January 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The Ratnik advanced gear of the 3rd generation is to integrated with portable robotic systems and unmanned aerial vehicles to provide ground forces with more information on the battlefield. Complexes under development will be made up ultralight and durable materials. Besides, exoskeletons introduced into equipment sets will increase physical capabilities of the military.

A deafening explosion followed the commands as a 155mm artillery round exited the tube of an M777A2 howitzer during Operation Swift, Iraq, Dec. 22, 2018. Troopers from the Field Artillery Squadron "Steel," 3rd Cavalry Regiment "Brave Rifles," conducted a gun raid to provide supporting fires for Operation Swift - a series of artillery and airstrikes against ISIS targets in the Makhmour Mountains. 1st Lt. Jordan C. Cirenza, Field Artillery Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment reports on US Armys website.

The Ghanaian news agency GraphicOnLine has tweeted pictures of a public event, possibly a military parade, in which "interesting" inventions are dynamically displayed, among which an armored personnel (somehow imposing and certainly limited in off-road performances) and exoskeletons that probably don't challenge US, Russian and Chinese ones.

Germany’s special ops units - Kommando Spezialkrafte (KSK) and sailors of the Kommando Spezialkrafte Marine (KSM) - will receive a new rifle: the Heckler und Koch HK416 A7, which the Germans have designated the G95K (Gewehr 95 Kurz, Rifle 95 Short). The standing order is for less than 2,000 new rifles, to be fulfilled by the end of 2019, Stavros Atlamazoglu reports on The NewsRep.

NETANYA, Israel, January7, 2019 - RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: RADA) A leader in the development, production and sale of tactical land radar for force and border protection – announced that following the recent announcement by General Dynamics (Link to GD-OTS News Release) of a positive Army Requirements’ Oversight Council (AROC) decision, Phase II of the Iron Fist Light (IFL) Active Protection System (APS) for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle is moving forward.

Singapore, 7 January 2019 – ST Engineering and Vuzix Corporation, a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products, today announced the launch of the world’s first Augmented Intelligence, biometric-enabled Smart Glasses platform to boost productivity of enterprise customers and, in the face of burgeoning urbanisation, enhance global public safety.

Following President Trump's decision, the Pentagon is planning to cut its force size in Afghanistan by half, but, as reported by Matthew Cox and Richard Six on Military.com, special operations strike units will remain in country to carry out raids on Taliban and Islamic State fighters, a Defense Department official with knowledge of the withdrawal plans said on January 2, 2019.

The Malaysian Armed Forces will establish a special forces operation command that combines elements of special forces from the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Malaysian Sun Daily newspaper reports. MAF chief General Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin said the team would carry out special tasks involving national and strategic interests.

China has tested its most powerful non-nuclear bomb, according to a state-run media, which nicknamed it "the Chinese version of 'the mother of all bombs'", in reference to an American missile dropped in Afghanistan in 2017. It has been dropped by a HK-6k heavy bomber.

According to information from the Federal Business Opportunities website, December 26th, 2018, U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone anticipates awarding a contract for HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) production. The proposed contract action will include a 12-month base and four option years for up to 343 M142 HIMARS Launchers, manufactured by American Company Lockheed Martin.

Twelve year after the production of the first CM-32, Taiwan will begin mass production of its indigenous CM-34 "Clouded Leopard" eight-wheeled armored vehicles in 2019 and is scheduled to have produced 284 other CM-34 by 2023, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said Monday. The CM-34 will be also manufactured by the Ordnance Readiness Development Centre.

A 10-year-old plan to acquire 2,600 future infantry combat vehicles for the Indian Army is staring at an uncertain future as it is stuck due "divergent views" among the stakeholders on its implementation, official sources reported to The Economic Times of India. They said another ambitious programme to indigenously manufacture a fleet of modern battle tanks, christened as future ready combat vehicle, is also not moving forward due to procedural delays.

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