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Update: NIOA to deliver first phase of Australia's Lethality System project

By Jon Grevatt 04 October 2022
Accuracy International's AXSR has been selected to fulfil the ADF's requirement for a long-range sniper rifle. The Australian DoD said the rifle will be introduced into ADF service as a multicalibre system capable of delivering in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum, and 7.62 mm NATO calibres. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian government has signed an agreement with Queensland-based firm NIOA for the supply of a range of weapons and equipment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of its Lethality System project (Land 159)....

Land Forces 2022: Kongsberg, Thales launch StrikeMaster

By Julian Kerr 04 October 2022
The StrikeMaster marries two NSMs and their launch missile modules with an armoured single-cab version of the Bushmaster military vehicle. (Julian Kerr)  A new land-based maritime strike capability centred on Norway's Naval Strike Missile (NSM) was launched by Kongsberg Australia and Thales Australia at the Land Forces 2022 exhibition in Brisbane on 4 October.  The new StrikeMaster system involves two NSMs and their launch missile modules mounted on an armoured single-cab utility version of Thales Australia's Bushmaster protected mobility ve...

Weather shuts down port, delays Ford deployment

By Michael Fabey 04 October 2022
Poor weather has delayed the first official deployment of the aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  .  (Michael Fabey)    High winds and generally poor weather have halted or curtailed port operations throughout the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, delaying the planned first official deployment for aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  (CVN 78) on 3 October, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed.     “Due to changing weather conditions, USS   Gerald R Ford  (CVN 78) will not be getting...

NIOA to deliver first phase of Australia's ‘Lethality System' project

By Jon Grevatt 03 October 2022
Accuracy International's AXSR has been selected to meet the ADF's requirement for a long-range sniper rifle. The Australian DoD said the rifle will be introduced into ADF service as a multicalibre system capable of delivering in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum, and 7.62 mm NATO calibres. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian government has signed an agreement with Queensland-based firm NIOA for the supply of a range of weapons and equipment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of its Lethality System project (Land 159).  T...

India's DRDO tests indigenous VSHORADS

By Kapil Kajal & Christopher Petrov 30 September 2022
The Indian MoD said that VSHORADS is a manportable air defence system (MANPAD) designed and developed by the DRDO and Indian industry partners. (Indian Ministry of Defence)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed two flight tests of its very short-range air-defence system (VSHORADS) missiles, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.  According to a press release by the MoD on 27 September, the tests were conducted from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off India's northeastern coast in Odisha....

DTDT 2022: Royal Navy official calls for new experimentation facility

By Olivia Savage 30 September 2022
A Royal Navy (RN) official has called for a digital experimentation facility for the service. Pictured is XV   Patrick Blackett  , which was noted as potentially playing an important role if the facility came to fruition.   (Damen Shipyards)  A Royal Navy (RN) official has called for an experimentation facility for autonomous naval systems.  Speaking at the Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation (DTDT 2022) conference in London, held from 27 to 29 September, the official said that following the success...

Carrier Ford ready to make its first official deployment in Atlantic

By Michael Fabey 30 September 2022
US Navy aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford   is scheduled to leave for its first deployment during the first week of October.  (Janes/Michael Fabey)    US Navy aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  (CVN 78) is scheduled to leave Norfolk, Virginia, for its first official deployment on 3 October, the US Navy (USN) confirmed on 9 September.     However,   Ford   will not be deployed as part of the USN's Global Force Management deployment like most of the other service ships...

Unfazed: PLAAF continued modernisation during the Covid-19 pandemic

By Akhil Kadidal 30 September 2022
A J-20 fighter jet performs during Changchun Air Show on 27 August 2022. China is said to be integrating some J-20s with the domestically developed WS-10 engine. However, the length of the engine exhaust of this aircraft shows that it is powered by the Russian AL-31F engine. (Getty Images)  In 2016 when Xi Jinping instructed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to modernise, the order galvanised the Chinese military onto a trajectory of strident modernisation. It is a course that appears to have been unwavering despite unanticipated obstacles s...

Hyundai Rotem, Kongsberg to collaborate on unmanned turrets for next-generation vehicles

By Jon Grevatt 29 September 2022
Hyundai Rotem is developing a next-generation wheeled armoured vehicle (left) and main battle tank (right). Scale models of both platforms were displayed at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Hyundai Rotem and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace have partnered to develop unmanned turrets for next-generation military vehicles being developed by the South Korean company.  Hyundai Rotem said on 28 September that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by the two firms at the DX Korea 2022 defence exhibition in Goyang, which co...

Australia, Singapore enhance joint amphibious assault capabilities at Exercise ‘Trident'

By Ridzwan Rahmat 29 September 2022
The Royal Australian Navy's HMAS  Adelaide  seen here with Republic of Singapore Navy's lead Endurance-class LPD. Both vessels took part in a joint amphibious assault operation at Exercise ‘Trident' in September 2022.  (Royal Australian Navy)  The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have validated their ability to conduct large-scale joint amphibious assault operations.  This capability was demonstrated at the 2022 iteration of Exercise ‘Trident', which is taking place at the Shoalw...

India to equip Arjun Mk 1A MBTs with advanced targeting system

By Kapil Kajal 27 September 2022
India's MoD said that the Arjun Mk 1A integrates 72 new features over the Mk 1 model to ensure mobility in all terrains and day-and-night target engagement. (Indian PIB)    India's state-run Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is equipping the Indian Army's new Arjun Mk 1A main battle tank (MBT) with an electro-optical (EO) fire-control system. A source from Tonbo Imaging told   Janes  that the company is manufacturing the system in partnership with BEL's unit in Chennai, India.    “Tonbo Imaging is partnered with BEL, Chenna...

Czech crews commence H-1 helicopter training

By Gareth Jennings 27 September 2022
Air and ground crews from the Czech Air Force have begun training on UH-1Y and AH-1Z (pictured) helicopters in the United States. (Army of the Czech Republic)  Czech personnel have begun training on Bell H-1 helicopters ahead of the commencement of deliveries in 2023.  The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the milestone on 26 September, saying that air and ground crews from the Czech Air Force had begun training on the UH-1Y Venom utility and AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter.  “Since July, a group of pilots and onboard technicians from t...

Turkey touts Eurofighter plan, should F-16 talks stall

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 26 September 2022
Seen in Luftwaffe service, the Eurofighter could be an option for Turkey should continuing discussions with the United States over the F-16 fail to yield results. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Turkey has, for the first time, officially pronounced a possible purchase of Eurofighter Typhoons in case if the United States fails to sell Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons.  İbrahim Kalın, Turkey's presidential spokesperson, confirmed the previously reported plan, telling local NTV news channel on 23 September, “We have negotiations with Europe regard...

Link 16 terminal qualified for French AWACS aircraft

By Olivia Savage 26 September 2022
French Boeing E-3F Sentry AWACS to get latest military tactical datalink. (Boeing)  The Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade 2 (MIDS-LVT BU2) has been qualified for use on all four of the French Air and Space Force Boeing E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.  Announced by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on 22 September, the new terminal will enable the operation of the latest-generation Link 16 military tactical data network on its aircraft in September−Novem...

DX Korea 2022: SNT Dynamics unveils light-vehicle mortar system

By Jon Grevatt 23 September 2022
SNT Dynamics has integrated its KM120 mortar system with a 4×4 vehicle made by Kia Motors for the Republic of Korea Army. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  South Korea's SNT Dynamics has integrated its KM120 120 mm mortar system with a 4×4 light tactical vehicle (LTV) built by Kia Motors for a requirement in the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA).  The company showcased the new LTV mortar capability for the first time at the DX Korea 2022 event being held in Goyang from 21 to 25 September. SNT Dynamics has not yet officially named the product.  “This capabilit...

French Navy becomes first military H160 operator

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 23 September 2022
The first of six H160 helicopters for the French Navy was handed over by service provider Babcock on 22 September. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)  Babcock delivered its first Airbus Helicopters H160 rotorcraft to the French Navy on 22 September during a ceremony at Hyères Naval Air Station (NAS) in southeastern France.  The helicopter was the first of six that have been leased by Babcock as a service provider for 10 years. With the remainder to follow by the end of 2023, they are to be used for maritime search and rescue (SAR) and interdiction missions b...

Link 16 terminal qualified for French AWACS aircraft

By Olivia Savage 23 September 2022
French Boeing E-3F Sentry AWACS to get latest military tactical datalink. (Boeing)  The Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade 2 (MIDS-LVT BU2) has been qualified for use on all four of the French Air and Space Force Boeing E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.  Announced by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on 22 September, the new terminal will enable the operation of the latest-generation Link 16 military tactical data network on its aircraft in September−Novem...

Philippine Army deploys ATMOS 2000 howitzers for operational tasking

By Kapil Kajal 23 September 2022
The Philippine Army said that the ATMOS will boost the army's mobility and range, and enhance its indirect fire-support capability. (Soltam Systems)  The Philippine Army has deployed its Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System (ATMOS) 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery units to the service's 10th Field Artillery ‘Rolling Thunder' Battalion, marking the weapon system's entry into operational status.  The deployment was held on 21 September at Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation area in Nueva Ecija, which lies about 120 km north of Man...

AAD 2022: Paramount secures Mwari launch customers

By Gareth Jennings 22 September 2022
Paramount has secured sales for nine of its Mwari aircraft to multiple air forces. (Paramount Group)  South Africa's Paramount Aerospace Industries has secured launch customers for its Mwari light attack and surveillance aircraft, announcing on 21 September that nine of the twin-seat single-engined turboprops had been sold “to multiple air forces”.  Announcing the sales at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2022 defence exhibition near Pretoria, the subsidiary of Paramount Group said that deliveries to one of the undisclosed customers are...

Indian Army commences Integrated Battle Groups trials

By Kapil Kajal 22 September 2022
Indian Army officials said the test-bedding for IBGs will continue for some time before the programme is implemented in phases. (AP)  The Indian Army has begun trials of new combat units known as Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs).    A senior Indian Army official told   Janes  on 20 September that the service is test-bedding the IBG concept, and will implement it in a phased manner.   “The concept of IBG has already been test-bedded with the army's 9 Corps on the western border with Pakistan and the 17 Mountain Strike Corps...
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