January 2024 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


The concerns about various forms of Russian military threats on Europe and the need for NATO to remain vigilant and prepared for such threats are significant in today's geopolitical landscape. Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank, the commander of NATO's military logistics center in Germany, recently emphasized the importance of addressing these concerns, as Nate Ostiller and The Kyiv Independent news desk report.

The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, revealed at the 'Artillery for Ukraine' coalition launch in Paris on January 18, 2024, that France is taking a significant leap in military technology. The enhancement of the CAESAR self-propelled howitzer's firing precision is now in the hands of Helsing AI, a leading startup specializing in artificial intelligence for military applications.

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence has embarked on modernizing its engineering units' bridging equipment by signing a contract with the Franco-German company KNDS. This acquisition is part of the "Tyro" project, which aims to replace the heavy BR90 bridge systems used by the Royal Engineers.

In a recent training initiative, Soldiers from the Washington and Oregon National Guard, specifically from the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team and 96th Troop Command, kicked off the new year with rigorous new weapons training. The training took place at Camp Murray and Joint Base Lewis-McChord on January 16th and 17th, as reported by Sgt. 1st Class Nicolas A. Cloward of the 122nd Theater Public Affairs Support Element.

1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment (1 R IRISH) collaborated with an RAF Airbus A400M Atlas transport aircraft at RAF Shawbury to enhance their air landing proficiency. During this exercise, troops efficiently loaded and secured Land Rovers and Jackal 2 patrol vehicles onto the aircraft and practiced rapid disembarkation techniques.

An international partner has awarded Rheinmetall an order to supply Fuchs 2 components for producing the wheeled armoured vehicle at a factory in the partner country. The current follow-up orders also include kits for conversion and the supply of spare part packages. Booked in December 2023, the order is worth a figure in the three-digit million-euro range. Delivery of the kits — both for production and conversion — starts this year and will be complete in 2028.

Athens, Greece, January 28, 2024 - In a significant development amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the Greek government has announced its decision to supply Ukraine with outdated weapons systems that are no longer in active service with the Greek armed forces. This move aligns with Greece's broader strategy of modernizing its military capabilities while supporting Ukraine in its defense efforts.

In a surprising revelation at the recent Artillery Coalition press conference, the French Ministry of Armed Forces has significantly expanded its military aid to Ukraine, delivering advanced artillery systems well beyond its previously announced commitments. According to the statement released by the French Ministry of Defense on January 25, 2024, France has supplied Ukraine with approximately thirty CAESAR wheeled self-propelled howitzers, a substantial portion of its arsenal, considering France only possesses 75 such units. France has already provided Ukraine with four LRU MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket Systems), a French version of the American M270 MLRS.

In a significant advancement in military technology, Russia has reportedly developed a new type of drone capable of carrying and autonomously operating the 9K111 Fagot wire-guided anti-tank missile system, capable of firing a 9M111 missile (NATO reporting name AT-4 Spigot). This development was revealed in a video published on Telegram, a popular messaging platform.

According to a report from Oreanda News, engineers at the Russian design bureau MiS, a participant in the Aeronet NTI market, have successfully launched a multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with a unique system for returning to its launch point in the event of a complete loss of communication between the UAV and its operator, particularly in electronic warfare conditions.

NATO signs contracts worth a total of €1.1 billion for the acquisition of over 220,000 155mm artillery shells. This is not just a routine procurement; it represents a strategically important decision, as these shells are compatible with the self-propelled howitzers CAESAR and PzH 2000, enhancing the alliance's capability to swiftly respond to the needs of its member states.

The Tactical Core digitalized communication platform by Blackned has passed functional tests under combat-like conditions. This represents a milestone for the implementation of the programme ‘Digitalisation of Land-based Operations’ (Digitalisierung Landbasierte Operationen, D-LBO): Following laboratory tests, the digital communication platform Tactical Core by military IT provider Blackned has now also completed the final testing phase under combat-like conditions – and is now considered operational.

This year, the European Parliament criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for blocking a decision regarding the long-term budget revision of the EU, which includes the aid package for Ukraine. This Hungarian decision highlights the complexities of consensus within the EU regarding aid distribution and underscores the political nuances of the process.

In a decisive step aimed at securing dominance in the electromagnetic spectrum, the Marine Corps Systems Command is making progress in upgrading 50,000 outdated radios with cutting-edge multi-channel, crypto-compliant models in Fiscal Year 2024, as reported by Johannes Schmidt from the Office of Public Affairs and Communication at MARCORSYSCOM Marine Corps Systems Command.

In a significant announcement made during a visio conference on January 23, 2024, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius declared Germany's unwavering support for Ukraine throughout 2024, in response to the Russian invasion that began on February 24, 2022. The support includes an expansive list of military aid, aiming to bolster Ukraine's defense capabilities against the ongoing Russian aggression.

Teledyne FLIR Defense, a division of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, has introduced its latest innovation in the field of thermal optics – the ThermoSight HISS-HD. This cutting-edge thermal sniper sight was unveiled at the annual Shot Show in Las Vegas. Offering exceptional capabilities, this lightweight and high-performance thermal weapon sight empowers precision shooters to detect, identify, and engage targets at distances exceeding 2,200 meters with outstanding accuracy.

A training exercise featuring the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) was conducted in the Smardan Training Area, in Galati County, Western Moldavia, Romania, on January 17, 2024. The exercise, involving Reduced Range Practice Rockets, was carried out by the Romanian 8th Field Artillery Brigade with support from the 4th Battalion, 4th Security Forces Assistance Brigade of the U.S. Army, as part of "Task Force 82." This exercise aimed to improve the skills and readiness of artillery crews on the HIMARS platform.

At the ongoing Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX) 2024, the team from Army Recognition, serving as the official media partner, had the chance to explore a new fully autonomous UGV developed by SDLE NexGen, a Spanish company based in Madrid. This robot, with a weight of 435 kg and compliant with the military standard IP67, stands out for its capability to operate independently without a teleoperator.

Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 24, 2024 - EDGE Group's Milrem Robotics from the United Arab Emirates has inked a monumental deal with the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Defence for the supply of 20 tracked robotic combat vehicles (RCVs) and 40 THeMIS UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles). This contract, which was spotlighted at the Unmanned Systems Exhibition & Conference (UMEX 2023) held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), marks the initiation of the world's largest combat robotics program.

One of the highlights that captured our attention at UMEX 2024 is the MCAV-014 Alheda, a ground launch system presented by Calidus, based in the United Arab Emirates. The MCAV-014 Alheda, initially unveiled at IDEF 2023, has since garnered significant attention in the industry for its advanced features and capabilities.

At the UMEX 2024 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi, the Israeli company Elbit Systems showcases the Rook Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). Developed in partnership with the Israeli company Roboteam, the Rook UGV was introduced to the public in November 2021. It is part of the Legion-X family of UGVs and leverages the operational experience gained from Roboteam's Probot UGV, which is currently employed by several military forces.

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