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December 2012 Army - Military - Defence & Security Industry News
 
 
 
 


Elbit Systems contracts from Israel Ministry of Defense to supply military equipment for $315 million
 

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE:ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") announced today that it was awarded various contracts by the Israel Ministry of Defense ("IMOD"), in a number of fields of activity for a total value of approximately $315 million.

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE:ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") announced today that it was awarded various contracts by the Israel Ministry of Defense ("IMOD"), in a number of fields of activity for a total value of approximately $315 million.
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Monday, December 31, 2012, 04:00 PM

 
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German government approves the sale of 30 DINGO 2 4x4 armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia
 

The German government has given the green light in principle to sell 30 armoured vehicles Dingo 2 worth about 100 million euros (132 million U.S. dollars) to Saudi Arabia, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday, December 30, 2012. The newspaper cited government sources saying that Saudi Aradia could eventually purchase up 100 Dingo 2 armoured vehicles.

The German government has given the green light in principle to sell 30 armoured vehicles Dingo 2 worth about 100 million euros (132 million U.S. dollars) to Saudi Arabia, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday, December 30, 2012. The newspaper cited government sources saying that Saudi Aradia could eventually purchase up 100 Dingo 2 armoured vehicles.
Monday, December 31, 2012, 01:28 PM

 
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Philippines has signed a contract with South Korea and Italy for military trucks and helicopters
 

The Philippine’s defense chief says the government has signed separate contracts worth 163 billion pesos (about $39 million) with Italian and South Korean companies to supply helicopters and trucks as part of efforts to modernize its poorly equipped military.

The Philippine’s defense chief says the government has signed separate contracts worth 163 billion pesos (about $39 million) with Italian and South Korean companies to supply helicopters and trucks as part of efforts to modernize its poorly equipped military.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012, 09:36 AM

 
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Venezuelan Marine Corps has planned to purchase artillery howitzers and armoured from China
 

The Government of Venezuela has planned to purchase armored vehicles, self-propelled artillery howitzer and military equipment from China, but the specific type and quantity are not yet clear. The expected purchase appears to correspond, however, with the Venezuelan Marine Corps’ plan to procure $500 million in new weapons and military equipment.

The Government of Venezuela has planned to purchase armored vehicles, self-propelled artillery howitzer and military equipment from China, but the specific type and quantity are not yet clear. The expected purchase appears to correspond, however, with the Venezuelan Marine Corps’ plan to procure $500 million in new weapons and military equipment.
Saturday, December 29, 2012, 12:40 PM

 
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Army of Colombia has selected the LAV III 8x8 armoured vehicle for its mechanized infantry units
 

Colombia's government has closed negotiations for the purchase of a new 8x8 APC (Armoured Pesonnel Carrier) for Mechanized Infantry Units of Colombian Army. It's the vehicle LAV III of the Company General Dynamics Land Systems that has been selected after several tests carried out last January in Colombia.

Colombia's government has closed negotiations for the purchase of a new 8x8 APC (Armoured Pesonnel Carrier) for Mechanized Infantry Units of Colombian Army. It's the vehicle LAV III of the Company General Dynamics Land Systems that has been selected after several tests carried out last January in Colombia.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012, 11:27 AM

 
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Brazilian army will continue the upgrade program of its rocket launcher systems ASTROS
 

Brazil wil continue to invest defence budget to upgrade and modernize its precision strike technologies with the aim of developing rockets and missiles both for domestic military use and exports. A budget of $480 million initial outlay by the Defense Ministry is focused on updating Avibras' ASTROS, acronym for Artillery SaTuration ROcket System, which is able to launching multiple rockets.

Brazil wil continue to invest defence budget to upgrade and modernize its precision strike technologies with the aim of developing rockets and missiles both for domestic military use and exports. A budget of $480 million initial outlay by the Defense Ministry is focused on updating Avibras' ASTROS, acronym for Artillery SaTuration ROcket System, which is able to launching multiple rockets.
Saturday, December 29, 2012, 10:34 AM

 
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Defence industry of Azerbaijan will produce lot of new weapons in 2013
 

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry designed several small arms this year. Informing APA about new weapons, Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Industry Yavar Jamalov said that one of them was a sniper rifle with 7.62x51 caliber designed in accordance with NATO standards. Shooting distance of the new sniper rifle is 1000 m, capacity of charger – 10 cartridges and weight – 7.1 kg.

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry designed several small arms this year. Informing APA about new weapons, Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Industry Yavar Jamalov said that one of them was a sniper rifle with 7.62x51 caliber designed in accordance with NATO standards. Shooting distance of the new sniper rifle is 1000 m, capacity of charger – 10 cartridges and weight – 7.1 kg.
Friday, December 28, 2012, 01:29 PM

 
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Armenian army will continue to modernize its armed forces with modern weaponry
 

The Armenian military reported “significant” arms acquisitions in 2012 and said it will continue to modernize its forces with precision weaponry in the coming years. “At the beginning of this year we declared that we have acquired new rocket systems capable of neutralizing active armor protection of enemy tanks,” said Artsrun Hovannisian, the spokesman for Armenia’s Defense Ministry. “This is just one example new-generation precision-guided weapons.”

The Armenian military reported “significant” arms acquisitions in 2012 and said it will continue to modernize its forces with precision weaponry in the coming years. “At the beginning of this year we declared that we have acquired new rocket systems capable of neutralizing active armor protection of enemy tanks,” said Artsrun Hovannisian, the spokesman for Armenia’s Defense Ministry. “This is just one example new-generation precision-guided weapons.” Friday, December 28, 2012, 09:58 AM

 
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Russian army will purchase the new Russian-made sniper rifle 12.7mm Degtyarev 6S8-1 in 2013
 

The Russian Defense Ministry will purchase new sniper rifles next year, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said on Wednesday, December 27, 2012. Under the arms procurement program for 2013, Degtyarev 6S8-1 12.7-mm rifles will be bought for the Russian Armed Forces and from 2014 the ministry will start buying Dragunov 7.62-mm, VSS 9-mm and ASVK 12.7-mm rifles, as well as new optical-electronic sights he said.

The Russian Defense Ministry will purchase new sniper rifles next year, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said on Wednesday, December 27, 2012. Under the arms procurement program for 2013, Degtyarev 6S8-1 12.7-mm rifles will be bought for the Russian Armed Forces and from 2014 the ministry will start buying Dragunov 7.62-mm, VSS 9-mm and ASVK 12.7-mm rifles, as well as new optical-electronic sights he said. Thursday, December 27, 2012, 01:22 PM

 
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Russia ready in 2020 to deploy new railway-based ICBM InterContinental Ballistic Missile
 

Russia will restart production of railway-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), with prototypes to be deployed by 2020, a senior Russian defense industry official said on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. Work has already begun on the prototypes, which will utilize exclusively domestically-made components, the official told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity.

Russia will restart production of railway-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), with prototypes to be deployed by 2020, a senior Russian defense industry official said on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. Work has already begun on the prototypes, which will utilize exclusively domestically-made components, the official told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity.
Thursday, December 27, 2012, 12:36 PM

 
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Government of Qatar will order seven M142 HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System from U.S.
 

The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress December 21,2012, of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for seven M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) launchers, rocket, missile systems and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $406 million.

The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress December 21,2012, of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for seven M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) launchers, rocket, missile systems and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $406 million.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 11:15 AM

 
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Saudi Arabia National Guard ordered 68 MPCV air defense vehicles from French company Lohr
 

According to French financial daily "Les Echos", the Saudi Arabian National Guard ordered 68 MPCV air defense vehicles from French company Lohr. Very little information is avaiblable on this specific vehicle, however Army Recognition saw it during Eurosatory 2012 back in June. We are therefore able to provide some details on this little-known vehicle.

According to French financial daily "Les Echos", the Saudi Arabian National Guard ordered 68 MPCV air defense vehicles from French company Lohr. Very little information is avaiblable on this specific vehicle, however Army Recognition saw it during Eurosatory 2012 back in June. We are therefore able to provide some details on this little-known vehicle.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 10:42 AM

 
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France ready for military intervention in Mali first half of next year
 

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday, December 24, 2012, expected a possible military intervention to quash Islamist terrorists in northern Mali during the first six months of 2013. "The military intervention would be over the first half next year ... For the moment, there is no political solution," the minister told the daily La Croix.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday, December 24, 2012, expected a possible military intervention to quash Islamist terrorists in northern Mali during the first six months of 2013. "The military intervention would be over the first half next year ... For the moment, there is no political solution," the minister told the daily La Croix.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 12:58 PM

 
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India and Russia signed new defense deals worth nearly $ 2.9 billion U.S. dollars
 

India and Russia Monday, December 24, 2012, inked 10 pacts, including new defense deals worth nearly 2.9 billion U.S. dollars, during Russian President Vladimir Putin's day-long visit to the Indian capital.

India and Russia Monday, December 24, 2012, inked 10 pacts, including new defense deals worth nearly 2.9 billion U.S. dollars, during Russian President Vladimir Putin's day-long visit to the Indian capital.
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Monday, December 24, 2012, 05:42 PM

 
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Russia’s Southern Military District is now equipped with S-400 air defence missile system
 

Russia’s Southern Military District has moved a step closer to adopting the new S-400 Triumf air defense systems, the district’s press service confirmed on Saturday, December 22, 2012.

Russia’s Southern Military District has moved a step closer to adopting the new S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems, the district’s press service confirmed on Saturday, December 22, 2012.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012, 11:25 AM

 
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Field tests in military conditions for the LS3 Legged Squad Support System four-legged robot
 

For the past two weeks, in the woods of central Virginia around Fort Pickett, the LS3 Legged Squad Support System (LS3) four-legged robot has been showing off its capabilities during field testing.

For the past two weeks, in the woods of central Virginia around Fort Pickett, the LS3 Legged Squad Support System (LS3) four-legged robot has been showing off its capabilities during field testing.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012, 03:48 PM

 
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British Company Supacat has opened new facility in Australia to produce special operations vehicle
 

The British Company Supacat has opened a vehicle engineering design and analysis facility in Australia as part of its contract to produce a special operations vehicle for the army. Australian Minister for Defense Materiel Jason Clare officially opened the Melbourne facility, which employs 18 design, analysis and systems engineering experts.

The British Company Supacat has opened a vehicle engineering design and analysis facility in Australia as part of its contract to produce a special operations vehicle for the army. Australian Minister for Defense Materiel Jason Clare officially opened the Melbourne facility, which employs 18 design, analysis and systems engineering experts.
Saturday, December 22, 2012, 02:27 PM

 
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Russia offers to India to transfer technology of BMP-3 AIFV armoured infantry fighting vehicle
 

Russia has offered to transfer BMP-3 combat vehicle technology to India if India cancels its project, an Indian Defense Ministry source said. This has more sense for India, as its homemade Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) can be commissioned no earlier than in ten years’ time.

Russia has offered to transfer BMP-3 combat vehicle technology to India if India cancels its project, an Indian Defense Ministry source said. This has more sense for India, as its homemade Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) can be commissioned no earlier than in ten years’ time.
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Friday, December 21, 2012, 01:26 PM

 
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Armed forces of Syria continue to fire Scud missiles against rebel fighters
 

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed on Friday, December 21, 2012, that the Syrian government forces were continuing to launch Scud missiles within the last few days."I can confirm that we have detected the launch of Scud-type missiles. We strongly regret that. I consider it act of a desperate regime approaching collapse," Rasmussen told reporters at NATO headquarters.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed on Friday, December 21, 2012, that the Syrian government forces were continuing to launch Scud missiles within the last few days."I can confirm that we have detected the launch of Scud-type missiles. We strongly regret that. I consider it act of a desperate regime approaching collapse," Rasmussen told reporters at NATO headquarters.
Friday, December 21, 2012, 12:54 PM

 
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UN Security Council has approved plans for military intervention in Mali
 

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved plans for an African-led military intervention in Mali aimed at reunifying the embattled North African state. The resolution, approved in New York on Thursday, December 20, 2012, afternoon, calls for political reconciliation, elections and the training of the country's security forces before any operation is launched to reclaim Mali's northern areas.

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved plans for an African-led military intervention in Mali aimed at reunifying the embattled North African state. The resolution, approved in New York on Thursday, December 20, 2012, afternoon, calls for political reconciliation, elections and the training of the country's security forces before any operation is launched to reclaim Mali's northern areas.
Friday, December 21, 2012, 07:51 AM

 
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Government of Colombia has selected the Oshkosh Sandcat Plasan 4x4 armoured vehicle
 

The Government of Colombia has selected the Oshkosh Sandcat Plasan 4x4 armoured vehicle, as new model of MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) for its armed forces under a development of strategy plan called "Plan Meteoro".

The Government of Colombia has selected the Oshkosh Sandcat Plasan 4x4 armoured vehicle, as new model of MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) for its armed forces under a development of strategy plan called "Plan Meteoro".
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Thursday, December 20, 2012, 04:05 PM

 
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India tests successfully indigenous surface-to-surface nuclear-capable missile Pritvhi-II
 

Indian scientists reported the successful test firing Thursday, December 19, 2012, of the indigenously developed nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface missile Prithvi-II with a strike range of 350 km. The Prithvi-II missile was test fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode at the launch site in India's eastern coastal state of Odisha, the Press Trust of India news agency reported, quoting defense sources.

Indian scientists reported the successful test firing Thursday, December 19, 2012, of the indigenously developed nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface missile Prithvi-II with a strike range of 350 km. The Prithvi-II missile was test fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode at the launch site in India's eastern coastal state of Odisha, the Press Trust of India news agency reported, quoting defense sources.
Thursday, December 20, 2012, 01:50 PM

 
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The British forces deployed in Afghanistan are to reduce to 5,300 soldiers by end of 2013
 

UK force levels in Afghanistan are to reduce to around 5,200 by the end of 2013, announced Wednesday December 19, 2012, the British Prime Minister. In Parliament, the Prime Minister said UK forces would shift from mentoring Afghan troops at battalion level to brigade level next year.

UK force levels in Afghanistan are to reduce to around 5,200 by the end of 2013, announced Wednesday December 19, 2012, the British Prime Minister. In Parliament, the Prime Minister said UK forces would shift from mentoring Afghan troops at battalion level to brigade level next year.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012, 01:20 PM

 
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Mexico starts production of first batch of 100 indigenous 4x4 armoured vehicles DN-XI
 

The Military Industry of Mexico and the Mexican Secretariat of National Defence, have started local production of the first batch of 100 4x4 armoured vehicles personnel carrier DN-XI for an amount of $27.1 million. The DN-XI vehicle was seen for the first time during the military parade for the celebrations of 202 years of Mexico independence.

The Military Industry of Mexico and the Mexican Secretariat of National Defence, have started local production of the first batch of 100 4x4 armoured vehicles personnel carrier DN-XI for an amount of $27.1 million. The DN-XI vehicle was seen for the first time during the military parade for the celebrations of 202 years of Mexico independence.
Wednesday , December 19, 2012, 02:06 PM

 
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Russia will put in service 100 new Topol-M and Yars ballistic missiles by end of this year
 

Russian strategic missile forces will put in service about 100 new Topol-M and Yars missiles by the end of this year, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday, December 18, 2012. With the deployment, "the share of modern weapons in the strategic missile forces will approach 30 percent," ministry spokesman Vadim Koval told reporters.

Russian strategic missile forces will put in service about 100 new Topol-M and Yars missiles by the end of this year, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday, December 18, 2012. With the deployment, "the share of modern weapons in the strategic missile forces will approach 30 percent," ministry spokesman Vadim Koval told reporters.
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Wednesday , December 19, 2012, 11:43 AM

 
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Rheinmetall successfully tests 50kW high-energy laser weapon technology demonstrator
 

Rheinmetall has successfully tested its new 50kW high-energy weapon technology demonstrator. Conducted at the end of November, the test encompassed the entire operational sequence from target detection and tracking to target engagement. Building on a 123-year heritage, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based Group has once again made good its claim to be the global leader in high-energy laser (HEL) technology.

Rheinmetall has successfully tested its new 50kW high-energy weapon technology demonstrator. Conducted at the end of November, the test encompassed the entire operational sequence from target detection and tracking to target engagement. Building on a 123-year heritage, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based Group has once again made good its claim to be the global leader in high-energy laser (HEL) technology. Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 10:17 AM

 
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