March 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to a statement released by the Norwegian government on March 10, 2023, Norway will provide Ukraine with two complete NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Defense Missile System) batteries in cooperation with the United States. Ukraine has a critical need to defend itself against missile attacks, and Norway will assist, says Norway’s minister of defense, Mr. Bjørn Arild Gram.

While the future French Military Programming Law (2024-2030) should be presented to the National Assembly and the Senate next May and June, for an amount unprecedented since the 1960s of 413 billion euros, the Roanne site of Nexter is working to achieve a production target of 450 armored vehicles per year from 2025, Stéphanie Gallo Triouleyre reports in the French newspaper La Tribune. That is more than three times what came out of its factories in 2018. This site must also absorb the renovation of 200 Leclerc tanks to bring them to the XLR standard, the first batch of which was notified by the DGA a few weeks ago.

Elistair announces the launch of Orion Heavy Lift (HL) to support growing demand for variable height antennas from military, public safety and homeland security customers. As tactical communications evolve to match the rapidly changing needs of operators on the ground, tethered drones offer significant benefits when flexibility and mobility are critical. With the need for highly effective ground units to have increased mobility, tethered drones are enabling the establishment and extension of secured mobile networks, thanks to their rapid deployment time and persistence in the air.

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, a specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, announces the supply of a number of Troposcatter Compact Over-the horizon Mobile Expeditionary Terminal (COMET) systems to the British Army’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) 3-star Headquarters (HQ) as part of their Agile Command and Control (C2) experimentation programme. The initial award has a value of £1.2 million, with aspirations to upscale following results analysis and suitable funding being secured. The capability will help support HQ ARRC’s rapid deployment role, enabling the communication of large data in a tactical environment without relying on host nation infrastructure or satellites.

According to the German government's website on March 7, the Federal Government will offer two additional Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to the Ukrainian army, keeping its support to the Ukrainian military in close coordination with its partners and allies. Hereunder is a list that presents an overview of lethal and non-lethal German military support for Ukraine. It includes deliveries from the Federal Armed Forces, as well as supplies from German industry financed from the Federal Government’s funds for so-called security capacity building.

The first BPLA400T quadcopter drone with a Russian-made heat imager has been engaged in Ukraine and will be upgraded to increase its range, CEO of the Astron Optical-Mechanical Design Bureau Vladimir Popov told TASS. BPLA400T was for the first time demonstrated at Army-2022 defense forum near Kubinka. It detects troops at a distance of 400 meters and hardware at 800 meters. The drone flies for 45 minutes at an altitude of 3 km. The range is over 5 km.

While the failure of Nexter’s participation in the competition to supply its VBCI (Véhicules Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie, Armored Infantry Combat Vehicle) to Qatar’s army seemed to be confirmed for more than three years, Qatar finally put the 28-tonne armored vehicle back in the saddle.

What DefenseRomania has been announcing for almost a year, namely Romania's intention to purchase Abrams tanks, has been confirmed by the Romanian Ministry of Defense, the media writes. According to DefenseRomania, the confirmation of the Abrams purchase came from Major General Teodor Incicaș, head of the General Directorate for Armaments. The official of the Ministry of National Defense said in the Ministry's weekly podcast that the request for the purchase of American Abrams tanks is to be sent to Parliament.

In a statement published on March 7 on its website, the Polish government quotes its Deputy Prime Minister Mariusz Blaszczak during a press conference before his departure to Sweden:"I have a scheduled meeting with Boris Pistorius, the Minister of Defense of Germany. The main issue we will discuss is the low availability of spare parts for Leopard tanks. What I expect of Minister Pistorius is that he will influence German industry so that these parts will be procured. We are prepared to set up a service hub in Poland to overhaul and service Leopard tanks delivered to Ukraine. The most important thing is to overcome the impasse. I'm counting on Minister Pistorius to cause the German armaments industry to supply parts to the hub, which will be established at the Bumar-Labędy plant".

According to BelTA news agency, Belarus has successfully tested its own missile for the Buk-MB2 system. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he presented government awards and shoulder straps to high-ranking officers on 7 March: Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We tested a Buk missile for our air defense missile system the day before yesterday. It flew where we wanted it to fly and did everything that was necessary.”

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on March 7 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of FGM-148F Javelin missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $60.18 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

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