NOVEMBER 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to a contract published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on November 18, 2021, American company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), Poway, California, was awarded a $103,206,787 firm-fixed-price contract by the United States Department of Defense for the production of Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems, satellite airborne data terminals, and government-furnished equipment maintenance.

John Cockerill Defense has recently signed a contract with PT Pindad Enjiniring Indonesia (a subsidiary of PT PINDAD) to supply training simulators for the Indonesian Army. AGUERIS, a subsidiary of John Cockerill Defense France, will develop and manufacture cabin simulators for the training of armored vehicle crews. These are “Harimau” medium-type tank vehicles equipped with the C3105 turret (105mm) from John Cockerill Defense.

According to information released by the European Union Defense Cooperation on November 16, 2021, the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) has published the list of all defense and security projects to be undertaken under the PESCO. As a result, 14 new projects will be added to the list of the 46 existing ones that have been developed under PESCO since December 2017. In this article, we provide details about PESCO programs for the land systems area.

Elbit Systems and Roboteam launches ROOK, a multi-payload military 6X6 Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) that features unique design and built-in autonomy suite offering a combination of greater capacity, improved maneuverability and must-have on-field agility that are key for greater mission effectiveness.

According to information published on EOS website on November 11, 2021, EOS Defence Systems discloses the development of an integrated directed-energy (DE) laser weapon system variant of its T2000 modular medium caliber turret, designed specifically to address the escalating top attack threat posed to infantry/armored fighting vehicles (IFVs/AFVs) by the proliferation and increasing sophistication of hostile unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and air-launched loitering weapon systems.

Elbit Systems has demonstrated to the RAS Concept Development & Experimentation Program of the Royal Netherlands Army the company’s Robotic Autonomous Systems (RAS) capabilities for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions utilizing heterogeneous autonomous swarms. Taking place in northern Israel the demonstration deployed swarms comprising of the Probot Unmanned Ground Vehicle and two types of Vertical Takeoff and Landing mini Unmanned Aircraft System (VTOL mini-UAS) including the Thor, all powered by the Torch-X RAS software suite (Command and Control application, Autonomy Kits, Planning tools).

As reported by Nichols Martin in Executive Bizz, General Motors‘ Defense division will prototype a military vehicle based on the new electric variant of the company’s Hummer, CNBC reported on November 25. Steve duMont, president of GM Defense, said the company may offer a Hummer EV-based electric light reconnaissance vehicle or eLRV to the U.S. Army.

According to UrduPoint, Ukraine will purchase more Turkish-made Bayraktar combat drones in 2022, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said after the visit to the conflict-torn region of Donbas: We are going to buy more (Bayraktars) next year. But I point out that will be Ukrainian Bayraktars. They will be produced in Turkey but they will be Ukrainian ones, in service of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. They will be used because we must protect our independence, also in line with Article 51 of the UN Charter," Reznikov said on late Friday, as quoted by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

Ulbrichts Protection presents the first stand-alone helmet capable of stopping Kalashnikov 7.62x39 steel-core (MSC) ammunition (VPAM-6) and reducing impacts to below the fatal level of 25 joules analog to HVN 2009. The Austrian company achieves this breakthrough, opening up a new era in ballistic protective helmets with true protection against rifles: Ulbrichts Protection presents its new Rifle helmet family.

On 14 October 2021, the current status of the GSD LuWa (Light Air-transportable Armoured Fighting Vehicle) research and technology (R&T) project was presented to the German Ministry of Defence (BMVg) and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) at the general contractor IABG (Industrieanlagen Betriebsgesellschaft) in Lichtenau, Germany.

According to information published by the Indian newspaper “The Hindu” website on November 14, 2021, Russia has started the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems to India, and the first systems will be delivered by the end of 2021, said Dmitry Shugaev, Director of Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).

The first nine BMPT-72 ‘Terminator’ tank support combat vehicles will enter service with armored units of the Central Military District’s 90th Guards Tank Division stationed in the Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk Regions from December 1 after successful trials, Central Military District Commander Colonel-General Alexander Lapin announced on November 7.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveils its Scorpius family of Electronic Warfare (EW) systems. Scorpius is the first EW system in the world capable of simultaneously targeting multiple threats, across frequencies and in different directions.

According to information published on November 8, 2021, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, was awarded a $17.5 million IDIQ contract by the U.S. Army to provide improved Mode 5 and ADS-B surveillance capabilities for safe airspace engagement with its Identification Friend or Foe, or IFF, transponders and cryptographic technologies to support the military’s effort through 2026.

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