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Dubai Airshow 2021: Altadrea, Teledyne FLIR announce teaming agreement

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Saudi Arabia's Altadrea Manufacturing Company (TMC) and Teledyne FLIR announced on 14 November that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support research and development, as well as strategic co-operation between the two companies...

Update: Czech MoD suspends tracked IFV procurement

By Ondrej Stratilik & Nicholas Fiorenza 11 November 2021
The Czech MoD on 5 November suspended the procurement of 210 tracked IFVs, the contenders for which are (from left to right) the BAE Systems Hägglunds CV90 Mk IV, Rheinmetall Lynx KF41, and GDELS ASCOD 42. (Czech MoD)  The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 5 November suspended the procurement of 210 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) after a commission of experts completed the assessment of the bids.  The ministry said in a press release that the three bidders – BAE Systems Hägglunds with the CV90 Mk IV, General Dynamics European Land...

SANG confirms VL MICA acquisition

By Jeremy Binnie 11 November 2021
A VL MICA launcher is seen in the background during Major General Nayef bin Majid's visit to the SANG's Artillery and Air Defence Command, as well as an MPCV (left) and probably a VL MICA reload vehicle. (Saudi Arabia National Guard)  The Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) confirmed it has acquired the MBDA VL MICA on 9 November, when it released a photograph showing a launcher for the short-range air-defence system at one of its facilities in Riyadh.  The photograph was taken during a visit by Major General Nayef bin Majid, the minister for...

Turkey test fires Siper long-range air-defence system

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 10 November 2021
Turkey test fired the Siper air defence system from a test range in the Black Sea province of Sinop. (Roketsan/SSB)  Turkey has test fired the locally developed Siper high-altitude, long-range air and missile-defence system, İsmail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), tweeted on 6 November.  He said, “We have successfully completed another stage in the development of our long-range and multi-layered national air-defence system, the Siper.” Conducted at a test range in the Black Sea province of Sinop, it was the firs...

FEINDEF 2021: Arquimea unveils QLM-40 loitering munition

By David Ing & Nicholas Fiorenza 10 November 2021
Arquimea unveiled the QLM-40 loitering munition at FEINDEF 2021. (Arquimea)  Arquimea unveiled the QLM-40 loitering munition at the International Defence and Security Fair (FEINDEF) held in Madrid on 3–5 November.  The 40L70 pre-fragmented munition with folding wings is launched from a tube that can be installed on a vehicle. It is flown into a target but can be aborted and self-destruct.  Work on the QLM-40 has been under way for nearly three years but Arquimea general manager Manuel Martin acknowledged that the company had kept it very “low...

EOS unveils T2000-DE variant turret

By Robin Hughes 10 November 2021
A computer-generated image of the EOS Defence Systems' developmental T2000-DE turret. The DE weapon system is top-mounted above and to the right of the main armament in the image. Note the beam director on the right of the system, sensor unit on the left, and the AESA tracking radar panel in the centre. (EOS Defence Systems)  EOS Defence Systems has disclosed the development of an integrated directed-energy (DE) weapon system variant of its T2000 modular medium-calibre turret, designed to address the escalating top attack threat posed to infa...

Tokyo retracts claim North Korea test-launched two ballistic missiles on 19 October

By Kosuke Takahashi 10 November 2021
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has retracted its initial claim that North Korea test-launched two ballistic missiles rather than one on 19 October, saying that a radar system mistook a manmade object in space for a ballistic missile.  The a...

Czech MoD suspends tracked IFV procurement

By Ondrej Stratilik & Nicholas Fiorenza 09 November 2021
The Czech MoD on 5 November suspended procurement of 210 tracked IFVs, the contenders for which were (from left to right) the BAE Systems Hägglunds CV90 Mk IV, Rheinmetall Lynx KF41, and GDELS ASCOD 42. (Czech MoD)  The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 5 November suspended the procurement of 210 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) after a commission of experts completed the assessment of the bids.  The ministry said in a press release that the three bidders – BAE Systems Hägglunds with the CV90 Mk IV, General Dynamics European Land S...

FEINDEF 2021: TSD's Ibero armoured vehicle family makes public debut

By Erwan de Cherisey 09 November 2021
TSD showcased its Ibero family of armoured vehicles for the first time in public at FEINDEF 2021. The SMV20 pictured has a 9.5-tonne GMV and can accommodate up to 12 personnel. (Janes/Erwan de Cherisey)  Spanish company TSD showcased its Ibero family of armoured vehicles for the first time in public at the International Defence and Security Fair (FEINDEF) held in Madrid from 3 to 5 November.    A company executive told   Janes  that the Ibero made its debut in November 2020 when it was unveiled during an online event, as the C...

Bahamas Defence Force receives new radar from US NORTHCOM

By Alejandro Sanchez 08 November 2021
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has received a USD2.4 million radar from US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) to improve maritime security operations. Delivered on 28 October, the radar, known as a Maritime Surveillance System (MSS), is located in...

US Army awards USD69.6 million contract for 300kW-class laser weapon development

By Ashley Roque 05 November 2021
The US Army recently awarded a General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) and Boeing team with a contract worth up to USD69.6 million to demonstrate a 300kW-class solid state laser system, according to the service. If the air defence weapon w...

FEINDEF 2021: Duma Engineering's ASV350 ready for series production

By Erwan de Cherisey 05 November 2021
Duma Engineering's ASV350 is intended as a cost effective AFV, which can be locally manufactured by foreign countries with developing defence industrial bases. (Duma Engineering)    Spanish company Duma Engineering told   Janes  at the International Defence and Security Fair (FEINDEF) held in Madrid on 3–5 March that its ASV350 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) has completed test trials and is now ready for series production.   According to a company executive, the ASV350's design was finalised in 2020 and work on the first...

Kazakh MoD completes trials of KPE's Barys 8 infantry combat vehicle

By Gabriel Dominguez 05 November 2021
Armoured vehicle manufacturer Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) announced on 2 November that its new Barys 8 wheeled infantry combat vehicle (ICV) successfully completed a four-year-long series of trials conducted by the Kazakh Ministry of Def...

Force monitoring indicates developing situation on Ukrainian border

By Samuel Cranny-Evans & Thomas Bullock 05 November 2021
Force monitoring conducted by  Janes  analysts using social media indicates that Russia is conducting force movements to staging areas closer to the border with Ukraine. While it is not immediately apparent that an escalation in th...

US Army reactivates 56th Artillery Command in Europe

By Ashley Roque 05 November 2021
The US Army is reactivating its European Theater Fires Command at a time when it is now free of the constraints of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that banned ground-launched missiles with a range between 500 km to 5,500 km.  “The...

FEINDEF 2021: EXPAL prepares to deliver its first Dual EIMOS mortars

By David Ing 05 November 2021
The Dual EIMOS 81 mm was exhibited for the first time at FEINDEF 2021. (EXPAL)  The Dual EXPAL Integrated Mortar System (EIMOS) 81 mm was exhibited for the first time at the International Defence and Security Fair (FEINDEF) held in Madrid on 3–5 November.  EXPAL hopes to deliver the first batch of Dual EIMOS 81 mm mounted on a 4×4 vehicle to the Spanish Marines early next year after completing the development stage in April.    The company's international affairs communications manager, Andrés Ibáñez Cevallos, told  Janes  that...

Elbit UK secures British Army deployable training contract

By Giles Ebbutt 05 November 2021
Some of Elbit Systems UK's training and simulation capabilities were demonstrated at the British Army's Advanced Warfare Experiment 21 (AWE 21). (Elbit Systems UK)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract for the Interim Combined Arms Virtual Simulation (Deployable) (ICAVS(D)) to Elbit Systems UK (ESUK), it was revealed on the Defence Contracts Online (DCO) website on 24 October 2021 and announced by the company on 5 November. The total potential value of the contract, if all options are exercised, is GBP57.4 million....

USMC plans AAV divestment, plots way to support vehicles sold to foreign nations

By Ashley Roque 04 November 2021
An AAV7 amphibious assault vehicle with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit enters the water at Camp Lejeune on 3 October 2018 to embark on USS   New York  (LPD 21) in preparation for Exercise ‘Trident Juncture 2018'. The USMC is planning to divest from the legacy platform in the coming years.  (USMC)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) is poised to retire its family of assault amphibious vehicles (AAVs) in the coming years, with tentative plans to sell legacy platforms to foreign nations. As it plots the vehicle divestme...

Russian military to receive 200 aircraft, 26 S-350 and S-400 air-defence systems, says Putin

By Dmitry Fediushko 04 November 2021
The Russian armed forces is set to receive approximately 200 aircraft and 26 S-350 and S-400 air-defence systems in the coming years, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with military officials and representatives of the defence industry in...

Update: German Leopard 2 tested with Trophy APS for first time

By Nicholas Fiorenza 03 November 2021
The Israeli and German MoDs have completed the first series of live firing tests in Germany of the Trophy APS integrated into a Leopard 2 MBT. (German MoD)  The Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) announced on 2 November that it and its German counterpart had completed the first series of live firing tests in Germany of the Trophy active defence system (APS) integrated into a Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT).    The tests, conducted in co-operation with Rafael and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), demonstrated the integration of Trophy into the...
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