November 2018 Global Defence & Security Industry - Military News


General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced today the acquisition of FWW Fahrzeugwerk GmbH, a qualified maintenance and service provider for the Bundeswehr (German army) and other international customers. FWW will become part of the newly-established General Dynamics European Land Systems – Deutschland, located in Berlin.

Russian engineering troops have received the newest BMR-3MA route clearance vehicles (RCV), the Russian Defense Ministry said. "The military units of engineering troops of the Russian Armed Forces have received modern armored BMR-3MA route clearance vehicles. The manufacturing plant has handed over six such RCVs to the Russian Defense Ministry," the ministry said.

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry announced on November 28 the awarding of a tender contract to upgrade 22 M577A2 command post vehicles, a variant of the M113 APC. The upgrade will be undertaken by Germany's FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft following the company's down-select under a tender organized by the NATO Support Agency (NSPA). The cost of upgrading the tracked command posts amounted to roughly €1.5 million ($1.7 million). FFG will involve local Lithuanian company UAB Autokurtas in the upgrade program.

Lockheed Martin received a $6.9 million award from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to enhance the ONYX exoskeleton for future soldier demonstrations. Onyx is a powered, lower-body exoskeleton with artificial intelligence (AI) technology that augments human strength and endurance.

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) training facility opened its doors on Nov. 5 for Marines stationed in the Pacific region. Training and Logistics Support Activity (TALSA) PAC is located at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and managed by the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-263), located at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. It is the third of this kind of facility dedicated to SUAS training and logistics.

Elbit Systems launches HattoriX, a new man-packed fire support system that, for the first time, enables forward observers (FO) and similarly tasked tactical teams to passively, rapidly and independently acquire Category 1 (CAT-1) targets (Target Location error of few a meters). Operational with an undisclosed client, HattoriX introduces a step change in the effectiveness of target acquisition at the tactical level as it demonstrably both improves survivability and increases the effectiveness of engaging Time Sensitive Targets (TST) while reducing collateral damage.

Oshkosh Defense company, announced today that the U.S. Army has placed a $1.69 billion order for 6,107 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) and associated installed and packaged kits. Today’s delivery order marks the tenth order under the contract that was awarded to Oshkosh in August 2015.

On November 26, 2018 at Mina Al Arab, Ras al Khaimah the STREIT Group Chairman, Guerman Goutorov welcomed honored guests, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council, International members of the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, Ambassadors and valued customer from across the world to join STREIT in the Celebration of 'Saving Lives for 25 Years' - with a live demonstration of their range of armored vehicles and the newly launched STREIT MARINE - armored boats and the all-terrain SHERP's first demonstration in the Middle East.

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of defense articles and services in support of a Direct Commercial Sale of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) for an estimated cost of $215 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

The Airborne Force selects the best young scientists and engineers to serve in the scientific-production company, the force said. "Close to 20 graduates from leading Russian technical institutes and certified young engineers will be selected soon to man the first scientific-production company of the Airborne Force," it said.

Japanese and U.S. leadership met in Djibouti to discuss ways to build relationships across the Combined Joint Operations Area Nov. 20-21 as reported by Capt. Olivia Cobiskey on Japan Ground Self-Defense Force has been increasing its capacity building operations in East Africa in an effort to help enhance development of security and regional stability with African partners and the U.S.

Informally, the Latvian ministry of Defense has selected product of the Finnish company Sisu Auto in the 200 million-euro armored car procurement competition, as reported by Andris Karkluvalks on Delfi. Representatives of Latvia have tested the model "GTP 4x4", which won against the AM General “Humwee”, “Marauder LAV” and Turkish Otokar “Cobra".

On 19 November, the 2nd Mechanized Cavalry Regiment, an organic military organization of the 1st Mechanized Cavalry Brigade, received its first three "Guarani" wheeled APCs (Viaturas de Transporte de Pessoal, Média de Rodas, VBTP-MR), equipped with the new system of REMAX turret, which is stabilized and thermal cameras.

After two years of hard work, the evaluation and delivery of the second series of Artillery Combat Vehicles (VCA) 155mm Palmaria took place in the town of Sarmiento, province of Chubut. This work was carried out jointly by the personnel of the Battalion of Arsenals 602, of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Investigations and of the ST Group company, who completed the revision and repair of the electro-hydraulic circuit, the replacement of control system components and the repair of the auxiliary engine.

Panus Assembly Co. Ltd displays the latest version of its 4x4 armored vehicles based on HMV-420. Following a series of tests carried on from September to this November month in Kanchanaburi and listening to the input from the army requesting a special layer of armor emerged the new "Mosquito" 4x4 AFV-420P vehicle.

Elbit Systems completed the purchase of the so-far state-owned Israel Military Industries (IMI) on 25 November in a deal potentially worth upwards of NIS 1.8 billion ($495 million), officials said. As reported by The Times of Israel, the sale, first announced in March 2018, went through this week after the Finance Ministry finished the process of allowing the once government-controlled company to privatize. The privatization of IMI was first approved by the cabinet in 2013. Elbit won the government’s tender process for the purchase.

The Slovenian Ministry of Defense has implemented the procedure to buy 38 Oshkosh Defense JLTV tactical vehicles decided during the previous government's mandate. Last week, an agreement was signed between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Slovenia and the Government of the United States. The AM General Humvees currently in service in the Slovenian Armed Forces become too old. Too much maintenance is needed, which is too expensive.

Saab has received an order for deliveries of the new Carl-Gustaf® M4 multi-role weapon system to the Slovenian Armed Forces. Deliveries will take place during 2018-2020. Slovenia is a new customer of the Carl-Gustaf system, and Saab’s ninth customer for the Carl-Gustaf M4 version since its launch in late 2014.

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis announced on 22 November that the country plans to acquire L-ATV combat multi-role vehicles from the USA. According to citing the Lithuanian Defense Minister, it is anticipated that the L-ATV (JLTV) contract will be signed in 2020 and will cost $114 million (Euro 100 million).

The sole offer in a procurement of the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI) for the purchase of a long-range antitank system for Estonia was made by the German company Eurospike GmbH. According to a requirement set by Estonia, the weapons system must have a range of at least 4,000m.

According to the Belarusian military television and radio company VoenTV, the mechanized units of the Belarusian army has received 10 T-72B3 tanks. The solemn ceremony took place on November 22, 2018 on the territory of the 120th Mechanized Brigade in Minsk.

On the eve of the G20 summit, which will be held in Buenos Aires, the Chinese government provided Argentina with free military aid. For the needs of special units of the Ministry of Security and the Federal Police of Argentina, 4 armored Dongfeng Warrior CSK-131, 30 motorcycles, a mobile complex for searching and neutralizing the latest generation of explosive objects and explosion-proof suits for sappers were transferred. The cost of aid transferred is $ 17 million. All machinery and equipment will be used to ensure the security of the G20 summit.

At NATO’s reprobation, Turkey is looking forward to getting the first batch of its Russian-made S-400 air defense systems. But at the same time, on 22 November, it announced to be ready to consider a good proposal for acquiring US-made Patriot equivalents, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told a conference entitled Russian-Turkish Relations: Shaping an Image of the Future.

The Russia-Singapore Business Council (RSBC) and the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), representing the interests of the country's manufacturing companies, have signed a cooperation agreement. The parties have agreed to expand the multilateral cooperation between companies of the two states, primarily Rostec's enterprises, in high technology areas that are most relevant for the Singaporean partners.

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