January 2024 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


FN America introduces the FN 509 CC Edge XL to the pistol market. This pistol combines the best features of the FN compensator and the full-sized 509 LS Edge frame, creating a shooting experience that combines power, precision, and control.

In a significant move to support Ukraine amidst its ongoing conflict, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces announced on January 18, 2024, that France is set to deliver six CAEAR 155mm self-propelled howitzers to Kyiv in the upcoming weeks. This delivery is part of a broader commitment by France, promising to produce an additional 72 Caesar cannons over a little more than a year, all intended for Ukraine. This announcement underscores France's continued support for Ukraine since the conflict's inception in February 2022.

British Company Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) announced on January 23, 2024, the delivery of the first pre-production Challenger 3 Main BattleTank (MBT), marking a significant milestone for the British Army. The new Challenger 3 will be fitted with the latest generation of armor, making it one of the most protected Main Battle Tanks in the world. This development is the result of relentless work by the RBSL team and initiates a series of trials to demonstrate the tank's operational capabilities ahead of the production of an additional 140 units.

At UMEX 2024, the China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) showcased its AR-2000 drone, capturing attention for its advanced features and capabilities. UMEX 2024, a leading event in the defense and security sector, provided the perfect platform for CATIC to unveil its latest development in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., United States, January 24, 2024 – General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) announced today the successful completion of its Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) testing, marking a significant milestone in the development of cutting-edge military technology designed to enhance the operational capabilities of the U.S. Marine Corps. Conducted from January to November 2023, the comprehensive testing campaign spanned several prominent locations, including the Nevada Automotive Test Center, U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California.

As reported by Jim Garamone from the U.S. Department of Defense, defense cooperation between the United States and Vietnam is growing, but it is only one aspect of the growing relationship between the two countries, said Lindsey W. Ford, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia. Ford spoke at the 2024 U.S.-Vietnam Conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Army has awarded an $83.3 million contract to Allison Transmission, an Indiana-based company, for the supply of upgraded and new X1100 transmissions for the main battle tank, Abrams. This announcement strengthens the long-standing relationship between Allison Transmission and the U.S. Army, highlighting the company's expertise in military vehicle transmission systems.

Belgian Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder officially announced on Monday, January 23, 2024, that Belgium is committed to providing substantial military support to Ukraine this year, totaling 611 million euros. The announcement came during a crucial interview between Minister Dedonder and her Ukrainian counterpart, Rustem Umerov.

Progress is being made in the deployment of the Ajax family of armored vehicles for the British Army, with more than 25% of the ordered 589 vehicles now constructed. While this marks significant advancement, deliveries have temporarily halted since June 2023, as crews engage in familiarization programs with the new platform.

Last December, a report from the German Federal Audit Office expressed concerns about the significant increase in the costs of the LVS NNbs program (Luftverteidigungssystems für den Nah- und Nächstbereichsschutz), aimed at improving and expanding the short-range air defense capabilities of the Bundeswehr. This program aims to replace the Ocelot system, which was based on a Wiesel 2 vehicle equipped with Stinger missiles, after the retirement of the Gepard armored vehicle.

From January 2024, the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme has moved into the start of formal customer Verification and Validation trials taking place at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedford UK. These trials will qualify the design against the MIV technical requirements, demonstrating the Boxer vehicle’s capability and performance for the British Army.

HGH, a well-known manufacturer in the field of optronic systems for security and defense, renews its presence at the Optro exhibition, which is being held this year in Bordeaux. From January 23 to 25, the event offers an exceptional platform to present the latest optronic innovations intended, among other things, for military applications, such as the new OPAL-M portable collimator from the HGH group, particularly suited to the maintenance of day and night rifle scopes. and testing missile seekers.

Smith & Wesson, a pioneer in the firearms industry, announced on January 22, 2024, the launch of its Model 1854 rifle series. This launch pays homage to the original Volcanic repeater, created by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson in the mid-19th century. Lever-action rifles have been experiencing a resurgence in interest lately, as evidenced by this new addition to Smith & Wesson's range.

On January 18, 2024, Sébastien Lecornu, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, announced that the German startup Helsing AI, specializing in defense artificial intelligence, will be responsible for enhancing the accuracy of the CAESAR artillery system. This statement follows a prior announcement about the production of 78 CAESAR artillery systems destined for Ukraine, as reported by the editorial team of Army Recognition on January 19, 2024.

Military representatives from six of the countries operating the prestigious 155mm/52-calibre K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH), developed by Hanwha Aerospace, have convened in Helsinki, Finland, for the annual K9 User Club meeting. For this year’s meeting, the third of its kind since 2022, Finland, which has joined NATO, hosted the event, as the Finish Army is operating the K9 ‘Moukari’ artillery systems.

In January 2024, Textron Systems was awarded a significant amendment to its contribution to the US Marine Corps' Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) program. This modification entails the delivery of a fully integrated prototype vehicle platform along with a system integration laboratory, both of which are critical in shaping the future of the ARV initiative. This amendment aims to strengthen both the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) systems, as well as the automotive features of the ARV. This enhancement will be achieved by advancing the maturity of the requirements and by improving the overall performance of the vehicle system, with a particular focus on its reliability. The project is slated for completion in 2025.

According to Mason on January 7, 2024, South Korea recently conducted missile tests in December 2023, launching the Hyunmoo-IV-1 and Hyunmoo-V strategic missiles. The Hyunmoo-V missile is reported to have more than 11 tons of firepower and plans to equip it with Maneuverable Re-entry Vehicle (MaRV) and Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) capabilities.

On January 18, 2024, the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment showcased a live firing exercise involving the new AMPV M1287 Mortar Carrier (MC) via its Facebook account. The exercise, documented through pictures, demonstrated the capabilities of the new mortar carrier, which is armed with a formidable M121 120mm mortar and utilizes the M95 Mortar Fire Control System.

As reported by the Brazilian Army on January 18, 2024, the Amazon Military Command (CMA) received a convoy of military material comprising 81 vehicles, which included 14 Guaicuru 4x4 multitasking armored vehicles, 6 VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 armored personnel carriers (APCs), 6 EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 reconnaissance vehicles, and Command and Control modules.

The British Army Royal Armoured Corps announced via its X account (Twitter) on January 21, 2024, that British soldiers from the Household Cavalry of the British Army Royal Armoured Corps have successfully tested the new AJAX reconnaissance tracked armored vehicle under the extreme cold conditions of Sweden. The testing, which took place in the depths of the Swedish winter, saw temperatures plummeting to a chilling -36°C. Despite the harsh weather, the British soldiers managed to push their vehicles to the limits, showcasing the AJAX's capabilities in severe conditions.

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