February 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News



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.

"Drone Mohajer 6, equipped with the smart Qa'em precision-striking bombs and different electro-optical explorers and different warheads, can trace, intercept and destroy the target," Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said, addressing a ceremony to inaugurate the production line of this new UAV.

An Electro Optic System’s (EOS) new production facility has been opened by Defence minister Christopher Pyne in Canberra. Speaking at the official launch ceremony, Mr Pyne said the facility will serve as EOS’ defence products development centre as well as a production support facility for current contracts.

Iveco Defence Vehicles has handed over the last tranche of 62 Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV), internationally known as the Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV), to the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA). The handover ceremony was held at Iveco DV Headquarters in Bolzano, Italy, attended by Brigadier General Morten Eggen, Head of Norwegian Defence Material Agency, Land Systems Division.

According to the News AM website, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday February 5, 2018, stated that Russia had accepted Turkey’s proposals regarding the purchase of the S-400 air defense systems, TASS news agency reported. “Russia agreed to Ankara [proposals regarding] both in the price and the deadlines for the supply of anti-missile complexes, as well as in the establishment and transfer of a joint production of technology,” he said. In the president’s words, however, Turkey plans to manufacture its own missile defense systems.

The Defense ministry will negotiate to buy at least 3,000 Spike anti-tank missiles manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems through a government-to-government (G2G) route. This will meet the army’s urgent requirements and fill the gap before the indigenous Nag anti-tank missile system is inducted.

Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) is announcing the launch of our Special Role Radio (SRR). The SRR is designed to meet the requirements of Tactical and Special Operations applications where robust encrypted, tactical mobile communication links are needed to provide enhanced situational awareness.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has delivered two Anka-S UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) to the Turkish Armed Forces after acceptances tests. The TAI Anka is a family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries for the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces.

Belarusian defense industry is developing a new AR-type assault rifle chambered for 7.62x39 (M43) cartridge, according to local media outlets. A prototype of the rifle was presented at a meeting of Belarus' State Military-Industrial Committee (Goskomvoenprom, GKVP). It had no designation; however, the Belarusian media outlets named it ‘the AR-15 assault rifle chambered for the Soviet/Russian 7.62 mm cartridge’.

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced today that the U.S. Army has placed a $106 million order for 416 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and associated installed and packaged kits. This is the eighth order for JLTVs since the contract was awarded in August 2015.

On January 22, 2018, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry announced that Taiwanese armed forces will take delivery of some 250 FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS (Man-portable air-defense systems) missiles later this year. The FIM-92 Stinger is a short-range surface-to-air defense missile ystem that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile.

According to the Israeli Newspaper website Haaretz, the Israeli Defense Minister would like to establish new capacity for the Israeli Defence Forces with surface-to-surface missiles, able to reach a target at a maximum range of 300 km. A budget of a half a billion dollars has already been approved to purchase new military equipment including the EXTRA (Extended-range artillery) missile systems.

The Turkish Defense Industry has successfully test-fired new generation of local-made HISAR-A short-range surface-to-air missile system developed by the Turkish Companies Aselsan and Roketsan. During the firing test, the HISAR missile was successfully fired from a land platform based on 6x6 truck chassis.

The Procurement Plan of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia for the current year was presented and the 2017 Plan was reviewed on 31 January 2018. Croatia's defense ministry on Friday, February 2, 2018, signed procurement contracts worth 37.8 million euro with 26 local companies to provide various equipment and services, including weapons and weapons servicing, clothing, footwear, and insurance services for the members of Croatian armed forces.

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