February 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News



Tanzanian President John Magafuli has opened a Chinese-built training centre for the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF). The Comprehensive Training Centre (CTC) was officially opened during a ceremony on 6 February, 2018 at Mapinga in Bagamoyo District, Coast Region. It was attended by Chinese ambassador Wang Ke.

The British Army is seeking to extend the service life of the Challenger 2 main battle tank through to 2035. The current competition opposes two candidates a competition in the framework of its Life Extension Programme (LEP) that opposes two candidates whose vehicles are currently submitted to a 24-month assessment phase due to end this year. A 227-tank market is at stake, with a decision expected for mid-2019.

BAE Systems and Patria have selected RUAG Australia to produce the advanced high-level protection for their Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV), the AMV35, and RUAG Switzerland will transfer the technology to RUAG Australia to enable this to happen. The agreement substantially boosts Australia’s capability in the area of advanced protection solutions and means ballistic armour for the AMV35 8x8 combat vehicle will be manufactured in Australia by Australians.

Alexander Mikheev, Director General of JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation), attended an extended meeting of the Bureau of the Russian Engineering Union and the Bureau of the League of Assistance to Defense Industry Enterprises. The meeting was devoted to summarizing the Union’s activities in 2017 and discussing the immediate challenges.

Lockheed Martin software has been simultaneously flying, on average, at least six unmanned aircraft during every hour of the last 25 years, completing missions as diverse as reconnaissance, inspection, mapping and targeting. The company is now launching VCSI, a new vehicle control software, as the culmination of more than two decades of experience and 1.5 million hours of operational use.

Last week, personnel from C Squadron, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG), took part in their penultimate training exercise before they travel to Poland as part of the UK contribution to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) deployment in support of Europe’s security.

On February 20, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) recently received a single award IDIQ contract with a maximum potential value of $81,000,000 from a U.S. Government Agency related to unmanned drone systems and associated command, control, and communications.

On 20 February, an industry consultation day took place in Melbourne for Australian businesses looking to score a piece of the work in main battle tank upgrade and armoured breaching and bridging projects.

February 20, 2018, India has performed test fires of its local-made Agni II nuclear-capable ballistic missile, this the third test of ballistic missile systems by Indian armed forces in February 2018, after the Agni-I Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile and Prithvi-II tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile under the control of the India’s Strategic Forces Command and Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

On February 20, Jordan has taken delivery of 150 units of M577 Command Post vehicles, a version of the battle-proven M113 APC. They are a gift from the US government to be used in combat and for border protection, according to an official statement.

According a news released by the India Today Newspaper website, Indian army seeks to purchase 150 new infantry armoured vehicles. A proposal to acquire 150 infantry combat vehicles could be placed before a high-level meeting of the defense ministry headed by Nirmala Sitharaman this week.

According to a news released on the Russian press agency TASS website on February 19, 2018, Iraq has received the first batch of 36 T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs) under an arms contract with Russia, Shafaq News reported on Monday, citing Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army, Lieutenant-General Othman Al-Ghanmi.

According to the Morroccan newspaper Hasparis issued on February 18 and cited by SDArabia Security and Denfense Arabia websites, Morocco is strengthening its artillery arsenal with China-made WS-2D multiple-rocket launcher systems (MLRS).


The Pakistani army’s press service said last week that the troops being sent to Saudi Arabia “will not be employed outside” the kingdom, most probably referring to the fighting in Yemen.

Cobra Gold is an annual exercise conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand. The 2018 iteration (the 37th one) runs from February 13-23 with seven full participating nations. Exercise Cobra Gold is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together a robust multinational force to address shared goals and security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region.

Iran has offered to supply Iraq with heavy military equipment and armament, including artillery and armored vehicles. A sensitive proposal, considering the current US assistance to the Iraqi government and army.

According to a new published to the Russian press agency TASS website, on February 6, 2018, Moscow and Bangkok have signed an agreement on the supply of Russia’s world-renowned Kalashnikov assault rifles. The first shipment is scheduled for this year, according to Mikhail Petukhov, Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).

Pearson Engineering has signed an agreement with the ARTEC consortium to manufacture the Boxer armoured vehicle in the UK alongside BAE Systems and Thales UK. Should the vehicle be chosen for the British Army’s MIV (Mechanised Infantry Vehicle) requirement, the British ARTEC partners will secure up to 1,000 British jobs.

On February 15, 2018, government of Romania has approved the acquisition of American-made M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System). According to the Romania-Insider website, Romania will make a payment of around to $1 billion on February 28 to acquire the first HIMARS rocket/missile system.

Finland's Ministry of Defense (MoD) will acquire new automatic guns for BMP-2MD “Torch” infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), according to local media outlets. The request for guns worth EUR 8 million ($9.1 million) was approved by the country's Defense Minister Jussi Niinisto.

“Fire trials of Tor-M2DT prototype on the chassis of two-section prime mover for operations in the Arctic and the Extreme North have been successfully completed at Kapustin Yar range, in the Astrakhan region”, the Defense Ministry said. “The fire in bursts was held to assess aiming precision at two targets. Live fire was held from one combat vehicle in a complicated aiming situation and jamming of two targets imitating cruise missiles," it said.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov has announced February 12, 2018, that Russia will annually procure an average of 200 main battle tanks (MBTs). Currently, T-72B3 main battle tanks are the backbone of the Russian armed forces, but there is plan to deliver first T-14 Armata to the 1st guards tank regiment of Taman division.

On February 14, Switzerland's Federal Council approved the Army Plan 2018 (AP18) outline for parliamentary consideration. The plan outlines three priorities, including modernizing some air force systems, supplementing army equipment (new clothing and equipment, primarily ballistic body protection vests), and developing training infrastructure.

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