October 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to information published on the Twitter account Fridolin Ngoulou on October 15, 2020, Russia has delivered ten BRDM-2 wheeled armored vehicles to the Central African Republic (CAR) on October 15, 2020. They were delivered by an An-124-100 Russian transport aircraft to the airport in the capital of the country, Bangui.

According to a press release published on October 15, 2020, Swedish Company Saab has signed a multi-year framework contract with the U.S. Army for the latest version of the Carl-Gustaf multi-role, man-portable shoulder-fired weapon, known as the M3E1 in U.S. Army service and M4 globally. Saab has been awarded an $87 million MUSD (approximately 770 MSEK) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract for M3E1 weapons with an initial order of $9.2 million MUSD (approximately 80 MSEK) with deliveries in 2021.

FLIR Systems announced it has been awarded a $26 million contract modification in support of the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrade (NBCRV SSU) program for the U.S. Army. The Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement was awarded through the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) as a follow-on to a $48 million contract announced in April 2019.

As Lockheed Martin continues the work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to advance the unique hypersonic technologies of its Operational Fires (OpFires) program, the company today announced its initial round of key subcontractors on the program. OpFires seeks to develop and demonstrate an innovative ground-launched system to enable a hypersonic boost glide missile system to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly engage time-sensitive targets.

On October 15, 2020, Arquus handed over to the French Air and Space Force (Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace) the last P4 VIPAIR vehicle, in accordance with contractual commitments. Initiated in 2016, the VIPAIR program aimed to transform a batch of 19 P4 ASPIC vehicles of the Air Force into Intervention and Air Projection Vehicle (Véhicule d’Intervention et de Projection Air, VIPAIR), intended for the training of commandos paratroopers and projection in foreign operations.

A batch of SV-98 sniper rifles has been delivered to the Eastern Military District’s combined-arms army based in the Amur River region in the Far East, the Defense Ministry’s press office said : “Snipers of reconnaissance units will be the first to receive the new weapons. Sniper rifles of the type have been delivered to the army for the first time”.

Rheinmetall has announced an export order in excess of $150 million dollars from Australia to the Hungarian Armed Forces to supply Lance turrets, which will be designed and manufactured at the company’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in South East Queensland, Australian Defence Magazine reports.

According to information released on October 13, 2020, American company Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company has confirmed that the Belgium Ministry of Defence has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract for 322 Oshkosh Defense Command and Liaison Vehicles (CLV) for the Belgium Defence Forces. The Belgian CLV is the proven Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) platform from Oshkosh equipped with Belgian communication systems.

Rheinmetall confirms the opening of its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Redbank, Queensland, Australia and the establishment of a new national sovereign military vehicle capability that enables the design, development and local manufacture of military vehicles, platforms and turrets for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and export to like-minded nations.

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