May 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to a press release published by FN Herstal on May 31, 2022, Belgium-based designer and manufacturer of small caliber weapons, associated weapon systems, and ammunition FN Herstal proudly announce the introduction of its brand-new 9x19mm handgun dedicated to both armed forces and law enforcement: FN HiPer®.

The Cyber Defence Training & Exercise Coordination Platform (CD TEXP), a web-based tool developed by the European Defence Agency over the last years to support, coordinate and deliver joint cyber training courses and exercises, was handed over on May 25 to the Ministry of Defence of Portugal which will host the new collaborative asset.

When you pass by the conference rooms at Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, you can look inside and see groups of Polish soldiers chatting with U.S. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. It’s not an unfamiliar sight. U.S. Soldiers have been in Poland since 2014 as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, training and sharing military tactics. However, this time it’s a bit different. This time, these soldiers are making history. Sgt. Tara Fajardo Arteaga reports on U.S. Army’s website.

Rheinmetall continues to expand its position as a leading systems supplier for 40mm weapon and ammunition systems. The Group’s South African subsidiary Rheinmetall Denel Munition has been awarded a framework contract by the Spanish armed forces for the supply of 40mm ammunition. The contract, which was awarded a few weeks ago, is for a period of four years. It provides for the supply of 40mm x 53 high-velocity combat as well as training ammunition. A first call-off in the low single-digit million euro range has already been made. The first ammunition deliveries will start in 2022.

Spain is sending a battery of surface-to-air missiles and around 100 troops to the NATO mission in Latvia, the media outlet El Pais wrote Saturday, May 28, echoed by (Latvian Public Broadcasting). These troops will join the existing forces of around 500 Spanish troops in the Baltic States. Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks thanked Spain and Robles on Twitter about it being the first ally to respond to Latvia's requests to beef up NATO presence in the region.

According to a video published on the Twitter account of Jesus Roman on May 28, 2022, China has delivered at least 6 AR2 300 mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (R2 is an export designation of the NORINCO PHL-03), 2 Wanshan WS2400 TELs (Transporter Erector Launcher), and 2 Wanshan WS2500 TELs. After years of U.S.-supplied weapons in the 1990s and early 2000s, Cambodia switched to its former ally of the Khmer Rouge period (1973-1989) to buy a wide range of tanks, armored and soft-skin vehicles, and weapons.

According to information published by the website of "Radio Lublin" on May 29, 2022, Poland has delivered 18 Krab 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer to Ukraine. Citing information from the Polish Government, 100 Ukrainian soldiers have been trained in Poland in recent weeks to be able to operate these artillery vehicles.

Following a recent agreement struck with the U.S. Department of Defense, the British army will be embarking on a five-year programme to update its M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), it announces on its website. Upgrades will be made to 44 launchers, which are currently in service, and will include a new armoured cab and upgraded automotive and launch mechanism components.

According to information published on May 27, 2022, Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, has won another $14 million contract to deliver its Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to the United States Army. The advanced nano unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used to augment squad and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Army's Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program.

According to information published on May 27, 2022, American company Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, was awarded a $624 million U.S. Army contract to produce 1,300 Stinger surface-to-air missiles under the Ukraine Supplemental contract. The contract includes provisions for engineering support, as well as the test equipment and support needed to address obsolescence, modernize key components, and accelerate production.

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on May 26, 2022, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems) rockets/missiles launcher vehicles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $385 million. Australia has requested the purchase of 20 M142 HIMARS.

According to information published by the Canadian Ministry of Defense on May 24, 2022, Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand announced that Canada will donate over 20,000 artillery rounds of 155 mm NATO standard ammunition, including fuses and charge bags, to further support Ukraine's military in its fight against Russian army invasion.

According to information published by the International Press Agency Reuters, on May 23, 2022, Denmark announced that it will provide Ukraine Harpoon coastal defense anti-ship missile system. Regularly, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeals for international assistance to obtain more military equipment in order to strengthen his combat capabilities against Russian forces.

According to a Tweet published by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense on May 25, 2022, Lithuania prepares a new shipment of military aid to Ukraine including 20 M113 tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicles, 10 military trucks, and 10 SUVs configured for demining operations. All these combat vehicles come from the military inventory of the Lithuanian armed forces.

FN America announces the release of three new FN 15 models in designated marksman rifle (DMR) configuration. In its third edition, the FN 15 DMR3 has received several notable upgrades to enhance accuracy and curb felt recoil including a new 18-inch barrel, SureFire ProComp muzzle brake and Geissele two-stage trigger.

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