Estonia has ordered the Piorun MANPADS, pictured here at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)
The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment has signed a contract with Poland's Mesko to supply Estonia with the Piorun short-range manportable air-defence system (MANPADS). Estonia will receive 300 missiles and 100 launchers, with the first lot scheduled to arrive in mid-2023. The deal will give Estonia an additional short-range air defense (SHORAD) system and will complement its Mistrals already in service.
The Piorun MANPADS is an evolution of the older Grom, itself based on the Soviet-designed Igla system of the late Cold War era. The Piorun has a range of 6.5 km and can reach an altitude of 6 km, compared with a range of 5.5 km and altitude of 4 km for the Grom-2. The grip stock has a keypad enabling the user to select the missile's targets, ranging from slow-moving unmanned aerial vehicles to fast jets. The timing of the proximity fuze can be selected to increase the likelihood of a first-hit kill.
Update – ADEX 2022: Latest member of QFAB series adds laser guidance
16 September 2022
by Huw Williams
The QFAB-250 LG features a laser-guidance system as part of its applique kit. (Janes/Huw Williams)
The Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence Industry unveiled the latest member of its QFAB (also known as GFAB) series of general-purpose bombs at the ADEX 2022 exhibition in Baku on 6 September.
According to ministry officials, the new bomb – designated QFAB-250 LG – was developed in collaboration with Turkey's Aselsan.
The QFAB-250 LG is intended to provide enhanced accuracy over the standard QFAB bombs through an applique kit that includes a laser-guidance system and control surfaces. The guidance system is fitted to the nose of the bomb, and control surfaces in the nose and rear.
Information released by the ministry claims a circular error probable of up to 10 m, and the ability to drop the bomb from a maximum altitude of 12,000 m (39,370 ft) and a speed of up to Mach 0.9 (1,100 km/h).
The addition of the guidance kit adds 20 kg to the 250 kg of the standard bomb. The QFAB-250 LG maintains the use of high-explosive fragmentation, and it measures 3,300 mm in length and 325 mm in diameter.
Lockheed Martin's JAGM-MR uses a new missile bus to increase range. (Lockheed Martin)
Lockheed Martin is designing a series of next-generation Joint-Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGMs),
JAGM-MR, a medium-range version of the missile, is in “proof of concept and evaluation” by the company, featuring increased range and sensor options compared with the legacy JAGM, and Lockheed Martin is considering additional variants such as maritime, extended-range, and short-range air defence (potentially for the US Army's Initial Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense programme), a company spokesperson told
Since November 2021 Lockheed Martin has completed several test firings for the JAGM-MR solid rocket motor. The development is part of a “planned product improvement” of the in-production JAGM, designed to “proactively meet” customer needs, the spokesperson said. Lockheed Martin plans to perform a tactical test flight later in 2022.
The AGM-179 JAGM features the same warhead and ‘back-end' of the AGM-114R (Hellfire Romeo), but added multimode seekers to engage on-the-move targets with precision guidance and fire-and-forget capability.
MSPO 2022: Hanwha showcases TAipers ATGM land platform integration kit
12 September 2022
by Christopher Petrov
Hanwha unveiled a land platform integration kit for the TAipers ATGM, which it co-developed with South Korea's Agency for Defense Development at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)
Hanwha unveiled a land platform integration kit for the TAipers anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), that it co-developed with South Korea's Agency for Defense Development at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September. The missile, formerly called the Chungum, was originally developed as a helicopter-launched ATGM. It has since been further developed so it can be launched from land vehicles.
The missile can be launched from a closed pod with two TAipers that can be mounted on a variety of land vehicles, ranging from commercially available pickup trucks to heavy armoured vehicles. The missiles can be stored inside the rectangular pod during transport and can be elevated for launch when a target has been spotted. Hanwha gives TAipers' range as 8 km, with the missile travelling at 200 m/s and able to penetrate up to 1,000 mm of rolled homogeneous steel.
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