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NATO counter-terrorism project proves its viability in demonstration

By Brooks Tigner 26 May 2022
The Microwave Imaging Curtain to detect concealed firearms using microwave technology was one of the Detection of Explosives and Firearms to Counter Terrorism (DEXTER) technologies demonstrated in the Rome Metro on 24 May under NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme. (Brooks Tigner)  One of NATO's flagship counter-terrorism research consortia has moved a step closer to market with a live demonstration of its capabilities. Once commercialised, the project's real-time threat detection systems could fan out to civil critical infrastructur...

North Korea launches ‘ballistic missiles' into East Sea

By Jon Grevatt 25 May 2022
This graphic by the Japanese MoD shows what it said are the trajectories of two of three ballistic missiles launched by North Korea on 25 May. The MoD said both fell in the East Sea outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japanese Ministry of Defense)  North Korea has fired three more ballistic missiles towards the East Sea, defence officials from Japan, South Korea, and the United States announced on 25 May.  Pyongyang has not confirmed the launches, but South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD...

US MDA plans to turn on Polish Aegis Ashore site in June, after years of delay

By Daniel Wasserbly 24 May 2022
Aegis Ashore's four-storey deckhouse and launch tower provide a static home in Romania and Poland for the SPY-1D(V) radar, SM-3 missiles, and other systems derived from the US Navy's Aegis BMD ships. (MDA)  The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is planning for a 5 June ‘light-off' to turn on and test its long-delayed Aegis Ashore missile interceptor system in Poland, according to MDA Director Vice Admiral Jon Hill.  US Navy sailors are ‘aboard' the system in Poland and the radar arrays are up, and “full functional checks all through the system...

Fabryka Broni sells Grot rifles to African customer

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 24 May 2022
PGZ has been awarded a contract by an unnamed East African country for Grot rifles chambered in 7.62×39 mm. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)  Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa: PGZ) announced in a press release on 19 May that it had been awarded a contract by an East African country for Grot rifles chambered in 7.62×39 mm. The company would not disclose the customer‘s name and the contract value.    The firearms, manufactured by PGZ subsidiary Fabryka Broni (FB) 'Łucznik' Radom, will be delivered with under-barrel grenade launchers...

USSOCOM progresses Maritime Precision Engagement-Munition programme

By Andrew White 20 May 2022
Switchblade 600 is part of AeroVironment's emerging family of tactical loitering missile systems. (AeroVironment)  US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is preparing to conduct development tests with the Altius 700 airframe as part of the Maritime Precision Engagement-Munition (MPE-M) programme, officials have confirmed.  Addressing delegates at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) on 17 May, representatives from the Program Executive Office (PEO) of Special Operations Forces (SOF) Warrior said the Area-I Altius 700 – a...

Northrop Grumman finalises development of Hatchet miniature strike munition

By Robin Hughes 20 May 2022
Northrop Grumman has finalised the development of the Hatchet miniature precision strike munition. (Northrop Grumman)  Northrop Grumman has declared the development of its Hatchet miniature precision strike munition ‘finalised' following a series of end-to-end live all-up round (AUR) tests at an undisclosed US government test range on 11 May.  During the US Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored live-fire event, multiple Hatchet AURs were released from an undisclosed Group 3 tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) against a static target, sim...

DSEI 2021: SAAB Dynamics reveals new details about upcoming developments

By Amael Kotlarski 20 May 2022
Mock-ups of the AT4CS AST (top), AT4CS HE (middle), and AT4CS ER (bottom). (Amael Kotlarski)  A representative of Saab Dynamics briefed Janes on its upcoming developments for its shoulder-launched recoilless weapons, revealing details of the HE 448 round that is specifically designed to work in conjunction with the Carl Gustaf M4.  The projectile's warhead consists of a high-explosive (HE) fill and a liner containing 4,000 tungsten balls, each 2 mm in diameter, to defeat body armour. It has a modular fuze capable of both impact and airburst d...

India's naval anti-ship missile completes maiden flight test

By Rahul Udoshi 19 May 2022
The Naval Anti-Ship Missile - Short-Range completed its maiden flight test from an Indian Navy's Sea King Mk 42B helicopter on 18 May. (Indian Ministry of Defence)  India's locally developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile - Short Range (NASM-SR) completed its maiden flight test from an Indian Navy's Sea King Mk 42B helicopter at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha on 18 May.  The Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said the test-firing, which was jointly conducted by the state-run Defence Research and Development Organis...

Russian Navy Kilo submarine Alrosa prepares to start post-refit trials

By Miko Vranic 19 May 2022
Alrosa   pictured before its overhaul and upgrade, which commenced in 2014.  (Russian MoD)  The Russian Navy Kilo-class Project 877V diesel-electric submarine (SSK) Alrosa (ex-B 871) is set to start sea trials following the completion of its overhaul and modernisation programme.  In comments to Russian news agency TASS on 16 May, a representative from Sevastopol's military and security authorities confirmed that Alrosa had docked at the Black Sea Fleet's naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea, after departing the service's 13th Ship Re...

Pentagon budget 2023: LCS mission module continues apace as US Navy notes cost breach

By Michael Fabey 18 May 2022
The US Navy expects to reach initial operational capability in 2022 with the Littoral Combat Ship countermine mission module, which will employ unmanned surface vessels like this prototype developed by Textron. (US Navy)  Despite the officially required US Navy (USN) notification on 13 May of significant cost growth for Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) Mission Module (MM) packages, programme officials say the work for remaining MMs is moving ahead as anticipated.  Navy spokesperson Captain Clayton Doss confirmed to Janes on 16 May that the USN no...

Lockheed Martin‘s ARRW completes boosted hypersonic flight test after three failures

By Gillian Rich 17 May 2022
A B-52H Stratofortress conducts a captive-carry flight test of the AGM-183A ARRW. The 14 May boosted flight test comes after three failed attempts and several captive-carry tests. (US Air Force/Matt Williams)  Lockheed Martin‘s AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) completed a boosted flight test on 14 May, the US Air Force (USAF) announced on 16 May.    The hypersonic weapon was released from a Boeing B-52H Stratofortress and its booster ignited. The USAF said the booster burned for the “expected duration, achieving hypers...

Fincantieri lays keel for Qatar's new LPD

By Kate Tringham 17 May 2022
Fincantieri lays the keel for Qatar‘s new LPD at its Palermo yard on 17 May. (Fincantieri)  Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has laid the keel for the landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious assault ship on order for the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces.  An official keel-laying ceremony was held at the shipbuilder's yard in Palermo on 17 May.  Fincantieri is building the LPD for Qatar under a contract awarded in 2016. The multiship order, worth EUR4 billion (USD4.16 billion), also includes the delivery of four Al Zubarah-class corvettes and two offsh...

France orders last tranche of Glock 17 pistols

By Nicholas Fiorenza & Amael Kotlarski 13 May 2022
France's DGA ordered the last tranche of 9,600 Glock 17 Gen 5 FR semi-automatic pistols on 26 April. (DGA)  The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, has ordered 9,600 more Glock 17 pistols, French Ministry of Armed Forces spokesperson Hervé Grandjean told a press conference on 12 May. The order was placed on 26 April and is the last tranche of Glock 17 Gen 5 FR 9 mm semi-automatic pistols foreseen by France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019–25 military funding programme as part of efforts to moder...

IAF strikes target with extended-range BrahMos missile

By Akhil Kadidal & Rahul Udoshi 13 May 2022
An IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI has launched an ER version of the BrahMos cruise missile. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  An extended-range (ER) variant of India's air-launched BrahMos-A missile has successfully struck its designated target.  The Indian Air Force (IAF) said in a statement that a Sukhoi Su-30MKI launched the missile on 12 May. This is the first launch of the ER variant from an Su-30MKI.  “The launch from the aircraft was as planned, and the missile achieved a direct hit on the designated target in the Bay of Bengal region,” the IAF said.  An IA...

Rafael unveils AeroSpike stand-off air-to-surface missile

By Robin Hughes 13 May 2022
Rafael is pitching AeroSpike as the SOPGM solution for AFSOC's future ‘Armed Overwatch' platform. (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)  Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has disclosed development of an advanced lightweight stand-off air-to-surface missile specifically designed for use with fixed-wing aircraft.  The new internally funded missile development, designated AeroSpike, is a derivative of the ground-launched Spike LR2 multi-purpose surface-to-surface guided missile system, adapted to the air-launched role by Rafael's Air-to-Surface Direct...

US Army conducts ‘static' test with ramjet for future Precision Strike Missile

By Ashley Roque 13 May 2022
Photo from the inaugural flight of Lockheed Martin's PrSM prototype in December 2019. (US Army)  Advancements in designing and testing a potential ramjet for the US Army Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) could extend the weapon's range up to 1,000 kilometers, and a prototype could be ready for testing in 2026, according to Major General John Rafferty, head of the service's Long-Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team, and budget documents.  Lockheed Martin's PrSM is set to replace the MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and the ar...

Indo Pacific 2022: EOS launches marine version of R400S Mk 2 remote weapon station

By Julian Kerr 12 May 2022
EOS has launched its R400-M RWS (pictured) at the Indo Pacific 2022 exhibition in Sydney. (Janes/Julian Kerr)  Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) formally launched its R400 Marine (R400-M) remote weapon station (RWS), mounting a 30 mm cannon, at the Indo Pacific 2022 exhibition in Sydney on 11 May.  The R400-M RWS is in production for an undisclosed overseas customer, and offers the firepower and specialised ammunition natures possible for weapons up to and including a 30×113 mm calibre cannon but in the weight and form factor of...

Iraq orders new artillery

By Jeremy Binnie 12 May 2022
French soldiers fire a CAESAR in support of Iraqi forces near Al-Qaim during Operation ‘Roundup' in May 2018. (Combined Joint Task Force – Operation ‘Inherent Resolve')  The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed contracts with the United States and France for advanced weapons, including artillery, the state Iraqi News Agency cited Major General Abdul-Ardawi, the MoD's head of artillery, as saying on 8 May.  He did not identify the weaponry that has been ordered but noted that artillery has proved its effectiveness in the battles against...

Taiwan conducts missile drills in southern waters

By Jon Grevatt 12 May 2022
Taiwan's emphasis on increasing missile-production capacity is partly centred on the Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)  Taiwan's National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) – the country's primary military research and development (R&D) organisation – has conducted a series of missile tests from a military base in the southern county of Pingtung.  The trials are aligned with Taiwan's growing efforts to expand its missile development and production capacity in the face of growing tensions with China....

France orders more Jaguar and Griffon armoured vehicles

By Nicholas Fiorenza 11 May 2022
The DGA has ordered 88 more Jaguar (pictured) and 302 additional Griffon 6×6 armoured vehicles from the engin blindé multi-rôle consortium between Nexter, Arquus, and Thales. (Nexter)  The Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, has ordered 88 more Jaguar 6×6 armoured reconnaissance vehicles and 302 additional Griffon 6×6 véhicule blindé multi-rôle (VBMR) heavy multirole armoured vehicles from the engin blindé multi-rôle (France‘s multirole armoured vehicle programme) consortium between Nexter, Arquus, a...
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