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British Army soldiers receive health checks after operating Ajax vehicles

09 September 2021
British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating GDLS-UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicles. (Crown Copyright)  British Army soldiers are receiving health tests after they were exposed to excessive noise and vibration while operating General Dynamics Land Systems-UK (GDLS-UK) Ajax reconnaissance vehicles, defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin said in a parliamentary written statement published on 6 September.  Quin reported that 248 out of 310 personnel being tested had bee...

Pentagon awards Robotic Research small business contract for Pegasus Mini hybrid UAS/UGV

By Pat Host 08 September 2021
The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded Robotic Research a small business contract to evolve the design and increase the capacity of the company's Pegasus Mini hybrid unmanned aerial system/unmanned ground vehicle (UAS/UGV).  Robotic Research's Pegasus Mini hybrid UAS/UGV. The company received an SBIR Phase II contract from the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency to evolve the aircraft's design and increase its capacity. (Robotic Research)  Planned upgrades include changes to the airframe, battery, and computing and sensing c...

Saudi SAM fails during Houthi attack

By Jeremy Binnie 07 September 2021
A surface-to-air missile (SAM) launched by a Saudi air defence system to intercept a threat from Yemen on 4 September appears to have malfunctioned.  Saudi Patriot launchers during Exercise ‘Ramah al-Nasr 1' that was held in the Eastern Province in January–February. (Saudi Press Agency)  The incident happened during an attack carried out by the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis), which announced it had launched a Zulfiqar ballistic missile and eight Sammad-3 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Aramco's Ras Tanura oil terminal on Saud...

New details emerge about mortar-carrying variant of PLAGF's CTL181A vehicle

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 06 September 2021
Chinese state-owned media have revealed new details of the mortar-carrying variant of the Dongfeng Mengshi CTL181A 6×6 protected vehicle in service with the People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF).  Video footage broadcast by China Central Television (CCTV) on 1 September shows that, contrary to what was previously presumed, the vehicle does not feature a small lifting device in the cargo area behind the cab to facilitate the rapid dismounting and re-mounting of the 120 mm mortar.  Instead, the mortar is stored on the vehicle in a disas...

MSPO 2021: HSW unveils multipurpose tactical vehicle

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 06 September 2021
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) subsidiary Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) will unveil a 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO being held in Kielce, Poland, on 7–10 September. The new platform, built in co-operation with Czech company Tatra Export, is classified as a medium wheeled armoured vehicle for a wide range of applications. Thanks to its modular design, the platform could also be developed in 6×6 or 8–8 configurations.  HSW unveiled a 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle, pictured with a ZSMU A5 R...

Indian Army orders locally produced loitering munitions

By Rahul Bedi 06 September 2021
The Indian Army (IA) has signed two contracts worth a combined INR2 billion (USD27.4 million) to acquire a total of 200 locally produced loitering munitions to meet urgent operational requirements.  The first contract, worth INR1 billion, was awarded on 31 August to a joint venture (JV) between local company Alpha Design Technologies Limited (ADTL) and Israel's Elbit Systems for the supply of 100 SkyStriker light munition systems.  Elbit Systems' SkyStriker is a precision-guided loitering munition designed to seek, locate, and acquire operato...

Indian Air Force orders counter-UAV systems from Zen Technologies

By Rahul Bedi & Mark Cazalet 06 September 2021
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed a INR1.55 billion (USD21.2 million) order with local private company Zen Technologies for the supply of an undisclosed number of systems to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  The Hyderabad-based firm pro...

Iraq lining up Turkish UAVs, jammers

By Mohammed Najib 02 September 2021
Iraq is in the process of acquiring various military systems from several countries, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey, to enhance its capabilities against the Islamic State extremist group, according to Minister of Defence Juma...

Iran unveils new air-defence systems

By Jeremy Binnie 02 September 2021
The Islamic Republic of Iran Army's Air Defence Force unveiled a new surveillance radar and command-and-control (C2) system on 1 September and also announced that it has tested a new version of its Mesad-16 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.  The Alborz radar appears to have been developed for the same role as the Moraqeb radar that was unveiled in April 2020. (Fars News Agency)  The Iranian press described the Alborz as a 3D phased array radar that has a range of 450 km and can track 300 targets simultaneously, including low-altitude ones...

Army 2021: Russian MoD procures equipment, Rosoboronexport signs export contracts

By Dmitry Fediushko & Nikolai Novichkov 01 September 2021
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed 41 contracts worth RUB500 billion (USD6.8 billion) with 27 defence enterprises during Army 2021 for the delivery of 1,300 new weapon systems and the refurbishment of 150 existing systems, while Rostec's...

US Army still working on ERCA ‘rotating band' fix

By Ashley Roque 01 September 2021
The US Army is continuing to refine its Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) prototypes in anticipation of delivering 18 platforms to soldiers in 2023 for testing. However, the service's decision to switch the munitions' ‘rotating band' material...

MCL-IAI team awarded contract for UK’s RPV programme

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 01 September 2021
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Marlborough Communications Limited (MCL) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) a contract for four unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for spiral 2 of the United Kingdom's Remote Platoon Vehicle (RPV) experimentation programme, the two companies announced in a joint press release on 27 August.  MCL and IAI have partnered to offer an RPV to meet the needs of an experimental UK programme designed to limit the exposure of personnel to harm. (MCL)  “Spiral 2 is aimed at delivering RPVs to support troops on...

Latvia orders 6×6 APCs from Patria

By Nicholas Fiorenza 01 September 2021
Latvia signed a contract with Patria on 30 August for more than 200 6×6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) under a joint development programme with Finland, the Finnish company announced in a press release the next day.  Latvia signed a EUR200 million contract with Patria on 30 August for over 200 6x6 APCs. (Patria)  Announcing the contract on 27 August on its website before it was signed, the Latvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) valued the order at about EUR200 million (USD236 million). Patria gave a delivery schedule of between 2021 and 2029,...

BEL to provide Indian Navy with locally developed system to counter micro UAVs

By Gabriel Dominguez & Rahul Bedi & Mark Cazalet 01 September 2021
The Indian Navy (IN) has awarded public-sector company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) a contract for the supply of a locally developed system designed to detect, track, and neutralise micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  The contract, which was signed on 31 August, is for an undisclosed number of ‘Naval Anti Drone Systems (NADSs)' featuring both soft- and hard-kill effector options. The former consists of a jammer used to suppress the control and navigation signals to the UAV, with an effective range of 3 km. The latter consists of a hig...

DARPA holds Subterranean Challenge robotics prize competition

By Pat Host 31 August 2021
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), from 21 to 24 September, will hold the final event for its roughly 2.5-year-long Subterranean (SubT) Challenge, in which the agency has investigated autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility technologies necessary for robotic vehicles to operate underground.  Team CSIRO Data61's DJI Matrice 210 UAV developed by Emesent in an undated image from DARPA's SubT Challenge urban circuit. The aircraft includes a Hovermap payload developed to include a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) s...

Army 2021: Uralvagonzavod upgrades BMP-1 fleet

By Nikolai Novichkov 31 August 2021
The Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) affiliate in Rubtsovsk presented an upgraded BMP-1AM infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) called Basurmanin at the Army 2021 defence exhibition held in Kubinka near Moscow on 22–28 August. UVZ told Janes on 24 August that the upgraded BMP-1AM has been supplied to the Russian Ground Forces since 2019. The enterprise showed several upgraded BMP-1AMs at various Army 2021 sites.  The UVZ affiliate in Rubtsovsk presented the upgraded BMP-1AM IFV called Basurmanin at Army 2021. (Nikolai Novichkov)  The upgrade is being carried o...

Brazil's ARES developing new lightweight RCWS

By Victor Barreira 27 August 2021
Brazil's ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, a local operation of Elbit Systems, is finalising a prototype of its new-generation REMAX (Reparo de Metralhadora Automatizado X) family of stabilised remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS) for tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles.  The REMAX 4, in development since late 2019 together with the Brazilian Army Technological Center, is suited for M2HB 12.7 × 99 mm and MAG58 7.62 × 51 mm machine guns.  ARES is finalising development of the REMAX 4 RCWS. (ARES)    The new RCWS is to be trialled at the A...

China's armed forces conduct over 120 maritime exercises in three months

By Andrew Tate 26 August 2021
China's naval, air, and army amphibious forces have conducted more than 120 maritime exercises during the past three months, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 24 August, an indication that the country's maritime forces are striving...

New Delhi issues RFI for four locally made LPDs for Indian Navy

By Rahul Bedi 26 August 2021
India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses from domestic shipyards by 21 October to its request for information (RFI) regarding the planned procurement of four landing platform dock (LPD) vessels for the Indian Navy (IN).  Issued on 24...

Army 2021: Russia orders Shturm unmanned battle tank system

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 26 August 2021
Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed the first contract for a prototype of the Shturm (Project Storm) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) system based on the T-72 main battle tank (MBT) at the Army 2021 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka from 22 to 28 August, the TASS news agency reported on 24 August.  The Russian MoD has awarded Uralvagonzavod a contract for a prototype of the Shturm UGV system based on the T-72B3 MBT (pictured). (Russian MoD)  Shturm is a concept based on four T-72B3 MBTs developed by Russia's third Central Scientif...
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