13 September 2022
by Christopher Petrov
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.
08 June 2023
by Jakub Link-Lenczowski
The first Polish-made Patriot launcher and resupply vehicle delivered by Huta Stalowa Wola was displayed at International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2021. (Janes/Jakub Link-Lenczowski)
Delivery of the first battery of the Wisła medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system to the Polish Armed Forces has been completed, Polish Armaments Agency (AA) spokesperson Kacper Bakuła told Janes on 2 June.
The programme, which will provide upper-tier air defence, is divided into two phases. Under phase one the first of the two purchased Patriot Configuration 3+ batteries is being established. Referring to the second battery, Bakuła said, “Further deliveries of the key battery components are planned to be completed by the end of September.”
08 June 2023
by Mike Plunkett
Poongsan's 127 mm naval guided munition has a range of about 100 km. (Janes/Mike Plunkett)
South Korean ammunition firm Poongsan has unveiled a 127 mm gun-launched, extended-range guided munition for naval applications at the MADEX 2023 exhibition in Busan.
Dong Won Lee, Poongsan's director of defence products exports, told Janes that the concept of 127 mm Gliding Guided Naval Munition (GGNM) is centred on the projectile being fired on a steep trajectory to a high altitude, estimated to be in the region of 20 km.
He said that once the munition reaches the highest point in its flight its wings are deployed, allowing the projectile to glide to a range of approximately 100 km.
The inclusion of Global Positioning System (GPS)-assisted guidance enables high accuracy, even at maximum range, Lee said. The navigation system also allows the GGNM to follow a flightpath to avoid obstacles or known defences, although this will have an impact of the achievable overall range, he said.
07 June 2023
by Ridzwan Rahmat
A model of the South Korea-developed CIWS-II on display at MADEX 2023. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)
The Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) Ulsan-class Batch III frigates will be equipped with the indigenously developed ‘CIWS-II' close in weapon system (CIWS) but only from 2026.
This indicative timeline is almost two years later than originally planned as the RoKN has requested for slight design changes to be made to the CIWS-II, said an LIG Nex1 representative who spoke to Janes at the International Maritime Defense Industry Exhibition (MADEX) 2023 in Busan, South Korea.
In 2021 LIG Nex1 won the contract to locally develop and produce a CIWS that can be deployed on future RoKN ships. The service largely relies on the Goalkeeper CIWS for its close-in defence requirements and the weapon is deployed on vessels such as the KDX-I and KDX-2 destroyers. The RoKN has also opted for the Phalanx CIWS for its second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship, ROKS Marado.
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