US eyes bigger role for allied contractors

by Marc Selinger

The FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the US Congress could make it easier for some allied defence contractors to compete for US defence work. (Getty Images)

A provision in the newly enacted fiscal year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) could make it easier for certain allied defence contractors to compete for US defence work, according to a Republican aide to the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

The provision, which originated in the Senate version of the NDAA, directs the US Department of Defense (DoD) to include defence contractors from Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom in industry days and requests for information (RFIs) “to the maximum extent practicable”.

DoD industry days have traditionally been “US-only as the default” and RFIs are typically the same, the aide told Janes . Even US subsidiaries of allied defence contractors might not have access to all of the information shared at industry days, according to a DoD spokesperson.

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Hanwha Defense outlines K21-105 offer for the Indian Army

by Parth Shukla

Hanwha Defense is offering the Indian Army its K21-105 light tank to meet a requirement outlined in an RFI in 2021. (Hanwha Defense)

South Korea's Hanwha Defense is preparing to offer the Indian Army a range of weapons and missions systems and local industrial involvement to support its bid to supply the service with its K21-105 light tank.

The company is offering the platform in response to an Indian Army request for information (RFI) issued in April 2021 to procure approximately 350 light tanks.

A Hanwha Defense spokesperson told Janes on 13 January that active and passive kill capabilities will be fitted onto the K21-105 in line with customer needs. The spokesperson said that the light tank programme is weight-sensitive and that the Indian Army will be expected to evaluate the required countermeasures.

Hanwha Defense offers the K21-105 with smoke grenade launchers; a laser warning system; a nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC)-filtered overpressurisation system; and an instant fire detection and suppression system (IFDSS), among other systems.

“If any other measures are added by the customer in the request for proposal (RFP), we are willing to offer [the systems],” the spokesperson said.

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Hyundai Rotem delivers MPUGVs to RoK Army

by Partha Shukla

Hyundai Rotem has delivered two MPUGVs to the Republic of Korea Army to undertake surveillance and reconnaissance missions along the DMZ. (Hyundai Rotem)

Hyundai Rotem has delivered two multipurpose unmanned ground vehicles (MPUGVs) to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Army.

The company said on 10 January that the MPUGVs were handed over to the service following six months of trials that included operations along the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).

Hyundai Rotem said the surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the vehicles was confirmed following tests in various terrains and environments. During the trials, the MPUGVs also drove autonomously on designated routes and performed subordinated driving.

A Hyundai Rotem official said, “The technology and reliability of multipurpose unmanned vehicles has been recognised through successful military pilot operations such as surveillance and reconnaissance missions, close combat, and material movement missions.”

South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) selected Hyundai Rotem in November 2020 to develop the MPUGVs under the Korean Army Tiger 4.0 programme. Janes reported at the time that KRW4 billion (USD3.52 million) had been earmarked for the programme. Trials of the vehicles started in July.

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India tests manportable anti-tank guided missile

by Partha Shukla & Rahul Udoshi

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted additional test-firings of its Man Portable Anti‐Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) on 11 January.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi said the tests evaluated the “final deliverable configuration” of the MPATGM, indicating that it may soon enter production phase.

The MoD also said that the test validated performance over minimum range and that all mission objectives were met. The missile's maximum range performance was proven in earlier tests, which have been under way for several years, the MoD added.

Janes has previously reported that the MPATGM, which has been developed by the DRDO in partnership with local firm VEM Technologies, is one of several Indian weapons programmes that were endorsed by the DRDO in 2016. However, it is believed that design work for the system began in 2015.

The MoD described the MPATGM as a low-weight, fire-and-forget missile launched from a manportable launcher integrated with a thermal sight. It said the system uses a miniaturised infrared imaging seeker and advanced avionics for onboard control and guidance.

The MPATGM is a third-generation manportable weapon. According to Janes Weapons: Infantry

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