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USMC removes Raytheon as MADIS Inc 1 ‘prime integrator'

By Ashley Roque 26 August 2021
A new US Marine Corps (USMC) air defence system, based around the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), was approved to move into the engineering and manufacturing development phase in late June but the service also opted to remove Raytheon as the ‘prime integrator,   Janes  has learned.     Called the Marine Air Defense Integrated System Increment 1 (MADIS Inc 1), part of the effort involves integrating Kongsberg Defence's Protector XM914 remote weapon station (RWS) on to Oshkosh Defense's JLTV. In 2020, the service...

Russia practises using civilian docks and vessels in military operations ahead of ‘Zapad 2021'

By Thomas Bullock 25 August 2021
Russian forces have conducted special logistics exercises in the Leningrad Oblast in the Baltic ports of Vyborg close to the Finnish border and Ust-Luga near the Estonian border, the Western Military District (WMD) announced on Russia's Ministry of...

EOS Defense to test-fire R600MC prototype

By Ashley Roque 24 August 2021
EOS Defense Systems is outfitting an Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) with a prototype of its R600 Missile Carrier (R600MC) and plans to conduct a live-fire demonstration in December at the US Army's Redstone Test Center in Alabama.  Based on the R600S, this medium-calibre cannon remote weapon station (RWS) adds four Javelin missiles, two in each missile pod, to a station that includes a 30x113 mm cannon and a M240B 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.  “This prototype system, in development with the co-operation of the Javelin Joint Venture, aims...

India to import 70,000 AK-203 assault rifles for army

By Rahul Bedi 23 August 2021
India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to import 70,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles from Russia as part of an emergency purchase to meet urgent operational requirements of the Indian Army (IA).  Military sources told Janes on 23 August that t...

US Army works to mesh Rainmaker data fabric into ITN systems

By Carlo Munoz 23 August 2021
US Army engineers and information technology experts are working to integrate the Rainmaker data fabric programme into key applications within the service's Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), in preparation for a vital capstone experiment later this year.  Officials from the army's Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center are co-ordinating with members of the service's Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team (LRPF CFT), to shorten sensor-to-shooter data transmissi...

Ecuadorian Air Force aims to install new radar to combat drug trafficking

By Alejandro Sanchez 20 August 2021
The Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) plans to install a radar of “European” origin on Montecristi mountain to combat drug trafficking in the northern part of the country, according to Brigadier General Geovanny Espinel, commander of the service.  Gen Esp...

USMC fires two Naval Strike Missiles with new mobile launcher

By Ashley Roque 19 August 2021
The US Marine Corps (USMC) is inching closer to fielding a mobile, anti-ship weapon system ideal for the Indo-Pacific region and recently test-fired two missiles that hit a sea-based target, the service announced on 17 August.  As part of the Large-Scale Exercise 21 scenario, the service used its new Navy Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System (NMESIS) on 15 August to validate some of its operating concepts including deploying it from a C-130 Hercules and a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC).  “During the exercise, forward-deployed force...

Raytheon tasked with outfitting three additional US Army Strykers with 50 kW-class lasers

By Ashley Roque 19 August 2021
The US Army is moving ahead with plans to provide a platoon with four Stryker vehicles outfitted with 50 kW-class lasers in 2022 to down unmanned aircraft systems, rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, and rocket, artillery, and mortar threats.  A Rayth...

Chadian military parade reveals new equipment deliveries

By Erwan de Cherisey 19 August 2021
Several new vehicle types featured in Chad's annual military parade on 11 August, including a large number of Terrier LT-79 light armoured personnel carriers (APCs) operated by the elite Directorate General of Security Services of the State Institutions (DGSSIE).  Eight of the Ara 2 MRAPs that Nigeria's Proforce delivered to Chad in May. (Proforce)  The LT-79's manufacturer, The Armoured Group, announced in early August that it had shipped 30 of the vehicles to a Central African country it did not identify. Africa Intelligence reported in Jun...

Saudi Arabia operating new air-defence radar

By Jeremy Binnie 19 August 2021
The Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces (RSADF) displayed a previously unseen radar during a parade marking the start of training for the Islamic year 1443 on 18 August.  A new mobile radar was displayed at the back of the parade at the Institute of Air Defence Forces in Jeddah on 18 August. (Saudi Ministry of Defence)  The Saudi Ministry of Defence released a photograph and a short video showing the event was held at the Institute of Air Defence Forces training facility in Jeddah and included components from Patriot, HAWK, Shahine (Crotale), and...

Lithuania presents JLTVs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 18 August 2021
The Lithuanian Army presented its first batch of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) at Rukla on 17 August, the Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on its website later the same day.  The Lithuanian Army presented its first batch of JLTVs on 17 August. (Lithuanian MND/Pliadis)  The Lithuanian MND said it had ordered a total of 200 JLTVs from the US government in 2019. The US Foreign Military Sale includes JLTV equipment, armaments, staff training, purchase and maintenance of spare parts, transportation, and installation of equipmen...

Update: Hanwha Defense secures contract for localised version of M3 amphibious rig for RoKA

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet & Dae Young Kim 18 August 2021
South Korean company Hanwha Defense has secured a contract to lead a KRW500 billion (USD426 million) project aimed at developing and producing a localised version of the M3 amphibious rig to meet a Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) requirement for an amphibious bridge and ferry system.  The contract, which was awarded on 13 August by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul, involves local development and production of the systems under a technology transfer from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) General Dynamics Europea...

ECS introduces new datalink system for unmanned applications

By Gerrard Cowan 18 August 2021
UK-based Enterprise Control Systems (ECS) has launched a new RF datalink device aimed at the unmanned systems market.  The new Tove datalink has been optimised for reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) applications and is aimed specifically at unmanned aerial, ground, and surface vehicles (UAVs, UGVs, and USVs).  ECS had earlier focused on manufacturing tactical datalinks for manned aircraft, as well as counter-UAV (C-UAV) and counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) jammers, among other systems.  Tove digital RF datalink for unmanned app...

Indian Army launches upgrade programme for 811 BMP-2/2K IFVs

By Rahul Bedi & Mark Cazalet 17 August 2021
The Indian Army (IA) has launched a programme that will see 811 of its licence-built BMP-2/2K ‘Sarath' infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) upgraded with more powerful engines and various advanced systems.  On 2 August the IA issued a project sanction...

Dstl advances Project Theseus

By Andrew White 17 August 2021
The UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) conducted a public demonstration of the Project Theseus Joint Tactical Autonomous Resupply and Replenishment (JTARR) capability on 12 August, featuring the remote-controlled and autonomous operation of a pair of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).  Conducted at the British Army's Combat Service Support Training and Development Unit (CSS TDU) at Long Valley, Aldershot, the demonstration featured QinetiQ's Titan tracked UGV and Horiba Mira's 6×6 Viking UGV.  Dstl publicly showed Project These...

Hanwha Defense secures contract for localised version of M3 amphibious rig for RoKA

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet & Dae Young Kim 17 August 2021
South Korean company Hanwha Defense has secured a contract to lead a KRW500 billion (USD426 million) project aimed at developing and producing a localised version of the M3 amphibious rig to meet a Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) requirement for an amphibious bridge and ferry system.  The contract, which was awarded on 13 August by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul, involves local development and production of the systems under a technology transfer from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) General Dynamics Europea...

US Army seeks blockchain technology to manage combat data

By Carlo Munoz 16 August 2021
US Army engineers at the service's Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center are leveraging blockchain technology for a new tactical-level data management capability.  Development of the new data management capability is part of the centre's Information Trust programme and was one of several prototype technologies tested during the ground service's Network Modernization Experiment (NetModX), held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey in May.  The crux of the prog...

Sentinel air-defence radar to receive M-Code capability

By Carlo Munoz 16 August 2021
Lockheed Martin and Orolia Defense & Security will begin integrating mission timing and synchronisation units, capable of transmitting via Military Code (M-Code) signal, into the US Army's Sentinel A4 air and missile defence radar system.  Officials from Orolia delivered the initial shipment of M-Code-enabled SecureSync rack-mounted synchronisation platforms to Sentinel prime integrator Lockheed Martin in May, for implementation into the newest tranche of Sentinel A4 air defence radar systems. “SecureSync with M-Code provides enhanced resilie...

US ARL eyes ‘nanoarchitectures' for lighter, stronger materials

By Gerrard Cowan 13 August 2021
US Army-funded researchers have developed a new lightweight, resilient material with potential uses in armour, protective coatings, and space systems.  The research focused on nano-architectured materials and ultralight structures that are formed using precisely patterned nanoscale trusses, which are engineered architectures that are imparted to a material. It was conducted at the US Army's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with researchers from Caltech and ETH Zürich.  ARL has fu...

Three flight tests planned with US Common-Hypersonic Glide Body

By Ashley Roque 12 August 2021
The US Army and Navy plan to launch a series of three flight tests with the future Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) by the end of the year, in anticipation of fielding the weapon in 2023.  Bob Strider, the army's Rapid Capabilities and Critical...
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