March 2020 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The new locally-made Ukrainian 4x4 armored vehicle based on the KrAZ-5233 chassis is designed to carry up to 10 people (2 + 8) in off-road conditions. “Such tactical and technical characteristics are in high demand in the Special Forces of the marines, air forces, land forces, as well as special operations forces“, Alexander Kuzma, director of Ukrainian Armor, said.

The European Defence Agency on 26th March issued a call for applications from parties interested in participating in the 2020 edition of the ‘EDA Defence Innovation Prize’ contest rewarding companies and research entities who come up with innovative and ground-breaking technologies, products, processes or services applicable in the defence domain.

Raytheon will produce and deliver SM-3 Block IB interceptors under a $2.1 billion, multi-year U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract. It is the first multi-year contract for the SM-3 program, and covers fiscal years 2019–2023. SM-3 is the only ballistic missile interceptor that can be launched on land and at sea. It is deployed worldwide and has achieved more than 30 exoatmospheric intercepts against ballistic missile targets.

The governments of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Mali, Niger, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom have made a major common statement announcing the creation of Task Force Tsukuba to carry on operations in Sahel against the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS)/Daesh.

TRX Systems, the developer of NEON® GPS-denied location technology, was selected to participate at the 2020 Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE) hosted by the U.S. Army Maneuver Battle Lab in Fort Benning, Georgia. At AEWE 2020, the TRX NEON application provided assured position data for soldiers operating in GPS-denied areas, improving situational awareness, supporting effective navigation, and enhancing safety.

On 27 March 2020, North Macedonia became NATO’s newest member, upon depositing its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the US State Department in Washington DC. NATO Allies signed North Macedonia’s Accession Protocol in February 2019, after which all 29 national parliaments voted to ratify the country’s membership.

From 3 to 23 March, the Barkhane force, together with the Armed Forces of Mali (FAMa) and Niger (FAN), conducted the Monclar operation in the Tri-border area. This engagement, unprecedented in terms of the volume of forces involved, produced very significant results, resulting in the neutralization of a large number of terrorists and the destruction or seizure of a large number of military assets.

DRS Sustainment Systems Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded a $9,756,178 modification to contract W56HZV-16-C-0028 to exercise seven Joint Assault Bridge Systems in Option Period Four of the contract. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of May 11, 2024. Fiscal 2019 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $9,756,178 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

The ability to operate in high threat environments, without putting warfighters or service people at risk, is one of the single biggest challenges faced by decision-makers of the day. Part of the solution is the use of Unmanned Vehicles that are not only 'safer but potentially more effective than the use of current manned systems. The separate challenge of how to effectively deploy these assets to their operating environments is now also being answered.

The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, has just decided, on the proposal of the Minister of Defense and the Chief of Defense Staff, to launch Operation Resilience. This unprecedented military operation will be dedicated to supporting the public services and the French people in the fields of health, logistics and protection.

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