Germany procures C-UAS capability from ESG

by Olivia Savage

BAAINBw has approved and acquired five ASUL C-UAS platforms (pictured) from ESG to bolster camp protection. (Bundeswehr/Dirk Bannert)

The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has procured five counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UASs).

Known as ASUL, the C-UAS platform can detect, classify, identify, and neutralise small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs), the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) announced on the 15 August.

sUASs are defined by the Bundeswehr as platforms that weigh up to 25 kg.

A Bundeswehr spokesperson told Janes that ASUL was developed by Electronic System and Logistics Group (ESG) and that the procurement for five systems totalled EUR40 million (USD40.7 million).

Four of the platforms are intended to offer camp protection during operations, while the other platform is in use in Todendorf as a training system, the announcement detailed. ASUL was also used at the G7-Summit 2022 at Schloss Elmau, Germany, from 26 to 28 June, the announcement added.


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Land Forces 2022: Australia considers HIMARS rocket production

by Julian Kerr

Australia has requested to procure 20 M142 HIMARS launchers from the US government. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

Consideration is being given to the manufacture of missiles for the US High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in Australia, a Lockheed Martin executive has disclosed.

James Heading, Lockheed Martin Australia's director of programmes in the strategic capabilities office for missiles and fire control, told media on 4 October that the consideration was centred on the production of the rockets themselves but not the launch vehicles.

The US Department of State approval for Australia's potential acquisition of 20 M142 HIMARS systems was announced in May 2022 at an estimated cost of USD385 million.

“We are certainly trying to explore what Australia actually wants,” Heading said at the Land Forces 2022 exposition in Brisbane. “Part of that resilience in the supply chain obviously goes straight to energetics.”

He added, “The hardest things to ship in any conflict are the energetics. We want to look at the rocket motors and the warheads. We already have the teaming agreement with Lockheed Martin and Thales.


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North Korea fires IRBM over Japan

by Jon Grevatt

This graphic issued by Japan's MoD shows the trajectory of the IRBM launched by North Korea on 4 October. According to the MoD, the missile travelled 4,600 km – and over Japan's northernmost Aomori prefecture – before landing in the Pacific Ocean, outside Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japan Ministry of Defense)

North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on 4 October, according to neighbouring countries.

It is the first time that North Korea has fired a missile over Japan since 2017. Data also show that the missile flew farther than any other IRBM launched by Pyongyang. The range and characteristics of the missile suggest the missile could have been a Hwaseong-12 IRBM.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it assessed that the IRBM travelled 4,500 km at an apogee of about 970 km. It said its top speed was Mach 17. The JCS said the IRBM was launched from Mupyong-ni in North Korea's northwest Jagang province at around 0720 h local time and “flew past Japan”.

Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) said a “single ballistic missile” passed over the country's northernmost Aomori prefecture.


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Thailand starts trials of D11A rocket launcher

by Jon Grevatt

Thailand's D11A, the prototype of which is pictured above, is a local version of Elbit Systems' multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS). (Janes/Jon Grevatt)

Thailand's Defense Technology Institute (DTI) has started trials of a locally produced version of Elbit Systems' multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS).

The DTI said on 27 September 2022 that trials of the prototype platform – named the D11A Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher – took place recently at the Royal Thai Army's (RTA's) artillery firing range in Lopburi, central Thailand.

The DTI, the Ministry of Defence's research and development arm, said initial trials were focused on testing the D11A's performance and stability, and its ability to meet the Thai armed forces' “tactical requirements”.

It added that the results of the tests will inform continued research and development of the platform. Janes understands that this work has mainly been focused on the integration of Elbit Systems' rocket launcher on a 6×6 10-tonne Tatra truck from the Czech Republic.

The D11A prototype was unveiled by the DTI at the Defense and Security 2022 exhibition held in Bangkok in August.

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