December 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) transferred the first two Leguan bridge laying systems to the Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) during a celebratory handover ceremony. The Netherlands opted for a bilateral procurement approach with Germany in 2016 and ordered a total of eight Leguan CSB (Close Support Bridge) on Leopard 2 chassis, additional equipment and training simulators. The final system will be delivered to the Netherlands in 2021.

Lockheed Martin successfully tested its next-generation long-range missile designed for the U.S. Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. All test objectives were achieved. During the flight test, the PrSM was fired from Lockheed Martin's High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher and flew approximately 240 kilometers to the target area.

The Polish Ministry of Defense has signed contracts for the supply of 155mm shells for the tracked self-propelled howitzer Krab, and 5.56mm and 9mm rounds for personal weapons, Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter on Dec. 9. The total value of the contracts is PLN 815 mln (EUR 191 Mn).

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS has signed a contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) for delivery of the KONGSBERG PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station (RWS) to the Danish Army worth 270 MNOK. The system will be integrated on Denmark's new fleet of Piranha V 8x8 vehicles. The contract was won in an international competitive bidding process.

The Arjun Mk.1A, a 68-tonne indigenously designed main battle tank, is declared ready for production and to be inducted in the Indian army. It will be displayed at the 11th biennial edition of DefExpo India 2020 scheduled to be held in the Uttar Pradesh capital of Lucknow in February, Indian Defence Update writes.

FLIR Systems announced that its Kobra robot has been chosen for the U.S. Army’s Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) program. The five-year production contract to build upwards of 350 unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) is worth up to $109 million.

A new S-300V4 (NATO reporting name: SA-10 Grumble) air defense missile system has been delivered to Eastern Military District air defense units stationed in the Eastern Military District’s air defense forces received the S-300V4 system for the first time in the Jewish Autonomous Region located in Russia’s Far East, the Defense Ministry’s press office said.

Indonesia’s PT Pindad and Ghana’s Ministry of Defence have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) as part of efforts exploring the procurement of weapons and equipment, Defense News reports. The Letter of Intent was signed in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 22 November by the Managing Director of PT Pindad Abraham Mose with the Ghana Ministry of Defence represented by its Chief Director, Dr Evans A Dzikum.

Earlier this month, approximately 160 American soldiers with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters company deployed to Ukraine as Task Force Juvigny and assumed responsibility of the Joint Multinational Training Group - Ukraine at the Combat Training Center - Yavoriv. Cpl. Jared Saathoff reports on U.S. Army’s website.

In 2019, Belarusian military test-fired the upgraded Polonez and Uragan-M multiple rocket launch (MRL) systems, according to the head of the Department of Artillery and Missile Troops (AMT) of the Belarusian Armed Forces General Staff Lieutenant General Gennadiy Kozlovskiy.

Thailand received 10 more VT-4 main battle tanks from China this week, an army official said on Thursday, Dec. 5, three months after Bangkok took delivery of Stryker M1117 infantry combat vehicles from the United States. Araya Poejar and Nontarat Phaicharoen report on BenarNews.

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