October 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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The Indonesia draft defense posture until 2044, as discussed in Defense Studies, acknowledges the evolving landscape of defense technology, particularly the growing use of unmanned vehicles in military applications. This trend extends to strategic defense planning and its translation into weapon procurement, whether funded through PLN or Domestic Loans.

The U.S. Army has officially awarded BAE Systems of York, Pennsylvania, a full-rate production contract for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). The initial vehicle order is valued at $797 million, with potential additional options that could bring the total contract amount to $1.6 billion. This significant investment underscores the Army's commitment to modernizing its fleet, with plans to incorporate nearly 3,000 AMPVs worldwide over the next 20 years.

In the modern evolution of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Yugoimport, a Serbian defense company, has introduced its alternative to the American FGM-148 Javelin, the POS 145. These two systems, designed to neutralize armored threats on the battlefield, may share the same overarching goal but diverge significantly in their design philosophies and operational characteristics. In this comprehensive comparison, we delve into the key differences and similarities between the POS 145 and the FGM-148 Javelin.

In an important decision that underlines its commitment to humanitarian causes, Switzerland has allocated a budget of 100 million francs to mine clearance efforts in Ukraine. The Federal Council announced the funding on September 29, 2023, with the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) sharing financial responsibility equally. The initiative aims to address the urgent need for mine clearance in Ukraine, a country that has become one of the most mined regions in the world since the start of the war 18 months ago.

Belgrade, Serbia, October 3, 2023 - At the Partner 2023 defense exhibition held in Belgrade, French Company Texelis proudly commemorated its remarkable and enduring partnership with Serbian Company Yugoimport, spotlighting their collaborative efforts on the Milosh and Lazar combat vehicle families. This alliance, spanning over eight years, is a testament to mutual trust, technical prowess, and close collaboration, with several hundred vehicles produced as a result.

In an Opex360 article, Laurent Lagneau discusses the versatile applications of deploying a swarm of drones beyond the obvious saturation attack, as demonstrated by KNDS and Naval Group in collaboration with the Girondine company Icarus Swarms. Icarus Swarms has developed software for controlling multiple mini-drones, typically provided by the manufacturer Parrot, which is also used by the French armed forces.

After rigorous testing of the prototype by numerous NATO EU member armies and the US Navy, the Slovenian Armed Forces signed a contract to acquire the hardest enduro e-motorbikes available. The aim is to fully integrate STRiX e-motorbikes in the operative use of the Slovenian Armed Forces, after successfully completing an additional in-depth verification period. The e-motorbikes were specifically designed and developed for military applications, surpassing current heavy-duty combustion versions in every aspect. The design and production of STRiX e-motorbikes are carried out by RTC d.o.o. with almost 25 years of engineering experience in the automotive industry.

On September 29, Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), announced the establishment of a novel organization dedicated to supervising the advancement and integration of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities within the United States' national security infrastructure. This initiative, known as the AI Security Center, will serve as the central hub for formulating best practices, assessment methodologies, and risk frameworks. Its primary objective is to facilitate the secure adoption of cutting-edge AI technologies across the national security apparatus and the defense industry. This development was reported by Joseph Clark, DOD News.

Kyiv, Ukraine, October 1, 2023 - In a significant move that underscores the deepening defense ties between the Czech Republic and Ukraine, the Czech Ministry of Defense announced on September 29, 2023, the possible transfer of the production lines of Czech-made Bren 2 assault rifles and small-caliber ammunition to Ukraine. The announcement was made during the inaugural Ukrainian "International Defense Industries Forum" held in Kyiv.

In a comprehensive analysis released by Army Recognition, startling figures shed light on the heavy toll the Russia-Ukraine war has taken on both nations since its inception in February 2022. Drawing from data up to September 2023, the report details the significant losses Russia has endured, both in manpower and military equipment. With the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff confirming the loss of nearly 280,000 Russian personnel and a staggering 8,224 combat equipment and vehicles, the scale of the conflict's impact becomes undeniably clear.

The British Army has deployed its latest generation of AJAX and ARES reconnaissance tracked armored vehicles for the first time during a military exercise, as revealed by photographs released by the British Ministry of Defense. These state-of-the-art combat vehicles are set to replace the older CVRT reconnaissance armored vehicles that have been in service with the British army for years.

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