JANUARY 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


As reported by Debbie Mohnblatt/The Media Line in The Jerusalem Post, Israeli President Isaac Herzog arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, January 30, for a historic two-day visit at the invitation of UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It was the first time that an Israeli presidential airplane had flown over Saudi Arabia. The possible sale of Rafael's Iron dome air defense system might be at stake.

According to a video and a statement published by the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD)on January 28, 2022, a train with military equipment of the CSS (Combat Service Support) of the Eastern Military District left the Amur region for the Republic of Belarus. The video published by the Russia MOD shows several Pantsir-S1 air defense missiles/cannons systems arriving in Belarus.

According to information published on January 25, 2022, by the OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement / Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation), a Framework Agreement that provides the legal mechanism for Australia’s participation in OCCAR defense equipment programs came into force on 25/01/2022. Australia is interested in a number of OCCAR Programs including the Tiger Helicopter, the Boxer Multi Role Armored Vehicle, and the Light Weight Torpedo programs.

According to information released on January 28, 2022, The Finnish Defence Forces has signed the agreement with Patria to acquire Patria 6x6 vehicles as a pre-series related to the joint 6x6 vehicle program between Latvia, Finland, Estonia and Patria. The pre-series vehicles will be in test use of the Finnish Defence Forces before the final serial order indicated by the Letter of Intent signed at the end of August 2021.

According to information published by the Czech Ministry of Defense on January 27, 2022, The Government of the Czech Republic endorsed the proposal by the Defense Minister Jana Černochová to grant an exception from the condition of the status of permanent excessiveness of military materiel and realize its free transfer to Ukraine, specifically concerning caliber 152 mm artillery ammunition.

According to a PR published by Nexter on January 27, 2022, Nexter's robotics entity was selected by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), along with Milrem (program’s prime contractor) and seven other partners, in the frame of an evaluation of several ground and airborne robotics platforms for the Italian Army.

According to information released on January 24, 2022, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has announced a critical production milestone for Project LAND 19 Phase 7B, with the first Mk 2 Canister Launchers for the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) successfully passing Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT), forming the first shipment of Canister Launchers to Australia.

According to information released by the U.S. House Armed Services Committee on January 24, 2022, U.S. Representatives Mike Rogers, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Mike Turner, Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Lisa McClain are urging U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to expedite the Congressional Notification, Foreign Military Sale, and transfer of M1A2 Abrams SEP V3 main battle tanks to Poland.

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on January 25, 2022, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of Air Defense Radar Systems SPS-48 and related equipment for an estimated cost of $355 million.

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