November 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


On 13 November 2020, the French Delegation for Armaments (DGA) qualified the command post vehicle (EPC) variant of the Griffon armored vehicle. At the same time, the first vehicles are being submitted for acceptance by the DGA's quality department at the Roanne site. Therefore, the three first Griffon EPC have been delivered to the Army technical section (STAT) which will continue the operational evaluation of this equipment with its rapid deployment within the regiments in sight.

Galvion, a world leader in the design and manufacture of military power management solutions has entered Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) with their unique Symbasys SWitchPack i6T Li-ion vehicle battery. LRIP has commenced following a series of successful tests to validate compliance with the international standards for military batteries and to prove the system fully safe and ready for installation and use in military vehicles.

According to Waldemar Geiger in Soldat & Technik, the Bundeswehr intends to equip the infantry with unmanned ground vehicles for logistical purposes and is testing various systems available on the market in changing deployment scenarios as part of an R&T study.

From November 26 to December 10, around 50 Belgian soldiers are participating in the Steadfast Jupiter Jackal 2020 exercise, which takes place in Denmark. This NATO exercise constitutes the final test for the certification of the NATO Response Force (NRF) 2021. The 120 soldiers from three nations (Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium) will fly to the Oxbøl region. They have been training intensely since 2018.

On November 24, Army Recognition gave echo to information published by African Military Blog according which Uganda is the undisclosed African client who bought Otokar’s Arma 8×8 and Cobra II 4×4 armored vehicles. The Turkish manufacturer denies that Uganda is this client, while not being authorized to disclose the actual country name. But Otokar confirms it’s the first sale of its Arma 8x8 on the African continent.

According to a picture of the Portuguese army found by Victor Barreira who simply re-published it on Opex Defence 360 Twitter account with only the technical data concerning the vehicle's armament, military exercise Orion 2020 is going on. In 2005, the Portuguese government signed a deal worth 364 million euros to acquire 260 Pandur II armored vehicles, with an option for further 33 worth 140 million euros, to equip the Portuguese Intervention Brigade of the Portuguese Army and the marines of the Portuguese Navy.

According to a press release published on November 23, 2020, the Swiss company RUAG has signed a contract with the Swedish company BAE Systems Hägglunds and, as the most important supplier, has secured a comprehensive order as part of the Swiss Army's extension of use of the armored infantry fighting vehicles CV9030 (Nutzungsverlängerung Schützenpanzer 2000).

The first meeting of the newly created European Defence Standardisation Committee (EDSC) was held recently at EDA (via videoconference). The new body, which replaces the former Materiel Standardisation Group, will support and coordinate participating Member States’ efforts to move towards enhanced European defence standardisation with the aim of facilitating CSDP missions & operations and strengthening the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB).

SkyTrack represents the latest in optical UAS detection and tracking technology and ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, lead integrator of the Guardion C-UAS system, are the first to put SkyTrack through its paces ahead of first customer trials and the formal product launch.

Rheinmetall's game-changing Mission Master Autonomous - Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) family has just gained a new member: the Mission Master – Armed Reconnaissance. Equipped with intelligence-gathering technology and a Rheinmetall Fieldranger remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), the new Armed Reconnaissance module is designed to collect tactical intelligence in the area of operations while providing frontline fire support whenever necessary.

Rheinmetall’s work in the field of cybersecurity received a special accolade at the Innovation Conference 2020, an event staged by CODE, a research institute with close ties to the Bundeswehr. The Innovation Conference coincided with CODE’s annual meeting at the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich, which this year took place online.

The EDF (Estonian Defense Forces) has completed a firing of Spike SR (Short Range) missiles in a demonstration that took place in September. The demo was attended by several European delegations, members of the Spike User Club, and was preceded by brief instruction of the EDF team on the operation of the weapon.

Elettronica, a world leader in Electronic Warfare, Homeland Security and Cyber EW (Electronic Warfare) Intelligence, has appointed the company ADMI, a British communication agency, as its international Press Relations consultancy with immediate effect. Under this contract, ADMI will provide integrated marketing and communications services with a particular focus on press office and public relations concerning international Media.

Several types of China's new-generation military vehicles and intelligent equipment have been commissioned to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) border defense troops stationed in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region as cold weather descends on the region and border tensions remain high, Global Times reports.

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