Peruvian Navy successfully test-fires Exocet Block 3 missiles for the first time

by Cesar Cruz Tantalean

Peruvian Navy frigate FM-57 BAP Bolognesi recently conducted first test-fire of an Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile. (Peruvian Navy)

The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Peru: MGP) recently conducted its first live-fire exercises with its surface-to-surface MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 3 and air-to-surface MBDA Exocet AM-39 missiles, navy officials said.

The successful live-fire test of the Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile firing – the first since this weapon was introduced in the service five years ago – was conducted on 30 September, by BAP Bolognesi (FM-57), one of the four Lupo-class frigates in MGP service armed with missile, navy officials said.

The missile reached its target, the decommissioned landing ship BAP Callao (DT-143), after completing a 172 km (92 n miles) flight, navy officials said.

The same target was hit later by an Exocet AM-39 missile, launched by a Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King helicopter from 36 km (19 n miles) of distance, the navy confirmed. The helicopter was deployed by BAP Tacna, former HNLMS Amsterdam, logistic support vessel.

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UK seeks Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Unit

by Amael Kotlarski

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.”


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Turkey completes MEMATT mine clearing vehicle deliveries to Azerbaijan

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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Update: China releases rare footage of supposed DF-17 missile firing

by Ridzwan Rahmat & Rahul Udoshi

DF-17 medium-range missile and differences with claimed launch. (Janes)

China state broadcaster CCTV has released a video that includes launch footage of what it claims to be the DF-17 medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM).

The video was released on 1 August in conjunction with the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) ninety-fifth founding anniversary. It is the first known footage of the DF-17 released by the Chinese government.

An infographic of the DF-17 missile system tipped with the DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) was also released on the same day by state-owned English newspaper Global Times.

“The DF-17 debuted on 1 October 2019. It is China's first operational hypersonic medium-range missile,” said the Global Times infographic, which captures the various milestones achieved by its missile programme from the DF-3 in the 1960s to the DF-41, which was also revealed in 2019.

The DF-17 is a road-mobile MRBM that is believed to be deployed with the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) since 2020. The number of DF-17s that were shown in an October 2019 parade suggests that the weapon is operational.

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