December 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


On December 9, 2022, the Finnish company Patria announced that the Japan Ministry of Defense selected the Patria AMV XP 8x8 armored vehicle for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as their next Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier 8x8 vehicle under the WAPC program. The new Patria vehicle will replace the Type-96 8x8 armored personnel carrier vehicles which are currently in service with the Japanese army.

On 8 December, Ronkainen tweeted three pictures taken at the opportunity of the first live fire shots from a Swedish CV90 integrating Akeron ATGM. MBDA's Akeron-MP missile system has indeed been successfully integrated and fired from a BAE Systems Hägglunds CV9030 IFV. Unfortunately, none of these three pictures shows the firings themselves, possibly for imposed confidentiality reasons. Notice that the integration of the Spike ATGM was already completed.

Austrian manufacturer ULBRICHTS is already famous for its unrivaled helmets widely used by police forces and special units throughout the world. Now, the company is launching a helmet range based on its new lightweight OPTIO (three different cuts), a boltless upgrade of its First Responder model, with a strong motto: with heavy body armor, you protect your heart but why don’t you protect your brain with a helmet weighing only 1.2kg?

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on December 6, 2022, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Poland of 116 M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.75 billion.

According to pictures released on the Social Network Telegram on December 6, 2022, the Russian Ministry of Defense took delivery of a new improved version of the T-72B3M to replace the tanks that were destroyed or damaged during the fighting in Ukraine. Citing a Russian military source, this version of the T-72B3M was upgraded based on the combat experience gained in Ukraine.

According to a Tweet published by the Polish Ministry of Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak on December 6, 2022, South Korea delivered the first batch of ten K2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) to Poland. Yesterday, the Army Recognition editorial team also published news to announce the delivery of the first K9 155mm self-propelled howitzer for the Polish army.

During a press conference that was held in Brussels on Friday, December 2, 2022, Belgian Minister of Defense Ludivine Dedonder unveiled new military equipment that Belgium will deliver to Ukraine that represents state-of-the-art Belgian technology of defense including the RDOIT rapidly deployable medical mobile lab and the R7, a naval Remotely Operated Vehicle.

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