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GDLS offers glance at Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype design

By Ashley Roque 24 August 2022
GDLS has not publicly released an image of its new Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype but said that it is a ‘new, purpose-built' platform, which builds on its previous work to design such a vehicle for the USMC. (GDLS)  General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) is disclosing additional details about its ‘new, purpose-built' prototype designed to win over the US Marine Corps (USMC) leaders who are on the hunt for a future Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV).    Phil Skuta, the GDLS director for USMC programmes, provided   Janes...

UK Polaris vehicles to become optionally manned platforms

By Olivia Savage 19 August 2022
The MRZR-D4 (pictured here), a four-seater turbocharged vehicle intended for special forces operations. (US Marine Corps)  Rheinmetall will integrate its PATH Autonomy Kit (A-kit) – an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered navigation system – on UK Polaris MRZR-D4 light all-terrain vehicles as part of Project Theseus 2.2.  On 16 August, the company announced that it had received a contract on 21 February 2022 from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for Project Theseus. The contract includes the installation, training, spare parts, and technical...

RoK Army sets up ‘Army Tiger Demonstration Brigade' to lead AI integration

By Jon Grevatt 19 August 2022
The RoK Army has created a ‘demonstration combat brigade' to test manned-unmanned operations that leverage technologies including AI and unmanned systems such as this 6×6 unmanned surveillance vehicle developed by Hanwha Defense. (Hanwha Defense)  South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has disclosed details about plans to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned systems into Republic of Korea (RoK) Army combat brigades during the coming decade and beyond.  The MND said the plan is progressing through the recent creation o...

Australian Army launches new robotics strategy

By Oishee Majumdar 19 August 2022
A Ghost Robotics unmanned ground vehicle supports Australian Army soldiers conducting an enemy position clearance during an autonomous systems display at the Majura Training Area, Canberra. The army is promoting the further development of such systems through a new strategy issued in August 2022. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian Army has launched a new strategy to enhance capabilities in robotics and autonomous systems (RAS).  The strategy – issued earlier this month by the Australian Army's Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implement...

Germany procures C-UAS capability from ESG

By Olivia Savage 17 August 2022
BAAINBw has approved and acquired five ASUL C-UAS platforms (pictured) from ESG to bolster camp protection. (Bundeswehr/Dirk Bannert)  The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has procured five counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UASs).  Known as ASUL, the C-UAS platform can detect, classify, identify, and neutralise small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs), the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) announced on the 15 August.  sUASs are defined by the Bundeswehr as platforms that we...

First Saudi THAAD sites expected to be completed in 2026

By Jeremy Binnie 17 August 2022
Saudi Arabia's future Terminal High Altitude Area Defense sites. (Janes)  The first four sites for Saudi Arabia's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems are expected to be completed by the end of 2026 and all seven by April 2028, according to a document released on 15 August by the US Army Corps of Engineers as part of a request for proposal (RFP).  The RFP was released to find a contractor to monitor construction projects in Saudi Arabia that were listed in the document. It gave the estimated completion date for a storage facili...

US Army to receive four Mid-Range Capability battery prototypes, fielding set for 2023

By Ashley Roque 15 August 2022
Image showing US Army detailing what each MRC prototype battery will include. The service plans to begin fielding the weapon in 2023. (US Army)  Lockheed Martin is poised to deliver four initial Mid-Range Capability (MRC) weapon system batteries to the US Army by the end of 2022. If all goes as planned the service could field the new weapon prototype, paired with Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) and Tomahawk missiles, to soldiers by late September 2023, according to the company and service.  The army's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies O...

UK prepares for Land GBAD procurement

By Nicholas Fiorenza 12 August 2022
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.  The Land GBAD programme is intended to meet the Brit...

USMC CH-53E marks first transport of JLTV to ship and back to shore

By Gillian Rich 12 August 2022
A US Marine CH-53E Super Stallion carries a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to USS   Miguel Keith   (ESB 5) in the Philippine Sea.  (Lance Cpl. Christopher England)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) used a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter to transport a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to a ship and back to shore for the first time.    Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit logistics combat element and Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, along with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262...

Details emerge on mesh hybrid networking system for EU's UGV programme

By Alexander Stronell 12 August 2022
Three THeMIS UGVs pictured during iMUGS testing in Belgium in June 2022. (Janes/Alexander Stronell)  Details on the mesh communications system in development as part of the Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System (iMUGS) programme, the European Defence Fund's (EDF) project for a common unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), have been revealed to Janes.  Speaking to Janes, an industry source familiar with the iMUGS communications effort provided details on the objectives and testing of the hybrid networking system.  The iMUGS sub-project for a mesh...

Babcock and IAI to collaborate on radar for UK Serpens project

By Olivia Savage 12 August 2022
IAI, Elta Systems, and Babcock to co-offer C-MMR radar for UK Serpens weapon-locating radar programme. (IAI Elta Systems)  Babcock is to collaborate with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and subsidiary Elta Systems to offer a deep-find radar solution for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Serpens programme.  According to a Babcock announcement on 11 August, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IAI and Elta Systems to offer IAI-Elta's Compact Multi-Mission Radar (C-MMR) system for the Serpens programme.  A Babcock officia...

Australia advances 'battlefield electrification' capability with new Bushmaster prototype

By Jon Grevatt 11 August 2022
Australia's new Bushmaster ePMV is pictured above after being unveiled at the Chief of Army Symposium 2022 in Adelaide. In the background is a Bushmaster ePMV fitted with ruggedised solar panels. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has unveiled the Bushmaster electric protected military vehicle (ePMV) reflecting an effort, it said, to ensure the Australian Army is ‘future ready'. The prototype was showcased on 10 August at the Chief of Army Symposium, a three-day event in Adelaide.  The vehicle was develope...

US Army outfitting Infantry Squad Vehicle with 20 kW laser, DE M-SHORAD deliveries forthcoming

By Ashley Roque 11 August 2022
US Army infantry soldiers secure their rucks in the cargo netting on the roof of the ISV after it was airdropped at Fort Bragg during operational testing. The service announced it will outfit the ISV with a 20 kW-class laser to down unmanned aerial systems. (US Department of Defense)  The US Army is integrating a 20 kW-class laser weapon system into its new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) to help soldiers down smaller unmanned aerial systems (UASs), according to the director of the service's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office Li...

Update: Taiwan reports underplay ‘hundreds' of PLA aircraft in live-fire drills

By Akhil Kadidal 10 August 2022
Taiwan said that the PLA flew 49aircraft into the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on 5 August whereas China has said that it is flying ‘hundreds' of aircraft into the ADIZ. (VCG via Getty Images)    China says it is dispatching hundreds of combat aircraft to the six live-fire zones around Taiwan. However, Taipei's daily air incursion reports show smaller figures.   Janes   assesses that this could partly be because of strains on the country's radar network.   China launched a four-day live-fire exercise around Taiwan...

Côte d'Ivoire unveils new equipment during military parade

By Erwan de Cherisey 09 August 2022
The Ivorian army's cavalry contingent unveiled its WZ551 armoured vehicles during the 62nd anniversary parade in Yamoussoukro on 7 August. (AFP via Getty Images)  Several types of previously unseen armoured vehicle and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) were displayed during a parade held by the Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FACI) on 7 August  Televised coverage of the parade in Yamoussoukro to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the country's independence showed it included 20 of the FACI's new Otokar Cobra II light armoured vehicles (LAVs), incl...

USCG faces logistical and operational challenges in Alaska for Island-class patrol forces

By Michael Fabey 09 August 2022
Older navigation and propulsion systems make it difficult for the US Coast Guard to operate and maintain Island-class patrol forces. (Michael Fabey)    To maintain its Island-class boats and continue patrolling the treacherous Alaskan coast, the US Coast Guard (USCG) must overcome logistical and operational challenges, USCG officials told   Janes  .     The USCG believes it can keep the 110-ft (33.5 m) Island-class boats operational as the service builds and deploys the replacement fleet of Fast Response Cutters (FRCs)...

British Army praises artillery training solution, eyes improvements

By Giles Ebbutt 09 August 2022
Cubic's artillery mission training system (AMTS) installed on a 105 mm L118 Light Gun at the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill. The visible appliqué elements (to the left of the breech and under the barrel) are bright blue. (Giles Ebbutt)  The British Army has learnt a number of lessons from its use of Cubic's artillery mission training system (AMTS) and is introducing improvements to it.  The AMTS has been in use at the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill and elsewhere as a concept capability demonstrator since late 2018. It consists of...

PGZ develops new air-defence capabilities

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 08 August 2022
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 du...

Taiwan reports underplay ‘hundreds' of PLA aircraft in live-fire drills

By Akhil Kadidal 05 August 2022
China's Eastern Theatre Command says it is launching hundreds of aircraft to participate in live-fire drills around Taiwan. (VCG via Getty Images)    China says it is dispatching hundreds of combat aircraft to the six live-fire zones around Taiwan. However, Taipei's daily air incursion reports show smaller figures.   Janes   assesses that this could partly be because of strains on the country's radar network.   China launched a four-day live-fire exercise around Taiwan from 4 August, in response to a visit by US House Speak...

UK seeks Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Unit

By Amael Kotlarski 05 August 2022
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...
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