Welcome to Traveling Spear, a weekly update on all things international arms sales, led by International Trade + Transactions Partner, Adam Munitz. This week, we investigate the benefits of replacing military equipment transferred to Ukraine, updates in Jordan and Bahrain, and the expansion of South Korea’s arms footprint.

  1. Interesting and insightful assessment by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Military and Political Power of the myriad industrial benefits of replacing military equipment transferred to Ukraine with new hardware. Read more now: https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2023/01/20/stocking-ukraine-could-generate-foreign-military-sales-boom/
  2. Jordan is purchasing additional Block 70 F-16s from Lockheed Martin, supplementing its existing 43 F-16As and 18 F-16Bs. Bahrain has expanded its inventory as well. Watch for additional large platform purchases as the region braces for, potentially, additional instability. Learn more: https://breakingdefense.com/2023/01/jordan-inks-deal-for-12-block-70-f-16s-from-lockheed-martin/?utm_campaign=dfn-ebb&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sailthru&SToverlay=2002c2d9-c344-4bbb-8610-e5794efcfa7d
  3. Another informative think tank piece, this time from The Jamestown Foundation, on South Korea’s expanding arms export footprint, with a particular emphasis on its recent sales to Poland. Read the full article: https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Europe/South-Korea-Gains-Market-Share-As-Arms-Exporter.amp.html