February 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to information published by the "Opex 360" website on February 12, 2022, the chief of staff of Iraqi land forces, General Qasim al-Muhammadi has announced that Iraq is interested to acquire French artillery systems that could be the CAESAR, a wheeled 6x6 155mm self-propelled howitzer designed and manufactured by the French company Nexter Systems.

Greece has received an initial batch of 44 M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicles (ASV), the first of a two-part Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case that will ultimately see 1,200 vehicles delivered, MilitaryLeak reports. The vehicles are Excess Defense Articles and the Army uses FMS to facilitate divesture, while simultaneously building partner capacity.

According to information released by Hanwha Defense Australia on February 11, 2022, The Oshkosh Defense consortium, which includes Hanwha Defense USA, a division of Hanwha Defense Corporation based in South Korea, was recently selected to participate in the US Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program Concept Design Phase. Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA), another division of Hanwha Defense Corporation, will also support the Oshkosh Defense OMFV consortium.

On February 9, at Canjuers camp, the French army presented its new armored vehicle that will progressively replace the VAB HOT, the AMX 10RCR and the ERC90 Sagaie. The 25-ton Jaguar is a new-generation combat vehicle from the SCORPION program. Very versatile, heavily armed and protected, it is also very mobile with 6-wheel drive and a steering rear axle.

As reported by Peter Suciu in The National Interest, beginning 2023, U.S. Army vehicle crewmen will begin receiving improved helmets that should provide better protection and comfort: last month, the U.S. Army awarded ArmorSource LLC., a Hebron (Ohio)-based ballistic helmet manufacturer, a $6 million contract to supply 14,000 Advanced Combat Vehicle Crewman Helmets (ACVC-H).

Under the British MoD’s Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support (PMETS) contract, NP Aerospace is re-engineering 4x4 Ridgback and 6x6 Mastiff vehicles to improve their off-road mobility performance, enhance safety and introduce new capabilities. Improvements being carried out on the fleet include installing an industry package of equipment: new independent suspension systems incorporating Ride Height Control; upgraded driveline, steering and braking systems; central tyre inflation systems; and increased diameter tyres.

A £90m subcontract has been awarded to Thales UK, based in Scotland, to deliver next-generation sights for the British Army’s upgraded Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (MBT). The contract was signed by RBSL and Thales, with the Secretary of State for Scotland in attendance, at Thales’s site in Glasgow where the majority of the integration work will take place.

Senop Oy has signed a framework agreement with Patria to supply driver’s night vision systems, which will be installed on 6×6 CAVS (Common Armoured Vehicle System) armoured personnel carriers (APC). The agreement includes a purchase order which secures the continuation of already ongoing deliveries of Senop driver’s Night Vision Systems to all Latvian APCs and Finnish pre-series vehicles. In addition to this, it also enables deliveries to other potential countries participating in the programme.

According to information published by the Reuters press agency on February 9, 2022, Ukraine has requested to the United States the possibility to deploy the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) air defense missile system in Kharkiv on the Ukrainian territory. Kharkiv is a city in northeast Ukraine located less than 50 km from the Russian border.

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Jordan of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Alternate Warhead (AW) Unitary Rocket Pods and related equipment for an estimated cost of $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) on February 9 unveiled a new ballistic missile called "Kheibar Shekan". It is claimed to have a 1,450 Kilometers range. The unveiling ceremony of Kheibar Shekan missile was held in the presence of Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major-General Mohammad Bagheri and IRGC Commander of the Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the Islamic Republic News Agency reports. The ceremony coincided with the nationwide celebrations to mark the 43rd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

Nammo, a Norwegian international aerospace and defense company, announces that its U.S. subsidiary Nammo Defense Systems Inc., headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, will deliver M72 and components for Shoulder Launched Munitions Training Systems to the single manager for Conventional Ammunition (SMCA), thus supporting multiple U.S. military services. The contract is part of a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement with a maximum value of $498 million, with its initial delivery order being $96.9-million and deliveries slated to begin in 2023.

This order of Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system is based on a Framework Agreement. The value of the purchase order is approximately EUR 8.8 million (excl. VAT). The ordered tactical routers and radio heads are related to several ongoing projects in the Finnish Defense Forces, where Bittium TAC WIN provides broadband IP network connections for mobile communication stations and command posts. The ordered products will be delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces during the year 2022.

Equipped with light and partial armor, as well as a series of combat equipment, the Dacia Duster is now part of the Romanian army’s military fleet, Mustapha Zemri reports in Motors Actu. The newly militarized version of the Duster, nicknamed ‘Commando’, fully complies with all the latest NATO standards for light military vehicles.

According to TopWar.ru, the Russian army, in order to protect its forces, is deploying new electronic warfare battalions equipped with the latest jamming systems that have been “tested” on NATO military equipment. 1RL257 Krasukha-4 mobile systems were previously deployed for testing in Syria, where they were tested on F-16 fighters and Turkish Air Force drones.

Royal Marines are honing crucial Arctic warfare skills in Norway as they prepare for important exercises alongside NATO allies in the region. The commandos are the UK’s experts in operations in all extremes of the environment, including the frozen mountains and fjords of the Arctic Circle – one of the harshest environments known to man where the sun doesn’t rise for two months of the year and temperatures can plummet below -35°C.

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