April 2024 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

 
 
 
 

On April 23, 2024, during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Poland, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced plans to deploy a squadron of Typhoon FGR4 fighter jets to Poland to defend its airspace in 2025 as part of NATO's air mission in the Baltic Sea.

On April 22, 2024, the Greek company EODH, in collaboration with Belgian-Spanish DUMA and German KNDS (formerly Krauss-Maffei Wegmann), unveiled the Leopard 1HEL, an upgraded version of the Leopard 1A5 main battle tank featuring a modular upgrade package. The upgrade aims to modernize this aging German main battle tank and has been presented as an option for the Greek Army, which is the largest user of this tank type globally.

Poland has announced the signing of an acquisition agreement for the HOMAR-K Multiple Rocket Launcher System (MLRS) with the Republic of Korea, during a ceremony held on April 25 in the presence of Secretary of State Mr. Paweł BEJDA. The agreement, valued at approximately USD 1.6 billion, was concluded between the Polish State Treasury - Armament Agency and Hanwha Aerospace Co. Ltd., a South Korean company. It involves the delivery of 72 multi-launch rocket modules, along with logistical and training packages, and the integration of the HOMAR-K launchers. The contract also includes the supply of several thousand precision missiles with ranges of 80 km and 290 km, as well as technical support from the manufacturer.

Qatar is considering purchasing 120 VBCI armored vehicles from KNDS France to enhance its military capabilities. This potential order, reported by La Tribune on April 24, 2024, is part of Qatar's plan to modernize its armored vehicle fleet, which may include dividing the order into three lots to equip six battalions. Beyond the VBCI from KNDS France, Doha might also procure armored vehicles from German company Rheinmetall and Turkish company BMC.

Smith and Wesson unveiled its latest innovation on April 23, 2024, the M&P 10MM M2.0 FDE with thumb safety, marking an advancement in the M&P 2.0 Full Size series. This new model, which enhances both power and precision, is designed to meet the specific needs of users seeking a 10mm caliber option.

The Mojave drone, a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) model developed by the American company General Atomics, has carried out live firing tests, as announced by the company on 24 April 2024. Carried out at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, this demonstration was the first time that this type of aircraft has been able to deploy weapons, in particular 7.62 mm caliber miniguns.

On April 24, 2024, South Korea introduced the CTM-290 ballistic missile, designated for Poland. This revelation took place during a launch demonstration using a Homar-K launcher, in the presence of Polish officials. The CTM-290, comparable to the American ATACMS ballistic missile, is designed to enhance the firepower of the Polish military when used in conjunction with other munitions such as the 239 mm rocket.

On April 19, 2024, Romania's Air Force received three F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Norway. These aircraft arrived at the 71st "General Emanoil Ionescu" Air Base in Câmpia Turzii, marking a continuation of Romania’s program to replace its Soviet-era MiG-21 fighters. This is the second delivery of F-16s by Norway, with the first three having been delivered in November 2023 to the 86th Air Base "Lieutenant Aviator Gheorghe Mociorniţă" in Borcea.

On April 23, 2024, Army General Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Minister of Defense announced that Russian forces deployed in Ukraine will be equipped with more advanced air defense missile systems, including the S-500, S-400, S-300V4, Buk-M3, and Tor-M2U. The decision underscores Russia's intent to enhance the protection of its troops against the increasing aerial threats encountered on the battlefield in Ukraine.

According to various photos published on the Telegram channel @йБелгородский отряд in March 2024, Ukraine has deployed a new type of long-range drone: high-altitude balloons equipped to drop mortar bombs. These sophisticated yet cost-effective devices are controlled using commercially available advanced electronics, including satellite communications, enabling them to be directed with significant precision over long distances. This innovation benefits from recent software improvements and a better understanding of wind patterns, thus enhancing the strategic capabilities of the Ukrainian forces.

On April 22, 2024, Ain al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, located approximately 180 kilometers west of Baghdad and hosting U.S. forces, was targeted by a drone attack. This incident marked the first direct targeting of American troops since February of the same year. It stands as the second-largest U.S. Air Force base in Iraq.

On April 17, 2024, the South African company Armormax Defence, headquartered in Johannesburg, officially launched the TAC-6, a new 6x6 tactical vehicle designed to serve a variety of functions in both civilian and military applications. Initially developed for the French special forces, the vehicle has been refined to fulfill a wide range of roles, ranging from firefighting to weapon transportation.

The Dutch Minister of Defense, Kajsa Ollongren, announced during the NATO-Ukraine Council meeting on April 19, 2024, that the Netherlands will provide more than 200 million euros in support to Ukraine. This aid is intended to strengthen the country's air defense and artillery capabilities, in the context of the ongoing military aggression it faces. According to Ollongren, rapid intervention is crucial to prevent a deterioration of the security situation in Ukraine.

On April 24, 2024, the Minister of Defense, Rustem Umerov, oversaw the transfer of crucial military resources to the 225th Assault Battalion of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. An essential element of this transfer is the receipt of MRAP vehicles Kozak-2M1 and Kozak-5, locally produced vehicles in Ukraine. The need for vehicles capable of withstanding mine explosions or IEDs remains significant, despite Ukraine being on the defensive.

Representing Italy, Joachim Sucker, director of OCCAR, Europe's defense program oversight body, signed the second amendment to the CAMM-ER contract with Giovanni Soccodato, CEO of the Italian branch of MBDA, Europe's leading missile manufacturer. The signing of this second amendment took place on April 17, 2024.

Hungary and the United Arab Emirates have initiated discussions aimed at fostering strategic cooperation. Hungarian Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky engaged in talks with Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammed Fadel Al Mazrouei in the United Arab Emirates, exploring avenues for collaboration in this crucial domain. This information was made public by the Hungarian Ministry of Defense on April 22, 2024.

Galvion, a global leader in integrated head systems and intelligent power and data management solutions, announced on 23 April 2024, that it has received three new orders for its Batlskin Caiman head system under its framework contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). These orders, combined with those previously announced from Norway, Finland, and Sweden, bring the total number of helmet systems ordered by NATO countries to over 125,000, with tens of thousands more expected.

The US Department of Defense announced on April 23, 2024, that it has awarded a significant contract worth $40 million to the American company, Oshkosh Defense LLC, for the development and supply of remotely operated ground units for expeditionary fires (ROGUE-Fire). These systems are intended for use in the Navy and Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System, which plays a crucial role in modern naval and maritime operations.

In March 2024, the US military conducted a crucial test of the XM123 Ground Obstacle Breaching Lane Neutralizer (GOBLN) system at the Yuma Proving Ground, located within the Yuma Test Range in Arizona. This test represents an advancement in military breach technology, aiming to more effectively eliminate mines and other obstacles on the battlefield.

As reported by the Twitter account Noise Alerts on April 19, 2024, the first batch of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles was delivered to the Philippine Marine Corps in Manila by an Indian Air Force IL-76TD aircraft. This delivery, which is part of a $375 million agreement signed in 2022, included not only the missiles but also ground launcher systems, marking the first time India has exported the BrahMos missile system to another country.

On April 23, 2024, at the Xponential event in San Diego, TEKEVER, the Portuguese unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company, introduced the ARX, its largest and first swarm-capable UAS, set for commercial launch in 2025. This drone represents a significant advancement for the company, capable of deploying and coordinating a swarm of smaller drones.

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