April 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Roscosmos will build 46 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), CEO of the space agency said: “There will be a total of 46 Sarmat missiles. They will be deployed in the silos which currently carry Voevoda ICBM,” he said.

M109A7 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers assigned to the U.S. 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, took part in live-fire exercise during Baltic Ballista, a multinational exercise held at Pabrade Training Area, Lithuania, April 21, 2022. As part of the event, the Soldiers conducted training and platoon certifications on Artillery Table XII.

According to information published by the International Press Agency REUTERS, Germany will officially approve the delivery of Gepard's 35mm self-propelled anti-aircraft mobile gun systems to Ukraine. German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht has confirmed that Germany is ready to provide Gepard air defense armored vehicles during a meeting on April 26, 2022, that was held at the United States Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

The PGZ-NAREW consortium has concluded an agreement with MBDA regarding the schedule and terms of delivery of the NAREW system components from the British partner. The contract will allow for the integration of the MBDA launcher and missiles with the radar station and the C2 communication and command system produced by the Polish defence industry.

Nexter has chosen the Belgian company MOL as its partner for the assembly of the multi-role armored vehicles Griffon intended to equip the Belgian Army's land component from 2025 onwards, as part of the CaMo (Motorized Capability) program. MOL is a company specialized in the construction of trucks, trailers and special heavy vehicles, and has already worked for the defense industry.

Dutch Defense Undersecretary Christophe van der Maat has reported the unveiling of the Manticore 4×4 Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) on Twitter. 1,185 Manticores will replace many of the current 4x4 vehicles in the Dutch land force. The rollout of the vehicles is to start next year. Following performance and acceptance tests by the Dutch armed forces, series production is to start with deliveries scheduled from 2023 to 2026.

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on April 25, 2022, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Ukraine of various rounds of non-standard ammunition for Soviet-made artillery systems and weapons in service with the Ukrainian army for an estimated cost of $165 million.

The New Zealand Defence Force has finalised a sale of 22 surplus New Zealand Light Armoured Vehicles (NZLAVs) to the Chilean Navy for use by their Marine Corps. The sale is worth US $19.855 million and the vehicles will be shipped to Chile in two tranches: one this year and one in 2023. The sale to the Chilean Navy was brokered by Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Canadian Government organisation that supports international trade arrangements.

MOSCOW, April 25. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Almaz-Antey Concern has launched batch production of S-500 air defense systems, CEO Yan Novikov said: “Batch production of S-500 has been launched with the use of the latest achievements of domestic science and technology”, he told the National Defense journal and stressed the combat parameters of the new weapon considerably exceed the previous air defense systems. “S-500 can become the backbone of the aerospace defense. The launchers will be delivered in the time stipulated by the arms procurement order,” Novikov said but did not elaborate.

The German newspaper Bild, which has access to both Ukrainian and German lists, writes that the German Federal Ministry of Defense, at the insistence of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s office, has removed all heavy weapons from the list of military aid to Ukraine. Hence, upgraded 4x4 vehicles, armored trucks, and some 100 Rheinmetall MAN HX81 heavy tractor-trailers are cleared for transfer to the Ukrainian army, as they are non-lethal equipment.

According to information published by the United States Army on April 23, 2022, the “Hound Battalion,” 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, is the first U.S. Army unit to complete field-level maintenance and operator new equipment training on the modernized M2A4 Bradley tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

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