March 2020 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


EXPAL Systems on 10 March announced the launch of its first development of guidance systems. The company seeks to offer the armed forces ammunition with greater precision, in order to reduce collateral damage and achieve greater survivability thanks to efficiency in the mission. Another design objective that is sought is to achieve an improved anti-jamming capability.

UAE-based Marakeb Technologies, a global autonomous systems provider, and KSA-based Prince Sultan Defense Studies & Research Center, a leading regional defense enabler,signed a collaboration agreement for the development of unmanned vehicles to serve the Armed & Security Forces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Kyiv Armored Plant has delivered six modernized T-72UA1 tanks to the Ukrainian army. The company has modified the equipment to improve its technical parameters and combat characteristics, state-run Ukroboronprom said in a statement last week.

The British Army’s global response force has been proving its skills at protecting the UK’s citizens in emergency overseas evacuations. A planned exercise in Kenya, as part of protecting the UK and involving troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade, has been practising moving 400 people away from danger.

According to news released to the official website of the U.S. Army on March 5, 2020, the U.S. Army will test-fire multiple land-based hypersonic missiles later this year. Hypersonic weapons are capable of flying at five times the speed of sound and operate at varying altitudes, making them unique from other missiles with a ballistic trajectory.

Two researchers working for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have come up with a drone design that shoots out of a 40mm grenade launcher. On March 5, the U.S. Army’s patent application for the GLUAS (Grenade-Launched Unmanned Aerial System) was made public for the first time, Troy Carter reports on TechLink.

The Marine Corps has begun fielding its new grenade launcher. The M320A1 is a single-fire system that can be employed as a stand-alone weapon or mounted onto another, such as the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. The weapon system will enable Marines to engage adversaries day or night. “The M320A1 is a 40-millimeter grenade launcher intended to replace the M203A2 currently used by the Marine Corps,” said Capt. Nick Berger, Marine Corps Systems Command’s project officer for the M320A1. “It is a weapon designed for the infantry fire team grenadier.”

As part of its 2019 defense procurement program, the Swiss Army recently placed an order with Rheinmetall for the VarioRay LLM laser light module. A contract to this effect was signed in December 2019 with Switzerland’s Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse). Delivery of 9,640 devices is set to commence in May 2020 and be complete by the end of 2022. The order is worth a figure in the lower two-digit euro million range.

Fifty years ago on 5th March 2020, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) entered into force. We, as NATO Allies, celebrate this visionary Treaty and its remarkable achievements. The NPT remains the essential bulwark against the spread of nuclear weapons, the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation and disarmament architecture, and the framework for international cooperation in sharing the benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, science, and technology. Allies remain strongly committed to full implementation of the NPT in all its aspects.

The Slovak Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Eurospike (a European Joint Venture between Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd., Diehl Defence and Rheinmettal Electronics) for the supply of the advanced 5th generation SPIKE LR2 ATGM and dismounted advanced ICLU launchers (Integrated Control Launch Units). The procurement was carried out through the NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA).

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