September 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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The Russian Army has recently integrated a new mobile command and control system, the P-230T, into its Tigr-M light armored vehicles. The P-230T system was showcased at the Army 2023 military exhibition and is designed to enhance the command and control capabilities of battalion commanders.

The arrival of your next batch of ammunition or rations via drones may become a reality in as little as a couple of years, following the awarding of innovation contracts aimed at developing uncrewed aerial systems for tactical logistics. These contracts were granted in August, after companies successfully presented their concepts at Army Innovation Day 2022.

On September 10, 2023, the Russian Ministry of Defense received a new batch of upgraded BREM-1M armored recovery and repair vehicles. The delivery was made by Uralvagonzavod as part of a state defense contract. Given the intensity of the fighting and the amount of damaged equipment since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, the delivery of a new batch of recovery vehicles is more than welcome.

The German government has commissioned Rheinmetall to supply 40 more Marder M1A3 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine. Placed in August 2023, the order is worth a high double-digit million-euro amount. Rheinmetall is pressing ahead with work to overhaul these older vehicles and ensure that the latest lot of Marder IFVs can be delivered as per contract starting in 2023.

The Defense Technology Institute (DTI) of Thailand conducted tests on its D-Iron RCV (Robotic Combat Vehicle) for the Royal Thai Army (RTA) from August 22 to 24, 2023, in Saraburi Province. This comes approximately 18 months after Milrem Robotics in Estonia delivered the base system to DTI in Thailand. The vehicle is built on the THeMIS Combat UGV platform developed by Milrem Robotics in Estonia.

Kielce, Poland, September 9, 2023 - In a move that underscores its commitment to bolstering national defense, Poland has announced a landmark deal with South Korea's Hanwha Defense for the acquisition of 672 K9A1 155mm self-propelled howitzers. This acquisition is set to significantly enhance the artillery capabilities of the Polish Armed Forces, reflecting the nation's strategic intent in the face of evolving geopolitical challenges.

London, United Kingdom, September 9, 2023 – Preparations are in full swing for the highly anticipated DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) 2023 Defense Exhibition, which is set to begin next Tuesday, September 12, 2023, in London. Recognized as a premier global defense and security event, DSEI attracts key figures from governments, armed forces, and the defense industry, all coming together to discuss, display, and demonstrate the latest innovations in defense and security technology.

The Russian army has received a new type of smoke grenade, the RDG-U, which is said to be capable of providing camouflage against guided missiles. Developed by the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TsNIITochMash JSC), the RDG-U has been approved for mass production after receiving an O1 designation from the Interdepartmental Commission.

U.S.-based defense companies Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, a Polish defense company. The MOU aims to explore the establishment of a final assembly facility and component production capabilities for Javelin anti-tank weapons in Poland, according to a joint statement released by the companies.

The Defense Department announced on September 6 an additional security assistance package for Ukraine valued at up to $175 million. The package includes additional air defense equipment, artillery rounds and anti-tank weapons. This latest round of assistance marks the 46th drawdown of equipment from DOD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021 and reflects the U.S. enduring commitment in the face of Russian aggression.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have received 150 drones from the French company Delair Drones, as confirmed by Sébastien Lecornu, the French Minister of Defense. The delivery was funded by the French government. This article provides an overview of the drones supplied and their specifications.

G3 Systems Limited, a British company with over 20 years of operationally proven expertise in designing and producing deployable containerised solutions and providing infrastructure support to military in remote locations across the globe, has delivered in partnership with Utilis a second fully deployable Role 2 Field Hospital. The G3 Systems team will be at DSEI 2023 available for meetings to discuss similar deployable infrastructure solutions and all their other infrastructure support capabilities.

In an era where unmanned systems are revolutionizing modern warfare, the Goblin Universal High Mobility Unmanned Vehicle was showcased at the MSPO 2023 exhibition. Developed by the Military Institute of Armament Technology (MIAT, or WITU in Polish), the Goblin is designed to be a versatile asset on the battlefield, capable of fulfilling both reconnaissance and combat roles.

The L403A1 AIW (Alternative Individual Weapon) rifle has been added to the arsenal of the British Army, specifically for the Army Special Operations Brigade (ASOB). This weapon is part of a £90 million contract and is expected to enhance the operational capabilities of British troops.

The A-35/AG-35 Towed Anti-Aircraft 35mm Gun, on display at the MSPO 2023 defense exhibition, indicates a change in the approach to anti-aircraft defense systems. Unlike traditional turret systems that are usually fixed installations on naval vessels, this system is mounted on a JELCZ Chassis, introducing different capabilities for land-based military operations.

During the Polish MSPO 2023 exhibition, the Brzza command vehicle was presented by the Polish company Ottokar. The vehicle is designed to serve as the nerve center for anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) operations. Built on the chassis of a 4x4 tactical multi-purpose vehicle known as WARAN, the Brzza is an integral part of the command system for the BRIMESTONE ATGM battery module.

A major partner in the defence and security sector, CNIM Systèmes Industriels has been supporting armed forces since 1856. It offers a range of reliable equipment and solutions, fully tested and at the leading edge of technology for engineering forces. At MSPO 2023, CNIM SystèmesIndustriels is displaying several systems: the bridge laying systems that include the New Generation of Motorized Floating Bridges PFM F3, and the ROCUS, a robotic system dedicated to the opening of trapped routes.

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