October 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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According to a video released by Russian national television on October 2, 2023, Russia is in the process of developing a specialized ground-attack missile for its S-400 anti-aircraft system. Dmitry Medvedev, the Secretary of the Russian Federation Council, confirmed this development. The new missile should be an upgraded version of the existing 48N6 anti-aircraft missile, and it is engineered to offer enhanced range, increased accuracy, and a more substantial warhead. This advancement could significantly shift the strategic landscape, considering the already formidable capabilities of the S-400 system.

In the Ukrainian conflict zone, Russian T-90M tanks have been supplied with cutting-edge high-explosive fragmentation shells designed for the elimination of Ukrainian infantry, topwar.ru reports. These advanced munitions, known as "Telnik," belong to the category of shrapnel fragmentation or beam-fragmentation ammunition. Upon detonation in mid-air, they disperse pre-formed submunitions over the target area, effectively neutralizing enemy personnel.

According to Defense News on September 26, 2023, the Brazilian government has initiated a significant military investment program, known as the Growth Acceleration Program (PAC), which is set to allocate approximately 53 billion reals (US $11 billion) toward defense initiatives. Among the key focus areas of this program is the enhancement of armored forces, including the acquisition and development of armored vehicles and missile systems, and the development of crucial technologies.

BAE Systems has been awarded a significant contract by the U.S. Army for the production of Bradley M2A4 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) and M7A4 Fire Support Vehicles. As reported by Yahoo Finance, the contract is valued at $288.2 million and is expected to be fulfilled by January 31, 2026. The Army Contracting Command, based in Detroit Arsenal, MI, is overseeing the deal. Specific work locations will be determined as each order is placed.

Yugoimport SDPR J.P. has undertaken a comprehensive modernization of the KUB-M2 surface-to-air defense missile system, transforming it into the KUB-SM. Originally a Soviet low to medium-level air defense system designed to protect ground forces from air attacks, the KUB-M2 is composed of multiple modules including radars, command and control stations, and missile launchers. This upgrade not only breathes new life into the Cold War-era system but also equips it with modern digital capabilities, making it a serious asset in today's complex aerial warfare landscape. The revamped KUB-SM was showcased at the Partner 2023 salon in Serbia, signaling its readiness for the modern battlefield.


Anti-military regime groups are using unmanned aircraft more widely to attack Myanmar (Burmese) military forces. Resistance fighters in Myanmar have increasingly turned to drones as a means to attack Myanmar military forces, Radio Free Asia in Burmese reports. This shift comes after successfully bypassing the junta's anti-drone jammers, as reported by rebel groups and drone operation teams.

As reported by the Belgian Defense, on September 20, 2023, the 1st platoon of the ISTAR Battalion from the Belgian Armed Forces successfully conducted the X-300 Integrator's inaugural demonstration flight at Camp Elsenborn, Belgium, in the presence of Major General Jean-Pol Baugnée, Commander of the Belgian Land Component. A typical platoon comprises approximately a dozen personnel with various roles integral to the operation of the Integrator system. The ISTAR battalion has its flight simulator facility in Heverlee.

On Tuesday, October 3rd, the Iranian Armed Forces initiated an extensive drone exercise, involving a diverse array of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Tasnim news agency reports. This drone drill encompasses participation from personnel in four key units: the Army Ground Force, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Air Defense Force. Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the commander overseeing this joint wargame, indicated that approximately 200 different types of drones are actively engaged in this exercise.

The Serbian Vlatacom Institute recently presented its Vila 1 (Vlatacom Integrated Loitering Ammunition), a modular loitering munition system. Designed to offer adaptability and versatility in various military operations, its modular architecture allows for the integration of diverse guidance systems and warhead configurations, tailored to specific target categories. The warhead features Vlatacom's vAF-M17/vFI-17 fuzing system, which aims to enhance precision and target accuracy.

The European Defence Agency has overseen the final demonstration of coordination between aerial and ground unmanned systems in the detection of explosives. During the demonstration, one aerial unmanned system and two ground unmanned systems, each equipped with different sensors, undertook a complete autonomous search to detect mock-ups of explosives and improvised explosive devices, including unexploded ordinance – both in rural and urban areas. The demonstration took place on 7 September 2023 in Belgium at the bomb detection centre DOVO/SEDEE.

The Military Technical Institute (VTI), the largest military scientific and research institution in Serbia, has recently unveiled the modernized BRDM-2MS armored reconnaissance vehicle, an upgraded version of the Soviet-era BRDM-2. In addition to its reconnaissance role, this modernized vehicle has the potential for various other applications, including securing frontlines during defensive operations, engaging enemy reconnaissance and security units, closing gaps, blocking enemy landing zones, and serving as a command vehicle.

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently introduced the Enhanced Collaborative Autonomous Rover System (ECARS) at the annual North Tech Symposium held at IIT Jammu, as reported by Shankar Anand on cnbctv18.com/india. ECARS, meticulously crafted by Pune-based Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd, is a versatile 4X4 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). This cutting-edge UGV comes in two distinct variants, one equipped with wheels and the other featuring tracks designed for operation in snowy mountainous terrain.

Washington D.C., United States, October 2, 2023 - The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that approximately 100 Alaska U.S. Army National Guardsmen from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, are set to deploy to Kuwait in November 2023. This deployment is part of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS), a USCENTCOM (United States Central Command) operation in the Middle East.

Baykar, the Turkish company renowned for producing the Bayraktar TB2 combat drones, has announced a significant investment of $100 million in Ukraine encompassing three distinct projects. Ukrinform has reported that one of these projects involves the construction of a drone production facility, which is expected to be completed within the next 1.5 years. This announcement was made by Haliuk Bayraktar, the CEO of Baykar, during the recent Forum of Defense Industries held in Kyiv.

The military technology sector is witnessing an increasing interest in heavy hexacopter drones, considering their potential to influence the future of aerial operations. These hexacopters, equipped with six propellers, have the capacity to handle substantial payloads and also offer improved stability and reliability compared to quadcopters, qualities essential for executing precision strikes deep within enemy territory. With its new Ika-Bomber drone, designed to carry twelve 60mm aerial bombs, PR-DC, a company headquartered in Belgrade, Serbia, has entered this arena and positions itself as a potential notable contributor to the field in the future.

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