SEPTEMBER 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The Russian armed forces are operating several new unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) during Zapad-2021 (West 2021) strategic exercise, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD): "The Inokohodets and Forpost UCAVs fitted with guided missiles and reconnaissance and observation systems were operated to support advancing troops for the first time," said the MoD in a news release.

Rheinmetall has been awarded a Bundeswehr (German army) contract to modernize the tried-and-tested Fuchs/Fox armored NBC reconnaissance vehicle. A total of five A6A1 versions of the vehicle will be upgraded to the new highly protected A8A7 configuration. The Bundeswehr will thus have at its disposal an NBC reconnaissance and analysis capability that is a match for modern operational threats. Work begins in September 2021 and is expected to be complete by July 2024. The first vehicles are due to be transferred to the German military starting in 2023.

The British Army is moving towards electrification of battlefield vehicles, it announced last week at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition. Electrification, the process of reducing dependency on fossil fuels, has become increasingly prevalent in civilian life, with the proliferation of smart home energy, electric cars and clean public transport. But these initiatives have yet to carry over into the military domain.

On September 7, 2021, the Sikorsky-Boeing team released the following statement on the early submittal of the proposal for DEFIANT X for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA), a pre-Major U.S. Defense Acquisition Program (ACAT 1C) that will develop and field the next generation of affordable vertical lift tactical assault/utility aircraft for the Army. FLRAA is the Capability Set 3 of the FVL (Future Vertical Lift) FoS (Family of Systems).

Leading world countries have been developing the outfit of the soldier of the 21st century since the end of the last century. Russia has been engaged in R&D to develop the outfit since the late 1990s. Strelets reconnaissance, control and communications system is an element of the outfit, the Independent Military Review writes.

As reported by Defense Studies, during the 2+2 meeting of the Indonesian-Australian Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs in Jakarta, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said that 15 Thales Bushmaster APCs were given to support Indonesia in carrying out the UN peacekeeping mission.

As reported on its website, the British Army is teaming up with industry tech and data experts from Adarga for a 48-hour Hackathon event to brainstorm the battle-winning digital tools of the future. Teams will develop software and algorithm-driven solutions to address real-world challenges faced by the Field Army.

According to the Central Scientific-Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (TsNIITochMash) of the Rostec State Corporation, it will for the first time export the 9x19mm automatic pistol RG120 designed as part of the ‘Aspid’ development project. The first batch of pistols is to be delivered to a European customer this year.

The Russian Defense Ministry held a series of trials of Typhoon-PVO vehicles for operators of man-portable air defense systems (manpads). The vehicle is designed by the Kupol Electro-Mechanical Plant in Izhevsk of Almaz-Antey. Kupol received the task to create the combat vehicle from the air defense of the Ground Forces, which drafted the technical assignment. The plant is financing the R&D at its own expense.

Elbit Systems announced on September 9 the unveiling of the ARCAS, a built-in computerized Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered system that interfaces with the rifle’s Electro-Optical (EO) sight, with a helmet-mounted eyepiece and with the rifle’s assemblies, providing soldiers with real-time intuitive actionable combat information. ARCAS transforms assault rifles into digital, networked combat machines enabling a step-change in the lethality, mission effectiveness and survivability of dismounted soldiers in both day and night.

Kongsberg Defence Australia has announced the achievement of a critical production milestone for the LAND 19 Phase 7B program, successfully passing Factory Acceptance Tests of the first two Fire Distribution Centres (FDC) for the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems (NASAMS). As part of this program, Kongsberg Defence Australia is supporting Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace (KONGSBERG) and prime contractor, Raytheon Australia, to deliver the new Short-Range Ground-Based Air Defence capability to the Australian Army

Israel Weapon Industries – a member of the SK GROUP (founded by Mr. Samy Katsav), and a worldwide leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for governments, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world announced the additional procurement of the Micro-TAVOR assault rifle by the IDF, to be in service by infantry units.

According to information published by Ostara on September 7, 2021, the Lithuanian company seeks to use the potential of diesel fuel for innovative hybrid solutions. It intends to present a demonstrator of technologies used in the advanced hybrid side-by-side Krampus as early as this year, which can radically change understanding about light all-terrain-vehicles.

The High-Precision Weapons holding of the Rostec State Corporation is researching a design of a wheeled amphibious armored fighting vehicle with a 125mm cannon, said Vladimir Budaev, deputy chief designer of the Volgograd Tractor Plant (part of Kurganmashzavod, High-Precision Weapons holding company of Rostec State Corporation).

According to Radomir Ralev in SeeNews, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is in talks for the sale of Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missiles to Serbia, regional director Al Zaher said: "We are acting in Serbia together with state-owned defense products manufacturer Jugoimport-SDPR and we are working on the promotion of Spike LR2 rockets," Zaher said in a video file posted on the website of Serbian public broadcaster RTS on Thursday, September 2.

The countries of the Asia-Pacific Region account for approximately 50% of Russia’s defense exports, Dmitry Shugayev, Director General of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told Russian media: "China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Malaysia are among Russia’s main partners for military-technical cooperation in the region. These countries account for some 50% of Russia’s backlog of export defense orders," said Shugayev.

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