May 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Vietnamese soldiers are training with their new STV-380 7.62×39mm assault rifle. As written by Defense Studies, the STV-380 has finally made its way towards frontline units and is continuing to be issued across the People's Army of Vietnam as a standard-issue rifle.

Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) is fighting for a contract to supply the U.S. Army with the Piorun MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense System) produced by Mesko, Krzysztof Wilewski reports on The procedure is still at the request for information stage. PGZ has submitted relevant documents to the US Department of Defense together with its American partner.

According to information published by the Polish Defense website “Defence 24" on May 7, 2022, during a press conference that was held at the Silacz air force base in Slovakia, Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said that Slovakia is ready to donate 30 Soviet-made T-72M main battle tanks or BMP tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) to Ukraine in exchange for German-made Leopard 2 tanks.

During a video conference with the Ukrainian Parliament that was held on May 3, 2022, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the United Kingdom will deliver Brimstone anti-ship missiles to Ukraine in the coming weeks. Citing information from the British Defense Secretary, the United Kingdom will send the anti-ship variant of the Brimstone missile as well as a new version that will be used from the ground.

According to information released by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on May 6, 2022, the U.S. Department of Defense announces the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance for Ukraine valued at up to an additional $150 million. This authorization is the ninth drawdown of equipment from U.S. DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.

According to Interfax-Ukraine on May 4, The Bulgarian Parliament approved the decision to repair Ukrainian military equipment in Bulgarian facilities, the BGNES news agency said: "Parliament gives a mandate to the Council of Ministers to discuss and implement measures related to the war in Ukraine, including the repair of military equipment for Ukraine," BGNES said on its website on Wednesday. Some 200 MPs voted in favor, while 16 voted against and one abstained.

Saab’s programmable Carl-Gustaf munition, designated HE 448, was fired for the first time in front of an audience at a live-fire event in Karlskoga, Sweden. The firings took place 3-4 May 2022 in front of an audience with representatives from 30 different nations and included shoulder-fired engagements demonstrating the capabilities of the new programmable High Explosive (HE) round..

President of the European Council Charles Michel paid an official visit to Moldova’s President Maia Sandu in Chisinau on May 4. He said: ‘’Moldova has been particularly impacted by this war in your neighborhood. And it is exacerbating the existing crises of COVID-19 and risks to your energy supply. Most recently, Moldova has been affected by provocative security incidents and cyberattacks’’.

During training exercises and real-world operations in Europe, the 405th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) is often tasked with issuing Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 equipment, trucks and armored vehicles to rotational forces and deploying units. Humvees, tanks, armored fighting vehicles, line-haul trucks, construction equipment and more – it’s all part of the 405th AFSB’s APS-2 equipment sets. Pretty much anything and everything – even bridges and boats. Cameron Porter, U.S. Army, reports.

According to Byun Duk-kun from Yonhap news agency, the United States may discuss deploying additional THAAD missile air defense units to South Korea if requested by Seoul's incoming administration, a state department spokesperson said Wednesday, May 4. The remarks come after North Korea launched a ballistic missile on the same day (Seoul time), marking its 14th known show of force this year.

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