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DSEI 2021: TDW's PARM 1 seeks comeback

By Riccardo Cociani 16 September 2021
The mock-up of the PARM 1 with an IR sensor displayed at DSEI. (Janes/Riccardo Cociani)  TDW GmbH, a subsidiary of MBDA Germany, publicly displayed its Automated Anti-Tank Weapon (PARM) for the first time at the DSEI show in London on 14–17 September, marking a de facto relaunch for a system that was developed in the 1980s.  The company displayed a PARM 1 with a mock-up infrared (IR) sensor fitted to a new accessory rail to show an alternative way of triggering the off-route mine, which is normally initiated when a vehicle crushes a fibre-opt...

Russia debuts new tactics and equipment during exercise ‘Zapad 2021'

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 15 September 2021
Russia has used new tactics and a light tactical buggy that can be carried internally in an Mi-8 helicopter during exercise ‘Zapad 2021', demonstrating the role that the VDV and UGVs could play during a conflict. (Russian MoD)  The Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) have demonstrated new tactics, techniques and procedures, and tactical vehicles, including the Sarmat-2, during exercise ‘Zapad 2021' being held in western Russia and Belarus from 10 to 16 September, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website.  The VDV deployed the a...

DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defense announces Team Thunder for UK K9 bid

By Charles Forrester 15 September 2021
Hanwha Defense has launched Team Thunder, engaging with UK industry, to bid the K9A2 self-propelled howitzer for the UK. (Hanwha Defense)  South Korea's Hanwha Defense announced the launching of Team Thunder at the DSEI trade show on 14 September, forming the basis for its K9A2 self-propelled howitzer bid for the UK's Mobile Fires Programme.  As part of the bid, the company has begun to sign memoranda of understanding with UK companies to form Team Thunder, which comprise Leonardo UK, Pearson Engineering, Horstman Defence Systems, and Soucy D...

DSEI 2021: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

By Tim Ripley 15 September 2021
A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.  Brigadier...

DSEI 2021: Rheinmetall experiments with quadripedal UGVs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 15 September 2021
Rheinmetall presented a Q-UGV nicknamed Lassie that it is experimenting with at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)  Rheinmetall presented a quadripedal unmanned ground vehicle (Q-UGV) that it is experimenting with at the 2021 DSEI defence exhibition being held in London on 14–17 September. The company has been experimenting with three Ghost Robotics Q-UGVs for the last year.  The Q-UGV is displayed at DSEI with micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) resembling the Black Hornet as an illustration of a possible future application. Nicknamed La...

Raytheon receives USD123 million to build additional Stryker-based 50 kW-class laser weapons

By Ashley Roque 15 September 2021
Raytheon Intelligence and Space has disclosed that it has received an additional USD123 million to ‘build and deliver' three Stryker vehicles outfitted with 50 kW-class lasers to the US Army.  In August, service officials announced that a Raytheon-...

DSEI 2021: Polaris debuts the MRZR Alpha tactical vehicle

By Peter Felstead 15 September 2021
The MRZR Alpha being put through its paces. (Polaris Government and Defense)  The MRZR Alpha ultralight tactical vehicle from US mobility provider Polaris Government and Defense made its public debut at the DSEI defence exhibition, held in London from 14–17 September.  Featuring a completely new chassis that provides more room for its operators and greater flexibility with cargo, the MRZR Alpha comes in a two- or four- person configuration, with the latter providing a payload capacity of 2,000 lb (907.2 kg): 500 lb more than the equivalent cu...

DSEI 2021: British Army aims for deep fires portfolio

By Tim Ripley 15 September 2021
A portfolio of new surface-to-surface deep fires weapons is to be procured for the British Army to transform its capability to take on and defeat peer-level opponents.  Brigadier John Swift, the British Army's Head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability,...

Iraq receives Textron Commandos

By Jeremy Binnie 15 September 2021
The Commando Select armoured vehicles handed over to the CTS. (Iraqi Ministry of Defence)  Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) has received 20 vehicles from the US-led coalition, a spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Defence announced on 14 September.  The spokesperson released photographs showing the vehicles are Commando Select armoured personnel carriers made by US company Textron, all equipped with protected weapon stations rather than turrets.  Iraq's National Police already use Commandos but these are the first to be operated by t...

DSEI 2021: IAI unveils Rex MK II UGV

By Nicholas Fiorenza 14 September 2021
IAI unveiled the Rex MK II UGV at DSEI 2021. (IAI)  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled the Rex MK II unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021, being held in London on 14–17 September. The 4×4 all-wheel hybrid electric vehicle is designed to provide logistic support, gather intelligence, and conduct remote attacks, IAI said in a 13 September press release.    Asked by   Janes  what the difference is between the the Rex MK II and the original Rex UGV, IAI deputy general ma...

Leonardo DRS receives order for additional US Army M-SHORAD mission equipment packages

By Ashley Roque 14 September 2021
General Dynamics Land Systems, the lead for the US Army's Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) system, is providing Leonardo DRS with USD204 million to purchase additional mission equipment packages for the Stryker-based weapon.  Leonardo DR...

DSEI 2021: UK reveals contracts for new directed-energy weapon demonstrators

By Richard Scott & Peter Felstead 14 September 2021
A computed-generated image of what a Wolfhound laser-based C-UAV system could look like. (Raytheon UK)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed the award of three contracts for the development and demonstration of experimental directed-energy weapon (DEW) systems.    Awarded to industry consortia led by Raytheon UK and Thales UK, the contracts –    covering laser and radio frequency (RF) capability demonstrators for the British Army and the Royal Navy (RN) –    are collectively valued at GBP72.5 million (USD100....

Brimstone integrated with Topaz ICMS

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 13 September 2021
MBDA and the WB Group have unveiled a joint project designed to enhance Poland's anti-armour capabilities, through the integration of the Brimstone weapon system with the Topaz integrated combat management system (ICMS).  Brimstone is being propose...

Brazil plans additional JLTVs

By Victor Barreira 13 September 2021
The Fleet Marine Force of the Brazilian Marine Corps is looking to field a fleet of 60 JLTVs. (Oshkosh Defense)  The Brazilian Marine Corps (CFN) is looking to acquire an additional 48 Oshkosh Defense Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme to further increase its mobility, firepower and protection.  The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Infantry Battalions would each receive 12 of the 4×4 vehicles, while the remaining 12 would go to the Special Operations Battalion, the CFN told Janes.  An initial 1...

Saab wins tactical simulation training deal with Poland

By Giles Ebbutt 10 September 2021
Polish BMP IFVs move towards the river during a joint river crossing rehearsal as part of Exercise Allied Spirit, a joint US-Polish exercise at Drawsko Pomorskie training area in June 2020. A Rosomak IFV is in the background. About 6,000 US and Polish soldiers took part in the exercise. The TES being procured by Poland from Saab will instrument similar vehicles and others and will enhance the realism of joint exercises like these. (US Army)  Saab has been awarded a contract by the Polish Armed Forces for live tactical engagement simulation (T...

Update: North Korea holds military parade, no major weapons displayed

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 10 September 2021
North Korea's government held a night-time military parade on 9 September to mark the 73rd anniversary of the country's founding but seems to have not displayed any major military equipment.  The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate...

Brazilian Marine Corps details new modernisation plan

By Victor Barreira 10 September 2021
The Brazilian Navy Marine Corps (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais) is implementing an ambitious effort to replace some of its older equipment, acquire new capabilities, improve infrastructure, and re-organise its Air Combat Battalion and CBRN Defence Bat...

MSPO 2021: Huta Stalowa Wola reveals M120G SPM prototype

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 10 September 2021
The M120G on an LPG chassis. (Huta Stalowa Wola)  Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) revealed the newest iteration of its Rak 120 mm self-propelled mortar system (SPM), called the M120G, at the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) being held in Kielce, Poland, from 7 to 10 September.  The autonomous turret system was integrated with a new lightweight tracked chassis (lekkie podwozie gąsienicowe: LPG).  According to HSW, the new tracked chassis' design is focused on reliability, mobility, ergonomics, and safety. It is fitted with an HSW-devel...

Group 99 unveils first Russian scalable body armour

By Dmitry Fediushko 09 September 2021
The MRS basic protection kit (left) and the upper protection unit with apron (right). (Dmitry Fediushko)  Russia's individual equipment manufacturer Group 99 (Gruppa 99, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group) has designed the first Russian-made modular body armour: the MRS.  The MRS is built on a traditional plate carrier with two inserts for armour plates – front and back – and a corset that redistributes the gear's weight from spine and chest to hips. The core set is reinforced with a two-unit abdominal/groin protection module, a protective...

North Korea holds military parade, no major weapons displayed

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 09 September 2021
North Korea's government held a night-time military parade on 9 September to mark the 73rd anniversary of the country's founding but seems to have not displayed any major military equipment.  The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate...
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