February 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Mahmoud Gamal has tweeted pictures showing Burundi's Presidential Adviser paying attention to the Egyptian-made Fahd-300 4×4 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) during his last tour at Qader factory. Burundi already received 19 Fahd 4×4 APCs as part of a contract signed with the Egyptian AOI in 2019.

AeroVironment, a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, on February 15 announced it received a $8,541,428 firm-fixed-price U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract award on Jan. 27, 2022, to provide Puma 3 AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), initial spares packages, training and support to an allied nation. Delivery is anticipated by November 2022.

According to a tweet posted by Defense News Nigeria, while the Chinese-made VT4 and Russian-made T-72M main battle tank offers far better armor protection, the ST1 fire support vehicle still has efficient armor that can withstand 14.5 mm rounds and, under some circumstances. It can operate in almost every terrain met by the Nigerian armed forces. The ST1 is an export version of the ZTL-09 with a 105 mm gun. It is based on the VN1 armored personnel carrier chassis and has a different turret. The turret is similar to that of the WMA301 6x6 fire support vehicle. It was first publicly revealed in 2014. It seems that it lacks amphibious capability, or it is available only as an option.

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on February 14, 2022, that a batch of surplus T-72M2 tanks and BMP-1 APC/IFVs from Bulgaria has arrived in the country. Ex-Bulgarian armored vehicles were reportedly ordered by Iraq in June 2021 under a $245 million contract for Apolo Engineering.

A medium-range air defense missile system with a Belarusian-made missile is currently undergoing the final stage of its trials in Belarus, Chairman of the State Military-Industrial Committee (Gosvoenprom) of Belarus Dmitry Pantus said in an interview with the STV channel: “It is worth noting the launches of a medium-range air defense missile system. There were three stages of testing, and in the first quarter of 2022 we have reached the final stage of the trials, they will be carried out literally in a week, final tests with live-firing, after which it will be possible to say with confidence about the development of a completely Belarusian-made air defense missile system, our own domestic missile,” the committee’s chairman said.

Lockheed Martin got a contract valued USD139 million to perform user operational assessment of the Spike non-line-of-sight (NLOS) missile system: "Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $138.9 million other transaction agreement for federation, testing and user operational assessments of the Spike non-line-of-sight missile system," a U.S. DoD release dated February 10 said. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida; and Haifa, Israel, with an estimated completion date of January 30, 2025.

According to a tweet posted on February 11 by the commanding officer of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er Régiment Étranger de Cavalerie, 1er REC), his unit has received its first VBL Ultima armored vehicles. The 1 REC is the only cavalry regiment of the Foreign Legion in the French Army. It is one of two armored cavalry regiments of the 6th Light Armored Brigade.

British troops traveled from Bemowo Piskie Training Area (BPTA), Poland, to Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area (DPTA), Poland, to meet with soldiers from the 2nd Battalion "Dreadnaughts," 34th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division to learn more about American-tracked vehicles and discuss similarities and differences between how the two armies operate.

Ukraine’s Kharkiv Armored Plant has announced that it is testing its latest modernization of the T-64BV main battle tank designated T-64BV Obr.2022 main battle tank. Herman Smetanin, the plant’s director, said: “Among others, from now on, this combat vehicle has navigation, internal and external communication systems which fully meets NATO standards.”

According to information released on February 14, 2022, South Korean Company Hanwha Defense signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on February 7, 2022, with Bisalloy Steels, a specialist performance steel manufacturer and supplier headquartered in New South Wales, Australia. Under the agreement, Hanwha Defense will procure Bisalloy Steel for its signature land defense platforms, such as the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer, for exports to international markets beyond Australia.

As reported by Defense Studies, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian led the ceremonial handover of donated equipment from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China to the Department of National Defense at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The U.S. Marine Corps administratively activated its first Littoral Anti-Air Battalion, the 3rd LAAB, in a small ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Feb. 11, 2022. While the unit is not envisioned to be fully operational for several years, the ceremony marks one of the first steps in the Marine Corps’ Force Design 2030 modernization effort.

According to Civil Georgia website, the Government of Georgia said it is working to purchase an additional supply of FGM-148 Javelin man-portable anti-tank missiles from the United States, following the August 2021 decision of the U.S. Department of State to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tbilisi.

According to information published by the Finnish Ministry of Defense on February 11, 2022, Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen has approved a proposal to procure ammunition for the  Multiple Launch Rocket System M270 from the United States. The Ministerial Finance Committee supported the procurement in its session on 10 February 2022. Procurement deliveries are estimated to start in 2025.

According to pictures released by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Marines from 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct a military exercise with the new Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) during bilateral amphibious assault training as part of exercise Iron Fist 2022 at White Beach, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, February 1, 2022.

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