June 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Really good was never really going to be good enough for the U.S. Army team developing the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular. Nine months after equipping the first unit with the ENVG-B, developers are testing the rigor of system enhancements at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., in order to assess new augmented reality technologies and the hardware that delivers them.

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Patria Oyj have formed a teaming agreement to provide turreted mortar solutions for future U.S. Army mortar programs. As a centerpiece of the agreement, the companies will promote and produce the 120mm Patria Nemo, turreted, remote-controlled mortar system in the U.S.

Britannica Knowledge Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive integrated training and readiness management solutions, announces the award of a $70 million contract to supply its Fox Training Management System to the U.S. Army, as part of the ATIS (Army Training Information System) program. The contract, transacted via the American firm Perspecta, will be implemented over a four-year period.

Thales and the Australian Government have signed a decade-long contract worth more than AUD 1 billion that guarantees the Australian manufacture and supply of strategic munitions to the Australian Defence Force. This contract demonstrates that Australia’s sovereign defence industry is vital to delivering a capability advantage to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Royal Marines Commandos are to get a brand new uniform under the most significant transformation and rebranding programme launched since World War 2. For the first time the White Ensign features on one sleeve, as a clear indication of the Royal Marines’ integration with the Royal Navy.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense received a $2.3 billion U.S. Missile Defense Agency production contract for seven gallium nitride (GaN)-based AN/TPY-2 radars as part of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which is designed to protect against incoming ballistic missile threats. The contract is part of a foreign military sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

While similar to the Soviet RPD/RPK, the TUL-1s were actually Chinese Type 56 assault rifles but with the stock of an RPK, barrel/sights from an RPD, and 30 round magazine used on the AK-47/Type 56. On rare occasions, they had 40 round magazines but almost never the 75 round magazine typically used in the RPK.

According to news published by the Daily Sabah website on June 23, 2020, the Turkish company FNSS has delivered 26 Kaplan tracked armored tank destroyer vehicles fitted with UMTAS turret to the Turkish army. This is the first combat vehicle that will be equipped with the UMTAS anti-tank guided missile turret designed developed by the local company Roketsan.

Le 8 juin 2020, la société française ARQUUS a lancé son expo de défense virtuelle E-XPO pour présenter ses dernières innovations en matière de véhicules tactiques, de combat et blindés, ainsi que des services d'assistance malgré l'annulation d'Eurosatory 2020. Aujourd'hui, la rédaction d’Army Recognition se focalise sur les véhicules blindés présentés par ARQUUS dans l’E-XPO virtuelle, en l’occurrence les véhicules transporteurs de troupe Fortress Mk.2, Sherpa Light Scout et VAB Mk.3.

According to Defense Studies, Royal Cambodian Army Commander Lieutenant General Hun Manet (elder son of Prime Minister Hun Sen) on 22 June defended the purchase of 290 Genlyon military trucks from China, saying the government did not use “a single riel” from the national budget. The order to purchase the trucks was made mid last year and they were expected to arrive early this year. They only arrived this month due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to The Hitavada, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh left on June 23 for Russia on a three-day visit where he would be meeting the top Russian political leadership and is expected to update them about the present situation on the Ladakh front where the Chinese Army has done a massive built upon Indian borders. Amid heightened tensions with China over boundary issues, Singh will request Russia to urgently supply spares and associated equipment to India for its main battle tanks, fighter planes, submarines. And he will request the acceleration of the S-400 air defense missiles delivery schedule.

On June 8, 2020, the French company ARQUUS launched its virtual Defense expo E-XPO to showcase its latest innovations of tactical, combat and armored vehicles, as well as support services despite the cancellation of Eurosatory 2020. Today, the Army Recognition editorial team is focusing on armored vehicles presented by ARQUUS at the virtual E-XPO, which means Fortress APC Mk 2, Sherpa Light Scout, and VAB Mk 3.

According to a statement released on June 22, 2020, the Swedish army has conducted final test firing qualification of its new short-range air defense missile system RBS98 Robotsystem 98 which is a ground-launched version of the IRIS-T air-to-air missile mounted on a trailer unit of BvS 10 All-Terrain tracked amphibious vehicle, called Bandvagn 410 in the Swedish army.

The Russian Airborne Forces will receive close to ten sets of the Sobolyatnik 1L277 portable ground reconnaissance stations by the end of the year, the Defense Ministry said: "In 2020, Sobolyatnik will be supplied to air assault formations in Ulan-Ude, Ulyanovsk, Kamyshin and Ussuriisk".

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