March 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News



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.

Baghdad is thoroughly studying the issue of buying Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (NATO code: SA-21 Growler), Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told reporters on 27 February, following a meeting of the Russian-Iraqi Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation. "The issue is being studied in every detail," he said.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj.Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, announced the Guard Corps’ plan to boost drone and helicopter capabilities due to their decisive roles during operations.

The People’s Republic of China has offered equipment valued $6 Mn to the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) to improve its disaster preparedness and response capabilities. The equipment comprises 4x4 vehicles, a mobile kitchen, a refrigerator van, a tractor and a vessel.

“Listen to us, now!”. A clear warning to the United States by Vladimir Putin made from Moscow this 1st March, Russia is creating the latest weapons in response to the US withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM). “The United States did not meet Russia halfway on the issue”, President Vladimir Putin said in his State of the Nation Address.

On February 2, Slovenia became the latest customer to choose the Artec GmbH Boxer 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle, according to an official announcement. The country's government confirmed its intention to join the Boxer multinational program within the framework of the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR).

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