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Defexpo 2022: DRDO unveils indigenous ATAGS

By Kapil Kajal 19 October 2022
KSSL's ATAGS (pictured above) at Defence Expo 2022 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has unveiled the indigenously developed 155 mm/52 calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) at Defexpo 2022 being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.  The ATAGS is jointly developed by the DRDO, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), and Kalyani Strategic Systems Limited (KSSL).  According to TASL, the system has capabilities such as a self-propelled mode and a...

AUSA 2022: DTC launches new waveform, integrates with Nett Warrior chest mount

By Giles Ebbutt 19 October 2022
The Domo Tactical Communications SDR-M integrated into the Kägwerks DOCK-Lite chest mount. The cables emerging from the bottom are the antennas. (Janes/Giles Ebbutt)  Domo Tactical Communications (DTC), part of Codan Communications, has developed a new member of its MeshUltra internet protocol (IP) waveform (WF) family. The MeshUltra family is a range of mobile ad hoc network (MANET) coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (COFDM) WFs.  The new WF, launched at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2022 annual convention in...

General Robotics launches naval RCWS

By Olivia Savage 19 October 2022
General Robotics launches Shark, a lightweight RCWS suited for small vessels. (General Robotics )  Israel-based General Robotics has launched a naval version of its Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS).  Known as Shark, the RCWS is designed for small manned and unmanned naval vessels, the company said on 18 October.  Specifically designed for naval forces, coastguards, naval special warfare (NSW), and raiding crafts, it can integrate all machine guns up to .50 calibre, the company added.  Shark is based on the company's Pitbull RCWS, desig...

Ukraine conflict: Austria plans to invest in GBAD, personal equipment, and mobility

By Georg Mader & Matilde Stronell & Nicholas Fiorenza 19 October 2022
Austrian defence spending trend, 2014–33. (Janes)    Austrian Ministry of Defence planners are seeking parliamentary approval of a 10-year state defence financing act to give more predictability in planning and avoid future governments from cancelling projects,   Janes  learnt during a briefing at the ministry on 13 October. This will increase defence spending to EUR5.25 billion (USD5.16 billion) by 2027 for a total of EUR16 billion over the four years until then, as announced by the ministry on 6 October. In addition, the pla...

Serco awarded contract extension for UK BMD system

By Olivia Savage 19 October 2022
Pictured is RAF Fylingdales Raytheon AN/FPS-132 UEWR SSPAR, capable of detecting ballistic missile attacks and conducting general space surveillance and satellite tracking. (DVIDS/Robert Lingley)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Serco a contract extension for the Solid State Phased Array Radar (SSPAR) at Royal Air Force (RAF) Fylingdales, North Yorkshire.  This contract extension is the second of two three-year options, which will run from 2023 to 2026, the company stated on 18 October.  SSPAR forms part of the UK and US ballisti...

ASCOD Autonomous Platform unveiled in Spain

By Alexander Stronell & Sonny Butterworth 19 October 2022
ASCOD Autonomous Platform exhibited at the 2E+I Forum in Toledo. (General Dynamics European Land Systems)  General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) and SENER Aeroespacial unveiled an unmanned variant of the Austrian Spanish Cooperation Development (ASCOD) 2 modular tracked vehicle at the 2E+I Forum, held in Toledo on 10 and 11 October.  The ASCOD Autonomous Platform, as the companies have designated the vehicle, is an optionally manned system robotised via an appliqué kit.  The system was demonstrated to Gener...

Ukraine conflict: Greece receives first Marder 1A3 IFVs from Germany

By Sonny Butterworth 18 October 2022
Germany has delivered the first six of 40 Marder 1A3 IFVs (shown here in service with the German Army) to Greece in exchange for the latter's transfer of 40 of its BMP-1 armoured vehicles to Ukraine. (Rheinmetall Landsysteme)  Greece received the first six Marder 1A3 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from the German government on 17 October as part of a series of agreements to transfer 40 of the IFVs to the Hellenic Army in exchange for Greece supplying 40 of its BMP-1 tracked IFVs to Ukraine.  Greek Minister for National Defence Niko...

AUSA 2022: Collins displays MAPS Gen II and DAPS solutions

By Giles Ebbutt 18 October 2022
The components of MAPS Gen II displayed at the AUSA 2022. (Giles Ebbutt)  Collins Aerospace, part of Raytheon Technologies, showcased its Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (APNT) System (MAPS) Gen II programme solution for the US Army at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2022 annual convention in Washington, DC, held from 10 to 12 October.  Announced in September 2022, Collins Aerospace was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) production contract for the army's MAPS Gen II programme, with...

Qatar unveils Skynex air defence

By Jeremy Binnie 14 October 2022
Revolver Guns in action during the QEADF's Exercise ‘Shield 6 (Skynex)'. (Qatari Ministry of Defence)  The Qatar Emiri Air Defence Forces (QEADF) now has the Rheinmetall Skynex short-range air-defence system, the Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 13 October when it released a video showing components associated with the system during an exercise.  These included eight 35 mm Revolver Gun Mk3s and a single X-TAR3D target acquisition and tracking radar.  While these components can be used as part of Skyguard or Skyshield systems, the...

Indian Army sets up Integrated Battle Groups along the borders

By Kapil Kajal 14 October 2022
Indian T-90 MBTs on parade as part of a joint exercise with Russian forces in April 2021. (Russian MoD)  The Indian Army has initiated the formation of new combat units known as Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) along the borders with China and Pakistan.  The Western Command of the Indian Army, which remains in a medium‐readiness state for a conventional war against Pakistan, has conducted an IBG exercise. This is one of the IBGs formed by the Indian Army along the borders.  On October 12 the Vajra Corps (11 Corps) of the Western Command along...

Royal Netherlands Army commences armed robot trials in first among Western militaries

By Alexander Stronell 14 October 2022
Armed THeMIS UGVs undergoing trials with the Royal Netherlands Army in Lithuania, October 2022. (Dutch MoD)    The Royal Netherlands Army has become the first Western military to begin operational trials with armed unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs),   Janes  has learned.     Four armed THeMIS UGVs were deployed with the Netherlands' 13th Light Brigade to Lithuania on 12 September, Lieutenant Colonel Sjoerd Mevissen, commander of the Royal Netherlands Army's Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) unit, told   Janes...

Latest generation NIMR vehicles set for 2023 delivery

By Huw Williams 14 October 2022
The Ajban Mk 2 features increased ballistic and blast protection compared with the Mk 1 vehicle, as well as a larger payload capacity. (EDGE Group)  NIMR expects the first Ajban Mk 2 vehicle to be delivered in January 2023, Abri du Plessis, the company's chief executive officer told a media briefing, adding that an initial Hafeet Mk 2 could be handed over as little as six months later. The launch customer for the vehicles was not disclosed.  The Ajban Mk 2 is a 4×4 protected patrol vehicle and has been developed to offer increased levels of b...

Allies accelerate delivery of air-defence assets to Ukraine for an integrated air-defence system

By Brooks Tigner 14 October 2022
The Ukraine Defense Contact Group on 12 October agreed to accelerate the delivery of air-defence assets to Ukraine for an integrated air-defence system. (NATO)  Allies agreed on 12 October to transfer various air-defence assets to Ukraine and help Kyiv knit them together into an integrated layered defence capability against Russian missiles and aircraft. While senior allied military officials said the assets would be transferred as quickly as possible, they declined to say how long it would take to achieve that capability.  “These systems wil...

AUSA 2022: L3Harris rolls-out new satcom mission module

By Carlo Munoz 14 October 2022
A US Army Ranger lies in the prone position, equipped with L3Harris's AN/PRC-163. (US Army Special Operations Command)  L3Harris Technologies unveiled a new mission module to support tactical radio communications, enabling handheld combat radios to tap into US Space Force's (USSF's) tactical satellite communications (satcom) network.  The mission module, rolled-out during the annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) 2022 conference in Washington, DC from 10 to 12 October, will let the company's AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld combat radio con...

Czech Republic to receive Leopard 2 tanks from Rheinmetall

By Nicholas Fiorenza 14 October 2022
The Czech Republic and Germany agreed on 11 October on the transfer of 14 Leopard 2A4 MBTs (pictured) and a Büffel armoured recovery vehicle for the ACR. (Rheinmetall)  The Czech Republic and Germany agreed on 11 October on the transfer of 14 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) and a Büffel armoured recovery vehicle for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR), the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Rheinmetall announced the same day.  Four documents were signed at the Czech MoD by Czech Land Forces Commander Major General Ladislav Jung; Colone...

AUSA 2022: GDLS displays TRX Breacher, weighs path ahead for RCV-L competition

By Ashley Roque 14 October 2022
General Dynamics Land Systems' TRX Breacher that was at AUSA 2022. (GDLS)  General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) showcased its second-generation Tracked Robot 10-Ton (TRX) with a breaching capability at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) 2022 conference in Washington, DC.  This newest robotic combat vehicle is based around the previous iteration of the tracked, flat-top unmanned ground vehicle that the company unveiled in 2020 and used in several army experiments. The company used “lessons learned” from these service events to build the TRX...

AUSA 2022: GM Defense displays ISV for US Army Rangers

By Ashley Roque 13 October 2022
Shown here is the ISV outfitted with kit for US Army Rangers at AUSA 2022. (Janes/Ashley Roque)  GM Defense is continuing to deliver its standard nine-person Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) to the US Army while also showing ways the vehicle can be modified for different mission sets, including one for army rangers.  At the annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) 2022 conference in Washington, DC, held on 10–12 October, the company displayed its traditional ISV, an all-electric version of the standard ISV, along with one that integrates changes...

R&S to supply software-defined radios to Portuguese Army

By Olivia Savage 13 October 2022
R&S to supply its SOVERON HR radios to Portuguese Armed Forces. (Rohde & Schwarz)  Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) will deliver its software-defined radios (SDRs) to the Portuguese Army.  According to an R&S announcement on 13 October, the company has entered into a partnership with EID to deliver its SOVERON HR (handheld radios) to the Portuguese Army, as part of EID's Dismounted Soldier Communications System solution.  EID was unable to provide details regarding its Dismounted Soldier Communications System at the time of publication.  SOVERON HR is a...

Ukraine conflict: Germany delivers first IRIS-T GBAD system to Kyiv

By Nicholas Fiorenza 13 October 2022
Germany has delivered the IRIS-T SLM GBAD system to Ukraine. (Diehl)  Germany has delivered the InfraRed Imaging System Tail Surface Launched Medium Range (IRIS-T SLM) ground-based air defence (GBAD) system to Ukraine, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov tweeted on 11 October. The announcement came three days after German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht announced on 8 October that the first of four IRIS-T SLMs would be ready to defend Ukraine. A Diehl official told Janes on 11 October that the system would be operational no later...

France's new UNAC RIDER ATVs paradropped during exercise

By Nicholas Fiorenza 13 October 2022
RIDER ATVs participated in Exercise ‘Manticore', held in south central France from 16 September to 7 October. (SIRPA Terre)    France's new UNAC Rapid Intervention Droppable Equipment for Raiders (RIDER) all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) participated in Exercise ‘Manticore', held in south central France from 16 September to 7 October by French Army special forces, 11th Parachute Brigade and 4th Air Combat Brigade. A French Army spokesperson told   Janes  on 12 October that the ATVs were transported and paradropped by A400M transport...
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