December 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

 
 
 
 
 

The Russian Defense Ministry has begun to arm the Southern Military District with the latest Msta-SM 2S19M2 self-propelled artillery guns. The deliveries are to be accomplished in one-two years. The upgraded guns have a bigger firing range and precision and can fire precision projectiles, the Izvestia daily writes.

Centigon France announced on December 4 the start of the first deliveries of the Fortress 200 armoured vehicles, prepared and developed in partnership with the Structure Intégrée du maintien en condition opérationnelle des Matériels Terrestres (SIMMT). This vehicle has been selected by the French Army after a particularly demanding technical and operational evaluation campaign.

According to a statement released by the Australian Ministry of Defense on December 1, 2020, the Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to develop high-speed long-range strike capabilities to build a more capable and agile Australian Defense Force (ADF). Last week Australia and the United States signed a new collaborative agreement to develop and test hypersonic cruise missile prototypes.

According to information released by the Thai defense blog on December 3, 2020, Thailand's Defense Technology Institute (DTI) has conducted test-fires demonstration with the local-made 122mm DTI-2 rockets from the Chinese-made SR4 MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System mounted on 6x6 military truck chassis at Royal Thai Army Artillery Center Range, Lopburi province, on 11 November 2020.

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on December 4, 2020, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of 155mm Ammunition and Accessories, and related equipment, for an estimated cost of $132.2 million.

A global armor manufacturer, NP Aerospace, has extended its Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) portfolio with the launch of a next generation bomb disposal suit targeting North America and other strategic global markets.

Out of Nampa, Idaho, the members of B Company, 2-116th Combined Arms Battalion (CAB), from the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT), bridged a 20-year gap in their units training history this November. For the first time in about 20 years, the company reacquainted themselves with the use of tank mine plows and mine rollers.

The U.S. Defense Secturity Cooperation Agency on December 1 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lebanon of up to 300 M1152 High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $55.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on December 1 published that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Croatia of refurbishment/modernization and support for 76 M2A2 Operation Desert Storm (ODS) Bradley Fighting vehicles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $757 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

Longtime partners Kongsberg and Raytheon Missiles & Defense were awarded a euro 410 million contract by Hungary for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, also known as NASAMS. Hungary becomes the 6th NATO nation and the 12th country in the world to acquire NASAMS, a highly adaptable medium-range solution for a variety of operational air defense requirements.

Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for Bittium Tactical Power Pack products that are meant for powering tactical communication devices. The Tactical Power Packs will be used by the Finnish Defence Forces as accessories for the portable Bittium Tough Comnode devices. The Finnish Defence Forces use the Tough Comnode devices for example as VoIP phones, IP routers and SHDSL repeaters to fulfil the data transfer needs of mobile troops.

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