August 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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Elbit Systems of America, the American subsidiary of Elbit Systems, a global leader in defense technology, announced in August 2020 that it had secured a pivotal contract for the U.S. Army. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Land, focused on supplying commander hand stations and controller for the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). An article from Army Technology dated August 3, 2023, suggests that vehicles equipped with this new technology are anticipated to be delivered in July 2024.

On August 5, 2023, AFV Recognition tweeted about the presence of one T-14 Armata main battle tank in Kazan, sparking discussions about potential movements in the region. Speculations arose regarding whether this sighting was linked to activities at the Kazan Higher Tank Command Order of Zhukov, Red Banner School, situated in the Central Military District.

During the 2023 Changchun Air Show, the Chinese anti-stealth aircraft radar that was previously showcased in the 2019 National Day military parade received an official designation as the Type 610B radar. Despite being displayed before, the specific model name of the radar had not been disclosed until now.

The U.S. Army has granted full-rate production approval for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), as confirmed by a spokesperson from the Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems to Defense News. Congress has allocated funding for the production of 72 vehicles in the first year. The official contract award to BAE Systems, the AMPV manufacturer, is still pending.

The U.S. Army has awarded American Rheinmetall Vehicles (Sterling Heights, MI) and the industry-leading companies of Team Lynx - Textron Systems, Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Allison Transmission, and Anduril Industries – a contract for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) Phase 3 Detailed Design and Phase 4 Prototype Build and Test phases of the five-phased program, now named the XM30 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle program.

U.S. service members across the joint force seized a narrow window of cooperating sea states to rehearse the critical capability of driving vehicles and equipment ashore via a causeway ferry during Exercise Talisman Sabre 23 on July 31, in Bowen, Australia. The operation commonly referred to as Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore, or JLOTS, enables the discharge of vehicles and equipment from sea to shore in austere environments, or when port facilities are damaged or unavailable. Maj. Jonathon Daniell, US Army, reports.

In a dramatic development in Africa, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS or CEDEAO Communauté Économique des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest) has threatened Niger with international military intervention following the coup d'Etat on July 26, 2023, orchestrated by General Abdourahamane Tiani, who deposed the elected president, Mohamed Bazoum.

According to information published on the Twitter account of "Ukraine Weapons Tracker" on August 4, 2023, the Government of the United Kingdom approved more military assistance to Ukraine with the delivery of a new mobile air defense system consisting of ASRAAM (Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile) IR anti-aircraft missiles mounted on a Supacat HMT truck.

In a statement released on August 4, 2023, the German Ministry of Defense confirmed the delivery of an additional batch of 40 Marder armored tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) to Ukraine. This bolstered delivery brings Ukraine's total receipt to 60 Marder IFVs, following the initial supply of 20 units earlier.

Hanwha Aerospace Europe announced on August August 3, 2023, that the HOMAR-K, the Polish variant of the South Korean K239 Chunmoo Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), has successfully undergone mobility testing. The HOMAR-K will possess the capability to launch conventional rockets as well as the tactical ballistic missile, KTSSM (Korean Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile) Block-II.

In a move combining robotics with weaponry, defense technology company Nexter introduced the OPTIO-X20 via its Twitter account on July 27, 2023. This marks the latest addition to Nexter's versatile range of Tactical Robots, tailored to meet the demands of modern warfare. The OPTIO-X20, an unmanned ground vehicle, comes equipped with the Arx20 turret, signifying a notable advancement in tactical capabilities.

According to a Defense24 article on July 29, 2023, during his visit to Gliwice, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki unveiled plans for a substantial investment of over $196 million in the production of Krab howitzers. The Ministry of State Assets will be involved in facilitating the transfer of facilities to support the manufacturing of these advanced self-propelled artillery systems.

In a notable stride towards improving its mine clearance capabilities, Ukrainian Minister Yulia Svyrydenko revealed on August 2, 2023, via Twitter that a Kharkiv-based company has successfully developed and certified a specialized vehicle for soil preparation in humanitarian mine clearance operations. This demining system is designed to simplify the process of eliminating explosive devices and clearing fields with cereal crops.

In February 2023, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks signed the DoD Cyber Workforce Strategy, which sets the foundation for how DoD will foster a cyber workforce capable of executing the department's complex and varied cyber missions. Today, the Department released a plan for how it will go about implementing that strategy — the "DoD Cyber Workforce Strategy Implementation Plan."

There are multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) used around the world – the U.S. GPS being the most known, alongside of the Russian GLONASS, the Chinese BeiDou and the European Galileo system. DroneShield has used GNSS denial against drones/UAVs for a number of years as part of smart defeat capability within its products.

On July 27, 2023, the Australian military witnessed the very first launch of the MGM-140 ATACMS missile on their soil during the Talisman Sabre 2023 exercise. This joint military exercise between the United States and Australia highlighted the interoperability and strategic partnership between the two nations. We can see this test on the Twitter account of the Australian MoD on the date of 3 August 2023.

In May 2023, President Volodymyr Zelensky unveiled plans for a significant collaboration between Ukraine and the British defense giant BAE Systems. The aim is to establish a modern weapons production facility in Ukraine, a step towards boosting domestic arms manufacturing and promoting self-reliance. On August 3, 2023, Times indicates progress, with BAE Systems' Director confirming the project's advancement.

As announced by El Salvador's Minister of Defense, René Merino, at the end of July 2023, the Salvadoran government continues its momentum towards modernizing its security forces by incorporating 11 Hurricane armored vehicles into its arsenal. Manufactured in Mexico by WBA Blindajes Alemanes, these vehicles, valued at nearly $5 million, have been delivered to the Cavalry Regiment, enhancing the country's law enforcement capabilities. This strategic initiative follows the reception of eight Hurricane vehicles in August 2022, representing an initial investment of approximately $3.6 million, showcasing El Salvador's commitment to fortifying its security infrastructure.

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