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US State Department approves possible HIMARS sale to Latvia

By Nicholas Fiorenza 25 October 2023
The US State Department has approved the possible FMS of six HIMARSs to Latvia. (ECDI)  The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and related equipment worth USD220 million to Latvia, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a press release on 24 October.  The agency said Latvia has requested six M142 HIMARSs; 12 M30A2 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead pods with Insensitive Munitions Propulsion S...

US State Department approves possible AMRAAM sale for Lithuanian NASAMS

By Nicholas Fiorenza 25 October 2023
The US State Department has approved the possible FMS of 36 AIM-120C-8 AMRAAMs and related equipment for Lithuanian NASAMS, pictured during its first live firing during Exercise ‘Silver Arrow 2023' in Norway. (Norwegian Armed Forces)  The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) and related equipment worth USD100 million for the Lithuanian National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA...

US approves AARGM-ER sale to Finland

By Gareth Jennings 24 October 2023
Seen during fit trials for the F-35, the AARGM-ER anti-radiation missile has been approved for sale to Finland. (Northrop Grumman)  The United States government has approved the sale of the Northrop Grumman AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) to Finland.  Announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the State Department's approval covers up to 150 of the anti-radiation missiles, as well as related equipment and services for an estimated USD500 million.  Although not mentioned in the ap...

Germany procures DM22s to replace anti-tank mines sent to Ukraine

By Nicholas Fiorenza 24 October 2023
The Bundeswehr will procure 2,600 DM22s starting in 2026, with an option for 10,000 more. (TDW)  The budget committee of the Bundestag, Germany's parliament, has approved the production and delivery of an initial 2,600 Panzerabwehrrichtmine Deutsches Modell 22 (PARM DM22) anti-tank mines to replace mines sent to Ukraine, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 19 October. The EUR68 million (over USD72 million) that the DM22s will cost will come from funds allocated to partner countries for equipment and training and m...

US approves JAGM sale to UK

By Gareth Jennings 24 October 2023
A British Army AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter showcasing its weapons package. Part of this package will comprise the JAGM missile, whose approval was granted on 23 October. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The United States government has approved the sale of the Lockheed Martin AGM-179A Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) to the United Kingdom.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the State Department's approval on 23 October, saying that 3,000 missiles and related items are to be acquired for an estimated USD957.4 mill...

Update: US Air Force launches second-to-last AGM-183A ARRW all-up round

By Zach Rosenberg 23 October 2023
A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 2021, to conduct a captive-carry flight test of the AGM-183A ARRW Instrumented Measurement Vehicle 2. (US Air Force/Matt Williams)  The US Air Force (USAF) launched a Lockheed Martin AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) on 12 October.  “This test launched a full prototype operational hypersonic missile and focused on the ARRW's end-to-end performance,” the USAF said in a statement. “The air force gained valuable new insights into the capabilities of thi...

Germany approves Arrow procurement

By Nicholas Fiorenza 23 October 2023
The Bundestag budget committee has approved the procurement of the AWS and Arrow 3 missiles for around EUR4 billion. (IAI)  The budget committee of the Bundestag, Germany's parliament, has approved the procurement of the Arrow Weapon System (AWS) and Arrow 3 missiles, the German Federal Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 19 October. The procurement is worth around EUR4 billion (USD4.24 billion) and will be funded by the EUR100 billion Zeitenwende special fund approved by Germany after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Germa...

US redirects carrier strike group, deploys THAAD to increase US force protection in Middle East

By Michael Fabey 23 October 2023
Aircraft carrier USS   Dwight D Eisenhower  and its strike group are being shifted for deployment for better US force protection in the Middle East.  (Michael Fabey)    The United States has shifted the USS   Dwight D Eisenhower  Carrier Strike Group (CSG) to the Central Command area of responsibility (AOR) and deployed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery as well as additional Patriot battalions to locations throughout the region to increase force protection for US forces, the Pe...

ADEX 2023: KAI MCH to carry two primary anti-mine systems internally

By Akhil Kadidal 20 October 2023
The KAI MCH will deploy its BAE Systems Archerfish Mine Neutralisation System and its Teledyne Gavia autonomous underwater vehicle in its interior cargo section to reduce drag on the helicopter. (Janes/Akhil Kadidal)  Korea Aerospace Industries' (KAI's) new Mine Countermeasures Helicopter (MCH) will have two out of its three deployable anti-mine assets located within the aircraft's internal cargo bay.  According to a project member in KAI, the helicopter, which is currently under development, will store both its BAE Systems Archerfish Mine Ne...

US Navy intercepts cruise missiles launched from Yemen

By Jeremy Binnie 20 October 2023
Quds-4 cruise missiles in the parade held by Ansar Allah in Sanaa on 21 September 2023. The group did not provide any information on the new variant's performance. (Saba News Agency)  The Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah, popularly known as the Houthis, may have cruise missiles capable of reaching Israel, US Department of Defense spokesperson Brigadier General Pat Ryder indicated during a 19 October press briefing.    “The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS   Carney  , operating in the northern Red Sea earlie...

ADEX 2023: MBDA contracted to integrate Mistral ATAM with MAH

By Akhil Kadidal 20 October 2023
KAI expects to complete integration of the Mistral ATAM with its Marine Attack Helicopter by 2027. (Janes/Akhil Kadidal)  MBDA has received a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to integrate its Mistral Air-to-Air Missile (ATAM) system on the new Marine Attack Helicopter (MAH).    The contract was announced on 17 October, during the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2023. An MBDA spokesperson told   Janes   during ADEX 2023 that the contract was signed earlier this year.   The Mistral AT...

US Air Force launches second-to-last AGM-183A ARRW all-up round

By Zach Rosenberg 20 October 2023
A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 2021, to conduct a captive-carry flight test of the AGM-183A ARRW Instrumented Measurement Vehicle 2. (US Air Force/Matt Williams)  The US Air Force (USAF) launched a Lockheed Martin AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) on 12 October.  “This test launched a full prototype operational hypersonic missile and focused on the ARRW's end-to-end performance,” the USAF said in a statement. “The air force gained valuable new insights into the capabilities of thi...

Japan orders Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifles from Saab

By Kapil Kajal 20 October 2023
The Carl-Gustaf M4 (pictured above) is an 84 mm, shoulder-fired, one-manportable, breech-loaded, percussion-fired, recoilless rifle. (ECDI)  The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has ordered 300 Carl-Gustaf 84 mm shoulder-fired recoilless rifles from Swedish defence company Saab, the company said in a press release on 19 October.  Without specifying the Carl-Gustaf variant to be acquired by the JGSDF or the cost of the order, Saab said the rifles will be delivered in 2025.  Janes assesses that the JGSDF order potentially includes the pr...

ADEX 2023: KAI updates MUM-T concept for KF-21

By Akhil Kadidal 20 October 2023
KAI's two-tiered combat MUM-T concept involves a formation of four unmanned fighters paired with a single KAI KF-21 fighter aircraft with an additional three to four smaller air-launched effects (designated by KAI as Adaptable Aerial Platforms) providing additional support. (Janes)  After unveiling a new unmanned fighter (or ‘loyal wingman') programme in support of the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-21 in May 2023, two KAI officials told Janes that the company is also conceptualising air-launched effects (ALEs) to be linked to the unmann...

ADEX 2023: South Korea develops new extended-range shell for K9 howitzer

By Akhil Kadidal 19 October 2023
This infographic shows  Poongsan's 155 mm shells for the K9 Howitzer. A photograph of a cutaway version of the extended range 155 mm shell appears at the bottom.  (Janes/Akhil Kadidal)  The South Korean metal and munition manufacturer, Poongsan, has said that it has developed a new extended-range version of its 155 mm ammunition for the Hanwha Land Systems K9 self-propelled howitzer (SPH).    Speaking to   Janes   during the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2023, a company representative s...

Germany to base Arrow and Chinooks in Holzdorf

By Nicholas Fiorenza 17 October 2023
Germany's AWS will be based at Holzdorf Air Base starting in 2025. (IAI)  German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius visited Holzdorf Air Base, 100 km south of Berlin, on 16 October, where Germany will base components of the Luftwaffe's Arrow Weapon System (AWS) and CH-47F Chinook helicopters.  Pistorius told journalists that Arrow would be based in Holzdorf starting in 2025, although he did not know if the conflict between Israel and Hamas would have an impact on production of the system. He said other locations in southern and northern Germany...

Ukraine conflict: Netherlands to donate more Patriot missiles

By Nicholas Fiorenza 17 October 2023
The Netherlands will donate more Patriot missiles to Ukraine (photo of Dutch Patriot air-defence system firing during a training exercise in Crete in October 2016). (Netherlands MoD)  The Netherlands will donate more Patriot air-defence missiles to Ukraine, Dutch Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren told parliament on 13 October, also on behalf of Minister of Foreign Affairs Hanke Bruins Slot and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher.  The decision follows Germany's announcement earlier in October that it wo...

Belgium hosts trial to standardise C-UAS evaluation

By Olivia Savage 16 October 2023
A trial to standardise the assessment of C-UAS technologies was held in Belgium in October 2023. Pictured here are OpenWorks Vision Flex optical detection capability and the Iris system from Robin Radar. (Belgian Ministry of Defence/Gert-Jan D'Haene)  A trial to standardise the assessment of counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UASs) was held from 2 to 5 October at Lombardsijde barracks, Belgium.  Organised by the Belgium Royal Military Academy (KMS) and announced by the Belgian Ministry of Defence on 12 October, project Courageous aims to de...

Ukraine conflict: Western countries pledge more air-defence equipment

By Nicholas Fiorenza 13 October 2023
The UK is providing Ukraine with the Terrahawk Paladin VSHORAD system to counter UASs. (MSI-DS/RMMV)    Air-defence equipment was among the kit Western countries pledged to supply Kyiv in the lead-up to and during the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG) meeting    held at NATO headquarters in Brussels on 11 October. It was the first UDCG meeting attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who spoke of his country's need for additional ground-based air-defence capabilities, as well as artillery platforms and munitions,...

AUSA 2023: Taking lessons from Ukraine, US ground forces look for more advanced manufacturing to boost readiness

By Michael Fabey 13 October 2023
Aluminium printed by the US Marine Depot Maintenance Command's Production Plant in Barstow, California. (US Marine Corps)  The war in Ukraine is reshaping how the US Army is looking at logistics and readiness as the service examines more opportunities to boost those operations through advanced manufacturing technologies and other innovations, according to Army Chief of Staff General Randy George.  The service established a Contested Logistics Cross-Functional Team (CLCFT) earlier in 2023, Gen George noted on 10 October during the Association...
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