March 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to Daily Sabah, the engine for Turkey’s long-awaited indigenously developed Altay main battle tank (MBT) has arrived from South Korea, Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) head Ismail Demir said Sunday, March 13: "The tests of the engine’s power systems are currently underway. We are waiting for May. We will see the prototype of the tank with this engine," he said while speaking to a group of journalists on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF).

The Canadian Department of National Defence has selected Elbit Systems UK to provide a Torch-X-based solution as part of the Airspace Coordination Centre Modernisation (ASCCM) Project. The project requires the delivery of a digitized information-based system for air situational awareness and enhanced airspace coordination and management into headquarters.

According to Egypt Independent, the Egyptian Minister of Military Production Mohamed Ahmed Morsi on March 13 met with the Vice President of Lockheed Martin for International Business Raymond Piselli and the company’s CEO in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Africa Joseph Rank. Morsi referred to the Ministry of Military Production’s interest in benefiting from Lockheed Martin’s expertise in numerous fields, and expressed his desire to conclude a strategic partnership that would benefit both sides regarding advanced defense systems.

Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has been awarded a contract by Collins Aerospace to provide its full suite of advanced portable optronics to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of the Land 17 Phase 2 Digital Terminal Control Systems (DTCS) Capability Assurance Program. Safran will complete the delivery of this equipment by mid-2023.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully launched the most advanced version of the Patriot missile from a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in a Feb. 24 test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Lockheed Martin told Defense News, as reported by Jen Judson. The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement — or PAC-3 MSE — was fired using the THAAD system against a simulated incoming target, Scott Arnold, vice president of integrated air and missile defense at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said in a March 9 statement. Lockheed manufactures both the MSE and the THAAD system.

According to Interfax, at the talks in Moscow, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, whom the EU and the United States do not consider legally elected, and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to supply modern military equipment to Belarus. This was announced by the press secretary of Lukashenko, quoted by the state agency BelTA.

According to a tweet from Hervé Grandjean, Spokesperson for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, 10,000 new Heckler & Koch HK416F assault rifles were delivered this week. The French army has now exceeded the milestone of 50% of weapons delivered as part of the Infantry Weapon of the Future program.

Saab has received a contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps within the Force on Force Training Systems - Next (FoFTS-Next) program. The modification value is approximately USD 122 million, where USD 54 million was booked during 2021. The original contract was announced in June 2021. The contract modification announced today also includes options, which increases the potential total contract value up to USD 248 million.

U.S. Army Green Berets from the 1st Special Forces Group conducted two weeks of hands-on experimentation with Project Origin Unmanned Systems at Dugway Proving Ground, Jerome Aliotta reports on U.S. Army’s website. Engineers from the U.S. Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center were on-site to collect data on how these elite Soldiers utilized the systems and what technology and behaviors are desired.

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on March 11 that it signed a contract worth Aus$ 67m with Hanwha Defense Australia following a recent announcement by the Australian government to procure AS9 Huntsman self-propelled howitzers and ammunition resupply vehicles. The contract was signed in December 2021 and was reported on Kongsberg's Q4 release in February.

According to information published by the "POLITICO" website on March 6, 2022, the United States confirms a plan with Poland to supply MiG-29 fighter aircraft to Ukraine, and in turn, Poland will receive F-16 fighter jets. Poland’s bid to procure the American F-35 stealth fighter aircraft was approved in 2019 by the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency. These will replace Poland’s MiG-29s and Su-22s.

According to a PR published by Rheinmetall on March 8, 2022, MBDA Italia and Rheinmetall Italia have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore possibilities for collaborating in the area of air defense including disruptive technologies and in the national and European defence funds domain.

Sustainment is a vital element of any product’s lifecycle. Keeping systems operational and mission-ready requires a Digital Logistics Environment (DLE) — an ecosystem of applications, tools, and practices that utilize innovative digital capabilities to manage and track key elements of the sustainment system and operational support pipeline.

According to information published by Republic World on March 6, 2022, the Swedish AT4 anti-tank weapons have arrived in Ukraine amid the war. Indeed some visuals of Ukrainian soldiers with AT4 anti-tank weapons have been released.

According to a press release published by Boeing on March 4, 2022, the firm extends its partnership with the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) with an order for six additional MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters. The award, valued at $195 million, brings the total number of MH-47G Block II aircraft under contract with the USASOAC to 36.

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