June 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Lacroix is one of the few defense countermeasures and pyrotechnic systems manufacturers in the world. The 26th edition of Eurosatory took on new significance as the family-owned group, which has been exhibiting since the trade fair’s debut, is celebrating its 170th anniversary and showcasing numerous innovations and concepts with originality. Lacroix also spotlighted its new realistic training systems (REPY), the first concept of which was unveiled during Eurosatory 2016. These simulators will first equip French combat training centers and then be included as a component of the CENTAURE and CERBERE programs, among others.

On Friday 15 June, at the French army firing range of Suippes, CMI Defence gave a dynamic exhibition of its range of turrets. Thierry Renaudin, president of CMI Defence, gave an overview of what was to be demonstrated. Preliminary remark: CMI Defence introduces itself as a "turret integrator", which means that the chassis on which the turrets were demonstrated on 15 June are only examples and in no way specifically selected for these turrets.  Any other chassis could be taken into consideration.

In May this year, the French Army conducted a training campaign of firings in preparation for the next operational deployment of the MBDA MMP missile. The result was that two firings were made over a range of 5,000 meters, both of which were completely successful.

Two Bulgarian enterprises, the Metalika-AB private company and the state-run TEREM-Ivailo repair plant, have developed an upgraded variant of the BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The IFV, which was designated BMP-2+, was unveiled at the HEMUS 2018 defense show held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on May 30-June 2.

A leader in land combat systems, Nexter, a KNDS group company, was highlighting the VBCI, a "combat proven" reference for armored vehicles, equipped with the T40 turret, to the Bulgarian army at the HEMUS 2018 defense show, which took place from May 30 to June 2 in Plovdiv (Bulgaria).

Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract worth up to $841.3 million to produce the next-generation of U.S. Army mission command computing systems called the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS) II. The system will support the U.S. Army's current modernization strategy for tactical platforms, including ground combat vehicles and command posts.

Army Recognition editorial with its Defense and Security Web TV News channel is at the military camp of Grafenwoehr in Germany to cover the Strong Europe Tank Challenge that consists of 13 competitive events including an obstacle course, a shoot off, the Tanker Olympics, a precision driving course, and offensive and defensive live-fire operations performed by tank units from NATO and partner nations.

SM Group announced that its fully owned subsidiary, SMPP, was recently awarded a USD 100Mn contract to supply 186,000 units of body armor (models unspecified) over a period of next 3 years to the Indian Army which includes over 1.1 million armor plates.

Russia and Rwanda are developing military-technical cooperation, and negotiations over potential deliveries of air defense systems to Kigali are underway, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after his meeting with the head of Rwanda's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo on June 3.

BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles will get a new combat module AU-220M which has already been tested, the Defense Ministry said. "The fire module has upgraded combat characteristics. It is designed to fight ground and air targets. AU-220M has enhanced fire accuracy, higher penetrating capabilities and over-obstacle 57mm shells. The module can be remotely controlled by the crew from outside the vehicle," it said.

The 200th Puma tracked IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) earmarked for the Bundeswehr (German army) has just rolled off the assembly line at the Rheinmetall plant in Unterlüß in Lower Saxony. It is also the 100th Puma manufactured by the Düsseldorf-based tech enterprise, part-owner of the joint venture tasked with producing the vehicle. The jubilee vehicle will soon be arriving at the Bundeswehr’s force integration organization in Munster a.d. Örtze, likewise located in Lower Saxony.

More than 30 BTR-82A armored personnel carriers (APCs) have been delivered to Russian Caspian Flotilla Marine units, Southern Military District spokesman Vadim Astafyev said. "Caspian Flotilla Marine units have received 32 BTR-82A armored personnel carriers transported from the Kostroma Region to Astrakhan by rail," Astafyev said. "The BTR-82A APCs were delivered to Marine units under the 2020 rearmament program," he added.

On May 29, 2018, the Slovak Ministry of Defense has take delivery of 21 upgraded BVP-2 tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) during a handover ceremony at the Specialist Testing Branch Lieskovec, a facility of Dubnica nad Váhom-based Konštrukta Defence in Slovakia. The vehicles, configured in two variants, are configured for ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance) and mechanized units.

The Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate here, in conjunction with elements of the 82nd Airborne Division, completed final phases of Airborne testing for the Laser Target Locator Module, or LTLM II, recently. The primary mission of the LTLM II is to provide accurate targeting data to execute effective fires with artillery and mortars. "The LTLM II provides the dismounted squads the capability to obtain targeting data, no matter the weather conditions or location," said Staff Sgt. Marcus Love, Test NCO with ABNSOTD.

The research work on exoskeletons for US Army soldiers assigned to heavy duty tasks, to mention only them, keeps progressing. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory also keeps working on means of easing the manipulation of heavy weapons in combat situations. A third arm might be a solution.

Colombia has formally become an official Partner nation of NATO. The announcement was officially made at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on May 31, 2018. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos travelled to NATO to mark the occasion, representing the first trip by a Latin American president to NATO headquarters.

Russia's armed forces are receiving the PRP-4A Argus artillery fire control vehicles, according to a military source. "The military is refitting its arsenal of artillery fire control vehicles, replacing legacy platforms by the PRP-4A Argus. The artillerymen of the Central Military District [TsVO] and Southern Military District [YuVO] are mastering the vehicles," the source said. The Argus allows recognizing of targets at 25 km via a thermal imager and laser rangefinder, he added.

Cooperation between European air defense missile manufacturer Eurosam and Turkish defense organizations will provide technology transfer to Turkey and bring the opportunity of export to third party markets, Ambassador of Italy to Ankara Luigi Mattiolo told Hürriyet Daily News, as the two sides advance talks on the Turkish procurement of the SAMP-T missile system.

A collaboration that developed a damage detection device for military body armour has won an accolade for innovation. Cardiff University’s School of Engineering joined forces with California-headquartered Microsemi to develop A-Ultra – a lightweight hand-held system that uses ultrasound to spot damage to personal protective equipment. UK ahe collaboration picked up the Business Innovation prize at this year’s Cardiff University Innovation and Impact Awards.

German Company Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG) has won a tender to supply tracked Armored Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV), for the Norwegian armed forces, the company announced on 30 May, 2018. The FFG ACSV has been selected by the Norwegian armed forces as part of its logistic and support vehicle recapitalization program.

Germany could acquire soon medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicle (UAV) Heron TP manufactured by Israeli Company IAI that is able to carry air-to-surface missiles. This is the first time that German army (Bundeswehr) requests the use of drones that that can be weaponized.

India is set to place an order for Israeli ‘Spike’ missiles in a bid to boost its anti-tank capability against arch rival Pakistan, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The Indian army wants to buy the Spike missile as a "stop-gap" measure before the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) can come up with an indigenous anti-tank missile of its own within the next three years.

Saudi Arabia says negotiations over the purchase of Russian S-400 missile system are “advancing well.” The Saudi ambassador to Moscow, Rayed Krimly, said the two sides were working out the technical details of the contract: "We signed the contract during the King’s visit. What is now happening is the implementation requires technical details of technology transfers, other technical details between experts of both sides," he said. "Experts need to finish their discussions, we cannot put a date for the end of discussions, but it is proceeding in a very positive manner," Krimly added.

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