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Norway to procure new artillery location radars from Thales

By Olivia Savage 24 November 2022
Norway will acquire three Thales GM200 MM/C radars (pictured) as part of an ongoing government-to-government agreement with the Netherlands. (Thales)  Norway will acquire three new mobile artillery location radars from Thales under a government-to-government deal with the Netherlands.  The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA) has signed a follow-on contract, valued at NOK460 million (USD45.8 million), with the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for an additional three Thales Ground Master 200 Multi Mission Compact radars (GM2...

South Korean F-35s training to destroy North Korean ICBM launchers

By Akhil Kadidal 24 November 2022
A South Korean Air Force F-35 fighter jet drops a GBU-12 precision bomb during joint air drills in response to North Korea's ICBM launch on 18 November. (South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)  South Korean Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have started training to destroy North Korean missile launchers amid continuing provocations by Pyongyang.  The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that four F-35As began training to drop GBU-12 Paveway II precision-guided bombs at Pilseung Shooting Range in Gangwon...

Kalyani Group develops 155 mm artillery

By Kapil Kajal 24 November 2022
KSSL showcased 155 mm/52 calibre MAG-ER in India's Defence Expo 2022. According to the company, MAG-ER weighs less than 8 tons and has a firing range of 41 km. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  India's Kalyani Strategic Systems Limited (KSSL) has developed a 155 mm/52 calibre ultra-light howitzer (ULH) called mountain artillery gun-extended range (MAG-ER).  MAG-ER is an upgraded version of the 155 mm/39 calibre ULH known as the mountain artillery gun (MAG) developed by KSSL in 2020.  MAG-ER is one of the 155 mm artillery guns that the company has manufact...

Ukraine conflict: Czech Republic and Slovakia to receive first Leopard 2A4 tanks from Germany in December

By Nicholas Fiorenza 24 November 2022
Four weeks of training of the first eight Czech tank drivers and instructors have been completed at the Bundeswehr Streitkräftebasis support command's driver training centre in Munster using the driver training variant of the Leopard 2A4s that are being transferred to the Czech Republic and Slovakia in December. (Bundeswehr/Susanne Hähnel)  The Czech Republic will become the first country to receive Leopard 2A4 tanks as part of a backfilling agreement with Germany, the Bundeswehr announced on its website on 21 November. Fourteen Leopard 2A4s...

Finland exercises option for 38 more K9 SPHs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 24 November 2022
A K9 SPH undergoing trials in Finland in 2016. Finland is buying 48 more K9s, in addition to the 48 it ordered in 2017. (Janes/Peter Felstead)  Finnish Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen has approved the Finnish Defence Forces' (FDF's) proposal to exercise the option to order 38 more K9 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) under the original 2017 contract for 48 K9s, his ministry announced in a press release on 18 November. The decision came after the EUR134 million (over USD138 million) procurement was approved by the Finnish government's finance c...

Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022: Hensoldt develops MUSS 2.0 APS

By Nicholas Fiorenza 24 November 2022
Hensoldt's MUSS 2.0 prototypes will be installed in Puma IFVs in 2023. (PSM)  Hensoldt presented its Multifunctional Self-Protection System (Multifunktionales Selbstschutz-System: MUSS) 2.0 at SAE Media Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022 pre-conference Active Protection Systems (APS) Focus Day held in London on 15 November.  Jan Spannhake, Hensoldt's chief engineer for ground-based self-protection systems, told at the event that there had been continuous improvements to MUSS since it was introduced into service in 2010 – when...

Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022: Canada seeks equipment in light of Ukraine conflict

By Nicholas Fiorenza 22 November 2022
Canada plans to upgrade its LAV 6.0 light armoured vehicles. (Elbit Systems)  Canada is seeking equipment for its forces in Latvia and to replace arms supplied to Ukraine, Director Armament Sustainment Program Management in the Canadian Department of National Defence, Colonel Yves Raymond, said the first day of SAE Media Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022 conference held in London from 16 to 17 November.  He told the conference that Canada had an urgent operational requirement (UOR) for anti-tank guided weapons and counter-un...

Indian Army progresses integrated warfare strategy

By Kapil Kajal 22 November 2022
The Indian Army exercised with the K9 Vajra-T self-propelled howitzer along the border with Pakistan. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  The South Western Command (SWC) of the Indian Army has conducted an Integrated Battle Group (IBG) exercise along the country's western border with Pakistan.  The integrated firepower exercise took place on 21 November and was conducted by the SWC's Chetak Corps (X Corps) at the Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR) in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan.    During the exercise, attended by   Janes  , the Indian Army pe...

Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022: IMOD outlines plans for Phase 2 of Carmel programme

By Sonny Butterworth 21 November 2022
Interior of a Carmel armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) prototype, showing touchscreen controls and crew layout. Phase 2 will see an Eitan AFV equipped with a single panoramic screen at the front of the vehicle and four separate operator stations, each with a 24-inch screen. (Janes/Mark Cazalet)  The Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) provided further details on the aims, concepts, and timeline for Phase 2 of its Carmel Future Combat Vehicles (FCV) programme at the SAE Media Group Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022 conference.  Speaking...

Future Armoured Vehicles Protection 2022: Bundeswehr plans new Boxer variants

By Nicholas Fiorenza 21 November 2022
The two JFSTsw prototypes ordered by OCCAR in September 2021 are to be delivered in 2024-6, followed by 20 vehicles in 2028-31. (KMW)  Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boehnke, Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) representative in the German Army Concept and Capabilities Development Centre, presented the Bundeswehr's plans for new versions of the Boxer armoured vehicle on the second day of SAE Media Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022 conference held in London on 16-17 November.  In addition to the armoured personnel carrier, comma...

Future Armoured Vehicles Protection 2022: EuroTrophy aims to provide APS security of supply

By Nicholas Fiorenza 21 November 2022
The Israel Ministry of Defense announced on 2 November 2021 that it and the German Ministry of Defence had completed the first series of live-firing tests in Germany of the Trophy active defence system integrated into a Leopard 2 main battle tank. (IMOD)  EuroTrophy aims to provide security of supply of active protection systems (APSs), the joint venture's managing director, Dan Kalfus, said on the first day of SAE Media Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022 conference held in London from 16 to 17 November.  Krauss-Maffei Wegman...

Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022: Boxer operators plan user club

By Nicholas Fiorenza 21 November 2022
Boxer operators plan to create a user club for the armoured vehicle. (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann)  Boxer operators plan to create a user club for the armoured vehicle, Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boehnke, Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) representative in the German Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, revealed on the first day of SAE Media Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022 conference held in London from 16 to 17 November. Lt Col Boehnke hoped that an agreement on the formation of the user club could be agreed by...

Leonardo, Systematic to equip Polish armoured vehicles with C2 systems

By Giles Ebbutt 18 November 2022
A US Army M1A2 SEPv3 tank at Fort Hood, Texas. The Polish army is set to receive 250 vehicles. (US Army)    The Polish army's Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) will be equipped with battle management hardware and software from Leonardo DRS and Systematic,   Janes  has learnt. The systems will also be fitted onto recovery and bridging vehicles.   The army is set to receive 250 M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams MBTs, 26 M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) combat recovery vehicles, and 17 M1110 J...

Norway selects Lockheed Martin TPY-4 radar to bolster air surveillance

By Olivia Savage 18 November 2022
The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency has selected Lockheed Martin's TPY-4 early warning multimission radar. (Lockheed Martin Corporation)  Lockheed Martin will supply its TPY-4 air surveillance radar to the Norwegian Armed Forces.  The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) has selected Lockheed Martin's TPY-4 radar to replace the country's ageing military air surveillance capabilities, the company announced on 17 November.  Eight military air surveillance radars will be acquired, with an option for a further three additional radars, the N...

Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022: Production of Dutch CV90s with new turret to begin in December

By Nicholas Fiorenza 16 November 2022
The first of four upgraded Dutch CV90s with a redesigned turret left the BSH plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September. (Dutch MoD)  Production of Dutch CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) with a new turret will begin in December, it was revealed at SAE Media Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022 active protection system (APS) Focus Day held in London on 15 November. Tarkan Turkan, CV90 platform director at BAE Systems Hägglunds (BSH), said at the event that production would be launched in parallel with trials of the IFV...

New Zealand issues tender for utility vehicles

By Kapil Kajal 16 November 2022
The New Zealand Ministry of Defence plans to procure light and medium utility vehicles to allow the retirement of unarmoured Pinzgauers (pictured) and operational Unimogs. (Pinzgauer)  The New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a tender supporting the procurement of utility vehicles (UVs) as a part of the country's Protected Mobility Capability Project (PMCP).  In a request for proposal (RFP), the MoD invited the “respondents to submit a proposal” for the supply of light and medium UVs along with the associated spares, contract data...

EU naval mission interdicts second ship carrying armoured vehicles to Libya

By Jeremy Binnie 11 November 2022
Meerdijk   with armoured vehicles loaded on its deck.  (Operation Irini)  The cargo ship carrying armoured vehicles to Libya was stopped on 11 October, the European Union Naval Force's Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med) Operation ‘Irini' announced on 9 November.    ‘Irini', which enforces the United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya, said dozens of vehicles were discovered when a naval vessel searched the Netherlands-flagged ship   Meerdijk  off the North African country's coast. The ship was diverted to a European por...

US Army's Spartan Brigade preparing for training rotation with newest ground combat vehicles

By Ashley Roque 10 November 2022
An M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams tank assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, fires during the last day of Table VI operator new equipment training event at Fort Stewart, Georgia, in September 2022. (US Army)  US Army soldiers with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, also dubbed the Spartan Brigade, were recently the first to completely divest of older, legacy combat vehicles and receive the newest equipment. They are preparing to head to the National Training Center in Febru...

UK Dragonfire laser weapon demonstrator completes first high-power firings

By Richard Scott 09 November 2022
Leonardo developed the LDEW beam director as part of the UK Dragonfire consortium. (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has completed the first trials of a high-powered, long-range Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) testbed at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory's (Dstl's) Porton Down range in Southern England.  Conducted in October, the trials involved firing the DragonFire LDEW capability demonstrator at several target sets. Led by MBDA UK, the UK Dragonfire consortium includes Leonardo and QinetiQ as key tec...

Course correction: US Army renegotiating USD22 billion IVAS contract, eyeing path for different form factor

By Ashley Roque 09 November 2022
A US Army Specialist, assigned to 82nd Airborne, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, trains with the Integrated Visual Augmentation System as part of Project Convergence 2022 at Camp Talega in California, in October 2022. (US Army)  The US Army and Microsoft are renegotiating their multibillion-dollar Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) contract after soldiers continued to experience physical ailments while wearing the device during a recent operational test.  Assistant Secretary of the US Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Dougla...
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