Smart Shooter unveils multicopter gun system

by Yaakov Lappin & Jeremy Binnie

A multicopter armed with the Smash Dragon system. (Smart Shooter)

Israeli company Smart Shooter unveiled on 10 January its Smash Dragon system, which enables small multicopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be armed with infantry weapons, saying it has completed live-fire tests and is in an advanced stage of development.

The Smash Dragon consists of a mount that it attached to the underside of the multicopter to carry the weapon, which can be various types of assault rifle, sniper rifle, or 40 mm grenade launcher. A version of the company's Smash fire-control system is fitted to the top of the weapon like a standard sight, the difference being that its view is transmitted back to the UAV's operator.

The Smash family incorporates target-acquisition and -tracking algorithms, as well as augmented-reality displays that tell operators where to aim to hit the designated target.

“Extremely lightweight and therefore allowing long mission endurance, Smash Dragon integrates a unique stabilisation concept with the Smash technology that enables the system to accurately hit static and moving targets while flying,” the company said in a press release.

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UK supplies anti-tank weapons to Ukraine

by Huw Williams

British Army personnel from 3rd UK Division live-firing the NLAW. An unspecified number of these anti-tank weapons have been delivered to Ukraine. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

A batch of Next-generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs) has been delivered to Ukraine by the United Kingdom in its first transfer of lethal defence equipment to the country.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced the delivery in a statement to Parliament on 17 January. He said a UK team would be despatched to Ukraine to train its armed forces in operating the new weapons. No details of the number of weapons involved was given by Wallace and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) declined to provide Janes with further details.

A senior MoD source confirmed to Janes on 18 January that deliveries were under way, with the UK Royal Air Force's Boeing C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft carrying the weapons to Kyiv on 17 and 18 January across three flights. A training team of between 10 and 20 British Army soldiers accompanied the missiles, which the source identified as NLAWs.

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Houthis claim long-range cruise missile attack on UAE

by Jeremy Binnie

The Quds ground-launched cruise missile was unveiled on 7 July 2019. (Ansar Allah)

The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) implied a significant increase in the range of its Quds cruise missile when it claimed the type was used to attack Abu Dhabi on 17 January.

Yahya Saree, the group's spokesman, announced on the following day that four Quds-2 cruise missiles were launched against Abu Dhabi's Musaffah oil refinery and airport, a Zulfiqar ballistic missile had targeted Dubai airport, and Samad-3 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were used against unidentified “sensitive and important” targets.

He warned that the group was prepared to launch more attacks against a wider range of targets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in response to the escalating fighting in Yemen.

The UAE confirmed the attack took place but did not provide details of what weapons had been used and if any had been intercepted by its air defences.

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Elbit Systems wins contract to supply CMS to Royal Swedish Navy

by Olivia Savage

Spårö-class minehunter/sweeper HMS Spårö M12 (Per Körnefeldt)

On 13 January Elbit Systems announced that its subsidiary, Elbit Systems Sweden AB, has been awarded a contract by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration to install its Albatross CMS system on the Royal Swedish Navy's (RSwN) Spårö-class mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels.

The contract is for an unspecified amount and will be performed over a 34-month period.

According to the company, the Albatross is a scalable open architecture CMS that is based on the company's E-CIX platform and “enables commanders and operators to receive a common operational picture correlating underwater detection and surface tracks, based on real-time data, live video streaming, and imagery data”.

E-CIX is modular framework based on commoditised existing building blocks following industry standards and an open architecture make-up.

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