March 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


On 27 March 2023, the Finnish and Swedish Defence Forces signed a framework agreement for a joint range of firearms with Sako Ltd at the Sako factory in Riihimäki. The agreement was signed by Major General Jari Mikkonen, Director of the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command on behalf of the Finnish Minister of Defence, by Brigadier General Jonas Lotsne, Director of Land Systems at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and, on behalf of Sako Ltd, by Raimo Karjalainen, CEO and Member of the Board and Dott. Franco Gussalli Beretta, Chairman of the Board.

Alcon Components Ltd, a UK-based brake and clutch company, has announced the delivery of a bespoke braking system for QinetiQ’s Modular E-X-Drive (M-E-X-Drive) electric tracked vehicle propulsion system and QinetiQ hub drives. Working closely together with QinetiQ, Alcon have production-engineered QinetiQ’s innovative braking solution that incorporates a multitude of features to overcome the unique challenges faced by an electric propulsion system of this type.

According to a Tweet published on March 25, 2023, by Ismail Demir, the President of the Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), the first delivery of the Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) Project also called ZAHA ( Zırhlı Amfibi Hücum Aracı - Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle), which is set to meet the needs of the Turkish Naval Forces Command, took place on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Russia claims that the United States is currently producing 14,000-15,000 shells every month. They believe that the US will be producing up to 75,000 shells by 2025. As a (forced) reaction, Russia will produce and modernize over 1,600 tanks over the next three year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on March 25 during an interview with Pavel Zarubin, a Russian journalist for the "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" program.

On Monday, March 20, 2023, the British Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed that it would provide Ukrainian armed forces with depleted-uranium tank rounds. This type of ammunition is able to be fired by the Challenger 2 tanks that the British government will deliver to Ukraine. In this analysis, we describe how this type of ammunition works and its combat capabilities.

In 2023, SOFINS will celebrate its 10th anniversary.The Cercle de l'Arbalète is a fruit of SOFINS 2013. It brings together 120 selected companies, mainly French. SOFINS is one of its events. The edition 2023 of SOFINS will take place in Bordeau, France from 28 to 30 March 2023. The Army Recognition editorial team will be at SOFINS 2023 to cover the vent with News and Video reports. 

At Arquus' facility in Limoges, the production line is still empty but is about to start manufacturing 6x6 vehicles carrying the CAESAR 155mm self-propelled howitzer. After the announcement of the delivery by France of 12 new CAESARs to Ukraine, in addition to the 18 howitzers already delivered since the start of the conflict, the General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) placed an order with Nexter twice 18 new howitzers.

After his official announcement made on March 14, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on March 22 posted a tweet confirming that a ship had arrived at the port of Gdynia from South Korea, delivering five more Korean K2 tanks and twelve K9 self-propelled howitzers announced on the same day: "(…) We are thus supplementing our military units with equipment from South Korea, which comes as the implementation of last year’s agreements".

According to a video published by the Egyptian Ministry of Defense on March 18, 2023, the European defense company MBDA delivered MMP anti-tank guided missiles to the Egyptian armed forces, which are now being used by the Navy Special Forces. The MMP, now named Akeron MP, is a French-made anti-tank guided missile designed, developed, and produced by MBDA.

The American company GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems) unveils its new TRX SHORAD, a new robotic short-range air defense system based on the modular Tracked Robot 10-ton (TRX) technology demonstrator. The new TRX variant will be presented for the first time during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium & Exposition, scheduled for March 28 to 30, 2023, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala., United States.

According to information published by the Turkish Defense website "Defence Turk", on March 23, 2023, the first Turkish-made New Altay Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) will be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces on April 23, 2023. Its development was initiated to address the Turkish Army's need for an advanced and capable MBT that could meet the demands of modern warfare, while also decreasing the country's reliance on foreign military technology. It is the first Turkish-designed and manufactured MBT, marking a significant milestone in the country's efforts to reduce its reliance on foreign military technology and strengthen its defense industry.

An Indonesian weapons company, PT Pindad, located in Bandung, West Java, recently announced their new weapon product, Defense Studies report. Quoted from the official website, last January PT Pindad held a trial demonstration of a new aiming device as well as introducing their newest weapon: the Pindad AM1.

According to a statement released by the Czech Ministry of Defense on March 22, 2023, the Czech army has finalized a report on the military trials of the Leopard 2A4 MBT (Main Battle Tank), which was presented to the Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, Major General Karel Řehka. The tank was successful in all tested parameters and can be adopted for use by the Czech Army.

Once again, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has published a highly interesting report about the worldwide arms trade. The imports of major arms by European states which increased by 47 per cent between 2013–17 and 2018–22, while the global level of international arms transfers decreased by 5.1 per cent. Arms imports fell overall in Africa (–40 per cent), the Americas (–21 per cent), Asia and Oceania (–7.5 per cent) and the Middle East (–8.8 per cent)—but imports to East Asia and certain states in other areas of high geopolitical tension rose sharply. The United States’ share of global arms exports increased from 33 to 40 per cent while Russia’s fell from 22 to 16 per cent, according to new data on global arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

As reported by several sources, the UK is planning to send armour-piercing rounds which contain depleted uranium (DU) to Ukraine, for use with the Challenger 2 tank squadron donated by the British army. As reported by Declassified UK, British Defence minister Baroness Goldie made the admission on 20th March, in response to a written parliamentary question from crossbench peer Lord Hylton. Goldie said: “Such rounds are highly effective in defeating modern tanks and armoured vehicles”. Russia has previously warned it would regard the use of depleted uranium in Ukraine as a ‘dirty bomb’.

As reported by Ko Peng-hsin, of Military News Agency at Nantou, on March 16th, the 209 Factory of Production and Manufacturing Center of the Armament Bureau held a dynamic display and production line introduction of the CM34 wheeled armored vehicle with a 30mm chain-gun at Yuegang Camp that day. The exhibition demonstrated the advanced achievements of indigenous-made national defense equipment, namely a 105mm version of the CM34.

On March 16, 2023, the Croatian parliamentary Defense Committee gave a positive opinion on projects to procure SPIKE anti-tank guided missiles, Patria APCs Armored Personnel Carriers and rigid inflatable boats (RIB) and to modernize the radar system and upgrade the combat communications system of the Croatian Air Force (HRZ).

As reported on, in December 2022 a defense exhibition in Hanoi, Vietnam, that was organized by the government included an outdoor exhibition of weapon systems. Coverage from an unlikely source – RosoboronExport, Russia’s arms export agency – revealed the extent of Soviet vintage weaponry still being used. Photos of Vietnam’s R-17E Elbrus, also known as Scud- B, were shared online. Vietnam was always acknowledged to have a stockpile of these liquid-fueled SRBMs but the origin and size were never well-documented.

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