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Berlin Security Conference 2021: MBDA, IAI sign ground-based air defence agreement for Germany

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
MBDA and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have concluded a framework agreement for co-operation on ground-based air-defence systems for Germany.  Under the agreement, which was announced on 24 November at the Berlin Security Conference 2021, both...

Mac Jee develops improved Armadillo multiple rocket system

By Victor Barreira 24 November 2021
Mac Jee Defesa has developed an improved Armadillo 70 mm launcher configuration for 4×4 light armoured tactical vehicles. (Mac Jee)  Brazil's Mac Jee Defesa has developed an improved configuration of its all-weather Armadillo 2.75”/70 mm rocket launcher system for 4×4 light tactical armoured vehicles.  An initial configuration of the launch pod was officially unveiled in April 2019, mounted on an M1152 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The new compact 24-cell Armadillo launch pod is 3.5 metres in length, and weighs approx...

Russian forces receive 9M333 SAMs

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 23 November 2021
The Russian MoD has taken delivery of 9M333 SAMs for its Strela-10M3 short-range air defence systems. (Russian MoD)  The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received “the first mass deliveries” of 9M333 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) from Kalashnikov, Rostec announced on its website on 18 November.  Rostec said the new missile is designed to arm the Strela-10M3 air defence system 9A34M3 and 9A35M3 combat vehicles. It replaces legacy 9M37 missiles, which only had a dual-mode seeker.  The 9M333 can be traced back to 1989, but Rostec stated th...

Skill shortage slows down Serbian MBT upgrade

By Igor Bozinovski 23 November 2021
 Serbia is modernising its M-84/M-84A MBTs at a rate of 12–13 a year (photo of upgraded M-84 AS1 standard presented in June 2020). (Serbian MoD)    

Turkey to build cartridge factory in Mongolia

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 23 November 2021
Turkey's Machine and Chemical Industry Inc (MKE) will build a cartridge loading and assembly factory in Mongolia under a contract signed with Mongolia's Defence Industry Board on 15 November.  The factory will have a yearly capacity of producing 10...

Eurosam initiates system trials of SAMP/T NG

By Robin Hughes 22 November 2021
An internal view of the C2 engagement module developed for the new SAMP/T NG long-range, ground-based air missile defence system. (Eurosam)  Eurosam – a joint venture (JV) of MBDA France, MBDA Italy, and Thales – has commenced system trials of the SAMP/T NG (Sol Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre Nouvelle Génération) next-generation long-range, ground-based air missile defence system, ahead of planned deliveries to France and Italy of a fully integrated and qualified capability in 2025.  The system trials include a live-firing campaign with the SAM...

New Zealand's defence capabilities dented by Covid-19, says NZDF

By Tim Fish 22 November 2021
New Zealand's defence capabilities have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, given how up to 10% of the country's armed forces personnel are now drafted to implement border quarantine work.  The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is supporting the...

Turkish lawmakers criticise government for delays in Altay MBT

By Kerry Herschelman 22 November 2021
Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay MBTs, deliveries of which were meant to begin within 18 months of the 9 November 2018 contract signature with BMC. (Otokar )  Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) during a debate on the Ministry of National Defence's budget in the parliament's plan and budget committee on 16 November.  Özgür Ceylan and Polat Şaroğlu, deputies from the main opposition Republican Peop...

Armenian and Azerbaijan clash again in Nagorno-Karabakh

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 November 2021
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 18 November accused Armenia of violating a 16 November truce following clashes between the two South Caucasus countries in Nagorno-Karabakh earlier the same day. The ministry said on its website that the...

Poland and UK intend to co-operate on Narew air defence programme

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 November 2021
Wallace and Błaszczak signed a statement of intent on 18 November to co-operate on Poland's Narew ground-based SHORAD system. (Polish MND)  UK defence secretary Ben Wallace and Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak signed a statement of intent on 18 November to co-operate on Poland's Narew ground-based short-range air defence system (SHORAD), their two ministries announced on their websites the same day.    Błaszczak said Poland's Armament Inspectorate (AI) had recommended the MBDA Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) f...

Russia moves equipment to Crimea, continues to activate other units

By Thomas Bullock 18 November 2021
Russia has deployed elements of at least three units to Crimea since 12 November. They are equipped with armoured personnel carriers (APCs), self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), anti-aircraft missile systems, and main battle tanks (MBTs).    Analy...

Dubai Airshow 2021: IAI launches USV, EO/IR projects with Edge

By Charles Forrester 18 November 2021
IAI's POP300D is one of the sensor systems Edge and IAI will be collaborating on in the Gulf region. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 18 November that it had signed two agreements with Emirati defence conglomerate Edge at the Dubai Airshow covering unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) system maintenance.  The first agreement covers the development of a new USV between IAI and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), with ADSB to be responsible for platform design, control system and pa...

Dubai Airshow 2021: KBP reveals upgraded Pantsir for first time outside of Russia

By Andrew White 18 November 2021
A scale model of the latest Pantsir ground-based air-defence system was shown for the first time outside Russia at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Andrew White)  Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) KBP Instrument Design Bureau unveiled its latest mobile air defence solution for the first time outside Russia this week.  At the Dubai Airshow 2021, held from 14 to 18 November, the Russian company promoted a scale model of its Pantsir-S1M air defence missile and gun system. Designed to counter a wider range of air threats compared with KBP's legacy Pa...

GDLS withdraws from Japan's Type 96 replacement programme, says ATLA

By Kosuke Takahashi 17 November 2021
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has withdrawn from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's (JGSDF's) Type 96 replacement programme, the Japan Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to...

Russia's Central Military District receives new equipment, including BMPT ‘Terminator'

By Nicholas Fiorenza 17 November 2021
The CMD announced on 10 November that its 90th Guards Tank Division would receive it first nine ‘Terminator' armoured vehicles on 1 December following testing. (Russian MoD)  Russia's Central Military District (CMD) has been receiving new equipment in 2021.  The CMD announced on the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) website on 10 November that its 90th Guards Tank Division would receive its first company of nine ‘Terminator' tank support combat vehicles (BMPTs) on 1 December. CMD Commander Colonel General Alexander Lapin reported that new tec...

Dubai Airshow 2021: UAE showcases Black Hawk-electric motorbike combo for SOF

By Andrew White 16 November 2021
A Black Hawk helicopter and electric motorcycle combo was showcased at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Andrew White)  Special operations forces (SOF) from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) displayed a new concept, designed to extend the reconnaissance capability of units operating on the ground, at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  Aviation Group 18, the UAE Special Operations Command's (SOCOM's) air component, displayed a Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter with external ramps attached to either side of the airframe for the attachment of electric motorbikes....

KMW, Rafael, and GDELS to establish joint company for Trophy APS

By Nicholas Fiorenza 16 November 2021
Germany was the first European country to order the Trophy APS for its main battle tanks, which the Israeli and German ministries of defence test-fired on a Leopard 2 in October. (German Ministry of Defence)  Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced in a joint press release on 11 November that they had signed an agreement to form a joint venture called EuroTrophy to market, sell, and produce the Trophy active defence system (APS). Based in Germany, EuroTrophy wi...

BAE Systems to buy Bohemia Interactive Simulations

By Marc Selinger 16 November 2021
BAE Systems plans to expand its simulation training portfolio by acquiring Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), the UK-based buyer announced on 11 November.  BAE said it will gain “high-fidelity, cost-effective” tools that are based on the late...

UAE announces South Korean M-SAM order

By Jeremy Binnie 16 November 2021
The M-SAM consists of a multi-function radar (right), command post (left), and several launchers (background). (DAPA)  The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) Ministry of Defence announced on 16 November that it intends to acquire South Korea's M-SAM air defence system.  It said in a tweet that the M-SAM will be a “qualitative addition” to its existing air defence capabilities and that the deal could be worth as much as USD3.5 billion.  This will make the UAE the first export customer for the M-SAM, which is also known as the Cheongung.  It is a me...

Russia begins S-400 deliveries to India

By Rahul Bedi 15 November 2021
Russia is expected to complete deliveries of the S-400 system to India by 2023. (Janes/Peter Felstead))  Russia has started delivery of the first of five Almaz-Antey S-400 Triumf S-400 self-propelled surface-to-air missile systems to the Indian Air Force (IAF).  Dmitriy Shugaev, head of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told the Russian Sputniknews agency on 14 November that delivery of the first S-400 system will be completed “on schedule” by the end of 2021. All further deliveries were “going [ahead] as p...
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