April 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA recently organized an unmanned intelligent equipment inspection event, gathering hundreds of arms companies to display their drone products, in a move to find the right equipment that can enhance the Chinese military's logistics support capabilities and boost the PLAs' overall combat capabilities. Liu Xuanzun reports in Global Times.

Lithuania plans to organize training for Ukrainian servicemen in the near future to help them prepare for operating Western military equipment. This was reported by Delfi with reference to the commander of the Lithuanian Army, General Valdemaras Rupsis, according to Ukrinform. No further detail is provided regarding the types of weapons that might be concerned.

Park Jae-hyuk reports in The Korea Times that Hanwha Defense appears to be going all out to win a $18 billion contract to supply AS21 Redback infantry fighting vehicles to Australia, where it is set to build its factory to produce the K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer, according to industry officials. Hanwha Defense is expected to accelerate its efforts to convince the Australian government to choose its Redback over Rheinmetall’s Lynx KF41 for the LAND 400 Phase 3 infantry fighting vehicle project.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on April 8 that Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $74,085,614 modification to a previously-awarded contract (HQ0147-17-C-0032) for the production of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ground equipment to support the U.S. government. The total maximum ceiling value of this contract is increased from $7,760,614,995 to $7,834,700,609.

A new version of the Pinaka rocket system has been successfully flight-tested by the DRDO and the Indian Army at the Pokhran firing ranges, the Defence ministry said on April 9, echoed by The Hindu: as many as 24 Pinaka Mk-I (Enhanced) Rocket Systems (EPRS) were fired for different ranges during the last fortnight and the weapons met the required accuracy and consistency, it said.

The Boxer success story continues. The British government, represented by the European procurement organization OCCAR, and ARTEC, a consortium of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), have signed a contract extension to supply the British Army with an additional 100 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles. The contract encompasses three previously ordered variants of the Boxer: the infantry carrier, the command vehicle and the field ambulance.

On April 8, the Ministry of Defence officially confirms that the Slovak Republic provided Ukraine with S-300 PMU air defense systems. This comes in reaction to the request of Ukraine for assistance in its exercise of self-defense in line with Article 51 of the UN Charter as a direct consequence of the armed aggression by Russia. The Slovak donation is the first known case of a country sending such a powerful air defense system to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

According to Infodefensa, the Brazilian Army successfully carried out the integration test of the Remax 4 weapons system in the Iveco 4x4 LMV-BR vehicle. The result of the test showed that the use of the same mechanical interfaces produced for the previous versions facilitated the integration of the new Remax 4, guaranteeing the efficiency of the whole.

In Banja Luka, TRB (Tehnicki Remont Bratunac) presented “Vihor”, a new light tactical vehicle based on a modular chassis. The presentation of the new vehicle was organized on Police Day and the celebration of 30 years of existence and work with the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska, with whose cooperation cooperation “Vihor” was created.

Diehl Defence and Hensoldt have agreed to intensify their cooperation in the field of ground-based air defence. Based on proven joint systems that are currently in production and can be delivered at short notice, the two companies intend to offer top-class products for defence against missile threats. These air defence systems employ the latest technologies, thus offering defence potential even against new and emerging threats.

The security assistance the Biden Administration is providing to Ukraine is enabling critical success on the battlefield against the Russian invading force. The Administration is working around the clock to fulfill Ukraine's priority security assistance requests, delivering weapons from U.S. stocks when they are available, and facilitating the delivery of weapons by allies and partners when their systems better suit Ukraine's needs.

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