January 2020 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


High-ranking representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine attended a demonstration show of new and modernized samples of various vehicles – armored and non-armored – intended for the armed forces. The working group was headed by Colonel Y.N. Gaidukevich, the Deputy Head of the AFU Central Vehicle Department of AFU Armament of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry will begin procuring Lekalo 3BM44 armor-piercing sub-caliber shells in 2020. The troops will receive 2,000 of them by the end of the year. The shells will destroy modern armor at a distance of 3-5 kilometers, the Izvestia daily writes.

On January 17, 2020, the Belgian Council of Ministers authorized the Ministry of Defense to purchase 636 light trucks and 243 heavy trucks with armored cabs to replace its Unimog 1300L and Volvo N10 (6x4 and 6x6) respectively, a process planned for spreading from 2021 to 2026. The rest of the Volvo N10 heavy logistics trucks will be replaced over the period 2026-2030.

Announced only on 17 January on the French Ministry of Defence website, the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) received, on 18 December 2019, the first five Nerva-LG extended reconnaissance micro-robots. They have already been delivered to the Army Technical Section (STAT) for further evaluation in order to refine their concept of use before being deployed in the forces.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed Martin a $31.9 million contract for the Operational Fires (OpFires) Phase 3 Weapon System Integration program. OpFires seeks to develop and demonstrate an innovative ground-launched system to enable a hypersonic boost glide missile system to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly engage time-sensitive targets.

A batch of 30 upgraded T-72B3 tanks will be delivered to the Central Military District’s armored division based in the Chelyabinsk Region in the Urals in 2020, the Defense Ministry’s press office said: "Tank crews will learn to operate the advanced military hardware during driving lessons and live-firing drills due to take place after its delivery to the units".

Pierce Aerospace, a Remote ID UAS Service Supplier (RID-USS), participated in the first C-UAS engagement that confirmed the positive ID of UAS with a Remote ID system. Pierce’s Flight Portal ID (FPID), compliant with the ASTM F38 Workgroup “UAS Remote ID and Tracking” standard, delivered Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) information to Counter-UAS (C-UAS) operators, which resulted in the successful execution of an engagement against “hostile” UAS at the US Army Futures Command Maneuver and Fires Integration Experiment (MFIX).

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