November 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Ahead of the meeting of NATO Leaders in London to mark the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday (29 November 2019) gave details of large increases in Allied defence spending. Mr. Stoltenberg announced that in 2019 defence spending across European Allies and Canada increased in real terms by 4.6 %, making this the fifth consecutive year of growth.

Elbit Systems is showcasing the seventh generation of its Enhanced Tactical Computer (ETC MK7) as part of the company’s presence in the NIDV Defence & Security exhibition currently taking place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. With more than 20,000 of its previous versions installed onboard various combat vehicles, Elbit Systems’ ETCs have been providing robust command and control and tactical data dissemination capabilities to armed forces worldwide.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised the test-firing of a “super-large” multiple rocket launcher and expressed great satisfaction with the results. This was the thirteenth time North Korea test-fired missiles this year.

Following the award announced in September 2019, Iveco Defence Vehicles has signed a contract with the Dutch Ministry of Defence to initially provide 918 medium multirole protected vehicles denominated “12kN”. The signing ceremony was held on November 28, 2019 at the NIDV exhibition in Rotterdam, Netherlands in the presence of Vice Admiral Arie Jan de Waard, Director of the Defence
Material Organization (DMO).

The Russian Avangard missile was demonstrated to American experts in the framework of the bilateral treaty on the reduction of strategic offensive armaments (New START). The Russian Foreign Ministry said the weapon did not contradict the treaty, online publication said.

At a test fire event on 6 November at the Alkantpan Test Range in South Africa, Rheinmetall demonstrated its extensive expertise in the world of indirect fire. In the presence of international partners and customers, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based defense contractor proved how new technologies can be used to boost the performance of systems that are already in extensive use around the world – those which meet the NATO standards set out in the Joint Ballistics Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU) as well as non-JBMoU systems.

The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG) with a modernization contract for the Wiesel 1 vehicle fleet. Representatives from BAAINBw and FFG signed the contract on November 19 in Koblenz.

The most powerful in the world Tornado-S multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) will be supplied to units of the Central Military District deployed in Chelyabinsk region. Experts believe Tornado-S will reinforce the Central Asian direction against a possible terrorist breakthrough, the Izvestia daily writes.

The serial production of upgraded T-90M main battle tanks and BMP-2M infantry fighting vehicles with the Berezhok combat module will begin in the near future, Army Commander-in-Chief Army General Oleg Salyukov said in an interview with the Defense Ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on 25 November 2019 .

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