April 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Israeli manufacturer Elta Systems (Israel Aerospace Industries) proposes the ZMAG, a light tactical vehicle obviously designed for special operations use. It can be motorized with either a gasoline or diesel engine. Boaz Levy, IAI’s CEO, said: “The battlefield of the future demands more smart vehicles equipped with radar and location capabilities that Elta can provide.”

Rostec has demonstrated the joint operation of Msta-S self-propelled howitzer, modernized for NATO-standard 155 mm caliber, and Orlan-10E reconnaissance drone to representatives of a foreign customer. During the demonstration, the artillery system created by Uraltransmash (a subsidiary of UralVagonZavod under Rostec State Corporation) fired at a maximum range of 40 kilometers and showed excellent coordination capabilities with the UAV. The demonstration took place at the Staratel training ground in the city of Nizhny Tagil.

Rheinmetall and Northrop Grumman have formalized an agreement to cooperate in the field of precision-guided enhanced range artillery ammunition. Rheinmetall’s South African subsidiary Rheinmetall Denel Munition and Northrop Grumman signed a 10-year strategic partnership agreement to this effect in February 2021. During this period, the two companies plan to cooperate in order to offer forward-looking ammunition technology to the international market, including the United States, to support future artillery operations.

BAE Systems has submitted a bid for a contract to supply the U.S. army with the OMFV (Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle) as a replacement of its M2A3 Bradley IFV. General Dynamics and Rheinmetall (in partnership with Raytheon, L3Harris, and Allison Transmission) are also competing for this tender. According to the Telegraph newspaper, the contract could be worth as much as $45bn, Suban Abdulla reports on Yahoo!Finance.

U.S. technology developers came together to show their latest in counter-drone technology during a demonstration at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. Focused on Low Collateral Effects Interceptors (LCEI), this demonstration is the first in an ongoing series of semi-annual demonstrations aimed at evaluating technologies to deliver an enterprise approach to counter growing threats from rapidly increasing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, reports.

The Australian company Supashock has signed a contract to provide running gear and suspension systems that drive Rheinmetall military vehicles through a major European defence contract, as well as mechanical and structural parts of the Retractable Anti-tank Missile Platform (RAMP) for Boxer CRV (Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle) for the Australian Army.

On April 16, 2021, Norway signed Supplementary Defense Cooperation Agreement with the United States. The U.S. has entered into similar agreements with several Allied countries in Europe, to promote more predictable development of defense cooperation and ensure a robust and practical framework for providing reinforcements in the event of war or crisis.

According to information published by "The Hindu" website on April 13, 2021, India could receive the first Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system by the end of 2021. During the edition 2021 of Aero India that was held in February 2021, the Russian state defense agency Rosoboronexport confirmed the delivery of S-400, NATO code-named SA-21 Growler to India.

The Ruselectronics Holding has developed combined optoelectronic surveillance and reconnaissance devices for special forces units. They allow to recognize people and vehicles at a distance of several kilometers, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions.

The modular design of the Boxer enables one more variant: a self-propelled howitzer. KMW is testing its RCH 155mm artillery system, hence the Boxer RCH155 designation, RCH standing for Remote Control Howitzer.

The first Polish engineering tank MID (Machine Inżynieryjno-Drogowa), modified by Obrum in Gliwice, was returned to military users in February 2021 after successful trials, altair.com reports. The personnel of Gliwice is starting modification work on another 4 copies that will undergo this process in 2021.

Galvion announced on April 15 the first delivery of its Symbasys Swat pack modular battery systems to General Dynamic Land Systems-Canada for use in the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) Reconnaissance Surveillance System (LRSS). The LRSS LAV 6.0 will replace the Coyote LAV vehicle providing the Canadian Army with state-of-the-art technology for advanced target detection, recognition and identification.

The new R20 Rahe assault rifle entered in service with Estonian armed Forces in 2020, a total of 6,050 assault rifles in 5.56 mm and 500 rifles in 7.62mm caliber have been already handed over to the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF). In 2021, another batch of 18,340 R20 Rahe assault rifles will be delivered to the Estonian Defence Forces. The value of this contract is around €75 million.

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