March 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News



Russia is beefing up military-technical cooperation (MTC) with Laos, Russian media outlets say. Moscow and Vientiane have recently signed an agreement to open a new facility in Laos in order to maintain military platforms operated by the South Asian country. "The facility will provide assistance in resolving issues of military/military-technical cooperation," the document says. The project will be partially funded by Laos.

British Paratroopers from 16th Air Assault Brigade have been testing themselves alongside their American counterparts in an expansive and wide-ranging exercise, designed to build military interoperability and develop the close bond of friendship which already exists between Airborne units from the two nations.

According a statement published by the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense, China has donated military equipment to the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense including 4x4 ambulance vehicle. The equipment were delivered during a ceremony on March 23, 2018 under the Free Military Assistance by China to Uruguay framework signed in 2016.

Coastal forces of the Northern fleet will receive Arctic antiaircraft missile complexes Tor-M2DT this year. They can destroy all types of aircraft and guided air munitions even in minus 70-degree frosts. The Arctic version of the system was demonstrated at the VE-Day parade in 2017, the Izvestia daily writes.

Extending the U.S. Army's field artillery range and expanding the capability of long-range precision fires is crucial to maintaining overmatch against potential adversaries, U.S. Army leaders have said. As such, the ability to deliver accurate, long-range attacks is now a top priority for the service.

According to the newspaper website The Telegraph, United Kingdom is closed to release the request of information regarding the purchase of new 8x8 armoured vehicles for the British Army under the program Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIV). The Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) program will deliver up to 800 8x8 vehicles with initial operating capability planned for the early 2020s.

The government of Poland signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's combat proven Patriot air defense missiles from the U.S. Army. The agreement, formally referred to as a Letter of Offer and Acceptance, paves the way for Poland's Patriot force to rapidly reach Initial Operational Capability, and sets the stage for the U.S. government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon and its industry partners.

The Polish-based Battle Group Poland consists of the framework nation provided by the United States’ 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, with the Balaklava Troop of British Light Dragoons as additional reconnaissance, and two batteries of air defense artillery, a capability not organic to the squadron, provided by Romania and Croatia.

The U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has awarded Lockheed Martin a next-phase contract to continue maturing the Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) controller base kit hardware and software and to support government integration efforts ahead of platform demonstrations scheduled to take place through 2019.

At a ceremony held on March 15th at the Residence of France in The Hague, in the presence of Col. Sylvain Nogrette, Defense Attaché, and Mr. Mathieu Kahn, Head of Department of Treasury and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of France, Thales and Renault Trucks Defense SAS signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the integration of the Thales SOTAS on-board communication systems by Renault Trucks Defense in its vehicles for export markets.

For the fifth consecutive year, MBDA recorded a high in orders, worth EUR 4.2 billion, in 2017 while revenue amounted to EUR 3.1 billion. By 31 December the company's order book reached a record peak of EUR 16.8 billion, giving the group prospects for sustained growth over the next five years.

Saab has received an order from the Defence Material Organisation, DMO, for support and update of simulators to the Netherlands Army’s Mobile Combat Training Centre. The order value amounts to 11.260 million EUR (SEK 115 million). The contract is a two-year extension and includes an option for one additional year of support.

The URS Labs team has returned to the United Arab Emirates this week, after being selected to participate in a weeklong boot camp at the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Innovation Accelerator. The boot camp culminated in a live pitch night at the Google offices in Munich, Germany where URS labs outlined how they plan to help solve hunger using the Made in the UAE unmanned logistics solutions.

On Monday 26 March, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that his government will allocate more resources to the police modernization program to give them the ability to neutralize all forms of present and foreseeable threats to the safety and security of Kenyans.

At IQDEX 2018 – the 6th defense exhibition held in Baghdad –, the China North Industries Corp. (NORINCO), a Chinese military trade enterprise, has brought the Chinese HJ-10A (Red Arrow-10A) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, an extremely rare move in the Middle East's armament market.

Russia’s arms development goes beyond the weapons Russian President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin unveiled in his State of the Nation Address on March 1, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said during the 60 Minutes program on Rossiya 1 TV Channel. "We are making progress. The supreme commander-in-chief did not unveil everything we have in our arsenal," he said.

On March 19, 2018, Army Recognition has published an article that Turkey could replace US military base in Qatar according to news published on Al Arabiya, it was fake news. US official has confirmed by its Twitter account US AFCENT on March 25, 2018 , there is zero credibility to news reports asserting the U.S. is leaving Incirlik and Al Udeid air bases in Turkey and Qatar.

New tests of the US-made M777A2 howitzer started on 19 March at the Pokhran firing range, in Jaisalmer district (Rajahstan), India. On September 2, 2017 the tests were suspended after a misfire: a shell exploded in the barrel

The U.S. President President Donald J. Trump has signed Friday, March 23, 2018, a $1.3 trillion spending bill, including $700 billion for the largest military budget in history of United States. The spending bill also includes, the fight against the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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