Group 99 unveils first Russian scalable body armour

by Dmitry Fediushko

The MRS basic protection kit (left) and the upper protection unit with apron (right). (Dmitry Fediushko)

Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group) has designed the first Russian-made modular body armour: the MRS.

The MRS is built on a traditional plate carrier with two inserts for armour plates – front and back – and a corset that redistributes the gear's weight from spine and chest to hips. The core set is reinforced with a two-unit abdominal/groin protection module, a protective collar, shoulder anti-fragmentation covers, upper arm protection sleeves and arm shields. All body components have MOLLE-standard webbing for pouches.

A Group 99 representative on 6 September told Janes that the MRS has entered serial production.

It is designed to be less restrictive of mobility due to the corset and overlapping armour layers. Group 99 said a soldier wearing the system can perform maneuvers such as rollovers and tumblesets.

The baseline variant (Br1/C2 level) has 838 cm2 protection against 9 × 18 bullets and 260 cm2 protection against small fragments flying at speeds of 630 m/s, and weighs 10.9 kg. With 150 cm2

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Arnold Defense discloses LGR-4 Fletcher development road map

by Robin Hughes

A remote-controlled LGR-4 Fletcher launcher, integrated with an MSI-developed Vehicle Integration Kit mounted on a ground-based platform, preparing for a live-fire test at a recent system demonstration. (Arnold Defense)

Arnold Defense has launched a capability development road map for its LGR-4 Fletcher and LGR-23 Multiple Launch Hydra System (MLHS) 2.75 inch/70 mm surface-to-surface laser-guided weapon systems.

Purpose-built for land platforms, the LGR-4 Fletcher is a lightweight four-cell laser-guided rocket (LGR) launcher designed to deliver single or ripple fire effects against static and moving ground targets at ranges between 1 and 8 km, with a stated effective precision strike range of 6 km. Weighing 25.4 kg (unloaded), 1.9 m in length, and 20.3 cm in diameter, the LGR-4 can be mounted on tactical lightweight vehicles, remote weapon stations, non-standard tactical vehicles, and stationary platforms.

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Kalashnikov developing ‘smart' weapons for infantry

by Dmitry Fediushko

The Kalashnikov Group is developing a firearm-mounted kit that manages target data and increases situational awareness for individual troops, Maria Vorobyeva, a company spokesperson, told Janes on 21 September.

“We have been developing smart weapons for quite a while now in both military and commercial small arms segments,” Vorobyeva said.

The new system is to be integrated with soldier protection, combat management, and power supply subsystems. According to Kalashnikov, the kit will feature a modular design, and forthcoming weapons fitted with the device will have a weight comparable to the 3.5 kg AK-12 5.45 mm assault rifle, which has been adopted by the Russian Armed Forces. The new weapon, fitted with the smart kit, is designed to engage personnel wearing body armour at distances up to 600 m.

Meanwhile, the company is about to begin manufacturing MP-155 Ultima 12-gauge shotguns fitted with sensors and an Android-based processing unit mounted in the rear of the upper receiver. The computer counts the remaining cartridges and the number of shots, and processes a video from an integral high-definition camera.

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Update: AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

by Pat Host

Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)

Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies.

Zac Wood, Boeing's manager for global sales and marketing at Phantom Works advanced weapons, told Janes on 21 September at the show that the AFRL sought capabilities in multipulse, air breathing, and two-stage missile design. While Boeing did respond to all three technology areas, Wood said Boeing developed the two-stage LRAAM for the portion that desired a two-stage design.

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