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unicorn - 24-2-2018 at 08:35 PM

I promise not to say anything about this acquisition...

bug2 - 24-2-2018 at 08:57 PM

Mmmmmmm <-----me being gagged! :lol:

bug2 - 27-2-2018 at 08:10 PM

Marines double investment in HIMARS artillery systems

By: Shawn Snow   17 hours ago

Marine Staff Sgt. Bill Fenton guides the members of Fox Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment as they load a M142 High Mobility Rocket Artillery System onto a KC-130J Super Hercules Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 6, 2016. (Tech. Sgt. Araceli Alarcon/Air Force)

The Marine Corps plans to double its investment in the precision rocket artillery system known as HIMARS and needs dozens of armored resupply vehicles to support that expansion.

A $134 million budget request this year from the Corps for HIMARS represents an increase of about $68 million from the past year. That investment is slated to grow the Corps’ HIMARS capabilities to include the reactivation of an old unit. That means the Corps will also need new vehicles to support the effort.

To meet the demand, the Corps wants to modify 40 existing Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements, or MTVRs, to serve as HIMARS resupply trucks, according to Emanuel Pacheco, a spokesman for Program Executive Officer Land Systems Marine Corps.

“By maintaining the same configuration as currently fielded, it allows the Marine Corps to reduce costs by taking advantage of the current HIMARS spare parts packages, training and other support items currently available in the fleet,” he said.

The development is part of a push by the Corps to plug capability gaps in its long-range artillery and rocket systems as major adversaries like Russia and China continue to make new developments that threaten global U.S. military supremacy.

To meet that threat in an age of tight budgets, the Corps has been testing new methods of employing systems it currently fields in lieu of heavy investment in new research and development or purchasing new commercial products.

The HIMARS, formally known as the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System, was designed for use on land, but the Marines are thinking about using it at sea too. Last fall, the Corps successfully destroyed a target 70 km away with a HIMARS shot off the deck of the Anchorage amphibious transport ship.

The precision rocket system is traditionally a land based all-weather artillery system, which has seen high use in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines.

But as the Corps worries about future access to enemy littorals in the age of a great power competition the Marines are looking for unique ways to aid its force in fighting its way ashore.

That means the Corps needs longer range precision systems that can be mobile on floating platforms at sea, not just on land.

It’s an oft repeated remark by Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Commandant, that the Corps will need to “fight to get to the fight,” in a future conflict.

And the Corps is putting its money where its mouth is. The new fiscal year 2019 budget request includes investments in technologies one would associate with a Cold War adversary, and not the counterinsurgency conflicts the Marines have been embroiled in for the past 16 years.

On top of reactivating the 5th Battalion, 10th Marines as a HIMARS unit, the Marines are also sinking money into mobile ground based air defense systems and mobile networking communications systems.

Tech that has not been generally needed in the permissive environments of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Much of the Corps’ increased investments into HIMARS is directed at the reactivation of the Marine HIMARS unit and the new modified MTVRs will support that effort as well.

The Corps currently has 101 HIMARS resupply vehicles.

bug2 - 28-2-2018 at 07:53 PM

More heavy flamethrower units to appear in Russian armies

Posted On Tuesday, 27 February 2018 15:04

TOS-1A Heavy flamethrower units will appear in combined arms armies. One salvo can destroy hardware, troops and adversary fortifications on a space of four square kilometers. Experts believe the successful engagement experience in Syria made the weapons popular in the troops. Earlier it was believed than one battery of such vehicles was sufficient for the Russian armed forces, the Izvestia daily writes.

TOS-1 units have already been successfully operated in Syria against ISIL (Picture source: Russian MoD)

The Defense Ministry told the newspaper each military district will get a battalion of nine TOS-1A while an army will have a company of three combat vehicles. The troops will receive a total of over 70 flamethrowers. Battalions will appear within nuclear, chemical and biological protection (NCB) brigades, while companies will reinforce chemical regiments. The armed forces currently have five NCB brigades and ten regiments.

The first TOS-1A company set was delivered in early 2018 to the 10th separate NCB regiment of the 41st combined arms army of the Central Military District. It is deployed in Altai region. The heavy flamethrowers will be engaged as fire support vehicles for attacking forces. TOS units received tank names instead of artillery ones: batteries and squadrons are now called companies and battalions. Moving with the troops TOS-1A can destroy with precision strikes adversary fortifications and armor.

TOS-1 (Russian: тяжёлая огнемётная система (ТОС-1), Heavy Flamethrower System) is a 220mm 30-barrel (original system, Ob.634 or TOS-1M) or 24-barrel (Ob.634B or TOS-1A) multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis. TOS-1 was designed for defeating enemy personnel in fortifications, in open country, and in lightly armoured vehicles and transport. First combat tests took place in 1988–1989 in the Panshir Valley during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. The TOS-1 was shown for the first time in public in 1999 in Omsk.

TOS-1 is not assigned to the artillery units of the Russian armed forces but is found in Russian CBRN defense units RKhBZ (Russian: войскa радиационной, химической и биологической защиты (войска РХБЗ), Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence Troops). That is why it does not have a GRAU index, but rather an RKhBZ index — МO.1.01.00.

The crew comprises three men. The flamethrower system comprises a combat vehicle and two transloaders. The fire control system comprises a modern computer, a laser ranger, optical devices operating also in the infrared band.

The main TOS-1A weapons are thermobaric missiles. The explosive substance mixes with the air at the ground surface and inflames. The fuel and air explosion makes a firestorm spread across the terrain and penetrate shelters. The main destruction factors are high temperature and the shock wave.

The pressure rapidly rises after detonation and then rapidly falls. Unguided thermobaric 200mm jet projectiles have a range of six km and the upgraded ones - 10 km. A full package salvo covers a territory of 4 km².

TOS-1A was designed on the basis of TOS-1 which fought in Afghanistan. The Soviet army fired thermobaric projectiles from heavy flamethrowers to destroy mujahedeen in caves and dugouts. Expert Alexey Khlopotov said TOS-1A demonstrated high effectiveness in Syria. A TOS-1A unit was deployed in Syria: it was used near Palmyra to destroy ISIL units outside residential areas, the Izvestia said. Previously the Russian military disagreed on the tactic of its engagement. It was believed a major number of flamethrowers was not necessary to fight terrorists. One or two would be sufficient. Due to the operation in Syria it was decided to reinforce the troops with the flamethrowers. "It is an effective attack weapon to destroy fortifications in the mountains or residential areas. You cannot hide from it in trenches or dugouts. The power of thermobaric mixture explosion makes it impossible to survive in the affected zone. The engagement of Solntsepek saved the lives of Russian soldiers assaulting fortified enemy strongholds," he said.

bug2 - 15-3-2018 at 09:07 AM

Brazil receives first four M109A5 howitzers from United States

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 March 2018

The first four of 60 M109A5 self-propelled howitzers granted by the United States to the Brazilian Army have arrived at Paranaguá in Brazil.

The howitzers arrived earlier than planned after the Brazilian Army requested an expedited delivery, the service told Jane’s on 13 March. The rest of the vehicles are scheduled to arrive in June or July, although this could be delayed for lack of funds to hire international transportation.

Twelve of the howitzers will be used as sources for spares, the army said.

Before heading to field artillery units, the vehicles will go to the 5th Maintenance Regional Park for various maintenance or modernisation works, depending on budget availability.

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bug2 - 20-3-2018 at 11:54 AM

South Korea to deploy ‘artillery killer’ to destroy North Korean bunkers

By: Jeff Jeong   6 hours ago

A Korea Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile co-developed by South Korea's arms development agency and Hanwha Corporation during a test launch in July 2017. (Courtesy of South Korea's Ministry of National Defense)

SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean Army plans to deploy surface-to-surface missiles in a newly created counter-artillery brigade by October, with the aim of destroying North Korea’s hardened long-range artillery sites near the Demilitarized Zone, should conflict erupt on the Korean Peninsula.

The plan is part of South Korea‘s defense reform for developing an offensive operations scheme, a defense source said. The tactical missiles are developed locally.

“The Ministry of National Defense has approved a plan to create an artillery brigade under a ground forces operations command to be inaugurated in October. The plan is to be reported to President Moon Jae-in next month as part of the ‘Defense Reform 2.0’ policy,” the source said. “The brigade’s mission is fairly focused on destroying North Korea’s long-range guns more rapidly and effectively, should conflict arise”.

The three-year development of the GPS-guided Korea Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile was completed last year. Hanwha Corporation, a precision-guided missile maker, led the development in partnership with the state-funded Agency for Defense Development, or ADD.

The missile, dubbed “artillery killer,” has a range of more than 120 kilometers and can hit targets with a 2-meter accuracy, according to ADD and Hanwha officials.

Four missiles can be launched almost simultaneously from a fixed launch pad. The missiles can penetrate bunkers and hardened, dug-in targets several meters underground.

“North Korea’s long-range artillery systems deployed along the border pose significant threats to the security of the capital area of South Korea,” said retired Lt. Gen. Shin Won-sik, a former operational director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “The counter-artillery brigade is expected to play a key role in neutralizing the North’s long-range artillery fire power, as the new surface-to-surface missile is capable of destroy the hideout of artillery forces.”

The artillery brigade is also to operate the Chunmoo Multiple Launch Rocket System, which can fire three types of ammunition: 130mm nonguided rockets; 227mm nonguided rockets; and 239mm guided rockets. The hitting range of the rockets are 36 kilometers, 80 kilometers and 160 kilometers, respectively.

According to the 2016 Defense White Paper, North Korea has some 8,600 towed and self-propelled artillery, as well as 5,500 multiple-launch rockets. Seventy percent of them were deployed near the border.

North Korea has forward-deployed 340 long-range guns that can fire 15,000 rounds per hour at Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area.

bug2 - 20-3-2018 at 11:28 PM

Peru: AMX-13 light tanks converted into 122mm self-propelled howitzers

Posted On Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:13

According to the Brazilian website, the Peruvian army plans to convert from 30 to 40 old French-made AMX-13 105mm light tanks into self-propelled 122 mm howitzers, called AMX-D30 Vulcano.

AMX-D30 Vulcano, a conversion of AMX-13 105mm light tanks into 122mm self-propelled howitzers (Picture source: Diseños Casanave Corporation S.A.C)

The agreement on the implementation of the relevant work for the Peruvian army was signed on March 8, 2018 by the Peruvian military industrial association Diseños Casanave Corporation S.A.C. (DICSAC), belonging to the Ministry of Defense of Peru, the arms company FAME S.A.C. and the Central Arsenal of the Peruvian Army.

It is reported that the conversion will be carried out by mounting Soviet-era D-30 122mm howitzers on old French-made AMX-13 chassis. The towed D-30 howitzers are already in the Peruvian army storage. The howitzers will be mounted in an open circular rotation unit with a standard shield. In addition, in the self-propelled pilot installation, TVN-5 night vision devices will be installed and ACS will be equipped with modern VHF P-030U (another Ukrainian production).

DICSAC is the developer of the AMX-D30 Vulcano project and will be the prime contractor for the conversion. Previously, DICSAC had already been involved in the conversion of part of the AMX-13/105 tanks of the Peruvian army into the upgraded versions of the Escorpion with the installation of additional ATGM units (in the version AMX-13RA5 Escorpion 1 - c ATGM 9M14-2T "Malyutka", version AMX-13RA8 Escorpion 2 - with the installation of the DANTE fire control system and Ukrainian P-2 "Barrier" ATGMs). More than 30 tanks were modernized, and 30 old AMX-13 tanks armed with a 75-mm cannon were converted into Alacran self-propelled antitank missile systems in three options with Russian ATGM "Cornet-E." It is reported that the Peruvian army kept about 40 unmodernized tanks AMX-13/105 in storage; these are supposed to be converted into SAU Vulcano SPHs.

t's not the first time, that the Soviet/Russian D-30 122 mm howitzers are used to create new mobile tracked or wheeled self-propelled howitzers.

China developed the SH-2, a D-30 122mm howitzer mounted at the rear of a 6 × 6 cross country light truck chassis. The 122 mm howitzer retained the distinctive multi-baffle muzzle brake and recoil-recuperator mechanism mounted above the gun barrel on the original D-30/Type 86.

The Serbian Defense Company YugoImport developed the SOKO SP RR 122 mm (Self-Propelled Rapid Response), a truck-mounted gun-howitzer based on integration of 122 mm D-30 J howitzer with 6x6 truck chassis.

bug2 - 23-3-2018 at 06:36 PM

India to Locally Upgrade 130mm M-46 Russian Artillery Guns to 36km Target Range

(Source: Sputnik news; posted March 22, 2018)

NEW DELHI --- The M-46 Russian artillery guns being operated by the Indian Army will soon be upgraded from their existing target range of 27 kilometers to 36 kilometers. The upgrade will be done locally by the state-run Ordnance Factories Board at the cost of about $50 million.

The upgrade work will involve replacing the existing muzzle brake, breech block and associated modifications to the recoil system, apart from replacing the 130mm barrel with a 155mm barrel.

The Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) has received the final confirmation of the contract for the upgrade of 300 artillery guns after the successful user trial of a prototype.

"We have successfully enhanced the capability of the artillery gun. Its ammunition is already manufactured by ordnance factories. Recently, the Indian Army has ordered to upgrade 300 such guns," S. K. Chourasia, OFB Chairman, told Sputnik.

The Indian Army had initiated the upgrade of the Soviet era guns in 2008 with the contract being awarded to the Israeli firm Soltam — now part of Elbit. Soltam's contract was suspended midway after allegations that it had bribed officials. Later, the government had decided to throw open the contract for domestic companies. The state-run Ordnance Factories Board participated in the tender issued by the Indian Army, competing with two other private manufacturers.

"After extensive field evaluation trial, OFB's gun has emerged as the only gun system meeting all quality requirements," an OFB official said.

The Indian Army plans to eventually convert all existing field guns into 155mm/52-caliber guns — wheeled, tracked, self-propelled and mounted — which will cost approximately $6 billion.


bug2 - 27-3-2018 at 08:56 PM

New M119A3 105mm howitzers for Oklahoma National Guard

Posted On Tuesday, 27 March 2018 07:07

A new howitzer is in sight for artillerymen from the Oklahoma Army National Guard who had the opportunity to fire their current M119A2 howitzers one last time before they transition to the new M119A3 later this year.

Oklahoma Guard soldiers fire their last 105mm shells with their M119A2 howitzers before receiving their M119A3s later this year (Source: National Guard)

Soldiers assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 160th Field Artillery, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, conducted a live fire exercise with their M119A2 (nicknamed "Alpha Two") 105mm howitzers during their monthly drill weekend at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, earlier this month. In September 2018, they will transition to a new weapons system, the M119A3 (nicknamed “Alpha Three”).

"The Alpha Three utilizes a specialized electronic system that allows the gun to know exactly where it is with GPS," explained Capt. Cliff Holeman, commander of Bravo Battery. "It's pretty much the same gun, just a different way to aim it that provides a simpler and quicker way to get rounds down range."

The M119A3 will equip the Battalion with the same weapons systems as that of Active Duty artillery battalions, helping supplement the needs of the Army. Both the Alpha two and Alpha three models are towed systems.

bug2 - 27-3-2018 at 09:14 PM

PLA possibly equipping marine corps with PLL-09 self-propelled gun

Gabriel Dominguez, London and Richard D Fisher Jr, Washington DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

26 March 2018

Posted in March on Chinese online forums, this image shows a Norinco PLL-09 self-propelled gun painted in PLA Marine Corps camouflage and being driven on a public road at an undisclosed location. Source: Via CJDBY

An image posted on Chinese online forums suggests that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) may be equipping its marine corps with the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) 8x8 PLL-09 self-propelled gun.

Published on 24 March, the image shows the armoured vehicle, which is currently in service with the light mechanised units of the PLA Ground Force (PLAGF), painted in marine corps camouflage and being driven on a public road at an undisclosed location.

The PLL-09 is armoured to the same standard as the 8x8 ZBL-09 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), but is equipped with a modified version of the Type 96 122 mm gun, which can be elevated from -3° to +70°, thus giving the vehicle the ability to provide direct and indirect fire support.

The maximum range of the gun, which is thought to be around 18 km with standard ammunition, can be extended to 22 km with base-bleed ammunition, according to Jane’s Land Warfare Platforms: Armoured Fighting Vehicles.

The basic layout of the hull is based on that of the ZBL-09. However, the turret is likely to be protected to a lesser extent, especially if an amphibious capability is necessary. The troop compartment at the rear is used to accommodate ammunition and the weapon crew. The driver remains at the front left of the hull and at the rear of the hull is an enclosed turret, which includes the main armament.

The latest developments come after Chinese President Xi Jinping stated at the opening of the 19th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party on 18 October 2017 that his country was planning to transform the PLA into a "state-of-the-art, world-class military" by the middle of this century.

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bug2 - 6-4-2018 at 08:19 PM

Saudi M109A6 howitzer request approved

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

06 April 2018

The US State Department has approved the sale of 180 M109A5/A6 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) structures to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 5 April.

Saudi M109 howitzers are seen near the Yemeni border. Artillery has played a major role in attempts to suppress rebel activity in northern Yemen over the last three years. (AFP/Getty Images)

These structures will be converted into 177 M109A6 Paladin SPHs and three static training devices. Estimated to be worth USD1.31 billion, the proposed deal also includes associated equipment and services, including .50 cal machine guns and eight Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), a Raytheon command-and-control system used by US Army and US Marine Corps artillery units.

The DSCA noted that the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) already operates M109A2, A3, and A5 SPHs.

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bug2 - 12-4-2018 at 01:53 PM

Thai marines to procure Elbit howitzers

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

11 April 2018

The RMTC is to procure six 155 mm autonomous truck-mounted howitzer systems from Elbit. Source: Soltam Systems

The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) has signed a contract with Elbit to procure the Israeli company’s 155 mm autonomous truck mounted howitzer system (ATMOS).

The RTMC said in a statement that the contract was signed in late March and features the delivery of six ATMOS systems, which will be built locally by the state-run Weapon Production Centre (WPC).

The contract is valued at USD26 million and provides opportunities for additional units to be procured and built locally if required.

The contract fulfils a long-standing RTMC requirement to augment its existing firepower, which currently includes a mix of ageing Canadian-designed GC-45/GHN-45 155mm howitzers acquired in the 1980s.

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bug2 - 12-4-2018 at 02:01 PM

The pic above is a very bad choice, and misleading...............the Thai Marines ones will have a 52 calibre barrel not the 39 calibre one shown in the pic above. The armoured cab will also differ, the one above is part of Soltam's original proposals that the Thai's decided not to go for, for the Army at least. I honestly cannot see the Marines being allowed to go any different...................

bug2 - 13-4-2018 at 12:57 PM

Kalyani Group Bharat 52 caliber 155mm autonomous towed howitzer at DefExpo 2018

Posted On Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:51

The Indian Company Kalyani Group presents its full range of artillery systems at DefExpo 2018, the International Defense and Security exhibition in Chennai, India. One of the latest products in the artillery field showed by Kalyani Group at DefExpo 2018 is the Bharat 52, a long-range 155 mm 52 caliber gun fully designed and developed in India.

Bharat 52 caliber 155mm automous towed howitzer at DefExpo 2018, International Defense and Security Exhibition in Chennai, India. April 12, 2018. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Kalyani Group, established in mid 1960s, is an Indian multi-national with high technology, engineering & manufacturing capability across critical sectors such as Engineering Steel, Automotive, Industrial, Renewable Energy, Urban Infrastructure and Specialty Chemicals. In order to extend its activities in the field of defense, Kalyani Group has launched the development of indigenous artillery systems and combat vehicles.

The Bharat 52 was presented at DefExpo 2018 during a live demonstration showing its ability to be used in fully autonomous conditions thanks to the integration of its own diesel engine and electronic steering system. The Bharat-52 in self-propelled mode is capable of achieving a mobility of 20 km/h.

The Bharat 52 is a new generation of towed gun, providing a highly maneuverable field artillery solution. It has been designed for accuracy, stability and reliability during moving and firing maneuvers, and is based on the requirements of the Indian Army.

The Bharat 52 is able to fire up to a range of 41 km and utilizes self-propelling capability and automatic laying mode. The Anti-backlash drive for elevation and traverse make it a truly unique system and a robust solution for superior battlefield operation. It is designed to operate as an all- weather system and has superior all-terrain mobility.

The Bharat-52 can be easily deployed with a team of six crew members in one minute during day time and 1.5 minutes during night time. It has a total weight of 15 tons, elevation angle from -3° to +72° with a speed of 5° per second. The Bharat 52 is equipped with a fully Load Assist System (LAS) with manual backup arrangement offering a burst rate of fire of 3 rounds in 30 seconds, 16 rounds in 3 minutes in intense rate of fire and 42 rounds in one hour in sustained rate of fire.

The Bharat 52 has successfully completed track trials in 2015 and firing trials in October 2015. The next step is to fire 250 rounds for confirmation of range tables during the year of 2018.

bug2 - 18-4-2018 at 03:58 PM

DSA 2018: Japan continues development of wheeled 155mm SPH

11th April 2018 - 01:15 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

The Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) within Japan’s MoD is developing a wheeled 155mm SPH as a successor to the FH-70 towed howitzer for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).

The new design (inset picture) adopts a self-propelled configuration to speed up firing and position relocation, and to improve strategic mobility. After completing system design and prototype production from FY2013, ATLA has conducted tests of the prototype from FY2015-18.

Called the Wheeled HSP by the MoD, it utilises the L/52 155mm gun of the Type 99 SPH (pictured above) to reduce development costs. ATLA required that it use existing ammunition consisting of the shell, charge, proximity fuse and percussion primer.

The requirement includes a maximum firing range of about 40km using Type 93 long-range HE base-bleed rounds, and a rate of over six rounds per minute. The Wheeled HSP also needs to be able to fire insensitive munition.

Adopting a mechanical and manual loading system, the Wheeled HSP has external armour around the driver’s cab and around the 12.7mm M2 machine gun mount.

With a top road speed of 100km/h, it must weigh less than 25t so it can be transported by C-2 cargo planes.

ALTA originally planned to use a heavy recovery vehicle chassis but, for unknown reasons, an 8x8 MAN truck chassis is now being employed.

The Wheeled HSP will connect to the Firing Command and Control System (FCCS) and Field Artillery Digital Automatic Computer (FADAC) using an advanced network system.

JGSDF divisional artillery units are equipped with the FH-70 and 99HSP, plus M110A2 SPHs and MLRS as army-level artillery.

The Type 99 is deployed in brigades and divisions in the Northern Army, while brigades and divisions in the Northeastern, Eastern, Middle and Western Armies use the FH-70, except for the 15th Brigade in Okinawa.

The JGSDF had 600 artillery pieces at the end of 2013, but this is reducing to 300. Division and brigade artillery units will only have 120mm heavy mortars according to a JGSDF reorganisation, while field guns will be concentrated in artillery units controlled directly by armies. Meanwhile, the M110A2 will be abolished.

A total of 492 FH-70s were produced under licence in Japan, making it the largest user in the world. The JGSDF has fewer than 300 FH-70s now, and the Wheeled HSP will replace them.
However, procurement is delayed because the JGSDF is spending a lot of its budget on expensive equipment like the MV-22 Osprey and AAV7.

bug2 - 18-4-2018 at 09:25 PM

Nexter Systems 105 LG1 Mark III 105mm digital light towed gun at DSA 2018

Posted On Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:04

The French Company Nexter Systems presents its 105 LG1 Mark III latest generation of 105mm light towed gun at DSA 2018, the International Defense and Security Exhibition. The first version of the 105 mm LG1 Light Gun has been developed by Nexter Systems (previously Giat Industries), as a private venture, especially for the export market.

Nexter 105 LG1 Light Gun Mark III at DSA 2018, the International Defense and Security Exhibition in Malaysia (Picture source Army Recognition)

Late in 1990, following a competition between Giat Industries with the 105 mm LG1 Light Gun and BAE Systems, RO Defense of the UK with its 105 mm Light Gun, Singapore placed an order for 37 105 mm LG1 Light Guns. In June 1994, Canada placed an order for 28 Giat Industries 105 mm LG1 Mk II Light Guns.

Late in 1995, Giat Industries was awarded a contract from the Belgian Army for the supply of 14 105 mm LG1 Mk II guns.

Early in 1996, it was announced that Giat Industries had been awarded a contract from Thailand for the supply of 24 LG1 Mk II guns for delivery from late 1996 through to early 1997. Nexter has already delivered 20 LG1 to the Indonesian Marines
The original LG1 Mk I gun was subsequently replaced in production by the LG1 Mk II weapon which differs from the earlier weapon in having a new auto-frettaged barrel to enable it, in the future, to fire ammunition with a higher pressure.

The Giat Industries 105 mm LG1 Light Gun has a split trail carriage and a 30 calibre ordnance that is fitted with a double-baffle muzzle brake. It can be brought into or taken out of action within 30 seconds. The weapon can be loaded and fired at any elevation from -3 to +70º and also has a direct-fire capability out to 2,000 m.

The latest generation of the LG1, the Mark III is fitted with an inertial 3D aiming and positioning system and muzzle velocity radar. It can also be connected to the EADS STAREM C3I system.

The 105 LH Mk III has a 30 caliber barrel and a NATO standard chamber. It can fire all ammunition compliant with the standard, especially US M1 ammunition over a standard range of more than 11 km, and Nexter Munitions "Extended Range" ammunition over a range of more than 17 km.

bug2 - 19-4-2018 at 08:24 PM

DSA 2018: Nexter to provide 18 105 mm LG1 artillery systems to Malaysian Army

Gabriel Dominguez, Kuala Lumpur - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

18 April 2018

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Malaysia signed on 18 April a contract with Nexter and ADS to acquire 18 105 mm LG1 artillery systems. The gun was showcased at the DSA 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. (IHS Markit/Jayesh Dhingra)

French defence company Nexter and its Malaysian partner Advanced Defence Systems (ADS) have been selected to supply 18 105 mm LG1 light towed artillery systems to the Malaysian Army. A contract for the system was signed with the Malaysian Ministry of Defence on 18 April at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, with deliveries of the guns expected to start in 2019 and be completed by February 2020.

The contract will include the supply of fully digitised 105 LG1 Mk III Light Guns, the BACARA compact portable ballistic computer (for use at battery level), as well as a first batch of 105 mm high-explosive, base-bleed, extended-range G3 ammunition (105 mm HE BB ER G3), which can be fired to a range of up to 17 km.

The contract, the value of which was not disclosed, also envisages that the integration and maintenance of the guns, which are designed for intervention and rapid reaction forces, will be carried out by ADS.

Jane’s understands that the air-portable guns are meant to replace the Malaysian Army’s ageing Oto Melara Model 56 105 mm pack howitzers, 100 of which are still operated by the service.

The 105 LG1, which weighs 1,650 kg, has been purchased by several other countries, including Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand.

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bug2 - 20-4-2018 at 11:06 AM

Defexpo 2018: OFB showcases 155 mm/52 calibre Mounted Gun System

Akshara Parakala, Chennai - Jane's International Defence Review

19 April 2018

The Ordnance Factory Board has partnered with Bharat Earth Movers Limited to develop the 155 mm/52 calibre Mounted Gun System. Source: IHS Markit/Akshara Parakala

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has exhibited a new variant of the Mounted Gun System (MGS) armed with the Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre gun at Defexpo 2018, which is being held in Chennai.

The indigenously developed MGS is the result of a two-year joint effort between OFB and Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) to meet an Indian Army requirement of 814 MGS systems, with trials expecting to commence by the end of April.

The MGS is based on an 8x8 Tatra truck produced by BEML, which can attain maximum cross-country and road speeds of 30 km/h and 80 km/h respectively, with an unrefuelled cruising range of 1,000 km.

Main armament comprises the Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre gun with a range of approximately 42 km.

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bug2 - 26-4-2018 at 08:25 PM

Brazilian Army eyes towed howitzers

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

25 April 2018

The Brazilian Army is exploring a potential acquisition of 105 mm M119 Light Gun and 155 mm M198 towed howitzers, hoping to procure surplus items from the US Army.

The service is prospecting the market and has run early studies to inform an eventual purchase as part of its Army Strategic Program "Achieving Full Operational Capacity", it told Jane’s .

Existing Brazilian Army towed artillery assets include 105 mm L118 Light Gun (the original British version of the M119 gun being sought from the US), Mod 56 PH (pack howitzer), and M101/M101A1, as well as 155 mm M114/M114A2 howitzers and 120 mm M2R rifled mortars.

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bug2 - 26-4-2018 at 09:17 PM

Extended production of French Nexter’s CAESAR 155mm self-propelled howitzer

Posted On Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:18

Nexter Systems maintains the CAESAR 155mm/52 cal self-propelled howitzer in serial production for ongoing export orders and for possible follow-on orders from the French army.

Nexter System's CAESAR 155mm/52 cal self-propelled howitzer on 6x6 chassis in French army service (Picture source: Army Recognition)

In September 2011, Saudi Arabia placed an order worth $210 million for an additional 32 CAESAR weapon systems. Deliveries under order reportedly began in late 2013. This order was in addition to the 100 CAESAR systems already fielded by the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Nexter reportedly completed final deliveries under the follow-on order during the first half of last year.

In February 2017, the Indonesian Army placed an order for an additional 18 CAESAR systems. This order will increase the total Indonesian inventory to 55 CAESAR systems.

In May 2017, Denmark placed an order for an additional 15 CAESAR systems, with an option for another six systems. This order will increase the Danish Army inventory to at least 33 CAESAR systems.

The CAESAR weapon system provides unique advantages as a rapidly deployable medium force option on the battlefield. This characteristic gives the CAESAR strong sales potential on the international market. Further, the recent expansion into the European and Southeast Asian markets, as well as the continued patronage of Saudi Arabia, signals growing consumer confidence in Nexter's self-propelled artillery offering.

Beside the currently used 6x6 version, an 8x8 version is also marketed by Nexter, along its Trajan towed howitzer.

bug2 - 28-4-2018 at 11:56 PM

Slovakia plans to get 25 Zuzana 2 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers

Posted On Friday, 27 April 2018 16:39

The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic are planning to get 25 Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPH) based on the Cold War-era Dana SPH, according to the country's Ministry of Defense (MoD). The Dana is a 152mm 8x8 self-propelled howitzer that was developed in the late 1970s to respond to a request for the Czech army for a new mobile artillery system.

Slovak-made Zuzana 2 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer at IDEB defense exhibition in Bratislava, May 2014. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Slovakia's Konstrukta-Defence company will implement the contract worth EUR175 million (USD213.5 million) for the above mentioned Zuzana 2 SPHs in 2018-2021.

According to the Military Balance 2018 analytical book published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Slovak Army currently operates three vz.1977 Dana and 16 M-2000 (Zuzana-1) SPHs. Once the Zuzana-2 self-propelled howitzers have been delivered, the legacy artillery systems will be scrapped.

The Slovak Defense Company Konstrukta Defence has presented the latest modernized version of the Dana 152mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer, called the Zuzana 2 during IDEB, a Slovak defense exhibition in May 2014. The 155 mm ZUZANA 2 is a wheeled self-propelled autonomous howitzer artillery system equipped with automatic loading of ammunition which is able to provide effective fire by both direct and indirect aiming.

The official portfolio of Konstrukta-Defence says the Zuzana 2 SPH has a combat weight of 32,000 kg. The system is based on a Tatra 8x8 cross-country truck. The SPH has a maximum speed of 80 km/h and a cruising range of 600 km. Zuzana-2 is armed with a 155 mm STANAG-compatible howitzer that has a range of fire of 5-41 km. The howitzer fires six rounds per minute or 16 rounds per three minutes. The weapon's rate of fire in manual reloading mode reaches two rounds per minute.

bug2 - 29-4-2018 at 01:18 PM

M119 105mm howitzers on Humvees for US infantry brigades

Posted On Friday, 27 April 2018 17:14

The European (potential) theatre of operations appears adequate for using a more mobile 105mm howitzer than a towed version. Hence a clever adaptation of the long-serving M119 howitzer, so much appreciated in the U.S. infantry brigades, on a light 4x4 vehicle.

M119 105mm howitzer mounted on a Humvee (Picture source : Army Recognition)

So, work is underway to have a Humvee-mounted 105mm M119 Howitzer in the Army’s infantry brigade combat teams. Recent artillery demonstrations during the Maneuver and Fires Integration Experiment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, drew the interest from the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces. Light artillery within infantry units must by improved.

So, to meet this goal, a new self-propelled light howitzer must be further developed, a relevant tool” to face sophisticated, quick-fire counterbattery systems,” according to language in the subcommittee’s draft version of the National Defense Authorization Act, released this week. Adding the artillery could “address the indirect fire capability gaps in the IBCTs,” subcommittee members wrote.

The M119 Howitzer has long served as a towed artillery piece but mounting it on a light 4x4 would give troops a way to maneuver more quickly around the battlefield, avoiding artillery counter-fires. It is easily foreseeable that Russian artillery is powerful enough for various scenarios in which NATO forces would be prevented from entering certain battle spaces, should conflict erupt in parts of Europe such as the Baltic region.

To that end the Army has also reverted previous infantry units to their armor origins, such as with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The ABCT served as an armored brigade in the 2003 Iraq invasion but transitioned to an infantry brigade following drawdowns. It has since reconstituted itself as an armor brigade. Moves such as these in recent years have all been aimed at a potential mechanized ground fight in Europe.

Heavier artillery platforms such as the155mm M109A7 Self-Propelled Paladin Howitzer are again favoured. “Back to the future!”

105mm howitzers mounted on highly mobile 4x4 vehicles like Humvees that are available by the thousands, be it to refurbish from storage areas like the old Avengers are, appears to be a very attractive and cost-efficient solution.

unicorn - 30-4-2018 at 01:22 PM

An interesting option, but short-ranged and likely to be vulnerable to a range of countermeasures.

Basically they seem to e looking round for a way to get more rounds on target and admitting they can't afford more Paladin SPGs.

bug2 - 30-4-2018 at 02:28 PM

The difference is, this SPG can move quickly, very quickly, compared to the Towed sibling system M118 or 9, so for Mechanised Infantry of the Stryker BCT orgs, it's a far better option. Towed 105's still have their place, especially for air movement, but this Hummer-based system can be air-lifted by a Chinook, a towed 105mm HAMEL/Light Gun 118/119 by a BlackHawk.

The Hummer can carry a reported 9 rounds on board and be utilised by a three-man fire team/crew. A second Hummer can tow a high-mobility Trailer with 64 rounds on board (and a number on the vehicle) whilst carrying more crew and/or a security team or whatever.........various of the Hummers have already been modified with TAK-4 or similar suspension to substantially increase X-country ability, and a new engine has increased HP to suit.

Is this any good in a toe-to-toe scenario? IF you can penetrate behind the front line maybe's, but then again the Little Green Men scenario may mean you have very fluid front lines in any case. Hunting down groups of Greenies with arty that moves repeatedly, negates long-range Russian systems from counter-battery fire, as an example..........ala what happened to the Ukrainians.

Irrelevant for us. We sold all our 90+ HAMEL guns to BAE albeit I haven't seen or heard much PR from BAE about any sales, although this doesn't mean they haven't sold some or all of them?

bug2 - 30-4-2018 at 02:35 PM

Ohhhh and we, of course, seem to find SPG's of any kind an anathema................

unicorn - 30-4-2018 at 02:53 PM

There's that, as the oft-told tale of the Australian Army and their search for a gold-plated SPG attests

ADMK2 - 30-4-2018 at 09:34 PM

Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
Ohhhh and we, of course, seem to find SPG's of any kind an anathema................

Well they are a bit ‘shooty, fighty, killy’ for the ADF’s liking in reality.

Hard to explain to Government how you are going to perform HADR / flower handing out operations with an SPG I expect and we’ll never convince anyone to set up production facilities in South Australia for all 18 of them that we need...

So the two main “strategic priorities” for acquisitions are right out the window as far as these are concerned...

redcoat - 1-5-2018 at 07:13 PM

"we’ll never convince anyone to set up production facilities in South Australia for all 18"

You would have to find some slobbering lunatic heavily sedated and safely confined in a rubber room to agree to set up production facilities for a run of 18 !!!
Just buy 'em you can afford it

bug2 - 1-5-2018 at 07:37 PM

Quote: Originally posted by redcoat  
"we’ll never convince anyone to set up production facilities in South Australia for all 18"

You would have to find some slobbering lunatic heavily sedated and safely confined in a rubber room to agree to set up production facilities for a run of 18 !!!
Just buy 'em you can afford it

You have no idea what sort of tit-heads we have in Federal and Local politics! :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:

JimWH - 1-5-2018 at 10:52 PM

Part of me does wonder if the SPG could be resurrected as an additional order for QLD built boxer chassis with the AGM module.

bug2 - 1-5-2018 at 11:08 PM

It's an option..............but probably too obvious! They'd have to give South Australia the fabrication contract...........ohhhh there isn't one? I'm sure Mr Pyne can help with that............

unicorn - 2-5-2018 at 01:31 PM

Quote: Originally posted by JimWH  
Part of me does wonder if the SPG could be resurrected as an additional order for QLD built boxer chassis with the AGM module.

This one?

bug2 - 2-5-2018 at 01:49 PM

That's the one...............

ADMK2 - 2-5-2018 at 08:33 PM

Could be an option but I wonder if it wouldn’t still suffer the same issues as PZH-2000? No AFATDS or Excalibur integration, different comms and BMS fitout at a very high price regardless of these missing pieces...

bug2 - 2-5-2018 at 10:12 PM

Good points.............

bug2 - 3-5-2018 at 09:20 AM

Lockheed Martin to provide GMLRS to Finland, Romania, South Korea

Gabriel Dominguez, London and Neil Gibson, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

02 May 2018

The US Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD828.7 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRSs) to Finland, Romania, and South Korea.

Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of 31 May 2020, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 27 April.
One bid was solicited with one bid received.

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bug2 - 8-5-2018 at 02:18 PM

Winning the Battle, Via Smartphone: 10th Mountain Fields New Field Artillery Technology

(Source: US Army; issued May 03, 2018)

Soldiers test the Precision Fires-Dismounted application on a smartphone, formally designated Nett Warrior End User Device, at Fort Drum, New York. (US Army photo)

FORT DRUM, N.Y. --- Soldiers are getting improved Field Artillery command and control capabilities via modernized software on Android-enabled smartphones.

The upgrades -- such as receiving digital maps to enhance the ability to send precision target coordinates -- are part of the Army's modernization effort known as Precision Fires-Dismounted.

The 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was the first unit to be fielded the PF-D, the new software application loaded on the Army's Nett Warrior End User Device. About 40 Soldiers trained on the system April 3-5 at Fort Drum.

Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Thomas Goettke said Field Artillery modernization is critical, especially as the U.S. faces near-peer threats. The PF-D allows the user to receive an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance feed on a single platform, rather than having multiple systems that require numerous components, wires, cables and batteries.

"The whole spectrum of digital capabilities is resident in this platform," Goettke said. "The system optimizes the performance of the user."

PF-D reduces the required training time, compared with legacy systems, because of its revamped, intuitive user interface that is similar in functionality to commercial handheld devices. Also, the power-generation burden has decreased because PF-D is smaller, lighter and eliminates stand-alone hardware from the old system.

"Soldiers love PF-D because it's easy to use," Goettke said. "In an Infantry brigade combat team, we're primarily dismounted. This new PF-D reduces the amount of batteries we have to carry, which is significant for the Soldier. You can make sure the functionality of that single piece of equipment is up and operationally ready instead of having a full rucksack layout of equipment."

Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Russell Blackwell reiterated that developing the PF-D in a way that young Soldiers can understand is a big step for the Army.

"A smartphone is something that our Soldiers see, know and use on a daily basis. Now, to be on the battlefield with that same technology is going to greatly enhance the skills of the Artillerymen in a way that we've never before seen. Even as the technology gets smaller and more maneuverable, we've not stopped making it more lethal," Blackwell said.

The Army's Project Manager Mission Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, oversees PF-D's acquisition, integration, testing and fielding. At the program onset, PM Mission Command partnered with Program Executive Officer Soldier to integrate PF-D onto the Nett Warrior.

"The Soldiers who will be using PF-D grew up as true 'digital natives' and have very clear expectations of how they want to interact with their devices. Early on, the team adopted a comprehensive approach to providing a simple and effective user interface based on significant input from forward observers throughout the Army," said Lt. Col. Chris Anderson, product manager for Fire Support Command and Control, assigned to PM Mission Command.

"Moving forward, we are pushing to accelerate the fielding of PF-D across the Army and replace our legacy systems with a truly state-of-the-art platform for putting steel on target."

Several thousand PF-D systems will be deployed across the Army in the next few years.

The U.S. Army Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical develops, acquires, fields and supports the Army's mission command network to ensure force readiness. This critical Army modernization priority delivers tactical communications so commanders and Soldiers can stay connected and informed at all times, even in the most austere and hostile environments. PEO C3T is delivering the network to regions around the globe, enabling high-speed, high-capacity voice, data and video communications to a user base that includes the Army's joint, coalition and other mission partners.


bug2 - 9-5-2018 at 01:24 PM

AM General Hawkeye 105mm mobile light artillery system at SOFEX 2018

Posted On Tuesday, 08 May 2018 20:03

American Company AM General introduces new light artillery system based on HUMVEE tactical vehicle for the Middle East market at SOFEX 2018, the International Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference, SOFEX in Amman, Jordan. The 105mm Mobile Weapon System (105MWS), also dubbed HAWKEYE by AM General, consists of one 105mm cannon mounted at the rear on HUMVEE light tactical vehicle chassis.

AM General Hawkeye 105mm light artillery system based on HUMVEE vehicle displayed at SOFEX 2018, the International Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference, SOFEX in Amman, Jordan. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The 105mm Mobile Weapon System (MWS), called HAWKEYE by AM General, is the lightest weight, most highly maneuverable self-propelled howitzer in the world today. The system consists of a U.S. Army standard M20 105mm cannon mounted on an M1152A1w/B2 HMMWV. The weapon includes the application of a digital fire control system and on board communication, eliminating the need for surveyed firing points, aiming circles, and wire lines.

The new AM General Hawkeye is based on a M1152A1 Humvee with a crew cab at the front and cargo platform at the rear fitted the 105 mm howitzer. The 105 mm cannon uses a hybrid soft recoil technology allows weapon to be paired with AM General HMMWV.

The 105MWS battery is organized to suppress, neutralize, and destroy both ground forces and structures in an indirect and direct fire mode. The system allows the weapon to move, shoot, and move again without relying on heavy equipment or large number of troops/logistic support. The HMMWV platform provides unparalleled off-road mobility over all types of terrain to support this mission.

The AM General Hawkeye uses the MG 9000 digital fire control system which incorporates Northrop Grumman’s LN-270 Inertial Navigation System, Weibel Scientific’s MVR-700C Muzzle Velocity Radar System, Sekai Electronics’ DFS-02 Direct Fire Camera System, Sensor Systems’ S67- 1575-76 Global Positioning System antenna and Mandus’ DK 10 Gunner’s Display Unit.

In firing position two hydraulic jacks are lowered on the ground at the front of the vehicle and two large spades at the rear. A total of 4 to 6 ammunitions can be carried on the vehicle. To increase the number of ammunition another Humvee in cargo variant can be used to carry additional ammunition.

The HMMWV/Hawkeye Howitzer 105mm howitzer can be ready to fire in less than 2 minutes with a total crew of 4 soldiers.

bug2 - 9-5-2018 at 01:27 PM

KADDB unveils the RUM II 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzer at SOFEX 2018

Posted On Tuesday, 08 May 2018 19:40

The Jordanian Company KADDB (King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau) unveils its latest development of 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer dubbed RUM II at SOFEX 2018, the International Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference, SOFEX in Amman, Jordan.

The RUM II 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer at SOFEX 2018, the International Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference, SOFEX in Amman, Jordan.(Picture source Army Recognition)

The RUM II is based on a 6x6 DAF truck chassis with a M126 155 mm/L23 howitzer mounted at the rear of the chassis. It uses the same gun mounted on the M109 tracked self-propelled howitzer fitted with a new recoil system.

The 155mm howitzer integrated on the DAF 6x6 truck chassis is design to offer a new artillery system offering high mobility and fire power. The DAF chassis is equipped with a reliable electro-hydraulic control system. On each side of the truck chassis there is two racks to store 11 projectiles and charges. The vehicle carries a total of 22 rounds of 155mm caliber.

The RUM II can fire at a maximum distance of 27,7 km. In firing position, one hydraulic jack is lowered on the ground on each side of the vehicle and a large spade is lowered at the rear of the truck chassis to provide a more stable firing platform.

The RUM II is motorized with a DHS engine developing 250 hp. coupled to a 5 speed manual transmission. The truck can run at a maximum speed 80 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km. It has a crew of six.

bug2 - 9-5-2018 at 01:29 PM

Arnold Defense unveils its Fletcher weapon system at Sofex 2018

Posted On Tuesday, 08 May 2018 19:04

Arnold Defense, the St Louis based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, is unveiling a concept named the “FLETCHER” 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon System at SOFEX, taking place in Amman, Jordan from May 8-10, 2018.

The Fletcher is here mounted on a Oshkosh S-ATV combat vehicle (Picture source Army Recognition)

The FLETCHER system can be mounted on land-based military vehicles as well as, potentially, marine and littoral platforms.

The FLETCHER Laser Guided Rocket Launcher System can be seen at SOFEX on the Oshkosh Defense stand A609, where it is displayed on an Oshkosh Defense® Special Purpose All-Terrain Vehicle (S-ATV) for the very first time. The FLETCHER concept is supported by a team of global defense industry companies collaborating under Arnold’s leadership to combine their complimentary expertise. Working together, the team is able to provide a full-system approach to FLETCHER ranging from design, validation, testing, manufacture and full system integration on a variety of land and maritime applications.

Traditionally, 2.75-inch rocket systems have been used as an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by both fixed and rotary wing aviation assets. The team has turned this concept on its head with the advancement of laser guided rocket technology to meet the modern demands of land-based, vehicle mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, for special and conventional forces. FLETCHER is a unique design that allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment in support of combat operations. FLETCHER employs an existing suite of guidance modules, rockets and warheads which are already used in well-known programs and are readily available to global forces. Working in-concert with world-class designation equipment, FLETCHER is a fully integrated weapon system that can engage targets at ranges up to 3.1 miles, giving land forces capability that previously required the deployment of air assets.

bug2 - 9-5-2018 at 08:19 PM

First batch of K9 Vajra-T 155mm self-propelled howitzers delivered to Indian army

Posted On Wednesday, 09 May 2018 09:39

By the end of May, the Indian army will receive a first batch of 25 K9 Vajra-T 155mm/ 52 calibre self-propelled howitzers developed and manufactured by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Defence. The government awarded a 100-unit contract to L&T in May 2017. L&T, along with its South Korean technology partner Hanwha Tech Win (HTW), had bid for this ‘Boy Global’ acquisition programme of the MoD in 2011.

The K9 remains considered among the best self-propelled howitzers in the world, with over 1,000 units already in service in South Korea and other countries. (Picture source: Youtube)

The K9 self-propelled howitzer is an upgraded version of Hanwha Tech Win’s K9 Thunder. It has been customised and co-developed by L&T to match the specific requirements of the Indian Army, including desert operations. So far, the K9 remains considered among the best in the world, with over 1,000 units already in service in South Korea and other countries.

Under the contract, L&T will deliver 100 howitzers (which will have over 50% indigenous components) in 42 months, from its manufacturing facilities, including a new Armoured Systems Complex built in Hazira (Gurajat).

The deal has not just boosted the Ministry of Defence’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ initiative, but it has also made South Korea a major defence partner for India. The technology to develop the K-9 Vajra-T guns was provided by the South Korean defence company, and out of the 100 that have been ordered, 90 will have been completely developed by L&T in their Strategic Systems Complex at Talegaon, near Pune in Maharashtra.

bug2 - 11-5-2018 at 07:44 PM

New rocket launcher for combat vehicles makes Middle East debut

By: Jen Judson   20 hours ago

Arnold Defense showcased its new rocket launcher for non-air applications at SOFEX 2018 on an Oshkosh S-ATV. (Jen Judson/Staff)

AMMAN, Jordan — A new 2.75-inch rocket launcher designed specifically for combat vehicles made its Middle East debut at the Special Operations Exposition this week.

The Fletcher laser-guided rocket launcher system could be spotted on top of an Oshkosh Special Purpose All-Terrain Vehicle, or S-ATV, at the expo with a BAE Systems-manufactured Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, or APKWS, positioned in the launcher.

St. Louis, Missouri-based Arnold Defense came up with the concept along with a team consisting of Norwegian company Nammo, BAE Systems and General Dynamics. While BAE provides the rocket and guidance package, Nammo manufactures the warhead and General Dynamics provides the rocket motor. A number of different laser designators, such as those of Leonardo or Rockwell Collins, can be integrated into the system.

Arnold Defense has been providing air-based rocket launchers since 1961 and has produced roughly 1.2 million over that time.

Until recently, the company was the only game in town since the 1980s that made 2.75-inch rocket launchers, Jim Hager, the company’s CEO, told Defense News at the show.

Hager and his company have seen utility for its rocket launchers on both ground and sea-based equipment, but “nobody really listened until APKWS became a viable product,” Hager said.

Instead of spraying the enemy with dumb rockets in area-suppression missions, the APKWS provides pinpoint accuracy and, when paired with an Arnold launcher, flexibility, according to Hager.

A European special forces outfit was the first to understand the value of such a system, he said. The company, along with its partners, have spent a year working closely with the outfit to create the concept that has culminated in the creation of Fletcher, he added.

A special forces unit told Arnold Defense about a situation where it was pinned down by enemy fire from a mountain and only had a 60mm mortar system on hand. The unit couldn’t get enough elevation to destroy the target so it could move on, and the team was pinned down until darkness when its members were able to exfiltrate under cover.

With the Fletcher launcher, the degree of elevation is much higher, which gives it utility in an urban environment, too, Hager said, allowing it to point at tall buildings from close in, for instance.

Before APKWS, operators of rocket launchers were restricted to avoid collateral damage, “but now we have pinpoint accuracy, now we have a max effective range of about 8 kilometers,” Hager said, adding Nammo is working on a modified rocket motor that will extend to 12-15 kilometers.

But Arnold Defense sees applications across the entire spectrum, according to Hager.

“Infantry units can have self-contained artillery, if you will, but the ones that need it the most are special operations guys that are out there on their own and may be operating where they don’t have air cover or artillery support,” Hager said.

While Hager anticipates the first customer to be a European special operations force and expects to be under contract and shipping the product before the end of the year, he said there is interest in the U.S. Army both among the regular and special operations forces.

In the Middle East, “virtually every country has expressed an interest,” Hager said.

“It’s important because it’s a capability they’ve never had before, and while everybody seems to be focused on the special ops community, I personally believe the biggest opportunity for this product is base defense. They are going to put this at the front gate of every [forward-operating base] in the world and have a serious deterrent to the ubiquitous Toyota pickup truck coming racing in with explosives,” he added.

To design and develop a launcher for a ground vehicle platform, the company changed the form factor from what is typically a seven- or 19-tube launcher to a four-tube configuration. And the firm made it longer to fit the APKWS rockets. The tube walls are thicker, and the design can withstand the heavy rattling and bumping a combat vehicle will experience on off-road terrain.

The company will be test-firing the system at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, from a containerized weapon system next week, Hager said. It will be the first “semipublic” firing of the system, with members of the special operations community there as well as a variety of other interested parties.

The company is also planning to showcase the Fletcher launcher on an even smaller vehicle than the Oshkosh S-ATV ― the Polaris Dagor ― at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference later this month in Tampa, Florida, to showcase the flexibility of the launcher.

Polaris brought Dagor to SOFEX for the first time, although it has made many appearances at other shows worldwide.

bug2 - 12-5-2018 at 01:01 PM

SOFEX 2018: Hawkeye catches militaries attention

11th May 2018 - 09:19 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in Amman

AM General displayed its HMMWV Hawkeye 105mm mobile weapons solution at SOFEX 2018, a solution which has gathered both domestic US and international interest.

In March 2018 members of the Jordanian Armed Forces observed the solution during a demonstration in the US. The vehicle has been fired at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the presence of the US government.

Whilst the vehicle is in the testing and development phase with the US Army, Patrick Anderson, international capture manager at AM General, said that the vehicle is essentially ready for market now.

‘We are moving on both tracks international and domestic,’ he said, ‘it will be interesting to see who gets there first [to purchase the vehicle]’

The solution meets the needs of militaries worldwide who want a more tactical artillery system.

Anderson pointed out that traditional towed artillery is now becoming ‘obsolete’ in today’s battlefield.

The Hawkeye offers a M20 150mm cannon, from industry partner Mandus, mounted on an M1152A1w/B2 HMMWV. The weapon includes the application of a digital fire control system and onboard communications system.

While there are other mobile weapon systems on the market Anderson pointed out that the Hawkeye’s unique assets include 360˚ firing, a small footprint, sling-load capability on a CH-47 and air drop application from a C-130.

Few dramatic modifications to the original M1152A1 have been made to the standard and the heavy suspension system has remained the same.

The M20 cannon is capable of firing up to 8rpm for three minutes or a sustained firing of 3rpm.

The Hawkeye also boasts a low-lifecycle cost with crew maintenance at a minimal and critical components easily changed using line replacement units.

Four hydraulically operated stabilisers, two at the front and two at the rear of the vehicle, provide a stable firing platform. Which Anderson says results in vehicle moving less than a trailer howitzer system after firing.

bug2 - 15-5-2018 at 09:03 AM

Algeria unveils Tos-1A

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 May 2018

The TOS-1A seen during the exercise in eastern Algeria. Source: Algerie 1 TV

Algeria has confirmed the acquisition of TOS-1A multiple rocket launchers from Russia after one system was seen during television footage of an exercise on 12 May.

The system consists of a launcher for 24 rockets mounted on a T-72 hull. Described by the Russians as a heavy flamethrower, it is a short-range area bombardment weapon with its 220 mm rockets carrying large thermobaric warheads.

Algeria is the fifth known TOS-1A export customer after Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, and Kazakhstan.

The system was revealed during a visit by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah to the 4th Military Region in Ouargla, which is responsible for the country’s eastern border with Libya.

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bug2 - 15-5-2018 at 09:23 PM

TOS-2 new concept of Heavy Flamethrower System based on Armata platform

Posted On Monday, 14 May 2018 17:22

New concept of Russian-made Heavy Flamethrower System based on Armata tracked chassis platform released on the Twitter account of, dubbed TOS-2. The TOS is a family of 220mm 30-barrel TOS-1 or 24-barrel TOS-1A multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 Main Battle Tank (MBT) chassis.

New concept of Russian-made Heavy Flamethrower System dubbed TOS-2 based on Armata universal tracked platform. (Picture source Twitter account RussianDefence)

According to the picture published on the Twitter account of, Russia could developed a new TOS system based on the Armata universal combat platform under the name of TOS-2. The original turret of the T-14 Armata Main Battle Tank (MBT) is removed and replaced by a rocket launcher system that seems similar to the TOS-1A.

The armament of the TOS-1A consists of a block launcher with 24 guide pipes of 220 mm caliber with 3,725 m length for launching unguided missile. The whole system is mounted on centre of a T-72 tracked armoured chassis. The missile block launcher unit is fitted on a mobile platform which can be rotated on 360°. Depending on target, the firing could be conducted by single or double shots from two barrels. Launching control of unguided missiles is fully automatic.

The TOS-2 seems to have a crew of three located at the front of the hull. As for the T-14, front and sides of the tracked chassis is fitted with reactive armor and the back has slat armor to increase protection against anti-tank RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) attacks.

The launch of the rockets is controlled by an advanced fire control system that includes a ballistic data computer, equipment used for observation for the commander and a rangefinder, and a control panel. The fire control system enhances the target acquisition and detection capability.

bug2 - 18-5-2018 at 09:16 AM

US Army to order Bonus rounds

Andrew Galer, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

17 May 2018

The US Army is about to order 500 BAE Systems Bofors Bonus 155 mm sensor-fuzed munitions as part of a larger order for the anti-tank rounds.

Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Ammunition, announced at the IQPC Future Artillery 2018 conference, held in London from 14–16 May, that the US Army will purchase 3,141 rounds over a three-year period starting late this year.

A production contract is currently being negotiated via the NATO Support Procurement Agency with a contract announcement expected before the end of this month. Deliveries will be scheduled to be made in three tranches to start in late 2018 with an initial 500 rounds, followed by a further two tranches in 2019 and 2020.

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bug2 - 21-5-2018 at 07:02 PM

Konstrukta Defence unveils new 8×8 Eva self-propelled gun system

Miroslav Gyürösi, Bratislava - Jane's International Defence Review

21 May 2018

Konstrukta Defences new 8×8 Eva 155/52 mm calibre artillery system seen in the deployed position. Source: Miroslav Gyürösi

The latest 8×8 TMG – which is jointly developed by Konstrukta Defence and Czech firms Czechoslovak Group (CSG) and Tatra Trucks from 2017 – is a redesign of the previous 6×6 TMG which was unveiled in 2015.

Crew cabin of the 8×8 155/52 mm calibre Eva truck-mounted gun, showing the gunner's console. (Miroslav Gyürösi)

Konstrukta Defences new 8×8 Eva 155/52 mm calibre artillery system seen in the deployed position. Source: Miroslav Gyürösi
Slovakia’s Joint-Stock Company Konstrukta Defence has showcased the new 8×8 variant of its Eva 155/52 mm calibre self-propelled gun-howitzer, which is also known by its export designation of Truck Mounted Gun (TMG).

The vehicle measures 11.5 m long, 2.7 m wide, and 3.28 m tall with the ordnance stowed for transport. The 28-tonne vehicle, which is air-transportable by large tactical airlifters such as the Airbus A400M and Ilyushin IL-76, is operated by a crew of three. It preserves the gun assembly and ordnance fitted to the 6×6 TMG, but adopts a longer 8×8 chassis which is equipped with an auxiliary power unit (APU) as well as a newly designed armoured cab.

The new variant is based on the four-axle Tatra T815-7 8×8.1R and powered by the Euro 3-compliant Tatra T3C-928.90 turbo-charged air-cooled diesel engine with a maximum power output 300 kW at 1,800 rpm, which the company claims to offer improved mobility in challenging terrain.

Field endurance has been improved with a 30 kW APU unit based on the Lombardini 11LD626-3 engine. Half of the power generated by the APU is used for hydraulic system while the remainder powers the ordnance charges the vehicle’s accumulator batteries.

The 155/52 mm calibre ordnance has a 23-litre chamber and can be elevated from -3.5° to +75° and traversed ±60° in the azimuth. The ordnance generates a muzzle velocity of 935 m/s and can achieve a maximum firing range of 41.4 km with high-explosive extended range base-bleed (HE ER-BB) ammunition. It can also fire most NATO-standard 155 mm ammunition that are up to 1,000 mm long.

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bug2 - 21-5-2018 at 09:27 PM

Rafael unveils EPIK add-on precision guidance kit for rocket artillery

Robin Hughes, London - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

21 May 2018

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has released details of its EPIK (Electro-Optical Precision Integration Kit) technology development; a capability enhancement designed to furnish unguided surface-to-surface rocket system effectors with autonomous stand-off precision guidance and increased range.

EPIK is an add-on precision guidance kit (PGK) that leverages the electro-optical sensor and scene-matching/signal processing technologies developed for Rafael’s Spice family of air-to-surface munitions.

“EPIK is similar in concept to the add-on PGK we developed for the Spice munition,” Gal Papier, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Precision Tactical Weapons Systems at Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, told Jane’s .

“We saw that the Spice technology excelled as capability multiplier for air forces; however, a considerable number of ground forces have unguided surface-to-surface rockets in their inventories – these have a high circular error probable (CEP) – meaning they don’t hit the target precisely, they hit around it.

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bug2 - 22-5-2018 at 09:00 AM

A bit more on this.........

Rafael unveils EPIK add-on precision guidance kit for rocket artillery

Robin Hughes, London - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

21 May 2018

Close-up of Rafael Advanced Defence Systems' EPIK (Electro-Optical Precision Integration Kit) add-on precision guidance kit for unguided surface-to-surface rockets. Source: Rafael Advanced Defence Systems

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has released details of its EPIK (Electro-Optical Precision Integration Kit) technology development; a capability enhancement designed to furnish unguided surface-to-surface rocket system effectors with autonomous stand-off precision guidance and increased range.

EPIK is an add-on precision guidance kit (PGK) that leverages the electro-optical sensor and scene-matching/signal processing technologies developed for Rafael’s Spice family of air-to-surface munitions.

“EPIK is similar in concept to the add-on PGK we developed for the Spice munition,” Gal Papier, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Precision Tactical Weapons Systems at Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, told Jane’s .

“We saw that the Spice technology excelled as capability multiplier for air forces; however, a considerable number of ground forces have unguided surface-to-surface rockets in their inventories – these have a high circular error probable (CEP) – meaning they don’t hit the target precisely, they hit around it.

“Consequently, over the past two years we’ve leveraged that technology to inform development of the EPIK concept to address growing demands from ground forces for a solution that can engage autonomously, in multiple areas and hit multiple targets, with precision, simultaneously,” said Papier.

“We’ve now completed risk mitigation of the process of installing the add-on kit on a rocket – primarily with the 122 mm Grad surface-to-surface rocket – although we can add EPIK to any calibre of unguided surface-to-surface effector that has a motor and warhead.

“We’ve already fired several EPIK-equipped rockets to prove the capability, and have now reached a sufficient level of maturity – Technical Readiness Level 6 – where we feel we can now disclose this development.”

The EPIK add-on architecture includes an uncooled infrared (IR) sensor, a laser sensor to enable engagement of moving targets, as well as an onboard inertial navigation system (INS) and a global positioning system (GPS) only used for back-up.

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bug2 - 22-5-2018 at 12:35 PM

LM further development of the GMLRS - U.S.ARMY Program

Lockheed Martin is being tapped by the US Army Contracting Command in support of the GMLR system. The $20 million contract modification provides for the development and qualification of a modular rocket pod and launch tubes for the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System. The multiple launch rocket system is a high-mobility automatic system based on an M270 weapons platform. MLRS fires surface-to-surface rockets and the army tactical missile system. The MLRS launcher unit comprises an M270 launcher loaded with 12 rockets, packaged in two six-rocket pods. The launcher, which is mounted on a stretched Bradley chassis, is a highly automated self-loading and self-aiming system. It contains a fire control computer that integrates the vehicle and rocket-launching operations.

Lockheed Martin developed a new extended-range guided MLRS (GMLRS), which has a range of more than 70km. The GMLRS rocket has a GPS, an inertial guidance package and small canards on the rocket nose, that guide it accurately over the target area, delivering its 500-pound unitary warhead to hit the target in a final dive. Work will be performed in Camden, Arizona and is expected to be completed by October 2019.

bug2 - 24-5-2018 at 06:30 PM

Slovakia procures domestically produced Zuzana 2 155 mm SPHs

Jiri Kominek, Prague - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

23 May 2018

Slovakia procures domestically produced Zuzana 2 155 mm SPHs. Source: Konstrukta-Defence

The Slovak government on 23 May approved a Ministry of Defence (MoD) request for a EUR175 million (USD206 million) procurement of 25 ShKH Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Slovak armed forces.

The MoD will award the contract to Slovak defence company Konstrukta-Defence, with initial deliveries scheduled to commence in 2018 and to be completed in 2022.

The contract includes crew training, spare parts and ammunition, and also calls for the maximum involvement of Slovakia's domestic defence industry.

“Based on evaluations made by the NATO planning team, we are forming a heavy mechanised brigade based on those recommendations and [the procurement of new SPHs] will ensure the necessary firepower for the brigade,” Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdos informed media on 23 May following the government procurement decision.

The Slovak armed forces currently field 16 ShKH Zuzana 155 mm SPHs with a 45 calibre-length barrel.

Unlike its predecessor, the ShKH Zuzana 2 155 mm SPH fields a 52 calibre-length barrel, has a full 360-degree turret traverse, a new armoured cab, and a reduced crew of three made possible by greater automation.

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bug2 - 11-6-2018 at 08:37 PM

Eurosatory 2018: Nexter moves forward on guided 155mm shells

11th June 2018 - 06:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Paris

Following in the footsteps of ammunition manufacturers such as Orbital ATK and Raytheon, French armaments company Nexter Munitions is pressing forward with the development of a range of guided 155mm artillery rounds.

The company will showcase several of its newest ammunition types at this year’s Eurosatory including a fuse kit for 155mm shells known as SPACIDO, as well as a completely new guided round featuring pop-out fins called MENHIR.

SPACIDO has now finished industrial development and is awaiting customers to start serial production. The solution is similar to Orbital ATK’s Precision Guidance Kit in that it allows soldiers to quickly swap out the fuse on existing, unguided shells and place the new fuse on to increase accuracy.

Nexter Munitions officials noted that this new fuse improves round dispersion, mainly in range. The technology works by measuring the round’s velocity as it leaves the barrel with a radar, an RF link passes that data in real-time to the fuse to correct the trajectory.

The fuse has pop-out flaps that act as air brakes, rather than actuated fins that steer the round onto the target. For this reason the round dispersion is reduced in range rather than azimuth.

Officials noted on a recent visit to Nexter Munitions facility near Bourges, France, that SPACIDO can reduce the dispersion by a factor of three, allowing artillery to be used closer to soldiers and in built up areas. The cost is believed to be around three times more than a standard round, but less rounds would be fired owing to its accuracy.

In addition, Nexter is developing a fully-guided 155mm round known as MENHIR, similar in capability to Raytheon’s Excalibur or Leonardo’s Vulcan offering. The initial Mk1 version of MENHIR will feature GPS/Inertial guidance and pop-out fins that will give a <10m circular error probable (CEP) performance at a maximum range of 30km.

For the new munition, the company is also trialling different warhead liners – of varying materials and configurations – that can determine the shape and direction of the fragmentation blast. With this capability, Nexter foresees that the ammunition could be used ‘within 100m’ of friendly troops and suitable for urban warfare.

In addition, the guided shell will have 7kg of high explosive, which officials stated is more than many other guided-shell offerings. It will also feature a vertical descent capability and a delayed fuse for penetrating certain targets.

An upgraded Mk2 variant is also in the works, which will likely have an increased range of 60km and integrate a semi-active laser-based guidance system to bring the CEP down to <2m.

The company also manufactures the BONUS round, a round that features an electro-optic unit with two submunitions for targeting heavy armoured vehicles. BONUS fires an explosive formed penetrator at 200m above an armoured vehicle to penetrate the weak top armour.

The company is also moving along with new types of 120mm ammunition for main battle tanks, including a new multi-purpose round and armoured-piercing fin-stabilised discarbing sabot (APFSDS) munition.

Nexter’s solution for the latter is known as Solution Hardened Armour Defeat, or SHARD. The aim of this development is to get better terminal effect on target than with current APFSDS rounds that use tungsten or depleted uranium.

This could potentially include new dart design and materials, with a medium-term solution likely seeing an increase in propellant to boost round velocity and terminal effect. A completely new generation of APFSDS that utilises a new design and materials could be 5-6 years away, according to officials.

A programmable multi-function round, known as M3M, is also in the works and will allow tank crews – via a data link – to quickly switch a fuse from airburst, impact, or delay, depending on the operational scenario. Multi-function 120mm rounds are increasing in popularity, principally as it allows tank crews to carry less types of rounds and reduce logistical burden.

The US Army, for instance, is funding the development of the Orbital ATK Advanced Multi-Purpose 120mm round that will ultimately replace four different rounds currently in service.

Nexter is also continuing the development of a larger 140mm tank round, with the company previously firing an APFSDS round from a modified Leclerc MBT. More firing trials are planned soon for the 140mm round, which will be longer in length to the shells that have been fired previously.

Since the merger of Italy’s Simmel Difesa and Belgium’s Mecar with Nexter Munitions in 2014, the company is now one of the top four ammunition manufacturers in Europe, along with BAE Systems, Rheinmetall and Nammo.

Nexter’s tie up with German company Krauss Maffei-Wegmann could also present more opportunities for the French company to expand its supply of ammunition to users of German equipment such as the Leopard 2 or PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer.

Germany, for example, has shortlisted Nexter Munitions along with Rheinmetall to supply 155mm ammunition for the PzH2000, according to officials.

bug2 - 12-6-2018 at 06:29 PM

India completes trials of licence-built FH-77B howitzer

Rahul Bedi, New Delhi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 June 2018

India’s state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has successfully completed the final round of trials of its licence-built, upgraded Dhanush FH-77B 155m/45 cal towed howitzer, paving the way for the imminent induction of the gun into the Indian Army (IA).

OFB officials told Jane’s on 11 June that from 2-7 June a total of six Dhanush howitzers in battery formation accurately fired 50 rounds each in India’s northwestern Pokhran region to a range of 38 km.

“We have effectively completed Dhanush’s user exploitation trials that were the last in an extended series,” said S K Singh, general manager of the OFB’s Jabalpur-based Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), which is responsible for integrating the howitzer.

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bug2 - 12-6-2018 at 07:11 PM

Eurosatory 2018: Mac Jee from Brazil presents Armadillo TA-2 rocket launcher

Posted On Monday, 11 June 2018 19:35

Brazilian Company Mac Jee participates at Eurosatory 2018 Defense and Security International Exhibition that takes place in Paris (France), and is one of the highlights of the Brazilian Pavilion, presenting its Armadillo TA-2 rocket launcher. The pavilion is coordinated by the Brazilian Defense and Security Industries Association (ABIMDE) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Agency (Apex-Brasil).

Armadillo TA-2 rocket launcher mounted on Humvee M1152. (Picture source Mac Jee)

Armadillo TA-2 is a manual or automatic rocket launching system designed for complete retraction in its vehicle during the non-offensive phase of a mission.

The launching platform, patented by the company, operates at 360o and carries three modules, each containing sixteen 70-mm rockets, totaling 48 shots – it also has 48 additional rockets inside an automatic reloading compartment. The development of the system began in 2015 and should be finalized at the end of this year.

The prototype is already being built and will be installed in the vehicle of the American company AM General, model M1152 HMMWV. After assembly, the Armadillo TA-2 is undergoing testing at the CAEX (Army Assessment Center) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The expectation is that the system will be produced in scale from 2020 at the new Mac Jee plant in Capivari (SP), Brazil, which will have capacity for 50 to 100 units of the system.

"We had the idea of creating and patenting a simple, compact system capable of meeting the demand for smaller cars fitted with rocket launchers for the Armed Forces," explains the CEO of the company, Simon Jeannot.

Mac Jee is currently working on new versions of its rocket launcher system: Armadillo SHORAD and Armadillo ATGM.

bug2 - 13-6-2018 at 11:17 AM

Eurosatory 2018: Nammo presented its new ramjet propulsion for artillery shells

Posted On Tuesday, 12 June 2018 21:36

Stelios Kanavakis
Senior Defence Analyst

At this year’s Eurosatory exhibition, Nammo unveiled for the first time the new ramjet propulsion system for 155mm artillery shells.

Nammo's ramjet propulsion 155 mm artillery shell will offer precision fire at distances in excess of 100 km. (Picture source Army Recognition)

This new project is Nammo’s effort to expand its well-established portfolio of products with a new solution that would deliver effective precision fire, in large quantity and at distances above 100 km, surpassing by large the products offered currently in the market.

The company is developing this technology with a focus in the Norwegian and NATO Armed Forces. Although there is no firm requirement, through the interaction with customers Nammo has understood that there’s a need for such a technology.

The technology to allow such a capability is ramjet propulsion. A ramjet air-breathing engine that utilizes air intake as compressor and surrounding air in the combustion process. The engine is self-regulated, giving the shell a maximum speed of around 3 Mach, for a sustained period of 50 seconds, upon the shell’s exit from the barrel.

As mentioned earlier, the concept is under development and the first flight of the projectile is expected in the 2019-2020 period in order to have them operational between 2023 and 2024.

The same technology will also be used in other company products, such as its missiles. Nammo is developing such a product, which will feature an engine with a burning time of almost 100 seconds. The demo flight of this missile is expected to take place in 2021.

Considering the high speed of the shell, many of the parts found on a typical guided shell will have to be redesigned. That includes the fuse and the guidance unit, which will be redesigned to fit their purpose.

bug2 - 13-6-2018 at 06:37 PM

Eurosatory 2018: Nammo goes to extreme lengths with new ammo

13th June 2018 - 08:00 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in Paris

Nammo could deliver its 155mm extreme range ramjet-powered artillery round as soon as 2023, according to the company.

Testing is currently ongoing for the round, which has a range of up to 100km, and the company is expecting to carry out a live firing of the projectile in 2019/2020.

For the live demonstration, the round will be fired from a standard L52 or L55 gun, according to Erland Orbekk, VP technology at Nammo.

The ramjet propulsion system uses an air breathing engine which means the air intake is utilised as a compressor, there are no moving parts and it is a self-regulated engine.
Nammo is using HTP3 with additives as fuel for the propulsion system.

The company is also working on a missile that uses the ramjet technology with a flight demonstration planned for 2021.

These programmes are being developed in accordance with Norwegian weapons platforms and future armed forces requirements.

However, there are not yet any firm requirements according to Thomas Danbolt, VP large calibre ammunition at Nammo.

Danbolt noted that the 100km range development follows on from the completion of the development of a new 155m IM HE-ER solution which was fired at over 40km multiple times, including from a K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer.

He noted that with the new 100km range round there would be the possibility to cover 25 times the range that is possible with a conventional M107 HE projectile, which is in use with the US Army. The M107 has a 20km range.

Danbolt added that the future of the extreme range line of products would most likely include a precision strike capability.

As well as working with the Norwegian military the company said it is in discussion with a number of different armies and users regarding the extreme range technology.

bug2 - 14-6-2018 at 02:54 PM

Leonardo Signs Defence Systems Collaboration Agreement with Konstrukta Defence in Slovakia

(Source: Leonardo; issued June 12, 2018)

The agreement will see Leonardo's precision-guided Vulcano round integrated into Konstrukta's Zuzana 2 artillery system, with the two companies going on to jointly market the products internationally. (Leonardo image)

ROME --- Leonardo has signed a collaboration agreement with Slovakia's Konstrukta Defence, a leading provider of artillery systems, that will see the two companies working together in the precision-guided ammunition field.

The agreement will see Leonardo's precision-guided Vulcano ammunition integrated onto Konstrukta's ZUZANA 2 155mm/52 cal artillery system, with the two companies going on to jointly market the products internationally. Leonardo and Konstrukta will also explore further collaboration with a view towards developing common defence European capabilities.

The partnership is in line with the goals of the European PeSCo (Permanent Structured Cooperation) initiative, which aims to improve the operational capabilities of member states by pooling resources and developing military equipment in a collaborative manner. Both Italy and Slovakia are members of PeSCo.


bug2 - 15-6-2018 at 06:53 PM

Thales introduces artillery version of TopAxyz

14th June 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

Thales has launched an artillery version of its TopAxyz inertial navigation unit for mobile artillery systems, the company announced on 11 June.

The system has been designed to meet the requirements of land forces' increasing need to digitalise the different types of artillery pieces that are compatible with new fire control and weapon management systems with architectures supporting modern deployment concepts.

TopAxyz helps to reduce mission execution time and is able to operate autonomously even if the GPS signal is lost. It uses Pixyz 22 tri-axis ring laser gyro technology for stability, and features advanced ITAR-free inertial sensors for accuracy of position, heading, attitude and airspeed data, even in the presence of electronic countermeasures.

The unit’s actual navigation performance function to indicate precise vehicle position in real time allows commanders to take C4I decisions with greater confidence to achieve the best operational scenarios while reducing the risk of friendly fire.

bug2 - 15-6-2018 at 07:07 PM

Nammo rolls out its ‘extreme range’ artillery

By: Jen Judson   20 hours ago

PARIS — Norwegian ammunition company Nammo has rolled out what it’s calling an “extreme range” artillery concept using ramjet propulsion that it hopes will meet the emerging long-range precision fires requirements for a variety of countries, including the United States.

Nammo has combined its experience in both ammunition and rocket-propulsion technology, and it’s merging those capabilities to create an artillery shell capable of reaching more than 100 kilometers in range without changing the gun on a standard 155mm howitzer, according to Thomas Danbolt, company vice president of large caliber ammunition, who spoke at Eurosatory, one of the largest land warfare conferences in Europe.

The company displayed a model of the artillery shell at the exposition.

The development makes sense at a time where countries around the world are seeking farther standoff ranges for their fires capabilities as they contemplate having to penetrate territory that is built up to deny access by land, sea and air.

The U.S. Army, in fact, has made Long-Range Precision Fires its top modernization priority and is pursuing technology to extend cannon artillery. The service is also developing technology to get after extremely long ranges like hypersonics and ramjet technology.

The artillery shell that Nammo has developed uses ramjet technology. Typically, a solid-fuel rocket motor has oxygen as part of the rocket fuel, but through an air-breathing capability, it can pull outside air into the rocket so the motor can burn much longer than a traditional rocket motor, thus extending its range, Danbolt explained.

The range of artillery hasn’t changed much for roughly 50 years, Danbolt said. Standard M107 shells fire at a range of 20 kilometers. By adding base bleed technology, which reduces drag on the shell without extending its base, the range can be improved by about 10 kilometers, and an additional 10 can be achieved through highly explosive insensitive munition technology.

Danbolt used a map of Paris to show the importance of extending the range of the current systems.

While artillery is capable of reaching 40 kilometers, that roughly covers Paris alone at 4,000 square kilometers. However, Nammo’s new artillery shell capability can reach 25 times that area, “meaning that one gun system suddenly can be much more flexible and cover much more ground and can potentially be used in a totally different way than the traditional six guns on a firing line in a battery,” Danbolt said.

In the United States, Nammo is already involved in some range extension-technology efforts, Danbolt told Defense News in an interview at the expo. The company provides the base bleed for the Excalibur guided-artillery shell, for instance.

Nammo is also involved in the XM1113 Insensitive Munition High Explosive Rocket Assisted Projectile program, that takes a 155mm artillery round and extends the cannon range to more than 40 kilometers by providing rocket-assist capability, he added.

And the company is providing the U.S. Army with development and qualification hardware for its cannon artillery extension efforts, such as base bleed and rocket-assist projectiles, Danbolt said.

To bring its new long-range artillery shell with ramjet propulsion into the U.S. market, Nammo is seeking American partners, Danbolt said. “We are in dialogue with a potential partner” that could achieve that goal, he noted.

Nammo plans to test several long-range precision fires capabilities in the coming years, particularly its new extreme-range artillery projectile. The projectile will go through a flight demonstration in the 2019 or 2020 time frame, according to Erland Orbekk, company vice president for ramjet technology.

bug2 - 15-6-2018 at 08:29 PM

Eurosatory 2018: Yugoimport offers fire support solutions

Christopher F Foss, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

15 June 2018

The Yugoimport Shumadia 4-round MRL, which fires guided rockets to a maximum range of up to 285 km. Source: Christopher F Foss

The complete range of Serbian company Yugoimport’s truck-mounted self-propelled (SP) artillery systems was displayed for the first time outside the country at Eurosatory 2018.

Firing trials for company’s latest 155 mm/52 calibre SP artillery system, the Aleksandar, began recently but it is not expected to be qualified for production for several years.

The 8×8 system has a fully enclosed protected crew cab at the front and the remote-controlled mount armed with a 155 mm/52 calibre weapon is at the rear.

Behind the ordnance is the magazine with 12 rounds of ready-to-use 155 mm ammunition with another 12 rounds in reserve.

The Aleksandar is being marketed with a standard 23 litre chamber, which meets the NATO Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU) or a larger 25 litre chamber.

The maximum range of the latter version is 37.5 km when firing a 155 mm extended range full bore (ERFB) projectile, which can be increased to 49 km using an ERFB-base bleed (ERFB-BB) projectile.

When firing the velocity enhanced artillery projectile (VLAP) that uses a combination of rocket assist and base bleed, a maximum range of 62 km is claimed.

In common with all artillery projectiles, the maximum range depends on factors including ambient weather conditions and the height at which the weapon is deployed.

The Aleksandar has a high rate of fire with a multiple round simultaneous impact (MRSI) capability of four 155 mm projectiles at a range of 25 km.

The weapon is fired remotely from inside the cab, which also contains the computerised fire control system (FCS) and land navigation system.

The ordnance is fitted with muzzle velocity radar that feeds information into the FCS.

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Exsandgroper - 16-6-2018 at 09:22 AM

Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
Eurosatory 2018: Yugoimport offers fire support solutions

Christopher F Foss, Paris - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

15 June 2018

The Yugoimport Shumadia 4-round MRL, which fires guided rockets to a maximum range of up to 285 km. Source: Christopher F Foss

The complete range of Serbian company Yugoimport’s truck-mounted self-propelled (SP) artillery systems was displayed for the first time outside the country at Eurosatory 2018.

Firing trials for company’s latest 155 mm/52 calibre SP artillery system, the Aleksandar, began recently but it is not expected to be qualified for production for several years.

The 8×8 system has a fully enclosed protected crew cab at the front and the remote-controlled mount armed with a 155 mm/52 calibre weapon is at the rear.

Behind the ordnance is the magazine with 12 rounds of ready-to-use 155 mm ammunition with another 12 rounds in reserve.

The Aleksandar is being marketed with a standard 23 litre chamber, which meets the NATO Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU) or a larger 25 litre chamber.

The maximum range of the latter version is 37.5 km when firing a 155 mm extended range full bore (ERFB) projectile, which can be increased to 49 km using an ERFB-base bleed (ERFB-BB) projectile.

When firing the velocity enhanced artillery projectile (VLAP) that uses a combination of rocket assist and base bleed, a maximum range of 62 km is claimed.

In common with all artillery projectiles, the maximum range depends on factors including ambient weather conditions and the height at which the weapon is deployed.

The Aleksandar has a high rate of fire with a multiple round simultaneous impact (MRSI) capability of four 155 mm projectiles at a range of 25 km.

The weapon is fired remotely from inside the cab, which also contains the computerised fire control system (FCS) and land navigation system.

The ordnance is fitted with muzzle velocity radar that feeds information into the FCS.

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More on extending range of 155mm artillery from USA


bug2 - 19-6-2018 at 09:15 AM

Russian Army fields latest artillery fire direction vehicles

Dmitry Fediushko, Moscow - Jane's International Defence Review

18 June 2018

The PRP-4A Argus artillery fire direction vehicle can detect and recognise moving tank-sized threats up to 12 km away. Source: Dmitry Fediushko

The Russian Army is replacing its legacy artillery fire direction vehicles with the new PRP-4A Argus platform, Jane’s has learnt.
“The artillery men of the Central Military District [TsVO] and Southern Military District [YuVO] are mastering the vehicles,” a military source told Jane’s .

The PRP-4A is based on the tracked BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle with a combat weight of 13.8 tonnes. It is operated by a four-person crew, comprising the commander, a radar operator, a topographical surveyor, and driver.

The vehicle is fitted with a radar station, periscopic laser rangefinder, range-gated imaging system and range-finding thermal imager.

The vehicle can detect a moving tank-sized target and an individual soldier at distances of up to 12 km and 7 km respectively using the radar. The periscopic laser rangefinder can recognise up to three tank-type targets at distances of up to 10 km. The PRP-4A can recognise large stationary targets, such as buildings, at a distance of 25 km.

“The vehicle can detect a concealed, stationary tank-type target with its engine shut down at a distance of [over 2 km],” the source said.

The PRP-4A’s circular error probability does not exceed 20 m with the use of the optical-electronic subsystems and 40 m with the use of the radar, the source added, noting that it can come into action within two minutes of coming to a halt.

The vehicle is armed with a Kalashnikov PKTM 7.62 mm machine gun and four smoke dischargers.

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bug2 - 19-6-2018 at 06:30 PM

Eurosatory 2018: Excalibur Army showcases BM-21 MRL upgrade

IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

18 June 2018

Richard Fowler

Czech company Excalibur Army displayed a prototype of its new BM-21 MT multiple rocket launcher (MRL) platform at Eurosatory 2018 in Paris. The BM-21 MT 4x4 is an upgrade to legacy BM-21 Grad systems currently in service using a new Tatra chassis, armoured cab, and artillery-related systems.

The Excalibur Army BM-21 MT 4x4 replaces the BM-21's Russian-designed Ural truck chassis with one designed by Tatra, although with a number of other upgrades. (IHS Markit/Richard Fowler)

Excalibur also disclosed that the platform has a crew of three – a driver plus two artillery positions – and that the MRL can be fired in volley or single-round firing modes from the cab and also via remote control from a nearby sheltered location.

Excalibur states that the entire platform carries and is capable of firing 40 122 mm high-explosive fragmentation rockets within a 20-second timeframe. Reported range is said to be 40.1 km.

The BM-21 MT 4x4 is primarily designed for indirect fire, although direct fire can be achieved within a set range using new traverse and elevation sensors.

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bug2 - 20-6-2018 at 09:14 PM

Nexter details 155 mm Katana precision-guided projectile

Christopher F Foss, Paris - Jane's International Defence Review

20 June 2018

Nexter Munitions has revealed fresh details about its Katana family of 155 mm precision guided munitions (PGMs), which is under development as a private venture.

A full-scale model of the Nexter Munitions 155 mm Katana precision guided projectile. (Christopher F Foss)

Previously known as the Menhir, the Katana PGM features two sets of four control surfaces positioned on its ogive as well as four fins at its base which unfold at launch. An additional pair of stabilisers are also deployed towards the end of its flight.

The first-generation projectile is referred to as the Katana Mk 1 and is equipped with a guidance package comprising an inertial measurement unit/global positioning system (INS/GPS), which is expected to achieve a maximum range of up to 60 km with a circular error probable (CEP) of under 10 m.

The Mk 1 projectile is presently under development and is expected to be ready for production within 24 months.

This would be followed by the Katana Mk 2a projectile which will have a similar range but will feature a guidance system comprising an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). This version is expected to be ready about 48 months after the release of the Mk 1 projectile.

The company is also developing the Katana Mk 2b projectile which will have a range in excess of 60 km and feature semi-active laser (SAL) guidance, with expected rollout approximately 48 months after the Mk 2a release.

These projectiles will be armed with a 6 kg high-explosive (HE) insensitive munition (IM) warhead, and will be compatible with existing 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance that meet Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding (JBMOU) standards.

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bug2 - 26-6-2018 at 06:06 PM

US Army tests radar with new generation semiconductor

Posted On Monday, 25 June 2018 12:53

The element of surprise can be a critical weapon, and nothing removes it from the playbook of enemy forces quite like radar. Radar units send out pulses of high-frequency electromagnetic waves that reflect off objects, and modern radar systems are sophisticated enough to track even small, rapidly moving objects like rockets and mortar and artillery shells.

US Army Yuma Proving Ground is hosting an operational test of the Marine Corps' AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR). Specifically under evaluation is the Block 2 version of the system, which searches for ground-based weapons fire.(Picture source: U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) has long experience testing these systems. Currently, the proving ground is hosting an operational test of the Marine Corps' AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR). Specifically under evaluation is the Block 2 version of the system, which searches for ground-based weapons fire. The version of the G/ATOR under test now uses Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) for its semiconductor in the transmit/receive modules: a system coming for test at YPG later this year uses more efficient Gallium Nitride (GaN). "This operational assessment is set up to make a fielding decision on four GaAs systems," said Maj. Peter Young, operational test project officer. "We have these initial four systems that will be delivered to the Marines this fall, and this test is to evaluate their operational readiness."

The portable unit's upright rectangular face weighs in at a relatively light 3,000 pounds, significantly less than that of comparably sized radars. Much of the weight savings comes from the system being cooled by ambient air, even in torrid desert heat. "This is an expeditionary radar--it will go anywhere the Marines go," said John Karlovich, program manager. "It is a pretty capable system that has legs to pace the threat for decades to come."

About 40 Marines from various installations across the country participate in the testing, broken down into two radar teams and a target processing center that feeds information from the radar into a fire direction center to coordinate counter-fire against the location from which the 'hostile' round or rocket originated.

"They're emplacing and displacing the radar based on tactical scenarios," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Abraxas Patton, G/ATOR Block II project officer. "We're using YPG as our 'enemy,' having them fire on a pretend friendly force. The radars are set up to detect these incoming rockets, artillery, and mortars so we can counter-fire on them to protect friendly forces."

Two YPG weapons operation crews supporting the test move frequently throughout a typical day to test the radar's ability to track fires from different locations, requiring careful coordination. The diverse expertise of YPG's weapons operators mean the G/ATOR can be readily put through its paces against all types of indirect fire, from mortars and rockets to artillery shells. In some test scenarios, the system was exposed to all of these simultaneously, or in close succession from multiple locations over the course of the day. Hundreds of rounds were fired. "YPG can shoot everything I want to shoot," said Young.

The operational test was originally slated to be part of a large operational exercise at a Marine Corps installation. When the exercise was significantly scaled back in scope, the testers chose YPG, which had been home to developmental testing of the system for nearly a year, as a backup location. The testers appreciated YPG's flexibility, vast range space, and expertise and capability in firing every kind of threat the radars are expected to guard against in a combat situation. "We've been to several other test centers, and YPG is by far the best," said Patton. "The professionalism and responsiveness of the personnel supporting us are phenomenal. This is a culmination of a long, challenging development program," added Karlovich. "It really is a quantum leap in capability for any radar that isn't an active array. It's pretty exciting!"

bug2 - 28-6-2018 at 09:20 PM

Estonia has signed a contrat to purchase K9 155m howitzers from South Korea

Posted On Thursday, 28 June 2018 08:22

The press service of Estonian Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, that Estonia has signed a contract with South Korean Defense Company Hanwha to purchase 12 K9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzers for a total amount of €46 million.

South Korean K9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzer at Defense Exhibition in South Korea. (Picture source Army Recognition)

In February 2017, it was announced that Estonia has showed interest to acquire K9 Thunder 155m self-propelled hwoitzer from South Korea that could enter in service with Estonian armed forces by 2021 with a final delivery for 2026. At the end of August 2017 the Estonian government submitted a request to South Korea to make a price offer for 12 K9 Thunder howitzers. The new artillery systems will equip one artillery battalion of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF). The request alos included an option for the purchase of 12 more similar howitzers to arm a second battalion.

In January 2018, The Estonian government has received an offer to purchase 12 K9 Thunder-type howitzers from the government of South Korea.

Turkey has licensed the design of the K9 and used it to develop their indigenous self-propelled howitzer, the T-155 Firtina.

Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 17 February 2017, the purchase of K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzers from South Korea. On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, Norway’s defence ministry has announced the purchase of the K9 155 artillery self-propelled howitzers designed and manufactured by the South Korean Company Hanwha Land Systems.

In July 2017, Indian Company India's Larsen & Toubro and Hanwha Techwin (HTW) of South Korea signed a contract to produce the K9 155mm/52 Caliber Tracked Self-Propelled howitzer for the Indian Army under the name of Vajra-T, an enhanced version of the K9 Thunder, manufactured according to specific requirements of the Indian Army including desert operations.

The K9 Thunder is a South Korean Self-Propelled 155 mm Howitzer (SPH) developed by Samsung Techwin. The development program of this 155 mm/52-caliber self-propelled howitzer has been underway since 1989. In 1996 the first prototype of this new artillery system was tested. The contract for the new K9 artillery system was awarded to Samsung Aerospace Industries (SSA) by the Korean Government on 22 December 1998.

The main armament of the K9 Thunder consists of a 155 mm/52 caliber ordnance with a maximum firing range of 40 km. A total of 48 projectiles and their associated charges are carried for ready use. Internally an automatic loading system takes projectiles from the storage position and places them onto the ammunition tray ready for ramming

The K9 Thunder has a maximum rate of fire of 6 rounds per minute and is capable of multiple-round simultaneous-impact firing. It is able to fire three rounds in 15 seconds, each in different trajectories, so that all of the shells arrive on target at the same time. Sustained rate of fire is 2 rounds per minute. It is compatible with standard NATO 155-mm ammunition. Maximum range of fire is 30 km with standard HE projectile and 40 km with rocket-assisted projectile.

unicorn - 29-6-2018 at 02:04 PM

The press service of Estonian Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, that Estonia has signed a contract with South Korean Defense Company Hanwha to purchase 12 K9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzers for a total amount of €46 million.

Once again I will refrain, with difficulty, from commenting on exactly how far our procurement people had their heads up their arse when they went looking for SPGs.

bug2 - 29-6-2018 at 05:12 PM

Go on, I dare you to say something! :lol: :lol: :lol:

It is such a diabolically silly and stupid piece of our near-term Military history, that it'll deserve repeated mention through the succeeding years!

ADMK2 - 30-6-2018 at 01:52 AM

Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
Go on, I dare you to say something! :lol: :lol: :lol:

It is such a diabolically silly and stupid piece of our near-term Military history, that it'll deserve repeated mention through the succeeding years!

My “favourite” quote from that time was when we were offered cut price Dutch PZH-2000’s.

‘No, thanks. We aren’t sure of the support costs...’ on a less than $100m purchase..

Oh but you are happy to spend $15 BILLION on Phase 3 of LAND 400 PLUS the support costs...

They could have bought a brand new fleet of PZH-2000’s every 12 months for the entire life of the capability and never perform a major service on the bloody things once for less than that!

I’ve got a feeling they just stuffed around so long they couldn’t end up articulating a decent reason to the Rudd - Gillard - Rudd government why we needy such a ‘shooty / killy’ capability at a time when they were all about HADR / flower handing out amd so we got screwed on it...

bug2 - 2-7-2018 at 08:09 PM

BAE Systems pursues extended range 155 mm ammunition

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's International Defence Review

02 July 2018

BAE Systems Land UK is developing a new 155 mm extended range (ER) high-explosive (HE) projectile to meet potential home and export market requirements.

The 155 mm ER HE projectile features a screw on base bleed (BB) unit that leverages from the company’s development and production of the 4.5 in HE projectile for the Royal Navy, and could enter production in 30 months.

The new BAE Systems Land UK 155 mm extended range HE projectile fitted with base bleed unit and Rokar Silver Bullet PGK. The Rheinmetall MCS can been seen on either side. (Christopher F Foss)

According to the company, the initial 155 mm ER HE projectile will have a range of more than 40 km when fired from a 155 mm/52 caIibre ordnance or over 30 km when fired from a 155 mm/39 calibre ordnance as currently fitted to the BAE Systems Land UK AS90 self-propelled (SP) artillery system and 155 mm M777 lightweight towed howitzer.

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bug2 - 3-7-2018 at 01:34 PM

Russia reactivates heavy artillery

Dmitry Fediushko, Moscow - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

02 July 2018

The Russian armed forces are reinforcing their artillery, reactivating 2S7M 203 mm Malka self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and 2S4 Tyulpan 240 mm self-propelled mortars, military and industrial sources have told Jane's .

“In late June, a Central Military District [CMD] artillery unit based in the Kemerovo region received 12 refurbished 2S7M SPHs,” a military source said, adding that the Eastern and Southern Military Districts also use the Malka.

“These SPHs are now being completely overhauled, with the inner surface of the gun barrels being restored. The upgraded 2S7M SPH is linked to the 1V12M modernised 1V12M command vehicle, which uses a GLONASS navigation unit,” an industrial source told Jane's , adding that the SPHs are being overhauled by the Volgograd-based Titan-Barrikady enterprise.

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bug2 - 3-7-2018 at 08:33 PM

Japan develops new self-propelled howitzer

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

03 July 2018

Japan is progressing its programme to develop a 155 mm/52-calibre wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) to replace Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF’s) ageing FH-70 towed artillery system, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced.

In a statement in late June, the MoD’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) said that it has recently taken delivery of five prototypes of the wheeled SPH system, which was developed by domestic land systems company, Japan Steel Works. ATLA gave no designation for the new system.

An image of a prototype of Japan’s new wheeled self-propelled howitzer featuring an 8x8 MAN tactical truck. (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency)

ATLA said it will now evaluate and test the SPH, which is based on 8x8 chassis, before potential orders of the platform.

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bug2 - 3-7-2018 at 08:49 PM

Rostec brings Tornado-G salvo fire weapons to international market

Posted On Monday, 02 July 2018 13:38

Rostec State Corporation said it offered Tornado-G salvo fire weapon on the international market and expects high demand. Tornado-G has to replace Grad which are operational in over 60 countries of the world, Rostec said.

Tornado-G MLRS (Picture source: Army Recognition)

SPLAV production amalgamation of Rostec’s Tecmash was licensed to display Tornado-G abroad. The weapon is expected to be of interest for potential customers and can in future replace Grad. At present Tornado-G is operational in Russian army units. It has never been displayed abroad before.

Tornado-G develops Grad which has been operational in many countries for over 50 years and confirmed its failure-free reliability. It operates five times faster than the predecessor and has bigger firepower. It enjoys a high control speed and can abandon its position even before the projectile reaches the target. It ensures crew safety, mobility and effectiveness. "We hope the weapon will enjoy high demand of foreign customers," Rostec arms cluster Industrial Director Sergey Abramov said.

Tornado-G is a Russian upgraded salvo fire weapon and a development of Grad. It differs from the predecessor by higher fire efficiency, more powerful missiles, automatic targeting, geolocation and navigational systems. The weapon can operate fully autonomously. Tornado-G fires a two-time bigger warhead which increases the destruction power from two to six times.

Tornado-G fires 122mm projectiles and is designed to destroy adversary troops, armor, artillery and mortar batteries, as well as command posts. It can fire salvo and solo missiles. "Tornado-G is an efficient and reliable weapon to replace Grad. SPLAV initiated a further upgrade to expand the range of combat missions. Its technical solutions will upgrade military hardware," Tecmash CEO Vladimir Lepin said.

bug2 - 6-7-2018 at 12:06 PM

Systematic to supply Danish artillery system fire-support capability

Giles Ebbutt, Plymouth - Jane's International Defence Review

05 July 2018

The Danish Army will deploy its new SitaWare-based digital fires capability on the Tatra-based 8x8 version of the Caesar 155 mm SP howitzer it is procuring. Source: Christopher F Foss

Danish software house Systematic has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to deliver a new fire-support capability for the Danish Army’s latest artillery systems. The contract value was not released.

The new function builds on the Fire Support Module developed by Systematic for its SitaWare Headquarters command-and-control (C2) software. The company claims it will significantly shorten the sensor-to-shooter engagement cycle.

“The threat posed by counter-battery fire on the modern battlefield necessitates the ability for artillery systems to ‘shoot-and-scoot’ while maintaining accurate targeting,” Hans Jørgen Bohlbro, Systematic’s vice-president, defence product management, said. “One of the benefits of the new function is the ability for artillery systems to conduct fire missions quickly and redeploy before they can be engaged by enemy fires.”

The new capability enables fire mission data – first generated by a forward observer and passed to the gun crew via a joint fires cell or similar element – to be digitally transferred into an artillery fire-control system (FCS), where the ballistic calculations are made.

Although the process will do away with a man-in-the-loop for entering the fire support data into the FCS, there will always be operator verification before the fire mission is carried out.
SitaWare consists of three interoperable and scalable segments: Sitaware Headquarters, designed for use in command posts (CP) and headquarters (HQ) at battalion level and above; SitaWare Frontline, a battle management system intended principally for use in vehicles; and SitaWare Edge for the dismounted user.

The Danish Army is adopting the complete software suite in its Army Tactical Communications Network (ATCN) programme, the first phase of which will see a digitised battlegroup by 2019. For fire support the forward observers and gun crews will be equipped with SitaWare Frontline, while the fires co-ordination component will use SitaWare Headquarters.

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unicorn - 8-7-2018 at 10:49 PM

Interesting, plenty of armies still investing in wheeled SPG instead of tracks.

Australia of course couldn't do either.
:fake sniffle:

ADMK2 - 9-7-2018 at 01:20 PM

Quote: Originally posted by unicorn  
Interesting, plenty of armies still investing in wheeled SPG instead of tracks.

Australia of course couldn't do either.
:fake sniffle:

I’d be happy with that Boxer / 155mm gun combo...

But seems unlikely.

bug2 - 9-7-2018 at 05:58 PM

You been told before, common-sense has nothing to do with Australian artillery selection.............and we're still waiting for that gets f#*ked up to................

bug2 - 9-7-2018 at 06:37 PM

Rheinmetall to supply Fieldguard 3 fire control system to 2 international customers

Posted On Friday, 06 July 2018 12:37

The Düsseldorf-based high-tech group Rheinmetall with its Swiss subsidiary Rheinmetall Air Defence have booked an order to supply Fieldguard 3 measurement systems to two international customers. Fieldguard is an active fire control system which measures the flightpath of projectiles in order to assure maximum precision during target engagement.

Rheinmetall Fielguard is used by Brazilizan army to track the Astros 2020 multiple rocket launcher system. (Picture source Rheinmetall)

One customer country is expanding its existing capacity by three systems, while another nation – a first-time customer – is initially ordering a single system. In this constellation Rheinmetall is acting as subcontractor to Avibras of Brazil, the prime contractor.

Encompassing a total of four systems, the contract is worth a total of €20 million. Delivery will be complete by the end of 2019.

The programme Rheinmetall is supporting here is the ASTROS 2020 multiple rocket launcher, made by its Brazilian partner Avibras. The Fieldguard 3 is a fire control measuring system with a range of up to 100km. The system was originally developed with Avibras to track the Astros 2020 multiple rocket launcher system.

Rheinmetall’s open and professional working relationship with Avibras offers an excellent example of international cooperation in the defence technology realm. The two organizations see additional growth potential in various customer countries, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. The contract underscores once again Rheinmetall’s outstanding expertise in the field of air defence and related sensor technology.

bug2 - 11-7-2018 at 11:08 PM

NORINCO SH-1 155mm truck-mounted howitzer in service with Chinese army

Posted On Tuesday, 10 July 2018 14:36

SH-1 started as an export project with Pakistan and Burma (Myanmar), the only two known customers. Recent photos of the Chinese 72nd Artillery Brigade, 72nd Army Group, Eastern Theater Command, confirms that the PLA’s equivalent to the SH-1 is now in service in China. The 72nd Artillery Brigade also operates PHL03 300mm long-range MLRS and PLZ05 155mm tracked SP howitzer.

NORINCO SH-1 truck-mounted 155mm/52 cal howitzer (Picture source: China Defense Blog)

This truck mounted 155mm howitzer - somehow a competitor to Nexter's Caesar - was first revealed in 2007, based on the towed Type 89 (PLL01) 155mm/L52 system. It can fire all standard 155mm NATO ammunition in addition to Norinco's 155mm laser-guided shells. It is mounted on a standard Chinese 6x6 truck chassis but can be easily "remounted" on another truck.

While the SH-1 has no armor protection, it is light enough to be airlifted by a C-130 or a Y-9 class transport aircraft, making it a more flexible option for China's growing Rapid Reaction Units.

bug2 - 12-7-2018 at 01:06 AM

DALO contracts Systematic

Danish troops firing Nexter’s CAESAR 8x8 self-propelled artillery system. (Photo: Nexter)

The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) contracted Systematic to deliver a new fire support capability for the Danish Army’s latest artillery systems.

The new function builds on the Fire Support Module developed for Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters solution and will significantly shorten the sensor-to-shooter engagement cycle, among other benefits, according to the company. “The threat posed by counter-battery fire on the modern battlefield necessitates the ability for artillery systems to ‘shoot-and-scoot’ while maintaining accurate targeting,” Hans Jørgen Bohlbro, Systematic’s Vice President, Defence Product Management, explained. “One of the benefits of the new function is the ability for artillery systems to quickly conduct fire missions and redeploy before they can be engaged by enemy fires.”

The new capability enables fire mission data – first generated by a forward observer and passed to the gun crew via a joint fires cell or similar element – to be digitally transferred into an artillery fire-control system (FCS), where the ballistic calculations are made. Although the process will do away with a man-in-the-loop for entering the fire support data into the FCS, there will always be operator verification before the mission is carried out. The Danish Army is rolling out the SitaWare suite of software across all levels of the battlefield, in the artillery fire support scenario the forward observer and gun crews will be equipped with SitaWare Frontline, while the fires coordination component utilises SitaWare Headquarters.

Under the contract, Systematic is scheduled to deliver a fieldable solution in the 2020 timeframe, with integration and firing trials taking place in 2019. Ultimately, the new capability will be deployed on the Danish Army’s new CAESAR self propelled howitzers and CARDOM 10 mortars, which will be integrated on PIRANHA V armoured vehicles.

bug2 - 13-7-2018 at 07:49 PM

Indonesia takes delivery of 18 second-hand Belgian M109A4 155mm self-propelled howitzers

Posted On Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:38

On Monday, July 9, 2018, Indonesian media has reported the delivery of 18 second-hand Belgian M109A4 BE 155mm self-propelled howitzers and 4 artillery command posts. today. The delivery of the first batch of M109A4 BE self-propelled howitzers took place last year.

The arrival of second-hand Belgian M-109A4 BE 155mm self-propeled howitzer at the port of Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Indonesia (all photos: IPC terminal, IMF)

These artillery vehicles are part of a total of 38 second-hand M109s that Indonesia purchased from Belgium.

In August 2016, it was announced that Indonesia would purchase second-hand M109A4 BE 155mm self-propelled howitzers from Belgium and a few number of artillery command post using the same armoured tracked chassis.

The M109 is an American-made 155 mm self-propelled howitzer based on tracked armored chassis that was introduced in the early 1960s. It has been upgraded a number of times, most recently to the M109A7 model. It has a crew of six including commander, driver, gunner, the assistant gunner and two ammunition loaders.

The main armament of the M109 consists of one M126 155 mm howitzer in an M127 mount, with a fume extractor and a large muzzle brake. The recoil system is hydro-pneumatic and the breech block is of the Welin-step thread type. The weapon has an elevation of +75º, a depression of -5º and the turret can be traversed through a full 360º. Gun elevation and depression and turret traverse are hydraulic with manual controls for emergency use. Normal rate of fire is 1 rd/min but 3 rds/min can be fired for a short period. It has an effective firing range of 18 km with conventional ammunition and 30 km with RAP (Rocket assisted projectile) which is an artillery, cannon or recoilless rifle round incorporating a rocket motor for independent propulsion.

The M109A4 is a converted M109A2 or M109A3. The major changes are the incorporation of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) requirements and Reliability And Maintainability (RAM) improvements. Selected improvements are found in the following kits: traverse mechanism, NBC equipment, hydraulic power pack filter, starter protection, external slave start, floor drains.

In August 1983, the Belgian Minister of Defence signed a contract with BMY (Bowen-McLaughlinYork) for the purchase of 127 M109A2 self-propelled howitzers. The first vehicles were delivered in August 1984 and all were delivered by the end of 1985. These vehicles are used by the six field artillery battalions, the Brasschaat Artillery School and the maintenance reserve. The older M109s were upgraded to M109A3 standard by the Arsenal du Matériel Mécanique et de l'Armement, at Rocourt, near Liège.

From 1998 the operational M109A2's were fitted with a North Finding Module and between 2002 and 2006 a total of 108 M109A2's will be upgraded to the M109A4 standard. The M109A4 is no longer in service in the Belgian army.

Belgian army M109A4 BE 155mm self-propelled hwoitzer (Picture source Army Recognition)

ADMK2 - 14-7-2018 at 12:33 AM

Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
You been told before, common-sense has nothing to do with Australian artillery selection.............and we're still waiting for that gets f#*ked up to................


bug2 - 18-7-2018 at 08:48 AM

Indian Army to resume test firings of M777 howitzer after 10-month gap

Rahul Bedi, New Delhi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

17 July 2018

The Indian Army (IA) is to resume firing tests of the BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzer after they were suspended in September 2017 when one of the guns malfunctioned.

IA sources told Jane’s that four M777s are set to fire about 150 rounds of locally-made ammunition over a four-week period until late August at Pokhran – located in India’s north-western desert region – to complete compilation of the howitzer’s ‘firing tables’ under the supervision of US Army personnel.

Once testing is completed, five of the 145 air-mobile M777s that India acquired in November 2016 for USD737 million under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme are expected to be formally inducted into the IA, possibly by the end of the year.

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bug2 - 23-7-2018 at 07:42 PM

Indian army to receive new howitzers from September

Posted On Monday, 23 July 2018 08:36

From September, the Indian army will be inducting two types of artillery guns into its arsenal. These will be the first induction of heavy artillery since the Swedish Bofors guns imported in the 1980s, the Hindu reports.

K9 "Vajra" 155mm/52cal self-propelled howitzer displayed at DefExpo India 2018, Chennai 9-15 April (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Army will start taking delivery of the K9 Vajra-T tracked self-propelled artillery guns from South Korea in September and the first regiment of 18 guns is expected to be ready by the third quarter of 2019. At the same time, it will also receive four M777 ATAGS (Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System) howitzers purchased from the U.S. “The Army will get 10 guns this year from September. All the 100 guns will be delivered by November 2020,” a defence source said.

In April 2017, the Indian engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Hanwa Techwin of South Korea signed a contract to manufacture the K9 Vajra-T guns. The K9 was shortlisted by the Army after extensive trials and the deal is worth about ₹4,500 crore for 100 guns. K9 Vajra-T is a 155-mm, 52-calibre self-propelled artillery gun with a maximum range of 40 km, customised from the original K9 Thunder gun.

The fire control system has been customised for desert conditions to the requirements of the Army. The first 10 guns will be imported from South Korea and the rest manufactured by L&T in India.

The M777 induction process is progressing on schedule after a brief delay. The Army will shortly resume user trials after which it will take formal delivery. “We will get four guns this year from September,” the source said. In November 2016, India signed a deal for 145 M777 ULHs with the U.S. under the Foreign Military Sales programme at a cost of $737 million. The M777 is a 155-mm, 39-calibre towed artillery gun and weighs just four tonnes, making it transportable under slung from helicopters. The M777A2 variant is an upgraded version of the original gun.

bug2 - 23-7-2018 at 10:01 PM

Iraq reactivates old Russian D30 122mm howitzers

Posted On Monday, 23 July 2018 09:56

The Iraqi army has reactivated its Soviet-age D-30 122 mm towed howitzers, according to the Al-Alam News Network. "The Iraqi troops are supposed to use the reactivated D-30 howitzers during a military operation against terrorists in the central part of Iraq. Previously, the country`s armed forces were operating these artillery systems; however, in the early 2000s the howitzers were phased out. Iraq has restored the D-30 guns and mounted them on Scania trucks," the Al-Alam news agency said.

Russian D-30 122mm towed howitzer at defense exhibition in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The D-30 is a Russian-made 122 mm towed howitzer that first entered service in the 1960s with the Russian army. The D-30 122 mm howitzer has a maximum range of fire of 15.4 km, a muzzle velocity of 690-740 m/s (depending on the propellant charge), a barrel length of 4.66 m, a weight of approximately 3,200 kg, a rate of fire of six to eight rounds per minute, and a combat readiness time of about 2.5 minutes.

It should be mentioned that the Iraqi military previously operated the Saddam modification of the D-30 (a slightly improved variant of the Serbian D-30J howitzer). The maximum range of fire of the Saddam/D-30J gun was increased to 17.3 km. The enhanced artillery system received a hydraulic firing jack (instead of the baseline mechanical one) and a new dual-chamber muzzle break.

Possibly like these Sudanese versions?

bug2 - 11-8-2018 at 11:22 AM

First 18 HIMARS ordered for Romania

Nicholas Fiorenza, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

10 August 2018

The US Army Contracting Command has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales contract for the first 18 M142 HIMARS launchers for Romania. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Alabama has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the first 18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers for Romania, the US Department of Defense announced on 9 August. The contract also covers associated training, spares, and planned enhancement and product improvement modifications.

Lockheed Martin will perform the work at its Grand Prairie facility in Texas, aiming for completion by the end of 2020.

The US State Department approved the FMS of 54 HIMARS launchers to Romania in August 2017. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement at the time valued the sale at USD1.25 billion, including related support and equipment.

In addition to 54 HIMARS launchers, Romania has requested 162 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) warheads, 54 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), 30 Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets, and 24 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), in addition to 30 Humvees and logistics vehicles.

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bug2 - 11-8-2018 at 03:10 PM

Holography Breakthrough Boosts Accuracy of China’s Artillery

(Source: Global Times; issued Aug 03, 2018)

Researchers at a university in North China's Tianjin Municipality made a breakthrough in holography based on optical metasurfaces, with an expert saying the technology could improve the accuracy of military reconnaissance.

A research team from the Center for Terahertz Waves of Tianjin University has greatly advanced holographic imaging technology and realized reflective chiral holography for the first time, Science and Technology Daily reported on Wednesday.

"Using the metasurfaces material and terahertz waves, the updated holographic plate could exhibit an image with essential features and very accurate status of location, which would greatly improve military reconnaissance," Song Zhongping, a military expert, told the Global Times on Thursday.

Holographic plates with metasurfaces could also record more data and better reproduce the images than ordinary plates, Song added.

A terahertz wave is a kind of electromagnetic wave, which has strong penetrability with good directionality. The waves are safe for humans. They are currently the least understood and least developed electromagnetic spectral band, according to the report.

The metasurfaces plate can recognize different polarization states of light. This enables it to store more information and make fully independent holographic imaging, the newspaper reported.

"Such holography technology must pass various engineering tests under a battlefield environment to confirm its functioning before it is eventually adopted by the People's Liberation Army (PLA)," Song noted.

If fully developed, the technology would bring a sharp advance for artillery units of the PLA, allowing the units to achieve global leadership in artillery technology, Song said.

The ability to convert a good idea into combat capability as soon as possible is important to the PLA, as it also would allow units to have a quick reaction in future battles, Song added.


bug2 - 17-8-2018 at 09:02 AM

Brazil to receive remaining M109A5 in December

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

16 August 2018

The arrival of the remaining 56 of 60 M109A5 155 mm self-propelled artillery systems granted by the US Government to the Brazilian Army as excess defense articles (EDA) in a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) in January 2018 is expected to take place in December, the service told Jane's .

This batch, which follows the initial four vehicles delivered in March, had been due to arrive in June or July.

Under the terms of the transfer, Brazil has paid for packing, handling, and transportation of the vehicles and associated items.

The M109A5s are currently at the US Army's Anniston depot.

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bug2 - 21-8-2018 at 08:45 PM

Loc Performance Products to upgrade US Army M270 MLRS Armoring

Posted On Tuesday, 21 August 2018 07:14

The August 20's award of a contract by the U.S. Government to Loc Performance Products, Inc. represents a trend of saving money while improving the quality of products and enhancing the safety of those serving in America's Armed Forces. This newest contract is for the manufacture of an armored assembly for the Army's Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). The contract is valued at $475 Million.

An M270 multiple launch rocket system fires during a live fire training exercise at Rocket Valley, South Korea, Sep. 25, 2017

Under the contract, Loc Performance Products, based in Plymouth, Mich., will provide a newly constructed armored cab, upgrading the entire cab design in order to better protect crew members.

The contract is described as a "build to print" effort that uses a Government-provided Technical Data Package.

Lou Burr, CEO of Loc Performance Products, said the company has, since 2014, has received more than $1.1 billion in prime contracts to the Government.

"We have continued to bring a cost competitive mindset to large Government prime contract opportunities," said Burr. "This has served to drive down cost in the industry without sacrificing delivery or performance."

Burr also credits the company's expertise and experience as a premier full-service manufacturer of large CNC machined components, fabricated structures, and assemblies for military and industrial applications for playing a role in the awarding of this contract.

Much of what the Government included in this contract's performance criteria lines up with Loc's capabilities, which includes its robust welding certification program and supply chain management integration.

bug2 - 22-8-2018 at 08:54 AM

Lockheed Martin receives HIMARS contract

21st August 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

Lockheed Martin has received a $218 million contract from the US Army to produce High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and associated hardware for an international customer.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver 18 HIMARS launchers and associated equipment by December 2020.

HIMARS is a lightweight mobile launcher that consists of a launcher loader module and fire control system mounted on a five-tonne truck chassis. The system fires Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System rockets and Army Tactical Missile System missiles. A specialised armoured cab provides additional protection to the three crew members that operate the system.

With this procurement, HIMARS is now in the inventories of four international partners.

bug2 - 25-8-2018 at 09:59 PM

Long-Range Precision Fires Modernization a Joint Effort, Army Tech Leader Says

(Source: US Army; issued Aug 22, 2018)

WASHINGTON --- The Army's No. 1 modernization priority -- long-range precision fires -- is a collaborative science and technology effort between the Army and the other services, said Dr. Thomas Russell.

Russell, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology, spoke at a National Defense Industrial Association-sponsored science and technology forum here, Aug. 22.

Already, a long-range precision fires cross-functional team is working on a number of near, intermediate and long-range technology demonstrators, Russell said.

Those demonstrators include land-based, anti-ship missiles; single, multi-mission attack missiles; multiple, simultaneous engagement technologies; extended-range cannon artillery; low-cost, tactical extended-range missiles; cluster munition replacement technologies; and long-range maneuverable fires.

One promising area of long-range precision fires that is still in the science and technology phase is hypersonics, he said. Hypersonic missiles travel at speeds of Mach 5 or greater and are adept at changing course to evade interception.

The Army's interest in hypersonics is in the ground-based version. The cross-functional team's efforts into hypersonics include research in propulsion, warheads, glide bodies and other areas, he said.

Mary Miller, now performing the duties of assistant secretary of Defense for research and engineering, said the Department of Defense's No. 1 priority is both offensive and defensive hypersonics.

Hypersonics takes the top spot, she said, because competitors are already demonstrating their own hypersonic capabilities, and are expected to field hypersonic weapons that are land-, sea- and air-based by the early 2020s. "The U.S. has been outpaced in hypersonic development," she added.

If those nations succeed -- and they are expected to -- U.S. aircraft carriers might be threatened, she said.

The U.S. is also on track to get hypersonic weapons fielded by the early 2020s, Miller said, though there will be many challenges along the way. "You need to be able to see a target, track the threat, do intercept, and many other aspects along the kill chain," she said.

Another challenge with hypersonics is developing materials that can endure extremely high temperatures. Hypersonic projectiles travel at extremely high speeds, and the friction they encounter while moving through the air creates incredible heat. Miller also said cost is a challenge.

Miller, whose previous assignment was deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology, said the Army's six modernization priorities -- long-range precision fires, next generation combat vehicle, future vertical lift, network, air and missile defense, and Soldier lethality -- nest nicely with the National Defense Strategy and the DOD's own top modernization priorities, including hypersonics, directed energy, network, space, cyber, microelectronics, and artificial intelligence.


bug2 - 27-8-2018 at 06:21 PM

CGI’s upgrade to better link UK, NATO field artillery and fire control systems

Gerrard Cowan, Belfast - Jane's International Defence Review

24 August 2018

CGI’s recent deal to upgrade the UK’s Fire Control Battlefield Information System (FC BISA) will significantly enhance the country’s interoperability with NATO allies in the area, reflecting a growing focus on ‘near-peer’ threats among Western nations, the company has told Jane’s .

The UK-based IT specialist announced a GBP17 million, four-year deal to upgrade FC BISA in mid-August. It said the upgrade would digitise processes currently reliant on voice communications in indirect fire support, which will allow the United Kingdom to fully implement NATO’s Artillery Systems Cooperation Activities (ASCA): a software interface that digitally links the various field artillery and fire support systems of member nations.

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bug2 - 27-8-2018 at 09:57 PM

Army-2018: Zaslon Center presents new 80mm MLRS based on 4x4 UAZ pickup

Posted On Monday, 27 August 2018 10:29

At Army-2018, the International Military Technical Forum in Russia, the Russian Company Zaslon Center presents new MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) based on a UAZ 4x4 pickup vehicle. The rear part of the vehicle is fitted with a rocket launcher system able to launch 80mm unguided rocket.

New 4x4 UAZ pickup 80mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System at Army-2018, International Military Technical Forum in the Patriotic Park Expo, Moscow Region, Russia. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The new rocket launcher system is based on a 4x4 UAZ pickup chassis especially designed to be used in road and off-road conditions. The pickup UAZ can, be motorized with a ZMZ-40906, Euro-4 / Euro-5 ptreol engine or a ZMZ-51432, Euro-4, Common Rail Diesel engine couple to a 5-speed manual transmission. The vehicle can reach a maximum road speed of 140 km/hr. It has a load capacity of 725 kg.

The rocket launcher system is mounted on a mobile platform that can be traversed through a full 360º and elevation from -5° to 55°. It has four pods of 10 launch tubes of 80mm able to fire S-8 unguided rockets. It can be used to destroy enemy's manpower and light armored vehicles.

The S-8 is a rocket weapon which was developed by the Soviet Air Force and Serbian Air Force for use by military aircraft but now the rocket is also used by ground launcher system. For the UAZ MLRS, the maximum firing range is 6 km. The vehicle has a crew of two and all the firing operations are done manually thanks to a control box connected by cable to the launcher station.

According to the manufacturer, the rocket launcher system of the UAZ pickup MLRS is able to fire any types of 80mm unguided rocket as the S-8KOM – with HEAT fragmentation warhead, S-8BM with concrete-piercing (penetrating) HE warhead, S-8T with tandem HEAT fragmentation warhead, S-8DF with FAE warhead, S-8OM with illuminating warhead, S-8PM with chaff warhead and the S-8TsM with target designating (smoke) warhead.

VIDEO: Army-2018 Zaslon Center UAZ 4x4 pickup 80mm S-8 MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System:

bug2 - 30-8-2018 at 08:32 PM

US Army secretary: welding issues hinder Paladin howitzer production

Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

29 August 2018

BAE Systems' first seven Paladin PIM prototypes - one of which is pictured here - were delivered to the army in May 2011.

Upgrades and design changes have since added capability, but pushed production out considerably. Source: BAE Systems
The M109A7 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) programme, a long-running effort to field significantly updated 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), has been set back by some manufacturing issues, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper told reporters during a 29 August breakfast meeting.

The vehicles are based on a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle chassis, power train, and suspension, with a modified turret and electrical system. Contractor BAE Systems and the PIM programme have been awaiting approval from the army to enter full-rate production.

Government quality control inspections had “discovered that there was insufficient welding happening on the vehicles, on the chassis” at BAE Systems’ manufacturing facility in York, Pennsylvania, Esper said, adding that he thinks “we have it under control now; they have it under control”.

Bloomberg News first reported in July that the Pentagon’s Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) had found the company was experiencing supply-chain, part quality, and delivery issues, and that 50 howitzers that had been delivered to the army were recalled for inspection because of possible welding issues.

Esper said, “There were management issues there” at York. The facility also builds the US Army’s upcoming Armored Multipurpose Vehicle (AMPV) that is to be rushed to units in Europe to meet a need there.

The secretary said he plans to travel to York “in the coming weeks” to see what BAE Systems is doing to improve its management and quality control, and to ensure that quality control issues on PIM are addressed and are not also impacting the AMPV programme.

“In close co-ordination with the army customer and DCMA, we have taken corrective actions to improve our manufacturing process moving forward,” a BAE Systems spokesperson told Jane’s . “While there was no material impact to the vehicles’ performance, survivability, or lethality, we modified aspects of our welding practices.”

The spokesperson added: “BAE Systems is investing heavily in its production and manufacturing network to include its York facility as well as the supplier base.

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bug2 - 30-8-2018 at 09:56 PM

Techmash arms firm to show new Tornado-G projectiles at Army-2018

Posted On Wednesday, 29 August 2018 14:13

The Techmash company within the Russian State Corporation Rostec presented a line of new-generation projectiles at the Army-2018 International Military-Technical Forum.

Tornado-G (Picture source: Army Recognition)

Projectiles for the Tornado-G salvo firing system were displayed for the first time. "One of the exhibits was a 122-mm unguided projectile with a high-explosive warhead (9M539). It can destroy open and covert personnel, non-armor vehicles, command posts and other targets. The projectile makes it possible to effectively destroy targets behind ground folds, back slopes, gorges and in the mountains," Techmash’s Director-General Vladimir Lepin explained.

Its range of fire is from five to twenty kilometers. The combat employment temperatures vary from -50 to + 50 degrees centigrade. The projectile’s average kill effectiveness is six times higher than of a similar Grad projectile. The Tornado-G salvo fire system has been widely in service with the Russian army since 2017. The system has proven to be a highly effective and reliable weapon, which has replaced the classical Grad system.

The combat vehicle is equipped with an automated fire control system and launching equipment which make the process of aiming the guiding cluster and the shooting process itself fully automatic; they also make it possible to establish autonomous survey control, orient the combat vehicle on the terrain and reflect the necessary topographic situation on an electronic map as well as ensure remote input of the assigned flight data to an exploder and launch newly-designed projectiles without any need for the crew to dismount and leave the combat vehicle.

The guiding cluster of the Tornado-G combat vehicle consists of 40 launching tubes. The system’s 122-mm caliber makes it possible to operate both Tornado-G and Grad projectiles.

bug2 - 4-9-2018 at 08:50 PM

Russian CBRN protection troops receive 30 TOS-1A MRLs

Dmitry Fediushko, Moscow - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

03 September 2018

The Russian CBRN protection troops have received 30 TOA-1A 220 mm MRLs in 2018. Source: Rosoboronexport

The Russian chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection troops (RKhBZ) have received 30 TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Sunburn) 220 mm multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) in 2018, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a Ministry of Defence (MoD) board meeting on 31 August.

He added that the RKhBZ would begin receiving a new generation of improved incendiary weapons. He reported that the TOS-1A had performed well in Syria, destroying 1,200 targets in support of attacks by Syrian troops.

The share of modern equipment in service with the RKhBZ has reached 62% and will increase to 72% by 2020. In recent years, 11 CBRN protection regiments have been established.

Rostec’s NPO Splav company is designing an updated variant of the TOS-1A system, which is designated Tosochka. “Unlike the baseline model, Tosochka will be mounted on a wheeled chassis. State trials of the new launcher are scheduled for 2019, and operational evaluation and tests will start in 2020,” Splav told Jane’s .

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bug2 - 7-9-2018 at 07:37 PM

New Ukrainian-made 2S22 Bohdana 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzer

Posted On Thursday, 06 September 2018 08:14

During the military parade in Ukraine that was held on August 24, 2018, to mark the 27th anniversary of independence, Ukrainian army has unveiled a new local-made 6x6 155mm self-propelled howitzer nicknamed 2S22 Bohdana. The new artillery system was presented for the first time some few days ago before the parade.

Ukrainian army 2S22 Bohdana 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzer at rehearsal for military parade in Kiev, August 2018. (Picture source Wikipedia)

The 2S22 Bohdana is designed, developed and manufactured by Ukrainian Companies according to NATO standards including the gun control system and the truck carrier.

The 2S22 Bohdana is based on a KrAZ 63221 6×6 high-mobility truck chassis manufactured by the Company Ukrainian AutoKrAZ. The front of the truck has an armor crew cab offering protection against firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. The truck cabin can accommodate five crew members. It has a total weight of 28,000 kg.

Main armament of the 2S22 Bohdana consists of one 155mm NATO standard cannon mounted at the rear of the truck chassis, able to fire High-explosive incendiary/armor-piercing ammunition (HEIAP) at a range from 35 to 40 km and Rocket assisted projectile (RAP) with a range from 45 to 60 km. It has a maximum rate of fire of 6 rounds per minute. The truck can carry a total of 20 round of ammunition and associated charges stored in boxes located on each side of the truck chassis.

In firing position, a large spade is hydraulically lowered at the rear of the truck chassis to provide a more stable firing platform and platforms are deployed on each side to help the crew in reaching the ammunition boxes. The gun is fitted with a semi-automatic loading system and all the firing operations is performed by the use of a modern fire control system that consists of one ballistic and a gun system computers.

Ukrainian army 2S22 Bohdana 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzer at rehearsal for military parade in Kiev, August 2018. (Picture source Wikipedia)

ADMK2 - 8-9-2018 at 07:13 PM

Yeah, not quite sure about those firing ranges...

bug2 - 12-9-2018 at 09:28 PM

US M142 HIMARS troops praise Government developed software

Posted On Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:44

“This new software is amazing,” said 1SG Alex Joy of the 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment (3-27 FAR) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. “The speed is mind-blowing. The parking heading colors are cool. The auto-execute feature is a game changer.” Rachel Gray, Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, reports on DVIDS.

M142 HIMARS (Picture source: DVIDS)

For two weeks in late August, the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (18th FA Brigade) in Fort Bragg, N.C., fielded and trained on the new M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Software System Suite Version 8.0 (V8); the first government developed and owned fire control system (FCS) software for an Acquisition Category (ACAT) 1 combat weapon system. The V8 software fielding marked a historic milestone for the United States government, unveiling its capability to successfully create and maintain its own FCS software without outsourcing to private companies. This fielding also revealed the positive, excited feedback and high demand from 18th FA Brigade Soldiers, the U.S. Army’s premier HIMARS brigade.

“[V8] is way faster and I like the accessibility of the programmable function keys,” HIMARS SPC Andres Fernandez divulged inside a HIMARS cab during a dry fire. The programmable function keys give soldiers more navigational control over the software. The launcher chief, SGT Joseph Schaeffer, continued: “It relays more information back to us about advisories, what our launcher loader module is doing, and digital communications.” The launcher crew explained with enthusiasm how the user-friendly software would positively impact their fire mission operations. These complimentary comments were not atypical. Numerous HIMARS launcher crews agreed that V8 was easier to navigate, more clearly labeled, intuitive, and was fully mission capable in significantly faster time than V8’s predecessor, the Legacy Version 7 series.

Previous, obsolete and outdated Legacy software poses many challenges for the Army’s modernization efforts. However, the primary push to organically design a government owned FCS software was born from reducing lifecycle costs, improving cyber security posture, and mitigating obsolescence. The government team, Precision Fires Rocket and Missiles Systems (PFRMS) Project Office and Systems Simulation, Software and Integration Directorate (S3I), teamed together nearly 7 years ago to tackle these problematic elements of the old FCS software. After years of development, validation, verification, and collaboration with U.S. Soldiers, the HIMARS FCS software was successfully redesigned as V8.

V8 boasts a new, enhanced graphical user interface with a modern, intuitive design, more reliable safety parameters, faster launcher software start-up and shut down times, a clearly identifiable auto-execution feature, additional lines of text for Soldiers to read numerous warnings and advisories, and colored coded parking headings to prevent Soldiers from needing to calculate heading allowance. The Interactive Electronic Technical Manual Reader was revamped to be a clearer, user friendly, printable, Adobe-like program. The V8 software can also be easily modified to support language translations.

“Version 8 is a true, fundamental leap forward,” said LTC Aaron Sadusky of 3-321 FAR. The LTC spoke highly of V8, commenting that some in his brigade, like his 1SG, “loved it.”

“The overall speed of the software [is] extremely impressive,” remarked 1SG Joy. “The start-up and shutdown times will be advantageous in certain operations. The reduction in start-up time helps market ourselvses to adjacent services, like the Air Force, and faster shut down time gives a technical advantage because it helps eliminate position errors.” 1SG Joy had more encouraging comments for V8 developers. “The auto-execute is a key feature and a game changer. You are not fumbling around menus trying to find your fire mission unlike in Legacy. It will certainly change the way I train my troops.”

Both of the 18th FA battalions’ Fire Direction Center operators, launcher crews, and maintenance crews all received V8 training and 32 HIMARS were loaded with the V8 software. S3I and PFRMS were directly involved in classroom instruction and dry fires to address or identify software improvement opportunities. The data collected from the fielding will improve upon an already dependable, quick, and practical interface for the user.

The fielding in Fort Bragg fueled the true mission of S3I and PFRMS: to create a reliable and advanced FCS software for the user. The ultimate goal of each office is to support Soldiers and provide them with the equipment needed to clearly meet their objectives and increase their survivability. After the fielding, it is without question that V8 is intuitive, popular, and the pioneer for future government created and owned products. PFRMS and S3I are currently using V8 as the baseline for the future Common FCS software which will be deployed on both HIMARS and M270A1 MLRS heavy launcher fleets.

bug2 - 13-9-2018 at 09:03 AM

North Korea parades latest self-propelled howitzers, missile carriers

Gabriel Dominguez, London and Neil Gibson, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 September 2018

The North Korean SPGH paraded on 6 September has a similar layout to most modern SPGHs. Source: KCNA

North Korea displayed what appear to be a new tracked self-propelled gun-howitzer (SPGH) and a new missile carrier in a parade held in Pyongyang on 9 September to mark the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding.

The SPGH, nine units of which were paraded at the event, has a similar layout to most modern SPGHs.

It is not clear where the chassis, turret, and ordnance of the system are derived from. The ordnance bears some resemblance to the 2A64 152 mm weapon from the Soviet-made 2S19 MSTA-S SPGH, or the 2A64 weapon from the MSTA-B towed gun-howitzer, but its recoil system (buffer and recuperator) as well as muzzle brake are of a different design.

The turret bears some resemblance to the Chinese PZL-45 and the Iranian Raad-2 SPGH, although this is only superficial.

It is also unclear where the chassis has been derived from and whether it is of indigenous design.

The North Korean military also displayed nine units of what appears to be a new missile carrier, the chassis of which appears to be based on the M2010 6?6 armoured personnel carrier. An eight-round inclined missile launcher is mounted on the vehicle and encapsulated in a multifaceted turret.

Imagery made available by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows that the vehicle’s turret roof is raised to allow the missiles to fire. The appearance of the missile containers is similar to those of multipurpose missile systems such as the Chinese Red Arrow 10 (HJ-10) and the Israeli Spike NLOS. The capabilities of the missile system carried by the vehicle were not disclosed.

North Korea’s military parade was described in media reports as “low key” because it did not feature any long-range missiles, including the Hwaseong-14 and Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that Pyongyang paraded for the first time in February.

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