US Army to receive four Mid-Range Capability battery prototypes, fielding set for 2023

by Ashley Roque

Image showing US Army detailing what each MRC prototype battery will include. The service plans to begin fielding the weapon in 2023. (US Army)

Lockheed Martin is poised to deliver four initial Mid-Range Capability (MRC) weapon system batteries to the US Army by the end of 2022. If all goes as planned the service could field the new weapon prototype, paired with Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) and Tomahawk missiles, to soldiers by late September 2023, according to the company and service.

The army's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) tasked Lockheed Martin with building this mid-range prototype in late 2020, at present called the ‘Typhon', which includes launchers, missiles, and a battery operations centre.

The idea was to create a capability to strike targets somewhere between the 500 and 1,800 km range, or greater than the future Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) but shorter than a Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) system. To do this, army programme officials joined forces with the navy to leverage existing capabilities such as the Mark 41 Vertical Launching System (Mk 41 VLS), and the Tomahawk and SM-6 missiles.


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First turret completed for upgraded Dutch CV90

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The first upgraded Dutch CV90 with a redesigned turret left the BSH plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September. (Dutch MoD)

The first-of-type (FOT) upgraded Dutch CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) left the BAE Systems Hägglunds (BSH) plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on the same day.

A BSH spokesperson told Janes on 30 September that the first turret for the Dutch CV90 mid-life upgrade (MLU) was completed on time and budget according to plan. On 3 October he added that testing is now beginning, leading up to the test readiness review and ending with a final design review in December 2023.

This will be followed by serial production according to the originally agreed timeline, the BSH spokesperson said. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2026, according to the Dutch MoD.


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Taiwan takes delivery of locally built amphibious assault ship

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Taiwanese navy personnel walk by the landing platform dock Yu Shan during its handover ceremony in Kaohsiung on 30 September 2022. (AFP via Getty Images)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has taken delivery of its first locally built amphibious assault ship.

The vessel, Yu Shan , was handed over by Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation on 30 April in a ceremony attended by the country's president, Tsai Ing-wen.

CSBC Corporation received a TWD4.635 billion (USD145.93 million) contract to build the vessel in April 2018. Its keel was laid down in June 2020 and the vessel was launched in April 2021.

With an overall length of 153 m, an overall beam of 23 m, and a hull draught of 6 m, Yu Shan's main form factor shares similar characteristics with the US Navy's San Antonio class.


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US funding Jordanian armoured vehicles for Palestinian forces

by Jeremy Binnie

Palestinian National Security Forces personnel stand next to an Al-Jawad during protests in the West Bank city of Nablus on 20 September. (Getty Images)

The US embassy in Israel has ordered armoured vehicles from Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing (JLVM) on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces, according to a notice published on the US System of Award Management website on 21 September.

The order is for six Al-Jawad MK IV and nine Al-Maha light armoured vehicles (LAVs) at an estimated total cost of USD2.3 million.

The Al-Jawad uses the Ford F-550 chassis and has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 8.6 tonne, while the Al-Maha uses the Toyota Land Cruiser chassis and has a GVW of 5.5 tonne.

The notice, which was posted to justify placing an order without a full and open competition, said similar vehicles were procured for the Palestinian National Security Forces in 2016 from a partnership involving JLVM and the US company Jankel Tactical Services. “That partnership has dissolved and JLVM is able to offer nearly identical LAVs with significant cost reductions,” it said, adding that import/export challenges “plagued” the delivery of the previous vehicles from the US.


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