December 2023 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


Theon Sensors, a Greek company specializing in night vision and thermal imaging systems, made a notable appearance at ExpoDefensa 2023, an international exhibition dedicated to security and defense. This event, held from December 5th to 7th in Bogota, provided an opportunity for Theon Sensors to showcase their advanced range of night vision and thermal imaging systems.

Europe's leading robotics and autonomous systems developer Milrem Robotics and the Ukrainian Defense Industry (UDI) which consolidates national defence industry companies signed an agreement to start forging next-generation multi-domain robotic defence systems. The agreement, signed during the First Defense Industries Forum (DFNC1) in Kyiv, details several development and manufacturing activities between Milrem Robotics and the members of UDI.

At the ExpoDefensa 2023 expo, the editorial team of Army Recognition is observing the ARMA 8x8 modular multirole wheeled armored vehicle with a Cockerill 105 mm turret, designed by the Turkish company Otokar. This modern tactical vehicle stands out with its modular design and monocoque armored structure, offering a flexible platform for various equipment and weapon systems, suitable for the current needs of armed forces in military operations and peacekeeping.

Babcock International Group has developed a technology with the capability of controlling single or entire fleets of vehicles in a defence environment. The company demonstrated its SwarmCore technology, an advanced software system made up of multiple networks, at the UK Ministry of Defence’s BattleLab site last week in Dorset. The project was created in collaboration with Arqit, a leader in quantum-safe encryption and supported by the UK’s national innovation agency, Innovate UK.

At the EDEX 2023 exhibition, the National Association of Ukrainian Defense Industries (NAUDI) presents a variety of counter-drone systems developed by Ukrainian company Kvertus Technology. Among these systems are the AD Hunter jamming system, the AD G-6+ anti-drone gun, and the portable AD Counter FPV, which also comes in a backpack variant.

ExpoDefensa 2023, an international defense and security exhibition, represents a pivotal moment for companies in the sector, especially for TeksamCo NV, a Belgian company specializing in the manufacturing of telescopic and sectional mast systems. Currently present at the Colombian exhibition, Teksam aims to showcase its expertise and innovations in the field of mast systems, which are used in both civilian and military applications.

The editorial team of Army Recognition, present at the expo as an official partner, has discovered a robotic platform from the Colombian company Indumil. Specializing in the manufacture and marketing of weapons, ammunition, and explosives, Indumil also engages in special projects contributing to national security and defense, particularly in the field of tactical and humanitarian demining.

The editorial team of Army Recognition, currently present as an official partner at the expo, has discovered the new Harpia drone, a major innovation in the Brazilian defense program. Developed by Advanced Technologies Security & Defense, the Harpia drone is currently being tested by the Brazilian army for use with its missile and rocket artillery units, specifically the 6th and 16th groups based at Fort Santa Bárbara in Formosa, armed with the Astros missile and rocket artillery system from Avibras Aeroespacial y Defensa.

Smarter Technologies Group (STG), the leading British provider of Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions, is helping the UK’s 101 Operational Sustainment Brigade (OSB) gain “Support Advantage” with modern tracking technology. A joint industry/MoD trial of STG’s proprietary Orion IoT Data Network was conducted during exercise Iron Titan 23. Critical supplies were tracked in near real-time to give commanders, planners and operators full visibility of their supply chain and present them with data-driven insight for their decision-making.

At the EDEX 2023 exhibition, Arab International Optronics (AIO) showcased the Egyptian Integrated Soldier System (EISS), a system that focuses on improving the vision, aiming, and protection capabilities of soldiers, as well as communication between soldiers and command centers. This latter part of the EISS prioritizes secure and adaptable communication channels, including text, voice, video, and data transmission.

During the EDEX 2023 exhibition, Naudi and Altair Technologies unveiled two drones, Thor and Loki, but here we will focus on Thor. Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, and the United States, these companies introduced their latest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Thor, which stands out for its composite matrix construction and versatile power options, including both lithium-polymer and lithium-ion batteries.

At the EDEX 2023 expo, the editorial team of Army Recognition is witnessing a major innovation in drone technology: the Loki, an Unmanned Aerial System developed jointly by the National Association of Ukrainian Defense Industries (NAUDI) and ALTAIR Technologies. This system marks a significant advancement in the use of drones for reconnaissance, surveillance, and strike missions.

The Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX) 2023, currently underway at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre, highlights significant advancements in the field of defense and security. The Army Recognition team, present at the event as an official partner, had the opportunity to explore the Kader AR-1 4x2 Anti-Riot Van, a creation of the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI), notable for its unarmed design.

The consortium formed by Arquus and Nexter, a company of KNDS; and the Organisation for Joint Armaments Cooperation (OCCAR) have signed the pre-design contract for the VBAE (Véhicule Blindé d'Aide à l'Engagement, which approximately translates in Armored Engagement Assistance Vehicle).

During the EDEX 2023 exhibition, India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) unveiled its latest innovation, the Anti-Drone System (ADS), developed in collaboration with Bharat Electronics Limited. This anti-drone system offers comprehensive protection against drones.

In a significant escalation of the ongoing territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has deployed military forces to Puerto Barima, a strategic location near the Venezuelan Atlantic border and close to the contested Essequibo region. This move comes immediately after President Maduro's televised interview on December 5, 2023, where he presented a new official Venezuelan map incorporating the Essequibo area, despite longstanding disputes over the territory.

Kodiak Robotics has successfully adapted its autonomous driving technology for use in both heavy-duty trucks and light-duty vehicles, specifically a prototype Ford F-150 pickup truck, as detailed by Alan Adler in Freight Waves. This prototype, delivered to the U.S. military, demonstrates Kodiak's ability to integrate its autonomous systems, including both hardware and software, into a range of vehicles. The Ford F-150, equipped with the Kodiak Driver, is designed to navigate challenging military environments, operate under varied operational conditions, and function in areas with unreliable GPS.

At EDEX 2023, taking place in Cairo, Egypt from December 4th to 7th, Nexter, a division of KNDS, is showcasing its innovative solutions. This event marks an important step in Nexter's expanding collaboration with Egypt, particularly in the area of upgrading the Egyptian armed forces' armored units.

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