October 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to information published on the South Korean website "KBS World" on October 21 October 2022, Poland is considering the acquisition of South Korean AS-21 Redback tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles). At the same time, The Polish Minister of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak announced that AS21 Redback will be tested by the 16th Mechanized Division of the Polish army.

Rheinmetall America in collaboration with U.S. Defense companies - Textron Systems, Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Allison Transmission, and Anduril Industries, are designing a transformational next-generation infantry fighting vehicle – The Lynx OMFV – for the U.S. Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) Program with the goal to replace U.S. Army Bradley tracked armored IFVs ( Infantry Fighting Vehicles).

MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Buk (NATO reporting name: SA-17 Grizzly) and Osa-AKM (SA-8 Gecko) air defense missile systems modified by NATO specialists pose the greatest threat to Russian frontline aircraft involved in the special military operation in Ukraine, a source in law enforcement agencies told TASS: “Buk and Osa-AKM air defense missile systems modified by European and NATO specialists are the most dangerous for frontline aircraft,” the source said.

South Korean defense company Hyundai Rotem announced on October 19 that it had rolled out the first batch of 10 K2PL Black Panther tanks purchased by Poland, Tim Kim reports in Korea News Plus. The roll-out came two months after the company signed a contract to deliver a total of 180 K2PLs to Poland by the mid-2020s. Hyundai Rotem organized an official ceremony at its factory in Changwon, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul. The remaining 170 tanks will be delivered over the next three years.

German sensor specialist Henoldt is supplying four of its high-performance radars in record time for Diehl Defence's IRIS-T SLM air defence system intended to strengthen Ukraine's defense capability. As part of an order from Diehl Defence worth a two-digit million euro sum, one of the TRML-4D radars has already been delivered, with three more to follow within a few months.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense announces that 300 more JLTVs (Joint Light Tactical Vehicles) have been acquired for the Lithuanian Armed Forces according to a contract signed by the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence with the U.S. Government earlier this week. The Lithuanian Armed Forces will receive a total of 500 JLTVs, the current amount and the 200 items contracted for with the U.S. Government in 2019.

An initial batch of 24 K9 Thunder Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPHs) was rolled out on October 19 to be sent to Poland as part of the first executive contract signed in mid-August. The roll-out ceremony was held at Hanwha Defense’s Factory 1 in Changwon, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul. This roll-out of 24 K9PL howitzers took place less than two months after signing the executive contract to provide hundreds of K9 SPHs by 2026. Under the Framework Contract, hundreds of K9 SPHs will also be manufactured in Poland for years from 2026.

On Wednesday, October 19, the Belgian Ministry of Defense launches a specialized unit supporting – or joining – joining the Land, Air, Naval and Medical components: the Cyber Command, which will work in close cooperation with SGRS, the military intelligence service (Service General de Renseignement et de Sécurité). This Command should will the status of a "full" fifth Component in 2024, while most probably remaining housed in the General Intelligence and Security Service (SGRS).

Rheinmetall has won an order from the German Bundeswehr to supply additional rounds of its innovative 120mm practice ammunition for main battle tanks. The contract encompasses 10,715 DM98 cartridges and 10,000 DM88 cartridges. Issued in the second quarter of 2022, the order is worth around €42 million, including VAT. Delivery began in August and is slated to be completed in October.

According to the Greek City Times echoing Gerhard Hegmann in Die Welt, there are plans for Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann to produce Leopard tanks with a Greek company. According to the report, “against the background of the war in Ukraine and a complex campaign of circular exchange of weapons systems, a major project is now in the works. It is about the possibility of additional co-production or modernization of hundreds of older Leopard tanks in Greece". "In response to Die Welt's question, KMW essentially confirmed the talks with Metka, but did not provide further details," the report added.

Russian troops are successfully using Harpoon-3 handheld anti-drone systems in the special military operation in Ukraine, a source close to Russian uniformed agencies told TASS: “Russian units are successfully using advanced Harpoon-3 handheld anti-drone systems during the special military operation. Enemy drones are destroyed by an electromagnetic pulse,” the source said. The systems are highly effective and are easy to operate, the source added.

According to a tweet posted by Junsupreme (@RyszardJonski) on October 17, Hanwha Defense will supply a total of 288 Chunmoo launchers and 23,000 rockets to Poland. It is planned to use the Jelcz 8x8 and BMS Topaz. The value of this purchase is estimated at $6.12 billion. The executive agreement is to be signed in December, and the first squadron will receive the vehicles in 2023.

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