Future Artillery 2023: Dstl develops Lightweight Fires Platform to replace 105 mm Light Gun

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Dstl is developing a Lightweight Fires Platform technology demonstrator to replace the 105 mm Light Gun. The red boxes on the sides represent batteries, the ‘Mickey Mouse ears' house propellant, and up to 14 rounds can be stowed behind the elevating mass. (BAES IP)

The UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is working on a Lightweight Fires Platform technology demonstrator programme to replace the 105 mm Light Gun, Janes learnt on the last day of Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2023 conference held in Munich from 30 May to 1 June.

A three-year pre-concept study to de-risk technologies on which a new Light Gun could be based was conducted in 2020–23 by BAE Systems, together with QinetiQ and engineering consultants Horiba Mira and Arke. This resulted in a detailed design for a remote-controlled/autonomous unmanned 127 mm self-propelled gun technology demonstrator that is electrically powered and optimised for strategic and tactical mobility. It is fitted with a 14-round magazine and autoloader and weighs less than 3,000 kg, with further mass reduction possible.

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Slovakia receives first Patria AMV XP 8×8 armoured combat vehicle

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Slovakia received its first AMV XP 8×8 vehicle – an ambulance version – on 26 September. (Slovak MoD)

Slovakia received its first Patria 8×8 Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP on 26 September for integration work by local companies, the Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website later the same day.

The vehicle is in ambulance configuration and is scheduled to enter service with the Slovak Armed Forces in 2024 after integration work on it is completed. General Daniel Zmeko, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, said the vehicles would replace “hopelessly outdated” BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

Slovakia signed a government-to-government agreement with Finland for 76 AMV XPs – 60 armoured combat vehicles, 10 ambulances, and six command vehicles – in August 2022, with deliveries scheduled to be completed in 2027.

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Partner 2023: Zastava debuts new 30 mm autocannon

by Christopher Petrov

The M12 (top) is a 30×173 mm calibre autocannon that is already being fitted to Serbian armoured fighting vehicles. (Janes)

Serbia's Zastava has developed a new 30 mm autocannon that can fire NATO-standard munitions.

The company debuted its M12 autocannon at the Partner 2023 defence exhibition in Belgrade, and is already delivering the system for upgrades to in-service Serbian military armoured fighting vehicles, including the BVP M-80AB2.

The gas-operated autocannon has a dual-feed capability. This enables the operator to fire two types of ammunition natures without having to reload. The M12 is being offered with locally produced ammunition, currently limited to armour-piercing and high-explosive rounds.

A Zastava representative told Janes that the company hopes the M12 will offer an indigenous production capability for the autocannon for use on armoured fighting vehicles. With the M12 already selected for upgrading the BVP M-80s, there may be other upgrade opportunities for Serbian military vehicles.

The gun is reported to have a length of 3.2 m, and it is likely that used casings are ejected forwards after firing, given the dual-feed capability.

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Ukraine conflict: European countries approve new weapons donations

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Rheinmetall announced on 12 September that it had transferred a Role 2 containerised mobile field hospital to Ukraine, with two more to follow in late 2023 and early 2024. (Rheinmetall)

European countries announced new weapon donations to Ukraine in the lead up to or during the 15th meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at Ramstein Air Base, southwestern Germany, on 19 September.

In a press conference following the meeting, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who chairs the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, noted announcements by Germany on 18 September of a package with ammunition, mine-clearing equipment, and “other critical capabilities”; by Denmark of an USD833 million package including ammunition and armour capabilities; and by Sweden in August of a USD300 million military aid package consisting of ammunition and spare parts. He also reported that Poland told the Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting that it had provided Ukraine with additional mine-clearing equipment and over 100 armoured personnel carriers and tens of thousands of munitions.

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