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North Korea conducts another missile test

By Gabriel Dominguez 28 September 2021
North Korea launched what appeared to be a short-range missile into the East Sea (also known as Sea of Japan) on 28 September, just over two weeks after the country had tested a new railway-based launch system for short-range ballistic missiles (SR...

US Army awards Dynetics-Raytheon team IFPC Inc 2 development contract

By Ashley Roque 28 September 2021
The US Army officially announced that Dynetics' ‘Enduring Shield' launcher, paired with Raytheon's ground-launched AIM-9X Sidewinder missile, won its Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 (IFPC Inc 2) programme, and that the duo will rece...

India conducts maiden test firing of Akash Prime missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat 28 September 2021
An Akash Prime missile seen here in a test firing at the DRDO's integrated test range in Odisha on 27 September 2021. (Ministry of Defence, India.)  India has carried out the maiden test firing of its new Akash Prime surface-to-air missile (SAM).  The weapon was fired from the Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO's) integrated test range at Chandipur, Odisha, on 27 September 2021.  The missile intercepted and successfully destroyed an unmanned aerial target that mimicked enemy aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced...

Australia releases RFP for ground-based, medium-range, air-defence system

By Julian Kerr 27 September 2021
The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has issued a request for proposals (RFPs) for a, ground-based, medium-range, air-defence (GBMRAD) system for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  The RFP, which closes on 3 December, says Project Air 6502...

Arnold Defense discloses LGR-4 Fletcher development road map

By Robin Hughes 27 September 2021
A remote-controlled LGR-4 Fletcher launcher, integrated with an MSI-developed Vehicle Integration Kit mounted on a ground-based platform, preparing for a live-fire test at a recent system demonstration. (Arnold Defense)  Arnold Defense has launched a capability development road map for its LGR-4 Fletcher and LGR-23 Multiple Launch Hydra System (MLHS) 2.75 inch/70 mm surface-to-surface laser-guided weapon systems.  Purpose-built for land platforms, the LGR-4 Fletcher is a lightweight four-cell laser-guided rocket (LGR) launcher designed to del...

Update: AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

By Pat Host 24 September 2021
Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)  Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies...

AFA 2021: AFRL seeks to avoid duplication in unmanned aircraft programmes

By Pat Host 24 September 2021
SDB1 bombs connecting during the AFRL's Golden Horde networked collaborative weapons video on display at AFA Winter 2020 on 27 February 2020 in Orlando, Florida. The AFRL is working to avoid duplication among the many unmanned aerial vehicle programmes it is experimenting with, as duplication could lead to custom solutions that never get fielded or put into large-scale production. (Janes/Pat Host)  The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is working to avoid duplication among the many unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programmes it is experime...

Kalashnikov developing ‘smart' weapons for infantry

By Dmitry Fediushko 24 September 2021
The Kalashnikov Group is developing a firearm-mounted kit that manages target data and increases situational awareness for individual troops, Maria Vorobyeva, a company spokesperson, told   Janes   on 21 September.   “We have b...

DSEI 2021: AEI Systems unveils Venom LR on EOS R400

By Riccardo Cociani 23 September 2021
The Venom LR was unveiled mounted on an EOS R400 ROWS at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Riccardo Cociani)  AEI Systems unveiled its production-standard Venom Low Recoil (LR) 30 mm cannon mounted on an Electro Optic Systems (EOS) R400 remotely operated weapon system (ROWS) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition held in London on 14–17 September.  The system is a ground-up new design and represents the culmination of work conducted by the two companies since 2019.  The Venom LR has built-in radiation hazards protection an...

France increases defence budget

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 23 September 2021
France continues to raise defence spending, which will reach EUR40.9 billion (nearly USD48 billion) in 2022, a EUR1.7 billion increase on 2021.  The breakdown of the draft budget approved by the Council of Ministers on 22 September will be EUR23.7...

Serbia buys Kornet ATGMs and more Pantsyr S1M air defence systems

By Igor Bozinovski 22 September 2021
Serbia will receive a first batch of Kornet anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said during a visit to the Ušće 2021 display of military equipment in Belgrade, marking Serbian National Unity Day on 15 September. Th...

AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

By Pat Host 22 September 2021
Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)  Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies...

Protovision pits NCA gladiators in ‘virtual' Colosseum

By Richard Scott 22 September 2021
The US Department of the Air Force's Golden Horde Vanguard programme has commenced a new competitive phase in which advanced networked, collaborative, and autonomous (NCA) platforms and weapons will compete as ‘gladiators' in a virtual environment....

Diehl to equip German GBU-48s with TIP warhead

By Robin Hughes 21 September 2021
The Luftwaffe is set to acquire an increased penetration/low collateral damage capability with its GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II precision-guided munition, seen here on the service's Eurofighter swing-role combat aircraft. (Luftwaffe)  Diehl Defence has been awarded a contract of undisclosed value by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to supply its Mk 83 Trojan Improved Penetrator (TIP) as an alternative warhead for the GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II precision-guided munition in...

Update: USAF advances SCIFiRE development

By Robin Hughes 20 September 2021
The US Air Force (USAF) Future Hypersonics office in late August/early September exercised follow-on contract options with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon Technologies to mature a conventionally armed solid-rocket boosted, air-breathing, hype...

FNSS details Teber-35 remote-controlled turret

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 20 September 2021
The Teber-35 remote-controlled turret developed by FNSS for Turkish requirements. (FNSS)  Turkish manufacturer of armoured fighting vehicles and weapon systems FNSS has disclosed details of its Teber-35 remote-controlled (Teber-35 RC) turret for armoured fighting vehicles (AFV), which was designed to meet the demands of the Turkish Army.    While in development for two years, the prototype was presented for the first time at the IDEF 2021 exhibition, Gökhan Özyurt, Weapon Systems Design Department Manager at FNSS told   Janes...

US Army recompetes CROWS contract, royalty fee attached for outside vendor

By Ashley Roque 17 September 2021
A US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) prototype outfitted with CROWS-J. The service is currently hosting a CROWS recompete competition. (US Army)  The US Army has launched a Common Remotely Operating Weapon Station (CROWS) competition valued up to USD1.5 billion that allows companies other than the prime contractor, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, to vie for the deal. However, there is a caveat; other vendors must factor in a mandatory USD10,000 per system royalty fee for Kongsberg if they win.  In late August, the service issued a re...

USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

By Michael Fabey 17 September 2021
The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.  “The force structure g...

DSEI 2021: Fabrique Nationale displays FN EVOLYS LMG for first time in UK

By Thomas Ford 17 September 2021
Fabrique Nationale (FN) Herstal displayed its new FN EVOLYS light machine gun (LMG) at DSEI 2021 on 14 September, marking the first time the weapon was displayed in the UK.  Kristof Verjans, one of FN's demonstration team, showcased the self-corre...

Australia to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in place of discontinued Attack-class programme

By Julian Kerr 16 September 2021
Australia is to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines in-country for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the first initiative of the enhanced AUKUS trilateral security partnership jointly announced by leaders of Australia, the United Kingd...
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