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


BAE Systems has delivered the 250th upgraded M113 Armored Personnel Vehicle (APC) to the Brazilian Army. BAE Systems is currently upgrading Brazil's M113B vehicles to the A2 MK1 standard. Upgrades include new engines, upgraded transmissions, a new electronics architecture, and better armor protection. The upgrade is expected to extend each vehicle's life by at least 20 years.

Russia is ready to continue the developing of the military-technical cooperation with the Philippines, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the President of the Republic of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte on margins of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in Vietnam.

Turkey signed a letter of intent with France and Italy on November 8, 2017, to strengthen cooperation on joint defence projects including air and missile defense systems, Turkish Defense Ministry sources said. The Franco-Italian EUROSAM consortium and Turkish companies could collaborate to acquire the SAMP-T surface-to-air defense missile system produced by EUROSAM.

Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, November 8, 2017, announced a major milestone in the Short Range Ground Based Air Defence project. Minister Pyne said a $12.1 million contract has been signed with Raytheon Australia for the first stage of the project to acquire NASAMS air defense missile system, which is worth up to $2 billion.

Defence and security company Saab and Raytheon Company are teaming up to cooperate on the development of new weapons systems for infantry forces to meet near-term U.S. and international requirements. The companies will look into bringing new capabilities to Saab’s Carl-Gustaf reloadable and AT4 disposable and shoulder launched weapon systems.

According to the International Business Time website, China would have tested its latest generation of InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) DF-41, this missile is able to target the United States. The development for DF-41 is believed to be managed by the China Aerospace Sciences and Industry Corporation (CASIC), Beijing (it was the First Academy of the Ministry of Aerospace Industries).

Slovak and Finnish Defense Ministries have signed a memorandum about the purchase of AMV 8x8 armoured vehicles for the army of Slovakia, a Slovak defense official said Friday, November 10,2017.The AMV was developed by the Finnish Company Patria in close co-operation with the Finnish Defense Force.

According a statement released on Ministry of National Defense of Lithuania website, on November 7, 2017, Raimundas Karoblis the Defense Minister of Lithuania has announced during a meeting in Helsinki (Finland) with the U.S. Secretary of Defense of the United States James Mattis, the interest of Lithuania to purchase L-ATV manufactured by the American Company Oshkosh Defense.

The Berlin Police have ordered a specially protected Survivor R vehicle from Rheinmetall. Tailored to meet the requirements of the Operations Directorate, this versatile vehicle is earmarked for delivery in July 2018. The order is worth a six-figure euro amount. After Saxony, Berlin is the second German region to equip its police force with the Survivor R.

Since the Swedish parliament settled the defence framework decision 2015, the Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF) and FMV have evaluated different systems to enhance the Swedish air-defence capability with a medium range surface-to-air system. The Swedish government has given go-ahead to FMV to commence negotiations regarding procurement of the US Patriot system.

Bittium is part of Operational Capability 1 (OC1) phase that continues the ESSOR (European Secure Software defined Radio) programme. During the OC1 phase, the operational capabilities of ESSOR High Data Rate Waveform (HDR WF), meant for joint operations between defense forces of different countries, will be enhanced. The contract for the OC1 phase between the industrial consortium a4ESSOR (Alliance for ESSOR), including companies developing the European European Software Defined Radio technology, and OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’ARmement), representing the ESSOR participant countries, was announced earlier today.

MBDA and Safran Electronics & Defense are proud to announce their global strategic partnership which will play a key role in response to the Commonwealth of Australia’s Defence Industry Policy Statement to support the development of Australian sovereign industrial and strategic capability.

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat today with the successful test flight of ‘NIRBHAY’ - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Long Range Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile which can be deployed from multiple platforms. It was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha.

The US General Services Administration (GSA), on behalf of the U.S. Army Software Engineering Directorate (SED), awarded Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) the Battlefield Systems task order worth approximately $980 million, the US-based defense contractor announced on Nov. 6, 2017.

The German Bundeswehr has awarded Rheinmetall a contract to supply it with new practice ammunition for main battle tanks. This is the German Army’s first-ever order of the new full-calibre 120mm practice ammunition, which it refers to as the DM98, the German company announced on Nov. 3, 2017.

The Turkish Company Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) and other defense industry companies Kalekalıp and Sarsılmaz have received orders for mass production of the Turkish-made MPT-76 7.62mm caliber assault rifle, Turkish defense industry sources told state-run Anadolu Turkish press Agency.

The United States has pledged up to $60 million to support the G5 Sahel Joint Force’s counterterrorism efforts. This money will bolster our regional partners in their fight to ensure security and stability in the face of ISIS and affiliated groups and other terrorist networks. This is a fight we must win, and these funds will play a key role in achieving that mission.

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