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In command: USS Ford deploys as US Navy retools strike group dynamics

By Michael Fabey 31 October 2022
The Ford  -  class design features changes meant to improve carrier operations.  (HII)    As the aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  made its arduous journey from development towards US Navy (USN) fleet operations, the spotlight always shone brightest on the ship's futuristic launching, recovery, and weapons-elevators systems.   However, now that the ship unmoored in the first week of October 2022 for its first deployment to lead the USN's inaugural Gerald R Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG), U...

Rohde & Schwarz's SigBadger emerges at AUSA

By Giles Ebbutt 28 October 2022
The Rohde & Schwarz SigBadger control vehicle displayed at AUSA 22, with its roof and mast-mounted ADDx multichannel DF antennas. (Giles Ebbutt)  Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has developed a mobile system to provide electronic warfare awareness training and support for ground force exercises, which it provides as a training service to the US Marine Corps (USMC) at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Centre (MCAGCC) at 29 Palms in California.  The SigBadger system consists of two vehicles, each with signals intelligence (SIGINT) capability. According...

Focus sharpens on network efficiency, resiliency for Project Convergence

By Carlo Munoz 28 October 2022
Raytheon demonstrates its REDPro ZTX cybersecurity system, as part of the company's Operational Zero Trust (OZT) cyber-resiliency platform, during Project Convergence 2022. (Raytheon)  Industry officials are sharpening their focus on developing platforms, software, and applications designed to increase efficiency and resiliency for current and future battlefield networks, with an eye towards showcasing those technological advances as part of the US Army's Project Convergence initiative.  Engineers from Raytheon Technologies' Intelligence and...

Prototype US Army watercraft launched

By Tim Fish 27 October 2022
The MSV(L) will replace US Army LCM-8s. (US Army)  The first Manoeuvre Support Vessel (Light), MSV(L), for the US Army was launched on 10 October following delays to the project, army officials confirmed.  Contracted shipbuilder Vigor has built the MSV(L) according to the 117 ft (35.66 m)-long Caimen-90 design from British naval architect firm BMT.    The prototype will be delivered during the second quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2023, and will be followed by an order for four low-rate initial production (LRIP) vessels, US Army's Program E...

Brazil to add 81 mm mortar to Guarani AFVs

By Victor Barreira 26 October 2022
The Mrt Me Acg 81 mm mortar was developed by the Brazilian Army's Technological Center, and is being produced at the War Arsenal of Rio de Janeiro. (Victor Barreira)  The Brazilian Army plans to progressively convert 182 of its more than 550 IDV VBTP-MSR Guarani 6×6 amphibious armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) into 81 mm mortar carriers.  The effort intends to increase fire-support troops' mobility and protection, while also safely transporting mortar and related equipment inside a vehicle, the army said. The kit must be easy to install, util...

Poland orders Chunmoo MRLs, receives first K2 MBTs and K9 SPHs

By Nicholas Fiorenza & Jakub Link-Lenczowski 26 October 2022
Poland signed a framework contract with Hanwha for 288 K239 Chunmoo MRLs on 19 October. (Hanwha)  Poland signed a framework contract with Hanwha for 288 K239 Chunmoo multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) on 19 October. The contract was signed by Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak and Son Jaeil, president and CEO of Hanwha Defense.  Under the framework agreement, the first batch of 18 Chunmoo systems and ammunition will be delivered to the Polish Armed Forces in 2023, Hanwha announced in a press release...

DRDO unveils Zorawar tank concept for Indian Army

By Kapil Kajal 25 October 2022
DRDO's Zorawar light tank model at the Defexpo 2022. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  Indiaʼs Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) showcased a scale model of Zorawar light tanks at the Defexpo 2022 held from 18 to 22 October in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.  The DRDO is developing Zorawar light tank with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the Indian Army.    A DRDO official told   Janes   that the prototype of the new tank is expected to be unveiled in late 2023.     Jayant D Patil, L&T's senior executive vice-president for defenc...

Hungary receives first Lynx and Büffel and another PzH 2000

By Nicholas Fiorenza 25 October 2022
The HDF received the first of 209 Lynx armoured vehicles (foreground) and the first of nine Büffel ARVs (background) from Rheinmetall on 15 October. (HDF)  Hungary received its first KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and Büffel armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) on 15 October. Rheinmetall announced in a press release on 17 October that it delivered the first of 209 Lynx armoured vehicles for the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) at Petöfi Sándor Barracks in Budapest.    A Rheinmetall spokesperson told   Janes  on 19 October...

Ukraine conflict: ‘Neptune Strike 2022.2' tests German Patriot batteries in Slovakia

By Nicholas Fiorenza 24 October 2022
NATO combat aircraft tested Luftwaffe Patriot batteries defending Sliač airbase in Slovakia on 20 October during ‘Neptune Strike 2022.2'. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)  NATO combat aircraft tested Luftwaffe Patriot batteries defending Sliač airbase in Slovakia on 20 October during exercise ‘Neptune Strike 2022.2' (‘NEST 22.2'), which is being held from 14 to 28 October.    Aircraft including US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft flying from the USS   George H W Bush  aircraft carrier in the Ae...

Turkmenistan parades latest military equipment

By Vishal Sengupta & Ganimat Kaur Sidhu 24 October 2022
Among the land platforms were Titan-DS vehicles. (Watan Habarlary)  The Armed Forces of Turkmenistan displayed a wide range of military equipment at a parade held in Ashgabat to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence.  Video footage released by the state-run TV channel, Watan Habarlary, showed Chinese, Emirati, Israeli, Italian, Russian, South Korean, and Turkish equipment.    Highlights included footage of the newly inducted Turkmen-class corvette   Deniz Han  , Cavalon two-seat autogyro, StormRider li...

Defexpo 2022: Mahindra upgrades LSVs with 81/120 mm mortars

By Kapil Kajal 21 October 2022
Mahindra's new Light Specialist Vehicle was unveiled at Defexpo 2022. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  Indian company Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd (MDSL) has showcased 4×4 Light Specialist Vehicles (LSVs) with 81/120 mm mortars at Defexpo 2022, being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.  According to MDSL, the LSVs with 81/120 mm mortars are high-mobility, high-firepower, shoot-and-scoot vehicles.  LSVs with 81/120 mm mortars, which MDSL claims to be the world's lightest mortar carrier system, provides high-mobility capabilities to fighti...

Defexpo 2022: Bharat Forge showcases THeMIS and ECARS UGVs

By Kapil Kajal 21 October 2022
Bharat Forge Limited has showcased the THeMIS UGV at Defexpo 2022. (Janes/Kapil Kajal )  Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) has showcased the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at Defexpo 2022, being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.  According to BFL, the company, in partnership with Estonia-based Milrem Robotics, has developed a tracked version of the THeMIS UGV for the Indian Army.  Milrem THeMIS is a multirole, modular UGV with an open architecture that enables it to be rapidly configured from transport to ‘strike' (weaponise...

OCCAR renews contract with ESG for COBRA support

By Olivia Savage 21 October 2022
OCCAR has renewed a contract with ESG to provide continued engineering services for the COBRA system. Pictured is the UK COBRA in Iraq. (EADS)  The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has signed an agreement with Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) in relation to the Counter Battery Radar (COBRA) programme.  Announced by OCCAR on 17 October, ESG has been awarded a three-year in-service support (ISS) contract for the COBRA programme.  The ISS follows an earlier ISS agreement signed in 2013 between OCCAR and ESG, which wi...

Defexpo 2022: DRDO showcases 8×8 Wheeled Armoured Platform

By Kapil Kajal 21 October 2022
TASL showcased an 8×8 Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) at Defence Expo 2022. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  Indiaʼs Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has showcased an 8×8 Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) at Defence Expo 2022 being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 18 to 22 October.  According to DRDO, WhAP is an 8×8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier system. It is state-of-the-art and matches the capabilities of modern wheeled armoured vehicles in-service worldwide, added DRDO.  The vehicle is amphibious and is incorporated with feat...

US Army prepares for OMFV bid evaluations, trending towards smaller, hybrid-electric designs

By Ashley Roque 21 October 2022
Shown here is a Bradley vehicle at Fort Stewart, Georgia in 2016. In 2023, the US Army plans to select three companies for the next phases of its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition, a future platform designed to replace the Bradley fleet. (US Army )  Industry has until 1 November to submit their proposals for the next phase of the US Army's M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle replacement competition, and so far, teams have moved towards smaller designs with hybrid-electric drive systems, according to programme officials.  Several...

Defexpo 2022: India set to locally produce Russian AK-203 rifles

By Kapil Kajal 21 October 2022
IRRPL showcased AK-203 assualt rifles at Defexpo 2022. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)    Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL) – a joint venture between Russia and India to manufacture AK-203 assault rifles for the Indian Armed Forces – has initiated the process to produce the rifles in India, it has been confirmed to   Janes   at Defexpo 2022, being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.     Rajeev Sharma, general manager, Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL), which is one of the stakeholders...

Defexpo 2022: India unveils upgraded BMPs

By Kapil Kajal 21 October 2022
AVNL unveiled the BMP-2M infantry combat vehicle at Defexpo 2022. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  India's state-run Armoured Vehicle Nigam Limited (AVNL) has unveiled the BMP-2M infantry combat vehicle (ICV) at Defexpo 2022, being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.  According to the company, the BMP-2M is an upgraded BMP-2 with a loitering munition system (LMS), fifth-generation anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), and an armament upgrade with an integrated fire-control system (FCS).  The LMS, manufactured by Telangana-based Avision Syst...

Defexpo 2022: India upgrades Dhanush towed guns

By Kapil Kajal 20 October 2022
AWEIL has showcased Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre towed howitzers (pictured) at Defexpo 2022 being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  India's state-run Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) has upgraded the Dhanush towed howitzers.  AWEIL has showcased Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre towed howitzers at Defence Expo 2022 being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.    Rajeev Sharma, general manager of AWEIL, told   Janes  that the Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre towed howitzers have a firing range o...

Defexpo 2022: India unveils Arjun Mk-1A MBT

By Kapil Kajal 20 October 2022
India's new Arjun Mk 1A main battle tank was unveiled at Defexpo 2022. The tank weighs 68 tonne and its maximum road speed is 58 km/h. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  India's state-run Armoured Vehicle Nigam Limited (AVNL) has unveiled the Arjun Mk-1A main battle tank (MBT) at Defexpo 2022, held in Gandhinagar from 18 to 22 October.  According to AVNL, the Arjun Mk-1A has been designed and developed indigenously by incorporating numerous improvements over the Arjun Mk-1 MBT, which is in service with the Indian Army.  The modern technologies fitted onto...

GDMS makes IMPACT on airspace control and aviation mission planning

By Giles Ebbutt 19 October 2022
The Integrated Mission Planning and Airspace Control Tools from General Dynamics Mission Systems shown at AUSA 2022. TAIS is displayed on the left and AMPS on the right. The system will be hosted on the laptop, which is showing the TAIS display. (Janes/Giles Ebbutt)  General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) has integrated the US Army's Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS) and the Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS) into a single solution called the Integrated Mission Planning and Airspace Control Tools (IMPACT) and showcased it at t...
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