April 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News




The Australian order for 200 Boxer 8x8 combat reconnaissance vehicles granted last March to Rheinmetall Defence in the framework the Land 400 Phase 2 programme leads to generates many additional part supplier contracts next financial year.

On 22 April, the King’s Own Calgary Regiment unveiled their newest 4x4 armoured vehicle – Textron’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) – to mark the unit’s regimental anniversary known as St. George’s Day. 500 of the TAPVs will be put into service in the Canadian Forces, with 307 GU (General Utility) variants and 193 outfitted as reconnaissance vehicles.

U.S. soldiers and Marines will finish testing the JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Thursday, April 17, 2018 at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center here. The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a light tactical vehicle with far superior protection and off-road mobility.

The Finnish Company SISU has developed and designed the SISU GTP, a new 4x4 armored vehicle. In early 1980’s Sisu Auto introduced an armored personnel carrier, SISU Pasi, which still today is in operational use with numerous forces. To respond to new request of military forces, SISU introduces a new 4x4 armored vehicle offering high level of protection and mobility.

As part of the Force Mobility Enhancement (FME) project, the Canadian army began receiving 18 new and improved Leopard 2 Armored Engineer Vehicles (Leo 2 AEVs) in late fall 2017 to provide critical support to the Canadian army’s Leopard 2 main battle tanks, Light Armored Vehicles, Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicles and future fleets.

The Latvian armed forces will be receiving three RQ-20A Puma tactical hand-launched drones from U.S. firm AeroVironment later this year. The acquisition of the surveillance and reconnaissance-mission unmanned aviation systems is being conducted with the aid of over $3 million worth of U.S. government foreign military financing (FMF).

The Czech armed forces are currently pressing ahead with a far-reaching modernization programme. Among other things, its fleet of BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, which dates from the 1980s, is to be replaced with a family of modern systems. Procurement of over 200 new medium-weight fighting vehicles is on the table. Most of these are to be equipped with a high-performance medium-calibre turret. Rheinmetall – a proven, longstanding partner of Czech industry – has put forward its new Lynx for this project, a medium-weight, modular platform armed with the Lance turret system.

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (1 RGR) have conducted Exercise Askari Storm in Kenya. The Battlegroup consisted of 1 RGR and E Company, 15th Kenyan Rifles from the Kenya Defence Force plus attachments from across 16 Air Assault Brigade, who joined the demanding 6-week exercise.

Poland's Wtorplast company has delivered an unspecified number of BMP-1AK (AK stands for Anti-HEAT (high-explosive anti-tank), Anti Kumulyativnaya) infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) to Ukraine.

According to the Taiwanese United Daily News newspaper, Taiwan has performed a test flight with its local-made UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) dubbed Teng Yun (Cloud Rider in English) near an Air Force base. The Teng Yun is a medium-altitude long-endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle produced by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CIST).

Orolia, a world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, announced today that its subsidiary McMurdo Inc. was awarded a $33,986,800 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD). This PRD is a dual-mode, MIL-SPEC Personal Locator Beacon that will be integrated into the Army's Personnel Recovery Support System (PRSS). The PRD will be capable of transmitting both open and secure signals (training-combat dual mode) to alert and notify that a soldier has become isolated, missing, detained or captured.

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