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Naval Group lays keel for first Greek FDI frigate

By Kate Tringham 25 October 2022
The first block of the first FDI HN frigate is laid down in dry dock at Naval Group's shipyard in Lorient on 21 October. (Naval Group)  French shipbuilder Naval Group has laid down the keel for the first Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention (FDI) multimission frigate on order for the Hellenic Navy (HN).    The first block of the first FDI HN, to be named  Kimon  , was officially laid down in dry dock during a ceremony held at Naval Group's shipyard in Lorient on 21 October. The keel-laying follows a steel-cutting ceremony for t...

USAF launches JASSM New Variant missile

By Gareth Jennings 25 October 2022
An F-15E Strike Eagle drops a JASSM-ER during trials. The US Air Force has launched an effort to develop an improved version of the missile, dubbed the JASSM New Variant. (US DoD)  The US Air Force (USAF) has launched an effort to develop a new version of the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM), posting a sole source notification of a contract award to Lockheed Martin on 20 October.  Announced on the sam.gov US government procurement website, the JASSM New Variant is a classified version of the air-launched weapon that will...

RAF hones air combat skills with mass ASRAAM firing

By Gareth Jennings 24 October 2022
A Typhoon pilot launches an ASRAAM missile during a mass live-fire exercise held in September. (Crown Copyright)  The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has honed its aerial combat capabilities with a major missile firing exercise off the coast of Scotland in September.  Announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 22 October, the exercise saw Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 and Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft launch multiple MBDA AIM-132 Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAMs) during a 10-day period.  “The Missile Practice Camp to...

Turkmenistan parades latest military equipment

By Vishal Sengupta & Ganimat Kaur Sidhu 24 October 2022
Among the land platforms were Titan-DS vehicles. (Watan Habarlary)  The Armed Forces of Turkmenistan displayed a wide range of military equipment at a parade held in Ashgabat to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence.  Video footage released by the state-run TV channel, Watan Habarlary, showed Chinese, Emirati, Israeli, Italian, Russian, South Korean, and Turkish equipment.    Highlights included footage of the newly inducted Turkmen-class corvette   Deniz Han  , Cavalon two-seat autogyro, StormRider li...

Ukraine conflict: ‘Neptune Strike 2022.2' tests German Patriot batteries in Slovakia

By Nicholas Fiorenza 24 October 2022
NATO combat aircraft tested Luftwaffe Patriot batteries defending Sliač airbase in Slovakia on 20 October during ‘Neptune Strike 2022.2'. (Janes/Nicholas Fiorenza)  NATO combat aircraft tested Luftwaffe Patriot batteries defending Sliač airbase in Slovakia on 20 October during exercise ‘Neptune Strike 2022.2' (‘NEST 22.2'), which is being held from 14 to 28 October.    Aircraft including US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft flying from the USS   George H W Bush  aircraft carrier in the Ae...

Euronaval 2022: Nexter and Thales display RapidFire Naval turret in final configuration

By Kate Tringham 21 October 2022
A full-scale mock-up of the Thales and Nexter RapidFire turret is pictured on display in its final configuration at the Nexter stand at Euronaval 2022, Paris. (Janes/Kate Tringham)  Nexter and Thales displayed a full-scale version of their 40 mm RapidFire Naval gun in its final design configuration at the Euronaval 2022 maritime exhibition in Paris.  RapidFire Naval is a multirole, artillery, medium-calibre 40 mm gun developed by Thales and Nexter to meet the French Navy's requirement for a close-in self-defence capability against air and sur...

US approves SM-6 sale to Japan

By Jon Grevatt 21 October 2022
An SM-6 Block I missile arcs skywards following launch from a US Navy DDG-51 guided-missile destroyer. Japan plans to integrate the missile-defence system onto its Atago-class destroyers. (US Navy)  The US Department of State has approved a request by Japan to procure Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) air-defence missiles for an estimated USD450 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced.  It said on 20 October that the proposed Foreign Military Sales (FMS), which requires approval from the Congress, includes 32 SM-6 Blo...

Defexpo 2022: India unveils upgraded BMPs

By Kapil Kajal 21 October 2022
AVNL unveiled the BMP-2M infantry combat vehicle at Defexpo 2022. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  India's state-run Armoured Vehicle Nigam Limited (AVNL) has unveiled the BMP-2M infantry combat vehicle (ICV) at Defexpo 2022, being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.  According to the company, the BMP-2M is an upgraded BMP-2 with a loitering munition system (LMS), fifth-generation anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), and an armament upgrade with an integrated fire-control system (FCS).  The LMS, manufactured by Telangana-based Avision Syst...

Defexpo 2022: India set to locally produce Russian AK-203 rifles

By Kapil Kajal 21 October 2022
IRRPL showcased AK-203 assualt rifles at Defexpo 2022. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)    Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL) – a joint venture between Russia and India to manufacture AK-203 assault rifles for the Indian Armed Forces – has initiated the process to produce the rifles in India, it has been confirmed to   Janes   at Defexpo 2022, being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.     Rajeev Sharma, general manager, Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL), which is one of the stakeholders...

Defexpo 2022: India upgrades Dhanush towed guns

By Kapil Kajal 20 October 2022
AWEIL has showcased Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre towed howitzers (pictured) at Defexpo 2022 being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  India's state-run Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) has upgraded the Dhanush towed howitzers.  AWEIL has showcased Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre towed howitzers at Defence Expo 2022 being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.    Rajeev Sharma, general manager of AWEIL, told   Janes  that the Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre towed howitzers have a firing range o...

Defexpo 2022: DRDO unveils indigenous ATAGS

By Kapil Kajal 19 October 2022
KSSL's ATAGS (pictured above) at Defence Expo 2022 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has unveiled the indigenously developed 155 mm/52 calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) at Defexpo 2022 being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.  The ATAGS is jointly developed by the DRDO, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), and Kalyani Strategic Systems Limited (KSSL).  According to TASL, the system has capabilities such as a self-propelled mode and a...

General Robotics launches naval RCWS

By Olivia Savage 19 October 2022
General Robotics launches Shark, a lightweight RCWS suited for small vessels. (General Robotics )  Israel-based General Robotics has launched a naval version of its Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS).  Known as Shark, the RCWS is designed for small manned and unmanned naval vessels, the company said on 18 October.  Specifically designed for naval forces, coastguards, naval special warfare (NSW), and raiding crafts, it can integrate all machine guns up to .50 calibre, the company added.  Shark is based on the company's Pitbull RCWS, desig...

Ukraine conflict: Austria plans to invest in GBAD, personal equipment, and mobility

By Georg Mader & Matilde Stronell & Nicholas Fiorenza 19 October 2022
Austrian defence spending trend, 2014–33. (Janes)    Austrian Ministry of Defence planners are seeking parliamentary approval of a 10-year state defence financing act to give more predictability in planning and avoid future governments from cancelling projects,   Janes  learnt during a briefing at the ministry on 13 October. This will increase defence spending to EUR5.25 billion (USD5.16 billion) by 2027 for a total of EUR16 billion over the four years until then, as announced by the ministry on 6 October. In addition, the pla...

Defexpo 2022: India showcases Akash-NG mobile missile launcher

By Kapil Kajal 19 October 2022
DRDO's Akash-NG mobile missile launcher (pictured here) at Defexpo 2022 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has showcased the Akash-New Generation (Akash-NG) mobile missile launcher at Defexpo 2022 being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.  The Akash-NG is a short-range mobile surface-to-air missile system (SRSAM) with a range of up to 30 km. The system is designed and developed by the DRDO and manufactured by Pune-based Electropneumatics and Hydraulics (I...

Ukraine conflict: Kyiv teases new long-range response to Russian ‘suicide drone' attacks

By Gareth Jennings 17 October 2022
An image of what appears to be part of the nosecone of an unmanned combat aerial vehicle was released by Ukroboronprom hours after the latest Russian use of Iranian loitering munitions on Kyiv, on 17 October. (Ukroboronprom)  The Ukrainian government has developed a long-range strike capability that it is close to employing in response to Russian attacks using Iranian-sourced loitering munitions, the state-owned defence holding company Ukroboronprom announced.  An image of what appeared to be part of the nosecone of an unmanned combat aerial...

Qatar unveils Skynex air defence

By Jeremy Binnie 14 October 2022
Revolver Guns in action during the QEADF's Exercise ‘Shield 6 (Skynex)'. (Qatari Ministry of Defence)  The Qatar Emiri Air Defence Forces (QEADF) now has the Rheinmetall Skynex short-range air-defence system, the Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 13 October when it released a video showing components associated with the system during an exercise.  These included eight 35 mm Revolver Gun Mk3s and a single X-TAR3D target acquisition and tracking radar.  While these components can be used as part of Skyguard or Skyshield systems, the...

Allies accelerate delivery of air-defence assets to Ukraine for an integrated air-defence system

By Brooks Tigner 14 October 2022
The Ukraine Defense Contact Group on 12 October agreed to accelerate the delivery of air-defence assets to Ukraine for an integrated air-defence system. (NATO)  Allies agreed on 12 October to transfer various air-defence assets to Ukraine and help Kyiv knit them together into an integrated layered defence capability against Russian missiles and aircraft. While senior allied military officials said the assets would be transferred as quickly as possible, they declined to say how long it would take to achieve that capability.  “These systems wil...

SEA contracted for RN launcher upgrades

By Richard Scott 13 October 2022
SEA will undertake an electronics refresh for both the MTLS (pictured during a Sting Ray firing test) and the NATO Sea Gnat/Outfit DLH decoy launch system. (Royal Navy/Crown Copyright)  UK systems and engineering group Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA), part of the Cohort Group, has secured a GBP34 million (USD37.5 million) contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering the technical refresh and through-life support of torpedo-launch equipment and decoy launchers fitted to Royal Navy (RN) warships.  The five-year contract,...

Ukraine conflict: Germany delivers first IRIS-T GBAD system to Kyiv

By Nicholas Fiorenza 13 October 2022
Germany has delivered the IRIS-T SLM GBAD system to Ukraine. (Diehl)  Germany has delivered the InfraRed Imaging System Tail Surface Launched Medium Range (IRIS-T SLM) ground-based air defence (GBAD) system to Ukraine, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov tweeted on 11 October. The announcement came three days after German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht announced on 8 October that the first of four IRIS-T SLMs would be ready to defend Ukraine. A Diehl official told Janes on 11 October that the system would be operational no later...

Indian Army restarts air-defence guns procurement

By Kapil Kajal 13 October 2022
According to the RFP, the proposed AD gun will replace the ‘in-service' army guns. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has outlined a plan to procure air-defence (AD) guns for the Indian Army.  A request for proposal (RFP) issued by the MoD on 8 October said that the plan features the acquisition of 220 towed AD guns and about 142,000 rounds of ammunition.  According to the RFP, the proposed AD gun will replace the ‘in-service' army guns and will be deployed in all types of terrains.  The RFP added that the AD gun shou...
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