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US Army forgoes Iron Dome for a once abandoned launcher

By Ashley Roque 26 August 2021
Despite a larger price tag and never having been fielded, a modified Multi-Mission Launcher (MML) from Dynetics paired with a version of Raytheon’s ground-launched AIM-9X Sidewinder missile has been selected by the US Army for its Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 (IFPC Inc 2) programme, according to sources and army documents. The system was chosen over Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ combat-proven Iron Dome.  Rafael was also paired up with Raytheon on its bid – the latter would produce the Tamir interceptors inside the US for...

US approves potential sale to Australia of services for SM-6 and SM-2 IIIC missiles

By Julian Kerr 26 August 2021
The US State Department has approved a potential USD350 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of services related to the future acquisition of SM-6 Block I and SM-2 Block IIIC air-defence missiles for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) yet-to-be-built Hunter-class frigates.  The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on 25 August that the services featured in the proposed deal include development; engineering, integration, and testing (EI&T); obsolescence engineering activities required to ensure readiness...

USMC removes Raytheon as MADIS Inc 1 ‘prime integrator'

By Ashley Roque 26 August 2021
A new US Marine Corps (USMC) air defence system, based around the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), was approved to move into the engineering and manufacturing development phase in late June but the service also opted to remove Raytheon as the ‘prime integrator,   Janes  has learned.     Called the Marine Air Defense Integrated System Increment 1 (MADIS Inc 1), part of the effort involves integrating Kongsberg Defence's Protector XM914 remote weapon station (RWS) on to Oshkosh Defense's JLTV. In 2020, the service...

Russia practises using civilian docks and vessels in military operations ahead of ‘Zapad 2021'

By Thomas Bullock 25 August 2021
Russian forces have conducted special logistics exercises in the Leningrad Oblast in the Baltic ports of Vyborg close to the Finnish border and Ust-Luga near the Estonian border, the Western Military District (WMD) announced on Russia's Ministry of...

Rapid Dragon airdrops palletised JASSM-ER from EC-130J, C-17A

By Robin Hughes 24 August 2021
The US Air Force (USAF) Rapid Dragon Program conducted the first end-to-end system-level demonstration of an airdropped Palletized Munition Deployment System in July, releasing simulant AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER) cruise missiles from Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) EC-130SJ Commando Solo and Air Mobility Command C-17A- Globemaster III aircraft at high altitude over White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.  The demonstration, which was led by Air Force Strategic Development Planning an...

EOS Defense to test-fire R600MC prototype

By Ashley Roque 24 August 2021
EOS Defense Systems is outfitting an Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) with a prototype of its R600 Missile Carrier (R600MC) and plans to conduct a live-fire demonstration in December at the US Army's Redstone Test Center in Alabama.  Based on the R600S, this medium-calibre cannon remote weapon station (RWS) adds four Javelin missiles, two in each missile pod, to a station that includes a 30x113 mm cannon and a M240B 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.  “This prototype system, in development with the co-operation of the Javelin Joint Venture, aims...

China unveils improved short-range ballistic missile

By Andrew Tate 23 August 2021
Chinese state-owned media reported on 21 August that the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) successfully conducted live firings of what it described as two new conventionally armed short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs).  Video footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) appears to show that the carrier rocket used in the firings was a Dong Feng 15 (DF-15; also known as a CSS-6 by the US Department of Defense), with the media outlet indicating that it was fitted with a new or modified warhead.  A screengrab from footage rel...

India to import 70,000 AK-203 assault rifles for army

By Rahul Bedi 23 August 2021
India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to import 70,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles from Russia as part of an emergency purchase to meet urgent operational requirements of the Indian Army (IA).  Military sources told Janes on 23 August that t...

Manila selects torpedo, countermeasures suppliers for PN's José Rizal-class frigates

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim & Matteo Scarano 20 August 2021
The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) disclosed on 10 August that it has selected suppliers for the torpedo and countermeasure systems meant for use by the Philippine Navy's (PN's) two José Rizal-class guided-missile frigates.  The DND issued a ‘Notice of Award' (NoA) to South Korean company LIG Nex1 for the planned procurement of an undisclosed number of torpedoes for PHP766.3 million (USD15.9 million). The move is meant to provide the multirole frigates with an additional anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability alongside that...

Raytheon tasked with outfitting three additional US Army Strykers with 50 kW-class lasers

By Ashley Roque 19 August 2021
The US Army is moving ahead with plans to provide a platoon with four Stryker vehicles outfitted with 50 kW-class lasers in 2022 to down unmanned aircraft systems, rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, and rocket, artillery, and mortar threats.  A Rayth...

AFRL concludes Dialable Effects Munition JCTD programme

By Robin Hughes 19 August 2021
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on 17 August announced that it had finalised its Dialable Effects Munition (DEM) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) programme with a live flight test of the experimental weapon system on 28 July.  Established in 2018, the DEM is an Office of the Secretary of Defense-funded JCTD initiative between the AFRL and the US Navy, which “aims to mature, demonstrate and transition technologies that enable a weapon's effects to be tailored dynamically in flight”, the AFRL said in a press release....

USMC fires two Naval Strike Missiles with new mobile launcher

By Ashley Roque 19 August 2021
The US Marine Corps (USMC) is inching closer to fielding a mobile, anti-ship weapon system ideal for the Indo-Pacific region and recently test-fired two missiles that hit a sea-based target, the service announced on 17 August.  As part of the Large-Scale Exercise 21 scenario, the service used its new Navy Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System (NMESIS) on 15 August to validate some of its operating concepts including deploying it from a C-130 Hercules and a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC).  “During the exercise, forward-deployed force...

ONR re-issues solicitation for ‘Screaming Arrow' development

By Robin Hughes 18 August 2021
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Department for Aviation, Force Projection and Integrated Defense on 7 August re-issued a Special Notice (N0014-21-S-SNI4) soliciting proposals for the development and testing of a carrier-borne F/A-18E/F Super Hornet-compatible air-launched hypersonic, air-breathing controlled test vehicle (CTV), designated ‘Screaming Arrow'.  Referencing a technology area entitled ‘Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics, High-Speed Propulsion and Materials', the re-issued solicitation comes around five months after the navy publishe...

Paraguayan military and police forces struggle with EPP insurgents

By Alejandro Sanchez 16 August 2021
On 29 July three people were killed when the Paraguayan People's Army (Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo: EPP) rebel movement launched an attack on a military convoy travelling in Paraguay's San Pedro department. While this insurgent group has a small...

BAE Systems enhances APKWS II range by 30%

By Robin Hughes 16 August 2021
BAE Systems has disclosed development of the APKWS Block Upgrade – a software upgrade to the AGR-20A Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) 70 mm/2.75 in rocket guidance kit designed to enhance the effective range of the weapon system by means of an improved flight trajectory.  “APKWS block upgrade guidance kits create an optimised flight trajectory that enables the rocket to engage targets at a steeper angle of attack, providing improvements in range and lethality. The optimised attack trajectory improves first-shot success agai...

US Joint Requirements Oversight Council working on IAMD directive

By Ashley Roque 12 August 2021
The US Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) is moving ahead with creating a revised joint warfighting concept, dubbed ‘expanded manoeuvre', and its next strategic directive will provide the services with a unified integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) vision, according to Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force General John Hyten.  The four-star general, set to retire in November, spoke on 11 August at the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium, and said that now that the JROC has approved a strategic directive for...

Three flight tests planned with US Common-Hypersonic Glide Body

By Ashley Roque 12 August 2021
The US Army and Navy plan to launch a series of three flight tests with the future Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) by the end of the year, in anticipation of fielding the weapon in 2023.  Bob Strider, the army's Rapid Capabilities and Critical...

Russia receives 200 main weapon systems during first half of 2021

By Dmitry Fediushko 11 August 2021
The Russian Armed Forces received some 200 main weapon systems in the first half of 2021, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced during a joint military hardware acceptance day on 10 August.  Russian Aerospace Forces are set to receive four Su-57 multirole combat aircraft this year, according to Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko. (Sukhoi)  Shoigu said this included MiG-35S multirole combat aircraft, Mi-8MTPR-1 and Ka-52 helicopters, 12 radars, a Bastion mobile coastal defence missile battery, and nine naval vessels, including the P...

Belarus negotiates purchase of S-400 air defence systems

By Tim Ripley 11 August 2021
Minsk has opened negotiations with Russia to buy S-400 air defence systems, according to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.  Belarus has opened negotiations with Russia to buy S-400 air defence systems. (Janes/Peter Felstead)  During an eight-hour-long press conference on 9 August, Lukashenko revealed he had asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to approve the sale of the system, to be paid for with money left over from a loan previously approved by Moscow to fund the building of a nuclear power plant.  “Such a question was put befor...

Large-scale exercise points to growing Sino-Russian military co-operation

By Mark Cazalet & Gabriel Dominguez 11 August 2021
In a sign of growing military co-operation between Moscow and Beijing, about 13,000 Russian and Chinese troops have taken part in the ‘Sibu/Interaction 2021' exercise, marking the first time that such joint strategic military drills are held in China.  The five-day-long manoeuvres began on 9 August at the Qingtongxia combat training base in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in north-central China.  A screengrab from footage released by CCTV on 9 August showing Russian and Chinese troops, along with related equipment, during a ceremony held th...
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