DECEMBER 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to a press release from the Finnish Ministry of Defense, Finnish Minister of Defense Antti Kaikkonen has authorized the Armed Forces to enter into a procurement contract with Sako Ltd for the procurement of new rifles. The procurement contract covers the procurement of a sniper rifle intended for the use of snipers, and a rifle intended for the use of infantry group support snipers. In addition, the agreement covers equipment, spare parts, maintenance tools and training provided by the manufacturer.

According to the Hindustan Times, the Indian Corps of Engineers is showcasing the indigenous equipment in Pune, which were inducted into the army. The Indian Army is set to receive indigenously designed and developed anti-personnel and anti-tank mines.

According to a tweet from Ajit K. Dubey, ANI News, the Indian Air Force, on Monday, December 20, deployed the first squadron of Russian-made S-400 Triumf air defense systems in the Punjab sector. Top government sources said that “The batteries of the first squadron would be capable of taking care of aerial threats from both Pakistan and China.”

According to information released on December 21, 2021, Swedish company Saab has received orders from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for deliveries of both the new High Explosive round and Fire Control Device for the recoilless Carl Gustaf anti-tank weapon. The order values are approximately SEK 300 million and SEK 65 million respectively and deliveries will take place during 2022-2023.

According to information published by "The Korea Herald" news website on December 15, 2021, the Army of South Korea has started the deployment of new mobile short-range air defense KW2 based on an 8x8 armored vehicle chassis fitted with a two-man turret armed with two 30mm Rheinmetall Air Defense (Oerlikon) KCB automatic cannons manufactured under license by the South Korean S&T group.

According to Vugar Khalilov in AzerNews, Azeri Defence Industry Deputy Minister Mehman Bakhishov said that Azerbaijan will produce 66 types of new weapons and military equipment in 2022, Trend reported on December 17: "I hope that this armament will be launched in production in the second half of 2022".

The MoD of Lithuania on December 17 announced that, back in November, the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence signed a contract for the acquisition of 356 second-hand military transport vehicles from The Netherlands, among which 125 Mercedes-Benz GD 290s having to be delivered before the end of 2021. Most of the shipment is assigned to National Defence Volunteer Force territorial units to patrol in the border area with Belarus starting on December 20.

According to various Indian media, India successfully tested the new generation nuclear-capable Agni Prime ballistic missile from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, according to an official statement issued on December 18 by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The surface ballistic missile, having a range of 1,000 to 2,000 km, was tested in Balasore.

Serial supplies of the new KUB-BLA loitering drone developed by the ZALA Aero Company (part of the Kalashnikov Group) may begin in 2022, the company’s press office said: “The new strike drone has been recommended for acceptance into service. The serial supplies are expected to begin in 2022,” the press office said. According to the press office, the new loitering drone has successfully completed its state trials.

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