Ukraine conflict: Russian mine-laying system makes combat debut

by Miko Vranic

An ISDM Zemledeliye battery in use during the quadrennial strategic-level Zapad-2021 exercise in September. (Russian MoD)

Russian forces have been observed using the ISDM Zemledeliye mine-laying system in Ukraine, marking the system's combat debut.

Video circulating on social media since 27 March shows two vehicles launch a full salvo of 50 mine-loaded rockets each, the footage was purportedly taken in Kharkiv Oblast.

The ISDM – inzhenernoi sistem distantsionnogo minirovaniya or engineer system for remote mining – was specifically developed for the Russian Armed Forces' Engineer Troops within the R&D ‘Zemeldeliye-I' framework, and part of a December 2013 contract agreed between the Russian MoD and NPO Splav. Based in the Russian city of Tula, NPO Splav is a prominent developer and manufacturer of multiple launch rocket systems.

The system was first unveiled during the 2020 May Day Parade in Moscow and a preliminary batch is thought to have been delivered to the Engineer Troops earlier in the same year.

A complete system comprises a launch vehicle with 50 122 mm rockets that are loaded with scatterable anti-personnel or anti-tank mines, and a transloader vehicle fitted with a reloading crane on its rear

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Delivery of first Wisla MRAD system to Polish Armed Forces completed

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The first Polish-made Patriot launcher and resupply vehicle delivered by Huta Stalowa Wola was displayed at International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2021. (Janes/Jakub Link-Lenczowski)

Delivery of the first battery of the Wisła medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system to the Polish Armed Forces has been completed, Polish Armaments Agency (AA) spokesperson Kacper Bakuła told Janes on 2 June.

The programme, which will provide upper-tier air defence, is divided into two phases. Under phase one the first of the two purchased Patriot Configuration 3+ batteries is being established. Referring to the second battery, Bakuła said, “Further deliveries of the key battery components are planned to be completed by the end of September.”

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MADEX 2023: Poongsan unveils extended-range guided munition

by Mike Plunkett

Poongsan's 127 mm naval guided munition has a range of about 100 km. (Janes/Mike Plunkett)

South Korean ammunition firm Poongsan has unveiled a 127 mm gun-launched, extended-range guided munition for naval applications at the MADEX 2023 exhibition in Busan.

Dong Won Lee, Poongsan's director of defence products exports, told Janes that the concept of 127 mm Gliding Guided Naval Munition (GGNM) is centred on the projectile being fired on a steep trajectory to a high altitude, estimated to be in the region of 20 km.

He said that once the munition reaches the highest point in its flight its wings are deployed, allowing the projectile to glide to a range of approximately 100 km.

The inclusion of Global Positioning System (GPS)-assisted guidance enables high accuracy, even at maximum range, Lee said. The navigation system also allows the GGNM to follow a flightpath to avoid obstacles or known defences, although this will have an impact of the achievable overall range, he said.

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MADEX 2023: South Korea to equip Ulsan-class Batch III frigates with CIWS-II in 2026

by Ridzwan Rahmat

A model of the South Korea-developed CIWS-II on display at MADEX 2023. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)

The Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) Ulsan-class Batch III frigates will be equipped with the indigenously developed ‘CIWS-II' close in weapon system (CIWS) but only from 2026.

This indicative timeline is almost two years later than originally planned as the RoKN has requested for slight design changes to be made to the CIWS-II, said an LIG Nex1 representative who spoke to Janes at the International Maritime Defense Industry Exhibition (MADEX) 2023 in Busan, South Korea.

In 2021 LIG Nex1 won the contract to locally develop and produce a CIWS that can be deployed on future RoKN ships. The service largely relies on the Goalkeeper CIWS for its close-in defence requirements and the weapon is deployed on vessels such as the KDX-I and KDX-2 destroyers. The RoKN has also opted for the Phalanx CIWS for its second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship, ROKS Marado.

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