March 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


In February 2023, the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force (1st MDTF) long-range fires battalion, 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (5-3 LRFB), deployed the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) system over 3,100 miles from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington to Cape Canaveral, Florida during Thunderbolt Strike, a full rehearsal of expeditionary hypersonic launch capabilities.

According to an updated list published by the German Ministry of Defense on March 30, 2023, Germany confirms the delivery to Ukraine of 18 Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tanks, 40 Marder tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles), 2 Bergepanzer 3 tracked armored recovery vehicles, two Wisent 1 mine-clearing tanks, and 3 Dachs tracked armored engineer vehicles.

As reported by Laurent Lagneau in Opex360, echoing a tweet from the DGA, less than a year after the delivery of the first four units to the Combined Arms Combat Readiness Support Center - 51st Infantry Regiment (Centre d’appui de préparation au combat interarmes), CAPCIA-51e RI) in Mourmelon, the VBMR-L Serval light multi-role armored vehicle, from the SCORPION program, has just been inducted in the 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment (RPIMa, Régiment Parachutiste d’Infanterie de Marine), part of the 11th Paratrooper Brigade.

The German Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) a contract for the production of 10 new PzH 2000 self-propelled tank howitzers. The two parties signed the contractual agreement in Berlin today. Delivery of the systems is scheduled to begin in 2025. They will replace the German artillery`s self-propelled howitzers, which were recently handed over to Ukraine as part of military support operations. The agreement concluded on March 29 includes options for the production of a total of 18 additional PzH 2000s in 3 lots of 6 systems.

Polish Minister of Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, approved the executive contract for the delivery of another 22 Bystra mobile air defense radars. ‘’We are building the anti-aircraft and anti-missile capabilities of the Polish Army, we are strengthening them with new layers’’, emphasized Błaszczak. ‘’You need to be aware that what is happening today on the Donbas front has a direct impact on the security of the Polish state’’.

In partnership with the U.S. Army, BAE Systems successfully fired a Sub-Caliber Artillery Long-Range Projectile with Enhanced Lethality, its concept for the U.S. Army’s XM1155 sub-caliber program, from a 155 mm XM907E2 58 caliber cannon and impacted a fixed target beyond ranges previously demonstrated by other precision-guided projectiles fired from the same type of cannon.

According to a video published on Social Network on March 29, 2023, the first Marder tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) donated by Germany have now entered into service with the Ukrainian army. With the Marder 1A3 tracked IFV the Ukrainian armed forces will have a modern combat vehicle offering several advantages when compared to the Soviet-made BMP-1 and BMP-2 IFVs currently used by the Ukrainian army to fight Russian troops.

The British Army will receive modern artillery systems to replace those supplied to Ukraine, as part of an agreement struck with Sweden. The first 14 Archer self-propelled howitzers will be owned by the British Army this month and be fully operational by next April, forming an interim replacement for the 32 AS90 artillery systems the UK gifted to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Day 1 at SOFINS 2023, or the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar, is a unique event held in Bordeaux, France that focuses on the technologies and innovations designed for special operations forces. The exhibition showcases advanced equipment, techniques, and services tailored to meet the specific needs of special forces units from different countries.

Galvion, a company specializing in innovative head protection systems and power and data management solutions, has won a major contract from the Department of National Defence (DND) of Canada for its flagship Batlskin Caiman ballistic helmet systems. The one-year framework contract will see the delivery of approximately 2,100 helmets and 4,200 helmet covers, in two patterns, along with spare parts. There is an option to extend to 5 years, with the delivery of up to 8,400 additional helmets and accessories.

At SOFINS 2023, Special Forces seminar and exhibition, the French Company Centigon, a company specializing in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of armored vehicles for both military and security applications presents its FORTRESS 300 VR7, an armored vehicle based on a Toyota Land Cruiser chassis which has now successfully passed all the VR7 level ballistic and explosive protection tests.

The U.S. Department of Defense on March 28 announced that Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $1,225,368,567 firm-fixed-price contract for Patriot Missile System fire units. Fiscal 2023 Foreign Military Sales (Switzerland) funds in the amount of $1,225,368,567 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Crosscall, the French manufacturer of ultra-durable and waterproof smartphones and tablets presents the CORE-Z5, its first 5G smartphone. Never before has Crosscall achieved such power: its Qualcomm Technologies Inc. processor and compatibility with the latest generation networks (5G, WiFi 6/6E) combine to provide optimal service quality in all circumstances.

To continually improve the way SWAT, defense SOF squadrons, as well as Search and Rescue teams, conduct tactical inspections of hard-to-reach, dangerous or inaccessible areas, Sky-Hero unveils its additional tactical vector in the form of a self-contained handheld camera head, the Narfi Mk.I, which complements the unified tactical unmanned indoor recon system – including Loki Mk.II UAV and Sigyn Mk.I UGV.

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