February 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The UAE’s EDGE Group PJSC, one of the world’s leading advanced technology and defence groups, on February 15 announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Estonia-based Milrem Robotics, Europe’s leading developer of robotics and autonomous systems. The transaction is the largest foreign investment in Estonia’s growing defence industry and will see Milrem Robotics join EDGE as a new entity within its Platforms & Systems cluster, complementing the group’s existing multi-domain capabilities.

The US Secretary of Defence, Lloyd Austin is in Brussels, Belgium to attend the meeting of Ukraine's Defence Contact Group. Before the meeting, Mister Lloyd Austin announced that eight countries including Canada, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and Spain work together to provide Leopard 2A4 and Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) to Ukraine.

On February 14, 2023, the Norwegian government publishes what follows: ‘’Almost one year has passed since Russia’s attack on Ukraine. It has been a horrible year with war, war crimes, destruction and murder to an extent that we have not seen since World War II. Because it is more crucial than ever to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom, we have decided to donate 8 main battle tanks and up to 4 special-purpose tanks to Ukraine. Several other allied countries have also decided to donate tanks’’, says Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Representatives from 18 European Union Member States held the first meeting of the new Military Computer Emergency Response Team Operational Network (MICNET) on 9 February, following an agreement among Ministers of Defence in 2022. The establishment of this network of national response teams, individually known as milCERTs, is a substantial step towards enhancing the level of cooperation in the cyber domain at the EU level, at a time when computer networks are increasingly contested and the number of cyber-attacks against the EU continues to grow.

According to Fars news agency on February 14, an advisor to Iran’s Intelligence Ministry underlined the country's high capability in the production of various types of Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and said 90 countries are seeking to obtain Tehran-made drones: “Ninety countries seek to buy Iran-made drones, and Westerners and the arrogant countries cannot tolerate this,” an advisor to Iran’s intelligence minister stated on Wednesday, February 14, while addressing a local ceremony in Qazvin. “Today, Western states, the US, and the Israeli regime cannot stand Iran’s “defense might” in the region,“, he added.

Rheinmetall is participating in the INDY project, a part of the EU Green Deal. The project is supported by the European Defence Fund. INDY stands for Energy Independent and Efficient Deployable Military Camps. The aim is to present EU member states with options for the efficient operation of energy systems in forward operating bases. For Rheinmetall, the contract is worth a figure in the low single-digit million-euro range.

According to information published by the Brazilian Defense magazine "CAIAFA Master" on February 8, 2020, the first two Italian-made Centauro II 8x8 fire support armored vehicles for the Brazilian army were presented to the Chief of Staff of the Brazilian army General Valério Stumpf Trindade during a visit at the OTO-Melara facilities in La Spezia, Italy.

Saab is targeting the figure of 400,000 for the production of its ground combat weapons and ammunition. “In the context of how we have doubled capacity from one year to the next at our Swedish sites…and by 2025 we will have doubled capacity again, then it will be possible to generate 400,000 units from our sites per year,” said Saab CEO Micael Johansson on February 10 while commenting on the financial results of his company.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command Detroit Arsenal on February 9 awarded AM General a 5-year (plus 5-year option) contract to manufacture an estimated 20,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) along with approximately 10,000 trailers and includes implementation of technology enhancements for delivery to the US Armed Forces.

According to information published by the German news website "Der Spiegel" on February 11, 2023, Ukrainian soldiers are now in Germany to be trained in the use of the Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tank. The start of training will begin next week at the Munster military training in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany for a period of 6 to 8 weeks.

Greek website onalert.gr on February 10 reports that the Greek Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos informed about the progress of the implementation of the Greek-German agreement regarding the replacement of the Greek Armored Fighting Vehicles (AMS) BMP-1 with German Marder M1A3 IFVs, as well as the progress of the equipment programs of the Army.

According to Larissa Holzki and Martin Murphy in the German newspaper Handelsblatt dated February 10, 2023, Rheinmetall wants to deliver its most modern main battle tank to the Ukrainian army, the KF51 Panther: "We are talking to Kyiv about exporting the Panther", CEO Armin Papperger told Handelsblatt. The country wants this state-of-the-art main battle tank and has also expressed interest in the new KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle.

According to a video tweeted by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense and a piece of news published by topwar.ru, Lithuania has decided to provide assistance to Ukraine in the fight against Russian Geran kamikaze drones. To do this, Vilnius will transfer to Kyiv 36 anti-aircraft systems, and simply, automatic anti-aircraft guns 40mm L70 Bofors, decommissioned by the Lithuanian army. This was stated by the Minister of Defense of Lithuania Arvydas Anushauskas.

The Challenger 3 teams from DE&S’ Land Equipment Operating Centre and the British Army, together with its industry partners Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), have been working to progress the CR3 programme at pace and can now announce that it has approved the Critical Design Review (CDR) ahead of schedule. This follows the Initial Design Review (IDR) held in March 2022 and is the culmination of an enormous amount of collaborative work.

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