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01 Dec 16. Algerian MEKOs to test Umkhonto air defence in 2017. The Denel group said on 30 November that “extensive testing” of the Umkhonto air defence systems installed on Algeria’s two new MEKO A200 frigates is scheduled to take place in 2017.
The Denel statement did not name Algeria as the operator of the frigates, but described the two vessels that Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has built for the north African country at its shipyard in Kiel. Denel has previously stated it would supply Umkhonto systems for these frigates, the first of which was commissioned in Algeria in April.
The Denel statement said acceptance trials of the second frigate were completed in October and the manufacturing of infrared-guided Umkhonto missiles for the programme will be completed in January.
“After four years of manufacturing, integration, and commissioning we have now reached the final stages of the programme,” the statement quoted Tsepo Monaheng, the CEO of its Denel Dynamics division as saying. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
30 Nov 16. The Polish Ministry of Defence has awarded a deal for the supply of short-range anti-aircraft defense systems to a consortium led by the country’s state-run defense giant PGZ. In the years 2019 to 2022, the consortium will supply six batteries of the PSR-A Pilica systems to the Polish Armed Forces, the ministry said in a statement.
“The Pilica artillery-missile systems will be one of the important short-range defense systems, a pillar of the Polish anti-aircraft defense system,” Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz was quoted as saying in the statement.
The latest deal is worth close to 750m zloty (US $180m). The consortium consists of PGZ and three of the group’s subsidiaries, artillery producer ZM Tarnow S.A., optoelectronic equipment-maker PCO S.A., and radar manufacturer PIT-Radwar S.A.
The contract is part of Poland’s plans to expand and modernize its air defense capabilities. Earlier this year at a meeting of the Polish parliament’s Defence Committee, Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki said Warsaw aims to spend about 40bn zloty to acquire middle-range air and anti-missile defense systems, and more than 20bn zloty to purchase short-range air-defense systems for its military.
Based in Radom, in central Poland, PGZ was set up in November 2013 with the aim to integrate the country’s fragmented, state-owned defense industry. (Source: Defense News)
30 Nov 16. India has signed a much awaited $737m contract for the procurement of 145 M777A2 LW155 ultralight howitzers. The deal was inked Monday with the original equipment manufacturer, the US subsidiary of BAE Systems. A formal Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement will be signed with the US government on Thursday, according a top Ministry of Defence (MoD) official. BAE Systems executives here were unavailable for comment. India wants the guns delivered as quickly as possible, however no details have been officially announced by the MoD. BAE Systems partnered with Indian private sector defense company Mahindra Defence Systems to assemble 120 ultralight howitzers, and a remaining 25 of the guns will be supplied within the next three years. The Indian Army is seeking a total of 220 ultralight howitzers over the next 15 years. As per prescribed terms and conditions, BAE Systems will also set up an assembly integration and test facility here with Mahindra Defence Systems. The MoD in principle cleared the pending program to acquire M777 guns from the US in 2005 after the cancellation of a previous competitive global tender over allegations of corruption by Singapore Technology Kinetics, which subsequently led to the blacklisting of the Singaporean defense company. This will be the first overseas procurement of artillery guns after a gap of 30 years. (Source: Defense News)
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