September 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

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HUBER+SUHNER has been awarded a multi-million-pound subcontract to supply radio frequency and low-frequency cable harnesses for the British Army's Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) Programme. This subcontract aims to ensure the provision of reliable cable harnesses that meet safety and mission-critical requirements for the Boxer MIVs used by the British Army.

Rheinmetall and its partner, UVision Air Ltd., are showcasing the Hero Loitering Munition family at DSEI 2023. The Hero Loitering Munition allows frontline forces to benefit from advanced intelligence gathering, target acquisition, and long-range firepower, thereby simplifying operations that previously required complex coordination between multiple units.

Delivering superb value-for-money for taxpayers, the flexible training is designed to evolve to meet modern-day threats and involves emulating fast jets, uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) and other aircraft that are called in by troops on the ground to strike targets, provide a 'show of force' or pattern of life above the battlefield. It is an essential requirement that key troops within UK Land and Marine forces develop and maintain their expertise and are ready for action when needed to protect the UK's national interests.

At DSEI 2023, Rheinmetall announced that the Challenger 3 (CR3) program has achieved a significant milestone with the successful test firings of its 120mm smoothbore cannon. Conducted in April of this year, these tests employed the 120mmL55A1 weapon system in the 120mmL55A1CR3 configuration, designed for the British Main Battle Tank (MBT) CR3. This new weapon system aims to provide the British Army with the capabilities required to address current and future battlefield challenges.

The Estonian-Croatian defense start-up Vegvisir has unveiled its mixed-reality-based situational awareness system at the DSEI 2023 exhibition in London. The company is showcasing two distinct solutions, Vegvisir Core and Vegvisir Remote. These systems have been integrated into renowned platforms within the defense sector, including the Patria AMV XP 8x8 and Milrem Robotics' Type-X RCV.

During the DSEI 2023 event, MARSS, a Monegasque company active in defense and security technology, unveiled the NiDAR X-Scout, a Counter Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) expeditionary solution designed for rapid deployment. The system can be easily deployed on the flatbed of a Land Cruiser, a commonly used pickup truck in the Middle East. It can be transported by various means, including pickup trucks, military vehicles, or air-dropped, making it adaptable to various locations and capable of operating as a standalone unit for over a week.

Saab and ST Engineering (Singapore Technologies Engineering) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), London on 13 September 2023. The MoU signifies both companies’ intent to further strengthen their relationship and collaboration with each other so as to explore opportunities in markets of mutual interest.

On September 13, 2023, at the DSEI 2023 event in London, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and 2Excel Aviation announced a collaborative agreement aimed at advancing the deployment of Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) in the United Kingdom. The partnership's initial focus will be expanding 2Excel Aviation's existing regulatory approvals for uncrewed operations, utilizing IAI's maritime version of the Heron drone.

London, UK, September 13th, 2023 – The forthcoming second edition of the World Defense Show, scheduled for February 4-8, 2024, in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), has reached full exhibitor capacity, a significant five months ahead of its planned commencement. This development reflects the growing interest in the event on the global stage. Despite expanding the venue, including the addition of a third hall, demand for participation in this event remains notably high, with 65 countries participating.

At the DSEI 2023 event, technology company Marss is showcasing RADiRguard City, a comprehensive surveillance system aimed at enhancing security in urban environments. This new offering builds upon the company's existing RADiRguard perimeter surveillance technology, which is already in use across the Middle East.

At the DSEI 2023 International Defense Exhibition in London, German Company Rheinmetall unveils its latest tactical drone, the LUNA NG (Next Generation). This event, held from 12 to 15 September 2023, marked the UK debut of the LUNA NG in its Combat Drone configuration, emphasizing its potential for future target engagement. The drone's upcoming vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) feature was also highlighted.

At DSEI 2023, an International Defense Exhibition in London, UK, the British Company Spectra Group, a specialist provider of secure voice, data, and satellite communications systems presents the SlingShot, a communication solution designed to extend the range and capabilities of UHF and VHF radios and the Troposcatter, a small, lightweight and high-bandwidth data link that uses the Troposphere to provide its communication network.

London, UK, September 13, 2023 - Galvion, a front-runner in military equipment manufacturing, is unveiling its broad spectrum of combat helmets and military power solutions at the esteemed Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2023 event at ExCeL London. This pivotal defense gathering serves as a global stage for industry pioneers to spotlight their newest breakthroughs.

On September 13, 2023, Sweden entered into a significant contract with BAE Systems, securing an additional 48 Archer 155mm self-propelled howitzers for its army at a contract value of approximately $500 million. The newly ordered systems will be integrated into Rheinmetall MAN military vehicles, specifically the RMMV HX2 8x8, with the first units scheduled for delivery to the Swedish Army in 2025.

A new consortium led by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) is poised to provide comprehensive support to the British Army's diverse vehicle fleet, including Pinzgauers, Land Rover Wolf, RWMIK, Snatch 2B, and Lightweight Trailers. Known as Team Agilis, the partnership also features TVS Supply Chain Solutions, Ricardo, and Martin Williams (Hull). Together, they aim to secure and execute the Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Conventional Vehicle Systems Spares and Post Design Services (CVSSP) contract. Valued at an estimated £71 million, the contract is seen as a pioneering model for future agreements that will include both Post Design Services and spares for various land platforms.

Adarga, a British AI leader in information intelligence, announced the launch of Adarga Vantage: its high-speed, high-precision information analysis tool. Underpinned by Adarga's data science heritage in defence and national security, it's built to supercharge the analysis of in-house and open-source information - delivering decision advantage in the face of growing geostrategic challenges.

Rohde & Schwarz, a specialized systems partner and integrator focusing on secure communications architectures and monitoring networks, is unveiling its comprehensive solutions for deployment on land, in the air, and at sea at DSEI 2023. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a range of proven solutions, encompassing SIGINT sensor systems, edge computing, and signal processing, secure communications solutions tailored for land, air, and sea applications, sensor fusion, signal analysis, and communications electronic countermeasures (C-ECM).

Quaze Technologies, a Canada-based innovative technology company and the creator of wide-surface wireless power transfer is introducing their revolutionary autonomous wireless power transfer capabilities to the defence sector at DSEI 23. Quaze have partnered with Rheinmetall to bring this innovative technology to life via an agnostic unmanned wireless charging solution for autonomous robotics.

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