April 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

 
 
 
 
 

According to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Defense on April 28, 2022, the President of the United States Joe Biden has requested the U.S. Congress a new military and economic aid of $30 billion for Ukraine. The military package will include artillery systems, armored vehicles, anti-tank weapons, and air defense missile systems.

Around 8,000 British Army troops will conduct a series of planned exercises across Europe this summer in one of the largest deployments since the Cold War, the British Government states. The exercises will see 72 Challenger 2 tanks, 12 AS90 self-propelled howitzers and 120 Warrior armoured fighting vehicles deploy to countries from Finland to North Macedonia, demonstrating the Army’s modernisation into a lethal, agile and global force.

PT Pindad President Abraham Mose and FNSS Country Manager Tolgo Sipahi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 20 April 2022, witnessed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, Asia Pacific Defense Journal reports. The Zaha amphibious assault vehicle is intended to meet the Indonesian Navy’s requirement for new Amphibious Landing and Amphibious Recovery armored vehicles for the Indonesian Marine Corps (Marinirs).

The Operational Testing and Acceptance (OT&A) campaign of the Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Mikron was successfully concluded at the end of February 2022. During this campaign, the NVG’s contractually required performance capabilities, its resistance to different harsh environmental conditions as well as its suitability in various tactical scenarios were confirmed by Bundeswehr Technical Centres as well as Belgian and German military users.

Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for system support concerning the Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) and Bittium Tough VoIP systems, which are meant for tactical communications. The purchase order applies to the year 2022 and includes technical support for the systems and related equipment, software support, maintaining readiness for system support, and system support management. The value of the purchase order is EUR 1.4 million (excl. VAT).

Thales and CS Group are working with their partners in France and Europe’s defence industrial and technological base on developing the PARADE (1) programme capability to provide permanent deployable protection for critical infrastructure from drone threats. The first PARADE systems will be delivered to the DGA within a year of the launch of the programme.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed his will to bolster his nuclear forces at "maximum speed" and threatened to use them if provoked in a speech he delivered during a military parade on Monday, April 25, which marked the 90th anniversary of North Korea's army. This parade featured powerful weapons systems targeting the United States and its allies, state media reported on April 26, the day following the parade.

For the third time, the British Ministry of Defence has awarded Rheinmetall a contract for its Robotic Platoon Vehicles (RPV) programme. The RPV programme is a three-phase experiment to determine the extent to which unmanned vehicles can boost the combat effectiveness and capabilities of dismounted troops at platoon level. For Spiral 3, the programme’s final phase, the British once again chose to work with Rheinmetall Canada.

As reported by Cindy Centofanti in KRDO, thanks to CROWS-J, the 2nd Brigade Stryker Combat Team based at Fort Carson is now considered the most lethal fighting force out of the entire U.S. Army. Officials at the Mountain Post credit this to its brand new CROWS-J system, which is an advanced optic on a stabilized mount that allows soldiers to fire FGM-148 Javelin missiles from a stationary vehicle. Previously, soldiers had to be on the ground and manually fire them.

As reported by Jim Garamone, U.S. Department of Defense, the equipment being sent to Ukraine is having an effect on the battlefield, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said on April 27. The equipment is making a difference on the battle lines in the Donbas region — the site of the major Russian effort in Ukraine.

According to information published by the Italian Newspaper website "Corriere Della Sera" on April 23, 2022, Italy is considering different options for delivering arms to Ukraine including 155mm artillery howitzers PzH 2000, M109L, as well as Sidam 25, tracked air defense armored vehicles, M113A1 and VCC-1 tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicles, Iveco VM90 and LMV 4x4 light tactical vehicles.

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