November 2017 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military - Army News


Lockheed Martin participated in a signing ceremony with U.S. and Romanian officialsformalizing an agreement for Romania to purchase the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE)missiles and related support equipment. Romania becomesthe thirdinternational customerfor the PAC-3 MSE.

Qatar has showed a great interest to purchase the French-made VCBI 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle, following a visit in France of the Minister of State for Defense Affairs of Qatar. In August 2015, a VBCI fitted with CTA40 40mm turret was spotted in Qatari video report showing the vehicle in trial tests in Qatar.

Supacat, the acclaimed UK designer and manufacturer of special forces vehicles, is exhibiting at the Netherlands Industries for Defence and Security (NIDV) Symposium and Exhibition on Thursday 30 November 2017. Having recently been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade, for Outstanding Short-Term Growth), the NIDV event forms part of a global marketing effort aimed to capitalise on recent export successes.

Endeavor Robotics, the U.S.-based global leader in tactical ground robotics, recently delivered 44 FirstLook robots to the German Government after a highly competitive bid process. Endeavor bested the other competitors’ offerings after successfully passing field tests that compared FirstLook’s performance capabilities against the German Government’s stated requirements.

According a statement released by the DICOD (French Army Press Services) on November 29, 2017, the French army has take delivery of a first batch of 20 firing posts and 50 missiles MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée – Medium-Range Missile). The MMP includes a fifth generation of surface-to-surface missile using fire-and-forget technology.

Czech optical specialist Meopta will support vital line-of-sight technology for BAE Systems’ CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) as part of a Memorandum of Understanding with defence and security company Saab. The agreement, signed at NATO Days 2017 in Ostrava, the Czech Republic, will cover potential local production of key components for the CV90’s fire control system, of which Meopta and Saab are subcontractors.

Crews of Russian Iskander-M (NATO reporting name: SS-26 Stone) tactical ballistic missile systems have hit a simulated enemy’s training camp with a new missile during an exercise in Tajikistan, Russian Central Military District spokesman Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin told TASS.

Minister of Defense of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vulin, and the delegation of the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces were in United Arab Emirates on November 21, 2017 to demonstrate the best products and innovations of the Serbian defense industry including the NORA B-52 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer.

According a footage release by the Oman National TV, Omani land forces have take delivery of first PARS III 8x8 armoured vehicles designed and manufactured by the Turkish Company FNSS. The PARS III wheeled armoured vehicle was showcased for the first time during the International Defense Exhibition IDEF which was held in May 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Djibouti Logistic Support Base of the Chinese People's Liberation Army conducted a live-fire exercise with combat vehicles including the ZTL-11 fire support armoured vehicle and ZBL-09 wheeled IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). Several wheeled tank destroyers and infantry fighting vehicles from the base in the Horn of Africa took part in the military exercise at a local shooting range and fired dozens of ammunition.

According a an article released on Army Recognition website November 20, 2017, we want to change the information about the new artillery system uses by the Rwandan armed forces, it was not the PLZ-89 but a newer artillery howitzer called SH-3. The turret is very similar but the vehicle is based on different tracked chassis.

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Georgia for Javelin Missiles and Command Launch Units for an estimated cost of $75 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 17, 2017.

Bittium exhibits its newest products and solutions for authority and soldier communications at Milipol exhibition in Paris, France November 21-24. At the event Bittium is showcasing the secure and strong Bittium Tough Mobile™ 4G/LTE smartphone and the related Bittium Secure Suite™ back-end system that have received official Confidential level encryption product classification as the first smartphone based solution in the world. Also on display are a selection of different special accessories and software solutions that have been designed for demanding police and military use cases.

On November 10, 2017, the press service of the Rwandan president Paul Kagame has released a picture showing the use of RM-70 122 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) manufactured in Czech Republic and the Chinese-made PLZ-89 122mm tracked self-propelled howitzers used by the armed forces of Rwanda during a live firing military exercise.

The Transport Machine-Building enterprise in Omsk of Uralvagonzavod Company of Rostec State Corporation modernized heavy TOS-1A flamethrowers on orders of the defense ministry and their first batch will be handed over to the military this month, the press service of the company said.

According to pictures released on the website MenaDefense, Algeria has received the SR5 rocket launcher systems from China. The SR5 is a Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) designed and manufactured in China by the Company NORINCO (China North Industries Corporation).

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)-enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ with Modernized Sensors and Components for an estimated cost of $10.5 billion.

First public appearance of American-made Bradley M2A2 tracked IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) of Lebanese army at the rehearsal of military parade for the Independence Day of Lebanon which takes place every year November 22. In August 2017, United States has officially delivered Bradley M2A2 to the Lebanese Armed Forces.

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