May 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News





The Nicaraguan army has taken delivery of 12 trucks on May 24, 2018. The trucks were delivered through Guasaule via Honduras. While few details were released by the Ministry of Defense, a statement on its website indicates that the trucks were ordered months ago to initiate the replacement of Nicaragua's current inventory of ageing vehicles.

FLIR Systems, Inc. has been awarded a $2.6 million order from the United States Army to deliver FLIR Black Hornet® Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS). The units delivered under this contract will support squad-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in the Army’s first batch order for the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program.

The US-based vehicle manufacturer Mack Defense LLC has been awarded a $296 million contract for the delivery of 683 M917A3 Armored Heavy Dump Trucks, the US Department of Defense announced on May 29, 2018.

Sweden close to sign a deal in the next few weeks to purchase American-made Patriot air defense missile system from the U.S. Company Raytheon. The contract could reach an amount of 10 billion crowns ($1.13 billion) and is the biggest military purchase since 2013 from the Swedish armed forces.

Finally, the deal has been cut. According to the Pravda, Russia plans to ship several regimental sets of S-400 air defense missile systems to India. The deal is evaluated at about $6 billion, sources at the Russian Ministry of Defense told RBC. "It goes about five regiments, which is ten divisions," the source said. Most likely, Russia and India will announce the deal prior to the summit of the leaders of the two countries in October of this year.

A new Russian-made 12.7mm silenced sniping rifle based on the MTs-116M rifle will be unveiled at the Army 2018 exhibition in Kubinka in the Moscow Region in late August, a representative of the Shipunov Instrument-Making Design Bureau told TASS. The Shipunov Instrument-Making Design Bureau is the developer of the rifle.

The Philippine Army is now equipped with platforms that can provide situational capability and secure communication to its units in the field. The equipment being referred to is the "Blue Force Tracking System" that was developed by the Army Signal Regiment under its situational awareness capability program.

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded Airbus a € 40 million contract for the delivery of the first phase of the new NATO Communications Infrastructure Project. The contract also includes options for future phases of the project, worth up to € 50 million.

This combat helmet from Welp Armouring offers unprecedented bullet resistance according to VPAM HVN 2009 protection class 6. This is equivalent to ballistic protection against calibre 7.62 x 39 mm ammunition. This exceptionally high ballistic protection is provided throughout the helmet’s entire surface area of 1,335 cm².

A brand-new missile system at the heart of the British Army’s future air defences has completed its first successful firing trials, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. The trial, which followed previous munitions tests, was the first time Land Ceptor had been test-fired as a whole system, including the cutting-edge SAAB Giraffe radar.

Poland wants a permanent U.S. military presence. To obtain it, the country proposes as much as USD 2 billion, according to a defense ministry proposal obtained by Polish news portal Onet. The Trump administration has pushed NATO allies to increase their defense budgets up to 2% of GDP, as the alliance suggests. Poland has been at or above 2% since 2015.

The U.S. Department of Defense has announced on May 25, 2018, the contract calls for Raytheon to build Romania's first brand-new Patriot air defense missile fire unit Configuration 3+. In July 2017, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Romania for Patriot air defense systems, related support and equipment. The estimated cost is $3.9 billion.

MAPLE RESOLVE 2018, largest annual military training exercise for Canadian army with the participation of 5,500 military personnel focused on validating three Level 6 headquarters from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG) from 13 to 24 May at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright, Alberta.

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for deliveries of the Carl-Gustaf® M4, the latest version of the Carl-Gustaf weapon system, to the Swedish Armed Forces. With this order, five countries have ordered the new system since it was launched in late 2014. Delivery will take place during 2018.

It has been discussed for a while: the M1 Abrams and M3 Bradley need to be replaced by successors. Army Secretary Mark Esper announced that a top priority is given to the "new infantry fighting vehicle, which is what the first Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) will be." The challenge is immense, as it will also encompass remote control technology to an unprecedented level.

Prototypes of the Taifun air-droppable armored vehicle designed for the Russian airborne force are currently undergoing state trials, Chief of the Airborne Force’s Automobile Service Lieutenant-Colonel Ilya Ivanov said. "Under the R&D work, prototypes have been developed on the basis of the Taifun vehicle and are currently undergoing state trials," Ivanov said. "If the trials are successful, the vehicle will be accepted for operation and its deliveries will start," he added.

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced yesterday that it has been awarded two delivery orders, totaling $235.2 million, from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to recapitalize vehicles in the Army’s Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Palletized Load System (PLS) fleets.

May 22, 2018, Ukrainian army soldiers have test-fired for the first time, American-made Javelin anti-tank guided missile during a military training exercise that was attended by the Ukrainian President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Petro Poroshenko. The tests were carried out in northern Ukraine.

The Czech company Excalbibur Army has unveiled its new self-propelled autonomous artillery system with automatic loading of ammunition providing an effective fire by means of both direct and indirect aiming. Its design is based on the 155 mm/52 cal. SpGH Zuzana 2, while overtaking maximum assemblies and design solutions verified within the course of demanding testing and tender trials performed worldwide.

FLIR Systems announced the availability of three products for use by global militaries and government agencies, including border patrol agents. These products include two FLIR Ranger mid-range panel radars, one with airborne drone and ground target detection, and the Recon V UltraLite thermal monocular.

The Bulgarian ministry of Economy announced on 22 May that the local company Samarm has invested 5 million levs ($3.0 million/2.6 million euro) in a plant for the production of armored vehicles. Samarm is a 50/50 joint venture of the Bulgarian companies Samel-90 and International Armoured Group BG.

Personnel, aircraft, and equipment from key partner nations working shoulder to shoulder while serving together in a multinational amphibious task force within maritime areas of Latin America and the Caribbean – this is what the future looks like in the minds of Marines and Sailors from U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South and several other regional military forces.

Team Polaris and its advanced MRZR X multi-mode vehicle platform have been selected by the U.S. Army to be one of the robotic systems used by infantry brigade combat teams for the next year of trials as part of the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) program.

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