June 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


A video shared on June 6, 2023, via the Telegram account of Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, the Chechen Republic's head, has revealed that China has supplied an unspecified amount of Tiger 4x4 armored vehicles. These vehicles, designed and constructed by Baoji Special Vehicles Manufacturing of Shaаnxi Province, China, a firm renowned for creating special-purpose vehicles, are set to serve in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.

U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command has begun fielding the new Ultra Light Tactical Vehicle, or ULTV, reaching initial operational capability and marking a significant milestone in the Corps’ Force Design 2030 modernization efforts. This state-of-the-art tactical vehicle is set to enhance infantry, reconnaissance, and logistics mobility and sustainability, providing the modern warfighter with an advanced, lightweight solution tailored for operations in an anti-access/area denial environment.

In the midst of the ongoing conflict near the Russia-Ukraine border, we introduce you to the SCAR-L 5.56mm assault rifle. Manufactured by the Belgian company FN Herstal, this weapon appears to have found its way into the hands of anti-Putin militias operating in Russian territory near Belgorod, Ukraine.

As reported by topwar.ru, Japan is gradually joining the countries that supply the Armed Forces of Ukraine. So far, it has not moved on to transferring combat systems but has already expressed a desire to supply vehicles, topwar.ru website reports. 100 Japanese army off-road vehicles Toyota Kohkidosha (a local variant of AM General’s Humvee), Mitsubishi Type 73 and tracked dump trucks Morooka, as well as 20,000 food rations were given earlier this year.

As reported in Nikkei Asia, Yuko Seki and Shota Fujii's analysis of customs clearance data suggests that Russia is suspected of repurchasing military supplies that were previously exported to Myanmar and India. The survey, published in Nikkei Asia, revealed records indicating that Russia has repurchased parts for tanks and missiles. The motive behind these repurchases is believed to be the improvement of older weapons intended for use in Ukraine, with the assistance of countries that have longstanding military ties with Russia.

In a tweet published on June 7, 2023, the Polish Ministry of Defense showcased the integration of the South Korean Chunmoo rocket launcher pod onto the Polish Jelcz 8x8 military truck chassis. This is the latest development in Poland's defense partnership with South Korea, which began with an agreement in November 2022 for Poland to acquire 218 Chunmoo K239 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket Systems).

According to mil.in.ua website, the Belarusian military will be armed with additional Russian Supecam UAVs. The estimated purchase price is 3,132,702 Belarusian rubles ($1,068,962). The Supercams must be delivered by January 31, 2024. The Russian military is already using its Supercam drones against Ukraine.

In a significant development for the Greek defense industry, S.A.S. Technology recently conducted the inaugural flight test of their highly anticipated AIHMI AHX-1X SOLM (Stand Off Loitering Munition). The successful test took place a few weeks after the technology's presentation at DEFEA 2023, a renowned defense exhibition that was held in Athens, Greece.

Rheinmetall is making another important contribution to strengthening NATO’s European member nations: starting in late 2026, Norway will be taking delivery of almost 300 advanced TG3 MIL 8x8 military trucks, worth over €150 million. The contract was signed on 31 May 2023 in Oslo by Gro Jeare, director of the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA), and Michael Wittlinger, chairman of the board of management of Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV).

On May 29, 2023, during its 213th anniversary, the Argentine Army revealed the latest variants of the TAM-2C Light tank family, the TAM-2C-A2. The occasion was marked by an exhibition of recently acquired combat vehicles and materials, presided over by the Minister of Defense, Jorge Taiana, and the Chief of the General Staff of the Army, Lieutenant General Guillermo Olegario Gonzalo Pereda.

Pearson Engineering has been awarded a contract to provide a suite of capability-enhancing Front-End Equipment (FEE) to an undisclosed end-user across both their Main Battle Tank and Combat Engineering programmes. End-users will receive their next-generation Main Battle Tank equipped with Pearson Engineering’s innovative SLICE interface, General Purpose Blade, and Self-Protection Mine Plough.

According to Deborah Haynes in SkyNews on June 5, a reliable security source has disclosed that an alleged arms contract provides concrete evidence that Iran has indeed sold ammunition to Russia for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The document, if proven authentic, consists of 16 pages and is dated September 14, 2022.

Prague, Czech Republic, June 6, 2023 - The Czech defense company in Nový Jičín will soon begin repairing Ukrainian T-64 tanks, according to the Czech Ministry of Defense's statement today. The exact number of tanks to be serviced in the Czech Republic in the coming months was not disclosed for security reasons, but they will be directly deployed to the battlefield.

In a significant boost to the country's defense capabilities, the Czech army has taken delivery of the first six TITUS (Tactical Infantry Transport & Utility System) wheeled armored vehicles. Tatra Defence Vehicle (TDV), a leading manufacturer based in Koprivnice, is spearheading the production of these armored vehicles for the most challenging conditions.

Northrop Grumman’s Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) system was successfully fielded in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, creating air and missile defense interoperability amongst the Baltic states, NATO and U.S. forces. FAAD C2 provides command and control for their collective short-range air defense (SHORAD) systems to conduct counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) and SHORAD missions.

Following a statement published by the Dutch Ministry of Defense on June 5, 2023, the Dutch Ministry of Defence is merging its projects to upgrade short and medium-range air defense systems, as announced by State Secretary Christophe van der Maat. He affirmed that a single supplier will be contracted to provide both missiles and launching installations, to optimize the integration of both capabilities. The Dutch armed forces will receive a new modernized version of the NASAMS as well as a new tracked armored air defense vehicle based on the German-made Armoured Combat Support Vehicle G5 (ACSV G5).

VILNIUS, Lithuania — June 5, 2023: The Lithuania Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced in a Tweet today that the country will continue strengthening its air defense capabilities by acquiring additional GROM Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) missiles from Poland.

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