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Escribano Announces Major RWS Deal with UAE 

Spain’s Escribano Mechanical & Engineering secured the sale of 516 Guardian 30 remote weapon stations (RWSs) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Army at the beginning of this year, the company announced at the end of May 2023. The order follows the sale of more than 800 small-calibre weapon stations to the UAE in 2019 […]

SEA Picks Up Southeast Asian Contract for KraitSense ASW System 

UK anti-submarine warfare (ASW) specialist SEA has been awarded a contract to supply two of its KraitSense ASW systems to an unnamed Southeast Asian navy for a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) programme, the Cohort subsidiary announced on 5 June 2023. KraitSense is a lightweight passive ASW system that is designed to bring an ASW […]

US Army Orders Survitec Inflatable Training Structures 

The US Army has ordered Survitec’s Inflatable Walls Training System (IWTS) in a contract worth USD 2.5 M (EUR 2.3 M) for temporary training in urban warfare, the company announced on 31 may 2023. According to Survitec, which is considered a specialist in survival technologies, eight sets each of Level 2 and 4 IWTS will […]

Ukrainian MoD Orders More Vector UAVs from Quantum Systems 

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order for 300 Vector tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from German small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) specialist Quantum Systems, the company announced on 31 May 2023. The order is in addition to two previous orders for 105 Vector UAVs in January 2023 and 33 in August […]

LIMA 2023: BAE Systems Looks to Take Synthetic Training to a Whole New Level 

BAE Systems took the opportunity at the LIMA 2023 defence exhibition, held in Langkawi from 23 to 27 May 2023, to brief on Project OdySSEy: the company’s concept for developing a single synthetic training environment to enable collective military training. Speaking to reporters on 24 May, the company’s senior military advisor, former Royal Air Force […]

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 […]

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 […]

UK and Norway to Increase C-operation on Protecting Undersea Infrastructure 

The United Kingdom and Norway have signed a security accord to counter shared threats in the undersea domain, including threats to undersea infrastructure. The statement of intent (SOI), which focuses on collaboration in the fields of protecting critical energy infrastructure, anti-submarine warfare and subsea protection, was signed by UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Norwegian […]

Hensoldt Supplying Six More Air-Defence Radars to Ukraine 

German sensor specialist Hensoldt has been contracted by Ukraine to supply six more of its mobile TRML-4D air surveillance and target acquisition radars to the country, the company announced on 16 May 2023.  As part of an order worth more than EUR 100 M, the radars will be delivered in the second half of the […]

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. […]

Germany plans billions in military support for Ukraine 

The German government is planning funding of more than EUR 11 Bn for military support to Ukraine, according to a joint statement by Ukraine and Germany that Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued together during the latter’s visit to Berlin on 14 May 2023. The money is to be spent in 2023 […]

More Weapons Pledged for Ukraine as Zelensky Tours Western Allies 

Coinciding with a flying visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to meet UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at his official country residence, Chequers in Buckinghamshire, on the morning of 15 May 2023, the UK government announced “the further UK provision of hundreds of air defence missiles and further unmanned aerial systems including hundreds of new […]

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 […]

Putin Oversees Much Subdued Victory Day Parade in Moscow 

The Victory Day parade held in Moscow’s Red Square on 9 May 2023 was not the one envisaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin when he launched the invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. Russia’s 9 May Victory Day parades, which commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War), […]

US DoD Announces New, USD 1.2 Bn USAI Package for Ukraine 

As Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over a subdued Victory Day parade in Moscow on 9 May 2023, the US Department of Defense (US DoD) announced a new security assistance package to reaffirm its steadfast support for Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion of the country. The USD 1.2 Bn (EUR 1.09 Bn) package, which […]

Armour solutions to take centre stage in Athens 

Some of the latest main battle tanks (MBTs) and other armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) from the European and US defence industries will be on display at the DEFEA 2023 international defence exhibition in Athens from 9-11 May.   Tanks and other AFVs have returned to the centre of attention due to their extensive use on […]

US Reasserts Defence Commitments to Philippines 

The United States has reasserted and furthered its defence commitments to the Philippines, its “oldest ally in the Indo-Pacific”, as it seeks to check China’s pursuit of hegemony in the South China Sea and wider Pacific region.  With Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr visiting US President Joe Biden in the White House on 1 May 2023, a joint statement […]

Germany and UK Move to Next Phase of MBT Ammo Co-operation 

Germany and the UK have signed an agreement to work together on the next phase developing advanced armour-piercing ammunition for the Challenger 3 main battle tank (MBT) programme, the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organisation announced on 27 April 2023. DE&S CEO Andy Start, in his role as UK National […]

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