April 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


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.

NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Lithuania began exercise Eager Leopard in Pabrade on Wednesday, 17 April 2019. The exercise mobilises around 650 troops, including Czech, Dutch, German and Norwegian forces. It provides an opportunity for the battlegroup to enhance its readiness, testing its ability to deploy troops and equipment.

The Singapore Army and the Indian Army participated in Exercise Bold Kurukshetra, a bilateral armour exercise. This year's exercise was held from 2 to 13 Apr at Babina Field Firing Range in Central India, and is the twelfth in the series. The exercise involved approximately 270 soldiers from the Singapore and Indian armies. As part of the exercise, the two armies participated in integrated maneuvers, exercise planning and training.

On April 12, 2019, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense issued PT Pindad a contract worth $ 80 million for the production of the first 22 Pandur II series 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles that received the Indonesian designation Cobra. The vehicles must be delivered to the Indonesian army within three years and will reportedly be equipped with the Israeli remote-controlled uninhabited combat module Elbit Systems U30MK.II, which Ares (Elbit Systems Brazilian) will supply with a Northrop Grumman Bushmaster Mk.44 30mm automatic gun and two 7.62mm machine guns.

37 Navistar MaxxPro Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles, donated by the US government, were handed-off for the Albanian Armed Forces on 4 April, Dylan Malyasov reported on MilitaryQ. The ceremony was attended by the Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka, the charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana Leyla Moses-Ones, and Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Bardhyl Kollcaku.

At the end of several rounds of tendering and trials since the beginning of the last decade, the Israeli company Elbit Systems has won the Indian Army’s 155 mm/52 calibre towed artillery gun competition, of which the import content alone is valued at over $ 1 Billion. Elbit’s Indian partner is Bharat Forge, Indian Defence News reports.

China has built the world's first armed amphibious drone boat which military analysts said could be used in land assault operations and is capable of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships, Liu Xuanzun wrote in the Global Times.

On April 12, 2019, Indonesian Defense Minister Ramisard Ryakuda signed a large package of contracts with enterprises of the Indonesian defense industry in Bandung, the most significant of which was the order for the Indonesian shipbuilding association PT PAL to build three more diesel-electric submarines in cooperation with South Korean corporation Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). Another significant contract was the order for the Indonesian state defense industry association PT Pindad to build the first batch of the Harimau ("Tiger") serial Turkish-Indonesian production for the Indonesian army.

An interagency committee has finished the checking of the terms of reference for the Udav pistol that has been developed by the design bureau Tsiitochmash (a subsidiary of the state corporation Rostec). The 9 mm semi-automatic handgun has been cleared for serial production, the press department of Rostec said in a statement.

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