July 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


On 10 July, the official Twitter account of Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries showed a video of what appears to be a continuation of the test cycle of a new Khan missile system. The Khan, known as Bora, is a Turkish tactical ballistic missile system with a 280 to 400km range.

Members of two of the world’s most prestigious airborne units have been honing their skills and sharing hard-won knowledge in a support weapons cadre on Salisbury Plain Training Area.

On July 4, 2018, Royal Thai Army Infantry Center at Artillery Firing Range, Artillery Center, Fort Phaholyothin (Phahonyothin), Lopburi Province has performed firing test with the 120mm ATMM (Autonomous Truck Mounted Mortar). This new artillery system was unveiled by the Ministry of Defense of Thailand during Defense and Security Exhibition in November 2017.

Russia`s National Guard (Rosgvardiya) has acquired the SV-98M 7.62 mm bolt-action sniper rifle developed by Rostec`s Kalashnikov Group, according to a source from the Russian industry. "The National Guard has signed a contract worth RUB8 million [USD128,020] for 26 SV-98M sniper rifles with the Kalashnikov Group. The firearms will have been delivered to the customer by 20 November," he said. The source did not disclose the variant of the SV-98 to be delivered to the service but it is most probably the SV-98M.

SH-1 started as an export project with Pakistan and Burma (Myanmar), the only two known customers. Recent photos of the Chinese 72nd Artillery Brigade, 72nd Army Group, Eastern Theater Command, confirms that the PLA’s equivalent to the SH-1 is now in service in China. The 72nd Artillery Brigade also operates PHL03 300mm long-range MLRS and PLZ05 155mm tracked SP howitzer.

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the U.S. Army to continue providing support for its Mission Command Training Center (MCTC). The new program, Mission Training Complex Contractor Support (MTCCS - III Corps), provides mission command training for a range of unified land operations in a contemporary operating environment.

There is a movement afoot to address the Army's future command post capability requirements, Kathryn Bailey, Communication-Electronics PAO, reports. In lieu of stagnant and large tent-based command posts, the Army is looking to develop smaller, mobile command posts that are agile and just as effective as their "big brothers."

During the military parade of July 5, 2018 marking Venezuela Independence Day, new military armored vehicles were unveiled which are now in service with the Venezuelan army including Chinese-made ZBD-05/VN-18 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle), ZTD-05/VN-16 light tank and the Lynx 8x8 amphibious all-terrain vehicle.

UkrOboronProm SE “Scientific and Production Complex “Iskra” – in the presence of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko – transferred radar stations, intended to control the airspace and to guide air defenses, to Ukrainian soldiers.

Different types of BrahMos medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile are under development, said MD and CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, Sudhir Mishra in Vadodara on 7 July. The missile with vertical trajectory to be used in mountains and also for anti-aircraft carrier roles will soon be ready. A lighter version of air-launched BrahMos is at a drawing board stage, he said.

Israeli Defense ministry says tests on Iron Dome, Magic Wand, and Arrow 3 designed to 'counter emerging threats in the region', The Times of Israel has reported. On 5 July, the Defense Ministry announced that Israel’s missile defense systems had successfully completed a series of tests designed to “counter emerging threats in the region.”

The German federal budget forecast suggests multibillion increase in defense spending for 2019. For several years, the German army has been facing shortages in armor and equipment as well as pressure from its NATO allies, mostly president Trump, who criticized the country for breaking promises on target budget and the commonly agreed 2% of the GDP.

Iraqi Security Forces, alongside troopers from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment "Brave Rifles" and Marines and sailors from other units of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, arrived weeks ago to establish the temporary fire support base in northwestern Iraq, along the Syrian border.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA - Chinese Army) has launched new measures to improve the PLA Army's combat capability in peacetime. Members of the Communist Party of China's PLA Army committee recently participated in combat planning training to improve their judgment in situations and mobilizing soldiers.

Helmet-mounted stereo vision sounds like a solution for fighter jets, but Department of Defense engineers and industry experts are rooting this technology on the ground. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s center for ground vehicle systems, TARDEC, working with Honeywell Aerospace, installed a prototype helmet-mounted stereo vision system previously developed under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program into an M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle last week.

Japan is busy with developing a 155 mm/52-calibre wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) to replace its ageing FH-70 towed artillery gun, the Japanese Ministry of Defense has announced last June. Japan Steel Works reportedly started working on the development of the wheeled SPH in 2012 under a USD 100 million contract from the MoD.

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University developed a new technique to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight. The technique allows mobile robot platforms to navigate autonomously in environments while carrying out actions a human would expect of the robot in a given situation.

The Belarusian armed forces unveiled new types of wheeled armored vehicles at the Independence Day military parade on July 3, 2018. The fleet of 4x4 platforms presented during the event was comprised of Russian-, Chinese- and Belarusian-made systems including Lis-PM Belarus version of the Russian-made Tigr, Chinese DongFeng Mengshi EQ2050F, Chinese Dajiang CS/VN3 Drakon, and Belarussian MZKT-490100 with Shershen ATGMs.

The Indian Army is all set to acquire Heron TP drones from Israel. An India-Israel defence deal worth $ 400 million was agreed upon in the annual working joint group discussion between India and Israel. India will acquire 10 Heron TP armed drones from Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI). This deal between India and Israel was lingering on for three years.

Demonstrations show progress on disruptive technologies for traveling quickly over varied terrain and improving situational awareness and ease of operation. DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program aims to improve mobility, survivability, safety, and effectiveness of future combat vehicles without piling on armor. Several Phase 2 contract awardees recently demonstrated advances on a variety of potentially groundbreaking technologies to meet the program’s goals. “We’re looking at how to enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and augmenting the crew through driver-assistance aids,” said Maj. Amber Walker, the program manager for GXV-T in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office. “For mobility, we’ve taken a radically different approach by avoiding armor and developing options to move quickly and be agile over all terrain.”

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