JUNE 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


At the training ground in Nowa Dęba, Huta Stalowa Wola unveiled a prototype of the Borsuk (Badger) infantry fighting vehicle, Michał Zieliński reports in Polska Zbrojna. The Borsuk IFV was presented as part of the "Dragon '21" exercise, the first maneuvers of the Polish Army in 2021.

S-500 air defense system will fire a new antimissile. The design of the weapon, which has to down hypersonic targets, is to be completed this year. The antimissile has passed the tests and confirmed characteristics, the Izvestia daily writes quoting Defense Ministry sources.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on June 8 that FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina, was awarded a $92,104,736 firm-fixed-price contract to procure M240 Series machine gun variants and spare receivers. One bid was solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 8, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

The divisions of the Russian Southern Military District will be fully armed with T-90 tanks. The military then plan to rearm the formations with upgraded T-90M Proryv, the Izvestia daily writes quoting Defense Ministry sources. Tank units of the 19th and 20th Motorized Rifle Divisions of the district will be rearmed with T-90. The rearming of the divisions with T-90M is being considered.

As reported on the British Ministry of Defence's website, the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) Battlegroup (BG) has been preparing for a deployment to Estonia at the British Army’s Sennelager Training Centre in northern Germany. 750 soldiers are involved in the Operation Cabrit rehearsals ahead of the next British-led NATO Battlegroup to go to Estonia in September.

Protolab Oy has introduced two newly upgraded variants of the 6x6 Protected Multi-Purpose Vehicle (PMPV) Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC): the PMPV 2 and PMPV 3. The new variants have been developed based on user feedback and are ready to meet the requirements of Finland’s upcoming domestic 6x6 APC procurement programme. This programme is expected to begin when competitor participating vehicles complete R&D and market surveys have been concluded. Protolab is also pursuing international APC programmes with the variants, under both direct commercial sale and technical cooperation/technology transfer agreements; and is currently awaiting results and feedback from a number of ongoing programmes.

Following a successful show of capabilities at IDEX 2021, Milanion’sunmanned autonomous land and maritime platforms have received a significant surge in global interest, with Ukraine leading the way. Milanion management has responded to this interest by dispatching a team to participate in the Arms and Security 21 exhibition in Kyiv, showcasing the fully amphibious and modular Agema UGV.

Iskander-M operational-tactical launchers received a new missile. It is a stealth weapon that maneuvers to create additional problems for air and missile defense. The new missile was for the first time engaged at a 2020 exercise, the Izvestia daily writes quoting Defense Ministry sources. They said the creation of the missile began in 2016. It is currently in a high state of readiness. The missile was tested in 2020 at Kapustin Yar range during an exercise of missile and artillery forces.

Britain’s Boxer programme is on a roll: exactly according to plan, welding work began on June 7 for the fabrication of prototypes and subsequent series production of the Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV). Under the aegis of Artec GmbH, a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), this vital British wheeled armoured vehicle project is thus entering a decisive phase.

Russian company Rostec announced that its Central Scientific-Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (TsNIITochMash) created new ammunition for protecting armored vehicles from high-precision weapons. When a threat arises, the protective ammunition is fired in the danger’s direction and creates aerosol and dipole chaff that makes an enemy’s high-precision weapon guidance system “blind”.

According to information published on June 2, 2021, Textron Systems and Howe & Howe Inc delivered the fourth RIPSAW M5 unmanned tracked ground combat vehicle to the U.S. Army in support of the Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) medium program. With innovative engineering and systems integration, this vehicle offers unprecedented endurance and revolutionary capabilities. Its hybrid engine allows for quiet maneuvers and increased reliability.

According to information published on June 4, 2021, The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Detroit Arsenal (ACC-DTA) announced that it has awarded Oshkosh Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), a $942.9M contract to integrate a 30mm Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS) onto the Stryker Double V Hull Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICVVA1). This upgrade will provide precision lethality capability to the Army's Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT).

Northrop Grumman will produce illuminating flares for General Dynamics – Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) that will be used for the U.S. Army’s Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions’ (TAGM) unguided Hydra-70 Rocket program. The flares will provide greater tactical battlefield illumination in both the visible and infrared spectra.

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