March 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The British Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems and Pitch Technologies UK a contract to support the British Army to deliver a new virtual training programme. The Land Training Test & Reference Capability, part of the Army’s Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP), will help define the Army’s approach to future collective training and select a strategic partner to deliver an integrated, mobile and digitalised system. This will allow the British Army to train its soldiers wherever and whenever it needs to across the globe.

According to a video released on the Twitter account "(Little) Think Tank" on March 15, 2023, we can confirm that Ukraine will receive AMX-10RCR reconnaissance and anti-tank wheeled armored vehicles from France. These vehicles are upgraded versions of the AMX-10RC, featuring enhanced protection, firepower, and mobility. The video published on Twitter shows Ukrainian soldiers training with the AMX-10RCR in an undisclosed area in France.

Lithuania plans to recover a combat tank capability to fill a gap that the war waged by Russia in Ukraine makes appear as crucial. This is the announcement made by General Valdemaras Rupšys, the Head of Lithuanian Defense: “We propose to transform a battalion of mechanized infantry into a battalion of tanks”. This new unit would be part of a division that Lithuania intends to set up by 2030.

According to information published by the Polish Defense website "Defence24", on March 10, 2023, the Polish Deputy Minister and Secretary of State, Wojciech Skurkiewicz confirmed a plan to acquire PIRAT, the latest generation of Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) developed by the Polish Defense Industry in the framework of the PUSTELNIK program

The SkyStar 140 cellular geo-location-mounted mini-aerostat rapidly locates trapped people March 14, 2023, RT Aerostat Systems – a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of the SkyStar family of aerostats for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and communications applications – launches the SkyStar 140, a cellular geo-location-mounted mini-aerostat at DSEI Japan. This unique Search & Rescue system enables the rapid location of missing and trapped people following any natural disaster or terror incident, and in combat zones.

The Beninese Armed Forces (FAB, Forces Armées Béninoises) have received Arquus VAB (Véhicules de l’Avant Blindé) armored vehicles equipped with support weapons and night vision means, reports. This is a first batch of 8 VABs out of a forecast of 15 offered by France.

Asio Technologies, an Israeli developer and manufacturer of tactical solutions for defense, security, and paramilitary applications, has fulfilled a follow-on order from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and recently delivered thousands of additional Orion systems. Asio Technologies solutions, including the Orion systems, are already in operational use by the IDF.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on March 14 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of ninety-five (95) M1278A1 Heavy Gun Carriers Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $104.0 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

The Ukroboronprom State Concern has begun producing 125mm projectiles for Ukrainian tank guns, the concern's press service reports on Tuesday, March 14: "This is already the second munition type, production of which was launched by the Concern's enterprises in close partnership with a NATO country abroad," the report says.

As the international security environment changes, the Government of Canada is continually working to equip the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel with the tools that they need to protect Canada. To that end, as outlined in Canada’s defence policy, the country is increasing its defence investments by over 70 percent between 2017 and 2026.

Defence and security were a key focus at the 36th UK-France Summit in Paris with new initiatives to advance the already strong military relationship between the two nations. UK and France commit to continued support for Ukraine, working together as NATO allies to ensure Russia’s illegal invasion fails.

In a tweet posted on March 14, Taepodong publishes that the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) unveiled four types of drones: Albatross II, Chien Hsiang attack drones (optical guidance and GPS guidance versions), Cardinal III drone (VTOL), and NCIST switchblade-loitering munition. The loitering munition – also nicknamed kamikaze drone – is similar to the US-made AeroVironment Switchblade supplied to Ukraine, Matthew Strong writes in Taiwan News.

On March 10, the European Commission and the High Representative presented for the first time a Joint Communication on a European Space Strategy for Security and Defence. Space systems and services in the European Union are crucial for the functioning of our society and economy, as well as for security and defence. As such, the EU has identified space as a strategic domain. In the current geopolitical context of increasing power competition and intensification of threats, the EU is taking action to protect its space assets, defend its interests, deter hostile activities in space and strengthen its strategic posture and autonomy.

"The FY 2024 budget is the most strategy-driven request we've ever produced from the Department of Defense. And as our National Defense Strategy makes clear, the People's Republic of China (PRC) is our pacing challenge. This budget seeks to meet this critical challenge today, tomorrow, and into the future by providing the resources today to continue to implement our National Defense Strategy and keep our nation safe while delivering a combat-credible Joint Force that is the most lethal, resilient, agile, and responsive in the world. Here is the official U.S. Department of Defense text.

Ukraine is set to receive 282 latest generation Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) from European countries and the United States, according to the latest information collected by Army Recognition editorial team. With the addition of these new tanks, the Ukrainian armed forces will have a new strike force capable of countering the Russian armored forces deployed in Ukraine in the coming weeks. This article provides a complete analysis of the number and types of tanks provided by each European country and the United States.

According to Euromaidan Press on March 12, the Embassy of Ukraine in Belgium said Luxembourg sent another batch of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, namely 14 armored ambulances produced by the British company “Venari”: “Very soon, the vehicles will be sent to the front line, where they will fulfill their primary mission – to save the lives of our warriors who defend our country, as well as civilians who are constantly become victims of barbaric Russian shelling”.

Plasan Sasa announced on March 13 its intention to increase its commitment to the Australian defence industry and to establish a local subsidiary in Australia to be named “Plasan-Australia” which will aim to support its local partners and the projects that Plasan is involved with in Australia in the best possible way, to support the company's AIC commitments and to enhance the transfer of technology efforts.

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