US Army to publish new NGSW timetable, issued ‘stop work order' after competition protest

by Ashley Roque

A US Army's new NGSW-AR in display. The service initially planned to begin fielding the weapon in late 2023. It is now reassessing its schedule following a competition protest that prompted a delay. (Janes/Ashley Roque)

The US Army asked Sig Sauer to resume Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) work in early July after LoneStar Future Weapons withdrew two source selection protests, the service told Janes . Army programme officials are poised to release an updated testing and fielding schedule.

In April, the service announced that it had selected Sig Sauer's XM5 NGSW-Rifle (NGSW-R) offering to replace the M4/M4A1 carbine weapon and the company's XM250 NGSW-Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR) to replace the close-combat force's M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in the Automatic Rifleman role. The company's 6.8 mm ammunition was also selected.

LoneStar Future Weapons (previously under a General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems contract) and Textron Systems had also been competing for the contract. Colonel Scott Madore, the army's project manager for soldier lethality, confirmed during a 20 April press conference that the service had eliminated Textron Systems from the competition early on because its offering “had not fully met the success criteria”.

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UK prepares for Land GBAD procurement

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The British Army Land GBAD MRAD capability will be an evolution of the Sky Sabre (pictured deployed in Poland), with the CAMM missile. (Crown copyright)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a prior information notice for the Land Ground Based Air Defence (Land GBAD) programme on the UK government's tender portal on 5 August. A market interest day will be held in Bristol in October to discuss the programme with the industry and examine possibilities for it to co-operate with the MoD.

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PGZ develops new air-defence capabilities

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

The first eight Jelcz T21 TS DOW 8×8 chassis for CAMM iLaunchers are expected to be ready by the end of 2022. (MBDA)

Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) plans to develop new short-range air defence (SHORAD) and very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) capabilities. Sebastian Chwałek, president of PGZ's management board, and Colonel Michał Marciniak, the Ministry of National Defence's plenipotentiary for integrated air defence and deputy head of the Armaments Agency, presented the main goals for the development of multilayer air defence in Poland during a press briefing in Warsaw on 28 January.

Col Marciniak said it would be crucial to integrate systems being developed separately: Pilica VSHORAD, armed with Grom and Piorun missiles; Narew SHORAD, based on the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) family; and the Wisła medium-range air defence system with Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles. He explained that Polish air defences would be organised based oneffective range of effectors, not on the branches of the armed forces that operate the current system.

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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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