October 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The U.S. Army received the first Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System, Increment 1 — known as FTUAS, INC 1 — system on Sept. 12, 2022. The system consists of six air vehicles, six data terminals, six control stations and associated ground support equipment. The U.S. Army awarded an $8M other transaction authority agreement for the system on August 18, 2022, to AeroVironment, Inc.

The U.S. Defense Security Council Agency on October 6 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of the National Advanced Surface-To-Air Missile System (NASAMS), Medium Range Air Defense System (MRADS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

According to information published on October 6, 2022, Eurosatory one of the most important defense exhibitions in the world, which takes place every two years in Paris, France, introduces its new brand identity. Stretching back 55 years, the exhibition EUROSATORY ushers in a new phase in its history and reveals its new brand identity: a new logo, new colors, a new signature, and a new key visual.

According to information published by the "Frontier India" website on October 6, 2022, some of India's T-90S Bhishma tanks were in Russia for modernization but it may have been decided to transfer them to the Russian army for its war in Ukraine, Girish Linganna writes in Frontier India. In February 2001, the Indian Army signed a purchase contract for 310 T-90S tanks.

The “Spartan Brigade,” 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, completed modernization on Sept. 27 when a modernized M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams tank crew fired its last rounds to complete operator new equipment training at Fort Stewart. Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 2nd ABCT, was the last company in the brigade to conduct modernization OPNET, concluding the modernization process that began with divesting the older vehicle platforms in the spring of 2021 as part of the Army’s new Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model, or ReARMM.

Kongsberg Defence Australia and Thales Defence introduced the new launcher configuration for the proven Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defence System, called StrikeMaster at the Land Forces International defence exhibition, Defense Studies reports. The launcher, already demonstrated on a 6x6 truck chassis, is now available on Thales Australia Bushmaster chassis.

The Belgian government has released an envelope of 1.8 billion euros by 2030 to allow Belgian companies to take the train of new technological and industrial developments in this field, Antoine Clevers reports in La Libre Belgique. This envelope is part of the DIRS (Defence, Industry and Research Strategy) presented on October 5 by the Ministers of Defense and the Economy, Ludivine Dedonder and Pierre-Yves Dermagne, in front of an audience of entrepreneurs.

The U.S. Defense Department on October 4 announced an additional $625 million in security assistance headed to Ukraine as part of the 22nd round of presidential drawdown authority, C. Todd Lopez reports. The equipment in the new package is specifically tailored to what Ukraine needs in the short term, and Ukraine continues to use what has been provided by the United States to great effect, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia said.

Last July, the Technical Section of the French Army (STAT) took possession of two VBMR Légers Serval armored vehicles to submit them to technical-operational evaluations (EVTO) in a desert environment. Remember that the VBMR-L (VBMR Léger) is part of the SCORPION program in which the Serval complements the VBMR Griffon, the EBRC Jaguar and the Leclerc Rénové (Leclerc XLR) main battle tank.

BAE Systems Australia and EPE on October 4y announced a technical partnership to demonstrate advanced autonomous capabilities in Australia. Announcing the partnership at Land Forces 2022 in Brisbane, the two organisations will collaborate on the development of autonomous technologies through BAE Systems’ Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) program, which began this year.

Jiří Táborský, of the Press Section of the Czech ministry of Defense, announced on October 3 that the United States Congress endorsed a military assistance package for the Czech Republic valued at USD 100 million from the Foreign Military Financing program to bolster the modernization of the Czech Armed Forces and to partly replace the materiel supplies to Ukraine, plus additional USD 6 million from the Countering Russian Influence Fund for building deployable cyber response teams to be formed in the Czech Armed Forces.

According to a tweet of Jesus Roman posted on October 1, the Cambian Army (RCAF, Royal Cambodian Armed Forces) has received more than 100 military vehicles and other equipment from its Chinese ally on September 20. This delivery follows several other ones in the last years, indicating increasing military cooperation between both countries.

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