Ukraine conflict: European countries supply Kyiv with more weapons

by Nicholas Fiorenza

French President Emmanuel Macron told the Ouest-France newspaper on 22 April that France would supply Ukraine with “substantial equipment” ranging from MILAN anti-tank missiles to CAESAR self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) (pictured). (Nexter Systems)

European countries are supplying Ukraine with more and heavier weapons as the Russian invasion enters a new phase in the east of the country.

In a press conference following a meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on 19 April, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said their two countries, in co-operation with other allies, would supply heavy weapons to Ukraine because of the Russian offensive in Donbas. Dutch Minister of Defence Kajsa Ollongren told parliament that the heavy equipment supplied by the Netherlands would include armoured vehicles, her ministry reported on its website on 19 April. She declined to specify what weapon systems or vehicles would be delivered for security reasons, but Bloomberg reported on 20 April that they include Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), on which Ukrainians will be trained by Germany in Poland or Germany.


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Northrop Grumman finalises development of Hatchet miniature strike munition

by Robin Hughes

Northrop Grumman has finalised the development of the Hatchet miniature precision strike munition. (Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman has declared the development of its Hatchet miniature precision strike munition ‘finalised' following a series of end-to-end live all-up round (AUR) tests at an undisclosed US government test range on 11 May.

During the US Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored live-fire event, multiple Hatchet AURs were released from an undisclosed Group 3 tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) against a static target, simulated by an ISO container. The tests involved both point-detonated engagements and proximity initiations.

“These were the first Hatchet release demonstrations using a live warhead,” a Northrop Grumman spokesperson told Janes. “The purpose of the tests was to evaluate the capability of live AURs delivered from a tactical platform. The multiple drops proved 100% reliable for the warhead function, with an ISO container ‘target' utilised to enable our engineers to evaluate the pattern of fragmentation from a live release. Hatchet is designed for precision strike engagements of two metres or less, and this was also verified in each of the releases.”


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DSEI 2021: SAAB Dynamics reveals new details about upcoming developments

by Amael Kotlarski

Mock-ups of the AT4CS AST (top), AT4CS HE (middle), and AT4CS ER (bottom). (Amael Kotlarski)

A representative of Saab Dynamics briefed Janes on its upcoming developments for its shoulder-launched recoilless weapons, revealing details of the HE 448 round that is specifically designed to work in conjunction with the Carl Gustaf M4.

The projectile's warhead consists of a high-explosive (HE) fill and a liner containing 4,000 tungsten balls, each 2 mm in diameter, to defeat body armour. It has a modular fuze capable of both impact and airburst detonations. When programmed for airburst mode, the round is aimed to fly roughly 4 m over the target, with the downward-facing pattern of the tungsten balls capable of covering 400 m2.


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India's naval anti-ship missile completes maiden flight test

by Rahul Udoshi

The Naval Anti-Ship Missile - Short-Range completed its maiden flight test from an Indian Navy's Sea King Mk 42B helicopter on 18 May. (Indian Ministry of Defence)

India's locally developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile - Short Range (NASM-SR) completed its maiden flight test from an Indian Navy's Sea King Mk 42B helicopter at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha on 18 May.

The Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said the test-firing, which was jointly conducted by the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy, achieved the main objective of proving the performance of the missile's subsystems.

The missile – the Indian Navy's first indigenous air-launched anti-ship missile system – followed the planned sea-skimming trajectory and “reached the designated target with [a] high degree of accuracy, validating the control, guidance, and mission algorithms”, the PIB statement added.

Additional details about the missile's technical parameters were not provided by the PIB. It added that the weapon has been incorporated with “many new technologies” including a “state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics” for the missile guidance and an “indigenously developed launcher for the helicopter”.


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