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Royal Thai Navy unveils FK-3 air-defence system

By Kapil Kajal 03 February 2023
The FK-3 air-defence system, an example pictured above in service with the Serbian Armed Forces, was unveiled by the Royal Thai Navy's Air and Coastal Defence Command. The FK-3 is the export variant of China's HQ-22 medium- to long-range semi-active radar homing/radio command guidance air-defence system. (Serbian MoD)  The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has unveiled its Chinese-made FK-3 air-defence system during a visit by Commander-in-Chief Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengphaet to the Air and Coastal Defense Command (ACDC) stationed in Chonburi provin...

Poland orders more Javelin missiles

By Nicholas Fiorenza 03 February 2023
Poland has ordered more Javelin anti-tank guided missiles, with which the WOT began training in 2021 (pictured). (Polish MND)  Poland has ordered 50 more Javelin Light Weight Command Launch Units and approximately 500 FGM-148F Javelin anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), the Polish Armaments Agency (AA) announced on its website on 31 January. Warsaw was exercising an option in a 2020 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract with the United States for 60 Command Launch Units and 180 Javelin missiles worth USD54.5 million for the Polish Territorial...

India test-flies Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle

By Kapil Kajal 02 February 2023
The HSTDV, seen here from a test in September 2020, uses an Agni-1 short-range ballistic missile as the solid rocket booster to place the vehicle into the altitude needed to ensure the operation of the scramjet. (DRDO)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted a flight test of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV).    A DRDO official confirmed with   Janes  that the test was conducted from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the northeastern coast of Odisha. However, the DRDO...

Saudi navy opts for MBDA SAM for Multi-Mission Surface Combatants

By Jeremy Binnie & Richard Scott 02 February 2023
A CAMM is ejected from a modified Mk 41 launcher during a test. (MBDA)  The Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) has selected MBDA, rather than Raytheon, to provide the primary surface-to-air missile (SAM) for its new frigates, the US Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed on 31 January.  It announced that MBDA's US subsidiary had been awarded a USD118.7 million non-competitive contract to deliver its Common Anti-Air Module Missile (CAMM) for Saudi Arabia's Multi-Mission Surface Combatants (MSSCs), which are being built by Fincantieri Marinette Mar...

Work begins on first NSM fit on Type 23

By Richard Scott 31 January 2023
The MK 141 launcher structure being removed from HMS   Somerset   in preparation for the installation of NSM.  (HMS Somerset/Royal Navy)  The Type 23 frigate HMS Somerset is in line to become the first UK Royal Navy (RN) ship to receive the Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace Naval Strike Missile (NSM).  Replacing the ageing Harpoon Block 1C surface-to-surface guided weapon, which will be retired from service in December this year, NSM is being procured as part of the RN's Maritime Offensive Surface Strike programme....

Sweden orders 20 more Mjölner CV90 mortar variants

By Nicholas Fiorenza 31 January 2023
The FMV and BAE Systems have signed a contract for 20 more Grkpbv 90 mortar systems for the Swedish Army. (BAE Systems)  The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and BAE Systems announced on 27 January that they had signed a contract modification for 20 more Granatkastarpansarbandvagn 90 (Grkpbv 90) self-propelled mortars for the Swedish Army. The FMV valued the contract at approximately SEK293.5 million (USD28 million) and expects deliveries to take place in 2025.  The contract was awarded to BAE Systems' Swedish joint venture Utvec...

Northrop Grumman integrating M-Code into precision artillery

By Carlo Munoz 30 January 2023
Several US Army conventional 155 mm artillery projectiles outfitted with Northrop Grumman's Precision Guidance Kit. (US Army/Northrop Grumman)  US defence company Northrop Grumman will begin integrating Military Code (M-Code) global positioning system (GPS) capability into the company's precision guidance systems for medium- and long-range artillery systems.  CAES, a Northern Virginia-based company specialising in advanced radio frequency (RF) technologies, will carry out the M-Code GPS integration work into Northrop Grumman's Precision Guid...

IAV 2023: German Army's share of Zeitenwende special fund focuses on armoured vehicles

By Nicholas Fiorenza 27 January 2023
The German Army's heavy weapon carrier will be based on Austrialia's Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, pictured with Australian Army soldiers during Exercise ‘Chong Ju' at the Puckapunyal training area, Victoria, on 16 May 2018. (Australian MoD)    The German Army's share of the EUR100 million (USD109 million) Zeitenwende special fund, approved after Russia invaded Ukraine, focuses on armoured vehicles,   Janes  learnt at Defence iQ's International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2023 conference held in London on 23–26 January....

IAV 2023: Hungary to produce Lynx ammunition domestically

By Nicholas Fiorenza 27 January 2023
The HDF received the first of 209 Lynx armoured vehicles on 15 October 2022. (HDF)    Hungary will produce the ammunition for the KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) it is procuring domestically,   Janes  learnt at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) conference held in London on 23–26 January. This is in addition to the 163 Lynx IFVs being produced in Hungary.   The Lynx has a Rheinmetall Lance 2.0 turret armed with a MK 30-2/ABM (airburst munition) cannon that fires next-generation programmable kinetic energy...

Update: US Army laser weapon programme competitor reaches development milestone

By Meredith Roaten 26 January 2023
Lockheed Martin's Directed Energy Interceptor for Manoeuvre Short-Range Air Defence System demonstrated ‘first light' in January 2023. (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin on 23 January announced its offering for the US Army's directed-energy weapon programme reached ‘first light', a development milestone that comes ahead of an expected competition to build the capability for the service.  Lockheed Martin's 50 kW Directed Energy Interceptor for Manoeuvre Short-Range Air Defence System (DEIMOS) achieved a first light demonstration on 13 January...

Fincantieri launches LPD for Qatar

By Jeremy Binnie 25 January 2023
The Qatari LPD   Al Fulk  in the dry dock at Fincantieri's Palermo yard before its launch on 24 January.  (Fincantieri)  Fincantieri launched the landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious assault ship it is building for Qatar at its shipyard in Palermo on 24 January, confirming it is equipped with vertical launch systems (VLSs).    Photographs of   Al Fulk  (L 141) show a box for the VLS has been attached to the ship's starboard side close to the end of the flight deck that looks sufficiently deep to...

IAV 2023: Elbit presents Crossbow turreted mortar

By Nicholas Fiorenza 25 January 2023
Elbit presented the Crossbow 120 mm turreted mortar system at IAV 2023. (Elbit Systems)  Elbit Systems presented the Crossbow 120 mm turreted mortar at Defence IQ's International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2023 conference being held in London from 23 to 26 January.  The weapon can be installed in a mission module with minimal protrusion, can be easily operated by a single crew member, and is fuzed for fully automatic operation, according to Elbit.  It can fire the company's range of mortar rounds, including those with an extended range and preci...

Ethiopia displays new SH15 howitzers

By Mayank Parasar & Jeremy Binnie 25 January 2023
SH15 self-propelled howitzers lined up at Harar Meda Air Base. (Ethiopian Press Agency)  Ethiopia has acquired Chinese-built 155 mm SH15 wheeled self-propelled howitzers (SPH), it was revealed on 21 January.  The SH15s were seen in footage that was released as part of the coverage of a visit by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Awash Arba Combat Technical School, but the SPHs were filmed at Harar Meda Air Base in Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa.  The SPHs were lined up in four columns of eight vehicles, indicating 32 have been delivered, although n...

Stinger missile production to rise 50% by 2025, US Army says

By Marc Selinger 25 January 2023
US Army soldiers prepare to fire a Stinger missile during an exercise. (US Army)  The US Army expects to increase production of Stinger missiles to 60 a month by 2025, up 50% from the current rate, according to a spokesperson for the service's Program Executive Office Missiles and Space (PEO MS).  The ramp-up comes amid growing demand for the surface-to-air missile. The US government has provided about 1,500 Stinger missiles to Ukraine to help it counter Russia's February 2022 invasion. “The Stinger has proven to be effective in the support o...

IAV 2023: Common Armoured Vehicle programme progresses

By Nicholas Fiorenza 24 January 2023
CAVS will contribute to participating countries seeking to increase the mobility of their armies, including in Arctic conditions. (Patria)  The Finnish-led 6×6 Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) programme continues to progress, Janes learnt at Defence IQ's International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2023 conference being held in London from 23 to 26 January.  CAVS variants include armoured personnel carrier (APC), heavy APC (HAPC), engineer, logistic support, and command-and-control versions, with future possibilities including indirect fire veh...

Indonesia considering acquisition of AASM-Hammer for Rafale

By Akhil Kadidal 24 January 2023
France's Safran Group has offered the AASM-Hammer smart bomb to Indonesia for integration in the Dassault Rafale, KAI T-50I, and potentially the KAI KF-21 jet. (Safran)  The Indonesian government is in talks with France's Safran Group for the potential acquisition and domestic assembly of Armement Air‐Sol Modulaire (AASM) Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range (Hammer) smart guided bombs.  The Indonesian Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Directorate General of Defense Potential said that it had discussed Safran Group's offer of the air-to-s...

Surface Navy 2023: Zumwalt on track to begin hypersonic missile refit in 2023

By Richard Scott 23 January 2023
The US Navy still plans to fast-track the integration of the Conventional Prompt Strike hypersonic weapon system into its DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers. (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) still plans to fast-track the integration of the Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) hypersonic weapon system into its DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers, with the aim to complete the first live-fire tests in 2025, according to Vice Admiral Bill Galinis, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).    Speaking to reporter...

Ukraine conflict: Defence contact group meeting fails to agree to send Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv

By Nicholas Fiorenza 23 January 2023
The Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting at Ramstein Air Base on 20 January failed to agree to send Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv (photo of Polish Leopard 2PL). (PGZ)  The Ukraine Defense Contact Group met at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on 20 January but failed to come to an agreement on sending Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv.    The new German Defence Minister, Boris Pistorius, said that Berlin had not reached a decision on supplying Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks. However, he    ordered his ministry to conduct an inventory of the different...

Ukraine conflict: UK accelerates Mobile Fires Platform programme

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 January 2023
The UK is accelerating the British Army's Mobile Fires Platform programme to replace its AS90 SPHs (pictured above). (Crown copyright)  UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced to the House of Commons on 16 January that he is accelerating the British Army's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) programme, so that it delivers during the 2020s rather than the 2030s. He said he has also directed an interim artillery capability to be delivered, subject to commercial negotiation.  Janes understands that the UK now plans for the MFP to enter service in 202...

Regulus launches new C-UAS solution that neutralises swarms

By Olivia Savage 19 January 2023
Regulus Cyber launches Ring, a flexible modular C-UAS solution that can defeat unmanned swarms from a 5 km range. (Regulus Cyber)  Israeli company Regulus Cyber has launched a new counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) effector that is capable of neutralising a wide range of unmanned threats including swarms, the company announced on 19 January.  Known as ‘Ring', the portable or fixed C-UAS solution utilises global navigation satellite system (GNSS) manipulation to allow the user to take control of the unmanned threat by pushing back, holding...
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