May 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


As reported by Laurent Lagneau in Opex360, it has now been nearly thirty years since the patterns of fatigues worn by French Army soldiers have not changed. Only the dominant colors vary according to the environment (Central Europe and desert), which makes that the package contains two different types of combat clothing depending on the theater of operations. From 2024, a new camo combat uniform will be issued to the Ground Force.

The first Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS), built by Raytheon Missiles & Defense arrived at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range on April 11th. The radar is the newest air and missile defense sensor for the U.S. Army, providing significantly more capacity and capability against the wide range of advancing threats facing air defenders around the world. So, in just over two years since the contract award, LTAMDS has moved to White Sands.

According to a tweet from Ronkanen, Textron Systems in partnership with UVision, is showcasing a Cottonmouth ARV armed with HERO loitering munition launchers. Army Recognition already published information about the presence of UVision USA - a manufacturer of aerial loitering munitions – showcasing its Hero-120 OPF-M (Organic Precision Fires-Mounted (OPF-M), along with the family of HERO aerial loitering munition systems, installed on both ACVs and ARVs, at Modern Day Marine 2022.

On May 12, the Belgian Army announced it has received its first eight of fifteen Taurus, the new recovery vehicle for the operational units of the Land Component, have been delivered. This marks the beginning of a new era. Until now, the Belgian Army did not have a protected tow truck, so the recovery role could not be implemented during operations. The Combat Recovery Vehicle (CRV) was developed by the French company Soframe. About forty operators and mechanics have received the necessary training thanks to this contract. Army Recognition first presented this vehicle on July 22, 2021.

The U.S. Army MAAWS Program Office has awarded Saab a contract for Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifles, also known as M4 Multi-purpose Anti-Armor Anti-personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) and M3A1 in the U.S. Army. The order will include deliveries of weapons for both the Army and the US Marine Corps. The contract has a total value of USD 16 million and is awarded under a current ID/IQ agreement. Saab will provide Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifles to continue supporting the ongoing fielding effort in both the Army and the Marine Corps.

Jankel, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of high-specification defence, security and NGO protection systems, has announced a new partnership with the Australian company Integrated Design & Engineering Solutions (IDES). The partnership aims to deepen and expand Jankel’s engagement within Australia that reaches back for nearly 20 years.

MINSK, May 11. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on May 10 that Moscow had agreed to help Minsk produce missiles, including one similar to Russia’s Iskander, the state-run Belta news agency reported. “In my presence, the president [Vladimir Putin] instructed [head of Russia’s Roscosmos state space corporation] Dmitry Rogozin to immediately provide support so that we would not waste time reinventing the wheel, so that we could tap into the experience of the Russian specialists, who made the Iskander missile,” the head of state said at a government conference to discuss this year’s state defense contracts.

According to information published on May 10, 2022, The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded the order for conditional tranche 4 (TC4) of the SCORPION programme to Nexter, Arquus and Thales, operating through the EBMR* consortium. The tranche TC4 corresponds to an additional 88 JAGUAR armoured reconnaissance and fighting vehicles and 302 GRIFFON multirole armoured vehicles.

According to information published on May 10, 2022, XTEND, a company specializing in human-guided autonomous drone operating systems for military forces and law enforcement agencies - is to supply hundreds of its advanced Wolverine drone systems to the U.S Department of Defense (DoD), developed under the joint leadership of the DoD and the Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD), for deployment to protect U.S. military forces in the field.

According to information published on May 9, 2022, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and its US subsidiary RSGS demonstrated the SPIKE FIRELFY loitering munition at the U.S. Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment 2022 (also known as AEWE). AEWE 2022 is a collaborative venue under the Maneuver Battle Lab of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning.

According to information provided by the Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby during an interview on May 9, 2022, Ukraine is specifically asked for self-propelled howitzers like the M109 because they don't provide them with more mobility on the battlefield and a level of ballistic protection that you won't get on an M777 155mm towed howitzer. The Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy have all agreed to either send over the M-109s themselves or the German PzH 2000 SP howitzer to Ukraine

Exercise Arrow is a two-week-long training exercise that aims to develop the Finnish Defence Forces’ ground combat capabilities and the ability to operate joint fires, alongside international Allies. As explained by the British Army on its website, the exercise will test and develop mechanised units operating in a multinational environment, with more than 3,000 soldiers in total taking part.

On May 9, 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law the "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022", David Vergun, U.S. Department of Defense, reports. The act authorizes the administration, through the fiscal year 2023, to lend or lease military equipment to Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. The act would exempt the administration from certain provisions of law that govern the loan or lease of military equipment to foreign countries, such as the five-year limit on the duration of the loan or the requirement that receiving countries pay all costs incurred by the United States in leasing the defense equipment.

The Swiss Defense Ministry has signed a contract with GDELS for the delivery of 60 engineering variants of the Piranha IV for the Swiss Army, as a replacement for the M113s that have been serving with the engineers in this role since 1963, Defense Brief reports. Switzerland expects to use this vehicle in the engineering vehicle role well into the 2050s.

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