June 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


European defense companies are working to develop an interceptor capable of neutralizing "invincible" Russian hypersonic missiles. This protection system could be deployed across Europe to shoot down these missiles, which travel at a speed of 11,100 km/h (6,900 miles per hour) and are believed to be impervious to existing defenses. The development of this technology is in the hands of the European company MBDA.

Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), a global leader in the manufacturing of small arms for military, law enforcement agencies, and governmental entities worldwide, announced on June 25, 2023, a new contract with the Israel Ministry of Defense. The agreement, signed with the Ministry's Department of Production and Procurement - Ground Weapons Division, involves the supply of thousands more Micro-TAVOR (X95) assault rifles to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) infantry brigades.

In a recent interview with the German newspaper "Welt", German Brigadier General Christian Freuding, who serves as the Head of the Situation Center Ukraine within the German Ministry of Defense, confirmed Germany's commitment to strengthen Ukraine's air defense. The pledge includes the provision of 45 Gepard mobile self-propelled anti-aircraft gun systems and two IRIS-T SLM air defense missile batteries.

During the Paris Air Show 2023, the Army Recognition Group gathered valuable information regarding the upcoming developments in the Turkish aerospace industry. In a significant revelation, a representative from the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) disclosed that they are preparing to conduct the first flight test of their cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the ANKA-3 MİUS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System), in just two weeks.

In a significant development for Poland's air defense capabilities, the Polish Ministry of Defense announced on June 22, 2023, the successful first firing test of the CAMM surface-to-air missile within the OPL "Mała Narew" air defense system. The launch took place on June 22, 2023, at the Central Air Force Training Range, with the presence of the head of the Ministry of National Defense, marking a milestone in the country's defense modernization efforts.

Norway has for several years deployed the air defence system NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System), which consists of launch units with missiles, command and control stations, radars and electro-optical sensors. Now the radars, called "AN/MPQ-64", are to be upgraded by replacing certain parts. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA) to upgrade them.

On June 17, 2023, during a visit of the Russian Minister of Defense, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, Uralvagonzavod, a leading Russian defense manufacturer, announced a significant boost in the production of T-80BVM tanks and TOS-1A thermobaric rocket launchers despite prevailing economic sanctions against Russia. The sanctions follow Russia's ongoing military operations in Ukraine.

Russian soldiers of the engineer-sapper unit of the Central Military District used a captured MT-LB tracked armored personnel carrier to destroy a stronghold of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This unprecedented operation has been reported by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense, even if no assessment of the result could be made, even by drone, and no report from the Ukrainian side could confirm the result.

General Dynamics European Land Systems-Bridge Systems will deliver four Python bridge systems to Georgia as part of the “Enable and Enhance Initiative” set up by the Federal Government of Germany. Each bridge is mounted along with its launcher on an 8x8 carrier truck with palletized load system. The four systems are to be delivered within the next two years.

In a significant move towards strengthening European defense capabilities, France, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, and Hungary have signed a letter of intent for the joint acquisition of the Mistral 3 ground-based air defense system. This landmark agreement, led by the French Ministry for the Armed Forces in collaboration with MBDA, indicate a willingness to enhance collective security.

According to an article in the Hindustan Times by Shishir Gupta, the Indo-US defense cooperation is poised to make significant advancements following the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden in Washington. The Pentagon has proposed offering New Delhi the Stryker family of 8x8 armored fighting vehicles, upgrades for its M777A2 towed howitzers, MQ-9 Reaper drones, and the transfer of technology for the manufacturing of GE-F414 aircraft engines in India.

The countries of the European Union will train 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers in 2023, as announced by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on June 20th. According to a statement released on Telegram, the ministry stated: "In 2023, as part of the EU's military assistance mission to Ukraine, it is planned to train 30,000 personnel from the Ukrainian armed forces, including soldiers from the territorial defense forces."

This is a transformational moment in the U.S.-India defense partnership, a senior Defense Department official said at the Pentagon on June 20, David Vergun, of the US Department of Defense, reports. "To have the world's largest democracies with some of the most innovative workers and companies working more closely together on strategic technologies and how we can leverage them for security is a natural next step in this relationship," the official said during a briefing.

Paris, France, June 20, 2023 - The 2023 Paris Air Show, one of the world's largest aviation and space events, has attracted global attention with its latest exhibition of military helicopters, aircraft, and drones. The event is being covered in detail by Army Recognition, the premier online defense magazine, providing a sneak peek into the next generation of military technology.

Canada announced its plans to deploy a squadron of 15 Leopard 2A4M CAN tanks to Latvia and its neighboring countries as part of Operation Reassurance. Defense Minister Anita Anand revealed this important commitment during the NATO Defense Ministers meeting held in Brussels on June 16th, 2023. The deployment process will unfold gradually over the coming months, with the tanks, initial supporting personnel, and equipment expected to arrive in Latvia by the fall of 2023.

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