April 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Relations between Greece and Saudi Arabia are at their highest level, Makis Pollatos reports in Greek City Times. Saudi F-15 fighter jets arrived in Crete for co-training with Greek fighter jets. Furthermore, Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos will travel to Riyadh on April 20 to sign an agreement for the deployment of a Greek Patriot air defense missile system to Saudi Arabia.

In the wake of what Army Recognition already reported on September 6, 2020, while talks between India and China are yet to see a conclusive result, the Chinese army has deployed its HQ-9 long-range air defense systems near the de facto border in Ladakh, raising the tensions in the region. Ayush Jain reports on Eurasian Times.

Russia’ Rezonans-N radar, capable of spotting hypersonic missiles and deployed on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in November last year, will enter service no later than in June 2021, Rezonans Science and Research Center Director General Alexander Shramchenko has told TASS. "The third Rezonans-N radar station will go on combat duty on Novaya Zemlya this May or June," he said.

As reported by Army Recognition on April 7, the U.S. Army has selected BAE Systems and Oshkosh to deliver two prototype vehicles for evaluation as a potential solution for the Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) program. Whether operating in swamps or the frozen arctic, BAE Systems’ Beowulf is based on proven, existing solutions and capable of moving personnel and cargo under the most remote and harshest conditions.

EDA participates this week in the Exercise ‘Locked Shields 2021’, the largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defence exercise organised from 13-16 April by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE). Taking place every spring since 2010, the exercise puts this year a special focus on the need for cyber defenders and strategic decision-makers to understand the numerous interdependencies between national IT systems.

Lockheed Martin is addressing the accelerating demand for space-enabled warfighting capabilities with a new line of rapid, integrated and affordable tactical Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) satellites. These satellites, based on Lockheed Martin’s LM 400 mid-size bus, enable tactical warfighters to track moving targets at long ranges and operate in contested and denied environments -- on compressed timelines at the scale of battle.

Tsniitochmash of Rostec State Corporation has completed acceptance tests of the new semi-automatic 19x9 RG-120 and RG-120-1 Aspid pistols. The new weapon has turned out to be four times more reliable than its initial technical specifications presupposed.

Serbian Armed Forces and Ministry of the Interior units are conducting intensive training activities as part of the joint live-fire exercise “Response 2021”. Members of the Army, Air Force and Air Defence, 72nd Special Operations Brigade, 63rd Parachute Brigade, Gendarmerie and the Ministry of the Interior’s Special Anti-Terrorist and Helicopter Units are taking part in the exercise.

The Russian Armed Forces are now trained to operate the Pantsir-S self-propelled anti-aircraft gun-missile (SPAAGM) system (NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound) against ground targets, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) : “The crews of Pantsir-S SPAAGMs of the Western Military District have practiced engaging light armored vehicles of a simulated enemy at the Ashuluk range in the Astrakhan Region,” said the MoD in a news release. The troops used 30 mm automatic guns to engage the targets.

On April 3, 2021, the predominantly armored tactical combined arms sub-grouping (SGTIA, Sous-groupement tactique interarmes) of the Lynx 9 mission began Exercise Bold Eagle in the vicinity of Tapa, Estonia. In addition to the French SGTIA, this exercise mobilizes American, British and Estonian troops.

In the early morning hours on 10 Apr, 2021, special operations forces at Ramstein, Germany, assigned to the 352d Special Operations Wing, loaded the 41st Field Artillery Brigade’s M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in preparation for a cross-theater Rapid Aerial Insertion operation to Romania. This is just one of a series of related missions demonstrating the U.S. European Command’s ability to quickly employ long-range precision fires in a time and place of their choosing to support NATO allies and partners.

The original Reva Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) is a mine-protected vehicle (MRAP). It is produced by Integrated Convoy Protection. Other variants than the APC available are: command and control vehicle, ambulance, recovery vehicle, VIP transport, and now antitank missile and mortar carrier using a deeply modified shape of the original vehicle.

As announced by Army Recognition on April 20, Taiwan reconfirmed its intention to increase the tank component in the ranks of its army and simultaneously modernize it, amid increasing tension with China. At the same time, the command notes that "the United States of America will provide assistance in this plan." Reports say that about $ 1.3 billion will be allocated to modernize the fleet of armored vehicles of Taiwan's 6th Army Corps, Novosti reports.

The Special Machine-Building Design Bureau (SKBM, a subsidiary of Rostec’s holding High-Precision Weapons) is developing the newest Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) on schedule, the press department of High-Precision Weapons told TASS on April 7.

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