April 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


A large number of European countries, as well as the United States, have imposed various restrictive measures against Russia, including individual sanctions, economic sanctions, and diplomatic measures. Despite all these actions against Russia, the production of ammunition and armored vehicles continues to operate at full capacity in the country.

At the headquarters of Hellenic Defense Systems (EAS) A.B.E.E, the official presentation of the strategic partnership – a contract worth €50 million – between the Greek company EAS and the German company Heckler & Koch (HK) took place on April 6, sealing a decades-long successful partnership between the two companies, doureios.com reports. The two companies have a long history of cooperation, which began in the late 1970s, when H&K received from the Hellenic State the contract to equip the Hellenic Armed Forces with portable weapons, which were manufactured at the Aegis factory with H&K know-how following a license obtained by the then EBO.

U.S. Army 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) leads UAS (unmanned aerial systems) experimentation between industry and government on current and relevant technologies. As well as the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) to employ them. This includes the use of flight simulation, current drone technologies, First Person View (FPV) goggle-enabled flight operations, and 3D printing.

The Minister of national defense of Poland and the U.S. ambassador to Poland participated in an opening ceremony of the Long-Term Equipment Storage and Maintenance Complex to demonstrate the bilateral ability to respond quickly in support of European allies and partners in the time of crisis on April 5, 2023, in Powidz, Poland. Staff Sgt. Ondirae Abdullah-Robinson reports.

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), American company MDT Armor Corp., based in Auburn, Alabama, was awarded a $21,913,585 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of David Urban Light Armored Vehicles. This contract was awarded to MDT Armor as part of a U.S. Foreign Military Sales agreement for Israel.

The Turkish newspaper "Daily Sabah" published pictures of the latest version of the Altay MBT (Main Battle Tank). The upgraded Altay tank, now in mass production, is set to be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces for testing on 23rd April 2023. With new capabilities added to its original design, the New Altay tank has commenced serial production, featuring a Turkish-made power pack

Nexter and SOGECLAIR, through its subsidiary SERA Ingénierie, have signed a partnership agreement to jointly develop land robots for the French army. These two major players in French military robotics combine their complementary know-how: Nexter, a leader in land defense in France and Europe, brings its recognized skills in architecture, system integration and robotic systems, while SERA Engineering (SOGECLAIR), specializing in the design and manufacture of special vehicles and mission systems, will bring its recognized expertise in the areas of mechanical design and production of platforms for defense and security, civil and simulation applications. This partnership aims to offer sovereign solutions in the future sector of military robotics.

Day 3 for Army Recognition editorial team at SOFINS 2023, Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar that was held at the Souge military base, near Bordeaux, in the southwest of France. In this video, discover the latest technologies of UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) for military and security use.

According to information published by the American company on April 3, 2023, American company Raytheon Technologies has secured a $1.2 billion foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Army, marking Switzerland's adoption of the Patriot GEM-T air defense missile system. This move makes Switzerland the 18th global Patriot partner and the eighth European country to rely on the system for air defense.

As of 4 April 2023, Finland has officially become the latest member of NATO. This comes after the country deposited its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the United States at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The Accession Protocol was signed by NATO Allies on 5 July 2022, and after approval by all 30 national parliaments, Finland's membership has now been ratified. What are the political and military consequences of Finland's accession to NATO?

On April 4, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced critical new security assistance for Ukraine. This includes the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance with more ammunition for U.S.-provided HIMARS, air defense interceptors, and artillery rounds that Ukraine is using to defend itself, as well as anti-armor systems, small arms, heavy equipment transport vehicles, and maintenance support essential to strengthening Ukraine's defenders on the battlefield valued at up to $500 million.

Inkas Armored Vehicle Manufacturing on April 4 announced a strategically important collaboration with Force Development Services (FDS) – fusing the industry’s most reliable heavy-capacity tactical intervention system with Inkas globally-renowned armored vehicles to create a lineup of highly capable Armored Tactical Intervention Vehicles. This collaboration will produce vehicle-mounted and rapidly deployable intervention capability that delivers unparalleled performance in mission-critical operations across a multitude of scenarios.

Finland became NATO’s newest member on 4 April 2023, upon depositing its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the United States at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. NATO Allies signed Finland’s Accession Protocol on 5 July 2022, after which all 30 national parliaments voted to ratify the country’s membership.

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