JULY 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Lockheed Martin has received a $160.5 million contract modification to produce additional High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. The award includes a foreign military sale of M142 HIMARS and related support services to Taiwan, the Department of Defense said Wednesday. April 30, 2023, is the estimated completion date of work under the modification.

Attempting to list the equipment available to the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo [FARDC]) is difficult; most figures are unreliable estimates based on known items delivered in the past. The figures below are from the IISS Military Balance 2014. Much of the Army's equipment is non-operational due to insufficient maintenance—in 2002 only 20 percent of the Army's armored vehicles were estimated as being serviceable.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense Cadets of the military training center of the Ural Federal University (UrFU), studying in the specialties "Operation and repair of engineering weapons" and "Commanders of engineering and sapper departments" for the first time worked out driving engineering equipment during a military internship at the training ground of the Central Military District (CVD) in Bashkiria.

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on July 17, 2021, U.S. Army Pacific Air and Missile Defense units working with Australian Defence Force counterparts completed the first-ever Patriot surface-to-air missile firing on Australian soil during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, July 16, 2021.

According to information released by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on July 16, 2021, the U.S. Marine Corps selected Textron Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems for Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle pre-award and will begin negotiations for Other Transaction Agreement awards of ARV prototypes. Pending successful negotiations, Army Contracting Command – Detroit Arsenal will award the ARV OTAs utilizing the Ground Vehicle Systems OTA with the National Advanced Mobility Consortium.

According to Jaroslaw Adamowski in Defense News, Poland’s Defence Ministry is reportedly preparing to buy about 250 M1 Abrams tanks from the United States, two months after it announced plans to buy 24 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones. In fact, the Abrams is the third existing design offered in the Wilk programme, alongside the Leopard 2 and the South Korean K2. The Wilk programme is aimed at selecting a replacement for the T-72/PT-91 MBTs.

According to information published on June 9, 2021, Eurosam, the Franco Italian consortium, which is co-owned by MBDA and Thales, signed a contract with OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’ARmement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) for the production of the mid-life refurbishment of ASTER missiles for Italy and the United-Kingdom.

According to Lim Chang-won in AJU Daily, Hyundai Rotem, a subsidiary of Hyundai auto group, has delivered two multi-purpose unmanned ground vehicles to the South Korean army for a six-month test period. It is the first unmanned vehicle to be introduced by South Korean troops.

Northrop Grumman Systems, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has been awarded a $3,860,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile ground subsystems support. This contract provides for sustaining engineering, maintenance engineering, test and assessment, modification of systems and equipment, software maintenance, developmental engineering, production engineering, repair and procurement.

In another historic event for the UK Defence industry, WFEL has commenced production of Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicles for the British Army at its new manufacturing plant in the NorthWest of England. It is a number of years since any new armoured vehicles have been manufactured in the UK.

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