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Going operational: JADC2 technology concepts hit the field

By Carlo Munoz 04 August 2022
A USAF B-1B Lancer flies over an MIM-104 Patriot missile launcher in support of ‘Valiant Shield 2022'. (USAF)  Since its inception in late 2020 as the Pentagon's main vehicle to usher in a new era of joint, technology-driven warfare, the Joint All-...

Turkey completes MEMATT mine clearing vehicle deliveries to Azerbaijan

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 04 August 2022
Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence has received 13 more MEMATT mine-clearance vehicles, ASFAT announced on 30 July. (ASFAT)  The Azerbaijan Armed Forces have received 13 additional Mekanik Mayın Temizleme Teçhizatı (Mechanical Mine Clearing Equipment, MEMATT) remote-controlled mine-clearing vehicles from Turkey's Military Factory and Shipyard Operations (ASFAT), bringing the total number of vehicles delivered to 20.  Azerbaijan signed the contract for the vehicles with ASFAT in December 2002 and the first pair was delivered in February 2021....

US Army conducts Iron Dome flight test

By Ashley Roque 04 August 2022
The US Army conducted its second live-fire test with Iron Dome at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. (US Army)  US Army soldiers recently used Rafael Advanced Defense Systems' Iron Dome during a live-fire test against cruise missile threats, the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) announced on 2 August.  The service acquired two Iron Dome batteries as an ‘interim' cruise missile defence capability following a congressional mandate. However, the service has not yet fielded the weapon and is continuing to test it out.  During the r...

Kasser II MRAP consignment seen in UAE

By Jeremy Binnie 04 August 2022
UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Sultan bin Ahmed al-Jabr inspects Kasser II MRAPs at a facility in Tawazun Industrial Park. (WAM news agency)  A production batch of Kasser II mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles was seen when the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) minister of industry and advanced technology visited the country's defence industries on 1 August.  A short video released by the UAE's WAM news agency showed the delegation led by Sultan bin Ahmed al-Jabr inspecting at least nine Kasser IIs inside an unidenti...

US Army receives first upgunned Stryker, hardware and software fixes made

By Ashley Roque 02 August 2022
The US Army has ordered 269 upgunned Strykers from Oshkosh Defense. (Janes/US Army)    Oshkosh Defense has delivered its first upgunned Stryker to the US Army after the service discovered several problems with an early version of the platform during a risk management test phase, the service told   Janes  on 2 August. Several hardware and software fixes, some affecting the main gun, have now been made to the vehicle and the army may have its first unit equipped with the platform by December 2023.     The army selected...

UK disbands armoured infantry brigade

By Tim Ripley 02 August 2022
The British Army's 1st Deep Recce Strike BCT will integrate fires similar to those provided by the MLRS pictured with ISTAR. (UK MoD/Crown copyright 2022)  British Army chiefs have disbanded one of the service's three armoured infantry brigades as they proceed to implement their Future Soldier reorganisation plan.  The disbandment of the Tidworth-based 1st Armoured Infantry (AI) Brigade took place in early July but was not announced by the British Army or UK Ministry of Defence at the time.  Two of the brigade's armoured cavalry units, the Ho...

Ukraine conflict: North Macedonia donating T-72s to Ukraine and disbanding tank battalion

By Igor Bozinovski & Nicholas Fiorenza 29 July 2022
North Macedonia is donating its T-72 MBTs to Ukraine and disbanding its tank battalion. (Igor Bozinovski)  North Macedonia is donating its T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) to Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to Janes on 29 July, the day after Macedonian television showed a column of eight trucks carrying tanks passing through Kriva Palanka on the motorway to Bulgaria.  The donated MBTs belong to the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia's (ARSM's) tank battalion, which the MoD said in a statement will be disbanded as the T-72s...

House of Commons Defence Committee calls for UK to match military ambitions with resources

By Nicholas Fiorenza & James Rands 29 July 2022
The 28 July Defence Committee report expresses concerns about cuts in British Army Challenger 2 tanks (background) and Warrior infantry fighting vehicles (hull down in foreground). (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The House of Commons Defence Committee has expressed a sense of déjà vu about UK military ambitions not being entirely matched by resources. In a report published on 28 July, the committee called for the March 2021 Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy and the March 2022 Defence Command Paper (DCP) to be updat...

Uganda opens armoured vehicle plant

By Jeremy Binnie 28 July 2022
A batch of Streit Falcon armoured personnel carriers (APCs) was displayed during the opening of the NEC-Streit facility. (Yoweri Museveni)  Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has formally opened a new armoured vehicle manufacturing and assembly facility that was built in Nakasongola as a joint project by the Uganda People's Defence Forces' (UPDF's) National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) and the Streit Group, a company based in the United Arab Emirates.  During the televised opening ceremony on 27 July, NEC managing director Lieutenant General...

Poland orders K2 MBTs and K9 SPHs from South Korea

By Nicholas Fiorenza & Jakub Link-Lenczowski 28 July 2022
Poland has ordered 1,000 K2 MBTs. (Hyundai Rotem)  Poland signed contracts for K2 main battle tanks (MBTs), K9 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), and FA-50 training and light fighter aircraft from South Korea on 27 July, Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak announced the same day. He tweeted, “Our armed forces receive modern weapons, and industry gets a chance for further development. Deliveries will start as early as 2022 and will allow for the building of a strong army of at least 300,000.”  The Poli...

Poland orders Ottokar-Brzoza tank destroyer production

By Nicholas Fiorenza 27 July 2022
Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak on 20 July approved a framework agreement on the production of Ottokar-Brzoza tank destroyers for the Polish army. (Polish MND)  Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak announced on 20 July that he had approved a framework agreement on the production of Ottokar-Brzoza tank destroyers for the Polish army. He said the first tank destroyers would go to the 14th Anti-Tank Regiment in Suwałki, close to the gap of the same name th...

Thales to supply Iraq with air-surveillance radars

By Jeremy Binnie & Shady Alkhayer 26 July 2022
One of the posters at the Iraqi Air Defence headquarters included this photograph of the Thales Ground Master 200. (Thales)  Iraq's Air Defence Command (ADC) will receive Thales radars in addition to the Lockheed Martin TPS-77. This was announced during a ceremony marking the start of construction of a new operations centre for the military branch on 24 July.  The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) released a video of the event in which Minister of Defence Juma Inad Sadoun said the “new operations centre will be connected to the new radar system...

RAF unveils Next Generation Force Protection Vision

By Andrew White 26 July 2022
NGFP components displayed at the Air and Space Chiefs' Conference included a mock-up of the PHOLOS VTOL UAS. (Andrew White)  The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) unveiled multiple components of its Next Generation Specialist Air Force Protection Vision for the first time at the Air and Space Chiefs' Conference held in London between 13 and 14 July.  RAF officials said at the event that the concept, also referred to as Next Generation Force Protection (NGFP), will be rolled out between 2022 and 2040, subject to funding. Budget requests are expected to...

Lockheed Martin, IAI incorporate Elta Sytems radar in integrated air defence offering

By Giles Ebbutt 25 July 2022
The Barak family brings a range of interceptor options to the integrated solution. (Israel Aerospace Industries)    Lockheed Martin and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) are incorporating an Elta Systems radar as part of an integrated medium-range air-defence (MRAD) solution,   Janes  has learned.   In March 2022 Lockheed Martin and IAI announced that they would partner to offer a solution that combines the Lockheed Martin UK-developed SkyKeeper ground-based air-defence (GBAD) and battle management capability with IAI's Ba...

Czech government authorises negotiations with Sweden on procurement of CV90 MkIV IFVs

By Ondrej Stratilik & Nicholas Fiorenza 22 July 2022
The Czech government on 20 July authorised the MoD to negotiate the procurement of the CV90 MkIV IFV (pictured during trials in the Czech Republic in 2021) from Sweden. (ACR)  The CV90 MkIV produced by BAE Systems Hägglunds will be the Czech Army's new infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The decision was announced after a Czech government meeting on 20 July. Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said, “We will negotiate with Sweden to acquire new infantry fighting vehicles.”  The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 20 July...

Operation ‘Irini' interdicts ship carrying military vehicles to Libya

By Jeremy Binnie 21 July 2022
The Italian frigate   Grecale  (foreground) found military vehicles destined for Libya on   Victory Roro  (background).   (European Union Naval Force Mediterranean Operation Irini)  The European Union mission to enforce the United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya announced for the first time on 20 July that it had found proscribed equipment on a ship that it had searched.  Operation ‘Irini' said a French naval aircraft spotted the vehicle carrier Victory Roro after it transited the Suez Canal int...

Estonian Air Surveillance Wing to get upgraded radars

By Olivia Savage 19 July 2022
Estonia is upgrading its GM 403 air surveillance radars (pictured above in operation in Estonia) (Thales-Raytheon Systems)  The Estonian Air Surveillance Wing (ASW) is upgrading its two Thales-Raytheon Systems Ground Master (GM) 403 long‐range air surveillance radars with a series of hardware and software updates, the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) announced on 18 July.  Priit Soosaar, Communications and Radar Category Manager for ECDI told Janes that, once upgraded, the systems will be able to automatically detect NATO aircraf...

Netherlands orders counter-MANPADS solution from Elbit Systems

By Olivia Savage 19 July 2022
J-MUSIC counter-MANPADS turret. (Elbit Systems)  Elbit Systems will provide a Directional Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCM) system and an airborne electronic warfare (EW) system for a Netherlands Gulfstream G650 aircraft.  Announced by the company on 14 July, the order involves the delivery of their J-Multi Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (J-MUSIC) DIRCM system and the Infrared-based Passive Airborne Warning System (IR-PAWS).  According to the company, the systems will provide a high level of protection and redundancy, have accumulated hundr...

Turkey receives first Sahin counter-UAV system

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 19 July 2022
Aselsan's Şahin counter-UAV system has entered the inventory of the Turkish land forces. (Aselsan)  Aselsan's Şahin counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system has entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces, İsmail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), tweeted on 17 July.  The Şahin 40 mm ‘physical destruction system' was developed to destroy mini and micro UAVs, according to Demir, who said it is easy to deploy and install and can be used for missions such as protecting critical infrastructure, border sec...

Sweden signs military training simulation deal with Saab

By Olivia Savage 19 July 2022
Saab is to deliver live training solutions to Sweden. (Saab)  The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has signed a three-year framework agreement with Saab for military training and simulation systems.  As part of the agreement, the FMV has placed a preliminary order for simulation equipment from Saab worth SEK340 million (USD32.6 million), the company announced on 14 July.    Hans Lindgren, head of Saab Business Development at Training and Simulation, told   Janes   that the contract includes live training solutions...
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