September 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The first airmobile brigade of the Russian Airborne Forces participates in the Center-2019 exercise held in the Central Military District. A decision has to be made whether to continue the formation of such units or close the project.

General Dynamics UK has today announced that it has been selected to participate in the British Army Warfighting Experiment 2019 (AWE’19) following the acceptance of its proposal for Manned Unmanned-Teaming (MUM-T), which was submitted to the UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) earlier this year.

Colt's Manufacturing Co. LLC has been awarded a $41,924,594 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales contract (Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Federated States of Micronesia, Hungary, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Palau, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Tunisia) for production for the M4 and M4A1 carbines.

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s defense industry is investing in the modernization of Vietnam’s People Army’s (VPA’s) Soviet-made weapon systems, according to Russian and Vietnamese media outlets.

The Rostec Corporation sent the required documents to the Russian Defense Ministry for bringing into service the Udav pistol, a report placed at the state corporation’s Internet site says. "By now the Defense Ministry has received all the documents required for putting the pistol into service," the report says. A source at the corporation pointed out that previously "the pistol passed the operation trials with the troops."

Turkmenistan’s army has upgraded several BTR-80 armored personnel carriers (APCs) of its land force. The modernized vehicles were demonstrated during the Turkmen Edermen (‘Valiant Turkman’) exercise of special forces, which was held on September 5.

At the initiative of Maj.Gen. Marc Thys, commander of the Land Component of the Belgian army, an unprecedented military convoy was designed to fit in the scheme of an FTX (Field Training Exercise) but gathering current Belgian army vehicles, World Heritage Institute World War 2 vehicles, and privately-owned World War 2 vehicles.

Poland’s army will receive a new tank destroyer on the chassis of the BWP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (a licensed copy of the Soviet BMP-1 land platform), according to the press department of European missile-manufacturing corporation MBDA.

Along with other interesting local conversions made in Djibouti as well as in other countries of the region, at least one U.S.-made Cougar MRAP has been spotted with a French-made AML-90 turret, an old device that nevertheless demonstrates the persistent efficiency of this type of armament for local use.

After chosen for one of the companies for test trials by the Border and Coast Guard Division of the Finnish Border Guard, Schiebel’s proven CamCopter S-100 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air System (UAS) performed a five-day maritime surveillance demonstration aboard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Turva.

Paramount Group has announced that the Mbombe 4x4, the newest addition to its advanced Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) family of vehicles, has received final certification for the independently verified blast tests which exceeded the criteria for NATO STANAG 4569 – one of the highest levels of protection that can be achieved by an armoured vehicle in its class.

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