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USMC planning to field M72 LAW FFE variants after delay

By Meredith Roaten 23 May 2024
Development of the new M72 FFE round has been finalised, and is expected to enter all-up production in 2020. (Nammo)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) will field its first variants of the M72 Light Assault Weapon Fire from Enclosure munitions (LAW FFE) by the end of calendar year 2024, according to a 20 May announcement.  The planned acquisition was first announced in 2020, according to a solicitation released in July 2020. In December 2021 Nammo Defense Systems won a USD498 million contract to build M72 variants with an expected fielding date of f...

Future Artillery 2024: PzH 2000 system improvements proposed

By Nicholas Fiorenza 23 May 2024
Proposed new capabilities for the PzH 2000 could extend its life to 2040–50. (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann)  System improvements to the Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 were proposed at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference held in Paris from 21 to 23 May to extend the lifetime of the self-propelled howitzer (SPH) to 2040–50.  Proposed new capabilities made possible by the PzH 2000's modularity include an advanced 155 mm gun firing ammunition with a range of 100 km and beyond. A related option would be an automatic charge loader, in addition to 30...

Future Artillery 2024: Switzerland modernises artillery

By Nicholas Fiorenza 23 May 2024
KNDS Deutschland and GDELS presented the artillery gun module on the Piranha HMC at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference. (GDELS)  Janes  learnt about Swiss efforts to modernise its artillery at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference being held in Paris from 21 to 23 May.   Switzerland is rebuilding its armed forces that were drawn down after the end of the Cold War, followed by the reduction of defence spending from 1.52% to 0.68% of GDP. For Swiss fires capabilities, this resulted in the reduction in the number of...

Türkiye receives new early warning radar from Aselsan

By Olivia Savage & Jeremy Binnie 23 May 2024
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 th...

Sweden orders mobile C2 systems from Marshall

By Olivia Savage 22 May 2024
Marshall has been contracted to deliver up to 500 C2 shelters (pictured) to the Swedish Armed Forces. (Marshall)  The Swedish Armed Forces has contracted UK company Marshall for the provision of a suite of command-and-control (C2) shelters for GBP100 million (USD127.1 million).  Under the contract, the company will be required to deliver up to 500 C2 shelters as well as a range of ancillary equipment, including power units, battery boxes, and mast trailers, along with modular workspaces, the company announced on 22 May.  Deliveries will take...

Eastern Libyan faction parades new Russian-designed armoured vehicles

By Jeremy Binnie 22 May 2024
Vehicles that look like both the VPK-Ural and Streit Group Condor SUT featured in the LAAF parade on 17 May. (Libyan Arab Armed Forces)  The Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) in eastern Libya is now operating what look like Russian VPK-Ural 4×4 armoured vehicles, photographs of a parade on 17 May revealed.  Held near Benghazi's Benina International Airport, the parade marked the 10th anniversary of Operation ‘Al-Karamah', a victory over Islamist forces in 2014. The LAAF released numerous photographs of the event, some of which showed 15 armoure...

Future Artillery 2024: Germany plans to procure PULS MRLs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 22 May 2024
Germany plans to procure five PULS MRLs in co-operation with the Netherlands. (Elbit Systems)  Germany plans to procure five Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) as an option under the government-to-government agreement between the Israeli and Dutch ministries of defence (MoDs) for 20 of the MRLs signed in May 2023, Janes learnt at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference held in Paris from 21 to 23 May.  The decision to procure the systems is still pending, but Janes understands that the MRLs wo...

Indra introduces new vehicle situational awareness system

By Olivia Savage 22 May 2024
Indra's new vehicle situational awareness system aims to enhance threat detection and reduce the cognitive burden. (Indra)  Indra has developed a new armoured vehicle situational awareness system designed to improve threat detection and evaluation.  Incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), the system analyses images from visible, night-vision, and infrared cameras fitted on the vehicle, improving the range and identification of individuals and platforms as well as reducing the cognitive burden, an announcement from the company detailed on...

Future Artillery 2024: CAESAR Mk II SPH to be unveiled at Eurosatory

By Nicholas Fiorenza 22 May 2024
The CAESAR 6×6 Mk II NG SPH will make its debut at Eurosatory 2024. (Nexter)  The CAESAR 6×6 Mk II New Generation (NG) self-propelled howitzer (SPH) will be unveiled at the Eurosatory 2024 defence exhibition to be held in Paris from 17 to 21 June, Janes learnt at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference being held in the French capital from 21 to 23 May.  Janes understands that the SPH is undergoing trials. Development of the CAESAR Mk II has been under way since it was launched in December 2021.  The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DG...

Netherlands acquiring new radios and C4I system under Foxtrot

By Olivia Savage 21 May 2024
L3Harris Technologies' AN/PRC-160 HF manpack radio, which enables forces to transmit video, voice, and data up to Top Secret Level, has been selected for the Netherlands Armed Forces. (L3Harris Technologies)  The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) is equipping its armed forces with the AN/PRC-160 HF manpack radio from L3Harris Technologies in a bid to upgrade its tactical communications as part of the Foxtrot communications programme.  The authority is also planning to acquire a new tactical command, control, communications, computers, and...

Monitor Lizard vehicle undergoes PLA trials

By Kapil Kajal & Rakend P 21 May 2024
The Monitor Lizard all-terrain vehicle – a model of which was displayed at the DSA 2024 exhibition – can be used as an armoured personal carrier and can carry 14 soldiers to high-altitude areas. (Janes/Rakend P)  The Monitor Lizard all-terrain vehicle (ATV) developed by Chinese company Sichuan Jinjia Special Equipment Technology (SJSET) is undergoing trials with the People's Liberation Army (PLA), a company representative of SJSET told Janes in early May.  The company developed tracked Monitor Lizard – which weighs 17 tons – to meet the PLA's...

Singapore Army inducts Colt's Infantry Automatic Rifle

By Kapil Kajal 21 May 2024
Singapore Army's new light machine gun. (Singapore Ministry of Defence/Janes)    The Singapore Army has initiated inducting    Colt's Infantry Automatic Rifle 6940 (IAR6940) as its new section automatic weapon (SAW) to replace ST Engineering's 5.56 mm Ultimax 100 Mk2 light machine gun (LMG), which has been in service since 1982.   The service began induction of the IAR6940 LMGs – which were evaluated and procured in partnership with the state-owned Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) – in April, the Singapore Army...

Saab puts Sirius Compact EW system into production

By Richard Scott 21 May 2024
Saab's Sirius Compact passive manportable EW system has started series production. (Saab)  Saab has started series production of its new Sirius Compact passive electronic warfare (EW) system, Janes learnt at AOC Europe 2024, held from 13 to 15 May in Oslo.  Designed to provide surveillance and geolocation of emitters at the tactical level, Sirius Compact blends signal processing and tools already employed in the company's Sirius passive EW product family with a new small form-factor sensor suitable for manportable operations, mast/tripod mou...

Rheinmetall inaugurates plant in Romania

By Nicholas Fiorenza 20 May 2024
Romania's GDF-103 anti-aircraft guns will be upgraded to the Skynex standard, including the Oerlikon GDF-009 TREO (pictured), primarily by Rheinmetall Air Defence in Zurich, with significant Romanian involvement by Mediaș. (Rheinmetall Air Defence)  Rheinmetall posted on LinkedIn on 16 May that it was inaugurating a defence plantin Mediaș, Romania, the same day.  The German company announced on 1 February that it had acquired a 72.5% majority share in Romanian military vehicle manufacturer Automecanica Mediaș, which has since operated in Roma...

Silvus Technologies unveils MANET end-user interface

By Carlo Munoz 20 May 2024
The DOCK StreamCaster SC4210P is one of three DOCK StreamCaster variants deing developed by Silvus Technologies. (Silvus Technologies )  Networked radio manufacturer Silvus Technologies has unveiled a new family of end-user interface systems for its StreamCaster tactical radios, which will pair the company's mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) radio platforms with advanced edge computing capabilities and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled systems and applications.  A joint venture between Silvus and Washington-based wireless networking company...

OCCAR and MBDA sign HYDIS² concept phase contract

By Nicholas Fiorenza 17 May 2024
OCCAR and MBDA have launched the HYDIS² concept phase. (MBDA)  The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) and MBDA announced on 15 May that they signed a European Defence Fund (EDF) grant agreement and a linked procurement contract to launch the three-year HYpersonic Defence Interceptor Study (HYDIS²) concept phase on the same day. MBDA signed the agreements on behalf of the 19 industrial partners in HYDIS². In its press release, OCCAR valued the programme at EUR140 million (USD152 million), EUR80 million of which is co-funded by...

Azerbaijani artillery using Israeli ELM-2084 as counter-fire radar

By Jeremy Binnie 17 May 2024
A still from a video shows an ELM-2084 radar being deployed during an Azerbaijani artillery exercise. (Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence)  The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed its land forces are using a smaller version of the Israeli-made ELM-2084 multimission radar to support artillery units.  An Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta ELM-2084 was seen clearly in a video released by the MoD on 16 May to show an artillery exercise involving 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and 2A36 Giatsint-B towed guns.  Azerbaija...

Netherlands leases second ro-ro ship

By Kate Tringham 17 May 2024
The Dutch MoD has leased a second ro-ro ship, named MV   Southern Rock  , which will be operated by the RNLN to secure strategic transport on a more permanent basis.  (Dutch MoD)  The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially put into service a second roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ship, which it has leased from a private company as part of efforts to secure strategic transport on a permanent basis.    The ship, named MV   Southern Rock  , arrived in Dakar, Senegal, on 15 May with its first load of e...

Leonardo launches new C-UAS planning tool

By Richard Scott 16 May 2024
Leonardo's SkyTender C-UAS software aims to optimise the deployment of C-UAS. (Leonardo)  Leonardo Canada – Electronics has debuted a new counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) planning and assessment tool designed to enable rapid site evaluation and optimisation prior to equipment deployment.  Known as SkyTender, the software toolset has been evolved from the outputs of a Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) contract awarded to Leonardo in March 2022 under the Innovative Solutions Canada programme. The company has subsequently ‘p...

Pakistan Army inducts Fatah-II rocket launcher

By Kapil Kajal 16 May 2024
The Fatah-II rocket is initially propelled using a single-stage dual-thrust solid rocket motor, which then disengages and glides to supersonic speeds to engage the target. (Janes)  The Pakistan Army has initiated inducting the Fatah-II multiple rocket launcher (MRL), the Pakistan Armed Forces' Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) agency said on 15 May.  “Fatah-II is being inducted in Pakistan's Artillery Divisions for stand-off [capability] and to engage the targets with precision,” ISPR said.  The rocket system will enhance the “reach and...
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