January 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military - Army News



On December 19, 2017, the US Department of Defense has announced that American Company General Dynamics Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights, Michigan, has been awarded a $24,272,649 modification to foreign military sales contract for Kuwait to design, develop, and build a M1A2-K unique main battle tank.

The Netherlands will continue its contribution to the German-led multinational NATO battle group in Lithuania in 2018. It will also contribute to the rapidly deployable NATO Response Force (NRF) and EU Battlegroup (EUBG) combat units in collaboration with the Belgian army.

In December 2017, Saudi Arabia has announced a defense budget of about $56 billion for 2018, an increase of 10% compared to year 2017. According to the statement of the Saudi Arabia budget for 2018, around 5% will be spent for the development of new programs and projects.

According to the Hindustantime website, on December 28, 2017, India has test-fired its new local-made Advanced Air Defense (AAD)/ Ashvin Advanced Defense interceptor missile on Abdul Kalam Island. The Advanced Air Defence (AAD) is an anti-ballistic missile designed to intercept incoming ballistic missiles in the earth’s atmosphere at an altitude of 30 km.

In 2017, the Ukrainian State defense industry UkrOboronProm plants started and successfully completed development and testing of new military equipment and weapons, with the goal to strengthen the Ukrainian army in the near future. Only this year the BTR-4MV1, the combat UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Horlytsya, the 3D observation radar 80K6T, T-72AMT main battle tank and many other modern weapon products were demonstrated.

According a picture released on the Twitter account of Suliman Mulhem, Turkey would have deployed air defense missile system Hawk MIM-23 near Aleppo in Syria. On Sunday, January 31, 2017, two images were shared over the social media Twitter showing the deployment of one MIM-23 Hawk short range air defense missile system and its fire control radar inside the northern Syrian province of Aleppo by Turkey armed forces operating in Syria.

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