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Indian MoD orders additional BrahMos missiles for navy

By Oishee Majumdar 23 September 2022
A BrahMos PJ-10 missile is launched from the vertical launching system (VLS) of the Rajput-class destroyer INS   Ranvir  .  (Defence Research and Development Organisation)  India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to acquire more BrahMos PJ-10 supersonic cruise missiles for the Indian Navy.  The MoD signed a contract worth about INR17 billion (USD213.3 million) with BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL) on 22 September for procuring “additional dual-role”-capable BrahMos PJ-10 missiles to “enhance the oper...

LIG Nex1 outlines LAMD development plans

By Jon Grevatt 23 September 2022
LIG Nex1's low-altitude missile defence system, a model of which is shown above, has a range of 7 km. (Janes/Dae Young Kim)  South Korea's LIG Nex1 has disclosed plans to supply its low-altitude missile defence (LAMD) system to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces by the end of the decade.  The company started development of the system earlier this year, and told Janes at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang that the LAMD will undergo seven more years of work before it is ready for deployment.  “We have planned two years of engineering...

Philippine Army deploys ATMOS 2000 howitzers for operational tasking

By Kapil Kajal 23 September 2022
The Philippine Army said that the ATMOS will boost the army's mobility and range, and enhance its indirect fire-support capability. (Soltam Systems)  The Philippine Army has deployed its Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System (ATMOS) 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery units to the service's 10th Field Artillery ‘Rolling Thunder' Battalion, marking the weapon system's entry into operational status.  The deployment was held on 21 September at Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation area in Nueva Ecija, which lies about 120 km north of Man...

Raytheon clears Glide Phase Interceptor prototype milestone, eyeing preliminary design review

By Ashley Roque 22 September 2022
Raytheon Missiles and Defense announced that its version of the sea-based Glide Phase Interceptor (GPI) completed the systems requirements review – prototype (SRR-P) benchmark in mid-September.  In June, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) selected...

DX Korea 2022: Hanwha set to start production of ‘artillery killer' missiles

By Jon Grevatt 22 September 2022
Hanwha's Korean Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile (KTSSM) system, pictured at the DX Korea 2022 show in Goyang. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Hanwha Corporation will start mass production of the Korean Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile (KTSSM) system from 2023, the company said at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang on 22 September.    The company told   Janes   that it is also preparing a vehicle-launched version of the system, which could take three years to develop.   Mass production of the KTSSM, also known as the ‘artil...

Ukraine conflict: Germany supplies Dingo armoured vehicles and two more MRLs to Kyiv

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 September 2022
Germany is supplying Ukraine with two more MARS II MRLs (pictured) and 50 Dingo armoured vehicles. (KMW)    Germany is supplying Ukraine with 50 Dingo armoured vehicles and two more Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System (MARS) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), German Federal Minister of Defence Christine Lambrecht said at Bundeswehrtagung (armed forces meeting) 2022 in Berlin on 15 September. She said Germany would provide Ukraine with 200 rockets for training on the MRLs, which are a European upgrade of the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Sys...

Update – ADEX 2022: Latest member of QFAB series adds laser guidance

By Huw Williams 16 September 2022
The QFAB-250 LG features a laser-guidance system as part of its applique kit. (Janes/Huw Williams)  The Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence Industry unveiled the latest member of its QFAB (also known as GFAB) series of general-purpose bombs at the ADEX 2022 exhibition in Baku on 6 September.  According to ministry officials, the new bomb – designated QFAB-250 LG – was developed in collaboration with Turkey's Aselsan.  The QFAB-250 LG is intended to provide enhanced accuracy over the standard QFAB bombs through an applique kit that includes a laser...

Estonia orders Piorun MANPADS

By Christopher Petrov 13 September 2022
Estonia has ordered the Piorun MANPADS, pictured here at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment has signed a contract with Poland's Mesko to supply Estonia with the Piorun short-range manportable air-defence system (MANPADS). Estonia will receive 300 missiles and 100 launchers, with the first lot scheduled to arrive in mid-2023. The deal will give Estonia an additional short-range air defense (SHORAD) system and will complement its Mistrals already in service.  The Piorun MANPADS is an evolution of t...

Puzzle pieces: Washington eyes path ahead for homeland cruise missile defence

By Ashley Roque 13 September 2022
A Patriot M903 launcher station assigned to 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, during Exercise ‘Arctic Edge 2022' at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This defence capability could be included as part of a US homeland cruise missile defence architecture. (USAF)  Reports of Russian Tu-95 aircraft and submarines launching cruise missiles to strike targets in Kyiv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, and Odesa filled US news reports throughout 2022, offering momentary insights to a conflict on another continent.  Accompanying images of smouldering...

Lockheed Martin reveals work on new JAGM variants

By Andrew White 13 September 2022
Lockheed Martin's JAGM-MR uses a new missile bus to increase range. (Lockheed Martin)    Lockheed Martin is designing a series of next-generation Joint-Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGMs),   Janes   has learnt  .    JAGM-MR, a medium-range version of the missile, is in “proof of concept and evaluation” by the company, featuring increased range and sensor options compared with the legacy JAGM, and Lockheed Martin is considering additional variants such as maritime, extended-range, and short-range air defence (potentially f...

MSPO 2022: Hanwha showcases TAipers ATGM land platform integration kit

By Christopher Petrov 12 September 2022
Hanwha unveiled a land platform integration kit for the TAipers ATGM, which it co-developed with South Korea's Agency for Defense Development at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)  Hanwha unveiled a land platform integration kit for the TAipers anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), that it co-developed with South Korea's Agency for Defense Development at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September. The missile, formerly called the Chungum, was originally developed as a helicopter-launched ATGM. I...

MSPO 2022: OSU-35K weapon system breaks cover

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 12 September 2022
The Polish Navy's MCMVs are to be fitted with the OSU-35K by the end of 2022. (Jakub Link-Lenczowski)  PIT-Radwar presented the OSU-35K naval weapon system for the first time at MSPO 2022 in Kielce.  The OSU-35K is armed with the 35 mm calibre AM-35K automatic cannon – a licenced version of Oerlikon's KDA cannon – and features a dedicated opto-electronic tracking sensor. The system is capable of engaging both naval and aerial targets with various types of ammunition.    The prototype OSU-35K is under factory trials and is scheduled to be...

ADEX 2022: Sapphire promises enhanced lethality

By Huw Williams 10 September 2022
Sapphire in twin launcher configuration. (Janes/Huw Williams)  Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika has outlined improvements to the 61 mm-calibre Sapphire disposable rocket launcher.  Detailing the new features at ADEX 2022 in Baku, a company representative highlighted a new tandem warhead configuration, enhanced lethality, and ongoing work on what was described as a “smart sighting system” that is intended to automate processes and assist the user through a fire control unit that presents an aiming point once a target is designated, among other f...

Lockheed Martin UK offers up Ampthill site for UK M270 MLRS upgrade

By Olivia Savage 09 September 2022
The British Army's M270 Multiple Rocket Launcher (pictured above). Once upgraded, the launchers will be able to fire the US Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), which has a range of 499 km. (Crown Copyright)    Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) is exploring options to upgrade the British Army's M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) in the UK, company officials told   Janes  .     Eve Holding, head of Strategy and Business Development at LMUK, informed   Janes   at a company briefing on 7 September that LMUK had pro...

MSPO 2022: Russian invasion forces Ukraine to disperse Neptune anti-ship missile production

By Nicholas Fiorenza 09 September 2022
Luch displayed a full-scale mock-up of a Neptune anti-ship missile at MSPO 2022. (State Kyiv Design Bureau ‘Luch')    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has forced State Kyiv Design Bureau ‘Luch' to disperse production of the Neptune anti-ship missile, a Luch representative told   Janes  on the first day of the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 being held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September.   Production of the missile has been dispersed to undisclosed locations outside Kyiv, he said.    He denied when aske...

Taiwan outlines land systems priorities

By Kapil Kajal 09 September 2022
Taiwan has included funding for the procurement of additional CM-34 IFVs in its 2023 budget. (National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology)  Taiwan has included funding for several high-profile land systems in its defence budget for 2023.  Platforms to receive funding in the budget include the CM-34 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), a new 120 mm Mobile Mortar System (MMS), a new four-wheeled tactical reconnaissance vehicle, and a new Cloud Leopard vehicle fitted with a 105 mm gun.  Budgetary documents for 2023 recently issue...

‘Quick reaction' SAM set for Indian Army induction

By Kapil Kajal & Rahul Udoshi 09 September 2022
DRDO and the Indian Army have completed six flight tests of the indigenously developed QRSAM. (Indian Ministry of Defence)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army have completed six flight tests of the indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile System (QRSAM), the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.  According to a press release by the MoD on 8 September, the tests were conducted from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off the northeastern coast in Odisha. The flight...

USAF nears fielding JASSM-ER on B-2 bomber

By Marc Selinger 09 September 2022
A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. (US Air Force)  The US Air Force (USAF) plans to field the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) across its B-2 Spirit stealth bomber fleet following a successful test-firing of the cruise missile from the Northrop Grumman-built aircraft, according to a service spokesperson.  The USAF expects to begin the fielding in March 2023, Major Joshua Benedetti told Janes on 8 September in a written response to questions. The service has 20 B-2s in its inventory.  Northrop Grumman announced on 25 A...

ADEX 2022: MODIAR and Smart Point introduce SCN-Demir ROWS

By Sonny Butterworth 09 September 2022
The SCN-Demir ROWS was displayed for the first time at ADEX 2022. It has an optical suite mounted on the right, a single machine gun in the centre, and an ammunition stowage box on the left. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)  The Ministry of Defence Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan's (MODIAR's) National Aerospace Agency and private company Smart Point unveiled the SCN-Demir (Dəmir; Iron) remotely controlled stabilised weapon system during the Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition (ADEX) in Baku.    Speaking to   Janes  , a...

ADEX 2022: Jadara targets manportable anti-tank market with Raptor-LA

By Huw Williams 08 September 2022
The Raptor (top) features a Jadara-designed rocket. (Janes/Huw Williams)  Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems has developed a new shoulder-fired rocket launcher designated as Raptor-LA.  Speaking to Janes at ADEX 2022 in Baku where the company unveiled the launcher, Jadara's Nidal Sejaja said that work on the system commenced around one-and-a-half years ago and had recently completed.  Sejaja described the Raptor-LA as a company-developed product, save for the sighting system, which is common with Jadara's Nashshab RPG-32. The fin-stabilised...
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