Taiwan deploys Sky Bow III air-defence systems

by Kapil Kajal

Taiwan showcased the Sky Bow III surface-to-air missile system during a media event at Hualien Air Force Base in August 2022. (Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images)

Taiwan has initiated deployment of its Sky Bow III surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems – known locally as Tien Kung III – at existing MIM-23 Hawk and Sky Bow II air-defence system sites, a Republic of China Army (RoCA) officer told Janes on 29 January.

The move follows a budgetary report submitted by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) to the Legislative Yuan in October 2023, which said that it will transform 12 existing MIM-23 Hawk and Sky Bow II sites into facilities that can deploy the newer and more capable Sky Bow III systems by the end of 2026.

The project is a response to growing Chinese ballistic missile capability. The MIM-23 Hawk and Sky Bow II have been in RoCA service since the 1960s and 1996 respectively.

The reconstruction work is expected to include establishing new facilities – such as garages, training grounds, component warehouses, munition depots, maintenance and control centres, and radar and firing unit installations – to enable the deployment of the Sky Bow III systems.


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Romanian Navy to field Marte ER missile from ASuW-capable H215M helicopters

by Gareth Jennings

A subscale model of the Marte ER anti-shipping missile that will equip the Romanian Naval Forces' H215M helicopters. (Janes/Vinod Kumar CV)

Romania is to carry the MBDA Marte Extended Range (ER) anti-ship missile from its soon-to-be-received Airbus H215M helicopters.

The European missile house said on 23 May that it had signed a contract with IAR Brasov to support the integration of the Marte ER onto Romanian Naval Forces H215M helicopters.

News of the contract came months after Airbus Helicopters confirmed to Janes in January that it would supply the Romanian Naval Forces with a pair of H215M helicopters, as per a European Union (EU) notification posted at the time.

“We can confirm that our partner IAR has signed a contract with the Romanian Navy for the H215M, but we have not signed the contract yet on our side with IAR. Negotiations are ongoing,” Airbus Helicopters told Janes on 30 January. While there has been no subsequent contract notification, the MBDA announcement indicates that this sale has now been finalised.


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Textron partners with dual-use AI company for UGV demonstration

by Meredith Roaten

A computer-generated imagery (CGI) impression of Ripsaw M5 RCVs on the battlefield. Developed by Textron Systems and Howe & Howe, the Ripsaw M5 is a contender to fulfil the US Army's RCV-M requirement. (Textron Systems)

One of defence vehicle manufacturer Textron's unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will be equipped with dual-use artificial intelligence (AI) company Kodiak's autonomy stack for a new product, the companies announced on 20 May.

Although both companies have contracts on the UGV US Army programme Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV), this integration effort is totally separate and will produce a new technology for customers with greater autonomy than waypoint navigation, said Don Burnette, Kodiak's co-founder and CEO, while speaking with Janes ahead of the announcement.

The integration, culminating in a demonstration for customers in the third quarter (Q3) of fiscal year (FY) 2024, will demonstrate integration speed, said David Phillips, senior vice-president of Textron's land and sea systems business. The company is not revealing the name of the UGV to publicise its debut at the demonstration later this year.


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Türkiye receives new early warning radar from Aselsan

by Olivia Savage & Jeremy Binnie

A screengrab of the ALP-300G long-range early warning radar developed by Aselsan at the handover ceremony in May 2024. The radar was formerly called ERALP. (Aselsan)

The first Aselsan ALP-300G long-range early warning radar was formally handed over to the Turkish Armed Forces during a ceremony on 20 May, Türkiye's Defence Industry Agency (SSB) announced on the same day.

ALP-300G is a new portable early warning active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, which can be deployed and assembled on tactical wheeled platforms, according to the company.

Aselsan had not responded to Janes regarding the radar's capabilities at the time of publication.

The radar is the rebranded ERALP transportable early warning radar that Aselsan describes as a rapidly deployable, long-range, S-band AESA radar, which uses gallium nitride in its transceiver modules. Multiple systems can be combined into a single cohesive radar system.

ERALP comprises an 8×8 vehicle that carries the antenna and several other vehicles, which presumably carry the command post, generator, and communications equipment.


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