BRIEFING

Arms Trade Bulletin January – February 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and

arms transfers in the framework

of international law

Synopsis 

By Peter Danssaert & Brian Wood 

The international crisis and threat to world peace presented by the massive Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has thrown up difficult questions, not least of which is how the international community can assist the Ukrainian armed forces defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In doing so, it is tempting to think of the situation only in military terms, leaving aside what is legally justified and morally right, yet that would be short sighted.

Russia’s invasion is a massive escalation from its military intervention in southeast Ukraine which began in 2014 when it illegally annexed Crimea and seized control of areas around Donetsk and Luhansk using uniformed and irregular forces. Putin has repeatedly denied Ukrainian statehood and claimed that Ukraine is being used by NATO to threaten Russia, yet Ukraine does not have NATO combat forces on its territory, nor does Ukraine meet the NATO membership criteria. On two occasions Putin has now issued veiled threats to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine and its allies that would thereby unleash unimaginable suffering on the world.

Mounting evidence had emerged of alleged war crimes, including summary executions and rape by Russian soldiers following Russia’s withdrawal from occupied parts of Ulkraine as well as indiscriminate bombing of urban areas, including with cluster munitions.

The vast majority of the international community has condemned Vladimir Putin’s order for the Russian armed forces to invade Ukraine as a clear violation of international law and an act of aggression. Legal experts argued that the order and its execution by Putin and his commanders constitute crimes of aggression.

Following the invasion, arms supplies by NATO and EU countries to Ukraine were suddenly increased to assist Ukraine’s urgent need to repel the heavily armed invading forces. The supplies of defensive military equipment to Ukraine were regarded as being in conformity with international law. Risk mitigation measures announced by the EU include: a commitment of Ukraine to not transfer the arms to any other body, or to re-export the arms without prior EU agreement;  prior agreement of Ukraine to possible EU on-site verification “on request’; active monitoring by the EU of Ukrainian armed units receiving military equipment to ensure that those units fully comply with IHL and IHRL; investigation and prosecution of any such IHL and IHRL violations;  and termination of the supplies “in case the Ukrainian authorities are in breach of their obligations under international law, in particular IHRL/IHL”.

Article 51 of the UN Charter gives all Member States, including Ukraine, the inherent right of individual self-defence in the face of imminent armed attack. “Armed attack” is considered by scholars to be a wide concept. To exercise its right to self-defence in the face of an armed attack, Ukraine has the right to acquire arms in order to repel the attack. That right has been widely considered by states as a necessary and proportional measure to counter the threat posed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The majority of the NATO and EU countries are States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and thus are required to comply with all its provisions, while Ukraine signed the ATT in September 2014 and so must not do anything to undermine the object and purpose of the ATT. However, the response of the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, France and others to the crisis in Ukraine is in stark contrast to their actions in arming the perpetrators of serious violations of IHRL/IHL in the Yemen conflict.

The full text of this article in IPIS Insight can be downloaded here.

U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik.

In the news

Russian invasion of Ukraine

Putin’s War against Ukraine: Mocking International Law | 28 February 2022 | R. Janik | EJIL: Talk!

Russia’s attack on Ukraine is an obvious violation of international law. Neither self-defense nor the entirely baseless accusation of a purported “genocide” in Eastern Ukraine serves as a sufficient legal basis and any Ukrainian concessions would be legally invalid. Russia has created a new and utterly sad textbook example of a violation of the prohibition of war – first enshrined in the Kellogg-Briand Pact – and the use of force in article 2(4) UN Charter, one of “the most fundamental principles and rules of international law” (as the ICJ recently re-confirmed in its February 2022 judgment in the reparations phase of the Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo case, para. 65).

Russia’s “Special Military Operation” and the (Claimed) Right of Self-Defense | 28 February 2022 | M.N. Schmitt | Articles of War

On 24 February, Russia attacked Ukraine on several fronts. Two days earlier, President Vladimir Putin had announced Russia’s recognition of Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics in the Donbas region and ordered in so-called “peacekeepers.” Those breakaway entities had declared independence from Ukraine following Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea, Crimea’s subsequent declaration of independence, and its annexation by Russia.

Can Turkey Close the Turkish Straits to Russian Warships? | 28 February 2022 | M.E. Hayyar | EJIL: Talk!

Following the recent Russian military intervention in Ukraine, Ukraine officially requested Turkey to shut the Turkish Straits to warships pursuant to the 1936 Montreux Convention. While the initial reaction of the Turkish government implied the unwillingness of Ankara, the President of Ukraine put further pressure on Turkey to close the Straits with his recent statement, which was initially understood as the announcement of an agreement with Turkey on the closure of the Straits, which was swiftly denied by the Turkish authorities.

What weapons is Russia deploying in Ukraine invasion? | 27 February 2022 | The Guardian

Fears that use of indiscriminate armaments could amount to war crimes.

Ukraine: Cluster munitions kill child and two other civilians taking shelter at a preschool | 27 February 2022 | Amnesty International

A preschool in north-eastern Ukraine was hit on the morning of 25 February with widely-banned cluster munitions while civilians took shelter inside, killing three of them, including a child, and wounding another child, Amnesty International said today. The attack appears to have been carried out by Russian forces, which were operating nearby, and which have a shameful record of using cluster munitions in populated areas.

It is a matter of life and death. So the EU will provide weapons for Ukraine’s armed forces | 27 February 2022 | Josep Borrell | The Guardian

At this dark hour, when we see Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine and massive disinformation campaigns and information manipulation, it is essential to separate lies – invented to justify what cannot be justified – from facts.

Ukraine: Vote on Draft “Uniting for Peace” Resolution | 27 February 2022 | What’s in Blue

Security Council vote sets up emergency UN General Assembly session on Ukraine crisis | 27 February 2022 | UN News

This afternoon (27 February), the Security Council is expected to vote on a draft resolution calling for an “emergency special session” (ESS) of the General Assembly to consider and recommend collective action on the situation in Ukraine. The draft resolution, tabled by Albania and the US, the co-penholders on Ukraine, was put in blue yesterday (26 February). The draft text is a “Uniting for Peace” resolution, whereby the Council refers a situation on which its permanent members are deadlocked to the General Assembly. If adopted, it would be the first such resolution the Council has adopted in four decades.

Non à l’agression impérialiste de la Russie contre l’Ukraine. Déclaration de la Gauche Anticapitaliste (Belgique) | 27 February 2022 | l’Anticapitaliste

Quelques jours après la reconnaissance de l’indépendance de territoires séparatistes ukrainiens du Donbass par Moscou, l’armée de Vladimir Poutine a lancé le 24 février une attaque massive contre l’Ukraine, avec frappes aériennes et invasion terrestre. Le lendemain de cette offensive militaire, on comptait déjà plusieurs centaines de morts avec des combats proches de toutes les grandes villes ukrainiennes, y compris la capitale Kiev.

ICC prosecutor is monitoring Ukraine invasion | 26 February 2022 | The Associated Press

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor has put combatants and their commanders on notice that he is monitoring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has jurisdiction to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

What can the UN General Assembly do about Russian Aggression in Ukraine? | 26 February 2022 | R. Barber | EJIL: Talk!

Yesterday Devika Hovell wrote an excellent post on this forum, rightly noting that the Security Council was not the body to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine. Hovell pointed to the General Assembly as the most appropriate alternative, and suggested that the Security Council should pass a ‘Uniting for Peace’ (U4P) resolution, referring the matter of Ukraine to the Assembly.

Russian Military Commits Indiscriminate Attacks During the Invasion Of Ukraine | 25 February 2022 | Amnesty International USA

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been marked by indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas and strikes on protected objects such as hospitals, Amnesty International said today, after documenting three incidents that it believes to have killed at least six civilians and injured at least 12 more. Indiscriminate attacks violate international humanitarian law (the laws of war) and can constitute war crimes.

Council at War: Russia, Ukraine and the UN Security Council | 25 February 2022 | D. Hovell | EJIL: Talk!

It is the responsibility of this body to stop the war’, Ukraine’s representative told the UN Security Council on Wednesday this week. He was interrupted by the current President of the UN Security Council who clarified ‘this isn’t called a war, this is called a special military operation in the Donbas’. In this moment, the Ukrainean representative was forced squarely to confront the Council’s Janus face. The Security Council President through whom the Ukrainean representative was required to direct his plea was none other than the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations.

A graphical comparison of Russian and Ukrainian military forces | 24 February 2022 | DefenseNews

In the early morning of Feb. 24, Russia began a fresh invasion of Ukraine. Data from a recent report compares the military forces of the two countries and provides details on the Russian-backed separatist forces in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Non-Recognition | 22 February 2022 | D. Desierto | EJIL: Talk!

With Russian troops pouring into Ukraine today in the aftermath of President Putin’s open questioning of Ukrainian statehood, there is an immediate danger that the international community of States, international organizations, and non-State actors will treat this situation as one involving some kind of factual ambiguity, first requiring prudence on the part of third States to pause before reaching their own legal characterization of Russian actions in Ukraine.

Recognition | 21 February 2022 | M. Milanovic | EJIL: Talk!

Tonight President Putin gave a long televised speech announcing the Russian Federation’s recognition of the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk republics in Eastern Ukraine as independent states. He also announced the signing of treaties of friendship and assistance with the two supposed newly independent states.

A Russian invasion of Ukraine would be an international crime | 17 February 2022 | al Jazeera

As clamours for war reach a fever pitch, there has been much discussion of how the West might retaliate against Russia should it invade Ukraine. Most suggestions have focused on the imposition of sanctions, such as freezing Russia out of the international financial system and rendering it an economic pariah. The language used is almost exclusively the realist one of a geopolitical contest between a resurgent Russia and an increasingly defensive West – and how the latter might deter the former.

General

Taking Stock of ATT Initial Reports. Examining trends and challenges from the first six years of ATT initial reporting and identifying opportunities to enhance transparency efforts | 17 February 2022 | Stimson Center

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the world’s first global, legally binding instrument to regulate the conventional arms trade. Under the ATT, States Parties are required to submit an initial report on treaty implementation that provides details on national laws and measures regulating arms transfers and to update this report as changes are made. These initial reports can serve as important tools for understanding, monitoring, and evaluating ATT implementation.

Illicit economies and armed conflict | 27 January 2022 | Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

The relationship between illicit economies, conflict and instability has been long debated in academic and practitioner circles, and part of the international policy agenda for some time. From the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the heroin trade in Afghanistan, illicit economies have been shown to fund insurgencies and political actors, and to contribute to ongoing conflict.

IHL/HRL

Explosive weapons with wide area effects: a deadly choice in populated areas | 25 January 2022 | ICRC

The use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area in populated areas is one of the main causes of civilian harm in today’s armed conflicts. Despite their widespread and reverberating effects, they are the weapons predominantly in use in urban warfare today.

The human rights vs national security dilemma is a fallacy | 12 January 2022 | The Business Standard

Human rights organisations have faced decades of dead ends. But one strategy, in particular, has been a consistent failure: demanding that the US government “prioritise human rights.” That’s because the demand itself is based on a false assumption.

Africa

Fusils M4A1 des Usa livrés au Sénégal : On en sait un peu plus… | 28 February 2022 | Senego

La dernière tranche de 1 250 fusils M4A1 sur 5 mille livrée par le Commandement de l’assistance à la sécurité de l’armée américaine est arrivée à Dakar, au Sénégal, le 21 janvier dernier, renforçant ainsi la capacité des militaires à lutter contre le terrorisme.

Why African countries want arms embargo on Bangui lifted | 26 February 2022 | The East African

African members of the UN Security Council are calling for the lifting of an arms embargo on the Central Africa Republic, warning that the ban was perpetuating the country’s insecurity.

Zondo report, part 1 and 2: a short overview | 25 February 2022 | Mail & Guardian

Part one of the Zondo report has proven to be a must-read (all 874 or 855 pages of it, depending on how one counts) for South Africa’s abused public. It’s the first of an imminent three reports of the colloquially termed Zondo commission, as it was chaired by current Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Nigeria probes airstrike accident but widens its arms suppliers | 21 February 2022 | The Africa Report

Reports by Medicins Sans Frontières that the Nigerian military had killed and wounded children in an airstrike on 18 February in the village of Nachadé, in neighbouring Niger Republic will focus attention again on the human costs of Abuja’s security strategy. From the US sales of Super Tucano aircraft, the arrival of Russia’s Wagner Group into the area and China’s sale of mobile artillery and Bigfoot MRAPs, the increasing military sophistication of Nigeria and the Sahel continues apace.

Zondo Commission report delayed | 21 February 2022 | DefenceWeb

Denel watchers from – hopefully – former Cabinet ministers and board members through to employees as well as the wider South African defence community have to wait longer for the final part of Judge Raymond Zondo’s third and final part of his report into State Capture.

Al-Shabab Collects Millions to Spend on Weapons, Report Finds | 21 February 2022 | VoA

Al Shabaab’s Arsenal: From Taxes to Terror | 20 February 2022 | Hiraal Institute

Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group has an annual budget of $24 million to spend on purchasing weapons, a new report finds. The report by a Mogadishu-based research group, the Hiraal Institute, said the group uses various methods to procure weapons, including direct purchases from local black markets, and from arms traders contracted to buy and deliv­er weapons from abroad, mainly Yemen.

Belgium to provide training support to DRC | 17 February 2022 | Janes

Belgium plans to send a military detachment to support the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by improving the capabilities of its rapid reaction brigade, the Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 15 February.

Burundi army operating Fahd-300 4×4 APC armored personnel carriers | 16 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Mahmoud Gamal has tweeted pictures showing Burundi’s Presidential Adviser paying attention to the Egyptian-made Fahd-300 4×4 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) during his last tour at Qader factory. Burundi already received 19 Fahd 4×4 APCs as part of a contract signed with the Egyptian AOI in 2019.

Nigerian amy appreciates Chinese ST1 fire support vehicle for local combats | 15 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to a tweet posted by Defense News Nigeria, while the Chinese-made VT4 and Russian-made T-72M main battle tank offers far better armor protection, the ST1 fire support vehicle still has efficient armor that can withstand 14.5 mm rounds and, under some circumstances. It can operate in almost every terrain met by the Nigerian armed forces.

Seychelles : 94 armes à feu et pas moins de 38 000 cartouches importées de Bulgarie | 15 February 2022 | FranceInfo

L’affaire du détournement de 50 millions de dollars va de plus en plus loin, il est aussi question de trafic d’armes et de complot contre l’Etat.

Le trafic illicite des armes à feu en Afrique de l’ouest : défis et risques | 14 February 2022 | Alakhbar

L’Afrique de l’Ouest en général et la région du sahel en particulier est confrontée à plusieurs défis dont le trafic illicite des armes à feu et de leurs munitions qui constitue une menace pour la sécurité de cette zone.Peu d’études existent sur ce trafic dangereux.

L’armée rwandaise est-elle en train de devenir le Wagner de la France et de l’Europe ? | 14 February 2022 | JamboNews

Depuis juillet 2021, l’armée rwandaise est déployée au Mozambique afin de lutter contre une insurrection de militants liés à l’Etat islamique dans la province de Cabo Delgado. Le directeur général de l’état-major de l’UE Hervé Bléjean a déclaré le 26 janvier 2022 que le Rwanda avait demandé « un soutien financier par le biais de la Facilité européenne de soutien à la paix, et le haut représentant est assez déterminé à y répondre favorablement«

Nigeria: How Arms Flood Into Nigeria Through 1,000 Illegal Routes | 12 February 2022 | Vanguard | AllAfrica

An arrested terrorist in Sokoto, 33-year-old Musa Mohammed Kamarawa made a shocking revelation last week when he disclosed how he bought a gun truck worth N28.5 million for one of the terrorist leaders in Sokoto state.

There’s a war where Israeli and Iranian drones fly side by side | 11 February 2022 | The Jewish Chronicle

Ethiopia has always been a land of contradictions. So perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that its military appears to be harnessing drones supplied by two mutual enemies, Israel and Iran, to strike its own enemies.

Africom concerned about Chinese expansion into Africa | 10 February 2022 | DefenceWeb

The US military’s Africa Command says it is concerned about Chinese expansion into Africa and instances where China is exploiting African countries.

Bertin Mubonzi appelle à l’adhésion de la RDC au Traité sur le commerce d’armes | 10 February 2022 | MediaCongo.net

Lors de son intervention, mardi dernier, à l’atelier sur les perpectives d’adhésion de la RD Congo audit Traité, organisé par la Commission nationale de contrôle des armes légères et petit calibre et de la réduction de la violence armée (CNC-ALPC), le député national Bertin Mubonzi a affirmé que l’adhésion de la RDC au Traité sur le commerce des armes (TCA) permettra, notamment l’acquisition des armements de défense pour les FARDC.

Morocco could acquire VARTA Ukrainian 4×4 MRAP armored vehicles | 9 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the “Tactical Report” website on February 7, 2022, Morocco could sign an agreement with Ukraine to acquire Varta 4×4 Mine Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles manufactured by the company Ukrainian Armor.

Arms trade to Africa can be opaque: why this is dangerous | 7 February 2022 | The Conversation

Eolika, a Guyana-flagged cargo vessel, had already been detained in the port of Senegalese capital, Dakar due to ‘inconsistent’ declarations. Authorities in the West African nation then searched the ship, seizing three containers of Italian manufactured ammunition worth an estimated US$5 million.

Zondo Commission – Report Part 2 – Denel (pdf) | 1 February 2022 | Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector

Zondo report confirms Guptas captured Denel | 2 February 2022 | DefenceWeb

This section of the report relates to transactions within the state owned enterprise (SOE) called Denel SOC Limited (Denel) and certain of its subsidiaries and divisions as disclosed in the evidence presented to the Commission.

Uganda: UPDF Intensifies Campaign On Voluntary Surrender of Small Arms in Karamoja | 28 January 2021 | Nile Post News | AllAfrica

The UPDF has intensified the Voluntary Surrender of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) campaign in Kotido district by meeting all stakeholders involved in the disarmament exercise.

China in talks with Egypt to deliver Wing Loong I-D drones | 27 January 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the “Tactical Report” website on January 27, 2022, China is in talks with Egypt to deliver an undisclosed number of Wing Loong I-D Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that will be delivered to the Egyptian Air Force.

US approves $2.2 billion sale of C-130J aircraft to Egypt | 25 January 2021 | DefenseNews

The Biden administration has approved the possible sale of a dozen C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and air defense radar systems to Egypt.

Uganda commissions helicopter MRO facility | 25 January 2021 | DefenceWeb

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned a helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility, which is refurbishing Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Mi-24 helicopters.

Ethiopia ‘using Turkish drones to bomb civilians’: report | 25 January 2021 | The New Arab

Images obtained by aid workers have provided further evidence to support claims that Ethiopia used Turkish drones to bomb civilians in the government’s ongoing conflict with Tigray rebels.

HAL to export Dhruv helicopter to Mauritius | 25 January 2021 | DefenceWeb

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a contract with Mauritius for the supply of a single Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).

Algeria takes delivery of first of four C-130J Super Hercules | 25 January 2021 | DefenceWeb

The Algerian Air Force has received the first of four C-130J-30 Super Hercules transports ordered from Lockheed Martin in 2018.

Algeria confirms order of six Chinese-made CH-5 UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicles | 24 January 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the Mena Defense website on January 23, 2022, Algeria would have confirmed the order of 6 Chinese drones CH-5 Rainbow designed and developed by CASC (China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation).

Tanzanian military using innovative Gilboa DBR Snake assault rifles | 19 January 2021 | DefenceWeb

The Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) has taken into service an unusual weapon in the form of the Israeli Gilboa DBR Snake double-barrel assault rifle.

Tunisia in talks with Germany to acquire Leopard 2A5 Main Battle Tanks | 14 January 2021 | ArmyRecognition

We cannot officially confirm this information, but according to news published on the “Tactical Report” website on January 13, 2022, Tunisia could be in talks with Germany to acquire military equipment including Leopard 2A5 Main Battle Tanks (MBT).

Kenya’s port expansions project could open door to nation for organised crime and terrorism | 13 January 2021 | ISS | Daily Maverick

Kenya’s $3.6-billion ports master plan will transform the country’s sea, lake and dry ports over the next 30 years. Modern ports that comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) codes attract a greater shipping market, which could boost and sustain the economy of Kenya and the region. But with these expansions come security concerns, notably organised crime and terrorism.

LANSA to Legislature: Enact arms trade treaty | 12 January 2021 | The New Dawn (Liberia)

The Liberia Action Network on Small Arms (LANSA) has urged the 54th Liberian Legislature to ratify the draft Act on arms trade treaty to domesticate the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the Act establishing the Small Arms Commission here.

Army of Algeria starts to receive Chinese 120mm mortar system mounted on NIMR HAFEET vehicle | 11 January 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published on the Twitter account of KAD-GHANI on January 10, 2021, the Army of Algeria starts to receive a new Chinese 120mm self-propelled mortar carrier mounted on the HAFEET 640A 6×6 tactical vehicle, designed by the UAE-based company NIMR and manufactured under license in Algeria.

Ghana receives Flex Fighter vessels | 11 January 2021 | DefenceWeb

Ghana’s Navy is adding four new vessels to its fleet to enhance maritime security and protect offshore oil and gas installations.

Tunisian army possibly inducted locally made Barb MRAP vehicle | 3 January 2021 | ArmyRecognition

A video broadcasted on Youtube in June 2020 – but unfortunately, no other safe Internet source could be found, except a tweet posted by Caesar last December 31 showing pictures taken at the inauguration ceremony in 2020 – shows a locally-made MRAP vehicle called « Barb ».

Algeria has developed NIMR II Special Forces Operations 4×4 vehicle | 3 January 2021 | ArmyRecognition

According to pictures released on the Twitter account of CAESAR (@Ninja998998), Algeria has developed a local version of the NIMR Special Operations variant. The vehicle seems very similar to the Ajban SOV (Special Operations Vehicle) designed and developed by the UAE-based company NIMR.

Americas

There may be risk, but the U.S. will likely keep arming Ukraine even if Russia takes Kyiv | 27 February 2022 | USA Today

The Pentagon will likely continue to send an array of weaponry to Ukrainian forces even if Russian troops seize the capital of Kyiv, military analysts say, and could calibrate the lethality of those arms based on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s willingness to negotiate an end to the war.

Biden approves $350 million in military aid for Ukraine | 26 February 2022 | Reuters

President Joe Biden instructed the U.S. State Department to release up to an additional $350 million worth of weapons from U.S. stocks to Ukraine on Friday as it struggles to repulse a Russian invasion.

Commerce Department Issues New Export Controls on Russia in Response to the Invasion of Ukraine | 25 February 2022 | Kelley Drive & Warren LLP | JD Supra

As part of a package of new sanctions on Russia that are effective February 24, 2022, the United States imposed a series of significant new export control measures on exports of many products, software and technology to Russia.

Review of Sanctions and Export Control Developments in 2021 and What to Expect in 2022 | 25 February 2022 | Foley Hoag LLP | JD Supra

This is the fifth post in this year’s series examining important trends in white collar law and investigations. Our previous post discussed trends in State AG enforcement

U.S. and Allies Impose “First Tranche” of New Economic Sanctions in Response to Russian Action in Ukraine | 25 February 2022 | Alston & Bird | JD Supra

Our International Trade & Regulatory Group addresses the new U.S. sanctions against Russia announced this week in response to its actions against Ukraine and summarizes the similar packages announced by key U.S. allies.

Revisiting Sanctions and Export Control Compliance in the Face of Conflict | 25 February 2022 | Kilpatrick Townsend

Russia’s recent invasion against Ukraine is prompting the United States (U.S.) and other countries to issue sanctions and restrictions on Russia. Companies that do business in Russia or in the region should take steps to keep up with this changing landscape and ensure that their transactions and exports comply with applicable laws and regulations.

U.S. weapons cause more killings in Mexico | 24 February 2022 | CCTV

As a result of the continued use and possession of many of the U.S.-manufactured guns, residents of Mexico will continue to be killed and injured by these guns, and the public will continue to fear for their health, safety, and welfare, an opinion piece by Al Jazeera quoted as saying.

Commerce Adds 33 Chinese Companies to the Unverified List | 14 February 2022 | Goodwin | JD Supra

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) has added 33 China-based companies to its Unverified List, which now includes more than 100 entities located in China. A listing of these companies is provided in the appendix below.

Argentina to send military team to China to discuss arms deal | 14 February 2022 | MercoPress

The Government of Argentina is planning to send a military team to China in March to broker the purchase of combat aircraft, for which over US $ 600 million have been allocated as per the 2022 Budget bill, it was reported.

Texas woman allegedly busted at US-Mexico border with 44 rifles, disassembled machine gun in trampoline box | 12 February 2022 | Yahoo News

Federal authorities have arrested an American woman accused of trying to smuggle a shipment of dozens of rifles in trampoline packaging across the border into Mexico earlier this week.

Values in Arms Exports? | 11 February 2022 | Cato Institute

Senator Patty Murray recently re‐introduced legislation called the Values in Arms Export Act. This legislation would amend the Arms Export Control Act – originally passed in 1976 – to include the evaluation of “responsible behavior and compliance with human rights and law of war the U.S. demands of states purchasing U.S. weapons.”

Saab to deliver RBS 70 NG portable air-defence system to Argentina | 9 February 2022 | Army-Technology

Saab has secured a new order to deliver RBS 70 NG short-range air defence systems to the Argentine Armed Forces. Financial details of the contract were not divulged by the company.

Brazil Police Dismantles Gang Accused of Illegal Cigarette and Arms Trade | 6 February 2022 | OCCRP

Hundreds of policemen simultaneously raided locations in 10 Brazilian cities, seized drugs, cigarettes and ammunition and arrested 25 out of the 35 organized crime suspects, targeted by a massive operation in the country’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Police reported.

13 states have backed the Mexican government’s lawsuit against a group of US gun manufacturers | 6 February 2022 | CNN

The attorneys general of 13 states and Washington DC this week expressed support for a federal lawsuit by the Mexican government that accuses a group of American gun manufacturers of facilitating the trafficking of weapons to criminals in Mexico, fueling gun violence.

US Army took delivery of latest variant of Bradley M2A4 tracked armored IFVs | 5 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to pictures of the U.S. Army published by the Twitter account of Ronkainen on February 5, 2022, BAE Systems has started the delivery of the latest variant of the Bradley tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle), the Bradley M2A4, to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart.

2021 Year-End Sanctions and Export Controls Update | 4 February 2022 | Gibson Dunn

The Biden administration made its mark on U.S. sanctions and export controls in 2021—reviewing, revising, maintaining, augmenting, and in some cases revoking various trade restrictive measures created during the Trump era. China remained at the forefront of the U.S. national security dialogue as the administration sought to solidify measures to protect U.S. communications networks and sensitive personal data and blunt the development of China’s military capabilities after numerous earlier efforts by the Trump administration were blocked or limited by U.S. courts.

DDTC Proposes Amendments To International Traffic In Arms Regulations | 4 February 2022 | Thompson Hine LLP | Mondaq

On February 2, 2022, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a Federal Register notice proposing various amendments and clarification to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

US State Department approves sale of MIDS-LVT to Saudi Arabia | 4 February 2022 | Army-Technology

The US State Department has approved a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of multifunctional information distribution system-low volume terminals (MIDS-LVT) to Saudi Arabia.

US State Dept backs latest raft of Saudi, UAE, Jordan arms sales | 4 February 2022 | al Jazeera

Democrats introduce bill to stop US support for Saudi air force | 4 February 2022 | Middle East Eye

The US State Department has approved Washington’s latest raft of proposed weapons sales to the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) preliminarily approved for deals – if they are not blocked by US Congress.

Arms exports to UAE may be fuelling Yemen war, newly-released records show | 3 February 2022 | Ricochet

Internal government communications released under access to information show questions were asked about whether Canadian weapons would be used in Yemen. But Global Affairs Canada wouldn’t answer.

US gives military helicopters to Croatia, Russia arms Serbs | 3 February 2022 | DefenseNews

The United States on Thursday delivered two Black Hawk military helicopters to Croatia, which is engaged in a mini arms race with neighboring Russian ally Serbia amid simmering tensions in the post-war Balkan region.

FN America gets $50M contract for additional M240L machine guns | 1 February 2022 | Defence-Blog

FN America, a business unit of FN Herstal, has won a contract valued at as much as $49,9 million for additional M240L machine guns.

Does Biden Care about Global Human Rights? Egypt Is a Test | 1 February 2022 | Cato Institute

The Biden administration recently authorized $2.5 billion in arms sales to Egypt. The weapons were military planes and air defense radar systems. This follows a $170 million military aid authorization in September. It also precedes the suspension of $130 million of military aid. This suspension occurred because Cairo did not meet standards about basic human rights conditions.

Canada’s Military Aid Hypocrisy | 31 January 2022 | The Tyee

Besieged on three sides by a Russian military buildup, the Ukrainian government has pleaded with western countries for military aid to help confront what might be the largest land invasion in Europe since the Second World War. Following a three-day cabinet retreat, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to provide even pistols to Kyiv, apparently for fear of escalating a volatile situation. If only the Ukraine were Saudi Arabia, such moralistic hesitation on arms exports might not be so problematic.

U.S. Readies Export Controls Against Russia | 28 January 2022 | Dechert LLP | JD Supra

The Biden Administration is preparing new export controls that it may impose on Russia if tensions escalate further between Russia and Ukraine.

New $50M subsidy to General Dynamics shows Ottawa prioritizing arms sector despite human rights concerns, critics say | 28 January 2022 | The Logic

The Liberal government is being criticized for a $49.9-million subsidy to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C), which makes armoured vehicles for the Canadian Armed Forces and Saudi Arabian National Guard. Here’s what you need to know.

Statement By U.S. Ambassador To Mexico Kenneth Salazar Regarding Arms Trafficking | 27 January 2022 | U.S. Embassy in Mexico

The governments of the US and Mexico yesterday renewed our joint commitment to combating criminal arms trafficking, human smuggling and illegal narcotics flows that victimize the people of both nations. We look forward to increased collaboration under the Bicentennial Framework to ensure the safety of the citizens in both our countries. While we are exploring novel ways to deepen our cooperation, the relationship between our law enforcement agencies is longstanding and productive.

Indictment and Guilty Plea Entered in Iranian Export Case | 27 January 2022 | U.S. Department of Justice

A U.K. man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in the District of Columbia to violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. At the same time, an indictment was unsealed charging four individuals with the same offense, as well as related offenses.

US approves the sale of three SPS-48 Land Based Radars to Egypt | 26 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on January 25, 2022, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of Air Defense Radar Systems SPS-48 and related equipment for an estimated cost of $355 million.

Where is Canada’s moral compass when it comes to the war in Yemen? | 25 January 2022 | Ricochet

When will Canadians start interrogating our government’s sanctimonious alliance with a regime that decapitates dissidents and drops bombs on Yemeni children sitting on a school bus?

Op-Ed: For Mexico, taking a stand against gun trafficking is a moral imperative | 24 January 2022 | Los Angeles Times

Earlier this month, the government of Mexico and I were named “Person of the Year” for 2021 by the Arms Control Assn., a U.S. organization founded by Army veterans and diplomats. We were recognized for Mexico’s ground-breaking lawsuit against major U.S. gun manufacturers and for taking “a novel approach to combat illicit weapons trafficking from the United States into Mexico.”

Indictment Names Six in Scheme to Provide High-Powered Firearms and Huge Quantities of Ammunition to Mexican Drug Cartel | 24 January 2022 | U.S. Department of Justice

A federal grand jury indictment alleging a scheme to smuggle weapons and ammunition to one of the world’s most violent and dangerous transnational criminal organizations has led to the arrest of four defendants, the Justice Department announced today.

New Attempts to Change Arms Sales Policy, Same Old Problems | 24 January 2022 | Cato Institute

United States Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D WA) and Barbara Lee (D CA) recently introduced a resolution that calls for a massive change to U.S. foreign policy. Rather than focus on military tools such as troops, interoperability drills, and weapons sales, the representatives want one centered around diplomacy and cooperation.

BAE Systems receives $169 million production contract from US Marine Corps for additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles | 24 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a contract modification for the second lot of full rate production of Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs). The contract award of $ 169 million is for 33 vehicles.

Imposition of Missile Proliferation Sanctions on Three Entities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) | 21 January 2022 | U.S. Department of State | Federal Register

A determination has been made that PRC entities have engaged in activities that require the imposition of measures pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, and the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended.

2021 Arms Sales Risk Index | 18 January 2022 | Cato Institute

To promote debate and help improve U.S. decisionmaking about arms sales, we created the Arms Sales Risk Index, now in its fourth year. By measuring the factors linked to negative outcomes of arms sales, such as dispersion, diversion, and the misuse of weapons by recipients, the index provides a way to assess the risk involved with selling arms to another nation. Though this sort of risk assessment is by no means an exact science, the Arms Sales Risk Index can help policymakers consider the risks more rigorously and make better decisions about which nations should and should not receive U.S. weapons. This index solely focuses on the risks of weapons sales, something that U.S. administrations routinely downplay.

Data Reveals Big Drop in U.S. Arms Sales | 18 January 2022 | National Defense Magazine

Implemented cases of foreign military sales and direct commercial sales of weapon systems to international customers by U.S. manufacturers plummeted last year, according to data released in December by the Biden administration.

40% of guns traced from crimes in Central America came from U.S. | 17 January 2022 | Washington Times

Firearms Trafficking: More Information is Needed to Inform U.S. Efforts in Central America | 11 January 2022 | GAO

Thousands of firearms manufactured or bought in the U.S. end up being used in crimes in Central America, according to an audit released last week that found about half of the weapons are smuggled into the region and the others are exported legally and “diverted” into criminals’ hands.

Will Biden’s Conventional Arms Transfer policy be an evolution or a revolution? | 14 January 2022 | BreakingDefense

n the coming weeks, the Biden administration is expected to release its newest version of the Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) policy, which will serve as a clear sign on how the administration will differentiate itself from the Trump administration on arms sales issues. In this op ed Josh Kirshner of Beacon Global Strategies lays out a history of the CAT policy and offers some predictions on how it could change.

Nueva Ley de Armas: los detalles de la nueva normativa que promulgó el Gobierno | 13 January 2022 | ADNRadio (Chile)

Nueva Ley de Control de Armas: normativa ya fue publicada en el Diario Oficial | 25 January 2022 | ADNRadio (Chile)

Las modificaciones se centran en su adquisición, uso, regulación y fiscalización. También regula la importación y prohíbe las armas de fogueo y juguete, como también los silenciadores.

BAE Systems Systems to produce more M109A7 155mm self-propelled howitzers for US Army | 12 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on January 7, 2022, BAE Systems was awarded a $97,280,236 modification to contract for the production and delivery of M109A7 155mm self-propelled howitzers and M992A3 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicles to U.S. Army.

White House Announces Export Controls and Human Rights Initiative | 10 January 2022 | Sanctions News | Baker McKenzie

On December 10, 2021, at the Summit for Democracy, the U.S., Australia, Denmark, and Norway, released a Joint Statement announcing an Export Controls and Human Rights Initiative (“the Initiative”) to curb the misuse of technologies by certain governments. The Initiative aims to combat digital authoritarianism in countries where software and advanced surveillance technologies have been used to hack the communications of political opponents and journalists, shape public opinion, and censor information the government deems threatening.

Le Mexique inculpe 7 personnes pour trafic d’armes « Fast and Furious », y compris de hauts responsables | 10 January 2022 | News-24.fr

Mexican Judge Issues Arrest Warrants For El Chapo, Many Prominent Officials Linked To Gun Trafficking | 11 January 2022 | Latin Times

Les procureurs ont déclaré dimanche avoir inculpé sept personnes, dont d’anciens hauts responsables, dans le scandale du trafic d’armes « Fast and Furious ».

Export Agencies Continue Emphasis on Restricted Party Screening Under Export Control Laws | 11 January 2022 | Williams Mullen | JD Supra

The U.S. Government is continuing its frequent and highly visible use of denied party lists as an important tool in administering the export control laws. Each of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has its own restricted party lists, and new parties are being added regularly – U.S. exporters are challenged to keep up with the steady flow of changes.

Canada plans a small-arms ammunition factory in Ukraine despite threat of Russian reprisal | 10 January 2022 | Edmonton Journal

Amid mounting tensions with Russia over Ukraine, Canada is making plans to build an ammunition factory in the latter country with help from a number of Ontario-based companies.

Bolivia busts alleged US arms shipment heading to right-wing forces | 9 January 2022 | Morning Star

Aduana detecta armas automáticas con destino a Santa Cruz de la Sierra, polo opositor golpista | 10 January 2022 | ElSol ABC

Bolivia has seized arms which were allegedly sent by the United States to arm opposition forces in the Santa Cruz region of the country, state forces claimed today.

Rhode Island Man Charged in Manhattan for Trafficking ‘Ghost’ Guns | 6 January 2022 | U.S. Department of Justice

A Rhode Island man was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed today with conspiring to traffic firearms and with making false statements. According to court documents, Robert Alcantara, 34, of Providence, was arrested today and presented in the District of Rhode Island.

Ottawa ne peut plus lésiner sur les moyens, selon le Bloc québécois | 4 January 2022 | La Presse

Une escouade mixte d’intervention policière réunissant les forces de l’ordre du Québec, de l’Ontario, des Premières Nations et de l’État de New York devrait être mise sur pied. Le gouvernement fédéral devrait aussi sérieusement envisager de rendre illégale l’appartenance à un gang de rue qui se livre à des activités criminelles.

Asia

In rare stand, South Korea, Singapore unveil sanctions on Russia | 28 February 2022 | al Jazeera

South Korea and Singapore have unveiled sanctions to punish Russia for invading Ukraine, offering rare pushback against Moscow in a region that has largely avoided taking sides in the conflict.

Why India cannot afford to delink from Russia for its defence needs | 28 February 2022 | India Today

Currently, around 70 percent of India’s military arsenal is of Russian origin. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russia is the most important suppliers of defence equipment to India, commanding nearly two-thirds share of the latter’s total arms imports.

Milkor deepens its roots in Arabia | 28 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Localization, bespoke solutions and end-user incorporation are some of the processes in Milkor’s arsenal to provide world-leading systems to the defense sector. This rings even more true with the announcement of their new office within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Des fusils suisses au cœur d’une “guerre sale” au Yémen | 26 February 2022 | RTS

Depuis 2015, l’Arabie saoudite mène une coalition qui frappe régulièrement les rebelles houthis au Yémen. La RTS, en collaboration avec des journalistes de SRF, RSI, la NZZ am Sonntag et l’ONG Lighthouse Reports, a pu démontrer que les Saoudiens mènent cette guerre notamment avec des Sig Sauer 551, des fusils fabriqués en Suisse.

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) delivers new batch of Arlan armored vehicles | 24 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), the joint venture between the global aerospace and technology business, Paramount Group and one of Kazakhstan’s leading defence and engineering companies, Kazpetromash, has announced its latest delivery of Arlan 4×4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in accordance with that nation’s State Defence Order.

Swiss Pilatus planes used for attacks in Afghanistan | 23 February 2022 | Swissinfo

Swiss-built Pilatus aircraft have been involved in attacks in Afghanistan, according to a joint investigation by a transnational network of journalists.

UAE to buy Chinese jet trainer aircraft | 23 February 2022 | Janes

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to acquire advanced jet trainer aircraft from China, under a deal announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 23 February.

Rajkot arms factory to open by end of 2022-23 | 23 February 2022 | The Times of India

Engineering and auto parts manufacturing hub Rajkot will be home to an arms factory by the end of the next financial year. City-based Raspian Enterprise Pvt Ltd has bought land in Satda village on Kuvadva Road about 25km from Rajkot to begin assembly and manufacturing of weapons like revolvers, pistols, assault rifles and anti- aircraft guns.

Chinese company Vanguard to build large missile plant in Bangladesh | 23 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

A decade after China delivered FM-90 air defense missile systems to Bangladesh, the country is set to get a maintenance and overhaul facility that could also serve as a production line for the same missile and its upgraded variants, reported The Tribune quoted by Sakshi Tiwari in The Eurasian Times. A Chinese Company, Vanguard, has reportedly been chosen as a partner for the FM-90 missile maintenance center to be established in Bangladesh. At the moment, Bangladesh’s Air Force, Navy, and Army are all armed with FM-90 air defense systems.

Damning new report slams Serbia for weapons exports to Myanmar | 22 February 2022 | EU-OCS

A new report has charged Serbia with exporting millions of euros worth of rockets to Myanmar last year, just days after a military coup took place in the country.

Vietnamese army training officers with new assault rifles and other weapons | 22 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to a tweet posted by VietDefense, operational training for new equipment in the Vietnamese army (Vietnam’s People Army, VPA) is being given to training officers. These new equipment include AGS-17s, RPG-29s and the VPA’s latest model of assault rifle: the STV-380s and STV-215s with under-barrel grenade launchers.

Stop weapons supply to Myanmar, rights expert urges | 22 February 2022 | UN News

Weapons exports to the military rulers in Myanmar by UN Member States must stop, the UN independent expert on the human rights situation in the country said on Tuesday.

U.N. Myanmar expert says junta using new Russian, Chinese arms against civilians | 22 February 2022 | Reuters

The United Nations human rights expert on Myanmar on Tuesday said Russia and China were providing the junta with fighter jets being used against civilians, and urged the U.N. Security Council to halt the flow of weapons enabling atrocities.

TNI Indonesian army receives Ranpur Badak 6×6 Fire Support Vehicles | 21 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

On January 27, 2022, the Indonesian army (TNI), received seven 6×6 Rhino Ranpur Fire Support Vehicles delivered by PT Pindad, on top of 26 units of Anoa 6×6 (APC & Komando), and 10 units of Komodo 4×4 tactical vehicles (APC). Two of the Ranpur Badak FSVs assigned to the Kikav 8/KSC/2 Kostrad unit.have immediately been submitted to a complete inspection in view of ensuring they can properly carry on their tasks.

Beijing places sanctions on U.S. arms companies Lockheed and Raytheon | 21 February 2022 | National Post

China has placed U.S. companies Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Technologies Corp under sanctions over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

Thailand to receive AH-6 helos | 21 February 2022 | Janes

Thailand is to receive a number of Boeing AH-6 light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft, with a USD103.8 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 18 February.

Yemen: UK diplomat says ‘no military solution’ – after UK arms industry made billions supplying arms | 18 February 2022 | National World

The UK has provided an estimated £20bn+ in arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition, which has killed thousands of civilians in Yemen since 2015

AFP uncovers suspected Chinese spy’s alleged plot to smuggle military equipment | 18 February 2022 | The Sydney Morning Herald

Australian police have disrupted an alleged plot by two Queensland-based businessmen to traffic military hardware from Russia to China, a small part of what sources have revealed is a broader investigation into a suspected Chinese Communist Party spy network with ties to a relative of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Iran Starts Mass Production of Aras-3 Military Vehicles | 17 February 2022 | DefenseWorld.net

Iran has started mass production of Aras-3 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) besides unveiling a number of locally upgraded missile defense systems.

Bangladesh army receives more M1224 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles from US | 16 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

The army of Bangladesh has received 15 M1224 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles from the U.S. Excess Defense Article scheme. There are split in three different variants: 14 ambulances, 4 APCs (intended for the Air Force) and 1 recovery vehicle. They complement the 90 units already operated by this army. Another 66 MaxxPros are expected in the future. All these vehicles are intended for UN missions and demining operations.

Iraqi army gets ex-Bulgarian Army T-72M2 tanks and BMP-1 IFVs | 15 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on February 14, 2022, that a batch of surplus T-72M2 tanks and BMP-1 APC/IFVs from Bulgaria has arrived in the country. Ex-Bulgarian armored vehicles were reportedly ordered by Iraq in June 2021 under a $245 million contract for Apolo Engineering.

PLA Chinese army demonstrates capabilities of QW-12 portable air defense missile | 15 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

As reported by Liu Xuanzun in Globa Times, the QW-12, an advanced portable air defense missile developed by China, recently demonstrated its outstanding performance in intercepting helicopters, jets and cruise missiles in a live-fire test.

Philippine Ministry of Defense receives military aid from China | 14 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

As reported by Defense Studies, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian led the ceremonial handover of donated equipment from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China to the Department of National Defense at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Kampfdrohnen: Erdogans tödlicher Exportschlager | 11 February 2022 | RND

Das Fluggerät kann vier Raketen tragen und 27 Stunden ununterbrochen in der Luft bleiben. Es ist kampfstark, kostet aber nur rund 5 Millionen Dollar. Damit ist die türkische Kampfdrohne Bayraktar TB2 ein Schnäppchen. Kein Wunder, dass immer mehr Länder zugreifen.

Indonesia gives up on Su-35 purchase, instead buying French Rafale fighters | 10 February 2022 | Defence-Blog

The government of Indonesia agreed to purchase six Rafale combat aircraft, France’s Dassault Aviation company said on Friday.

US Approves Major $14 Billion Arms Sale to Indonesia | 10 February 2022 | VoA

The Biden administration on Thursday approved a nearly $14 billion arms sale to Indonesia, as the U.S. presses ahead with steps it believes will help counter China’s increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific.

Chinese UCAVs remain popular, but buyer beware! | 9 February 2022 | Shephard

Chinese continues its strong presence on the international UCAV market, with new models coming on stream. However, not all its customers remain enamoured with their Chinese-bought UCAVs.

Indian Army starts RFID tagging of ammunition inventory | 9 February 2022 | DevDiscourse

The Indian Army has started the Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tagging of its ammunition inventory, despatching the first consignment of RFID-tagged ammunition, comprising 3 lots of 5.56mm ammunition from Ammunition Factory, Khadki to Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon.

Jordan to Buy U.S.-Made Rocket Systems for $70M | 9 February 2022 | DefenseWorld.net

The U.S. State Department approved a $70 million sale of guided rocket systems and related equipment to Jordan earlier today.

Thailand receives THeMIS Combat UGV from Milrem Robotics | 9 February 2022 | Army-Technology

Thailand has received the THeMIS Combat uncrewed ground vehicle (UGV) from autonomous systems developer Milrem Robotics. The move will enable the Defence Technology Institute (DTI), in Thailand, and the Royal Thai Army to start the assessment of the robotic combat vehicle (RCV) soon.

UAE arms deals: What weapons is the Gulf state buying and why? | 9 February 2022 | al Jazeera

The recent attacks on the United Arab Emirates by Houthi missiles and drones have highlighted the vulnerability of city states with economies reliant on sprawling energy infrastructure, huge international hub airports and a largely expatriate workforce.

Myanmar Military-linked companies buy arms and equipment worth millions of dollars | 8 February 2022 | Mizzima

Myanmar Military-linked companies buy arms and equipment worth millions of dollars | 9 February 2022 | BNI

Campaign group Justice for Myanmar is calling for urgent targeted sanctions after uncovering evidence that companies have been procuring arms worth millions of US dollars as a front for the Myanmar military.

Italy delivers vehicles, boat and equipment to Lebanese army | 7 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to Arab News on February 7, the first batch of vehicles donated by Italy to the Lebanese Armed Forces, and 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the local population, have been delivered at the Port of Beirut: “This first vehicle delivery is a tangible sign of Italy’s … closeness to Lebanon, its people and the Lebanese Armed Forces,” said Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini.

South Korea receives first batch of 120mm self-propelled mortar system | 7 February 2022 | Army-Technology

The South Korean Army has received the first lot of 120mm self-propelled mortar systems to improve the capabilities of its mechanised units.

Turkish drones receive upgraded, locally-produced sensors | 6 February 2022 | Ahval

The Turkish military’s armed drones received a new set of upgraded sensors to improve their targeting abilities, the pro-government Daily Sabah reported on Sunday.

UAE in talks with Israel to acquire different types of air defense missile systems | 6 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by “The Jerusalem Post” on February 6, 2022, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are in talks to acquire different types of air defense systems including the Iron Dome, the Spyder, and the Barak 8.

Iraq is in talks with China to acquire FD-2000B air defense missile systems | 5 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the “Tactical Report” website on February 4, 2022, Iraq is in talks with China to acquire FD-2000B air defense missile systems.

Plasan Sasa from Israel to provide armor package for Spanish VCR Dragon 8×8 armored | 3 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published on February 1, 2022, Plasan Sasa from Israel has signed a contract with TESS DEFENCE S.A., to provide its advanced armor package for the new Spanish Army’s VCR Dragon 8×8 wheeled combat vehicle.

Turkish army to get Roketsan KMC CIRIT antitank missile system | 3 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Designed and developed by Roketsan engineers, the KMC Weapon System can fire UMTAS, L-UMTAS, and CİRİT missiles with high strike power, with its firing capability both at rest and in motion, Defence & Technology reports. Roketsan General Manager Murat Iki stated that they believe that the Pedestal Mounted CIRIT (KMC) Weapon System they have developed will strengthen the anti-tank divisions of the Turkish Armed Forces.

Bharat Dynamics Limited to supply Konkurs-M ATGM antitank missiles to Indian Army | 2 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to Telangana Today, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and the Indian Army have signed a contract for the manufacture and supply of Konkurs–M Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (NATO reporting name: AT-5B Spandrel-B) to the Indian Army. The contract, which was signed in New Delhi on February 2, will be executed in three years.

South Korea to supply K9 self-propelled howitzers to Egypt | 2 February 2022 | Army-Technology

Hanwha Defense from South Korea to deliver artillery vehicles K9A1 – K10 – K11 to Egypt | 3 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Why did Egypt choose to buy South Korea’s K9 howitzer? | 1 February 2022 | DefenseNews

South Korea has agreed to supply K9 self-propelled howitzers to Egypt, in a deal worth more than $1.65bn, reported local news agency Yonhap.

Russian AK-15 could become standard assault rifle of Bangladesh army | 1 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to a tender published by the Bangladesh Ministry of Defense, the Bangladesh army would like to acquire 2,000 AK-15 7.62mm caliber assault produced by the Russian company Kalashnikov and could become the new 7.62mm assault rifle of the Bangladesh army.

Kalashnikov Produced Assault Rifles in “Accelerated Mode” for Asia-Pacific Customer | 1 February 2022 | DefenseWorld.net

Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern has rapidly produced a large batch of assault rifles under a contract concluded with a country in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Saudi-led Warplanes Used US-manufactured Bombs in Saada Prison Massacre: Amnesty | 28 January 2022 | al Manar

Amnesty International reported that the Saudi-led coalition used US-manufactured bombs in the Saada prison massacre and accused the Joe Biden administration of violating international and US laws.

Leonardo confirms Qatar as latest M-346 jet trainer client | 27 January 2022 | Defense News

Qatar has purchased six Leonardo M-346 jet trainers, the Italian company has said. A spokesman for the firm confirmed the long-rumored acquisition after three of the jets were photographed at a military parade in Qatar.

China supplies mounted howitzers to Pak to maintain arms parity with India | 27 January 2022 | Hindustan Times

Over the past decades, Pakistan has been able to punch far beyond its weight category with China doing the heavy lifting against India, be it in arms supply or in multilateral arms control regimes.

Assault weapons for the Indian Army and BrahMos Export: India must build on gains | 27 January 2022 | ORF

As part of its light arms modernisation effort, India has acquired a suite of assault weapons for the Indian Army’s (IA) infantry units. Amongst the biggest gains, if any, is that India’s assault rifles manufacturing base received a boost, following the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India last December.

Final report of the Panel of Experts on Yemen established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2140 (2014) | 26 January 2022 | UN Security Council

The members of the Panel of Experts on Yemen have the honour to transmit herewith the final report of the Panel, prepared in accordance with paragraph 10 of resolution 2564 (2021).

Bangladesh issues tender for AK-15 assault rifles | 26 January 2022 | Janes

Bangladesh’s Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) has issued a tender in support of the procurement of 2,000 7.62 mm AK-15 assault rifles from Russia’s Kalashnikov.

Qatar receives M-346 jet trainers | 26 January 2022 | Janes

Qatar has received its first Leonardo M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft from Italy, the manufacturer confirmed to Janes on 26 January.

India could order 200 addtional K-9 Vajra 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers | 26 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the “India Today” website on January 23, 2022, India could order a new batch of 200 K-9 Vajra 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers worth over an approximate amount of $1.5 Billion.

Pakistan receives first Chinese-made SH-15 155mm self-propelled howitzers | 25 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to pictures published on the Twitter account of Global Defense Insight on January 25, 2022, Pakistan has just received the first SH-15 155mm self-propelled howitzers produced by China.

What Is Driving Turkey’s Increasing Military Cooperation With Ukraine? | 25 January 2022 | The Defense Post

As the world looks wearily at the Russian troop build-up on the Ukrainian border, the Turkish government has been quietly ramping up its delivery of weapons and equipment to Kyiv in recent months, at the cost of angering Moscow.

Israël: Tsahal démantèle un trafic d’armes à feu depuis la Jordanie | 25 January 2022 | i24News

La police a indiqué que les armes ont probablement été vendues à des Arabes israéliens.

China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy, the US Response, and Implications for India | 25 January 2022 | ORF Online

Military modernisation was the fourth and last of Deng Xiaoping’s ‘Four Modernisations’. Even before the third modernisation got underway—that of science and technology—China began using commercial technologies to advance its military capabilities. This strategy has gained salience since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012 and made it the state’s key goal to transform the PLA into a “world-class military”

China donates military equipment to the Philippine armed forces | 23 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the Philippine Department of National Defense on January 21, 2022, China has donated $21 million of military equipment to the Philippine armed forces.

US detains smuggling ship in Gulf of Oman, Navy says | 23 January 2022 | The Hill

The U.S. Navy detained a stateless vessel in the Gulf of Oman that had previously been caught smuggling weapons near Somalia last year.

Taiwan confirms order of US M136 Volcano ground vehicle mine dispensing system | 23 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the “Taiwan News” website on January 19, 2022, the Taiwanese army has confirmed an order for the purchase of the M136 Volcano Vehicle-Launched Scatterable Mine System from the United States.

China strongly opposes fresh U.S. sanctions on 3 Chinese firms: MOFCOM | 22 January 2022 | CGTN

China strongly opposes fresh U.S. sanctions imposed on three Chinese companies and will take countermeasures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese firms, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Saturday.

India’s Army and Air Force services select Saab’s AT4 support weapon | 21 January 2022 | Army-Technology

The Indian Armed Forces has selected Saab’s AT4 weapon system, through a competitive bidding process, for a single-shot weapon.

Why India needs a dedicated defence export department | 19 January 2022 | India Today

On January 14, the Philippines government announced it was purchasing BrahMos cruise missiles from India. The choice of both the missile and the platform the selection was announced on, turned some heads.

China Cements Ties with Venezuela through Arms Sales | 19 January 2022 | Dialogo

China continues to be the most important supplier of weapons systems to Venezuela, Venezuelan nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Control Ciudadano revealed in its November 2021 report Bolivarian Armed Forces, Acquisition, Reception, and Incorporation of Weapons and Military Equipment, 2017-2021 Period. According to the report, China and Russia have remained as the top two arms suppliers to the South American country in the last five years, although acquisitions are much lower than in previous years, due to the collapse of the Venezuelan economy.

UAE to acquire South Korean multi-functional radars for Cheongung-II air defense system | 19 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

The South Korean company Hanwha Systems announced on January 17, 2022, that it has inked a contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to export multi-functional radars (MFRs) for the Cheongung-II medium-range surface-to-air missile (MSAM) systems.

Malaysia to receive six MD 530G light scout attack helicopters | 17 January 2022 | Army-Technology

The Malaysia Ministry of Defence is set to welcome six 530G light scout attack helicopters from MD Helicopters (MDHI) by the end of the first quarter of this year.

Philippines to order more Black Hawk helos | 17 January 2022 | Janes

The Philippines is to order 32 additional Lockheed Martin S-70i Black Hawk utility helicopters to add to the 16 already acquired (of which one was recently lost in an accident).

La Corée du Sud signe un contrat des exportations de « Cheongung-II » avec les EAU | 17 January 2022 | KBSWorld

La Corée du Sud a confirmé les exportations de « Cheongung-II », le missile sol-air de moyenne portée avec les Emirats arabes unis (EAU). Le contrat a été signé hier alors que le président de la République Moon Jae-in était en visite officielle dans ce pays, pour le début de sa tournée au Moyen Orient. C’est le premier système d’armes guidés de conception sud-coréenne qui sera exporté. Le montant du contrat s’élève à 3,5 milliards de dollars, un niveau jamais atteint dans les ventes des armements.

Turkey’s main objective is to have a fully independent defence industry | 15 January 2022 | Ahval

Turkey aims to become fully independent in developing and producing military equipment and systems, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared on Friday.

Turkey kicks off serial production for armed trainer Hurjet | 14 January 2022 | DefenseNews

The Turkish government has given the go-ahead for the mass production of the country’s indigenous basic trainer and light-assault aircraft.

Elbit Systems: The Israeli arms company under fire from activists | 14 January 2022 | Middle East Eye

Following an 18-month protest campaign by activists against the arms trade and for Palestinian rights, Israeli arms company Elbit Systems on Monday announced that it will vacate the Elbit Ferranti factory in Oldham, a town in northwest England.

Australia Looks to Buy 120 U.S. M1 Abrams Tanks and Armored Vehicles | 13 January 2022 | The National Interest

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia seeks to procure seventy-five M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs), twenty-nine explosive-clearing assault breacher vehicles, seventeen assault bridge vehicles, and six armored recovery vehicles as part of a $3.5 billion deal.

Philippine army takes delivery of 15 Israeli M125A2 CARDOM 120mm mortar carrier vehicles | 11 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the Philippine News Agency website on January 11, 2021, after the delivery of ATMOS 2000 self-propelled howitzers to the Philippines at the end of December 2021, Israel now delivers 15 M125A2 tracked self-propelled mortar carriers equipped with the Israeli CARDOM 120mm autonomous, computerized recoil mortar system.

Iran Navy Port Emerges as Key to Alleged Weapons Smuggling to Yemen, U.N. Report Says | 9 January 2022 | WSJ

Thousands of rocket launchers, machine guns, sniper rifles and other weapons seized in the Arabian Sea by the U.S. Navy in recent months likely originated from a single port in Iran, according to a confidential United Nations report that provides some of the most detailed evidence that Tehran is exporting arms to Yemen and elsewhere.

China’s Export Control White Paper and Its Attitude Toward Foreign Sanctions Compliance | 7 January 2022 | SanctionsNews | Baker McKenzie

The Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) released its first Export Control White Paper (“White Paper”) on December 29, 2021. Simultaneously, it launched a dedicated “China Export Control Information” website, where it publishes export control related FAQs, case studies and training videos.

Cheaper, But Not Reliable: Why Chinese Weapons Are Fast Losing ‘Edge’ In Global Arms Export Market Despite Tall Claims | 7 January 2022 | The EurAsianTimes

If anything, the news of Pakistan buying 25 China-made J-10C fighter jets in response to India’s Rafale aircraft acquisition proves Islamabad’s increasing importance as an export market for the Chinese military products. However, if one goes by the seasoned military analysts, it does not necessarily augment the military prowess of Pakistan against India.

Elbit Systems delivers first Soltam ATMOS self-propelled howitzers to Philippine Army | 6 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

On May 20, 2020, Army Recognition reported that the Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) had released the Notice to Proceed (NTP) for the acquisition of 2 batteries of Elbit Soltam ATMOS 155mm/52cal Self-Propelled Howitzer systems under the service’s 155mm Howitzer, Self-Propelled System Acquisition Project. The Israeli manufacturer has now delivered 12 of them, Frances Mangosing reports on Inquirer.net.

Malaysian Defense to launch tender for procurement of 400 6×6 armored personnel carriers | 6 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

In a tweet posted on December 28, 2021, Ciro Nappi reports that IVECO Defence will participate with the VBTP-MSR Guarani in the forthcoming Malaysian tender for the procurement of 400 6×6 armored vehicles to replace the older UR425 Condor and AFSV90.

Roketsan from Turkey has exported TRG-230 surface-to-surface missile to Bangladesh | 5 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the TOLGAOZBEK website, Turkish company Roketsan has exported TRG-230 surface-to-surface missile to Bangladesh. According to open sources information, Roketsan has already delivered TRG-300 300mm MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) to Bangladesh.

U.A.E. Orders DIRCM, Airborne EW Self Protection Systems from Israel’s Elbit Systems | 4 January 2022 | DefenseWorld.net

Elbit Systems Emirates Limited based in the U.A.E., a subsidiary of Israeli firm Elbit Systems, won approximately $53 million to supply Direct Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) and airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) systems for the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft of the U.A.E. Air Force.

Europe

US authorises $350m of additional military aid to Ukraine | 28 February 2022 | Army-Technology

The military assistance will include anti-armour, body-armour, small arms, various munitions, and military equipment.

Russia-Ukraine war: Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 drones proving effective against Russian forces | 28 February 2022 | Middle East Eye

Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 combat drones have become famous in recent years, appearing to play decisive roles in various conflicts. But many experts questioned how effective the Bayraktars would truly be against a serious military power.

NATO, Western countries begin arm supplies to Ukraine | 28 February 2022 | Anadolu Agency

NATO and Western countries have agreed to send military aid to Ukraine as its faces the fifth day of Russian attacks. NATO countries will send thousands of anti-tank and hundreds of air defense missiles to Ukraine, as well as ammunition.

Sweden to provide direct support and defence materiel to Ukraine | 28 February 2022 | Government of Sweden

The Government announced at the press conference that it would present proposals for direct support to Ukraine’s armed forces totalling SEK 500 million. Sweden plans to provide 5 000 anti-tank weapons of the model ‘Pansarskott 86’, 5 000 body shields, 5 000 helmets and 135 000 field rations with a total value of SEK 400 million. In addition, Sweden will increase its humanitarian aid to Ukraine by SEK 500 million.

Australia to send “lethal aid” to Ukrainian armed forces | 27 February 2022 | World Socialist Website

With full bipartisan support from the Labor Party opposition, Prime Minister Scott Morrison substantially escalated Australia’s involvement in the unfolding war crisis in Europe, announcing yesterday that his Liberal-National Coalition government will send “lethal aid” to Ukrainian military forces.

Portugal vai enviar armas para a Ucrânia | 27 February 2022 | Publico

Portugal vai enviar equipamento militar para a Ucrânia, nomeadamente espingardas G3, coletes, capacetes e granadas, informou no sábado à noite o Ministério da Defesa Nacional.

EU Approves 450 Million Euros of Arms Supplies for Ukraine | 27 February 2022 | Bloomberg

European Union foreign ministers agreed to send 450 million euros ($500 million) in military aid to Ukraine for lethal weapons, according to Josep Borrell, the bloc’s foreign policy chief.

La Belgique envoie 3.000 fusils automatiques à l’armée ukrainienne: “L’Ukraine a le droit de se défendre” | 27 February 2022 | RTL

Guerre en Ukraine: du matériel militaire belge et 2.000 mitrailleuses seront livrées | 26 February 2022 | Le Soir

Belgium to send machine guns and grenade launchers to help Ukraine, Zelenskiy says | 27 February 2022 | Reuters

Les pays de l’Union européenne ont commencé à livrer des quantités “significatives” d’armements à l’Ukraine pour lui permettre de se défendre contre l’attaque massive lancée par la Russie, ont affirmé dimanche plusieurs responsables européens.

Heckler & Koch legt Streit um Sturmgewehr bei | 26 February 2022 | NTV

Die Bundeswehr soll 120.000 neue Sturmgewehre bekommen. Eine entsprechende Ausschreibung des Bundes läuft schon seit Jahren. Für die Waffenfirma Heckler & Koch sieht es gut aus: Ein Patentstreit am Rande dieser Ausschreibung ist nun beigelegt.

Two dozen countries will supply more military equipment and weapons to Ukraine | 26 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on February 26, 2022, the United States will provide an additional $350 million of weapons from U.S. armed forces stock to Ukraine after the invasion of the country by Russia.

Germany allows Netherlands to supply Panzerfaust 3 rocket-propelled grenades to Ukraine | 26 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Netherlands sends by C-17 aircraft Panzerfaust 3 anti-tank weapons and Stinger missiles to Ukraine | 27 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released by the website “POLITICO” on February 26, 2022, Germany has authorized the Netherlands to supply 400 Panzerfaust 3 rocket-propelled grenade launchers to Ukraine. The Netherlands will also supply 200 Stinger man-portable air defense missile weapons to Ukraine.

Bulgarian JSOC Joint Special Operations Command gets Samarm Guardian Extreme armored vehicles | 25 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

On February 25, 22 new Samarm Guardian Extreme armored vehicles drove from the manufacturer’s plant to the Joint Command of Special Operations (JSOC) in Plovdiv. Located in the town of Samokov, the plant manufactures various types of armored vehicles in order to meet army and police needs.

Transnistria unveils Pribor-2 new MLRS Multiple Rocket Launcher System | 25 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

As written by Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans in Oryx, Transnistria, officially named the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), is a breakaway state in Eastern Europe that has remained in the shadows ever since its self-proclaimed independence as a Soviet republic in 1990 and subsequent breakaway from Moldova in 1992.

German company KMW offers to deliver 50 Flakpanzer Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine | 25 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the German newspaper Die Welt on February 25, 2022, German armament group Krauss-Maffei Wegman (KMW) could deliver 50 decommissioned Gepard anti-aircraft (Flakpanzer) tanks to Ukraine – relatively quickly, they say. The German federal government has to decide. But a problem would be the training of the crews, as this defense system is somewhat sophisticated.

Schweizer Maschinenpistolen landeten im Separatistengebiet (Paywall) | 25 February 2022 | Der Bund (CH)

Die Ukraine und Russland kauften hierzulande Kriegsmaterial in Millionenhöhe. Jetzt zeigt ein Bericht des Bundes, wie Schweizer Maschinenpistolen ausgerechnet in die Zone der Separatisten gelangten.

Spanish army to get Rafael Spike LR2 anti-tank missiles with tandem HEAT warhead | 21 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to Bulgarian Military and Infodefensa, the Spanish Ministry of Defense has published data on its Spike Phase II anti-tank missile program. It will purchase 1,680 Spike LR2 missiles and 168 firing stations to replace its Tow missile and modernize the army’s anti-tank defenses.

Government of Netherlands approves the delivery of military equipment and weapons to Ukraine | 19 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the Ministry of Defense of Netherlands on February 18, 2022, the Dutch government has approved the delivery of military equipment to Ukraine including sniper rifles, combat helmets, body armor, metal detectors, and radars.

US approves the sale of 250 M1A2 SEP V3 Main Battle Tanks to Poland | 18 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released by the United States Department of Defense on February 17, 2022, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Poland of M1A2 SEP v3 Main Battle Tanks and related equipment for an estimated cost of $6.0 billion.

Weapons makers and private firms donate £13m to get exclusive access to MPs | 17 February 2022 | OpenDemocracy

Revealed: Unregulated MPs’ groups took more than half their funding from private sector – including health and tobacco firms and big tech.

Russian Zala Aero Kub-E loitering munition to be exported | 17 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

The Kub-E weapon system with guided munition has received export permits, which allows it to be promoted abroad: “The Group of companies in collaboration with Rosoboronexport JSC is ready to promote the “KUB” UAV on the international market, including during intergovernmental commissions and international exhibitions.

Polish army to get WB Group FlyEye mini UAVs for its artillery units | 17 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to Jacek Siminski in Defence 24, Head of the Polish Ministry of Defence, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced that an agreement was signed for the procurement of 11 FlyEye UAVs, manufactured by WB Electronics, completing the negotiation on procurement that had been going on since late 2021 when a decision to procure those systems was approved by the Council on Armament.

UK military exports to Russia top those approved to Ukraine since 2010 | 16 February 2022 | Stop the War Coalition

Not for the first time the british government is arming both sides in a potential conflict.

Des ONG critiquent le gouvernement wallon sur les ventes d’armes | 16 February 2022 | Moustique

Le rapport Armes que le gouvernement wallon doit rendre chaque année au parlement régional a été publié mardi par le ministre-président Elio Di Rupo pour l’année 2020. Plusieurs associations ont immédiatement dénoncé un «contournement» du décret wallon «en vue de transférer des armes à l’Arabie saoudite».

Nexter from France to modernize 200 Leclerc tanks of French army to XLR standard | 15 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

As tweeted by the French company Nexter, a total of 200 Leclerc main battle tanks of the French army will be renovated to the Leclerc XLR standard according to the Scorpion program of the French Ministry of Defense.

French Foreign Legion 1 REC receives its first VBL Ultima armored vehicles | 14 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to a tweet posted on February 11 by the commanding officer of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er Régiment Étranger de Cavalerie, 1er REC), his unit has received its first VBL Ultima armored vehicles. The 1 REC is the only cavalry regiment of the Foreign Legion in the French Army. It is one of two armored cavalry regiments of the 6th Light Armored Brigade.

US to sell more FGM-148 Javelin antitank missiles to Georgia | 14 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to Civil Georgia website, the Government of Georgia said it is working to purchase an additional supply of FGM-148 Javelin man-portable anti-tank missiles from the United States, following the August 2021 decision of the U.S. Department of State to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tbilisi.

Lithuania delivers today Stinger MANPADS air defense missile weapons to Ukraine | 13 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published on the Twitter account of the Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov on February 13, 2022, today, Lithuania has delivered Stinger FIM-92 man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) to Ukraine while the United States has delivered 1,500 tons of ammunition.

Russian firearms manufacturer Kalashnikov increases its military international export of weapons | 11 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

In 2021, according to Kalashnikov Group of Companies’ press service, the group increased its output of military export by over 70% compared to 2020. Among the main export products are the AK 100 and 200 series of assault rifles, as well as the Ratnik (Warrior) new-generation of warfighter outfit and high-precision weaponry.

Greek army receives former US Army M1117 Guardian armored vehicles | 11 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Greece has received an initial batch of 44 M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicles (ASV), the first of a two-part Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case that will ultimately see 1,200 vehicles delivered, MilitaryLeak reports. The vehicles are Excess Defense Articles and the Army uses FMS to facilitate divesture, while simultaneously building partner capacity.

Ukrspecexport to promote new anti-materiel rifle | 11 February 2022 | Defence-Blog

Ukraine’s military export agency, Ukrspecexport, announced Thursday an exclusive joint Horizon’s Lord marketing agreement which to help market the new anti-materiel rifle around the globe.

Mercenaries have skills armies lack’: former Wagner operative opens up | 10 February 2022 | The Guardian

Sitting in a cafe in an upmarket Moscow suburb, the former mercenary Marat Gabidullin looked a long way from the battlefields of Syria where he fought half a decade ago.

Senop to supply night-vision systems for 6×6 APCs | 10 February 2022 | Army-Technology

Finnish firm Senop Oy has entered into a framework agreement, with Patria, to deliver driver’s night-vision systems.

Romanian army inducts militarized Dacia Duster Commando 4×4 light vehicle | 9 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Equipped with light and partial armor, as well as a series of combat equipment, the Dacia Duster is now part of the Romanian army’s military fleet, Mustapha Zemri reports in Motors Actu. The newly militarized version of the Duster, nicknamed ‘Commando’, fully complies with all the latest NATO standards for light military vehicles.

Die Stunde des Auswärtigen Amtes | 8 February 2022 | LTO

Die neue Bundesregierung hat Ihre Absicht bekräftigt, zügig ein sog. Rüstungsexportkontrollgesetz auf den Weg zu bringen. Das Gesetz könnte eine Revolution bedeuten, meint Viktor Winkler – nicht nur für die deutsche Rüstungsindustrie.

»Die Rechtslage erlaubt Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine« | 6 February 2022 | Der Spiegel

Deutschland darf keine Waffen in Krisengebiete liefern – so begründet die Regierung ihre Absage an die Ukraine. Der Ex-Chef des Bundesamts für Ausfuhrkontrolle widerspricht: Das sei juristisch und historisch nicht haltbar.

France offers his Rafale fighter aircraft to protect UAE against Houthi rebel’s aerial attacks | 5 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on the Twitter account of Florence Parly French Minister of the Armed Forces on February 4, 2022, France has offered its assistance to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) with Rafale fighter aircraft for the protection of its airspace following the recent Houthi rebel’s attacks using drones and missiles.

Türkei verschleppt Waffenhandel-Insider aus der Ukraine | 3 February 2022 | Correctiv

Turkey’s intelligence agency abducts arms dealer in Ukraine | 3 February 2022 | DW

Der türkische Geheimdienst hat einen Geschäftsmann aus der Ukraine in die Türkei geschafft. Der Mann besaß Informationen über die Verwicklungen des türkischen Staates in Waffenlieferungen an Bürgerkriegsgruppen in Syrien. Er steht in einer langen Reihe von Menschen, die darüber etwas wissen und offenbar zum Schweigen gebracht werden sollen.

Croatian army to receive Bradley IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicles | 3 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Cooperation between Croatia and the United States will be further strengthened by this project and will be a pledge for future projects aimed at the development and modernization of the Croatian Army, Minister of Defense Mario Banožić said on January 27, 2022. Army Recognition already published information on January 4, 2022, about this project.

Rostec upgrades production of Grad and Tornado-G rocket launchers | 3 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

The BM-21 Grad and Tornado-G multiple rocket launchers have successfully proven themselves in the market, which is why there is a high demand for them throughout the world today. For example, BM-21 Grad, even almost 60 years after its creation, remains in demand by the armies of many countries.

Russian army to receive modernized BMP-1AM Basurmanin IFVs | 2 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

A large batch of modernized BMP-1AM Basurmanin infantry fighting vehicles will go into service with motorized rifle units of one of the combined arms armies of the Eastern Military District. This was reported by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Future French army Serval armored reconnaissance vehicle to be delivered in three variants | 2 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

The Serval, or light VBMR multi-role armored vehicle, will be available in three versions: Armored Patrol Vehicle (VPB, Véhicule Patrouille Blindée), Tactical Communication Node (NCT, Nœud de Communication Tactique) and SA2R (Surveillance, Acquisition, Intelligence and Reconnaissance).

Poland confirms the supply of Piorun GROM-M MANPADS air defense missile systems to Ukraine | 2 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Poland ready to supply ammunition, MANPADS and drones to Ukraine | 2 February 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to a Tweet published by the Polish Minister of Defense on February 1, 2022, the Polish government has adopted a resolution to provide local-made Piorun GROM-M MANPADS man-portable air defense missile systems to Ukraine following the tensions with Russia.

Italian army presents serial production of Centauro II 120mm MGS 8×8 Mobile Gun System | 31 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to a picture published on the Twitter account Ciro Nappi on January 30, 2022, the Italian army presents the serial production of the Centauro 2, 8×8 MGS (Mobile Gun System). In December 2020, the Italian army has announced the signature of a contract with the consortium Iveco – Oto Melara for the purchase of 86 Centauro 2.

Analysis: Review of combat capabilities of weapons delivered by US and allies in Europe to Ukraine | 28 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Army Recognition editorial team explains all the weapons delivered to the Armed Forces of Ukraine by the United States and allies in Europe following the deployment of Russian troops along the border of Ukraine and the possibility of Ukraine’s invasion by Russia. In this article, we also provide an overview of each weapon as well as its use on the battlefield and technical data. Weapons delivered to Ukraine: FGM-148 Javelin Anti-Tank missile system, Stinger FIM-92 MANPADS, NLAW light anti-tank missile, Carl Gustaf M4 anti-tank weapon system, and SMAW-D M141 Bunker Defeat Munition rocket launcher.

United States has also delivered SMAW-D M141 BDM rocket launchers to Ukraine | 28 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

US ships out fourth cargo load of anti-tank missiles, grenade launchers and artillery arms to Ukraine as Russia maintains 100,000 soldiers at the border and Biden vows to deploy troops | 28 January 2022 | MailOnline

According to information published by the Ukrainian military magazine “MIL.IN.UA”, the United States has delivered SMAW-D 83mm rocket launchers also called M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) to the armed forces of Ukraine.

Finland signs an agreement with Patria to order pre-series of new 6×6 armored vehicles | 28 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on January 28, 2022, The Finnish Defence Forces has signed the agreement with Patria to acquire Patria 6×6 vehicles as a pre-series related to the joint 6×6 vehicle program between Latvia, Finland, Estonia and Patria. The pre-series vehicles will be in test use of the Finnish Defence Forces before the final serial order indicated by the Letter of Intent signed at the end of August 2021.

Belgium orders RGW90 man-portable anti-tank weapons from German company DND | 28 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on January 28, 2022, German company Dynamit Nobel Defence (DND) receives an order to deliver RGW90 man-portable anti-tank weapon to the Belgian Armed Forces.

Czech Republic proposes to donate 152mm caliber artillery ammunition to Ukraine | 27 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the Czech Ministry of Defense on January 27, 2022, The Government of the Czech Republic endorsed the proposal by the Defense Minister Jana Černochová to grant an exception from the condition of the status of permanent excessiveness of military materiel and realize its free transfer to Ukraine, specifically concerning caliber 152 mm artillery ammunition.

Pentagon reveals info on $200M military aid to Ukraine, including more Javelins | 25 January 2022 | DefenseNews

The Pentagon on Tuesday provided more details about the $200 million military aid package for Ukraine approved by President Joe Biden in December.

Is Ukraine the First Export Customer of Akinci Attack Drone? | 24 January 2022 | DefenseWorld

Turkey’s Baykar has exported the first model of its latest drone, the Bayraktar Akıncı unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).

French Army takes delivery of first Jaguar EBRC 6×6 armored vehicles | 21 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the French defense website “Opex 360”, the French Ministry of Defense announces the first delivery of 20 Jaguar EBRC 6×6 armored vehicles, to the “1er Régiment de Chasseurs d’Afrique”, a cavalry regiment of the French army. The Jaguar EBRC is the latest generation of 6×6 Reconnaissance and Combat Armored Vehicle developed under the Scorpion program of the French Army.

L’attribution du contrat des blindés à la Flandre fragilise 70 emplois chez John Cockerill: «C’est complètement incompréhensible» | 21 January 2022 | Sudinfo.be

En 2018, la Belgique décidait d’acheter à la France 382 véhicules blindés de type Griffon et 60 de type Jaguar afin de rééquiper l’armée belge. Un joli contrat d’1,6 milliard d’euros auprès d’un consortium de trois entreprises françaises : Nexter, Thales et Arquus.

Les licences d’exportations d’armes flamandes ont atteint un niveau record en 2021 | 21 January 2022 | RTBF

Les exportations d’armes flamandes vers des pays extérieurs à l’Union européenne ont atteint un nouveau record en 2021, avec 58 licences approuvées, pour un montant de près de 125,57 millions d’euros, ressort-il des rapports mensuels du Service flamand de contrôle des biens stratégiques. En 2020, la Flandre a exporté des armes pour une valeur de près de 27,52 millions d’euros.

Why Sending Ukraine Shoulder-Fired Missiles May End Badly | 21 January 2022 | Forbes

Many applauded the U.K. government for its decisive action in providing military aid to Ukraine this week. While the U.S. appeared to vacillate over the difference between an incursion and an invasion, and Germany continues to block arms exports to Ukraine, Royal Air Force C-17s made special flights to Ukraine to deliver a consignment of much-needed light anti-tank weapons. Later in the week, Washington authorized the Baltic states to send U.S.-made, shoulder-fired anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine as well. But hastily transferring portable weapons to an area known for criminal diversion of military hardware might end badly.

Russian Military Receives New Tanks, Mi-28NM and Ka-52 Helicopters | 21 January 2022 | DefenseWorld

The Russian armed forces took delivery of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, modernized T-72B3 tanks, Electronic Warfare systems, Mi-28NM Night Hunter and Ka-52 Alligator helicopters, as well as Su-30SM2 jets.

Deliveries Begin of Su-30SM2 “Super Sukhoi” to the Russian Armed Forces | 20 January 2022 | DefenseWorld

Russian Aircraft manufacturer, UAC began deliveries of the latest multifunctional Su-30SM2 fighters to the Russian Armed Forces as part of the state defense order.

Why is the UK government still getting away with complicity in the Yemen war? | 20 January 2022 | The Guardian

his is a far greater scandal than the parties in Downing Street. In a just world, it would prove the downfall of our prime minister. This week, airstrikes by the Saudis and their allies killed more than a dozen people in Yemen, civilians among them. Last month an estimated 32 civilians died as a result of the ongoing conflict.

U.S. Clears The Way For Transferring Ex-Afghan Mi-17 Helicopters To Ukraine | 20 January 2022 | The Drive

The U.S. State Department has approved the transfer of five Russian-made Mi-17 Hip helicopters that had belonged to the now-defunct Afghan Air Force to the Ukrainian armed forces, according to a new report from CNN. American officials also authorized plans by the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian governments to send U.S.-made weapons, including Javelin anti-tank guided missiles, and other equipment to Ukraine.

United States approves the transfer of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine | 20 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the “Politico” website on January 19, 2022, the U.S. State Department has approved the transfer of Javelin anti-tank and ground-to-air missiles to Ukraine from NATO allies including Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia

U.S. clears Baltic states to send U.S.-made weapons to Ukraine | 20 January 2022 | Reuters

The U.S. State Department has cleared Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send U.S.-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine, three sources familiar with the decision said, as President Joe Biden predicted Russia would move on Ukraine.

US weighs more military support for Ukraine to resist Russia if it invades | 19 January 2022 | CNN

The Biden administration is weighing new options, including providing more arms to Ukraine to resist a Russian occupation, to try to raise the costs for Russian President Vladimir Putin should he decide to invade the country.

IVECO – OTO Melara to supply VBM Plus 8×8 armored vehicles to Italian Army | 19 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published on January 17, 2022, the Italian Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium (CIO) announces the signing of a contract to supply 14 Mortar Carrier VBMs, 26 Command Post VBMs (13 in Tactical Unit and 13 in Command Unit version), along with six “10×10” rescue and recovery vehicles to the Italian army.

Why Germany refuses weapons deliveries to Ukraine | 19 January 2022 | DW

Germany has declined to join allies such as the US and UK in shipping weapons to Ukraine. The country faces an unpredictable buildup of Russian troops on its borders — and there is precedent for armed aggression.

United Kingdom to supply anti-tank weapons NLAW and sent troops to Ukraine | 18 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to a statement published by the British Ministry of Defense (MoD), on January 17, 2022, the United Kingdom will supply anti-tank weapons and send troops to Ukraine. This decision was taken by the United Kingdom in response to the deployment of Russian tanks, armored fighting vehicles, rocket artillery, and short-range ballistic missiles along the border with Ukraine.

Deutschland genehmigt Rüstungsexporte in Rekordhöhe | 18 January 2022 | Der Tagesspiegel

Deutschland hat im Jahr 2021 so viele Rüstungsexporte genehmigt wie noch nie. Das geht aus einer vorläufigen Bilanz des Wirtschaftsministeriums hervor, die am Dienstag veröffentlicht wurde. Demnach stieg der Wert der Rüstungsgüter von 5,82 Milliarden im Jahr 2020 auf 9,35 Milliarden Euro im vergangenen Jahr.

Les parlementaires wallons alertés concernant les licences d’exportation d’armes | 17 January 2022 | RTBF

Armes wallonnes: une pétition pour plus de transparence défendue au Parlement wallon | 17 January 2022 | Le Soir

Les parlementaires wallons ont auditionné lundi Amnesty International, la Coordination Nationale d’Action pour la Paix et la Démocratie, la Ligue des droits humains et Vredesactie concernant les licences d’exportation d’armes accordées par la Région wallonne.

UK supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons, MPs told | 17 January 2022 | The Guardian

Britain has begun supplying Ukraine with new light anti-tank weapons in response to “the increasingly threatening behaviour from Russia”, the defence secretary, Ben Wallace, has announced.

Rheinmetall to provide 55 Survivor R Sonderwagen 5 armored vehicles to German Police | 14 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by Rheinmetall Defense on January 13, 2022, German company Rheinmetall has won a significant order in the key strategic market for internal security systems. The procurement agency of Germany’s Federal Interior Ministry has contracted with the Düsseldorf-based technology group to supply a fleet of new all-terrain, protected multipurpose Survivor R special response vehicles, to be known as the “Sonderwagen 5”.

Special Forces of Bulgaria have received Guardian Xtreme MRAP 4×4 armored vehicles | 14 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published at the end of December 2021, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense took delivery of 45 armored vehicles including Guardian Xtreme 4×4 MRAP vehicle and Toyota pickup that will be used by the Bulgarian Special Forces. An official ceremony was held in the factory of the Bulgarian company Samel-90.

Les forces spéciales françaises ont reçu la nouvelle mitrailleuse ultra-légère « EVOLYS » de FN Herstal | 12 January 2022 | Opex360.com

En mai 2021, la société belge FN Herstal a mis sur le marché la FN EVOLYS, un nouvelle mitrailleuse « ultra-légère » de calibre 5,56×45 mm ou 7,62×51 mm.

Russian army unveils BPM-97 Vystrel 4×4 APC fitted with Epoch BM-30D RCWS 30mm cannon | 11 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition`

During a military parade that was held in Nizhny Novgorod, May 9, 2021, the Russian army has unveiled a new version of its Vystrel KAMAZ-43269 4×4 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicle also called BPM-97 fitted an Epoch BM-30D RCWS (Remote Controlled Weapon Station).

Lithuania orders SAAB Carl Gustaf M4 multirole anti-tank weapons | 11 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published on January 11, 2022, the Swedish company SAAB has signed a framework agreement with the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence for the Carl-Gustaf® M4 weapon and ammunition.

BAE Systems signs contract for support and delivery of CV90 tracked armored vehicles to Norway | 10 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information released on January 10, 2022, BAE Systems has signed new support, sustainment, and readiness agreement with the Norwegian Army for its fleet of 144 CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, securing a new contract model to support the availability and continuous modernization of the fleet.

DAF to supply armored heavy truck tractors to Belgian army | 6 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

On December 23, 2021, Dutch truck manufacturer DAF announced that, following on from its previous order for 879 all-wheel-drive CF Military trucks, the Belgian Defence has placed a new order at DAF for 9 heavy tractor/trailer combinations for the safe and swift recovery of vehicles in zones of operations and conflict. The vehicles are scheduled to be delivered in 2024.

Uralvagonzavod delivers more T-72B3M tanks to Russian army | 6 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Last December 2, Rostec announced that Uralvagonzavod had sent a batch of T-72B3M tanks to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The tanks have passed a full range of tests, accepted by the customer in accordance with the requirements of the normative and technical documentation and the terms of the contract.

Which countries buy weapons from Russia? | 6 January 2022 | Russia Beyond

In 2021, Russia kept its place on the list of five major weapons exporters in the world, alongside the United States, China, Germany and France. Moscow’s bid in arms deliveries around the world remained around 20% in total.

Omsktransmash delivers new batch of TOS-1A heavy flamethrowers to Russian troops | 6 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

Rostec announces that the Omsk transport engineering plant of the Uralvagonzavod concern handed over to the Russian army another batch of modernized TOS-1A heavy flamethrower systems as part of the execution of the state defense order.

Exportations d’armements : l’année fabuleuse de la France en 2021 | 5 January 2022 | LaTribune

La France a exporté pour environ 28 milliards d’euros en 2021. Un montant jamais atteint par les industriels de l’armement français. Un succès acquis grâce aux quatre contrats Rafale (Grèce, Égypte, Croatie et Émirats Arabes Unis).

Russia delivers 2S3M upgraded 152mm self-propelled howitzers to Belarus | 5 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to information published by the Russian press agency TASS, on December 30, 2021, the Russian company Uraltransmash, a subdivision of Uralvagonzavod, a manufacturer of combat vehicles, has delivered 2S3M Akatsiya 152mm howitzers to Belarus. The 2S3M is an upgraded version of the Soviet-made 2S3, a 152mm tracked self-propelled howitzer.

Ukraine to receive H-63 D-30 122mm howitzers and Javelin missiles from Estonia | 3 January 2022 | ArmyRecognition

According to Laurent Lagneau in opex360, by maneuvering troops around Ukraine to give the impression that an offensive was probably planned, Russia got what it arguably sought from the start, which is to bring the United States and NATO to discuss the “legal” guarantees on its security which it has detailed in two separate draft treaties on the security architecture in Europe.

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