December 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Citing recent information published by the British MoD (Ministry of Defence) Defence Equipment & Support, the first two Boxer 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle prototypes for the British army have arrived in the UK ahead of joint army-industry trials. Boxer is the British Army’s new state-of-the-art wheeled armored fighting vehicle. The vehicles will form a core part of the Army’s new Armoured Brigade Combat Teams, where they will be paired with new Ajax reconnaissance tracked armored vehicles and Challenger 3 tanks to form the cornerstone of the Army’s ability to fight and win wars on land.

The United States has strategically deployed six Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) air defense missile systems at Site Excalibur, located near the U.S. Marine Corps' newest base in Guam. This move, as reported by the "Star & Stripes" website on December 29, 2023, marks a critical step in strengthening air defense capabilities in the Northwest Pacific. Guam, a key U.S. territory, lies approximately 5,310 km west of Hawaii and 2,400 km east of the Philippines, positioning it strategically south of Japan.

American Company Navistar Defense LLC, based in Madison Heights, Wisconsin, has been awarded a substantial $60.9 million contract by the US Department of Defense. Announced on December 29, 2023, this firm-fixed-price contract is focused on the refurbishment and upgrade of the MaxxPro PLUS Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles of the United Arab Emirates, a critical asset in modern warfare.

In a recent update from the British Ministry of Defense, dated December 26, 2023, it's been reported that Ukrainian pilots are actively participating in an advanced training program in Denmark to operate F-16 fighter jets. This follows their completion of a foundational training program in the UK. This initiative forms a crucial part of a broader coalition effort, spearheaded by NATO members Denmark and the Netherlands, to enhance Ukraine's air force capabilities amid its continuing conflict with Russia.

The British Ministry of Defence announced on December 29, 2023, that the United Kingdom has initiated the delivery of a substantial new military aid package to Ukraine. This package, significant in its scope, includes 200 ASRAAM (Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles) air defense missiles, marking a critical enhancement of Ukraine's air defense systems.

Recent reports from Ukrainian media outlets reveal a significant upsurge in the nation's defense manufacturing capabilities. In just a few months, Ukraine has managed to triple its production of indigenous defense products. A notable achievement in this expansion is the large-scale production of the new UJ-26 Beaver, a long-range loitering munition also known as a kamikaze drone, designed to target key locations deep within Russian territory. Demonstrating remarkable growth in its drone technology sector, Ukraine has increased its drone production by a staggering 100 times in 2023 compared to the previous year

On December 28, 2023, Meshkat published new images of one of Iran's recent military developments, the Shahed-238 jet-powered kamikaze drone, officially unveiled by Iran's Ashura University of Aerospace Sciences and Technologies on November 22, 2023. The Shahed-238 is an upgraded version of the Shahed-136 kamikaze drone, used by Russia in Ukraine, and it incorporates significant enhancements.

On December 28, 2023, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivered a speech announcing a defensive military response to the presence of the British naval ship HMS Trent in Guyanese waters. This development, reported by Navy Recognition on December 26, 2023, is perceived by Venezuela as an offensive act by the United Kingdom, even though this deployment had been planned for a long time.

In a recent announcement by ROSTEC, Russia's state defense company, on December 28, 2023, it was revealed that the firm has completed two new contracts for the Russian Ministry of Defense. These contracts involve the delivery of modernized versions of T-72B3 and T-90M Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), which have already been dispatched to the troops for immediate deployment in Ukraine.

Recent photographs released on Chinese social media on December 28, 2023, reveal a significant advancement in China's military capabilities with the introduction of the Type 625, a new wheeled self-propelled anti-aircraft gun. The images showcased the Type 625 in action with the 77th Group Army of the PLA, Western Theater Command, during a live-firing exercise.

Military cooperation between Bangladesh and Türkiye has taken a new dimension in recent years, characterized by a significant increase in arms purchases by Bangladesh from Türkiye. This dynamic is part of a context of strengthening bilateral relations and diversifying armament suppliers in Bangladesh, within the framework of its strategic goal of modernizing its armed forces by 2030.

On December 27, 2023, Finnish Defense Minister Antti Häkkänen approved the Finnish Defense Forces' request to procure 13 Sisu GTP 4x4 off-road vehicles, for an estimated cost of approximately €9.7 million, excluding value-added tax. This acquisition comes after the Finnish Defense Forces previously procured a total of 31 Sisu GTP 4x4 vehicles between 2020 and 2022.

On 27 December 27, 2023, the Pakistan army conducted a successful test flight of an indigenously-developed Fatah-2 guided multi-launch rocket system, capable of delivering a conventional warhead up to a range of 400 kilometers, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reports.

In a video published by Ukrainian TV on December 27, 2023, Ukrainian soldiers shared their firsthand experience with the German-made Leopard 2A6 tank, whose armor was not penetrated by an anti-tank guided missile, thereby saving the lives of the Ukrainian crew. The soldiers recounted a recent encounter during combat with Russian forces, where the tank's robust armor played a pivotal role in their survival.

According to Meshkat on December 27, 2023, an image recently circulated online, purportedly revealing technical specifications related to the Rizvan ballistic missile, which Iran unveiled during a parade on September 22, 2022. The missile is reported to have a range of 1,350 km, which raises concerns about its potential impact on various Middle Eastern countries, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, and parts of Turkey.

According to Business Insider Africa, the Kenyan government has embarked on an ambitious project to modernize its armed forces, committing a significant investment in advanced military equipment. An annual budget of 7 billion Kenyan shillings (approximately $45 million) over five years has been allocated for the purchase of tactical vehicles, drones, and other cutting-edge defense technologies. This program represents a total investment of 37 billion shillings (about $236 million), significantly enhancing the country's military capabilities.

On December 12 and 13, 2023, the Brazilian Arsenal de Guerra do Rio (Rio Arsenal of War), also known as AGR, a military organization under the Manufacturing Directorate (DF), conducted technical shooting activities to validate production batches of mortars manufactured and revitalized within the Manufacturing Organization (OM Fabril), which has a long history.

The French Army Artillery School unit in Draguignan, in collaboration with the DGA (French Government Defense Procurement and Technology Agency), has successfully conducted qualification tests for the MEPAC (Mortier Embarqué pour l'Appui au Contact). This state-of-the-art 120 mm self-propelled mortar carrier, based on the robust Griffon 6x6 armored vehicle, is set to enter service with the French army in 2025.

The Polish Army announced on December 27, 2023, the delivery of the first HOMAR-K Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs) to artillery units of Polish army. The HOMAR-K represents a cutting-edge hybrid adaptation of the South Korean K239 Chunmoo rocket launcher system, featuring the launcher station of the K239 Chunmoo mounted on a robust, Polish-made 8x8 Jelcz military truck chassis.

As reported by Roman Shimonov, CEO, and founder of Roshel, on December 26, 2023, the Canadian manufacturer delivered the 1000th Roshel Senator armored vehicle to Ukraine ahead of schedule. The Senator series of armored vehicles has played a significant role in Ukraine's defense capabilities, with over 750 Senator vehicles having been delivered to Ukraine, as disclosed by Army Recognition on October 23, 2023.

Washington, United States, December 28, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on December 27, 2023, the Biden Administration's latest security assistance for Ukraine. This marks the fifty-fourth tranche of defense equipment allocated from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021. The new U.S. military aid package includes NASAMS missiles, anti-tank weapons, and small arms ammunition.

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