Eurosatory 2022: Lockheed Martin outlines the road ahead for Javelin

by Amael Kotlarski

FGM-148F launch tube assemblies on the production line. (Javelin Joint Venture)

Lockheed Martin representatives outlined the road map for the Javelin anti-armour weapon system at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.

Speaking to Janes , company representatives confirmed that missile production had completely switched over to the FGM-148F model, which was developed under the Spiral 2 missile improvement programme. Any new customers, or follow-on orders from existing customers, would now be receiving this missile model.

Produced by the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV), which consists of Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Missiles & Defense, the system entered service with the United States in 1996 and has received a number of updates since then, with further updates planned in the next few years.

The F-model is an evolution of the FGM-148E (Spiral 1), which was introduced in 2006 and saw its final improvement made in 2017 with the replacement of the missile's analog control and actuation system (CAS) with a single digital card. The F-model brought a new multi-purpose warhead (MPWH) to increase lethality against lightly armoured targets and personnel.


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Eurosatory 2022: Terramil develops AP mine for Estonian military

by Huw Williams

Terramil M-13 anti-personnel mine. (Terramil)

Estonian munitions specialist Terramil will shortly commence production of a new anti-personnel (AP) mine and is developing an anti-tank (AT) mine, Janes has learnt.

Speaking to Janes at Eurosatory 2022 in Paris, Kristo Kirs, a member of Terramil's board, said that the company had developed its M-13 AP mine in response to a request from the Estonian military.

Work on the mine began about a year ago and production is scheduled to start in August, Kirs said, adding that the M-13 is the largest AP mine in the company's product line. It features 12 kg of high explosives (HEs) and 1,200 steel pellets, and is lethal at a distance of 200 m in a 60° arc, according to the company.

It is fitted to a tripod and its mount enables the mine to be elevated. Kirs said that the M-13 is designed to operate with a man-in-the-loop.


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Eurosatory 2022: Elbit Systems launches REST guidance kit for ‘dumb' bombs

by Huw Williams

The REST kit features tail and wing units. (Janes/Huw Williams)

Elbit Systems has developed an applique tail and wing kit for unguided, air-launched munitions, which is intended to extend their range and enhance accuracy.

Speaking to Janes at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris, Nir Halamish, Elbit Systems senior vice-president for munition systems and ammunition, said that the Range Extension and Smart Tail (REST) kit can be fitted to Mk 82 and Mk 83 bombs, enabling them to strike targets out to a distance of 120 km and with a circular error probable (CEP) of 10 m when an aircraft is flying at an optimum profile of 36,000 ft and Mach 0.9.

Development of REST commenced around two and a half years ago, and was spurred by the recognition that many countries have significant stocks of unguided munitions, which would be costly to replace with modern guided types, Halamish added.


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Eurosatory 2022: Macron orders reassessment of France's Loi de Programmation Militaire

by Nicholas Fiorenza

On the first day of Eurosatory 2022, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he has ordered his armed forces ministers and chiefs to reassess France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019 to 2025. (Eurosatory)

French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered his armed forces ministers and chiefs to reassess France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019 to 2025 military funding programme in the coming weeks. During his visit to the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition, being held in Paris from 13 to 17 June, Macron announced the reassessment in the new geopolitical context.


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