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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...

Qatar Emiri Air Force receives first Typhoons, readies aircraft for QRA duty

By Tim Ripley 16 August 2022
Qatari Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft at BAE Systems Warton site. (Tim Ripley)  Four Qatari Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft are to depart from BAE Systems Warton site “within days” to take up quick reaction alert (QRA) duty ahead of the FIFA World Cup in November and December.  The Qatar Emiri Air Force's (QEAF's) first Typhoons were officially accepted into service by Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatar's deputy prime minister and minister of state for defence affairs, in a ceremony at Warton on 15 August.  Speaking at the Warton...

Taiwan engages US on missile sustainment

By Jon Grevatt 15 August 2022
Taiwan has announced it will award a ‘missile engineering' contract to the United States. This will reportedly include sustainment of the island's Patriot air-defence system. (Lockheed Martin)  Taiwan has awarded the US a contract to sustain missile systems operated by the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF). The deal – worth TWD2.5 billion (USD84 million) – comes amid Taiwanese efforts to bolster missile production capacity on the island in the face of growing tension with China.  The missile sustainment deal was announced by Taipei's contra...

US Army to receive four Mid-Range Capability battery prototypes, fielding set for 2023

By Ashley Roque 15 August 2022
Image showing US Army detailing what each MRC prototype battery will include. The service plans to begin fielding the weapon in 2023. (US Army)  Lockheed Martin is poised to deliver four initial Mid-Range Capability (MRC) weapon system batteries to the US Army by the end of 2022. If all goes as planned the service could field the new weapon prototype, paired with Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) and Tomahawk missiles, to soldiers by late September 2023, according to the company and service.  The army's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies O...

UK prepares for Land GBAD procurement

By Nicholas Fiorenza 12 August 2022
The British Army Land GBAD MRAD capability will be an evolution of the Sky Sabre (pictured deployed in Poland), with the CAMM missile. (Crown copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a prior information notice for the Land Ground Based Air Defence (Land GBAD) programme on the UK government's tender portal on 5 August. A market interest day will be held in Bristol in October to discuss the programme with the industry and examine possibilities for it to co-operate with the MoD.  The Land GBAD programme is intended to meet the Brit...

US Army approves new top-attack, anti-tank landmine production

By Ashley Roque 11 August 2022
In 2018 the US Army released the illustration of its vision for a networked landmine concept. The service has awarded Textron Systems with a low-rate initial production contract to produce its new XM204 top-attack munition. (US Army)  The US Army awarded Textron Systems with a five-year, low-rate initial production contract to produce its new XM204 top-attack munition, a landmine designed to destroy combat vehicles.    Henry Finneral, the company's senior vice-president for weapon systems, told   Janes   on 9 August about the n...

US Army outfitting Infantry Squad Vehicle with 20 kW laser, DE M-SHORAD deliveries forthcoming

By Ashley Roque 11 August 2022
US Army infantry soldiers secure their rucks in the cargo netting on the roof of the ISV after it was airdropped at Fort Bragg during operational testing. The service announced it will outfit the ISV with a 20 kW-class laser to down unmanned aerial systems. (US Department of Defense)  The US Army is integrating a 20 kW-class laser weapon system into its new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) to help soldiers down smaller unmanned aerial systems (UASs), according to the director of the service's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office Li...

Ukraine conflict: Kyiv restates F-16 interest as US confirms supply of anti-radiation missiles

By Gareth Jennings 10 August 2022
A US Air Force F-16CM fires an AGM-88 HARM during trials. Kyiv has restated its interest in acquiring the F-16, having recently received an undisclosed type and number of air-launched anti-radiation missiles for the suppression or destruction of enemy air defences. (US Air Force)  Ukraine restated its interest in receiving Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon jets to bolster its depleted combat aviation forces at the same time as the United States confirmed delivery of air-launched anti-radiation missiles to the country.  The Ukrainian Minist...

PGZ develops new air-defence capabilities

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 08 August 2022
The first eight Jelcz T21 TS DOW 8×8 chassis for CAMM iLaunchers are expected to be ready by the end of 2022. (MBDA)  Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) plans to develop new short-range air defence (SHORAD) and very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) capabilities. Sebastian Chwałek, president of PGZ's management board, and Colonel Michał Marciniak, the Ministry of National Defence's plenipotentiary for integrated air defence and deputy head of the Armaments Agency, presented the main goals for the development of multilayer air defence in Poland du...

UK seeks Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Unit

By Amael Kotlarski 05 August 2022
Mock-up of the Javelin LWCLU. (Raytheon Missiles & Defense)  The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on its website on 1 August that the Department of State had approved a possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of 513 Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Units (LWCLUs) to the UK, for an estimated value of USD300 million. Also included in the potential sale are LWCLU Basic Skill Trainers; Javelin Outdoor Trainers; Javelin Vehicle Launcher Electronics (JVL-Es); associated training packages, training documentation, and lifecycle...

China launches ballistic missiles into waters near Taiwan

By Ridzwan Rahmat & Jon Grevatt & Rahul Udoshi 05 August 2022
Caption: According to the Japanese MoD, five of the missiles launched from within China on 4 August fell within Japan's exclusive economic zone. Some of the missiles also flew across Taiwan. (© 2022 MOD Japan/©2022 Janes)  China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) launched a barrage of ballistic missiles into waters near Taiwan on 4 August.  Janes analysis suggests that these missiles include the Dong Feng-15 (DF-15) and DF-16 family of short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs).  The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said a total of nine missile...

Russia unveils naval doctrine amid Navy Day celebrations

By Prathamesh Karle & Manash Pratim Boruah 04 August 2022
The Russian Navy's Project 22350 frigate   Admiral Gorshkov   is set to be the first vessel to be equipped with the 3M-22 Tsirkon hypersonic missile in the coming months.  (Michael Nitz/Naval Press Service)  Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new naval doctrine on 31 July that offers a glimpse of Russia's global maritime ambitions.    The doctrine, which was unveiled during Russia's annual Navy Day celebrations, replaces the   Maritime Doctrine of the Russian Federation   (2015)  .  It...

US Army conducts Iron Dome flight test

By Ashley Roque 04 August 2022
The US Army conducted its second live-fire test with Iron Dome at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. (US Army)  US Army soldiers recently used Rafael Advanced Defense Systems' Iron Dome during a live-fire test against cruise missile threats, the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) announced on 2 August.  The service acquired two Iron Dome batteries as an ‘interim' cruise missile defence capability following a congressional mandate. However, the service has not yet fielded the weapon and is continuing to test it out.  During the r...

Turkey completes MEMATT mine clearing vehicle deliveries to Azerbaijan

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 04 August 2022
Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence has received 13 more MEMATT mine-clearance vehicles, ASFAT announced on 30 July. (ASFAT)  The Azerbaijan Armed Forces have received 13 additional Mekanik Mayın Temizleme Teçhizatı (Mechanical Mine Clearing Equipment, MEMATT) remote-controlled mine-clearing vehicles from Turkey's Military Factory and Shipyard Operations (ASFAT), bringing the total number of vehicles delivered to 20.  Azerbaijan signed the contract for the vehicles with ASFAT in December 2002 and the first pair was delivered in February 2021....

Update: China releases rare footage of supposed DF-17 missile firing

By Ridzwan Rahmat & Rahul Udoshi 03 August 2022
DF-17 medium-range missile and differences with claimed launch. (Janes)  China state broadcaster CCTV has released a video that includes launch footage of what it claims to be the DF-17 medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM).  The video was released on 1 August in conjunction with the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) ninety-fifth founding anniversary. It is the first known footage of the DF-17 released by the Chinese government.    An infographic of the DF-17 missile system tipped with the DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) was also r...

UK disbands armoured infantry brigade

By Tim Ripley 02 August 2022
The British Army's 1st Deep Recce Strike BCT will integrate fires similar to those provided by the MLRS pictured with ISTAR. (UK MoD/Crown copyright 2022)  British Army chiefs have disbanded one of the service's three armoured infantry brigades as they proceed to implement their Future Soldier reorganisation plan.  The disbandment of the Tidworth-based 1st Armoured Infantry (AI) Brigade took place in early July but was not announced by the British Army or UK Ministry of Defence at the time.  Two of the brigade's armoured cavalry units, the Ho...

Malaysian navy proposes to equip Kedah-class corvettes with Naval Strike Missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat 01 August 2022
The Royal Malaysian Navy Kedah-class corvette KD   Terengganu  , seen here while operating near the Gulf of Thailand. The service is planning to equip two of the vessels in the class with Naval Strike Missiles.   (US Navy)  The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has laid out an MYR214 million (USD48 million) plan to equip two of its Kedah (MEKO 100 RMN)-class corvettes with Naval Strike Missile (NSM) launchers.    Documents obtained by   Janes  indicate that the plan is being proposed as a three-part proc...

AARGM-ER hits land-based radar system in third live-fire test for US Navy

By Gillian Rich 27 July 2022
The Northrop Grumman AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) performed its third live-fire development test (DT3) off a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet. (Northrop Grumman)  The US Navy completed a third live-fire development test (DT3) of the Northrop Grumman AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) off a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, the company announced on 21 July.  “AARGM-ER performed as expected and detected, identified, located, and engaged a land-based air-defence radar syst...

US Army to publish new NGSW timetable, issued ‘stop work order' after competition protest

By Ashley Roque 27 July 2022
A US Army's new NGSW-AR in display. The service initially planned to begin fielding the weapon in late 2023. It is now reassessing its schedule following a competition protest that prompted a delay. (Janes/Ashley Roque)    The US Army asked Sig Sauer to resume Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) work in early July after LoneStar Future Weapons withdrew two source selection protests, the service told   Janes  . Army programme officials are poised to release an updated testing and fielding schedule.   In April, the service an...

Australia approved for JASSM-ER package

By Robin Hughes 25 July 2022
The RAAF is set to acquire an initial package of AGM-158B JASSM-ER low-observable stand-off cruise missiles (shown), which could include the AGM-158B-2 ‘extreme range' variant. (Lockheed Martin)  The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is set to acquire an initial suite of Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) – potentially including the latest AGM-158B-2 JASSM ‘extreme range' variant – following US State Department approval of the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia.  According...
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