British Army soldiers receive health checks after operating Ajax vehicles

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating GDLS-UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicles. (Crown Copyright)

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK) Ajax reconnaissance vehicles, defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin said in a parliamentary written statement published on 6 September.

Quin reported that 248 out of 310 personnel being tested had been assessed for noise exposure and said a full health and safety report into the problems with the vehicle would be published once it is finalised by the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) director of health and safety. “The army continues to identify and monitor the hearing of all personnel exposed to noise on Ajax, with additional testing put in place where required,” he explained. “The army is also in the process of identifying any health effects in those potentially exposed to vibration.”

Quin revealed that the ministry was overhauling its management of the Ajax programme, saying it had “identified the need for a full time, dedicated senior responsible owner or SRO ... to see the project through to completion, or indeed advise if the project is incapable of being delivered. A shortlist of candidates is currently under consideration.”

All testing and training on the small number of Ajax vehicles that have been delivered to the British Army remains “paused”, said Quin. A series of independent tests of the vehicle to identify root causes of the noise and vibration issues are expected to “resume imminently” after a safety assurance panel signs them off, according to the minister.

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British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating GDLS-UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicles. (Crown Copyright)

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK) Ajax reconnaissance vehicles, defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin said in a parliamentary written statement published on 6 September.

Quin reported that 248 out of 310 personnel being tested had been assessed for noise exposure and said a full health and safety report into the problems with the vehicle would be published once it is finalised by the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) director of health and safety. “The army continues to identify and monitor the hearing of all personnel exposed to noise on Ajax, with additional testing put in place where required,” he explained. “The army is also in the process of identifying any health effects in those potentially exposed to vibration.”


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MSPO 2021: Huta Stalowa Wola reveals M120G SPM prototype

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The M120G on an LPG chassis. (Huta Stalowa Wola)

Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) revealed the newest iteration of its Rak 120 mm self-propelled mortar system (SPM), called the M120G, at the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) being held in Kielce, Poland, from 7 to 10 September.

The autonomous turret system was integrated with a new lightweight tracked chassis (lekkie podwozie gąsienicowe: LPG).

According to HSW, the new tracked chassis' design is focused on reliability, mobility, ergonomics, and safety. It is fitted with an HSW-developed hydropneumatic suspension that is based on the 12 wheels and the supporting rollers. Each wheel has an independent suspension.

The platform's predecessor is the modified 2S1 Gozdzik SPH chassis, but that was completely redesigned by HSW for the new chassis. The LPG design can carry more ammunition than its predecessor and provides ballistic and mine protection levels up to STANAG 4569 A level 2.

LPG is the second tracked chassis developed by HSW for Rak SPMs, after the 2S1. The 2S1, following prototype testing, was delivered to the Polish Army's Artillery Training Center in Toruń.


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Iran unveils new air-defence systems

by Jeremy Binnie

The Islamic Republic of Iran Army's Air Defence Force unveiled a new surveillance radar and command-and-control (C2) system on 1 September and also announced that it has tested a new version of its Mesad-16 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Iranian press described the Alborz as a 3D phased array radar that has a range of 450 km and can track 300 targets simultaneously, including low-altitude ones with small radar cross-sections. The radar that was displayed had a large planar antenna mounted on a trailer that was connected to a second trailer that presumably carried its power generator and control station.

The Borhan C2 system was reported to have been developed for short-range, low-altitude air defence weapons. Iranian news agencies reported that it is capable of analysing data from electro-optical and radar sensors and sending this on to higher level command posts for rapid decisions. It then tasks the appropriate weapon system with intercepting the target.


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2,500 US troops left in Afghanistan after Trump administration seeks Congressional ‘waiver'

by Ashley Roque

The Pentagon has reduced the US military footprint inside Afghanistan to 2,500 troops after seeking a ‘waiver’ to circumvent a Congressional mandate to pause reductions, according to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

This follows Miller’s announcement in November 2020 of a plan to slash US troop levels in Afghanistan from about 4,500 down to 2,500 by mid-January.

“With a force of 2,500, commanders have what they need to keep America, our people and our interests safe,” Miller wrote in a 15 January statement. “Working alongside our NATO allies and partners, the United States will continue to execute both our counterterrorism mission and the train, advise and assist mission in support of Afghan Security Forces working to secure peace in their country.”


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British Army soldiers receive health checks after operating Ajax vehicles

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating GDLS-UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicles. (Crown Copyright)

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK) Ajax reconnaissance vehicles, defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin said in a parliamentary written statement published on 6 September.

Quin reported that 248 out of 310 personnel being tested had been assessed for noise exposure and said a full health and safety report into the problems with the vehicle would be published once it is finalised by the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) director of health and safety. “The army continues to identify and monitor the hearing of all personnel exposed to noise on Ajax, with additional testing put in place where required,” he explained. “The army is also in the process of identifying any health effects in those potentially exposed to vibration.”


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MSPO 2021: Huta Stalowa Wola reveals M120G SPM prototype

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The M120G on an LPG chassis. (Huta Stalowa Wola)

Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) revealed the newest iteration of its Rak 120 mm self-propelled mortar system (SPM), called the M120G, at the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) being held in Kielce, Poland, from 7 to 10 September.

The autonomous turret system was integrated with a new lightweight tracked chassis (lekkie podwozie gąsienicowe: LPG).

According to HSW, the new tracked chassis' design is focused on reliability, mobility, ergonomics, and safety. It is fitted with an HSW-developed hydropneumatic suspension that is based on the 12 wheels and the supporting rollers. Each wheel has an independent suspension.

The platform's predecessor is the modified 2S1 Gozdzik SPH chassis, but that was completely redesigned by HSW for the new chassis. The LPG design can carry more ammunition than its predecessor and provides ballistic and mine protection levels up to STANAG 4569 A level 2.

LPG is the second tracked chassis developed by HSW for Rak SPMs, after the 2S1. The 2S1, following prototype testing, was delivered to the Polish Army's Artillery Training Center in Toruń.


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Iran unveils new air-defence systems

by Jeremy Binnie

The Islamic Republic of Iran Army's Air Defence Force unveiled a new surveillance radar and command-and-control (C2) system on 1 September and also announced that it has tested a new version of its Mesad-16 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Iranian press described the Alborz as a 3D phased array radar that has a range of 450 km and can track 300 targets simultaneously, including low-altitude ones with small radar cross-sections. The radar that was displayed had a large planar antenna mounted on a trailer that was connected to a second trailer that presumably carried its power generator and control station.

The Borhan C2 system was reported to have been developed for short-range, low-altitude air defence weapons. Iranian news agencies reported that it is capable of analysing data from electro-optical and radar sensors and sending this on to higher level command posts for rapid decisions. It then tasks the appropriate weapon system with intercepting the target.


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2,500 US troops left in Afghanistan after Trump administration seeks Congressional ‘waiver'

by Ashley Roque

The Pentagon has reduced the US military footprint inside Afghanistan to 2,500 troops after seeking a ‘waiver’ to circumvent a Congressional mandate to pause reductions, according to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

This follows Miller’s announcement in November 2020 of a plan to slash US troop levels in Afghanistan from about 4,500 down to 2,500 by mid-January.

“With a force of 2,500, commanders have what they need to keep America, our people and our interests safe,” Miller wrote in a 15 January statement. “Working alongside our NATO allies and partners, the United States will continue to execute both our counterterrorism mission and the train, advise and assist mission in support of Afghan Security Forces working to secure peace in their country.”


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British Army soldiers receive health checks after operating Ajax vehicles

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating GDLS-UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicles. (Crown Copyright)

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK) Ajax reconnaissance vehicles, defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin said in a parliamentary written statement published on 6 September.

Quin reported that 248 out of 310 personnel being tested had been assessed for noise exposure and said a full health and safety report into the problems with the vehicle would be published once it is finalised by the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) director of health and safety. “The army continues to identify and monitor the hearing of all personnel exposed to noise on Ajax, with additional testing put in place where required,” he explained. “The army is also in the process of identifying any health effects in those potentially exposed to vibration.”


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MSPO 2021: Huta Stalowa Wola reveals M120G SPM prototype

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The M120G on an LPG chassis. (Huta Stalowa Wola)

Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) revealed the newest iteration of its Rak 120 mm self-propelled mortar system (SPM), called the M120G, at the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) being held in Kielce, Poland, from 7 to 10 September.

The autonomous turret system was integrated with a new lightweight tracked chassis (lekkie podwozie gąsienicowe: LPG).

According to HSW, the new tracked chassis' design is focused on reliability, mobility, ergonomics, and safety. It is fitted with an HSW-developed hydropneumatic suspension that is based on the 12 wheels and the supporting rollers. Each wheel has an independent suspension.

The platform's predecessor is the modified 2S1 Gozdzik SPH chassis, but that was completely redesigned by HSW for the new chassis. The LPG design can carry more ammunition than its predecessor and provides ballistic and mine protection levels up to STANAG 4569 A level 2.

LPG is the second tracked chassis developed by HSW for Rak SPMs, after the 2S1. The 2S1, following prototype testing, was delivered to the Polish Army's Artillery Training Center in Toruń.


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Iran unveils new air-defence systems

by Jeremy Binnie

The Islamic Republic of Iran Army's Air Defence Force unveiled a new surveillance radar and command-and-control (C2) system on 1 September and also announced that it has tested a new version of its Mesad-16 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Iranian press described the Alborz as a 3D phased array radar that has a range of 450 km and can track 300 targets simultaneously, including low-altitude ones with small radar cross-sections. The radar that was displayed had a large planar antenna mounted on a trailer that was connected to a second trailer that presumably carried its power generator and control station.

The Borhan C2 system was reported to have been developed for short-range, low-altitude air defence weapons. Iranian news agencies reported that it is capable of analysing data from electro-optical and radar sensors and sending this on to higher level command posts for rapid decisions. It then tasks the appropriate weapon system with intercepting the target.


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2,500 US troops left in Afghanistan after Trump administration seeks Congressional ‘waiver'

by Ashley Roque

The Pentagon has reduced the US military footprint inside Afghanistan to 2,500 troops after seeking a ‘waiver’ to circumvent a Congressional mandate to pause reductions, according to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

This follows Miller’s announcement in November 2020 of a plan to slash US troop levels in Afghanistan from about 4,500 down to 2,500 by mid-January.

“With a force of 2,500, commanders have what they need to keep America, our people and our interests safe,” Miller wrote in a 15 January statement. “Working alongside our NATO allies and partners, the United States will continue to execute both our counterterrorism mission and the train, advise and assist mission in support of Afghan Security Forces working to secure peace in their country.”


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British Army soldiers receive health checks after operating Ajax vehicles

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating GDLS-UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicles. (Crown Copyright)

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK) Ajax reconnaissance vehicles, defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin said in a parliamentary written statement published on 6 September.

Quin reported that 248 out of 310 personnel being tested had been assessed for noise exposure and said a full health and safety report into the problems with the vehicle would be published once it is finalised by the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) director of health and safety. “The army continues to identify and monitor the hearing of all personnel exposed to noise on Ajax, with additional testing put in place where required,” he explained. “The army is also in the process of identifying any health effects in those potentially exposed to vibration.”


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MSPO 2021: Huta Stalowa Wola reveals M120G SPM prototype

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The M120G on an LPG chassis. (Huta Stalowa Wola)

Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) revealed the newest iteration of its Rak 120 mm self-propelled mortar system (SPM), called the M120G, at the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) being held in Kielce, Poland, from 7 to 10 September.

The autonomous turret system was integrated with a new lightweight tracked chassis (lekkie podwozie gąsienicowe: LPG).

According to HSW, the new tracked chassis' design is focused on reliability, mobility, ergonomics, and safety. It is fitted with an HSW-developed hydropneumatic suspension that is based on the 12 wheels and the supporting rollers. Each wheel has an independent suspension.

The platform's predecessor is the modified 2S1 Gozdzik SPH chassis, but that was completely redesigned by HSW for the new chassis. The LPG design can carry more ammunition than its predecessor and provides ballistic and mine protection levels up to STANAG 4569 A level 2.

LPG is the second tracked chassis developed by HSW for Rak SPMs, after the 2S1. The 2S1, following prototype testing, was delivered to the Polish Army's Artillery Training Center in Toruń.


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Iran unveils new air-defence systems

by Jeremy Binnie

The Islamic Republic of Iran Army's Air Defence Force unveiled a new surveillance radar and command-and-control (C2) system on 1 September and also announced that it has tested a new version of its Mesad-16 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Iranian press described the Alborz as a 3D phased array radar that has a range of 450 km and can track 300 targets simultaneously, including low-altitude ones with small radar cross-sections. The radar that was displayed had a large planar antenna mounted on a trailer that was connected to a second trailer that presumably carried its power generator and control station.

The Borhan C2 system was reported to have been developed for short-range, low-altitude air defence weapons. Iranian news agencies reported that it is capable of analysing data from electro-optical and radar sensors and sending this on to higher level command posts for rapid decisions. It then tasks the appropriate weapon system with intercepting the target.


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2,500 US troops left in Afghanistan after Trump administration seeks Congressional ‘waiver'

by Ashley Roque

The Pentagon has reduced the US military footprint inside Afghanistan to 2,500 troops after seeking a ‘waiver’ to circumvent a Congressional mandate to pause reductions, according to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

This follows Miller’s announcement in November 2020 of a plan to slash US troop levels in Afghanistan from about 4,500 down to 2,500 by mid-January.

“With a force of 2,500, commanders have what they need to keep America, our people and our interests safe,” Miller wrote in a 15 January statement. “Working alongside our NATO allies and partners, the United States will continue to execute both our counterterrorism mission and the train, advise and assist mission in support of Afghan Security Forces working to secure peace in their country.”


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British Army soldiers receive health checks after operating Ajax vehicles

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating GDLS-UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicles. (Crown Copyright)

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK) Ajax reconnaissance vehicles, defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin said in a parliamentary written statement published on 6 September.

Quin reported that 248 out of 310 personnel being tested had been assessed for noise exposure and said a full health and safety report into the problems with the vehicle would be published once it is finalised by the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) director of health and safety. “The army continues to identify and monitor the hearing of all personnel exposed to noise on Ajax, with additional testing put in place where required,” he explained. “The army is also in the process of identifying any health effects in those potentially exposed to vibration.”


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MSPO 2021: Huta Stalowa Wola reveals M120G SPM prototype

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The M120G on an LPG chassis. (Huta Stalowa Wola)

Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) revealed the newest iteration of its Rak 120 mm self-propelled mortar system (SPM), called the M120G, at the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) being held in Kielce, Poland, from 7 to 10 September.

The autonomous turret system was integrated with a new lightweight tracked chassis (lekkie podwozie gąsienicowe: LPG).

According to HSW, the new tracked chassis' design is focused on reliability, mobility, ergonomics, and safety. It is fitted with an HSW-developed hydropneumatic suspension that is based on the 12 wheels and the supporting rollers. Each wheel has an independent suspension.

The platform's predecessor is the modified 2S1 Gozdzik SPH chassis, but that was completely redesigned by HSW for the new chassis. The LPG design can carry more ammunition than its predecessor and provides ballistic and mine protection levels up to STANAG 4569 A level 2.

LPG is the second tracked chassis developed by HSW for Rak SPMs, after the 2S1. The 2S1, following prototype testing, was delivered to the Polish Army's Artillery Training Center in Toruń.


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Iran unveils new air-defence systems

by Jeremy Binnie

The Islamic Republic of Iran Army's Air Defence Force unveiled a new surveillance radar and command-and-control (C2) system on 1 September and also announced that it has tested a new version of its Mesad-16 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Iranian press described the Alborz as a 3D phased array radar that has a range of 450 km and can track 300 targets simultaneously, including low-altitude ones with small radar cross-sections. The radar that was displayed had a large planar antenna mounted on a trailer that was connected to a second trailer that presumably carried its power generator and control station.

The Borhan C2 system was reported to have been developed for short-range, low-altitude air defence weapons. Iranian news agencies reported that it is capable of analysing data from electro-optical and radar sensors and sending this on to higher level command posts for rapid decisions. It then tasks the appropriate weapon system with intercepting the target.


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2,500 US troops left in Afghanistan after Trump administration seeks Congressional ‘waiver'

by Ashley Roque

The Pentagon has reduced the US military footprint inside Afghanistan to 2,500 troops after seeking a ‘waiver’ to circumvent a Congressional mandate to pause reductions, according to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

This follows Miller’s announcement in November 2020 of a plan to slash US troop levels in Afghanistan from about 4,500 down to 2,500 by mid-January.

“With a force of 2,500, commanders have what they need to keep America, our people and our interests safe,” Miller wrote in a 15 January statement. “Working alongside our NATO allies and partners, the United States will continue to execute both our counterterrorism mission and the train, advise and assist mission in support of Afghan Security Forces working to secure peace in their country.”


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British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibr...

British Army soldiers receive health checks after operating Ajax vehicles

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating GDLS-UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicles. (Crown Copyright)

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK) Ajax reconnaissance vehicles, defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin said in a parliamentary written statement published on 6 September.

Quin reported that 248 out of 310 personnel being tested had been assessed for noise exposure and said a full health and safety report into the problems with the vehicle would be published once it is finalised by the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) director of health and safety. “The army continues to identify and monitor the hearing of all personnel exposed to noise on Ajax, with additional testing put in place where required,” he explained. “The army is also in the process of identifying any health effects in those potentially exposed to vibration.”


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MSPO 2021: Huta Stalowa Wola reveals M120G SPM prototype

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The M120G on an LPG chassis. (Huta Stalowa Wola)

Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) revealed the newest iteration of its Rak 120 mm self-propelled mortar system (SPM), called the M120G, at the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) being held in Kielce, Poland, from 7 to 10 September.

The autonomous turret system was integrated with a new lightweight tracked chassis (lekkie podwozie gąsienicowe: LPG).

According to HSW, the new tracked chassis' design is focused on reliability, mobility, ergonomics, and safety. It is fitted with an HSW-developed hydropneumatic suspension that is based on the 12 wheels and the supporting rollers. Each wheel has an independent suspension.

The platform's predecessor is the modified 2S1 Gozdzik SPH chassis, but that was completely redesigned by HSW for the new chassis. The LPG design can carry more ammunition than its predecessor and provides ballistic and mine protection levels up to STANAG 4569 A level 2.

LPG is the second tracked chassis developed by HSW for Rak SPMs, after the 2S1. The 2S1, following prototype testing, was delivered to the Polish Army's Artillery Training Center in Toruń.


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Iran unveils new air-defence systems

by Jeremy Binnie

The Islamic Republic of Iran Army's Air Defence Force unveiled a new surveillance radar and command-and-control (C2) system on 1 September and also announced that it has tested a new version of its Mesad-16 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Iranian press described the Alborz as a 3D phased array radar that has a range of 450 km and can track 300 targets simultaneously, including low-altitude ones with small radar cross-sections. The radar that was displayed had a large planar antenna mounted on a trailer that was connected to a second trailer that presumably carried its power generator and control station.

The Borhan C2 system was reported to have been developed for short-range, low-altitude air defence weapons. Iranian news agencies reported that it is capable of analysing data from electro-optical and radar sensors and sending this on to higher level command posts for rapid decisions. It then tasks the appropriate weapon system with intercepting the target.


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2,500 US troops left in Afghanistan after Trump administration seeks Congressional ‘waiver'

by Ashley Roque

The Pentagon has reduced the US military footprint inside Afghanistan to 2,500 troops after seeking a ‘waiver’ to circumvent a Congressional mandate to pause reductions, according to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

This follows Miller’s announcement in November 2020 of a plan to slash US troop levels in Afghanistan from about 4,500 down to 2,500 by mid-January.

“With a force of 2,500, commanders have what they need to keep America, our people and our interests safe,” Miller wrote in a 15 January statement. “Working alongside our NATO allies and partners, the United States will continue to execute both our counterterrorism mission and the train, advise and assist mission in support of Afghan Security Forces working to secure peace in their country.”


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British Army soldiers receive health checks after operating Ajax vehicles

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating GDLS-UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicles. (Crown Copyright)

British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK) Ajax reconnaissance vehicles, defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin said in a parliamentary written statement published on 6 September.

Quin reported that 248 out of 310 personnel being tested had been assessed for noise exposure and said a full health and safety report into the problems with the vehicle would be published once it is finalised by the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) director of health and safety. “The army continues to identify and monitor the hearing of all personnel exposed to noise on Ajax, with additional testing put in place where required,” he explained. “The army is also in the process of identifying any health effects in those potentially exposed to vibration.”


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MSPO 2021: Huta Stalowa Wola reveals M120G SPM prototype

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The M120G on an LPG chassis. (Huta Stalowa Wola)

Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) revealed the newest iteration of its Rak 120 mm self-propelled mortar system (SPM), called the M120G, at the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) being held in Kielce, Poland, from 7 to 10 September.

The autonomous turret system was integrated with a new lightweight tracked chassis (lekkie podwozie gąsienicowe: LPG).

According to HSW, the new tracked chassis' design is focused on reliability, mobility, ergonomics, and safety. It is fitted with an HSW-developed hydropneumatic suspension that is based on the 12 wheels and the supporting rollers. Each wheel has an independent suspension.

The platform's predecessor is the modified 2S1 Gozdzik SPH chassis, but that was completely redesigned by HSW for the new chassis. The LPG design can carry more ammunition than its predecessor and provides ballistic and mine protection levels up to STANAG 4569 A level 2.

LPG is the second tracked chassis developed by HSW for Rak SPMs, after the 2S1. The 2S1, following prototype testing, was delivered to the Polish Army's Artillery Training Center in Toruń.


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Iran unveils new air-defence systems

by Jeremy Binnie

The Islamic Republic of Iran Army's Air Defence Force unveiled a new surveillance radar and command-and-control (C2) system on 1 September and also announced that it has tested a new version of its Mesad-16 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)

The Iranian press described the Alborz as a 3D phased array radar that has a range of 450 km and can track 300 targets simultaneously, including low-altitude ones with small radar cross-sections. The radar that was displayed had a large planar antenna mounted on a trailer that was connected to a second trailer that presumably carried its power generator and control station.

The Borhan C2 system was reported to have been developed for short-range, low-altitude air defence weapons. Iranian news agencies reported that it is capable of analysing data from electro-optical and radar sensors and sending this on to higher level command posts for rapid decisions. It then tasks the appropriate weapon system with intercepting the target.


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2,500 US troops left in Afghanistan after Trump administration seeks Congressional ‘waiver'

by Ashley Roque

The Pentagon has reduced the US military footprint inside Afghanistan to 2,500 troops after seeking a ‘waiver’ to circumvent a Congressional mandate to pause reductions, according to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

This follows Miller’s announcement in November 2020 of a plan to slash US troop levels in Afghanistan from about 4,500 down to 2,500 by mid-January.

“With a force of 2,500, commanders have what they need to keep America, our people and our interests safe,” Miller wrote in a 15 January statement. “Working alongside our NATO allies and partners, the United States will continue to execute both our counterterrorism mission and the train, advise and assist mission in support of Afghan Security Forces working to secure peace in their country.”


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