International Defense Industry Agenda 4-10 September 2023

  • 10 medium weight KAPLAN MT tanks jointly manufactured by Indonesian defense industry firm PT Pindad and FNSS successfully completed testing.
  • Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev examined products from ASELSAN and Otokar, two Turkish defense industry firms with operations in the nation.
  • The US Air Force completed the first flight test of the AIM-120C-8 air-to-air missile developed by defense firm Raytheon.
  • The 31st International Defense Industry Exhibition MSPO was held in Poland’s Kielce from September 5-8, 2023.
  • The Philippines announced that as part of air force renovation efforts it would purchase general purpose helicopters from US firm Bell.
  • An air defense systems cooperation agreement was signed between Israel Aerospace Industries and India-based defense firm Bharat.
  • Poland announced it had placed a $24 billion weapons order.
  • Rheinmetall and US-based Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin broke ground on the factory in Germany that will produce the center fuselage for the F-35 combat aircraft.
  • The US Department of State approved the sale of $1.5 billion in Stryker 8x8 armored vehicles and its requisite equipment to Bulgaria.
  • US firm L3Harris announced it would build an electro-optic and sensor factory in Poland.
  • Poland has signed a $2 billion agreement with Norway on the procurement of coast defense missiles, and signed an agreement with the WB Group on the procurement of 1,700 of the unmanned aerial system FlyEye.
  • US defense firm Lockheed Martin introduced the F-16 Block 70 warplane produced for Slovakia as part of an agreement signed in 2018.
International Defense Industry Agenda 4-10 September 2023

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