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Ukraine Requests Sale of 150 Javelin Missiles and 10 Command Launch Units

Ukraine Requests Sale of 150 Javelin Missiles and 10 Command Launch Units

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Ukraine for one hundred fifty (150) Javelin missiles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost not to exceed $39.2 million. The Government of Ukraine has requested to buy one hundred fifty (150) Javelin missiles and ten (10) Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs). Also included are training devices, transportation, support equipment, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government, engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support tools and test equipment; support equipment; publications and technical documentation; spare and repair parts; equipment training and training devices; U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical, sustainment, and program support. The total estimated cost is not to exceed $39.2 million.

Ukraine Requests Sale of 150 Javelin Missiles and 10 Command Launch Units

Ukraine Requests Sale of 150 Javelin Missiles and 10 Command Launch Units


This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Ukraine. The Javelin system will help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to meet its national defense requirements. Ukraine will have no difficulty absorbing this system into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The prime contractor for the Javelin Missile System is Raytheon Company, Waltham, MA. There are no known offset agreements proposed in conjunction with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed program will require additional contractor representatives to travel to Ukraine. It is not expected additional U.S. Government personnel will be required in country for an extended period of time. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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Rheinmetall to manufacture main armament and hulls for Hungarian Army PzH 2000 and Leopard 2

Rheinmetall to manufacture main armament and hulls for Hungarian Army PzH 2000 and Leopard 2

Rheinmetall is taking on an important role in the modernization of the Hungarian Army. The Düsseldorf-based Group is producing the main armament and fire control technology for forty-four Leopard 2 main battle tanks as well as the main armament, fire control technology and chassis for twenty-four PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers. The package also encompasses thirteen HX and TGS logistic trucks. The contract, worth around €300 million, was recently signed. Delivery begins in 2021 and will be completed in 2025.

Rheinmetall has partnered with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to carry out the project. In December 2018 KMW won an order from the Hungarian armed forces for forty-four new Leopard 2A7+ tanks and 24 new PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers. This will make Hungary the 19th Leopard 2 user nation and the eighth nation to opt for the PzH2000. As well as having design authority, Rheinmetall is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the 120mm smoothbore technology used in all versions of the Leopard 2 tank. The same is true of the 155mm L52 main gun of the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer.

Tried and tested around the globe, the Group’s 120mm smoothbore gun and ammunition have been continuously perfected right from the start. The higher-pressure 120mm L55A1 gun earmarked for the Leopard 2A7+ was successfully qualified at the end of 2017, and already supplied and installed for two Leopard 2 user nations in mid 2018. Moreover, the L55A1 tank gun is capable of firing the programmable DM11 multipurpose round. In addition, Rheinmetall possesses comprehensive expertise in the field of tracked armoured vehicles, including as an OEM. The Group developed the chassis of the PzH self-propelled howitzer.

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems Lynx KF41

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems submits bid for US Army combat vehicle competition

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems, a joint venture formed by Raytheon Company and Rheinmetall Defence, has submitted its bid for the U.S. Army’s new Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, or OMFV, program. The team will offer the next-generation Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems offers U.S.-made Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle for Army’s combat vehicle competition. Lynx is a next-generation, tracked armored fighting vehicle designed to address the critical challenges of the future battlefield. The vehicle provides ample growth capacity to support new technologies over its lifetime, and features lower life-cycle costs.

Scheduled for fielding in 2026, the OMFV is expected to replace the Bradley fighting vehicle. Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems team has spent the last year assembling a U.S. supply chain to ensure that Lynx will be built in America by American workersThis next-generation combat vehicle will help save lives on the battlefield and further bolster the U.S. industrial base – now that’s a win-win. Raytheon technology earmarked for the Lynx includes the company’s advanced weapons, Active Protection System, third-generation thermal sights, Coyote® unmanned aircraft system and cyber protection.

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems Lynx KF41

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems Lynx KF41


Headquartered in Düsseldorf, the publicly traded Rheinmetall AG is a high-tech enterprise dedicated to the twin modern imperatives of mobility and security. Founded in 1889, the group today consists of two operational components: Rheinmetall Defence and Rheinmetall Automotive. One of the world’s leading suppliers of military systems and equipment, Rheinmetall’s Defence arm comprises three divisions: Vehicle Systems, Electronic Solutions and Weapon and Ammunition. The group’s 23,000-strong global workforce generated sales last year of $6.9 billion. Follow us on Twitter.

Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I® products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems Lynx KF41

Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems Lynx KF41

Royal Marines Unleash Heavy Weapons During Salisbury Plain Battle

Royal Marines Unleash Heavy Weapons During Salisbury Plain Battle

Royal Marines unleashed their heavy weapons and armoured vehicles to assault ‘enemy’ positions during battles on Salisbury Plain. Armed to the teeth and backed by Viking and Jackal vehicles, 45 Commando led an assault through Berrill Valley, pushing their adversary back across villages and bridges using some of their most potent anti-armour weaponry. Ten different pockets of resistance were routed in a day-long assault, as the commandos tackled undulated terrain and driving rain in Wiltshire, ahead of stepping off on deployments in the jungle, desert and Arctic in the next few months and into next year.

Royal Marines Unleash Heavy Weapons During Salisbury Plain Battle

Royal Marines Unleash Heavy Weapons During Salisbury Plain Battle


It was a chance for the heavy weapons experts, the Fire Support Group (FSG), of the Arbroath-based unit to test their machine guns, grenade machine guns and Javelin anti-tank weaponry on the battlefield. The FSGs and X-Ray Company were transported into location using the Vikings to a site near the enemy before, with ruthless efficiency, gaining the upper hand during assaults. With the FSG using their heavy weapons, laying down supressing fire in positions flanking enemy targets, X-Ray tested their close combat abilities, working through the valley and into the village of Imber – a settlement abandoned in 1943 to make way for training for the invasion of Europe in World War Two.
Royal Marines Unleash Heavy Weapons During Salisbury Plain Battle

Royal Marines Unleash Heavy Weapons During Salisbury Plain Battle


This was the fiery crescendo of the tactical phase of Exercise Blue Steel and Exercise Viking Warrior, which started with live firing, where FSGs from around 3 Commando Brigade gathered to blow off the cobwebs on the ranges. The marines cleared through woodland, hamlets and into Imber before taking back two strategically vital bridges from the enemy. The marines cleared through woodland, hamlets and into Imber before taking back two strategically vital bridges from the enemy.

Lithuanian Armed Forces gets 110 new Unimog U5000 trucks

Lithuanian Armed Forces gets 110 new Unimog U5000 trucks

On September 26 the Lithuanian Armed Forces have taken delivery of 110 Unimog U5000 trucks of 5t payload manufactured by Germany’s Daimler AG as it is updating its truck fleet with vehicles of the same make as there already are in the fleet. The trucks are delivered on the basis of a contract signed back in 2015 though continuing successful cooperation of the Ministry of National Defence and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The value of the contract in total is EUR 70 million.

The tactical vehicles are deployed into service with the Lithuanian Land Force and other units. They are used to supplement equipment fleets with the same technical characteristics that Lithuania’s army troops are already familiar with. Manufactured by German company Daimler, Unimog U5000 vehicles have a permissible load capacity of 5t. The trucks are designed with a flexible frame concept for high body rigidity on the road and high torsional flexibility for off-road applications. They also feature an all-wheel drive (AWD) capability with differential locks at both axles, and portal axles to ensure ground clearance.

88 such trucks have already been delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces; the contract covers acquisition of the total of 340 new Unimog trucks. In 2015, the Lithuanian Armed Forces signed an agreement with Daimler for the procurement of 340 Unimog trucks in order to upgrade its vehicle fleet. The contract also included provision for logistical support over the first 15 years of operation, in addition to the delivery of specialised tools and testing equipment.

Lithuanian Armed Forces gets 110 new Unimog U5000 trucks

Lithuanian Armed Forces gets 110 new Unimog U5000 trucks

Russian Army Gets First New T-90M Proryv-3 Tanks

Russian Army Gets First New T-90M Proryv-3 Tanks

The Russian army has begun to receive modernised T-90M tanks, Oleg Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, said in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. The state contract for the overhaul and modernisation of the T-90A tank, which yielded the T-90M, was concluded between the Defence Ministry and Uralvagonzavod at the Army 2019 forum in June. The first contract was signed in 2017 and serial production started in 2018. The T-90M, a modification of the T-90A, was created in the framework of “Breakthrough-3” (Proryv-3).

The key difference between the tank and previous models is the newly-designed turret module, which features multi-layer armour, Afghanit APS, Relikt ERA. and with the 125A 2A82-1M cannon, which is also used by the Armata tank. The T-90M is equipped with a highly-automated Kalina fire control system, as well as a remotely controlled anti-aircraft machine gun with a 12.7-mm Kord MT machine gun. To protect against enemy fire, the tank features anti-cumulative trellised screens and a Relict dynamic defence system. Crew comfort has been improved with air conditioning.

Russian Army Gets First New T-90M Proryv-3 Tanks

Russian Army Gets First New T-90M Proryv-3 Tanks

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility battle proven trucks is designed to have the protection and mobility to meet demanding specialist military logistic applications. This range of purpose designed vehicles offers exceptional mobility and an unprepared fording capability of 850mm, providing tactical support to military operations in the most hostile environmental conditions, from -32C to +49C. Available in 4×2, 4×4, 6×4, 6×6, 8×4 and 8×8 configurations, the range is equipped with a specially developed protected cab The High Mobility range combines military utility with a well proven, reliable driveline and outstanding flexibility of employment. The High Mobility Product Range can be readily customized to match specific user needs by virtue of its modular design, which embraces both the cab and the driveline.

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility


This product range can be readily customized to match specific user needs by virtue of its modular design, which embraces both the cab and the driveline. The different models in the range share a high degree of parts commonality, reducing the logistic foootprint and need for large spares inventories. All models boast CTIS and run flats as standard, as well as fully militarised ADR compliant 24V electrical system. Other mobility features include approach and departure angles of nearly 45 degrees an ground clearance of 430mm. Crew survivability has also been accorded a high priority: the whole range can be equipped with a new generation of appliqué armour kits providing both anti-mine and ballistic protection. To ensure that these vehicles retain their outstanding flexibility and adaptability, the appliqué armour can be readily fitted and removed in the field.
Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility


Each Iveco Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility can be readily customized to match specific user needs by virtue of its modular design, which embraces both the cab and the driveline. To deliver true modularity, each vehicle is designed from the concept stage to readily accommodate a range of cabs, driveline assemblies and engine types. This allows a dedicated project design team to develop specific solutions for each customer. By maximising commonality of components and assemblies, the logistic footprint is reduced whilst, by introducing a modular load carrying system, flexibility is improved and the utility of the fleet is greatly enhanced. Iveco has addressed both of these requirements with flair and innovation.