December 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumah quoted a security sources within the Iraqi popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi as reporting that a long convoy of the US army, including 50 vehicles carrying military hardware, crossed Kuwait's border and entered a region West of the town of al-Ramadi.

Patrick Shanahan, will take Tuesday the first role, at a time when the military apparatus of the United States enters a delicate phase. At 56, he is propelled interim Defense Secretary after the resignation of Jim Mattis December 20, because of deep disagreements with President Donald Trump, including the withdrawal of US troops from Syria. The general, who embodied a form of stability in an administration crossed by jolts, said he would leave late February to allow a smooth transition with his successor. Donald Trump, apparently annoyed by the media coverage of the resignation, decided to advance the calendar on January 1st.

After failing multiple trials, the Dhanush 155mm howitzer might be inducted shortly, as it is expected to be put to the final test in January 2019. The Dhanush project was started by OFB (Ordnance Factories Board) to replace the older 105 mm Indian Field Gun, 105 mm Light Field Gun and the Russian 122 mm guns with a modern 155mm artillery gun.

December 27, 2018, Lithuania has publish a news on the official website of the Lithuanian Defense Ministry announcing the procurement of additional NASAMS ground-based medium-range air defense system combat and inert missiles from the Norwegian Ministry of Defense during a meeting at the Defense Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defense of Lithuania.

After postponing multiple times the maiden test launch initially scheduled in September 2018 due to Cyclone Phethai, India is now ready to put to the test new tactical surface-to-surface missile Pralay. The nearly 47.5 million dollars missile will reportedly be flight tested from a canister mobile launcher as Navigational Area (NavArea) was issued on the Bay of Bengal and North East Indian Ocean.

According to the Blog Mintfo, Philippines has selected the SPYDER from Israel as new ground based air defense systems (GBDAS) for its armed forces. The SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is an Israeli-made short and medium range mobile air defence system developed by the Company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems with the collaboration of IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries).

The British Army has taken delivery of the first four cutting-edge bomb disposal robots T7 from U.S. Company Harris Corporation, following rigorous trials, has announced the British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson on December 23, 2018. . A total of 56 robots are due to be delivered to the UK and in service by December 2020.

According to the Russian Press Agency Sputnik, Chinese army (PLA) has conducted a successful test of Russian-made S-400 Triumf (NATO code named SA-21 Growler) air defense missile system. During the test, missile of S-400 has shot down a ballistic target at a distance of 250 km and moving at a speed of 3 km/sec.

The Lazar 3 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle is now in service with the Serbian armed forces. On December 20, 2018, Serbian Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin and Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Milan Mojsilović visited members of the Serbian Armed Forces who are in charge for the use and maintenance of the new Lazar 3.

U.S. Company Raytheon has won a $692.9 million U.S. Army contract to produce Sweden's Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System including spare parts, support and training. Raytheon’s Global Patriot™ Solutions is a missile defense system consisting of radars, command-and-control technology and multiple types of interceptors, all working together to detect, identify and defeat tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, drones, advanced aircraft and other threats.

Russia`s Strategic Missile Forces (Raketniye Voyska Strategisheskogo Naznacheniya, RVSN) will receive some 100 new weapon systems, including the Yars (NATO reporting name: SS-27 mod 2 or SS-29) intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in mobile and silo-based configurations, by the end of 2018, Commander of the service Colonel General Sergey Karakayev said on December 17.

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As presumed after the Tank Biathlon competition held in 2018, the sale of T-72B1 MBTs tor Laos was signed, as previously announced by Defense Studies. In early April this year, the Russians introduced the T-72B upgrade of the T-72 tank to Lao military officials, namely, Laotian Defence Minister Lieutenant General Sengnuan Xayalat, and demonstrated the tactical features of the upgraded T-72B. Laos consequently ordered “several dozen” T-72B MBTs to modernize its army.

Weapons manufactured by the Czech enterprise Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) were chosen by the Hungarian Ministry of Defense as standard small arms. On 28 March 2018, the Hungarian Ministry of Defense’s enterprise NM Arsenal signed an agreement with Ceska Zbrojovka worth about 100 million euros, for the organization of production at NM Arsenal of 5.56 mm assault rifles BREN 2, 9mm submachine guns Scorpion EVO 3 and pistols R-07 and R-09 under license and with the assistance of CZ.

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has provided a final update on the Modernising Defence Programme to the House of Commons. Here is what he published on 18 December on the Government’s website.

On December 18, 2018, the National Day parade of Qatar’s armed forces took place in Doha, the capital of Qatar. During this military parade, Qatar armed forces showed new combat equipment as the German KF41 Lynx IFV and Ukrainian Stugna anti-tank missile mounted on Turkish Ejder Yalcin 4x4 armored.  

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On 19 December 2018, as part of its modernization process, Hungary signed a contract for the procurement of 44 new Leopard 2 A7+ main battle tanks and 24 new PzH 2000 howitzers with German defense company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). In addition, Hungary is acquiring 12 used Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks from KMW’s inventories for training purposes. The project represents a further step toward greater interoperability between European armed forces..

Alcon Components Ltd, the highly acclaimed UK-based brake and clutch company, have announced that they will be celebrating their milestone achievement of the delivery of over 5000 brake upgrade kits to the civilian and military armoured and specialist vehicle sectors with a one-off special offer. Alcon are offeringa 25% discount for any new enquiry for trial brake upgrade kits, received before 28 February 2019.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) in cooperation with Elbit Systems and IMI's team is moving forward with Phase II of their Iron Fist Light (IFL) Active Protection System (APS) following the announcement of a positive Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) decision.

The Australian Defence Force has entered into two significant munitions contracts. Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the Commonwealth has signed a three-year contract worth AU$81.6 million with NIOA of Brisbane to supply 81mm high explosive and practice mortar ammunition. "This acquisition will allow Army to sustain its current mortar capability ahead of projects to modernize the 81mm mortar fleet with a lighter weight system," Pyne said.

The Israeli-based aerostat company RT LTA Systems Ltd. announces it has won a tender in India, and will provide its SkyStar 180 aerostat system, together with a small tactical UAV, to a State Police Service in India. The systems will be delivered to the customer by the end of 2018, and will be used for police and intelligence applications.

Saab has received a contract for the Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon system to an undisclosed customer. Deliveries will take place in 2019-2024. The industry’s nature is such that, due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced.

The Chinese armed reconnaissance drone CH-4 will be fitted with a new and stronger engine that would allow it to fly higher than the current version: its piston engine that burns gasoline will be replaced with a domestically made next-generation, heavy-fuel engine that burns kerosene, a spokesperson of the Chinese Academy of Aerospace and Aerodynamics (CAAA) under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC), the drone's manufacturer, told the Global Times on 18 December.

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On December 18, 2018, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of eighty (80) Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, sixty (60) PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion.

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