JANUARY 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Saab has signed a framework contract for the supply of its Barracuda multispectral camouflage systems with the French defence procurement agency, Direction générale de l'armement (DGA). The contract includes the delivery of new camouflage systems as well as a system adaptation phase in cooperation with the DGA. The contract is for eight years and provides for annual deliveries.

According to information released by the company Sako on January 12, 2022, The Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command and Sako Ltd signed a contract for the procurement of the new Rifle System M23 on 12 January 2022. The procurement was preceded by collaboration on the development of the rifle system between Sako Ltd and the Finnish Defence Forces in 2020–2021 in accordance with the letter of intent between the Finnish Defence Forces and Sako Ltd.

According to information released on January 10, 2022, South Yorkshire-based MTL Advanced has been chosen to supply armored steel for the production of the UK MoD's Boxer Armoured Vehicle Program, under a £-multi-million, multi-year contract awarded jointly by WFEL and parent company KMW. The armored material will be used in the Boxer 8x8 armored vehicle hull assembly, which will be fabricated at WFEL’s specialist Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Stockport.

According to information published by the Picatinny Arsenal on December 7, 2022, the U.S. Army has awarded Sheltered Wings Inc. d/b/a Vortex Optics, based in Barneveld, WI, a 10-year firm fixed price, Follow-on Production Other Transaction Agreement (P-OTA) with a maximum ceiling value of $2.7 billion for production and delivery of up to 250,000 XM157 Next Generation Squad Weapons - Fire Control (NGSW-FC) systems over a 10-year period.

According to information published by the Australian Department of Defense, on January 10, 2022, Australia has confirmed the purchase of 75 M1A2 SEPV V3 from the United States as well as 29 M1150 assault breacher vehicles, 17 M1074 joint assault bridge vehicles, and six M88A2 Armored Recovery Vehicles.

According to information published by the "HANI.CO.HR" website on January 7, 2022, South Korea has announced the development of the Hycore hypersonic missiles to respond to the threats of North Korea. This week, many international media reported the successful launching of a hypersonic missile by North Korea that could a threat for South Korea and Asian countries. 

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on January 4, 2022, soldiers from the Wisconsin U.S. Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery, a mobility artillery unit equipped with HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System ) M142 conduct training before deploying to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

According to pictures and videos published on Internet, the Defense industry of Iran has developed a new short-range air defense missile system called AD-08 Majid. The new missile system was tested during the military exercise “Defenders of Velayat Skies 1400”, which was jointly conducted by the Iranian army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in October 2021.

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