December 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


On December 3, 2023, the "Iran Defense" Twitter account released images of Iran's deployment of its main battle tank, the Karrar MBT. These images showcased five Karrar MBTs being transported on Volvo FH-16 trucks heading towards Khuzestan Province, headquarters to the 92nd Armored Division of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army (NEZAJA). Located near the Iraqi border and not far from Baghdad, this province holds strategic significance.

Barrett Firearms, a leader in the design of long-range precision and large-caliber rifles, has introduced the MRADELR rifle, as of December 1, 2023, thus expanding their MRAD platform. This new addition to Barrett's range is proving to be interesting, with feedback already coming in, and we will focus on a few details regarding this newcomer.

Rheinmetall has won a large-volume order for supporting Ukraine with artillery ammunition. The Düsseldorf-based tech enterprise has been tasked with supplying Kyiv with artillery rounds worth around €142 million. The order encompasses tens of thousands of complete 155mm artillery shells, including the projectile, fuse (for the explosive charge), propellant and primer (for igniting the propellant). The customer is a NATO partner nation whose declared intention is to support Ukraine in its defensive struggle with effective long-term military aid.

Rheinmetall AG, a leading German defense company, is poised to enhance its collaboration with Ukraine. As reported by "WirtschaftsWoche", the company's CEO, Armin Papperger, revealed plans for the production of advanced armored vehicles, including the Fuchs 6x6 and KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), in an interview published on December 2, 2023.

In a landmark event for Singapore's military capabilities, on November 29, 2023, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) celebrated the attainment of Full Operational Capability (FOC) status for its SAMP/T Aster 30 Medium-range Surface-to-Air Defense Missile (MSAM) system. The ceremony, officiated by Senior Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Heng Chee How, took place at the RSAF's Air Defence and Operations Command, located in Lim Chu Kang Camp II.

As tensions with China continue to escalate, Taiwan is proactively enhancing its military capabilities with the assistance of the United States. According to a report from "Taiwan News" on November 30, 2023, Taiwan is preparing to send a contingent of 114 soldiers to the U.S. in the coming year for specialized training. This training will focus on the high-mobility-artillery-rocket systems (HIMARS) and the advanced M1A2T Abrams tanks.

Citing information reported by the Greek defense magazine "Defence Review," the Greek Ministry of National Defense is taking significant steps towards modernizing its military capabilities. On November 28, 2023, a key meeting was held at the General Staff of the Army (GES), where representatives from the Italian defense company Leonardo presented their proposal for the upgrade and modernization of the Greek Leopard 1A5 tanks.

The Joint Command of the Peruvian Armed Forces has made a significant arms purchase, concluding a contract with the company Emtan Karmiel Ltd., an Israeli manufacturer of small arms and rifles for armies and law enforcement agencies, for the acquisition of 540 Ramon pistols of 9x19 mm caliber. The total amount of the agreement amounts to $472,500, setting the unit price of each pistol at $875

The Republic of Latvia has concluded an agreement with the German defense contractor Diehl Defence for the acquisition of the IRIS-T medium-range air defense system. The deal, finalized on November 30, represents a strategic enhancement of Latvia's defense capabilities, with the order valued at approximately 600 million euros.

France has recently taken significant steps to strengthen and modernize its military arsenal in response to the defense support provided to Ukraine. Sebastien Lecornu, the Minister of the Armed Forces, announced the integration of new CAESAR self-propelled howitzers into the French military, replacing those sent to Ukraine. This initiative is part of a broader effort to enhance the country's military capabilities in the face of current global security challenges.

On November 30, 2023, Swiss manufacturer SIG Sauer announced the addition of a new pistol to its lineup, the P320-Xten Endure. Designed to withstand the toughest outdoor conditions, this pistol targets the most demanding users and marks the first model in SIG Custom Works' ENDURE series.

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