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Lockheed Martin, IAI incorporate Elta Sytems radar in integrated air defence offering

By Giles Ebbutt 25 July 2022
The Barak family brings a range of interceptor options to the integrated solution. (Israel Aerospace Industries)    Lockheed Martin and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) are incorporating an Elta Systems radar as part of an integrated medium-range air-defence (MRAD) solution,   Janes  has learned.   In March 2022 Lockheed Martin and IAI announced that they would partner to offer a solution that combines the Lockheed Martin UK-developed SkyKeeper ground-based air-defence (GBAD) and battle management capability with IAI's Ba...

Indonesia collaborates with Turkey on UAV-mounted air-to-surface missiles

By Ridzwan Rahmat 22 July 2022
Indonesia's indigenously developed strike-capable UAV, Elang Hitam (Black Eagle), seen here during its unveiling ceremony in December 2019. (PT Dirgantara Indonesia)  Indonesia has formed a teaming arrangement with a Turkish defence research organisation to develop a new type of modular air-to-surface missile that can be deployed on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  The teaming involves engineers from Indonesia's Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey's (T...

US approves Eurofighter weapons for Kuwait

By Gareth Jennings 22 July 2022
Kuwait's first Eurofighter Typhoon arriving into the country on 14 December 2021. The US has approved a weapons package for the fleet. (Kuwait Ministry of Defense)  The US government has approved the sale of weapons to Kuwait for use aboard the country's Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, deliveries of which were recently commenced.  Announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 21 July, the State Department approval covers a raft of air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry for an estimated USD397 million.  “This proposed...

DroneShield, AMC partner on Australian missiles

By Jon Grevatt 21 July 2022
According to Janes Markets Forecast, Australia's missile and precision-guided weapons market will be worth, on average, about USD1.3 billion a year between 2022 and 2031. (Janes Markets Forecast)  Sydney-headquartered DroneShield and the Australian Missile Corporation (AMC) announced on 21 July an agreement to co-operate on capabilities to support Australia's Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) enterprise programme.    DroneShield's CEO Oleg Vornik told   Janes  that the scope of collaboration will be focused on count...

Raytheon-Northrop Grumman team complete second HAWC test

By Gillian Rich 20 July 2022
The Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapons Concept from the Raytheon and Northrop Grumman team completed a second free flight test. (Raytheon Missiles & Defense )  A Raytheon and Northrop Grumman team completed the second free flight test of a Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) for a joint Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and US Air Force (USAF) effort.  DARPA released details about the event on 18 July and said that during the test, the weapon's scramjet engine, built by Northrop Grumman, ignited after it was released...

Netherlands orders counter-MANPADS solution from Elbit Systems

By Olivia Savage 19 July 2022
J-MUSIC counter-MANPADS turret. (Elbit Systems)  Elbit Systems will provide a Directional Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCM) system and an airborne electronic warfare (EW) system for a Netherlands Gulfstream G650 aircraft.  Announced by the company on 14 July, the order involves the delivery of their J-Multi Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (J-MUSIC) DIRCM system and the Infrared-based Passive Airborne Warning System (IR-PAWS).  According to the company, the systems will provide a high level of protection and redundancy, have accumulated hundr...

Turkey receives first Sahin counter-UAV system

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 19 July 2022
Aselsan's Şahin counter-UAV system has entered the inventory of the Turkish land forces. (Aselsan)  Aselsan's Şahin counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system has entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces, İsmail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), tweeted on 17 July.  The Şahin 40 mm ‘physical destruction system' was developed to destroy mini and micro UAVs, according to Demir, who said it is easy to deploy and install and can be used for missions such as protecting critical infrastructure, border sec...

Norway receives US Department of State approval for AMRAAM order

By Gillian Rich 19 July 2022
The US Department of State approved the sale of 265 AMRAAMs to Norway. Oslo plans to use the air-to-air missile on its F-35A fleet. (Lockheed Martin)  The US Department of State has approved a possible USD950 million Foreign Military Sale of AIM-120 C-8 or D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) to Norway, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on 15 July.  The Norwegian government requested up to 205 Raytheon AIM-120 D-series AMRAAMs, up to 60 AIM-120 C-8 or D-series AMRAAMs, and four AIM-120D AMRAAM guidance se...

DARPA conducts ‘successful' live-fire test with OpFires hypersonic weapon

By Ashley Roque 18 July 2022
DARPA and Lockheed Martin conduct the first flight test of the OpFires hypersonic weapon at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. (Lockheed Martin)  The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently conducted the first flight test of its new, ‘highly mobile' Operational Fires (OpFires) hypersonic weapon at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.  “The OpFires system achieved all test objectives, including first-ever use of a US Marine Corps (USMC) logistics truck as a medium-range missile launcher, missile canister egress,...

Indonesia conducts loading trials of 155 mm howitzers for rapid insertion operations

By Ridzwan Rahmat 14 July 2022
An Indonesian CAESAR 155 mm being prepared for loading on a C-130 transport aircraft. (TNI-AD)  The Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) has conducted loading trials of the CAESAR 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled howitzer system onboard one of its C-130H transport aircraft.  The trials pave the way for the first rapid artillery insertion drills involving the weapon type, which are scheduled to be held in August 2022, the Indonesian Army said in an 11 July statement. These drills will be conducted as part of Exercise ‘Garuda Shield', an annu...

ARRW hypersonic weapon completes booster test programme

By Gillian Rich 14 July 2022
An artist's rendering of Lockheed Martin's AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). The hypersonic weapon has completed 12 tests and will start all-up-round testing later in 2022. (Lockheed Martin)  The US Air Force (USAF) conducted another test flight of its Lockheed Martin AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) booster on 12 July, completing the booster test programme. The service said on 13 July that it was “ready” to start all-up-round testing later in 2022.  ARRW was launched off a Boeing B-52H Stratofortress and “...

Rafael unveils Ice Breaker deep strike missile system

By Robin Hughes 12 July 2022
The Ice Breaker air-launched, air-breathing air-to-surface missile is the baseline weapon system for what Rafael describes as ‘a family', including the Sea Breaker surface-launched variant. (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)  Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled a new, ‘fifth-generation', long-range, autonomous air-launched, air-breathing precision-guided air-to-surface missile system on 12 July.  Characterised by Rafael as ‘an aerial and artillery unit force multiplier', Ice Breaker is a day/night all-weather weapon system intended for us...

South Korea to establish ‘strategic command' to respond to Pyongyang

By Jon Grevatt 11 July 2022
South Korea's proposed strategic command is expected to oversee implementation of the RoK Armed Forces' three-axis defence system, which includes capabilities such as the Cheongung II medium-range surface-to-air missile system (pictured above). (DAPA)  South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) is planning to establish a new command unit to co-ordinate deployment of some of the country's critical military assets. The move is part of the new administration's effort to bolster capability against North Korea.    An MND spokesperson to...

UK reveals Iranian weapon interdictions

By Jeremy Binnie 08 July 2022
A photograph of the weapons found by HMS   Montrose,   released by the UK MoD,    shows a 358 SAM laid out at the front, with the sections for several more behind, and the engines for 351 cruise missiles on the table, rear right.   (Crown Copyright)  A Royal Navy frigate seized Iranian weapons from speedboats operated by smugglers earlier this year, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 7 July.  It said the seizures were made by HMS Montrose in international waters south of Iran in the early...

Aerobotix, ASA partner to develop hypersonic missile coating applications

By Oishee Majumdar 07 July 2022
Terahertz or THz (pictured above) is a non-contact measurement tool that is used to analyse or inspect the thickness of paint or coat on an object. Aerobotix and ASA will use this tool to analyse the same of RX-2390 on hypersonic missiles. (Aerobotix)  Robotic coating integrators Automated Solutions Australia (ASA) and Alabama-based Aerobotix have partnered for the “development, testing, and manufacturing of hypersonic missile coating applications”, Josh Tuttle, Aerobotix business development manager, told Janes.  Tuttle told Janes that ASA a...

Transmobile unveils spigot launcher for RPG-7 projectiles

By Richard Jones 06 July 2022
Transmobile COPSIS SL ‘universal silent system', fitted with digital aiming device. (Richard Jones)  Sofia, Bulgaria-based Transmobile has developed what the company describes as a “niversal silent system” for launching mines and grenades.  The company's COPSIS SL is not the only ‘silent' system of this type available, with examples including the FLY-K MkII and 2B25 82 mm mortars. However, the COPSIS SL differs in that it uses the RPG-7 series of projectiles modified for firing from the specially developed spigot launcher.  Transmobile displ...

US Army interested in enhanced M-SHORAD capability for ground threats

By Ashley Roque 01 July 2022
An M-SHORAD Stryker, assigned to the US Army's 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery, targets a UAS and launches a Stinger missile on 9 March 2022 near Rutja in Estonia. The service is seeking industry feedback on ammunition cartridges that will enable the weapon to target ground threats too. (US Army)  The US Army wants soldiers using the Stryker-based Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) weapon to also be able to target ground threats and is seeking information about “state-of-the art” ammunition cartridges to help make that a re...

Japan to conduct combustion flight test of scramjet engine

By Akhil Kadidal 30 June 2022
ATLA is working to develop a scramjet engine to power various hypersonic vehicles, including a cruise missile. (ATLA/Japan MoD)  Japan is preparing to conduct the first combustion flight test of its in-development scramjet engine. The engine is intended to power various hypersonic vehicles to bolster the country's ability to defend outlying islands.    Speaking to   Janes  , Japan Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA) said that the flight test will be conducted on 23 July 2022 at the...

India tests locally developed laser-guided ATGM

By Jon Grevatt & Shivanand B M 29 June 2022
An Indian Army Arjun MBT is pictured above test-firing a locally developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missile. This test was carried out in September 2020 to assess capability at longer ranges. Tests on 28 June were conducted to validate firing at shorter ranges, the MoD said. (DRDO)  India test-fired on 28 June its locally developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) from an Arjun main battle tank (MBT), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi said.  It said that the tests were intended for evaluating the weapon's ability to...

Philippine Army sets up ATMOS battalion

By Jon Grevatt 28 June 2022
The Philippine Army has formed a new battalion to operate its ATMOS 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled guns. The weapon (pictured above) took part in Philippine Army tests in April 2022. (Philippine Army)  The Philippine Army has established a new battalion to operate its newly acquired Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System (ATMOS) 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled gun system, produced by Israeli firm Elbit Systems.    Philippine Army spokesperson Colonel Xerxes Trinidad told   Janes  on 27 June that the 10th Field Artillery B...
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