September 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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Mariusz Błaszczak, the Polish Minister of National Defense, has officially sanctioned a Letter of Acceptance with the U.S. Army to enhance Poland's WISŁA air and missile defense capabilities. This augmentation involves the incorporation of 12 Lower-Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensors (LTAMDS) and the inclusion of 48 Patriot launchers. This milestone marks the initiation of the Foreign Military Sale and signifies Poland's distinction as the inaugural international customer to integrate the advanced 360-degree LTAMDS radar, developed by Raytheon, an RTX subsidiary, into its air and missile defense infrastructure

At the MSPO 2023 International Defence Industry Exhibition, Poland proudly displayed its newly qualified P-18PL radar system. Developed by the PIT-Radwar consortium and the Military University of Technology, this advanced 3D radar with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) antenna is set to revolutionize Poland's air defense capabilities. The system is designed to integrate with Poland's Wisła and Narew anti-aircraft missile systems and can also serve as an initial guidance radar for other air and missile defense systems.

At the MSPO 2023 event, Poland showcases its recently acquired M1A1 Abrams tank, one of several foreign tank models procured to modernize and augment its tank inventory. Over the past few months, Poland has provided Ukraine with a substantial number of tanks, primarily consisting of Russian-made T-72 and Polish-made PT-91 Twardy. To replace these, Poland has placed significant orders for American-made M1A1 and M1A2 SEPv3 tanks, as well as K2 tanks developed in South Korea.

At the MSPO 2023 International Defence Industry Exhibition, Polaris unveils, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for long-term, quiet operations. The aircraft is not only smaller and lighter but also more cost-effective than existing solutions. It comes with a range of features that make it highly versatile, including the ability to carry various payloads and a unique "Thermal AI" algorithm for extended flight time.

EuroTrophy GmbH has been awarded a contract from KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems) for the Leopard 2 A8 programs for Germany and Norway. KNDS is the result of the association of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter, based in Germany and France and forming the European leader in Land Defense systems.

During the MSPO 2023 defense exhibition in Poland, the South Korean company Hanwha Defense is unveiling a new version of its Biho II mobile air defense system. This advanced system is built on the 8x8 wheeled chassis of the Tigon armored vehicle, marking a significant departure from previous Biho models that used a single 30 or 40mm automatic cannon capable of firing airburst ammunition.

At the MSPO 2023 event, Poland displays its newly acquired M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), highlighting the nation's commitment to enhancing its defense capabilities through a strategic partnership with the United States. Poland already bought 38 HIMARS launchers and expressed its intention to make further acquisitions of the system.

Alcon Components Ltd, a UK-based brake and clutch company, has received a major order from Babcock, Supacat’s build partners to supply 70 HMT vehicle braking systems. The order has been placed to enable the production of 70 new Jackal vehicles for the British Ministry of Defence, a contract that was signed between UK Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and Supacat in February 2023. Alcon will commence production immediately and will be delivering components to Supacat and their build partners Babcock throughout the remainder of the build.

At the 2023 MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, the Kafar Aero 4×4 light air-dropped vehicle is being introduced as a collaborative effort from a consortium of four Polish firms: Auto Podlasie, Auto Special Modlniczka, Hibneryt, and Kafar Bartłomiej Sztukiert. Based on the Toyota Land Cruiser design, this versatile vehicle is engineered for a range of military applications, from transporting equipment and supplies via airdrop to towing artillery systems.

During the MSPO 2023 exhibition, Skyborne Technologies, an Australian company specializing in smart aerial robotics for defense and security applications, introduces its Cerberus GLH unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Cerberus GLH aims to make strides in the field of tactical aerial fire support, offering potential benefits for defense and security operations.

KIELCE, Poland, September 5, 2023 – Army Recognition, the renowned defense media outlet, has been designated as the official Online Show Daily News and Web partner for the International Defense Industry Exhibition (MSPO) 2023. The event, which ran from the 5th to the 8th of September, further cemented its reputation as one of Europe's premier defense showcases. Stay tuned for a summary of Day 1 coverage at MSPO 2023.

During the MSPO 2023 expo, Centrum Rozwojowo-Wdrożeniowe Telesystem-Mesko Sp. z o. o., a Polish company, is showcasing its anti-aircraft system named Kusza. This type of system has become highly sought-after, especially since the conflict in Ukraine. Both parties are looking for a solution to counter the massive use of drones, and Kusza may be the solution.

During the MSPO 2023 expo, Poland is unveiling its MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) Cuguar given by the US. This American vehicle, which dates back to 2002, is based on a South African design and is engineered to be resistant to mines and IEDs. It is notably deployed in Ukraine, where the presence of MRAP vehicles is essential due to the high number of mines in the area.

The 2023 edition of the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition features the unveiling of the Baobab-K, a truck-mounted scatterable mine-laying system. Developed through a collaboration between Polish companies Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) S.A., Jelcz, Belma, WB Group, and the Military Institute of Engineering Technology, the system aims to offer a range of options for the automatic deployment of barrier minefields.

Peravia Personal Aviation, a Polish aerospace company, is unveiling two notable innovations in the Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) sector - the Peravia 6U Spectre and 4U Spectre drones. Peravia's approach differs from conventional VTOL systems that rely on tilt rotors or wings. Their design emphasizes simplicity, lightweight construction, efficiency, and safety. These vehicles can perform vertical takeoffs and transition seamlessly to horizontal flight without complex mechanisms or moving parts, thanks to the GB – Self Vectoring Thruster. This solution offers versatility for various aircraft types.

Kielce, Poland, September 5, 2023 - South Korea is the lead nation for the 2023 edition of the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, marking the second time the nation has taken on this prestigious role. The decision by the Ministry of National Defence to invite South Korea followed the Program Board's proposal, reflecting the strengthening ties between the two nations in the defense sector.

KIELCE, Poland, September 5, 2023 - The 31st International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) commenced today in Kielce, marking a significant event dedicated to serving the country's security, increasing access to global technologies, and fostering the exchange of ideas and experiences. This year's MSPO has set an all-time record, bringing together an impressive 711 exhibitors from 35 countries.

According to a tweet by Conflict Watch PSF on September 5, 2023, Azerbaijani Armed Forces have deployed the KRL-122 Ghazab 122mm Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) in a recent incident related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, amid growing tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia in this region. The KRL-122 Ghazab is based on the Russian BM-21 Grad.

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