January 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Rheinmetall and BAE Systems today announced that they have signed an agreement to create a joint UK based military vehicle design, manufacturing and support business. The new Joint Venture will be headquartered at BAE Systems’ facility in Telford, England and will sustain over 400 jobs in the UK, as well as preserve key technology and engineering skills.

The Indian Army is planning to buy more than 3,000 Milan 2T anti-tank guided missiles from France. "An Army proposal in this regard would come up for discussion at a high-level meeting of the Defence Ministry for buying more than 3,000 of the second-generation Milan 2T ATGMs which are license-produced by the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in partnership with a French firm," sources in the Defence Ministry told ANI.

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced it has been awarded a contract from the French Defense Procurement Agency  in support of the French Operational Pocket Drone program. The contract has a ceiling value of $89 million to provide the FLIR Black Hornet 3, a nano-unmanned aerial vehicle  and Personal Reconnaissance System to support French Armed Forces operations.

The Turkish government has donated military equipment to the Gambian army at the country’s defence headquarters in Banjul on 15 January bringing its support to country’s military to $1.4M from 2018 to now. The donated items include military boots, jackets, bags and non lethal weapons.

Spectra Group’s SlingShot is selected to participate in US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019). Spectra’s SlingShot adds voice and data BLOS COTM (Beyond Line of Sight Communications On The Move) to in-service tactical VHF and UHF radios. In addition to standard voice and data C2, it enables capabilities such as remote biometric analysis, fire mission planning, tracking and inter-agency operations.

The United States Army sent Congress a 14-page document requesting the approval of $373 million for purchasing a few of Israel’s widely acclaimed Iron Dome missile interception systems. The objective behind this request is to implement a mechanism to shield American ground forces from threats in numerous conflict areas.

Tata is testing its upcoming Merlin Light Support Vehicle, GaadiWaadi reports. Recently, the manufacturer won the contract of supplying the Indian Armed Forces with the Tata Safari Storme. The new Light Support Vehicle (LSV) is likely to be called Merlin has been spotted frequently testing under the heavy camouflage on the Indian roads and was last spotted doing high altitude testing in India.

Heckler & Koch has been entrusted by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency with the Supply of HK416 Assault Rifle Sets for their Norwegian Armed Forces. The supply order will run over 36 months, beginning in 2019 and has an overall value of approximately 22 million Euro.

Turkish President Erdogan announced the establishment of a BMC production and technology base in the province of Sakarya, a USD 180 million investment. BMC is one of Turkey’s commercial and defense vehicle producers. Once all phases are completed, it is supposed to employ 10.000 people.

At the end of December2018, the Panzerpionier battalion 130 based in Minden became the first in the German army to receive two Leguan armored bridge layers. This closed a gap. Now, the new generation of combat vehicles heavier than 60 tons can also drive over larger watercourses or terrain cuts.

ccording to the Bangkok Post, the Royal Thai Army is seeking the cabinet's approval for the purchase of 14 additional VT4 main battle tanks from China, at a cost of more than 2.3 billion baht (USD 73 million), an army source said. It will be the third batch of VT-4 tanks to be bought from NORINCO. Each tank costs about 167 million baht (USD 5.26 million), said the source.

As reported by defenceWeb on January 15, 2019, the Egyptian military is to start receiving locally-produced mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) armored vehicles. An unknown number of ST-100 and ST-500 MRAPs, both manufactured by International Marathon United Technology Group, is to be delivered for the army in the near future.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Jan. 15, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) demonstrated advanced Vehicle Active Protection System technologies against Anti-Tank Guided Munitions during the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center (TARDEC) sponsored Soft-kill Rodeo in Huntsville on Oct. 5-31. The month-long government sponsored “rodeo” was developed to demonstrate and test soft-kill capability against real world threats.

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