India plans to develop combat UGV based on Arjun tank
12 April 2022
by Jon Grevatt
India's Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment has proposed the development of a combat UGV based on the Arjun Mk 1A MBT, pictured above test-firing an anti-tank guided missile. (DRDO)
India's state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is planning to develop a new combat unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) based on India's Arjun Mk 1A main battle tank (MBT).
The DRDO's Technology Focus bulletin for April said a plan to “design, develop, and validate” the new tracked combat UGV has been proposed by its Chennai-based Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), which designed the Arjun MBT in operation with the Indian Army.
The DRDO publication said the proposed combat UGV will be fitted, like the Arjun MBT, with a 120 mm main gun as its primary weapon. It will operate an ‘Indigenous Geographic Information System' (INDIGIS) that will provide the UGV operator a “visual perspective” of the platform's location and operational terrain.
The DRDO said it is envisaged that the combat UGV would be operated in the western Rajasthan desert region, which borders Pakistan.
India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited won a contract in late 2021 to start building the Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (pictured above) for the Indian military. The system was tested at low altitudes on 29 June. (Janes/Patrick Allen)
India has tested its locally developed Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) off the country's east coast.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi said that the test – on 29 June – demonstrated the Abhyas system's performance at low altitude including capability at “sustained levels” and “manoeuvrability”.
The test was carried out a few months after state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced that it had won a contract to mass produce the Abhyas for the Indian military.
In a statement, the MoD said that in the recent test the Abhyas target was flown from a ground-based controller in a “pre-designated low-altitude flight path” that was monitored by tracking sensors including radar and electro-optical targeting systems.
An Indian Army Arjun MBT is pictured above test-firing a locally developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missile. This test was carried out in September 2020 to assess capability at longer ranges. Tests on 28 June were conducted to validate firing at shorter ranges, the MoD said. (DRDO)
India test-fired on 28 June its locally developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) from an Arjun main battle tank (MBT), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi said.
It said that the tests were intended for evaluating the weapon's ability to engage with targets at shorter ranges. Earlier trials of the ATGM were intended for validating its ability at longer ranges.
In a statement, the MoD said that the ATGM test was conducted by the Indian Army and the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at the KK Ranges near Ahmednagar, western India. The ranges are operated by the army's Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S).
The MoD said the test is part of continuing trials to evaluate the ATGM from the Arjun MBT's 120 mm rifled gun. It also said that the weapon is being developed for other platforms but did not elaborate.
Update: PLA aircraft fly into Taiwan's ADIZ on ‘anti-carrier' exercises
29 June 2022
by Akhil Kadidal
A large and varied force of Chinese military aircraft conducted an area denial and anti-carrier drill in Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and in the Philippine Sea on 21 June 2022. (Janes)
Twenty-nine Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on 21 June, in what was the third-largest air incursion of the zone by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force this year.
The flight paths, as revealed by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND), indicate that the aircraft operated in three separate groups.
The first group of six Xian H-6 strategic bombers conducted an unusually deep flight into the ADIZ. The bombers flew off Taiwan's west coast before turning into the Philippine Sea, MND data showed. The bombers were accompanied by one Shaanxi Y-9 electronic warfare (EW) aircraft and one Y-8 electronic intelligence (ELINT) aircraft. These latter aircraft have been identified less than 35 times in the ADIZ since 2021.
Janes assesses that this new flight path has not been attempted by the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) before. Citing experts, the Chinese state-owned newspaper Global Times
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