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Iraqi militia ‘finds' loitering SAM

By Jeremy Binnie 26 October 2021
The 358 SAM that was supposedly found by the PMF's 52nd Brigade. (Popular Mobilisation Forces)  A pro-Iranian element within Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) appears to have revealed that it has an unusual type of Iranian surface-to-air missile (SAM) by pretending to have found one.  The PMF published a statement on its website on 21 October saying its 52nd Brigade had thwarted a missile attack in the east of Salah-al-Din province. The statement, which was subsequently deleted, included photographs showing the same type of loitering S...

US Navy, US Marine Corps hone Expeditionary Advance Base concepts in Pacific

By Michael Fabey 26 October 2021
The US Marine Corps' Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System launcher can be combined with the US Navy's Naval Strike Missile. (US Marine Corps)  The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are sharpening Expeditionary Advance Base Operations (EABOs) concepts in the Pacific with existing platforms and units, according to Captain Tom Ogden, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7 in Singapore.  “The marines are moving fast on it,” Capt Ogden said during an 18 October media roundtable briefing. “They're experimenting, trying to find...

Australia aims to acquire sea mine capability

By Julian Kerr 26 October 2021
Australia is considering the acquisition of a maritime mining capability that would initially be available from the mid-2020s, according to a Department of Defence (DoD) Request for Information (RFI) that closed on 25 October.  Project Sea 2000 (Ma...

Russian airborne forces retool for expanded role

By Mark Galeotti 25 October 2021
Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) order of battle, 2025 (Janes/Mark Galeotti)    The ‘winged infantry' of Russia's Air Assault Troops (Vozdushno Desantniye Voyska: VDV) is an arm of service in its own right, with a strength of 45,000 paratroopers and rising, as well as a distinctive culture and  esprit de corps  . With its blue berets and blue striped telnyashka vests, the VDV is a fixture of parades and military open days, but it has long suffered from a tension in its roles.   Historically, parachute divisions were envisaged...

Finland exercises option for five more K9 SPHs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 25 October 2021
A K9 SPH undergoing trials in Finland in 2016. Finland is buying five more K9s, in addition to the 48 it ordered in 2017. (Janes/Peter Felstead)  Finnish Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen has approved the Finnish Defence Forces' request to procure five more K9 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) in 2022, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 21 October. The EUR30 million (nearly USD35 million) contract includes spare parts and supplies.  The Finnish MoD said the SPHs had good off- and on-road mobility and would repla...

RN Wildcat completes first Martlet in-service firing

By Richard Scott 25 October 2021
A first Martlet in-service firing was completed in the Bay of Bengal on 16 October. (Royal Navy/Crown Copyright)  A UK Royal Navy (RN) Wildcat HMA2 helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) has completed the first in-service firing of the Thales Martlet laser-guided anti-surface guided weapon.    Undertaken in the Bay of Bengal, the firing was performed by the Wildcat of 219 Flight, embarked in the Type 45 destroyer HMS   Defender  as part of the RN's Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) deployment.   Developed by Thales to...

Russia to extend service life of UR-100N ‘Stiletto' ICBM to 2023

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 21 October 2021
The service life of Russia's UR-100N (SS-19 ‘Stiletto') intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is to be extended to 2023, NPO Mashinostroyenia general director Alexander Leonov told the RIA Novosti news agency on 18 October.  The last UR-100N mi...

Switchblade 300 fired from USV as part of US/UK sensor-to-shooter demo

By Richard Scott 21 October 2021
An AeroVironment Switchblade 300 tactical precision-guided missile is fired from the UK's MADFOX USV during the NATO ‘REP(MUS) 21' exercise. (AeroVironment)  The US Navy (USN) and UK Royal Navy (RN) have successfully executed a maritime sensor-to-shooter (S2S) demonstration culminating in the firing of an AeroVironment Switchblade 300 tactical precision-guided missile from an experimental unmanned surface vessel (USV).  Part of a US/UK Interoperability to Interchangeability (I2I) initiative using unmanned/uncrewed systems, the S2S capability...

Update: North Korea says it test-launched new SLBM on 19 October

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 21 October 2021
Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang tested what appears to have been a new short-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 19 October.  The weapon's design appears to be similar to that of the...

Radiation detection firm Mirion Technologies to go public

By Marc Selinger 20 October 2021
US-based Mirion Technologies, which makes radiation detection and measurement equipment for several sectors, including defence, plans to become a publicly traded company to fuel its growth.  Mirion intends to change its ownership status by merging...

Arnold Defense unveils ‘Trident' 2.75-inch rocket air launcher concept

By Robin Hughes 20 October 2021
The Arnold Defense ‘Trident' three-round launcher prototype concept demonstrator mounted on Moog Space and Defense Group's Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher. (Arnold Defense)  Arnold Defense has unveiled a three-round air launcher concept protoytpe for 2.75 inch/70 mm laser-guided rockets. Developed in partnership with Moog Space and Defense Group, the concept demonstrator – designated ‘Trident' – was unveiled at the AUSA 2021 exhibition in Washington, mounted on a Moog Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher.  Weighing approximately 14.5–16.3 kg (unload...

North Korea says it test-launched new SLBM on 19 October

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 20 October 2021
Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang tested what appears to have been a new short-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 19 October.  The weapon's design appears to be similar to that of the...

Lithuania increases defence spending

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 October 2021
The Lithuanian Army's most important projects include equipping units declared to NATO and the army's rapid reaction force with IFVs. Seen here is a Lithuanian Boxer armoured vehicle. (Lithuanian MND/ARTEC)  The Lithuanian government presented a draft state budget for 2022, increasing national defence spending to EUR1.176 billion (USD1.367 billion), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on its website on 12 October.  Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė told a press conference the day before that this would raise defence spending from...

ADEX 2021: LIG Nex1 showcases elements of new VSHORAD and C-RAM system

By Dae Young Kim & Mark Cazalet 19 October 2021
At ADEX 2021 LIG Nex1 displayed scale models of a number of battery components related to the LIG Artillery Missile Defense VSHORAD and C-RAM system it is developing for the South Korean military. (Dae Young Kim)  South Korean company LIG Nex1 has displayed scale models of a number of battery components related to the LIG Artillery Missile Defense (LAMD) very short-range air-defence (VSHORAD) and counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) system it is developing for the South Korean military.  Showcased at the Seoul International Aerospace...

North Korea test-launches at least one possible SLBM

By Gabriel Dominguez & Kosuke Takahashi & Dae Young Kim 19 October 2021
North Korea test-launched what appeared to be at least one submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) into the East Sea (also Sea of Japan) on 19 October, marking the first launch of such a missile type since October 2019.  The weapon, which was l...

Partner 2021: Serbia to buy two C295 airlifters and more H145M helicopters, shows new weapons and equipment

By Igor Bozinovski 18 October 2021
Yugoimport's new Lazanski 8×8 ACV was unveiled at Partner 2021. (Igor Bozinovski)  Serbia will buy two C295 transport aircraft and a larger number of H145M helicopters from Airbus, Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović announced on the first day of the Partner 2021 international defence exhibition held in Belgrade from 11 to 14 October.  Partner 2021 unveiled new locally developed military equipment. This included Yugoimport's Lazanski 8×8 armoured combat vehicle (ACV), shown alongside two new versions of the Lazar III 8×8 ACV: the Lazar III...

Japan's LDP vows to double defence spending amid ‘increasingly severe security environment'

By Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez 18 October 2021
Ahead of Japan's upcoming general election on 31 October, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has pledged in its manifesto to double the country's defence spending from 1% to 2% of GDP in reaction to what it described as an “increasingly seve...

South Korea to series-produce new man-portable mine-detection system

By Gabriel Dominguez 18 October 2021
DAPA announced on 18 October that it awarded Hanwha Systems a contract to series-produce the PRS-20K: a new mine detection system that is also capable of finding non-metallic mines. The system will be deployed with the RoK Armed Forces from the second half of 2022. (DAPA)  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 18 October that it has awarded Hanwha Systems a contract to series-produce a new man-portable, mine-detection system that is capable of finding both metallic and non-metallic mines.  The agency sai...

Saab reveals MBDA link as Arexis air-launched decoy breaks cover

By Richard Scott 15 October 2021
Saab showed the Arexis air-launched decoy for the first time at AOC Europe 2021 (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  Saab and MBDA have disclosed that they are working together on the development of a miniaturised powered decoy that will form part of Saab's Arexis airborne electronic warfare (EW) product portfolio.  Revealed at the AOC Europe 2021 conference and exhibition in Liverpool on 12 October, the proposed Arexis air-launched decoy would integrate a Saab electronic attack (EA) payload into the air vehicle and wider weapons system architecture alre...

Pakistan Army commissions HQ-9/P air-defence system

By Samuel Cranny-Evans & Gabriel Dominguez 15 October 2021
A screengrab from footage released by the ISPR on 14 October showing a transporter vehicle carrying spare missiles for the HQ-9/P SAM system during a commissioning ceremony held that same day at Army Air Defence Centre Karachi. (ISPR)  The Pakistan Army's (PA's) Air Defence forces have inducted into service a variant of the Chinese-made HQ-9 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, according to a 14 October press release issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military.  Referred to in PA service as the H...
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