July 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Pictures and videos have shown transfers of Russian T-54/55 tanks by rail toward the Crimean peninsula, topwar.ru website writes. Comments mention that these (very) old tanks will serve as mobile pillboxes or fire support vehicles.

On February 23, 2023, the Austrian Federal Minister of Defense, Mag. Klaudia Tanner, accompanied by the Chief of the General Staff, General Rudolf Striedinger, announced during a press conference at the JANSA barracks that approximately 561 million euros would be invested in extending the service life of the Leopard 2A4 main battle tank and the Ulan infantry fighting vehicle.

In January 2016, Laurent Lagneau wrote in Opex360, the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) had informed Arquus about the PLFS (Poids Lourd des Forces Spéciales, Special Forces Heavyweight vehicle) program. This program aimed to replace the light reconnaissance and support vehicles (VLRA, Véhicule Léger de Reconnaissance et d'Appui) used by the units of the Special Operations Command (COS, Commandement des Opérations Spéciales).

On July 4, 2023, according to a tweet published by Dárek pro Putina, Way Industries, a Slovak company, has begun assembling the Bozena-5 demining system for Ukraine as part of the "Darek pro Putina" crowdfunding campaign. This initiative has raised over 263,000 euros, accounting for more than 40% of the machine's total cost. The aim is to deliver the machine in the Kherson region of Ukraine by the end of the year, following the completion of production. The project is coordinated by the non-profit organization Team4Ukraine.

According to information published by the Polish Defense Website "Defence24" on June 28, 2023, Talks are currently ongoing between Poland and Ukraine regarding the procurement of elements from the NSM (Naval Strike Missile) Coastal Missile Squadron System. The potential purchase involves a missile system capable of combating both maritime and land targets, as unofficially reported by Defence24.pl.

On June 29, 2023, the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, Forsvarsmateriell, and German vehicle specialist Flensburger Fahrzeugbau GmbH (FFG) signed a contract for the acquisition of eight WiSENT 2 Armoured Engineering Vehicles (AEVs) and three additional WiSENT 2 Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARVs). The delivery of these vehicles is expected between 2026 and 2027.

On July 3, 2023, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced that Ukraine is preparing to enhance its defense with the imminent arrival of dozens of Leopard 1A5 tanks. This announcement was made in an interview with the newspaper Rzeczpospolita. The delivery of these tanks constitutes essential support from Germany and Denmark, thereby enhancing Ukraine's military capabilities.

Saab has received an order from the Australian Department of Defence for the supply of additional Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons. The order value is SEK 400 million with deliveries during 2024-2025. The Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons will be delivered with Saab’s new Fire Control Device, FCD 558.

Paris, France - July 3, 2023. In the wake of recent violent demonstrations occurring in various parts of France, the French Gendarmerie has mobilized its new Centaure wheeled armored vehicles to combat urban violence. These vehicles are specifically designed to safeguard security and police officers from different types of projectiles and small caliber weapon fire.

According to a tweet by Daniel of Bohemia dated July 3, 2023, Slovakia and Ukraine have entered into a cooperative agreement to jointly develop a new wheeled self-propelled howitzer. This joint effort will combine features of the Slovak EVA and the Ukrainian Bohdana, both of which are 155mm self-propelled howitzers. The collaboration draws upon the expertise of Slovakia's Konštrukta Defence and Ukraine's Kramatorsk Heavy Duty Machine Tool Building Plant, with the involvement of ZVS Holding, who previously proposed the EVA to Ukraine in 2020.

On June 30, 2023, Poland welcomed, according to a tweet from BAE Systems, the arrival of the three first M88A2 armored recovery vehicles, signaling further reinforcement of the Polish armored armed forces. Designed to enhance the armored formations of the Polish army, these vehicles will improve vehicle recovery and support operations.

The British Army’s close combat soldiers will soon receive a cutting-edge weapon sight that will give them a tactical advantage in countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The SmartShooter SMASH Smart Weapon Sight Fire Control System will give the dismounted soldier the ability to achieve a high probability of hitting against micro and mini UAVs. The SMASH sights were tested by the Army’s experimentation battalion, 2 YORKS, last year.

On June 28, 2023, BAE Systems announced the successful testing of the manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) concept, utilizing the 8x8 Amphibious Combat armored Vehicle (ACV) C4UAS linked to the Israeli IAI/ELTA Systems Ltd’s Rex MK II Unmanned Infantry Combat Support System. This teaming technology boosts mission effectiveness by enhancing situational awareness and decision-making capabilities

As reported by Tasnim, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force successfully tested a homegrown system that trains crew members to fire the “Fath 360” missiles. The training system, designed and manufactured by the IRGC Ground Force’s experts, simulates all stages from loading and preparation to the launch of the Fath 360 missile for the officers.

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