November 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Abaco Systems announces a design win for an order from a major European defense contractor which utilizes its powerful and rugged processing modules to implement real-time edge computing at the heart of a ground mobile early warning system. The challenge has been to identify a threat, extract the information, and deliver it to tactical decision makers with extremely low latency, and high reliability.

This call for projects issued on November 13 by the French Defense Innovation Agency (AID, agence de l’innovation de défense) for the benefit of the armed forces concerns the request for an electronic support payload that can be integrated into drones with a maximum take-off mass (MTOW) of less than 25 kg. This payload must be able to detect, locate, identify or even interact with or block telecommunication transmitters. This call for projects aims to contract one to several research and development projects of interest to the Ministry of Defense for a maximum duration of 7 months each (demonstration included).

The U.S. Army plans to publish a new solicitation for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) next month, as it prepares to take the next step in delivering a new, advanced technology armored vehicle to support mechanized infantry operations on the future battlefield. Sean Kimmons, Army News Service, reports.

The formal acceptance process for the next batch of Leopard 2PL main battle tanks ended ast week, in Zakłady Mechaniczne Bumar - Labedy S.A. The modernized tanks will be inducted in the 1st Warsaw Armored Brigade, Tadeusz Kościuszko reports.

A wartime drone supply-delivery drill was carried out in the plateau's hinterland at an altitude of 4,500 meters under the guidance of the PLA Army's Logistics Department and the PLA Tibet Military Command’s Support Department recently. Liu Jianxin and Han Cheng report on China Military Online.

According to a press release published on November 16, 2020, FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that the United States (U.S.) Army, Air Force, and Navy have collectively ordered more than 250 additional FLIR Centaur™ unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), worth $32 million combined. The award is being sourced through the Army's Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc. II) program.

Elbit Systems has launched E-LynX-Sat, a compact satellite communications (SATCOM) add-on system. The new system utilizes a lightweight less than 1 Kg terminal that interfaces with Elbit Systems’ E-LynXTM Software Defined Radio (SDR) solution. E-LynX-Sat enables Infantry and maneuvering forces to maintain robust and secured, on-the-walk and on-the-move, voice and data communication services, over ranges of hundreds of kilometers.

SAHA EXPO, the first 3D virtual defense industry exhibition in the World, organized by SAHA Istanbul, will be open for 5 months. SAHA EXPO has 288 domestic and foreign exhibitors, 355 3D product models, 631 product promotional videos and 1540 product/exhibitor catalogs. 288 exhibitors and 174 delegations from 44 countries will be able to make online meetings for five months.

Turkish defence company Aselsan concluded the design phase of the new EIRS portable early warning radar system, the Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) announced in November 2018. Aselsan has now completed this design phase. The first delivery of the system is planned for 2021, Cemal Acar reports on Twitter.

Russian airborne divisions and brigades will be the first in the Russian armed forces to switch to Kornet-D1 antitank missiles (NATO code: AT-14 Spriggan) (as already announced by Army Recognition on January 17, 2019). They will have various options of the latest missiles in the world. Kornet can destroy armor, fortifications and buildings, down drones and helicopters.

Barrett has announced it has received the first MK22 precision sniper rifle delivery order from USSOCOM (U.S. Special Operations Command). The submission of its initial production MRAD MK22 (Multi-Role Adaptive Design Mark 22) rifles have met all requirements for the U.S. Department of Defense contract for ASR (Advanced Sniper Rifle) in support of USSOCOM.

Industrial enterprises are upgrading heavy TOS-1A flamethrowers : “The upgraded combat vehicles are better protected against tank fire, have a higher range and fire precision, as well as destruction space by one projectile”, the Russian Defense Ministry said. New unguided rocket-propelled projectiles and modern sights decrease the consumption of munitions and the time of the mission.

According to an article published in the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces magazine, edition August/September 2020, Morocco confirms its plan to acquire French-made surface-to-air defense systems Mistral and VL Mica from MBDA, 155mm self-propelled howitzers CAESAR from Nexter, and 6x6 armored vehicles VAB Mk 3 manufactured by the French company Arquus.

According to information published on the Facebook account of the U.S. Army Future Command on November 13, 2020, the U.S. Army on Friday, November 13, 2020, activated two new Iron Dome air defense artillery batteries at Fort Bliss, Texas, charged with evaluating the two Iron Dome missile defense systems that the United States recently purchased from Israel.

On 12 November 2020, the fifth and last NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft arrived at the AGS Main Operating Base in Sigonella, Italy. The arrival of the RQ-4D aircraft at its home base in Europe represents a new milestone in the NATO AGS Programme, completing the NATO AGS fleet.

Rheinmetall is supplying the South African army with new 40mm medium-velocity ammunition, underscoring its role as the world’s leading one-stop-shop for 40mm ammunition systems. In October 2020 Rheinmetall Denel Munition officially completed Project Kamogelo on behalf of the South African Department of Defence, Armscor and the South African Army.

The Vietnamese army operates T-90S/SK main battle tanks imported from Russia, along with upgraded T-54Ms with Israeli technology. To reinforce the armored units, there were a number of candidates mentioned in the T-72 series, typically the Russian T-72B3 that Vietnam has become acquainted with in the Tank Biathlon tournament. The most appropriate for Vietnam appeared to be the T-72B1MS White Eagle, similar to the one used by the Lao People's Army since 2019.

The South Korean army has completed the deployment of its K-9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers, about 20 years after it was first put into force in the country, the arms procurement agency said on November 13. The K-9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer was first deployed on the western border islands of Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong in 1999.

Turkey is planning to maintain the deployment of its S-400 Triumf ‘SA-21 Growler’ air defense systems despite NATO objections, the country’s minister of national defense Hulusi Akar said on November 12. “We continue checking and readying the [S-400] systems in accordance with our plans. We will operate the S-400 in the way some NATO members deploy their S-300”, said Akar as quoted by Turkey’s Anadolu news agency.

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