September 2019 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


At the initiative of Maj.Gen. Marc Thys, commander of the Land Component of the Belgian army, an unprecedented military convoy was designed to fit in the scheme of an FTX (Field Training Exercise) but gathering current Belgian army vehicles, World Heritage Institute World War 2 vehicles, and privately-owned World War 2 vehicles.

Poland’s army will receive a new tank destroyer on the chassis of the BWP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (a licensed copy of the Soviet BMP-1 land platform), according to the press department of European missile-manufacturing corporation MBDA.

Along with other interesting local conversions made in Djibouti as well as in other countries of the region, at least one U.S.-made Cougar MRAP has been spotted with a French-made AML-90 turret, an old device that nevertheless demonstrates the persistent efficiency of this type of armament for local use.

After chosen for one of the companies for test trials by the Border and Coast Guard Division of the Finnish Border Guard, Schiebel’s proven CamCopter S-100 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air System (UAS) performed a five-day maritime surveillance demonstration aboard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Turva.

Paramount Group has announced that the Mbombe 4x4, the newest addition to its advanced Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) family of vehicles, has received final certification for the independently verified blast tests which exceeded the criteria for NATO STANAG 4569 – one of the highest levels of protection that can be achieved by an armoured vehicle in its class.

South Korea has unveiled a defense project to develop a laser weapon using light sources generated from optical fibers for short-range air defense against UAVs like drones which have been used for an attack on Saudi oil facilities. Lim Chang-won reports in Aju Business Daily.

Novadem, the French SME based in Aix-en-Provence, has just finalized the delivery of the 27 NX70 micro-UAV systems ordered by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) last December. This order of more than 2M€ was placed in the context of an operational emergency, approved by the French Armed Forces Headquarter at the end of 2018, aiming at quickly endowing land forces with more performing and secured detection capacities, capable of operating by day and night.

A parade of weapons and equipment including nuclear, hypersonic and stealthy ones were spotted in Beijing early Sunday morning during the second rehearsal to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, delighting online legions of patriotic military enthusiasts. Ma Xiu reports on Global Times.

The Javelin Joint Venture team, a partnership of Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin, successfully fired Javelin missiles from a Kongsberg remote launcher mounted on a Titan unmanned ground vehicle built by QinetiQ North America and Milrem Robotics. The demonstrations, conducted at the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center, Alabama, validated the integration of the weapon station, missile and vehicle.

There was a major debut of heavy Russian drones in August. The maiden flight of modified Altius-U was overshadowed by the 20-ton Okhotnik. However, it was a major event, as Altius-U will be the backbone of the fleet of Russian heavy drones, the Izvestia daily writes.

On Sept.3, 2019, Col. BEM Tom Bilo took over the command of the Belgian Special Operations Regiment from Col. BEM Vincent Descheemaeker, who is assigned to another position in the Special Operations sphere. Evolving challenges and unprecedented recruitment of nineteen women to carry on identical tasks to those of their male colleagues.

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