would supply air defense systems to Azerbaijan, reported the Turan news agency on 11 December. MBDA Systems, manufacturer of the air defense missiles, informed the Turan that negotiations on procurement had begun in 2014. The Azerbaijani side reportedly became acquainted with the tactical and technical data of these systems and was pleased. The value of the transaction was not reported.

India has successfully test-fired its most advanced nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Agni-V, the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement reported by The Diplomat. The missile was fired from a canister on a road mobile launcher at Dr Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of the eastern Indian state of Odisha on December 10.

Iveco Defence has delivered a first batch of 34 latest-generation Light Multirole Vehicles (LMV) Lince 2 (Lynx 2) to the Italian army. These LMVs are in Networked Enabled Capability (NEC) configuration. The army’s initial contract covers 400 vehicles.

DroneShield Ltd, a leader in the emerging industry of drone security solutions, announced on 5 December that Zain Group and DroneShield have entered into a Teaming Agreement which will see the companies working together on meeting Zain’s customers’ requirements for counter-drone security solutions in the region.

The Egyptian armed forces started on Sunday joint counterterrorism military exercises with African counterparts. Sudan, Nigeria and Burkina Faso are the first group of states from the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) with which Egypt plans to hold joint drills. Held at Egypt's Mohamed Naguib military base, the largest in the Middle East and Africa that is located in Egypt's Mediterranean province of Matrouh, the joint exercises will last until Dec. 14.

According to the French newsletter "Intelligence online" titled "Des drones d'IAI dans le ciel vietnamien", Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) recently signed a contract with the armed forces of Vietnam to supply three unmanned aerial vehicles Heron 1 and ground control stations). The contract value is $ 140 million, which seems to be somewhat overstated for such devices. The implementation of the contract was postponed several times, but it entered into force after the visit to Vietnam of the Minister of Defense of Israel, Udi Adam.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has pledged to strengthen military cooperation between the Russian and Vietnamese defense ministries at a meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh held in Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

A battery of Tor-M2 SAM (Surface-to-Air defense missile system) produced by Concern Almaz-Antey will enter in service with the 1146th Guards surface-to-air missile regiment deployed near a Belarusian nuclear power plant, which is under construction, Major General Igor Golub, the commander of the Air and Air Defense Forces of the Belarusian Armed Forces, said.

The Kalashnikov Concern continues to test Nanuk outfit for commandos who operate in low-temperature conditions. The trials are proceeding in Khanty-Mansi, Yamalo-Nenets and Taimyr regions, Kalashnikov Media said. "All prototypes of the main outfit elements proved 80 percent effectiveness in the Extreme North. We shall consider all proposals to determine the optimal composition and materials of the outfit. The Kalashnikov Concern is ready to offer its experience in ensuring security of military and civilian facilities in the Arctic," company CEO Vladimir Dmitriyev said.

Terrorism by unmanned aircraft is a growing threat. Using drones to smuggle contraband into prisons is a current trend. While many countries are deploying UAVs in combat, the UAS technology is getting easier and easier to acquire by the general public and ill-intentioned groups. Most of current security systems set up in critical infrastructures are not sufficient to guarantee an appropriate level of protection. Over the past several months, more and more drones have been flying over Florida's prisons, particularly as a means of smuggling.

Sniper-qualified soldiers from across the U.S. Army gathered from Nov. 5 through Nov. 8 to conduct the visual testing portion of the bench-top evaluation for the Improved Ghillie System, or IGS., as reported by Debra Dawson on

Russian laser systems Peresvet have gone on experimental combat duty, the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Russian Armed Forces, said. "The Peresvet laser systems designed and built along new physical principles have gone on experimental combat duty. The Russian Armed Forces have been receiving them since 2017 under the State Armament Program," the daily said.

According to MilMag, 20,000 units of PR-15, or Vis 100, pistols in 9mm caliber manufactured by Radom will be supplied to the Polish army. Agreement concerning the acquisition of this weapon has been signed on 4th December, while deliveries are planned to begin as of 2019 - announced Mariusz Błaszczak, the head of the Polish Ministry of Defence, during a conference organized on 5th December at the 1st Airlift Base in Warsaw.

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to develop and maintain the armed forces’ artillery and weapon locating capability. The order includes Saab’s Giraffe 4A multi-function radar and life extension of the artillery locating system Arthur.

On 4 December 2018, NATO ministers have released a statement concerning Russia's violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia has awarded SRC, Inc. a 5-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a ceiling of $93M. This contract is for the sustainment support and technology refresh of the USMC inventory of AN/TPQ-49 systems and procurement of new AN/TPQ-49A systems. The scope of work being performed includes system refresh kit installation, new system production, live fire testing, program management, initial/sustainment spares provisioning, new equipment training, technical manual production, and field service representative support.

The Indian government is planning to set up a "surgical strike" force comprising the best soldiers drawn from the three branches of the military, a senior government official told NDTV. This special unit will conduct surprise precision strikes deep inside enemy territory, inflicting maximum damage in the shortest possible time and leave the battle area swiftly, similar to the operation carried out by the country's special forces on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in September 2016.

LMissile troops and artillery, air defense units, NBC defense troops, signal troops and engineer troops, will be engaged in field training under supervision of military command and control units of the Southern Military District. In total it is planned to carry out over 300 tactical exercises (joint, bilateral and with other forces) during the 2019 training year. Troops will be involved in over 3,000 live-fire drills at the training grounds. Drivers will perform more than 5,500 test and control exercises for driving combat vehicles.

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