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Spanish F-110 frigate passes critical design review milestone

By Kate Tringham 28 June 2022
An artist's rendering of the F-110 frigate design. (Navantia)  Navantia has successfully completed the critical design review (CDR) for the Spanish Navy's new F-110 frigate programme.  Announcing the milestone on 24 June, Navantia said this signified that the F-110 design met all the capability requirements requested by the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) and paved the way for the shipbuilder to ramp up production activities at its yard in Ferrol.  Navantia will build five multi-purpose F-110 frigates for the Spanish Navy under a EUR4.31 bi...

US Navy funding for Zumwalt CPS meets only ‘fraction' of overall need, programme official says

By Michael Fabey 28 June 2022
The US Navy will need to provide substantially more funding to incorporate a hypersonic missile system on Zumwalt-class destroyers. (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) will need to substantially increase the amount of future funding to incorporate the Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) hypersonic weapon system in its DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyers, according to a senior programme official.  “The [Zumwalt] programme manager … stated that the funding provided constitutes a fraction of the total expected funding necessary for complete C...

Ukraine conflict: PzH 2000s transferred to Kyiv

By Nicholas Fiorenza 24 June 2022
Ukraine has received PzH 2000 SPHs from Germany and the Netherlands. (KMW)  The Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) is now part of Ukraine's artillery arsenal, Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov tweeted on 21 June, thanking his German and Dutch counterparts Christine Lambrecht and Kajsa Ollongren.  German and Dutch instructors trained 60 Ukrainian artillery crew members on the SPH at the Bundeswehr's artillery school in Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, southwestern Germany, starting from the second week of May f...

Russia's Sarmat heavy ICBM to enter service at end of year

By Nicholas Fiorenza 23 June 2022
Russia plans for its RS-28 Sarmat heavy ICBM (pictured), leaving a silo during its first test launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Oblast on 20 April, to begin combat duty at the end of this year. (Russian MoD)  Russia's first RS-28 Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will begin combat duty at the end of the year, Russian President Vladimir Putin told military university graduates he met in the Kremlin on 21 June.  The announcement came two months after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Russian Federati...

IWI details new ACE Sniper rifle

By Amael Kotlarski 23 June 2022
IWI ACE Sniper 7.62 mm self-loading rifle. (IWI )  Israel Weapons Industry (IWI) representatives provided further details of the company's new ACE Sniper rifle at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition.  Announced in April, the ACE Sniper is the successor to the company's Galil Sniper SA self-loading sniper rifle. Based on the ACE-N 52, the ACE Sniper brings all the improved features of the ACE series over the Galil pattern rifles, including steel and polymer receiver; left-hand side cocking handle with spring-loaded dust cover; redesigned...

US rolls back more permissive 2020 anti-personnel landmine policy, again limits use to Korean Peninsula

By Ashley Roque 22 June 2022
Shown here is a US Army Standoff Activated Volcano Obstacle mock-up during Saber Junction 2017 in Germany. On 21 June 2022 the US announced it would revert back to an Obama-era policy restricting the use of anti-personnel landmines to the Korean Peninsula. (US Army)  Washington is reverting to an Obama administration era policy that restricts the use of anti-personnel landmines to the Korean Peninsula.  “At the president's direction, the United States will align its policy concerning use of these weapons outside of the Korean Peninsula with k...

US approves sale of advanced anti-radiation missiles to Australia

By Akhil Kadidal 22 June 2022
The AGM-88E AARGM on a Royal Australian Air Forces's EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft (Northrop Grumman)    The US Department of State has approved a possible sale of AGM-88E2 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles    (AARGMs) to Australia for an estimated cost of USD94 million.   In its 21 June notification to the US Congress of the possible sale, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said that the deal covers up to 15 AARGM control sections and missile guidance sections, up to 15 High-Speed Anti-Radiat...

Eurosatory 2022: Lockheed Martin outlines the road ahead for Javelin

By Amael Kotlarski 20 June 2022
FGM-148F launch tube assemblies on the production line. (Javelin Joint Venture)  Lockheed Martin representatives outlined the road map for the Javelin anti-armour weapon system at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.    Speaking to   Janes  , company representatives confirmed that missile production had completely switched over to the FGM-148F model, which was developed under the Spiral 2 missile improvement programme. Any new customers, or follow-on orders from existing customers, would now be receiving this missile m...

Eurosatory 2022: Germany intends to join CAVS armoured vehicle programme

By Nicholas Fiorenza 20 June 2022
Finnish National Armaments Director Raimo Jyväsjärvi (left) and his German counterpart, Vice Admiral Carsten Stawitzki, signed a statement of intent for Germany to join the CAVS programme at Eurosatory 2022 on 14 June. (Patria)  Germany has signed a statement of intent to join the Finnish-led Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) programme, Patria and the Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in separate press releases on the second day of the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition held in Paris from 13 to 17 June. The statement was signed...

Eurosatory 2022: Lithunia signals intent to acquire CAESAR SPH

By Amael Kotlarski 18 June 2022
Render of the CAESAR Mk II (DGMR)  Lithuanian Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas signed a letter of intent with his French counterpart for the purchase of 18 CAESAR Mk II self-propelled howitzer (SPH) systems at Eurosatory 2022 in Paris.  These will equip the artillery battalion of the ‘General Motiejus Pečiulionis' brigade, which currently operates M101 105 mm towed howitzers. Deliveries of the CAESAR Mk II to Lithuania are expected to take place in 2027. This marks the third customer for the system, after the French Direction générale de l...

Eurosatory 2022: Terramil develops AP mine for Estonian military

By Huw Williams 17 June 2022
Terramil M-13 anti-personnel mine. (Terramil)  Estonian munitions specialist Terramil will shortly commence production of a new anti-personnel (AP) mine and is developing an anti-tank (AT) mine, Janes has learnt.  Speaking to Janes at Eurosatory 2022 in Paris, Kristo Kirs, a member of Terramil's board, said that the company had developed its M-13 AP mine in response to a request from the Estonian military.  Work on the mine began about a year ago and production is scheduled to start in August, Kirs said, adding that the M-13 is the largest AP...

UK swaps radars for SHORAD in Saudi Arabia

By Jeremy Binnie 17 June 2022
A Stormer HVM fires a Starstreak missile during an exercise in Canada in 2014. (Crown Copyright)  The British Army has deployed self-propelled short-range air defence systems to Saudi Arabia but has withdrawn its Giraffe air surveillance radars from the kingdom, Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace said on 16 June.  “The UK deployed two Giraffe radars in February 2020 to help mitigate the continued aerial threats that the kingdom has faced,” he said in a statement. “It was necessary to repatriate these radars in December 2021, but the t...

Eurosatory 2022: Supacat displays HMT Extenda Mk 2 armed with 105 mm gun

By Sonny Butterworth 17 June 2022
A Supacat High Mobility Transporter Extenda Mk 2 with a 105 mm gun on display at Eurosatory 2022. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)  Supacat displayed a version of its High Mobility Transporter (HMT) Extenda Mk 2 equipped with a 105 mm gun for the first time at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.  The system was developed in co-operation with AM General and Mandus Group, which provided their Soft Recoil Technology (SRT) for the 105 mm gun mount.  The combination is intended to demonstrate how the SRT can enable towed 105 mm guns to be conve...

US Army conducts first firing of Patriot missiles from Palau

By Ridzwan Rahmat 17 June 2022
The first firings of the Patriot missile system on Palau. This capability demonstration was carried out by the US Army's 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment on 15 June 2022. (The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command)  The US Army has demonstrated its ability to engage a simulated cruise missile with targeting data provided by a US Air Force (USAF) F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft.  The exercise marked the first time that the weapon system was fired from the Pacific Island country of Palau.  The demonstration was carried out on 15 June...

Eurosatory 2022: Swedish FMV and BAE Systems Bofors sign LOI to establish additional Archer battalion

By Nicholas Fiorenza 16 June 2022
Sweden's 24 additional Archer 8×8 SPHs will be mounted on the RMMV HX2 truck, seen here displayed at Eurosatory 2022. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)  The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and BAE Systems Bofors announced on 15 June that they had signed a letter of intent (LOI) to establish an additional Archer self-propelled howitzer (SPH) battalion in line with the Swedish Total Defence Strategy 2021–25 at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition being held in Paris from 13 to 17 June. The LOI was signed by BAE Systems Bofors managing d...

Eurosatory 2022: Rheinmetall Mission Master XT displayed with Hero 120 loitering munition

By Nicholas Fiorenza 16 June 2022
Rheinmetall displayed its Mission Master XT A-UGV with Hero 120 loitering munition at Eurosatory 2022. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)  Rheinmetall is displaying its Mission Master XT autonomous unmanned ground vehicle (A-UGV) with a fire-support module armed with UVision Hero 120 loitering munition at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition being held in Paris from 13 to 17 June. The A-UGV is shown with a six-cell launch container.  Rheinmetall said in a 13 June press release that the module was developed in co-operation with UVision. The two compa...

Eurosatory 2022: Serbia shows Gavran loitering weapon system

By Igor Bozinovski 16 June 2022
Seen at Eurosatory in Paris, the Graven is a Serbia-developed loitering munition that is currently in its initial development phase. (Igor Bozinovski)  Serbian state-owned export agency Yugoimport used the Eurosatory 2022 defence fair to showcase the country's first loitering weapon system, the Gavran (Raven).  Currently in the initial development phase, the Gavran is intended to be a low-cost, long-range intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) system and strike weapon.  Launched by solid propellant booster...

Eurosatory 2022: Elbit Systems launches REST guidance kit for ‘dumb' bombs

By Huw Williams 16 June 2022
The REST kit features tail and wing units. (Janes/Huw Williams)  Elbit Systems has developed an applique tail and wing kit for unguided, air-launched munitions, which is intended to extend their range and enhance accuracy.    Speaking to   Janes   at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris, Nir Halamish, Elbit Systems senior vice-president for munition systems and ammunition, said that the Range Extension and Smart Tail (REST) kit can be fitted to Mk 82 and Mk 83 bombs, enabling them to strike targets out to a distance of 1...

Eurosatory 2022: Macron orders reassessment of France's Loi de Programmation Militaire

By Nicholas Fiorenza 15 June 2022
On the first day of Eurosatory 2022, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he has ordered his armed forces ministers and chiefs to reassess France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019 to 2025. (Eurosatory)  French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered his armed forces ministers and chiefs to reassess France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019 to 2025 military funding programme in the coming weeks. During his visit to the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition, being held in Paris from 13 to 17 June, Macron announced the reassessment in the n...

Eurosatory 2022: Carboteh develops DAS spoofing system

By Huw Williams 15 June 2022
BANS has been demonstrated to several armed forces, including the Slovenian Army. (Carboteh)  Slovenia-based Carboteh has developed a manportable system that is designed to stimulate an aircraft's defensive aids suite (DAS).  Speaking to Janes at Eurosatory 2022 in Paris, company representative Domen Vertačnik said that the Battlefield Anti-Aircraft Non-Lethal System (BANS) has been developed in response to its observations of military activity in Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.  Although only under development for a matter of months, V...
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