February 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on February 7, 2022, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) of equipment and services to support participation in the Patriot International Engineering Services Program (IESP) and Field Surveillance Program (FSP) for five years, including engineering services support, designed to sustain, maintain and improve the Patriot Air Defense System for an estimated cost of $100 million.

Rostec announces that Kurganmashzavod is ready to launch mass production of a new amphibious armored personnel carrier BT-3F. The developer is completing preliminary tests of a new promising amphibious armored personnel carrier BT-3F, which lasted more than one year, TopWar.ru reports. As Rostec explained, quoted by TASS, Kurganmashzavod is ready to start serial production of its BT-3F as soon as a contract for its supply is signed.

From 29 January to 6 February, close to 1,400 soldiers took part in the annual Winter Camp exercise on the Central Training Area near Tapa testing their infantry and armour capabilities against the harsh winter conditions in Estonia. It was the largest winter exercise for the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup. The Multinational Corps Northeast Public Affairs Office reports.

According to information released on February 8, 2022, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded a contract worth approximately EUR 28 million (SEK 300 million) to Patria to upgrade Patria XA-202/203 (Pansarterrängbil Patgb 202/203) wheeled armored vehicles. In total 168 vehicles will be refurbished at the Patria facilities in Hämeenlinna, Finland. The vehicles were delivered to the Swedish Armed Forces at the beginning of the 2000s.

At the end of last year, the European leading robotics and autonomous systems developer Milrem Robotics delivered the THeMIS Combat unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to the Defence Technology Institute (DTI). The Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV), as it is known, will be tested and evaluated by the Royal Thai Army and DTI in the near future.

The southern direction, along with the western one, is becoming one of the most dangerous in terms of a possible attack, TopWar.ru writes. The Russian Ministry of Defense has then decided to fortify the south of the country, including cover from air strikes. For this purpose, mobile air defense reserves will be formed as part of the Southern Military District.

A contingent of the Ukrainian army took part in joint maneuvers on the collective security of the NATO multinational force KFOR. During these exercises, which are taking place in Kosovo with Italians and Moldovans, Ukrainian peacekeepers used IMR-2 engineering vehicles, TopWar.ru reports.

According to Defense Blog, the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on February 7 announced that the Ukrainian army is upgrading its advanced passive detection systems called “Kolchuga”. The upgrade should greatly increase the sensitivity of the passive detection system.

According to Arab News on February 7, the first batch of vehicles donated by Italy to the Lebanese Armed Forces, and 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the local population, have been delivered at the Port of Beirut: “This first vehicle delivery is a tangible sign of Italy’s … closeness to Lebanon, its people and the Lebanese Armed Forces,” said Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini.

The reconnaissance troops who are first in for the British Army’s Global Response Force have tested their firepower on the windswept Stanford Training Area Ranges in Norfolk, the British Army reports on its website. The Pathfinders are the advance force for 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team (BCT), trained to infiltrate behind enemy lines to find and relay vital information back to assist mission planning. A key role is identifying drop zones and landing zones where the main body of troops can be parachuted or landed by helicopter.

According to information published by the "India Today" website on February 4, 2022, after the deployment of K9 155mm self-propelled howitzers in the Ladakh, the Indian army plans to deploy in Uttarakhand and the Northeastern states of India, part of the Line Actual Control (LAC) is a demarcation line that separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory in the Sino-Indian border dispute.

The preliminary trials of the 120mm 2S42 Lotos air-droppable self-propelled mortar system will be completed in 2022, the press office of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation said: “The preliminary trials of the first prototype of the 120mm Lotos self-propelled artillery system designed for the Airborne Force will be completed this year. The date of the state trials will be set by Russia’s Defense Ministry,” the press office said.

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on February 3, 2022, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving for a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to upgrade the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense) American-made air defense missile system with Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $23.7 million

Turkey’s Zlikan military base near Bashiqa came under missile fire on Thursday, February 3. The Nineveh Organizations Center of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) told party media ten rockets were fired at the base at 3 am on Thursday, landing in the vicinity without causing damage or casualties, NRT TV reports. A group known as Ahrar (Free) Sinjar claimed responsibility for the attack. "We will return fire with fire, blood with blood,” the group said in a statement posted to social media.

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