October 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Saab and U.S. defence company Raytheon have successfully completed a series of guided flight tests for the shoulder-launched Guided Carl-Gustaf® Munition, featuring a semi-active laser guidance system. The tests were performed at the Mile High Range in Sierra Blanca, Texas, United States and at Saab Bofors Test Centre in Karlskoga, Sweden.

Special software to protect communication channels of Acacia, Andromeda, and ESU-T3 automatic command systems was tested at Center-2019 exercise. All the systems are important elements of troops control and exchange data in real time. If blocked, they will strip the armed forces of information. The software fights viruses and detects the origin of hacking, the Izvestia daily writes.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has handed the latest versions of the Leopard 2 over to Denmark and Germany. Frank Haun, Chairman of the Board of KMW, presented the symbolic keys of the first two vehicle systems to the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark, Friis Arne Petersen, and the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defence, Dr. Peter Tauber.

On Friday 25 October 2019, the Defense Ministers of Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Regional Special Operations Component Command (R-SOCC). Under the leadership of Hungary, this multinational command will increase the ability of these four nations to effectively employ their special forces.

High-Precision Weapons Company (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) has developed a new combat module for 57mm guns that has never been demonstrated before, Rostec Industrial Director of the Conventional Armament, Munitions and Special Chemistry Cluster Sergei Abramov told TASS on Tuesday.

Cameroon intends to buy a Pantsir-S1 air defense system purchase from Russia, said Mahamat Paba Sale, Ambassador of the African Republic, on Oct. 22. “We are hoping to sign a contract. We are interested, and I believe this will be done. Russian equipment is of very high quality,” the diplomat said, during an interview with RIA Novosti.

Morocco is set to bolster its armed forces through the purchase of an array of military equipment from the US, Morgan Hekking reports on Morocco World News. The budget is set to increase by nearly 30% in 2020, from MAD 35.155 million to MAD 45.438 million.

The Latvian Home Guard has received Husky Vehicle Mounted Mine Detectors (VMMD) provided by the United States. The Husky mine clearance vehicles will be used by the 54th Engineers Battalion of the 2nd Vidzeme Brigade of the Latvian Home Guard for safe detection of mines and unexploded ordnance. Under the US Foreign Military Financing Program, the US has provided Latvia with three Huskies, personnel training and technical support. The total value of the support is more than USD 8 mn (EUR 7.2 mn).

The U.S. Army is seeking the replacement of its M4 carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. A company is proposing a captivating contender: MARS Inc. and Cobalt Kinetics unveiled their dark horse submissions for the Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon program, a carbine and light machine gun, on the heels of the Association of the U.S. Army's annual expo in Washington, D.C., where General Dynamics-OTS, AAI Corporation Textron Systems and Sig Sauer, touted their official candidates, Jared Keller reports on Task & Purpose.

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