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Regional Defense & Security News

20 December Serbian Armed Forces Lazar-3 armoured fighting vehicle admitted to armament. Lazar 3 is an armored 8×8 wheeled vehicle designed for various applications and missions. The power train is accommodated in the front right-side of the vehicle in a protected space completely separated from the crew. The central transfer case transmits the torque to all wheels...

A first batch of the new AK-12 assault rifle amounting to 2,500 units was the biggest over the past 30 year. It was announced earlier today by Deputy Defence Minister Aleksey Krivoruchko when visiting the Kalashnikov Concern. “The new assault rifle does have good prospects, it was upgraded as required. We planned this work several years ago, and now we have reached...

Hungary signed a contract for the procurement of 44 new Leopard 2 A7+ main battle tanks and 24 new PzH 2000 howitzers with German defense technology company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) on December 19th, 2018. In addition, Hungary is procuring 12 used Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks from KMW’s inventories for training purposes. The project represents a further step toward...

Saab launches a new laser rangefinder named Vidar, which combines compact size with powerful performance. Vidar is currently in production for the Situational Awareness System that Saab will deliver for Australia’s new Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels. Luerssen Australia awarded Saab the contract for the Situational Awareness System in April 2018, as Saab previously...

Saab has signed a contract to supply The Armed Forces of the Czech Republic with RBS 70 NG, the latest generation of the RBS 70 man-portable air defence system. The order is valued at 365 MSEK and deliveries will take place in 2020 and 2021. In addition to the system itself, the order also includes integration with Czech Air Defence, test equipment and training. The...

On December 14 first two upgraded heavy self-propelled artillery systems, PzH2000 (Panzerhaubitze 2000) howitzers bought from the German Armed Forces were delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces General Romualdas Giedraitis Artillery Battalion. “A modern military conflict, as we can see from the military actions in Ukraine and other hotspots, efficient artillery is...

General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe met with General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and First Deputy Minister of Defence  on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Baku, Azerbaijan. NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander and the Russian Chief of the General Staff exchanged views on their...

Tajikistan Border Troops have demonstrated Chinese-made VP-11 MRAP and Tiger armored personnel carriers. VP-11 MRAP (Norinco) and Tiger (Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles Company) armored personnel carrier were demonstrated for the first time, told RDS. Both cars are used on the mountain Badachshan province – border with Afghanistan. The cars were purchased in 2018. VP-11...

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...

The Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) announced its participation in EDEX 2018 – Egypt Defense Expo, which is being held in Cairo under the patronage of His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of Egypt, from 3-5 December, at the Egyptian International Exhibition Center. More than 350 companies specializing in military industries and supportive sectors,...