October 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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According to information released by the Tasnim News Agency on October 28, 2023, the Iranian Army Ground Force successfully executed a series of precision strikes using indigenously developed Sina and Fateh loitering munitions during the Eqtedar (Power) 1402 war game. The Sina appears to be a copy of the American-made Switchblade 300.

In a tweet from 2S7 Pion, it is evident that Ukraine has lost a Leopard 2 tank, specifically the Strv 122 variant, during a missile strike by Russian forces. This incident, which occurred during an offensive on Russian positions at Orlyanske, is not an isolated event. In fact, this is the sixth loss of this kind within a week, bringing the total loss to nearly 20% of the Leopard 2 tanks that Ukraine received as donations from its NATO allies. To further support Ukraine in this conflict, Germany has promised to send 14 additional Leopard 2A4 tanks next year.

According to InfoDefensa on October 29, 2023, the Spanish Army conducted live-fire tests of the M982 Excalibur 155mm precision-guided artillery shells. These tests involved both the SIAC 155/52 towed howitzer and the M1905 A5 155mm self-propelled howitzer, concluding an extensive training program in which military personnel from the Artillery Support Command (MACA) received specialized training in the United States on the Excalibur system.

On October 30, the U.S. Department of Defense released the Military Intelligence Program appropriated top-line budget for FY 2023. The total MIP budget was $27.9 billion and is aligned to support the National Defense Strategy. The U.S. Department of Defense has determined that releasing this top-line figure does not jeopardize any classified activities within the MIP. No other MIP budget figures or program details will be released, as they remain classified for national security reasons.

According to an article by Globes on October 31, 2023, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are faced with Hamas and Hezbollah's use of Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missile systems (ATGMs). While this information is accurate, as evidenced by the design of the Tharallah system used by Hezbollah, the article makes a mistake in stating that the Kornet is derived from the Soviet AT-3 Sagger wire-guided ATGM.

In a significant escalation of tensions in the Middle East, Hezbollah has ushered in a "new phase" of conflict by deploying an Iranian 358 missile to target and subsequently shoot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This bold move was swiftly countered by the U.S. Patriot air defense system, which successfully intercepted and destroyed the missile.

The United States plans to establish a new production line for Iron Dome missiles in collaboration with Israeli company Rafael and American defense contractor Raytheon. This comes with plans to deliver additional Iron Dome systems to Israel, further strengthening the country's air defense capabilities.

The close proximity of Caracal's location in the United Arab Emirates to the Indian market enables them to provide rapid after-sales service, a critical factor contributing to the success of Caracal products. This advantage, coupled with competitive pricing, was emphasized by Hamad Al Ameri, the CEO of Caracal, as reported by Huma Siddiqui in the Financial Express.

Gaza Strip, October 31, 2023 - In a significant escalation of the conflict in Israel against HAMAS militants, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have launched a ground operation inside the Gaza Strip to combat Hamas militants. This development was confirmed through a video published by the IDF on October 31, 2023, showcasing infantry units supported by Merkava 3 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) actively engaging in the conflict zone.

As reported by Focus UA on October 30, 2023, the Russian Ministry of Defense recently received a batch of 14 Plastun-SN light armored vehicles, all concealed in military camouflage. These vehicles, officially unveiled at the Army-2023 exhibition in Moscow, are manufactured in the city of Novosibirsk and have been adapted to meet the specific requirements of the Russian Armed Forces. The procurement of at least 50 of these vehicles has been initiated under a contract signed by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

In an effort to strengthen regional security and cooperation, Latvia's Ministry of Internal Affairs has announced that it will donate 12 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Ukrainian National Police. The decision was made public following a high-level meeting between Latvian Minister of Internal Affairs Richards Kozlovskis and his Ukrainian counterpart Ihor Klymenko in Lithuania.

The U.S. Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) participated in a field training exercise on October 27, 2023, as part of Resolute Dragon 23. The exercise took place in the JGSDF's Yausubetsu Maneuver Area in Hokkaido, Japan. This annual bilateral exercise aims to improve command, control, and multi-domain maneuver capabilities between the two allied forces.

On October 27, 2023, the Czech Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that it had signed a contract to purchase 48 I-Derby ER Long Range anti-aircraft missiles from Israeli defense manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. This acquisition marks a significant development for the Czech Army's air defense capabilities, as the missile can serve as both an air-to-air and surface-to-air missile.

On 24 October 2023, Jung Han Hwang, the Deputy Minister of the Korean Embassy, accompanied by his advisor, Wonho Park, and the Defense Attaché, Lieutenant Colonel IM Jong-Ick Park, visited the 31st Marine Infantry Battalion (IM) Aldea of the Chilean Navy. The visit provided an opportunity to explore the institution's experience with Korean-made vehicles, including the Kia KLTV 4x4 armored vehicles, as well as 6x6 KM 250 and 4x4 KM 450 vehicles.

Seoul, South Korea, October 30, 2023 - Hanwha Aerospace, a South Korean defense company, showcases its latest air defense innovation, the Block-I laser weapon system, at the Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2023 in South Korea. This cutting-edge technology can be mounted on various platforms, including containers, light vehicles, and heavy trucks, offering versatility in deployment.

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