Indo Pacific 2022: EOS launches marine version of R400S Mk 2 remote weapon station
12 May 2022
by Julian Kerr
EOS has launched its R400-M RWS (pictured) at the Indo Pacific 2022 exhibition in Sydney. (Janes/Julian Kerr)
Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) formally launched its R400 Marine (R400-M) remote weapon station (RWS), mounting a 30 mm cannon, at the Indo Pacific 2022 exhibition in Sydney on 11 May.
The R400-M RWS is in production for an undisclosed overseas customer, and offers the firepower and specialised ammunition natures possible for weapons up to and including a 30×113 mm calibre cannon but in the weight and form factor of competitors' machine gun systems, EOS said.
The R400-M differs from EOS's range of land R400S Mk 2 RWS only through the inclusion of high-quality sub-components and finishes that comply with all requirements, regulations, and test standards of the maritime environment, the company added.
Coinciding with the launch, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced its intention to supply the R400-M RWS as government-furnished equipment for the Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel-Medium (LMV-M), up to 18 of which are to be acquired to replace the army's LCM-8 mechanised landing craft.
Northrop Grumman finalises development of Hatchet miniature strike munition
20 May 2022
by Robin Hughes
Northrop Grumman has finalised the development of the Hatchet miniature precision strike munition. (Northrop Grumman)
Northrop Grumman has declared the development of its Hatchet miniature precision strike munition ‘finalised' following a series of end-to-end live all-up round (AUR) tests at an undisclosed US government test range on 11 May.
During the US Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored live-fire event, multiple Hatchet AURs were released from an undisclosed Group 3 tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) against a static target, simulated by an ISO container. The tests involved both point-detonated engagements and proximity initiations.
“These were the first Hatchet release demonstrations using a live warhead,” a Northrop Grumman spokesperson told Janes. “The purpose of the tests was to evaluate the capability of live AURs delivered from a tactical platform. The multiple drops proved 100% reliable for the warhead function, with an ISO container ‘target' utilised to enable our engineers to evaluate the pattern of fragmentation from a live release. Hatchet is designed for precision strike engagements of two metres or less, and this was also verified in each of the releases.”
DSEI 2021: SAAB Dynamics reveals new details about upcoming developments
20 May 2022
by Amael Kotlarski
Mock-ups of the AT4CS AST (top), AT4CS HE (middle), and AT4CS ER (bottom). (Amael Kotlarski)
A representative of Saab Dynamics briefed Janes on its upcoming developments for its shoulder-launched recoilless weapons, revealing details of the HE 448 round that is specifically designed to work in conjunction with the Carl Gustaf M4.
The projectile's warhead consists of a high-explosive (HE) fill and a liner containing 4,000 tungsten balls, each 2 mm in diameter, to defeat body armour. It has a modular fuze capable of both impact and airburst detonations. When programmed for airburst mode, the round is aimed to fly roughly 4 m over the target, with the downward-facing pattern of the tungsten balls capable of covering 400 m2.
India's naval anti-ship missile completes maiden flight test
19 May 2022
by Rahul Udoshi
The Naval Anti-Ship Missile - Short-Range completed its maiden flight test from an Indian Navy's Sea King Mk 42B helicopter on 18 May. (Indian Ministry of Defence)
India's locally developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile - Short Range (NASM-SR) completed its maiden flight test from an Indian Navy's Sea King Mk 42B helicopter at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha on 18 May.
The Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said the test-firing, which was jointly conducted by the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy, achieved the main objective of proving the performance of the missile's subsystems.
The missile – the Indian Navy's first indigenous air-launched anti-ship missile system – followed the planned sea-skimming trajectory and “reached the designated target with [a] high degree of accuracy, validating the control, guidance, and mission algorithms”, the PIB statement added.
Additional details about the missile's technical parameters were not provided by the PIB. It added that the weapon has been incorporated with “many new technologies” including a “state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics” for the missile guidance and an “indigenously developed launcher for the helicopter”.
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