January 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The army of Moldova received, on January 12, the first three Piranha III H Armored Personnel Carriers among the 19 vehicles offered by Germany, in a ceremony organized in Military Camp 142. The donation is based on the agreement signed with the German side and as a result of the official visit of German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht to Chisinau.

DTI delivered a 4x4 wheeled MRAP armored vehicle, 4x4 and 4x2 tactical reconnaissance vehicles to the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters for testing by the Counter-Terrorism Operations Center (CTOC) as a user unit used to test and trial work, Defense Studies reports.

Elbit Systems UK has been awarded a contract to provide Magni-X micro-Uncrewed Aerial Systems (micro-UAS) to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). The contract has been awarded by Defence Equipment & Support’s Future Capability Group as part of the British Army’s Human Machine Teaming framework, and the proven micro-UAS will be delivered to specialist army units for service by mid-2023.

According to The New Voice of Ukraine on January 10, Pakistani shipping and brokerage firm Project Shipping plans to deliver 159 containers of ammunition for Ukraine – from the port of Karachi to Gdansk, Poland, in the second half of January. In exchange, Pakistan may receive Ukrainian assistance in the modernization of its Mi-17 helicopters.

Rheinmetall’s KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle has reached its latest interim objective: promptly at the start of 2023, low-rate initial production (LRIP) began in NATO member nation Hungary, the vehicle’s first customer. Pre-series production is an important milestone, one which also encompasses the fabrication of the Lance medium-caliber turret as well as additional variants of the Lynx. Full-rate production, or FRP, is due to commence in July 2023. Recruitment of qualified personnel and the inflow of technical equipment for the Lynx center of excellence is now in full swing.

According to information published by the Czech Army and Defence Magazine "CZ Defence" on January 10, 2023, the Czech company Excalibur Army would have already delivered to Ukraine 20 T-72EA modernized Soviet-made T-72M and T-72M1 main battle tanks on the 90 which were ordered within the framework of a contract with the United States and European countries including the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

According to information published on Yahoo News, on January 9, 2023, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos discusses with his German counterpart Christine Lambrecht, the option to deliver as a priority to the Ukrainian army the Marder IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) that Greece was going to receive following the donation of its BMP-1 IFVs to Ukraine.

The Russian Lancet loitering munitions also called Kamikaze drones become a nightmare for the Ukrainian armed forces. Recently, the Russian Ministry of Defense released several videos showing the destruction of combat vehicles by Lancet loitering munitions. Russia uses these drones to primarily target combat vehicles, artillery and air defense systems delivered by the United States and European countries.

According to eng.lsm.lv, Latvia could once again offer Ukraine Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems, Defense Minister Ināra Mūrniece told Latvian Television on January 10. The Minister stated that, in the second half of January, a conference on future military assistance to Ukraine will be held at the US Air Force Base in Ramstein, Germany. The list of military support from Latvia is already "in the pocket," said Mūrniece..

The Italian Defense Company IDV (IVECO Defence Vehicles) announced on January 10, 2023, that the Italian Directorate of Land Armaments signed a contract with IDV for the supply of 36 wheeled Amphibious Armoured Vehicles (VBA) to the Italian Navy. The contract comes as part of the program to renew and extend the vehicles’ fleet for National Defence, aimed at increasing the Sea Projection National Capability of the Italian Navy.

Mariusz Błaszczak, Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense, on January 9 approved the concept of creating the 1st Legions Infantry Division, Ewa Korsak reports in Polska Zbrojna. The new formation is to operate in the east of Poland, primarily in the Podlaskie Voivodeship, and its soldiers will receive the latest equipment available to the Polish army. The division will consist of four brigades.

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