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ADEX 2022: Jadara develops new ATGM with Azerbaijan MoD

By Huw Williams 08 September 2022
Jadara's Terminator-FM is a joint venture with Azerbaijan's MoD. (Janes/Huw Williams)  Jadara Equipment & Defence Systems has partnered with Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence (MoD) to develop a new anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system.  The company unveiled the Terminator-FM at ADEX 2022 in Baku. Speaking to Janes at the event, Jadara's Nidal Sejaja said that work on the system started around 2021 and is production ready after what he described as successful trials that saw it engage targets at its maximum stated range of 5 km. The system ha...

MSPO 2022: Hanwha targets Polish market with Chunmoo MRL

By Nicholas Fiorenza 07 September 2022
Hanwha is proposing its Chunmoo MRL (pictured here with two pods with six 239 mm missiles each) to Poland at MSPO 2022. (Doosan)  Hanwha proposed its Chunmoo multiple rocket launcher (MRL) to Poland at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 being held in Kielce on 6–9 September. A Hanwha spokesperson told   Janes  at the exhibition on 6 September that the MRL could be delivered as early as 2023.   At MSPO, Hanwha is showing a model of the Chunmoo with two pods with six 239 mm missiles each, as well as presenting a 60...

MSPO 2022: Head of Ukraine's largest ‘military' foundation identifies Kyiv's requirements

By Nicholas Fiorenza 07 September 2022
Taras Czmut, head of Ukraine‘s largest ‘military' foundation, ‘Come Back Alive', identified Kyiv's requirements to counter Russian invaders during a press briefing on the first day of the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2022 being he...

Russia planning North Korean rockets purchase, claims US

By Jon Grevatt 07 September 2022
This graphic shows some of the KN-23 SRBM variants developed and tested by North Korea since 2019. The KN-23 is assessed as a derivative of the 9K720 Iskander-M (SS-26 ‘Stone') SRBM introduced into Russian service in 2006. (Janes)    Russia plans to procure “millions” of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea to support its war effort in Ukraine, a US administration official told   Janes   on 6 September.   The development signals Pyongyang's deepening defence ties with Moscow and, the official said, possible Russian...

South Korea approves funding for K9A2 SPH

By Kapil Kajal 05 September 2022
South Korea's DAPA has approved a USD1.73 billion programme to upgrade Hanwha Defense's K9 self-propelled howitzer, pictured above. (Hanwha Defense)  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has given formal approval for the project to upgrade Hanwha Defense's K9 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled howitzer (SPH).  DAPA said in a recent notice that the upgrade programme is worth KRW2.36 trillion (USD1.73 billion) and will be undertaken during 2023–34.  According to DAPA, the upgrade will improve the performance of the K9...

Saab demonstrates mobile SHORAD system in live firing

By Nicholas Fiorenza 05 September 2022
Saab demonstrated its MSHORAD system in live firings in Karlskoga, Sweden, on 30 August. (Saab)  Saab demonstrated a mobile short-range air defence (MSHORAD) system in live firings in Karlskoga, Sweden, on 30 August. It was the first time the system was presented to an audience, with delegations from 15 countries attending, the company said in a press release on 5 September.  Five firings were performed with RBS 70 NG missiles – two from a mobile firing unit (MFU) on an SVOS MARS S330 vehicle and three in manportable air defence system (MANPA...

Australian submariners to train on RN Astute-class submarines under AUKUS

By Kate Tringham & Richard Scott 02 September 2022
The UK Royal Navy's fifth Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, HMS   Anson  , was commissioned into service at BAE Systems' yard in Barrow-in-Furness, North West England, on 31 August. Australian submariners will join RN crews to train on   Anson  and other Astute-class boats under the AUKUS security partnership.  (Royal Navy)  Australian submariners are set to train onboard the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) newest Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) under the trilateral AUKUS sec...

Defense & Security 2022: Royal Thai Army expands artillery production

By Jon Grevatt 31 August 2022
The Autonomous Truck-Mounted Gun (pictured above) is produced by the Royal Thai Army with support from Israel's Elbit Systems. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is continuing to expand its programmes to produce mortar systems and howitzers based on Israeli technologies.  RTA officials told Janes at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok that the army's production facilities in Lopburi, central Thailand, have recently ramped up manufacturing on both platforms.  The mortar programme features the production of an Autonomous Tru...

Poland signs execution contracts for K2 MBTs and K9 SPHs from South Korea

By Nicholas Fiorenza 31 August 2022
On 26 August, Poland signed execution contracts with Hyundai Rotem for 180 K2 tanks and with Hanwha Defense for 212 K9 SPHs (pictured). (Hanwha Defense)  Poland signed execution contracts with South Korean industry for K2 main battle tanks (MBTs) and K9 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) on 26 August. Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak approved the contracts for 180 K2 tanks and 212 K9 SPHs on 26 August in Morąg, northern Poland, his ministry announced on its website the same day. The signing followed...

UK seeks new RCVs for explosive ordnance disposal

By Olivia Savage 31 August 2022
The UK MoD is seeking to acquire 50 medium-sized EOD RCVs. Pictured here is the L3Harris T7 robot in use with the UK Task Group's EOD team. (Crown Copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking to procure 50 medium-sized remote-controlled vehicles (RCVs) as part of project Dartrose.  A total of GBP25 million (USD29 million) is available for the procurement, which includes 10-year through-life maintenance, the MoD announced on 25 August.  The contract is expected to start on 25 March 2024. The MoD had not responded to questions at the...

Defense & Security 2022: Thailand, Elbit partner on D11A multiple rocket launcher

By Jon Grevatt 30 August 2022
Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) unveiled, at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok, the D11A Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher, pictured above, which is based on Elbit Systems' PULS system. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) is partnering with Elbit Systems to develop a Thai version of the Israeli company's multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS).  Named the D11A Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher, the DTI is developing the system to meet a coastal artillery...

Defense & Security 2022: LIG Nex1 unveils newly developed RCWS

By Jon Grevatt 30 August 2022
LIG Nex1 has unveiled a newly developed remote controlled weapon station fitted with the company's Raybolt anti-tank guided missiles and a 12.7 mm cannon. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  South Korean firm LIG Nex1 has unveiled a newly developed remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok.    The company also disclosed to  Janes  that the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is the newest customer of its Korean GPS-Guided Bomb (KGGB).   A company official said that the RCWS, which has not yet been name...

Ukraine conflict: Ukrainian MiG shown firing HARM missiles

By Gareth Jennings 30 August 2022
Screenshot showing a Ukrainian MiG-29 launching a HARM anti-radiation missile. The video was released by the Ukrainian government on 30 August 2022. (Ukrainian government)  The Ukrainian government has confirmed the use of air-launched anti-radiation missiles against Russian forces, with a video released on 30 August showing for the first time an air force MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum' firing AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARMs).  The footage, released as part of a wider package showing ongoing Ukrainian Air Force operations against Russian g...

New mission computer for Indian Navy MiG-29K under trial

By Akhil Kadidal 30 August 2022
HAL is testing a new mission computer for the Indian Navy's MiG-29K carrier-borne fighter aircraft. The new system has been designed to give the navy the ability to integrate a wide range of domestic and international air-launched weapons with the MiG-29K. (US Navy)  The Indian Navy is test-flying a new mission computer for its Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29K/KUB carrier-borne fighter aircraft.    The mission computer has been developed by the state-owned defence company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The new system is intended to give t...

Ukrainian forces poised to be first to operate the L3Harris VAMPIRE

By Ashley Roque 26 August 2022
The Pentagon recently announced it would acquire the VAMPIRE system from L3Harris to send to Ukraine. (L3Harris Technologies)    L3Harris Technologies has not yet received a contract from the US government to produce and deliver its new Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE) to Ukraine, but the company told   Janes   it should be able to have the never-before fielded kit ready by May 2023.   When the Biden administration announced a new, USD2.98 billion weapons package bound for Kyiv on 24 August...

Japan to procure another MCH-101 helicopter in 2022

By Ridzwan Rahmat 26 August 2022
Japan appears set to procure another MCH-101 AMCM helicopter in 2022, according to details published in the country's defence White Paper for the year. (Leonardo)  The Japanese government is procuring another MCH-101 airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM)-capable helicopter for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).  The procurement has been highlighted as one of the main projects for fiscal year (FY) 2022 in the Japanese Ministry of Defense's annual White Paper, Defense of Japan 2022. The publication has listed a projected expenditure...

India fires three officers for accidental BrahMos launch

By Akhil Kadidal 25 August 2022
The BrahMos missile crash in Pakistan occurred on 9 March 2022. India has not disclosed which variant of the missile was involved in the accident. (Janes)  An investigation by India into the accidental launch of a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile earlier in March has attributed human error for the incident. Three senior officers of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have been dismissed from their positions.  A notice from the IAF on 23 August described the launch, which occurred on 9 March 2022, as “accidental”.  “A court of inquiry (CoI), set up to...

GDLS offers glance at Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype design

By Ashley Roque 24 August 2022
GDLS has not publicly released an image of its new Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype but said that it is a ‘new, purpose-built' platform, which builds on its previous work to design such a vehicle for the USMC. (GDLS)  General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) is disclosing additional details about its ‘new, purpose-built' prototype designed to win over the US Marine Corps (USMC) leaders who are on the hunt for a future Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV).    Phil Skuta, the GDLS director for USMC programmes, provided   Janes...

Polish Navy takes delivery of Kormoman II MCMV Albatros

By Kate Tringham & Jakub Link-Lenczowski 17 August 2022
Albatros,  the second Kormoran II MCMV overall, and the first serial production unit, was handed over to the Polish Navy on 12 August.  (Polish Armaments Agency)    The Polish Navy took delivery of its second Kormoran II (Project 258) mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV), ORP   Albatros  (602), during a ceremony held at Remontowa Shipbuilding on 12 August.     Laid down in December 2018 and launched in October 2019,   Albatros  is one of six Kormoran II MCMVs on order for the Polish Navy under c...

First Saudi THAAD sites expected to be completed in 2026

By Jeremy Binnie 17 August 2022
Saudi Arabia's future Terminal High Altitude Area Defense sites. (Janes)  The first four sites for Saudi Arabia's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems are expected to be completed by the end of 2026 and all seven by April 2028, according to a document released on 15 August by the US Army Corps of Engineers as part of a request for proposal (RFP).  The RFP was released to find a contractor to monitor construction projects in Saudi Arabia that were listed in the document. It gave the estimated completion date for a storage facili...
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