A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)
Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.
A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes at the 2021 DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14 to 17 September, the K9A2 was the first variant that the company was developing and this would be fitted within a fundamentally new turret, a fully automatic ammo loading system, and an improved fire control system to enable automatic gunlaying onto targets assigned by a command-and-control system.
The new variant will also have a higher sustained rate of fire. Yoon Young-ki, principal engineer in the K9A2 development project, said, “The development of a full-automatic ammunition handling and loading system has been very successful to increase rate of fire to 9 from 6 rds/min.”
UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Sultan bin Ahmed al-Jabr inspects Kasser II MRAPs at a facility in Tawazun Industrial Park. (WAM news agency)
A production batch of Kasser II mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles was seen when the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) minister of industry and advanced technology visited the country's defence industries on 1 August.
A short video released by the UAE's WAM news agency showed the delegation led by Sultan bin Ahmed al-Jabr inspecting at least nine Kasser IIs inside an unidentified facility during the visit to defence companies at Tawazun Industrial Park, which is located in Zayed Military City in Abu Dhabi. Two were numbered as 13 and 14, indicating that at least this many have been produced. It was unclear if they are being made at the facility or undergoing systems integration after delivery.
The Kasser II was unveiled during the IDEX defence show held in Abu Dhabi in February 2021. It has a stated combat weight of 17.2 tonnes, a 400 hp Cummins diesel engine, and can accommodate up to eleven people or nine when fitted with a weapon station.
The British Army's 1st Deep Recce Strike BCT will integrate fires similar to those provided by the MLRS pictured with ISTAR. (UK MoD/Crown copyright 2022)
British Army chiefs have disbanded one of the service's three armoured infantry brigades as they proceed to implement their Future Soldier reorganisation plan.
The disbandment of the Tidworth-based 1st Armoured Infantry (AI) Brigade took place in early July but was not announced by the British Army or UK Ministry of Defence at the time.
Two of the brigade's armoured cavalry units, the Household Cavalry and Royal Lancers, have been transferred to the newly formed 1st Deep Recce Strike Brigade Combat Team (BCT), which has been created out of the former 1st Artillery Brigade, a British Army spokesperson told Janes on 29 July. Three former 1st AI Brigade infantry battalions and small support subunits have also been reassigned to other brigades.
Brigadier Neil Budd, commander of 1st Deep Recce Strike BCT, told Janes
US Army receives first upgunned Stryker, hardware and software fixes made
02 August 2022
by Ashley Roque
The US Army has ordered 269 upgunned Strykers from Oshkosh Defense. (Janes/US Army)
Oshkosh Defense has delivered its first upgunned Stryker to the US Army after the service discovered several problems with an early version of the platform during a risk management test phase, the service told
on 2 August. Several hardware and software fixes, some affecting the main gun, have now been made to the vehicle and the army may have its first unit equipped with the platform by December 2023.
The army selected an Oshkosh Defense-led team in July 2021 to outfit Stryker Double-V Hull Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVVA1) with a 30 mm cannon under its Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS) programme. In July 2021
reported that the army had discovered several problems with the winning bid sample during the source selection process, including the weapon's ability to mark targets and hit them while on the move. Programme officials then embarked on a ‘risk management testing' effort to find and fix a variety of issues before moving into production.
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