July 2020 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


On July 31, 2020, Rheinmetall broadcasted a video showing a new main battle tank, fitted with new armor and a 130mm gun. Rheinmetall’s 130 mm smoothbore technology for main battle tanks (MBT) embodies a significant lethality leap in times of more sophisticated protection systems and increasing threats. Combined with a state-of-the-art auto-loader, this system is the latest evolvement in Rheinmetall’s, MBT. Update: the new tank seems to be based on British Challenger 2 MBT. 

The EDIDP programme (European Defence Industrial Development Programme) has been designed in order to reinforce the European Union’s strategic autonomy in Defence. Novadem has integrated a consortium of 10 other French, Belgian, and Cypriot companies and institutions. Together they will collaborate on a project called LynkEUs.

New information about the Turkish armored amphibious assault vehicle – ZAHA/Marine assault Vehicle project to be operated from the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship TCG Anadolu has been released. FNSS will deliver a total of 27 vehicles: 23 personnel carriers, 2 command and control vehicles and 2 recovery vehicles.

In 2023, the Panzergrenadier Brigade 37 "Free State of Saxony" will form the core of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), an association with a very high level of operational readiness. Two truck models from Rheinmetall MAN, with payloads of 5 and 15 tons, are used to perform transport tasks. The 65 UTF’s with their 440 hp engines replace the MAN vehicles that have served for 40 years.

Following a decision of President Donald Trump, the United States will bring some American service members home from their forward stationed assignments in Germany, while other service members will move to other locations in Europe, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said.

The Hunter AFV has been jointly developed by ST Engineering, Defence Science and Technology Agency, and the Singapore Army. It was commissioned in 2019. It is the Singapore Army's first fully digitalized platform and is designed to provide armored forces with enhanced capabilities to operate more effectively and efficiently in various phases of military operations.

In its restructuring program, the U.S. Marine Corps is implementing its plans to cut tank battalions and reduce infantry units over the next 10 years while investing in new capabilities involving other equipment. “Developing a force that incorporates emerging technologies and a significant change to force structure within our current resource constraints will require the Marine Corps to become smaller and remove legacy capabilities,” the command said.

On July 24, 2020, the State Enterprise Design Bureau Luch (Kiev) and State Company Artem presented a sample of the modernized GKKB Luch combat vehicle 9P149 of the Soviet-era self-propelled anti-tank missile system 9K114 Shturm-S. The testing of the upgraded system is scheduled to begin in the near future.

Engineered and manufactured at Torsus’ production plant in Slovakia, the heart of this unique 4x4 vehicle manufacturing in Central Europe, the designer’s team applied its expert knowledge gained from producing the Praetorian, the world’s first production off-road bus, to design a new ultra-tough 4x4 minibus.

In preparation for its delivery to the German Armed Forces, the German Heron TP UAV has completed its first flight in the skies of the State of Israel, Israel Aerospace Industries inform. The UAV was modified according to the needs and requirements of the German Ministry of Defense.

According to a video released on the YouTube account of the British Army on July 27, 2020, last week the British army received the first six ARES, the APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) version in the Ajax family of tracked armored vehicles that will replace the fleet of CVR-T light reconnaissance tracked armored vehicles in service with the British Army for decades.

JSC Rosoboronexport and JSC Omsktransmash (part of JSC Concern Uralvagonzavod), which are subsidiaries of the Rostec State Corporation, have demonstrated the TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system to a number of foreign customers at the Nizhny Tagil Institute of Metal Testing's (NTIIM's) Staratel Proving Ground in Nizhny Tagil.

The Singapore Army is testing an exoskeleton designed by Mawashi Science and Technology, a Canadian defense innovation company, Ashley Tan reports on Mothership: the Singapore Army is "constantly looking for ways to enhance the performance of our soldiers", the Singapore MoD stated, and the exoskeleton technology is on example the Centre of Excellence for Soldier Performance (CESP) is currently studying.

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