January 2024 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

 
 
 
 

Across land, sea, air, space and cyber, military operations increasingly rely on data. That makes access to cloud technologies essential. A European Defence Agency-financed study has concluded that cloud computing can be applied to defence, both at the strategic level and in the field, to help European armed forces achieve information superiority against an adversary.

According to the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate staff, the U.S. Army has begun development on the first Arctic-focused doctrine in more than 50 years, Army Techniques Publication 3-90.96, Arctic and Extreme Cold Weather Operations. The manual, slated for release in mid-2024, will provide Soldiers and leaders with the knowledge and techniques necessary to overcome the Arctic environment and succeed in temperatures as cold as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40°C).

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have recently commissioned a new armored light tactical vehicle named 'Be’eri', designed to meet the specific requirements of operations in Gaza. The vehicle is an adaptation of the Flyer 72 Ground Mobility Vehicle, developed by Flyer Defense in the United States, and used by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM..

Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians who routinely defeat dangerous devices had to overcome a different kind of hazard during training in Alaska. To enable the U.S. Army’s focus on regaining Arctic dominance, EOD techs from the Fort Drum, New York-based 760th Ordnance Company (EOD) recently traveled to an even colder climate to train together with the 65th Ordnance Company (EOD) on Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Walter T. Ham IV reports.

Polish tank crews have successfully completed their qualifications on the M1A2 Abrams tanks. This achievement took place at the Nowa Deba Training Area in Poland on January 17, 2024, involving personnel from the 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, and two platoons from Poland's 1st Armored Brigade, 18th Mechanized Division. This event marks a historic moment as Polish tank platoons became the first to qualify on the advanced M1A2 Abrams tank, underscoring the deepening military relations between the two NATO allies.

On the night of January 11, 2024, a special operation led by the Navy SEALs, the elite commando force of the U.S. Navy, aimed to intercept and neutralize a dhow (a traditional sailing vessel) off the coast of Somalia carrying Iranian missile components destined for the Houthis in Yemen. Despite the mission's success, two team members mysteriously disappeared in dramatic circumstances. The Navy SEALs, as a special operations unit of the United States Navy, play a crucial role in combating arms trafficking and piracy, particularly in strategic areas like the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

On January 15, 2024, as mentioned in the latest annual report from Germany's Ministry of Defence on defense technology, Germany recently conducted a test of a new passive radar system known as Sabbia 2.0. This system utilizes signals from the Starlink satellite constellation for tracking and imaging targets. According to the report, Sabbia 2.0 could represent a novel approach to surveillance technology.

Raytheon's Raytheon business has been awarded a $154 million contract to supply Commander's Independent Viewer (CIV) units to the U.S. Army for the enhancement of their Bradley Fighting Vehicles. The CIV system is equipped with second-generation forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras and sensors, offering a comprehensive 360-degree view of the battlefield and advanced targeting capabilities for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

According to News18 on January 22, 2024, India is expected to unveil its new Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) air defense system during the upcoming 75th Republic Day celebrations on January 26th, 2024. This development is the outcome of a collaborative effort between Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

Since 2023, the Austrian army has embarked on a strategic transition, replacing its fleet of 900 aging Pinzgauer 4x4 light trucks, which date back to the 1970s, with a new generation of Military Utility Vehicles (MUV) from Iveco. This ambitious project, valued at 42.5 million euros, marks a significant shift in the operational capabilities of the Austrian military.

According to Infodefensa, the Spanish company Escribano Mechanical & Engineering (EM&E) has proposed its remote weapon station, the Guardian 1.5, for the Chilean Army's Cromo project. This project plans to acquire 36 8x8 personnel transport vehicles (PTVs), three 8x8 company command vehicles, and one 8x8 battalion command vehicle.

The ongoing UMEX 2024, renowned for its focus on unmanned systems, is hosting Wedrones this year, an emerging company based in the United Arab Emirates. The event, with Army Recognition as the official media partner, has been chosen by Wedrones to showcase its innovation in the UAV sector: the F100 Karma.

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has recently inked a contract with KNDS Germany (KMW) for the procurement of advanced main battle tank simulators. These cutting-edge simulators have been specifically designed to cater to the Stridsvagn 122 tanks, an enhanced variant derived from the Leopard 2A5. These state-of-the-art simulators will facilitate comprehensive training for the entire tank crew, encompassing commanders, gunners, drivers, and loaders.

At the UMEX 2024 exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Poly Technologies, a subsidiary of China Poly Group Corporation, presented the TL-20 air-to-surface missile. Also known as the Tianlong-20 precision-guided bomb, its primary purpose is to enhance the ground attack capabilities of Chinese aircraft, particularly in scenarios involving military operations against Taiwan.

Luxembourg, January 23, 2024 – In a substantial step towards enhancing NATO's defense and deterrence posture, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has announced the awarding of two multinational framework contracts totaling €1.1 billion. These contracts, aimed at procuring 155mm ammunition, have been awarded to Nexter Munitions (KNDS) and JUNGHANS Defence, marking a pivotal moment in supporting coalition nations and enhancing NATO's readiness.

At the UMEX 2024 event in Abu Dhabi, dedicated to unmanned systems and advanced technologies, an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) named THeMIS is showcased. This multifunctional robotic ground system has been developed by Milrem Robotics, a European leader in robotics and autonomous systems. Themis is designed to provide direct fire support to maneuver forces and act as a force multiplier, thereby enhancing the safety distance, protection, and survival of dismounted soldiers.

On January 23, 2024, the U.S. Army declared the successful completion of a substantial project to refurbish and modernize nearly 1,900 Stinger FIM-92 man-portable air defense missile systems, which were once considered unserviceable. This effort reinstated them into the military inventory. As a component of the Stinger Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), this initiative led to considerable cost savings, with an estimated $50,000 saved per missile in comparison to the expense of acquiring new equipment.

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