March 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to Manjeet Negi in India Today on March 2, the Indian Army is going to place orders for 307 Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) howitzers, which will be manufactured by two private firms in India. The proposal, worth over Rs 8,000 crore, has been floated by the Indian Army and is expected to be cleared soon, top government officials told India Today.

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced on March 2 that its Romanian subsidiary, Elmet International SRL., was awarded a follow-on contract valued at $120 million from General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) to supply unmanned turrets, Remote Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) and mortar systems for the Piranha V Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) of the Romanian Armed Forces. The work will be performed in Romania over a three-year period.

As a follow-up of information issued a few days ago by the Danish government, Elbit Systems officially announced on March 2 that it was awarded two contracts with an aggregate value of $252 million to supply artillery rocket systems to a European NATO member country, which is Denmark. Under the first contract in an amount of $119 million, Elbit Systems will supply a battalion's worth of ATMOS (Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer) 155mm/52 caliber self-propelled howitzers. The contract will be performed over a period of two years. Under the second contract in an amount of $133 million, Elbit Systems will provide two batteries worth of PULS artillery rocket-launcher systems including a package of rockets and missiles. The contract will be performed over a period of three years.

New RUD-7 reconnaissance/strike quadcopter that airdrops cargoes will begin operating in Ukraine in April, laboratory head of the Research Institute of Computing Complexes Vitaly Dolgov told TASS: “RUD-7 quadcopter was developed from RUD-250 drone upon a request from the Defense Ministry. It has to drop one or two items from the air. The new quadcopter was successfully tested in the Moscow region. It is scheduled to go to Ukraine in early April,” he said.

Day 4 for Army Recognition Editorial Team at IDEX 2023, the International Defense Exhibition that takes place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 20 to 24 February 2023. Discover the latest defense products displayed at IDEX 2023 with exclusive interview videos about EDGE NIMR with its RCV Robotic Combat Vehicle, LRSOV Long-Range Special Operations Vehicle, and Hafeet Mk2 armored vehicle, Milkor defense products including UAV and combat vehicles and Milrem Type-X unmanned tracked combat vehicle and Themis robotic solutions.

During IDEX 2023, an International defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the UAE-based company Streit Group signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Saudi Groups from Saudi Arabia to market the Masmak 2, a 4x4 armored vehicle, and the company Milanion NTGS to jointly commercialize the Alakran mortar system that can be integrated on a light tactical vehicle.

EDGE from the United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s leading advanced defense and security technology groups announced that it has been awarded two contracts with a combined value exceeding $19 million to deliver multiple V-PROTECT convoy protection solutions and SKYSHIELD counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) solutions to a key international customer.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on February 28 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Kingdom of FGM-148 Javelin Missiles for an estimated cost of $125.13 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

As of February 28, the United States has provided $31.7 billion in support since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine a year ago. Allies and partners have provided over $19 billion during that timeframe. "Even as we focus on getting Ukraine what it needs, we've always prioritized accountability, and Ukraine has, too. We have adapted our accountability practices for the combat environment to address the risk of illicit diversion, using mechanisms that go above and beyond our standard practices," Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin H. Kahl on February 28 told the House Armed Services Committee. David Vergun, U.S. DoD, reports.

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