January 2024 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The Iranian Army Ground Forces have significantly boosted their logistics capabilities by incorporating more than 100 heavy tank transport trailers into their fleet. The integration ceremony, led by the Commander of the Army Ground Forces, Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari, signifies a major enhancement in the army's operational mobility and readiness.

On December 20, 2023, L3Harris announced the completion of its Critical Design Review (CDR) and Production Readiness Review (PRR) for 16 missile tracking satellites designated for the US Space Development Agency’s (SDA) Tranche 1 Tracking Layer (T1TRK) program.

In a significant development for Ukraine's military capabilities, Oleksandr Kamishin, Ukraine’s Minister of Strategic Industries, announced the imminent deployment of groundbreaking 'FrankenSAM' air defense missile systems on the Ukrainian battlefield. These hybrid systems, a result of Ukrainian-American collaboration, ingeniously merge Soviet-era technology with modern American missile capabilities.

On December 2023, Artillerymen of the Almogávares VI Parachutist Brigade conducted tests with two new Vamtac ST5 vehicles from the Galician company Urovesa, designed for transporting and supplying ammunition for the Light Gun L-118 howitzer. The evaluation of these vehicles took place during the Thunder 23 live-fire exercise.

The Dutch Project Team for Disposal of Ground Systems (COMMIT) has sold and shipped obsolete military equipment to Jordan. This operation involved the transportation of 200 DAF YA-4442 trucks in various configurations, 53 YPR armored vehicles, and two containers of spare parts and tools, totaling 2.667.500 kilograms, to Eemshaven for shipment to Jordan.

On December 30, 2023, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense announced on its Twitter account the arrival of 50 new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) in Lithuania. This delivery fulfills a 2019 contract with the United States Government for a total of 200 JLTVs. This initial arrival marks a crucial milestone in Lithuania's ongoing efforts to modernize its defense capabilities.

The Norwegian government has authorized the direct sale of arms and defense equipment from its national defense industry to Ukraine. This decision, effective from January 1, 2024, marks a critical step in Norway's efforts to strengthen Ukrainian defenses amid the ongoing conflict.

On December 31, state media reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un concluded the year with fresh threats of launching a nuclear attack on Seoul and issued orders for the expansion of the country's military capabilities in preparation for a potential conflict on the Korean peninsula, emphasizing that such a war could erupt at any time. According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim directed his armed forces to maintain a robust and overwhelming capacity to respond to warfare.

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