October 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to information published on the "Rheinmetall" Twitter account on October 28, 2022, the Hellenic army unveils for the first time to the public, its new acquisition of German-made Marder 1A3 tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) repainted with Greek army colors camouflage during the military parade in Thessaloniki for the celebration of the national anniversary of October 28, 1940, known as OXI Day.

According to information published by the "CTECH" website on October 31, 2022, currently, the United States Department of Defense discusses with Israel and Germany regarding the approval for the sale of the Arrow 3 air defense missile system. The United States will be able to accept the sale following the situation in Ukraine and the threats from Russia.

The U.S. Army’s AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) successfully integrated with an Army command and control system and provided tracking data to launch a counter unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) defeat system in Yuma, Arizona. The rapidly deployable Q-53 radar, an efficient device for the C-UAS mission, is developed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin in Syracuse, New York.

Launched in January 2016 and entrusted to Arquus by the French Army’s General Directorate of Armaments (DGA), Laurent Lagneau recalled in Opex360, the Heavyweight of Special Forces (PLFS, Poids Lourds des Forces Spéciales] program aimed to equip units under the Special Operations Command (COS, Commandement des opérations spéciales] of 202 new vehicles to replace the aging – but still robustly serviceable – VLRA off-road trucks.

On October 28, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the authorization of an additional Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $275 million to meet Ukraine's critical security and defense needs. This authorization is the Biden Administration's twenty-fourth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.

According to information published by the "Kyiv Independent" website on October 29, 2022, Slovenia sends its M-55S main battle tanks to Ukraine in the framework of military aid. In September 2022, Slovenia agreed to the donation of its M-55S tanks to Ukraine coming from its military inventory in exchange for German military vehicles.

UPDATE: Citing information from Braise the Step Twitter account, the Czech army T-72M4 tanks and BVP-2 IFVS are not transferred to Ukraine but are on the way to Poland to participate in the international military exercise Puma 2022. According to a video on the Twitter account of Julian Röpcke on October 25, 2022, the Czech Republic would have transferred to Ukraine seven T-72M4 main battle tanks and four BVP-2, a Czech version of the Soviet-made BMP-2 tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). This information was also relayed by the Forbes news agency.

According to information published by the "Svenska Dagbladet" on October 26, 2022, during an interview with the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lidén from the Swedish Defense Academy announced that the Swedish Ministry Of Defense has submitted a report to the government that they could provide 12 of their 48 Archer 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.

With backing from the German government, Rheinmetall will soon be supplying the Ukrainian armed forces with a turnkey modern field hospital. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence awarded the €9 million order to Rheinmetall subsidiary Zeppelin Mobile Systeme GmbH (ZMS) in September 2022. The package includes training on the system. Delivery is scheduled to take place in 2023.

According to information released by Thales on October 25, 2022, the Luxembourg Directorate of Defence has announced the procurement of 80 armed command, liaison and reconnaissance vehicles (CLRV) to provide the Luxembourg Army with a modern, secure and interoperable solution that will enable the country's armed forces to continue to perform their missions effectively.

According to information published by the Swedish company SAAB on October 25, 2022, SAAB has signed a four-year contract with the Lithuanian Defense Materiel Agency, which will allow the customer to place orders for RBS 70 missiles until 2026. A first purchase within the new contract has also been placed, with an order value of SEK 350 million. Deliveries will take place from 2023 - 2024.

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