SEPTEMBER 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Elbit Systems announced on September 9 the unveiling of the ARCAS, a built-in computerized Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered system that interfaces with the rifle’s Electro-Optical (EO) sight, with a helmet-mounted eyepiece and with the rifle’s assemblies, providing soldiers with real-time intuitive actionable combat information. ARCAS transforms assault rifles into digital, networked combat machines enabling a step-change in the lethality, mission effectiveness and survivability of dismounted soldiers in both day and night.

Kongsberg Defence Australia has announced the achievement of a critical production milestone for the LAND 19 Phase 7B program, successfully passing Factory Acceptance Tests of the first two Fire Distribution Centres (FDC) for the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems (NASAMS). As part of this program, Kongsberg Defence Australia is supporting Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace (KONGSBERG) and prime contractor, Raytheon Australia, to deliver the new Short-Range Ground-Based Air Defence capability to the Australian Army

Israel Weapon Industries – a member of the SK GROUP (founded by Mr. Samy Katsav), and a worldwide leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for governments, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world announced the additional procurement of the Micro-TAVOR assault rifle by the IDF, to be in service by infantry units.

According to information published by Ostara on September 7, 2021, the Lithuanian company seeks to use the potential of diesel fuel for innovative hybrid solutions. It intends to present a demonstrator of technologies used in the advanced hybrid side-by-side Krampus as early as this year, which can radically change understanding about light all-terrain-vehicles.

The High-Precision Weapons holding of the Rostec State Corporation is researching a design of a wheeled amphibious armored fighting vehicle with a 125mm cannon, said Vladimir Budaev, deputy chief designer of the Volgograd Tractor Plant (part of Kurganmashzavod, High-Precision Weapons holding company of Rostec State Corporation).

According to Radomir Ralev in SeeNews, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is in talks for the sale of Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missiles to Serbia, regional director Al Zaher said: "We are acting in Serbia together with state-owned defense products manufacturer Jugoimport-SDPR and we are working on the promotion of Spike LR2 rockets," Zaher said in a video file posted on the website of Serbian public broadcaster RTS on Thursday, September 2.

The countries of the Asia-Pacific Region account for approximately 50% of Russia’s defense exports, Dmitry Shugayev, Director General of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told Russian media: "China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Malaysia are among Russia’s main partners for military-technical cooperation in the region. These countries account for some 50% of Russia’s backlog of export defense orders," said Shugayev.

According to Defence and Technology, inspection and acceptance activities of the fourth and final delivery carried out within the scope of the ADOP-2000 Project 2nd Dissemination Contract with the Turkish army were completed with the conclusion of the functional tests of the systems.

Russia's Igla-S (NATO reporting name: SA-24 Grinch) shot down the newest Chinese-made TY-300D missile during the Clear Sky competition of the International Army Games 2021, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD). "A Russian officer was the only participant of the competition, who shot down a TY-300D vehicle imitating a high-speed aerial target at an altitude of 1,500 m", said the MoD in a news release.

On August 25, 2021, German company Rheinmetall and CSM Industry from Slovakia signed a Memorandum of Understanding and cooperation in the field of military vehicle production at the IDEB exhibition in Bratislava. Due to the planned purchase of new tracked vehicles for the Slovak army, it is primarily the production of the main components and parts of the Lynx KF41 combat vehicle.

According to information released on September 3, 2021, Belgium company FN Herstal, a global leader in the design and the manufacturing of small caliber weapons and weapon systems, has received a contract from the Norwegian Ministry of Defense for the delivery of 4,000 FN MINIMI® Mk3 (3rd generation) light machine guns in 7.62x51mm NATO caliber and associated initial spare parts over a 7-year period, and secondly, maintenance and support equipment over a 20-year period.

According to information published by the Defense Studies website on September 3, 2021, Thailand will acquire new 8x8 armored vehicles for its naval infantry units. Two vehicles are competitors for this acquisition including the R600 8x8 manufactured by Panus Assembly Co.,Ltd. and the Black Widow Spider (BWS) 8x8 designed by Preecha Thavorn Industry.

According to information released on September 2, 2021, Jankel, a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-specification defense, security and NGO protection systems, has announced the establishment of a major new UK-based military vehicle production capability. Situated in Coventry in the Midlands the new production line sits in the heart of the UK’s traditional automotive manufacturing hub and is surrounded by an extensive and comprehensive automotive supply chain within easy logistic reach.

According to information published by "The Jerusalem Post" on September 1, 2021, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was awarded a joint contract with Marlborough Communications Limited to manufacture four Remote Platoon Vehicles for the British armed forces. The contract was awarded under a UK Ministry of Defence program to obtain unmanned vehicles capable of supporting troops and limiting their direct exposure to threats.

The Turkish company FNSS has completed the design perfection process for KAPLAN MT (Medium Tank). FNSS of Turkey and PT Pindad of Indonesia have launched the development of the Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) project called Kaplan MT (Medium Tank) to address a request from the Indonesian army for a new medium tank.

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