August 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

 
 
 
 
 

As Laurent Lagneau reports in opex360.com, the Brazilian army (Exército Brasileiro) is talking about modernizing, or strengthening, its long-range artillery within the framework of the VBCOAP program (Viatura Blindada de Combate Obus Autopropulsada), which aims to acquire 36 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers. And, to this end, the Logistics Command (Comando Logístico – COLOG) of the Brazilian Army has issued a request for information from manufacturers likely to deliver such a capability.

On 23 August 2022, in the presence of company officials from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, the Norwegian military procurement agency, NDMA, formally transferred over a hundred new HX and TGS-mil military trucks to the Norwegian Army, the end customer. The ceremony took place at Sessvollmoen military base near Oslo. Major General Øyvind Johan Kvalvik, Deputy Director of the NDMA, symbolically handed over the keys to the Norwegian Army’s second in command, Brigadier General Frode Ommundsen.

"26 MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush-Protected - PAP) Cougar 4x4 vehicles have reached the 18th Command Battalion of the Iron Division," Mariusz Blaszczak, the Polish Defence Minister, tweeted on August 30. "Some of them are already taking part in exercises. Further Cougars will soon reach units in eastern Poland."

On 24 August, the Czech Ministry of Defence concluded a contract for the acquisition of 209 Tatra 815-7 6x6 heavy-duty off-road trucks in a flatbed design with a total value of more than CZK 1.9 billion (USD 77.5 Mn). The contract was signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence by Lubor Koudelka, Deputy Director of the Armaments and Acquisitions Section, and on behalf of Tatra Trucks a.s. by Petr Hendrych, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Petr Šimek, Member of the Board of Directors.

Coinciding with Thai Defence & Security 2022 taking place in Bangkok, Paramount Group announced a partnership with the Defense Technology Institute (DTI), Thailand’s defense research and development (R&D) agency, and local partner Jatunapas, one of Thailand’s leading defense and security companies, to produce its advanced Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV), the Mbombe 4, in Thailand.

According to eng.LSM.lv, the public broadcasting of Latvia, since February 24, the military support provided by the Latvian government to Ukraine in the fight against the Russian invaders has been estimated at around €300 million, while Latvian residents, businesses and non-governmental organizations have collected donations of more than €15.7 million, the Ministry of Defense said on August 29.

Taiwan has successfully developed an indigenous remote-controlled drone defense system, Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao of China News Agency report, and it will first be deployed in the nation's outlying islands to counter hostile drone incursions, the Ministry of National Defense said on August 24, after a video emerged showing Taiwanese soldiers throwing rocks at a drone near a sentinel station on one of the islands.

As reported by John Keller in Military Aerospace, the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich., announced a $732.7 million order to AM General for the production of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Expanded Capacity Vehicle (HMMWV ECV) variants.

As reported by Army Recognition back in 2021 and now by Dinakar Peri in The Hindu, the Indian Army is looking to procure a new-generation ‘Future Tank’ under the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) project in a phased manner, with expected induction by 2030. An earlier ambitious attempt failed to take off and official sources said the domestic industry is now ready to take the project forward quickly. The Mechanised Infantry is also pushing hard to get a new vehicle under the Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) project to replace its aging Soviet-era BMP-2s.

According to Safaa Kasraoui of Morocco World News, reports suggested earlier this month that Morocco is set to benefit from increased US military cooperation as part of the 2023 U.S. budget: Morocco is set to purchase more military-related equipment from its largest arms supplier, the US. According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the US State Department has approved a possible foreign military equipment sale of Ground Command and Control-related equipment to Morocco at an estimated cost of $141.1 million.

Hanwha Defense signed an execution contract on August 26 to supply K9 Thunder Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPHs) to Poland. Valued some $2.4 billion, the contract is the first phase of the framework agreement, signed in late July, as part of the efforts to strengthen the defense capabilities of the Polish Armed Forces.

According to information on the Twitter account of the Polish Minister of Defense on August 26, 2022, Poland signs contracts with the South Korean defense industry for an amount of US$5.76 billion including the delivery of 180 K2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) with a delivery from 2022 to 2025.

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