February 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News

 
 
 
 

Together with operational specialists at the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA), Thales has developed the Multi Mission Radar (MMR) for artillery, 4D air surveillance, air defense, and security applications. Years of studies and testing led to the signing of a series contract on January 17th, between Thales and Defense Materiel Organization (DMO) for which 9 radar systems will be delivered to the Royal Netherlands Army.

The Nigerian army inaugurated an Information and Communications Technology Centre in its 6 divisional headquarters in Port Harcourt. Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, Commanding Officer Commanding of the 6th Division, disclosed this in a statement by the division’s spokesman, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, on Sunday, February 10.

Russia has more SSC-8 cruise missiles than expected so far, reports the German weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAZ) on Sunday, citing an unnamed source in Western intelligence. NATO asserts that such weapons violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a disarmament agreement of 1987 from which the US and Russia claimed to withdraw last week. Washington has long accused Moscow of trampling this pact.

The government of Poland has announced on Sunday February 10, 2019, its plan to finalize next week the purchase of 20 HIMARS artillery rocket systems from the United States for a total amount of USD 414 million. According to the radio Poland website, the new acquisition of the Polish army could be finalized next Wednesday.

Turkish T-155 Firtina self-propelled howitzers to be exported to Qatar could come with domestically-produced engines, according to military analysts after Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar revealed that Ankara is on the verge of signing a major arms export agreement with Doha.

QinetiQ North America (QNA) today announced that it has been awarded a $90 Million IDIQ contract to support the overall sustainment actions of the Tactical Adaptable Light Ordnance Neutralization (TALON) family of robotic systems for the US Army. QNA will be providing ongoing maintenance, upgrades and servicing of the Army’s existing, fielded fleet of TALON robots. The contract has an expiration date of Dec 16, 2023.

On 6 February, the Belgian Land Component, the Intelligence service (SGRS) of the Belgian armed forces, and the Belgian Special Forces gave a joint conference about the past, ongoing and forthcoming external operations carried on by the Belgian army. Maj.Gen. Johan Peeters gave an overview of the worldwide involvement of Belgian troops, followed by Lt.Gen. aviator Claude Van De Voorde (SGRS) for an in-depth presentation of the various intelligence sources supplied to the F-16 detachment deployed by the Belgian Air Component (Air Force) in Iraq, as well as to other Allied air forces.

Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) intensively tests the Kalashnikov RPK-16 light machine gun (LMG), according to the MoD’s official newspaper, Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda). "The operational tests of the RPK-16 LMG are nearing their completion. The program will be finished in the first quarter of the year," said the newspaper. Unlike the venerable Kalashnikov RPK-74 5.45 LMG, the new weapon meets modern requirements to assault LMGs, the Red Star added.

On 5 February, in Paris, Emmanuel Levacher, CEO of Arquus (successor of Renault Trucks Defense), presented the worldwide achievements of his company for 2018, as well as the perspectives for 2019 onward. 2018 was definitely an excellent year: the 2018 turnover progressed by 25% in comparison with the 2017 one. An important development deserving to be underlined resides in boosting the use of digital tools, including several social networks.

The Chief Of Nigerian Army Staff, (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has announced that the Nigerian Army will begin to export combat vehicles to other African countries in the year 2030. This information was released during the commissioning ceremony of the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) in Kaduna.

Estonian Minister of Defence Jüri Luik confirmed the Ministry of Defence’s action plan for the period 2020-2023. According to Estonian Minister of Defence Luik, servicemen are at the centre of the new action plan. ‘In 2018, together with the Commander of the Defence Forces, we made the decision to raise the average salary of active servicemen from the current average of around 30% to 33% above the Estonian average,' said Luik.

In only 2 years, the Granatkastaranscarband 90 (Grkpbv90) has come from contract to delivery. FMV's Director General, Göran Mårtensson, was really impressed to already receive the first 4 wagons, noticing that much can be done when having a good cooperation (with reference to the cooperation between the FMV, the Swedish Armed Forces and the industry in charge of the project).

Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the Royal Thai Army's 12 Infantry Regiment conducted a combined staff subject matter expert exchange January 29 - 31, 2019, at Camp Nimman Kolayut, Thailand, as part of Exercise Hanuman Guardian.

World-class specialist in design and production of high-specification armored vehicles and survivability systems, US-based Jankel Tactical Systems, has been awarded 3 contracts to supply their BLASTech mitigation seats to a US based MRAP provider. The contracts have a multi-million dollar combined value. This announcement coincides with the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Conference (TWVC), taking place in Monterey, California, 03-05 February 2019.

A stock of weapons and other cargo belonging to the UN have been held up at Vurra border with DR Congo for more than a month due to unpaid transport and customs fees. Sources familiar with the matter told Daily Monitor that the impasse that has seen eight weapon-loaded trucks grounded at the border in Arua District of West Nile, about 345km north-west of Kampala, stems from millions of shillings owed to transporters and customs offices.
Sources said the delay in delivery of the weapons poses a security risk for both Uganda and DR Congo.

Bulgaria's Ministry of Defence said that its drive to get people to enlist in the military will resume on February 7 and continue until the end of October 2019. Titled "Be a Soldier", the campaign was launched by the Defence Ministry in October 2018, in a response to the serious shortfall of military personnel in Bulgaria.

Since the beginning of 2019, the F3 uniform has begun to dress the French forces deployed in external operation. This innovative outfit announces a series of developments in combat equipment that aims to improve the soldier's daily life while strengthening its operational efficiency.

Saab has announced that it will further develop a VR experience designed to demonstrate a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher offered by the company, mainly its iconic Carl-Gustaf M4, Ben Lang reports on roadtovr.com. VR/AR agency Vobling initially built a VR experience in 2017 designed to show off the capabilities of the latest Carl-Gustaf launcher (the M4) and serve as the main attraction for Saab’s presence at the Defence and Security Equipment International conference in London that year.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will set up an Inspector-General’s Office to ensure “command emphasis on safety is consistently applied” across all units, said the Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General (LG) Melvyn Ong on 31 January, as reported on YahooNewsSingapore.

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