March 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


As published by Army Recognition on November 9, 2021, echoing information published by the Liberty Times on November 5, 2021, Taiwan will start a program to upgrade its fleet of M60A3 Patton Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). The M60 is an American-made MBT that was manufactured by General Dynamics. Hence, according to Kelvin Chen in Taiwan News, the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense announced on Tuesday (March 7) that it has signed a NT$7.245 billion (US$236 billion) deal with Renk America to replace the original engine of the M60A3 Patton tanks with a new one.

The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded BAE Systems a $256.8 million contract for additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) under a third order for full-rate production (FRP). This award covers production, fielding, and support costs for the ACV Personnel (ACV-P) variant and the Command variant (ACV-C). The contract exercises existing contract options, which include $145.3 million for more than 25 ACV-P vehicles, and $111.5 million for more than 15 ACV-C vehicles.

According to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, the Lithuanian Armed Forces will replenish their stocks with FN Herstal MINIMI 7.62 Mk3 machine guns and and Carl-Gustaf M4 ammunition: the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence carries out the acquisition of vital weaponry and ammunition in pursuit of strengthened Lithuanian defence capabilities and investment in Lithuanian Armed Forces stocks, the latest acquisition being a new batch of munitions for the Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle and FN MINIMI 7.62 light machine guns.

AeroVironment, a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, on March 1 announced it was selected by the U.S. Army on Feb. 28, 2023, to move forward in the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) program. AeroVironment is the only company to secure an award for all FTUAS program increments, including FTUAS Increments 0,1 and now 2. Increment 2 is the final phase of the U.S. Army’s FTUAS program competition to select a replacement for the RQ-7B Shadow UAS.

Alakran‘S’ mobile mortar system provides even more versatility than its original version. Mounted on the multi-terrain Polaris RZR buggy, the system offers an impressive combination of firepower, agility and handling to take on the most hostile and dynamic environments. Its mortar is capable of firing different types of mortar rounds, including high-explosive, smoke, and illumination rounds, with a range of up to 7.2 kilometers.

Australia is negotiating its most lucrative defence export deal, with the German army planning to buy hundreds of Queensland-made Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs), Andrew Tillett reports in Australian Financial Review. Talks over the deal, which could be worth up to $3 billion, are well advanced between the Australian and German governments. The first of the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles could be delivered to Germany next year.

Citing the Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.K. Vadym Prystaiko, the United Kingdom will give a new batch of 14 Challenger 2 MBTs (Main Battle Tanks) to Ukraine. It was announced by Vadym Prystaiko during an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on March 4, 2023. In January 2023, the British government announced the donation to Ukraine of 14 British-made Challenger 2 tanks. 

General Motors (GM) has been exploring the use of hydrogen fuel cells for propulsion in the defense sector. Hydrogen fuel cells generate electricity by combining hydrogen with oxygen from the air, producing only water vapor as a byproduct. This makes them a promising alternative to traditional fossil fuels for transportation, particularly in applications where zero emissions are required.

According to Defense Studies, MaxDefense Philippines received confirmation that the Philippine Army has received an initial batch of brand new Hermes 90 Thor mini-unmanned aerial systems (mUAS) from Elbit Systems. These were procured as part of the Philippine Army's C4ISTAR Unmanned Aerial Systems Level 1 Acquisition Project, which is a Horizon 2-phase priority project under the Revised AFP Modernization Program.

Devon-based Supacat on 22 February confirmed receipt from the British Ministry of Defence of an order on behalf of the British Army for 70 High Mobility Transporters (HMT 400 series), to be manufactured in collaboration with major defence engineering contractor Babcock International Group plc through its facility in Devonport. The contract award for an undisclosed sum could lead to as many as 240 of the light armoured vehicles, should operational requirements demand.

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