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INDIAN COMPANY L&T INKS DEAL WITH SOUTH KOREA'S HANWHA ALLOWING SPH PROJECT TO MOVE AHEAD
Friday, April 21, 2017
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Source: Samsung Techwin Co Ltd


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NEWTOWN, Conn. - India's engineering conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T) reached a deal with South Korea's defense prime Hanwha Techwin on April 21 that paves the way for joint production of over 100 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) intended for the Indian Army.

The initial batch of the K9 Vajra-T (Thunderbolt) should be delivered later this year with the entire 100-gun order handed over by October 2020, or 42 months from now. Of the 100 SPHs being delivered ten will be directly-purchased from South Korea with the remainder manufactured at the L&T Strategic Systems Complex near Pune. L&T has also begun setting up a greenfield K9 Vajra-T manufacturing line at Gujrat's Hazira. The K9 Vajra-T is an enhanced variant of Hanwha Techwin's K9 Thunder and involves a 155mm, 52-caliber howitzer, mounted on a tracked vehicle, providing it with the mobility necessary to maintain pace with the Indian Army's Mechanized Strike Corps' T-90S tanks.

The long-awaited 155mm/52-cal tracked SPH requirement for the Indian Army fits just one of many niches needed to be filled as the Army seeks to induct into service some 3,000-3,600 155mm howitzers in two calibers (39 and 52) in towed, mounted and self-propelled (both wheeled and tracked) forms by 2027 in order to fulfill its needs under the 2000 Field Artillery Rationalization Plan (FARP).

In late September 2015, the Indian Defense Ministry chose the L&T-Hanwha partnership as the favored bidder for its $750 million (INR48.71 billion) 100-SPH tender after the system cleared Indian Army trials conducted earlier in 2013 and 2014.

The K9 was downselected in a competition that saw two earlier attempts to move the project forward in 2006 and 2007 frustrated by corruption charges (against Denel in the initial bid) and the blacklisting from the Indian market of potential vendors. The third tender, issued in 2011, ultimately pitted the K9 against the Russian 2S19 MSTA-S mounted on a T-72 tank chassis offered by state arms export agency Rosoboronexport.

The Indian contract for the 155mm, 52-caliber self-propelled tracked howitzers falls under the Buy Global procurement category, meaning the Indian Defence Ministry would make a direct purchase from a foreign vendor of an off-the-shelf-hardware type.

The Indian Army requirement for the K9 Vajra-T is ultimately expected to grow beyond the initial 100 guns to a total of 250+ systems.

Source:  The Economic Times
Associated URL: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/larsen-toubro-signs-pact-with-h
Source Date: April 21, 2017
Author: D. Darling, Asia Analyst 
Posted: 04/21/2017

 
 
HERCULES ARMORED RECOVERY VEHICLES DELIVERED TO AUSTRALIA
Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Source: United Defense


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MELBOURNE, Australia - Defence has bought six new M88A2 HERCULES armored recovery vehicles, marking an important milestone for Army.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the delivery of the HERCULES (Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System) vehicles is critical to ensure the safe and effective operation of Australia’s Abrams Main Battle Tank capability.

Since their delivery to Defence, all six vehicles have been accepted into service, painted in Australian camouflage and sent to their units.

Source:  Australian Department of Defence
Associated URL: www.defence.gov.au
Source Date: April 20, 2017
Posted: 04/21/2017

 
 
U.S. APPROVES MILITARY EQUIPMENT FOR IRAQI PESHMERGA
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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M119A2 howitzers part of Peshmerga arms package

Source: U.S. Army


M119A2 howitzers part of Peshmerga arms package

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WASHINGTON - The State Department announced on April 19 that it had notified the Congress of its approval of a possible foreign military sale to Iraq for military equipment for Peshmerga units. The Congress was informed of the approval the previous day.

The State Department noted, "The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of the equipment necessary to fully outfit two full Peshmerga Regional Brigades of light infantry, as well as the equipment necessary to outfit two artillery battalions that will ultimately provide support to those regional brigades."

Included in the possible sale are 4,400 M16A4 rifles, 46 M2 .50 caliber machine guns, 186 M240B machine guns, 36 M1151 HMMWVs, 77 M1151 up-armored HMMWVs, and 36 refurbished 105mm M119A2 howitzers. Other material in the sale are equipment like body armor, helmets, and radio systems.

If concluded, the sale will be worth $295.6 million, according to the State Department.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States, by supporting Iraq’s capacity to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," noted the State Department release, referring to the previous name for the Islamic State, a terror group.

The sale's approval follows efforts from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), a semiautonomous region of Iraq, to secure more military systems for its soldiers, the Peshmerga. Military exports to the KRG have to be approved by the Iraqi government in Baghdad.

The Peshmerga are supporting efforts by the Iraqi military and allied militias to oust the Islamic State from key areas of the country. Starting in late 2016, the Peshmerga were involved in military operations around Mosul, which fell to IS militants in 2014. Under agreements with the Iraqi military, the Peshmerga have not entered the city, but helped cleared IS fighters from positions outside Mosul.

Iraqi Army and Special Forces have recaptured all of the eastern districts of Mosul and are currently fighting to retake the last districts still held by the Islamic State in western Mosul.

Additionally, the Peshmerga are preparing for joint efforts alongside the Iraqi military to oust the Islamic State from Hawija, a pocket of territory near Kirkuk held by IS militants. On several occasions, IS fighters infiltrating from Hawija have attacked surrounding towns and cities. In October 2016, soon after the assault on Mosul began, IS fighters, supported by sleeper cells, infiltrated Kirkuk, resulting in a gunfight with local security forces that lasted several days.

Source:  DSCA
Associated URL: http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/government-iraq-equipment-two-peshmerga-inf
Source Date: April 19, 2017
Posted: 04/20/2017

 

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