March 2020 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The joint military exercise "Native Fury 20" between the UAE and the United States has concluded, as UAE Armed Forces officers highlighted their ability to handle the most advanced technologies and weapons. UAE’s new Rabdan IFV manufactured by Al Jasoor participated in the exercise.

The subject is already known since 2016 but comes back on the table: in the framework of the “Make in India” motto, a fully indigenous Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) is being developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Army. A USD 8 billion program.

Lockheed Martin, Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, is being awarded a $932,836,737 modification to previously-awarded contract HQ0147-17-C-0032 to exercise an option for the production of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors and associated one-shot devices to support the U.S. government and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case requirements.

On Saturday 21st March, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the country’s armed forces had tracked two North Korean short-range ballistic missile launches into the Sea of Japan. The launches took place from a launch site near North Korea’s Sonchon county in North Pyongan province. The launches were five minutes apart, with the first at 6:45 a.m. and the second at 6:50 a.m. local time, Ankit Panda reports in The Diplomat.

Singaporean Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen and Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds signed a Treaty on Military Training and Training Area Development in Australia on 23 March at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore and the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, respectively. The signing, witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, took place during the 5th Singapore-Australia Leaders' Meeting, which was conducted via video conference in view of the global Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Southern Military District forces have taken part in a bilateral company-level tactical exercise at the Prudboy training range in the Volgograd Region in south Russia to practice operations in an NBC environment, the Defense Ministry’s press office said: “While marching to the assigned area, Russian Southern Military District servicemen practiced countering a simulated enemy’s aerial attacks, negotiating notional contaminated zones and passing jamming areas".

On March 22, 2020, Russia has started the sending of medical personnel and equipment to Italy in the fight against the COVID-19 using military transport aircraft Il-76. Today, we can see that all military forces in the world also are collaborating with the private sector and other civilian government entities providing military equipment and medical support.

According to a tweet released on March 19, 2020, on the Official Twitter account of US Army, the US Army completed a new test of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery system (ERCA), hitting a target over 40 miles (65 km) away. The ERCA (Extended Range Cannon Artillery) itself is a massive undertaking in that everything is under development at the same time and it’s a platform that needs to be compatible with multiple howitzer configurations, multiple projectiles and multiple missions.

U.S. Army researchers are working to rapidly develop and test experimental vaccines to combat COVID-19, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said. The U.S. Army is also collaborating with the private sector and other government entities on 24 vaccine candidates, some of which are headed for human testing after having been tested on animals.

The U.S. Department of Defense successfully tested a hypersonic glide body in a flight experiment conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, March 19 at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time (HST). The U.S. Navy and U.S. Army jointly executed the launch of a common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB), which flew at hypersonic speed to a designated impact point.

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