November 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to RFI (Request For Information) published by the U.S. government on November 10, 2020, the United States Government is conducting research to identify potential interested sources with the capability to provide a Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) to meet the increasing demand to counter the growing aerial threat capability and to replace the FIM-92 Stinger which is in service with the U.S. Army since 1981.

According to information published on November 9, 2020, the U.S. Air Force Agile Combat Support Directorate is working with the Department of the Army to field the DoD replacement for up-armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, better known as Humvees with JLTVs Joint Light Tactical Vehicles manufactured by the American company Oshkosh Defense.

Spectra Group is an internationally renowned specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, specifically optimised for use in remote and challenging environments, with offices in UK and USA. The company has recently taken part in the UK Army Warfighting Experiment 2020 (AWE20) demonstrating high-capacity over-the-horizon communications systems.

The 3rd Division (3 DIV) has become the latest component of the British army to select Systematic’s SitaWare command-and-control (C2) software: the ‘Iron Division’ – which acts as the United Kingdom’s strategic land warfare asset – is taking Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters solution into service, which will provide comprehensive situational awareness and C2 capabilities at the battalion level and above.

The Bundeswehr (German army) has awarded Rheinmetall a further order aimed at extending the service life of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle. Following a recent appropriation of funds by the budget committee of the German Parliament, the Düsseldorf-based technology group has now booked a €27 million contract to this effect. The advanced Saphir 2.6 MK, developed by Rheinmetall Electronics, will replace existing obsolete thermal imaging aiming devices used for reconnaissance and target engagement.

According to pictures released to the U.S. Defense Department of Defense on November 4, 2020, the new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) was officially introduced in the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) during a ceremony that was held at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, on November 4, 2020. The ACV will replace the current Amphibious Assault Vehicles.

According to an interview with Bartłomiej Zając, president of the Polish Company Huta Stalowa Wola SA (HSW) published by the Polska-Zbrojna website on November 5, 2020, the new Borsuk amphibious armored vehicle will be the next generation of tracked IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) of the Polish army and could be entered in service for 2023 to replace the old BWP-1 tracked armored IFV.

According to a press release published by the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) on November 4, 2020, the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully conducted flight tests of the new PINAKA rocket from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha today, 04 November 2020.

According to information published on 4 November 2020, Leonardo Hispania – a Leonardo company with headquarters and plants in Loriguilla (Valencia), where all employees and suppliers are Spanish – is tendering for the supply of 58 30mm HITFIST 'manned' turrets, as part of the Spanish Army’s 8x8 VCR (Vehículo de Combate de Ruedas) Dragón program.

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