MAY 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to Carlos E. Hernandez in Infodefensa, the 6th Corps of Engineers of the Venezuelan Army is advancing in the execution of the Project for the Restoration, Removal and Rehabilitation of its Lanza Puente Leguan System, which is part of the recovery plan for more than 500 weapon systems that the land component is carrying out.

According to information published on May 2021, the American company Lockheed Martin successfully delivered Sweden’s first air defense missile system Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors in April, providing the country with the world’s most advanced air defense missile that uses Hit-to-Kill technology to defend against incoming threats.

On 14 April, MBDA and Nexter participated in the first lock-on firing of an MMP medium-range missile from a Jaguar armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle (EBRC). The French defense procurement agency (DGA) carried out the firing at their Land Techniques Test Centre as part of the Jaguar qualification. Launched from the retractable pod on the Jaguar’s turret in a two-missile configuration, the MMP successfully hit its target.

Rheinmetall has won a pioneering land forces order of pan-European and NATO-wide significance. The British Ministry of Defence has contracted with the Düsseldorf-based technology group to modernize the British Army’s main battle tank fleet. In all, 148 Challenger 2 main battle tanks will be upgraded with the 120mm smoothbore main armament from Rheinmetall, together with a completely new turret structure, including state-of-the-art digital system architecture.

A military parade to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War took place on Moscow’s Red Square on May 9, the official date of the unconditional surrender act signed in Berlin by Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel.

Rheinmetall has just unveiled the HX3, the latest generation of its globally tried-and-tested HX family of heavy-duty trucks. Completely redesigned, this future-proof military truck addresses contemporary military and automotive megatrends by drawing on innovative new technologies. Among other things, users can expect better protection, improved mobility, enhanced driving comfort as well as a digital interface architecture for greater operational flexibility and future performance upgrades. At the same time, the valued core strengths of the HX2 and the family concept are retained.

The Marder infantry fighting vehicle celebrates its 50th anniversary on May 7, 2021: it was half a century ago, on 7 May 1971, that the Bundeswehr (German Army) took formal delivery of the first serially produced vehicles. This took place at simultaneous ceremonies in Kassel and Kiel – the corporate seats of the legendary IFV’s original manufacturers, Thyssen-Henschel and Krupp MaK. Both companies have belonged to Rheinmetall since 1999 and 2001, respectively.

From May 1 until May 11, approximately 2,500 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel are taking part in Exercise Maple Resolve 21 in Wainwright, Alberta. This is the Canadian Army’s largest and most complex annual training exercise. This essential event ensures our soldiers are prepared to deploy in support of Canadians in any capacity, including combat operations.

Russia succeeded to quickly create from scratch and launch batch production of cross-country vehicles fully made of domestic components for the armed forces. The Special Operations and Airborne Forces are armed with AM-1 all-terrain and AS-1 snow-going vehicles, while the Russian Guard operates Chabroz buggy, the Zvezda weekly writes.

Belgium-based designer and manufacturer of small caliber weapons, associated weapon systems and ammunition FN Herstal announces on May 6, 2021, the entry of a brand-new machine gun with unique features, the FN EVOLYS™. With this new addition to FN Herstal’s product portfolio, the Company definitely intends to write a new chapter in the history of machine guns.

Faced with a multiplication of crises, the European Union wants to get a new rapid intervention military force. A proposal supported by 14 countries will be discussed for the first time on May 6 by the defense ministers in Brussels, a discussion that involves the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, Belga news agency reports.

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