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DVD 2022: RBSL unveils Boxer Overwatch demonstrator

By Sonny Butterworth 26 September 2022
RBSL displayed a concept demonstrator of the Boxer Overwatch variant at DVD 2022 with a mission module for launching eight Brimstone missiles (seen here in the raised position). (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) unveiled a demonstrator of the Boxer 8×8 armoured vehicle equipped with a mission module for launching Brimstone missiles at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) event held at the Millbrook Proving Ground on 21 and 22 September 2022.  Known as Boxer Overwatch, this new variant was developed by RBSL in colla...

DVD 2022: British Army seeks 100% uplift in MLRS numbers

By James Rands & Tim Ripley 26 September 2022
The British Army is planning to increase the size of the UK's M270 MLRS fleet under plans to boost the service's deep fires capabilities. (Crown copyright)  Richard Smart, Senior Responsible Officer for Joint Effects at British Army Headquarters in Andover, outlined plans to increase both the capability and numbers of M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs) in the UK service on the second day of the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022 event held at the Millbrook Proving Ground from 21 to 22 September.  Smart said that the first MLRS had g...

DVD 2022: Horiba Mira to deliver ISTAR Viking UGVs to British Army in 2023

By Alexander Stronell 26 September 2022
Horiba Mira's Viking unmanned ground vehicle exhibited in the logistics and resupply configuration at DVD 2022. (Janes/Alexander Stronell)    Horiba Mira is to deliver two Viking unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) in an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) configuration to the British Army in 2023,   Janes  has learnt.     Speaking to   Janes  at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022 – the British Army's biennial defence industry exhibition – Andrew Maloney, chief engine...

Challenger 3 to get laser protection system

By Olivia Savage 23 September 2022
RBSL selects Elbit Systems UK ELAWS protection system for Challenger 3. (RBSL)  Elbit Systems UK (ESUK) will deliver its laser protection system for Challenger 3 main battle tanks (MBTs).  ESUK has been selected by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) to deliver 150 of its Laser Warning Systems (ELAWS) for the Challenger 3 (CR3) programme, ESUK announced on 22 September.  An ESUK spokesperson was unable to disclose further details regarding the subcontract.  ELAWS can detect, categorise, and accurately pinpoint laser sources such as from range...

Link 16 terminal qualified for French AWACS aircraft

By Olivia Savage 23 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...

DX Korea 2022: SNT Dynamics unveils light-vehicle mortar system

By Jon Grevatt 23 September 2022
SNT Dynamics has integrated its KM120 mortar system with a 4×4 vehicle made by Kia Motors for the Republic of Korea Army. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  South Korea's SNT Dynamics has integrated its KM120 120 mm mortar system with a 4×4 light tactical vehicle (LTV) built by Kia Motors for a requirement in the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA).  The company showcased the new LTV mortar capability for the first time at the DX Korea 2022 event being held in Goyang from 21 to 25 September. SNT Dynamics has not yet officially named the product.  “This capabilit...

USMC clears Amphibious Combat Vehicles for open-water training, caps breaker height

By Ashley Roque 23 September 2022
A USMC Amphibious Combat Vehicle heads into the water. US marines can again train with the vehicles in open-water areas and surf zones since a July 2022 accident with two vehicles. (BAE Systems)  US marines are once again allowed to train with Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) in open water and surf zones but they can only operate the vehicles when the breaker height is less than four feet.  The US Marine Corps (USMC) ACV fleet has been sidelined from open-water operations since July when two vehicles were involved in an accident during a mor...

Philippine Army deploys ATMOS 2000 howitzers for operational tasking

By Kapil Kajal 23 September 2022
The Philippine Army said that the ATMOS will boost the army's mobility and range, and enhance its indirect fire-support capability. (Soltam Systems)  The Philippine Army has deployed its Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System (ATMOS) 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery units to the service's 10th Field Artillery ‘Rolling Thunder' Battalion, marking the weapon system's entry into operational status.  The deployment was held on 21 September at Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation area in Nueva Ecija, which lies about 120 km north of Man...

DX Korea 2022: Hyundai Rotem advances next-generation military vehicle programmes

By Jon Grevatt 22 September 2022
Hyundai Rotem has revealed more details about its plans to develop a next-generation wheeled armoured vehicle (left) and main battle tank (right). (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Hyundai Rotem has revealed details about its programmes to develop a next-generation (NG) wheeled armoured vehicle (WAV) and main battle tank (MBT). The company showcased scale models of the two proposed platforms at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition being held in Goyang from 21 to 25 September.    Hyundai Rotem told   Janes  that both programmes are currently 10 yea...

Bulgarian T-72 upgrade expected to be completed in 2023

By Nicholas Fiorenza 22 September 2022
Bulgarian Defence Minister Dimitar Stoyanov expects the modernisation of Bulgaria's T-72 tanks to be completed by the end of April 2023 (photo of upgraded T-72 unveiled at the HEMUS 2022 defence exhibition in June). (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  Bulgarian Defence Minister Dimitar Stoyanov said during a visit to the Novo Selo training ground that the modernisation of Bulgaria's T-72 main battle tanks will be completed by the end of April 2023, his ministry reported on its website on 20 September. He expected the command and information systems f...

DE&S to review strategy in response to Ukraine

By Olivia Savage 22 September 2022
Andy Start, the new CEO of DE&S, pictured at DE&S Ashchurch – the primary vehicle storage and distribution site for all types of armoured and soft-skinned vehicles. (Crown Copyright 2022)  Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) – the procurement arm of...

DX Korea 2022: Hyundai Rotem prepares for expanded K2 MBT production

By Jon Grevatt 21 September 2022
The RoK Army has taken delivery of about 200 Hyundai Rotem K2 main battle tanks (pictured above). Another 200 tanks could be ordered during the next few years. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)  Hyundai Rotem has confirmed plans to produce “about 50” more K2 main battle tanks (MBTs) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) in a third batch of vehicles that will be funded through the country's 2023 defence budget.  A company official also told Janes at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition – being held in Goyang from 21 to 25 September – that a fourth batch of K2 MBTs...

Dutch 45th Armoured Infantry Battalion declared combat-ready for NATO Response Force

By Nicholas Fiorenza 20 September 2022
The Dutch 45th Armoured Infantry Battalion was declared combat-ready for the NRF on 13 September following exercise ‘Vigourous Bison' held in eastern Germany the previous two weeks. (Dutch MoD)  The Dutch 45th Armoured Infantry Battalion is combat-ready for the NATO Response Force (NRF), the Netherlands informed the alliance on 13 September. The declaration followed two years of preparations culminating in the battalion exercising in the Gefechtsübungszentrum Heer (GÜZ), the German Army's combat training centre in Altmark, eastern Germany, th...

India's ‘Zorawar' programme inches forward

By Kapil Kajal 19 September 2022
The Indian Army plans to procure a new light tank to replace existing assets, including Russian T-90S MBTs. (Uralvagonzavod)  Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has confirmed its role as partner in the programme to develop a light tank for the Indian Army. Janes has learnt that a prototype of the new tank is expected to be unveiled in late 2023.  Jayant D Patil, L&T's senior executive vice-president for defence, told Janes on 16 September, “L&T is selected as development partner as of now.”  He added that while the company is involved in the platform's de...

Ukraine conflict: Germany supplies Dingo armoured vehicles and two more MRLs to Kyiv

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 September 2022
Germany is supplying Ukraine with two more MARS II MRLs (pictured) and 50 Dingo armoured vehicles. (KMW)    Germany is supplying Ukraine with 50 Dingo armoured vehicles and two more Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System (MARS) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), German Federal Minister of Defence Christine Lambrecht said at Bundeswehrtagung (armed forces meeting) 2022 in Berlin on 15 September. She said Germany would provide Ukraine with 200 rockets for training on the MRLs, which are a European upgrade of the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Sys...

Indian Army advances BMP-2 upgrade programme

By Kapil Kajal 14 September 2022
The Indian Army plans to upgrade its BMP-2 ICVs with capabilities including see-through armour and anti-UAV systems. (Indian Ministry of Defence)  The Indian Army has initiated trials to upgrade its licence-built BMP-2/2K ‘Sarath' infantry combat vehicles (ICVs) with three local firms – Bangalore-based Tonbo Imaging, Chennai-based Big Bang Boom, and Thane-based Dimension NXG.  The Indian Army plans to upgrade its BMP-2 ICVs with see-through armour, anti-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capabilities, thermal imager-based gunner and panoramic comm...

Indian Army enhances mobility capabilities along northern borders

By Kapil Kajal 14 September 2022
The Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle-Medium has been designed to move infantry at high speed across various terrains, according to manufacturer Tata Advanced Systems Limited. (TASL)  The Indian Army has inducted the Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle-Medium (QRFV), locally manufactured by Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL). This is one of the several recently inducted or indigenously developed vehicles to meet the Indian Army's increasing requirements for enhanced mobility along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Himalayas.  TASL told Jan...

Puzzle pieces: Washington eyes path ahead for homeland cruise missile defence

By Ashley Roque 13 September 2022
A Patriot M903 launcher station assigned to 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, during Exercise ‘Arctic Edge 2022' at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This defence capability could be included as part of a US homeland cruise missile defence architecture. (USAF)  Reports of Russian Tu-95 aircraft and submarines launching cruise missiles to strike targets in Kyiv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, and Odesa filled US news reports throughout 2022, offering momentary insights to a conflict on another continent.  Accompanying images of smouldering...

Iraq inaugurates first GM403 radar

By Jeremy Binnie 13 September 2022
Iraq's first Thales GM403 air surveillance radar. (Iraqi Ministry of Defence)  The Iraqi Air Defence Command (IADC) had held an inauguration ceremony for its first Thales Ground Master 403 (GM403) long-range air surveillance radar, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 September.  The event was attended by Iraqi Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah and the French ambassador to Iraq, Éric Chevallier.  The MoD said the recently arrived GM403 was switched on during the event so it could begin to detec...

MSPO 2022: Poland's AMZ unveils TUR 7 armoured vehicle

By Christopher Petrov 13 September 2022
AMZ-Kutno unveiled the TUR 7 4×4 armoured vehicle in an ambulance version at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  AMZ-Kutno unveiled the TUR 7 4×4 armoured vehicle at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September. The TUR 7 was shown in a light medical transporter configuration and joins the large TUR family of vehicles produced by AMZ-Kutno.  The medical transporter version can carry up to seven personnel, including the driver and a wounded passenger placed on a stretcher. Passengers can disem...
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