JANUARY 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to pictures published on Chinese social networks, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has conducted a maiden flight with its new Wing Loong-1E, which is an advanced version of the Wing Loong 1, a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed by the Chinese Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group.

According to information published by the "Arirang" website on January 21, 2022, following a summit with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, on January 20, 2022, President Moon Jae-in said that South Korea and Egypt are on the final stage to conclude the acquisition of K9 Thunder 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers.

According to information published by the French defense website "Opex 360", the French Ministry of Defense announces the first delivery of 20 Jaguar EBRC 6x6 armored vehicles, to the "1er Régiment de Chasseurs d’Afrique", a cavalry regiment of the French army. The Jaguar EBRC is the latest generation of 6x6 Reconnaissance and Combat Armored Vehicle developed under the Scorpion program of the French Army.

DARPA’s Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resiliency (RACER) program is picking up speed after three teams were selected to go to the starting line last October. The program is focused on advancing off-road autonomy of combat vehicles and seeks to demonstrate the ability of these platforms to travel at speeds that maintain pace with manned combat vehicles in complex terrain typical of that seen in real situations. Awards for Phase 1 were given to Carnegie Mellon University, NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and University of Washington.

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency (MDA), on January 18, 2022, the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of the Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) at Israel's Ministry of Defense, together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Israeli Defense Forces, conducted a successful flight test of the Arrow Weapon System (AWS) and the Arrow 3 interceptor at a test site in central Israel.

According to information published on January 17, 2022, the Italian Iveco - Oto Melara Consortium (CIO) announces the signing of a contract to supply 14 Mortar Carrier VBMs, 26 Command Post VBMs (13 in Tactical Unit and 13 in Command Unit version), along with six “10x10” rescue and recovery vehicles to the Italian Army.

According to information and video published by the American company Raytheon Missiles & Defense, the French Nexter CAESAR 6x6 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer firing Raytheon Excalibur extended-range artillery projectiles directly struck two targets at a distance of more than 46 kilometers, a record-setting range for this artillery gun system.

According to a statement published by the British Ministry of Defense (MoD), on January 17, 2022, the United Kingdom will supply anti-tank weapons and send troops to Ukraine. This decision was taken by the United Kingdom in response to the deployment of Russian tanks, armored fighting vehicles, rocket artillery, and short-range ballistic missiles along the border with Ukraine.

According to information published by the Canadian newspaper website "Global News" on January 17, 2022, Canada has deployed Special Forces in Ukraine following the rising tensions with Russia. In recent weeks Russia has amassed troops along the border with Ukraine.

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