October 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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In a groundbreaking occurrence, Australian and US military cyber experts collaborated in the inaugural classified-level cyber exercise of its kind. This event, known as Exercise Cyber Sentinels, took place in Canberra this month and was hosted by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). It served as a tactical rehearsal for cyberspace operations, pioneering innovations in integrated force training and reinforcing international partnerships.

On October 26, 2023, new video footage released by Russian state media revealed the testing of Russia's latest self-propelled howitzer, the 2S43 "Malva". Capable of firing 152mm shells, it represents the newest advancement in Russian artillery engineering.

According to the Santa Barbara Independent on October 25, 2023, the US Air Force Global Strike Command is scheduled to conduct an operational test launch of an unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on October 31, 2023. The primary objective of this launch is to demonstrate the readiness of US nuclear forces and reinforce confidence in the effectiveness of the nation's nuclear deterrent, as stated by Air Force Global Strike Command.

As reported by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on October 26, 2023, Israeli forces, led by the Givati Brigade from Division 162, conducted a nighttime tank raid in the Northern region of the Gaza Strip. This operation involved infantry units, Merkava Mk.4 tanks equipped with anti-drone defenses, Puma heavy armored engineering vehicles, and D9R armored bulldozers.

According to a report by Ruben Koops in RTL Nieuws, the Dutch Prosecution Service has launched a criminal investigation into a Dutch shipping company for violating the arms embargo against Libya. In 2022, a vessel operated by Shipping Company Groningen attempted to transport 41 BATT UMG armored vehicles to Libya but was apprehended. There are discussions in Brussels about potentially donating the seized armored vehicles to Ukraine.

According to Bloomberg in an article published on October 24, 2023, the United States is reportedly preparing to supply Israel with Iron Dome air defense systems. This move is in response to persistent rocket attacks carried out by Hamas and Hezbollah militants, as cited by anonymous sources within the Pentagon.

The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has finalized a deal with Turkish defense company Roketsan for the acquisition of KaraOK-guided anti-tank missile systems to bolster the capabilities of the Malaysian Army. Rahayu Bahaudin, the CEO of Ketech Asia in Malaysia, who is serving as a system integrator for this project, confirmed this news.

Raytheon, an RTX business, successfully demonstrated the capabilities of the Low, slow, small-unmanned aircraft Integrated Defense System, or LIDS, during the U.S. Army's annual summer test period. Joining U.S. Army officials were representatives from a number of international allied ground forces who attended to witness the test events firsthand.

U.S. soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Cavazos, Texas, helped the Army better understand how Armored Brigade Combat Teams may fight in the future, thanks to a Soldier touchpoint held in September at the Detroit Arsenal in Michigan. Dan Heaton, Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross-Functional Team, reports.

On October 7, 2023, the Gaza Strip witnessed a significant escalation in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The Nukhba Special Forces, an elite unit of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, launched an attack on Israel. This operation, which Israel has named "Operation Al-Aqsa Flood," marked the onset of the 2023 Israel–Hamas war.

On October 19, 2023, the German Ministry of Defense announced that the Bundeswehr is set to procure 2,600 Panzerabwehrrichtmine Deutsches Modell 22 (DM22) anti-tank mines, also known as PARM 2, with an option to purchase an additional 10,000 units. This decision is part of Germany's efforts to replenish its ammunition stocks following the transfers of military equipment to Ukraine.

Salentis (UK) Ltd,a specialist defence bid proposal company, has formed a strategic partnership with Chamois Consulting Ltd that places Chamois as their preferred supplier for marketing and communications support. The partnership combines the Salentisinnovative, market-leading bid proposal expertise, with Chamois’ extensive defence sector PR and marketing capabilities.

According to Defensa on October 24, 2023, the Spanish Army is preparing for live fire tests of the M982 Excalibur 155mm precision-guided artillery shells, recognized for their extended range and accuracy. This long-anticipated testing of Excalibur munitions, planned for the second half of 2023, is aimed at evaluating their compatibility with Spanish artillery equipment.

In the wake of the heart-wrenching Hamas terrorist attack on October 7th, 2023, which tragically took 1,400 Israeli lives, there has been a heightened anticipation of a robust response by the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). While preparations have been underway for a significant ground offensive against the Gaza Strip with the primary aim of neutralizing the Hamas terrorist faction, the expected assault has not yet been realized. The reasons behind this cautious approach provide insights into the complexities of modern warfare.

U.S. Army researchers officially welcomed five new supercomputers with a ribbon cutting and naming ceremony on Sept. 28, 2023, at the Mallette Training Center. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory held a user group meeting with about 250 attendees. During that event, the laboratory held its public dedication of the latest ARL DOD Supercomputing Resource Center supercomputing systems.

On October 24, 2023, the US State Department approved a potential Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Latvia, enabling the acquisition of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and related equipment at an estimated cost of $220 million, bringing notable developments to the Baltic region. This marks Latvia's inclusion in the group of nations possessing HIMARS rocket launchers, alongside the other Baltic States, Estonia, and Lithuania, which acquired these systems in 2022.

Quantum Systems, a European leading innovator in dual-use drone robotics offering state-of-the-art multi-sensor technology, announces the successful completion of its € 63.6 million Series B funding round. This brings the total amount of funding for the Munich-based drone manufacturer to over € 100 million. Leading the investment are HV Capital and DTCP, followed by Project A, Thiel Capital, ScaleUp Fonds Bayern, Omnes Capital, and Airbus Ventures. This substantial infusion of capital underscores Quantum Systems' dedication to boosting resilient infrastructure, through aerial intelligence.

On October 2, 2023, at Camp Crame, the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr., unveiled a significant batch of mission-essential equipment for law enforcement. One of the highlights of this delivery is undoubtedly the 5,755 DSAR15s, a 5.56 mm chambered Korean assault rifle.

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