January 2020 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The Polish army took the lead of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) on Wednesday 1 January 2020, placing thousands of soldiers on standby and ready to deploy within days. Poland takes over from Germany, which provided the core of the VJTF’s land forces in 2019.

According to a statement published on December 31, 2019, on the Official website of U.S. DoD, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper authorized the deployment of an infantry battalion from the Immediate Response Force (IRF) of the 82nd Airborne Division to the U.S. Central Command area of operations in response to recent events in Iraq.

MBDA has been awarded by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) a contract for the acquisition of Enforcer missile systems for the German Armed Forces. Signed on 20 December, the contract will fulfil the German requirement for a lightweight, day/night, precision-guided, shoulder-launched weapon system with an effective range of more than 1,800m.

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