July 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The U.S. Army will use Raytheon Company's Coyote unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and the KRFS radar, which stands for Ku band radio frequency system, to counter the escalating threat of enemy unmanned aerial vehicles in the skies above the battlefield.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri announced that production of joint defense products are on Tehran and Islamabad's agenda. During a meeting, the two high-ranking officials underlined the need for expanding relations and increasing joint naval drills.

Lockheed Martin and ThalesRaytheonSystems are joining forces to provide the NATO Alliance with a territorial Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) command and control capability. This Teaming Agreement, signed in the presence of Raytheon and Thales, the two shareholders of the joint venture, establishes a transatlantic team that combines the depth and breadth of decades of expertise from Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, with the European air command and control capabilities of Thales. The overall team will include industry representatives from across the Alliance to deliver a low risk capability for NATO's Air Command and Control BMD program.

On 10 July, the official Twitter account of Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries showed a video of what appears to be a continuation of the test cycle of a new Khan missile system. The Khan, known as Bora, is a Turkish tactical ballistic missile system with a 280 to 400km range.

Members of two of the world’s most prestigious airborne units have been honing their skills and sharing hard-won knowledge in a support weapons cadre on Salisbury Plain Training Area.

On July 4, 2018, Royal Thai Army Infantry Center at Artillery Firing Range, Artillery Center, Fort Phaholyothin (Phahonyothin), Lopburi Province has performed firing test with the 120mm ATMM (Autonomous Truck Mounted Mortar). This new artillery system was unveiled by the Ministry of Defense of Thailand during Defense and Security Exhibition in November 2017.

Russia`s National Guard (Rosgvardiya) has acquired the SV-98M 7.62 mm bolt-action sniper rifle developed by Rostec`s Kalashnikov Group, according to a source from the Russian industry. "The National Guard has signed a contract worth RUB8 million [USD128,020] for 26 SV-98M sniper rifles with the Kalashnikov Group. The firearms will have been delivered to the customer by 20 November," he said. The source did not disclose the variant of the SV-98 to be delivered to the service but it is most probably the SV-98M.

SH-1 started as an export project with Pakistan and Burma (Myanmar), the only two known customers. Recent photos of the Chinese 72nd Artillery Brigade, 72nd Army Group, Eastern Theater Command, confirms that the PLA’s equivalent to the SH-1 is now in service in China. The 72nd Artillery Brigade also operates PHL03 300mm long-range MLRS and PLZ05 155mm tracked SP howitzer.

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the U.S. Army to continue providing support for its Mission Command Training Center (MCTC). The new program, Mission Training Complex Contractor Support (MTCCS - III Corps), provides mission command training for a range of unified land operations in a contemporary operating environment.

There is a movement afoot to address the Army's future command post capability requirements, Kathryn Bailey, Communication-Electronics PAO, reports. In lieu of stagnant and large tent-based command posts, the Army is looking to develop smaller, mobile command posts that are agile and just as effective as their "big brothers."

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