December 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The Indian Defense Ministry has greenlit a proposal for the acquisition of approximately 6,400 rockets intended for the Pinaka multiple rocket launcher systems (MLRS). Valued at 2,800 crore Indian Rupees, which equates to roughly 356 million US dollars, this significant purchase forms a crucial part of the ongoing artillery modernization efforts within the Indian Army.

The Estonian government, led by Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur, has approved a military aid package for Ukraine. This decision marks a continuous effort to support Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression. The package, valued at approximately 80 million euros, includes essential military equipment such as Javelin anti-tank missiles and other indispensable gear.

Vilnius, Lithuania, December 15, 2023: In a significant move to enhance its national security, Lithuania has finalized a deal with Norwegian Company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) for additional NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System) air defense systems. This EUR 200 million contract marks a crucial step in Lithuania's efforts to modernize and strengthen its air defense capabilities.

The Polish Army has recently enhanced its military capabilities with the receipt of 5 new KTO Rosomak armored vehicles. This development was reported on December 14, 2023. The KTO Rosomak vehicles are the result of an ongoing and close collaboration between Finnish manufacturer Patria and the Polish company Rosomak S.A., which has been producing these vehicles under license since 2005.

As reported by the Spanish Ministry of Defense on December 13, 2023, the Spanish Army received the first six Castor Combat Engineer Vehicles (VCZAP) during a ceremony at the GDELS Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) factory in Alcalá de Guadaira, Seville. This delivery is part of a larger contract that includes a total of 36 vehicles, with the remaining 30 scheduled for delivery throughout 2024.

Since mid-2023, L3Harris Technologies has been instrumental in enhancing Ukraine's defense capabilities against hostile Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) through their cutting-edge Vehicle Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE) system. This versatile and multi-functional weapon system has made a significant impact in the region, marking a major contribution to supporting Ukraine's military efforts, as noted by defense experts.

In a video released by Hanwha Aerospace on December 11, 2023, South Korea masterfully implemented its latest KM3 Amphibious Rigs, demonstrating how eight of these cutting-edge units were assembled with Ribbon Bridge Systems to create a spectacular 100-meter floating bridge. This achievement, carried out by the skilled sappers of the 1st Engineering Brigade of the Republic of Korea Army, highlights the country's significant advances in military technology.

On 13 December 2023, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the deployment of Baekho advanced command post vehicle to the army. This action is part of a broader initiative to incorporate high-tech equipment into the military, thereby improving operational effectiveness and responsiveness.

Northrop Grumman's Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) continues to solidify its position as a transformational cornerstone within the U.S. Army's air and missile defense capabilities. Its recent achievement involves the successful integration of the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS), a development that signifies its ongoing significance.

A substantial order for Aaronia's Aartos drone detection system takes center stage in the company's 2023 financial statements, reaffirming its status as an international expert in measurement, detection, and surveillance technology while continuing the success achieved with its CUAV system. This order, with a total worth of $20 million, represents the largest single order ever received for the Aartos DDS. This system boasts modularity, allowing it to be tailored to a diverse range of needs, and currently stands as the most potent solution available on the market.

The Russian military industry has overcome economic and technological challenges to increase its tank production significantly. The country's defense has produced about 2,100 tanks of various types in 2023. This increase represents a significant jump compared to previous years, with annual production limited to about 200 new tanks. This increase in main battle tank production comes as Russia faces severe economic sanctions, which, however, do not seem to affect it.

On December 13, 2023, Italian defense company Leonardo and Franco-German defense consortium KNDS (KMW and Nexter Defence Systems) finalized an agreement for the Italian Leopard 2A8 procurement program. According to RID, this collaboration includes the acquisition of 300 Leopard 2A8 vehicles, comprising the 2A8IT Main Battle Tank (MBT) and various engineering vehicles based on the same platform.

On December 12, 2023, the United States Department of Defense (DoD), despite the opposition of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced a new tranche of $200 million security assistance to Ukraine. This assistance, the fifty-third of its kind since August 2021, underscores the Biden Administration's firm commitment to supporting Ukraine's fight for sovereignty and independence.

In a major development in the defense sector, particularly in the MGCS project, Leonardo has allied with KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems). Supported by the Italian Ministry of Defense, this alliance marks a significant step towards creating a true European defense group, with a special focus on closer cooperation in the field of land-based defense electronics.

Raytheon, a subsidiary of RTX, has successfully conducted another live-fire demonstration of its advanced Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, known as LTAMDS. This marks a significant achievement in a series of successful test events, following closely on the heels of a cruise missile live-fire test and the recently completed contractor verification testing. These milestones collectively validate the exceptional performance and progress of this radar system during its developmental testing phase.

In January 2023, the 68th Régiment d'Artillerie d'Afrique (68RAA) conducted operational preparation for its deployment to Romania as part of the Aigle mission, Laurent Lagneau reports in Opex360. During this preparation, they utilized a firing campaign at Canjuers to train their drone section in fire support coordination. This training also included validating a drone-observed firing procedure through simulations using the Virtual Battlespace 3 system. This innovative operational approach was initially experimental but is now on track to become standard practice.

On December 7, 2023, Lockheed Martin announced the delivery of the 800th Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor to the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The THAAD system is designed to protect against short-to-intermediate-range ballistic missile threats, and it is the sole US system created to intercept targets both within and outside the Earth's atmosphere.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently conducted a training exercise in the western province of Kermanshah, Iran, specifically in the Qasr-e Shirin County. Orchestrated by the Najaf Ashraf Base, this exercise is part of efforts to strengthen Iran's national defense against potential security challenges.

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