March 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News



During AFED 2018, the defense exhibition that was held in Saudi Arabia in February 2018, the American Company General Dynamics has presented a new version of it 8x8 light armoured vehicle under the name of LAV-FSV (Light Armoured Vehicle-Fire Support Vehicle). The vehicle is based on a V-shaped hull to increase survivability against mine blast and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) threats.

At DIMDEX 2018, the International Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference in Qatar, the French Company Nexter Systems in collaboration with the local Company Barzan Holdings presents a new version of its VBCI 2 8x8 IFV  armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle under the name of Al Zubarah. The Company Barzan Holdings has been recently created by the Qatari Ministry of Defense to enhance military capabilities and investment in the defense industry.

According to the latest press release by UkrOboronProm, Ukrainian State Enterprises (DPs) Malyshev Plant and Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (KMDB) are preparing to deliver a batch of T-84 Oplot "Fortress" main battle tanks (MBTs) for trials by the Ukrainian armed forces.

DSNA, Groupe ADP and Thales present HOLOGARDE a unique long-range solution for protecting sensitive sites from malicious drones. DSNA, Groupe ADP and Thales have decided to pool together their expertise for the development of the HOLOGARDE solution in response to this imminent need to protect sensitive sites, presenting it during the World Air Traffic Management Congress held in Madrid on March 7, 2018.

On 7 March, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved the expansion of Germany’s military missions abroad, namely in Afghanistan, Mali and Iraq. The defense budget, still to be approved by the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) would for instance raise the number of German troops deployed in Afghanistan by a third to 1,300.

"The United States and NATO are working together to counter violent extremism and Russian destabilization efforts", said US Army General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the commander of U.S. European Command, during a press conference. The United States has responded to the threat by deploying rotation forces to Europe, to include an armored brigade combat team and a combat aviation brigade.

A NATO commitment set the members’ national defense budget to 2% of each GDP in view of building a credible defense force. In this regard, Belgium is – at last – launching a major rearmament process. Its 2018 military budget includes 4.7 times more so-called engagement credits than the 2017 budget. This process means cash to be paid on delivery; therefore, it does not appear in normal operating budgets. Altogether, this involves spending €9.2 billion ($US 11.3 billion) on military equipment between 2020 and 2030.

Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) continues to develop and test the prototype of tracked combat vehicle that is proposed for the U.S. Army’s need as part of the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program. SAIC, together with ST Kinetics of Singapore and CMI Defence from Belgium has developed a new generation of combat vehicle that offers the U.S. Army an innovative solution that provides infantry forces access to combat environments in 21st century operations.

The SE “Malyshev Plant” and the SE "Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau" are preparing another batch of T-84 tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Kharkiv enterprises conduct repair and modernization works. For this purpose, the SE “Malyshev Plant” repaired the next batch of T-84 tanks. The combat vehicles underwent checking, restoring or complete replacement of all main nodes and components.

Today MBDA and Lockheed Martin announced a new joint venture to pursue the next generation Integrated Air and Missile Defence System, “TLVS,” for the German Bundeswehr. Registered as TLVS GmbH, the joint venture is expected to become the prime contractor for the new system, which is currently being negotiated with Germany’s procurement office for the Bundeswehr, BAAINBw.

Beginning from 2018 the latest Russian combat airborne vehicles - BMD-4M will land on the battlefield with the crew inside. It will be possible after the creation of a platformless parachute is completed. Experts say such hardware airdrop will considerably decrease combat engagement time, the Izvestia daily writes.

Security Devices International Inc. (“SDI” or the “Company”) announces the release of its ground-breaking 40mm Collapsible Head Impact Projectile (“CHIP”) round, the US-based company said on March 7, 2018.

Two Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) interceptors successfully intercepted two tactical ballistic missile targets recently in a test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The PAC-3 CRI intercepts support the U.S. Army's Field Surveillance Program (FSP) ensuring the reliability and readiness of fielded PAC-3 missiles. The test also marked the tenth and eleventh successful PAC-3 CRI FSP intercepts in six years. More than sixty PAC-3 CRI and Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors have achieved flight test success at White Sands Missile Range.

The Israeli-based aerostat company RT LTA Systems Ltd. presented a live demonstration of its newest member of the SkyStar family, the patented SkyStar 110 micro-Aerostatsystem, in the SDF internal communication exhibition at Kurihama army communication System College, Japan.

The Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China (PRC) published the report on the central and local budget draft for 2018 at the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) on March 5, 2018. The report showed that in the general public expenditure of the central government the national defense budget increased by 8.1% to 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion).

On January 25, Qatar’s Ambassador to Russia Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah told TASS that Doha had reached an advanced stage of negotiations with Moscow over the purchase of S-400 air defense missiles. Qatar had already been qualified by Russia as an important partner for military markets. Moscow and Doha are to become closely linked in that field.

Bristol will host between 6th and 7th March, the Future Indirect Fires Conference that will focus on artillery, mortars and simulators. In this international forum, experts from the defence sector will analyse best practise for equipping, training, integrating and applying indirect fires in the future.

Russia is to create a self-propelled antitank gun on the Boomerang platform in the near future, said Alexander Krasovitsky, CEO of the Military-Industrial Company which designs the weapon. "We plan to make a wheeled tank. It is our know-how on the same (Boomerang) platform but with a bigger caliber gun. We will speak about it in the near future," he told the Zvezda TV channel.

According a video published on February 26, 2018 to the YouTube account of the "Chronicles of Turkmenistan", Turkish Company BMC has delivered 4x4 armoured vehicle Amazon and Vuran to the Turkeminstan armed forces. The video was recorded during a visit of the Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to a new border post near Serhetabat, which is close to the border with Afghanistan.

BAE Systems has submitted its proposal to the U.S. Army to build and test the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) vehicle for use by the Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). The MPF is a new combat vehicle required by the Army to provide the IBCT with a protected platform capable of delivering overwhelming precision firepower combined with the ability to move rapidly in a variety of terrain conditions.

The Armed Forces of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday, February 24, 2018, conducted the 3rd edition of Union Fortress army event in the City of Al Ain, in UAE. The editorial team of the International Online Defense and Security magazine Army Recognition has covered "Union Fortress 3" in UAE, a military live demonstration of the UAE Armed Forces showcasing their capacity to perform different types of military operations in a number of different live-action battle scenarios including air-borne hostage rescue.

In January and February 2018, the Turkish defense and aerospace industry increased exports by 16.6 % compared to the same period in 2017. They have exported a total of $222 million in the first two months of 2017, while this figure reached $258.9 million in the same period of this year.

Green light for Cyber Defence Education, Training, Exercise & Evaluation Platform! Last week, EU Member States agreed to commence work on a platform to provide Member States with education, training, exercise and evaluation (ETEE) services in the field of cyber security/defence. The platform will be led by the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and will build on the support already provided by the European Defence Agency (EDA), th (EEAS) and the European Commission.

The Republic of Korea continues fielding Type 88A1 (K1A1) main battle tanks via two methods. New-production K1A1 tanks continue rolling off the Rotem Company production line for ROK Army procurement. The prime contractor also maintains a modernization and retrofit program, upgrading existing ROK Army K1 tanks to the K1A1 variant.

The US Air Force Lifecycle Management Center has awarded Raytheon Co., Space and Airborne Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, McKinney, Texas, a $87.1 million predominantly fixed-price-incentive contract for fiscal 2016 DAS-4 production.

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