February 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to information released by the Swedish Ministry of Defense on February 27, 2022, Sweden will send military equipment and weapons to Ukraine including 135,000 field rations, 5,000 helmets, 5,000 body shields, and 5,000 anti-tank weapons. Citing a Tweet from Hugo Kaaman, the anti-tank weapons that will be delivered to Ukraine by Sweden would be AT4.

Localization, bespoke solutions and end-user incorporation are some of the processes in Milkor’s arsenal to provide world-leading systems to the defense sector. This rings even more true with the announcement of their new office within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

DroneShield Ltd an Australian-US provider of Artificial Intelligence-based platforms for protection against advanced threats such as drones and autonomous systems and Allen-Vanguard, a US-owned provider of C-IED solutions with facilities in the UK & North America, have today announced a partnership between their companies.

According to information released by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the activation of the alliance's defense plans, which means also that it can deploy the NATO Defense Force. The U.S. Defense Department now stands ready to provide capabilities to help fill that defense force, if asked to do so, said Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby.

According to information published by the German newspaper Die Welt on February 25, 2022, German armament group Krauss-Maffei Wegman (KMW) could deliver 50 decommissioned Gepard anti-aircraft (Flakpanzer) tanks to Ukraine – relatively quickly, they say. The German federal government has to decide. But a problem would be the training of the crews, as this defense system is somewhat sophisticated.

As written by Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans in Oryx, Transnistria, officially named the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), is a breakaway state in Eastern Europe that has remained in the shadows ever since its self-proclaimed independence as a Soviet republic in 1990 and subsequent breakaway from Moldova in 1992.

According to Defense Studies, PT Pindad (Persero) carried out a firing test for the First Article Medium Tank Harimau (Tiger) product on February 24-25, 2022 at the Infantry Education Center (Pusdikif) of the TNI AD Cipatat, West Bandung Regency. Let us recall that, in August 2018, PT Pindad had announced firing tests with the Kaplan MMWT (Modern Medium Weight Tank) to control all the functions of the 105-millimeter CT-CV turret system (3105 of the 3000 series), designed and developed by the Belgian Company CMI Defence, renamed John Cockerill Defense in 2019.

In cooperation with the Slovak company CSM Industry, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has unveiled a new high-mobility multipurpose excavator vehicle based on the HX 8x8. The new variant derives from RMMV’s tried-and-tested family of logistic vehicles, which are in service worldwide. It carries a UDS 214 excavator build-on, a proven system made by the crane and excavator maker CSM based in Tisovec, Slovakia. The HX 8x8 Excavator is specially designed for combat engineer operations and disaster relief missions.

For the first time, a capability developed within the framework of EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) project has been formally activated in an operational context. The Lithuania-coordinated Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security (CRRTs) typically consists of 8-12 cybersecurity experts pooled from six participating EU Member States – Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania – who can provide assistance in the event of a cyber incident. This week, the CRRTs were activated following a request from Ukraine to help the country's institutions facing cybersecurity challenges.

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), the joint venture between the global aerospace and technology business, Paramount Group and one of Kazakhstan’s leading defence and engineering companies, Kazpetromash, has announced its latest delivery of Arlan 4x4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in accordance with that nation’s State Defence Order.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on February 22 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving the potential Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of Design and Construction of the Kuwait Ministry of Defense Headquarters Complex and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

A decade after China delivered FM-90 air defense missile systems to Bangladesh, the country is set to get a maintenance and overhaul facility that could also serve as a production line for the same missile and its upgraded variants, reported The Tribune quoted by Sakshi Tiwari in The Eurasian Times. A Chinese Company, Vanguard, has reportedly been chosen as a partner for the FM-90 missile maintenance center to be established in Bangladesh. At the moment, Bangladesh’s Air Force, Navy, and Army are all armed with FM-90 air defense systems.

According to a tweet from Leonidas, Greece will acquire 76 AAV-7A1 Assault AmphibiousVehicles from the USA to equip its Marines brigade and battalions. The Procurement has been approved by the Council of Joint Chiefs of the Hellenic Army General Staff. The batch will include 4 AAVR-7A1 recovery variants and 14 AAVC-7A1 command post variants.

In October 2020, Taiwan’s Army Command announced its intention to replace its fleet of dilapidated M41A3 Walker Bulldog light tanks stationed in the Lieyu Garrison Battalion of the Near Gate Defense Command by June 2021. Now, according to Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh in Focus Taiwan, the ROC Army army will officially decommission its M41A3 Walker Bulldog light tanks this February 25 after more than 60 years of service.

According to a tweet posted by VietDefense, operational training for new equipment in the Vietnamese army (Vietnam’s People Army, VPA) is being given to training officers. These new equipment include AGS-17s, RPG-29s and the VPA's latest model of assault rifle: the STV-380s and STV-215s with under-barrel grenade launchers.

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