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Group 99 unveils first Russian scalable body armour

by Dmitry Fediushko

The MRS basic protection kit (left) and the upper protection unit with apron (right). (Dmitry Fediushko)

Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group) has designed the first Russian-made modular body armour: the MRS.

The MRS is built on a traditional plate carrier with two inserts for armour plates – front and back – and a corset that redistributes the gear's weight from spine and chest to hips. The core set is reinforced with a two-unit abdominal/groin protection module, a protective collar, shoulder anti-fragmentation covers, upper arm protection sleeves and arm shields. All body components have MOLLE-standard webbing for pouches.

A Group 99 representative on 6 September told Janes that the MRS has entered serial production.

It is designed to be less restrictive of mobility due to the corset and overlapping armour layers. Group 99 said a soldier wearing the system can perform maneuvers such as rollovers and tumblesets.

The baseline variant (Br1/C2 level) has 838 cm2 protection against 9 × 18 bullets and 260 cm2 protection against small fragments flying at speeds of 630 m/s, and weighs 10.9 kg. With 150 cm2 of additional protection against 5.45 × 39/7.62 × 39 steel-core bullets (Br3), the MRS weight increases to 14.2 kg. If the basic layer is reinforced against 7.62 × 39/7.62 × 54 armour-piercing bullets, its weight increases to 20.9 kg.

The NII Stali institute is understood to be providing armour plates for the MRS.

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Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Grou...

Group 99 unveils first Russian scalable body armour

by Dmitry Fediushko

The MRS basic protection kit (left) and the upper protection unit with apron (right). (Dmitry Fediushko)

Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group) has designed the first Russian-made modular body armour: the MRS.

The MRS is built on a traditional plate carrier with two inserts for armour plates – front and back – and a corset that redistributes the gear's weight from spine and chest to hips. The core set is reinforced with a two-unit abdominal/groin protection module, a protective collar, shoulder anti-fragmentation covers, upper arm protection sleeves and arm shields. All body components have MOLLE-standard webbing for pouches.

A Group 99 representative on 6 September told Janes that the MRS has entered serial production.

It is designed to be less restrictive of mobility due to the corset and overlapping armour layers. Group 99 said a soldier wearing the system can perform maneuvers such as rollovers and tumblesets.

The baseline variant (Br1/C2 level) has 838 cm2 protection against 9 × 18 bullets and 260 cm2 protection against small fragments flying at speeds of 630 m/s, and weighs 10.9 kg. With 150 cm2


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MDA demonstrates selectable stage booster for GBI

by Robin Hughes

A long-range Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 12 September. This was the first flight test of a GBI three-stage booster operating in two-stage mode. (Missile Defense Agency)

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in association with Boeing and Raytheon Technologies, on 12 September conducted a test launch of a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), flying a mock-up of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), with a three-stage booster operating in a two-stage mode.

The milestone test – in which the third stage was not ignited – demonstrates a new capability for the GBI, allowing it to release the EKV earlier in flight and, accordingly, enable an earlier opportunity to intercept and defeat a missile threat. The MDA designates this new capability as “a 2-/3-Stage selectable GBI”.


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South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang

by Mark Cazalet & Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim

An infra-red image showing South Korea's new long-range air-to-surface missile in flight. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 15 September that its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been developing and testing a range of new missiles, including a ground-launched supersonic cruise missile, a ground-launched ballistic missile, a long-range air-to-surface missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The MND said in a statement that the new long-range air-launched missile recently underwent an aircraft separation test, with ADD footage of the test showing the weapon being launched from a Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-4E Phantom II aircraft. The missile has been slated for use by Korea Aerospace Industries' (KAI's) KF-21 Boramae low-observable fighter aircraft, which is being developed for the RoKAF. According to the MND, the new indigenous missile is currently in the research and development stage and the recent flight test verified its ability to successfully strike a target after being launched from the aircraft.


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DSEI 2021: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Grou...

Group 99 unveils first Russian scalable body armour

by Dmitry Fediushko

The MRS basic protection kit (left) and the upper protection unit with apron (right). (Dmitry Fediushko)

Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group) has designed the first Russian-made modular body armour: the MRS.

The MRS is built on a traditional plate carrier with two inserts for armour plates – front and back – and a corset that redistributes the gear's weight from spine and chest to hips. The core set is reinforced with a two-unit abdominal/groin protection module, a protective collar, shoulder anti-fragmentation covers, upper arm protection sleeves and arm shields. All body components have MOLLE-standard webbing for pouches.

A Group 99 representative on 6 September told Janes that the MRS has entered serial production.

It is designed to be less restrictive of mobility due to the corset and overlapping armour layers. Group 99 said a soldier wearing the system can perform maneuvers such as rollovers and tumblesets.

The baseline variant (Br1/C2 level) has 838 cm2 protection against 9 × 18 bullets and 260 cm2 protection against small fragments flying at speeds of 630 m/s, and weighs 10.9 kg. With 150 cm2


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MDA demonstrates selectable stage booster for GBI

by Robin Hughes

A long-range Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 12 September. This was the first flight test of a GBI three-stage booster operating in two-stage mode. (Missile Defense Agency)

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in association with Boeing and Raytheon Technologies, on 12 September conducted a test launch of a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), flying a mock-up of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), with a three-stage booster operating in a two-stage mode.

The milestone test – in which the third stage was not ignited – demonstrates a new capability for the GBI, allowing it to release the EKV earlier in flight and, accordingly, enable an earlier opportunity to intercept and defeat a missile threat. The MDA designates this new capability as “a 2-/3-Stage selectable GBI”.


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South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang

by Mark Cazalet & Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim

An infra-red image showing South Korea's new long-range air-to-surface missile in flight. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 15 September that its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been developing and testing a range of new missiles, including a ground-launched supersonic cruise missile, a ground-launched ballistic missile, a long-range air-to-surface missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The MND said in a statement that the new long-range air-launched missile recently underwent an aircraft separation test, with ADD footage of the test showing the weapon being launched from a Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-4E Phantom II aircraft. The missile has been slated for use by Korea Aerospace Industries' (KAI's) KF-21 Boramae low-observable fighter aircraft, which is being developed for the RoKAF. According to the MND, the new indigenous missile is currently in the research and development stage and the recent flight test verified its ability to successfully strike a target after being launched from the aircraft.


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DSEI 2021: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Grou...

Group 99 unveils first Russian scalable body armour

by Dmitry Fediushko

The MRS basic protection kit (left) and the upper protection unit with apron (right). (Dmitry Fediushko)

Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group) has designed the first Russian-made modular body armour: the MRS.

The MRS is built on a traditional plate carrier with two inserts for armour plates – front and back – and a corset that redistributes the gear's weight from spine and chest to hips. The core set is reinforced with a two-unit abdominal/groin protection module, a protective collar, shoulder anti-fragmentation covers, upper arm protection sleeves and arm shields. All body components have MOLLE-standard webbing for pouches.

A Group 99 representative on 6 September told Janes that the MRS has entered serial production.

It is designed to be less restrictive of mobility due to the corset and overlapping armour layers. Group 99 said a soldier wearing the system can perform maneuvers such as rollovers and tumblesets.

The baseline variant (Br1/C2 level) has 838 cm2 protection against 9 × 18 bullets and 260 cm2 protection against small fragments flying at speeds of 630 m/s, and weighs 10.9 kg. With 150 cm2


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MDA demonstrates selectable stage booster for GBI

by Robin Hughes

A long-range Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 12 September. This was the first flight test of a GBI three-stage booster operating in two-stage mode. (Missile Defense Agency)

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in association with Boeing and Raytheon Technologies, on 12 September conducted a test launch of a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), flying a mock-up of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), with a three-stage booster operating in a two-stage mode.

The milestone test – in which the third stage was not ignited – demonstrates a new capability for the GBI, allowing it to release the EKV earlier in flight and, accordingly, enable an earlier opportunity to intercept and defeat a missile threat. The MDA designates this new capability as “a 2-/3-Stage selectable GBI”.


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South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang

by Mark Cazalet & Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim

An infra-red image showing South Korea's new long-range air-to-surface missile in flight. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 15 September that its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been developing and testing a range of new missiles, including a ground-launched supersonic cruise missile, a ground-launched ballistic missile, a long-range air-to-surface missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The MND said in a statement that the new long-range air-launched missile recently underwent an aircraft separation test, with ADD footage of the test showing the weapon being launched from a Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-4E Phantom II aircraft. The missile has been slated for use by Korea Aerospace Industries' (KAI's) KF-21 Boramae low-observable fighter aircraft, which is being developed for the RoKAF. According to the MND, the new indigenous missile is currently in the research and development stage and the recent flight test verified its ability to successfully strike a target after being launched from the aircraft.


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DSEI 2021: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Grou...

Group 99 unveils first Russian scalable body armour

by Dmitry Fediushko

The MRS basic protection kit (left) and the upper protection unit with apron (right). (Dmitry Fediushko)

Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group) has designed the first Russian-made modular body armour: the MRS.

The MRS is built on a traditional plate carrier with two inserts for armour plates – front and back – and a corset that redistributes the gear's weight from spine and chest to hips. The core set is reinforced with a two-unit abdominal/groin protection module, a protective collar, shoulder anti-fragmentation covers, upper arm protection sleeves and arm shields. All body components have MOLLE-standard webbing for pouches.

A Group 99 representative on 6 September told Janes that the MRS has entered serial production.

It is designed to be less restrictive of mobility due to the corset and overlapping armour layers. Group 99 said a soldier wearing the system can perform maneuvers such as rollovers and tumblesets.

The baseline variant (Br1/C2 level) has 838 cm2 protection against 9 × 18 bullets and 260 cm2 protection against small fragments flying at speeds of 630 m/s, and weighs 10.9 kg. With 150 cm2


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MDA demonstrates selectable stage booster for GBI

by Robin Hughes

A long-range Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 12 September. This was the first flight test of a GBI three-stage booster operating in two-stage mode. (Missile Defense Agency)

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in association with Boeing and Raytheon Technologies, on 12 September conducted a test launch of a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), flying a mock-up of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), with a three-stage booster operating in a two-stage mode.

The milestone test – in which the third stage was not ignited – demonstrates a new capability for the GBI, allowing it to release the EKV earlier in flight and, accordingly, enable an earlier opportunity to intercept and defeat a missile threat. The MDA designates this new capability as “a 2-/3-Stage selectable GBI”.


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South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang

by Mark Cazalet & Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim

An infra-red image showing South Korea's new long-range air-to-surface missile in flight. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 15 September that its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been developing and testing a range of new missiles, including a ground-launched supersonic cruise missile, a ground-launched ballistic missile, a long-range air-to-surface missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The MND said in a statement that the new long-range air-launched missile recently underwent an aircraft separation test, with ADD footage of the test showing the weapon being launched from a Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-4E Phantom II aircraft. The missile has been slated for use by Korea Aerospace Industries' (KAI's) KF-21 Boramae low-observable fighter aircraft, which is being developed for the RoKAF. According to the MND, the new indigenous missile is currently in the research and development stage and the recent flight test verified its ability to successfully strike a target after being launched from the aircraft.


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DSEI 2021: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Grou...

Group 99 unveils first Russian scalable body armour

by Dmitry Fediushko

The MRS basic protection kit (left) and the upper protection unit with apron (right). (Dmitry Fediushko)

Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group) has designed the first Russian-made modular body armour: the MRS.

The MRS is built on a traditional plate carrier with two inserts for armour plates – front and back – and a corset that redistributes the gear's weight from spine and chest to hips. The core set is reinforced with a two-unit abdominal/groin protection module, a protective collar, shoulder anti-fragmentation covers, upper arm protection sleeves and arm shields. All body components have MOLLE-standard webbing for pouches.

A Group 99 representative on 6 September told Janes that the MRS has entered serial production.

It is designed to be less restrictive of mobility due to the corset and overlapping armour layers. Group 99 said a soldier wearing the system can perform maneuvers such as rollovers and tumblesets.

The baseline variant (Br1/C2 level) has 838 cm2 protection against 9 × 18 bullets and 260 cm2 protection against small fragments flying at speeds of 630 m/s, and weighs 10.9 kg. With 150 cm2


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MDA demonstrates selectable stage booster for GBI

by Robin Hughes

A long-range Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 12 September. This was the first flight test of a GBI three-stage booster operating in two-stage mode. (Missile Defense Agency)

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in association with Boeing and Raytheon Technologies, on 12 September conducted a test launch of a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), flying a mock-up of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), with a three-stage booster operating in a two-stage mode.

The milestone test – in which the third stage was not ignited – demonstrates a new capability for the GBI, allowing it to release the EKV earlier in flight and, accordingly, enable an earlier opportunity to intercept and defeat a missile threat. The MDA designates this new capability as “a 2-/3-Stage selectable GBI”.


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South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang

by Mark Cazalet & Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim

An infra-red image showing South Korea's new long-range air-to-surface missile in flight. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 15 September that its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been developing and testing a range of new missiles, including a ground-launched supersonic cruise missile, a ground-launched ballistic missile, a long-range air-to-surface missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The MND said in a statement that the new long-range air-launched missile recently underwent an aircraft separation test, with ADD footage of the test showing the weapon being launched from a Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-4E Phantom II aircraft. The missile has been slated for use by Korea Aerospace Industries' (KAI's) KF-21 Boramae low-observable fighter aircraft, which is being developed for the RoKAF. According to the MND, the new indigenous missile is currently in the research and development stage and the recent flight test verified its ability to successfully strike a target after being launched from the aircraft.


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DSEI 2021: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Grou...

Group 99 unveils first Russian scalable body armour

by Dmitry Fediushko

The MRS basic protection kit (left) and the upper protection unit with apron (right). (Dmitry Fediushko)

Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group) has designed the first Russian-made modular body armour: the MRS.

The MRS is built on a traditional plate carrier with two inserts for armour plates – front and back – and a corset that redistributes the gear's weight from spine and chest to hips. The core set is reinforced with a two-unit abdominal/groin protection module, a protective collar, shoulder anti-fragmentation covers, upper arm protection sleeves and arm shields. All body components have MOLLE-standard webbing for pouches.

A Group 99 representative on 6 September told Janes that the MRS has entered serial production.

It is designed to be less restrictive of mobility due to the corset and overlapping armour layers. Group 99 said a soldier wearing the system can perform maneuvers such as rollovers and tumblesets.

The baseline variant (Br1/C2 level) has 838 cm2 protection against 9 × 18 bullets and 260 cm2 protection against small fragments flying at speeds of 630 m/s, and weighs 10.9 kg. With 150 cm2


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MDA demonstrates selectable stage booster for GBI

by Robin Hughes

A long-range Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 12 September. This was the first flight test of a GBI three-stage booster operating in two-stage mode. (Missile Defense Agency)

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in association with Boeing and Raytheon Technologies, on 12 September conducted a test launch of a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), flying a mock-up of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), with a three-stage booster operating in a two-stage mode.

The milestone test – in which the third stage was not ignited – demonstrates a new capability for the GBI, allowing it to release the EKV earlier in flight and, accordingly, enable an earlier opportunity to intercept and defeat a missile threat. The MDA designates this new capability as “a 2-/3-Stage selectable GBI”.


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South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang

by Mark Cazalet & Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim

An infra-red image showing South Korea's new long-range air-to-surface missile in flight. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 15 September that its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been developing and testing a range of new missiles, including a ground-launched supersonic cruise missile, a ground-launched ballistic missile, a long-range air-to-surface missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The MND said in a statement that the new long-range air-launched missile recently underwent an aircraft separation test, with ADD footage of the test showing the weapon being launched from a Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-4E Phantom II aircraft. The missile has been slated for use by Korea Aerospace Industries' (KAI's) KF-21 Boramae low-observable fighter aircraft, which is being developed for the RoKAF. According to the MND, the new indigenous missile is currently in the research and development stage and the recent flight test verified its ability to successfully strike a target after being launched from the aircraft.


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DSEI 2021: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Grou...

Group 99 unveils first Russian scalable body armour

by Dmitry Fediushko

The MRS basic protection kit (left) and the upper protection unit with apron (right). (Dmitry Fediushko)

Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group) has designed the first Russian-made modular body armour: the MRS.

The MRS is built on a traditional plate carrier with two inserts for armour plates – front and back – and a corset that redistributes the gear's weight from spine and chest to hips. The core set is reinforced with a two-unit abdominal/groin protection module, a protective collar, shoulder anti-fragmentation covers, upper arm protection sleeves and arm shields. All body components have MOLLE-standard webbing for pouches.

A Group 99 representative on 6 September told Janes that the MRS has entered serial production.

It is designed to be less restrictive of mobility due to the corset and overlapping armour layers. Group 99 said a soldier wearing the system can perform maneuvers such as rollovers and tumblesets.

The baseline variant (Br1/C2 level) has 838 cm2 protection against 9 × 18 bullets and 260 cm2 protection against small fragments flying at speeds of 630 m/s, and weighs 10.9 kg. With 150 cm2


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MDA demonstrates selectable stage booster for GBI

by Robin Hughes

A long-range Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 12 September. This was the first flight test of a GBI three-stage booster operating in two-stage mode. (Missile Defense Agency)

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in association with Boeing and Raytheon Technologies, on 12 September conducted a test launch of a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), flying a mock-up of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), with a three-stage booster operating in a two-stage mode.

The milestone test – in which the third stage was not ignited – demonstrates a new capability for the GBI, allowing it to release the EKV earlier in flight and, accordingly, enable an earlier opportunity to intercept and defeat a missile threat. The MDA designates this new capability as “a 2-/3-Stage selectable GBI”.


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South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang

by Mark Cazalet & Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim

An infra-red image showing South Korea's new long-range air-to-surface missile in flight. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 15 September that its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been developing and testing a range of new missiles, including a ground-launched supersonic cruise missile, a ground-launched ballistic missile, a long-range air-to-surface missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The MND said in a statement that the new long-range air-launched missile recently underwent an aircraft separation test, with ADD footage of the test showing the weapon being launched from a Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-4E Phantom II aircraft. The missile has been slated for use by Korea Aerospace Industries' (KAI's) KF-21 Boramae low-observable fighter aircraft, which is being developed for the RoKAF. According to the MND, the new indigenous missile is currently in the research and development stage and the recent flight test verified its ability to successfully strike a target after being launched from the aircraft.


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DSEI 2021: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Grou...

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