March 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


In a major move, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the first batch of reforms in the Army which include relocation of 229 officers from the Army headquarters, creation of a new post of deputy chief for military operations and strategic planning, and setting up new wings for vigilance and human rights issues, official sources said Thursday, reported by The Economic Times.

Russia`s Kalashnikov Group (a subsidiary of the state corporation Rostec) continues the development of the AM-17 personal defense weapon (PDW), according to the company`s press department. The AM-17 PDW is chambered for 5.45x39 (M74) cartridges. The weapon is a further development of the MA carbine that was unveiled at the Army-2016 defense show in Kubinka, near Moscow.

In a country such as Papua New Guinea (PNG), renown for its rugged and often inaccessible terrain, the drones are a game-changer, providing effects from beyond line of sight capability to safely and effectively supporting tasks ranging from humanitarian assistance to high-end warfighting. Australian Defence Magazine reports.

A highly mobile 16-wheel undercarriage designed by Platform-O R&D for Topol-M and Yars missiles has been accepted into service, a source in the defense industry told TASS. "After successful trials the family of highly mobile Platform-O chassis has been accepted into service," he said. It had been unveiled at Army-2018 near Kubinka, Army Recognition observed.

Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the commander of U.S. European Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing on 5 March that it isn’t just maritime forces that need bolstering in Europe to counter threats there or to enhance deterrence. Ground forces and ISR also need to be strengthened.

US and Israel-based Roboteam, a maker of military robots systems, said it has won an Italian government tender to supply the Carabinieri, the country’s military police, with 40 ground robotic systems, Shoshanna Solomon reports in The Times of Israel. The value of the deal is estimated at some $10 million, the company said.

The Armed Forces of Kuwait have delayed the acquisition of Russian-made T-90MS main battle tanks (MBTs). However, the deal is not cancelled, the chief of the Kuwaiti Army`s Armament and Equipment Authority Anwar al-Mazidi told the Xinhua news agency.

The Australian Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne, joined the EOS team at Avalon 2019 for the global launch of the new EOS turret for armoured vehicles. Designated the T2000, the turret is the result of a collaboration between EOS and Elbit Systems. It adds a next generation, medium calibre turret to the EOS family of weapon systems and has been designed to meet a rapidly emerging global market worth more than AUD$4 billion.

The British Army is set to be supported by £66 million worth of cutting-edge robots, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced, reported by Sophie Jones in The Daily Star. Mini drones and robotic combat vehicles will bring the latest technology to the battlefield, he said. These include hundreds of mini drones which weigh less than 200g and are capable of carrying out surveillance over a wide geographical area - costing £31 million.e.

The leading aviation manufacturer of the domestic defense industry, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) continues its efforts to meet the country’s demand for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems. As reported on, the engine of Turkey’s new UAV Anka-2, which will have a higher payload capacity than the current UAVs, delivered a successful performance during testing. The brand new Anka-2 is expected to make its first flight this year.

Ultra Electronics, 3ETI announces it is now an Integrator and Gold Channel partner with Milestone Systems, the globally leading open platform provider of IP video management software (VMS). The marriage of 3eTI’s proven VirtualFence platform and the Milestone systems will ensure that its US DoD customers are able to utilize best-performing VMS solutions with a fully compliant government-certified video management platform.

The U.S. Air Force Security Forces Center, in partnership with the Air Force Small Arms Program Office, has begun fielding the new M18 SIG Sauer Modular Handgun System to security forces units as part of the Reconstitute Defender Initiative and its effort to modernize weapon systems and increase warfighter lethality. Vicky Stein (USAF) reports on We Are The Mighty.

The Army Center of Military History will realign under Army Training and Doctrine Command April 1 to better promote history at schoolhouses across the force. The center's mission will remain the same and its activities will continue at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. Sean Kimmons, Army News Service, explains on U.S. Army’s website.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Pavel Popov chaired a regular conference on preparations for the Army-2019 military-technical forum that will take place from 25 to 29 June near Kubinka. A specialized Diversification exhibition will be organized together with the Industry and Trade Ministry and defense enterprises to display civilian products of the military-defense complex.

NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has awarded a contract to Belgium-based company FN Herstal for the supply of rifles, grenade launchers and machine guns to the Portuguese army. This is for the Agency a major contract to produce FN SCAR assault rifles and FN MINIMI machine guns as new standard issue weapons for the Portuguese Army's Sistemas de Combate do Soldado (Dismounted Soldier System) program. This award, by its magnitude, is a major milestone for the Agency in the domain of the supply of this type of equipment to the Alliance armed forces.

The Polish Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, signed a Technical Modernization Plan until 2026 costing an approximate 185 billion Polish złotys (about US$48.9 billion). It includes buying 5th generation fighter jets, UAVs, assault helicopters, Short-range rockets, submarines and cyber security.

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