SEPTEMBER 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


On September 30, 2021, Czech Defense Minister Lubomír Metnar signed a contract for the acquisition of 52 CAESAR self-propelled artillery guns in an eight-wheel drive (8x8) version, in the presence of French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and Nicolas Chamussy, CEO of Nexter Group. With this major order, the Czech Republic becomes the third European customer and the seventh user of the CAESAR in the world. With more than 350 units ordered in France and abroad, the CAESAR is the benchmark in the wheeled artillery systems market.

According to information published on September 30, 2021, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has announced that it and its partner, Hanwha Defense Corporation (HDC), have been selected by the Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to jointly produce 110 M3 amphibious bridging vehicles for the Republic of Korea Army.

The world premiere of the new-generation G-Class (model series 464) for emergency crews working on behalf of the state and authorities took place: in Graz, Mercedes-Benz is opening a new chapter in the success story of the off-road vehicle with the largest product revision of the G-Class for Rescue and Special Operations in 29 years (here, “special operations” must be understood as uncommon use, not militarily speaking, as special ops vehicle are designed in a much different shape). A very robust vehicle, the new G-Class for Rescue and Special Operations (model series 464) ensures maximum mobility even under the most difficult conditions. The already brilliant reputation will certainly get new credentials. The first vehicles are already in production for some customers.

The visit of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff to Proforce’s Facility on 22nd September 2021 is an endorsement of the Proforce Brand especially for the use of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the ongoing onslaught on criminals and criminal elements in the country. The Proforce’s Armoured vehicles are tailored-made for clients and are battle-tested both in Nigeria, Chad and other parts of Africa.

As written by Taiwan News, according to budget documents the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense submitted to the Legislative Yuan, the first eight howitzers are scheduled for delivery in 2023, with 16 in 2024 and the last 16 in 2025, CNA reported. The weapons form part of the first arms package for Taiwan to be approved by the Biden administration since it assumed power in January 2021.

As reported by Sakina Fatima in The Sisat Daily, the first female recruits in Saudi Arabia graduated from the armed forces women’s cadre training center on September 1. The graduation ceremony marked the first time in the kingdom’s history that women begin serving in front-line positions.

The U.S. Army announced on September 24 the award of a three-year prototype other transaction authority agreement to Dynetics for the development and delivery of 16 field-able launcher prototypes, 60 interceptors and associated all-up-round magazines for the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2. The effort is valued at approximately $237.38 million over 2.5 years.

The Central Scientific - Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH) of Rostec State Corporation has launched the mass production of unified precision weaponry defense systems for advanced military vehicles. The product is designed to protect the TOS-2 heavy flamethrower system, the PRP-5 reconnaissance vehicle, and the Zavet-D automated artillery control systems.

According to a contract released by the United States Department of Defense on September 24, 2021, Dynetics, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $237,386,991 firm-fixed-price contract for the development of an Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 launcher/interceptor solution and delivery of 16 launcher prototypes, 60 fieldable interceptor prototypes and associated all-up-round magazines.

The covid-19 pandemic situation emphasizes the need for solid CBRN plans and equipment. In Sweden, Saab has always focused on CBRN threats and how they evolve for many years. This led the company to develop innovative and complex solutions from equipment manufacturing to integration in order to become an international leader in the field. Therefore Saab likes to challenge the lines by stating to its customer that “the threat is real, are you ready?”

Magnolia cannot be confused with any other gun. The combat compartment is mounted on a two-section tracked platform of an upgraded Vityaz DT-30PM snow-and-swamp-going vehicle. The front section with a five-roadwheel chassis carries the driver’s cabin, power plant units, and system elements. The back six-roadwheel chassis carries the combat compartment borrowed from Vena 2S31 self-propelled mortar. The two-section undercarriage provides all-terrain capacity in marshlands and hard-of-access areas.

Page 1 of 4