September 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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Despite international economic sanctions against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, during Army-2023, an international defense exhibition that was held near Moscow in August 2023, the Russian defense industry unveiled a new version of the BTR-82A equipped with the new remotely operated weapon station "Ballista" and enhanced with new armor using the combat experience gained in Ukraine.

The U.S. Army announced on August 31 that BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $432,590,330 modification to contract W56HZV-23-C-0024 to procure Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2027. Fiscal 2022 and 2023 procurement of weapons and tracked combat vehicles, Army funds in the amount of $432,590,330 were obligated at the time of the award. The total award value for the initial vehicle order of $797 million, with additional options for a potential total contract amount of $1.6 billion.

Captain Jinsol Park and Yeon Jeong Cho, Deputy Director at the Ministry of Defense of South Korea, paid a visit to Targi Kielce, where they expressed their pride in the Republic of Korea being selected as the primary partner for the MSPO 2023 International Defense Industry Exhibition by the Polish Ministry of National Defense and the MSPO Program Board. This partnership allows South Korea to showcase the latest advancements in its defense industry.

In addition to armoured equipment, Targi Kielce, the Polish city where MSPO 2023 defense exhibition will take place from September 5 to 8, will traditionally feature an impressive set of helicopters. The display of the following machines has already been announced: the Robinson R-44 trainer helicopter, AW149 multi-role helicopter, AW109 Trekker, S-70 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, MD-530 light helicopter and CH-47 Chinook transport will land in Kielce.

On August 31, 2023, Moscow unveiled a mobile bunker equipped with "skis" allowing for smooth mobility across various terrains, including snow, according to Alexey Devyatilov, CEO of Dorgeotech, the company responsible for its development. The invention is rather unusual but shows considerable potential.

On August 31, 2023, Finland's state-owned Patria Group and Japan Steel Works Ltd. (JSW) announced a licensing agreement for the local production of Patria AMV XP 8x8 armored vehicles in Japan. This development is part of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier (WAPC) program and represents a significant milestone in modernizing Japan's military capabilities.

Reportedly, the Russians have relocated several anti-aircraft missile systems from the disputed islands of Etorofu and Kunashiri with Japan. This development was brought to light by both the Militarnyi source and the Japanese publication Kyodo News. Yu Koizumi, a lecturer at the University of Tokyo, conducted an analysis using satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies.

As we reported by Army Recognition on August 18, 2023, Brazil is looking to acquire 36 self-propelled guns to strengthen its ground forces. We mentioned French, Turkish, and Swedish guns, but now India is also positioning itself in this tender, offering its own self-propelled guns to the Brazilian Armed Forces. This offer follows the visit of the Brazilian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief, General Paiva, on September 1, 2023.

DIANA, the North Atlantic Defense Innovation Accelerator, has garnered submissions from more than 1,200 applicants in response to its inaugural challenge call aimed at innovators and entrepreneurs. The initial challenges posed by DIANA, which concluded on August 25, 2023, revolve around three key focal points: bolstering energy resilience, enhancing sensing and surveillance capabilities, and enabling secure information exchange.

Rheinmetall has supplied Norway with its very first Rheinmetall Mission Master XT, an extreme-terrain unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), optionally manned, capable of thriving in sub-zero temperatures. The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (the prime institution responsible for defence-related research and development in Norway) awarded Rheinmetall the contract after it won a competitive bid with challenging mobility and schedule requirements.

According to an article by The Drive on August 25, 2023, the US Marine Corps (USMC) announced its plans to acquire three sets of Iron Dome systems, which will consist of 44 launchers and a total of 1,840 Tamir interceptors. While the exact financial details are not disclosed, initial estimates suggest that the cost for the Tamir interceptors alone could reach around $200 million. This announcement was made through an official notice outlining potential agreements with Raytheon.

On August 25th, the Turkish land forces received two new-generation Fırtına howitzers as part of the "Yeni Nesil T-155 Kundağı Motorlu (K/M) Fırtına Obüs Tedariki Projesi" (New Generation T-155 Self-Propelled Fırtına Howitzer Supply Project). This project, initiated to meet the specific needs of the Turkish Army, plans to deliver four of these howitzers in 2023. The first two have already been inspected and accepted.

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