October 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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On October 20, 2023, Rostec, the Russian state-owned conglomerate, announced the successful completion of state trials for the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152mm self-propelled howitzer, developed to replace the 2S19 Msta-S. Surprisingly, on August 10, 2023, Deputy Director General Vladimir Artyakov disclosed that mass production of the 2S35 had already commenced even before the conclusion of these state trials.

On October 19, 2023, the U.S. Department of Defense issued an extensive report detailing how the People's Republic of China is continuing its efforts to overturn the international rules-based order and is building an increasingly effective military to further these aims, said a senior defense official speaking on background. Jim Garamone summarizes.

According to a tweet posted on Russian social media on October 19, 2023, a command version of the Wolf armored vehicle was spotted in service with the 22nd Light Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade of the Georgian Defense Forces. The Wolf vehicle has been in service with the Georgian Defense Forces since 2014, but this is the first appearance on Georgian terrain of a specialized command version.

On October 18, Pakistan successfully conducted a flight test of the Ababeel weapon system, as confirmed in a statement released by the Pakistani Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). This latest test of the ballistic missile system was undertaken to reaffirm various design elements, technical parameters, and the performance evaluation of different subsystems, as reported by The Express Tribune.

On October 18, 2023, a Russian military blogger leaked on VK the blueprints of a new Russian armored tanker based on the Armata platform. As a reminder, this modular platform is the base for multiple future Russian armored vehicles, including the T-14 Armata tank, the T-15 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), the T-16 recovery vehicle, and the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzer.

On October 17, 2023, Brigadier General Hery Setiyono, S.Sos., M.M., the Head of the Indonesian Army Research and Development Service (Kadislitbangad), presented a Certificate of Material Certification for specialized vehicles designed to transport Astros rocket munition containers, Defense Studies reports. This certification was the culmination of Defense Research and Development (Litbanghan) conducted at the Army Equipment Center (Puspalad), located in Dislitbangad, Matraman, East Jakarta.

According to Militarnyi on October 18, 2023, the System Electronic Export, a subsidiary of the National Association of Ukrainian Defense Industries (NAUDI), recently unveiled the P-18C mobile radiolocation station at the IDEB-2023 international exhibition in Slovakia. This new station represents a significant upgrade to the aging P-18 radar system, incorporating various improvements and innovations when compared to its predecessor, the P-18 Malakhit.

According to the Estonian MoD on October 18, 2023, Estonia has finalized contracts valued at around €200 million for the acquisition of approximately 230 wheeled armored vehicles from Turkish defense companies, Nurol Makina and Otokar. The procurement includes NMS 4x4 armored vehicles, supplied by Nurol Makina, and Arma 6x6 armored personnel carriers (APCs), provided by Otokar.

Amid rising concerns over inadequate combat equipment for Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers deployed in the ongoing war in Gaza, the Ministry of Defense has announced significant procurement of various combat gear, costing in excess of NIS 100 million (approximately $25 million). The announcement comes as a response to complaints from IDF soldiers regarding the scarcity of essential combat equipment, following the large-scale mobilization of reserve forces.

On October 18, 2023, according to Iran Defense, the two attacks on American military bases in Iraq were carried out by al Muqawama al Islamiyah fil al Iraq and Tashkil al-Waritheen militias, two Iranian-linked groups. In the first attack on Al-Asad Air Base, two Murad-5 drones were intercepted by coalition forces with no reported damage or casualties. The al Muqawama al Islamiyah fil al Iraq group claimed responsibility for this attack.

Seoul, South Korea, October 18, 2023 - AT the Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2023, which takes place in Seoul, South Korea, the South Korean army showcases the locally-made K9 Thunder 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer alongside its K10 ammunition resupply vehicle manufactured by Hanwha Aerospace. The event underscores the K9's meteoric rise to become one of the most sought-after 155mm howitzers on the global military artillery market.

In pursuit of its continuous transformation initiative, the U.S. Army recently convened a collaborative gathering of joint, multinational, and industry partners to explore emerging technologies within a challenging and degraded environment. Madeline Winkler, from the Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Space Cross-Functional Team, provides the report.

Seoul, South Korea, October 18, 2023 - At this year's ADEX (Aerospace and Defense Exhibition) held in Seoul, Hanwha Aerospace, a leading South Korean defense company, highlights its AS21 Redback, one of the most modern tracked IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) in the world. The vehicle was recently chosen by the Australian army to replace the older M113AS4 tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicles.

According to Defense Studies, the Vietnamese Air Defense Force successfully launched its first S-300 missile, almost 20 years after the initial import of two S-300 PMU-1 systems from the Russian Federation. This development comes against the backdrop of the evolving air defense capabilities of Vietnam and the Southeast Asian region.

As reported by Breaking Defense on October 10, 2023, the DroneHunter F700 Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS), which is currently in use in Ukraine, has been recently upgraded. This system, developed by the American company Fortem Technologies, has been modified to counter the faster and larger drones used by the Russian military, including the Orlan-10 and the Iranian Shahed-136.

Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) announced on October 17 it has been awarded a 966,745,000 $ firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacturing, assembly, inspection, packaging and delivery of 155mm Modular Artillery Charge System M231/M232-series combustible cartridge cases. D&Z and Eurenco, through a previously announced partnership, will work jointly on the contract.

As of October 17, 2023, according to available information shared by Janes, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has granted ¥16.8 billion (equivalent to $112 million) for the acquisition of ten Type 10 Main Battle Tanks and ¥15.1 billion (roughly $100.8 million) for the procurement of 16 Type 19 155mm self-propelled howitzers in its 2024 Defense budget.

Nexter KNDS on October 17 tweeted information about French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu visiting the factory where accelerated production of CAESAR 6x6 self-propelled howitzers is on the way. “Our teams were able to mobilize and demonstrate responsiveness to move to a war economy: the delivery time to the Forces for CAESAR guns was halved, and we managed to triple our production rate,” Nexter KNDS tweeted.

The Philippine Army has formally announced a re-equirement for 5,050 new Red Dot Combat Reflex Sights as part of its modernization efforts. These sights will be specifically mounted on newly acquired T4 Taurus assault rifles. This move is aimed at enhancing the Army's combat capabilities and is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2024 if all goes as planned.

As reported by the Moldovan Ministry of Defense on October 17, 2023, the National Army of the Republic of Moldova received two additional Piranha-3H armored personnel carriers through a donation from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. These Piranha-3H armored personnel carriers will be utilized to train Moldovan military personnel, equipping them for potential future international peacekeeping missions.

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