S-500 enters service in Moscow region

by Samuel Cranny-Evans & Mark Cazalet

The first S-500 air defence system has entered service in the Moscow region. (Russian MoD)

The first S-500 55R6M Prometey (Prometheus) strategic air-defence system has entered service with a unit in the Moscow region, the TASS news agency reported on 13 October, citing a source close to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The first regimental set is to be followed by a second in the first half of 2022, the source added. No official announcement has been made by the MoD, but Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told the RIA Novosti news agency in September that deliveries were under way to Russian forces. These initial S-500 units may be intended primarily for training purposes or limited service, as the Izvestia newspaper reported on 12 October that Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov has said serial production and deliveries of the S-500 are scheduled for 2025.

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UK seeks Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Unit

by Amael Kotlarski

Mock-up of the Javelin LWCLU. (Raytheon Missiles & Defense)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on its website on 1 August that the Department of State had approved a possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of 513 Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Units (LWCLUs) to the UK, for an estimated value of USD300 million. Also included in the potential sale are LWCLU Basic Skill Trainers; Javelin Outdoor Trainers; Javelin Vehicle Launcher Electronics (JVL-Es); associated training packages, training documentation, and lifecycle support; and Systems Integration and Check Out. This order would make the UK the first export customer for the LWCLUs.

A UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told Janes on 3 August, “We are committed to the Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Unit and have requested further information from our partners. The Javelin capability will enhance the battlegroup-level anti-armour capability and ensure the British military maintains its leading edge on the battlefield.”


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Turkey completes MEMATT mine clearing vehicle deliveries to Azerbaijan

by Cem Devrim Yaylali

Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence has received 13 more MEMATT mine-clearance vehicles, ASFAT announced on 30 July. (ASFAT)

The Azerbaijan Armed Forces have received 13 additional Mekanik Mayın Temizleme Teçhizatı (Mechanical Mine Clearing Equipment, MEMATT) remote-controlled mine-clearing vehicles from Turkey's Military Factory and Shipyard Operations (ASFAT), bringing the total number of vehicles delivered to 20.

Azerbaijan signed the contract for the vehicles with ASFAT in December 2002 and the first pair was delivered in February 2021.

This was followed by the delivery of two vehicles to Burkina Faso in May 2021 and two units to Togo in October 2021. Six more MEMATT vehicles will be delivered to the Turkish Ministry of National Defense's National Mine Action Center (MAFAM).

Azerbaijan uses the vehicles mainly in Nagorno-Karabakh to clear minefields in the Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Agdam, Kalbajar, and Khojavend districts.

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Update: China releases rare footage of supposed DF-17 missile firing

by Ridzwan Rahmat & Rahul Udoshi

DF-17 medium-range missile and differences with claimed launch. (Janes)

China state broadcaster CCTV has released a video that includes launch footage of what it claims to be the DF-17 medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM).

The video was released on 1 August in conjunction with the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) ninety-fifth founding anniversary. It is the first known footage of the DF-17 released by the Chinese government.

An infographic of the DF-17 missile system tipped with the DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) was also released on the same day by state-owned English newspaper Global Times.

“The DF-17 debuted on 1 October 2019. It is China's first operational hypersonic medium-range missile,” said the Global Times infographic, which captures the various milestones achieved by its missile programme from the DF-3 in the 1960s to the DF-41, which was also revealed in 2019.

The DF-17 is a road-mobile MRBM that is believed to be deployed with the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) since 2020. The number of DF-17s that were shown in an October 2019 parade suggests that the weapon is operational.

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