March 2020 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Already announced in February 2019, the order for 118 Arjun Mk.IA tanks is finally about to be finalized, at last. The Arjun Mark 1A, developed by DRDO, features 14 major improvements of the Mk.1 sought by the Army, including better firepower and new transmission systems, The Print reports. The move comes as a big boost for the Chennai-based Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), a DRDO laboratory.

Reconnaissance units and crews of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Central Military District’s 41st Combined-Arms Army have supported crews of Uragan multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) in attacking a simulated enemy’s rear targets and a convoy of ammunition trucks during an exercise, the Defense Ministry’s press office said. The maneuvers took place at the Yurga training range in the Kemerovo Region in western Siberia.

TenCate Advanced Armor will compete for each order of the $265m contract for X-Side Ballistic Insert hard armor plates. Deliveries of the initial orders are expected to begin in 2021 after first article testing and approvals, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 27, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Statement by the Headquarters, United States European Command: After careful review of the ongoing Defender-Europe 20 exercise activities and in light of the current Coronavirus outbreak, we will modify the exercise by reducing the number of U.S. participants. Activities associated with the exercise will be adjusted accordingly and we'll work closely with Allies and partners to meet our highest priority training objectives.

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The Chinese army is procuring two types of loitering munitions, also known as suicide drones, a kind of weapon that can offer a wide variety of new tactics to the troops, analysts said on March 11. Huang Panyue reports on Chinamil.

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Russia has completed the deliveries of the Pantsir-S1 (NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound) self-propelled anti-aircraft gun-missile (SPAAGM) systems to Serbia, according to Serbian President Alexandar Vucic: "Serbia’s defense capabilities have dramatically increased. We have made up our Pantsir-S1 complex. The country’s strength has increased manifold, not just doubled," said Vucic in his address to the nation on March 3.

The Russian armed forces tested a new automatic control system that has to smokescreen airfields, headquarters and accumulations of troops. It comprises electronic warfare and specialized vehicles to create the screens. The system identifies how adversary reconnaissance monitors friendly troops - by aircraft, drones or satellites. It then orders to set up a specific camouflage. Experts believe the smokescreens are necessary in modern combat, the Izvestia daily writes.

Lockheed Martin successfully tested its next-generation long-range missile designed for the Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program at White Sands Missile Range, NM. All objectives were achieved in a flawless second performance following the missile's inaugural flight last December. "Today's flight test further demonstrated the reliability, precision and critical capabilities Lockheed Martin is building into the PrSM," said Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control on 10 March. "The missile performed exactly as expected and successfully engaged the target with pinpoint accuracy."

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