August 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Slovakia will support Ukraine in its fight against the Russian aggression with 30 BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles as part of the drawdown of equipment from its reserve inventories in exchange for receiving 15 Leopard 2A4 tanks from Germany, Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď and State Secretary Marian Majer announced after their meeting with German State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defence Benedikt Zimmer in Bratislava on 23 August 2022.

As published on August 24, 2022, by Jim Garamone on the Pentagon’s website, on the 31st anniversary of Ukraine's independence, the United States is reinforcing its long-term commitment to the nation with $2.98 billion to train and equip the Ukrainian armed forces for their struggle against the Russian invasion.

U.S. Army airborne equipment testers are working with aerospace engineers on modifying airdrop rigging techniques because of structural and mechanical changes made by the manufacture of the Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV). Blake Bagby, Military Test Plans Analyst, Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command, reports.

The Norwegian Defense ministry on its website announced on August 24 that Norway and Great Britain are joining forces to acquire the Norwegian micro-drone Black Hornet as a donation to Ukraine. The cost will be up to NOK 90 million (USD 9.3 Mn). The package includes Black Hornet units, spare parts, transportation and training. This will be financed by the British-led fund to which Norway has contributed NOK 400 million. Ukrainian authorities have asked for this type of equipment in the fight against the Russian invasion.

Textron Systems on August 23 announced that they have completed the prototype vehicle build of the Cottonmouth ARV as a part of their Ground Vehicle System Other Transaction Authority via the National Advanced Mobility Consortium. The team started building following extensive testing with the Alpha prototype vehicle over the last year and completion of the Critical Design Review in April of this year.

As reported by Tasnim news agency on August 24, a broad range of drones of the Iranian Army were flown on the first day of a large-scale exercise to carry out patrol and reconnaissance missions in various regions, including border areas. The Iranian Army on Wednesday started a large-scale exercise involving more than 150 advanced UAVs. The two-day drill involves the four components of the Army: the Ground Force, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense Force.

The U.S. Army announced on August 22 that it has selected BAE Land and Armaments L.P., Sterling Heights, Michigan, to produce the Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle, or CATV, which is called Beowulf by BAE Systems. Delivery of this modernized capability for Arctic and extreme cold-weather mission sets is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2023 with the U.S. Army Northern Warfare Training Center, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, designated as the first unit equipped. The award is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract valued at $278 million. The Army intends to purchase 110 vehicles for the active-duty Army and Army National Guard. Rae Higgins, U.S. Army PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support, reports.

In a move that will set a new benchmark in the global armoured vehicle market, South African company Paramount Group has unveiled its Marauder ‘Mark 2’, the new model of its world-renowned armoured vehicle. The Marauder Mark 2 boasts a host of new features, offering significant advantages on the battlefield and in asymmetrical warfare, enhancing crew capability and vehicle performance, while also bolstering manufacturing efficiencies, resulting in increased rates of production and deliveries to customers around the world.

VietDefense on its Facebook page published on August 23 photos recently leaked from an anonymous source which shows a new indigenous APC called the XTC-02 ; No details are available. This is the 3rd time the Vietnamese army unveils a new indigenous vehicle after the PTH-130 130mm self-propelled howitzer and the XCB-01 BMP-1 look alike.

In 2000, the Malaysian Ministry of Defense signed an agreement with the Denel Group from South Africa to acquire 22 units of 155mm/45 cal G5 MKIII howitzers, Defense Studies recalls. According to an official statement from Denel, the agreement for the 22 guns also covered the acquisition of the Fire Control System (FCS), ammunition, logistical assistance and training.

MOSCOW, August 23. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Army 2022 international military-technical forum has become a platform for demonstrating the achievements of Russia’s defense industry and laid the foundation for a fundamentally new army of the 21st century, military experts told TASS. The forum was held on August 15-21 at the Patriot exhibition center near Moscow. The event was organized by the Russian Defense Ministry.

G3 Systems Ltd, a world-renowned provider of bespoke deployable containerised solutions, critical operational infrastructure and facilities support in austere locations has launched its refreshed 3-year strategic plan. The plan focuses on identifying areas for growth and diversification and seeks to promote core functions and capabilities to new clients and geographies; whilst capitalising on recent operational experience such as providing Fire and Rescue services in Afghanistan. The plan also includes an increased focus on sustainability, environmental protection and social responsibility.

According to Army Technology, the Australian Maritime Alliance (AMA), a joint venture of Serco and Civmec, announced a collaboration with IMC Naval Architects (IMC ) to support the Australian Army’s LAND 8710 Phase 1A. As part of the partnership, AMA will deliver its modernised ‘Oboe’ design for the Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel – Medium (LMV-M).

AeroVironment on August19 announced it received an Other Transaction Agreement award by the U.S. Army on Aug. 18, 2022 for Increment 1 of the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) program. The contract encompasses the purchase, testing and delivery of one JUMP 20 medium unmanned aircraft system (MUAS) to a selected Army Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and associated services, training and support.

According to Jesse Johnson in The Japan Times, with an eye toward narrowing a cavernous “missile gap” with China, Japan is considering stockpiling more than 1,000 long-range cruise missiles, a report said Sunday, August 21, as tensions over Taiwan grow. The Japanese Defense Ministry is looking to deploy its ground-launched Type-12 standoff missiles — and extend their range from around 200 kilometers (124 miles) to more than 1,000 km — mainly to its far-flung southwestern islands and the Kyushu region, the Yomiuri daily reported.

According to The Jerusalem Post on August 21, Israel’s Iron Dome missile air defense system is set to be purchased for the Cypriot National Guard after its Defense Ministry’s approval, the Cyprus edition of the Kathimerini daily has reported. The Cyprus National Guard is reportedly willing to add Rafael’s Iron Dome system to its arsenal. The system is considered ideal for both air defense and countering the threat of Turkish drones.

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