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BRAZILIAN ARMY TRAINING PERSONNEL TO MAINTAIN M109A5S
Friday, February 16, 2018
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An M109A5+BR being delivered to Brazil

Source: Facebook/General Estevam Theophilo


An M109A5+BR being delivered to Brazil

Source: Facebook/General Estevam Theophilo


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CURITIBA, Brazil -- The Brazilian Army initiated its first maintenance training session for its new M109A5 self-propelled howitzers. The training session lasted from February 5 to February 9. The activity was attended by 14 personnel from the 5th Military Maintenance Group, the 5th Self-Propelled Artillery Group, and the 15th Self-Propelled Artillery Group.

Brazil is currently taking delivery of 32 M109A5s that were donated by the U.S. Brasilia authorized funds to take delivery of another 60 in July 2017. These vehicles will be added to the M109A3s already in service in the Brazilian Army.

Objectives of the training session are to highlight the similarities as well as the differences between the M109A3 and M109A5 so that personnel know how to work on the new vehicles. The training session also sought to standardize maintenance procedures for the new vehicles.

The howitzers are being upgraded to the M109A5+BR standard under a $53.9 million foreign military sales contract signed in September 2016. BAE was awarded the contract by the U.S. Army on behalf of the Brazilian Army. Work includes upgraded fire control and other components. BAE will also provide three-years of operational service, technical manuals, supply catalogs, specialized tooling used for maintenance, training, and technical assistance.

The howitzers are being acquired as part of an effort to improve Brazil's indirect fire capabilities. Brasilia is also acquiring ASTROS 2020 multiple rocket launch systems.

Source:  Brazilian Army
Associated URL: http://www.eb.mil.br/web/noticias/noticiario-do-exercito/-/asset_publisher/MjaG9
Source Date: February 16, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 02/16/2018

 
 
INDIA GREEN-LIGHTS DEFENSE PROGRAMS WORTH $2.5 BILLION
Thursday, February 15, 2018
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Source: Govenment of India


Source: Govenment of India


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NEW DELHI -- The Indian Ministry of Defense has launched a slew of new procurement programs aimed at outfitting the country's Army with light machine guns, assault rifles and sniper rifles, as well as advanced torpedo decoy systems for the Navy's warships. The MoD particularly seeks to fast-track the acquisition of light machine guns under a procedure estimated at $285 million.

The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC), which sits atop the military procurement hierarchy, gave its approval for the procurement of 740,000 assault rifles. These are to be produced by the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and private defense companies under the Buy & Make (India) procurement category focusing on domestic design and production. This procurement is estimated at $1.91 billion.

The purchase of 5,719 sniper rifles for both the Army and Air Force is estimated at $153.43 million. India is looking outside its own domestic sector at an off-the-shelf solution via foreign vendors such as the U.S. firm Colt, Beretta of Italy, Czeska Zbrojovka of the Czech Republic, Rosoboronexport of Russia, and Israel Weapons Industries (IWI) from Israel.

The crucial acquisition in all of these is for new assault rifles. The Indian Army utilizes the homemade INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) 5.56mm rifle, the Russian Kalashnikov 7.62mm AK-47, and the IWI 5.56mm Tavor. The Indian Army is seeking new rifles of 7.62x51mm caliber.

Source:  Defense News
Associated URL: https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2018/02/14/india-launches-defense-programs-worth-248-billion/
Source Date: February 15, 2018
Posted: 02/16/2018

 
 
RHEINMETALL BOOKS NEW MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR CONTRACTS FROM US MILITARY
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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Source: Rheinmetall Defence


Source: Rheinmetall Defence


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MUNICH -- Rheinmetall was recently issued two new multi-million-dollar munitions contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense. The U. S. Marine Corps ordered day and night-capable 40mm x 46 practice cartridges worth around $3 million (€2.5 million).

These cartridges contain no environmentally damaging substance and are being produced by American Rheinmetall Munitions, Inc. (ARM) in Camden, Arkansas. ARM is a subsidiary of Rheinmetall Defence of Düsseldorf, Germany. Deliveries started in December 2017.

The U.S. Navy is procuring the latest advanced flash-bang grenade from Rheinmetall, now type classified by the US Government as the MK 24 MOD 0, under a new deliver order worth $3.8 million (€3.2 million). Delivery will take place in 2018 through ARM, although these non-lethal diversionary devices will be produced at the Rheinmetall plant in Trittau, Germany.

Source:  www.rheinmetall-defence.com
Source Date: February 15, 2017
Posted: 02/15/2018

 

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