May 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News





U.S. main battle tanks, armored, trucks and mobile artillery rolled off the first of three ships to arrive at the port of Anvers in Belgium, May 20, 2018 as a new U.S. Army armored brigade took up the mission to provide a continuous presence in Eastern Europe to support of Atlantic Resolve. About 2,500 pieces of equipment will come through the port including 87 M1A2 Abrams tanks, Bradley M2A3 IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicles, 18 M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers, and more than a thousand other military vehicles.

The delivery of the RS-28 Sarmat (NATO reporting name SS-X-30) fifth-generation intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to Russia's military is scheduled for 2020, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said at the fourth, closing in the current session, meeting with top military authorities and defense industry.

Defence Ministry (MoD) of Latvia has launched the second stage of negotiated procedure for procurement of light and medium 4x4 tactical vehicles. In Stage 2, bidders selected during the first phase submitted their detailed bids and proposed vehicles for testing. Procurement committee will now verify the compliance of proposed vehicles with operational requirements of Latvian National Armed Forces.

According to the DefenceConnect website, this week, Japan has take delivery of four additional wheeled armoured vehicle Bushmaster manufactured by Thales Australia. With effective operational deployment across Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bushmaster has proven its effectiveness across urban landscapes as well as mountainous regions, making it uniquely suited to Japan’s geographic and urban environments.

Czech Company Zetor engineering unveils a prototype of its new 4x4 armoured vehicle called GERLACH during the defense exhibition IDEB 2018 that takes place in Bratislava, Slovakia. The vehicle was full developed by the Company based on the experience of troops deployed during modern combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan using similar wheeled armored vehicles.

This month, footage emerged of a Syrian system dubbed 'Golan-1000'. Based on a T-72 tank chassis with desert camouflage, the Golan-1000 is a self-propelled rocket system that, according to Sputnik International, carries 500mm rounds. The vehicle carries three launchers for the rockets, which are fired from a remote control.

During the Press Trip for Eurosatory 2018, French Defense Industry has unveiled the prototype of the Jaguar EBRC 6x6 armored, a new development of a 6x6 Reconnaissance and Combat Armoured Vehicle for the French Army under the program EBMR Scorpion (Engin Blindé Multi-Rôles - Armoured Multi-roles Vehicles).

A video footage from Algerian Television (Algeria 1 TV) has showed the use of the Russian-made TOS-1A Heavy flamethrower system by the Algerian armed forces during a military exercise, on May 12, 2018. According to the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) arms trade database, Algeria has purchased 4 TOS-1A from Russia in 2015.

The Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps introduced Afghanistan and the world to its newest formation, the Cobra Strike Kandak, at the inaugural classes live fire exercise at Pol-e Charki, Afghanistan, April 30, 2018. The graduating class of 650 Commando-qualified soldiers are now the 6th Cobra Strike Kandak, soon to be taking part in offensive operations against the Taliban.

Stealth fighters and bombers gave ideas to the US Army who wants uniforms that allow ground troops to escape the notice of electromagnetic eyes. Radar and other electronic detectors have become an integral part of ground warfare, which make it that much harder for soldiers to hide on the battlefield. So, the Army wants uniforms woven out of a material that will absorb rather than reflect radar waves.

The fire-fighting tank GPM-72, manufactured by UkrOboronProm SE “Lviv Armored Plant”, is approved for operation by the armed forces of Ukraine. This decision was made by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine after successful completion of departmental tests.

The Russian Defense Company Uralvagonzavod, manufacturer of main battle tanks has developed a new concept of tracked amphibious armoured vehicle, called BMMP, which can be used by naval infantry units. The development of the BMMP will be lead by the Russian Company OmskTransMash, a subsidiary of UralVagonZavod.

xG Technology, Inc. ("xG" or the "Company"), whose IMT and Vislink brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in the broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, today announced the collaboration between IMT Vislink and K2 Unmanned Systems, LLC ("K2") on the launch of K2's new law enforcement tactical drone, the Knight Hawk.

“Apocalypse Now” is the movie that definitely made the air cav’ concept so popular in the world. It appeared rather early in the US Army during the Vietnam war. Since then, many countries able to afford enough helicopters to implement the concept have elaborated tactics involving this way of moving troops and attacking some targets. The Indian Army has tested this concept in the desert terrain of Rajasthan.

The U.S. Marine Corps is adopting a new precision sniper rifle to increase the lethality and combat effectiveness of scout snipers on the battlefield. The Mk13 is scheduled for fielding in late 2018 and throughout 2019. Units receiving the Mk13 include infantry and reconnaissance battalions and scout sniper schoolhouses. This weapon is already the primary sniper rifle used by Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC.

Lieutenant General Mark Carleton-Smith CBE is to be promoted to General and will succeed General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen in June 2018. General Carter is taking up the post of Chief of the Defence Staff, succeeding Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach who is leaving to become Chairman of the Military Committee at NATO.

The Estonian Parliament voted in favor of a commitment for the benefit of the French operation Barkhane. At the invitation of Mali and in liaison with France, Estonia will therefore deploy this summer 2018, 50 soldiers in Mali, for a period of one year. For the first time, a third country will be directly integrated into Operation Barkhane.

International Systems Marketing Inc., Rockville, Maryland; DLT Solutions Inc., Herndon, Virginia; and EC America, McLean, Virginia, is awarded an estimated value $550,840,000 multiple-award, firm-fixed-price blanket purchase agreement (BPA) in accordance with the company’s General Services Administration (GSA) federal supply schedule contract.

Senior Iranian defense officials say the US president’s latest claims and threats have failed to break the nation’s iron will to strengthen its defense power, vowing that the Islamic Republic will continue to develop its national defense program.

The Dutch government has reaffirmed its trust toward Thales in the field of protected vehicles. On April 26, at the Van Halteren Metaal (VHM) headquarters in the Netherlands, a six-year In-Service Support contract was signed to further improve the already outstanding performance and availability of the Netherland’s Bushmasters.

Thales announced today that the Dutch government has reaffirmed its trust in the field of protected vehicles. On April 26th, at the Van Halteren Metaal (VHM) headquarters in the Netherlands, a six year In-Service Support contract was signed to further improve the already outstanding performance and availability of the Netherland’s 98 Bushmasters.

By the end of May, the Indian army will receive a first batch of 25 K9 Vajra-T 155mm/ 52 calibre self-propelled howitzers developed and manufactured by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Defence. The government awarded a 100-unit contract to L&T in May 2017. L&T, along with its South Korean technology partner Hanwha Tech Win (HTW), had bid for this ‘Boy Global’ acquisition programme of the MoD in 2011.

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