May 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News

 
 
 
 

On May 28, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Ministry of Defence, Thomas Silberhorn, handed over the first 60 brand new Ungeschützte Transport Fahrzeuge (UTF) soft-skinned cargo trucks to units of the German Armed Forces at the Feldwebel-Lilienthal-Kaserne barracks in Delmenhorst.

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced today that the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) has awarded Oshkosh Defense and partner, Broshuis B.V., a contract to produce semitrailers for the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET).

The U.S. Army Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Aviation's Project Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence to identify and prototype new drone capabilities with commercial companies that specialize in on-demand, "eye in the sky" technologies. In this process, the U.S. Army is partnering with the Pentagon’s internal startup accelerator to adapt small commercial drones for the battlefield.

Rheinmetall and the FRAEN Corporation have joined forces to establish a joint venture in the United States called Rheinmetall Fraen Fuzes LLC (RFF) which, headed by Rheinmetall, will develop and produce military fuzes. The Düsseldorf, Germany-based technology group will hold a 51 percent share in the new company, with the remaining 49 percent held by FRAEN Corporation. The joint venture will be collocated with FRAEN Corporation headquarters in Reading, Massachusetts.

Final firing tests of the indigenously developed Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) have begun from Friday at Pokhran field firing range of Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district. Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) and senior army officers were present at the trials, LatestLY reports.

Mack Defense will showcase the ongoing delivery of its Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) trucks to Canada at the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries (CANSEC) trade show, May 29-30 at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. CANSEC brings together leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace and joint forces military units.

On 22 May, 2019, in Washington, Kadi Silde, Undersecretary for Defence Policy at the Estonian Ministry of Defence, and Kathryn Wheelbarger, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Security Affairs, signed the Estonia-United States Roadmap for Defence Cooperation for 2019–2024 at the Pentagon.

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of Javelin Guided Missiles with support for an estimated cost of $102 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019.

Effective modern combat depends on uninterrupted and sustainable control and advances high requirements for communications. Russian defence industry is designing new technical means and radio communications for the army and navy on the Russian element base, the Zvezda weekly writes.

A Russian interagency committee has recommended the defense industry designate the Udav ("Boa" in Russian) 9 mm pistol developed by the design bureau TsNIITochMash (a subsidiary of the state corporation Rostec) SP (Samozaryadniy Pistolet, Semi-automatic Pistol), according to the press department of the bureau.

Chief of Army (COA) Major-General (MG) Goh Si Hou and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army (RTA) General (GEN) Apirat Kongsompong co-officiated at the closing ceremony of Exercise Kocha Singa 2019 at the Murai Urban Training Facility (MUTF) in Singapore this morning. GEN Apirat is also in Singapore for his introductory visit from 21 to 23 May 2019.

The Defense Ministry has ordered €4m worth of anti-tank munitions from Sweden's SAAB Dynamics AB for its Carl-Gustaf anti-tank missile systems, the ministry told the press May 21. The delivery of the anti-tank munition is expected later this year.

FN America, the maker of a majority of small arms for the U.S. military, announces that the company will unveil the prototype for the newest variant of the MK 48 machine gun chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor at the 2019 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC). The development of this machine gun, which joins FN’s other 6.5 offerings, was undertaken as part of FN’s response to USSOCOM’s qualification of the caliber last year.

Production is ramping up at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center located at Lima, Ohio, as the tank plant prepares to deliver the first brigade of M1A2 SEP V3 Abrams main battle tanks to the U.S. Army, Mackenzi Klemann reports on LimaOhio. Plant manager Hank Kennedy expects the brigade to be ready for the U.S. Army sometime this summer.

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