June 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The South Korean defense industry has unveiled the design concept of the future K3 Main Battle Tank, a bold initiative to enhance the country's armored capabilities. The details of this ambitious project were released in a YouTube video showcasing a tank that uniquely combines crew safety, reduced detectability, and potent firepower.

According to a tweet by Praise The Steph dated June 30, 2023, photos have emerged showing Turkish armored vehicles, the Cobra II, near the Russian border in the Vovchansk region. This observation raises questions about the presence of these vehicles in the conflict zone, as no official information about the delivery of that type of vehicle has been reached between Ukraine and Turkey for the delivery of weapons.

On June 28, 2023, General Motors Defense unveiled the Electric Military Concept Vehicle (eMCV) during the Modern Day Marine 2023 exhibition held in Washington, DC. This event showcased the eMCV as part of GM Defense's participation in the Army's Electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (eLRV) prototyping competition. The Army's objective is to equip its Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) with the eLRV to enhance their mobility, protection, and onboard power capabilities.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on June 27, 2023, a new security assistance package worth $500 million for Ukraine. This package is specifically designed to provide essential capabilities to support Ukraine's counteroffensive operations and defend against Russia's aggressive actions. The assistance includes additional armored vehicles, anti-armor systems, and critical munitions for the US-supplied Patriot air defense systems and High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, among other items.

According to information provided by Focus Taiwan on June 29, 2023, Taiwan has signed a $146 million deal with the United States to acquire 14 Volcano anti-tank munition-laying systems. The agreement, effective since June 21, states that the arms will be delivered before the end of 2029, as confirmed by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).

On May 31, 2023, members of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, showcased their latest efforts to increase agility and lethality on the battlefield by integrating TOW anti-tank guided missile launcher onto the MRZR 4x4 All-Terrain Vehicle during Exercise LETHAL WEAPON. This exercise, held in Petawawa, Ontario, marked a significant enhancement in the battalion's ongoing evolution, which began in November 2022.

On June 28, 2023, a handover ceremony took place in Szczecin, Poland, where 14 M1A1 Abrams tanks arrived at the harbor, marking a significant milestone in enhancing Poland's defense capabilities. The tanks were delivered as part of bilateral agreements between Poland and the United States, under the guidance of Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak. Additionally, the delivery included 3 M88A2 Hercules technical support vehicles and spare parts.

According to a tweet published by "Ukraine Weapon Tracker" on June 28, 2023, Poland could provide Ukraine with 60 additional PT-91 "Twardy" Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) to the newly formed 22nd Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Army. The PT-91 "Twardy" tanks will provide Ukraine with enhanced armored capabilities, strengthening its position against current challenges.

In a military meeting held on June 23, 2023, Habibollah Sayyari, the Iranian Army Coordinator, expressed his satisfaction with the inauguration of the first strategic UAV base, as reported by the Tehran Times. The event marks a step in Iran's drone program and underscores the country's commitment to strengthening its defense capabilities.

According to information published on June 28, 2023, the Japanese Ministry of Defense confirmed the delivery of the first two Mitsubishi Type 73 4x4 light tactical vehicles from Japan to Ukraine. Preceding this, an official ceremony was held on May 24, 2023, where the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced their commitment to support Ukraine with these tactical vehicles as well as emergency rations. Key figures at the event included the Japanese Minister of Defense, Parliamentary Vice Minister of Defense, and H.E. Dr. Korsunsky, the Ukrainian Ambassador.

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), one of the premier defense giants, has via its Twitter account on June 28, 2023, unveiled the newest addition to its high-tech arsenal: the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) for U.S. Marine Corps. Poised to revolutionize the landscape of multi-domain battlefield operations, the ARV is designed to act as the US Marine Corps' new 'battlefield quarterback,' significantly enhancing their ability to sense and communicate.

Paris, France, June 28, 2023 - An official representative from Lockheed Martin revealed to Defense News that Lockheed Martin and Rheinmetall have formed a partnership to develop the GMARS, a European rocket launcher built upon Lockheed's High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). The primary objective of this collaborative effort is to offer a contemporary alternative to Germany's outdated MARS 2 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System). 

Following a contract signed on June 27, 2023, with the Norwegian company Kongsberg, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has responded to Ukraine's call for the strengthening of its air defense. As a result, the Ukrainian Armed Forces will benefit from two NASAMS medium-range air defense missile launchers. The value of this acquisition amounts to approximately 9.8 million Euros.

As Talisman Sabre 2023 approaches, the Australian Army strengthens its capabilities through Exercise Capital OTP. Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion and 2nd Cavalry Regiment deployed to the Townsville Field Training Area, collaborating with mechanized infantry and some of their 59 M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks against simulated enemies. This pivotal exercise serves as important preparation for the upcoming joint military exercise with US and partner forces.

In a press conference organized by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Legislator Chuang Jui-hsiung announced that Taiwan has received a JUMP 20 UAS from the United States without expense, along with the essential training required for its operation. This development, as reported in an article by Taiwan News on June 26, 2023, showing the collaborative efforts between the two nations to reinforce regional security in the Taiwan Strait.

The United States Army announced on 26 June 2023 the approval of contracts with General Dynamics Land Systems and American Rheinmetall Vehicles for the next phases of its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program. Along with the contract announcements, the US Army has also unveiled the new name for the program: the XM30 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle.

The governments of the Netherlands and Denmark announced in April 2023 that they would jointly purchase fourteen Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks from Rheinmetall, a German defense technology company. These tanks, valued in the lower three-digit million-euro range, are intended to be donated to Ukraine. The two nations' financing will support the international tank coalition to aid Ukraine's defense needs.

HENSOLDT announced on June 27, 2023, in Taufkirchen, Germany, that it will supply four additional TRML-4D radars for Diehl Defence's IRIS-T SLM air defense system, which ensures Ukraine's protection against airborne attacks. As part of a significant double-digit million order, the radars will be delivered to Diehl throughout the year 2024, starting in January.

General Dynamics Land Systems, a leading defense contractor, announced on June 26, 2023 a new contract valued at $712.3 million with the U.S. Army. This contract focuses on the delivery of 300 upgraded variants of the Stryker fleet known as Stryker DVHA1 vehicles. The primary objective of this contract is to bolster the capabilities of the existing Stryker brigades, enhancing their overall performance and survivability.

The Korean Defense Project Promotion Committee has given the green light to a comprehensive upgrade plan for the K9 self-propelled howitzer. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced in Seoul on June 26, 2023, that the approved plan, valued at 2.36 trillion won ($1.81 billion), will be implemented over the next four years, concluding in 2027.

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