February 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on February 5, 2021, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) of AN/PRC-158 Manpack UHF SATCOM Radio Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $65 million.

KBP Instrument Design Bureau (part of High Precision Weapons holding company of Rostec) has started developing the world's first multi-purpose anti-tank guided missile system (ATGM), which can effectively shoot down drones, announced the Industrial Director of the Rostec State Corporation, Bekkhan Ozdoev.

The Australian federal government has announced it will acquire new fleets of Australian-built amphibious vehicles and landing craft. It will invest up to $800 million to upgrade the ADF's amphibious vehicles and landing craft, as part of the Army Littoral Manoeuvre – Light project, LAND 8710 Phase 1 program.

The 2nd U.S. Cavalry Regiment (2CR) has received its Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) at Rose Barracks, Germany. The new combat vehicles will replace the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, more commonly known as a Humvee, and provides 2CR a vehicle with improved armor, a more powerful engine and increased durability.

The design of the light Lasok air-portable armored vehicle corresponds to the global trend in the development of armored automobiles, Sergey Tolmachev, Director of the Innovative Chassis Company, told TASS : “Lasok 4-P prototype was created due to detailed analysis of combat operations in various local conflicts and is designed for commandos, advanced units and reconnaissance groups (three vehicles per detachment), as well as patrol and operations of engineering assault units in complicated city conditions, mountains and cross-country terrain”.

China successfully conducted a land-based, mid-course antiballistic missile (ABM) technical test on February 4 in a move experts said showed China's mastery of the technology as the country's antiballistic missile system gradually matures and becomes more reliable. Liu Xuanzun reports in Global Times.

SpearUAV, Israeli developer and supplier of Unmanned Aircraft Systems solutions for defence and Homeland Security applications, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian company Paras Aerospace, a subsidiary of Paras Defence and Space Technologies, to introduce the unique encapsulated Ninox 40 system to the Indian market for use by military forces, paramilitary, internal security, and law enforcement agencies.

According to a Tweet published by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) on February 1, 2021, the Israel Missile Defense Organization in the MOD and Rafael have completed a successful series of flight tests of a new and upgraded version of the Iron Dome, Israeli-made dual mission counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) and Very Short Range Air Defense (VSHORAD) system.

Royal Marines have deployed to the ice of the Arctic as the next generation of winter warriors are put through their paces in one of the world’s most extreme environments. All deployed marines have been through a rigorous quarantine period, with UK troops to conduct training in a bubble and in line with the Covid-19 guidelines of host nation, Norway.

Mack Defense and Phillips & Temro Industries (PTI) have partnered to prepare the U.S. Army M917A3 Heavy Dump Trucks (HDT) for harsh cold temperatures with an engine heating solution that allows the trucks to start and operate more efficiently and effectively in extreme cold weather.

Arnold Defense, a St.Louis based manufacturer of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, has teamed with MSI Defense Solutions, the North Carolina based specialist defense company to deliver integration solutions for Arnold’s unique Fletcher land-based, laser guided rocket launcher system. The Fletcher precision guided 2.75-inch/70mm weapon system was first unveiled in 2017 at DSEi in London with several recent contracts being announced in October 2020.

Sensor specialist Hensoldt will modernize the artillery location radar Cobra which is in service with several NATO armies. Under a contract awarded by the multinational procurement organization Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matière d’Armement (OCCAR) – Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation, Hensoldt will replace the Radar Target Gene-rator (RTG), a core element for the test environment of Cobra indispensable for determining optimum deployment and testing system performance.

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