August 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


China is to send more than 3,000 soldiers, 900 pieces of military equipment, 30 planes and a number of helicopters to take part in Russia’s Vostok-2018 (or East-2018), its largest military exercise since 1981, as Weida Li reports in JBTimes. Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Tuesday that the drill will take place between September 11 and 15. It is set to involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops, 1,000 aircraft and 900 tanks.

The Military Research Institute (VVVU), a Czech state-owned firm, will supply 80 special CBRN armored vehicles to the army, said on Thursday Jana Zechmeisterova from the Defence Ministry press section. They are designed for military chemists to detect radioactive, chemical and biological substances, as well as take and process samples and send the information found to the command.

Boosting Armenia’s air defense system is a current priority in upgrading and recalibration of Armenia’s defense capabilities, said Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan during a lecture he delivered at the Defense Ministry on Tuesday in preparation for the 2018 Shant Strategic Military Exercises.

Turkey’s leading defense contractor has set a record with the world’s largest rocket artillery, the company announced yesterday, Hurriyet Daily News reported. Jobaria, an impressive multiple cradle rocket launcher developed by Roketsan for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has racked up a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest rocket artillery in terms of the number of barrels, the company said in a statement.

China and Afghanistan are working in close coordination on setting up a counter-terrorist mountain brigade in the northern Badakhshan region. According to a report of the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, China is to build its first military base in Afghanistan for hundreds of troops carrying out counter-terrorism training missions across the border from its western Xinjiang region.

Defense and peacekeeping applications, rescue vehicles and off-road trucks put special demands on tires. Both on and off the road and at any speed, the tire must be highly maneuverable, offer good grip and definitely not fail you at the critical moment. Nokian MPT Agile 2 is the new version of the already field-proven Nokian MPT Agile, offering several improvements over the original.

Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc., company, met in June to further advance the development of a micro unmanned aerial system or UAS. The UAS is a miniature, lightweight reconnaissance vehicle that Soldiers can carry onto the battlefield and deploy in a confined space.

As Sgt. Kris Bonet reports on, there are certain things that some Soldiers and service members may take for granted: equipment provided, a full plate of food, ammunition for their weapons. It might seem like there is a mystical force operating behind the scenes to make these resources magically appear, but it's a result of the organized, detailed planning and execution that is logistics.

The enterprises of Ukroboronprom developed a number of advanced systems for a significant increase in the effectiveness of Ukrainian artillery. The latest developments, which can improve the accuracy and efficiency of fire at times, were presented during the solemn events on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine (24 august).

The Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Monday 27 August that it had purchased a vast network of surface-to-surface precision missiles, for an undisclosed sum, and is reportedly seeking longer-range arms that can target the whole region, the Times of Israel reports.

Australian Minister for Defence Industry, announced on August 22, 2018, the selection of Rafael Advanced Defence System's SPIKE LR2 as the Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW) for the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) Boxer 8x8 armored Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV). The SPIKE LR2 will be delivered by Varley Rafael Australia (VRA Systems), the joint venture between Rafael and the Varley Group.

The Lithuanian Ministry of National and the country's Armed Forces enhances the present air defence capabilities and functionality of the weaponry in their possession by procuring improved missiles and BORC night-capability sights on the basis of a contract signed with Swedish manufacturer Saab. The new procurement will upgrade the RBS 70 short-range air defence capability the Lithuanian Armed Forces currently has.

The Lithuanian government presented a new agreement on defense policy for the upcoming decade to the country's parliamentary parties on Wednesday. The agreement is aimed at ensuring the continuity of Lithuania's defense policy throughout changeovers of the country's governments, said representatives of the government to local media.

A leader in the development, production and sale of tactical land radar for force and border protection - that its Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars (MHR), which are embedded in the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Drone Dome counter-drone solution, will be delivered to the British Army in the coming months.

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry, today announced the selection of Rafael Advanced Defence System’s SPIKE LR2 as the Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW) for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV). The SPIKE LR2 will be delivered by Varley Rafael Australia (VRA Systems), the joint venture between Rafael and the Varley Group.

AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today that it has begun construction of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Fort Carson, Colorado, using Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) GridStar® Lithium energy storage system. The 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh BESS is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project to reduce Fort Carson's energy costs and increase its energy resilience.

The U.S. Army and the General Services Administration awarded Science Applications International Corp. a task order to provide support to the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Maneuver Battle Lab in Fort Benning, Georgia. The single-award task order has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and is valued at approximately $52 million.

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