January 2020 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed Martin a $31.9 million contract for the Operational Fires (OpFires) Phase 3 Weapon System Integration program. OpFires seeks to develop and demonstrate an innovative ground-launched system to enable a hypersonic boost glide missile system to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly engage time-sensitive targets.

A batch of 30 upgraded T-72B3 tanks will be delivered to the Central Military District’s armored division based in the Chelyabinsk Region in the Urals in 2020, the Defense Ministry’s press office said: "Tank crews will learn to operate the advanced military hardware during driving lessons and live-firing drills due to take place after its delivery to the units".

Pierce Aerospace, a Remote ID UAS Service Supplier (RID-USS), participated in the first C-UAS engagement that confirmed the positive ID of UAS with a Remote ID system. Pierce’s Flight Portal ID (FPID), compliant with the ASTM F38 Workgroup “UAS Remote ID and Tracking” standard, delivered Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) information to Counter-UAS (C-UAS) operators, which resulted in the successful execution of an engagement against “hostile” UAS at the US Army Futures Command Maneuver and Fires Integration Experiment (MFIX).

In 2018, for the first time, Vietnam decided to contribute to a UN peacekeeping force, Lee Ann Quann reports on Twitter. Composed of medical personnel, the Vietnamese contingent participated in United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS). Expecting hostility, VPA converted a BTR-152 into a medevac. The BTR-152 received an additional 15mm of armor on the front and 10mm on the sides, enough to stop small arms fire.

On Monday, Jan.13, the Belgian Ministry of Defense gave a restricted briefing to explain and illustrate what happened to an MPPV Dingo 2 armored vehicle a Belgian ISTAR detachment operating under German command in Mali in the framework of the MINUSMA  (Mission des Nations-Unies au Mali).

On January 13, Elbit Systems announced that its subsidiary, IMI Systems, was selected by the Finnish Ministry of Defence (Finnish MOD), following a competitive testing by the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF), to provide the Finnish Army with the M339, a NATO compliant 120mm High Explosive Multi-Purpose ammunition, and Data Setting Units, for its Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs).

On October 28, 2019 at the U.S. Army Base in Grafenwoehr, Germany, the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, 41st Field Artillery Brigade began New Equipment Training and new software fielding of the Multiple Launch Rocket System Field Artillery Launcher. As the only U.S. rocket artillery brigade in the European theater, the unit prepares to deliver long-range precision fires to defend NATO allies and deter aggression from near-peer adversaries using M270A1 MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System. 

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, has released the first photo of the newest medium-weight, large-caliber Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) combat vehicle. The MPF program is designed to provide a mobile, protected, direct, offensive fire capability across the spectrum of terrains and operations for the army’s Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT).

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