August 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


Jumping out of a plane may be a routine part of an airborne Soldier's training, but if the equipment doesn't function properly, it can be deadly. "Generally, there are a handful of towed jumpers per year, which can be potentially dangerous situations," said Samuel Corner, project manager for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center Aerial Delivery Directorate.

The Defense News weekly, which stands out among the most popular defense magazines and newspapers, has published its traditional Top-100 ranking of the world`s leading defense companies for 2018 (Defense News 2018 Top 100). The piece of information about Russian enterprises, which have been included in the list, speaks for the fact that the Russian defense industry has not lost positions on the global market and strengthened its presence there.

BAE Systems announced a new collaboration with Splunk Inc. to integrate Splunk® Enterprise into its government cloud solution. The federated secure cloud, developed by BAE Systems and Dell EMC, is a scalable, hybrid cloud solution designed from the ground up to meet both the mission needs and security requirements for any US Intelligence Community, Department of Defense (DoD), or federal/civilian government organization.

The Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) research-and-manufacturing corporation (a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation) has upgraded the BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The modernized IFV will be unveiled at the Army 2018 defense show in late August, an industrial source told TASS.

The Northrop Grumman Corporation-developed Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) successfully demonstrated its ability to scale up and network across long distances during a recent U.S. Army-led test. The evaluation was conducted by U.S. Army soldiers over a five-week period with air and missile defense assets located at sites in New Mexico, Texas and Alabama.

The Russian Airborne Troops formally inducted the Toros 4x4 armored vehicle, according to pictures of the Airborne Troops Day celebration 2018 held in the Park Patriot, near Moscow. The vehicle was developed by the Russian consortium "INTRALL" and UAMZ Group for the needs of the Armed forces, Law enforcements and EMERCOM.

On August 13, the Lithuanian Government approved the new Cyber Security Strategy. The document drawn up by the Ministry of National Defence sets key directions of national cyber security policy in public and private sectors for the coming five years and embeds regulations of the European Union Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (the NIS Directive).

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed the 716-billion-dollar National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. The bill for the fiscal year 2019 was named after Republican Senator John Mccain, a former Republican presidential nomine and one of Trump's leading critics within the party.

U.S. and Sweden officials formalized an agreement for Sweden to purchase Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related support equipment. Once the contract is signed, Sweden will become the sixth international customer to sign an agreement to procure PAC-3 MSE.

Meggitt Training Systems announces launch of test and evaluation with the Miami Police Department for Meggitt Training System (Meggitt) FATS® 300LE. The FATS 300LE delivers virtual scenarios that train police officers in the split-second, use-of-force evaluations and de-escalation tactics they need to deploy in real-world situations.

Epsilor, a globally recognized developer and manufacturer of mobile energy products for defence and aerospace applications, will present its innovative wearable conformal military battery for advanced Digital Soldier programs at the DVD2018 show, which will take place at Millbrook, on September 19–20, 2018.

The Lebanese army received on Sunday the fourth batch of eight Bradley fighting vehicles from the United States, local media reported. "The Lebanese army received eight Bradley vehicles within the framework of the U.S. military assistance program for Lebanon," according to Lebanon Files, a Lebanese news website.

Deploying to a foreign country, training with twelve other nations and meeting the president of another country is a typical two weeks in the life for soldiers of Bravo and Charlie Companies, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. They are supporting Noble Partner 18 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, August 10, 2018. Sgt 1st Class Robert Jordan reports.

On August 6, India and Thailand kicked off this year’s edition of their joint army exercise in the latest defense interaction between the two Asian states, Prashanth Parameswaran reports in The Diplomat. The exercises once again shed light on the ongoing security collaboration that is underway between the two countries as part of their wider bilateral relationship despite lingering challenges.

The government of Sweden signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's Patriot air and missile defense system from the U.S. Army. The agreement, formally referred to as a Letter of Offer and Acceptance, paves the way for Sweden's Patriot force to rapidly reach Initial Operational Capability. So, Sweden becomes the 16th nation to entrust lower tier air and missile defense to Raytheon's Patriot system.

The installation of HENSOLDT’s ASR-NG Air Traffic Control systems in Australia takes up speed. Recently, the second Final System has completed site installation joining one Interim System and another already installed Final System.

As part of the Army network strategy, the service is continually seeking to simplify and improve upon its hardware systems, Dan Lafontaine, PEO C3T Public Affairs, reports on The Army's challenges with vehicle platform integration constraints and soldiers' requests for systems that mimic commercial technology's "look and feel" are spurring these initiatives.

General Dynamics Missions Systems was awarded a contract for the Common Hardware Systems-5 (CHS-5) Program from the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract consists of a three-year base contract with two one-year options, for a maximum potential contract ceiling of $3.9 billion.

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