February 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News



On January 22, 2018, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry announced that Taiwanese armed forces will take delivery of some 250 FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS (Man-portable air-defense systems) missiles later this year. The FIM-92 Stinger is a short-range surface-to-air defense missile ystem that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile.

According to the Israeli Newspaper website Haaretz, the Israeli Defense Minister would like to establish new capacity for the Israeli Defence Forces with surface-to-surface missiles, able to reach a target at a maximum range of 300 km. A budget of a half a billion dollars has already been approved to purchase new military equipment including the EXTRA (Extended-range artillery) missile systems.

The Turkish Defense Industry has successfully test-fired new generation of local-made HISAR-A short-range surface-to-air missile system developed by the Turkish Companies Aselsan and Roketsan. During the firing test, the HISAR missile was successfully fired from a land platform based on 6x6 truck chassis.

The Procurement Plan of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia for the current year was presented and the 2017 Plan was reviewed on 31 January 2018. Croatia's defense ministry on Friday, February 2, 2018, signed procurement contracts worth 37.8 million euro with 26 local companies to provide various equipment and services, including weapons and weapons servicing, clothing, footwear, and insurance services for the members of Croatian armed forces.

BAE Systems has successfully demonstrated the safety and performance of its new Modular Bridging System to prove the bridge will remain robust and effective throughout its operational life whilst being subjected to the harsh conditions expected in military use. During testing, BAE Systems simulated more than 22,000 crossings of the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank on the system. These have the equivalent weight of 121,000 double-decker buses.

According to a video released on Youtube, February 1, 2018, recorded at the Russian port of Ust-Luga near Leningrad. Russia could have started the shipping of first main battle tanks T-90S to Iraq. These T-90S seems to be painted with a desert camouflage which is not used by the Russian army.

Giving Marine Commanders the means to communicate beyond line of sight while forward deployed is a critical and necessary capability. A Marine Corps Systems Command-led working group is actively pursuing updates to the Very Small Aperture Terminal Family of Systems, which has been deployed for nearly a decade. The mission: to develop and deliver an updated, cost-effective, reliable solution.

U.S. army medics from the 557th Medical Company conduct rapid medical evacuation training during exercise Allied Spirit VIII at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, January 29, 2018. Allied Spirit VIII is unique in its ability to provide hands-on experience and testing of secure communications between NATO allies and partners.

Self-propelled antitank Khrisantema-S missile guns will become operational in the artillery unit of the Eastern Military District in Buryatia this year, the district said. In 2018 the artillery formation of the Eastern Military District deployed in Buryatia is scheduled to receive a batch of self-propelled antitank Khrisantema-S missiles," it said.

According to the Russian Company Uralvagonzavod, the latest modernization of the main battle tank T-90, called T-90M will enter in service with the Russian army in the next few months. The T-90M was developed based on the combat experience of the Russian troops in Syria.

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