June 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The Trump administration on Tuesday, June 18, announced plans to provide an additional $250 million in lethal weapons and aid to the Ukrainian army, which brings the total amount to $1.5 billion to Ukraine since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula.

Rheinmetall and the Dutch procurement authority Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) have renewed their partnership agreement for the supply of ammunition through to the end of 2030. For Rheinmetall, this agreement holds the prospect of order volume worth several hundred million euros during the ten-year period.

French manufacturer Nexter demonstrated the capabilities of its 105 mm 105 LG1 Mk III light howitzer at the Central Air Force Training Range located in Ustka, Poland, Defence 24 reports. The gun fired salvos of six rounds in less than 15 seconds at ranges p 17 kilometers with good accuracy, despite the strong wind.

U.S. Marines with Air Delivery Platoon, Landing Support Company, 3rd Transportation Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, conducted air delivery operations with JPADS on Ie Shima, Okinawa, Japan June 6, 2019. The training was a big step forward for III Marine Expeditionary Force because it was the first time they had dropped cargo utilizing the JPADS from an MV-22 Osprey. Lance Cpl. Mark Fike, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, reports.

The French SME Novadem from Aix-en-Provence records the most important order of its history. Indeed, more than 50 NX70 micro surveillance and reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been ordered by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) and will soon equip French soldiers deployed in operation. Each of the 27 systems acquired is composed of two UAVs, a ground station and the associated equipment and technical support.

As Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke to veterans at the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, he asked what lessons they had learned from hitting the beach in that deadly campaign. "Never let it happen again," a 96-year-old veteran who earned two Silver Stars told the general. Sean Kimmons, Army News Service, reports.

DEFEA – Defence Exhibition Athens will take place in Athens, from 22 to 24 June 2020. The organization of the exhibition, which will take place under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defence/GDDIA, was announced at a press conference attended by the Minister of National Defence, Mr Evangelos Apostolakis, by exhibition organizer ROTA SA with the support of the Union of Greek Manufacturers of Defence Material (SEKPY).

More than a year of intense Defense Department-led negotiations between the United States and Poland have yielded an agreement that involves additional U.S. infrastructure in Poland, as well as an increase in the number of U.S. rotational forces that operate there. C. Todd Lopez reports on the U.S. DoD website.

The Combat Capabilities Development Command – Armaments Center (CCDC-AC) and the Joint Program Executive Office Armaments and Ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal have awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) a contract valued at $15 million for Prototype and Process Development for the 155mm XM1113 Rocket-Assisted Projectile (RAP) round.

The Russian Defense Ministry is to introduce new procurement rules for contracts above 50 million rubles. The companies bidding at corresponding tenders will have to prove they are experienced in fulfilling state and municipal contracts. Experts believe the innovation will ensure rhythmical supplies, but can decrease competition and affect prices, the Izvestia daily writes.

According to "The Times of India" website, India shows interest to acquire National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System NASAMS-II under United States foreign military sales. The Indian Defence ministry sources said the US is likely to send the final draft of the "letter of acceptance" for the sale of NASAMS-II to India U.S. foreign military sales program, for an amount of $1 billion, by July/August 2019.

The German Bundeswehr has awarded Rheinmetall an order for 252 unprotected transport vehicles with payloads of five and fifteen tonnes. This order falls under the framework agreement concluded in 2017 for more than 2,200 state-of-the-art military trucks. The order value of the 252 trucks just ordered comes to around €92 million, including value-added tax.

Kuwait Special Forces soldiers, armed with automatic weapons, quickly navigate four-tactical vehicles through the compound and come to a screeching halt at strategic locations in the vicinity of their objective. Immediately, the soldiers dismount their vehicle and secure the area and wait for the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team not far behind. Sgt. Bill Boecker reports on U.S. Army’s website.

The Singapore Army has commissioned its latest armored fighting vehicle (AFV) at the Armour formation's 50th-anniversary parade on Tuesday, June 11. Locally designed and developed by the Defence Science and Technology Agency with the Singapore Army and ST Engineering, the Hunter was unveiled in June 2016 and will progressively replace the army's fleet of Ultra M113 AFVs, which have been in service since the 1970s.

Drivers of the Caspian Flotilla's marine infantry units of the Southern Military District (YuVO) finished a test run of the newest BTR-82A armored personnel carriers (APCs) in the first week of the summer training period. The APC gunners delivered calibration fire from standard arms, YuVO’s press service said.

Russia’s Central Research Institute of Precision Machine-Building (TsNIITochMash) of the Rostec State Corporation demonstrated for the first time in a live demonstration a prototype of the 120-mm self-propelled Lotos artillery system. A larger presentation of the combat vehicle will be shown to the public at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2019, held between June 25 - 30 in the Patriot congress and exhibition center, near Moscow, Russia.

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