September 2022 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


American Rheinmetall Vehicles (Sterling Heights, MI), a leading developer of tactical wheeled and tracked combat vehicles and systems has formed a strategic partnership with Anduril Industries, a defense technology company, in pursuit of the U.S. Army’s Optionally-Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program.

According to VK Russian social network, Ukrainian sources report that the 26th Artillery Brigade and the 120th Reconnaissance Battalion of the Ukrainian army took delivery of Poseidon H10 and larger Poseidon H6 UAVs manufactured by the Cypriot company Swarmly Ltd and purchased by the charitable foundation of Serhiy Prytula. The purchase price was EUR 700,000.

Last August 23, Ciro Nappi tweeted that the Italian army intends to extend the operational life of 135 Dardo IFVs to keep heavy capability until the next generation IFV enters service in 2026. Upgrade areas will be a more powerful engine, new optics and enhanced protection.

An undisclosed Spanish army unit will receive 15 Barrett sniper rifles in 12.7x90mm (.50) caliber, InfoDefensa reports. The total purchase price is €450,000 ($448,000), which means a unit price of €30,000 (US$ 29,800) including VAT. The order was made without public procurement but was directly negotiated. The Spanish Ministry of Defense does not mention the accessories and additional equipment for the sniper rifle.

According to Joseph P. Chacko in Frontier India, Russia has begun mass production of its newest arctic artillery system nicknamed "Magnolia", produced by Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), part of Rostec. In the Autumn and winter of 2021, the system was successfully tested in cold temperatures in northern latitudes. Artillery units deployed in the Arctic and the Extreme North will receive Magnolias.

On August 24, 2021, Army Recognition reported that the Turkish company Aselsan presented a new modernized version of the M60 Main Battle Tank, the M60TM, which is part of the FIRAT-M60T Project. At IDEF 2021, International Defense Exhibition in Turkey, the M-60TM was also fitted with the Active Protection System (APS) PULAT also developed by Aselsan.

According to information published by the Austrian Ministry of Defense on September 1, 2022, Austrian Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner handed over the 50th "Pandur Evolution EVO" 6x6 armored vehicle to the Austrian Armed Forces at the assembly plant of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr GmbH in Vienna Simmering.

According to information released by the U.S. Company GM Defense, American Rheinmetall Vehicles, a leading developer of tactical wheeled and tracked combat vehicles and systems has formed a strategic collaboration with GM Defense LLC, to compete in the U.S. Army’s Common Tactical Truck (CTT) program. The CTT program seeks to identify a replacement platform for the Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles.

In a tweet posted on August 31, the French Defense procurement agency (DGA) announced it had received 200 additional VT4 vehicles, bringing the number of vehicles received in 2022 to 900 out of the 1,200 planned, and the total number of VT4s delivered to 3,900. In total, the Military Programming Law 2019-2025 for 4,380 VT4, mainly for the ground force (Armée de Terre).

According to Matthew Beinart in Defense Daily, the U.S. Army is pursuing two variants of its future intelligence ground station, the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN), starting with an “Advanced” version on heavier platforms such as tactical trucks with space direct downlink capability and a “Basic” model designed for platforms such as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

According to Huang Tzu-ti in Taiwan News, Taiwan seeks to secure five mobile command vehicles (MCVs) next year against potential decapitation strikes by China amid heightened cross-strait tension. The defense budget for 2023, which was sent for legislative approval on Wednesday (Aug. 31), includes an item of five mobile command units. A fund of NT$137 million (US$4.5 million) was earmarked for the procurement of the vehicles, wrote CNA.

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