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New self-propelled mortar enters Algerian service

By Jeremy Binnie 06 October 2022
The new self-propelled mortar system is in service with Algeria's 12th Mechanised Infantry Division in Djelfa. (Ministère de la Défense Nationale (Algeria))  A new type 120 mm self-propelled mortar has entered service with the Algerian National People's Army (ANP), a photograph released by the country's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on 4 October confirmed.  The photograph was posted on the MND's Facebook channel to show a ceremony that was held by the 12th Mechanised Infantry Division, which is based in Djelfa, to mark the start of the 2...

Land Forces 2022: Australia considers HIMARS rocket production

By Julian Kerr 05 October 2022
Australia has requested to procure 20 M142 HIMARS launchers from the US government. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Consideration is being given to the manufacture of missiles for the US High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in Australia, a Lockheed Martin executive has disclosed.  James Heading, Lockheed Martin Australia's director of programmes in the strategic capabilities office for missiles and fire control, told media on 4 October that the consideration was centred on the production of the rockets themselves but not the launch vehicles....

Update: NIOA to deliver first phase of Australia's Lethality System project

By Jon Grevatt 04 October 2022
Accuracy International's AXSR has been selected to fulfil the ADF's requirement for a long-range sniper rifle. The Australian DoD said the rifle will be introduced into ADF service as a multicalibre system capable of delivering in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum, and 7.62 mm NATO calibres. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian government has signed an agreement with Queensland-based firm NIOA for the supply of a range of weapons and equipment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of its Lethality System project (Land 159)....

First turret completed for upgraded Dutch CV90

By Nicholas Fiorenza 04 October 2022
The first upgraded Dutch CV90 with a redesigned turret left the BSH plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September. (Dutch MoD)  The first-of-type (FOT) upgraded Dutch CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) left the BAE Systems Hägglunds (BSH) plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on the same day.    A BSH spokesperson told   Janes  on 30 September that the first turret for the Dutch CV90 mid-life upgrade (MLU) was completed on time and budget according to pl...

NIOA to deliver first phase of Australia's ‘Lethality System' project

By Jon Grevatt 03 October 2022
Accuracy International's AXSR has been selected to meet the ADF's requirement for a long-range sniper rifle. The Australian DoD said the rifle will be introduced into ADF service as a multicalibre system capable of delivering in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum, and 7.62 mm NATO calibres. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian government has signed an agreement with Queensland-based firm NIOA for the supply of a range of weapons and equipment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of its Lethality System project (Land 159).  T...

Thailand starts trials of D11A rocket launcher

By Jon Grevatt 30 September 2022
Thailand's D11A, the prototype of which is pictured above, is a local version of Elbit Systems' multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS). (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Thailand's Defense Technology Institute (DTI) has started trials of a locally produced version of Elbit Systems' multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS).  The DTI said on 27 September 2022 that trials of the prototype platform – named the D11A Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher – took place recently at the Royal Thai Army's (RTA's) artillery f...

Taiwan takes delivery of locally built amphibious assault ship

By Ridzwan Rahmat 30 September 2022
Taiwanese navy personnel walk by the landing platform dock   Yu Shan  during its handover ceremony in Kaohsiung on 30 September 2022.  (AFP via Getty Images)  The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has taken delivery of its first locally built amphibious assault ship.    The vessel,   Yu Shan  , was handed over by Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation on 30 April in a ceremony attended by the country's president, Tsai Ing-wen.   CSBC Corporation received a TWD4.635 billion (USD145.93 million) contr...

US funding Jordanian armoured vehicles for Palestinian forces

By Jeremy Binnie 30 September 2022
Palestinian National Security Forces personnel stand next to an Al-Jawad during protests in the West Bank city of Nablus on 20 September. (Getty Images)  The US embassy in Israel has ordered armoured vehicles from Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing (JLVM) on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces, according to a notice published on the US System of Award Management website on 21 September.  The order is for six Al-Jawad MK IV and nine Al-Maha light armoured vehicles (LAVs) at an estimated total cost of USD2.3 million.  The A...

Oshkosh Defense receives new ROGUE Fires contract

By Ashley Roque 30 September 2022
A NMESIS launcher deploys into position aboard the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Hawaii, in August 2021. The NMESIS and its NSMs participated in a live-fire exercise during ‘Large-Scale Exercise 2021'. (US Marine Corps)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) awarded Oshkosh Defense with a USD23.7 million contract to produce the chassis for its new Navy Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System (NMESIS).  The Pentagon announced the new indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Remotely Operated Ground Unit for Expeditionary (ROGUE) Fir...

DTDT 2022: Preferred bidders announced for systems and data roles for UK machine teaming project

By Olivia Savage 29 September 2022
Two companies – Rowden Technologies and IBM – have been announced as the preferred bidders for two separate contracts under the broader British Army Human Machine Teaming (HMT) programme.  Speaking at the 2022 Disruptive Technology for Defence Tran...

Hyundai Rotem, Kongsberg to collaborate on unmanned turrets for next-generation vehicles

By Jon Grevatt 29 September 2022
Hyundai Rotem is developing a next-generation wheeled armoured vehicle (left) and main battle tank (right). Scale models of both platforms were displayed at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Hyundai Rotem and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace have partnered to develop unmanned turrets for next-generation military vehicles being developed by the South Korean company.  Hyundai Rotem said on 28 September that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by the two firms at the DX Korea 2022 defence exhibition in Goyang, which co...

Ukraine conflict: NATO enhanced Vigilance Activity battlegroup in Slovakia declared combat-ready

By Nicholas Fiorenza 28 September 2022
The NATO eVA battlegroup in Slovakia was declared combat-ready following exercise ‘Strong Cohesion' in Lešť, held from 20 to 22 September, in which Slovak BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (pictured) were part of the enemy forces. (Bundeswehr/Lars Pötzsch)  The NATO enhanced Vigilance Activity (eVA) battlegroup in Slovakia was declared combat-ready following exercise ‘Strong Cohesion' in Lešť, held from 20 to 22 September. A spokesperson for the battlegroup told Janes on 23 September that the declaration was made after evaluation by an in-thea...

DVD 2022: UK Boxer programme hit by supply chain pressures

By Tim Ripley 27 September 2022
The UK MoD does not expect a delay in the Boxer programme, despite supply chain pressures. (Rheinmetall)  Supply chain pressures are not expected to delay the British Army's Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle programme, according to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).  The British Army's Boxer programme director, Colonel Iain Fake, said on the second day of the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022 event held at the Millbrook Proving Ground from 21 to 22 September that some electronic components were taking 55 weeks to source because of the Covid-...

India to equip Arjun Mk 1A MBTs with advanced targeting system

By Kapil Kajal 27 September 2022
India's MoD said that the Arjun Mk 1A integrates 72 new features over the Mk 1 model to ensure mobility in all terrains and day-and-night target engagement. (Indian PIB)    India's state-run Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is equipping the Indian Army's new Arjun Mk 1A main battle tank (MBT) with an electro-optical (EO) fire-control system. A source from Tonbo Imaging told   Janes  that the company is manufacturing the system in partnership with BEL's unit in Chennai, India.    “Tonbo Imaging is partnered with BEL, Chenna...

Ukraine conflict: British Army deploys tank-heavy EFP battlegroup to Estonia

By Tim Ripley 27 September 2022
The transfer of authority of the UK-led NATO EFP contingent between the incoming KRH Battlegroup and the outgoing Royal Welsh Battlegroup took place in Tapa, Estonia, on 21 September. (UK MoD/Crown copyright)  The British Army has deployed a tank-heavy battlegroup to Estonia, completing the restructuring of the UK-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) contingent in the Baltic state.  The King's Royal Hussars (KRH) Battlegroup was deployed to Tapa in Estonia, relieving the armoured infantry battlegroup of 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh regi...

Link 16 terminal qualified for French AWACS aircraft

By Olivia Savage 26 September 2022
French Boeing E-3F Sentry AWACS to get latest military tactical datalink. (Boeing)  The Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade 2 (MIDS-LVT BU2) has been qualified for use on all four of the French Air and Space Force Boeing E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.  Announced by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on 22 September, the new terminal will enable the operation of the latest-generation Link 16 military tactical data network on its aircraft in September−Novem...

Yemeni rebels unveil new missiles in largest parade to date

By Jeremy Binnie 26 September 2022
One of the Falaq ballistic missiles that were displayed during the parade. (Ansar Allah)  The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) unveiled several new weapon systems, many of them seemingly of Iranian origin, during a parade in Sanaa on 21 September.  Three ballistic missiles labelled as the Falaq were displayed that looked similar to a version of Iran's Qiam liquid-fuel ballistic missile that has fins on its re-entry vehicle. The ballistic missiles that Ansar Allah refers to as the Burkan-2H and Zulfiqar have earlier been identified as...

DVD 2022: MSI unveils Terrahawk VSHORAD system

By Christopher Petrov 26 September 2022
MSI unveiled the Terrahawk VSHORAD counter-UAS concept at DVD 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  MSI Defence Systems unveiled the Terrahawk flatbed-based very short-range air-defence (VSHORAD) system at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022 event held at the Millbrook Proving Ground on 21 and 22 September. The system is designed to counter small aerial targets, including unmanned aerial systems (UASs), while also retaining capabilities to engage low-flying fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.  The main armament of the Terrahawk is the 30 mm Mk 4...

DVD 2022: QinetiQ unveils Talon 6 EOD UGV

By Alexander Stronell 26 September 2022
QinetiQ's Talon 6N EOD UGV demonstrated at DVD 2022. The vehicle is pictured lifting a 12.5 kg weight from behind an obstacle. (Janes/Alexander Stronell)  QinetiQ has exhibited the Talon 6 explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot for the first time at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022, the British Army's biennial defence industry exhibition, held at the Millbrook Proving Ground from 21 to 22 September.  As the name would imply, the Talon 6 is the latest in the Talon series of EOD unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) developed by QinetiQ, whic...

DVD 2022: British Army outlines new protected mobility pipeline

By Sonny Butterworth 26 September 2022
A Mastiff 3 fitted with NP Aerospace's upgraded suspension kit was displayed at DVD 2022. This is one of the 12 different types of vehicles that make up the British Army's existing fleet of protected mobility vehicles. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  The British Army elaborated on its plans to rationalise its protected mobility vehicle fleet at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022 event held at the Millbrook Proving Ground from 21 to 22 September.  During a presentation at the event on 22 September, Brigadier Mike Fayers, head of military capa...
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