DECEMBER 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to information released on December 17, 2021, On December 6, 2021, the GME (Groupement Momentané d'Entreprises) EBMR (engin blindé multi rôles) delivered to the French Army the 119th and last GRIFFON 6x6 armored vehicle planned for 2021. The 119 GRIFFONs were first submitted to the verification operations of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA/SQ) at the Nexter site in Roanne before being sent to the regiments. 

According to ERR, the M270 (or M270A1) multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) mentioned in the 2031 national defense development plan should be at the disposal of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) by 2024, with the procurement hopefully declared in 2022, EDF commander Lt. Gen. Martin Herem told Vikerraadio on December 15.

Polish company PIT-Radwar S.A. handed over the fourth TRS-15 mobile medium-range observation radar in a modernized version (TRS-15M) this year. The handover of this unit completed the deliveries of TRS-15M radars scheduled for 2021. Another radar will be delivered in the first quarter of 2022.

According to information published by the Defense Minister of Finland on December 7, 2021, the Ministry of Defense has authorized the Defense Forces to sign an agreement with the German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co KG to upgrade the fire control system of the Army’s Leopard 2 A4 and Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks. The work is scheduled to start at the beginning of 2022 and to be completed during 2026.

According to Yonhap news agency and the Korea Herald, South Korea on December 15 started deploying new 7.62 mm-caliber machine guns to the Army under a project to replace the existing decades-old equipment and reinforce combat capabilities, the arms procurement agency said. The K16 machine guns will supplant K3 and M60 guns as a bedrock asset of the military's firepower, the first such replacement in three decades, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said.

On December 14, 2021, the Netherlands officially welcomed the US, Canada, and Norway as members of the Dutch-led EU project aimed at improving military mobility in Europe. EU ministers of Defence already approved the invitation of these three countries at a Foreign Affairs Council meeting in May. With the working arrangements in place, their participation has now been formalized. This is the first time that non-EU member countries are taking part in a PESCO project.

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army in support of the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) to provide Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) to Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. The $14.3 million contract will support upgrading air defense and counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capabilities and form the framework for integration into EUCOM Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Plan to more fully support the NATO air defense system architecture.

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine plans to sign a contract with the State Kyiv Design Bureau Luch on the production of another battalion of Neptune coastal missile system, Militarnyi reports. This information was announced in an interview with Apostrophe TV channel (Security Talks project) by the company’s CEO Oleg Korostelov. According to him, the agreement is planned to be signed by the end of 2021.

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