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Switchblade 300 fired from USV as part of US/UK sensor-to-shooter demo

By Richard Scott 21 October 2021
An AeroVironment Switchblade 300 tactical precision-guided missile is fired from the UK's MADFOX USV during the NATO ‘REP(MUS) 21' exercise. (AeroVironment)  The US Navy (USN) and UK Royal Navy (RN) have successfully executed a maritime sensor-to-shooter (S2S) demonstration culminating in the firing of an AeroVironment Switchblade 300 tactical precision-guided missile from an experimental unmanned surface vessel (USV).  Part of a US/UK Interoperability to Interchangeability (I2I) initiative using unmanned/uncrewed systems, the S2S capability...

Russia to extend service life of UR-100N ‘Stiletto' ICBM to 2023

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 21 October 2021
The service life of Russia's UR-100N (SS-19 ‘Stiletto') intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is to be extended to 2023, NPO Mashinostroyenia general director Alexander Leonov told the RIA Novosti news agency on 18 October.  The last UR-100N mi...

Arnold Defense unveils ‘Trident' 2.75-inch rocket air launcher concept

By Robin Hughes 20 October 2021
The Arnold Defense ‘Trident' three-round launcher prototype concept demonstrator mounted on Moog Space and Defense Group's Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher. (Arnold Defense)  Arnold Defense has unveiled a three-round air launcher concept protoytpe for 2.75 inch/70 mm laser-guided rockets. Developed in partnership with Moog Space and Defense Group, the concept demonstrator – designated ‘Trident' – was unveiled at the AUSA 2021 exhibition in Washington, mounted on a Moog Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher.  Weighing approximately 14.5–16.3 kg (unload...

Radiation detection firm Mirion Technologies to go public

By Marc Selinger 20 October 2021
US-based Mirion Technologies, which makes radiation detection and measurement equipment for several sectors, including defence, plans to become a publicly traded company to fuel its growth.  Mirion intends to change its ownership status by merging...

North Korea says it test-launched new SLBM on 19 October

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 20 October 2021
Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang tested what appears to have been a new short-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 19 October.  The weapon's design appears to be similar to that of the...

ADEX 2021: LIG Nex1 showcases elements of new VSHORAD and C-RAM system

By Dae Young Kim & Mark Cazalet 19 October 2021
At ADEX 2021 LIG Nex1 displayed scale models of a number of battery components related to the LIG Artillery Missile Defense VSHORAD and C-RAM system it is developing for the South Korean military. (Dae Young Kim)  South Korean company LIG Nex1 has displayed scale models of a number of battery components related to the LIG Artillery Missile Defense (LAMD) very short-range air-defence (VSHORAD) and counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) system it is developing for the South Korean military.  Showcased at the Seoul International Aerospace...

North Korea test-launches at least one possible SLBM

By Gabriel Dominguez & Kosuke Takahashi & Dae Young Kim 19 October 2021
North Korea test-launched what appeared to be at least one submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) into the East Sea (also Sea of Japan) on 19 October, marking the first launch of such a missile type since October 2019.  The weapon, which was l...

Lithuania increases defence spending

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 October 2021
The Lithuanian Army's most important projects include equipping units declared to NATO and the army's rapid reaction force with IFVs. Seen here is a Lithuanian Boxer armoured vehicle. (Lithuanian MND/ARTEC)  The Lithuanian government presented a draft state budget for 2022, increasing national defence spending to EUR1.176 billion (USD1.367 billion), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on its website on 12 October.  Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė told a press conference the day before that this would raise defence spending from...

Partner 2021: Serbia to buy two C295 airlifters and more H145M helicopters, shows new weapons and equipment

By Igor Bozinovski 18 October 2021
Yugoimport's new Lazanski 8×8 ACV was unveiled at Partner 2021. (Igor Bozinovski)  Serbia will buy two C295 transport aircraft and a larger number of H145M helicopters from Airbus, Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović announced on the first day of the Partner 2021 international defence exhibition held in Belgrade from 11 to 14 October.  Partner 2021 unveiled new locally developed military equipment. This included Yugoimport's Lazanski 8×8 armoured combat vehicle (ACV), shown alongside two new versions of the Lazar III 8×8 ACV: the Lazar III...

Japan's LDP vows to double defence spending amid ‘increasingly severe security environment'

By Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez 18 October 2021
Ahead of Japan's upcoming general election on 31 October, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has pledged in its manifesto to double the country's defence spending from 1% to 2% of GDP in reaction to what it described as an “increasingly seve...

South Korea to series-produce new man-portable mine-detection system

By Gabriel Dominguez 18 October 2021
DAPA announced on 18 October that it awarded Hanwha Systems a contract to series-produce the PRS-20K: a new mine detection system that is also capable of finding non-metallic mines. The system will be deployed with the RoK Armed Forces from the second half of 2022. (DAPA)  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 18 October that it has awarded Hanwha Systems a contract to series-produce a new man-portable, mine-detection system that is capable of finding both metallic and non-metallic mines.  The agency sai...

Saab reveals MBDA link as Arexis air-launched decoy breaks cover

By Richard Scott 15 October 2021
Saab showed the Arexis air-launched decoy for the first time at AOC Europe 2021 (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  Saab and MBDA have disclosed that they are working together on the development of a miniaturised powered decoy that will form part of Saab's Arexis airborne electronic warfare (EW) product portfolio.  Revealed at the AOC Europe 2021 conference and exhibition in Liverpool on 12 October, the proposed Arexis air-launched decoy would integrate a Saab electronic attack (EA) payload into the air vehicle and wider weapons system architecture alre...

Pakistan Army commissions HQ-9/P air-defence system

By Samuel Cranny-Evans & Gabriel Dominguez 15 October 2021
A screengrab from footage released by the ISPR on 14 October showing a transporter vehicle carrying spare missiles for the HQ-9/P SAM system during a commissioning ceremony held that same day at Army Air Defence Centre Karachi. (ISPR)  The Pakistan Army's (PA's) Air Defence forces have inducted into service a variant of the Chinese-made HQ-9 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, according to a 14 October press release issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military.  Referred to in PA service as the H...

US Army conducts ‘max range' PrSM test fire

By Ashley Roque 14 October 2021
The US Army conducted a ‘max-range shot' of a Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototype on 13 October at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, but neither the service nor Lockheed Martin have disclosed just how far the missile flew.  “Lockheed Mar...

S-500 enters service in Moscow region

By Samuel Cranny-Evans & Mark Cazalet 14 October 2021
The first S-500 air defence system has entered service in the Moscow region. (Russian MoD)  The first S-500 55R6M Prometey (Prometheus) strategic air-defence system has entered service with a unit in the Moscow region, the TASS news agency reported on 13 October, citing a source close to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD).  The first regimental set is to be followed by a second in the first half of 2022, the source added. No official announcement has been made by the MoD, but Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told the RIA Novosti news age...

New SHORAD systems seen in Iranian exercise

By Jeremy Binnie 14 October 2021
Two Majid SHORAD systems featured in the latest ‘Defenders of the Velayt Skies' exercise. (Tasnim News Agency)  New short-range air-defence (SHORAD) systems featured in Exercise ‘Defenders of the Velayet Skies 1400' , which was held by Iranian air-defence forces on 12–13 October, reflecting a growing emphasis on countering low-altitude threats.  Brigadier General Amir Qader Rahimzadeh, commander of the regular military's (Artesh's) air-defence force, announced that both the Majid and Dezful systems had been successfully fired during the exerc...

AUSA 2021: US aims to ramp up hypersonic weapon industrial base, cut unit costs

By Daniel Wasserbly 14 October 2021
A C-HGB launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility during a Defense Department flight experiment in March 2020. (US Navy/Oscar Sosa)  US contractors are working to productionise hypersonic-speed strike weapons, and rapidly shift them from costly hand-built prototypes into usable equipments that the Pentagon is willing to buy.  Lockheed Martin is a prime contractor for the Navy-Army All Up Round + Canister (AUR+C) for the army's Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) integration, and for the US Navy's Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) hypersonic...

Peruvian Navy successfully test-fires Exocet Block 3 missiles for the first time

By Cesar Cruz Tantalean 14 October 2021
Peruvian Navy frigate FM-57 BAP   Bolognesi   recently conducted first test-fire of an Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile.  (Peruvian Navy)  The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Peru: MGP) recently conducted its first live-fire exercises with its surface-to-surface MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 3 and air-to-surface MBDA Exocet AM-39 missiles, navy officials said.  The successful live-fire test of the Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile firing – the first since this weapon was introduced in the service five years ago – was conducted...

Seoul’s ADEX escapes the worst of Covid-19 cancellations

By Gareth Jennings 13 October 2021
As the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition 2021 is staged at Seoul Airport on the outskirts of the South Korean capital from 19 to 21 October, Gareth Jennings explores the expected developments at the show…  ADEX, as the event is popularly known, is rapidly becoming one of Asia-Pacific's most influential and prestigious aviation, aerospace and defence events, along with Aero India, Avalon in Australia, the Singapore Air Show, and the China Air Show in Zhuhai in China.  For organisers, the biennial show has been fortunate to esc...

AUSA 2021: US Army unit receives hypersonic weapon launchers, set to begin training

By Daniel Wasserbly 13 October 2021
The delivery of the first prototype hypersonic hardware to soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Field Artillery Brigade is completed on October 7, 2021, with a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington state. (US Army photo / Spc Karleshia Gater)  A US Army unit has officially received its first Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) launchers and is scheduled to begin ‘new equipment training' on 18 October, according to Lieutenant General Neil Thurgood, the army's director for hypersonics, directed energy, sp...
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