March 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has awarded a contract to Belgium-based company FN Herstal for the supply of rifles, grenade launchers and machine guns to the Portuguese army. This is for the Agency a major contract to produce FN SCAR assault rifles and FN MINIMI machine guns as new standard issue weapons for the Portuguese Army's Sistemas de Combate do Soldado (Dismounted Soldier System) program. This award, by its magnitude, is a major milestone for the Agency in the domain of the supply of this type of equipment to the Alliance armed forces.

The Polish Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, signed a Technical Modernization Plan until 2026 costing an approximate 185 billion Polish złotys (about US$48.9 billion). It includes buying 5th generation fighter jets, UAVs, assault helicopters, Short-range rockets, submarines and cyber security.

Mack Defense recently started production of five Mack Granite-based M917A3 Heavy Dump Trucks (HDT) as part of the Production Vehicle Testing (PVT) phase of its $296 million contract with the U.S. Army for armored and armor-capable HDTs. Once completed, the trucks will enter 40 weeks of rigorous durability testing at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Test Center this summer.

Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle and sovereign military vehicle industrial capability offered Rheinmetall is pleased to announce the company has today lodged a bid in response to the Australian Army’s LAND 400 Phase 3 - Mounted Close Combat Capability Request For Tender (RFT).

On 21 February, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) army confirmed the purchase of Norinco AH4 howitzers. The local company International Golden Group (IAG) will supply ammunition. The UAE has received at least one batch of six of the 155 mm/39 calibre lightweight howitzers to arm a battery for deployment in Yemen, according to defense media.

In a new cooperative agreement with the Army Research Laboratory, Lockheed Martin material scientists will work with industry and Army scientists who design microbes to edit single-cell organism DNA. They will investigate a range of capabilities, particularly those that can improve defense optical technology and coatings.

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