Update: India selects Saab's AT4 as its new single-shot weapon
25 January 2022
by Parth Shukla
The AT4 platform (mock-ups in picture) will enhance the Indian Armed Forces' urban warfare capabilities. (Janes/Amael Kotlarski)
The Indian Armed Forces have selected Saab's AT4 as their new single-shot weapon.
Saab has been awarded a contract for providing AT4 single-shot support weapons to the Indian Army and Indian Air Force, the company announced on 20 January. The AT4 was selected by the Indian Armed Forces following a competitive programme, the company said.
Janes understands that Saab was awarded the contract during the fourth quarter of 2021. The contract was signed by FFV Ordnance AB, which is the organisation responsible for Saab's offer in India.
The AT4 is an 84 mm unguided anti-armour weapon manufactured by Saab Bofors Dynamics. It is designed to be effective against tanks and combat vehicles, landing craft, helicopters, aircraft, and armoured vehicles.
Janes understands that Saab will supply the Indian Armed Forces with the AT4CS AST variant. However, Saab did not share what fire-control system (FCS) or sight system will be supplied along with the AT4CS AST.
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.
Podcast recording date: 26 April 2022.
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