Eurosam initiates system trials of SAMP/T NG

by Robin Hughes

An internal view of the C2 engagement module developed for the new SAMP/T NG long-range, ground-based air missile defence system. (Eurosam)

Eurosam – a joint venture (JV) of MBDA France, MBDA Italy, and Thales – has commenced system trials of the SAMP/T NG (Sol Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre Nouvelle Génération) next-generation long-range, ground-based air missile defence system, ahead of planned deliveries to France and Italy of a fully integrated and qualified capability in 2025.

The system trials include a live-firing campaign with the SAMP/T NG's new Aster Block 1 New Technology (B1 NT) interceptor. “We have initiated the system trials,” Eva Bruxmeier, managing director, Eurosam, told Janes


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Bahraini Patriot PAC-3 missile procurement confirmed

by Jeremy Binnie

The US Department of Defense has announced a USD94 million contract award to Lockheed Martin that includes Bahrain as a customer for the Patriot PAC-3 surface-to-air missile for the first time. The contract covers “technical assistance support for the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile segment” in several other countries that were already known to be PAC-3 customers.

The US State Department approved the sale to Bahrain of two Patriot batteries with 35 GEM-T missiles and 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles for an estimated USD2.5 billion in May 2019. The PAC-3 MSE has a longer range than the standard PAC-3 missile. Both are designed to destroy ballistic missiles by colliding with them, unlike the GEM-T, which relies on a fragmentation warhead.

Raytheon, which makes the Patriot and the GEM-T missile, announced in March 2020 that it had received a USD551 million contract to begin production of the Patriot for Bahrain, which it said would become the 17th country to operate the system.


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Mac Jee develops improved Armadillo multiple rocket system

by Victor Barreira

Mac Jee Defesa has developed an improved Armadillo 70 mm launcher configuration for 4×4 light armoured tactical vehicles. (Mac Jee)

Brazil's Mac Jee Defesa has developed an improved configuration of its all-weather Armadillo 2.75”/70 mm rocket launcher system for 4×4 light tactical armoured vehicles.

An initial configuration of the launch pod was officially unveiled in April 2019, mounted on an M1152 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The new compact 24-cell Armadillo launch pod is 3.5 metres in length, and weighs approximately 50 kg. The re-configured design features a retractable roof-mounted 360° mission module which, according to the company, can accommodate 2.75”/70 mm guided/unguided anti-tank and short-range air defence rockets, furnished with MK40/MK66 rocket motors. Two additional launch pods (24+24 rockets) mounted on an automatic reloading system are stowed in the launch platform.

The current solution utilises an AM General 4×4 M1152 HMMWV with rear and front hydraulic stabilisation systems and a redesigned bonnet, although the Armadillo system can be integrated into any new 4×4 armoured tactical vehicle or existing 4×4 platform in the inventory of a client, Mac Jee product manager Márcio Corrêa da Silva Santos told Janes .


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Turkey to build cartridge factory in Mongolia

by Lale Sariibrahimoglu

Turkey's Machine and Chemical Industry Inc (MKE) will build a cartridge loading and assembly factory in Mongolia under a contract signed with Mongolia's Defence Industry Board on 15 November.

The factory will have a yearly capacity of producing 10 million cartridges, Yasin Akdere, MKE general manager, said during the signing ceremony at MKE's Gazi Fişek fireworks factory in Ankara, Turkey's capital.

In July, MKE signed a contract with the Jordan Design and Development Bureau (JODDB) for the supply and installation of cartridge loading and assembly and bullet and shell production lines.

Under the contract with Jordan, 30 million shells (5.56 mm×45, 7.62 mm×51, 7.62 mm×39, and 9 mm×19), and 30 million bullets (7.62 mm×51 M80, 5.56 mm×45 SS109/M193, 7.62 mm×39 M67, 9 mm×19), will be produced per year, while 20 million cartridge loading and assembly tasks (7.62 mm×51 M80 Cartridge, 7.62 mm×39 M67 Cartridge, 5.56 mm×45 SS109/M193) per year will be realised, Turkey's state-owned Anatolia News Agency reported.


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