July 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


The Russian Public Prosecution Service will scrutinize the promptitude of the military-industrial complex replacement of components and materials manufactured by NATO countries and Ukraine as part of the import substitution policy, Russian First Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman said at an extended meeting of the service to summarize the results of the first half of 2019.

On Tuesday, 30 July, the Indonesian army officially created an elite unit focused on fighting violent extremism, almost a year after the armed forces campaigned for an expanded security role, despite opposition from activists who warned this could lead to human rights abuses, Rina Chadijah reports on Eurasia Review.

The Russian Airborne Forces will drop the biggest assault since 1981, the Izvestia daily writes. The biggest exercise in the latest history will be held this year in the Central Military District in September. It will engage units of several brigades and divisions. The exercise will train reinforcing groups of Russian troops, airdropping parachute and helicopter assault in mountains and plains.

American Company Raytheon is upgrading Germany's Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System to the most current configuration, the PAC-3 MSE under a $105.5 million direct commercial sales contract from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. The contract award was first announced on Raytheon's earnings call on July 25th, 2019.

Soldiers from various parts of the world have begun exercise Agile Spirit 19 with their host nation of Georgia on July 28, 2019. Co-led by Georgian Defence Forces (GDF) and U.S. Army Europe, this joint and multinational exercise supports 14 ally and partner nations consisting of approximately 3,300 military personnel. Pvt. Laurie Ellen Schubert reports.

IVECO Defense Vehicles promoted a ceremony commemorating the production of the 6x6 armored personnel carrier (VBTP-MSR) GUARANI number 400 to be delivered to the Brazilian Army. The event took place at the factory headquarters, located in the city of Sete Lagoas.

According to a statement published on July 28, 2019, by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) completed a successful flight test campaign with the Arrow-3 Interceptor missile.

On July 22, 2019, the Ministry of Defense of Poland has signed a contract with the Polish Company Bumar-Łabędy Mechanical Plants to modernize T-72 main battle tanks of Polish army. The amount of the concluded contract is €400 million. The tanks will be renovated between the years 2019–2025.

The takeover of the Canadian company Provectus Robotics Solutions expands Rheinmetall’s technological capabilities in the field of robotics and autonomous driving. In the future, both halves of the Group – Automotive and Defence – will benefit from the know-how of the newly acquired robotics specialist. Automation and digitization are among the vital group-spanning technology clusters which Rheinmetall is systematically working on expanding, concentrating knowledge and capacities in order to exploit additional future growth potential.

On July 23, 2019, U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 122 Field Artillery, Illinois Army National Guard, tested the Hawkeye 105mm mobile artillery system, as part of Exercise Northern Strike 19, one of the largest reserve component exercises. This event is hosted annually at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and Aleena Combat Readiness Training Center, as well as over the skies of northern Michigan and Lake Huron.

The Russian Defense Ministry is upgrading the overhaul of faulty hardware. Special overhaul and evacuation regiments are being created, the ministry told the Izvestia daily. The new units are equipped with mobile overhaul workshops and heavy prime movers. They have a modular scheme and receive tools and evacuators according to the set task. The regiments can revive damaged vehicles hundreds of kilometers from the deployment base.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu for the delivery of BRDM-2 combat reconnaissance and patrol vehicles to Belgrade. Overall, 10 armored vehicles are due to arrive, the Serbian leader told reporters.

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has commissioned Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to supply a total of nine Mungo N/C Recce reconnaissance systems. In addition to supplying the vehicles, the contract encompasses spare parts packages and the training of crew and maintenance personnel. All nine vehicles will be delivered by the end of 2022.

After his breathtaking demonstration on July 14 on the Champs Elysees in front of the presidential stage, Franky Zapata, unparalleled French inventor, sets himself a new challenge: the Channel crossing on July 25, 2019, with its Flyboard from Calais (France) to Dover (UK), 110 years after the first successful crossing by the French pilot and airplane designer Louis Bleriot. Zapata will start from the French cliffs on his latest invention: the board called FLYBOARD AIR.

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