DECEMBER 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Lockheed Martin and Radisys, a global leader in open telecom solutions, have established an enterprise agreement for use of Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) software in Lockheed Martin 5G.MIL products. The agreement includes the development of critical capabilities like 5G-enabled wireless relay and Integrated Access and Backhaul (IAB). Wireless relay to global network infrastructure is an important part of tactical communication when warfighters operate in places where wired interconnections are not possible or are cost-prohibitive.

According to The New Straits Times, Cambodia is reviewing whether its military has any US-made weapons or equipment and will either store or destroy them. The move follows the U.S. decision to impose an arms embargo on the country on December 9, citing "deepening Chinese military influence in Cambodia [that] undermines and threatens regional security" as well as alleged "corruption and human rights abuses".

Saab announced on December 13 a new agreement with United Arab Emirates’ Tawazun company on a business plan for a brand new product area that Saab will begin developing in the UAE. This latest agreement is in the area of secure communications and follows multiple agreements for other sectors concluded in the previous months between Saab and Tawazun.

Hohenfels, Germany — A two-person team of Airmen is dropped off by a Bradley Fighting Vehicle at the forward line of troops. They move down the line of cavalry scouts until they meet another small team, this one made up of U.S. Army artillerymen, who are dismounted from their own Bradley and are outfitting their rucksacks for an extended patrol. They are preparing to scout enemy positions, checking their radios and packing binoculars for a long patrol behind enemy lines. Staff Sgt. George Davis reports on U.S. Army’s website.

Hanwha Defense Australia has signed a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia for the supply of its Huntsman AS9 self-propelled artillery system to Australia, a South Korean K9 Thunder 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer tailored for the Australian army. The contract signature was announced on December 13 by the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra. This is the first major defence acquisition by Australia from an Asian defence prime contractor.

The Combat Engineers of the Belgian army will receive new equipment: ACEV, the Armored Combat Engineer Vehicle, will ensure mobility and counter-mobility and will support the survival of a detachment. ACEV is developed by the firm JCB under the denomination of HMEE (High Mobility Engineer Excavator). Its technical characteristics and level of protection will allow it to participate in missions abroad. Delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.

Field trials of the upgraded multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) Uragan-M are in progress in the Osipovichsky exercise area of the 51st Guards Artillery Brigade, BelTA news agency learned from the chief of the Osipovichsky exercise area, commander of army unit No.12147, Guards Colonel Aleksei Ratushny.

According to information published by the website, under a $19 million contract, the Brazilian army has selected the Israeli company Rafael to deliver 100 units of its Spike-LR anti-tank guided missile system. The contract also includes launcher units, simulators, training, and logistic support.

A newly designed Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles produced by Proforce was unveiled during the Research and Development Exhibition that took place at the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Abuja on 6th December 2021. This event happened just after the Nigerian Army took delivery of new Bigfoot Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and Type 89 Infantry Fighting Vehicles from China.

On December 7, 2021, as published by the Polish Ministry of Defense on its website, the head of the Ministry of National Defense met with soldiers who carry out tasks on the Polish-Belarusian border and handed over the first batch of long-distance reconnaissance vehicles. He said: "I am glad that the first reconnaissance vehicles will go here, to the Hrubieszowski Regiment, but on a daily basis they will also be used by soldiers commanded by the commander of the 18th Mechanized Division. This is the first batch of vehicles that goes to the Polish Army. The first 25 out of 118 vehicles are now being sent to soldiers who perform tasks at the border.

The first Terminator tank support vehicles (BMPT) were delivered for test operation in the Russian army in late 2020. It is a new class of hardware, which calls for its integration into the troops. The Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper wrote that the Terminator has recently formed a company in a tank regiment of the tank division of the Central Military District deployed in South Urals and is engaged in combat training.

Thales has launched XTRAIM, a new weapon sight offering day/night decamouflage capabilities that previously could only be achieved by using several separate pieces of equipment. It is compatible with all shoulder-fired assault rifles (HK416) and light machine guns (Minimi), providing users with an unparalleled precision night-firing capability. XTRAIM was designed in close collaboration with users to guarantee that its ergonomic design and functionalities match their exact operational requirements.

A totally integrated state-of-the-art air defence system recently delivered to the Royal Artillery is propelling the British Army to the very forefront of ground-based air defence missile technology, the British Army reports on its website. Indeed, the Royal Artillery has accepted into its arsenal the Sky Sabre air defence system, providing a step-change in the British Army’s medium-range air defence capability and with it, unprecedented speed, accuracy, performance and target acquisition.

Thales has acquired the Moog ground-based navigation aids business located in Salt Lake City, Utah, enabling it to provide a more comprehensive navigation aid offering to its customers worldwide. The acquisition was completed after Thales received the required regulatory approvals in October 2021.

According to information published by the Russian press agency on December 7, 2021, Russia and India have signed a contract on the delivery of over 600,000 7.62mm AK-203 assault rifles that will be produced in India for the National Defense Ministry, the Kalashnikov firearms manufacturer.

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