January 2024 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to MercoPress on January 13, 2024, Ecuador's President, Daniel Noboa, announced his government's acceptance of military support from Argentina, the United States, and more than 38 other nations in response to the ongoing crisis in the country. This crisis was sparked by the recent prison escape of Adolfo Macias, known as Fito, the leader of the Los Choneros gang.

Galvion, a major supplier of power and data management solutions and innovative head protection systems, is introducing E.D.G (Energy Data Grid; pronounced “edge”), a modular and scalable power and data distribution and management system for headborne accessories. The introduction coincides with Shot Show 2024 taking place in Las Vegas, USA, 23-26 January 2024, where Galvion will be exhibiting E.D.G, alongside their other products.

On January 17, 2024, Oleksandr Kamyshin, Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine, announced the first successful operational use of one of the new FrankenSAM air defense missile systems. During this operation, a Russian Shahed drone was shot down from nine kilometers away and 400 meters above sea level. This significant combat achievement marks a crucial milestone in the deployment and demonstration of the capabilities of the FrankenSAM unit.

Northrop Grumman continues to be at the forefront of mobile ground station technology, as evidenced by its recent contract award for the Maritime Targeting Cell – Expeditionary (MTC-X) program. This initiative aligns with the U.S. Department of Defense's Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) mission, which aims to facilitate multi-domain operations by supplying crucial data to frontline personnel.

One of the most prestigious brigades within the British Army has assumed a central role in NATO's operations this year. On January 11th, in a ceremony held in Münster, Germany, the 1st German Netherlands Corps (1GNC) officially handed over command of NATO's Land Component Command of the NATO Response Force to the United Kingdom's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). The ARRC commenced its tour of duty on January 1st, 2024, and is now on standby with thousands of British Army soldiers ready to deploy swiftly as a rapid response unit in defense of NATO member states.

As reported by CNN on January 12, 2024, United States and British forces conducted a joint military operation against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. This operation was initiated in response to the rebels' attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea and was carried out as a nighttime mission. The operation incorporated a range of weapon systems, such as Tomahawk missiles and Paveway IV bombs.

Northrop Grumman completed a live, static-fire test of a Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) stage-two solid rocket motor at the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Complex. The test was conducted in a vacuum chamber simulating real-world environmental conditions the solid-rocket motor would experience during high-altitude and space flight. Test data will be analyzed to determine how motor performance matched digitally engineered model predictions, critical to maturing the design and lowering risk.

The German Bundeswehr has contracted with Rheinmetall to produce and supply medium-calibre ammunition for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle. A call-off from an existing framework agreement, the order encompasses several hundred thousand rounds of 30mm x 173 DM21 service ammunition. The order is worth over €350 million, including value added tax. Once perfect functionality has been demonstrated, delivery will begin this year and continue through to 2027.

According to ANI on January 12, 2024, India's domestically developed light tank project, known as Zorawar, is progressing as the first prototype gets ready for upcoming trials later this month. This tank, designed for deployment in the Himalayan border regions along the disputed border with China, has been a collaborative effort between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and private vendor Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

During a press conference held on January 16, 2024, French President Emmanuel Macron made a significant announcement regarding France's support to Ukraine amidst ongoing tensions. Answering a journalist's inquiry about the situation in Ukraine, President Macron revealed a key decision involving military aid. The French government plans to deliver 40 SCALP-EG air-to-ground missiles to Ukraine.

The Watertown Police Department in South Dakota has marked a step in enhancing its operational capabilities with the approval of the purchase of a Lenco BearCat G3 armored vehicle for $352,406, significantly exceeding the initial budget of $280,000. This decision reflects a broader trend among U.S. police forces increasingly opting for such vehicles in response to the rise of terrorism.

Ukraine has recently requested new military equipment, including the formidable American-made AH-64 Apache helicopter, renowned for its anti-tank prowess. This request underscores Ukraine's acute awareness of the need to enhance its anti-armor capabilities in the face of the heavily armored Russian forces currently deployed in Ukraine.

The Land Tactical Collaborative Combat (LATACC) project aims to enable the different land combat systems being developed by each Member State (such as the Scorpion programme in France, CaMo in Belgium, DLBO in Germany, BMS-ET in Spain, FNEC in Italy, Ledningsstödsystem Mark (LSS Mark) in Sweden, MIME in Norway…) to coordinate their actions in coalition with very short response times, while interfacing with other domains (air, space, cyber) as well as civil systems (5G, etc.).

The Brazilian Army is set to enhance its capabilities with the upcoming addition of two Centauro II armored vehicles in May 2024. This acquisition is part of Brazil's broader initiative to modernize its military forces, aiming to secure a total of 98 units by 2031 for 5 billion Brazilian Reais. This procurement is a result of a collaboration with Iveco-Oto Melara (CIO), a joint venture between Iveco and Leonardo.

John Cockerill Defense is globally known for its remarkable manned and unmanned turrets armed with guns ranging from 25 up to 120mm, while Arquus is a top-class designer and manufacturer of combat-proven wheeled APCs and combat vehicles. By purchasing Arquus from Volvo Group for EUR 300 million+, John Cockerill becomes able to propose – and later design – an extended range of light wheeled combat vehicles (not tanks) adapted not only to the present markets of both manufacturers but to a wider array of potential customers located in countries where some environments make the use of medium and heavy tanks too limited, if not impossible. Hence the prototype of an Arquus VAB Mk.3 fitted with a Cockerill 1030 (30mm) turret to illustrate the technical cooperation.

Following the attacks on October 7, where police officers faced perilous conditions during an attack initiated by Hamas in Southern Israel, the Israeli police have finalized the acquisition of a substantial number of armored vehicles. This initiative aims to enhance the operational capabilities and safety of the police force across various districts of the country.

Elistair, a manufacturer specializing in long-endurance, tethered unmanned aircraft systems, has officially announced a strategic partnership with Rheinmetall Canada Inc. This collaboration aims to offer military clients a dynamic on-the-move Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) solution. It combines Elistair's cutting-edge, fully automated Khronos tethered drone with Rheinmetall's Mission Master family of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).

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