Moldova receives EU-funded military equipment

by Olivia Savage

Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell formally handing over the first batch of EU-funded military assistance to Moldova on 31 May. (European Commission)

The Armed Forces of the Republic of Moldova has received its first batch of European Union (EU)-funded military equipment as part of the European Peace Facility (EPF), the EU announced on 31 May.

Over a 36-month period, Moldova will receive EUR40 million (USD42.87 million) worth of non-lethal military equipment in the areas pertaining to air surveillance, mobility and transportation, logistics, command-and-control (C2), and cyber defence.

According to a previous EU announcement, the military assistance includes unmanned aerial systems (UASs), radios, explosive ordnance disposal suits, and medical equipment such as field hospitals, ambulances, and pickup trucks.

The support package is part of an ‘Assistance Measure' ratified by the EU Council in December 2021 under the EPF, designed to enhance the operational effectiveness of the armed forces and accelerate their compliance with EU standards and interoperability. The e-Governance Academy for cyber and the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI) are the primary benefactors.

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BSDA 2024: Hanwha to set up Chunmoo user club and integrate new munitions into its launcher

by Sonny Butterworth

Hanwha hopes to set up a new user club for its Chunmoo MRL, seen here as a scale model at BSDA 2024, suggesting that it expects the customer base for the system to grow. This will be aided by the integration of new munitions into the system, including the GLSDB. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)

Hanwha is planning to set up a user club for its K239 Chunmoo multiple rocket launcher (MRL) and integrate third-party munitions into the system, Janes learnt at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest from 22 to 24 May.

Peter JK Bae, vice-president for business development at Hanwha Aerospace Europe, explained that this is in response to the system's growing user base, particularly in Europe. This would operate in a similar manner to the K9 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) user club, in which representatives from the different operators of the system meet to share their experience and best practices for operating it.

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Future Artillery 2024: Danish PULS MRL deliveries completed

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Denmark received its first ATMOS and PULS artillery systems during the third quarter of 2023. (Elbit Systems)

Denmark has received all its Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) and its first batch of 155 mm/52 calibre Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer Systems (ATMOS), Janes learnt at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference held in Paris from 21 to 23 May.

Most of the PULS munitions ordered by Denmark have also been delivered. The arrival of the first batch of ATMOS allows training to begin on one of the systems delivered.

A spokesperson for the Danish Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) told Janes in March that 19 ATMOS were scheduled to be delivered from the first to the fourth quarter of 2024 and eight PULSs from the second quarter of 2023 to the first quarter of 2024, with a full operating capability planned for 2025. In addition to a missile package, the PULS procurement includes command post and supply vehicles.

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UK extends SeeByte software support for MHC programme

by Tom Barton

Two Atlas Elektronik UK ARCIMS with SeaCat AUVs onboard and (insets) screenshots of SeeByte's software showing mission planning, monitoring, and post-mission analysis for the SeaCat. (SeeByte/Atlas Elektronik UK)

UK-based software house SeeByte has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for at least three more years of software support and development in support of the Royal Navy's (RN's) Mine Hunting Capability (MHC) programme, the company said in a press release.

Awarded by the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation in mid-May, the contract is extendable from three years up to five, and from its base award of GBP2.4 million (USD3 million) up to GBP50 million (USD63.6 million) over the full contract term. The scope of delivery will see SeeByte provide its suite of command and control (C2), mission-level autonomy, target recognition, support, and development services to the MHC delivery team.

Following approval to move forward with MHC Block 2 long-lead and transition activity, the MoD has confirmed to Janes

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