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India rolls out integrated battle group concept with mountain corps

By Kapil Kajal 12 October 2022
A senior Indian Army official told   Janes   that the Indian Army has transformed all the mountain corps and divisions into integrated battle groups.  (Indian Ministry of Defence)  The Indian Army has rolled out the integrated battle group (IBG) concept along the northeastern border with China in North Sikkim.  On October 9 the Trishakti Corps (33 Corps) of the Indian Army along with the troops of the Striking Lion Division (27th Mountain Division), and Century Brigade conducted an integrated tactical exercise at...

AUSA 2022: Lightweight Javelin launchers begin LRIP, missile manufacturing to ramp up by 2026

By Daniel Wasserbly 12 October 2022
The JJV is ramping up production towards about 2,000 FGM-148F missiles per year. (Javelin Joint Venture)  The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) is preparing to enter low-rate initial production (LRIP) for a new Light Weight Command Launch Unit (LWCLU) for the Javelin Weapon System and completed a test launch on 5 October towards the LWCLU's qualification programme, which could be complete by mid-2023.    The new LWCLU is approximately 30% smaller and lighter than the Block 1    CLU, and increases detection, r...

Argentina develops new machine gun pod for aircraft

By Santiago Rivas 12 October 2022
Seen being carried by an EMB-312 Tucano during trials, the Tordo is a domestically developed machine gun pod for the Argentine Air Force and an international market. (Argentine Air Force)  The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) has received the first batch of nine Tordo machine gun pods developed domestically by the General Directorate of Research and Development (Dirección General de Investigación y Desarrollo: DGID).  Fitted with Browning M1919 7.62 mm machine guns, the pods will be used for training across a range of FAA air...

Royal Navy completes Wildcat weapon wing trials

By Gareth Jennings 12 October 2022
A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter seen carrying a maximum loadout of 20 Martlet missiles during recent trials of the new weapons wing. (Crown copyright)  The Royal Navy (RN) has completed trials of a new weapons-carriage wing for the Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat HMA2 helicopter.  Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) announced the milestone on 12 October, saying that the naval variant of the Wildcat helicopter had successfully proven the concept of the weapons wing during recent sea trials.    “Successful Ship Helicopter Operating Limitations...

AUSA 2022: Smart Shooter awarded contract for new SMASH 2000L rifle-mounted fire control

By Daniel Wasserbly 12 October 2022
Smart Shooter is supplying its lightest weapon-mounted fire-control system, the SMASH 2000L (also known as SMASH 3000), to the US Army for C-sUAS defence. (Smart Shooter)  Smart Shooter's US subsidiary was awarded a contract, via Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS), to provide its SMASH 2000L weapon-mounted fire-control system to the US Army for counter-small unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) defence.  “SMASH 2000L is also under evaluation by the US Marine Corps Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), with recent live-fire tests conducted in early August,” t...

Rheinmetall, Diehl, and Hensoldt working group offers SHORAD and VSHORAD for Bundeswehr

By Nicholas Fiorenza 12 October 2022
The ARGE NNbS SHORAD and VSHORAD solution for the Bundeswehr includes mounting the IRIS-T air-defence system on Boxer (left) and Eagle (right) vehicles. (Diehl Defence/Hensoldt Sensors/Rheinmetall)  Rheinmetall Electronics, Diehl Defence, and Hensoldt Sensors presented the Nah- und Nächstbereichsschutz (NNbS) Arbeitsgemeinschaft (ARGE) short- and very short-range air defence (SHORAD and VSHORAD) working group's solution for the Bundeswehr during a briefing for German-speaking defence journalists in Bonn on 5 October.  Rheinmetall Electronics'...

AUSA 2022: SOCOM testing Elbit Systems of America's 120 mm Sling mobile mortar system

By Daniel Wasserbly 11 October 2022
The Sling mobile mortar system of Elbit Systems. (Janes/Dan Wasserbly)  The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has purchased one of Elbit Systems of America's Sling mobile mortar systems and is testing the weapon, company officials told Janes on 10 October at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2022 annual symposium in Washington, DC.  The tube and the baseplate are the same as those of the M120 120 mm mortar system, but the weapon is mounted to the rear compartment of a Humvee – or a similar vehicle – and can be stowed there...

AUSA 2022: Cummins 1,000 hp Advanced Combat Engine to be demonstrated in October

By Daniel Wasserbly 11 October 2022
Cummins Advanced Combat Engine could become a common powerplant for the US Army combat vehicles from the Bradley to the Abrams. (Janes/Dan Wasserbly)  Cummins Advanced Combat Engine (ACE), an opposed-piston 1,000 hp engine,is to be demonstrated at Camp Grayling, Michigan, on 27 October, during a US Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)-sponsored event, Dion Anglin, the company's defence market director, told Janes on 10 October at the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2022 convention in Washington, DC.  ACE is a GVSC-fun...

AUSA 2022: PrSM missile tests slated for second half of 2023

By Daniel Wasserbly 11 October 2022
Lockheed Martin's surface-to-surface missile solution for the US Army's Precision Strike Missile took its inaugural flight in December 2019, shown here. Further testing for the first and second increments is scheduled for 2023. (US Army)  Lockheed Martin‘s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) is to undergo more flight tests in the second half of 2023 and is on schedule to provide early operational capability missiles that same year, Paula Hartley, the company's vice-president for tactical missiles, told reporters on 10 October.  PrSM Increment 1...

AUSA 2022: Elbit Systems contracted for new US Army mortar barrels

By Daniel Wasserbly 11 October 2022
Soldiers practice firing an M120 120 mm mortar. (US DoD)    The US Army in September 2022 awarded Elbit Systems of America an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract to produce M121 120 mm Carrier Mounted Mortar Systems and M120A1 120 mm Ground Mounted Mortar Systems, a potentially wide-ranging contract that is focused on producing mortar barrels, company officials told   Janes  on 10 October.   Elbit Systems of America was the incumbent and the contract was competitively awarded following completion of th...

AUSA 2022: Hellfires find life-support as US Navy surface-ship weapon

By Michael Fabey 10 October 2022
The US Navy is putting Hellfire missiles on its Littoral Combat Ships for surface warfare operations. (US Navy)  As the US Army moves away from its stalwart AGM-114 Longbow Hellfire missile to make way for the Lockheed Martin AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), the Hellfire is finding continued life in the US Navy (USN) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme.    While the army approved the JAGM for full-rate production on 30 August, Northrop Grumman has remained on track to deliver weapons package sets to the USN LCS programme that...

US Forces Korea upgrades THAAD

By Kapil Kajal 10 October 2022
South Korea's Ministry of National Defense said that the US is incorporating a new equipment into the THAAD system located in Seongju, which lies about 200 km south of Seoul. (US Missile Defense Agency)  The United States is equipping South Korea's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system with performance improvement equipment, South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a press release on October 7.  According to the press release, the US is incorporating the new equipment into the THAAD system located in Seongju, whic...

AUSA 2022: Team displaying Stryker with high-power microwave for C-UAS mission

By Ashley Roque 10 October 2022
The Stryker Leonidas technology demonstrator. Epirus and GDLS tested this high-power microwave capability against swarms of aerial drones. (GDLS)  Epirus and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) are unveiling a Stryker combat vehicle outfitted with the Leonidas high-power microwave (HPM) system at this year's Association of the US Army (AUSA) conference.    Scott Taylor, GDLS's director of US business development, spoke with  Janes  about the Stryker Leonidas technology demonstrator on 29 September ahead of the annual confere...

AUSA 2022: Textron Systems unveils the smaller Ripsaw M3

By Ashley Roque 10 October 2022
On the left is Textron Systems' Ripsaw M5 and on the right is the M3. (Textron Systems)  Textron Systems is showcasing its new, smaller Ripsaw M3 technology demonstrator at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) 2022 conference, its potential bid for the upcoming Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) competition.    David Phillips, the company's senior vice-president of land and sea systems, spoke with   Janes  on 4 October ahead of the AUSA conference in Washington, DC, held from 10 to 12 October, about plans to compete in an R...

AUSA 2022: GDLS unveils hybrid electric AbramsX and StrykerX

By Ashley Roque 10 October 2022
Shown here is the AbramsX technology demonstrator at the AUSA conference. (GDLS)  General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) is using the Association of the US Army (AUSA) 2022 conference to formally unveil its initial vision for a next-generation Abrams main battle tank (MBT) and Stryker vehicle, respectively, dubbed AbramsX and StrykerX.  Company officials provided Janes with a tech preview ahead of the annual conference in Washington, DC, that runs from 10 to 12 October. The company is displaying four full-up ‘technology demonstrators' on the s...

AUSA 2022: Leonardo DRS coalition unveils single Stryker C-UAS

By Ashley Roque 07 October 2022
Leonardo DRS and its industry partners are unveiling a single-vehicle C-UAS at the AUSA 2022 conference in Washington, DC, from 10 to 12 October. (Leonardo DRS)  Leonardo DRS, along with seven industry partners, spent the past year designing, integrating, and testing a counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) based on a single Stryker Double-V Hull Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICVVA1) that it will showcase at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) 2022 conference in Washington, DC, from 10 to 12 October.    Ed House, Leonardo DRS's senior dire...

Kuwaiti NASAMS request approved

By Jeremy Binnie 07 October 2022
An Omani NASAMS launches an AMRAAM during a test. (Omani Ministry of Defence)  The US Department of State has approved a Kuwaiti request for a National Advanced Surface-to-air Missile System (NASAMS) package estimated to be worth USD3 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 6 October.  Developed by Raytheon and Norway's Kongsberg, the NASAMS uses the AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) as surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), making it an attractive option for militaries that...

AUSA 2022: Rafael showcasing 100 kW-class Iron Beam, details development path

By Ashley Roque 07 October 2022
The laser system used in early 2022 trials was the Iron Beam prototype previously seen at a Rafael facility. (Israel Ministry of Defense)  Rafael and the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMoD) want to have a 100 kW-class ground-based laser ready for fielding in the next couple of years that can assist Iron Dome intercepting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), mortars, rockets, and anti-tank missiles in flight. The duo does not have an agreement with the US government to work together on the weapon yet, but Rafael will be at this year's Association...

MBDA Akeron LP missile to arm Eurodrone

By Gareth Jennings 06 October 2022
Seen at the ILA Berlin Air Show in June, a mock-up of the Eurodrone was equipped with general bombs and air-to-surface missiles that the French DGA has said will be the GBU-49 and Akeron LP, respectively. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The MBDA Akeron LP missile has been selected to equip the Eurodrone medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  The French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) procurement agency made the announcement on 6 October, saying that the Missile Haut de Trame (MHT), as the Akeron LP was previousl...

Leonardo DRS to equip Australian ABVs with electro-optical sensors

By Kapil Kajal & Sonny Butterworth 06 October 2022
In January 2022, Australia announced the procurement of 29 Assault Breacher Vehicles from the US. (US Marine Corps)  The United States Army has awarded a contract to Leonardo DRS for equipping Australia's Assault Breacher Vehicles (ABVs) with thermal integrated vision systems (IVSs), Leonardo DRS said.  According to a press release by Leonardo DRS on 4 October, the contract is worth USD9.6 million.  The company added that the IVS combines state-of-the-art uncooled thermal technology into a small two-axis stabilised gimbal in addition to a sit...
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