February 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Experts of the Moscow Higher Combined-Arms Command School have begun test operations of the Kalashnikov RPK-16 light machine gun, the Russian Defense Ministry said. "The servicemen will undergo firearms and tactical training to assess the technical state and precision characteristics as well as convenience in operation and servicing of these weapons," it said. Upon completion of the test operations, the experts will submit recommendations to the manufacturing plant, which will put the finishing touches on the light machinegun.

Russia and Saudi Arabia are holding additional consultations on a contract to supply Russia’s S-400 Triumf missile systems, CEO of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheyev said at IDEX-2019 international defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi. "As for S-400, we are holding additional consultations on this project, now this contract [with Saudi Arabia] is being considered," Mikheyev said. Earlier reports said the two countries had agreed on the supplies of the S-400 air defense missile systems.

The U.S. Army is slated to release its fiscal year 2020 budget request on March 12, which will include the realignment of nearly $30 billion over the next five years to improve readiness and better support the Army's six modernization priorities, Devon L. Suits, Army News Service, reports.

Rheinmetall continues to make steady headway in the world of laser weapons, having recently completed a successful serious of comprehensive trials with a weapon station. In combination with a laser, the weapon station demonstrated its speed and precision in tests conducted in December 2018.

American Company Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation Company, announced February 27, 2019,  that the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has placed orders for 354 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A1P2 trucks and trailers at a value of $75 million.

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired its indigenously-developed Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM), DefPost reports. The missile was test-fired from a rotatable truck-based launch unit positioned at the Chandipur test range in Odisha’s Balasore district.

Could American special operators be integrated into the Greek Special Operations Forces (SOF), Stavros Atlamazoglou wonders on TheNewsRep? According to reports in the Greek media, the European Special Operations Command (SOCEUR) and the U.S. embassy in Greece have proposed the idea to the Hellenic Ministry of Defense. The initiative would attach U.S. SOF officers and non-commissioned officers to various Greek SOF units.

In 2018, Microsoft signed an agreement with the Department of Defense to provide the US Army with 100,000 augmented vision headsets for its troops, TechSpot reminds. While based on HoloLens technology, the military-grade version will have custom software to provide night vision, communication, targeting, and threat recognition capabilities.

The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems two contract modifications worth up to $575 million for the low-rate initial production of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). These awards mark the beginning of low-rate production for the highly mobile, survivable, multipurpose vehicle designed to meet the mission of the U.S. Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT).

Together with operational specialists at the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA), Thales has developed the Multi Mission Radar (MMR) for artillery, 4D air surveillance, air defense, and security applications. Years of studies and testing led to the signing of a series contract on January 17th, between Thales and Defense Materiel Organization (DMO) for which 9 radar systems will be delivered to the Royal Netherlands Army.

The Nigerian army inaugurated an Information and Communications Technology Centre in its 6 divisional headquarters in Port Harcourt. Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, Commanding Officer Commanding of the 6th Division, disclosed this in a statement by the division’s spokesman, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, on Sunday, February 10.

Russia has more SSC-8 cruise missiles than expected so far, reports the German weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAZ) on Sunday, citing an unnamed source in Western intelligence. NATO asserts that such weapons violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a disarmament agreement of 1987 from which the US and Russia claimed to withdraw last week. Washington has long accused Moscow of trampling this pact.

The government of Poland has announced on Sunday February 10, 2019, its plan to finalize next week the purchase of 20 HIMARS artillery rocket systems from the United States for a total amount of USD 414 million. According to the radio Poland website, the new acquisition of the Polish army could be finalized next Wednesday.

Turkish T-155 Firtina self-propelled howitzers to be exported to Qatar could come with domestically-produced engines, according to military analysts after Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar revealed that Ankara is on the verge of signing a major arms export agreement with Doha.

QinetiQ North America (QNA) today announced that it has been awarded a $90 Million IDIQ contract to support the overall sustainment actions of the Tactical Adaptable Light Ordnance Neutralization (TALON) family of robotic systems for the US Army. QNA will be providing ongoing maintenance, upgrades and servicing of the Army’s existing, fielded fleet of TALON robots. The contract has an expiration date of Dec 16, 2023.

On 6 February, the Belgian Land Component, the Intelligence service (SGRS) of the Belgian armed forces, and the Belgian Special Forces gave a joint conference about the past, ongoing and forthcoming external operations carried on by the Belgian army. Maj.Gen. Johan Peeters gave an overview of the worldwide involvement of Belgian troops, followed by Lt.Gen. aviator Claude Van De Voorde (SGRS) for an in-depth presentation of the various intelligence sources supplied to the F-16 detachment deployed by the Belgian Air Component (Air Force) in Iraq, as well as to other Allied air forces.

Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) intensively tests the Kalashnikov RPK-16 light machine gun (LMG), according to the MoD’s official newspaper, Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda). "The operational tests of the RPK-16 LMG are nearing their completion. The program will be finished in the first quarter of the year," said the newspaper. Unlike the venerable Kalashnikov RPK-74 5.45 LMG, the new weapon meets modern requirements to assault LMGs, the Red Star added.

On 5 February, in Paris, Emmanuel Levacher, CEO of Arquus (successor of Renault Trucks Defense), presented the worldwide achievements of his company for 2018, as well as the perspectives for 2019 onward. 2018 was definitely an excellent year: the 2018 turnover progressed by 25% in comparison with the 2017 one. An important development deserving to be underlined resides in boosting the use of digital tools, including several social networks.

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