September 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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In the context of modern warfare, there has been a noticeable shift away from traditional large-scale confrontations towards more asymmetric conflicts. In such scenarios, the battlefield can be dispersed and unpredictable, spanning diverse environments like urban areas, dense forests, and rugged terrains. Traditional heavy armor and large infantry formations may encounter challenges in adapting to these settings. Unveiled by MBDA at DSEI 2023, the Hydra 400 drone, now armed with Brimstone anti-tank missiles, emerges as a new component in this evolving landscape.

Elbit Systems UK's Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST) has officially achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC). JFST offers immersive training using cutting-edge simulations to provide real-time instruction for personnel from the British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force who are involved in Joint Fires, encompassing both surface-to-surface and air-to-surface fires.

MBDA and Supacat have developed a new generation of a mobile anti-tank missile system mounted on an HMT600 vehicle. The Brimstone offers new antitank capabilities to engage adversaries with precision, at a range from 10 to 12 km. Typically, Brimstone is an air-to-surface missile system, but when mounted on an HMT600 chassis, it takes on a whole new dimension, allowing it to serve an anti-tank role.

A steadfast focus on equipping the warfighter and establishing U.S. Army spectrum dominance underscored this summer’s agenda of extensive testing for the Multi-Function Electronic Warfare – Air Large, or MFEW-AL, capability. It began in June with testing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and continued throughout the summer with developmental testing and Soldier Touch Points at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California and Fort Drum, New York. J. Michelle Young reports.

According to David Boey on September 12, 2023, Singapore got the US approval to buy 1,885 Colt 5.56mm caliber fully automatic rifles for $3,189,420. This follows the confirmation by Singapore’s Ministry of Defence in May 2023 that the country has selected the Colt Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR), based on the Colt M4A1 carbine, as its next standard-issue automatic weapon in its army, replacing the aging Ultimax 100 Mk.2 light machine gun in the Squad Automatic Weapon role.

According to Patrick Kenyette in Military Africa, Uganda recently acquired STM Togan drones from Turkish company STM, marking the second sale of this type of drone to an African country after Nigeria. These drones will primarily be used for surveillance of Uganda's vast borders.

On 19 September 2023, during the 15th meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany pledged a €400 million aid package aimed at bolstering the Ukrainian military. The announcement was made by Parliamentary State Secretary Siemtje Möller and Inspector General Carsten Breuer, who was standing in for Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, currently ill with COVID-19.

In a meeting that took place on September 19, 2023, gathering the new Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umierov and Lithuania's National Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas, a comprehensive new aid package was presented aimed at improving Ukraine's defense capabilities. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Ramstein format gathering of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group.

According to Méta Défense on September 14, 2023, Germany is set to acquire five Israeli PULS (Precise and Universal Launching System) artillery rocket system units. These will replace the five M270 MARS 2 rocket launchers previously transferred by the Bundeswehr to Ukraine. This decision follows the Netherlands Army's purchase of 20 PULS systems in May 2023, and Germany's acquisition of the five PULS rocket systems will be facilitated through the Dutch agreement.

The soldiers of the 30th Armoured Infantry Brigade in Hungary conducted live firing exercises with their new Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicles in mid-September, as reported by and documented by Dániel Deme in Hungary Today. The introduction of these new IFVs marks a significant development for the Hungarian defense forces.

In March, it was revealed that the turret of the Jaguar was not yet stabilized, leading to significant delays in equipping the Marine Infantry Tank Regiment (RICM, Régiment d'Infanterie Chars de Marine), which is set to replace its older AMX-10RC vehicles. During a recent hearing in the French Senate, General Pierre Schill, the Chief of Staff of the French Army, provided clarification on these issues. He stated that the Jaguar is an excellent piece of equipment but still requires further adjustments. He also announced that a new version of the Jaguar, equipped with new software, would be delivered by mid-2024.

On September 17, 2023, Denmark's Ministry of Defense announced its most substantial financial commitment to Ukraine thus far, amounting to DKK 5.8 billion (approximately 928 million USD). This aid package, the twelfth and largest from Denmark since the invasion, is designed to significantly enhance Ukraine's military capabilities by supplying tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, specialized tank ammunition, and anti-aircraft guns.

On September 14, 2023, at the 6th China Tianjin International Helicopter Expo, China unveiled a new military development known as the Lynx. This marked the introduction of a gasoline-electric hybrid assault vehicle into the Chinese military. The Lynx shares design elements with the previously known Bobcat 6x6 and can be transported by a Z-8L transport helicopter.

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