NATO Initiative Seeks to Accelerate Development of Defence Technologies

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO) initiative to foster the development of novel defence technologies is taking shape. NATO’s member states approved the charter of the Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) on 7 April 2022 (NATO, 2022). DIANA, whose launch was announced in 2021, acts as a framework in which governments, academia, the private sector, and non-governmental organisations can come together to develop emerging and disruptive technologies (EDTs) relevant for security and defence (Machi, 2021).

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Modernisation in the Greek Army

Greece is engaged in the modernisation of its military forces amid the war in Ukraine and the tensions with Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea. In this regard, the Hellenic Defense Systems (HDS) and Nexter signed a strategic partnership to modernise and strengthen the Greek army’s infantry vehicles fleet.

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Sweden to Bolster Interoperability with Neighbours with the Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) Programme

Six weeks after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and as talks are getting louder about a possible integration of Sweden into NATO, the Försvarsmakten (Swedish Armed Forces) announced on 4 April 2022 that it had signed a technical agreement with Finland, Estonia, and Latvia to cooperate in a joint-procurement effort. These countries will thus jointly develop a new 6×6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) under the Finnish-led Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) programme, in cooperation with the Finnish armoured vehicle manufacturer Patria.

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Dutch Military Receives New Tactical Vehicles

In 2019, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) entered into a contract with the Italian manufacturer IVECO Defence Vehicles to supply the various branches of the Dutch military with a new infantry mobility vehicle, the Manticore, a medium tactical vehicle (MTV) (Defense Brief, 2022). The contract between the Dutch MoD and Iveco was signed in the context of the MoD’s effort to force modernisation, more specifically, its Joint Replacement Programme of Wheeled Vehicles (Valpolini, 2021).

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