January 2024 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to Yonhap on January 12, 2024, South Korea successfully conducted a test launch of an upgraded version of the domestically developed Korean Tactical Surface to Surface Missile-I (KTSSM-I). The test of the modified missile variant took place at the Agency for Defense Development's testing site in Taean County, located 109 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

The Bundeswehr (German army) has developed an exercise scenario of an actual war with Russia in the event that the latter defeats Ukraine on the battlefield, the German outlet Bild wrote, referring to a classified document drawn up by the German Defense Ministry, Ukrinform reports. The Bundeswehr told the newspaper that “looking at different scenarios, even extremely unlikely ones, is part of its military routine."

The United Kingdom has announced the deployment of 20,000 military personnel as part of Exercise Steadfast Defender 24. This announcement was made by the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, during a major speech at Lancaster House. This exercise marks one of NATO's largest deployments since the end of the Cold War and is set to take place in the first half of 2024, coinciding with NATO's 75th anniversary.

On January 16th, the Australian Ministry of Defence made a significant announcement, revealing a $37.4 million contract with Lockheed Martin Australia. This contract is set to commence the production of guided multiple launch rocket system (GMLRS) missiles in 2025. As part of this agreement, the initial batch of GMLRS missiles will be manufactured within Australia, marking a crucial milestone in the nation's pursuit of establishing a robust domestic missile manufacturing capability.

Galvion, a world leader in the design and manufacture of intelligent power and data management systems and tactical head solutions, announces the establishment of a strategic investment partnership with Quaze Technologies. This Canada-based innovative technology company provides wireless power solutions that enhance the performance and functionality of unmanned systems.

The Italian Army has embarked on a modernization project for its FH70 155mm towed howitzers, a key component of its long-range arsenal. This program is part of two separate contracts awarded to Italian companies Aris SRL and Leonardo UK, totaling over 21.8 million euros. These contracts aim to improve the FH70 and other systems currently in service, with Leonardo UK receiving 15.7 million euros and Aris SRL 6.1 million euros. This initiative follows the war in Ukraine, which highlighted the importance of artillery in modern combat and led to a reevaluation of the role of artillery by several European countries.

Despite waiting for the approval of its NATO membership by the parliaments of Turkey and Hungary, Sweden is preparing to increase its contribution to NATO's security in Eastern Europe. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson announced at the annual "Folk och Försvar" (Community and Defense) Security and Defense Conference that Sweden is considering deploying a battalion to Latvia. This initiative comes in the context of Canada currently leading a multinational tactical group in the country, consisting of troops from several allied nations.

According to InfoDefensa on January 12, 2024, the Peruvian Ministry of Interior has initiated a selection process for the acquisition of three 4x4 armored vehicles for the Subunit of Tactical Actions (SUAT) within the Peruvian National Police. This procurement is seen as a crucial part of the Public Investment Project for the Enhancement and Expansion of Urban Tactical Division - SUAT services in Lima Metropolitan and Callao.

The Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS), an innovative air defense capability, has marked a significant enhancement in the U.S. Marine Corps' ability to counter unmanned aircraft systems. In a pivotal development this past December 2023, the Program Executive Officer Land Systems conducted a successful test of the MADIS low-rate initial production model. This test carried out at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, saw the system effectively engage and destroy multiple drone targets during a live-fire exercise.

A recent video report broadcasted on Russian television and shared across social media on January 14, 2023, highlights a significant development in the Russian defense sector. The report reveals that Russia has initiated large-scale production of the 2S35, the latest generation of 152mm tracked self-propelled howitzers. This move comes in response to the substantial losses of artillery systems experienced by Russia in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.

On January 8, 20223, Poland took delivery of a new batch of 29 American M1A1 Abrams that will be delivered to the Polish Army. This is the third tranche of M1A1s to be received by Poland, following deliveries of 14 tanks in June 2023 and 26 in November 2023. With its recent enhancements in defense capabilities, Poland has ascended to become the third most powerful NATO country in terms of military strength, particularly in countering the Russian threat.

The United States Department of Defense's announcement on January 11, 2023, regarding a potential Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Kosovo, has disappointed the Serbian Government. Valued at approximately $75 million, the proposed sale includes Javelin anti-tank guided missile weapons and associated equipment, intended to bolster Kosovo's defense capabilities. However, this move has been met with stern disapproval from Serbia, further complicating the delicate geopolitical dynamics in the Balkans.

Russian propagandists showcased the FAB-1500 guided aerial bomb fitted with a UMPK control module during a demonstration at the defense-industrial complex of the Tactical Missile Armament corporation in the Moscow region, Militarnyi reports. The delegation, led by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Sergei Shoigu, unveiled the FAB-1500-M54 guided aerial bomb.

As reported by TASS on January 10, 2024, the Russian state-owned company Rostec is preparing to begin production of its latest aerial bomb, named the PBK-500U SPBE-K Drel ('Drill') glide bomb. This advanced munition is designed for use against armored vehicles, ground-based radar stations, and control centers of missile systems. It also incorporates features intended to reduce its detectability by enemy radar systems.

During a surprise visit to Ukraine on January 12, 2024, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr. Rishi Sunak, met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In this meeting, Mr. Sunak announced the ratification of a new security cooperation agreement with Ukraine, along with a significant increase in British military aid. This new agreement includes intelligence sharing, cybersecurity assistance, as well as medical and military training. Defense-industrial cooperation is also a key aspect of the agreement, aimed at countering the strengthening of the Russian military-industrial complex.

In 1997, Laurent Lagneau recalls in Opex360, the French Army established the Special Autonomous Group (GSA) in collaboration with the 1st Marine Parachute Infantry Regiment (1RPIMa) and the ALAT Special Operations Detachment. Over the years, this structure evolved, becoming the Special Forces Brigade Terre, with the 13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment (13 RDP) included. This unit remained relatively unchanged during the Ministry of the Armed Forces' reforms between 2008 and 2014.

Like other European military leaders, in November 2023, Admiral Michel Hofman, Chief of Defense (CHOD) of the Belgian armed forces, expressed deep concern regarding the potential for a high-intensity conflict with Russia. He emphasized that the Belgian military is undergoing a transformation aimed at ensuring preparedness for any future conflicts that may arise in the coming years, given the deteriorating global security situation. During a meeting with journalists in Brussels, Admiral Hofman expressed uncertainty about whether this transformation would be completed in time to effectively address possible crises.

Germany has announced an additional 15 million euros (approximately 16.4 million dollars) in military support to Lebanon. This aid aims to strengthen the Lebanese army's ability to maintain security, particularly in the southern part of the country, amid escalating tensions between Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah group.

As reported by the AECID on January 8, 2024, Spain will provide two armored medical vehicles to Ukraine, based on the BMR-600 6x6 armored personnel carrier (APC). This action is part of Spain's ongoing humanitarian response to the crisis in Ukraine, which has totaled over 46 million euros in the last two years.

Hungary has made a significant stride with the arrival of Leopard 2A7 tanks in Tata, located in the country's northwest. The Minister of Defense, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovnicky, announced on social media that these tanks, often referred to as the "crown jewels" of Hungary's military modernization, have been delivered to the "Klapka György" 1st Armored Brigade. This announcement was made on January 10, 2023, by the minister.

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