April 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


General Dynamics Land Systems – UK unveils a further variant of its best-in-class AJAX Family of Vehicles (FoV). The Brimstone Anti-tank Guided Missile 'Overwatch' variant, demonstrated in collaboration with MBDA, could operate in the vanguard of the British Army's future Heavy Brigade and Deep Recce Strike Combat Teams, providing vital force protection for the more dispersed force and ensuring the integrity of long-range persistent surveillance.

According to information published by the U.S. Army on April 23, 2021, the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (5-4 ADA), a subordinate unit under the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command has received the first Mobile Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) systems based on Stryker A1 8x8 armored vehicle.

Innovation is part of FN Herstal’s DNA. Since its inception in 1889, FN Herstal has continuously brought innovative, small caliber-oriented solutions to Defense and Security professionals, with most of them becoming world references. The company is about to launch a new weapon of a so-far-undisclosed type, on May 6, 2021.

AM General participated in a delivery ceremony on April 2021 for three Bastion armored personnel carriers (APC) to the Kosovo Ministry of Interior for use with their police special forces. The ceremony also marked the first completed order stemming out of a partnership agreement with Arquus, a global French defense manufacturer of military mobility solutions.


The Vietnamese army (PAVN) still operates a modernized version of the Soviet-era T-54 MBT, hence its designation of T-54M. Local modernization of the T-54s had been carried out at state-owned Factory Z153 as early as 2016 though an older prototype T-54M3 was around since 2012.

Arnold Defense, St. Louis based manufacturer of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, together with Thales, has achieved formal certification to fire the Thales FZ90 2.75-inch rocket from the complete range of Arnold Defense rocket launchers. Working in partnership with Thales, Arnold Defense successfully certified their long-standing LAU and M-Series (lightweight) air-to-ground range of launchers and their more recently released MLHS and FLETCHER ground-to-ground launchers.

Magistr-SV air defense automatic controls, which surveys the airspace by outside and inbuilt means and coordinate air defense combat, has been accepted into service, the Military-Industrial Courier writes. Vega CEO Vyacheslav Mikheev said the system comprises an optical-electronic station, an outside electronic monitoring device, a small radar detector and a radio-technical reconnaissance station. Magistr-SV was designed by Rubin enterprise of the Vega Concern of Roselectronika.

Kalætron RWR is a fully digital and software-defined, ultra-wideband Radar Warning System (RWS) with an outstanding multi-signal capability shown in operational flight test scenarios. By using state-of-the-art digital technology, the Kalætron RWR combines a higher sensitivity, lower latency and higher instantaneous bandwidth ever seen to reliably detect even entirely new radar modes within a dense environment.

The Ground Alerter 10 is a portable C-RAM system for force protection, combat-proven in various missions, such as convoy protection, camp protection and has saved many lives in the recent past. Its integrated alert network warns military personnel of missile and mortar threats by generating an acoustic and visual alert at the estimated impact point area. This takes place as soon as the trajectory indicates an imminent impact in the respective safety area and the system simultaneously provides reliable data on the firing position at an early stage to facilitate necessary countermeasures.

Polus-ST LLC announces additional mobile network administration and visual surveillance capabilities for the Radiobarrier Wireless Perimeter Security System. A new Camera Trap Kit (CTK) with a GSM module allows receiving and transmitting system data between the deployed Radiobarrier sensors and the remote command and control centre through mobile internet protocols.

Lancet and KYB loitering munitions of Zala Aero company were engaged in strikes at terrorist targets in Syria, Rossiya 1 TV channel reported. It showed Lancet with a 3-kg warhead taking off from a catapult. The sorties took place in Idleb province and targeted terrorists of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, which is outlawed in Russia. The loitering munition was accompanied by a drone, which detected a pickup with terrorist warlords. The target was destroyed by the warhead. Other footage showed Lancet destroying a machinegun point of terrorists. However, Rossiya 1 report about KYB engagement during the attack in Idleb in October 2015 is dubious, as the loitering munition was presented only in 2019.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense announced on April 14 that the U.S. donated to Lithuania M72 LAWs (Light Antitank Weapon) which will be used to arm the National Defence Volunteer Force of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. This is not the first time the United States boosts the Lithuanian defence by investing several tens of millions of dollars in its weaponry.

Hanwha Defense has signed an exclusive teaming agreement with Oshkosh Defense for the digital design phase of the US Army's next-generation combat vehicle program. The agreement is followed by Hanwha Defense's recent success in Australia's LAND 400 Phase 3 armored vehicle modernization program and LAND 8116's acquisition of the AS9 Self-Propelled Howitzer and AS10 fully-automated Armored Ammunition Resupply Vehicle.

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