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Poland signs for hundreds of JASSM-ER long-range cruise missiles

By Gareth Jennings 28 May 2024
A Polish F-16 carrying the JASSM cruise missile. The country has now signed for hundreds of additional JASSM-ER missiles with a range of 1,000 km. (Polish MND)  Poland has signed for hundreds of Lockheed Martin AGM-158B-2 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with Extended Range (JASSM-ERs), finalising a deal that was approved by the US government in March.  The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) cemented the procurement of an undisclosed number of the air-launched cruise missile on 28 May, with Minister of National Defence Władysław...

BSDA 2024: ROMARM displays new NATO-calibre assault rifle

By Sonny Butterworth 27 May 2024
Two configurations of the CN-22 were displayed on ROMARM's stand at BSDA 2024 – a medium version with a shorter 13.5 inch barrel (top) and a standard version with a 16 inch barrel (bottom). (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)  Fabrica de Arme Cugir, a subsidiary of Romania's state-owned ROMARM holding company, displayed two configurations of its CN-22 assault rifle at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest between 22 and 24 May.  Development of the CN-22 began in 2023 in response to a requirement from the Romanian...

South Korea completes development of long-range SAM system

By Kapil Kajal 27 May 2024
The L-SAM is a part of the Korea Air and Missile Defense system, which consists of several layers of capability designed to intercept missiles from North Korea. The L-SAM can intercept missiles at an altitude of 50–60 km, and the Patriot and Cheongung II can intercept missiles at around 40 km altitude. (Janes)  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has completed the development of its long-range surface-to-air missile (L-SAM) system, the country's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on 27 May.  According to the M...

BSDA 2024: ROMARM develops new family of drone-dropped munitions

By Sonny Butterworth 27 May 2024
The complete family of Carfil's drone-dropped munitions (from left to right: 60 mm, 81 mm, 82 mm, and 120 mm), showing the polymer stabilising fins that have been used to reduce weight. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)  Carfil, a subsidiary of Romania's state-owned ROMARM holding company, displayed a family of drone-dropped munitions at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest from 22 to 24 May.  Based on ROMARM's existing range of 60 mm, 81 mm, 82 mm, and 120 mm mortar bombs, the drone-dropped variants include st...

Future Artillery 2024: Danish PULS MRL deliveries completed

By Nicholas Fiorenza 27 May 2024
Denmark received its first ATMOS and PULS artillery systems during the third quarter of 2023. (Elbit Systems)    Denmark has received all its Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) and its first batch of 155 mm/52 calibre Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer Systems (ATMOS),   Janes  learnt at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference held in Paris from 21 to 23 May.   Most of the PULS munitions ordered by Denmark have also been delivered. The arrival of the first batch of ATMOS all...

BSDA 2024: Hanwha to set up Chunmoo user club and integrate new munitions into its launcher

By Sonny Butterworth 27 May 2024
Hanwha hopes to set up a new user club for its Chunmoo MRL, seen here as a scale model at BSDA 2024, suggesting that it expects the customer base for the system to grow. This will be aided by the integration of new munitions into the system, including the GLSDB. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)    Hanwha is planning to set up a user club for its K239 Chunmoo multiple rocket launcher (MRL) and integrate third-party munitions into the system,  Janes  learnt at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest...

US Army, CAES evaluate new APNT capability for long-range fires

By Carlo Munoz 24 May 2024
An M777 155 mm Howitzer fires at Yuma Proving Ground's Kofa Firing Range. (US Army )  US Army officials and industry counterparts are preparing for a so-called ‘soft catch' test and demonstration of a new Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT) capability, which could play a key role in advancing the ground service's Precision Long Range Fires initiative.  Programme officials from US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) and CAES, a Northern Virginia-based company specialising in advanced radio frequency (RF) technolog...

Future Artillery 2024: Ukraine is most interoperable country in Europe

By Nicholas Fiorenza 24 May 2024
A US-donated M109A6 Paladin 155 mm self-propelled howitzer firing in the Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, on 18 May 2023. (Serhii Mykhalchuk/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)  Ukraine was described as the most interoperable country in Europe at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference held in Paris from 21 to 23 May.  Janes learnt, under Chatham House rules at the conference, that this is because Ukraine can use US artillery rounds, unlike European NATO members. This is made possible by the US sending the fire tables along with the artille...

UK extends SeeByte software support for MHC programme

By Tom Barton 24 May 2024
Two Atlas Elektronik UK ARCIMS with SeaCat AUVs onboard and (insets) screenshots of SeeByte's software showing mission planning, monitoring, and post-mission analysis for the SeaCat. (SeeByte/Atlas Elektronik UK)  UK-based software house SeeByte has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for at least three more years of software support and development in support of the Royal Navy's (RN's) Mine Hunting Capability (MHC) programme, the company said in a press release.  Awarded by the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organ...

France conducts first operational test launch of upgraded ASMPA nuclear missile

By Gareth Jennings 23 May 2024
Imagery of the first operational test and evaluation launch of the ASMPA had the nuclear missile obscured. (Ministre des Armées)  The French Air and Space Force conducted the first operational test and evaluation (OT&E) launch of the upgraded MBDA France ASMPA (Air-Sol Moyenne Portée Amélioré) supersonic medium-range stand-off nuclear missile on 22 May.  The event saw the service and the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) fire an inert missile from a Dassault Rafale test aircraft during a simulated mission scenario that was representative...

Romanian Navy to field Marte ER missile from ASuW-capable H215M helicopters

By Gareth Jennings 23 May 2024
A subscale model of the Marte ER anti-shipping missile that will equip the Romanian Naval Forces' H215M helicopters. (Janes/Vinod Kumar CV)  Romania is to carry the MBDA Marte Extended Range (ER) anti-ship missile from its soon-to-be-received Airbus H215M helicopters.  The European missile house said on 23 May that it had signed a contract with IAR Brasov to support the integration of the Marte ER onto Romanian Naval Forces H215M helicopters.    News of the contract came months after Airbus Helicopters confirmed to   Janes   in...

USMC planning to field M72 LAW FFE variants after delay

By Meredith Roaten 23 May 2024
Development of the new M72 FFE round has been finalised, and is expected to enter all-up production in 2020. (Nammo)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) will field its first variants of the M72 Light Assault Weapon Fire from Enclosure munitions (LAW FFE) by the end of calendar year 2024, according to a 20 May announcement.  The planned acquisition was first announced in 2020, according to a solicitation released in July 2020. In December 2021 Nammo Defense Systems won a USD498 million contract to build M72 variants with an expected fielding date of f...

Future Artillery 2024: Germany plans to procure PULS MRLs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 22 May 2024
Germany plans to procure five PULS MRLs in co-operation with the Netherlands. (Elbit Systems)  Germany plans to procure five Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) as an option under the government-to-government agreement between the Israeli and Dutch ministries of defence (MoDs) for 20 of the MRLs signed in May 2023, Janes learnt at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference held in Paris from 21 to 23 May.  The decision to procure the systems is still pending, but Janes understands that the MRLs wo...

Future Artillery 2024: CAESAR Mk II SPH to be unveiled at Eurosatory

By Nicholas Fiorenza 22 May 2024
The CAESAR 6×6 Mk II NG SPH will make its debut at Eurosatory 2024. (Nexter)  The CAESAR 6×6 Mk II New Generation (NG) self-propelled howitzer (SPH) will be unveiled at the Eurosatory 2024 defence exhibition to be held in Paris from 17 to 21 June, Janes learnt at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference being held in the French capital from 21 to 23 May.  Janes understands that the SPH is undergoing trials. Development of the CAESAR Mk II has been under way since it was launched in December 2021.  The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DG...

US destroyer commanding officer touts reach-back support for Aegis operations in Red Sea

By Michael Fabey 21 May 2024
Seen here firing weapons in the Red Sea in October 2023, USS   Carney  benefited from shoreside support for Aegis performance during recent successful operations in the region.  (US Navy)    The commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS   Carney  (DDG 64) underscored the capability of ship sailors and long-distance shoreside support to use and adapt recent Aegis combat system operations for effective defence against adversary missiles and unmanned systems in the Red Sea during a 20 Ma...

Singapore Army inducts Colt's Infantry Automatic Rifle

By Kapil Kajal 21 May 2024
Singapore Army's new light machine gun. (Singapore Ministry of Defence/Janes)    The Singapore Army has initiated inducting    Colt's Infantry Automatic Rifle 6940 (IAR6940) as its new section automatic weapon (SAW) to replace ST Engineering's 5.56 mm Ultimax 100 Mk2 light machine gun (LMG), which has been in service since 1982.   The service began induction of the IAR6940 LMGs – which were evaluated and procured in partnership with the state-owned Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) – in April, the Singapore Army...

PAC-3 MSE integrated with Aegis defeats target in flight test

By Michael Fabey 21 May 2024
A rendering of a PAC-3 missile, which Lockheed Martin is working to integrate with the Aegis combat system. (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin launched a Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor from an MK-70 containerised launch platform to engage a cruise missile target in flight at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the company confirmed on 20 May.  The test, executed with multiple Department of Defense services and components, marked the first time PAC-3 MSE was launched in this configurati...

Rheinmetall inaugurates plant in Romania

By Nicholas Fiorenza 20 May 2024
Romania's GDF-103 anti-aircraft guns will be upgraded to the Skynex standard, including the Oerlikon GDF-009 TREO (pictured), primarily by Rheinmetall Air Defence in Zurich, with significant Romanian involvement by Mediaș. (Rheinmetall Air Defence)  Rheinmetall posted on LinkedIn on 16 May that it was inaugurating a defence plantin Mediaș, Romania, the same day.  The German company announced on 1 February that it had acquired a 72.5% majority share in Romanian military vehicle manufacturer Automecanica Mediaș, which has since operated in Roma...

Saab eyes potential procurement programmes in Canada

By Jeremiah Cushman 20 May 2024
A model of the Saab GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft at Saab headquarters in Stockholm. (Janes/Jeremiah Cushman)  Saab has an extensive history in Canada, supplying the surveillance radar and fire-control system for Halifax-class frigates, Carl Gustaf anti-tank systems, and training and simulation systems to the Canadian Armed Forces. In February Canada chose Saab's RBS 70 NG (Next Generation) for its soldier-portable air-defence system (SPADS) programme, Simon Carroll, president of Saab Canada, told reporters at Saab headquarters in Stockholm on 13...

OCCAR and MBDA sign HYDIS² concept phase contract

By Nicholas Fiorenza 17 May 2024
OCCAR and MBDA have launched the HYDIS² concept phase. (MBDA)  The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) and MBDA announced on 15 May that they signed a European Defence Fund (EDF) grant agreement and a linked procurement contract to launch the three-year HYpersonic Defence Interceptor Study (HYDIS²) concept phase on the same day. MBDA signed the agreements on behalf of the 19 industrial partners in HYDIS². In its press release, OCCAR valued the programme at EUR140 million (USD152 million), EUR80 million of which is co-funded by...
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