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Eurosatory 2022: Patria unveils C-UAS prototype

By Olivia Savage 15 June 2022
Patria unveils a new C-UAS system that uses an effector (pictured) to launch a string cloud. (Janes/Olivia Savage)  Patria has unveiled a new counter small unmanned aircraft system (C-sUAS) concept at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.    Speaking to   Janes   on 14 June, Jukka Lemola, product manager for land at Patria said that the C-sUAS concept – influenced by a number of customers – is in the productisation phase. He was unable to elaborate on who the interested parties were at the time of publication.   The...

US Army eyeing new M-LIDS competition, live-fire prototype testing in 2023

By Ashley Roque 15 June 2022
US soldiers with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conduct Mobile Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integrated Defense System (M-LIDS) training at Camp Buehring in Kuwait in January 2022. The service wants to take the two-vehicle weapon system and integrate it onto a single vehicle. (US Army)  The US Army is seeking companies that can merge its Mobile, Low, Slow, Unmanned Aircraft Integrated Defeat System (M-LIDS) technologies onto a single ground vehicle, possibly a Stryker, and enable the weapon to hit aeria...

Eurosatory 2022: Bird Aerosystems unveils land-based detection systems

By Olivia Savage 15 June 2022
µMPR airborne radar designed for ground and maritime border surveillance (Janes/Olivia Savage)  Bird Aerosystems has entered the land market with the launch of two new detection and protection solutions – Hybrid-Eye and µMPR – at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition held in Paris from 13 to 17 June.    Shaul Mazor, vice-president of marketing and business development at Bird Aerosystems, told   Janes  that both systems were already under contract with customers, although, he was unable to disclose who with.   Mazor expl...

Eurosatory 2022: Diehl touts advanced capabilities of FCAAM future air-to-air missile

By Gareth Jennings 14 June 2022
A conceptual model of the FCAAM future air-to-air missile was showcased at the Eurosatory 2022 event in Paris. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Diehl Defence has highlighted the advanced features and capabilities that its Future Combat Air-to-Air Missile (FCAAM) will bring to the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) being developed by France, Germany, and Spain.  Speaking on 13 June at the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition in Paris, Markus Isphording, Air Force Systems' head of marketing, said that the FCAAM concept, which i...

New US Marine Air Defense Integrated System fielding set for 2024

By Ashley Roque 14 June 2022
A US marine looks over the MADIS Increment 1 engineering development model aboard a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle during a February 2022 visit to the Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic in Charleston, South Carolina. The US Marine Corps wants to field the new air-defence weapon in 2024. (US Navy)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) is testing two early versions of its new Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) Increment 1 to defeat aerial threats and is plotting ways to produce a future, more lethal version of the weapon, according to Don...

Eurosatory 2022: German Army to receive PackBot 525 UGVs

By Alexander Stronell 14 June 2022
Teledyne's FirstLook (front) and PackBot 525 (rear) UGVs displayed at Eurosatory 2022 (Alexander Stronell/Janes)  The German Army is to receive more than 120 PackBot 525 explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robots.    The deliveries follow a four-year dialogue between PackBot manufacturer Teledyne FLIR and the German Army, according to industry sources speaking to   Janes  at Eurosatory 2022 in Paris. 127 systems in total are expected to be delivered, with deliveries ongoing and set to conclude in July.   Janes  underst...

Eurosatory 2022: Thales launches VisioLoc geolocation system for Sophie imagers

By Nicholas Fiorenza 13 June 2022
Thales has launched the VisioLoc geolocation system for the latest versions of its Sophie handheld thermal imagers. Sophie Ultima is pictured here. (Thales/François Guenet)  Thales has announced the launch of the VisioLoc geolocation system for the latest versions of its Sophie handheld thermal imagers. The system is designed for use by land forces in high-intensity collaborative combat in any environment, even when no satellite signal is available, the company said in a press release embargoed until 13 June, the first day of the Eurosatory 2...

Rafael unveils sixth-generation Spike NLOS

By Robin Hughes 10 June 2022
The Mk 6 Spike NLOS will be demonstrated on the AH-64E Apache Guardian during the initial LRPM evaluation shoot-offs later this year. (Lockheed Martin)  Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has disclosed the development of a sixth-generation evolution of its Spike non-line-of-sight (NLOS) multi-purpose, multiplatform man-in-the-loop precision-guided missile system.  The current Mk 5 variant Spike NLOS features a gimballed dual-mode charged coupled device (CCD) TV/uncooled imaging infrared (IIR) terminal guidance sensor package, coupled with an emb...

USAF picks companies for a phase one of its Stand-in Attack Weapon

By Gillian Rich 10 June 2022
The SiAW is being built for the F-35, but Lockheed Martin said the USAF could use it across its spectrum of aircraft. (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman – and possibly another competitor – received US Air Force (USAF) phase one contracts to build the service's Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW), the companies announced in early June.  The air-to-ground weapon is to be internally fitted on the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to counter targets in an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environment. Ta...

USMC eyeing MRIC prototype decision point, weapon could be fielded by 2025

By Ashley Roque 09 June 2022
Shown here is a USMC G/ATOR radar. In 2019 the USMC conducted a live-fire event to demonstrate initial ‘interoperability‘ of an Iron Dome launcher and Tamir interceptor with the G/ATOR and a CAC2S. The service is testing out this Medium Range Intercept Capability prototype and could field the first battery in 2025. (USMC)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) will conduct two additional live-fire tests with its cruise missile defence prototype centred around important Iron Dome components this year before deciding on whether to press ahead with weapon...

Thailand commences MS20 upgrades for Gripens

By Akhil Kadidal 09 June 2022
The MS20 upgrades for the RTAF‘s Gripens is expected to give the force an advantage over combat aircraft in neighbouring countries. (FXM)  Thailand has initiated MS20 configuration upgrades to its fleet of SAAB JAS 39 Gripen C/D multirole combat fighters.    Speaking to   Janes  , a spokesperson for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) said that the “MS20 system improvement plan is currently in progress and the planned improvements are expected to be completed by 2025”.   Janes   had earlier reported that the original Thai...

Ukraine conflict: UK to supply MLRS to Kyiv

By Nicholas Fiorenza 08 June 2022
The UK will supply MLRS to Ukraine. (UK MoD/Crown copyright 2022)  The UK will gift M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs) to Ukraine, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced in a Ministry of Defence (MoD) press release on 5 June. The MoD said the UK would also supply M31A1 munitions “at scale”.    Asked by   Janes  how many MLRSs would be supplied, the MoD said on 7 June that it could not reveal numbers. BBC reported on 6 June that the initial number would be three.   “These highly capable Multiple Launch Rocket Syst...

MBDA Akeron LP missile to arm Tiger Mk III attack helicopter

By Gareth Jennings 08 June 2022
The Akeron LP (top in picture) long-range air-to-surface missile is to arm the upgraded Tiger Mk III attack helicopter, Airbus has said. (MBDA)  The MBDA Akeron LP missile has been selected to equip the Airbus Helicopter Tiger Mk III rotorcraft, the rotorcraft manufacturer announced on 8 June.  Commenting on the same day MBDA revealed its new Akeron family of missiles, a representative of Airbus Helicopters said that the long-range version of the missile will arm the upgraded Tiger Mk III rotorcraft for France and Spain (Germany is yet to dec...

Northrop Grumman reveals development of Jackal ‘sprint' loitering system

By Robin Hughes 06 June 2022
A not-to-scale model of the Jackal concept (foreground) was unveiled at the 2022 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida, 16–19 May. In the background is the Switchblade 600L tactical weapon system, which is being used as a testbed bus for initial Jackal developments. (Northrop Grumman)  Northrop Grumman has disclosed details on its embryonic development of a new ‘sprint' loitering weapon system, designated Jackal.  An internal research and development (IRAD) initiative in association with AeroVironment, Jackal...

North Korea launches ballistic missiles towards Sea of Japan (East Sea)

By Jon Grevatt 06 June 2022
This Japanese MoD graphic shows the estimated launch site and trajectory of North Korean missiles fired on 5 June. The MoD said it detected the launch of at least six ballistic missiles, all of which landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japan MoD)  North Korea launched a series of ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea) on 5 June, defence officials in South Korea and Japan have said. It represents Pyongyang's 18th missile-launch event in 2022 and what is thought to be its largest number of launches on a single day....

FN unveils HiPer pistol

By Karl Ballard 02 June 2022
FN's HiPer 9 mm pistol with optics on the left-hand side. (FN Herstal)  FN Herstal unveiled a new 9 mm self-loading pistol on 31 May. Designated the FN HiPer, the striker-fired, polymer-framed handgun is a clean-sheet design, with FN having put particular emphasis on ergonomics, compared with its previous designs.  Some of the ergonomic features include ambidextrous magazine-release levers that act independently from each other, and which FN claim will eliminate the danger of accidental actuation. The ambidextrous slide release is also positi...

Indian MoD orders Astra BVRAAM from BDL

By Rahul Udoshi 01 June 2022
BDL has secured a contract to supply Astra Mk I BVRAAM and associated systems to the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. The Astra Mk I is in service and the latest order marks the beginning of serial production. (Janes/Rahul Udoshi)  The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a deal with state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to acquire an unspecified number of Astra Mk I beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs).  BDL said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 31 May that the contract is worth INR29.71 billion (USD...

Russian Okhotnik UCAV conducts first PGM launches

By Miko Vranic 31 May 2022
Seen during earlier trials, the Okhotnik recently conducted its first precision-guided missile launches during tests. (Russian MoD)  Russia's Sukhoi S-70B Okhotnik (Hunter) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) has conducted its first test launch of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) against ground targets, state media reported on 28 May.  Citing an unnamed source, RIA Novosti said that air-to-surface missiles developed for the manned Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO reporting name ‘Felon‘) fifth-generation combat aircraft were fired by the S-70B during the...

Poland requests more air-defence and artillery systems from US

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 31 May 2022
Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak has signed LoRs for 486 more M142 HIMARS (pictured) launchers and six more Patriot batteries. (US Army/Markus Rauchenberger)  Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak has announced plans to boost Poland's medium-range air defence (MRAD) and long-range rocket artillery capabilities.  Błaszczak signed a letter of request (LoR) on 24 May for the acquisition of six more Patriot MRAD batteries under the second phase of the Wisła programme. The Polish Ministry of National Defence (M...

South Korea plans to procure additional PAC-3 air-defence systems

By Jon Grevatt 31 May 2022
South Korea's DAPA plans to procure additional PAC-3 interceptor missiles to defend Seoul from attack from North Korea. (Lockheed Martin)  South Korea has announced plans to procure additional Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor missiles and a new naval mine-countermeasures helicopter (MCH).  The country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said on 30 May that the procurements – worth a combined KRW1.72 trillion (USD1.4 billion) – are a direct response to intensified threats from North Korea.  The PAC-3 acquisitio...
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