Russia to conduct mass testing of Uran-9 UGV in 2022

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

The Russian MoD is planning a series of experimental UGV deployments during the course of the 2022 training cycle that will inform procurement decisions. Uran-9 is shown here. (Russian MoD)

The Russian Ground Forces are to conduct large-scale tests of the Uran-9 armed unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) in 2022 to inform decisions on the total number of Uran-9s to be procured, Russian armed forces chief General Oleg Salyukov told the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Krasnaya Zvezda ( Red Star ) newspaper on 1 October.

Gen Salyukov indicated that both the Uran-9 combat UGV and the Nerekhta reconnaissance UGV would be accepted into service by the Russian Ground Forces during the course of 2022 and that “experimental military service” would be carried out using these systems.

The results of these trials will inform decisions about the optimal number of UGVs to procure to meet the needs of the Russian Ground Forces, he said.

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US Army outfitting Infantry Squad Vehicle with 20 kW laser, DE M-SHORAD deliveries forthcoming

by Ashley Roque

US Army infantry soldiers secure their rucks in the cargo netting on the roof of the ISV after it was airdropped at Fort Bragg during operational testing. The service announced it will outfit the ISV with a 20 kW-class laser to down unmanned aerial systems. (US Department of Defense)

The US Army is integrating a 20 kW-class laser weapon system into its new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) to help soldiers down smaller unmanned aerial systems (UASs), according to the director of the service's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office Lieutenant General Neil Thurgood.

The three-star general spoke at the Space and Missile Defense symposium on 10 August about a host of programmes under his purview including directed energy initiatives. At the event, he announced that senior service leaders recently approved the development of an Army Multi-Purpose High Energy Laser (AMP-HEL) prototype that they want completed by the end of September 2023.

Tentative plans involve outfitting General Motors (GM) Defense's ISV with a pallatised 20 kW-class laser weapon system to enable soldiers to down Group 1 and 2 UAS, Lt Gen Thurgood added.

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Australia advances 'battlefield electrification' capability with new Bushmaster prototype

by Jon Grevatt

Australia's new Bushmaster ePMV is pictured above after being unveiled at the Chief of Army Symposium 2022 in Adelaide. In the background is a Bushmaster ePMV fitted with ruggedised solar panels. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has unveiled the Bushmaster electric protected military vehicle (ePMV) reflecting an effort, it said, to ensure the Australian Army is ‘future ready'. The prototype was showcased on 10 August at the Chief of Army Symposium, a three-day event in Adelaide.

The vehicle was developed by the Australian Army's Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO), working in collaboration with an Australian company, 3ME Technology, which specialises in lithium-ion battery systems for mining and military vehicles, and the DoD's Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG).

Colonel Robin Smith, the director of RICO, told Janes in an interview, “This prototype is a normal Bushmaster in terms of its protective hull. We removed its engine, gear box, and drive train, and we replaced those with two electric motors, a battery pack, and the voltage control system.”

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Côte d'Ivoire unveils new equipment during military parade

by Erwan de Cherisey

The Ivorian army's cavalry contingent unveiled its WZ551 armoured vehicles during the 62nd anniversary parade in Yamoussoukro on 7 August. (AFP via Getty Images)

Several types of previously unseen armoured vehicle and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) were displayed during a parade held by the Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FACI) on 7 August

Televised coverage of the parade in Yamoussoukro to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the country's independence showed it included 20 of the FACI's new Otokar Cobra II light armoured vehicles (LAVs), including an ambulance and a recovery vehicle.

The official commentator said the vehicles are attached to Combined Arms Tactical Groups (GTIA) Bolt and Flash, which are intended as a rapid intervention reserve. Several were fitted with electronic jammers to counter remote-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The Cobra II has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of up to 13.5 tonnes and can embark up to 10 personnel, including a driver and a gunner. Its armour provides protection against direct impact from 7.62×51 mm ammunition. The Ivorian vehicles were seen armed with 12.7 mm heavy machine guns.

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