November 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced today the acquisition of FWW Fahrzeugwerk GmbH, a qualified maintenance and service provider for the Bundeswehr (German army) and other international customers. FWW will become part of the newly-established General Dynamics European Land Systems – Deutschland, located in Berlin.

Russian engineering troops have received the newest BMR-3MA route clearance vehicles (RCV), the Russian Defense Ministry said. "The military units of engineering troops of the Russian Armed Forces have received modern armored BMR-3MA route clearance vehicles. The manufacturing plant has handed over six such RCVs to the Russian Defense Ministry," the ministry said.

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry announced on November 28 the awarding of a tender contract to upgrade 22 M577A2 command post vehicles, a variant of the M113 APC. The upgrade will be undertaken by Germany's FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft following the company's down-select under a tender organized by the NATO Support Agency (NSPA). The cost of upgrading the tracked command posts amounted to roughly €1.5 million ($1.7 million). FFG will involve local Lithuanian company UAB Autokurtas in the upgrade program.

Lockheed Martin received a $6.9 million award from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to enhance the ONYX exoskeleton for future soldier demonstrations. Onyx is a powered, lower-body exoskeleton with artificial intelligence (AI) technology that augments human strength and endurance.

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) training facility opened its doors on Nov. 5 for Marines stationed in the Pacific region. Training and Logistics Support Activity (TALSA) PAC is located at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and managed by the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-263), located at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. It is the third of this kind of facility dedicated to SUAS training and logistics.

Elbit Systems launches HattoriX, a new man-packed fire support system that, for the first time, enables forward observers (FO) and similarly tasked tactical teams to passively, rapidly and independently acquire Category 1 (CAT-1) targets (Target Location error of few a meters). Operational with an undisclosed client, HattoriX introduces a step change in the effectiveness of target acquisition at the tactical level as it demonstrably both improves survivability and increases the effectiveness of engaging Time Sensitive Targets (TST) while reducing collateral damage.

Oshkosh Defense company, announced today that the U.S. Army has placed a $1.69 billion order for 6,107 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and associated installed and packaged kits. Today’s delivery order marks the tenth order under the contract that was awarded to Oshkosh in August 2015.

On November 26, 2018 at Mina Al Arab, Ras al Khaimah the STREIT Group Chairman, Guerman Goutorov welcomed honored guests, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council, International members of the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, Ambassadors and valued customer from across the world to join STREIT in the Celebration of 'Saving Lives for 25 Years' - with a live demonstration of their range of armored vehicles and the newly launched STREIT MARINE - armored boats and the all-terrain SHERP's first demonstration in the Middle East.

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of defense articles and services in support of a Direct Commercial Sale of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) for an estimated cost of $215 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

The Airborne Force selects the best young scientists and engineers to serve in the scientific-production company, the force said. "Close to 20 graduates from leading Russian technical institutes and certified young engineers will be selected soon to man the first scientific-production company of the Airborne Force," it said.

Japanese and U.S. leadership met in Djibouti to discuss ways to build relationships across the Combined Joint Operations Area Nov. 20-21 as reported by Capt. Olivia Cobiskey on Japan Ground Self-Defense Force has been increasing its capacity building operations in East Africa in an effort to help enhance development of security and regional stability with African partners and the U.S.

Informally, the Latvian ministry of Defense has selected product of the Finnish company Sisu Auto in the 200 million-euro armored car procurement competition, as reported by Andris Karkluvalks on Delfi. Representatives of Latvia have tested the model "GTP 4x4", which won against the AM General “Humwee”, “Marauder LAV” and Turkish Otokar “Cobra".

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