May 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


BERLIN, Germany, May 31, 2023 — German defense company, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), announced that the Bundeswehr, the German army, has officially placed an order for twelve new Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) 155mm self-propelled howitzers. This order follows the initial agreement made back in March 2023, which included an option for eighteen of the powerful artillery systems, divided into three lots of six.

Welcome to Day 3 of our coverage at IDET 2023 - the International Defense Exhibition in Brno, Czech Republic. Join the Army Recognition Editorial Team as we navigate the showcase of cutting-edge military technology and innovations from May 24 to 26, 2023. Discover the Leopard 2A8 tank, Skynex air defense system, Flyer American-made 4x4 combat vehicle, and modern combat equipment and vehicles of the Czech army.

UK-India relationships have been further strengthened through a demanding high-tempo exercise that has tackled counter-terrorism and insurgency operations. The two-week joint military exercise known as Ajeya Warrior was conducted across the training areas of Wiltshire, on private land and in subterranean mines. The British army reports.

Following last week's attacks by Ukrainian naval drones on the Yuriy Ivanov class intelligence ship, Ivan Khurs, the Russian navy has bolstered defenses near the Sevastopol naval base in Crimea. They have deployed a rarely used version of the BM-21 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System), known as the BM-21PD or DP-62 "Damba", which is capable of firing underwater PRS-60 ammunition

News of a recent drone assault on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, against the city of Moscow has come to light. From wreckage shown on Russian social media platforms, there is speculation that the Ukrainian-manufactured drone UJ-22 may have been involved in the operation. This particular drone model was purportedly used previously to target the Kremlin, as stated by Russian sources.

Military Africa reports that recent disclosures from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) have unveiled a troubling development in the ongoing conflict in Sudan. The OFAC has revealed that the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organization, has been supplying Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF) with surface-to-air missiles to combat the Sudanese army. The exact type of missile system provided by the Wagner Group was not specified in the report, but it is likely to be a man-portable (MANPAD) or short-range air defense system.

In an announcement on May 28, 2023, made through a video published by the Israeli Ministry of Defense on Twitter, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Nahal Infantry Brigade took delivery of their first batch of Eitan - the new 8x8 Armored Personnel Carrier vehicles. This Israeli-produced vehicle, first unveiled in August 2016 by the Defense Ministry, is set to replace the IDF's longstanding fleet of M113 tracked armored personnel carriers.

BRNO, Czech Republic – May 27, 2023: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), the premier German defense company, showcased the future of armored warfare at the International Defence and Security Technologies Fair (IDET) 2023. The event, held in Brno, Czech Republic, saw the debut of KMW's state-of-the-art Leopard 2A8 Main Battle Tank (MBT) demonstrator, a tantalizing preview of the latest modernized variant of the renowned Leopard 2 family.

In a statement published on May 24, 2023, the Czech Ministry of Defense announced that it has authorized Defense Minister Jana Černochová to negotiate the possibility of joining Germany in the purchase of the new Leopard 2A8 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). The Czech Republic Army is thus poised to acquire a state-of-the-art ground platform, widely used by European armies and compatible with other NATO forces. By joining forces with Germany, the Czech Republic anticipates significant cost reductions, expedited deliveries, and assured logistic support.

The German army (Bundeswehr) has initiated plans to procure 18 Leopard 2A8 tanks as replacements for the previously donated Leopard 2A6 tanks to Ukraine. This forms part of a larger initiative that could involve the purchase of an additional 105 Leopard 2A8 tanks, as revealed in the contract documents considered by the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) on Wednesday, May 24, 2023..

 Tasnim news agency reports on May 26 that the Iranian Foreign Ministry hit back at the US and France for expressing concern about Iran’s new precision-guided ballistic missile. In a post on his Twitter account on Friday, May 19, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani lashed out at the US and France for their concern about Iran’s Kheibar (Khoramshahr 4) missile which was unveiled on Thursday, May 18. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani noted that the Western governments are opposed to a “strong Iran”.

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