JUNE 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Rheinmetall has won a major order from the German Bundeswehr in the armored vehicle domain, representing a sales volume of well over half a billion euros. Issued through the joint venture company PSM GmbH, the contract encompasses the upgrade of the first lot of the Bundeswehr’s Puma IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle, bringing them up to uniform enhanced design status.

The strategic committee appointed earlier this year by Ludivine Dedonder, the Belgian Minister of Defense, to think about the future of the Belgian army has issued its report. This was presented to the Parliament’s Defense Committee on Wednesday 23 June. The twelve experts recommend going beyond the existing Strategic Vision, both in terms of personnel (more personnel) and investment in equipment, in particular by acquiring more F-35A fighter jets.

According to information released on June 25, 2021, in collaboration with the U.S. Army, KONGSBERG Defence and Aerospace and the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) conducted a four-shot, multi-platform Javelin demonstration at the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center in Alabama on May 25, 2021. Three different vehicles were each equipped with different configurations of the KONGSBERG Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station-Javelin (CROWS-J) and Protector RS6 Remote Weapon Station (RWS).

Florence Parly, French Minister of Defense, welcomes the notification by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), on June 1, 2021, of the renovation by the company Nexter Systems of the first 50 Leclerc main battle tanks for the benefit of the Ground Force (Armée de Terre).

AM General, global military-grade tactical vehicle and mobility systems provider, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Ministry of Military Production (MoMP) to facilitate Egypt’s development of its domestic military automobile industry. The long-term partnership would establish a phased approach to investigate ways in which AM General can collaborate with the MoMP to develop and build tactical vehicles in-country.

Rheinmetall presents Spectac, its innovative new non-lethal effector. This rectangular stun grenade is specially designed for use by military and law enforcement special operators. The most striking feature of the easy-to-use Spectac is its smartphone-like design, with the locking ring and rocker arm ignitor built into a rectangular housing the size of a mobile phone.

According to TheWeek, the Indian Army on June 23 published a detailed request for information (RFI) from suppliers soliciting proposals to supply Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicles (FICV). The goal is to purchase up to 1,750 FICVs in three versions: 'gun version', command post version, and command and surveillance version. The Indian Army specifies the FICVs will be procured in the spirit of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ programmes.

High-Precision Weapons holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has begun mass production of the new dual-use ADS assault rifle. This was announced to TASS during the International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS-2021) by the head of the Central Design and Research Bureau of Sporting and Hunting Arms (TsKIB SOO, part of the High-Precision Weapons holding company), Alexander Starostin.

Galvion announces its support of Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada (CLFC) as the founding corporate sponsor for its Project Enlist. The goal of Project Enlist is to dramatically accelerate critical research on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in soldiers and service people worldwide. Galvion’s partnership will allow CLFC to launch a national campaign to raise awareness about the relationship between brain trauma and mental health in our military communities.

According to information released by the Israeli company Rafael on June 24, 2021, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announces that its Trophy Active Protection System (APS) for armored vehicles has been selected for the next phase of detailed assessment and integration by the UK Ministry of Defence for the Army's Challenger 3 MBT (Main Battle Tank).

Elbit Systems of Australia (ELSA) has been shortlisted for Land125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System (ISS). The fourth phase of the Commonwealth program to modernise the ADF’s Soldier Combat System (SCS) is seeking an industry partner for the supply and support of an ISS capability that would enable the continued growth of the current and future SCS.

Officials from the Joint United States Military Assistance Group – Philippines (JUSMAG-P) delivered Php183 million ($3.8 million) worth of weapons and equipment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Clark Air Base on June 21, 2021. This year, the United States and the Philippines are commemorating 70 years since the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty.

British military bridge manufacturer WFEL is to supply a number of its Dry Support Bridges (DSB) to the Philippine Army under the Horizon 2 phase of the revised AFP Modernisation Programme. The DSB systems can be deployed in around 90 minutes to provide temporary infrastructure and will be supplied with pedestrian walkways, for use in Disaster Relief operational situations, as well as other military scenarios.

ARTEC GmbH, on behalf of its parent companies Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall, has officially handed over the last of the Boxer armored transport vehicles (GTK) ordered to date by the Bundeswehr (German army) to representatives of the Federal procurement agency (BAAINBw) and the Ministry of Defence.

Last week, the 41st Field Artillery Brigade of the U.S. Army concluded field artillery exercises Fires Shock, as a part of Exercise Thunderbolt, a joint multinational exercise that included Norwegian Army Brigade North, US Army 41st Field Artillery Brigade and U.S. Marines from 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company.

After the analysis carried out in the Spanish Ministry of Defense of the proposal made by Tess Defense SA regarding the selection process of the 30mm remotely controlled turret for the 8X8 VCR Dragon, the offer of the 'Guardian 30' turret has been accepted by the company Escribano Mechanical & Engineering SL ", explains the Spanish Minister of Defense, echoed by B. Carrasco in InfoDefensa.

Uvision, a global leader in aerial loitering munitions systems of all sizes for a variety of missions, and the design and production company of the Hero-120 system, has been awarded a contract through its business development partner Mistral Inc. to supply the Hero-120 for the U.S. Marine Corps Organic Precision Fire Mounted (OPF-M) System. The system will be integrated with LAV-M, JLTV, and LRUSV.

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