April 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Citing information published by the "Asia Pacific Defense Journal", the Malaysian Ministry of Defence has reportedly reviewed its planned acquisition of Turkish-made Yavuz 155mm self-propelled howitzers manufactured by the Defense Company Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi (MKE). For several years now, the Malaysian armed forces have launched a modernization plan with the acquisition of patrol aircraft and self-propelled howitzers.

On April 21, Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand participated in the 11th meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG) at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, hosted by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III. At the meeting, Minister Anand announced that Canada is providing a new military aid package for Ukraine.

The VBMR Griffon MEPAC (Mortier Embarqué Pour l’Appui au Contact - Mounted Mortar for Fire Support) will equip artillery sections in support of combined arms battle groups. It will be the first artillery component of the Scorpion program able to fire beyond direct sight, Laurent Lagneau writes in Opex360. Its mobility, precision, and rate of fire will allow it to follow the maneuver and provide powerful fire support. It will be connected to the Atlas artillery weapons system.

On April 18, the Australian Government announced that the Australian and New Zealand armies will build on their history of cooperation with Plan ANZAC. The bilateral agreement is designed to increase their capacity to operate together with a framework for engagement, enabling the two armies to exchange views and share situational awareness, capability, training and readiness.

The Estonian Ministry of Defense on April 20 announced that, at their first cabinet meeting, members of the new Estonia cabinet supported Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur’s proposal to send Ukraine the artillery ammunition it so urgently needs, as part of the European Union agreement to send Ukraine one million rounds of artillery ammunition.

How can a commando hit a terrorist if he is protected by powerful body armor or is under cover? To this end, the High-Precision Complexes holding company has developed the ShAK-12 assault rifle system, designed specifically for close combat during anti-terrorist operations in urban areas. This is a unique submachine gun that can be used to automatically fire powerful 12.7 mm cartridges.

The Iranian Army on April 20 took delivery of more than 200 strategic drones manufactured by the Defense Ministry, Tasnim reports. In an event attended by Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, the strategic unmanned aerial vehicles, designed and manufactured by the Defense Ministry in cooperation with the Army, were delivered to various units of the Army in several parts of the country.

Raytheon Technologies was awarded a $237 million U.S. Army contract for Ku-band Radio Frequency Sensors (KuRFS) and Coyote effectors to detect and defeat unmanned aircraft. As part of the U.S. Army’s Low, slow, small-unmanned aircraft Integrated Defeat System, called LIDS, KuRFS provides advanced 360-degree threat detection, while Coyote low-cost effectors defeat drones.

On April 19, the U.S. Department of Defense announced critical new security assistance for Ukraine. This includes the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance with more ammunition for U.S.-provided HIMARS, artillery rounds, and anti-armor capabilities essential to strengthening Ukraine's defenders on the battlefield valued at up to $325 million.

In the event of an invasion of Taiwan by Chinese amphibious forces, the Type 15 Light Tank would serve as the backbone of the People's Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps. This light tank would complement the Marine Corps' array of combat equipment, including the ZBD05 tracked amphibious infantry fighting vehicles, ZLT05 amphibious assault guns, and FHJ-02 rocket artillery systems.

In a move to enhance its defense capabilities, Mariusz Błaszczak, the Polish Minister of Defense, announced on April 18, 2023, via Twitter, that Poland has expressed its desire to establish an M142 HIMARS Academy in the country. This academy will serve as a training center for soldiers to learn how to use the M142 HIMARS artillery system effectively. Today, the European Rocket Artillery Summit conference is being held in Toruń, Poland, to discuss the details of this project.

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