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Ukraine conflict: British Army deploys tank-heavy EFP battlegroup to Estonia

By Tim Ripley 27 September 2022
The transfer of authority of the UK-led NATO EFP contingent between the incoming KRH Battlegroup and the outgoing Royal Welsh Battlegroup took place in Tapa, Estonia, on 21 September. (UK MoD/Crown copyright)  The British Army has deployed a tank-heavy battlegroup to Estonia, completing the restructuring of the UK-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) contingent in the Baltic state.  The King's Royal Hussars (KRH) Battlegroup was deployed to Tapa in Estonia, relieving the armoured infantry battlegroup of 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh regi...

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...

Raytheon/Northrop Grumman team selected for HACM hypersonic weapon

By Richard Scott & Daniel Wasserbly 26 September 2022
Raytheon released this computer rendering to illustrate its HACM concept. (Raytheon)  A team of Raytheon and Northrop Grumman has been selected by the US Air Force (USAF) to develop and prototype the service's scramjet-powered Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM).  Raytheon Missiles & Defense was awarded a USD985 million contract by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Armament Directorate on 22 September 2022, beating competition from Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The company's 54-month contract, which builds on work previously compl...

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...

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...

DVD 2022: MSI unveils Terrahawk VSHORAD system

By Christopher Petrov 26 September 2022
MSI unveiled the Terrahawk VSHORAD counter-UAS concept at DVD 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  MSI Defence Systems unveiled the Terrahawk flatbed-based very short-range air-defence (VSHORAD) system at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022 event held at the Millbrook Proving Ground on 21 and 22 September. The system is designed to counter small aerial targets, including unmanned aerial systems (UASs), while also retaining capabilities to engage low-flying fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.  The main armament of the Terrahawk is the 30 mm Mk 4...

DX Korea 2022: SNT Dynamics unveils light-vehicle mortar system

By Jon Grevatt 23 September 2022
SNT Dynamics has integrated its KM120 mortar system with a 4×4 vehicle made by Kia Motors for the Republic of Korea Army. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  South Korea's SNT Dynamics has integrated its KM120 120 mm mortar system with a 4×4 light tactical vehicle (LTV) built by Kia Motors for a requirement in the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA).  The company showcased the new LTV mortar capability for the first time at the DX Korea 2022 event being held in Goyang from 21 to 25 September. SNT Dynamics has not yet officially named the product.  “This capabilit...

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...

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...

Philippine Army deploys ATMOS 2000 howitzers for operational tasking

By Kapil Kajal 23 September 2022
The Philippine Army said that the ATMOS will boost the army's mobility and range, and enhance its indirect fire-support capability. (Soltam Systems)  The Philippine Army has deployed its Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System (ATMOS) 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery units to the service's 10th Field Artillery ‘Rolling Thunder' Battalion, marking the weapon system's entry into operational status.  The deployment was held on 21 September at Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation area in Nueva Ecija, which lies about 120 km north of Man...

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...

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...

Ukraine conflict: Germany supplies Dingo armoured vehicles and two more MRLs to Kyiv

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 September 2022
Germany is supplying Ukraine with two more MARS II MRLs (pictured) and 50 Dingo armoured vehicles. (KMW)    Germany is supplying Ukraine with 50 Dingo armoured vehicles and two more Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System (MARS) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), German Federal Minister of Defence Christine Lambrecht said at Bundeswehrtagung (armed forces meeting) 2022 in Berlin on 15 September. She said Germany would provide Ukraine with 200 rockets for training on the MRLs, which are a European upgrade of the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Sys...

Update – ADEX 2022: Latest member of QFAB series adds laser guidance

By Huw Williams 16 September 2022
The QFAB-250 LG features a laser-guidance system as part of its applique kit. (Janes/Huw Williams)  The Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence Industry unveiled the latest member of its QFAB (also known as GFAB) series of general-purpose bombs at the ADEX 2022 exhibition in Baku on 6 September.  According to ministry officials, the new bomb – designated QFAB-250 LG – was developed in collaboration with Turkey's Aselsan.  The QFAB-250 LG is intended to provide enhanced accuracy over the standard QFAB bombs through an applique kit that includes a laser...

Puzzle pieces: Washington eyes path ahead for homeland cruise missile defence

By Ashley Roque 13 September 2022
A Patriot M903 launcher station assigned to 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, during Exercise ‘Arctic Edge 2022' at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This defence capability could be included as part of a US homeland cruise missile defence architecture. (USAF)  Reports of Russian Tu-95 aircraft and submarines launching cruise missiles to strike targets in Kyiv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, and Odesa filled US news reports throughout 2022, offering momentary insights to a conflict on another continent.  Accompanying images of smouldering...

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...

Lockheed Martin reveals work on new JAGM variants

By Andrew White 13 September 2022
Lockheed Martin's JAGM-MR uses a new missile bus to increase range. (Lockheed Martin)    Lockheed Martin is designing a series of next-generation Joint-Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGMs),   Janes   has learnt  .    JAGM-MR, a medium-range version of the missile, is in “proof of concept and evaluation” by the company, featuring increased range and sensor options compared with the legacy JAGM, and Lockheed Martin is considering additional variants such as maritime, extended-range, and short-range air defence (potentially f...

MSPO 2022: Hanwha showcases TAipers ATGM land platform integration kit

By Christopher Petrov 12 September 2022
Hanwha unveiled a land platform integration kit for the TAipers ATGM, which it co-developed with South Korea's Agency for Defense Development at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  Hanwha unveiled a land platform integration kit for the TAipers anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), that it co-developed with South Korea's Agency for Defense Development at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September. The missile, formerly called the Chungum, was originally developed as a helicopter-launched ATGM. I...

MSPO 2022: OSU-35K weapon system breaks cover

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 12 September 2022
The Polish Navy's MCMVs are to be fitted with the OSU-35K by the end of 2022. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)  PIT-Radwar presented the OSU-35K naval weapon system for the first time at MSPO 2022 in Kielce.  The OSU-35K is armed with the 35 mm calibre AM-35K automatic cannon – a licenced version of Oerlikon's KDA cannon – and features a dedicated opto-electronic tracking sensor. The system is capable of engaging both naval and aerial targets with various types of ammunition.    The prototype OSU-35K is under factory trials and is scheduled to be...

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...
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