March 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The U.S. Department of Defense on March 31 announced that Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc., Christiana, Tennessee, was awarded a $49,977,196 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of Multi-Role Adaptive Rifle/Mk22 Advanced Sniper Rifles, spare parts, accessories, tools, and conversion kits.

A new robot type has entered service in the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), as it demonstrated its capacity in a recent bomb disposal exercise. The commissioning of such a device is an example of the PLA's modernization as machines have replaced humans in dangerous missions and increased combat efficiency. Liu Xuanzun reports on Global Times.

A Royal Marines expert in cold weather and mountain warfare has shared valuable expertise with troops in Serbia on a unique mission. Sergeant James Keenan is part of the specialist Royal Marines Mountain Leaders Cadre and led a small group from the UK to teach officers from the Serbian Military Academy.

The Russian Ministry of Defense began re-equipping units and formations of the Western Military District with a new anti-aircraft system. The rearmament of the ZVO anti-aircraft gunners has already begun. The Tor-M2 air defense missile system has been transferred to the 6th separate tank brigade in Mulino near Nizhny Novgorod. Also, a batch of these air defense systems entered service with the 1st Guards Tank Army.

A unit of the 115th Air Defense Missile Regiment of the Belarusian army completed a tactical exercise in the training area of Brestsky. The field exercise was one of the steps in preparations for the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2021.

American company Stratom, a leading developer of autonomous ground vehicles and robotic systems for logistics and operational applications, today announced it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army's DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) to develop an autonomous ground vehicle refueling (AGVR) prototype system to integrate onto a Palletized Load System (PLS) flat rack for autonomous convoy operations.

Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH of Bremen, Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG of Überlingen and Hensoldt Sensors GmbH of Taufkirchen have signed a joint agreement to cooperate in a special partnership known as an “Arbeitsgemeinschaft”, or ARGE. Under the framework of ARGE NNbS, the three companies will submit a tender for the future German short-range and very short-range air defense system, the LVS NNbS.

As part of the first stage of the regimental tactical exercise with the Guards Black Sea Airborne Assault Regiment of the Pskov Guards Formation of the Airborne Forces, which started on March 29 and will last until April 2, the subdivisions and command bodies have planned large-scale combat operations, the Russian MoD published on its website.

On March 24, Ciro Nappi tweeted pictures of an Italian Army Ariete MBT launching a small UAV from its 120mm gun. The UAV – intended for reconnaissance purposes – is contained in a shell with compressed air as a propellant. No additional detail is available for the moment.

According to a contract published by the United States Department of Defense on March 26, 2021, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $2,765,714,054 hybrid contract for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead rocket pods, GMLRS Unitary Warhead rocket pods, Low-Cost Reduced Range Practice rocket pods, cybersecurity services, integrated product support, and other services.

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