September 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


French army’s General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) published on September 22 that it notified the company UNAC on August 30, 2022, of the order of the last 180 Fardier vehicles out of the 300 provided for by the military programming law 2019-2025, and the last 100 trailers out of the 172 also planned. Worth a total of 44 million euros, the contract for the flatbed vehicles and their trailers also includes 10 years of support from the manufacturer. Eight Fardiers are scheduled to be delivered this year. Deliveries will continue until 2027.

The French army ought to be equipped with a small armed drone that would prove efficient in urban warfare and special operations. This is what the Israeli company Duke Robotics claimed during the presentation of its Tikad mini-drone, capable of carrying an assault rifle or explosive charges, Laurent Lagneau reports in Opex360.

The UK Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, has said military spending will double from its current level to hit £100bn in 2030 as a result of Liz Truss’s commitment to increase the armed forces’ budget to 3% of GDP, Dan Sabbagh reports in The Guardian on September 25.

According to information published on September 22, 2022, American company AeroVironment, a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, announced it received a $20,602,464 firm-fixed-price contract award on August 18, 2022, from the U.S. Army Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions (TAGM) project office for the procurement of Switchblade® 300 tactical missile systems (TMS).

According to information published by the UK-based company RBSL on September 22, 2022, Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) has demonstrated the ability of a BOXER Mission Module to successfully integrate and fire a mortar from the BOXER 8x8 armored vehicle. This firing demonstration took place on Salisbury Plain and was the first time in which a mortar has been fired from a BOXER.

The Iranian Armed Forces unveiled on September 22 a surface-to-surface ballistic missile as President Ebrahim Raisi is in New York talking about peace in the region, Iran International reports. The new missile, dubbed Rezvan, was put on display during a nationwide military parade to mark what the Islamic Republic calls the Sacred Defense Week, which marks the start of the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war.

Industry partners working with the U.S. Army and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) engineers will fly a pilotless UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying up to 3,000 pounds on supply runs as part of its annual Project Convergence experiments this fall. In addition, the range of the tests will expand significantly across the Pacific. Joe Lacdan, Army News Service, reports.

Jankel, a UK company working in the design and manufacture of high-specification defence, security and NGO protection systems, has announced partnerships with two UK technology companies, Atmos-clear and FuelActive. The partnerships form part of the Jankel Advanced Technology strategy to increase sustainability, reduce carbon emissions, increase efficiency and help to protect the environment. The announcement coincides with the DVD 2022 exhibition at Millbrook, where Jankel are showcasing a range of innovative partnerships, including these ones plus, some exciting examples of Electric Vehicle (EV) technology.

Rheinmetall and its joint venture company Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) are present at the DVD defense exhibition in Millbrook, Bedfordshire, on 21 and 22 September 2022. The companies provide information on some of their extensive activities and products for the UK and export customers.

Elbit Systems UK's Interim Combined Arms Virtual Simulation (Deployable) (ICAVS(D)) has successfully reached Full Operational Capability (FOC), marked by an achievement event at Tidworth on Salisbury Plain attended by senior figures from industry and government. ICAVS(D) can be viewed at DVD 2022 at UTAC Millbrook, on Elbit Systems UK Stand.

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