December 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The United States Marine Corps is enhancing its amphibious warfare capabilities with a new order of ACVs from defense contractor BAE Systems, as of December 7, 2023. This $211 million contract, part of the Marine Corps' fourth full-rate production order, includes 40 ACV Personnel (ACV-P) variants, as well as associated deployment, support costs, and testing equipment. This vehicle is designed to meet the constantly evolving operational requirements of the Marine Corps.

Northrop Grumman played a crucial role in supporting the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) evaluation of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system through the FTG-12 test. This test involved a multi-stage Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) missile targeting an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM), launched by Northrop Grumman. The GMD Ground System and Fire Control were key in managing this process, showcasing enhanced warfighter capabilities.

The recent agreement between Norway, Finland, and South Korea marks a significant step forward in Nordic defense cooperation, particularly in the field of artillery systems. Highlighted by Norwegian Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram, this agreement greatly facilitates the transfer of spare parts for the K9 artillery systems between Norway and Finland, eliminating the need for direct approval from South Korea.

The US Department of Defense announced on December 9, 2023, the initial delivery of the next-generation long-range Precision Strike Missile (PrSM). This development marks a critical milestone in the transformation of the U.S. Army's artillery technology and could potentially enable the delivery of a significant number of ATACMS missiles to Ukraine.


On December 11, 2023, several Twitter accounts relayed the news that the Iranian Air Force had officially received a fleet of Karrar drones equipped with Majid air-to-air missiles during a ceremony overseen by Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi. This reception, which took place on December 10, 2023, marks a significant step in strengthening Iran's aerial defense capabilities.

On December 6, 2023, the US Embassy in Croatia announced that the country received its first batch of Bradley M2A2 ODS Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) through the port city of Rijeka. This initial delivery of 22 vehicles is part of a $196 million procurement initiative dating back to January 2022, covering a total of 89 IFVs.

Brussels, Belgium, December 10, 2023 – In a significant move to enhance its military firepower, the Belgian government, following the advice of the Belgian Defense Minister, has approved the purchase of an additional 19 CAESAR NG (New Generation) 155mm self-propelled howitzers. This acquisition aims to significantly bolster the Belgian Army's artillery capabilities, which currently include only 120 mm mortars and towed 105 mm cannons. With this latest procurement, the total number of CAESAR NG systems in the Belgian armed forces will rise to 28, comprising 24 operational units and 4 units designated for military training.

France has donated 18 CAESAR artillery systems to Ukraine since 2022. To replenish its artillery forces, KNDS, which includes the French defense company Nexter, has initiated the production of 16 new cannons. These latest models are set to be more advanced and efficient. The delivery process of these new howitzers for the French army, which began on November 23, will continue into 2024.

On Friday, December 8, 2023, Belgium's Minister of Defense, Ludivine Dedonder, approved the purchase of a series of artillery systems to enhance the operational capabilities of the Belgian army. Among these systems is the MEPAC, a mobile mortar system based on the Griffon 6x6 armored vehicle, equipped with a 120mm mortar. A total of 24 MEPAC mortar vehicles will be acquired by Belgium and will replace the existing battery of 120 mm mortars – currently towed by DINGO 2 4x4 armored vehicles and modernize it into two batteries of two MEPAC platoons each.

The recently concluded ExpoDefensa 2023 in Bogota, Colombia, marked a significant event in the global defense calendar, drawing attention from major international and local defense companies. The event was inaugurated by Colombian Defense Minister Iván Velásquez Gómez and showcased a wide array of military technologies spanning land, air, sea, cyber technology, and security domains.

In a significant move towards bolstering European defense capabilities, France and Belgium have embarked on a collaborative venture to develop a new versatile combat armored vehicle, the VBAE (Véhicule Blindé d’Aide à l’Engagement or Armored Engagement Support Vehicle). This initiative officially was announced on December 6, 2023, in Montrouge, France.

Elbit Systems of America is awarded, through an international tender, a five-year $500 million IDIQ contract for the supply of the Squad Binocular Night Vision Goggle (SBNVG) to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). The contract is awarded by the US Department of Defense. For the first delivery order following contract, a total amount of $126.8 ml will be obligated.

Screaming Eagle Division soldiers at Fort Campbell just completed training and testing the U.S. Army’s 6.8mm family of Next Generation Squad Weapon-Rifle (NGSW-R), NGSW-Automatic Rifle (AR) and the NGSW-Fire Control (FC) systems. Maj. Rodrick A. Polk, test officer, Maneuver Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command, reports.

On December 4, 2023, Australian Ambassador to Ukraine, Bruce Edwards, revealed via Twitter that Australia is set to deliver a new batch of Bushmaster APCs to Ukraine. Although the exact number remains undisclosed, this shipment comes at a crucial time as the Ukrainian military adopts a defensive stance against Russia.

Bangladesh has recently acquired South Korean Dsar-15 assault rifles to bolster its military arsenal. The Dsar-15, a South Korean assault rifle, is designated for the Bangladeshi naval forces. This acquisition also signifies South Korea's rising prominence as an arms supplier in the international market, offering competitive alternatives to traditional sources of military equipment.

On November 7, 2023, Sig Sauer introduced two new tactical pistols that are now available! The new M17X and M18X pistols are the successors of the famous M17 and M18 models. These models, which have been the preferred choice of the U.S. military, are now equipped with improved features, making them more suitable for military use.

Hanwha Defense Australia has signed an approximately $4 billion contract with the Commonwealth for the delivery of 129 AS21 Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs). The program will see all 129 vehicles manufactured in Australia, with vehicle deliveries to begin in 2027 and have the fleet delivered in full by 2028. A series of eight prototype vehicles will also be manufactured in both South Korea and Australia as the program develops.

The second day of the highly anticipated EDEX (Egypt Defence Expo) hosted by the Army Recognition Group witnessed a remarkable display of advanced defense technology. Two of the standout exhibitors were Canik from Türkiye and American aerospace giant Boeing, each showcasing their latest innovations in defense equipment.

In a notable advancement of their defense collaboration, the United States and Guyana are intensifying their joint military exercises with flight operations, as detailed in a statement from the U.S. embassy in Guyana, dated December 7, 2023. This development is set against the backdrop of rising tensions in the region, particularly concerning the ongoing territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana.

As reported on Vietnam Defence’s Facebook page, the Vietnamese army’s Battalion 172, Regiment 64, is responsible for protecting the Noi Bai airport area. A89 is actually Vietnam's designation for the 9K35 Strela-10 (SA-13 Gopher) self-propelled air defense missile system, one of the last gifts from the Soviet Union in 1989.

At the Expodefensa 2023 defense exhibition in Bogota, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates Defense Group EDGE made a significant impact, presenting its extensive range of defense products with a keen emphasis on autonomous systems, smart weapons, and electronic warfare. This showcase underscores EDGE's ambition to expand its export potential, leveraging its cutting-edge defense technologies.

At the EDEX 2023 event, the editorial team of Army Recognition, as an official partner, reviews the Egyptian version of the South Korean K9 Thunder artillery system and its ammunition resupply vehicle, the K10 ARV, which are being presented for the first time. Egypt's adoption of this technology, as the first Middle Eastern country to do so, marks a significant step in enhancing its military capabilities.

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