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Turkey successfully test fires new indigenous 76/62mm naval gun

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 03 December 2021
Turkey successfully conducted a second land-based live test-firing of its indigenous 76/62 mm naval gun at the Karapınar shooting range in central Konya province on 2 December, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced.  The latest test follows...

Brazilian Army merges AFV programmes in reorganisation

By Victor Barreira 03 December 2021
The Brazilian Army is merging its principal wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) projects, Colonel Marcelo Yoshida of the Army High-Staff revealed at the 10th Conference of Systems and Military Technology, held in Brasília from 23 to...

InVeris demonstrates its new SRCE mixed reality training environment

By James Rands 03 December 2021
Exercising troops spot an enemy soldier in the SRCE virtual environment. (InVeris)  At I/ITSEC this week InVeris demonstrated SRCE – a mixed reality training environment. SRCE uses a VR headset and a pack with processing capability to enable exercising troops to see enemy and civilians and to engage them with small arms fire.  SRCE builds on InVeris existing marksmanship trainer, which is a programme of record for both the US Army and US Marine Corps. At present the system can cover 10,000 square feet with the aim to double that in the next...

Brazilian Army mulls loitering munitions and armed UAVs

By Victor Barreira 03 December 2021
The Brazilian Army uses the hand-launched FT-100 fixed-wing ISTAR tactical UAV for different applications. (FT SISTEMAS S/A)  The Brazilian Army is seeking to adopt unmanned combat tactical effectors such as loitering munitions and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).    The army is conducting preliminary studies that are expected to culminate with the publication of requirements for such systems over the next few years, Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Gomes Saraiva, Army High-Staff supervisor of the Subprogram Remotely Piloted Aircraft Sy...

Wormuth details vision for US Army's role in military conflict against China

By Ashley Roque 02 December 2021
US Army Secretary Christine Wormuth anticipates that the ground service will have five core tasks in a potential military conflict in the Indo-Pacific region, to include the use of long-range weapons. However, she does not anticipate having the nec...

Dstl showcases ongoing tech projects from its labs at Porton Down

By Peter Felstead 02 December 2021
British soldiers and an UGV-mounted sensor taking part in this year's CUE21 experiment in Portmouth, Hampshire. The experiment used new technology to address the complexities of developing situational awareness in an urban environment. (Dstl)  The UK Ministry of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) opened up its facilities in Porton Down, Wiltshire, to a select group of journalists on 1 December to showcase a number of the future technology projects on which it is working. Among the projects on display were a new situati...

Argentina increases defence and security spending for remainder of 2021

By Santiago Rivas 01 December 2021
A first H225 helicopter was delivered to the Argentine Coast Guard in 2015. (Airbus Helicopters)  On 26 November the Argentine government issued ‘Decree 809/2021' that provided additional funding for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Ministry of Security, adding about USD220 million for defence.    The Ministry of Security received an allocation of approximately USD17 million dollars for “offshore heavy helicopters”, which a coast guard source told   Janes  is for two H225s that are being negotiated with Airbus Helicopter. The...

Bahraini Patriot PAC-3 missile procurement confirmed

By Jeremy Binnie 30 November 2021
The US Department of Defense has announced a USD94 million contract award to Lockheed Martin that includes Bahrain as a customer for the Patriot PAC-3 surface-to-air missile for the first time. The contract covers “technical assistance support for...

Switzerland signs Air2030 contracts

By Gareth Jennings 29 November 2021
Having made its selection of the F-35A (pictured) and Patriot earlier in 2021, Switzerland has now signed contracts for both systems. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Switzerland has signed for both the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and the Raytheon Patriot ground-based air-defence systems (GBADS) to fulfil its Air2030 requirement.  The Federal Council announced the milestones on 26 November, some five months after the country announced its decision in July to procure 36 F-35As and five Patriot GBADS based on the highest overall benefits for...

India clears deal to locally produce Russian AK-203 rifles

By Rahul Bedi 25 November 2021
India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has approved the procurement of 671,000 locally produced Russian Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles for the Indian armed forces, it has been confirmed to...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: MBDA in dialogue with Germany for Enforcer Air missile for helicopters

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
MBDA continues to pitch its Enforcer missile to the German government as a possible air-to-surface solution for helicopters. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  MBDA is continuing talks with the German government over the possible acquisition of the helicopter-launched Enforcer Air precision-guided missile, as deliveries of the baseline shoulder-launched version are set to commence.    Speaking to   Janes   at the Berlin Security Conference 2021, Head of Sales and Marketing, Guido Brendler, said MBDA continues to pitch Enforcer Air to Ger...

Mac Jee develops improved Armadillo multiple rocket system

By Victor Barreira 24 November 2021
Mac Jee Defesa has developed an improved Armadillo 70 mm launcher configuration for 4×4 light armoured tactical vehicles. (Mac Jee)  Brazil's Mac Jee Defesa has developed an improved configuration of its all-weather Armadillo 2.75”/70 mm rocket launcher system for 4×4 light tactical armoured vehicles.  An initial configuration of the launch pod was officially unveiled in April 2019, mounted on an M1152 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The new compact 24-cell Armadillo launch pod is 3.5 metres in length, and weighs approx...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: MBDA, IAI sign ground-based air defence agreement for Germany

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
MBDA and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have concluded a framework agreement for co-operation on ground-based air-defence systems for Germany.  Under the agreement, which was announced on 24 November at the Berlin Security Conference 2021, both...

NATO condemns Russian ASAT test

By Nicholas Fiorenza 23 November 2021
NATO's North Atlantic Council (NAC) has condemned Russia's 15 November anti-satellite (ASAT) test, describing it as “reckless and irresponsible”, in a 19 November press release.  The NAC, the alliance's highest decision making body, said the test...

Turkey to build cartridge factory in Mongolia

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 23 November 2021
Turkey's Machine and Chemical Industry Inc (MKE) will build a cartridge loading and assembly factory in Mongolia under a contract signed with Mongolia's Defence Industry Board on 15 November.  The factory will have a yearly capacity of producing 10...

Russian forces receive 9M333 SAMs

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 23 November 2021
The Russian MoD has taken delivery of 9M333 SAMs for its Strela-10M3 short-range air defence systems. (Russian MoD)  The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received “the first mass deliveries” of 9M333 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) from Kalashnikov, Rostec announced on its website on 18 November.  Rostec said the new missile is designed to arm the Strela-10M3 air defence system 9A34M3 and 9A35M3 combat vehicles. It replaces legacy 9M37 missiles, which only had a dual-mode seeker.  The 9M333 can be traced back to 1989, but Rostec stated th...

Eurosam initiates system trials of SAMP/T NG

By Robin Hughes 22 November 2021
An internal view of the C2 engagement module developed for the new SAMP/T NG long-range, ground-based air missile defence system. (Eurosam)  Eurosam – a joint venture (JV) of MBDA France, MBDA Italy, and Thales – has commenced system trials of the SAMP/T NG (Sol Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre Nouvelle Génération) next-generation long-range, ground-based air missile defence system, ahead of planned deliveries to France and Italy of a fully integrated and qualified capability in 2025.  The system trials include a live-firing campaign with the SAM...

MDA awards Other Transactional Agreements for Glide Phase Interceptor prototype design

By Robin Hughes 22 November 2021
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 19 November announced the award of Other Transactional (OT) Agreements to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon Missiles and Defense for the completion of an accelerated concept of a prototype sea-la...

Poland and UK intend to co-operate on Narew air defence programme

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 November 2021
Wallace and Błaszczak signed a statement of intent on 18 November to co-operate on Poland's Narew ground-based SHORAD system. (Polish MND)  UK defence secretary Ben Wallace and Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak signed a statement of intent on 18 November to co-operate on Poland's Narew ground-based short-range air defence system (SHORAD), their two ministries announced on their websites the same day.    Błaszczak said Poland's Armament Inspectorate (AI) had recommended the MBDA Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) f...

Russia moves equipment to Crimea, continues to activate other units

By Thomas Bullock 18 November 2021
Russia has deployed elements of at least three units to Crimea since 12 November. They are equipped with armoured personnel carriers (APCs), self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), anti-aircraft missile systems, and main battle tanks (MBTs).    Analy...
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