Hanwha Defense outlines K21-105 offer for the Indian Army
18 January 2022
by Parth Shukla
Hanwha Defense is offering the Indian Army its K21-105 light tank to meet a requirement outlined in an RFI in 2021. (Hanwha Defense)
South Korea's Hanwha Defense is preparing to offer the Indian Army a range of weapons and missions systems and local industrial involvement to support its bid to supply the service with its K21-105 light tank.
The company is offering the platform in response to an Indian Army request for information (RFI) issued in April 2021 to procure approximately 350 light tanks.
A Hanwha Defense spokesperson told
on 13 January that active and passive kill capabilities will be fitted onto the K21-105 in line with customer needs. The spokesperson said that the light tank programme is weight-sensitive and that the Indian Army will be expected to evaluate the required countermeasures.
Hanwha Defense offers the K21-105 with smoke grenade launchers; a laser warning system; a nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC)-filtered overpressurisation system; and an instant fire detection and suppression system (IFDSS), among other systems.
“If any other measures are added by the customer in the request for proposal (RFP), we are willing to offer [the systems],” the spokesperson said.
Ukraine conflict: Czech Republic donates attack helicopters to Kyiv
26 May 2022
by Gareth Jennings
The Czech Republic has a number of Mi-24/35 attack helicopters that it has now donated to Ukraine. (Janes/Patrick Allen)
The Czech Republic has donated attack helicopters to Ukraine, the US government disclosed on 23 May.
In wider comments on international aid to Kyiv, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said that Prague had made a donation of attack helicopters as part of a larger military package.
“I'd also like to thank the Czech Republic for its substantial support, including a recent donation of attack helicopters, tanks, and rocket systems,” he said.
Austin did not disclose the attack helicopter type donated by the Czechs, but the only types that fit the bill are the Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind' that the NATO country has operated since its Warsaw Pact days, and the derived Mi-35 ‘Hind-E' it received in 2005.
As noted by
Janes World Air Forces
, the Czech Air Force (CzAF) component of the Army of the Czech Republic (Armáda Ceské Republiky: ACR) operates seven Mi-24V and 10 Mi-35 helicopters. The US statement did not say how many helicopters had been donated.
BAE Systems showcases unmanned vehicle built on M113 chassis at EDGE22
24 May 2022
by Alexander Stronell
BAE Robotic Technology Demonstrator at EDGE22. (BAE Systems)
BAE Systems has exhibited a Robotic Technology Demonstrator (RTD) built on the lower hull of the M113 armoured fighting vehicle as part of its bid to develop a vehicle that meets US Army requirements for the Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium (RCV-M).
The vehicle was demonstrated on 19 May at the Experimental Demonstration Gateway Exercise 2022 (EDGE22), an exercise held in preparation for Project Convergence 2022, the US Army's yearly warfighting and integration experiment.
BAE Systems first exhibited its RTD in 2019, but it has since undergone a number of significant changes in design.
understands this specific configuration displayed at EDGE22 has been in development since 2021. The vehicle was exhibited with a Fletcher 70 mm rocket launcher mounted and composite rubber tracks (CRT).
Explaining the rationale for the use of the M113 as a base vehicle, Helen Park, Future Tech Works director at BAE Systems, told
UK MoD Defence BattleLab opens at Dorset Innovation Park. (Janes)
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially opened the Defence BattleLab, based in Dorset Innovation Park, which is designed to foster innovation between the UK armed forces, industry, and academia in a collaborative space.
UK Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin informed
that the lab has 100 rentable desks, conference rooms, an engineering workshop, and three 5G network testbeds that will enable secure testing in a closed network.
Quin said that the military end-users would also have a base there, helping to drive innovation and enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to put their inspiration into production at pace.
Lieutenant General Sir Christopher Linley Tickell, deputy chief of the General Staff, told
that the centre would focus on areas pertaining to human machine teaming, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, electrification, Global Positioning System (GPS), and positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). He added that the MoD is open to working on any type of technology.
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