Thales UK to supply Orion sighting systems for Challenger 3
10 February 2022
by Olivia Savage
The Challenger 3 demonstrator from RBSL. (RBSL)
Thales UK has been awarded a GBP90 million (USD102.9 million) seven-year subcontract by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) to integrate sighting systems onto RBSL Challenger 3 (CR3) main battle tanks (MBT), the UK's Defence Equipment and Support announced on 7 February.
In a separate announcement, Thales UK said that it will provide panoramic and fixed azimuth weapon aiming sights for both the vehicle commander and gunner. A Thales spokesperson confirmed to
that they will supply the Orion stabilised independent panoramic sight – delivering long-range surveillance and target identification, independent of turret orientation, for the commander.
The Thales DNGS T3 sight – a dual-axis stabilised gunner sight – will also be integrated onto the Challenger 3, the Thales spokesperson noted.
The first eight Jelcz T21 TS DOW 8×8 chassis for CAMM iLaunchers are expected to be ready by the end of 2022. (MBDA)
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) plans to develop new short-range air defence (SHORAD) and very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) capabilities. Sebastian Chwałek, president of PGZ's management board, and Colonel Michał Marciniak, the Ministry of National Defence's plenipotentiary for integrated air defence and deputy head of the Armaments Agency, presented the main goals for the development of multilayer air defence in Poland during a press briefing in Warsaw on 28 January.
Col Marciniak said it would be crucial to integrate systems being developed separately: Pilica VSHORAD, armed with Grom and Piorun missiles; Narew SHORAD, based on the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) family; and the Wisła medium-range air defence system with Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles. He explained that Polish air defences would be organised based oneffective range of effectors, not on the branches of the armed forces that operate the current system.
Mock-up of the Javelin LWCLU. (Raytheon Missiles & Defense)
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on its website on 1 August that the Department of State had approved a possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of 513 Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Units (LWCLUs) to the UK, for an estimated value of USD300 million. Also included in the potential sale are LWCLU Basic Skill Trainers; Javelin Outdoor Trainers; Javelin Vehicle Launcher Electronics (JVL-Es); associated training packages, training documentation, and lifecycle support; and Systems Integration and Check Out. This order would make the UK the first export customer for the LWCLUs.
A UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told Janes on 3 August, “We are committed to the Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Unit and have requested further information from our partners. The Javelin capability will enhance the battlegroup-level anti-armour capability and ensure the British military maintains its leading edge on the battlefield.”
Turkey completes MEMATT mine clearing vehicle deliveries to Azerbaijan
04 August 2022
by Cem Devrim Yaylali
Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence has received 13 more MEMATT mine-clearance vehicles, ASFAT announced on 30 July. (ASFAT)
The Azerbaijan Armed Forces have received 13 additional Mekanik Mayın Temizleme Teçhizatı (Mechanical Mine Clearing Equipment, MEMATT) remote-controlled mine-clearing vehicles from Turkey's Military Factory and Shipyard Operations (ASFAT), bringing the total number of vehicles delivered to 20.
Azerbaijan signed the contract for the vehicles with ASFAT in December 2002 and the first pair was delivered in February 2021.
This was followed by the delivery of two vehicles to Burkina Faso in May 2021 and two units to Togo in October 2021. Six more MEMATT vehicles will be delivered to the Turkish Ministry of National Defense's National Mine Action Center (MAFAM).
Azerbaijan uses the vehicles mainly in Nagorno-Karabakh to clear minefields in the Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Agdam, Kalbajar, and Khojavend districts.
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