September 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to a press release published on September 21, 2020, Kongsberg Protech Systems USA has been awarded a contract to qualify an XM914 (30mmx113mm) remote weapon station (RWS) in support of the United States Marine Corps’ (USMC) Program Manager Ground Based Air Defense Office. The systems will be integrated on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) and will include a number of specialized counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) and air defense capabilities. Kongsberg USA will deliver test articles and assist the USMC in performing Design Verification Testing (DVT) toward future production deliveries.

On Sept. 17, 2020, French armored vehicles manufacturers Arquus organized an « Arquus Day » which was an opportunity to concretely present the vehicles and developments unveiled during the Arquus e-xpo, a virtual exhibition put online during the summer of 2020, in particular the flagship of its brand new logistics and tactical range: the ARMIS 6x6.

Nigeria is a very dynamic designer and manufacturer of armored vehicles, be it light, medium-weight or heavy APCs. Why did its army import South Korean K152 APCs appears puzzling, at first glance at least.

According to information published by the Thai Armed Force Blog on September 21, 2020, the Thai army will procure more Stryker ICV ( Infantry Combat Vehicle) 8x8 armored vehicles in the defense budget plan 2021. In September 2019, the Thai army has taken delivery of the first batch of Stryker 8x8 armored vehicles.

Lewis Machine and Tool, Eldridge, Iowa, was awarded a $17,031,520.00 firm-fixed-price contract to order M203/M203A2 grenade launchers and spare parts. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 18, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

According to pictures released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on September 19, 2020, U.S. Army has deployed Bradley M2A3 tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) in Syria. Bradley armored vehicles rolled into eastern Syria and will be used by service members in support of Operation Inherent Resolve’s mission of working by, with, and through Partner Forces to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh.

Tata Motors will sell 600 military trucks to the Royal Thai Army which is currently in the process of finalizing the details of the order. The information was revealed by Chutintorn Sam Gongsakdi, who is the Ambassador of Thailand to India, Rush Lane reports.

The schedule of acceptance trials of prospective combat vehicles of the Kurganets-25 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle family has been agreed. They will begin in a year and reach completion in the autumn of 2022. The armored vehicle will be tested in various weather and climate. Experts believe some components and mechanisms are already undergoing trials, the Izvestia daily writes.

According to a post published on September 15, 2020, by French blog Blablachars, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), users of the Leclerc Main Battle Tank (MBT) for more than 20 years, have decided to donate 80 of these tanks to Jordan. In 1993, the UAE  has signed a contract with the French Company Giat Industries (now Nexter Systems) for the purchase of 436 combat vehicles, including  388 Leclerc MBTs, two driver training tanks, and 48 armored recovery tanks based on the Leclerc MBT chassis. 

U.S. Army units from Joint Base Lewis-McChord are in final preparations with U.S. Air Force partners for Joint Operations into the Aleutian Islands as part of Defender Pacific 20. America’s First Corps and 7th Infantry Division are employing their tactical operations centers to provide command and control of joint forcible entry exercises across Alaska.

According to German Zeit online newspaper and other sources, among which The Firearms Blog, the German Ministry of Defense has selected the weapon that will replace the aging Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifle : the Thuringian manufacturer C.G. Haenel has won the contract for the delivery of 120,000 MK556 assault rifles to the Bundeswehr (German army), a contract worth around 245 million euros (over $290 million). The exact configuration of the weapons and the accessories they will be equipped with is still unconfirmed.

In order to achieve new quality in the Lithuanian Armed Forces and ensure provision of modern soldier equipment, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence has concluded an agreement with the German company Heckler & Koch and will provide its troops with pistols SFP9 SF Paddle. These pistols were chosen as the ones that best meet the needs of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Reed Werner and Maldivian Minister of Defense Mariya Didi signed the “Framework for U.S. Department of Defense-Maldives Ministry of Defence Defense and Security Relationship” in Philadelphia on September 10.

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