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Czech Republic Receives 6×6 Titus Troop Carriers and Looks to 8×8 CAESAR Deliveries  

The Czech armed forces have received the first six of 62 6×6 Titus troop carriers on order, French manufacturer Nexter announced on 24 May 2023. According to Nexter, the 2019 Titus orders will be produced in collaboration with Czech industry, including CSG companies ELDIS and Tatra Defence Vehicle as well as Tatra Trucks, the chassis […]

LIMA 2023: Show Sees Thunder Erupt Over Langkawi 

Malaysia’s normally tranquil tropical island of Langkawi was subjected to the thunder of dozens of fast jets from 23 to 27 May as the air displays of the LIMA 2023 defence exhibition were staged out of the adjacent Langkawi International Airport. Arguably most favoured by the local population was the air display of the Republic […]

Senop to Supply Kongsberg with FDCs for NASAMS 

Finnish optronics specialist Senop has signed a contract with Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace to supply integrated fire distribution centres (FDC) to an international National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) programme. The contract consists of FDCs integrated into shelter systems along with spare parts. The FDC is a proven and fielded battle management, command, control, […]

LIMA 2023: Norinco Showcases its Wares, Including Robot Dog 

It seems that it’s de rigeur for major defence companies to produce a ‘robot dog’ these days and at this year’s LIMA defence exhibition, held in Langkawi from 23-27 May 2023, China’s Norinco joined the trend. The Model W20, as Norinco’s four-legged robot is called, is “not just a demonstrator”, a Norinco official told ESD […]

Czech Republic Places EUR 2.5 Bn Order for CV90 MkIVs

On 24 May 2023, the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that it had signed a contract for the manufacture and delivery of 246 CV90 MkIV tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) in seven different variants worth a total of CZK 59.7 Bn (EUR 2.49 Bn). The procurement will be handled as a government-to-government (G2G) deal […]

Czech Republic to Procure Approximately 70 Leopard 2A8s

At a meeting on 24 May, the Czech government authorised Defence Minister Jana Černochová to negotiate the possibility of joining the Federal Republic of Germany’s planned purchase of Leopard 2 tanks in the 2A8 variant, according to the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD). “This opens up the possibility for the Czech Army to acquire a […]

ACV Makes International Debut in Spain 

The Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) developed by BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles (IDV) has made its international debut by appearing at the FEINDEF defence and security exhibition, which was held in Madrid from 17 to 19 May 2023. “This is the first time the Amphibious Combat Vehicle has been shown outside the United States, […]

BAE Systems Secures Follow-on Contract to Advance US Army Long-Range PGMs 

The US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center (DEVCOM AC) has awarded BAE Systems a three-year contract worth USD 72.5 M (EUR 67.29 M) for continued research and development efforts in the advancement of long-range precision-guided munitions (PGMs), the company announced on 18 May 2023. Under the contract BAE will team with DEVCOM AC […]

Estonia Looks to Choose a Winning Armoured 4×4 

The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) is currently determining which candidate will emerge from its recent 4×4 armoured vehicle trials to be selected to equip the Estonian Land Forces. The ECDI announced toward the end of April 2023 that, having initially evaluated armoured 4×4 candidates from Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Israel, Spain and Turkey, […]

Royal Danish Army Selects Skyranger 30

The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) is in the final stages of awarding a contract for the ‘effector’ (weapon system) part of the Royal Danish Army’s new very-short-range air defence (V-SHORAD) system, according to a press release on 16 May 2023. Specifically, DALO will award a contract to Rheinmetall for the Skyranger 30 […]

Poland Receives its First HIMARS 

Poland has received its first High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, the Polish Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced. The systems’ arrival was announced by Polish Deputy Prime Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on 15 May 2023 during a conference at the 1st Transport Aviation Base in Warsaw. “We are welcoming HIMARS to the Polish armed […]

US State Department Approves Sniper ATPs for Polish FA-50s 

The US State Department has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Poland of Lockheed Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency announced on 9 May 2023. The proposed sale, which is worth an estimated USD 124.7 M (EUR 114.8 M), has been forwarded for approval by the US Congress. […]

Bundeswehr Orders 50 More Puma IFVs 

Germany’s two top military vehicle makers, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall, have been awarded an order to build a further 50 Puma infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), the companies announced on 15 May 2023. A contract worth EUR 1.087 Bn for the IFVs was issued by Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service […]

US State Department Approves JLTV Sale to Slovakia 

The US State Department has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Slovakia of M1278A1 Heavy Gun Carrier variants of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 9 May 2023. The sale, which is valued at an estimated USD 250 M (EUR 230.27), has now been […]

MBDA Showcases New Digital Battlespace Facility, Gives Update on Weapon Programmes 

The UK arm of Anglo-French complex weapons specialist MBDA opened the doors of the new Digital Battlespace Facility (DBF) at its site in Stevenage to a small group of journalists on 10 May 2023, while also giving updates on some of its latest weapon developments. The DBF is designed to allow MBDA to develop, experiment […]

UK Providing Storm Shadow to Ukraine 

The United Kingdom has provided the Ukrainian Air Force (Povitryani Syly Ukrayiny – PSU) with Storm Shadow air-launched deep strike cruise missiles in advance of the Ukrainian military expected counter-offensive against the Russian forces that have invaded eastern Ukraine. Announcing the transfer in the UK House of Commons on 11 May 2023, UK Defence Secretary […]

Regulus Cyber Launches New C-UAS Vehicle Protection System 

Regulus Cyber, an Israel-based specialist in software-based GPS/GNSS security, announced on 9 May 2023 that it is launching a new fully operational counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) solution designed to protect armoured vehicles, convoys and deployed troops from hostile unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including swarming UAV attacks. Called the Ring ARM-V, the system “brings unmatched C-UAS […]

Elbit Selected to Provide AFV Training System for British Army 

Elbit Systems UK has been awarded a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide, maintain and operate the Ground Manoeuvre Synthetic Trainer (GMST) system for UK Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIVs) and Challenger 3 main battle tanks (MBTs) under the British Army’s Project Vulcan, the company announced on 9 May 2023. The […]

US State Department Approves NSM Sale to Latvia 

The US State Department has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Latvia of the Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense System (NSM CDS) and related equipment, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 2 May 2023.  The sale, worth an estimated USD 110 M (EUR 99.76 M), has now ben passed to […]

Lockheed Martin Receives New MLRS Upgrade Contract 

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD 194.12 M (EUR 175.75 M) hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and fixed-price incentive) contract to recapitalise more Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs) into the M270A2 configuration, the US Department of Defense announced on 28 April 2023. The contract covers MLRS launchers operated by the US Army as well as by Italy […]

BAE Systems Hägglunds Contracts Koval Systems for Slovak CV90 Turrets 

BAE Systems Hägglunds announced on 2 May 2023 that its has signed a contract with Slovakian company Koval Systems in support of the production of CV90MkIV infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for the Slovak armed forces. The contract covers the assembly of complete turret systems and the production of mechanical turret components for Slovakian CV90s; the country ordered 152 […]

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