December 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


South Korean Defense Company Hanwha Defense has signed a deal to provide the South Korean Army with the fifth batch of K55 A1 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers, the company said on December 30, 2019. Valued at $118 million, the contract was signed between Hanwha Defense and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). Delivery of the artillery is scheduled to be completed by October 30, 2022.

Russian Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko has announced on Saturday, December 28, 2019, that Russia will start preliminary tests of its latest air defense missile system S-500 Prometheus in 2020. Russia has launched the production of S-500 in February 2018. In May 2018, Russia has conducted the longest range surface-to-air missile test to date with the S-500.

In the early 2010s, Ukraine received some orders for its medium and heavy vehicles from various countries, with Thailand’s acquisition of 49 Oplot main battle tanks (MBTs) being the largest one. According to Ukroboronprom, the state arms export defense agency, Ukraine is still in efforts to shore up its position on the armor maintenance and modernization market of the Asia-Pacific region, trying to win orders for the repair and upgrade of Soviet- and even Chinese-made armored systems.

The Armed Forces of Turkmenistan are being rearmed with the ARX160A1/A2 5.56 mm assault rifles made by an Italian company Beretta and the Tavor-family 5.56 mm carbines produced by an Israeli company Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), according to the photos released by the magazine Milli Gosun, the official media outlet of the Turkmen Ministry of Defense (MoD).

Elbit Systems announced that it was awarded an approximately $65 million follow-on contract from the Dutch Ministry of Defence to supply additional soldier systems to the Armed Forces of the Netherlands, as part of the VOSS program (the Dutch program for improved operational soldier systems). The contract will be performed over a two-year period.

Despite the UN arms embargo, the American armored vehicle manufacturer TAG and its Libyan partner Ismail Al-Shtewi have supplied several vehicles to rebel Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, African Intelligence reports. The LNA's 106th Brigade was able to take delivery of four Terrier LT-79 armored troop carriers.

As reported by the Budapest Business Journal, the Hungarian Ministry of Defense will get a total budget of HUF (Hungarian Forint) 616 billion (= EUR 1.865 billion) in 2020, Parliamentary State Secretary Szilárd Németh announced at a press conference held in the Ministry of Defense, reports.

As part of the series of flight trials of Pinaka missile system, two test firings have been conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The first trial was conducted on December 19, 2019, wherein one missile was fired at 75 kilometre range. The second trial was successfully conducted today from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the Odisha coast. The mission objective this trial was to test low range, functioning of live warhead along with its proximity initiation and salvo launch.

Switzerland’s Federal Office for Defence Procurement, armasuisse, belonging to the Federal Department of Defense, have chosen after an international competition Safran Vectronix AG, the Swiss subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense, to provide the country’s armed forces with its next generation of infrared handheld multifunction binoculars and night vision goggles (NVG). The corresponding federal budget was approved by the Swiss Parliament at the end of September 2019.

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