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Update: Russia deploys Bastion coastal defence system at new military facility in disputed Kuril Islands

By Jon Grevatt & Mark Cazalet & Kosuke Takahashi & Shaurav Gairola 07 December 2021
A Bastion coastal defence missile system is pictured launching an Oniks missile in the Arctic in 2018. Russia has deployed the same system to Matua, an island in the Kuril chain in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Ownership of this chain of islands is disputed by Russia and Japan. (Russian MoD)  The Russian military has deployed its K-300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defence missile system in the Kuril Islands, a chain in the northwest Pacific Ocean, the ownership of which is disputed by Japan and Russia.  The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said...

British Army receives Sky Sabre air-defence system

By Nicholas Fiorenza 07 December 2021
The British Army has begun receiving the Sky Sabre air-defence system, which comprises the Giraffe GAMB (left), SAMOC (centre), and Land Ceptor missile delivery vehicle (right), which would normally operate up to 15 km apart. (Crown copyright/British Army/Sgt Tom Evans)  The British Army recently received the first tranche of the Sky Sabre air-defence system. The UK's Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organisation said on its website on 6 December that it had delivered the system to the Royal Artillery.  Sky Sabre is operated by the 7 Air De...

RADA teases new exMHR radar for mobile Iron Dome variants

By Naqi Wasif & Mark Cazalet & Ashley Roque 07 December 2021
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...

India launches bid to procure guided munitions from local industry

By Jon Grevatt 06 December 2021
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 s...

Brazilian Army merges AFV programmes in reorganisation

By Victor Barreira 03 December 2021
The Brazilian Army is merging its principal wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) projects, Colonel Marcelo Yoshida of the Army High-Staff revealed at the 10th Conference of Systems and Military Technology, held in Brasília from 23 to...

Turkey successfully test fires new indigenous 76/62mm naval gun

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 03 December 2021
Turkey successfully conducted a second land-based live test-firing of its indigenous 76/62 mm naval gun at the Karapınar shooting range in central Konya province on 2 December, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced.  The latest test follows...

Brazilian Army mulls loitering munitions and armed UAVs

By Victor Barreira 03 December 2021
The Brazilian Army uses the hand-launched FT-100 fixed-wing ISTAR tactical UAV for different applications. (FT SISTEMAS S/A)  The Brazilian Army is seeking to adopt unmanned combat tactical effectors such as loitering munitions and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).    The army is conducting preliminary studies that are expected to culminate with the publication of requirements for such systems over the next few years, Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Gomes Saraiva, Army High-Staff supervisor of the Subprogram Remotely Piloted Aircraft Sy...

InVeris demonstrates its new SRCE mixed reality training environment

By James Rands 03 December 2021
Exercising troops spot an enemy soldier in the SRCE virtual environment. (InVeris)  At I/ITSEC this week InVeris demonstrated SRCE – a mixed reality training environment. SRCE uses a VR headset and a pack with processing capability to enable exercising troops to see enemy and civilians and to engage them with small arms fire.  SRCE builds on InVeris existing marksmanship trainer, which is a programme of record for both the US Army and US Marine Corps. At present the system can cover 10,000 square feet with the aim to double that in the next...

Wormuth details vision for US Army's role in military conflict against China

By Ashley Roque 02 December 2021
US Army Secretary Christine Wormuth anticipates that the ground service will have five core tasks in a potential military conflict in the Indo-Pacific region, to include the use of long-range weapons. However, she does not anticipate having the nec...

Dstl showcases ongoing tech projects from its labs at Porton Down

By Peter Felstead 02 December 2021
British soldiers and an UGV-mounted sensor taking part in this year's CUE21 experiment in Portsmouth, Hampshire. The experiment used new technology to address the complexities of developing situational awareness in an urban environment. (Dstl)  The UK Ministry of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) opened up its facilities in Porton Down, Wiltshire, to a select group of journalists on 1 December to showcase a number of the future technology projects on which it is working. Among the projects on display were a new situat...

Argentina increases defence and security spending for remainder of 2021

By Santiago Rivas 01 December 2021
A first H225 helicopter was delivered to the Argentine Coast Guard in 2015. (Airbus Helicopters)  On 26 November the Argentine government issued ‘Decree 809/2021' that provided additional funding for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Ministry of Security, adding about USD220 million for defence.    The Ministry of Security received an allocation of approximately USD17 million dollars for “offshore heavy helicopters”, which a coast guard source told   Janes  is for two H225s that are being negotiated with Airbus Helicopter. The...

Bahraini Patriot PAC-3 missile procurement confirmed

By Jeremy Binnie 30 November 2021
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...

Switzerland signs Air2030 contracts

By Gareth Jennings 29 November 2021
Having made its selection of the F-35A (pictured) and Patriot earlier in 2021, Switzerland has now signed contracts for both systems. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Switzerland has signed for both the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and the Raytheon Patriot ground-based air-defence systems (GBADS) to fulfil its Air2030 requirement.  The Federal Council announced the milestones on 26 November, some five months after the country announced its decision in July to procure 36 F-35As and five Patriot GBADS based on the highest overall benefits for...

India clears deal to locally produce Russian AK-203 rifles

By Rahul Bedi 25 November 2021
India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has approved the procurement of 671,000 locally produced Russian Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles for the Indian armed forces, it has been confirmed to...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: MBDA in dialogue with Germany for Enforcer Air missile for helicopters

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
MBDA continues to pitch its Enforcer missile to the German government as a possible air-to-surface solution for helicopters. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  MBDA is continuing talks with the German government over the possible acquisition of the helicopter-launched Enforcer Air precision-guided missile, as deliveries of the baseline shoulder-launched version are set to commence.    Speaking to   Janes   at the Berlin Security Conference 2021, Head of Sales and Marketing, Guido Brendler, said MBDA continues to pitch Enforcer Air to Ger...

Mac Jee develops improved Armadillo multiple rocket system

By Victor Barreira 24 November 2021
Mac Jee Defesa has developed an improved Armadillo 70 mm launcher configuration for 4×4 light armoured tactical vehicles. (Mac Jee)  Brazil's Mac Jee Defesa has developed an improved configuration of its all-weather Armadillo 2.75”/70 mm rocket launcher system for 4×4 light tactical armoured vehicles.  An initial configuration of the launch pod was officially unveiled in April 2019, mounted on an M1152 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The new compact 24-cell Armadillo launch pod is 3.5 metres in length, and weighs approx...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: MBDA, IAI sign ground-based air defence agreement for Germany

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
MBDA and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have concluded a framework agreement for co-operation on ground-based air-defence systems for Germany.  Under the agreement, which was announced on 24 November at the Berlin Security Conference 2021, both...

NATO condemns Russian ASAT test

By Nicholas Fiorenza 23 November 2021
NATO's North Atlantic Council (NAC) has condemned Russia's 15 November anti-satellite (ASAT) test, describing it as “reckless and irresponsible”, in a 19 November press release.  The NAC, the alliance's highest decision making body, said the test...

Turkey to build cartridge factory in Mongolia

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 23 November 2021
Turkey's Machine and Chemical Industry Inc (MKE) will build a cartridge loading and assembly factory in Mongolia under a contract signed with Mongolia's Defence Industry Board on 15 November.  The factory will have a yearly capacity of producing 10...

Russian forces receive 9M333 SAMs

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 23 November 2021
The Russian MoD has taken delivery of 9M333 SAMs for its Strela-10M3 short-range air defence systems. (Russian MoD)  The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received “the first mass deliveries” of 9M333 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) from Kalashnikov, Rostec announced on its website on 18 November.  Rostec said the new missile is designed to arm the Strela-10M3 air defence system 9A34M3 and 9A35M3 combat vehicles. It replaces legacy 9M37 missiles, which only had a dual-mode seeker.  The 9M333 can be traced back to 1989, but Rostec stated th...
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