October 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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Santa Bárbara Sistemas, through its arms factory in Trubia, is engaged in the production of two important military vehicles for the Asturias region: the VCR 8x8 Dragon and the Chain Support Vehicle (VAC). The contract for the VCR 8x8 Dragon has already been signed and provides for the manufacture of 348 vehicles. The contract for the VAC, authorized last August by the Council of Ministers, is still awaiting finalization and aims to produce 394 vehicles in its initial phase.


In a significant escalation of hostilities following the invasion by HAMAS fighters into Israeli territory on October 7, 2023, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reportedly targeted 500 sites in the Gaza Strip overnight. Among the areas hit was the densely populated Jabalia refugee camp, which resulted in dozens of casualties, including children. The IDF claims to have established full control over Israeli towns surrounding the Gaza perimeter fence, though operations against militants in Sderot continue.

According to a tweet from OSINTtechnical dated October 1, 2023, Ukrainian heavy drones have been spotted dropping TM-62 anti-tank mines against Russian forces. Traditionally used as ground-based anti-vehicle weapons, these mines are now being dropped from the air as improvised aerial munitions. In the video, we can see the destruction of a Russian bunker using this technique.

AM General, the renowned American manufacturer of light tactical vehicles with a tech and engineering hub in Auburn Hills, is set to unveil three cutting-edge military vehicles at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Exposition. This event, scheduled from October 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., will showcase the company's latest JLTV A2 and a Trailer equipped with a Bulk Water System.

In a decisive move aimed at strengthening its peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, NATO has deployed 200 additional British troops to the region. The deployment comes following a violent attack on Kosovo police last month and an escalation of tensions in the area. Romania also announced the deployment of 100 additional soldiers to support the mission.

At AUSA 2023, Rheinmetall is showcasing its Path Autonomous Kit (A-Kit) on a variety of platforms to demonstrate the system’s ability to transform any vehicle platform into an autonomous powerhouse. The system can be seen at the Rheinmetall booth where it will be displayed on an M5 Ripsaw RCV equipped with Rheinmetall’s 30mm Skyranger turret, and also on partner booths – Tomahawk Robotics and L3Harris Technologies, where variants of Rheinmetall’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle will be on display.

The Nigerian Army is now operating Tares armored vehicles after having just taken delivery of the new type from Saudi Arabia’s ERAF Industrial Company, Guy Martin reports in defenseWeb. ERAF was established in Saudi Arabia in 1996 and specialises in land, naval and power systems, including armored vehicles and remote weapon stations.

The Indian Air Force plans to receive the last two of five S-400 long-range air defense systems by the end of 2024, according to Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari. The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has created delivery hurdles, but the Indian Air Force maintains its expectations for future deliveries. The acquisition of the S-400s is part of a broader strategy, Project Kusha, which aims to reduce India's dependence on external suppliers for its military needs.

DroneShield on October 9 announced the launch of its DroneSentry-X Mk2, also known as the "DroneSentry-X". This innovative solution caters to both mobile and expeditionary fixed-site applications in the realm of Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Counter-UAS). The DroneSentry-X is designed to provide passive detection, identification, and tracking capabilities for a wide range of unmanned or uncrewed systems across multiple domains.

As reported by InfoDefensa on October 8, 2023, the Chilean Armed Forces marked a significant milestone as they celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of their 5th Lancers Armored Detachment. This event took place in Puerto Natales, Chile, on Friday, September 29, commemorating two centuries of the unit's service to the Chilean Army. Alongside this celebration, the ceremony provided an opportunity to showcase some of Chile's armored vehicles, including the Leopard 1V Main Battle Tank (MBT), M113A1/A2 armored personnel carriers (APCs), and Mowag Famae Piranha 6x6 APCs.

On October 8, 2023, the situation between Israel and Hezbollah intensified after a sequence of events, which Hezbollah stated were carried out "in solidarity" with the Palestinian people. This has led to increased worries about the possibility of a wider regional conflict. The Israeli armed forces verified that they deployed a drone to launch a missile strike on the al-Khraibeh region, located on the outskirts of Rashaya al-Fukhar in Lebanon. This Israeli military action was in response to an earlier incident where a drone from Lebanon had entered Israeli airspace and was subsequently intercepted by Israel's Patriot air defense system.

In the wake of collaboration challenges between France and Germany over the Franco-German MGCS (Main Ground Combat System) program, the European Main Battle Tank (E-MBT), developed by KNDS, is being considered as a potential temporary solution. The MGCS program was initiated with the primary objective of developing a cutting-edge combat tank to replace the existing Leclerc and Leopard 2 tanks, which have been the mainstays of the French and German armored forces respectively.

On October 7, 2023, U.S. President Joe Biden reaffirmed the "set in stone and unwavering" support of the United States for Israel in the face of Hamas terrorist attacks. This announcement comes in the context of an already very close military and security cooperation between the two countries, exemplified by the use of vehicles such as the M113 troop carrier and the M109 self-propelled howitzer.

In recent days, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have found themselves operating on multiple fronts, deploying M109A5 self-propelled 155mm howitzers both along the Gaza Strip and the Lebanese border. The deployment along the Gaza Strip is part of Israel's broader strategy to counter ongoing threats and infiltrations, particularly following a severe escalation that included the killing of 700 Israelis by Hamas gunmen. Concurrently, the IDF has also positioned M109A5 howitzers along the Lebanese border. These units were specifically activated for artillery strikes in response to a shooting incident from that area.


According to a statement published on October 8, 2023, by Hanwha Defense USA, Hanwha Aerospace and its US subsidiary, Hanwha Defense USA will exhibit its K9 155mm self-propelled howitzer at the upcoming AUSA Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting & Exhibition, taking place from October 9 to 11, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

In a strategic proposal aimed at bolstering regional security dynamics in Eastern Europe, US Senator of Maryland, Van Hollen, is considering a three-way defense exchange. Under the proposed arrangement, Poland, a NATO ally that acquired Patriot missile defenses from the U.S. last year would receive America's advanced Iron Dome systems. In return, Poland would send some of its Patriot missile defenses to Ukraine.

According to several videos published on social media on October 7, 2023, in coordination with the rocket attacks carried out by Hamas against Israeli territory, HAMAS is copying the methods used in the conflict in Ukraine to destroy an Israeli Army Merkava 4 Main Battle Tank (MBT), considered to be one of the best-protected tanks in the world due to its armor technology and its active protection system against guided missile fire; it is true that the upper part of a tank is its weakness.

October 7, 2023 - In a sudden and unprecedented escalation, approximately 5,000 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory this morning, as reported by the Israeli Air Force. This marks one of the largest attacks on Israel in recent history. In response to these aggressive actions, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has initiated Military Operation "Iron Swords". Israel has also declared a 'state of war' as of this morning.

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