Egypt outlines K9 howitzer production plan

by Jeremy Binnie

A K9A1 Thunder self-propelled howitzer on display at the EDEX show held in Cairo from 29 November to 2 December 2021. (Hanwha Defense)

Egypt's production of the South Korean K9 self-propelled howitzer is expected to begin in 2023, and will eventually involve 67% of components being produced locally, Mohamed Ahmed Morsi, the country's minister of state for military production told the Al-Ahram newspaper in an interview published on 18 June.

He said the process of equipping the factory and training workers is under way as part of the first phase of an agreement that will last five years.

Egypt hopes to export K9s to Arab and African countries, as well as meet the needs of its own military. “We have already started bilateral negotiations with a number of Arab and African countries that want to get the K9 because the cannon is the latest in the world,” Morsi said.

Egypt and South Korea signed a USD1.65 billion contract during the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi in February 2021 covering the production of unspecified numbers of the K9A1 EGY version of the howitzer and K10 ammunition vehicle.

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Hensoldt and Theon to deliver 20,000 night-vision goggles to Germany

by Olivia Savage & Kasthurica Panigrahy

A Hensoldt and Theon consortium has received a follow-on contract for 20,000 Mikron night-vision goggles from the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), Hensoldt announced on 5 July.

The contract amendment, signed by OCCAR on behalf of Belgium and Germany, activates an existing option for the supply of an additional 20,000 Mikron Binocular Night-Vision Googles (BNVGs) to the German armed forces (Bundeswehr), Hensoldt detailed.

The original contract, signed on 5 July 2021, involved the delivery of 4550 16 mm BNVGs to the Belgium Armed Forces and 5000 to the Bundeswehr, with deliveries starting in 2021. Following this contract amendment, the Hensoldt and Theon consortium will deliver 29,550 goggles to the German and Belgian armed forces.

A Hensoldt spokesperson told Janes that the amended contract also involves accelerating the delivery of the goggles originally ordered in July 2021.

The company said that the “mid-three-digit million” euro contract amendment includes various enhancements to the Mikron and changes to the system configuration, as a result of the completion of the Operational Testing and Acceptance phase (OT&A) in February 2022. The Hensoldt spokesperson was unable to elaborate further on this.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne shareholders elect CEO slate to board

by Marc Selinger

Aerojet Rocketdyne tests a rocket engine's thrust chamber assembly. (Aerojet Rocketdyne)

A slate of candidates led by Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO Eileen Drake has won the publicly traded company's contentious election for board of directors, defeating a group led by executive chairman and major shareholder Warren Lichtenstein, the Drake team announced on 30 June.

The eight-member Drake slate received more than 75% of the votes cast, with Drake receiving over 83%, more than any other candidate, the CEO's group wrote in a press release. Drake's slate consists of four incumbent directors, including Drake, and four new directors.

“We look forward to putting this proxy fight behind us so we can continue to focus on creating value for our shareholders,” Drake said.

A spokesperson for the Lichtenstein slate declined to comment.

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Parker's bid for Meggitt advances

by Marc Selinger

Meggitt provides ammunition handling systems for military aircraft, including the Apache attack helicopter. (Crown Copyright)

UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Kwasi Kwarteng is “minded to accept” the commitments that Parker Hannifin Corporation is offering to ease concerns about its proposed acquisition of Meggitt, the UK government announced on 28 June.

Kwarteng will not make a final decision on Parker's legally binding commitments, or “undertakings”, until a public comment period ends on 13 July, the government said.

Parker, which welcomed the announcement, is headquartered in the United States, and Meggitt is based in the United Kingdom. To address UK national security concerns about the deal, Parker has committed to honouring Meggitt's existing contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and will notify the MoD if Meggitt's ability to supply the ministry changes. Parker has also agreed that UK nationals residing in the UK would continue to make up a majority of Meggitt's board of directors.

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