August 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to information released by the Australian Minister for Defence Industry, Hon Melissa Price on August 7, 2020, Australia has awarded $7.7 million contract with BAE Systems Australia to convert 16 M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carriers into Optionally Crewed Combat Vehicles (OCCVs), increasing the OCCV fleet available to 20 vehicles and support experimentation over two years. Conversions will be conducted in South Australia by BAE and in regional Victoria by Defence’s Joint Logistic Unit (Victoria).

According to information published by the U.S. Strategic Command on August 4, 2020, A joint team of United States Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen and Navy sailors launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with three test reentry vehicles from aboard the Airborne Launch Control System at 12:21 a.m. Pacific Time Aug. 4 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

NanoCommerce Sdn Bhd (NCSB), a subsidiary of NanoMalaysia Bhd, and Pulsar UAV Sdn Bhd (PUSB), have signed a partnership agreement to commercialise a hydrogen-powered drone also known as the High Endurance Fuel Cell Powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

On August 4, the Government of Canada announced that production on the first Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) has begun in London, Ontario at the General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada manufacturing facilities. These new vehicles will fulfill a variety of combat support roles such as that of Troop/Cargo Vehicle (TCV), ambulance, command post, and mobile repair and recovery.

Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay, Commanding General of the Philippine Army, greeted the reception of the newly-customized Mobile Command Center 4 (MCC4) KM-450, part of a fleet of mobile command posts which serve as coordinating venues between the Army Signal Regiment and other government agencies in the event of disasters or other crisis incidents, Defense Studies reports.

According to information published by the USSAA News website on August 4, 2020, U.S. Army is ready to field two types of laser weapon systems in 2022 including a 50-kilowatt laser weapon that will be used to destroy drone and artillery rockets and a 300-kilowatt laser weapon which will be able to shoot down cruise missiles.

As reported by Laurent Lagneau on Opex360, the current armored vehicles used by te French Gendarmerie, designated VBRG (Véhicules blindés à roues de la Gendarmerie, Wheeled Armored Vehicles of the Gendarmerie) have over 40 years of service. Often mentioned, their replacement has never been successful, while the maintenance in operational condition, despite all the goodwill in the world, is more and more complicated to ensure and imposes "cannibalization", that is to say to recover the good parts on other vehicles to make continue to operate those which are still in an acceptable condition. Of the 155 VBRG delivered to the Gendarmerie Mobile for its law enforcement missions, only around 80 remain operational.

The reconnaissance units and special forces of the Russian Airborne Forces will be the first to receive the new Typhoon-VDV armored vehicles. The commander of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov, said that, this year, the paratroopers will receive a batch of Kamaz K-4386 Typhoon-VDV for trial operation. Mass deliveries of it to the troops are expected in 2021. Earlier it was reported that whole battalions would receive these armored vehicles.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., an Israeli-based defense technology company, have signed a joint venture to establish an Iron DomeTM Air Defense Missile Weapon System production facility in the United States. The new partnership, called Raytheon RAFAEL Area Protection Systems, anticipates finalizing a site location before the end of the year.

Galvion, a world leader in innovative head protection systems and power management solutions, has signed a new contract to supply the Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO), with a suite of helmet systems. Awarded following a full and open competition, the 7-year contract is worth approximately USD $23.5 million.

According to information released by the Balkan Security Network on August 2, 2020, Serbia could acquire Chinese-made air defense missile systems called FK-3, the export version of the HQ-22. In 2019, the Serbian State Defense Company Yugoimport has published in 2019 its annual business report that mentioned an important foreign for the procurement of Chinese FK-3.

BAE Systems has completed its acquisition of the Collins Aerospace Military Global Positioning System (GPS) business from Raytheon Technologies Corporation, bringing decades of experience, innovative technology, and an extensive installed base of products to the company.

According to a press release published by Lockheed Martin on July 30, 2020, Armasuisse (Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement) contracted Lockheed Martin (LMT) for a fleet of Indago 3 small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with options for spares, training and tech support and additional systems for the Swiss Army. Indago provides aerial reconnaissance in environments unreachable by normal fixed-wing, unmanned aircraft systems.

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