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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The PARS IV 8x8 breaks cover

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

The PARS IV, revealed in 2021, to address Turkish military needs. (FNSS)

Turkish manufacturer of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) and weapon systems FNSS has developed a new variant of its Pars wheeled AFV family to meet the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) , following a request for proposals issued in late 2019/early 2020.

The company's proposal is the Pars IV, an 8×8 version that builds upon the experience of the Pars II sold to Malaysia as the AV8, PARS III to Oman in both 6×6 and 8×8 configurations, and Pars IV 6×6 special operations vehicle developed for the TSK.

“TLF [the Turkish Land Forces] have started a new requirement for the procurement of New Generation Wheeled AFVs, considering lessons learned from recent operational deployments,” Gökhan Tekin, FNSS programme manager, told Janes in a September interview. “Pars IV is therefore designed to meet current and future combat requirements for TLF and its allies,” he added.


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US Army recompetes CROWS contract, royalty fee attached for outside vendor

by Ashley Roque

A US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) prototype outfitted with CROWS-J. The service is currently hosting a CROWS recompete competition. (US Army)

The US Army has launched a Common Remotely Operating Weapon Station (CROWS) competition valued up to USD1.5 billion that allows companies other than the prime contractor, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, to vie for the deal. However, there is a caveat; other vendors must factor in a mandatory USD10,000 per system royalty fee for Kongsberg if they win.

In late August, the service issued a remote weapon station (RWS) request for procurement to cover continued support for fielded CROWS systems and for new designs. In essence, the service is asking vendors whether they can build the Norwegian company's RWS at a ‘better value' to the government.

“The programme will support new and emerging customer requirements to include RWS variants such as Abrams Low Profile, Navy Mk-50, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Remote Weapon Station (ARWS), and Stryker,” the army wrote. Parties interested in bidding on the contract have until 22 November to submit their proposals and the service anticipates awarding a single contract worth up to USD1.5 billion.


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DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defence unveils K9 SPH developmental roadmap

by Mark Cazalet

A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)

Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.

A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes at the 2021 DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14 to 17 September, the K9A2 was the first variant that the company was developing and this would be fitted within a fundamentally new turret, a fully automatic ammo loading system, and an improved fire control system to enable automatic gunlaying onto targets assigned by a command-and-control system.

The new variant will also have a higher sustained rate of fire. Yoon Young-ki, principal engineer in the K9A2 development project, said, “The development of a full-automatic ammunition handling and loading system has been very successful to increase rate of fire to 9 from 6 rds/min.”


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