June 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


A significant enhancement to Slovakia's air defenses, particularly along its eastern border with Ukraine, has been announced on June 8, 2023, in a joint statement from the Slovak Ministry of Defense and the German Federal Ministry of Defence. The two nations have inked an agreement through which Germany will donate two MANTIS very short-range air defense (VSHORAD) systems to Slovakia. This gift stands to bolster the region's security, which is currently supported by national and Allied GBAD (Modular Ground Based Air Defence) capabilities.

As reported by the global media outlet, Reuters, on June 13, 2023, Germany is set to boost its air defense capabilities with the procurement of six IRIS-T SLM missile systems. The transaction, valued at an estimated €900 million, is expected to considerably enhance the country's Air Force. The first IRIS-T SLM system will be delivered in 2024, with five additional units to follow by 2027. There are also plans underway to integrate mixed SLS/SLM systems.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal on June 13, after weeks of discussions, the White House has agreed to supply 31 refurbished M1A1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine equipped with a stockpile of depleted uranium shells. The decision was made after considering various factors, including the potential for increased tensions with Russia and concerns related to the environment and health.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on June 12 launched its annual assessment of the state of armaments, disarmament and international security. A key finding of SIPRI Yearbook 2023 is that the number of operational nuclear weapons started to rise as countries’ long-term force modernization and expansion plans progressed.

The organizers of the Paris Air Show 2023 announce the dazzling array of military aircraft, helicopters and drones that will be on display at this 54th edition. Marking an exceptional union of engineering marvels and trailblazing technologies, the lineup embodies the sheer power, versatility, and advancement in today's aerospace sector.

BAE Systems unveiled NavGuide, a cutting-edge Assured-Positioning, Navigation and Timing (A-PNT) device, at the Joint Navigation Conference in San Diego. This next-generation device incorporates M-Code Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, providing advanced features for military applications. NavGuide is designed as a field-installable replacement for the Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR), ensuring seamless integration with existing DAGR mounts and accessories without disrupting missions.

A new defense aid package for Ukraine, consisting of essential air defense capabilities, was announced on June 13, 2023, at a meeting of defense ministers from the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). The equipment, valued at £92 million, is set to be procured in the upcoming months via the International Fund for Ukraine (IFU) to fortify Ukraine's defense of its critical national infrastructure, civilians, and frontline personnel. The package includes radars to shield from random Russian strikes, along with guns and a considerable amount of ammunition.

In a major announcement on June 13, 2023, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) declared a robust military support package for Ukraine, worth an estimated $325 million. The aid includes additional air defense missiles, artillery munitions, and advanced combat vehicles like the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) and Stryker Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles.

Beneath the streets of the densely-populated Korean peninsula, U.S. Soldiers donned in heavy gear, traverse South Korea’s dim, underground tunnels. To better face the daunting challenge of combat in large cities, soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division, 8th Army, have taken a step further: learning to move underground in the East Asian nation. Joe Lacdan, Army News Service, reports.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) have agreed to align the nomenclature of the 54 new Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks purchased on February 17, 2023, with that of the German procurement office for the German Leopard 2 replenishment, as the Norwegian Leopard 2 has all the characteristics of the redefined Leopard 2A8 configuration status.

According to Defense Studies, the Philippine Marine Corps recently conducted road testing of their V-150 and V-300 Commando armored vehicles in Bulacan on June 7. This testing was carried out as part of the evaluation process for these vehicles, which have recently undergone upgrades under the Light Armor System Upgrade (LARSU) project. The LARSU project is a collaborative effort between the Philippine Marine Corps, the Philippine Air Force, and India's Larsen & Toubro, implemented during the Horizon 2 phase of RAFPMP.

The Defense Minister of Iran announced that the export of Iranian military products has tripled in the past year, according to the Tasnim news agency. Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani stated during a gathering of Defense Ministry officials on June 10 that the export of products developed by his ministry has significantly increased in the previous Iranian year, which concluded on March 20.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on June 9, 2023, a robust security assistance package for Ukraine, signaling the U.S.'s unwavering commitment towards the Eastern European country's security. This $2.1 billion initiative is aimed at enhancing Ukraine's critical air defense and ammunition capabilities. This news U.S. military aid for Ukraine includes more Patriot and HAWK air defense systems and missiles. 

The Australian Army reports that it successfully operated an autonomous truck convoy on a public road in Australia for the first time on June 6. The National Transport Research Organisation and Deakin University supported the ­leader-follower trial, in which a convoy of four autonomous Army trucks followed a crewed ‘leader’ vehicle on a public road in Victoria.

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