July 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram made an announcement on July 12th regarding Norway's plan to provide Ukraine with a significant military support package. The package includes a notable addition of 1,000 Black Hornet reconnaissance drones, along with two NASAMS air defense systems and the necessary spare parts. This article will focus specifically on the provision of reconnaissance drones, while a separate article will cover the NASAMS component of the comprehensive Norwegian package. You can discover the article on the NASAMS part of the package by clicking "Here".

The French army proudly showcased its newly developed wheeled combat vehicles, the Grizzly and Serval, at the national military parade held in Paris on July 14, 2023. The Serval, a versatile armored vehicle, is set to replace the aging VAB APC (Armored Personnel Carrier). Meanwhile, the Grizzly, a reconnaissance and anti-tank light wheeled vehicle, is specially designed for the needs of airborne troops.

On July 12, 2023, Sweden and Ukraine took a step towards enhanced collaboration by recently signing two defense agreements aimed at strengthening their military cooperation. These agreements pave the way for the sharing of classified information and the improvement of defense equipment delivery. This development comes just before Sweden's formal accession to NATO.

On July 10, 2023, Australia and Germany signed an agreement to deliver more than 100 Boxer 8x8 armored vehicles from Australia to Germany. This is a deal worth over $1 billion, it is one of Australia's largest-ever defense export deals in history. These armored vehicles will be produced in Queensland creating, of course, the 1,000 jobs that are there at Rheinmetall in Brisbane.

Taufkirchen, Germany, July 13, 2023 - In a significant development for the German Armed Forces, sensor specialist HENSOLDT has been contracted to supply six cutting-edge TRML-4D radars as part of Diehl Defence's IRIS-T SLM air defense missile system. The multimillion-euro order will address a critical capability gap and pave the way for the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI). The Bundeswehr is set to receive the first system next year.

On July 13, 2023, BrahMos Aerospace, an Indian defense company, expressed its intention to sell the advanced BrahMos cruise missiles to Russia. Atul Dinkar Rane, the CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, revealed this information in an exclusive interview with The Week. However, the CEO emphasized that this would happen "after the current situation in Europe ends."

On July 12, 2023, the Ministry of Defense of Slovakia officially announced the acquisition of a minimum of 160 Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) 4x4. This procurement, valued at nearly $190 million, is part of the Slovak Republic's efforts to modernize its Armed Forces and aims to provide them with versatile combat vehicles.

According to an article in Le Monde dated July 5, 2023, France has begun modernizing its Leclerc tanks to XLR standard, a project being carried out at KNDS' Rouanne facility. The first two XLRs were delivered in June, and the army is due to receive a first batch of 18 operational tanks in 2023. The overall plan is to upgrade 200 of the 215 Leclerc tanks currently in service with the French army to XLR standard by 2029.

On July 11, 2023, Polaris Government and Defense Vehicles won a contract to supply Romania with over 50 ultralight tactical vehicles, DAGOR. These vehicles will enhance the tactical mobility of the Romanian armed forces in the face of current and emerging threats. Romania will receive the vehicles through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program of the U.S. government.

According to a report by Süddeutsche Zeitung on July 11, 2023, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Defense Minister Boris Pistorius will reveal a new aid package worth $770 million during the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. The package, which will be presented as part of the "Vilnius summit package," includes two Patriot launchers and 25 Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks from the Bundeswehr's inventory. However, Germany remains opposed to fulfilling Ukraine's request for Taurus-type cruise missiles.

According to an article in the French newspaper "Le Monde," on July 11, 2023, in Vilnius, Lithuania, French President Emmanuel Macron revealed a new decision by France: the delivery of long-range Scalp missiles to Ukraine. This announcement comes after the United Kingdom made a similar decision, providing guided air-to-ground missiles to Ukraine for long-distance strikes against fixed targets.

The summit, which will take place at Vilnius today and tomorrow July 11 and 12 2023, aims to strengthen collective security and defense among member countries by implementing concrete measures to bring Ukraine closer to NATO, enhance deterrence and defense capabilities, and promote interoperability with other European nations. Additionally, the focus on increasing defense investments, with the objective of allocating at least 2% of GDP to the sector, is also highly relevant for Belgium as it seeks to reinforce its defense capabilities and address emerging security challenges. This initiative aligns with the commitment made by Alexander De Croo at the Madrid summit a year ago.

On July 10, 2023, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the US Marines are gearing up for full-scale production of the Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) Remote Weapon Station (RWS). This system plays a crucial role in the Marine Corps ground-based air defense portfolio and has reached a significant milestone by transitioning to full-scale production. Manufactured and managed by Kongsberg at its Johnstown facility, the MADIS RWS enhances protection against drones and increases lethality against evolving threats.

On July 7, 2023, the US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of France. The approved sale includes the procurement of 1,515 AGM-114R2 Hellfire Missiles, accompanied by technical assistance, non-standard books, publications, integration support, and other logistical and program-related elements. The estimated cost of the entire package is $203 million.

In the context of the territorial dispute between India and China over sovereignty in Ladakh, India has announced the deployment of its T-72 Ajeya and T-90 Bhishma tanks in the region. These formidable battle tanks have recently been used in training exercises in the vast open valleys of eastern Ladakh, demonstrating India's commitment to enhancing its military presence in the area.

On July 7, 2023, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) announced additional assistance to meet Ukraine's defense needs. This package will provide Ukraine with more armored vehicles, 32 Bradleys and 32 Strykers. It also includes additional air defense munitions, artillery systems, ammunition, anti-armor weapons, and other equipment to support Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

On July 7, 2023, the United States announced a new aid package for Ukraine. This package includes artillery systems and ammunition. It also provides additional air defense munitions, armored vehicles, anti-armor weapons, and other equipment. We will concentrate here on the anti-air part of the package but you can find two other parts respectively HERE for armored vehicles and HERE for mortars and clusters bomb, both published on 10 July 2023 on Army Recognition.

On July 7, 2023, the United States announced a new aid package for Ukraine. This package includes artillery systems and ammunition, including improved dual-purpose conventional munitions (DPICM). It also provides additional air defense munitions, armored vehicles, anti-armor weapons, and other equipment.

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