September 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


As reported by Martin Schmidt, ARD Capital Studio, in, the German company Rheinmetall has largely restored 16 Marder 1A3 armored personnel carriers from old Bundeswehr stocks at its own expense, the company announced at the request of the NDR and ARD capital studio. They are deliverable, but so far there is no export license for them from the federal government. Rheinmetall has already started processing 14 more vehicles. If necessary, 70 more vehicles from old stock could be made usable again.

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on July 27, 2022, General Dynamics Land Systems was awarded a $10,523,248 modification contract to support the production of M1A2T Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) for Taiwan. According to pictures tweeted by Ronkainen on September 12, training has started..

According to Infodefensa, the first 8x8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR) Dragon of the Spanish Army are already at the Santa Bárbara Sistemas factory in Alcalá de Guadaira (Seville) to start the homologation tests next October. These tests will last approximately six months, in cooperation with the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), which will supervise the tests and certify the capabilities and technical characteristics of the VCR 8x8.

According to Xinhua News Agency echoed by Lin Congyi in China Military, a top Iranian military commander said on September 9 that the country will carry out the final test of its upgraded homegrown missile defense system, dubbed Bavar (Belief) 373, in the coming days, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

An undisclosed Israeli defense contractor is supplying anti-drone systems to Ukraine’s military by way of Poland, The Times of Israel’s Hebrew sister site Zman Yisrael reported on September 12 echoed by Tani Goldstein reports in The Times of Israel. A source in the firm told Zman that the equipment was being sold to Poland to circumvent Israel’s refusal to sell advanced arms to Ukraine.

According to Military Leak on September 9, the Slovenian Ministry of Defense has awarded the EuroSpike consortium a $6.6 million contract to supply 50 Spike LR2 Long-range Anti-tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs). Eurospike is a joint venture based in Röthenbach a.d. Pegnitz between Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG, Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.

On January 14, 2022, Issam Toutate of Morocco World News reported that Morocco was fostering military equipment to face regional instability. Hence, Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR) would soon receive the latest generation of the American M1 Abrams tank: the FAR Maroc forum announced the upcoming receipt of “new batches of US Abrams A2 war machines, “modified to the specifications requested by Morocco.”

Elbit Systems of America has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract by the United States Army’s Office of the Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems (PM-CAS), with a maximum potential of $49 million, to produce M121 120mm Carrier Mounted Mortar Systems and M120A1 120mm Ground Mounted Mortar Systems.

According to C. Todd Lopez from the U.S. Department of Defense, following Russia's February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, the United States embarked on a long-term commitment to provide Ukraine with the tools and equipment it needs to defend its sovereignty. Since that time, more than $14.5 billion in assistance has been committed to Ukraine.

Ukrainian defense industry unveils the latest version of its VILKHA 300mm MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) based on a new 8x8 truck chassis using the launcher unit of the Soviet-made BM-30 Smerch 300mm rocket launchers and able to launch new guided rockets at a range of up to 110 km. Citing Ukrainian defense industry sources, the new Vilkha is now deployed by the Ukrainian army to fight the Russian army. 

As reported by Laurent Lagneau on, the main activity of the French company S2M-Equipment, established in Montlouis-sur-Loire, is to restore, even modernize, equipment that has previously been used by the French forces in order to put them on the second-hand market. Its catalog offers VAB armored vehicles and ERC-90 Sagaie combat vehicles having found a second youth, as well as Peugeot P4s, ACMAT VLRAs and 155 mm TRF1 towed guns,

Supacat and MBDA are jointly launching Brimstone HMT Overwatch, a concept demonstrator of a new tactical capability for Light Forces, at Army Expo 2022 on 9 September 2022. The UK high mobility defense vehicle specialist and European missiles group have collaborated to integrate MBDA’s Brimstone precision weapon onto Supacat’s HMT (High Mobility Transporter) vehicle to equip the Light Forces tactical commander with the organic capability to deliver precision anti-armor effects at long ranges and in volume.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Army announced on September 8 that they have successfully completed six flight tests of the Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) system from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur, off the Odisha coast. The flight tests were conducted as part of evaluation trials by the Indian Army.

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