February 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Rostec has tweeted that the Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system for the Russian Airborne Forces is undergoing the last stage of firing tests. The system is a development of the Design Bureau of Instrument Engineering. Academician A. G. Shipunov (part of the Rostec High-Precision Complexes holding).

On January 27, 2022, the Indonesian army (TNI), received seven 6x6 Rhino Ranpur Fire Support Vehicles delivered by PT Pindad, on top of 26 units of Anoa 6x6 (APC & Komando), and 10 units of Komodo 4x4 tactical vehicles (APC). Two of the Ranpur Badak FSVs assigned to the Kikav 8/KSC/2 Kostrad unit.have immediately been submitted to a complete inspection in view of ensuring they can properly carry on their tasks.

With more than 1,700 variants of the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) in service with nine countries, there is a growing need for artillery users to share their experiences and know-how of operating the world's most proven artillery solution. The first meeting of the K9 User Community will be held this April 2022 in the city of Changwon, the home turf of the K9 Thunder in South Korea.

After successfully experiencing the system, the Dutch Military recently ordered Smart Shooter's Smash AD solution for operational use. It is a cost-effective solution that can be integrated into any type of assault rifle and combined with other C-UAS systems to provide an effective multi-layer defense solution suitable for the modern battlefield.

According to information released on February 19, 2022, German company Rheinmetall has just unveiled the latest addition to the company’s Lynx next-generation combat vehicle family. The Düsseldorf-based technology group has now developed a mechanized fire support variant of the Lynx KF41 IFV. Called the Lynx 120, this unique platform merges a tried-and-tested turret concept and the proven 120mm smoothbore cannon with the Lynx KF 41 chassis.

According to information released by Hanwha Defense on February 18, 2022, the South Korean Army has set up an action plan to trial the AS-21 Redback tracked armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) developed by Hanwha Defense, as the tracked combat vehicle returns home in March after its successful tests and evaluations during 2021 in Australia as one of the two final candidates for LAND 400 Phase 3.

According to information released by the United States Department of Defense on February 17, 2022, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Poland of M1A2 SEP v3 Main Battle Tanks and related equipment for an estimated cost of $6.0 billion.

The 105 mm L118 Light Gun has been in service with the British Army since 1974 and has been used continually since. Its Out of Service Date (OSD) is 2030. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and QinetiQ are working on a Technology Demonstration Programme (TDP) to inform replacement options: the Lightweight Fires Platform (LPF).

The Kub-E weapon system with guided munition has received export permits, which allows it to be promoted abroad: "The Group of companies in collaboration with Rosoboronexport JSC is ready to promote the “KUB” UAV on the international market, including during intergovernmental commissions and international exhibitions. It should be noted that this drone has already been successfully utilized in combat so its effectiveness has been confirmed in real conditions", said the press service of Kalashnikov Group of Companies.

According to Jacek Siminski in Defence 24, Head of the Polish Ministry of Defence, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced that an agreement was signed for the procurement of 11 FlyEye UAVs, manufactured by WB Electronics, completing the negotiation on procurement that had been going on since late 2021 when a decision to procure those systems was approved by the Council on Armament.

General Dynamics Land Systems announced on February 16 that GM Defense, a subsidiary of General Motors, is joining its project team for the U.S. Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) competition. “Our team continues to grow stronger and gain momentum as we aggressively push to provide this important capability for the Army,” said Don Kotchman, General Dynamics Land Systems vice-president and general manager of U.S. Operations. “This collaboration with commercial powerhouse GM Defense brings together world-class capabilities from both companies to meet the future needs of the U.S. Soldier operating in a multidomain environment.”

At the Singapore Airshow this week, French manufacturer Texelis announces that together with its partner, QinetiQ, they have delivered the first in-wheel Electric Hub Drive and suspension prototype system for installation on an 8x8 armored vehicle. This will be the first time the Texelis and QinetiQ electric hub drive and suspension system will be installed on a military vehicle for testing and assessment purposes.

The army of Bangladesh has received 15 M1224 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles from the U.S. Excess Defense Article scheme. There are split in three different variants: 14 ambulances, 4 APCs (intended for the Air Force) and 1 recovery vehicle. They complement the 90 units already operated by this army. Another 66 MaxxPros are expected in the future. All these vehicles are intended for UN missions and demining operations.

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