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French 2023 defense budget adds $3 billion to fund ‘war economy’

French 2023 defense budget adds $3 billion to fund ‘war economy’

STUTTGART, Germany — Propelled by an edict to make deep investments in its defense industrial base, France’s Ministry of Defense has unveiled a 2023 budget worth billions more than the previous year to launch a new “war economy.”

Soldiers manning HIMARS head to Latvia for exercises

Soldiers manning HIMARS head to Latvia for exercises

The Army is dispatching two High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems to Latvia for the country’s national combat readiness exercises, according to a statement from U.S. Army Europe and Africa.

Kyiv officials lay out vision for security, digital future at DC event

Kyiv officials lay out vision for security, digital future at DC event

WASHINGTON — As Ukrainian forces battle back a stalling Russian invasion, government officials hailing from Kyiv told a conference in Washington, D.C., that they are eyeing a future defined by digital innovation, defense know-how and high-tech investments.

Ukraine arms maker finds export interest in ‘combat-proven’ missiles

Ukraine arms maker finds export interest in ‘combat-proven’ missiles

KIELCE, Poland — Ukraine’s defense industry is observing a spike in demand from foreign customers interested in securing weapons proven in combat against Russia’s invasion, according to representatives of leading Ukrainian defense group Ukroboronprom.

Poland buys more howitzers as local defense exhibit kicks off

Poland buys more howitzers as local defense exhibit kicks off

KIELCE, Poland — Poland’s Ministry of National Defence has awarded a contract worth more than 3.8 billion zloty ($800 million) to buy 48 Krab 155mm self-propelled howitzers and related gear from local company Huta Stalowa Wola, a subsidiary of the country’s defense giant PGZ.

Russia to buy rockets, artillery shells from North Korea, US says

Russia to buy rockets, artillery shells from North Korea, US says

WASHINGTON — The Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for its ongoing fight in Ukraine, according to a newly downgraded U.S. intelligence finding.

Tempest program, Russian invasion drive growth in Italy’s defense budget

Tempest program, Russian invasion drive growth in Italy’s defense budget

ROME — Italy has hiked defense spending again as it showers cash on the Tempest fighter program in 2022 and radically upgrades its forecast for its total spending on the sixth-generation program.

Latvia requests HIMARS weapon to bolster Baltic defense

Latvia requests HIMARS weapon to bolster Baltic defense

WARSAW, Poland — Latvia has sent a letter of request to buy an undisclosed number of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems from the United States, with the potential acquisition to be carried out as a joint initiative of the three Baltic states, which also include neighboring Estonia and Lithuania.

European Defence Fund unveils first round of awardees

European Defence Fund unveils first round of awardees

STUTTGART, Germany — The European Union revealed last week the awardees of its first batch of European Defence Fund (EDF)-supported projects, reflecting a cumulative €1.2 billion (U.S. $1.23 billion) going to 61 defense research and development projects.

NATO touts country pairings as key to defending the eastern flank

NATO touts country pairings as key to defending the eastern flank

WASHINGTON — NATO officials at the Madrid summit revived a Cold War-era concept of spelling out which alliance countries are responsible for securing specific, vulnerable European members situated closer to Russia.

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Russia’s invasion could return focus on armor and artillery, away from AI and robotics

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could force governments with technologically advanced militaries to reevaluate their investments in areas such as robotics and artificial intelligence, creating a renaissance for spending on armor and artillery, a panel of military leaders said this week at the Eurosatory defense expo.

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U.S., partners to supply anti-ship missiles to Ukraine

The United States is working with international partners to provide Ukraine with effective anti-ship missiles.

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Norway has donated M109 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine

Ukraine received 22 M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers from Norway.

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The Ukrainian servicemen received Pinzgauer armored vehicles

The Defense Forces of Ukraine received another type of armored vehicles. This regards to Pinzgauer vehicles.

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UK to supply M270 multiple launch rocket systems, large amount of M31A1 ammunition to Ukraine

The UK will supply M270 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and a sizable amount of M31A1 munitions to Ukraine.

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