October 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to information released on the Facebook account of MaxDefense Philippines on October 4, 2020, the Israeli company Elbit Systems has offered its new Sabrah Light Tank for the Philippine Army's Light Tank Acquisition Project, which is in competition with Hanwha Systems K21-105 and Otokar Arma 105 light tanks, and Pindad Harimau Light Tank.

According to information released by the United States Missile Defence Agency, on October 1, 2020, The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Army Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, and U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command successfully conducted a test of the Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) air defense missile systems from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The test, designated Flight Test Patriot Weapon System (FTP)-27, consisted of two events that took place today and earlier this year.

According to information released by the Facebook account of the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Acquisition, Logistics & Technology, the U.S. Army is one step closer to delivering laser weapons to U.S soldiers with the recent arrival of two Stryker vehicles in Huntsville, Ala. The government-industry team is integrating directed energy capabilities onto the platforms, in preparation for the RCCTO Directed Energy - Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (DE-MSHORAD) combat shoot-off next year.

On Sept. 24, Netherlands State Secretary for Defense Barbara Visser announced that the Dutch Marine Corps (Korps Mariniers) will receive 124 new articulated tracked vehicles from 2024 for an amount of 100 to 250 million euros. They will replace some of the aging Hägglunds (now BAE Systems) Bandvagn 206 and BAE Systems Viking BvS 10 vehicles.

Armed Forces Ukraine Soldiers honed their urban operations skills as Task Force Illini advisors lent their expertise at Combat Training Center- Yavoriv (CTC-Y), Ukraine, Sept. 30. Urban operations include fighting block-to-block in a large population center, tactically entering residences and buildings, traffic control, and house-to-house searches. U.S. Army Cpl. Shaylin Quaid reports.

An undisclosed customer has contracted with Rheinmetall for an array of cutting-edge mortar ammunition. South African arms manufacturer Rheinmetall Denel Munition, a Rheinmetall subsidiary, will supply the customer with conventional 60mm, long-range 60mm and advanced 60mm patrol mortar ammunition.

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland of 5 Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.2 billion. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Sept. 30.

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