Israeli F-35 shoots down Houthi cruise missile

by Gareth Jennings

Footage released on 2 November by the Israeli Air Force showing the moments before an F-35I shoots down a Houthi cruise missile. (Israeli Air Force)

An Israeli Air Force (IAF) Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir combat aircraft shot down a cruise missile fired from Yemen by the Iranian-backed Ansar Allah group, known as Houthis.

The IAF announced the event on 2 November, releasing F-35I electro-optical targeting system (EOTS) footage of the engagement.

“In recent days, the IAF's control and detection systems identified a cruise missile launched from the southeast towards Israeli airspace. The systems tracked the trajectory of the cruise missile and launched fighter planes of the ‘Adir' type, which successfully intercepted it,” the IAF said on its official X (formerly Twitter) site.

The footage showed what seemed to be a turbojet-powered cruise missile flying at high speed and low level before being struck by a missile and destroyed. Footage and information previously released by the Houthis refer to a type of cruise missile known as the Quds series.

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USMC planning to field M72 LAW FFE variants after delay

by Meredith Roaten

Development of the new M72 FFE round has been finalised, and is expected to enter all-up production in 2020. (Nammo)

The US Marine Corps (USMC) will field its first variants of the M72 Light Assault Weapon Fire from Enclosure munitions (LAW FFE) by the end of calendar year 2024, according to a 20 May announcement.

The planned acquisition was first announced in 2020, according to a solicitation released in July 2020. In December 2021 Nammo Defense Systems won a USD498 million contract to build M72 variants with an expected fielding date of fiscal year 2022, according to a press release.

Now, the fielding is expected sometime in calendar year 2024, according to the May release. The delay is due to upgrades to Nammo's facility in Mesa, Arizona, which builds the weapons systems, said Morgan Blackstock, USMC spokesperson.

The company “took time and spent significant investment” to add the ability to manufacture tubes in-house and an automated production line, Blackstock said in an email on 22 May. “Enhanced” safety procedures were also inserted in the production line, according to Blackstock.

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Future Artillery 2024: Germany plans to procure PULS MRLs

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Germany plans to procure five PULS MRLs in co-operation with the Netherlands. (Elbit Systems)

Germany plans to procure five Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) as an option under the government-to-government agreement between the Israeli and Dutch ministries of defence (MoDs) for 20 of the MRLs signed in May 2023, Janes learnt at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference held in Paris from 21 to 23 May.

The decision to procure the systems is still pending, but Janes understands that the MRLs would be evaluated until 2027, after which Germany will decide whether to procure 89 EuroPULS systems, which are being marketed in Europe as part of KNDS Deutschland's co-operation with Elbit Systems.

The German Army plans to procure EuroPULS for its corps-level long-range artillery with ranges of at least 300 km.

The last PULS for the Netherlands is scheduled to be delivered in 2026. Denmark has received all eight of the PULSs and most of their ammunition under a contract awarded to Elbit during the first quarter of 2023. Janes received confirmation at Future Artillery 2024 that Spain has also ordered PULS.

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Future Artillery 2024: CAESAR Mk II SPH to be unveiled at Eurosatory

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The CAESAR 6×6 Mk II NG SPH will make its debut at Eurosatory 2024. (Nexter)

The CAESAR 6×6 Mk II New Generation (NG) self-propelled howitzer (SPH) will be unveiled at the Eurosatory 2024 defence exhibition to be held in Paris from 17 to 21 June, Janes learnt at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference being held in the French capital from 21 to 23 May.

Janes understands that the SPH is undergoing trials. Development of the CAESAR Mk II has been under way since it was launched in December 2021.

The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, awarded Nexter a contract for 109 CAESAR 6×6 Mk II NG SPHs, KNDS announced on 2 February. It is scheduled to replace the French Army's AuF1 tracked SPHs and CAESAR Mk Is from 2026 to 2031. The order is foreseen by France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2024–2030 military funding programme. Belgium has ordered 28 CAESAR Mk IIs.

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