Taiwan outlines land systems priorities

by Kapil Kajal

Taiwan has included funding for the procurement of additional CM-34 IFVs in its 2023 budget. (National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology)

Taiwan has included funding for several high-profile land systems in its defence budget for 2023.

Platforms to receive funding in the budget include the CM-34 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), a new 120 mm Mobile Mortar System (MMS), a new four-wheeled tactical reconnaissance vehicle, and a new Cloud Leopard vehicle fitted with a 105 mm gun.

Budgetary documents for 2023 recently issued by the government disclosed that funding for the CM-34 programme will receive TWD61.14 billion (USD198 million) from 2019 to 2023, with about TWD5 billion allocated in 2023.

Taiwan's Armaments Bureau confirmed in June 2022 that the Republic of China Army (RoCA) had ordered 305 CM-34s, with 173 delivered since 2019. Deliveries of the CM-34 are expected to be completed by 2023.

The budgetary document also showed that TWD459 million has been allocated to procure the 120 mm MMS from 2023 to 2025.

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Update – ADEX 2022: Latest member of QFAB series adds laser guidance

by Huw Williams

The QFAB-250 LG features a laser-guidance system as part of its applique kit. (Janes/Huw Williams)

The Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence Industry unveiled the latest member of its QFAB (also known as GFAB) series of general-purpose bombs at the ADEX 2022 exhibition in Baku on 6 September.

According to ministry officials, the new bomb – designated QFAB-250 LG – was developed in collaboration with Turkey's Aselsan.

The QFAB-250 LG is intended to provide enhanced accuracy over the standard QFAB bombs through an applique kit that includes a laser-guidance system and control surfaces. The guidance system is fitted to the nose of the bomb, and control surfaces in the nose and rear.

Information released by the ministry claims a circular error probable of up to 10 m, and the ability to drop the bomb from a maximum altitude of 12,000 m (39,370 ft) and a speed of up to Mach 0.9 (1,100 km/h).

The addition of the guidance kit adds 20 kg to the 250 kg of the standard bomb. The QFAB-250 LG maintains the use of high-explosive fragmentation, and it measures 3,300 mm in length and 325 mm in diameter.


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Estonia orders Piorun MANPADS

by Christopher Petrov

Estonia has ordered the Piorun MANPADS, pictured here at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)

The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment has signed a contract with Poland's Mesko to supply Estonia with the Piorun short-range manportable air-defence system (MANPADS). Estonia will receive 300 missiles and 100 launchers, with the first lot scheduled to arrive in mid-2023. The deal will give Estonia an additional short-range air defense (SHORAD) system and will complement its Mistrals already in service.

The Piorun MANPADS is an evolution of the older Grom, itself based on the Soviet-designed Igla system of the late Cold War era. The Piorun has a range of 6.5 km and can reach an altitude of 6 km, compared with a range of 5.5 km and altitude of 4 km for the Grom-2. The grip stock has a keypad enabling the user to select the missile's targets, ranging from slow-moving unmanned aerial vehicles to fast jets. The timing of the proximity fuze can be selected to increase the likelihood of a first-hit kill.


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Lockheed Martin reveals work on new JAGM variants

by Andrew White

Lockheed Martin's JAGM-MR uses a new missile bus to increase range. (Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin is designing a series of next-generation Joint-Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGMs), Janes has learnt .

JAGM-MR, a medium-range version of the missile, is in “proof of concept and evaluation” by the company, featuring increased range and sensor options compared with the legacy JAGM, and Lockheed Martin is considering additional variants such as maritime, extended-range, and short-range air defence (potentially for the US Army's Initial Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense programme), a company spokesperson told Janes .

Since November 2021 Lockheed Martin has completed several test firings for the JAGM-MR solid rocket motor. The development is part of a “planned product improvement” of the in-production JAGM, designed to “proactively meet” customer needs, the spokesperson said. Lockheed Martin plans to perform a tactical test flight later in 2022.

The AGM-179 JAGM features the same warhead and ‘back-end' of the AGM-114R (Hellfire Romeo), but added multimode seekers to engage on-the-move targets with precision guidance and fire-and-forget capability.


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Taiwan has included funding for several high-profile land systems in its defence budget for 2023.

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