Indo Pacific 2022: EOS launches marine version of R400S Mk 2 remote weapon station
12 May 2022
by Julian Kerr
EOS has launched its R400-M RWS (pictured) at the Indo Pacific 2022 exhibition in Sydney. (Janes/Julian Kerr)
Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) formally launched its R400 Marine (R400-M) remote weapon station (RWS), mounting a 30 mm cannon, at the Indo Pacific 2022 exhibition in Sydney on 11 May.
The R400-M RWS is in production for an undisclosed overseas customer, and offers the firepower and specialised ammunition natures possible for weapons up to and including a 30×113 mm calibre cannon but in the weight and form factor of competitors' machine gun systems, EOS said.
The R400-M differs from EOS's range of land R400S Mk 2 RWS only through the inclusion of high-quality sub-components and finishes that comply with all requirements, regulations, and test standards of the maritime environment, the company added.
Coinciding with the launch, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced its intention to supply the R400-M RWS as government-furnished equipment for the Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel-Medium (LMV-M), up to 18 of which are to be acquired to replace the army's LCM-8 mechanised landing craft.
US MDA plans to turn on Polish Aegis Ashore site in June, after years of delay
24 May 2022
by Daniel Wasserbly
Aegis Ashore's four-storey deckhouse and launch tower provide a static home in Romania and Poland for the SPY-1D(V) radar, SM-3 missiles, and other systems derived from the US Navy's Aegis BMD ships. (MDA)
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is planning for a 5 June ‘light-off' to turn on and test its long-delayed Aegis Ashore missile interceptor system in Poland, according to MDA Director Vice Admiral Jon Hill.
US Navy sailors are ‘aboard' the system in Poland and the radar arrays are up, and “full functional checks all through the system” will begin after 5 June, Vice Adm Hill said on 23 May at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Those checks and a series of certifications are to ultimately lead to official acceptance via the US chief of naval operations, US European Command, and NATO, so the timeline for the Aegis Ashore's actual operation is unclear, he said.
Northrop Grumman finalises development of Hatchet miniature strike munition
20 May 2022
by Robin Hughes
Northrop Grumman has finalised the development of the Hatchet miniature precision strike munition. (Northrop Grumman)
Northrop Grumman has declared the development of its Hatchet miniature precision strike munition ‘finalised' following a series of end-to-end live all-up round (AUR) tests at an undisclosed US government test range on 11 May.
During the US Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored live-fire event, multiple Hatchet AURs were released from an undisclosed Group 3 tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) against a static target, simulated by an ISO container. The tests involved both point-detonated engagements and proximity initiations.
“These were the first Hatchet release demonstrations using a live warhead,” a Northrop Grumman spokesperson told Janes. “The purpose of the tests was to evaluate the capability of live AURs delivered from a tactical platform. The multiple drops proved 100% reliable for the warhead function, with an ISO container ‘target' utilised to enable our engineers to evaluate the pattern of fragmentation from a live release. Hatchet is designed for precision strike engagements of two metres or less, and this was also verified in each of the releases.”
DSEI 2021: SAAB Dynamics reveals new details about upcoming developments
20 May 2022
by Amael Kotlarski
Mock-ups of the AT4CS AST (top), AT4CS HE (middle), and AT4CS ER (bottom). (Amael Kotlarski)
A representative of Saab Dynamics briefed Janes on its upcoming developments for its shoulder-launched recoilless weapons, revealing details of the HE 448 round that is specifically designed to work in conjunction with the Carl Gustaf M4.
The projectile's warhead consists of a high-explosive (HE) fill and a liner containing 4,000 tungsten balls, each 2 mm in diameter, to defeat body armour. It has a modular fuze capable of both impact and airburst detonations. When programmed for airburst mode, the round is aimed to fly roughly 4 m over the target, with the downward-facing pattern of the tungsten balls capable of covering 400 m2.
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