January 2024 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military

 
 
 
 

According to News 1 Korea on January 8, 2024, the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced plans to deploy two additional military spy satellites within the current year. These satellites, equipped with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology, are scheduled for launches in April and November 2024 from the US Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, utilizing SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets.

Rheinmetall’s mobile Skyranger 30 air defence system has reached a key milestone on the road to series production. In December 2023, the A1 configuration of the Skyranger 30 underwent a successful testing and live-fire campaign at the Group’s Ochsenboden proving ground in Switzerland, in which the system had to prove itself in stationary and mobile modes.

The China North Industries Group Corporation Limited (Norinco) has recently completed the delivery of an unspecified number of VN22B wheeled armored assault vehicles to Côte d'Ivoire. Images first released on Weibo and then on X (formerly Twitter) showed the arrival of a batch of these modern Chinese assault vehicles in Côte d'Ivoire, with at least six VN22B vehicles visible in the video.

RAFAEL, the renowned Israeli defense company, in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Defense's Directorate of Defense Research & Development (IMOD DDR&D), has announced the successful completion of a crucial test for its cutting-edge SPYDER air defense system. The test, conducted last month, marks a significant advancement in air defense capabilities, demonstrating the system's ability to intercept an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a challenging operational scenario.

Russia is reportedly considering the purchase of short-range ballistic missiles from Iran, a move that could significantly bolster Moscow's military capabilities in the ongoing conflict with Ukraine. According to U.S. officials, this development marks a critical moment in the war, as it would enhance Russia's ability to target Ukrainian infrastructure. This information was reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The Chinese Ministry of State Security, through its official WeChat account, has revealed an espionage operation linked to the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). This operation reportedly utilized individuals from a third country to conduct espionage activities against China.

On January 4, 2024, the Romanian Ministry of Defense announced the acquisition of 200 PAC-2 GEM-T missiles for its Patriot missile system, as part of a multinational purchase organized by NATO's Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). This investment of 1.09 billion euros (approximately 1.2 billion dollars) is part of a broader 5.5 billion dollar contract with COMLOG, a joint venture between Raytheon (United States) and MBDA (Germany).

On January 10, 2024, Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) provided an update on its Integration & Test team's activities. The team spent two months in Kassel, Germany, collaborating with Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH (RLS). Their focus was on the assembly of the Boxer vehicle to understand its build process and contribute to the completion and testing of two Boxer MIV prototypes for the British Army.

As reported by Joseph Clark, the U.S. Department of Defense is making leaps when it comes to fielding cutting-edge technologies, a senior Pentagon policy official said on January 9. Michael C. Horowitz, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development and Emerging Capabilities, said key organizational and strategy updates have resulted in DoD's improved ability to effectively field new tactics and technologies — especially when it comes to artificial intelligence.

Egypt is considering India's Akash missile system, a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile product of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). The defense relationship between Egypt and India is already strong, encompassing military sales, training, and technical knowledge transfer. The two nations frequently participate in joint military exercises and port visits by their naval and air forces. This interest from Egypt comes at a time when India is actively promoting its indigenous military equipment on the global stage, with defense exports reaching a record of about $2.2 billion in the fiscal year 2022-2023.

In his blog post, blogger DanielR delved into the advancements in Russian attack drone technology, offering an analysis of a downed drone, as reported by Militarnyi. The featured drone in the images was identified as the Russian FPV drone "Upyr," equipped with a communication repeater station that significantly extends the flight range of strike drones.

Asisguard and Repkon Savunma Sistemleri, two Turkish defense companies, have successfully collaborated to equip the Songar drone, an armed UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), with a 40 mm rotary grenade launcher. This achievement marks a step in the field of remote weapon systems and promises to greatly enhance the capabilities of security forces.

On January 4, 2024, Łukasiewicz PIAP and WB Group PL conducted field tests for their latest robotic innovation, the PIAP HUNTeR UGV. Outfitted with the RCWS ZMU-03, featuring a .50 caliber machine gun and smoke grenade launchers, this Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) is the culmination of a joint venture between Łukasiewicz PIAP and WB Group PL.

North Korea carried out a series of exercises including more than 90 artillery firings following South Korean exercises. Subsequently, North Korea issued a stern warning of an immediate military response to any perceived provocation from South Korea. This information was reported by Yonhap News Agency on January 7, 2024, citing a military source.

As the Ukrainian armed forces continue to seek ways to bolster their capabilities in the ongoing conflict, their focus has turned towards acquiring the Taurus long-range, precision-guided cruise missiles from Germany. This strategic move has gained significant attention following former German President Joachim Gauck's call for Germany to supply these missiles to Ukraine, as reported in an interview with Bild am Sonntag on January 7, 2023.

To assess the effectiveness of hypervelocity kinetic weapons against the armor of American tanks, Chinese researchers have conducted tests, drawing inspiration from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and paying particular attention to the armored divisions of Taiwan equipped by the United States.

According to combat experiences shared by Ukrainian soldiers, the American Patriot air defense missile system has demonstrated high efficiency in intercepting and destroying aerial threats, such as ballistic missiles and drones, launched by Russian forces against major Ukrainian cities. Notably, the Patriot system has also shown its capability in intercepting the latest generation of Russian missiles, including the Kh-47 Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched ballistic missile.

Nicholas Drummond, in a video published on X (formerly Twitter), highlighted the imminent entry into service of the EVOLYS in France and Belgium and expressed his hope to see this weapon also adopted by the United Kingdom. The EVOLYS stands out for its innovative architecture, notably a patented lateral feeding mechanism, which allows for rapid and reliable reloading.

The Lithuanian government has officially entered into an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration for the joint purchase of an unspecified number of RBS 70 NG mobile short-range air defense systems (MSHORAD). Notably designed for enhanced flexibility and modularity, the RBS 70 NG can be integrated into various vehicle platforms. This adaptability was showcased at DSEI 2023 in London, where the RBS 70 NG was mounted on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

During a comprehensive two-day training event that took place at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania on January 4th and 5th, 2024, the Bravo "Bone Crusher" Battery and Charlie Battery from the 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, attached to Task Force 82, collaborated with the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. Together, they focused on sling-load operations and elevator drills.

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