Partner 2021: Serbia to buy two C295 airlifters and more H145M helicopters, shows new weapons and equipment
18 October 2021
by Igor Bozinovski
Yugoimport's new Lazanski 8×8 ACV was unveiled at Partner 2021. (Igor Bozinovski)
Serbia will buy two C295 transport aircraft and a larger number of H145M helicopters from Airbus, Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović announced on the first day of the Partner 2021 international defence exhibition held in Belgrade from 11 to 14 October.
Partner 2021 unveiled new locally developed military equipment. This included Yugoimport's Lazanski 8×8 armoured combat vehicle (ACV), shown alongside two new versions of the Lazar III 8×8 ACV: the Lazar III A1 infantry fighting vehicle and Lazar III P infantry combat support armoured vehicle.
Serbia's new 8 km range Nova 145 (145 mm) anti-tank guided missile was shown integrated into a new version of the BOV M16 Miloš 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle featuring a remote operated weapon station armed with four Nova 145 containers and a modernised NSV 12.7×108 mm heavy machine gun. Exhibited next to it for the first time was the 2.5 km range Nova 145 portable fire-and-forget light anti-tank missile.
The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) launched on 26 November a new agency to support local firms' entrance and expansion in the country's defence market.
The Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) replaces the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC), which was established in December 2016.
ODIS advertises itself as a “one-stop shop” for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that do business with the DoD.
It said its key services include direct links between SMEs and defence procurement programmes and military end-users; identifying SMEs that can meet Australia's defence requirements; and assisting SMEs to co-operate with end-users.
ODIS will also provide financial grants to assist the development of SMEs and train and support the companies in identifying opportunities and pursuing defence contracts.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said, “This new organisation will work directly with state and territory agencies, industry associations, SMEs, and major contractors to build greater sovereign capability.”
“We need to start dragging the right SMEs through the door with the ability to provide local solutions [to meet] defence's capability requirements,” she added.
is one of four Lithuanian OPVs that will receive a GEM Elettronica Columbus Mk2 3D navigation radar from Leonardo.
Lithuania has ordered GEM Elettronica Columbus Mk2 3D navigation radars from Leonardo for its offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed to
on 19 November.
The ministry announced on its website on 27 October that the EUR7.9 million (USD8.9 million) contract was signed the previous week, with its Defence Resource Agency carrying out the procurement. Leonardo will install and integrate the radars, provide technical documentation, and train their operators by the end of 2023.
The radars will be installed on Lithuania's former Royal Danish Navy (RDN) Flyvefisken‐class (Standard Flex 300)
OPVs. Identification friend or foe antennas will also be integrated into the radars.
Rheinmetall Group has agreed to acquire the assets of EMT, whose products include the newly developed Luna Next Generation (NG) reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle. (EMT)
German conglomerate Rheinmetall Group plans to expand its defence technology offering by acquiring the operating activities, personnel, and real estate of EMT, a financially struggling Bavarian business that makes unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance missions, Rheinmetall announced on 23 November.
“The transaction reflects Rheinmetall's strategy of expanding its portfolio of systems and equipment to meet the complete needs of its military customers,” Rheinmetall said. “At the same time, this approach ensures that important defence technology capabilities will be maintained in Germany.”
EMT's products include the newly developed Luna Next Generation (NG) UAV, which the German Bundeswehr is starting to use. The fixed-wing, catapult-launched Luna NG has more range and payload capacity than the original Luna, which the Bundeswehr has flown in operations since 2000.
After the acquisition closes in late December, Rheinmetall intends to fold EMT's activities into its Technical Publications subsidiary, which already maintains Germany's KZO target location UAV. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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