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IT²EC 2024: Babcock unveils new immersive training system

By Olivia Savage 11 April 2024
The Babcock Immersive Training Experience (BITE), unveiled at IT²EC 2024, was configured to imitate a bunker control room, equipped with communication devices and video feeds, including from UAVs and social media. (Janes/Olivia Savage)  Babcock unveiled a new modular, immersive training system at the International Training Technology Exhibition & Conference (IT²EC) 2024 held from 9 to 11 April in London.  Known as the Babcock Immersive Training Experience (BITE), the system is designed to provide trainees with a realistic training environment...

IT²EC 2024: Saab to continue supporting British Army live training

By Olivia Savage 11 April 2024
Saab has been contracted to upgrade the army's live training capability. Pictured are troops practising their debussing drills from a Saab DFWES-equipped Warrior infantry combat vehicle in Alberta. (Janes)  The British Army has signed a GBP60 million (USD75.7 million) three-year support contract with Saab to improve its live training capability.  The contract – Instrumented Live Training (ILT-D) – is replacing the existing Direct Fire Weapon Effects Simulator (DFWES) contract with Saab and will involve modernising its live training capabiliti...

Leonardo announces new CTTP training partner

By Olivia Savage 11 April 2024
CESI is joining Leonardo's Team Aurelian to bid for the British Army's CTTP programme. Pictured are chief technology officer for CESI Stu Armstrong (left) and CTTP campaign director at Leonardo UK John Wells. (Leonardo UK)  US-company Cole Engineering Services Inc (CESI) is joining Leonardo's Team Aurelian for the upcoming British Army's Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP) contract.  Announced by Leonardo at the International Training Technology Exhibition & Conference (IT²EC) 2024 held from 9 to 11 April in London, the new pa...

Taiwan army to procure new rifles

By Kapil Kajal 10 April 2024
A 5.56×45 mm XT112 assault rifle prototype showcased at TADTE 2023. The rifle has a firing range of 600 m. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  The Republic of China Army (RoCA) will procure nearly 25,000 new 5.56×45 mm assault rifles called XT112 to replace in-service T65 and T91 assault rifles, a RoCA officer told Janes on 8 April.  The new rifles will be inducted into the RoCA by the end of 2025, the officer said.  The XT112 is developed by the 205th Arsenal of Taiwan Ministry of National Defense's (MND's) Armaments Bureau.  Lieutenant Colonel Yi-wei Li f...

Ukraine conflict: Lithuania sends mobile command vehicles to Ukraine

By Olivia Savage 09 April 2024
Lithuania is providing its M577 command vehicle (pictured) to Ukraine under a military support deal. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Lithuania has supplied an undisclosed number of M577 armoured command vehicles to the Ukrainian army.  The vehicles, provided under a military support deal, arrived in Ukraine on 5 April, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) on 6 April.    An MND spokesperson was unable to specify to   Janes   the number of units supplied for security reasons.   M577 is the command-and-control...

Germany restructures Bundeswehr

By Nicholas Fiorenza 09 April 2024
A CIR Fuchs Kampfwert-Steigerung Radio Multiband (KWS RMB) radar reconnaissance vehicle during electronic warfare exercise ‘Vigilant Owl' held in Lithuania at the end of 2023. (Bundeswehr/Stefan Uj)  German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius announced in a press conference on 4 April that he had approved the restructuring of the Bundeswehr in response to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. The restructuring aims to make the Bundeswehr combat ready and optimise it for defending Germany and its NATO allies.  The restructu...

Rheinmetall to supply Mission Master SP UGVs to Japan for testing

By Kapil Kajal 08 April 2024
The Mission Master SP UGV (pictured above) features a bay that can be equipped with a variety of payloads such as remote weapon stations and masts equipped with sensors, and it is fitted with localisation and navigation sensors for remote and autonomous control. (Rheinmetall)  German automotive and arms manufacturer Rheinmetall has signed a “multimillion-dollar” contract with the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) to supply three Mission Master SP wheeled unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) for testing,...

Special Report: Germany begins ordering new Boxer variants

By Nicholas Fiorenza 08 April 2024
The Bundeswehr ordered 123 Boxer sWaTrg Inf HWC infantry vehicles from Rheinmetall on 21 March. (Rheinmetall)  The Bundeswehr is procuring its first specialised versions of the Boxer, placing orders with Rheinmetall for Skyranger 30 air-defence systems mounted on Boxers in February and heavy weapon carriers (HWCs) in March.  It ordered 123 Schwerer Waffenträger Infanterie (sWaTrg Inf) HWC infantry vehicles from Rheinmetall on 21 March, the German company announced in a press release the same day.  On 20 March the Bundestag, Germany's parliame...

Update: Iraq announces start of VN22 armoured vehicle production

By Jeremy Binnie 08 April 2024
A still from a video released on 3 April 2024 shows a Norinco VN22 being demonstrated for the Iraqi minister of interior. (Defence Industry Commission of Iraq (DICI))  Iraq's state-owned defence industry has said it has begun producing Norinco VN22 6×6 armoured vehicles.  The Defence Industry Commission of Iraq (DICI) posted a video on its Facebook page on 1 April in which engineer Mustafa Ati Hassan, the president of the Military Industrialization Authority, stood next to a VN22 to announce the start of production of a 6×6 vehicle he did not...

IWI unveils Arbel accuracy-improvement electronic firing system

By Amael Kotlarski 04 April 2024
Negev NG7 fitted with the Arbel system. (Janes/Amael Kotlarski)  Janes  has learnt that a new small-arms system that promises to improve the accuracy of shooters' follow-on shots by a factor of two to three times was first deployed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) personnel in Gaza in October 2023.   The system, known as Arbel, was developed by Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) over the last nine years and has been assessed by a number of international armed forces.  Arbel consists of an electromechanical trigger unit, a detection unit, a...

Australian Army tests remote firing capability of uncrewed APC

By Kapil Kajal 04 April 2024
An Australian Army M113AS4 armoured logistics vehicle, fitted with optionally crewed combat vehicle technology and a remote weapon station, fires from a support-by-fire position during a human-machine team exercise at Puckapunyal Military Area. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian Army's Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office (RICO) and Electro Optic Systems (EOS) have conducted a remote firing exercise from an uncrewed M113 armoured personnel carrier (APC) at Puckapunyal Military Area in Victoria, EOS sa...

Lockheed Martin expands possibilities for SkyKeeper C2 system

By Giles Ebbutt 03 April 2024
LMUK's Skykeeper Command is designed for main HQs in semi-static locations or in an ISO-container configuration. (Lockheed Martin UK)  Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) has finished upgrading the British Army's Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) capability and is developing future iterations of its SkyKeeper command-and-control (C2) software,   Janes   learnt at a media briefing on 26 March.   LEAPP is a truck-mounted system integrated with the Saab Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (G-AMB) 3D surveillance radar that provides early air-de...

Netherlands retires 52-year-old air surveillance radar

By Olivia Savage 03 April 2024
The GM400α radar from Thales is replacing the MPR (pictured) in Nieuw Milligen while the new Herwijnen radar station is fitted with the long-range SMART-L Multi-Mission/Fixed system. (Netherlands Ministry of Defence )  The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has retired its 52-year-old Medium Power Radar (MPR) based in Nieuw Milligen, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 April.  The MPR in Nieuw Milligen has been in service since 1971, supporting the RNLAF Nieuw Milligen air operations control station (AOCS) with air surve...

Iraq announces start of VN22 armoured vehicle production

By Jeremy Binnie 03 April 2024
A still from a DICI video shows a Norinco VN22 at the Al-Rabie factory. (Defence Industry Commission of Iraq)  Iraq's state-owned defence industry has said it has begun producing Norinco VN22 6×6 armoured vehicles.  The Defence Industry Commission of Iraq (DICI) posted a video on its Facebook page on 1 April in which engineer Mustafa Ati Hassan, the president of the Military Industrialization Authority, stood next to a VN22 to announce the start of production of a 6×6 vehicle he did not name at the Al-Rabie factory, which is in southeast Bagh...

Update: Lithuania contracts NT Service for urgent C-UAS procurement

By Olivia Savage 02 April 2024
SkyWiper Omni (pictured), developed by NT Service, is an omnidirectional jammer being procured by the Lithuanian MND, which has a 500 m domed range. (Janes/Olivia Savage)  Lithuania-based NT Service has been contracted to deliver counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) to the Lithuanian military to meet an urgent requirement to combat ‘drones'.  The contract, valued at EUR8.03 million (USD8.72 million) and spanning 36 months, involves the provision of anti-drone dome systems and individual suppressors, according to a contract notice publis...

Feature: Arctic formations taking shape in US Army

By Meredith Roaten 02 April 2024
A convoy of Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicles perform command-and-control operations for the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center training rotation in Fort Greely, Alaska. (Janes/Meredith Roaten)    Life in the Arctic can shift from -40ºF with 20 to 30 mph winds one week to the snow melting away as temperatures climb closer to 40ºF every day the next week. This kind of chaos makes the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center (JPMRC) 24-02 training rotation an excellent trial for new US Army equipment and operations in contest...

Taiwan set to produce new vehicles, assault rifles

By Kapil Kajal 02 April 2024
A 5.56 mm XT112 assault rifle prototype showcased at TADTE 2023. The rifle has a firing range of 600 m. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  The Republic of China Army (RoCA) has granted the permission to produce a new direct fire support variant of the Cloud Leopard 8×8 wheeled armoured combat vehicle (ACV) and a new 5.56 mm assault rifle called XT112, Taiwan's state-owned Central News Agency (CNA) reported in late March.  According to the CNA, the ACV – fitted with a 105 mm gun – passed initial combat readiness testing with the RoCA in October 2023, while...

US Army eyes dismounted A-PNT capability

By Carlo Munoz 02 April 2024
A US Army soldier with the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, inspects a MAPS Gen 1 A-PNT component installed on a tactical vehicle. (US Army)  The US Army's combat capabilities development directorate is seeking industry input on an Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing (A-PNT) capability specifically designed for dismounted operations.  Officials from the research and technology integration directorate at the service's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center are s...

Hanwha initiates production of Australian Huntsman vehicles

By Kapil Kajal 01 April 2024
An Australian Army AS9 Huntsman self-propelled howitzer test-fires a practice round at the Proof and Experimental Establishment in Port Wakefield. (Commonwealth of Australia)  South Korea's Hanwha Aerospace initiated the production of the first AS9 ‘Huntsman' self-propelled howitzer (SPH) and AS10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicle (AARV) for the Australian Army on 28 March at its Changwon facility, the company said in a social media post in late March.  Following initial production of two AS9s and one AS10 at the Changwon facility, all the...

Malaysia investigates ‘critical problems' plaguing fleet of PT-91M tanks

By Ridzwan Rahmat 01 April 2024
A Malaysian Army PT-91M main battle tank. The country has begun investigations into “critical problems” plaguing the fleet, including issues with the vehicle's transmission and fire-control systems. (Malaysia Ministry of Defence)  Malaysia has formed a joint investigation team to rectify a list of “critical problems” that plague the country's fleet of PT-91M ‘Pendekar' main battle tanks (MBTs).  This team comprises operators of the equipment and representatives from the contractor that supplies maintenance services and spare parts to these ta...
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