January 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has chosen SIG Sauer to provide America’s Special Operations Forces (SOF) with a new riflescope and gun mount, more specifically, the Electro-Optics Tango6T 1-6×24 Second Focal Plane (SFP) Riflescope and Alpha4 Ultralight Mount.

Rheinmetall and BAE Systems today announced that they have signed an agreement to create a joint UK based military vehicle design, manufacturing and support business. The new Joint Venture will be headquartered at BAE Systems’ facility in Telford, England and will sustain over 400 jobs in the UK, as well as preserve key technology and engineering skills.

The Indian Army is planning to buy more than 3,000 Milan 2T anti-tank guided missiles from France. "An Army proposal in this regard would come up for discussion at a high-level meeting of the Defence Ministry for buying more than 3,000 of the second-generation Milan 2T ATGMs which are license-produced by the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in partnership with a French firm," sources in the Defence Ministry told ANI.

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced it has been awarded a contract from the French Defense Procurement Agency  in support of the French Operational Pocket Drone program. The contract has a ceiling value of $89 million to provide the FLIR Black Hornet 3, a nano-unmanned aerial vehicle  and Personal Reconnaissance System to support French Armed Forces operations.

The Turkish government has donated military equipment to the Gambian army at the country’s defence headquarters in Banjul on 15 January bringing its support to country’s military to $1.4M from 2018 to now. The donated items include military boots, jackets, bags and non lethal weapons.

Spectra Group’s SlingShot is selected to participate in US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019). Spectra’s SlingShot adds voice and data BLOS COTM (Beyond Line of Sight Communications On The Move) to in-service tactical VHF and UHF radios. In addition to standard voice and data C2, it enables capabilities such as remote biometric analysis, fire mission planning, tracking and inter-agency operations.

The United States Army sent Congress a 14-page document requesting the approval of $373 million for purchasing a few of Israel’s widely acclaimed Iron Dome missile interception systems. The objective behind this request is to implement a mechanism to shield American ground forces from threats in numerous conflict areas.

Tata is testing its upcoming Merlin Light Support Vehicle, GaadiWaadi reports. Recently, the manufacturer won the contract of supplying the Indian Armed Forces with the Tata Safari Storme. The new Light Support Vehicle (LSV) is likely to be called Merlin has been spotted frequently testing under the heavy camouflage on the Indian roads and was last spotted doing high altitude testing in India.

Heckler & Koch has been entrusted by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency with the Supply of HK416 Assault Rifle Sets for their Norwegian Armed Forces. The supply order will run over 36 months, beginning in 2019 and has an overall value of approximately 22 million Euro.

Turkish President Erdogan announced the establishment of a BMC production and technology base in the province of Sakarya, a USD 180 million investment. BMC is one of Turkey’s commercial and defense vehicle producers. Once all phases are completed, it is supposed to employ 10.000 people.

At the end of December2018, the Panzerpionier battalion 130 based in Minden became the first in the German army to receive two Leguan armored bridge layers. This closed a gap. Now, the new generation of combat vehicles heavier than 60 tons can also drive over larger watercourses or terrain cuts.

ccording to the Bangkok Post, the Royal Thai Army is seeking the cabinet's approval for the purchase of 14 additional VT4 main battle tanks from China, at a cost of more than 2.3 billion baht (USD 73 million), an army source said. It will be the third batch of VT-4 tanks to be bought from NORINCO. Each tank costs about 167 million baht (USD 5.26 million), said the source.

As reported by defenceWeb on January 15, 2019, the Egyptian military is to start receiving locally-produced mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) armored vehicles. An unknown number of ST-100 and ST-500 MRAPs, both manufactured by International Marathon United Technology Group, is to be delivered for the army in the near future.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Jan. 15, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) demonstrated advanced Vehicle Active Protection System technologies against Anti-Tank Guided Munitions during the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center (TARDEC) sponsored Soft-kill Rodeo in Huntsville on Oct. 5-31. The month-long government sponsored “rodeo” was developed to demonstrate and test soft-kill capability against real world threats.

The Defence Forces’ Logistic Command of Finland has received a mandate, on 11.1.2019, from Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö to procure counter-battery radars for the Defence Forces. The radar systems, training for the systems and spare parts will be ordered from the Israeli company ELTA Systems.

The subject has popped up a few times since April 2018: the Indian army will at last get 5,719 sniper rifles (instead of 6,500 initially planned) from U.S. and Italian manufacturers to replace its ageing Soviet-era AK-57 Dragunov SVD rifles procured in the 1990s, The Financial Express has reported, echoed by Swarajiya.

Scouts of the Arctic motorized rifle brigade of the Northern fleet are training roadstead actions on snow vehicles. The first drills were held at the formation range near Alakurtti settlement, the fleet said. "The military trained towed skiing by snow vehicles. They studied tactical combat techniques and trained fire in motion," it said. The main attention was paid to skiing skills, cohesion in moving behind the snow vehicle and combat deployment. Drivers of A-1 snow vehicles trained cross-country and deep-snow driving.

The first Tornado-S multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) have been supplied to the Southern Military District. They are the most powerful MLRS in the Russian army. Tornado-S are fully automatic and can independently aim missiles. The rearmament with the weapons will be a step towards robotic automation of the Russian artillery, the Izvestia daily writes. Tornado is an MLRS family. Besides 300mm Tornado-S, there is the operational Tornado-G which replaces Grad in regimental and division artillery.

On Friday 11 January 2018, the U.S. Army activated the 589th Brigade Support Battalion in Grafenwöhr to support its new field artillery brigade permanently stationed in Europe. The maintenance battalion will support the 41st Field Artillery Brigade, which was activated at the base on 30 November 2018.

In a statement released on 20 December 2018, the U.S. Department of Defense said that Knights Armaments Co. was awarded a $16,5 million contract for M110 semi-automatic sniper rifles. Additional M110 rifles will replace M24 sniper rifles (military and police version of the Remington Model 700 rifle) used by snipers, spotters, designated marksman, or squad advanced marksmen in the United States Army.

Turkey currently meets 68 percent of its domestic demand for military products and plans to further boost the level of import substitution in the defense industry, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 13 January during the foundation stone-laying ceremony for a new plant producing military vehicles in the Turkish province of Sakarya.

The Indian Army (IA) has acquired an additional batch of Russian-originated Konkurs-M (NATO reporting name: AT-5b Spandrel-B) anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) that will be produced under license by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a source from India`s defense industry told TASS.

Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant, part of UralVagonZavod Group belonging to Rostec State Corporation, has developed a mine roller to be installed to the "Ironclads" models B10M2S and B12S armored tractors. Such vehicles are more maneuverable than mine-clearing tanks and have longer service life, which makes them optimal for humanitarian demining.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the Ukrainian army will be able to act fully in accordance with NATO standards as early as in 2020. "In 2020, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be structured and will be able to act in full accordance with NATO standards, as is stipulated in the [Ukrainian] law on national security," Poroshenko said at a meeting with residents of the town of Zdolbuniv in Rivne region on January 10, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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