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Dubai Airshow 2021: Edge announces guided munitions contract

By Jeremy Binnie 17 November 2021
The Emirati defence group Edge announced during the Dubai Air Show 2021 that it has received a AED3.2 billion (USD871 million) contract from the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces to deliver Thunder bomb guidance kits and Desert Sting guided bombs m...

Update: AeroVironment fires Switchblade 300 loitering munition from Jump 20 UAV for first time

By Pat Host 17 November 2021
A model of the AeroVironment Switchblade 300 loitering munition on display at the 2021 Association of the United States Army trade show in Washington, DC. The company deployed the munition from its Arcturus Jump 20 UAV for the first time. (Janes/Pat Host)  AeroVironment deployed its Switchblade 300 loitering munition from the company's Arcturus Jump 20 Group 3 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during flight for the first time in August.    Brett Hush, company vice-president and general manager for tactica...

Russia's Central Military District receives new equipment, including BMPT ‘Terminator'

By Nicholas Fiorenza 17 November 2021
The CMD announced on 10 November that its 90th Guards Tank Division would receive it first nine ‘Terminator' armoured vehicles on 1 December following testing. (Russian MoD)  Russia's Central Military District (CMD) has been receiving new equipment in 2021.  The CMD announced on the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) website on 10 November that its 90th Guards Tank Division would receive its first company of nine ‘Terminator' tank support combat vehicles (BMPTs) on 1 December. CMD Commander Colonel General Alexander Lapin reported that new tec...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Edge expands Al-Tariq guidance kit capabilities

By Akshara Parakala 17 November 2021
The Al-Tariq range of bomb guidance kits on display at the show Dubai Airshow, with the new variant for MK 83 bombs seen at the top between a Mk 82 variant with fold-out wings on the left and a Mk 83 variant without the wing on the right. (Janes / Akshara Parakala)  The Al-Tariq bomb guidance kit can now be used with 1,000 lb MK 83 warheads, the Emirati defence group Edge announced during the Dubai Airshow held from 14–18 November.  The Al-Tariq was previously integrated with the 250 lb MK 81 and 500 lb MK 82 bombs, giving them a standoff ran...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Halcon, Embraer to collaborate on weapons expansion for Super Tucano

By Charles Forrester 16 November 2021
Halcon and Embraer will collaborate on integrating the Desert Sting and Thunder munitions onto the A-29 Super Tucano, seen here in Afghan Air Force colours in 2016. (US Air Force/Staff Sgt Larry E Reid Jr)  Emirati defence conglomerate Edge announced on 15 November that its munitions subsidiary Halcon was collaborating with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to integrate its weapons systems on to the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft.  Edge CEO and Managing Director Faisal Al Bannai said in a release, “Embraer's intention to work c...

UAE announces South Korean M-SAM order

By Jeremy Binnie 16 November 2021
The M-SAM consists of a multi-function radar (right), command post (left), and several launchers (background). (DAPA)  The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) Ministry of Defence announced on 16 November that it intends to acquire South Korea's M-SAM air defence system.  It said in a tweet that the M-SAM will be a “qualitative addition” to its existing air defence capabilities and that the deal could be worth as much as USD3.5 billion.  This will make the UAE the first export customer for the M-SAM, which is also known as the Cheongung.  It is a me...

Mac Jee unveils Dagger guidance kit for 500 lb bomb

By Victor Barreira 15 November 2021
The Dagger precision guidance kit has been designed to convert a freefall 500 lb bomb into a longer-range smart air-launched weapon system. (Mac Jee)  Mac Jee Defesa, part of Brazil's Mac Jee Group, is finalising the development of a wing-assisted guidance kit that converts an air-droppable, unguided 500 lb low-drag general-purpose bomb into a long-range, air-to-ground all-weather precision-guided weapon.  The Dagger kit comprises a guidance module consisting of the electro-optic/infrared payload with Medium-Wave Infrared camera, delivering a...

SANG confirms VL MICA acquisition

By Jeremy Binnie 11 November 2021
A VL MICA launcher is seen in the background during Major General Nayef bin Majid's visit to the SANG's Artillery and Air Defence Command, as well as an MPCV (left) and probably a VL MICA reload vehicle. (Saudi Arabia National Guard)  The Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) confirmed it has acquired the MBDA VL MICA on 9 November, when it released a photograph showing a launcher for the short-range air-defence system at one of its facilities in Riyadh.  The photograph was taken during a visit by Major General Nayef bin Majid, the minister for...

AeroVironment fires Switchblade 300 loitering munition from Jump 20 UAV for first time

By Pat Host 11 November 2021
A model of the AeroVironment Switchblade 300 loitering munition on display at the 2021 Association of the United States Army trade show in Washington, DC. The company deployed the munition from its Arcturus Jump 20 UAV for the first time. (Janes/Pat Host)  AeroVironment deployed its Switchblade 300 loitering munition from the company's Arcturus Jump 20 Group 3 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during flight for the first time in August.  Brett Hush, company vice-president and general manager for tactical missi...

South Korea orders USD74 million worth of airborne munitions from Elbit Systems

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim & Alessandra Giovanzanti 11 November 2021
Israeli company Elbit Systems announced on 11 November that it has secured contracts from South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) worth a combined USD74 million for the supply of a range of airborne munitions.  The Haifa-bas...

Tokyo retracts claim North Korea test-launched two ballistic missiles on 19 October

By Kosuke Takahashi 10 November 2021
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has retracted its initial claim that North Korea test-launched two ballistic missiles rather than one on 19 October, saying that a radar system mistook a manmade object in space for a ballistic missile.  The a...

FEINDEF 2021: Arquimea unveils QLM-40 loitering munition

By David Ing & Nicholas Fiorenza 10 November 2021
Arquimea unveiled the QLM-40 loitering munition at FEINDEF 2021. (Arquimea)  Arquimea unveiled the QLM-40 loitering munition at the International Defence and Security Fair (FEINDEF) held in Madrid on 3–5 November.  The 40L70 pre-fragmented munition with folding wings is launched from a tube that can be installed on a vehicle. It is flown into a target but can be aborted and self-destruct.  Work on the QLM-40 has been under way for nearly three years but Arquimea general manager Manuel Martin acknowledged that the company had kept it very “low...

Turkey test fires Siper long-range air-defence system

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 10 November 2021
Turkey test fired the Siper air defence system from a test range in the Black Sea province of Sinop. (Roketsan/SSB)  Turkey has test fired the locally developed Siper high-altitude, long-range air and missile-defence system, İsmail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), tweeted on 6 November.  He said, “We have successfully completed another stage in the development of our long-range and multi-layered national air-defence system, the Siper.” Conducted at a test range in the Black Sea province of Sinop, it was the firs...

US Army lost telemetry during PrSM ‘max-range' test, missile's range unclear

By Ashley Roque 10 November 2021
Photo from the inaugural flight of Lockheed Martin's PrSM prototype in December 2019. (US Army )  A senior US Army official has said it is unclear how far the service's new Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototype flew during a ‘max-range' test shot in October because the service stopped receiving telemetry data at the 499.2 km point.  Unlike previous PrSM tests, the army declined to answer questions about its 13 October test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where it was slated to see just how far the baseline missile could fly. Hea...

Force monitoring indicates developing situation on Ukrainian border

By Samuel Cranny-Evans & Thomas Bullock 05 November 2021
Force monitoring conducted by  Janes  analysts using social media indicates that Russia is conducting force movements to staging areas closer to the border with Ukraine. While it is not immediately apparent that an escalation in th...

US Army awards USD69.6 million contract for 300kW-class laser weapon development

By Ashley Roque 05 November 2021
The US Army recently awarded a General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) and Boeing team with a contract worth up to USD69.6 million to demonstrate a 300kW-class solid state laser system, according to the service. If the air defence weapon w...

Norway proceeds with NSM mid-life update, buys new production missiles

By Richard Scott 05 November 2021
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is to deliver a new batch of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) rounds to the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) and also undertake a life extension for the RNoN's existing NSM warstock.  Announced on 29 October, the two contracts wi...

FEINDEF 2021: EXPAL prepares to deliver its first Dual EIMOS mortars

By David Ing 05 November 2021
The Dual EIMOS 81 mm was exhibited for the first time at FEINDEF 2021. (EXPAL)  The Dual EXPAL Integrated Mortar System (EIMOS) 81 mm was exhibited for the first time at the International Defence and Security Fair (FEINDEF) held in Madrid on 3–5 November.  EXPAL hopes to deliver the first batch of Dual EIMOS 81 mm mounted on a 4×4 vehicle to the Spanish Marines early next year after completing the development stage in April.    The company's international affairs communications manager, Andrés Ibáñez Cevallos, told  Janes  that...

Saudi Arabia receives clearance to buy follow-on AMRAAM missiles

By Gareth Jennings 05 November 2021
Saudi Arabia is acquiring additional AMRAAM missiles to replenish stocks for its Eurofighter (pictured) and F-15 fighters. (BAE Systems)  Saudi Arabia has been cleared by the US government to replenish its stock of Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs).  The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 4 November, covers up to 280 AIM-120C-7/C-8-variant missiles (the notification did not provide definite numbers for each version), plus spares,...

US Army reactivates 56th Artillery Command in Europe

By Ashley Roque 05 November 2021
The US Army is reactivating its European Theater Fires Command at a time when it is now free of the constraints of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that banned ground-launched missiles with a range between 500 km to 5,500 km.  “The...
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