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Norway orders more K9 SPHs and K10 ammunition resupply vehicles

By Nicholas Fiorenza 09 November 2022
Norway is procuring four more K9 SPHs (pictured) and six more K10 armoured resupply vehicles. (Norwegian MoD)  Norway ordered four more K9 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and eight more K10 ammunition resupply vehicles from Hanwha Aerospace on 7 November, the company announced in a press release the next day.  According to Janes World Armies, Oslo was exercising an option in the 2017 contract between the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) and Hanwha for 24 K9s and six K10s, which were delivered in 2019–20.  The K9 is replacing the Norw...

Iran unveils longer-range SAM

By Jeremy Binnie 08 November 2022
The missile labelled as a Sayyad 4B in the unveiling ceremony looked like the original Sayyad-4 but different from the SAM shown in the Sayyad 4B test. (defapress.ir)  The Iranian military unveiled the longer-range Sayyad 4B surface-to-air missile (SAM) for its Bavar-373 air-defence system on 6 November.  The missile was unveiled during a ceremony attended by Minister of Defence Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani and Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Force (IRIADF) Commander Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard.  The Iranian media re...

India outlines light bulletproof vehicle acquisition

By Kapil Kajal 08 November 2022
Indian company Ashok Leyland delivered the first batch of light bulletproof vehicles to the Indian Air Force on 13 April 2021. The company said it will take part in the bidding process for the Indian Army's current LBPV requirement with this vehicle. (Ashok Leyland)  The Indian Army has outlined detailed requirements supporting its acquisition of 375 light bulletproof vehicles (LBPVs).  In an acceptance of necessity (AoN) document issued by the army, the service confirmed that the LBPVs would be procured from local industry.  The AoN also sta...

Indo Defence 2022: Indonesian Army set to receive its first Harimau medium tank

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 November 2022
A prototype of Indonesia's Harimau tank, seen at Indo Defence 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  The Indonesian Army is set to receive its first serial production Kaplan MT ‘Harimau' modern medium weight tank as early as the end of 2022.  The Harimau (Tiger) is a 30-tonne medium battle tank (MBT) that has been jointly developed by Turkish arms manufacturer FNSS Defence Systems and Indonesian state-owned weapons supplier PT Pindad.  An agreement to develop two prototypes of the tank was signed between the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) and th...

Indo Defence 2022: Rheinmetall offers local production of Skyranger GBAD system for Indonesia

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 November 2022
A Badak fire support vehicle, seen here with a mock-up of the Skyranger 30 turret, at Indo Defence 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Rheinmetall Air Defence AG has indicated that it will be able to produce units of the Oerlikon Skyranger mobile ground-based air defence (GBAD) system in-country should it be selected for the Indonesian armed forces anti-air requirements.    Stefan Schadler and Gerson Jaklin,    who are the    vice-president for Sales and vice-president for Marketing and Sales, respectively, at Rheinmetall's...

SOFEX 2022: Jordan's Petra unveils ultra-light LMG

By Karl Ballard 04 November 2022
Petra Global's JF-56 ultra-light machine gun at the SOFEX 2022 show in Aqaba. (Janes/Karl Ballard)  Petra Global, a Jordanian defence company, displayed an ultra-lightweight 5.56×45 mm light machine gun (LMG) during the SOFEX 2022 show held in Aqaba from 1 to 3 November.  Two prototypes were displayed as the JF-56 (short for Jordanian Forces 56), although some of the marketing material referred to the LMG as the MFR-56. The name MFR-56 was used by the Turkish company System Defence when it unveiled the weapon at the IDEF show held in Istanbu...

Australian Army deploys first Integrated Combat Brigade

By Kapil Kajal 04 November 2022
The Australian Army soldiers of the 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, drive an M113AS4 armoured personnel carrier during the 9th Brigade transition to the ICB held in RAAF Base Edinburgh. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian Army has formed a new combat unit known as the Integrated Combat Brigade (ICB).  According to a recent press release by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), the Australian Army has restructured Adelaide's 9th Brigade into an ICB by integrating the brigade with several full-time Adelaide-based par...

SOFEX 2022: Jadara developing MANPADS

By Jeremy Binnie 04 November 2022
A poster of the Hunter MANPADS at the Jadara stand at SOFEX 2022. (Janes/Jeremy Binnie)  Jordan's Jadara Equipment & Defence Systems is developing its first manportable air defence system (MANPADS), it was revealed at the SOFEX 2022 show held in Aqaba from 1 to 3 November.    The Hunter (Al-Sayad in Arabic) was not displayed at the show, and a Jadara official told  Janes  it is still in development.   However, a brochure provided specifications, saying the missile is 1.5 m in length, has a calibre of 72 mm, and weighs 10.77...

SOFEX 2022: Jadara to begin Raptor production

By Mohammed Najib & Jeremy Binnie 04 November 2022
The Jadara Raptor on display at the SOFEX 2022 show. (Mohammed Najib)    The new Raptor rocket launcher developed by Jadara Equipment & Defence Systems has completed testing and will enter production later this year, the Jordanian company's general director told  Janes  at the SOFEX 2022 show held in Aqaba from 1 to 3 November.   “By the end of this year, 2022, the Jadara factory will start producing the Raptor in marketing quantities,” Colonel Engineer (retd) Ayman Mashouqah said.  The Raptor uses the same reusable sightin...

Indo Defence 2022: Indonesian firm bags contract to supply RCWS on Anoa armoured vehicles

By Ridzwan Rahmat 03 November 2022
A model of the Respati RCWS that has been installed on several Indonesian Army Anoa armoured personnel carriers. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Indonesian firm PT Respati Solusi Rekatama (Respati) has secured a contract to supply the Indonesian Army with its locally developed remote controlled weapon station (RCWS).  The system, which is said to have been designed and built fully in-country, would be installed on the Indonesian Army's Anoa armoured personnel carriers. The contract was signed in late 2021, and it covers the delivery of 11 RCWS units....

Hungarian Lynx driver training begins

By Nicholas Fiorenza 03 November 2022
Hungarian Lynx training began in mid-October at the Hódmezővásárhely military base. (HDF)  Hungarian KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) driver training began in mid-October at the Hódmezővásárhely military base, the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) announced on their website on 29 October. The training was given under the guidance of German instructors, the HDF said.  Hungary received the first of 209 Lynx IFVs for the HDF at Petöfi Sándor Barracks in Budapest on 15 October. The first Lynx delivered was the basic IFV variant. Hungary has...

SOFEX 2022: Petra Global confident of Didgori mobile mortar sales

By Jeremy Binnie 02 November 2022
The Didgori 120 mm mortar carrier displayed at SOFEX 2022. (Janes/Jeremy Binnie)  The Jordanian company Petra Global is confident it will find Middle Eastern customers for the 120 mm mortar variant of the Didgori armoured vehicle it displayed at the SOFEX 2022 show held in Aqaba from 1 to 3 November.  Established as a military procurement company in 2010, Petra Global has an agreement with Georgia's Delta State Military Scientific-Technical Centre to market the Didgori in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It has sold Didgori am...

EU consortium commences integration of swarming technology into THeMIS UGVs

By Alexander Stronell 02 November 2022
THeMIS UGVs pictured alongside French Army soldiers of the Vulcan robotics testing unit at a demonstration of iMUGS autonomy capabilities, Camp Satory, in October 2022. (iMUGS)    Companies working on the Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System (iMUGS) – the European Union's (EU's) project for a common unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) – have commenced the integration of swarming technology into Milrem's THeMIS medium UGV,   Janes  has learnt.   Experts from three organisations within the iMUGS consortium – dotOcean, the Roy...

SOFEX 2022: JODDB unveils Al-Tareq mobile mortar system

By Jeremy Binnie 02 November 2022
JODDB unveiled the Al-Tareq mobile mortar system at the SOFEX 2022 show. (Janes/Jeremy Binnie)  The Jordan Design and Development Bureau (JODDB) displayed a prototype of its mobile Al-Tareq rapidly deployable 81 mm mortar system at the SOFEX 2022 show, being held in Aqaba from 1 to 3 November.  The system was displayed on a Toyota Land Cruiser fitted with a hydraulic system at the back of its bed that lowers the mortar into a firing position in two minutes, Engineer Abdelrahman al-Rowwad, the project manager, told Janes.  The Al-Tareq has a f...

Aero airdrop-capable vehicle deliveries to Polish 6th Airborne Brigade completed

By Nicholas Fiorenza 02 November 2022
Deliveries of the Aero 4×4 PWA lightweight all-terrain airborne vehicle (pictured at MSPO 2022) to the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade were completed on 31 October. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  Deliveries of the Aero 4×4 Pojazdy Wojsk Aeromobilnych (PWA) lightweight all-terrain airborne vehicle to the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade were completed on 31 October, the Ministry of National Defence's Armaments Agency (AA) announced on its website the next day.  A total of 80 PWAs and 120 Aero TR trailers were delivered in 2019–22 under a PLN50 million (US...

Caracal eyes full production capabilities in India

By Huw Williams 01 November 2022
In 2018 the CAR 816 was selected to meet an Indian Army requirement for a new carbine. That contract was cancelled but the requirement has re-emerged. (Edge)  Edge Group's Caracal subsidiary is planning to achieve full production capabilities for its small arms in India, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hyderabad-based ICOMM.    Speaking to   Janes  , Caracal's CEO, Hamad Alameri, explained that the company has developed partnerships with suppliers in India that will enable ICOMM to commence pro...

Teledyne FLIR Defense launches UAS radiation detector payload

By Olivia Savage 01 November 2022
The Teledyne FLIR Defense MUVE R430 is pictured here. It is a radiation detector payload suited for UASs. (Teledyne FLIR Defense )  Teledyne FLIR Defense has unveiled MUVE R430, a payload that remotely detects and identifies radiation sources.  Launched at the 2022 CBRNe Convergence in Boston on 1 November, the radiation detector is suited for use on unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and can detect, locate, measure, map, and identify radioactive sources, a company announcement said.    Joe Ailinger, director of public relations at Teledy...

Thales rolls out new PLI navigation system

By Giles Ebbutt 01 November 2022
A prototype InterSense IS-1500 Scorpion HMD shown at AUSA 22. The InertiaCam is the labelled device mounted above the monocular display. (Giles Ebbutt)  Thales Visionix, part of Thales Defense & Security Inc, is developing a position location information (PLI) navigation system for dismounted users in Global Positioning System (GPS)-denied or degraded environments, and demonstrated its progress at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2022 annual convention in Washington, DC, in October.    When fully developed the new system,...

Saab expects first contract soon for new GLSDB artillery weapon

By Marc Selinger 01 November 2022
The Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb combines an M26 ground-based rocket motor with an air-launched Small Diameter Bomb. (Saab/Boeing)  The Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), which Boeing and Saab developed to provide long-range, ground-to-ground precision fires, is close to lining up its first customer, according to Saab's chief executive.  “We are imminently, shortly expecting contracts on that,” Saab president and CEO Micael Johansson told analysts on 28 October.  Johansson did not elaborate, and spokespersons for Sweden's Saa...

Update: UK awards Crenic integration contract for force protection ECM

By Richard Scott 31 October 2022
Project Crenic will deliver a new-generation force protection ECM capability to the UK armed forces. (UK MoD/Crown Copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has appointed PA Consulting Services as systems integrator for the recapitalisation of land and littoral force protection electronic countermeasures (FP ECM) under Project Crenic.  A five-year contract valued at GBP45 million (USD 52.15 million) was awarded to PA Consulting in late September, but revealed publicly only on 28 October. The systems integrator contract, which includes five...
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