Footage shows PCL-161 SPH in service with PLAGF's 78th Group Army

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

The PCL-161 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) has entered service with the People's Liberation Army Ground Force's (PLAGF's) 78th Group Army, according to a recently released video footage from state broadcaster China Central Television.

The video shows an artillery formation of the 78th Group Army consisting of at least 15 vehicles, including support elements. It also shows seven 122 mm PLC-161s firing in a line. These howitzers may have been part of a nine-gun battalion, as this is the number of howitzers often assigned to a PLA combined arms formation.


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Norway considers NH90 alternatives to meet coastguard requirements

by Gareth Jennings

Norway is to field 14 NH90 NFH helicopters, of which eight will be used for coastguard, and six for anti-submarine and other maritime duties. For the embarked coastguard role, the country is looking at a commercially leased alternative to meet its requirements. (NHIndustries)

Norway has issued a request for information (RFI) for alternatives to its NHIndustries NH90 helicopters that are not able to meet all of the requirements of the country's coastguard.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Janes


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Nammo readies SFRJ for initial THOR-ER test-firing in 2022

by Robin Hughes

Artist's impression of a THOR-ER missile powered by Nammo's SFRJ engine technology. (Nammo)

Nammo, in association with the US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), is preparing for an initial live-fire long-range test flight of its new solid-fuel ramjet (SFRJ) motor with the US Navy's Tactical High-speed Offensive Ramjet for Extended Range (THOR-ER) missile propulsion technology demonstrator.


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I/ITSEC 2021: Ravenswood develops new capabilities for British Army training in Kenya

by Giles Ebbutt

Ravenswood has upgraded some of its MGTS components for the British Army's TESIK contract: FREDI-T (left), O/C/M tablet (centre), ECM emulator (right). (Giles Ebbutt)

Ravenswood Solutions has developed new capabilities for its tactical engagement simulation system instrumentation for British Army training facilities in Kenya, which were showcased at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2021 held in Orlando, Florida, from 29 November to 3 December.

Ravenswood, in partnership with RUAG and QinetiQ, won the Tactical Engagement Simulation in Kenya (TESIK) contract in 2020, replacing Saab. Ravenswood told Janes


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