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NSWC Dahlgren develops decision aid for high-energy laser fire control

By Richard Scott 03 August 2021
Engineers at the US Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) have designed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based decision aid designed to assist sailors operating high-energy laser (HEL) weapon systems.  An artist's rendering of Lockheed Martin's HELIOS system: one of several first-generation HEL weapons being introduced by the US Navy into frontline service. (Lockheed Martin)  The High Energy Laser Fire Control Decision Aid (HEL FCDA) is intended to improve response time and accuracy. Development has been informed by a NSWCDD...

Portuguese Army seeks to boost its field artillery by 2030

By Victor Barreira 02 August 2021
The Portuguese Army is planning a significant field artillery modernisation by 2030, which is likely to begin with new radar acquisitions next year.  Portugal's 2019–30 Military Programming Law, worth EUR4.6 billion (USD5.47 billion), includes EUR3...

US Navy completes first AARGM-ER live fire test milestone

By Robin Hughes 02 August 2021
The US Navy (USN), in association with Northrop Grumman, conducted the first live fire test of an AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) over the sea test range at Naval Air Station Point Mugu in southern California on 19 July.  Launched from from an F/A-18F Super Hornet multirole combat aircraft, the Flight Test Vehicle (FTV) event was conducted using a telemetry round, without a warhead. The USN said the live fire test successfully demonstrated the long-range capability of the missile's new design, althou...

Update: USAF conducts first test of ARRW warhead, but second booster test flight fails

By Robin Hughes 02 August 2021
The US Air Force (USAF) 780  th  Test Squadron, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida has successfully conducted the first arena test of the warhead intended to equip the Lockheed Martin AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) prototype conventional hypersonic glide weapon system.   Intended to collect lethality data on developmental AGM-183A weapon, the detonation test was designed and conducted “to ensure the customer's data requirements were met using new and improved test tools, technologies, and techniqu...

India's DRDO develops system to counter micro and mini UAVs

By Rahul Bedi 30 July 2021
Indian Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt confirmed on 28 July that the government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a system designed to detect, track, and neutralise micro and mini unmanned aerial vehicl...

BAE Systems contracted to manufacture seekers for LRASM Lots 4/5

By Robin Hughes 30 July 2021
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has contracted BAE Systems Electronic Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire to manufacture additional next-generation seekers for the AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) programme.  Awarded in late April, the USD117 million contract will deliver the new seeker assemblies for LRASM production Lots 4 and 5, with initial deliveries beginning in mid-2022. “Following design improvements conducted under a Diminishing Sources/Affordability contract, BAE Systems is producing next-generation seekers for L...

South Korean army deploying upgraded 81 mm mortar system

By Gabriel Dominguez & Thomas Ford & Dae Young Kim 29 July 2021
The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has begun deploying an upgraded version of its locally developed 81 mm mortar system, according to South Korea's Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA).  Delivery to RoKA units of the upgraded system, which is now in series production, began in June, noted DAPA in a 29 July statement.  A screengrab from footage provided by DAPA showing soldiers using South Korea's upgraded 81 mm mortar system. (DAPA)  Referred to as the ‘81 mm Mortar-II', the weapon, development of which began in December 2014 an...

Russia unveils Kh-59MKM upgrade variant air-to-surface missile

By Nikolai Novichkov 28 July 2021
The Raduga Design Bureau, a subsidiary of Russia's state-owned JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), unveiled an upgraded derivative of the TV-guided Kh-59MK extended-range air-to-surface missile at the MAKS 2021 International Aviation and Space Salon, held in Zhukovsky on 20–25 July.    With an all-up weight of 930 kg, the new Kh-59MKM is 5.7 m in length, 380 mm in diameter (with a slightly larger nose section diameter of 420 mm), and a has wingspan of 1.3 m. While the Kh-59MKM airframe retains the same airframe dimensions as the ea...

UK mulls 105 mm Light Gun replacement project

By Christopher F Foss 28 July 2021
The UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is leading a programme, referred to as the Light Fires Platform (LFP), to study a potential replacement for the towed 105 mm L118 Light Gun.  The LFP effort is at a pre-concept phase that is now in its second year and is due to be completed in 2022, according to Ricky Hart, principal advisor for Land Weapons and Land Fires at Dstl.  An L118 Light Gun waiting to be airlifted by an RAF Chinook. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Hart said unmanned, autonomous, and self-propelled concepts are being c...

Elbit Systems progressing new SIGMA 155 mm artillery system

By Christopher F Foss 28 July 2021
Israel's Elbit Systems is developing a new fully automatic 155 mm/52 calibre SP artillery system for the Israel Defense Force (IDF) that will start to replace the IDF's 155 mm/39 calibre M109 tracked SP artillery systems around 2023 , company representatives told Janes.  While many countries still deploy tracked self-propelled (SP) 155 mm artillery systems, there is a trend towards 155 mm wheeled artillery systems, as they offer strategic mobility due to less reliance upon heavy equipment transporters.  A rendering of the new SIGMA 155 mm/52...

New MRL system in service with PLA's Tibet Military Command

By Gabriel Dominguez & Samuel Cranny-Evans 27 July 2021
Chinese state-owned media has revealed that a new wheeled multiple rocket launcher (MRL) system has entered service with a combined arms brigade under the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) Tibet Military Command.  A screengrab from video footage released by CCTV on 24 July showing that a new MRL has entered service with the PLA's Tibet Military Command. (CCTV)  In a news report released by China Central Television (CCTV) on 24 July several examples of the new 4×4 MRL were shown being used in a live-fire exercise at an undisclosed location o...

AFRL seeks SDA for Mayhem hypersonic weapon system in follow-up RFI

By Robin Hughes 27 July 2021
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has issued a follow-up Request for Information (RFI) to identify potential industry sources with the necessary expertise, capabilities, and experience “to competently and competitively respond to requirem...

Image suggests HJ-12 ATGW is in service with PLA's Tibet Military Command

By Gabriel Dominguez & Amael Kotlarski 26 July 2021
Chinese state-owned media have released an image suggesting that the Hongjian-12 (J-12) manportable anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system is being operated by the People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF).  A photograph released on 22 July via...

Georgia outlines defence procurement priorities

By Charles Forrester 26 July 2021
The Georgian government has revealed its defence procurement priorities up to 2030, which includes acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), new artillery systems, and a revitalisation of its defence housing infrastructure.  At a ceremony for the release of the Action Plan of the Georgian Defence Forces 2020–30 on 22 July, Minister of Defence Juansher Burchuladze revealed that the country would be acquiring additional Javelin anti-tank missiles in 2021 from the United States. Negotiations are also under way with Polish and South African...

India's DRDO conducts test launches of indigenously developed manportable ATGM and SAM systems

By Gabriel Dominguez & Rahul Udoshi & Mark Cazalet 22 July 2021
India's government-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test-fired on 21 July a manportable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM) being developed for the Indian Army (IA).  In a statement issued the same day, the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said that the low-weight, fire-and-forget weapon was launched in direct-attack mode from a manportable launcher integrated with a thermal sight, adding that it successfully hit a mock tank target.  On 21 July India's DRDO test-fired a new manportable ATGM being deve...

Australian, US armies mark new level of interoperability at Exercise ‘Talisman Sabre'

By Ridzwan Rahmat 22 July 2021
The Australian and US armies have marked a new level of interoperability between the two services with the first-ever firings of Patriot surface-to-air missiles on Australian soil.  The firings, which was conducted as part of Exercise ‘Talisman Sab...

First footage of Russia's S-500 air defence system released

By Mark Cazalet & Miko Vranic 21 July 2021
The first footage of the Almaz-Antey S-500 Prometey (‘Prometheus') air and missile defence system (GRAU designation 55R6M), shown conducting a test launch, has been released by the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) via a video published on its YouTube channel on 20 July.  The missile shown being launched was reported to have successfully intercepted a “high-speed ballistic target” during test firings at the Kapustin Yar range, about 100 km east of Volgograd, according to the video. Once tests are complete, the system is to enter service with...

Rapid Dragon demonstrates BLOS command and control of Palletized Weapon System

By Robin Hughes 21 July 2021
The US Air Force (USAF) Rapid Dragon Experimentation Program, in association with Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Det 1, has successfully demonstrated beyond line of sight (BLOS) command-and-control (C2) of an AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER)-equipped Palletized Weapon System from an AFSOC MC-130J Commando II multi-mission combat transport aircraft.  The demonstration was conducted during the US Indo-Pacific Command's exercise Northern Edge 21 (NE...

New launcher fitted to just one of the UAE's Ghannatha boats

By Jeremy Binnie 21 July 2021
The new launcher that was previously seen on one of the UAE Navy's Ghannatha fast troops transport boats has not been fitted to the other five yet, a video released by the state WAM news agency on 20 July showed.  A still from the WAM video shows L205 fitted with a new launcher and EODS (circled left) and L204 fitted with a Hitrole-G (circled right). (WAM News Agency)  The UAE Navy originally ordered 12 Ghannathas, which were later modified by Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding. WAM reported in February 2015 that six had been armed with Patria's 120 mm N...

Japan's ATLA reveals more details about next-gen OPV plans

By Gabriel Dominguez & Kosuke Takahashi 19 July 2021
The Japanese Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed that plans are under way to develop a next-generation offshore patrol vessel (OFV) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).  In a video released on 1 July ATLA said that the new OPVs will be based on a modular system enabling customisation and will be more capable than the current in-service OPVs through a combination of automation, adaptability, modularity, and sustainability.  For instance, the agency said that the OPVs will...
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