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Iran unveils T-72 upgrade

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when Minister of Defence Amir Hatami inaugurated the production line at the Bani-Hashem Armour Industrial Complex near Dorud on 13 August.

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) released photographs showing an upgrade that appears to borrow elements from the Karrar, which was presented as a new tank when it was unveiled in 2017, and a modified T-72 displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in June.

The photographs showed several tanks being worked on as well as an upgraded T-72M1 being tested but gave no indication that any Karrars are being produced.

The upgrade appears to involve extensive modifications to the existing turret to thicken its frontal armour. The armour on the side of the turret is flat now rather than rounded. The commander’s cupola, machine gun, and hatch have been removed, with the latter replaced with a simplified forward-opening hatch.

While this raises questions about the tank’s ability to acquire targets as the commander’s TKN-3 sight has been removed with the cupola, he probably operates the new remote weapon station (RWS) that sits on what may be an auxiliary power unit (APU) attached to the back of the turret. Armed with a 7.62 mm machine gun, this will presumably have its own electo-optical system, although one couldn’t be seen in the photographs.

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Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when...

Iran unveils T-72 upgrade

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when Minister of Defence Amir Hatami inaugurated the production line at the Bani-Hashem Armour Industrial Complex near Dorud on 13 August.

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) released photographs showing an upgrade that appears to borrow elements from the Karrar, which was presented as a new tank when it was unveiled in 2017, and a modified T-72 displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in June.

The photographs showed several tanks being worked on as well as an upgraded T-72M1 being tested but gave no indication that any Karrars are being produced.

The upgrade appears to involve extensive modifications to the existing turret to thicken its frontal armour. The armour on the side of the turret is flat now rather than rounded. The commander’s cupola, machine gun, and hatch have been removed, with the latter replaced with a simplified forward-opening hatch.


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Serbia buys Kornet ATGMs and more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems

by Igor Bozinovski

Serbia will receive a first batch of Kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said during a visit to the Ušće 2021 display of military equipment in Belgrade, marking Serbian National Unity Day on 15 September. The missiles have a range of 8 km and will arm light vehicles that equip special forces and infantry units.

Nenad Miloradović, Assistant Minister for Material Resources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), told Vučić that Thales 70 mm laser-guided air-to-ground rockets, with a range of 6 km, were being procured for Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (RV i PVO) H145M helicopters. He added that negotiations were underway with France for more H145M helicopters and Mistral 3 short-range air defence missile systems for integration into Serbia's indigenously developed PASARS self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs).

Vučić revealed that Serbia had ordered more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems and plans to procure Chinese-made CH-95 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall Canada showcases digital backbone for networked UGVs

by Giles Ebbutt

The Rheinmetall digital backbone UGV control network is displayed at DSEI 2021 showing the output from the surveillance vehicle. (Giles Ebbutt)

Rheinmetall Canada has developed a digital backbone to network unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), allowing them to be controlled by dismounted personnel.

Etienne Rancourt, European business development manager for Rheinmetall Canada, told Janes that the system was designed so that a fleet of UGVs could be controlled from individual tablets.

It has been developed for Rheinmetall's Mission Master UGV range, several variants of which were displayed at the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London, and can be used either for pre-programmed mission or by using remote control.

Rancourt said that control can be exercised either from a specific tablet, which allows the operator to access all the functions of the UGV fleet, or it can be from a battle management system (BMS).


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DSEI 2021: Companies gear up for UK's Mobile Fires Platform competition

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Defence companies promoted their solutions for the UK's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition, held in London on 14–17 September. Janes noted British Army delegations visiting the stands of the firms competing for the MFP requirement.

Hanwha Defense launched Team Thunder at DSEI on 14 September, offering the K9A2 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) for the MFP. Team member Soucy Defense offers composite rubber tracks, which Pasi Pasivirta, Hanwha's director for business development in Europe, told Janes on 16 September would provide the K9A2 with road mobility, which is an MFP requirement.

The other contenders are wheeled. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) presented its Boxer Remote Controlled Howitzer (RCH) 155, touting its ability to fire on the move. WFEL, KMW's UK arm, has begun producing the Boxer in the United Kingdom, and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) is gearing up to do the same.

KMW's shared stand with Nexter also displayed the latter's CAESAR 8×8 SPH, which is being produced for the Danish Army.


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Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when...

Iran unveils T-72 upgrade

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when Minister of Defence Amir Hatami inaugurated the production line at the Bani-Hashem Armour Industrial Complex near Dorud on 13 August.

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) released photographs showing an upgrade that appears to borrow elements from the Karrar, which was presented as a new tank when it was unveiled in 2017, and a modified T-72 displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in June.

The photographs showed several tanks being worked on as well as an upgraded T-72M1 being tested but gave no indication that any Karrars are being produced.

The upgrade appears to involve extensive modifications to the existing turret to thicken its frontal armour. The armour on the side of the turret is flat now rather than rounded. The commander’s cupola, machine gun, and hatch have been removed, with the latter replaced with a simplified forward-opening hatch.


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Serbia buys Kornet ATGMs and more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems

by Igor Bozinovski

Serbia will receive a first batch of Kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said during a visit to the Ušće 2021 display of military equipment in Belgrade, marking Serbian National Unity Day on 15 September. The missiles have a range of 8 km and will arm light vehicles that equip special forces and infantry units.

Nenad Miloradović, Assistant Minister for Material Resources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), told Vučić that Thales 70 mm laser-guided air-to-ground rockets, with a range of 6 km, were being procured for Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (RV i PVO) H145M helicopters. He added that negotiations were underway with France for more H145M helicopters and Mistral 3 short-range air defence missile systems for integration into Serbia's indigenously developed PASARS self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs).

Vučić revealed that Serbia had ordered more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems and plans to procure Chinese-made CH-95 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall Canada showcases digital backbone for networked UGVs

by Giles Ebbutt

The Rheinmetall digital backbone UGV control network is displayed at DSEI 2021 showing the output from the surveillance vehicle. (Giles Ebbutt)

Rheinmetall Canada has developed a digital backbone to network unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), allowing them to be controlled by dismounted personnel.

Etienne Rancourt, European business development manager for Rheinmetall Canada, told Janes that the system was designed so that a fleet of UGVs could be controlled from individual tablets.

It has been developed for Rheinmetall's Mission Master UGV range, several variants of which were displayed at the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London, and can be used either for pre-programmed mission or by using remote control.

Rancourt said that control can be exercised either from a specific tablet, which allows the operator to access all the functions of the UGV fleet, or it can be from a battle management system (BMS).


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DSEI 2021: Companies gear up for UK's Mobile Fires Platform competition

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Defence companies promoted their solutions for the UK's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition, held in London on 14–17 September. Janes noted British Army delegations visiting the stands of the firms competing for the MFP requirement.

Hanwha Defense launched Team Thunder at DSEI on 14 September, offering the K9A2 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) for the MFP. Team member Soucy Defense offers composite rubber tracks, which Pasi Pasivirta, Hanwha's director for business development in Europe, told Janes on 16 September would provide the K9A2 with road mobility, which is an MFP requirement.

The other contenders are wheeled. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) presented its Boxer Remote Controlled Howitzer (RCH) 155, touting its ability to fire on the move. WFEL, KMW's UK arm, has begun producing the Boxer in the United Kingdom, and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) is gearing up to do the same.

KMW's shared stand with Nexter also displayed the latter's CAESAR 8×8 SPH, which is being produced for the Danish Army.


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Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when...

Iran unveils T-72 upgrade

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when Minister of Defence Amir Hatami inaugurated the production line at the Bani-Hashem Armour Industrial Complex near Dorud on 13 August.

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) released photographs showing an upgrade that appears to borrow elements from the Karrar, which was presented as a new tank when it was unveiled in 2017, and a modified T-72 displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in June.

The photographs showed several tanks being worked on as well as an upgraded T-72M1 being tested but gave no indication that any Karrars are being produced.

The upgrade appears to involve extensive modifications to the existing turret to thicken its frontal armour. The armour on the side of the turret is flat now rather than rounded. The commander’s cupola, machine gun, and hatch have been removed, with the latter replaced with a simplified forward-opening hatch.


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Serbia buys Kornet ATGMs and more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems

by Igor Bozinovski

Serbia will receive a first batch of Kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said during a visit to the Ušće 2021 display of military equipment in Belgrade, marking Serbian National Unity Day on 15 September. The missiles have a range of 8 km and will arm light vehicles that equip special forces and infantry units.

Nenad Miloradović, Assistant Minister for Material Resources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), told Vučić that Thales 70 mm laser-guided air-to-ground rockets, with a range of 6 km, were being procured for Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (RV i PVO) H145M helicopters. He added that negotiations were underway with France for more H145M helicopters and Mistral 3 short-range air defence missile systems for integration into Serbia's indigenously developed PASARS self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs).

Vučić revealed that Serbia had ordered more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems and plans to procure Chinese-made CH-95 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall Canada showcases digital backbone for networked UGVs

by Giles Ebbutt

The Rheinmetall digital backbone UGV control network is displayed at DSEI 2021 showing the output from the surveillance vehicle. (Giles Ebbutt)

Rheinmetall Canada has developed a digital backbone to network unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), allowing them to be controlled by dismounted personnel.

Etienne Rancourt, European business development manager for Rheinmetall Canada, told Janes that the system was designed so that a fleet of UGVs could be controlled from individual tablets.

It has been developed for Rheinmetall's Mission Master UGV range, several variants of which were displayed at the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London, and can be used either for pre-programmed mission or by using remote control.

Rancourt said that control can be exercised either from a specific tablet, which allows the operator to access all the functions of the UGV fleet, or it can be from a battle management system (BMS).


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DSEI 2021: Companies gear up for UK's Mobile Fires Platform competition

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Defence companies promoted their solutions for the UK's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition, held in London on 14–17 September. Janes noted British Army delegations visiting the stands of the firms competing for the MFP requirement.

Hanwha Defense launched Team Thunder at DSEI on 14 September, offering the K9A2 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) for the MFP. Team member Soucy Defense offers composite rubber tracks, which Pasi Pasivirta, Hanwha's director for business development in Europe, told Janes on 16 September would provide the K9A2 with road mobility, which is an MFP requirement.

The other contenders are wheeled. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) presented its Boxer Remote Controlled Howitzer (RCH) 155, touting its ability to fire on the move. WFEL, KMW's UK arm, has begun producing the Boxer in the United Kingdom, and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) is gearing up to do the same.

KMW's shared stand with Nexter also displayed the latter's CAESAR 8×8 SPH, which is being produced for the Danish Army.


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Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when...

Iran unveils T-72 upgrade

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when Minister of Defence Amir Hatami inaugurated the production line at the Bani-Hashem Armour Industrial Complex near Dorud on 13 August.

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) released photographs showing an upgrade that appears to borrow elements from the Karrar, which was presented as a new tank when it was unveiled in 2017, and a modified T-72 displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in June.

The photographs showed several tanks being worked on as well as an upgraded T-72M1 being tested but gave no indication that any Karrars are being produced.

The upgrade appears to involve extensive modifications to the existing turret to thicken its frontal armour. The armour on the side of the turret is flat now rather than rounded. The commander’s cupola, machine gun, and hatch have been removed, with the latter replaced with a simplified forward-opening hatch.


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Serbia buys Kornet ATGMs and more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems

by Igor Bozinovski

Serbia will receive a first batch of Kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said during a visit to the Ušće 2021 display of military equipment in Belgrade, marking Serbian National Unity Day on 15 September. The missiles have a range of 8 km and will arm light vehicles that equip special forces and infantry units.

Nenad Miloradović, Assistant Minister for Material Resources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), told Vučić that Thales 70 mm laser-guided air-to-ground rockets, with a range of 6 km, were being procured for Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (RV i PVO) H145M helicopters. He added that negotiations were underway with France for more H145M helicopters and Mistral 3 short-range air defence missile systems for integration into Serbia's indigenously developed PASARS self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs).

Vučić revealed that Serbia had ordered more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems and plans to procure Chinese-made CH-95 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall Canada showcases digital backbone for networked UGVs

by Giles Ebbutt

The Rheinmetall digital backbone UGV control network is displayed at DSEI 2021 showing the output from the surveillance vehicle. (Giles Ebbutt)

Rheinmetall Canada has developed a digital backbone to network unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), allowing them to be controlled by dismounted personnel.

Etienne Rancourt, European business development manager for Rheinmetall Canada, told Janes that the system was designed so that a fleet of UGVs could be controlled from individual tablets.

It has been developed for Rheinmetall's Mission Master UGV range, several variants of which were displayed at the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London, and can be used either for pre-programmed mission or by using remote control.

Rancourt said that control can be exercised either from a specific tablet, which allows the operator to access all the functions of the UGV fleet, or it can be from a battle management system (BMS).


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DSEI 2021: Companies gear up for UK's Mobile Fires Platform competition

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Defence companies promoted their solutions for the UK's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition, held in London on 14–17 September. Janes noted British Army delegations visiting the stands of the firms competing for the MFP requirement.

Hanwha Defense launched Team Thunder at DSEI on 14 September, offering the K9A2 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) for the MFP. Team member Soucy Defense offers composite rubber tracks, which Pasi Pasivirta, Hanwha's director for business development in Europe, told Janes on 16 September would provide the K9A2 with road mobility, which is an MFP requirement.

The other contenders are wheeled. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) presented its Boxer Remote Controlled Howitzer (RCH) 155, touting its ability to fire on the move. WFEL, KMW's UK arm, has begun producing the Boxer in the United Kingdom, and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) is gearing up to do the same.

KMW's shared stand with Nexter also displayed the latter's CAESAR 8×8 SPH, which is being produced for the Danish Army.


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Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when...

Iran unveils T-72 upgrade

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when Minister of Defence Amir Hatami inaugurated the production line at the Bani-Hashem Armour Industrial Complex near Dorud on 13 August.

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) released photographs showing an upgrade that appears to borrow elements from the Karrar, which was presented as a new tank when it was unveiled in 2017, and a modified T-72 displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in June.

The photographs showed several tanks being worked on as well as an upgraded T-72M1 being tested but gave no indication that any Karrars are being produced.

The upgrade appears to involve extensive modifications to the existing turret to thicken its frontal armour. The armour on the side of the turret is flat now rather than rounded. The commander’s cupola, machine gun, and hatch have been removed, with the latter replaced with a simplified forward-opening hatch.


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Serbia buys Kornet ATGMs and more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems

by Igor Bozinovski

Serbia will receive a first batch of Kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said during a visit to the Ušće 2021 display of military equipment in Belgrade, marking Serbian National Unity Day on 15 September. The missiles have a range of 8 km and will arm light vehicles that equip special forces and infantry units.

Nenad Miloradović, Assistant Minister for Material Resources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), told Vučić that Thales 70 mm laser-guided air-to-ground rockets, with a range of 6 km, were being procured for Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (RV i PVO) H145M helicopters. He added that negotiations were underway with France for more H145M helicopters and Mistral 3 short-range air defence missile systems for integration into Serbia's indigenously developed PASARS self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs).

Vučić revealed that Serbia had ordered more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems and plans to procure Chinese-made CH-95 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall Canada showcases digital backbone for networked UGVs

by Giles Ebbutt

The Rheinmetall digital backbone UGV control network is displayed at DSEI 2021 showing the output from the surveillance vehicle. (Giles Ebbutt)

Rheinmetall Canada has developed a digital backbone to network unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), allowing them to be controlled by dismounted personnel.

Etienne Rancourt, European business development manager for Rheinmetall Canada, told Janes that the system was designed so that a fleet of UGVs could be controlled from individual tablets.

It has been developed for Rheinmetall's Mission Master UGV range, several variants of which were displayed at the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London, and can be used either for pre-programmed mission or by using remote control.

Rancourt said that control can be exercised either from a specific tablet, which allows the operator to access all the functions of the UGV fleet, or it can be from a battle management system (BMS).


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DSEI 2021: Companies gear up for UK's Mobile Fires Platform competition

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Defence companies promoted their solutions for the UK's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition, held in London on 14–17 September. Janes noted British Army delegations visiting the stands of the firms competing for the MFP requirement.

Hanwha Defense launched Team Thunder at DSEI on 14 September, offering the K9A2 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) for the MFP. Team member Soucy Defense offers composite rubber tracks, which Pasi Pasivirta, Hanwha's director for business development in Europe, told Janes on 16 September would provide the K9A2 with road mobility, which is an MFP requirement.

The other contenders are wheeled. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) presented its Boxer Remote Controlled Howitzer (RCH) 155, touting its ability to fire on the move. WFEL, KMW's UK arm, has begun producing the Boxer in the United Kingdom, and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) is gearing up to do the same.

KMW's shared stand with Nexter also displayed the latter's CAESAR 8×8 SPH, which is being produced for the Danish Army.


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Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when...

Iran unveils T-72 upgrade

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when Minister of Defence Amir Hatami inaugurated the production line at the Bani-Hashem Armour Industrial Complex near Dorud on 13 August.

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) released photographs showing an upgrade that appears to borrow elements from the Karrar, which was presented as a new tank when it was unveiled in 2017, and a modified T-72 displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in June.

The photographs showed several tanks being worked on as well as an upgraded T-72M1 being tested but gave no indication that any Karrars are being produced.

The upgrade appears to involve extensive modifications to the existing turret to thicken its frontal armour. The armour on the side of the turret is flat now rather than rounded. The commander’s cupola, machine gun, and hatch have been removed, with the latter replaced with a simplified forward-opening hatch.


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Serbia buys Kornet ATGMs and more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems

by Igor Bozinovski

Serbia will receive a first batch of Kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said during a visit to the Ušće 2021 display of military equipment in Belgrade, marking Serbian National Unity Day on 15 September. The missiles have a range of 8 km and will arm light vehicles that equip special forces and infantry units.

Nenad Miloradović, Assistant Minister for Material Resources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), told Vučić that Thales 70 mm laser-guided air-to-ground rockets, with a range of 6 km, were being procured for Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (RV i PVO) H145M helicopters. He added that negotiations were underway with France for more H145M helicopters and Mistral 3 short-range air defence missile systems for integration into Serbia's indigenously developed PASARS self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs).

Vučić revealed that Serbia had ordered more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems and plans to procure Chinese-made CH-95 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall Canada showcases digital backbone for networked UGVs

by Giles Ebbutt

The Rheinmetall digital backbone UGV control network is displayed at DSEI 2021 showing the output from the surveillance vehicle. (Giles Ebbutt)

Rheinmetall Canada has developed a digital backbone to network unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), allowing them to be controlled by dismounted personnel.

Etienne Rancourt, European business development manager for Rheinmetall Canada, told Janes that the system was designed so that a fleet of UGVs could be controlled from individual tablets.

It has been developed for Rheinmetall's Mission Master UGV range, several variants of which were displayed at the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London, and can be used either for pre-programmed mission or by using remote control.

Rancourt said that control can be exercised either from a specific tablet, which allows the operator to access all the functions of the UGV fleet, or it can be from a battle management system (BMS).


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DSEI 2021: Companies gear up for UK's Mobile Fires Platform competition

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Defence companies promoted their solutions for the UK's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition, held in London on 14–17 September. Janes noted British Army delegations visiting the stands of the firms competing for the MFP requirement.

Hanwha Defense launched Team Thunder at DSEI on 14 September, offering the K9A2 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) for the MFP. Team member Soucy Defense offers composite rubber tracks, which Pasi Pasivirta, Hanwha's director for business development in Europe, told Janes on 16 September would provide the K9A2 with road mobility, which is an MFP requirement.

The other contenders are wheeled. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) presented its Boxer Remote Controlled Howitzer (RCH) 155, touting its ability to fire on the move. WFEL, KMW's UK arm, has begun producing the Boxer in the United Kingdom, and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) is gearing up to do the same.

KMW's shared stand with Nexter also displayed the latter's CAESAR 8×8 SPH, which is being produced for the Danish Army.


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Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when...

Iran unveils T-72 upgrade

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

Iran unveiled the upgrade it appears to be implementing for its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) when Minister of Defence Amir Hatami inaugurated the production line at the Bani-Hashem Armour Industrial Complex near Dorud on 13 August.

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade. (Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics / Janes)

The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) released photographs showing an upgrade that appears to borrow elements from the Karrar, which was presented as a new tank when it was unveiled in 2017, and a modified T-72 displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in June.

The photographs showed several tanks being worked on as well as an upgraded T-72M1 being tested but gave no indication that any Karrars are being produced.

The upgrade appears to involve extensive modifications to the existing turret to thicken its frontal armour. The armour on the side of the turret is flat now rather than rounded. The commander’s cupola, machine gun, and hatch have been removed, with the latter replaced with a simplified forward-opening hatch.


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Serbia buys Kornet ATGMs and more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems

by Igor Bozinovski

Serbia will receive a first batch of Kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said during a visit to the Ušće 2021 display of military equipment in Belgrade, marking Serbian National Unity Day on 15 September. The missiles have a range of 8 km and will arm light vehicles that equip special forces and infantry units.

Nenad Miloradović, Assistant Minister for Material Resources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), told Vučić that Thales 70 mm laser-guided air-to-ground rockets, with a range of 6 km, were being procured for Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (RV i PVO) H145M helicopters. He added that negotiations were underway with France for more H145M helicopters and Mistral 3 short-range air defence missile systems for integration into Serbia's indigenously developed PASARS self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs).

Vučić revealed that Serbia had ordered more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems and plans to procure Chinese-made CH-95 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles.


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DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall Canada showcases digital backbone for networked UGVs

by Giles Ebbutt

The Rheinmetall digital backbone UGV control network is displayed at DSEI 2021 showing the output from the surveillance vehicle. (Giles Ebbutt)

Rheinmetall Canada has developed a digital backbone to network unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), allowing them to be controlled by dismounted personnel.

Etienne Rancourt, European business development manager for Rheinmetall Canada, told Janes that the system was designed so that a fleet of UGVs could be controlled from individual tablets.

It has been developed for Rheinmetall's Mission Master UGV range, several variants of which were displayed at the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London, and can be used either for pre-programmed mission or by using remote control.

Rancourt said that control can be exercised either from a specific tablet, which allows the operator to access all the functions of the UGV fleet, or it can be from a battle management system (BMS).


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DSEI 2021: Companies gear up for UK's Mobile Fires Platform competition

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Defence companies promoted their solutions for the UK's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition, held in London on 14–17 September. Janes noted British Army delegations visiting the stands of the firms competing for the MFP requirement.

Hanwha Defense launched Team Thunder at DSEI on 14 September, offering the K9A2 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) for the MFP. Team member Soucy Defense offers composite rubber tracks, which Pasi Pasivirta, Hanwha's director for business development in Europe, told Janes on 16 September would provide the K9A2 with road mobility, which is an MFP requirement.

The other contenders are wheeled. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) presented its Boxer Remote Controlled Howitzer (RCH) 155, touting its ability to fire on the move. WFEL, KMW's UK arm, has begun producing the Boxer in the United Kingdom, and Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) is gearing up to do the same.

KMW's shared stand with Nexter also displayed the latter's CAESAR 8×8 SPH, which is being produced for the Danish Army.


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