March 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The Netherlands Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld announced on March 24 during a press conference at the Army Prepositioned Stock-2 Eygelshoven site that the Dutch government has agreed to provide 38 million euros toward facility upgrades and new construction at the U.S. Army’s APS-2 site in the Netherlands. Cameron Porter, 405th AFSB Public Affairs Officer, reports.

To meet the next challenges in warfare, through the Future Soldier transformation plan, a new highly-trained Army unit will be formed to conduct special operations. The new Ranger Regiment will be part of the Army Special Operations Brigade and will be made up of forces trained and ready for unconventional action. The Regiment will initially be based on four Infantry Battalions but will also select personnel from across the Army.

AeroVironment, a global leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), on March 25 announced that the U.S. Army exercised the second of three options under the sole source Flight Control Systems (FCS) domain of the Army’s multi-year small UAS contract on February 25, 2021. The value of the contract option is $20,979,905 and includes avionics and data link upgrade packages to modify radio frequencies employed by the Army’s existing fleet of Raven tactical UAS. The period of Performance ends June 30, 2022.

Joint training sessions together with US marines from the 2nd Marine Division take place several times a year in both the U.S. and in the Dutch Caribbean, Aruba Today reports. Camp Lejeune in North Carolina offers Dutch marines posted to the various islands in the Caribbean a unique opportunity to train at an advanced level with scarce enablers in, among other things, urban areas. The Dutch marines were hosted by Marine Expeditionary Force II (MEF).

Indian Defence orders 1,300 light specialist vehicles (LSVs) from Mahindra Defence in a contract worth RS1056 crore. While Mahindra and Mahindra is a renowned passenger car manufacturer that offers well-sorted SUVs and MPVs, the company also builds products for use by India’s defence forces.

Russia’s artillery units have integrated Orlan-10 and Takhion tactical reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with 2A65 Msta-B 152 mm towed howitzers. The system has been recently tested during an exercise of the Eastern Military District (VVO) troops at the Tsugol range in Zabaykalsky Krai, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD).

COHEMO, a Spanish company based in Madrid, is specialized in supply, engineering and maintenance in the defense sector with more than 30 years of experience as a partner of the Spanish army. The company was awarded the contract for the acquisition of two folding shooting target modules and their integrated logistical support, to be operated at Uceda (Guadalajara) and Siero (Asturias).

The Type 03 airborne infantry fighting vehicle, currently in service with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, will soon get a newly developed fire control system that will enable the air-droppable armored vehicle to fire while moving, a capability that can greatly enhance the vehicle’s combat performance, analysts said on March 21. Liu Xuanzun reports on Global Times.

Kalyani M4 is a multi-purpose armored vehicle, built for transporting troops in high altitude regions and harsh terrains, Kshitij Rawat reports on In February, the Indian Army had placed emergency orders for M4s. The vehicles will be built by Pune-based Bharat Forge (of the Kalyani Group), in partnership with Paramount Group (South Africa) whose Mbombe 4 has been adapted to Indian requirements.

On March 18, the British Army published that Defence Digital has announced the signing of a five-year, £150m Logistics Support Contract (LSC) with Babcock International Group. This contract considerably cuts costs for the Army, saving in the region of £50 million on the previous contract and will deliver essential replacement parts to soldiers in a fraction of the time they would have previously expected.

According to a press release published on March 19, 2021, the contract for the development of the SAMP/T NG (New Generation) air defense missile system for France and Italy has been signed today at OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) premises in France (Paris area) in the presence of the French Air and Space Force staff, the Italian Army staff, the OCCAR Director and National representatives of the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and of the Italian Armament Directorate (SGD).

Pictures published by Sova on Twitter on March 19 show a BM-21-1 (2B17) 122mm MRL of the 9K51 Grad type with a roof-mounted RP-377VM1 jammer. The vehicle is organic to the 6th Ind. Tank Brigade (1GvTA). These pictures were taken at Mulino during joint drills with the Belarusian army that took place from 15-19 March.

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