Final deliveries of VMIMS to Indian Army scheduled for end of 2024

by Sonny Butterworth

The VMIMS (seen here at DefExpo in October 2022) consists of a modified MDSL ALSV 4×4 armoured vehicle fitted with a two-door cab and an Alakran-L deployable mortar system equipped with an 81 mm mortar. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)

Milanion NTGS, the UK manufacturer of the Alakran deployable mortar system, has said deliveries of the Indian Army's Vehicle Mounted Infantry Mortar System (VMIMS) are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024.

The announcement coincided with the Indian Army's first public display of the system at the 75th Republic Day parade held in New Delhi on 26 January.

The VMIMS comprises the Alakran-L automated, deployable mortar system fitted with an 81 mm barrel mounted onto the rear of a 4×4 Armoured Light Specialist Vehicle (ALSV) built by Indian firm Mahindra Defence Systems Limited (MDSL). In Indian service, the ALSV is known as ‘Armado'.

It is not clear when deliveries of the VMIMS started. However, Colonel Manish Kumar (retd), head of sales and marketing of land systems at MDSL, told Janes at the DefExpo exhibition held in October 2022 that deliveries would commence in 2023.


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Future Artillery 2024: PzH 2000 system improvements proposed

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Proposed new capabilities for the PzH 2000 could extend its life to 2040–50. (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann)

System improvements to the Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 were proposed at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference held in Paris from 21 to 23 May to extend the lifetime of the self-propelled howitzer (SPH) to 2040–50.

Proposed new capabilities made possible by the PzH 2000's modularity include an advanced 155 mm gun firing ammunition with a range of 100 km and beyond. A related option would be an automatic charge loader, in addition to 30 ready-to-fire rounds.

Other proposed system improvements would protect the PzH 2000. This includes lightweight roof protection of the SPH against unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as a remote-controlled weapon system.

Optronics on the roof and a vision system for the driver would improve situational awareness.

There have been no fatalities among crews of the PzH 2000s donated to Ukraine, which have been effective against Russian Lancet loitering munitions, it was claimed at Future Artillery 2024.

For more information on the PzH 2000, please seePanzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 – 155 mm/52 calibre .


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Future Artillery 2024: Switzerland modernises artillery

by Nicholas Fiorenza

KNDS Deutschland and GDELS presented the artillery gun module on the Piranha HMC at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference. (GDELS)

Janes learnt about Swiss efforts to modernise its artillery at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference being held in Paris from 21 to 23 May.

Switzerland is rebuilding its armed forces that were drawn down after the end of the Cold War, followed by the reduction of defence spending from 1.52% to 0.68% of GDP. For Swiss fires capabilities, this resulted in the reduction in the number of artillery battalions from 16 to four and the disbandment of fortress artillery, and for the air force, the phasing out of air-to-ground munitions.

To reverse this decline, Swiss defence spending will be increased to 2% of GDP, with the still-to-be-decided timeframe starting either in 2030 or 2035. As a first step, Switzerland plans to modernise its operational fires, among other capabilities, increasing its artillery range from 20 km to 50 km, and as a second step, to 300 km, combined with munitions delivered by the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) it is procuring.


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Eastern Libyan faction parades new Russian-designed armoured vehicles

by Jeremy Binnie

Vehicles that look like both the VPK-Ural and Streit Group Condor SUT featured in the LAAF parade on 17 May. (Libyan Arab Armed Forces)

The Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) in eastern Libya is now operating what look like Russian VPK-Ural 4×4 armoured vehicles, photographs of a parade on 17 May revealed.

Held near Benghazi's Benina International Airport, the parade marked the 10th anniversary of Operation ‘Al-Karamah', a victory over Islamist forces in 2014. The LAAF released numerous photographs of the event, some of which showed 15 armoured vehicles that appeared to be double-cab pickup variants of the VPK-Ural fitted with protected weapon stations and armed with 12.7 mm W85 heavy machine guns.

Russia's Military Industrial Company (VPK) unveiled the VPK-Ural in 2019, saying it uses a Ural truck chassis, has a V-shaped hull to improve protection against mines, weighs 14.5 tonnes, and can carry 12 troops when configured as a personnel carrier.


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