RADA teases new exMHR radar for mobile Iron Dome variants

by Naqi Wasif & Mark Cazalet & Ashley Roque

The RADA exMHR mounted on a JLTV in a quad configuration. (RADA)

On 14 November 2021 RADA announced the receipt of USD5 million for an initial pre-order of its extended multimission hemispheric radar (exMHR), with a computer-generated image of the radar mounted on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in a quad configuration, suggesting that the exMHR could be employed for a forthcoming mobile Iron Dome variant (I-Dome).

Accompanying the release, the product page for the exMHR on the company's website featured the same image, as well as an image of a Rheinmetall-MAN HX-series 6×6 truck fitted as a transporter, erector, launcher, and radar (TELAR) vehicle.

The second image was first seen at Eurosatory 2018 with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems I-Dome TELAR, with 10 Tamir missile launch containers mounted on the launch assembly, arranged in sealed ready-to-launch canisters inserted in a 2×5-cell hydraulically elevated canisterised launcher on the back of the truck. The exMHR was mounted in front, just aft of the cabin in a quad configuration, similar to the JLTV image but in an enclosed, truncated, pyramidical housing.

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Philippines to deploy BrahMos missiles with new coastal defence unit

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana has signed the notice of award that paves the way for the procurement of BrahMos missiles. The weapon will be deployed by the Philippine Marine Corps. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

The BrahMos shore-based anti-ship missiles that Manila will acquire from India will be deployed with the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC).

The news was confirmed by the country's Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana on his official social media page on 14 January.

The weapons will be operated by a relatively new formation within the PMC known as the Coastal Defense Regiment, which was activated in August 2020.

Lorenzana signed a USD375 million notice of award that was issued to India's BrahMos Aerospace in December 2021. Under the arrangement, BrahMos Aerospace will supply the PMC with three batteries of shore-based anti-ship missiles including a logistics and training package.

The programme has been listed as a priority project under Horizon 2 of the Armed Forces of the Philippines three-phased modernisation programme.

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Elbit Systems wins contract to supply CMS to Royal Swedish Navy

by Olivia Savage

Spårö-class minehunter/sweeper HMS Spårö M12 (Per Körnefeldt)

On 13 January Elbit Systems announced that its subsidiary, Elbit Systems Sweden AB, has been awarded a contract by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration to install its Albatross CMS system on the Royal Swedish Navy's (RSwN) Spårö-class mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels.

The contract is for an unspecified amount and will be performed over a 34-month period.

According to the company, the Albatross is a scalable open architecture CMS that is based on the company's E-CIX platform and “enables commanders and operators to receive a common operational picture correlating underwater detection and surface tracks, based on real-time data, live video streaming, and imagery data”.

E-CIX is modular framework based on commoditised existing building blocks following industry standards and an open architecture make-up.

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Smart Shooter unveils multicopter gun system

by Yaakov Lappin & Jeremy Binnie

A multicopter armed with the Smash Dragon system. (Smart Shooter)

Israeli company Smart Shooter unveiled on 10 January its Smash Dragon system, which enables small multicopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be armed with infantry weapons, saying it has completed live-fire tests and is in an advanced stage of development.

The Smash Dragon consists of a mount that it attached to the underside of the multicopter to carry the weapon, which can be various types of assault rifle, sniper rifle, or 40 mm grenade launcher. A version of the company's Smash fire-control system is fitted to the top of the weapon like a standard sight, the difference being that its view is transmitted back to the UAV's operator.

The Smash family incorporates target-acquisition and -tracking algorithms, as well as augmented-reality displays that tell operators where to aim to hit the designated target.

“Extremely lightweight and therefore allowing long mission endurance, Smash Dragon integrates a unique stabilisation concept with the Smash technology that enables the system to accurately hit static and moving targets while flying,” the company said in a press release.

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