DECEMBER 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The delivery of Russian-made S-400 Triumph (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) air defense missile systems to India has started and will continue to happen, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said at a briefing conference following the Russian-Indian summit in New Delhi: “As for the S-400s, the contract is in force. S-400 supplies have begun and will continue to happen,” Shringla said when asked about whether this topic had been discussed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting.

According to Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh in Focus Taiwan, Taiwan's military will start installing locally-produced 105mm guns onto its 8x8 Clouded Leopard armored vehicles next month, a military source told CNA on December 5. After completing the installation, the military will begin conducting initial tests of the gun's capabilities from March next year.

AeroVironment on December 1 announced it received a $4,151,320 firm-fixed-price U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract award on Sept. 27, 2021, to provide Puma 3 AE (All Environment) and Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), initial spares packages, training and support to an undisclosed allied nation. Delivery is anticipated by September 2022.

American Soldiers from the Fort Stewart, Georgia-based 92nd Chemical Company are helping to keep a rotational U.S. Army unit ready to fight and win on the Korean Peninsula. Walter Ham reports. The company is deployed to support the Fort Bliss, Texas-based 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, as a part of a regular rotation of American combat forces to South Korea. It is assigned to the 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade, and 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command.

Rheinmetall is supplying new simulation technology for the German Army’s Combat Training Centre. Earlier this year, the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awarded Rheinmetall a procurement contract for 440 state-of-the-art “Training Device, Duel Simulator (AGDUS), Passive Vehicle” systems. The contract is worth a figure in the upper single-digit million-euro range. Delivery begins in 2021 and is scheduled to be complete by December 2023. The order underscores once again the great expertise of Rheinmetall in the field of training, simulation, and especially live simulation.

According to information published by RBSL on November 2, 2021, The UK MOD’s (Ministry of Defense) Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) initiated the study to explore new approaches to UGVs as part of its wider Mounted Combat Systems research project. The RBSL-led consortium, together with Dstl, are working on concept development, analysis and technology risk reduction.

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), the joint venture between the global aerospace and technology business, Paramount Group and one of Kazakhstan’s leading defence and engineering companies, Kazpetromash, has announced that the company has commenced production of the advanced Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), the Barys 6x6, with first deliveries expected by the end of the year to the Armed Forces Special Units of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Northrop Grumman recently delivered the 10,000th Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) propulsion system to Lockheed Martin’s Camden, Arkansas, final assembly facility. The propulsion system will be integrated into GMLRS missiles – a free-flight rocket designed to engage targets from 13 to 70 kilometers. The precision of the system makes it especially effective against embedded targets.

As reported by Capt. Sean Minton, modernized M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzers, assigned to the “BattleKings Battalion”, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducted firing missions during artillery Table VI section level qualifications on Nov. 5 as part of the culminating exercise in operator new equipment training at Fort Stewart.

The latest modification of the Russian Kornet-EM antitank missile system has been upgraded for any carrier ranging from a vehicle to a robot, Editor of the Arsenal of the Fatherland journal Alexey Leonkov told TASS: “The missile is carried in a standard transportation-launch module that can be mounted on an APC or IFV. It can also operate from the outside of the combat module or be carried by a robotized system,” he said.

Assac Networks – an Israeli company specializing in cyber solutions for the complete protection of mobile devices for government agencies, defense and commercial organizations - announced on December 1 that it has been awarded a contract for the supply and installation of the unique ShieldiT system, for a government entity in one of the GCC countries. The ShieldiT system is the only app that provides full protection of satellite, IP and wireless communications, against both hacking and tapping. Installation is already underway, based on existing infrastructure, making it a cost-effective solution.

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