Switchblade 300 fired from USV as part of US/UK sensor-to-shooter demo
21 October 2021
by Richard Scott
An AeroVironment Switchblade 300 tactical precision-guided missile is fired from the UK's MADFOX USV during the NATO ‘REP(MUS) 21' exercise. (AeroVironment)
The US Navy (USN) and UK Royal Navy (RN) have successfully executed a maritime sensor-to-shooter (S2S) demonstration culminating in the firing of an AeroVironment Switchblade 300 tactical precision-guided missile from an experimental unmanned surface vessel (USV).
Part of a US/UK Interoperability to Interchangeability (I2I) initiative using unmanned/uncrewed systems, the S2S capability demonstration formed part of last month's NATO ‘REP(MUS) 21' exercise off Portugal. The Switchblade 300 weapon was targeted using information from an AeroVironment Puma 3 AE unmanned aerial system (UAS).
Exercise ‘REP(MUS) 21' – an abbreviation of Robotic Experimentation and Prototyping Augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems – is an annual exercise jointly organised by the Portuguese Navy, the University of Porto, NATO's Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, and the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative. The event, hosted at the Portuguese Navy's Centre for Operational Experimentation held in Troia, gives NATO allies and partners an opportunity to field and evaluate new uncrewed and autonomous maritime technologies.
RADA teases new exMHR radar for mobile Iron Dome variants
07 December 2021
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.
India launches bid to procure guided munitions from local industry
06 December 2021
by Jon Grevatt
The Indian MoD has issued an expression of interest to procure terminally guided munitions for operation from its 155 mm artillery systems including its M777 ultra-light howitzers (pictured). (BAE Systems)
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) in support of its planned procurement, from local industry, of 1,966 rounds of 155 mm Terminally Guided Munitions (TGMs) for the Indian Army.
The EoI states that the TGMs will increase the capability of the army's artillery systems by facilitating “precision strikes and simultaneously reducing collateral damage”. It added that the Indian Army's artillery regiment has no TGM capability.
According to the EoI, the munitions will be procured through a procurement category known as Make-II. The category outlines the procurement of local-industry funded designs and developments and is intended to support India's import substitution drive. Make-II was introduced in 2016 and is part of India's current Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.
The US Department of Defense has announced a USD94 million contract award to Lockheed Martin that includes Bahrain as a customer for the Patriot PAC-3 surface-to-air missile for the first time. The contract covers “technical assistance support for the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile segment” in several other countries that were already known to be PAC-3 customers.
The US State Department approved the sale to Bahrain of two Patriot batteries with 35 GEM-T missiles and 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles for an estimated USD2.5 billion in May 2019. The PAC-3 MSE has a longer range than the standard PAC-3 missile. Both are designed to destroy ballistic missiles by colliding with them, unlike the GEM-T, which relies on a fragmentation warhead.
Raytheon, which makes the Patriot and the GEM-T missile, announced in March 2020 that it had received a USD551 million contract to begin production of the Patriot for Bahrain, which it said would become the 17th country to operate the system.
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