MAY 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) participated in this year's Exercise Bersama Shield, a Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) multilateral exercise. Held from 5 to 28 April, Exercise Bersama Shield 2021 provided an important platform for personnel from the FPDA member-nations, comprising Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, to build strong ties and strengthen mutual understanding through a series of planning and professional exchanges.

FLIR Systems announced on May 4 it has won an additional $15.4 million contract to deliver its FLIR Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to the U.S. Army. The advanced nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used to augment squad and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program.

The M72 is a lightweight, easy-to-use, single-use rocket launcher available in several different variants, tailored to meet specific mission requirements. First introduced in the late 1960s, and manufactured in the United States and under license in Norway since 1966, the current versions of the M72 light antitank weapon, also referred to as Light Anti-Armor Weapon (LAW) builds on decades of operational and combat experience.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command announced that it has awarded Oshkosh Defense a three-year extension to the FHTV IV contract and initial delivery orders valued at $146.8 Million. Under the extension, Oshkosh will provide new and recapitalized Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT), Palletized Load System (PLS) trucks and trailers, and Heavy Equipment Transporters (HET). The initial delivery orders call for a total of 353 new and recapitalized vehicles.

BAE Systems has signed a contract worth around $200 million to produce and deliver 127 BvS10 all-terrain vehicles to the Swedish Army, adding to its existing fleet of BvS10s. The contract signed with the Swedish military procurement agency, FMV, is for both command and control and logistics vehicles. Deliveries of the 127 vehicles are planned to begin in 2022 and be complete in 2024.

Panus Assembly’s newest R600 8x8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) prototype was certificated by the Armament Standard Committee of the Ministry of Defense of Thailand on 25 March 2021, Defense Studies reports. The R600 8x8 is sold at a unit price of 60 million baht (USD 1,969,800). If equipped with Turkey's Aselsan Nefer 30mm remote-controlled turret, the price climbs to 120 million baht (USD 3,939,540).

Within the scope of the STA Project signed between SSB and FNSS in 2016, a total of 260 vehicles, including 184 Kaplan and 76 Pars were purchased for the Turkish armed forces. According to a tweet from DefenceHub, these figured have reportedly been increased: a total of 344 vehicles, including 208 Kaplan and 136 Pars will be procured, DefenceHub reports. All tracked and wheeled platforms and turret systems are expected to be included in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces by 2022.

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