February 2020 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The U.S. Defense Department wants to increase NATO's presence in Iraq to reduce the number of Americans serving there, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said: "To the degree that NATO can offset the U.S. presence, that would over time allow us to bring some forces home, which you all should know has been my ambition for some time," the secretary told reporters traveling with him on Feb.11 en route to NATO's Defense ministers conference in Brussels. David Vergun reports on DOD News.

According to news published by the newspaper website "The Times in India" on February 11, 2020, India could acquire National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) from United States, to be used with Russian and Israeli air defense systems as a part of the overall air defense shield for the national capital which includes the indigenous Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) shield.

"It looks like the Philippine Army received another batch of Russian-made RPG-7V rocket-propelled grenade launchers and ammo last December, and almost screwed it up at the same time", Max Montero wrote on Twitter..

In a recent demo conducted in Israel, RAFAEL's Drone Dome C-UAS system performed interceptions of multiple drones, including maneuvering targets, using its hard-kill LASER BEAM director. The system achieved 100% success in all test scenarios. The stages of the interceptions included target detection, identification, and interception with a high-power LASER beam.

Deliveries of more than 2,500 Rheinmetall MAN high mobility logistics vehicles to the Australian Defence Force have achieved a major new milestone with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring Initial Operating Capability (IOC) status for the LAND 121 Phase 3B program. Rheinmetall welcomes the announcement by Minister for Defence Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds CSC that Land 121 Phase 3B has achieved IOC following Exercise Talisman Sabre in 2019.

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveiled Sunday, Feb.9, a short-range ballistic missile that they said can be powered by a “new generation” of engines designed to put satellites into orbit. Major General Hossein Salami, the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ) commander, hails a ‘leap in modern missile technology’ with short-range Raad-500 missile that is ‘cheaper, lighter, faster and more precise’.

,India’s defense industry has produced about 2,500 BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) under Russian license, a source in Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation told TASS at the DefExpo 2020 international defense exhibition in the Indian city of Lucknow.

On February 5, 2020, the U.S. Air Forces have performed a test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) during a developmental test from the Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB). The LGM-30 Minuteman is a U.S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), in service with the Air Force Global Strike Command.

The trials of the advanced Floks and Magnolia artillery systems and the Drok mortar developed by Russia’s Burevestnik Central Research Institute will be completed within the next 18 months, the press office of the Uralvagonzavod Corporation told TASS. The serial production of the systems will be launched at the same time, the press office added. The Burevestnik Central Research Institute is a subsidiary of the Uralvagonzavod Corporation within the Rostec state hi-tech corporation.

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