JULY 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The U.S. Army has awarded American Rheinmetall Vehicles – a Sterling Heights, Mi, U.S. subsidiary of leading defense industry giant Rheinmetall – a develop¬mental contract for the Phase 2 Digital Design of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program. American Rheinmetall Vehicles will execute Phase 2 with its teammates, a group of unsurpassed defense industry companies, including Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Textron Systems and Allison Transmission.

According to Kelvin Chen in Taiwan News, a team of 40 members of Taiwan's army will soon test-fire Patriot PAC-3 missiles at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Liberty Times reported on Saturday (July 24). Taiwan has spent NT$179.14 billion (US$6.38 billion) to purchase six Patriot III missile systems and upgrade three existing Patriot II systems to the current variant.

The key focus of Exercise Talisman Sabre (TS21) is moving from land to sea, as forces from Australia, the United States, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United Kingdom prepare for an action-packed amphibious phase. Activities will be concentrated around the Bowen and Ingham area between 23 and 31 July and will feature air operations, beach-landings, armoured vehicles, and urban operations.

According to Liu Xuanzun reporting in Global Times, China's domestically developed HJ-12 man-portable anti-tank missile, previously known as a made-for-export weapon, is confirmed to be in service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), after it made its debut in a recent exercise organized by the PLA Tibet Military Command. The top-attack, fire-and-forget missile, often compared with the U.S. Javelin, can destroy any main battle tank.

French armed forces continue the process for the replacement of its old FAMAS assault rifle. The DGA (French Army procurement agency) has just received 2,000 new HK416 F assault rifles for the Army, Navy and Air Forces, bringing the number of assault rifles delivered to date to 53,000 units. A total of 117,000 units will be delivered to the French armed forces by 2028, including 93,000 units by 2025.

According to information published by the United States Africa Command on July 22, 2021, U.S. Special Operations Command Africa forces and Special forces of Côte d'Ivoire have conducted Joint Combined Exercise Training in Abidjan and Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire. The team partnered with Côte d'Ivoire Forces Speciales Ivoirennes to hone special operations skills.

AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, announced on July 22, 2021, receipt of two firm-fixed-price orders totaling $15,940,378 from the United States Air Force. The orders received on April 19, 2021, and May 6, 2021, encompass the procurement of Puma™ 3 AE unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and spares packages, as well as Raven® UAS spares packages. The Puma 3 AE systems and spares were delivered on April 30, 2021. Delivery of the Raven spares is anticipated by November 2021.

Innovative hybrid technology that could offer multiple technical and operational enhancements to military vehicles whilst reducing reliance on fossil fuel is being tested by the British Army, as reported on its website.

The Bundeswehr has selected Rheinmetall to supply laser light modules for the German armed forces. A corresponding framework contract has now been signed, which envisages the delivery of up to 130,000 laser light modules. To begin with, 2,460 devices worth a total of €3 million will be delivered.

According to InfoDefensa echoing the delivery schedule published by the Spanish Defense Ministry, the Spanish Army expects to receive the first seven units of the 8x8 VCR Dragon Wheeled Combat Vehicle in 2022. The delivery pace will accelerate in the following years, especially in 2025 and 2026, when the reception of 90 and 94 units respectively is expected, which means more than two-thirds of the total.

During a multi-day demonstration at Fort Benning, Georgia, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace used four different remote weapon systems to demonstrate future lethality and cutting-edge capabilities which can be leveraged by the more than 17,000 systems already fielded in the U.S. military’s current inventory. This also was the first-ever demonstration where multiple targets were engaged using multiple unmanned platforms simultaneously.

According to a tweet from Defense Technology of Bangladesh dated 6 June 2021, the Bangladesh Army contingent operating in the framework of the UN peacekeeping mission headquartered in Gao, Mali, received 31 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles from the USA last May. The Bangladeshi Army already received 50 MRAP vehicles in 2019 to support its peacekeepers in Mali. The remaining 19 MRAPs and support equipment will depart in July 2021 for Gao as well.

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