February 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News



Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter successfully lifted (and set down) a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) during a demonstration. Using the single point hook, the helicopter hovered up to 100 feet for approximately 10 minutes while carrying the 18,870-pound vehicle.

According to Tasnim, two missiles of Qadr and Fajr-5 types were put on display during the rallies in Tehran on February 11 rallyes, while celebrating the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The army also displayed the latest version of its short-range, anti-armor missiles, namely Toufan 2-M during the rallies.

Nexter and Texelis are delighted at today's confirmation by Florence Parly, Minister of Armies, for the attribution of the supply of Lightweight Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles (VBMR Véhicules Blindés Multi-Rôles) for the French Army. The contract went through the “Direction Générale de l’Armement” (DGA) in the presence of Joël Barre, National Armament Director (NAD), and Bernard Barrera, Major General of the land forces.

The army of Azerbaijan has recently received a large batch of new military equipment from Russia, in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation. According a statement from the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan of February 8, 2018, the new Russian military equipment and combat vehicles were used during training exercises.

The Islamic State has lost control on its territories in Iraq (as well as in Syria). So, German Defense minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on February 12 that her country will switch military support to Iraqi armed forces in fighting against Islamic State by focusing on advice, training, logistics and medical assistance.

According to the newspaper website The Baltic Times, the Minister of Defense of Latvia will sign an agreement with the German Company EuroSpike GmbH to purchase the Israeli-made Spike anti-tank missile. EuroSpike is the prime contractor to market the Spike missile family for European customers.

As announced by the Belgian Ministry of Defense at a press conference in December 2017, the Belgian Air Force launched its air operations in Mali, Serge Van Heertum reports. To complete the tasks of tactical transport and medical evacuation, two of the 18th flight squadron's NH-90TTH “Caiman” (RN06 and RN07) left the Beauvechain base on February 5th.

Last week, India has test launched two types of missiles, 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). India’s Strategic Forces Command has performed these test launches as part of its annual military training exercise to test the combat readiness of the Indian Army’s missile forces..

Delicate wording to be found by the Belgian Defense to make Parliament accept the undeniable need to equip the army with drones corresponding to what an increasing number of countries are adopting in the 21st century, namely drones capable of firing missiles.

According to the Defense News website, the Turkish Defense industry would like to develop a local-made air defense system similar to the Isreali-made Iron Dome, a Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) and Very Short Range Air Defense (V-SHORAD) System. Some Turkish media have published that the project of the new Turkish-made air defense system could be named Golden Cage.

Russian Army Arctic brigades will be equipped with all-terrain Grad and Smerch MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System salvo fire weapons carried by Vityaz DT-30PM and DT-10PM all-terrain tracked cross-country vehicles which consists of two tracked vehicle units linked by a steering mechanism. The design allows Vityaz to drive off-road, overcome snow banks, deep snow, marshes and water obstacles. Experts believe the combat vehicles will considerably increase mobility and artillery fire power in the Arctic, the Izvestia daily writes.

United States could deliver this year Javelin anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine according to the Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak. The FGM-148 Javelin is an American-made man-portable anti-tank guided missile and employable fire-and-forget medium-range missile system. It was developed and built by a joint venture formed by American Companies Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

Why not in the US like in so many other countries? President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to plan a massive parade of the US armed forces in Washington to demonstrate the country’s military strength. Well, does anybody on Earth have any doubt about it?

In contrast to the trend observed for more than ten years, the French Ministry of Defense will see its budget reach 295 billion euros between 2019 and 2025. This budget effort with no such value in recent history will help stop the slow erosion of the French military capacity.

Team Polaris is displaying its advanced MRZR ® X multi-mode, connected vehicle platform for the first time this week at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems show. As military forces worldwide look to lighten the warfighter’s load now and smartly network vehicles in the multi-domain battlefield in the coming years, the MRZR X provides an evolving, robotics capable, multi-mission platform. In addition, the MRZR X provides worldwide commonality with the MRZRs already in service in the U.S. and more than 30 allied nations.

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced today that U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has awarded Oshkosh Defense a firm fixed price requirements contract spanning up to seven ordering years for the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant. The initial estimated contract value is $476 million with no cap on the number of vehicles the Army may purchase.

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