Land news

IT firms Criterion Systems, Protas Solutions join forces

By Marc Selinger 22 September 2021
Criterion Systems has expanded its footprint in the robust intelligence sector by acquiring fellow US information technology (IT) services business Protas Solutions, Criterion announced on 21 September.  Protas provides data science, software engin...

Serbia buys Kornet ATGMs and more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems

By Igor Bozinovski 22 September 2021
Serbia will receive a first batch of Kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said during a visit to the Ušće 2021 display of military equipment in Belgrade, marking Serbian National Unity Day on 15 September. Th...

DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall Canada showcases digital backbone for networked UGVs

By Giles Ebbutt 22 September 2021
The Rheinmetall digital backbone UGV control network is displayed at DSEI 2021 showing the output from the surveillance vehicle. (Giles Ebbutt)  Rheinmetall Canada has developed a digital backbone to network unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), allowing them to be controlled by dismounted personnel.    Etienne Rancourt, European business development manager for Rheinmetall Canada, told   Janes  that the system was designed so that a fleet of UGVs could be controlled from individual tablets.   It has been developed for Rheinme...

IRGC unveils UGVs

By Jeremy Binnie 22 September 2021
Most of the UGVs that were displayed were EOD robots. (Defapress.ir)  Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) shed some light on its robotics programmes when it displayed dozens of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) during a ceremony to hand over equipment to explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams on 20 September.  More than 30 UGVs were seen displayed in photographs of the event, most of which were a tracked type configured as an EOD robot with a manipulator arm fitted with a camera and disruptor. The same type was also seen configured w...

US Army's ‘light tank' competition enters limited user-testing phase

By Ashley Roque 22 September 2021
A representation of BAE Systems' MPF prototype that is designed for three crew members. (BAE Systems )  The US Army intends to decide which company will build its new ‘light tank' in the April-to-June 2022 timeframe and is currently conducting a limited user test with two different prototypes to help guide this decision.  Ashley John, the Public Affairs Director for the army's Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, gave Janes an update of the service's Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) competition that involves evaluating 12 proto...

DSEI 2021: Companies gear up for UK's Mobile Fires Platform competition

By Nicholas Fiorenza 21 September 2021
Defence companies promoted their solutions for the UK's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition, held in London on 14–17 September. Janes noted British Army delegations visiting the sta...

DSEI 2021: British Army demonstrates progress with HED-powered prototypes

By Peter Felstead 21 September 2021
A HED-equipped Jackal 2 high-mobility patrol vehicle and Foxhound protected patrol vehicle demonstrating silent running outside the ExCel Centre at DSEI 2021. (Janes/P Felstead)  Evidence that the power and mobility advantages of vehicles powered by hybrid electric drive (HED) are approaching real-world utility on the modern battlefield was in evidence at this month's DSEI exhibition in London in the form of three vehicles demonstrated by the British Army.  The three vehicles – a Jackal 2 4×4 high-mobility patrol vehicle, a Foxhound 4×4 prote...

DSEI 2021: QinetiQ/Dstl team debuts Mobility Test Rig

By Peter Felstead 21 September 2021
The MTR at DSEI 2021, mocked up as an armoured air defence platform. (Janes/P Felstead)  The Mobility Test Rig (MTR) produced by the UK government's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and UK defence technology company QinetiQ made its public debut at this month's DSEI exhibition in London.  A third-scale 8×8 demonstrator developed over the past two years under a GBP3 million (USD4.09 million) research programme, the MTR is designed to showcase the significant mobility advantages offered by electric drive that could be exploited...

FNSS details Teber-35 remote-controlled turret

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 20 September 2021
The Teber-35 remote-controlled turret developed by FNSS for Turkish requirements. (FNSS)  Turkish manufacturer of armoured fighting vehicles and weapon systems FNSS has disclosed details of its Teber-35 remote-controlled (Teber-35 RC) turret for armoured fighting vehicles (AFV), which was designed to meet the demands of the Turkish Army.    While in development for two years, the prototype was presented for the first time at the IDEF 2021 exhibition, Gökhan Özyurt, Weapon Systems Design Department Manager at FNSS told   Janes...

DSEI 2021: Leonardo leads UK industry team trialling new high-tech protection for AFVs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 20 September 2021
Leonardo is leading a UK industry team that is trialling the MIPS standardised architecture for protecting AFVs. (Leonardo)  A UK industry team led by Leonardo is trialling the Modular Integration Protection System (MIPS) standardised architecture for protecting armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), which it presented at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition, which was held in London on 14–17 September.  The system was demonstrated at the UK Ministry of Defence's Shoeburyness range in Essex in July as part of t...

The PARS IV 8x8 breaks cover

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 20 September 2021
The PARS IV, revealed in 2021, to address Turkish military needs. (FNSS)  Turkish manufacturer of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) and weapon systems FNSS has developed a new variant of its Pars wheeled AFV family to meet the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) , following a request for proposals issued in late 2019/early 2020.  The company's proposal is the Pars IV, an 8×8 version that builds upon the experience of the Pars II sold to Malaysia as the AV8, PARS III to Oman in both 6×6 and 8×8 configurations, and Pars IV 6×6 special oper...

DSEI 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

By Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans 20 September 2021
The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)  Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.    ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told  Janes  . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator sol...

Czech company ERA introduces new passive surveillance system

By Michal Zdobinsky 20 September 2021
The PLEES has a surveillance field of view of 360° by antenna rotation and a 30° instant field of view. (Michal Zdobinsky)  Czech Republic's ERA introduced a new Passive Long-range ESM Surveillance System (PLESS) with a range of up to 700 km on 18 September during the opening of the NATO Days event in Ostrava.  The new over-the-horizon system is capable of detecting, locating, analysing, identifying, and tracking slow-moving and stationary targets – via sources of electromagnetic radiation in the 0.1 to 18 GHz band – in a fully passive mode....

DSEI 2021: Fabrique Nationale displays FN EVOLYS LMG for first time in UK

By Thomas Ford 17 September 2021
Fabrique Nationale (FN) Herstal displayed its new FN EVOLYS light machine gun (LMG) at DSEI 2021 on 14 September, marking the first time the weapon was displayed in the UK.  Kristof Verjans, one of FN's demonstration team, showcased the self-corre...

US Army recompetes CROWS contract, royalty fee attached for outside vendor

By Ashley Roque 17 September 2021
A US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) prototype outfitted with CROWS-J. The service is currently hosting a CROWS recompete competition. (US Army)  The US Army has launched a Common Remotely Operating Weapon Station (CROWS) competition valued up to USD1.5 billion that allows companies other than the prime contractor, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, to vie for the deal. However, there is a caveat; other vendors must factor in a mandatory USD10,000 per system royalty fee for Kongsberg if they win.  In late August, the service issued a re...

DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defence unveils K9 SPH developmental roadmap

By Mark Cazalet 17 September 2021
A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)  Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.  A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes at the 2021 DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14 to 17 September, the K9A2 was the first variant that the company was developing and this would be fitted within a fundamentally new turret, a fully automatic ammo load...

DSEI 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

By Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans 17 September 2021
The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)  Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.    ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told   Janes  . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator so...

DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall integrates Brimstone into Mission Master UGV

By Nicholas Fiorenza 17 September 2021
Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master XT UGV with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)  Rheinmetall unveiled a Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with an MBDA Brimstone missile launcher at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London from 14 to 17 September.  The four-cell missile launcher is mounted on a 4×4 Mission Master XT (Extreme Terrain) hybrid UGV, which has larger wheels than the other vehicles of the type and has a continuous tyre inflation system allo...

DSEI 2021: RBSL and Rheinmetall unveil Boxer mortar module

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 16 September 2021
The Boxer mortar module was presented by RBSL and Rheinmetall at DSEI 2021 in anticipation of potential British Army requirements. (Janes/Samuel Cranny-Evans)  Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) and Rheinmetall have unveiled a mortar-carrying mission module for the Boxer 8×8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle at the 2021 DSEI exhibition held from 14 to 17 September in London.  The module has been designed in anticipation of the potential requirements of the British Army, which is understood to have initially settled for 28 mortar-carrying Box...

Vertex Aerospace to buy Raytheon services business

By Marc Selinger 16 September 2021
US aviation services provider Vertex Aerospace has agreed to purchase Raytheon Technologies Corporation's Defense Training and Mission Critical Solutions business, saying the sustainment and training unit will add “scale and diversity” to its portf...
Request Consultation

Request a free consultation to discover how Janes can provide you with assured, interconnected open-source intelligence.

Land News List