January 2020 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


On the 30th of December 2019, the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) awarded the sixth contract amendment on the Scorpion programme to the consortium formed by Nexter, Arquus and Thales. This latest award, known as MEPAC2, covers the delivery of 54 additional Griffon multi-role armored vehicles (VBMR 3) equipped with Thales' 120mm 2R2M (Rifled Recoiled Mounted Mortar) system, reaching the total number of Griffon vehicles on the Scorpion program to 1,872 in accordance with the Military Planning Law 2019-2025.

Cadets of an Eastern Military District sniper school are practicing new target engagement techniques at a super-long range at a training range in the Khabarovsk Territory in Russia’s Far East. Data transmitted by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is being used for target detection for the first time.

At the 2020 edition of the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC), Thales is unveiling Cybels Analytics, an innovative cybersecurity platform relying on advanced artificial intelligence and Big Data analytics technologies. The platform provides faster, sharper, more exhaustive detection of the most complex attacks in real time or proactively in differed time (hunting). It meets the needs of the most demanding customers, operating as a single, simple platform that even allows individual users to adapt the AI algorithms to the specific operational context of each sector.

Last 14th January, Operational Solutions announced that its bespoke set of anti-drone systems has been deployed at Heathrow as part of the airport’s end-to-end counter drone measures to help to keep the country’s busiest airfield free from drones.

Acceptance trials of Gibka-S mobile air defense missile system for the Ground Forces were completed in late 2019, the Zvezda weekly writes. Gibka-S destroys aircraft at low altitudes and a speed of 400 m/sec. It can also fight airplanes, helicopters and drones. The missiles can destroy troops and engineering fortifications.

Belgium-based FN Herstal, one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of small caliber weapons and weapon systems, showcases the combat-proven deFNder® Remote Weapon Station at the International Armoured Vehicles Conference in London, UK, from January 20 through to January 23, 2020.

The Philippine Army has started the procurement of man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) and 155mm self-propelled howitzers. On Friday, Jan. 16, Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said the future assets would be delivered to the two new Army units recently activated: the 2nd Air Defense Artillery Battery and 2nd Field Artillery Battery.

High-ranking representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine attended a demonstration show of new and modernized samples of various vehicles – armored and non-armored – intended for the armed forces. The working group was headed by Colonel Y.N. Gaidukevich, the Deputy Head of the AFU Central Vehicle Department of AFU Armament of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry will begin procuring Lekalo 3BM44 armor-piercing sub-caliber shells in 2020. The troops will receive 2,000 of them by the end of the year. The shells will destroy modern armor at a distance of 3-5 kilometers, the Izvestia daily writes.

On January 17, 2020, the Belgian Council of Ministers authorized the Ministry of Defense to purchase 636 light trucks and 243 heavy trucks with armored cabs to replace its Unimog 1300L and Volvo N10 (6x4 and 6x6) respectively, a process planned for spreading from 2021 to 2026. The rest of the Volvo N10 heavy logistics trucks will be replaced over the period 2026-2030.

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