S-500 enters service in Moscow region

by Samuel Cranny-Evans & Mark Cazalet

The first S-500 air defence system has entered service in the Moscow region. (Russian MoD)

The first S-500 55R6M Prometey (Prometheus) strategic air-defence system has entered service with a unit in the Moscow region, the TASS news agency reported on 13 October, citing a source close to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The first regimental set is to be followed by a second in the first half of 2022, the source added. No official announcement has been made by the MoD, but Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told the RIA Novosti news agency in September that deliveries were under way to Russian forces. These initial S-500 units may be intended primarily for training purposes or limited service, as the Izvestia newspaper reported on 12 October that Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov has said serial production and deliveries of the S-500 are scheduled for 2025.


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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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Russian forces receive 9M333 SAMs

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

The Russian MoD has taken delivery of 9M333 SAMs for its Strela-10M3 short-range air defence systems. (Russian MoD)

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received “the first mass deliveries” of 9M333 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) from Kalashnikov, Rostec announced on its website on 18 November.

Rostec said the new missile is designed to arm the Strela-10M3 air defence system 9A34M3 and 9A35M3 combat vehicles. It replaces legacy 9M37 missiles, which only had a dual-mode seeker.

The 9M333 can be traced back to 1989, but Rostec stated that the missile delivered to the MoD was first demonstrated publicly at the Army 2020 exhibition before successfully completing qualification tests for the Russian MoD last December.

Development of the missile was initiated in 2018 and the successful tests in December 2020 led to its serial production.

The 9M333 has a horizontal engagement range of 5,000 m and an altitude range of 10-3,500 m. It can engage targets travelling at 679 m/s, and has a three-mode seeker designed to withstand jamming. It can be used as a fire-and-forget missile against a range of low-flying aircraft.


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