DVD 2022: British Army seeks 100% uplift in MLRS numbers

by James Rands & Tim Ripley

The British Army is planning to increase the size of the UK's M270 MLRS fleet under plans to boost the service's deep fires capabilities. (Crown copyright)

Richard Smart, Senior Responsible Officer for Joint Effects at British Army Headquarters in Andover, outlined plans to increase both the capability and numbers of M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs) in the UK service on the second day of the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022 event held at the Millbrook Proving Ground from 21 to 22 September.

Smart said that the first MLRS had gone for refit and overhaul and would be emerging shortly with significantly increased capabilities. With a stated intent of “one launcher, many effects”, he outlined a number of avenues of investigation currently under way. These include acquiring rockets with a range of 150 km and potentially the Precision Strike Missile, which would extend the range to 500 km.

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Australia signs USD2.4 billion contract with Hanwha for IFV requirement

by Kapil Kajal

The Redback IFV (pictured above) weighs 42 tonnes and has a length, a width, and a height of 7.9 m, 3.64 m, and 3.75 m respectively. It has a maximum onroad speed of 65 km/h with a seating capacity for a crew of three and up to eight troops. (Hanwha Defense Australia)

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has signed a USD2.4 billion contract with Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) to deliver 129 Redback infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the Australian Army under its Land 400 Phase 3 programme, HDA said in a press release on 8 December.

According to HDA, the contract includes the development and delivery of training system and support system components until Final Acceptance (FA) in 2029, with an initial support contract for the first five years following delivery.

Hanwha said the Redback deliveries will commence in 2027, with the final vehicle set to be delivered in late 2028. “A series of eight prototype vehicles will also be manufactured in both South Korea and Australia as the programme develops,” the company added.

According to the DoD, Redbacks will be operated by the army's 3rd Armoured Combat Brigade based in Townsville.

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New mortar AMPV variant prototype to make exhibition debut late 2024

by Meredith Roaten

BAE Systems demonstrated its new counter unmanned aerial systems Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) during a live fire in Kingman, Arizona. (BAE Systems)

The newly designed 120 mm mortar variant of the Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) will make its debut at the annual Maneuver Warfighter Conference in September 2024, Bill Sheehy, AMPV programme director at BAE Systems told Janes on 30 November.

BAE Systems first told Janes in September that it was delivering the prototype for Patria's 120 mm New Mortar (NEMO) and Kongsberg turret programme in January 2024. The prototype is still on track for first delivery, and the army plans to perform a live-fire demonstration at the September conference to show off its progress, Sheehy said in an interview.

The prototype represents BAE System's first official foray into broadening AMPV configurations, which the company hopes will highlight the flexibility of the platform. The turret is attached to the vehicle using the Ex-MEP (Mission Equipment Package), which can accommodate most remotely operated weapons stations.

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Bundeswehr orders Dingo 2s to replace vehicles donated to Ukraine

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The BAAINBw has ordered 50 Dingo 2 A4.1 armoured vehicles from KNDS. (Bundeswehr)

The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann + Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS) announced on 30 November that they had signed a contract for 50 Dingo 2 A4.1 armoured vehicles the day before. KNDS said in a press release that the vehicles would replace Dingo 2s transferred by the Bundeswehr to Ukraine.

The budget committee of the Bundestag, Germany's parliament, on 16 November approved funding for the procurement, which the German Ministry of Defence valued at approximately EUR150 million (USD163 million). The procurement will be paid for by the German government's Enable and Enhance Initiative to support partner states with military materiel and training. The vehicles are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2026.

Germany supplied 50 Dingo 2s to Ukraine, according to the German government's list of military aid delivered to Kyiv. A BAAINBw spokesperson told Janes

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