January 2020 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Florence Parly, Minister of the Armies, welcomes the delivery of the first O-NYX night vision binoculars in the 21st regiment of Frejus. Designed by Thales, these binoculars benefit from an improved resolution and a wider field of vision. It will allow army soldiers to better progress in darkness and will replace the LUCIE binoculars that are currently used. Designed to ensure the maintenance of operational superiority of the French armies, LPM 2019-2025 focuses on improving the equipment and protection of the soldiers, sailors and pilots engaged in operations.

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), a global technology, defence and engineering group, announced that, for the fourth quarter of 2019, its business sectors secured more than $1.5b of new contracts, bringing the full year 2019 contract value to $7b. Including the contract for one unit of Polar Security Cutter, the Group’s total announced contract value for 2019 is about $8bn.

On Jan.29, the U.S. Army announced the selection of 20 small business and technology firms to advance to Phase III of the xTechSearch 4.0 technology prize competition. xTechSearch is an Army-sponsored competition focused on finding technologies with both defense and commercial applications that have been developed by American technology entrepreneurs and small businesses, Signal reports.

As reported by The Nation, the Egyptian armed forces have redeployed an extensive array of various types of aircraft since January 13 in order to provide cover for Egyptian military personnel engaged in mustering 'show of power' since the Turkish activity in Libya has left Egyptian Government concerned with stability and security in the North African region and the Mediterranean sea.

RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announces it has been selected to plan and implement a financial sector SOC for the Dominican Republic’s Central Bank. As part of the contract, RAFAEL will provide the technology, methodology and implementation of a sectorial SOC, as required by the recently published Dominican Republic Cyber Law for the financial sector.

Robotic Research LLC introduced the Pegasus Mini, at CES 2020 (Las Vegas). The Mini is a smaller version of the original Pegasus, introduced in August, which established a new category of transformable unmanned autonomous vehicles (hybrid unmanned aircraft system/unmanned ground vehicle) that both drive on land and fly. This patented combination of features provides a new range of capabilities to support commercial industry, first responders, law enforcement and military customers that previously had not been possible with autonomous drones or land vehicles.

Japan and U.S. armed forces will conduct training exercise Northern Viper at Hokudaien and Yausubetsu Training Areas in the Hokkaido Prefecture of Japan from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8, 2020. The forces will conduct a bilateral, combined arms exercise and live-fire training in conjunction with ground and aviation units by utilizing the favorable training foundation of Hokkaido. 1st Lt Brett Vannier, 3rd Marine Division, reports.

In 2019, Operation Barkhane continued its direct action against armed terrorist groups, in particular in the Liptako Gourma region, with more than 100 operations conducted by the French army alone or jointly with partner forces. Two important figures of the RVIM (Rally for the Victory of Islam and Muslims), close to Iyad ag Ghali, were also neutralised: Djamel Okacha, alias Yahia Abou el Hamman, and Ali Maychou, alias Abderahmane al-Maghrebi.

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.

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