January 2024 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


On January 18, 2024, British Company Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) revealed the signing of a pivotal contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to equip the Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (MBT) with a new, advanced modular armor system. This significant development, born from the collaboration between Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) experts and RBSL, promises to enhance the survivability of the Challenger 3 against formidable threats on the battlefield.

On January 17, 2024, French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu announced during a press conference that France would deliver SCALP-EG missiles and AASM (Air-to-Ground Modular Weapon) guided bombs to Ukraine. This military assistance will include an initial batch of 40 SCALP-EG cruise missiles, followed by several hundred AASM bombs.

Following the announcement on January 18th regarding the production of 78 CAESAR artillery systems destined for Ukraine, the French Minister of Armed Forces outlined specific conditions that must be met before these systems are dispatched to Ukraine. Ukraine has already acquired 6 of these systems, with prompt delivery expected. Additionally, France is committed to funding the acquisition of 12 CAESAR systems through the French Support Fund for Ukraine, while financing for the remaining 60 systems is anticipated from Ukraine's allies.

On Facebook, the Bataljon Jagers te Paard - Bataillon de Chasseurs à Cheval, a cavalry unit of the Belgian army, announced it has received its first new JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) vehicles from Oshkosh Defense. This vehicle is intended to replace the IVECO Lynx (LMV) vehicles of the Belgian army. Quite puzzling at first is the fact that these vehicles are in sand color instead of a more appropriate khaki or green color, considering their assignment to the European theater of operations. Will they receive the same removable camouflage stickers as the one starting to be applied on the French army's armored vehicles?

At the end of 2023, Slovakia officially acquired two MANTIS (Modular, Automatic, and Network-capable Targeting and Interception System) air defense systems from Germany at no cost. Valued at 120 million euros, approximately 135 million dollars, this significant procurement signifies a pivotal moment in enhancing Slovakia's defense capabilities. The transfer ceremony, which took place at the 11th Air Force Brigade of the Slovak Armed Forces in Nitra, marked a notable milestone, reflecting the enhancement of Slovakia's military strength.

The recent developments regarding North Korea's involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict highlight a significant escalation in the region's arms dynamics. South Korean intelligence has confirmed that North Korea is supplying weapons to groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthis. This confirmation is supported by studies and reports from U.S. and U.N. investigators.

Guardiaris has a long heritage of in-house development of simulation graphics engine, dating back 10+ years and is based on core competencies in game development. Due to specific market needs and MoD requests, the company moved into the defense, and military realm where it could build upon its detailed domain knowledge of graphics engines and couple this with defence digital simulators and digital twins designs. Some early developments were full-fledged simulators for main battle tanks, the M84 model (based on the T-72) and 8x8 APC/IFVs.

On January 17, 2024, Vadym Skibitsky, Deputy Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's Ministry of Defence, revealed that Russia has upgraded the capabilities of its KH-101 cruise missiles compared to the versions used in 2022. The upgraded KH-101 cruise missiles now incorporate advanced electronic warfare systems and thermal emission countermeasures.

On December 8, 2023, the Bulgarian government announced its approval to send 100 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles from its current military inventory to Ukraine. This proposed donation carries an additional strategic advantage for Bulgaria, as it opens the possibility of receiving military equipment and combat vehicles from the United States in exchange for their military aid to Ukraine. However, as of today, the promised vehicles have not yet been delivered to the Ukrainian army.

In a significant development amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the British Intelligence Services reported on January 14, 2024, that a Russian Beriev A-50 (NATO reporting name: Mainstay) Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft almost certainly exploded and subsequently crashed into the western Sea of Azov. The incident, marking a critical loss for the Russian Air Force, occurred near Berdiansk, approximately a hundred kilometers from the frontline. Speculation arises that a Patriot PAC-2 battery, with a range of 160 kilometers, might have successfully targeted the Russian А-50 Mainstay aircraft.

According to InfoDefensa on January 17, 2024, the Colombian Army acquired an unmanned aerial system (UAS) from the Spanish company GECI Group, which also has a subsidiary in Colombia. This acquisition was made through the Ministry of Defense's Central Administration of the Army, with a contract value of approximately $2,830,468 and a six-month execution period set to conclude on May 30, 2024.

The Royal Armed Forces of Morocco (FAR, Forces Armées Royales) may bolster their military arsenal with the addition of 200 Cobra 2 armored vehicles from Otokar, a major Turkish defense manufacturer. This development, reported by Africa Intelligence, signifies a growing relationship between Morocco and the Turkish defense sector. However, it should be noted that although Otokar announced the sale of these vehicles on January 14, the buyer was not specified, so caution is advised.

Poland is actively working on strategies to increase its production of ammunition and military equipment with the goal of enhancing its ongoing security assistance to Ukraine. This development was revealed by the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Radoslaw Sikorski, on January 17th.

On January 17, 2024, France is set to deliver 78 CAESAR (Camion équipé d'un Système d'artillerie) 155mm self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, as announced by Sébastien Lecornu, the French Minister of the Armed Forces. In a departure from previous deliveries, these upcoming CAESAR will be manufactured in France, with no units being withdrawn from the existing French stock.

After Germany expressed growing concerns about a potential Russian assault on Eastern and Northern Europe, and U.S. President Biden also highlighted Russia's highly aggressive stance towards its Western European neighbors, the British Minister of Defence has painted a grim picture of an increasingly unstable world with challenges unlike any seen in recent generations, as reported by Ahtra Elnashar on News Channel 8.

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