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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