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​Defense Express’ Weekly Review: russian Hosta Hybrid SPGs, Izdeliye 720 Missiles and the Kronos Stealth Submarine by Ukrainian Developers

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The Kronos armored submarine / Photo credit: Highland Systems
The Kronos armored submarine / Photo credit: Highland Systems

Digest of Defense Express on the main events of the week

Russians brought more rare Hosta hybrid SPGs to Ukrainian frontlines

The russian Army deployed additional the 2S34 Hosta self-propelled 120mm mortar systems to facilitate battles against the Armed Forces of Ukraine in February, 2023. The russians did not tell how many of these rare systems arrived in Ukraine, nor did they explain how they intended to use them.

Russian 2S34 Hosta self-propelled artillery system Defense Express Defense Express’ Weekly Review: russian Hosta Hybrid SPGs, Izdeliye 720 Missiles and the Kronos Stealth Submarine by Ukrainian Developers
Russian 2S34 Hosta self-propelled artillery system / open source

Russians show new Izdeliye 720 missile and plan to increase the Kh-101 missile production

In early February, Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation’s Security Council, visited a Raduga manufacturing site in Dubna (120 km north of Moscow). During the visit, what appeared to be a ‘new’ medium-range powered air-to-surface weapon was shown.

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The Izdeliye 720 missile Defense Express Defense Express’ Weekly Review: russian Hosta Hybrid SPGs, Izdeliye 720 Missiles and the Kronos Stealth Submarine by Ukrainian Developers
The Izdeliye 720 missile / open source

The first submarine from Ukrainian developers: six Leonardo torpedoes and remote control

Highland Systems was founded by a team of Ukrainian developers and had already presented a variety of armored vehicles, mostly known for the Storm hybrid MPV. The UAE-based company demonstrated its newly developed the Kronos stealth submarine. A prototype was put on display at the IDEX-2023 defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi on February 20.

The Kronos armored submarine Defense Express Defense Express’ Weekly Review: russian Hosta Hybrid SPGs, Izdeliye 720 Missiles and the Kronos Stealth Submarine by Ukrainian Developers
The Kronos armored submarine / Photo credit: Highland Systems

Russians managed to “destroy” dozens of Ukrainian M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS launchers

The number of “destroyed” HIMARS multiple rocket launchers in the briefings of the representative of the Ministry of Defense of the russian federation, General Konashenkov, exceeded 40. And the number of destroyed M270 MLRS launchers in the briefings of russia’s Ministry of Defense was also approaching “second round” of all the systems Ukraine got from its partners.

The M270 MLRS Defense Express Defense Express’ Weekly Review: russian Hosta Hybrid SPGs, Izdeliye 720 Missiles and the Kronos Stealth Submarine by Ukrainian Developers
The M270 MLRS / open source

A thousand armored vehicles to replace soviet BMPs: Poland is one step closer to purchasing domestic Borsuk IFVs

Polish companies consortium led by Huta Stalowa Wola should receive a contract from the Ministry of Defense of Poland regarding thesupply of domestic Borsuk infantry fighting vehicles: according to preliminary data, a thousand vehicles are expected to be purchased for the Polish Army.

The Borsuk IFV at the MSPO 2018 International defense industry exhibition Defense Express Defense Express’ Weekly Review: russian Hosta Hybrid SPGs, Izdeliye 720 Missiles and the Kronos Stealth Submarine by Ukrainian Developers
The Borsuk IFV at the MSPO 2018 International defense industry exhibition / Photo credit: zbiam.pl
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