JULY 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Thales has been selected to provide Poland's land forces with five tactical combat training systems “Combat Staff Trainer systems”. The award is the first export contract for this tactical combat training system, which is already in service with the French Army. Thales is a European leader in advanced simulation-based tactical training with a system used to train personnel at several levels, from dismounted soldiers to battalion commanders.

Typhoon-PVO armored vehicles debuted at May 9, 2021 parade in Red Square. They carry man-portable air defense systems (manpads) and will be shortly supplied to the armed forces. The Izvestia daily quoted Defense Ministry sources as saying all air defense units of the Eastern Military District would be armed with Verba 9K333 manpads, mobile radars, and Typhoon-PVO vehicles. The rearmament pace will depend on the fulfillment of the arms procurement order by the industry.

The last shipment of Spike LR anti-tank missiles for the Lithuanian Armed Forces Vilkas Infantry Fighting Vehicles was delivered to Lithuania at the end of June. The Spike LR anti-tank missile acquisition contract was completed and implemented by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) through cooperation with the OCCAR international organisation that executed the project.

Singaporean Minister for Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen visited Headquarters 6th Singapore Division/ Headquarters Sense and Strike (HQ 6 Div/HQ SS) at Mandai Hill Camp on 28 June 2021, the ministry reports on its website. During the visit, he was briefed on the progress made by the Singapore Army in its Next-Generation transformation and viewed a static display of some of the newly commissioned platforms of HQ SS.

BAE Systems received the first contract from the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Production Corps to deliver M-Code Military Global Positioning System User Equipment to Germany. Under a Foreign Military Sales contract, BAE Systems will deliver advanced M-Code GPS technology to Germany, enabling precise, resilient, and secure geolocation and positioning capabilities that improve the effectiveness of allied operations.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on July 1 that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (HET) with support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $445 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this sale.

U.S. Marines have begun receiving a new, explosive rocket launcher that provides additional protection and lethality in urban environments. In May 2021, Marine Corps Systems Command began fielding the M3A1 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapons System to infantry Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The MAAWS is a reloadable, recoilless rocket system intended to supplement existing shoulder-fired rocket capabilities. Matt Gonzales, Marine Corps Systems Command, reports.

Based on the success of Barrett's 2020 HF fax and data system used worldwide for the past 15 years, the new 4020 HF Radio Mailbox utilises new technologies to deliver seamless IMAP synchronised email over HF radio and onto users’ smart devices, a feature previously unavailable to the HF radio user.

WFEL, a world-leading supplier of rapidly deployable military bridges, has delivered several months earlier than scheduled the first of several new MGB Medium Girder Bridge systems to the British Army's Royal Engineers, under the contract awarded in October 2020. The complete MGB contract will be fulfilled by Dec 2025.

The SIMMT (Structure intégrée de maintien en condition opérationnelle des matériels terrestres, Integrated structure for maintaining land equipment in operational condition) has awarded Nexter and CKP Engineering a contract to test predictive maintenance on the Leclerc tank. The project was born in March 2020, a few months after the Forum Entreprises Défense (FED), during which CKP Engineering was hosted by the MCO-T and the GICAT in the show's innovation area.

U.S. company Draper is developing modeling and simulation (M&S) software that will enable scientists and engineers in the military to understand the effectiveness of resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technology on combat missions. Military researchers will use the software to model how potential PNT capabilities perform across air, sea and land.

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