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Partner 2021: Serbia to buy two C295 airlifters and more H145M helicopters, shows new weapons and equipment

By Igor Bozinovski 18 October 2021
Yugoimport's new Lazanski 8×8 ACV was unveiled at Partner 2021. (Igor Bozinovski)  Serbia will buy two C295 transport aircraft and a larger number of H145M helicopters from Airbus, Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović announced on the first day of the Partner 2021 international defence exhibition held in Belgrade from 11 to 14 October.  Partner 2021 unveiled new locally developed military equipment. This included Yugoimport's Lazanski 8×8 armoured combat vehicle (ACV), shown alongside two new versions of the Lazar III 8×8 ACV: the Lazar III...

Mbombe 4 rolls out new armour addition

By Charles Forrester 18 October 2021
Paramount Group has announced a new armour add-on for the Mbombe 4 MRAP. (Paramount Group)    South Africa's Paramount Group has created a new add-on armour package for the Mbombe 4 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) 4×4 vehicle,   Janes  has learnt.   The new package has, according to the company, bolstered the armour protection of the vehicle to full NATO STANAG 4569 Level 3 for ballistic protection, with certification being provided by South Africa's Armscor.  According to Paramount Group, the new add-on system is...

Rheinmetall unveils Australian-developed Lynx Combat Support Vehicle

By Julian Kerr 18 October 2021
The new Lynx Combat Support Vehicle unveiled by Rheinmetall Defence Australia on 18 October at its facilities in Redbank, Queensland. (Rheinmetall Defence Australia)  Rheinmetall Defence Australia unveiled a new privately developed tracked combat support vehicle (CSV) variant of the Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) in a ceremony held on 18 October at its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Redbank, Queensland.  Described by the company's managing director Gary Stewart as the most sophisticated and capable armoured ve...

South Korea to series-produce new man-portable mine-detection system

By Gabriel Dominguez 18 October 2021
DAPA announced on 18 October that it awarded Hanwha Systems a contract to series-produce the PRS-20K: a new mine detection system that is also capable of finding non-metallic mines. The system will be deployed with the RoK Armed Forces from the second half of 2022. (DAPA)  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 18 October that it has awarded Hanwha Systems a contract to series-produce a new man-portable, mine-detection system that is capable of finding both metallic and non-metallic mines.  The agency sai...

Rheinmetall presents high-roof version of Fuchs armoured vehicle

By Nicholas Fiorenza 15 October 2021
Rheinmetall has developed a high-roof version of the Fuchs wheeled armoured transport vehicle for roles such as armoured ambulances (pictured) and tactical operations centres. (Rheinmetall)  Rheinmetall announced in a press release on 14 October that it has developed a high-roof version of the Fuchs (Fox) 6x6 armoured transport vehicle for roles such as armoured ambulances and tactical operations centres.  The armoured ambulance demonstrator is being presented at the convention of the Gesellschaft für Wehrmedizin und Wehrpharmazie, a German n...

Pakistan Army commissions HQ-9/P air-defence system

By Samuel Cranny-Evans & Gabriel Dominguez 15 October 2021
A screengrab from footage released by the ISPR on 14 October showing a transporter vehicle carrying spare missiles for the HQ-9/P SAM system during a commissioning ceremony held that same day at Army Air Defence Centre Karachi. (ISPR)  The Pakistan Army's (PA's) Air Defence forces have inducted into service a variant of the Chinese-made HQ-9 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, according to a 14 October press release issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military.  Referred to in PA service as the H...

AUSA 2021: US Army leverages data management lessons learned from Afghan pull-out

By Carlo Munoz 14 October 2021
A US soldier attached to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division secures a helicopter landing zone in southeastern Afghanistan in 2019. (US Army)  Senior US Army leaders are in the midst of incorporating the lessons learned from data management shortfalls that plagued the US withdrawal from Afghanistan earlier this year, saying anticipated advances in the service's combat networking construct will close those gaps.  An overloaded and overworked legacy network architecture, the inability to transmit time-sensitive data between US armed...

S-500 enters service in Moscow region

By Samuel Cranny-Evans & Mark Cazalet 14 October 2021
The first S-500 air defence system has entered service in the Moscow region. (Russian MoD)  The first S-500 55R6M Prometey (Prometheus) strategic air-defence system has entered service with a unit in the Moscow region, the TASS news agency reported on 13 October, citing a source close to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD).  The first regimental set is to be followed by a second in the first half of 2022, the source added. No official announcement has been made by the MoD, but Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told the RIA Novosti news age...

New SHORAD systems seen in Iranian exercise

By Jeremy Binnie 14 October 2021
Two Majid SHORAD systems featured in the latest ‘Defenders of the Velayt Skies' exercise. (Tasnim News Agency)  New short-range air-defence (SHORAD) systems featured in Exercise ‘Defenders of the Velayet Skies 1400' , which was held by Iranian air-defence forces on 12–13 October, reflecting a growing emphasis on countering low-altitude threats.  Brigadier General Amir Qader Rahimzadeh, commander of the regular military's (Artesh's) air-defence force, announced that both the Majid and Dezful systems had been successfully fired during the exerc...

AUSA 2021: General Micro Systems unveils new artificial intelligence server

By Carlo Munoz 14 October 2021
Tactical server manufacturer General Micro Systems unveiled its newest, high-powered server designed specifically to operate and support the plethora of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and applications set to flood the battlefiel...

Seoul’s ADEX escapes the worst of Covid-19 cancellations

By Gareth Jennings 13 October 2021
As the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition 2021 is staged at Seoul Airport on the outskirts of the South Korean capital from 19 to 21 October, Gareth Jennings explores the expected developments at the show…  ADEX, as the event is popularly known, is rapidly becoming one of Asia-Pacific's most influential and prestigious aviation, aerospace and defence events, along with Aero India, Avalon in Australia, the Singapore Air Show, and the China Air Show in Zhuhai in China.  For organisers, the biennial show has been fortunate to esc...

Partner 2021: Serbia integrates Russian unmanned weapon stations on Lazar III A1 ACVs

By Dmitry Fediushko 13 October 2021
The Lazar III A1 ACV armed with the Russian-made 32V01 unmanned combat module. (Dmitry Fediushko)  Serbia's Yugoimport has integrated Russian-designed 32V01 and AU-220M remotely operated weapon stations (ROWS) on to its new Lazar III A1 family of armoured combat vehicles (ACVs). The modified platforms were unveiled at the Partner 2021 international defence show in Belgrade, Serbia, between 11 and 14 October.  The Lazar III A1 with the 32V01 ROWS carries a modification of the module with a Shipunov 2A42 30 mm automatic cannon, a Kalashnikov P...

Rocket Lab buys software firm ASI

By Marc Selinger 13 October 2021
US-based Rocket Lab has continued to expand beyond its core business of launch vehicles by acquiring Advanced Solutions Inc (ASI), which develops flight software for spacecraft, Rocket Lab announced on 12 October.  ASI will become part of Rocket La...

Slovenia begins testing Pipistrel aircraft and simulator

By Igor Bozinovski 13 October 2021
A Pipistrel Virus SW 121 light aircraft and a simulator for it arrived at the SV Aviation School on 1 October. (Pipistrel Aviation)  The Slovenian Armed Forces (SV) will test the suitability of aircraft and simulators for pilot training, Defence Minister Matej Tonin said during a 1 October ceremony marking the launch of testing agreed between the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) and domestic light aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel Aircraft.  Valid until 31 December 2023, the agreement provides the SV with access to Virus SW 121 and Velis Ele...

Myanmar military poised to launch campaign against People's Defence Forces

By Anthony Davis 13 October 2021
Myanmar's armed forces (Tatmadaw) are poised to launch a multipronged counter-insurgency campaign in the country's west aimed at crushing an upsurge in resistance to the State Administration Council (SAC) regime installed following the February cou...

AUSA 2021: US Army unit receives hypersonic weapon launchers, set to begin training

By Daniel Wasserbly 13 October 2021
The delivery of the first prototype hypersonic hardware to soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Field Artillery Brigade is completed on October 7, 2021, with a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington state. (US Army photo / Spc Karleshia Gater)  A US Army unit has officially received its first Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) launchers and is scheduled to begin ‘new equipment training' on 18 October, according to Lieutenant General Neil Thurgood, the army's director for hypersonics, directed energy, sp...

Pakistan Army holds induction ceremony for VT4 MBT

By Gabriel Dominguez & Samuel Cranny-Evans 13 October 2021
A screengrab from video footage released by Pakistan's ISPR on 30 June showing PA personnel testing a VT4 MBT at an undisclosed location in Pakistan. The VT4 was formally inducted into PA service in a ceremony held on 12 October at Gujranwala. (ISPR)  The Pakistan Army (PA) has formally inducted the China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) VT4 main battle tank (MBT) into service.  Video footage released by the Samaa news channel on 13 October shows several examples of the third-generation MBT being displayed at a commissioning cerem...

AUSA 2021: Industry concerned with 4-month gap between OMFV phases

By Ashley Roque 12 October 2021
Shown here is a Bradley vehicle at Fort Stewart, Georgia in 2016. The US Army has selected five OMFV proposals to begin design work aimed at replacing the Bradley fleet. (US Army )  Companies working on digital designs for the US Army's M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle replacement programme are concerned about a four-month gap between phases that could force them to remove workers from the project,   Janes  has learnt.    Although the army is cognisant of the problem, the service's Deputy Program Executive Officer for Ground Comb...

AUSA 2021: Pentagon eyes new ‘rapid fielding' experimentation series for 2023

By Daniel Wasserbly 12 October 2021
The US Department of Defense (DoD) is plotting to begin a series of technology experiments in fiscal year 2023 (FY 2023) to consider a variety of rapid fielding projects, and is seeking FY 2022 funding to get the effort started, according to the Pe...

Update: Czech Republic, Israel sign SPYDER air defence agreement

By Yaakov Lappin 12 October 2021
Israel and the Czech Republic signed a government-to-government agreement covering the delivery of four Rafael SPYDER air-defence systems on 5 October.  The agreement was signed in Prague by Czech Deputy Minister for Armaments and Acquisitions Lubo...
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