November 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleh Hladkovsky and Head of the Ukroboronprom State Concern Pavlo Bukin have signed an agreement with Turkey for the purchase of Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles, according to the website

Following a successful tendering process, Mercedes-Benz Cars Netherlands B.V. (MBCNL) will supply around 515 vehicles for the Dutch army airborne troops between 2021 and 2023. Known as the "12kN AASLT" air assault vehicle, the vehicles (1200 kg payload air assault vehicles) can be transported with precision to their place of deployment by Chinook helicopters as either internal or external cargo.

The Russia military will receive new Platforma-O heavy tractors to replace those produced by the Minsk Wheel Tractors Plant (MZKT Volat), according to a military source. The newest Platforma-O family of heavy wheeled transporters designed by JSC Kamaz and produced by the JSC Remdizel Plant was unveiled at Army 2018 defense exhibition near Moscow in August 2018.

Belgium will withdraw a significant portion of its military support for Iraq to reinvest invest more in Afghanistan, the newly appointed Defense Minister Sander Loones reported on the 2019 plan for military operations. The new minister continues the line of the past four years, marked by the fight against terrorism.

Peruvian Minister of Defense José Huerta Torres and Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell Fontelles have signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering cooperation in armament and defense material. The agreement was signed on November 12, 2018 at Peru's Government Palace in Lima. The signing took place in the presence of Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra Cornejo, and the kings of Spain, Felipe VI and Letizia Ortiz, who are on an official visit to Peru.

Together with its Malaysian partner, Global Komited, a member of the Weststar Group, Thales announces that the ForceSHIELD Ground-Based Air Defence system project has reached its final milestone with Full System Acceptance (FSA) occurring on October 2018. This achievement represents the culmination of a successful tri-party team working together, including programme management, operational and technical staff from the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), Global Komited and Thales, since September 2015 when the ForceSHIELD contract was signed at the DSEI exhibition in London.

On the sidelines of IndoDefence 2018, Deputy Defense Minister Qassem Taqizadeh and Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu expressed their intention to expand bilateral ties and cooperation in defense industries.

The Russian nuclear, chemical and biological (NCB) protection troops are receiving a growing number of new hardware in the framework of the defense procurement order, the Zvezda broadcaster said.

Rheinmetall has formally handed over a heavily protected Survivor R special operations vehicle to the Berlin Police Department. Dr. Barbara Slowik, Chief of the Berlin Police Department, symbolically handed over the keys to the Operations Directorate, represented by Criminal Investigation Division Director Martin John. This versatile vehicle, ordered as part of a package of counterterrorism measures in late September 2017, is specially configured to meet the needs of the Operations Directorate of the Berlin Police. Berlin follows Saxony as the third German state to equip its police special operators with the Survivor R.

Rescue team of Ukraine’s SSES Field Office in Donetsk region received new vehicles based on the 6х6 KrAZ-63221 chassis as part of Fleet Upgrade and Renovation Program. According to the website of State Service for Emergency Situations, three special vehicles entered in service with rescuers of Donetsk region.

Israel’s new Eitan armored personnel carrier is in final field testing with the Nahal infantry brigade. Its series production is scheduled to start in 2021. Once the Israeli army has received enough Eitans to replace the last of their old M113s, the vehicle will be made available for export.

Paramount Group, a South Africa-based global defence and aerospace company, operates in countries in the Middle East, South America and Africa. Its joint venture Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) produces advanced armoured wheeled vehicles, such as the Arlan 4x4, Nomad 4x4, Barys 6x6 and Barys 8x8, in the country.

"Kim Jong-un has overseen the testing of a new “high-technology” tactical weapon at the National Academy of Defense Sciences," the official KCNA news agency reported on November 16th. She added that the test had been successful but did not specify the nature of the weapon tested (could it be a "railgun"?). This weapon, which has been developed over a long period, "helps to build an invulnerable defense for our country and strengthens the fighting power of our people's army," the agency said.

The UK is cementing its deep and special relationship with Oman for generations to come with the opening of a new Omani-British Joint Training Base. As part of his visit to Oman for the culmination of Exercise Saif Sareea 3, the UK’s largest exercise in 17 years, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson underlined the UK’s enduring commitment to Oman and highlighted the importance of protecting peace and stability in the Gulf.

Qatari and U.S. Army Central forces launched into Exercise Eastern Action 19 on Nov. 4, 2018. Soldiers from the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 198th Armor Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, and Qatari Emiri Land Forces, combined for the ceremony and will join forces the Command Post and Field Training Exercises.

IndoDefence 2018 gave the Indonesian company PT Pindad and the Turkish company FNSS a golden opportunity to demonstrate and, hence, efficiently advertise their Harimau/Kaplan medium tank. Harimau (Javanese tiger) is the Indonesian name, while Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) is the Turkish one. As told to Army Recognition by an FNSS representative, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Brunei have expressed interest in purchasing the tank, the two latter countries for 40 to 50 each.

MyDefence Communication announces the successful integration of Counter Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology in vehicle platforms for military forces. The integration of the drone sensors allows military operators to effectively detect and defeat enemy drones used for reconnaissance or as weapon delivery systems.

Spanish Company Star Defence Logistics & Engineering (SDLE) has won a multi-million Euros contract for the reactivation, maintenance and modernization of 80 first-generation Centauro Cavalry Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) of the Royal Jordanian Army. In February 2014, it was announced that Jordan to buy about 80 Italian Iveco 105 mm Centauro tank destroyers by June 2014. The Centauro 105mm is a wheeled tank destroyer designed for light to medium territorial defense and tactical reconnaissance.

The U.S. Army is about to buy an advanced camouflage defense system able to protect troops, vehicles and various equipment from a variety of threats in multiple combat environments. Three companies bid for the contract, which was ultimately awarded to Fibrotex USA – a leader in camouflage, concealment and deception systems for armed forces.

Leonardo DRS announced that it has won Department of Defense contracts for Electro-Optical/Infrared programs worth up to $800 million. The significant U.S. military Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity program contracts were awarded in September 2018. The contracts include: a ten-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract from the U.S. Army to produce the Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder 3, a next-generation lightweight precision laser targeting system, enabling forward observers to call for precision-guided munitions onto targets. The firm-fixed-price contract, awarded September 9, 2018, is worth up to $231 million, if all options are exercised over ten years.

Members of 15 foreign delegations, as well as representatives of the European Defence Agency (EDA) and of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), have been given the opportunity to witness the full range of capabilities of MBDA's 5th generation MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée) ground combat missile during a live firing demonstration.

The Russian army has received more than 1,800 unmanned aerial vehicles of various types over the past six years, the Russian Defense Ministry newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda said. "A qualitative leap has been made in the development of unmanned aviation over the past few years. Close to 40 military units and subdivisions have been created over those years. They have received more than 1,800 modern unmanned aerial vehicles for operational service what makes it possible to conduct reconnaissance at a depth of up to 500 kilometers," the newspaper wrote.

The RQ-7B Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system's engine roared as it slingshots off a mobile launch ramp at Horsemen Flight Landing Strip in Trzebien, Poland, Nov. 2, and into the bright horizon during another day of training for soldiers assigned to Delta Company, 91st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, as reported by Sgt. Lisa Vines on the U.S. Army website.

On 12 November, Ukroboronprom announced that the company had signed an agreement on the extension of the military and technical cooperation with Indonesia. Ukrinmash, which is a part of Ukroboronprom, held a meeting with the Indonesian Defense ministry during which Indonesia expressed its intension to purchase WAC-47 assault rifles from Ukraine and is interested in Ukrainian radio detection and ranging system, including counter-battery, air assets of electronic warfare and drones.

Across two demanding weeks (12-21 Nov) in south-west France, Exercise Falcon Amarante is testing the Airborne Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (A-CJEF) – a partnership between 16 Air Assault Brigade and 11e Brigade Parachutiste. The two brigades provide the airborne rapid reaction forces for their respective armies, and the A-CJEF has been trained and ready since 2013 to deploy on short-notice operations ranging from war fighting to disaster relief.

During the 5 November wargames held in the Central, Eastern, Northern and Western parts of Iran, Seraj successfully intercepted and destroyed a mock-up drone in flight. Seraj is a 35-mm artillery system with an optimized cannon which uses radar and a new optic system to intercept enemy targets, specially tiny flying objects.

South Korea could provide Indonesia with additional surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). LIG Nex1 sold the Chiron SAM to Indonesia in 2012. Now, South Korea could expand the number of systems in service with the Indonesian Air Force which acquired and has been operating Chirons since 2014, integrated with Oerlikon Skyshield 35 mm anti-aircraft gun system.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced that a contract has been awarded to DRS Sustainment Systems worth $17.2 million for the acquisition of Joint Assault Bridges.
This is a modification to an existing contract: Leonardo DRS was awarded a production contract in May 2016 for up to 273 JAB systems plus related testing and support. The company is partnered with Anniston Army Depot and Israel Military Industries (IMI). The production will take place in West Plains, Mo., and the deliveries are expected to be completed by May 2024.

On 5 November, Iranian air defense units carried out the operational test of modified versions of two indigenous missile systems during a large-scale war game. The Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have staged a large-scale joint military exercise, as reported by Tasnim and AMN.

Indian Army celebrated receiving its first M777A2 Ultra Lightweight Howitzers (ULH) at an official handover ceremony November 9, 2018, a key step toward the modernizing and strengthening of the Indian Army’s artillery capabilities. The 155mm M777 systems will deploy to their first regiment in 2019. The gun systems, produced by BAE Systems, were accepted earlier this year, as part of a 145-gun agreement between the U.S. and Indian governments.

On 8 November, Rheinmetall announced that Indonesia would receive its second Skyshield short-range air-defense system late in 2019, an announcement confirmed at the IndoDefence 2018 exhibition that took place in Jakarta from 7 to 10 November. The order is part of a contract originally signed by Indonesia in mid-2017, but which could be implemented only recently because of funding constraints.

Turkish Company BMC has officially received the contract to produce the local-made Altay Main Battle Tank (MBT) for Turkish army. On Friday, November 2018, the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) inked a contract with BMC to start the mass production of Altay MBT that will include a total of 250 tanks.

According to the Pulse News website, South Korean Defense Company Hyundai Rotem Co. could sell 76 K2 Black Panther Main Battle Tanks (MBT) to Oman, a deal that could reach an amount up to $884.6 million. The desert version of the K2 Black Panther was unveiled by Hyundai Rotem during the Defense Exhibition DX Korea in September 2018.

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