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Indian Air Force orders counter-UAV systems from Zen Technologies

By Rahul Bedi & Mark Cazalet 06 September 2021
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed a INR1.55 billion (USD21.2 million) order with local private company Zen Technologies for the supply of an undisclosed number of systems to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  The Hyderabad-based firm pro...

New details emerge about mortar-carrying variant of PLAGF's CTL181A vehicle

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 06 September 2021
Chinese state-owned media have revealed new details of the mortar-carrying variant of the Dongfeng Mengshi CTL181A 6×6 protected vehicle in service with the People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF).  Video footage broadcast by China Central Television (CCTV) on 1 September shows that, contrary to what was previously presumed, the vehicle does not feature a small lifting device in the cargo area behind the cab to facilitate the rapid dismounting and re-mounting of the 120 mm mortar.  Instead, the mortar is stored on the vehicle in a disas...

Indian Army orders locally produced loitering munitions

By Rahul Bedi 06 September 2021
The Indian Army (IA) has signed two contracts worth a combined INR2 billion (USD27.4 million) to acquire a total of 200 locally produced loitering munitions to meet urgent operational requirements.  The first contract, worth INR1 billion, was awarded on 31 August to a joint venture (JV) between local company Alpha Design Technologies Limited (ADTL) and Israel's Elbit Systems for the supply of 100 SkyStriker light munition systems.  Elbit Systems' SkyStriker is a precision-guided loitering munition designed to seek, locate, and acquire operato...

US Navy tests second-stage SRM for hypersonic weapons

By Robin Hughes 02 September 2021
The US Navy (USN) Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) on 26 August announced that it had conducted a ground test of the second-stage solid rocket motor (SRM) booster in support of the navy's Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) offensive hypersonic strike capability and the army's Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) development.  The test, performed on 25 August in Promontory, Utah, included firing the first stage of the newly developed booster, as well as the thrust vector control system on the SRM. This was the initial live-fire test of the second...

BEL to provide Indian Navy with locally developed system to counter micro UAVs

By Gabriel Dominguez & Rahul Bedi & Mark Cazalet 01 September 2021
The Indian Navy (IN) has awarded public-sector company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) a contract for the supply of a locally developed system designed to detect, track, and neutralise micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  The contract, which was signed on 31 August, is for an undisclosed number of ‘Naval Anti Drone Systems (NADSs)' featuring both soft- and hard-kill effector options. The former consists of a jammer used to suppress the control and navigation signals to the UAV, with an effective range of 3 km. The latter consists of a hig...

Rafael to supply warfare systems suite for Shaldag Mk V boats ordered by Southeast Asian country

By Gabriel Dominguez 01 September 2021
Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on 1 September that it has secured a contract worth about USD80 million to supply a “comprehensive naval warfare systems suite” for Shaldag Mk V fast patrol boats being built by Israel Shipyards for a Southeast Asian country.  The Tel Aviv-based firm said in a statement that the contract, which is to be fulfilled over the course of three years, includes the supply of a combat management system (CMS), Typhoon and Mini-Typhoon remotely controlled weapon systems (RWCS), Naval Spike Non-Li...

Army 2021: Russian MoD procures equipment, Rosoboronexport signs export contracts

By Dmitry Fediushko & Nikolai Novichkov 01 September 2021
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed 41 contracts worth RUB500 billion (USD6.8 billion) with 27 defence enterprises during Army 2021 for the delivery of 1,300 new weapon systems and the refurbishment of 150 existing systems, while Rostec's...

US Army still working on ERCA ‘rotating band' fix

By Ashley Roque 01 September 2021
The US Army is continuing to refine its Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) prototypes in anticipation of delivering 18 platforms to soldiers in 2023 for testing. However, the service's decision to switch the munitions' ‘rotating band' material...

Hanwha Systems to develop individual battlefield visualisation system for South Korean military

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 31 August 2021
Hanwha Systems has secured a KRW14.5 billion (USD12.5 million) contract to develop a smartphone-based individual battlefield visualisation system by 2024 for use by the South Korean military, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul announced on 31 August.  The individual battlefield visualisation system will link a soldier's weapon sight with smartphone-based information processors, personal radios, and tactical multiband multirole radios (TMMRs) to provide better battlefield situation awareness and enable soldiers to a...

Brazil's ARES developing new lightweight RCWS

By Victor Barreira 27 August 2021
Brazil's ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, a local operation of Elbit Systems, is finalising a prototype of its new-generation REMAX (Reparo de Metralhadora Automatizado X) family of stabilised remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS) for tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles.  The REMAX 4, in development since late 2019 together with the Brazilian Army Technological Center, is suited for M2HB 12.7 × 99 mm and MAG58 7.62 × 51 mm machine guns.  ARES is finalising development of the REMAX 4 RCWS. (ARES)    The new RCWS is to be trialled at the A...

AARGM-ER to enter production

By Robin Hughes 26 August 2021
Low-rate initial production awards for the US Navy's (USN's) AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) are anticipated in the next quarter following Milestone C approval on 23 August.  Milestone C is a Milestone Decision Authority-led review in the US defence acquisition process, which determines if a programme has met the exit criteria at the end of the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase enabling it to proceed to the Production and Deployment phase. The USN awarded Northrop Grumman Corporat...

US Army forgoes Iron Dome for a once abandoned launcher

By Ashley Roque 26 August 2021
Despite a larger price tag and never having been fielded, a modified Multi-Mission Launcher (MML) from Dynetics paired with a version of Raytheon’s ground-launched AIM-9X Sidewinder missile has been selected by the US Army for its Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 (IFPC Inc 2) programme, according to sources and army documents. The system was chosen over Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ combat-proven Iron Dome.  Rafael was also paired up with Raytheon on its bid – the latter would produce the Tamir interceptors inside the US for...

US approves potential sale to Australia of services for SM-6 and SM-2 IIIC missiles

By Julian Kerr 26 August 2021
The US State Department has approved a potential USD350 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of services related to the future acquisition of SM-6 Block I and SM-2 Block IIIC air-defence missiles for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) yet-to-be-built Hunter-class frigates.  The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on 25 August that the services featured in the proposed deal include development; engineering, integration, and testing (EI&T); obsolescence engineering activities required to ensure readiness...

USMC removes Raytheon as MADIS Inc 1 ‘prime integrator'

By Ashley Roque 26 August 2021
A new US Marine Corps (USMC) air defence system, based around the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), was approved to move into the engineering and manufacturing development phase in late June but the service also opted to remove Raytheon as the ‘prime integrator,   Janes  has learned.     Called the Marine Air Defense Integrated System Increment 1 (MADIS Inc 1), part of the effort involves integrating Kongsberg Defence's Protector XM914 remote weapon station (RWS) on to Oshkosh Defense's JLTV. In 2020, the service...

Russia practises using civilian docks and vessels in military operations ahead of ‘Zapad 2021'

By Thomas Bullock 25 August 2021
Russian forces have conducted special logistics exercises in the Leningrad Oblast in the Baltic ports of Vyborg close to the Finnish border and Ust-Luga near the Estonian border, the Western Military District (WMD) announced on Russia's Ministry of...

Rapid Dragon airdrops palletised JASSM-ER from EC-130J, C-17A

By Robin Hughes 24 August 2021
The US Air Force (USAF) Rapid Dragon Program conducted the first end-to-end system-level demonstration of an airdropped Palletized Munition Deployment System in July, releasing simulant AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER) cruise missiles from Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) EC-130SJ Commando Solo and Air Mobility Command C-17A- Globemaster III aircraft at high altitude over White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.  The demonstration, which was led by Air Force Strategic Development Planning an...

EOS Defense to test-fire R600MC prototype

By Ashley Roque 24 August 2021
EOS Defense Systems is outfitting an Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) with a prototype of its R600 Missile Carrier (R600MC) and plans to conduct a live-fire demonstration in December at the US Army's Redstone Test Center in Alabama.  Based on the R600S, this medium-calibre cannon remote weapon station (RWS) adds four Javelin missiles, two in each missile pod, to a station that includes a 30x113 mm cannon and a M240B 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.  “This prototype system, in development with the co-operation of the Javelin Joint Venture, aims...

China unveils improved short-range ballistic missile

By Andrew Tate 23 August 2021
Chinese state-owned media reported on 21 August that the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) successfully conducted live firings of what it described as two new conventionally armed short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs).  Video footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) appears to show that the carrier rocket used in the firings was a Dong Feng 15 (DF-15; also known as a CSS-6 by the US Department of Defense), with the media outlet indicating that it was fitted with a new or modified warhead.  A screengrab from footage rel...

India to import 70,000 AK-203 assault rifles for army

By Rahul Bedi 23 August 2021
India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to import 70,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles from Russia as part of an emergency purchase to meet urgent operational requirements of the Indian Army (IA).  Military sources told Janes on 23 August that t...

Manila selects torpedo, countermeasures suppliers for PN's José Rizal-class frigates

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim & Matteo Scarano 20 August 2021
The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) disclosed on 10 August that it has selected suppliers for the torpedo and countermeasure systems meant for use by the Philippine Navy's (PN's) two José Rizal-class guided-missile frigates.  The DND issued a ‘Notice of Award' (NoA) to South Korean company LIG Nex1 for the planned procurement of an undisclosed number of torpedoes for PHP766.3 million (USD15.9 million). The move is meant to provide the multirole frigates with an additional anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability alongside that...
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