January 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Russia’s Corps of Engineers continues receiving mine-clearance and firefighting robots, the Defense Ministry’s press office said : “The delivery of Uran-6 mine-clearance and Uran-14 firefighting robots continues. The Corps of Engineers has received 15 Uran-6 MRTK-R and seven Uran-14 MRTK-P systems,” the press office said. “In 2021, 20 Uran-6 and 17 Uran-14 robots are planned to be delivered to the Corps of Engineers.”

Elbit Systems UK announced on January 21 that it was awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence valued at approximately £100 million (approximately US$134 million) to provide the British Armed Forces with Dismounted Joint Fires Integrators ("D-JFI") for Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Fire Support Teams. The contract will be performed over a five-year period.

The airborne commandos, special forces and rapid reaction brigades of the Iranian Army Ground Force practiced amphibious warfare tactics in a large-scale military exercise along the Makran coasts southeast of Iran, Tasnim news agency reports.

attoriX, the innovative fire support system launched by Elbit Systems at the end of 2018, recently completed a series of demonstrations for eight Western European countries. Operational with the Israeli Defense Force since 2019, HattoriX is a passive/active target acquisition systems that uses Artificial Intelligence to enable Forward Observers and similarly tasked tactical teams to close sensor-to-shooter loops with three intuitive touches on a screen: a touch to acquire the target, a touch to issue the precise target coordinates, and a touch to send all of the target information to the fire systems.

According to a press release published on January 19, 2021, the KATANA 155mm smart artillery ammunition manufactured by the French company Nexter Ammunition successfully demonstrated its flight control capability during a test campaign in Sweden from December 7 to 11, 2020. This success marks a decisive milestone for the KATANA development program.

According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on January 15, 2021, American company Lockheed Martin Space, Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded a sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price definite contract under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide maintenance and sustainment for two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries for UAE (United Arab Emirates).

Nexter and Texelis, as part of the temporary grouping of companies (GME) light-VBMR (véhicule blindé multi-rôles) Serval, were notified on December 23, 2020 by the French Delegation for Armaments (DGA) of the first production tranches of the Serval contract, i.e. 364 vehicles. This notification provides for the delivery in 2022 of the first 12 production vehicles in the first half of the year, followed by a further 96 in the second half.

Boeing has been awarded contracts in the past year totaling $974 million to develop a next-generation seeker for the U.S. Army’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile system, as well as continue and expand production on current generations of the PAC-3 seeker, in Huntsville, Alabama, as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin.

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