September 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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According to a tweet from Ukrainian Front dated September 23, 2023, the Ukrainian army has begun training with 120mm Scorpion mobile mortars, distributed by Global Military Products, a private American company. Mortar systems play a crucial role in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, so let's delve into the technical features of this system.

During a visit to Paramaribo on September 14 and 15, General Marc Le Bouil, the commander of the French Armed Forces in Guyana, arrived with a series of FAMAS assault rifles destined for Suriname. France and Suriname share a common border in Latin America and thus have mutual interests in the region.

As reported by Clash Report on September 22, 2023, the Azerbaijan Armed Forces took possession of a Tor-M2KM air defense system along with its complement of missiles, following the surrender of Armenian forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Additionally, a mobile command post for such a system was handed over to Azerbaijan, as well as a 9K33 OSA air defense system on September 23, 2023, as per information from Bushlaid and Hovhannes.

The U.S. Army's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, known as RCCTO, has proudly announced the successful delivery of four state-of-the-art Directed Energy Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (DE M-SHORAD) prototype systems to the 4th Battalion, 60th Air Defense Artillery Regiment stationed at Fort Sill. This delivery of the prototype platoon represents a significant milestone for the DE M-SHORAD Project Management Office, led by Colonel Steven D. Gutierrez, and stands as a major achievement for the entire team involved, as reported by Venetia Gonzales, U.S. Army.

London, UK, September 24, 2023 - At the DSEI 2023 International Defense Exhibition held in London, CTA International showcased its latest generation of 40 mm turret, a versatile weapon system designed for both land and naval platforms. This innovative turret is a testament to the evolving needs of modern warfare and the continuous push for technological advancements in defense equipment.

Fort Campbell, KY, United States - In a significant advancement for the U.S. military's infantry capabilities, soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) have received the first Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) that includes the NGSW-R (Generation Squad Weapon- Rifle) and the NGSW-AR (Generation Squad Weapon- Automatic Rifle). This groundbreaking information was confirmed by the "Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team" via their official Twitter account on September 21, 2023.

Ukrainian defense company Ukrarmor has recently revealed details of their ambitious project: the BMP-V, an amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) aimed at modernizing Ukraine's armored vehicle capabilities. This new venture comes from a company that has already gained recognition for its production of armored vehicles like the Bohdana 2.0, Kamrat-M, and Novator, as well as mortar systems and ammunition. Ukrarmor is also known for its expertise in the modernization of military equipment, including the BMP-1.

During a press conference, on 21 September 2023, Pentagon spokesperson Brigadier General Pat Ryder shed light on the ongoing U.S. support for Ukraine. This support is notably manifested through the imminent delivery of Abrams M1A1 tanks and training programs for Ukrainian pilots on F-16s. As a reminder, the United States had promised to deliver 31 M1A1 Abrams to Ukraine.

Meet the Kamrat-M, an armored personnel carrier aiming to redefine the standards of mobility, adaptability, and protection on the battlefield. Designed and manufactured by Ukrainian Armor, this combat vehicle serves as a universal platform that can be tailored to a wide range of military operations. This vehicle is specially designed for export and special forces.

Avidrone Aerospace, a Canadian company, has recently unveiled a new fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed to offer advanced capabilities in automated long-range flight and heavy lifting. These UAVs are equipped with features such as heavy lift capabilities, autonomous flight systems, proprietary autopilot technology, and advanced VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) capabilities. Avidrone aims to provide innovative solutions for industrial and defense-related missions, including automated cargo transport and critical supply deliveries to remote and time-sensitive locations.

Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, United States – On September 20, 2023, the U.S. Army announced the awarding of contracts to four prominent companies for the design and construction of Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) prototypes. This initiative is the first phase of a comprehensive Program of Record competition. The companies selected for this prestigious project are McQ, Inc., Textron Systems Corporation, General Dynamics Land Systems, and Oshkosh Defense, LLC, with a combined contract value of around $24.72 million.

Belgium has announced the purchase of 761 Akeron MP anti-tank missiles (formerly known as Medium-Range Missile or MMP) from MBDA France to equip its 60 future EBRC Jaguar reconnaissance vehicles and replace the currently used Spike missiles. This decision underscores Belgium's commitment to the Franco-Belgian defense partnership, which has been evident through several major orders from the French defense industry in recent years.

The Patria 6x6 APC has a new variant, armed with the Patria Nemo 120 mm mortar system, a system designed to meet the requirements of contemporary military operations, with a focus on mobility, protection, and precision. This mortar system, capable of being mounted on various ground and sea platforms for responsive fire support, consists of a turret, a remote-controlled 120 mm mortar, a loading device, a fire control system, and ammunition storage.

In an era where air defense has become increasingly crucial due to geopolitical tensions and technological advancements in aerial warfare, particularly in the conflict in Ukraine, Viettel, a Vietnamese telecommunications company, has introduced its 3D S-Band medium-range air-defense surveillance radar. This system is designed to be highly mobile and offers a comprehensive range of features.

As reported by Murray Brewster on CBC News, the Canadian Army plans to retire dozens of old M113 Tracked Light Armoured Vehicles (TLAVs) troop carriers this year. Despite an offer from Armatec Survivability, a private company, to refurbish these vehicles for use in Ukraine, the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) intends to dispose of them.

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