February 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Amid the current ‘’Leopard frenzy’’ that is nearly submerging Europe, be it to supply the Ukrainian army or buy new fleets of main battle tanks, the Czech Republic is working on the possibility of purchasing the latest version of the Leopard 2, i.e. the Leopard 2A7+, as Army Recognition already reported on September 19, 2022.

When it comes to making a world-class business operate efficiently, good teamwork is essential. Never has this been truer than when talking about one of Tobyhanna Army Depot’s newest workloads — installation kits for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, or SBCT. Justin Kucharski, Public Affairs Specialist, and Danielle E. Weinschenk, Lead Public Affairs Specialist, report.

The U.S. Defense Security Agency on February 7, 2023, announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Poland of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and related equipment for an estimated cost of $10 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this sale.

In an unprecedented move, Israel might send its Iron Dome air defense missile system to Ukraine. According to an Ukrinform correspondent, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this in an interview with Tara John and Rob Picheta for CNN on February 1. "Well, I'm certainly looking into it," Netanyahu said when asked whether Israel can send air defense systems to Ukraine. Netanyahu promised during his election campaign that he would consider supplying weapons to Ukraine if elected.

According to a video published by the "Ukraine Weapons Tracker", the Ukrainian army is now equipped with M113A1 tracked APCs (Armored Personnel Carriers) that were formerly in service with the Belgian army. In fact, the M113 shown in the video has a unique design that was only used by the Belgian army. According to information found online, Belgium purchased M113 APCs (Armored Personnel Carriers) through a British company that delivered them to Ukraine.

On 1 February, the European Defence Agency (EDA) launched its largest Research and Technology project to develop highly autonomous combat unmanned ground systems. The project, Combat Unmanned Ground Systems (CUGS), brings together nine member states and 28 European industry partners. With a € 35.5 million budget and running for 36 months, CUGS aims to define, design and develop a set of functional modules which will be mounted on to existing platforms. The final phase of the project will test full demonstrators for highly autonomous combat unmanned ground systems.

British Army’s 216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron, Royal Corps of Signals has taken the Multi-Mode Radio to Belize to test the full range of its capabilities on Exercise Mercury Canopy. The jungle provides a stern test for communication systems as the dense and moist vegetation absorbs radio waves and limits line-of-sight transmission. Also, like any electronic equipment, radios require careful handling and maintenance to protect them in hot and humid conditions.

According to pictures published on Social Networks on February 3, 2023, the German company FFG (Flensburger Farhzeugbau Gesellschaft) unveiled the facilities where is stored the Danish Leopard 1A5 Main Battle Tanks that will be donated to Ukraine. FFG will have 20 Leopard 1A5 tanks repaired and ready to ship to Ukraine within three months and another 20 tanks in six months.

According to the Russian news agency TASS, four Marker anti-tank robotic UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) platforms have arrived in Ukraine and specialists have started testing algorithms for conducting warfare within a group of combat robots, Dmitry Rogozin, Russian ex-space boss and head of a group of military advisers and the Tsar Wolves research and technical center, said. A video has been released, showing the arrival of the UGVs.

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