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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...

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...

Germany to procure 600 RAM Block 2B missiles for German Navy

By Kate Tringham 26 September 2022
Although the RAM Block 2 (pictured here) has a larger motor than the RAM Block 1 and 1A, all three can be fired from the same launcher. (Raytheon)  The German federal parliament's budget committee has authorised the procurement of 600 RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2B quick reaction surface-to-air guided missiles for the German Navy.  In a 22 September announcement, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that the 600 missiles will be delivered between 2024 and 2029 under a contract worth EUR560 million (USD542 million). The a...

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...

Indian MoD orders additional BrahMos missiles for navy

By Oishee Majumdar 23 September 2022
A BrahMos PJ-10 missile is launched from the vertical launching system (VLS) of the Rajput-class destroyer INS   Ranvir  .  (Defence Research and Development Organisation)  India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to acquire more BrahMos PJ-10 supersonic cruise missiles for the Indian Navy.  The MoD signed a contract worth about INR17 billion (USD213.3 million) with BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL) on 22 September for procuring “additional dual-role”-capable BrahMos PJ-10 missiles to “enhance the oper...

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...

Malaysian navy tables MYR2.4 billion proposal for three more Littoral Mission Ships

By Ridzwan Rahmat 23 September 2022
A Royal Malaysian Navy Keris-class LMS. The service has proposed a MYR2.4 billion plan to procure three improved variants of this class under its 2023 budget. (Pieter Sinke)  The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has laid out a MYR2.4 billion (USD524.84 million) proposal to procure an initial batch of three improved Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) vessels under the country's next defence budget.  Documents provided to Janes indicate that the plan is being proposed under the RMN's ‘Rolling Plan 3' of the 12th Malaysia Plan, which runs from 2021 to 2025....

LIG Nex1 outlines LAMD development plans

By Jon Grevatt 23 September 2022
LIG Nex1's low-altitude missile defence system, a model of which is shown above, has a range of 7 km. (Janes/Dae Young Kim)  South Korea's LIG Nex1 has disclosed plans to supply its low-altitude missile defence (LAMD) system to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces by the end of the decade.  The company started development of the system earlier this year, and told Janes at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang that the LAMD will undergo seven more years of work before it is ready for deployment.  “We have planned two years of engineering...

Naval Group reveals ocean-capable USV testbed

By Richard Scott 22 September 2022
Originally built to support DGA's ESPADON MCM technology demonstration programme,   Sterenn Du   is now being converted to serve as a testbed for maritime autonomy.  (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX (left) + Naval Group (right))  France's Naval Group is modifying and repurposing an existing optionally manned trials vessel to serve as an experimental testbed for large uncrewed platform and autonomous systems, the company has revealed.  Under a loan arrangement with France's Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), the trials...

Sweden to extend service life of last A17 submarine

By Richard Scott 22 September 2022
The life extension of HSwMS   Södermanland  will extend the boat's service life out to 2028–29.  (Kockums)    Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab's Kockums business to further extend the life of the Royal Swedish Navy's (RSwN's) last remaining A17 submarine HSwMS   Södermanland  .     Announcing the order on 14 September, FMV and Saab said that the life-extension work – to run concurrent with a routine refit in Karlskrona – would prolong the boat's operationa...

DX Korea 2022: Hanwha set to start production of ‘artillery killer' missiles

By Jon Grevatt 22 September 2022
Hanwha's Korean Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile (KTSSM) system, pictured at the DX Korea 2022 show in Goyang. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Hanwha Corporation will start mass production of the Korean Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile (KTSSM) system from 2023, the company said at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang on 22 September.    The company told   Janes   that it is also preparing a vehicle-launched version of the system, which could take three years to develop.   Mass production of the KTSSM, also known as the ‘artil...

Raytheon clears Glide Phase Interceptor prototype milestone, eyeing preliminary design review

By Ashley Roque 22 September 2022
Raytheon Missiles and Defense announced that its version of the sea-based Glide Phase Interceptor (GPI) completed the systems requirements review – prototype (SRR-P) benchmark in mid-September.  In June, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) selected...

Safran unveils NGDS contender for UK EWCM competition

By Richard Scott 21 September 2022
Computer render of NGDS Configuration D. (Safran)  Safran Electronics & Defense has revealed details of a new variant of its New Generation Dagaie System (NGDS) trainable decoy launcher engineered for compatibility with NATO standard 130 mm countermeasures rounds.  The system, known internally as NGDS Configuration D, is being bid for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Electronic Warfare Counter Measures (EWCM) Increment 1a requirement. EWCM forms part of the RN's overarching Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme (MEWP), which is intended to recapit...

Canadian, US navies conduct joint transit through Taiwan Strait

By Ridzwan Rahmat 21 September 2022
Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS   Vancouver  seen here from USS   Higgins  . The ships conducted a joint transit of the Taiwan Strait on 20 September 2022.  (US Navy)  A Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Halifax-class frigate has conducted a joint transit through the Taiwan Strait with a US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.  The operation involved HMCS   Vancouver  (331), the RCN's second Halifax-class warship, and USS   Higgins  (76), the USN's 26th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missil...

Tandanor completes overhaul work on Argentine naval ships

By Tim Fish 21 September 2022
ARA  Rosales   (P-42) recently received an overhaul of ship systems.  (Argentina Ministry of Defense)    The Argentine Espora-class corvette ARA   Rosales  (P-42) and the multi-purpose patrol ship ARA   Ciudad de Rosario  (Q-62) returned to operations this month following the completion of upgrades and overhauls at the Argentine shipyard, Tandanor, the company confirmed.   Rosales   is 91 m long, 11 m wide, displacing 1,623.9 tonnes, and was commissioned in 1987. It is the seco...

Philippine OPV back in service after four years following South China Sea mishap

By Ridzwan Rahmat 19 September 2022
BRP  Gregorio Del Pilar. (Philippine Navy)  A Philippine Navy offshore patrol vessel (OPV) that ran aground near Half Moon Shoal in August 2018 is now back in service following a four-year rectification and modernisation period.    In response to questions from   Janes  , the Naval Public Affairs Office (NPAO) of the Philippine Navy confirmed on 19 September that the vessel, BRP   Gregorio Del Pilar  (PS-15), is now en route to its designated area of operations where it will resume its duties....

Dearsan starts construction of Nigerian OPVs

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 16 September 2022
Computer-generated imagery of the two offshore patrol vessels ordered by the Nigerian Navy is seen in a still from a video released by Dearsan. (Dearsan Shipyard)  New details of the two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) the Nigerian Navy ordered from Dearsan in November 2021 were revealed during a keel-laying ceremony held at the company's shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, on 16 September.  Dearsan said each OPV will be armed with one 40 mm Leonardo Oto Marlin gun, one 30 mm Aselsan Smash remotely operated weapons system (ROWS) on the rear of the su...

Swedish Navy trialling unmanned vessels in Baltic Sea demo

By Olivia Savage 14 September 2022
Saab's Enforcer III (pictured) is a test platform for the development of autonomous functions. (Saab)  The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) has been trialling a range of unmanned vessels in the Baltic Sea to investigate how autonomous platforms can fit in with their existing operations, the Swedish Armed Forces announced on 7 September.  Saab's Enforcer III – a converted Combat Boat 90 that can be remotely operated – was involved in a southern Baltic Sea trial with the RSwN. The vessel is equipped with navigation and communication systems, sensors,...

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...
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