February 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News



The Russian military base in Abkhazia completed a week of combat training which engaged servicemen of various types of units, the Southern Military District said. "The servicemen trained live fire for a hundred hours at three ranges in Gudauta, Tsabal and Nagvalou from the latest BTR-82A APC and T-72B3 tanks, portable antitank grenade launchers RPG-7 and 120mm mortars," it said.

In March 2011, Thailand ordered 49 T-84 Oplot-T main battle tanks (Oplot-M with some Thai specifications) from Ukraine. The contract foresaw their delivery by 2014. However, due to ongoing military conflict in Ukraine, the Royal Thai Army has received only 31 units. An additional 5 were expected in November 2017 but their production has been delayed.

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, also known as the 2nd Dragoons, active Stryker infantry and cavalry regiment of the US Army, conducts a live ammunition test fire with the 30mm Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoon (ICV-D) at the Grafenwöhr Training Area, Germany.

Scientific-Research Institute for Applied Chemistry Federal Scientific and Production Centre is ready to launch production of the first Russian device protecting against ATM explosive attacks. The device was developed as a response to the increased ATM explosive attacks using gas and air mixtures.

By a contract signed in 2017, the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara’s: TNI-AU’s) is enriching its arsenal with four Wing Loong I medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (MALE UAVs) manufactured by Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a $95 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) to develop increments one and two of the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) system. Northrop Grumman will serve as systems developer and integrator for this 42-month effort.

TOS-1A Heavy flamethrower units will appear in combined arms armies. One salvo can destroy hardware, troops and adversary fortifications on a space of four square kilometers. Experts believe the successful engagement experience in Syria made the weapons popular in the troops. Earlier it was believed than one battery of such vehicles was sufficient for the Russian armed forces, the Izvestia daily writes.

The Russian Defense Ministry is designing a long-range drone capable of automatic flying at low altitudes at supersonic speed, deputy head of the research department of the Central Research Institute of the Defense Ministry Alexander Naumov said.

Up to now, women have been trained separately to men during the five years the Academy has been operating. But this term, for the first time, the women cadets are training and going on exercises — including practice firefights — alongside the men.

Russia replaces imported components from EU and NATO countries with domestic products in nearly 200 armaments and military hardware. Ukrainian-made products were replaced in a hundred arms, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with the Kommersant daily.

Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has confirmed the signing of new state armament program (GPV) by President Vladimir Putin. "The case is that this is a secret decree issued by President, and I can add nothing. It has been signed," he concluded.

Turkey's prime minister says part of the operation is to establish a 30km 'safe zone' in Syrian enclave of Afrin to bar the establishment of a Kurdish corridor along its border. Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that the Turkish forces were backed by armoured vehicles, special forces and infantry regiments.

Over the next decade, the Indian armed forces intend to procure over 400 drones, including combat and submarine-launched remotely piloted aircraft, as well as directed energy weapons (DEWs) like high-energy lasers and high-powered microwaves capable of destroying enemy targets and even satellites.

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Sweden of Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units for an estimated cost of $3.2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

Speaking at a meeting at the presidential palace on February 21, president Erdogan declared, making allusion to UAVs: “We will carry it a step further. We should reach the ability to produce unmanned tanks as well. We will do it!”

The US Army Contracting Command has awarded Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, a $94.9 million modification (PZ0095) to foreign military sales (France, Taiwan, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, and Lithuania) contract W31P4Q-13-C-0129 for Javelin weapon system deliverables including rounds, command launch units, and battery coolant unit spares. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of August 31, 2020.

Tanzanian President John Magafuli has opened a Chinese-built training centre for the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF). The Comprehensive Training Centre (CTC) was officially opened during a ceremony on 6 February, 2018 at Mapinga in Bagamoyo District, Coast Region. It was attended by Chinese ambassador Wang Ke.

The British Army is seeking to extend the service life of the Challenger 2 main battle tank through to 2035. The current competition opposes two candidates a competition in the framework of its Life Extension Programme (LEP) that opposes two candidates whose vehicles are currently submitted to a 24-month assessment phase due to end this year. A 227-tank market is at stake, with a decision expected for mid-2019.

BAE Systems and Patria have selected RUAG Australia to produce the advanced high-level protection for their Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV), the AMV35, and RUAG Switzerland will transfer the technology to RUAG Australia to enable this to happen. The agreement substantially boosts Australia’s capability in the area of advanced protection solutions and means ballistic armour for the AMV35 8x8 combat vehicle will be manufactured in Australia by Australians.

Alexander Mikheev, Director General of JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation), attended an extended meeting of the Bureau of the Russian Engineering Union and the Bureau of the League of Assistance to Defense Industry Enterprises. The meeting was devoted to summarizing the Union’s activities in 2017 and discussing the immediate challenges.

Lockheed Martin software has been simultaneously flying, on average, at least six unmanned aircraft during every hour of the last 25 years, completing missions as diverse as reconnaissance, inspection, mapping and targeting. The company is now launching VCSI, a new vehicle control software, as the culmination of more than two decades of experience and 1.5 million hours of operational use.

Last week, personnel from C Squadron, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG), took part in their penultimate training exercise before they travel to Poland as part of the UK contribution to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) deployment in support of Europe’s security.

On February 20, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) recently received a single award IDIQ contract with a maximum potential value of $81,000,000 from a U.S. Government Agency related to unmanned drone systems and associated command, control, and communications.

On 20 February, an industry consultation day took place in Melbourne for Australian businesses looking to score a piece of the work in main battle tank upgrade and armoured breaching and bridging projects.

February 20, 2018, India has performed test fires of its local-made Agni II nuclear-capable ballistic missile, this the third test of ballistic missile systems by Indian armed forces in February 2018, after the Agni-I Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile and Prithvi-II tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile under the control of the India’s Strategic Forces Command and Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

On February 20, Jordan has taken delivery of 150 units of M577 Command Post vehicles, a version of the battle-proven M113 APC. They are a gift from the US government to be used in combat and for border protection, according to an official statement.

According a news released by the India Today Newspaper website, Indian army seeks to purchase 150 new infantry armoured vehicles. A proposal to acquire 150 infantry combat vehicles could be placed before a high-level meeting of the defense ministry headed by Nirmala Sitharaman this week.

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