January 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to a press release published on January 25, 2021, DRDO (Indian Defense Research and Development Organization) conducted the successful maiden launch of Akash-NG (New Generation) Missile from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha on 25 January 2021. Akash-NG is a new generation Surface to Air Missile meant for use by the Indian Air Force with an aim of intercepting high maneuvering low RCS (radar-cross-section) aerial threats.

In 2019, the Royal Thai Army launched a program to upgrade its Type-85 tracked vehicles to extend their service life beyond their current lifespan of about 35 years, Defense Studies reports. The improvement consisted namely in changing the original German-made Deutz BF8L 413F 4-stroke air-cooled diesel engine developing 320 hp (240 kW)

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Rafael Systems Global Sustainment (RSGS), a U.S. subsidiary of Rafael, demonstrated the Spike SR (Short Range) missile at the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) 2021 earlier this month.

The Central Scientific Research Institute of Precise Mechanical Engineering of the State Corporation Rostec will hand over the 9x19 RG120 Aspid sports self-loading pistol and its RG120-1 modification for approbation to law enforcement agencies and shooting clubs. The feedback received will help to refine the weapon and successfully pass the tests.

"The fall of a Russian Pantsir-S1 air-defence gun-missile system into U.S. hands is terrible news and a negative fact for Russia, but it is not a tragedy". This statement is of the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences, Sergey Modestov, Bulgarian Military reports.

Commander Pasmar 1 (Danpasmar 1) Brigadier General TNI (Mar) Hermanto, took part on January 27 to a technical discussion on the modernization of the PT-76 Tanks operated by the Indonesian Marine Corps (Marinir). This was at least partly an assessment of a modernization completed last year, as published by Army Recognition on May 23, 2020.

One of the keys to success in war is learning from experience and adapting as a result. That is just what happened when a team from the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) visited British tank units in Estonia. The British army reports on its website.

On January 22, the 82nd Infantry Regiment "Torino" (82 ° Reggimento Fanteria "Torino") of the mechanized brigade "Pinerolo" (Brigata meccanizzata "Pinerolo") of the Italian army, stationed in Barletta, received the first 12 light tactical armored vehicles LMV 2 (Italian military designation : VTLM 2 NEC, or Lince 2) manufactured by Iveco Defense Vehicles, BMPD Live Journal reports.

MBDA has fired an MMP missile from a remotely operated turret mounted on a 4×4 vehicle for the first time. This demonstration was the third scenario of the MMP firing campaign carried out at the Canjuers military camp in the south of France, and took place with the support of the French army and of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA, French Procurement Agency).

In June 2017, Liebherr received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to deliver a total of 71 armoured mobile and recovery cranes worth around 150 million euros. The final two of the total of 33 type G-BKF armoured recovery cranes left the Liebherr plant in Ehingen on 10 December 2020. The majority of the total of 38 type G-LTM armoured mobile cranes have also been delivered. The final six machines are scheduled for delivery in 2021.

NATO has selected Thales to provide the first certified defence cloud solution that can be deployed in the theatre of operations in less than 24 hours. Thales was selected after a worldwide competitive tendering process on the basis of its defence systems integration know-how. With this contract, the Group enters a new market sector and demonstrating its capacity to integrate the best civil and commercial technologies available and to adapt them to the needs of the armed forces.

As part of the state defense order, the Ukrainian Department of Military-Technical Policy, Arms and Military Equipment Development, bypassing intermediaries, placed orders for the Armed Forces of Ukraine from direct manufacturers, contacting the NATO Support and Supply Agency. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has published a list of military orders for 2021 placed in NATO. This was reported by the Ukrainian edition "ArmyINFORM" echoed by, ToWar.ru website.

-A NATO customer has awarded Rheinmetall an order for artillery ammunition. The Group’s South African subsidiary, Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Pty) Ltd., will supply several thousand conventional and extended-range artillery shells of the Assegai family (Base Bleed and V-LAP) as well as M92 Assegai tactical modular charges. Delivery commenced in December 2020 and is to be complete by May 2021. The order is worth around €25 million.

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