September 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to a press release published by Rafael on September 30, 2020, the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in the Directorate of Defense R&D (DDR&D), of the Israel Ministry of Defense, delivered the first of two Iron Dome Air Defense Missile System batteries to the U.S. Army. On this occasion, a symbolic event was held at the Iron Dome production line of defense contractor, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

Textron Systems announced on Sept. 29 it has been awarded a contract to support work on the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) missile system. This scope of work is part of a larger award by the U.S. Air Force to prime contractor Northrop Grumman. The GBSD system is designed to provide a modern, reliable and safe nuclear deterrent capability for the Air Force.

Russian ministry of Defense has planned to arm Russian marines with BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles for coastal and landing operations, including firing from water. Experts believe the new vehicles will increase the firepower of marines several fold. They will be able to engage in local conflicts and in clashes with modern armies. The final decision will follow the trials of BMP-3F at the current Caucasus-2020 exercise, the Izvestia daily writes.

The Ministry of Defense of Georgia reported on September 28 that it purchased Spanish-made unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as renewed existing aircraft, and retrained the personnel, reports.

According to news published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on September 28, 2020, the U.S. Marines will soon start receiving the new wheeled Amphibious Combat Vehicle. Program Executive Officer Land Systems approved the initial fielding of the Marine Corps ' new ACV, which will replace the US Marine Corps Assault Amphibious Vehicles.

The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) signed a Joint Procurement Agreement with the Dutch authorities to procure a total of seven THeMIS unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) from Milrem Robotics, the leading developer of robotics and autonomous systems in Europe. Milrem Robotics will deliver four THeMIS vehicles acquired by the Royal Netherlands Army in the coming months. The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) will receive their three vehicles this month.

According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense on September 25, 2020, Raytheon Technologies, Woburn, Massachusetts is being awarded a sole-source contract in the amount of $212,760,106 under a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) case to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide radar systems AN/TPY-2 for the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) air defense missile system.

The French Army’s integrated structure for maintaining land equipment in operational condition (SIMMT) notifies Nexter of a second in-service support (ISS) contract for the CAESAR self-propelled howitzer. This contract follows on from the first contract, which for the past seven years has provided full support for the army's 77 CAESAR artillery systems.

Aerovironment Inc, Simi Valley, California, was awarded an $8,371,332 firm-fixed-price contract for a Puma unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares, contractor logistics support, reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition, vampire and kestral software, launchers and new equipment training.

According to a press release published by the Israeli company Rafael on September 27, 2020, the Czech Ministry of Defense has Informed the Israel Ministry of Defense of its Decision to Equip Czech armed forces with the Israeli Air Defense Missile System Spyder produced by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

According to information released by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency on September 24, 2020, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of Patriot Advanced Capability‑3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $241 million.

According to a press release published on September 24, 2020, American company Boeing is teaming with General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) and Aerojet Rocketdyne in its bid to build the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The NGI is a key element of the MDA’s missile defense system, which is designed to intercept and destroy incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles.

On September 10, 2020, the French forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDJ) received two VBMR Griffon multi-role armored vehicles for an operational technical assessment in hot weather. The Frenh army is training in view of deploying Griffons in the Sahel region, in the framework of Operation Barkhane.

The Defense Ministry has completed the formation of the first mobile air defense missile brigade in the Far East. It will soon go on test and combat duty. The brigade of the Eastern Military District deployed in the Jewish region is armed with S-300V4 to provide air and missile defense. The brigade can be rapidly redeployed to any place in the Far East and Siberia. S-300V4 will protect stationary and marching troops against aircraft and ballistic missiles.

Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Plymouth, Minnesota, was awarded a $37,669,772 firm-fixed-price contract to buy long lead items for the production of XM813 Cannons for the Stryker Medium Caliber Weapon System 30mm Lethality Upgrade program. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 24, 2020. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

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