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DSEI 2021: TDW's PARM 1 seeks comeback

By Riccardo Cociani 16 September 2021
The mock-up of the PARM 1 with an IR sensor displayed at DSEI. (Janes/Riccardo Cociani)  TDW GmbH, a subsidiary of MBDA Germany, publicly displayed its Automated Anti-Tank Weapon (PARM) for the first time at the DSEI show in London on 14–17 September, marking a de facto relaunch for a system that was developed in the 1980s.  The company displayed a PARM 1 with a mock-up infrared (IR) sensor fitted to a new accessory rail to show an alternative way of triggering the off-route mine, which is normally initiated when a vehicle crushes a fibre-opt...

North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 16 September 2021
An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)  Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.  The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carri...

MDA demonstrates selectable stage booster for GBI

By Robin Hughes 16 September 2021
A long-range Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 12 September. This was the first flight test of a GBI three-stage booster operating in two-stage mode. (Missile Defense Agency)  The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in association with Boeing and Raytheon Technologies, on 12 September conducted a test launch of a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), flying a mock-up of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), with a three-stage booster operating in a two-stage...

DSEI 2021: RBSL and Rheinmetall unveil Boxer mortar module

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 16 September 2021
The Boxer mortar module was presented by RBSL and Rheinmetall at DSEI 2021 in anticipation of potential British Army requirements. (Janes/Samuel Cranny-Evans)  Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) and Rheinmetall have unveiled a mortar-carrying mission module for the Boxer 8×8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle at the 2021 DSEI exhibition held from 14 to 17 September in London.  The module has been designed in anticipation of the potential requirements of the British Army, which is understood to have initially settled for 28 mortar-carrying Box...

South Korea conducts first SLBM test launch from in-service submarine

By Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano 15 September 2021
South Korea test-launched a locally developed SLBM from an in-service submarine for the first time on 15 September. (Agency for Defense Development)  South Korea has test-launched a locally developed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from an in-service submarine for the first time, according to a 15 September statement by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul.    The MND said that the weapon, which was launched from the recently commissioned KSS-III (also spelled KSS-3)-class submarine   Dosan An Chang-ho...

Raytheon receives USD123 million to build additional Stryker-based 50 kW-class laser weapons

By Ashley Roque 15 September 2021
Raytheon Intelligence and Space has disclosed that it has received an additional USD123 million to ‘build and deliver' three Stryker vehicles outfitted with 50 kW-class lasers to the US Army.  In August, service officials announced that a Raytheon-...

US Navy contract kicks off AARGM-ER Lot 1 LRIP

By Robin Hughes 15 September 2021
The US Navy conducted the first live-fire test of an AARGM-ER from an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet over the sea test range at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, on 19 July. (US Navy)  Low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) is set to commence with the award by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) of a USD41.2 million contract to Alliant Techsystems Operations (a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman) for the procurement of Lot 1 LRIP.  Announced on 14 Sep...

South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang

By Mark Cazalet & Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 15 September 2021
An infra-red image showing South Korea's new long-range air-to-surface missile in flight. (Agency for Defense Development)  South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 15 September that its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been developing and testing a range of new missiles, including a ground-launched supersonic cruise missile, a ground-launched ballistic missile, a long-range air-to-surface missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).  The MND said in a statement that the new long-range air-launched...

North Korea resumes ballistic missile launches after six-month hiatus

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 15 September 2021
North Korean state-run media have yet to release images of the SRBMs launched on 15 September but the move comes after Pyongyang tested what appeared to be a KN-23 SRBM variant (seen here during an October 2020 military parade in Pyongyang) on 25 March. (KCNA)  North Korea launched what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) into the East Sea (also known as Sea of Japan) on 15 September, marking the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.  The SRBMs, the exact type of which has yet t...

DSEI 2021: British Army aims for deep fires portfolio

By Tim Ripley 15 September 2021
A portfolio of new surface-to-surface deep fires weapons is to be procured for the British Army to transform its capability to take on and defeat peer-level opponents.  Brigadier John Swift, the British Army's Head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability,...

DSEI 2021: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

By Tim Ripley 15 September 2021
A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.  Brigadier...

Raytheon demos Coyote UAS variant for ALE air vehicle requirement

By Robin Hughes 15 September 2021
ALE operational view within the FARA ecosystem. (US Army)  Raytheon Missiles & Defense has completed the first flight test of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) configuration, based on its Coyote Block 3 Non-Kinetic (Block 3NK) reusable UAS design, which it is advancing as an intended air vehicle solution for the US Army's embryonic Air Launched Effects (ALE) programme.  Conducted at the US Army Garrison Fort Huachuca in Arizona on 10 August, and funded by Raytheon, the test event – which demonstrated a ground-launch launch of the ALE configu...

DSEI 2021: Leonardo signs SPA for air platform protection

By Richard Scott 15 September 2021
Leonardo has signed a strategic partnering arrangement (SPA) with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), Defence Equipment & Support organisation, and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) under which the company's UK business will advance the de...

DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defense announces Team Thunder for UK K9 bid

By Charles Forrester 15 September 2021
Hanwha Defense has launched Team Thunder, engaging with UK industry, to bid the K9A2 self-propelled howitzer for the UK. (Hanwha Defense)  South Korea's Hanwha Defense announced the launching of Team Thunder at the DSEI trade show on 14 September, forming the basis for its K9A2 self-propelled howitzer bid for the UK's Mobile Fires Programme.  As part of the bid, the company has begun to sign memoranda of understanding with UK companies to form Team Thunder, which comprise Leonardo UK, Pearson Engineering, Horstman Defence Systems, and Soucy D...

Leonardo DRS receives order for additional US Army M-SHORAD mission equipment packages

By Ashley Roque 14 September 2021
General Dynamics Land Systems, the lead for the US Army's Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) system, is providing Leonardo DRS with USD204 million to purchase additional mission equipment packages for the Stryker-based weapon.  Leonardo DR...

DSEI 2021: AN/AQS-20C sonar integration with ARCIMS set for WISEX demo

By Richard Scott 14 September 2021
RNMB Halcyon seen at AEUK's Bincleaves site with the AN/AQS-20C launch and recovery system installed. (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) and Raytheon have teamed to demonstrate an autonomous mine hunting solution based on the AEUK Atlas Remote Capability Integrated Mission Suite (ARCIMS) unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to the UK Royal Navy (RN).  The two companies have integrated Raytheon's AN/AQS-20C mine hunting sonar system with an ARCIMS USV for participation in the forthcoming Wilton Industry Show and Experiment for Mine...

DSEI 2021: UK reveals contracts for new directed-energy weapon demonstrators

By Richard Scott & Peter Felstead 14 September 2021
A computed-generated image of what a Wolfhound laser-based C-UAV system could look like. (Raytheon UK)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed the award of three contracts for the development and demonstration of experimental directed-energy weapon (DEW) systems.    Awarded to industry consortia led by Raytheon UK and Thales UK, the contracts –    covering laser and radio frequency (RF) capability demonstrators for the British Army and the Royal Navy (RN) –    are collectively valued at GBP72.5 million (USD100....

Brimstone integrated with Topaz ICMS

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 13 September 2021
MBDA and the WB Group have unveiled a joint project designed to enhance Poland's anti-armour capabilities, through the integration of the Brimstone weapon system with the Topaz integrated combat management system (ICMS).  Brimstone is being propose...

UK details SV-CAMM upgrade for Type 45

By Richard Scott 13 September 2021
The SV-CAMM implementation will introduce the CAMM missile (pictured) into the Sea Viper guided weapon system.    (MBDA)  The United Kingdom is moving forward with plans to introduce the MBDA Common Anti-air Missile (CAMM) into the Sea Viper guided weapon system as part of an anti-air warfare (AAW) upgrade for the Royal Navy's (RN's) six Type 45 air-defence destroyers.  As a replacement for the current Aster 15 short-range missile and a complement to the longer-ranged Aster 30, the CAMM effector will provide inner layer anti-air defence...

North Korea announces test launch of newly developed long-range cruise missile

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 13 September 2021
North Korean state-run media announced on 13 September that Pyongyang test-launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on 11 and 12 September. (Rodong Sinmun)  Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launched what it described as a newly developed long-range cruise missile.  Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 13 September that the new missile type was “successfully” test-fired on both 11 and 12 September by the country's Academy of Defense Science....
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