July 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


On July 16, 2023, Albin Kurti, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, announced on Facebook that the nation's military capabilities have been notably augmented with the addition of Bayraktar TB-2 drones, procured from Turkey. According to Kurti, the government, in a span of two years, has increased the number of soldiers by over 80% and more than doubled the budget for the military. The enhancements to the national defense system render Kosovo even more secure than before, and the country takes pride in this accomplishment.

On July 14, 2023, the United States House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2024, with a budget of $886 billion. Notably, the legislation includes a provision allocating $500 million for the funding of Israel's missile defense, along with several other measures aimed at supporting the country's security.

According to Tasnim on July 16, the Iranian Defense minister expressed the country’s readiness to meet Bolivia’s demands for defense equipment and advanced technologies: Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani and his Bolivian counterpart Edmundo Novillo Aguilar held a meeting in Tehran on July 16.

According to an article from Marianas Variety published on July 12, 2023, the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command of the United States, in conjunction with Joint Region Marianas, conducted a training exercise involving the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. This training exercise takes place on the islands of Tinian and Rota from July 13 to 18, 2023.

Romania has initiated procedures to acquire 54 American Abrams M1A2 Main Battle Tanks. However, the objective is not merely to equip five battalions but rather to purchase a total of 300 tanks, according to a statement made by Major General Teodor Incicaș, head of the Directorate General for Armaments. The goal of this acquisition is to replace the old TR-85M1 tanks currently in service with the Romanian army.

Kurganmashzavod, a Russian manufacturer, has delivered a new batch of BMP-3 and BMP-2M infantry fighting vehicles to the military ahead of schedule. According to the press service of the "High Precision Systems" holding company, the armored vehicles were transferred to the Russian armed forces. These new vehicles will no doubt be sent to the Ukrainian front to replace the many Russian loss, as Russia demonstrates its ability to maintain a large number of armored vehicles at the front.

On July 13, 2023, according to the Bundeswehr's latest update on its list of donations to Ukraine, Germany announced that it had delivered 6 GEPARD anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, bringing the total number of equipment of this kind provided to 40, as Germany had previously delivered 34 units.

On July 14, 2023, the British Army announced that their forthcoming all-terrain armored vehicle, the Boxer, is scheduled to undergo a comprehensive testing phase. The vehicle will commence this month with industry trials, followed by customer trials conducted by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) in the autumn.

According to a report by Lee Kyung-min in the Korea Times, Korea is projected to generate 29.7 trillion won ($23.4 billion) in defense exports by 2027. This represents an 87 percent increase from the 15.9 trillion won recorded in 2021. The report, released by the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade (KIET) on July 17, indicates that this growth is driven by the country's robust momentum in recent years. The defense industry is expected to create 69,000 jobs by 2027, more than doubling the 33,000 jobs created in 2021.

On July 10, 2023, Rheinmetall's CEO, Armin Papperger, announced during an interview on CNN that the company plans to build a production facility in Ukraine to help the country achieve military independence. The goal is to provide Ukraine with NATO technology and production capabilities to support its own armed forces and reduce reliance on external aid, including from the United States and the European Union.

In a demonstration of its commitment to strengthen its military capabilities and increase its ammunition stocks, the German Bundeswehr has recently expanded an existing framework agreement with Rheinmetall for the supply of tank ammunition. This expansion represents a massive investment of €4 billion, highlighting Rheinmetall's crucial role as a major supplier of 120mm tank ammunition to the German armed forces.

A project managed by the European Defence Agency (EDA), which aims to create a basis for a European interoperability standard for military unmanned systems, has presented its recommendations after more than two years of work. The project INTERACT (Interoperability Standards for Armed Forces Unmanned Systems) would allow better use of a variety of unmanned assets and control stations across operational modes. By sticking to the same standards, different military units or even different allied armed forces could use such drones, whether they are in the air, land or maritime domains.

A U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center team once again provided a low-cost target for the future of the nation’s missile defense systems. An Economical Target-2, a missile target designed to fly a ballistic flight path and demonstrate defensive protection capability, launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, July 7, 2023. The flight served as a search track to test the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor system. Jason Cutshaw, USASMDC, reports.

Taipei, Taiwan July 15, 2023 – A report published by the China Times on July 14, 2023, suggests the United States is set to acquire decommissioned Hawk MIM-23 air defense missile systems from the Taiwanese military. These systems are destined for Ukraine to fortify its air defense capabilities. In return, the US could potentially provide Taiwan with additional Patriot air defense systems.

A remarkable aspect of the French National Day Military Parade, observed annually on July 14th, is the display of the country's military might, manifesting in the display of tanks and armored combat vehicles. This year, 2023, was no exception, featuring an impressive variety of combat vehicles that reflect France's commitment to a technologically advanced and robust defense.

According to a tweet published by A-129 Mangusta on June 12, 2023, Isabella Rauti, the Italian Undersecretary of Defense, announced the proposal to include Leopard 2A7+/2A8 tanks in the Defense Planning Process (DPP) during a parliamentary session, aiming to enhance Italy's land capabilities. The final approval from the parliament is still pending, while the acquisition program is expected to begin in either the forthcoming DPP 2023-2025 or the following DPP.

On July 12, 2023, the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense awarded a £50 million contract to Babcock in order to provide operational support to Ukraine's military land assets, enhancing their capabilities in the field. Over a span of 12 months, Babcock will extend their expertise to Ukraine's armored vehicles, including the Challenger 2 tanks and Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) units.

On July 13, 2023, the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense awarded a £20 million contract to Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for the development of a rocket and missile protection system intended for the Challenger 3 tanks. This contract is focused on procuring multiple Trophy APS systems, countermeasures, and test equipment needed for the qualification and integration activities during the forthcoming demonstration phase.

In the context of the Ukrainian counteroffensive, Russia has recently announced a significant increase in its production of Orlan reconnaissance drones, as well as improvements to its weapons and military equipment. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated during a press conference on July 11th that deliveries of Orlan-10 and Orlan-30 drones had increased by over 53 times since the start of the Russian military operation.

During the NATO Summit, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio announced on July 12, 2023, that Japan would transfer a drone detection system to Ukraine to counter Russian aggression. This assistance also includes $30 million worth of non-lethal defense equipment through NATO's trust fund.

In a tweet from Ukraine Weapons Tracker on July 13, 2023, news was reported regarding the destruction of a Ukrainian M-55S tank by the Russian army near Kreminna, in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. According to the information, this loss marks the first confirmation of the destruction of this type of tank by Russian forces.

On July 12th, Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram announced Norway's intention to provide Ukraine with a substantial military support package. This package includes a significant contribution of 1,000 Black Hornet reconnaissance drones, as well as two NASAMS air defense systems and the required spare parts. This article will specifically highlight the provision of the two NASAMS systems, while a separate article is covering the inclusion of Black Hornet reconnaissance drones in the comprehensive Norwegian package. To read the article on the Black Hornet component of the package, please click "Here".

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