AUGUST 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to website, the BMP-2/2K Sarath infantry fighting vehicles in service with the Indian army will undergo modernization. According to the press service of the Indian Ministry of Defense, the Land Force has already launched a program to modernize them.

According to Defence Web, several new armored vehicles were unveiled by Chad’s army during a parade in the capital N’Djamena earlier this month to celebrate the African country’s 61 years of independence.

Finland and Latvia together with Patria have signed a Frame Agreement for a production phase management of the joint 6x6 armoured vehicle. Within this agreement, the parties involved can exercise joint procurement management, achieving technical and economic benefits from the overall procurement scope of the programme.

This year, from 28 to 29 August, the Hungarian armed forces are hosting the International Air Show at Kecskemét air force base for the first time since 2013. It centers on the ongoing modernization of the Hungarian military. As one of Hungary’s most important partners, Rheinmetall will be on hand at the event to tell about its current projects and products.

According to ChannelsTV, the Kebbi state government of Nigeria said it has locally fabricated armored personnel carriers for the military as part of efforts to fight banditry in the state. According to a statement signed by the government spokesperson, Yahaya Sarki, the vehicles would help provide appropriate transport to security services for combat operations.

Russia has said that deliveries of Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to Myanmar are on track despite February’s military coup in the Southeast Asian country. Myanmar and Russia struck the deal for the Pantsir systems in January 2021. Dmitry Shugayev, a Russian weapons official, said : "We will deliver (the systems) in line with the terms and conditions stipulated in the contracts".

American Rheinmetall Vehicles has signed a Master Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center (DEVCOM AC). This CRADA allows the DEVCOM AC and American Rheinmetall Vehicles to collaborate on a regular basis to develop integrated combat vehicle weapon, fire control, and ammunition technologies.

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected General Dynamics Mission Systems to provide an additional 30 CTS-6025 Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Test Sets via a multi-million-dollar contract. The recent order, executed by General Dynamics Mission Systems’ U.K.-based distributor, Muirhead Aerospace, is based on the success of the 30 units that were delivered last year, bringing the total number of units ordered by the U.K. MoD to 60.

Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation has delivered a batch of T-14 Armata tanks to the Russian armed forces, Rostec First Deputy CEO Vladimir Artyakov said at the Army 2021 international military and technical forum: "We have shipped upgraded T-90 Proryv tanks, a pilot batch of T-14 Armata tanks and continue the deliveries of Pantsir-S [NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound] systems," Artyakov said.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command recently organized large-scale joint exercises in a snowy plateau region, in which the troops operated some of the PLA's latest weapons and equipment and practiced multidimensional tactics with the goal of target elimination. Liu Xuanzun reports in Global Times.

During the parade to celebrate the 30th Independence Day of Ukraine (24 August), the first four T-64BM2 main battle tanks belonging to the 92nd Mechanized Brigade were presented, Defence 24 reports. According to the representatives of the Kharkiv Tank Works, the entire company of T-64 tanks is currently being modernized to a new standard, which will be used for operational tests. The tanks received a new communication and positioning system, a thermal imaging sight and a 1,000hp engine.

According to information released on August 23, 2021, the Australian Government Department of Defense has signed a $158 million contract with Australian infrastructure services giant Ventia to upgrade the current fleet of ADF (Australian Defence Forces) engineering vehicles, providing the ADF with a further 291 vehicles. These will include cranes, excavators, bulldozers, loaders, telehandlers, forklifts, graders, and rollers.

New weapons include Tornado-G, Uragan-1M, and Tornado-S multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). They replace old Grad, Uragan, and Smerch. All the three new MLRS are serially produced with new munitions, which include precision rockets.

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