MAY 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


A picture published in Thai online social media on May 28, 2021, shows Norinco VN16 amphibious light tanks being unloaded at Sattahip naval base (Chon Buri Province), in Thailand. Three VN16s were delivered, according to Defense Studies. The vehicles have the camouflage pattern of the Royal Thai Marine Corps.

On May 28, the U.S. DoD published (written by David Vergun) information about the fiscal year 2022 Defense Department budget request that includes the largest-ever research, development, test and evaluation request — $112 billion, which is a 5.1% increase over fiscal 2021. It also includes $27.7 billion for nuclear triad modernization. The budget totals $752.9 billion. It includes $37.9 billion for the Department of Energy and other agencies. It reflects a 1.6% increase from the fiscal 2021 enacted budget.

Česká zbrojovka Group SE (“CZG” or “the Group”; PSE: CZG) firearms manufacturer of the Czech Republic announced on May 24, 2021, that, after securing all necessary regulatory approvals from the U.S. and Canadian authorities, it has successfully closed on its acquisition of 100% of the equity interest in Colt Holding Company LLC (“Colt”), the parent company of the U.S. firearms manufacturer, Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC as well as its Canadian subsidiary, Colt Canada Corporation.

RAF Regiment and U.S. Army personnel have conducted a joint training day in Romania to share and better understand capabilities and tactics, the Royal Air Force reports on its website. The RAF Regiment gunners are currently deployed at the Romanian Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, as part of Operation Biloxi. Their role is to provide Force Protection to 121 Expeditionary Air Wing which is currently conducting the NATO enhanced Air Policing mission.

 According to the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Communications of the Stavropol Territory, Russia, a prototype of a small-size armored car was developed and created by Utek, located in the city of Mikhailovsk (Stavropol Territory). The vehicle is designated "Mercenary", BMPD reports.

Rosoboronexport company of the Rostec State Corporation will supply modernized compact 9 mm SR.3M assault rifles to a foreign partner. The weapon is developed at the Central Scientific and Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH). It comes fitted with a removable silencer, an optical sight and is intended for arming special forces.

As reported by Michal Voska on the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Defense’s website, May 27 marked the culmination of a several-week process of testing CV90, Lynx and Ascod vehicles in the Libavá military training area in Olomouc. On this occasion, the Deputy Minister of Defense for the Management of the Armaments and Acquisitions Section officially handed over a call for tenders to three tenderers for the supply of 210 infantry tracked combat vehicles.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command recently received delivery of China's latest field air defense missile system and 122 mm caliber multiple rocket launcher system, with many soldiers seen equipped with night vision goggles. Liu Xuanzun reports in Global Times.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on May 26 that Oshkosh Defense was awarded a $26,067,335 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of M978A4 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck Tankers, M984A4 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck Wreckers and M1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporters. Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Egypt) funds in the amount of $26,067,335 were obligated at the time of the award.

According to Dylan Malyasov on Defence Blog, the Ukrainian Army has organized an industry demonstration of various possible robotic combat vehicles to help Ukraine’s military evaluate unmanned vehicle integration into their ground formations. This interest in robotic vehicles is not new at all, though.

Building on the strong international NATO cooperation within the Ground-Based domain, as well as strategic bi-lateral defence ties, the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) has signed an agreement with the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for the acquisition of five Thales Ground Master 200 Multi-Mission Compact radars (GM200 MM/C). The agreement also includes an option for three additional systems.

In early May, the Australian Army started operational test and evaluation of the man-portable multi-role Saab Carl-Gustaf M4 system at the Army’s School of Infantry in Singleton, New South Wales, Defense Studies reports. The M4 is the intended replacement for the M3 variant currently in service with the Australian Defence Force, as it reaches its ten-year lifespan.

The Humvee has been the go to vehicle for Soldiers since it replaced the Jeep in the ‘80s, but now the Army Prepositioned Stock-2 site in Mannheim is the first APS site in the world to receive the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, Cameron Porter, 405th AFSB Public Affairs Officer, reports.

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