April 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to a statement published by the Canadian Ministry of Defense on April 22, 2022, Canada provides an undisclosed number of M777 towed howitzers and associated ammunition to the armed forces of Ukraine. While this equipment comes from the inventory of the Canadian Armed Forces, the capability will be replenished.

As announced on its website by the Lithuanian MoD, on April 19, Vice Minister of National Defence Vilius Semeška and his delegation met with representatives of the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR), ARTEC consortium, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall in Munich to discuss further prospects of supplying Lithuania with Boxer Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

As reported by Matthew Loh in Business Insider, dozens of Ukrainian soldiers are being trained in the UK, where they will be taught to use armored vehicles donated by the British government, said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson: "I can say that we are currently training Ukrainians in Poland in the use of anti-aircraft defence, and actually in the UK in the use of armored vehicles", Johnson said while on his trip to India, The Guardian reported on April 21.

President Vladimir Putin announced on April 20 that his country successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with the potential to carry a large nuclear payload, but the Pentagon said it was not a significant threat to the United States, just routine. Putin was shown on TV being told by the military that the long-awaited RS-28 Sarmat missile had been test-launched for the first time from Plesetsk in northwest Russia and hit targets in the Kamchatka peninsula, nearly 6,000 km (3,700 miles) away. 

As reported by Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard on WTVB, Taiwan is developing missiles that can attack enemy air bases and bring down cruise missiles, and drones that can target their firing locations, according to a report by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology. Taiwan in 2021 approved $8.20 billion in extra military spending over the next five years as tensions with China have hit a new high and Chinese military planes have repeatedly flown several times through Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ).

On April 21, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to an additional $800 million tailored to meet critical Ukrainian needs for today's fight as Russian forces launch a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine. This authorization is the 8th drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby wrote.

After the selection of candidates, the European Defense Agency (EDA) formally chose the iMUGS program consortium for the development of an autonomous ground robot. As a reminder, this project brings together fourteen manufacturers specializing in robotics, communications and cyber-security: Milrem Robotics, Nexter Systems, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Safran Electronics & Defense, Diehl Defence, GT Cyber Technologies, Bittium Wireless, Insta DefSec, (Un)Manned, dotOcean, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons, GMV Aerospace and Defence, the Estonian Military School and the Royal Belgian Military Academy.

At the Pentagon on April 20 for a meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said his country will increase its defense spending to 3% of gross domestic product, David Vergun, of U.S. DoD, reports. Blaszczak said the increase will begin next year. He also recalled that Poland signed an agreement to acquire 250 M1A2 SEPV3 Abrams tanks from the United States earlier this month.

According to information published by several American newspaper websites and TV channels on April 20, 2022, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on April 20, 2022, that the Ohio National Guard will provide an undisclosed number of M113 tracked armored personnel carrier vehicles to Ukraine, according to a request from the United States Department of Defense.

Army Recognition published on April 20 the information according to which Sig Sauer is awarded the Next Generation Squad Weapons System (NGSW) Contract by the U.S. Army after a rigorous 27-month testing and evaluation process. The manufacturer is adding some information about this contract.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on April 19 that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of Defense articles related to Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $42 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

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