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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...

MSPO 2022: Taero optionally unmanned ground vehicle developed for Polish airborne troops

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 13 September 2022
The new Taero optionally unmanned ground vehicle was unveiled at MSPO 2022. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)  A Polish consortium between Wojskowy Instytut Techniki Pancernej i Samochodowej (WITPiS), Stekop, Auto Podlasie, and AP Solutions unveiled the new Taero optionally unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September. The vehicle is based on the Aero 4×4 Pojazdy Wojsk Aeromobilnych (PWA) next-generation lightweight all-terrain airborne vehicle used by the Polish Army's 6t...

Estonia orders Piorun MANPADS

By Christopher Petrov 13 September 2022
Estonia has ordered the Piorun MANPADS, pictured here at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment has signed a contract with Poland's Mesko to supply Estonia with the Piorun short-range manportable air-defence system (MANPADS). Estonia will receive 300 missiles and 100 launchers, with the first lot scheduled to arrive in mid-2023. The deal will give Estonia an additional short-range air defense (SHORAD) system and will complement its Mistrals already in service.  The Piorun MANPADS is an evolution of t...

MSPO 2022: New Polish ERA system unveiled

By Christopher Petrov 12 September 2022
WITU unveiled the Pangolin ERA system at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)    The    Polish Military Institute for Armament Technologies (WITU) unveiled a new explosive reactive armour (ERA) system at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September.   The Pangolin ERA system is designed to increase the protection of armoured vehicles against shaped charge warheads, explosively formed projectiles, and kinetic energy projectiles.  The ERA tiles come in two versions: A smaller 4...

Beyond human endeavour: The application of artificial intelligence in command-and-control

By Giles Ebbutt 12 September 2022
Systematic's data-centric AI-based SitaWare Insight being viewed by UK staff. SitaWare Insight is intended to support staff across intelligence, planning, and operations at all levels of command. It enables data from all domains to be combined and...

MSPO 2022: Concept showcases Wirus 4 SOF

By Christopher Petrov & Jakub Link-Lenczowski 12 September 2022
Concept displayed the 4×4 Wirus SOF vehicle at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  Polish manufacturer Concept showcased the lightweight 4×4 Wirus SOF vehicle at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September. The Wirus SOF is based on the Polish army's Wirus 4 Żmija light, long-range reconnaissance vehicle. It was developed, after receiving feedback from the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND), as a multirole platform capable of supporting missions such as long-range reconnaissance, spec...

ADEX 2022: Sapphire promises enhanced lethality

By Huw Williams 10 September 2022
Sapphire in twin launcher configuration. (Janes/Huw Williams)  Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika has outlined improvements to the 61 mm-calibre Sapphire disposable rocket launcher.  Detailing the new features at ADEX 2022 in Baku, a company representative highlighted a new tandem warhead configuration, enhanced lethality, and ongoing work on what was described as a “smart sighting system” that is intended to automate processes and assist the user through a fire control unit that presents an aiming point once a target is designated, among other f...

MSPO 2022: WZM unveils modified BWP-1M reconnaissance vehicle

By Christopher Petrov 09 September 2022
WZM unveiled a modernised BWP-1M reconnaissance vehicle at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  A new modernisation of the BWP-1 armoured vehicle is showcased at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 being held in Kielce on 6–9 September. The proposed modernisation, designated as BWP-1M, is intended to upgrade the reconnaissance capabilities of the BWP-1, as well as boost the crew's situational awareness and increase the internal volume of the vehicle. Wojskowe Zakłady Motoryzacyjne (WZM) proposes that the modernisation be...

Lockheed Martin UK offers up Ampthill site for UK M270 MLRS upgrade

By Olivia Savage 09 September 2022
The British Army's M270 Multiple Rocket Launcher (pictured above). Once upgraded, the launchers will be able to fire the US Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), which has a range of 499 km. (Crown Copyright)    Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) is exploring options to upgrade the British Army's M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) in the UK, company officials told   Janes  .     Eve Holding, head of Strategy and Business Development at LMUK, informed   Janes   at a company briefing on 7 September that LMUK had pro...

Taiwan outlines land systems priorities

By Kapil Kajal 09 September 2022
Taiwan has included funding for the procurement of additional CM-34 IFVs in its 2023 budget. (National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology)  Taiwan has included funding for several high-profile land systems in its defence budget for 2023.  Platforms to receive funding in the budget include the CM-34 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), a new 120 mm Mobile Mortar System (MMS), a new four-wheeled tactical reconnaissance vehicle, and a new Cloud Leopard vehicle fitted with a 105 mm gun.  Budgetary documents for 2023 recently issue...

New Team Thunder member to be announced, updates on MFP bid

By Olivia Savage 09 September 2022
Hanwha Defense's K9 SPH (pictured) is Team Thunder's offering for the UK MFP programme (Hanwha Defense)  An additional member of Team Thunder – currently comprising Hanwha Defense, Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK), Leonardo, Pearson Engineering, Horstman Defence Systems, and Soucy Defense – will be announced very soon, LMUK officials told Janes.  Richard Claydon, head of Capture – Platform Integration Programmes – LMUK, told Janes at an LMUK briefing on 7 September that prime contractor Hanwha Defense intends to announce a new teammate at DVD 2022,...

ADEX 2022: MODIAR and Smart Point introduce SCN-Demir ROWS

By Sonny Butterworth 09 September 2022
The SCN-Demir ROWS was displayed for the first time at ADEX 2022. It has an optical suite mounted on the right, a single machine gun in the centre, and an ammunition stowage box on the left. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)  The Ministry of Defence Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan's (MODIAR's) National Aerospace Agency and private company Smart Point unveiled the SCN-Demir (Dəmir; Iron) remotely controlled stabilised weapon system during the Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition (ADEX) in Baku.    Speaking to   Janes  , a...

ADEX 2022: Jadara targets manportable anti-tank market with Raptor-LA

By Huw Williams 08 September 2022
The Raptor (top) features a Jadara-designed rocket. (Janes/Huw Williams)  Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems has developed a new shoulder-fired rocket launcher designated as Raptor-LA.  Speaking to Janes at ADEX 2022 in Baku where the company unveiled the launcher, Jadara's Nidal Sejaja said that work on the system commenced around one-and-a-half years ago and had recently completed.  Sejaja described the Raptor-LA as a company-developed product, save for the sighting system, which is common with Jadara's Nashshab RPG-32. The fin-stabilised...

ADEX 2022: Jadara develops new ATGM with Azerbaijan MoD

By Huw Williams 08 September 2022
Jadara's Terminator-FM is a joint venture with Azerbaijan's MoD. (Janes/Huw Williams)  Jadara Equipment & Defence Systems has partnered with Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence (MoD) to develop a new anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system.  The company unveiled the Terminator-FM at ADEX 2022 in Baku. Speaking to Janes at the event, Jadara's Nidal Sejaja said that work on the system started around 2021 and is production ready after what he described as successful trials that saw it engage targets at its maximum stated range of 5 km. The system ha...

ADEX 2022: KPE unveils Alan-2 armoured vehicle

By Sonny Butterworth 08 September 2022
KPE unveiled the first pre-production Alan-2 at ADEX 2022. The vehicle was configured as an APC and equipped with a roof-mounted Sunkar ROWS. (Janes/Huw Williams)  Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) displayed a pre-production Alan-2 armoured ve...

MSPO 2022: Hanwha targets Polish market with Chunmoo MRL

By Nicholas Fiorenza 07 September 2022
Hanwha is proposing its Chunmoo MRL (pictured here with two pods with six 239 mm missiles each) to Poland at MSPO 2022. (Doosan)  Hanwha proposed its Chunmoo multiple rocket launcher (MRL) to Poland at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 being held in Kielce on 6–9 September. A Hanwha spokesperson told   Janes  at the exhibition on 6 September that the MRL could be delivered as early as 2023.   At MSPO, Hanwha is showing a model of the Chunmoo with two pods with six 239 mm missiles each, as well as presenting a 60...

MSPO 2022: Head of Ukraine's largest ‘military' foundation identifies Kyiv's requirements

By Nicholas Fiorenza 07 September 2022
Taras Czmut, head of Ukraine‘s largest ‘military' foundation, ‘Come Back Alive', identified Kyiv's requirements to counter Russian invaders during a press briefing on the first day of the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 being he...

Update: South Korea approves funding for third batch of K2 MBTs

By Kapil Kajal 06 September 2022
South Korea's MND has approved funding for a third batch of K2 MBTs, similar to the one pictured above. (Hyundai Rotem)  South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has allocated funding for a third batch of Hyundai Rotem K2 main battle tanks (MBTs).  Funding for the programme was contained in South Korea's 2023 defence budget, which was announced in late August 2022.  Funding for the third K2 batch was part of a KRW6.64 trillion (USD4.8 billion) package contained in the budget to strengthen “operational response capabilities”, the MND s...

DIA's Torch programme accelerates intel sharing with allies

By Carlo Munoz 06 September 2022
A US Army soldier and a Polish army officer establish an expeditionary network during exercise ‘Saber Strike' at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland. (US Department of Defense)  The Pentagon's intelligence directorate is investing heavily in systems and programmes specifically designed to knock down barriers to collaboration between US armed forces, allies, and partner countries across all strata of command, senior Pentagon and military officials said.  Increasing capabilities to foster increased collaboration between the Pentagon and its...
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