April 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The Virginia Army National Guard recently conducted an extremely unusual artillery exercise involving firing a 105mm M119 howitzer from on board a U.S. Army Vietnam-era LCM-8 landing craft, Joseph Trevithick reports on The Drive. The combination effectively provides a mobile fire support system for amphibious operations and during missions in riverine and other littoral environments.

Kirgizia wants to strengthen military-technical cooperation with Russia, Chief-of-Staff Raiimberdi Duishenbiev said at a ceremony to receive Russian arms. "We want to strengthen interaction in the military-technical sphere with the Russian Federation," he said. The supplied Russian hardware will enhance security and stabilize the situation in Central Asia, he added.

“We are already sourcing the sum of N1billion to support the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company. We a have a number of investments in the Army that have been generating huge amounts of money and we will take a loan from there to support Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company to realize our dream of producing indigenous armoured fighting vehicles and to continue to maintain our existing equipment.", SaharaReporters reports.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has set a procedure for the mechanized column, aircraft and helicopters to take part in the Victory Parade on Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 to celebrate the 74th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. "Over 130 wheeled and tracked vehicles will pass through Red Square while the parade’s air component will be represented by 74 aircraft," the ministry said in a statement.

While fighting against the Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of their country, Ukrainian troops will take part in Spring Storm 2019, a multinational NATO exercise in Estonia starting on May 2. The exercise is involving troops from the US, Belgium, Georgia, Canada, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, France, Germany, Finland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Estonia.

The Belarusian defense industry is developing the Trio surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, according to the press department of the country`s State Committee for Military Industry (Goskomvoenprom, GKVP). "Belarus` Belspetsvneshtekhnika-New Technologies [BSVT-NT] will unveil the Trio SAM system at the MILEX 2019 defense show that will be held in Minsk, from May 15-18. The new weapon is primarily designed to engage small unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs]," said a spokesperson for the GKVP.

Moscow is ready to develop military-technical cooperation with Ulan Bator, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said, the Defense Ministry reported. "We confirm the intention to effectively engage the accumulated potential and deepen the military and military-technical cooperation," he said at a meeting with Mongolian counterpart Nyamaagiin Enkhbold.

South Korean defense manufacturer Hyundai Rotem has expressed its willingness to produce more than 2,000 units of the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) under the ‘Make in India’ policy if it is awarded the five billion dollar contract for the same, The Financial Express reports. The Indian Army is looking to procure FRCV units to replace 2,414 of its ageing T-72 tanks. It is expected that the force would be able to induct these MBTs between 2025-27.

Servicemen of the formations and military units of the Eastern Military District (VVO) continue to master Ratnik outfits, VVO said. "The troops have received more than 1,600 Ratnik sets and about 1,200 sets of specialized assault gear, which consists of flexible fragmentation protective modules; a bullet-proof armor plate; side air fresheners; a transport bag, etc," it said.

The Armoured Engineer Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (AENBCRV) version of the AV-8 Wheeled Armoured Vehicle (WAV) developed by the FNSS and DRB HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (DEFTECH) partnership for the Malaysian Army is being prepared for delivery in the first half of this year. Passing all tests with flying colors, the AV-8 AENBCRV entered the second and final stage of the qualification process, during which its endurance was tested.

FNSS demonstrates the modularity and adaptability of the PARS III 8x8 to different missions with the armored engineering vehicle, developed for the Royal Army of Oman. The ongoing qualification tests for the PARS III 8x8 Engineering Vehicle are expected to be completed within the first half of this year, after which the vehicle will be delivered.

Estonian Center of Defence Investments (ECDI) signed an agreement with Milrem LCM OÜ for maintenance work online equipment aggregates of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF). The content of the contract is the repair of engines, gearboxes, intermediate boxes and axles for Mercedes-Benz and DAF vehicles of EDF. The duration of the contract is 7 years and the estimated volume of the framework contract is 2.1 million euro.

Indonesia has ordered BT-3F and BMP-3F armored amphibious armored vehicles from Russia for its Marinir Korps (Marine Corps) where they will replace old BTR-50Ps and K-61s of the Soviet era. The contract was signed in Jakarta on Monday, April 22, according to Rosoboronexport.

As reported by Jared Keller on Task & Purpose, a U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command spokesman told Marine Corps Times that the last of the service's 14,000 M27 infantry s have officially arrived in the Corps's inventory. But while the Corps's procurement contract with manufacturer Heckler & Koch provides for a maximum of 50,184 weapons, MARCORSYSCOM said that the service doesn't plan on purchasing more than its current arsenal.

On April 22, 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense has announced that Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $362,741,549 fixed-price-incentive contract for Multiple Launch Rocket System M270A0 to M270A2 launchers; M270A2 Flyaway Package kit; M270A2 Authorized Stockage List kits, M270A2 Production Line Spares kits, production line restart costs, improve launcher mechanical system test stand upgrade services, proposal costs, and over and above repair services.

With over 17,000 islands and a territory stretching across 1.9 million square kilometers, ensuring air sovereignty is a strategic priority for Indonesia. Over the last 35 years, Thales has been supporting the ambitions of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) through the supply of air defense radars and air operation centers throughout the country.

The innovative network capability will be enhanced with Systematic’s latest command-and-control software. The Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) are set to receive upgrades to their command-and-control (C2) network in the form of Systematic’s latest SitaWare software.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the United States Marine Corps (USMC) are conducting the 23rd edition of the annual bilateral Exercise Valiant Mark from 11 to 29 April 2019. The exercise is held in Singapore this year. Commander 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade, Colonel (COL) Xu Youfeng and Commander 7th Marine Regiment, USMC COL Kyle B. Ellison co-officiated at the opening ceremony at Bedok Camp on 15 April 2019, as reported on SAF's website.

The Fire Control Systems & Technology Directorate (FCSTD) at Picatinny Arsenal has been selected for a prestigious award that recognizes outstanding achievements in improving an organization's ability to create and evolve high-quality software-dependent systems, Edward Lopez reports on U.S. Army’s website. The IEEE Computer Society and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) named the directorate as the winner of the 2018 IEEE Computer Society/SEI Watts S. Humphrey Software Process Achievement Award.

New Iranian-made 35mm anti-aircraft air defense system "Seraj Sadegh 10" showed for the first time to the public during the military parade for National Army Day that was held on April 18, 2019. According to our first analysis, this new air defense system seems to use the Swiss Oerlikon 35 mm twin cannon mounted on a new 6x6 truck chassis.

Russian Airborne Troops (Vozdushno-Desantniye Voyska, VDV) will be the first military service to receive the newest Kalashnikov AK-12 5.45 mm assault rifles, a source from the country`s defense industry told TASS. "The VDV units are receiving the AK-12 on a priority basis. This firearm will replace the Kalashnikov AKS-74 and AK-74M 5.45 mm assault rifles being operated by the Airborne Troops," said the source.

The 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas, participated in Allied Spirit X, a multinational exercise designed to develop and enhance NATO and key partner interoperability and readiness across specified warfighting functions, here, March 30 - Apr. 17, 2019. Spc. Yon Henderson reports on U.S. Army’s website.

Ground drones are not only meant for military use. The dramatic fire that ravaged the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, this black Monday 15th of April, gave a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the invaluable role played by “Colossus”, a 200kg-tracked drone manufactured by the French company Sharks Robotics.

On Wednesday, April 17, Israel announced it had (once again) successfully tested two Raytheon MIM-104 Patriot missiles in the framework of its Iron Dome air defense systems, intercepting five targets. “The Israeli Air Force successfully concluded a series of exercises and tests to evaluate operational readiness and alertness to continue to maintain the necessary defense of Israel's skies," a military spokesperson stated.

On April 16, Northrop Grumman announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC has received orders totaling $194 million from the U.S. Army for small-caliber ammunition. Orders were placed for 5.56mm, 7.62mm and Cal. 50 cartridges under the company’s supply contract to produce small-caliber ammunition for the U.S. government at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri.

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