October 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Last 15 October, China-based Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company claimed that it had successfully tested a new supersonic cruise missile not intended for the PLA but for export, as reported by The Diplomat. Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company has not designed and manufactured missiles prior to the HD-1. Total company investment into the HD-1 program has been $188 million, according to Hongda.

The Bavar-373, Iran’s indigenous long-range air defense missile system, is equipped with vertical launching systems (VLS). The is undergoing complicated tests, a military official said, reported by Tasnim, adding that efforts are underway to bring it into service by the end of the current Iranian year (March 2019).

Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe agreed with the United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis Thursday October 18, 2018, to control risks and deepen mutual trust so as to make the relations between the two military forces a stabilizer for the China-U.S. relationship.

According a press releases on October 10,2018, published on the official website of Ukroboronprom, the Ukrainian state defense agency for the military industry, the Naval forces of Thailand have showed interest to acquire the Ukrainian-made BTR-MV1, a new generation of 8x8 armored vehicle designed in accordance to NATO standards based on the BTR-4 Ukrainian-made 8x8 armored.

The Latvian national armed forces have now received all the self-propelled feeds purchased from Austria. On Friday, October 19, Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis and Commander of the National Armed Forces Lieutenant-General Leonid Kalnins visited the Adazi base to view the self-propelled feedstock purchased from Austria.

On 15 October, Newcon Optik announced that it has been awarded an important Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) supply contract for its state-of-the-art handheld LRM 3500M laser rangefinder monocular. The initial delivery of rangefinders will provide FOO/JTACs with advanced mission capability requirements and will serve as an additional sensor platform for Canada’s Integrated Soldier System Suite.

In June 2016, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has been awarded a contract by the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) to supply 260 antitank vehicles (ATV). Hence the testing of the new Pars 4x4 wheeled and Kaplan tracked ATVs. The contract includes two different vehicles: 76 Pars 4x4 and 184 Kaplan tracked vehicles. These figures include prototypes of each used for qualification tests.

On 15 October, a detachment of the International Mine Action Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation started its demining mission in the village of Lak Sao, Bolikhamsay province, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

According to the combat training plan for 2018, the air defense units of Azerbaijan's army conducted tactical exercises in various firing ranges, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan said in a message on October 17. In the course of the exercises the air defense units fire-tested the 9K33 Osa anti-aircraft missile system.

The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment said on 12 October that it is to buy at least 18 antitank missile systems with ammunition. The potential supplier also has to supply auxiliary equipment, provide technical support and training.

LProtection of compact nuclear power plants for cruise missiles and combat lasers will be reinforced. They will be transported in a special railcar with armed guards. The Defense Ministry drew a new list of military cargoes to be guarded in transportation. It includes Peresvet combat lasers and nuclear-powered cruise missiles announced by the Russian president in March. The change means the new weapons are delivered to the troops, the Izvestia daily writes.

Russia is creating in Syria a complex to jam electronic, navigational and other systems of any airspace violator threatening Russian facilities, adviser to first deputy CEO of Radio-electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) Vladimir Mikheyev told the Army Standard publication.

In September 2018, Belgian army has performed a live combat demonstration under the name of Land Power Demo 2018 to present the new Motorized Brigade of the Land Component (Land Forces) of the Belgian armed forces. The aim of this demo was to showcase the composition, the equipment and the different tasks of the Land Component.

MIPS, the leading brain safety system company, has begun work on brain protection system for military and law enforcement helmets that helps protect against rotational motion resulting from angled impacts to the head. This system, based on two decades of research and testing at the The Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), would not inhibit a helmet's ability to protect from projectiles, shrapnel, and other material, but would add a special layer to abate certain motions and potentially prevent injuries like concussions, DAI (Diffuse Axonal Injury) and subdural hematoma from blunt impacts.

Over 140 experts from 27 European countries and more than 30 different institutions and organisations participate on 16 and 17 October in the Conference on the second Phase of the Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector (CF SEDSS II). The Forum brings together experts from the defense and energy sectors to share information and best practices on improving energy management, energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy as well as increasing the protection and resilience of defense energy-related critical infrastructures.

The Netherlands State Secretary for Defense Barbara Visser announced on October 12 that two weapons systems fielded by the Dutch Army will be put through mid-life updates (MLUs) starting in 2020. The platforms involved are Panzerhouwitser 2000NL (PzH2000NL) 155mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

The Central Scientific Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH), part of the Rostec, has created a 9x21mm pistol that may replace the legendary Makarov handgun. The new pistol is being tested at ranges. The tests are expected to be completed in December 2018.

Spanish Special Operations Advisory Team (SOAT) members, assigned to Afghanistan’s National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) School of Excellence (SOE), held a two-week sniper specialty refresher course for Afghan Commandos currently deployed throughout the country. Master Sgt. Felix Figueroa, NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs, reports.

For the first time since 1966, France hosts the NATO Resource Conference, which brings together all Alliance financiers every 18 months. It takes place only three months after the Brussels summit of 2018. According to the will expressed by the President of the French Republic, this 9th edition will revolve around the theme of "financing a coherent and credible Alliance". The Alliance countries will therefore be invited to exchange freely on the subject on 16 and 17 October at the Military School.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has successfully completed delivery of the first Army-Ground Mobility Vehicles (A-GMV 1.1) to the US Army. This marks the First Unit Equipped (FUE) with the new A-GMV 1.1 capability, which was delivered within four months of contract award and consisted of vehicles, spares and training. Estimated completion of this contract is March 2019.

On October 11, the Lithuanian Armed Forces received 54 Unimog U5000 trucks manufactured by Daimler AG. The successful collaboration with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) continues to be demonstrated. Lithuania already received 88 such trucks under an agreement signed with NSPA in 2015.

On 10 October, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen announced she intends to enhance national security, warning her government will not submit to China's pressures amid growing military threats in the region.

According to the combat training plan for 2018 approved by the Minister of Defense, the rocket and artillery troops of the Azerbaijani Army conducted tactical exercises in various firing ranges, the Ministry of Defense said. “In the course of the exercises conducted at night and daytime, the live-fire stage was held to improve combat skills of military personnel.

In September 2018, two top arms companies from South Korea and the Philippines inked a key joint venture deal. While the initial scope of collaboration in the deal covers only firearms, it nonetheless put the focus on ongoing activity within the defense aspect of the Philippines-South Korea relationship.

Excalibur Army and Ukraine’s State Concern Ukroboronprom have signed a memorandum of cooperation to develop, manufacture and promote innovative products in the field of militray vehicles, mainly armored ones. The signing of the memorandum was held during the international specialized exhibition "Arms and Security-2018" in Kyiv on October 9. Excalibur participated in this year’s Arms and Security international specialized exhibition in Kyiv, Ukraine.

On 1st October, following the tragic loss of a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 last 24 September over the Mediterranean, Russia supplied Syria with three battalion sets of S-300PM air defense systems and twenty-four missile launchers in total, eight launchers for each system, as well as more than 100 surface-to-air guided missiles for each battalion, as reported by BulgarianMilitary.com.

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