L&T ready to partner with Hanwha Defense on light tank offer to India

by Parth Shukla

L&T will likely offer the K21-105 light tank to the Indian Army if it partners with Hanwha Defense. (Hanwha Defense)

India's Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has said it is prepared to produce light tanks with South Korea's Hanwha Defense for the Indian Army.

An L&T spokesperson told Janes on 7 February that the company plans to partner with Hanwha Defense on manufacturing light tanks for the Indian Army. The two companies have already partnered to produce the K9 Vajra-T self-propelled howitzer (SPH), a variant of the K9 Thunder SPH, for the Indian Army

However, the spokesperson added that the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has only released the request for information (RFI) for the light tanks and not the tender. The joint production of light tanks is uncertain at this stage since the tender's categorisation will decide what direction the programme will take, the spokesperson added. This categorisation will determine whether and to what degree a foreign vendor will be involved in manufacturing the light tanks.

“Given this situation, I believe it is far too early for any global player to offer their product to India,” said the L&T spokesperson.

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KAI advancing Heli-launched MUM-T project

by Akhil Kadidal

New concept imagery of KAI's MUM-T project shows the company's Light Attack Helicopter (LAH) teamed with at least three Air Launched Effects (ALE). The company has conceptualised this UAV as both a reconnaissance platform and a loitering munition. (Korean Aerospace Industries)

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has signed an agreement with a research body to bolster the development of its manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) system for combat helicopters.

On November 29, KAI announced that it had entered into an agreement with the Korea Research Institute for Defense Technology Planning and Advancement (KRIT)to develop technologies for the programme.

According to KAI, this includes the development of “manned and unmanned autonomous co-operation and decision support system technology for small armed helicopter manned and unmanned complex systems”.

The major components of the agreement include the development of a mission performance system for small combat helicopters to enable MUM-T.

KAI and KRIT will also seek to develop a “real-time composite battlefield information situation awareness technology. The two entities will also work to implement manned and unmanned combined operation decision support technology,” the company added.


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Israeli Sa'ar 6 corvette tests Barak LRAD air defence missile

by Yaakov Lappin

The Sa'ar 6 corvette INS Magen launches a Barak LRAD during the test. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The Israeli Navy and Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) conducted the first live-fire trial of the LRAD variant of the Barak surface-to-air missile from one of the new Sa'ar 6 corvettes, the MoD announced on 30 November.

The MoD referred to the overarching naval air-defence system as Barak Magen, which was confusing as the test was conducted by INS Magen , the first of the four Sa'ar 6s.

“The Barak Magen system includes an advanced radar for detecting threats, a weapons system, and a long-range interceptor made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI),” the MoD said. “During the trial, which forms a first proof of capability of its type from the sea, the Barak Magen system successfully completed a process of detection and interception in a challenging scenario, against a target that simulated an advanced cruise missile,” the MoD said.

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UK awards contract for Cetus extra-large AUV

by Richard Scott

The Cetus vehicle will have a modular payload bay that can be extended by inserting an additional section. (MSubs)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Plymouth-based MSubs to deliver a new extra-large autonomous underwater vehicle (XL-AUV) to support the Royal Navy (RN) to explore the utility of uncrewed submarines in the future underwater battlespace.

Known as Project Cetus − named after a mythological sea monster – the new vehicle is seen as a first step in developing an operational XL-AUV that could operate independently, or work side by side, with crewed submarines such as the Astute class or the future Submersible Ship Nuclear (Replacement) (SSN(R)) as part of a hybrid Maritime Underwater Future Capability (MUFC). The intention is that the XL-AUV – which the MoD claims will be “the largest and most complex crewless submersible operated by a European navy” – will be used as an experimental asset to reduce the risks associated with the acquisition of future large AUVs and their payloads.

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