March 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News



Russia is beefing up military-technical cooperation (MTC) with Laos, Russian media outlets say. Moscow and Vientiane have recently signed an agreement to open a new facility in Laos in order to maintain military platforms operated by the South Asian country. "The facility will provide assistance in resolving issues of military/military-technical cooperation," the document says. The project will be partially funded by Laos.

British Paratroopers from 16th Air Assault Brigade have been testing themselves alongside their American counterparts in an expansive and wide-ranging exercise, designed to build military interoperability and develop the close bond of friendship which already exists between Airborne units from the two nations.

According a statement published by the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense, China has donated military equipment to the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense including 4x4 ambulance vehicle. The equipment were delivered during a ceremony on March 23, 2018 under the Free Military Assistance by China to Uruguay framework signed in 2016.

Coastal forces of the Northern fleet will receive Arctic antiaircraft missile complexes Tor-M2DT this year. They can destroy all types of aircraft and guided air munitions even in minus 70-degree frosts. The Arctic version of the system was demonstrated at the VE-Day parade in 2017, the Izvestia daily writes.

Extending the U.S. Army's field artillery range and expanding the capability of long-range precision fires is crucial to maintaining overmatch against potential adversaries, U.S. Army leaders have said. As such, the ability to deliver accurate, long-range attacks is now a top priority for the service.

According to the newspaper website The Telegraph, United Kingdom is closed to release the request of information regarding the purchase of new 8x8 armoured vehicles for the British Army under the program Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIV). The Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) program will deliver up to 800 8x8 vehicles with initial operating capability planned for the early 2020s.

The government of Poland signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's combat proven Patriot air defense missiles from the U.S. Army. The agreement, formally referred to as a Letter of Offer and Acceptance, paves the way for Poland's Patriot force to rapidly reach Initial Operational Capability, and sets the stage for the U.S. government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon and its industry partners.

The Polish-based Battle Group Poland consists of the framework nation provided by the United States’ 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, with the Balaklava Troop of British Light Dragoons as additional reconnaissance, and two batteries of air defense artillery, a capability not organic to the squadron, provided by Romania and Croatia.

The U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has awarded Lockheed Martin a next-phase contract to continue maturing the Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) controller base kit hardware and software and to support government integration efforts ahead of platform demonstrations scheduled to take place through 2019.

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