June 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to a recent report from the South China Morning Post on June 2, General Li Shangfu, China's defense chief, conveyed to his Singaporean counterpart that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would not renounce the use of force on Taiwan. Experts believe that this statement serves as a warning not only to Washington but also to regional powers and European countries.

Patria on June 2 announced that the Finnish Defence Forces purchase Patria 6x6 armoured vehicles as a part of the multinational Finland-led CAVS (Common Armoured Vehicle Systems) programme that also features Latvia, Sweden, and Germany. Patria signed the agreement for 91 vehicles with the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command. In addition to the vehicles, the purchase includes spare parts, tools as well as operation and maintenance training, in addition to a purchase option for 70 vehicles. Deliveries of the vehicles will begin in 2023.

The French Army Procurement Agency (DGA - Direction Générale de l'Armement) recently tested the Leclerc tank in its modernized XLR version at the DGA Terrestrial Techniques expertise and testing center in Bourges. The primary objective of these trials was to validate the firing capabilities of the 120mm cannon following the comprehensive modernization work. Further details about the outcomes of the test and potential impacts on future procurement decisions remain to be announced.

According to mil.in.ua website, Russia’s Sarma anti-aircraft missile system will be a continuation of the Kama system project, based on a KamAZ 6350 8x8 truck chassis. The new MLRS will have increased mobility and will be able to launch guided high-precision ammunition. The Sarma system will be equipped with an improved automated fire control and guidance system.

Team Forces, the UK-based defence sector organisation that delivers social impact across the UK armed forces community, is celebrating a major milestone achievement, having raised over £12 million in sponsorship and donations during the last 12 years. At the same time as announcing this milestone, Team Forces has renamed the charitable element of their organisation from the ‘Team Army Sports Foundation’ to the ‘Team Forces Foundation’. This transition better aligns all aspects of the organisations brand with their now more diverse operating model.

As a Swiss company (Ruag) may become the supplier of tanks, sources in The Hague say, their purchase by the Netherlands to supply them to Ukraine requires the permission of the Swiss government… which wants to stay away from the war with Russia, as much as possible. The supply of weapons puts neutrality at risk, as the Swiss said earlier. So the agreement on the purchase of tanks has not yet been concluded.

Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is equipping its site in Kiel with a pilot plant for the production and storage of hydrogen. The company expects this to establish the energy independence of an entire industrial site and allow them to demonstrate their expertise in hydrogen for their own sustainability goals and for the business of autonomous energy supply for military installations.

The Russian Ministry of Defense will decide on the inclusion of the PP-2000 submachine gun in the NAZ of military pilots based on the results of the trial operation of weapons, topwar.ru reports. The PP-2000 compact submachine gun can replace the shortened AKS-74U Kalashnikov assault rifle in the portable emergency kit of military pilots, the decision will be made based on the results of trial operation of the weapon, the company "High Precision Complexes" announced.

Lockheed Martin has recently entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC). The primary objective of this collaboration is to enhance Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) connectivity, and jointly develop and demonstrate space-enabled defense systems.

Hydra Technologies, in collaboration with the Czech industry leader STV Group A.S., unveiled an array of cutting-edge unmanned aerial solutions at the prestigious International Defence and Security Technologies Fair (IDET) held in the Czech Republic. With a rich legacy of over 15 years of experience in serving the military and intelligence communities, Hydra Technologies has firmly established itself as a pioneering provider of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Saber Guardian 23, a component of DEFENDER 23, is an exercise co-led by the Romanian Land Forces and the U.S. Army. It forms part of the broader DEFENDER 23 initiative, which is a U.S. Army Europe and Africa-led exercise aimed at enhancing the strategic deployment of U.S.-based forces, the utilization of Army Prepositioned Stocks, and the promotion of interoperability with Allies and partner nations.

SEOUL, June 1, 2023 - The South Korean Defense Ministry announced a successful interception test of the Long-range Surface-to-Air Missile (L-SAM), marking its third success out of four attempts. The L-SAM interceptor was launched on May 30, 2023, from the Anheung testing site of the Agency for Defense Development in Taean, 109 kilometers southwest of Seoul, according to reports from the South Korean press agency YONHAP NEWS.

According to a statement published by the United States Department of Defense on May 31, 2023, Arnold Defense and Electronics, a leading provider of advanced weapon systems based in Arnold, Missouri, has been awarded a significant $56,518,359 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The contract is for the manufacturing and support of 2.75-inch (70mm) rocket launchers, along with their subcomponents, to meet the needs of the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

The U.S. Defense Department on May 31 announced an additional security assistance package for Ukraine that contains key capabilities to arm against Russian airstrikes targeting critical infrastructure across the country. The latest package, valued at up to $300 million, marks the 39th drawdown of DOD equipment for Ukraine since August 2021. Joseph Clark, U.S. DoD, reports. included in the package are additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems, Avenger air defense systems, Stinger antiaircraft systems and AIM-7 missiles for air defense. The package also includes more artillery and antiarmor capabilities, in addition to precision aerial munitions and other items.

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