September 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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According to Hammer of War on September 21, 2023, recent footage emerged online depicting a Ukrainian-made 122 mm Bastion-1 (or Bastion-01) 6x6 122mm multiple rocket launcher system (MLRS) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Armed Forces launching rockets on M23 militants in the eastern regions of the country, specifically in the province of North Kivu. As of now, the Bastion-01 has been in service with the DRC, Georgian, Senegalese, and Ukrainian armed forces, although the exact quantity and delivery date are unspecified.

Drones are increasingly being used for various purposes, ranging from surveillance to package delivery, and even for destroying equipment on the battlefield. The need to control and neutralize these devices is becoming more and more urgent. In this context, the anti-drone rifle "Drone Off" has been developed and is currently being showcased at the Partner 2023 exhibition in Serbia. This device, designed to jam the communication signals between the drone and its operator, offers an effective solution to counter potential threats posed by drones.

At the Partner 2023 exhibition, the Military Technical Institute unveiled its modernized surveillance-acquisition radar P-12M, showcasing developments in Serbia's defense technology sector. The P-12M radar, in operational use in anti-aircraft systems for detecting and tracking air vehicles, represents a step forward in Serbia's efforts to enhance its defense capabilities.

Amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, we have witnessed the rise of unmanned systems, whether on land, at sea, or especially in the air. These systems have become a must-have for militaries around the world, and Serbia is no exception. The country recently unveiled a new unmanned jet ski at the Partner 2023 expo. Named the Amur, this autonomous jet ski is equipped with a Remote-Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) featuring a 7.62 mm caliber machine gun. It was designed by Yugoimport SDPR J.P.

The British Army is actively training Ukrainian military personnel in the specialized field of mine disposal. This training is being conducted by the Royal Engineers, who are renowned for their expertise. The UK has also generously provided Ukraine with 1,500 mine detectors to aid in this effort.

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, September 27, 2023 - In a grand display of military prowess, Turkmenistan showcased its newly acquired Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Türkiye during a military parade in Ashgabat. The event, held in honor of the 32nd anniversary of Turkmenistan’s independence, highlighted the strengthening of defense ties between Turkmenistan and Turkey.

According to the Czechoslovak Group on September 26, 2023, Tatra is actively engaged in research related to automated vehicle control and the corresponding software development. Collaborating with the Mobility Lab team at VSB - Technical University of Ostrava and Valeo, Tatra is working on the integration of an autonomous driving system into the next generation of its Tatra force truck, which is the base of an increasing number of military vehicles.

According to Tass, Russian special forces have deployed the Sosna-N anti-sniper robot in the Northern Military District zone in Ukraine. This deployment marks a milestone in the use of new technology in armed conflicts. We will explore the capabilities of the Sosna-N and examine its potential role in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

As demonstrated by the Partner 2023 exhibition in Serbia, the landscape of modern warfare is currently undergoing a significant shift, driven by the increasing utilization of loitering munitions (kamikaze drones). These unmanned aerial systems, such as the new Serbian OSICA, purpose-built for locating and neutralizing enemy targets, are rapidly gaining importance in the military market.

The Serbian Army unveils a modernized version of its 122 mm 2S1 "Gvozdika" self-propelled howitzer at the Partner 2023 Expo, now called the "Gvozdika-Carnation." This update offers a series of improvements that enhance the army's ability to respond quickly and effectively to threats.

The Partner 2023 Defense Exhibition in Belgrade, Serbia, continues to be a focal point for the international defense industry, with Day 3 showcasing a plethora of innovations and collaborations. The event has been graced by the presence of numerous international defense companies, each presenting their latest technologies and advancements. A particularly significant moment in the exhibition's history was the participation of the Iranian defense industry for the first time.

The Spanish Ministry of Defense has secured a contract for the acquisition of 522 Mistral 3 Surface-to-Air Missiles. The contract, worth 324.6 million euros, marks a significant upgrade of the country's air defense capabilities. Spain. In addition to the missiles, the contract also includes the modernization of another hundred Mistral air defense missile systems. The agreement also includes training equipment and a comprehensive package of logistical and technical support.

On September 26, 2023, Iran showcased a new variant of its Shahed-series attack drone, now equipped with a jet engine. This development was revealed in a trailer for an Iranian documentary titled "Parchamdar," which explores the history of drone development in the country.

In May 2023, the strategic partnership between Rheinmetall and Ukraine's state-owned Ukrainian Defence Industry group (UDI), formerly known as Ukroboronprom, has reached a significant milestone. On September 28, Germany's Federal Cartel Office, Bundeskartellamt, granted approval for the establishment of a collaborative venture between Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH and UDI in Kyiv. The necessary clearances from other relevant authorities have been sought and are anticipated to be granted shortly.

Reporting on a technical analysis originally presented by the Ukrainian outlet ArmyaInform, Valentyna Romanenko of Ukraina Pravda reports about recent developments at the Centre for the Research of Trophy and Prospective Weapons and Military Equipment within the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The center has unveiled findings regarding Russian attempts to modify the Iranian Shahed-136 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

According to Jesus Roman on September 24, 2023, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted a live fire exercise to showcase its newly adopted 122mm PCL-171 self-propelled howitzer. The exercise also featured the PHL-11 122mm Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and the TL-4 Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) vehicle. Observers have noted the commonality in the chassis of these vehicles, with each one mounted on a 6x6 Dongfeng Mengshi CTL-181A chassis.

As the conflict in Ukraine continues to intensify, Luxembourg has decided to step up its military aid to the country in crisis. According to open intelligence (OSINT) sources, Luxembourg has increased its support with the addition of 9 Primoco One 150 reconnaissance drones. The move comes after the recent loss of one of these drones in Ukraine, highlighting the continued commitment of Luxembourg to support the Ukrainian forces.

The Australian Government has outlined key changes to the Army’s units and formations – as well as changes to equipment locations – to boost capabilities, preparedness and projection. Defence Minister Richard Marles said the changes were in response to recommendations of the Defence Strategic Review (DSR) to maintain peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

According to Tecnodefensa on September 27, 2023, after months of negotiations between governments and companies, Germany officially lifted its embargo on six components used in the production of the VBTP-MSR Guarani 6x6 armored personnel carrier (APC). These components, including ballistic steel, anti-mine protection plates, periscopes, homokinetic half-shafts, transmission systems, and cooling fans, can now be exported to the Philippines.

Following the approval of the German Bundestag's Budget Committee on September 20, the Bundeswehr is set to acquire 13 "High-Efficiency Unmanned Systems for Medium-Range Imaging Reconnaissance" (HUSAR). The technology is produced by Rheinmetall, which recently acquired the assets of the original system manufacturer, EMT, after it filed for bankruptcy. EMT had initially developed this system, named "Airborne Unmanned Close Reconnaissance Equipment Next Generation/Bundeswehr" (LUNA NG/Bw), as an advancement of the LUNA X-2000, which has been in use for reconnaissance missions since 2000.

On September 27, the French 17th Airborne Engineer Regiment (17RGGP, 17e Régiment du Génie Parachutiste) posted a video on Twitter to report that, a few weeks earlier, it had received its first Fardier light tactical vehicles. From now on, they have to master this unique extra-light 4x4 tactical vehicle. Intended for Army airborne troops and special forces, the Fardier is a small air-transportable, air-droppable and heliportable 4x4 transport vehicle.

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