December 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


On the 24th of December 2019, the temporary company grouping EBMR received an inspection report for the delivery of the 92nd VBMR-GRIFFON 6x6 wheeled multi-role armored vehicle from the quality department of the French Army Defence Procurement Agency (DGA/SQ).

According to news released on December 24, 2019, on the Kyiv Post newspaper website, Ukrainian State Defense Company Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau has delivered 12 BTR-4E 8x8 armored vehicle personnel carrier to the Ukrainian armed forces.

According to the Sankei newspaper, the Japanese Defense Ministry plans in 2020 to begin the modernization of its missile defense system to have the ability to intercept North Korean ballistic missiles. On December 2019, Japan has approved a defense budget to a record $48.56 billion.

South Korean Defense Company Hanwha Defense has signed a deal to provide the South Korean Army with the fifth batch of K55 A1 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers, the company said on December 30, 2019. Valued at $118 million, the contract was signed between Hanwha Defense and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). Delivery of the artillery is scheduled to be completed by October 30, 2022.

Russian Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko has announced on Saturday, December 28, 2019, that Russia will start preliminary tests of its latest air defense missile system S-500 Prometheus in 2020. Russia has launched the production of S-500 in February 2018. In May 2018, Russia has conducted the longest range surface-to-air missile test to date with the S-500.

Belgian Company FN Herstal has confirmed its selection to supply FN SCAR-H PR precision rifle in 7.62x51 mm NATO caliber with fixed buttstock to the French Army in conjunction with the FPSA (Fusils de précision semi-automatique - Semi-Automatic Precision Rifle) program in France.

According to news published on the Daily Sabah website, on December 25, 2019, the Turkish Company FNSS has officially delivered two new anti-tank armored vehicles to the Turkish Armed Forces including the PARS a wheeled armored vehicle and the Kaplan a tracked armored vehicle.

In the early 2010s, Ukraine received some orders for its medium and heavy vehicles from various countries, with Thailand’s acquisition of 49 Oplot main battle tanks (MBTs) being the largest one. According to Ukroboronprom, the state arms export defense agency, Ukraine is still in efforts to shore up its position on the armor maintenance and modernization market of the Asia-Pacific region, trying to win orders for the repair and upgrade of Soviet- and even Chinese-made armored systems.

An air defence missile brigade of the Central Military District’s 41st Combined-Arms Army, which is stationed in the Altai Territory in south Siberia, has received advanced Buk-M3 (NATO reporting name: SA-17 Grizzly) air defence missile systems in 2019, the Defense Ministry’s press office said.

The Armenian Armed Forces have received the latest TOR-M2KM Russian-made surface-to-air defense missile systems, according to a statement published on December 21, 2019, to the official website of the Armenian Ministry of Defence.

The Armed Forces of Turkmenistan are being rearmed with the ARX160A1/A2 5.56 mm assault rifles made by an Italian company Beretta and the Tavor-family 5.56 mm carbines produced by an Israeli company Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), according to the photos released by the magazine Milli Gosun, the official media outlet of the Turkmen Ministry of Defense (MoD).

According to news released on December 24, 2019, on the website News Nation, Pakistan will procure 236 SH-15 155 mm 6x6 wheeled self-propelled howitzers from China.

On December 20, 2019, the U.S. President signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and with it, directed the establishment of the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.

The Tecmash Group, a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation, is carrying out work to upgrade the 122mm Tornado-G multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), Group CEO Vladimir Lepin told TASS.

Russian troops have received the first set of the advanced S-350 ‘Vityaz’ surface-to-air missile system, the Almaz-Antey defense manufacturer announced on December 23.

The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a $249 million contract modification to complete an additional 60 M109A7 155mm self-propelled howitzers that will bring improved artillery capabilities to the Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCTs).

Elbit Systems announced that it was awarded an approximately $65 million follow-on contract from the Dutch Ministry of Defence to supply additional soldier systems to the Armed Forces of the Netherlands, as part of the VOSS program (the Dutch program for improved operational soldier systems). The contract will be performed over a two-year period.

Bordeaux, France 20.12.2019, Photonis announces that Armasuisse chooses 4G image intensifier tubes to modernize the night vision equipment of the Swiss Armed Forces. With the choice of Armasuisse for 4G Photonis will strengthen its market position as the main supplier of high-performance image intensifier tubes in Europe.

Bulgaria has received two valid offers from Patria and General Dynamics for its tender for the purchase of 150 armored vehicles worth an estimated 1.46 billion levs ($838 million/746 million euro), Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov said, reported by AuthorMario Tanev on SeeNews.

Despite the UN arms embargo, the American armored vehicle manufacturer TAG and its Libyan partner Ismail Al-Shtewi have supplied several vehicles to rebel Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, African Intelligence reports. The LNA's 106th Brigade was able to take delivery of four Terrier LT-79 armored troop carriers.

As reported by the Budapest Business Journal, the Hungarian Ministry of Defense will get a total budget of HUF (Hungarian Forint) 616 billion (= EUR 1.865 billion) in 2020, Parliamentary State Secretary Szilárd Németh announced at a press conference held in the Ministry of Defense, reports.

Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Plymouth, Minnesota, was awarded a $100,294,127 firm-fixed-price contract for the production of the M829A4 120mm Armor Piercing, Fin Stabilized, Discarding Sabot (APFSDS) with Tracer cartridge.

As part of the series of flight trials of Pinaka missile system, two test firings have been conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The first trial was conducted on December 19, 2019, wherein one missile was fired at 75 kilometre range. The second trial was successfully conducted today from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the Odisha coast. The mission objective this trial was to test low range, functioning of live warhead along with its proximity initiation and salvo launch.

The Department of Defence and Canberra-based EOS Defence Systems have signed a $49 million contract to supply remote weapon systems for the Army's $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 program. The contract signature marks the commencement of the formal contract, Stephen Kuper reports on Defence Connect.

Switzerland’s Federal Office for Defence Procurement, armasuisse, belonging to the Federal Department of Defense, have chosen after an international competition Safran Vectronix AG, the Swiss subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense, to provide the country’s armed forces with its next generation of infrared handheld multifunction binoculars and night vision goggles (NVG). The corresponding federal budget was approved by the Swiss Parliament at the end of September 2019.

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