April 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The Spy'Ranger 330 in service with the French Army as part of the SMDR programme has obtained its first type certification by the French Defence procurement agency's airworthiness authority, testifying to the system's proven performance in combat situations. Type certification guarantees the airworthiness of the SMDR (Systèmes de Mini-drones de Reconnaissance, Reconnaissance Mini-drone Systems) and enables the Army to use its mini-UAS systems for instruction, training and operational deployments without obtaining specific flight approvals.

According to information published on April 19, 2022, the American company AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today announced it will donate more than 100 Quantix™ Recon unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and operational training services to the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and territorial forces amid the ongoing war against Russia.

According to a statement published by the U.S. Army on April 19, 2022, the U.S. Army announced the award of a 10-year firm-fixed-price follow-on production contract to Sig Sauer, Inc for the manufacture and delivery of two Next Generation Squad Weapon variations (the XM5 Rifle and the XM250 Automatic Rifle) and the 6.8 Common Cartridge Family of Ammunition.

The 21st Aviation Battalion, Royal Thai Air Force Aviation Center, based in Lopburi Province, is an air unit of the Royal Thai Army (RTA) operating unmanned aerial vehicles. According to Defense Studies, it has four Searcher Mk II tactical UAVs originally supplied by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in the 1990s for an estimated $12 million (about 300 million baht at the time).

According to Catherine Philp in The Times, and Natasha Kumar in TheTimesHub.in, for the first time since the outbreak of a full-scale war with Russia on February 24, British SAS are training Ukrainian soldiers in Kyiv on how to use the British-supplied NLAW anti-tank missile launchers. Officers from two battalions stationed in and around Kyiv said they had received military training by British Special Forces, one last week and the other the week before.

According to a contract published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on April 14, 2022, American company AeroVironment Inc., Simi Valley, California, was awarded a $19,737,523 firm-fixed-price contract for RQ-20 Puma AE systems, reconnaissance surveillance and target acquisition kits, initial spares package, contractor logistics support and new equipment training for the country of Ukraine.

According to information released on April 14, 2022, Israeli company RAFAEL, alongside the Ministry of Defense's Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) have successfully completed a series of ground-breaking tests with a high-power laser interception system against steep-track threats. The demonstrator successfully intercepted UAVs, mortars, rockets, and anti-tank missiles in various scenarios.

According to a statement published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on April 13, 2022, Ukraine will receive new military equipment from the United States including towed howitzers, artillery radars, Switchblade munitions, Javelin anti-tank missiles, tracked APCs (Armored Personnel Carrier), medical equipment, body armor, and helmets.

On April 11, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy requested South Korea to provide military equipment and weapons in the fight against the Russian troops in Ukraine. South Korea's armed forces operate Russian-made T-80U MBTs (Main Battle Tanks) and BMP-3 tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) which can be used by Ukrainian soldiers without specific training.

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the United States is preparing another package of military equipment and weapons for Ukraine totaling $750 million. According to information published by White House press secretary, Jen Psaki on April 12, 2022, United States is working to provide Ukraine with artillery systems from U.S. military stocks.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Pakistani army’s media arm, announced on Twitter on April 9 that the Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile had completed a successful flight test, Yusuf Çetiner reports in Overt Defence. The test’s details and video footage were published by ISPR. The purpose of the test, according to the tweet, was to reaffirm the missile system’s design and technical parameters. Lieutenant General Nadeem Zaki Manj, Director General of the Strategic Plans Division, praised the scientists and engineers and expressed his full confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence capability.

The Indian Ministry of Defense announces that, as part of the ongoing user validation trials, the indigenously-developed Nag Anti-Tank Guided Missile HELINA was again successfully flight-tested from Advanced Light Helicopter on April 12, 2022. Teams of the Indian Air Force and Indian Army, along with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), conducted the trial at the high altitude range. This is the second successful flight test in successive days.

According to Mike Yeo in Defense News, China has delivered anti-aircraft missile systems to Serbia as part of a contract this country signed with China that also included drones. The Chinese used an air bridge with Y-20 heavy-lift aircraft to transport the FK-3 missiles and presumably other equipment, to Serbia on April 9, 2022.

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