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SpearUAV unveils Viper micro-tactical loitering munition

By Robin Hughes 06 October 2022
SpearUAV is developing a new, micro-tactical loitering munition with a precision-strike capability. (SpearUAV)  SpearUAV has detailed the development of an ultra-lightweight micro-tactical loitering munition (LM) for small tactical units − squad level and below − with a precision-strike capability against moving and stationary line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight targets.  A company spokesperson provided Janes with an update of this company-funded initiative that is the latest addition to its unmanned air system (UAS) capabilities, which in...

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...

Land Forces 2022: Australia considers HIMARS rocket production

By Julian Kerr 05 October 2022
Australia has requested to procure 20 M142 HIMARS launchers from the US government. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Consideration is being given to the manufacture of missiles for the US High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in Australia, a Lockheed Martin executive has disclosed.  James Heading, Lockheed Martin Australia's director of programmes in the strategic capabilities office for missiles and fire control, told media on 4 October that the consideration was centred on the production of the rockets themselves but not the launch vehicles....

Land Forces 2022: Kongsberg, Thales launch StrikeMaster

By Julian Kerr 04 October 2022
The StrikeMaster marries two NSMs and their launch missile modules with an armoured single-cab version of the Bushmaster military vehicle. (Julian Kerr)  A new land-based maritime strike capability centred on Norway's Naval Strike Missile (NSM) was launched by Kongsberg Australia and Thales Australia at the Land Forces 2022 exhibition in Brisbane on 4 October.  The new StrikeMaster system involves two NSMs and their launch missile modules mounted on an armoured single-cab utility version of Thales Australia's Bushmaster protected mobility ve...

Update: NIOA to deliver first phase of Australia's Lethality System project

By Jon Grevatt 04 October 2022
Accuracy International's AXSR has been selected to fulfil the ADF's requirement for a long-range sniper rifle. The Australian DoD said the rifle will be introduced into ADF service as a multicalibre system capable of delivering in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum, and 7.62 mm NATO calibres. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian government has signed an agreement with Queensland-based firm NIOA for the supply of a range of weapons and equipment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of its Lethality System project (Land 159)....

North Korea fires IRBM over Japan

By Jon Grevatt 04 October 2022
This graphic issued by Japan's MoD shows the trajectory of the IRBM launched by North Korea on 4 October. According to the MoD, the missile travelled 4,600 km – and over Japan's northernmost Aomori prefecture – before landing in the Pacific Ocean, outside Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japan Ministry of Defense)  North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on 4 October, according to neighbouring countries.  It is the first time that North Korea has fired a missile over Japan since 2017. Data also show tha...

Development of RASH-2H glide munition approaches completion

By Huw Williams 04 October 2022
The RASH-2H (left) is a clean-sheet design, while the RASH-2M (middle) and RASH-1M (right) use modified mortar bombs. (EDGE Group)  Abu Dhabi-based ADASI is in the “final stages of development and qualification” of its RASH-2H guided munition.  Speaking during a media briefing, Mohamed Al Nuaimi, senior programme manager, engineering and technology at ADASI, said that the RASH-2H will soon enter production.  Al Nuaimi said that the munition is a clean-sheet design, while the earlier RASH-1M and RASH-2M add a guidance kit to mortar bombs that...

First turret completed for upgraded Dutch CV90

By Nicholas Fiorenza 04 October 2022
The first upgraded Dutch CV90 with a redesigned turret left the BSH plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September. (Dutch MoD)  The first-of-type (FOT) upgraded Dutch CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) left the BAE Systems Hägglunds (BSH) plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on the same day.    A BSH spokesperson told   Janes  on 30 September that the first turret for the Dutch CV90 mid-life upgrade (MLU) was completed on time and budget according to pl...

NIOA to deliver first phase of Australia's ‘Lethality System' project

By Jon Grevatt 03 October 2022
Accuracy International's AXSR has been selected to meet the ADF's requirement for a long-range sniper rifle. The Australian DoD said the rifle will be introduced into ADF service as a multicalibre system capable of delivering in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum, and 7.62 mm NATO calibres. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian government has signed an agreement with Queensland-based firm NIOA for the supply of a range of weapons and equipment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of its Lethality System project (Land 159).  T...

US Marine Corps ‘successfully' tests mobile Iron Dome launcher, awaiting fielding decision

By Ashley Roque 03 October 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 has now completed a series of live-fire tests with the MRIC prototype, and leadership is expected to make a ‘certification' decision about deploying the weapon system. (US Marine Corps )  The US Marine Corps (USMC) recently completed a trio of live-fire tests with its new cruise missile defence prototype that integrates Iron Dome compo...

India's DRDO tests indigenous VSHORADS

By Kapil Kajal & Christopher Petrov 30 September 2022
The Indian MoD said that VSHORADS is a manportable air defence system (MANPAD) designed and developed by the DRDO and Indian industry partners. (Indian Ministry of Defence)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed two flight tests of its very short-range air-defence system (VSHORADS) missiles, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.  According to a press release by the MoD on 27 September, the tests were conducted from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off India's northeastern coast in Odisha....

Thailand starts trials of D11A rocket launcher

By Jon Grevatt 30 September 2022
Thailand's D11A, the prototype of which is pictured above, is a local version of Elbit Systems' multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS). (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Thailand's Defense Technology Institute (DTI) has started trials of a locally produced version of Elbit Systems' multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS).  The DTI said on 27 September 2022 that trials of the prototype platform – named the D11A Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher – took place recently at the Royal Thai Army's (RTA's) artillery f...

Oshkosh Defense receives new ROGUE Fires contract

By Ashley Roque 30 September 2022
A NMESIS launcher deploys into position aboard the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Hawaii, in August 2021. The NMESIS and its NSMs participated in a live-fire exercise during ‘Large-Scale Exercise 2021'. (US Marine Corps)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) awarded Oshkosh Defense with a USD23.7 million contract to produce the chassis for its new Navy Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System (NMESIS).  The Pentagon announced the new indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Remotely Operated Ground Unit for Expeditionary (ROGUE) Fir...

Ukraine conflict: British Army deploys tank-heavy EFP battlegroup to Estonia

By Tim Ripley 27 September 2022
The transfer of authority of the UK-led NATO EFP contingent between the incoming KRH Battlegroup and the outgoing Royal Welsh Battlegroup took place in Tapa, Estonia, on 21 September. (UK MoD/Crown copyright)  The British Army has deployed a tank-heavy battlegroup to Estonia, completing the restructuring of the UK-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) contingent in the Baltic state.  The King's Royal Hussars (KRH) Battlegroup was deployed to Tapa in Estonia, relieving the armoured infantry battlegroup of 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh regi...

DVD 2022: MSI unveils Terrahawk VSHORAD system

By Christopher Petrov 26 September 2022
MSI unveiled the Terrahawk VSHORAD counter-UAS concept at DVD 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  MSI Defence Systems unveiled the Terrahawk flatbed-based very short-range air-defence (VSHORAD) system at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022 event held at the Millbrook Proving Ground on 21 and 22 September. The system is designed to counter small aerial targets, including unmanned aerial systems (UASs), while also retaining capabilities to engage low-flying fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.  The main armament of the Terrahawk is the 30 mm Mk 4...

DVD 2022: British Army seeks 100% uplift in MLRS numbers

By James Rands & Tim Ripley 26 September 2022
The British Army is planning to increase the size of the UK's M270 MLRS fleet under plans to boost the service's deep fires capabilities. (Crown copyright)  Richard Smart, Senior Responsible Officer for Joint Effects at British Army Headquarters in Andover, outlined plans to increase both the capability and numbers of M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs) in the UK service on the second day of the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2022 event held at the Millbrook Proving Ground from 21 to 22 September.  Smart said that the first MLRS had g...

Yemeni rebels unveil new missiles in largest parade to date

By Jeremy Binnie 26 September 2022
One of the Falaq ballistic missiles that were displayed during the parade. (Ansar Allah)  The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) unveiled several new weapon systems, many of them seemingly of Iranian origin, during a parade in Sanaa on 21 September.  Three ballistic missiles labelled as the Falaq were displayed that looked similar to a version of Iran's Qiam liquid-fuel ballistic missile that has fins on its re-entry vehicle. The ballistic missiles that Ansar Allah refers to as the Burkan-2H and Zulfiqar have earlier been identified as...

Raytheon/Northrop Grumman team selected for HACM hypersonic weapon

By Richard Scott & Daniel Wasserbly 26 September 2022
Raytheon released this computer rendering to illustrate its HACM concept. (Raytheon)  A team of Raytheon and Northrop Grumman has been selected by the US Air Force (USAF) to develop and prototype the service's scramjet-powered Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM).  Raytheon Missiles & Defense was awarded a USD985 million contract by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Armament Directorate on 22 September 2022, beating competition from Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The company's 54-month contract, which builds on work previously compl...

Germany to procure 600 RAM Block 2B missiles for German Navy

By Kate Tringham 26 September 2022
Although the RAM Block 2 (pictured here) has a larger motor than the RAM Block 1 and 1A, all three can be fired from the same launcher. (Raytheon)  The German federal parliament's budget committee has authorised the procurement of 600 RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2B quick reaction surface-to-air guided missiles for the German Navy.  In a 22 September announcement, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that the 600 missiles will be delivered between 2024 and 2029 under a contract worth EUR560 million (USD542 million). The a...

DX Korea 2022: SNT Dynamics unveils light-vehicle mortar system

By Jon Grevatt 23 September 2022
SNT Dynamics has integrated its KM120 mortar system with a 4×4 vehicle made by Kia Motors for the Republic of Korea Army. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  South Korea's SNT Dynamics has integrated its KM120 120 mm mortar system with a 4×4 light tactical vehicle (LTV) built by Kia Motors for a requirement in the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA).  The company showcased the new LTV mortar capability for the first time at the DX Korea 2022 event being held in Goyang from 21 to 25 September. SNT Dynamics has not yet officially named the product.  “This capabilit...
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