September 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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The 805th Combat Training Squadron of the U.S. Air Force, also known as the Shadow Operations Center-Nellis (ShOC-N), in collaboration with the U.S. Army's Mission Command Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), recently conducted joint experiments on the ASTARTE system (Air Space Total Awareness for Rapid Tactical Execution). This initiative aims to revolutionize joint airspace management and joint fire capabilities.

On September 5, 2023, the German army (Bundeswehr) successfully completed a three-week testing phase of the upgraded Puma armored infantry vehicle, aimed at enhancing its combat capabilities. The trials were conducted at the Oberlausitz military training ground under challenging conditions.

According to an article by Asia Pacific on September 4, 2023, the Philippine Army has announced its intention to procure new tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped with magnetometers designed for the detection of mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and metallic objects. This procurement decision is part of the Philippine Army's ongoing efforts to enhance its combat engineering capabilities.

On September 4, 2023, KNDS showcased, via its Twitter account, a Leclerc tank equipped with a 7.62mm remotely controlled station. This 57-ton main battle tank is armed with a primary 120mm cannon and a 12.7mm coaxial machine gun. It has been operational since 1992 with the French Army and since 1995 with the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates.

Cameroon's Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), responsible for the protection of President Paul Biya, is set to acquire a fleet of Ratel Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) from South Africa. The South African company OTT Technologies is in charge of supplying the 10 Ratels and upgrading them to meet modern military standards. The upgrades include new armor, advanced weaponry, and cutting-edge communication systems.

Elbit Systems announced on September 5 it was awarded two contracts by a European country, worth an aggregate amount of approximately $200 million, to supply a C4I (Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence) solution to artillery battalions and a Hostile Fire Counter-Attack (HFCA) solution. The contracts will be executed until 2026, with options for further extensions.

In a groundbreaking move, the United States has decided to send armor-piercing munitions containing depleted uranium to Ukraine. This marks the first time such controversial ammunition will be supplied to the country. The International Press Agency Reuters reported this revelation on September 1, 2023. These munitions, compatible with the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) set to be delivered to Ukraine, offer enhanced destructive capabilities against Russian tanks.

Türkiye's Defense Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc., often referred to by its acronym STM, has announced that Japan is expressing interest in its quadcopter-style loitering munitions, known as the Kargu system. In an interview with GDH News on September 2, 2023, STM's General Manager, Özgür Güleryüz, confirmed that Japan has already inquired about acquiring the Kargu system, commonly known as kamikaze drones.

According to a report from the website, Russian volunteers are currently conducting tests on the "Volnorez" electronic warfare station. This system has been designed to safeguard armored vehicles against drone attacks. The trials of the "Volnorez" system are currently taking place on the occupied territory of Crimea. Following these tests, samples of the system are planned to be sent to Ukraine for evaluation under real combat conditions.

Lockheed Martin effectively exhibited the advanced Extended-Range GMLRS (ER GMLRS) in a flight trial conducted at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The rocket was launched from the U.S. Army's HIMARS launcher. According to Jay Price, the Vice President of Precision Fires at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, this test showcases a nearly twofold increase in range while upholding the renowned precision that GMLRS is associated with. Price further expressed Lockheed Martin's commitment to rapidly advancing this crucial capability for the Army, emphasizing that this successful test is a significant stride towards the deployment of ER GMLRS.

Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are testing new gear that aims to achieve the U.S. Army’s top priority in communications: to reduce its command post battlefield footprint while improving mobility and agility. Jacqueline Howard, Test Officer, Mission Command Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command, reports.

On August 29, 2023, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) unveiled a new military aid package aimed at bolstering Ukraine's defense capabilities amidst ongoing security challenges. This announcement marks a significant development as, for the first time, the U.S. will be delivering AIM-9M short-range air-to-air missiles to Ukraine.

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