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buglerbilly - 30-5-2017 at 09:28 AM

Rafael advances fifth-generation Spike variant

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

29 May 2017

Side view of the Spike LR II - full scale development of the new missile is scheduled to be finalised in Q4 2018 (Rafael Advanced Defence Systems)

In a step-change development of its tactical weapons portfolio, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is introducing a new, fully network-enabled capability to its family of Spike multipurpose missile systems.

Designed to be fired from ground launchers, vehicles, ships and helicopters, the new Spike LR II is an evolution of the legacy fourth-generation Spike LR multipurpose missile (now designated Spike LR I), and features reduced weight, a significant range increment, enhanced lethality, advanced target recognition and tracking, and a new third-party target allocation (networked-enabled) enhancement with an embedded inertial measurement unit (IMU) assembly.

Developed in response to operational feedback from the 26-strong Spike User Community, the emergence of new, more challenging targets in the contemporary battlefield, and from knowledge accrued in the development of earlier Spike systems, Spike LR II retains full commonality with the legacy Spike family, and can be fired from any Spike launcher.

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buglerbilly - 30-5-2017 at 09:44 AM

Rafael’s ‘Smarter’ Spike is Designed to Defeat Tanks with Active Protection

By Tamir Eshel - May 29, 2017

RAFAEL's Spike LR II missile. The warhead's lethality has increased by 30% and the range extended by 35%. The new seeker uses an uncooled IR and color HD sensors. Image: RAFAEL

Israel’s missile pioneer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled today the latest member of its Spike multi-purpose missile family – Spike LR II. Defined as the first “5th generation”, the multi-purpose missile is a variant of the Spike Family, designed to defeat the toughest targets in the battlefield, modern main battle tanks, fast vehicles or bunkers. Currently, the new weapon is in full-scale development; it is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2018.

Spike-LR II is smarter, sharper and agiler than its predecessors, but is designed to operate from the same launchers used for Spike MR and LR, in dismounted configurations, on vehicles, weapon stations, marine platforms, and helicopters. It will also fit the new lightweight launcher developed by RAFAEL for aerial platforms, enabling light helicopters to defeat tanks, vehicles or bunkers from ten kilometers away. The new missile will be presented for the first time at the Paris Air Show in June.

Weighing 12.7 kg – 10% less than the legacy LR, Spike LR II provides major enhancements over the current LR variant -in lethality, range, and resolution. First and foremost, the new version enhances the Spike’s capability to defeat targets of all types – from main battle tanks with advanced, reactive and active protection, to fortified and evasive targets and those hidden in bunkers, buildings.

To handle such a wide range of targets RAFAEL offers the missile with a choice of two warheads – an anti-tank missile optimized with an enhanced tandem warhead that increases armor penetration by 30 percent over the previous generation.

Another advantage of the new missile is its ability to strike at higher impact angles – Spike LR II will be able to hit targets at up to 70 degrees, delivering more lethal top attack profile. According to RAFAEL, the SPIKE LR II is the only missiles known to have an inherent Counter-APS (CAPS) capability.

The second type is the multi-purpose version, provided with a different tandem warhead using multiple fusing presets designed to defeat light or fortified targets. The variable fusing enables the operator to set the fuse to penetrate a target or explode on impact. Designed to operate as a penetrating warhead, the missile’s warhead would breach a small hole through reinforced concrete, for the main charge to follow through.

The missile maintains the fiber-optic data link for man-in-the-loop control but the new missile can defeat those targets from an extended range of up to 5,500 meters. When launched from helicopters, it uses may opt to use a new HD datalink that almost doubles the missile’s range to 10 km. RAFAEL has designed a lightweight launcher that carries two missiles, that, fully armed weighs less than a single Hellfire missile.

The missile Spike LR II introduces a new, passive and uncooled multi-band seeker that integrates both thermal and High Definition (HD) color imagery, increasing the weapon’s target acquisition and tracking efficiency even against complex and evasive targets. The new seeker includes capabilities of a smart target tracker with AI features (Artificial Intelligence).

Those software-based AI functions enable the seeker to maintain target lock even in situations that auto trackers generally fail – target disappearing behind obstacles, or against a low-contrast background, where third generation (fire and forget) missiles would fail, and fourth generation missiles would need operator assistance. The new Spike LR II can overcome such challenges and track its target automatically. Moreover, as a software defined feature those seeker functions can be changed and upgraded, enabling designers to implement innovative techniques against new enemy counter-countermeasures.

Designed for use against elusive targets with low signature, time-sensitive characteristics, SPIKE LR II has an embedded IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) for missions supporting third party target acquisition, allowing the firing of the missile to grid target coordinates. These functions are particularly useful in ‘blind launch’, engaging ‘disappearing targets’ even when the launching platform do not have visual identification of the target.

Rafael has supplied over 27,000 SPIKE Missiles and systems to over 26 countries, many of them operate the MR and LR variants. Spike-LR II is designed to be compatible with all legacy launchers, enabling all users to enhance their operational capabilities every time they replenish their missile stocks.

buglerbilly - 30-5-2017 at 09:29 PM

Singapore Army reveals Rafael Spike SR anti-armour missile system

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

30 May 2017

The Spike SR missile with its electro-optical seeker and camera sensor suite clearly shown. It is a single-shot, disposable weapon that is capable of engaging stationary and moving armoured vehicles at ranges of up to 1,500 m. Source: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

The Singapore Army has acquired the manportable Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike Short Range (SR) missile system as the next-generation guided anti-armour weapon for its infantry forces, Jane's has learnt at the army's Open House 2017 event that was held from 27 to 29 May.

Jane's understands that the Spike SR has replaced the ageing Saab Bofors Dynamics 84 mm Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle and is now "fully operational". It is primarily employed by the service's infantry, although Jane's understands that it may also be employed by its commando and guards depending on mission requirements.

The Spike SR is the latest and most compact member of Rafael's Spike fire-and-forget missile family. Specifications released by the army describe the system as a disposable, day/night-capable weapon that is 970 mm long with an overall weight of 9.8 kg inclusive of the missile, control launch unit (CLU), and battery.

Unlike the gimballed seeker installed in the Spike MR/LR/ER (medium-, long-, and extended-range) missiles, the Spike SR incorporates an uncooled and fixed day/night-capable electro-optical (EO) seeker and tracker. According to company literature, the SR has a short activation-to-launch cycle of less than six seconds.

The baseline Spike SR configuration features a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead designed to engage static and moving armoured vehicle targets. However, Jane's reported in 2016 that Rafael has introduced a new penetration blast fragmentation (PBF) warhead - employing the warhead technology developed jointly by the Singapore Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and the company's Dynamit Nobel Defence subsidiary for the 90 mm MATADOR (Manportable Anti-Tank, Anti-DOoR) light support weapon - to provide troops operating in urban environments with a tactical anti-structure capability.

The service has also stated a minimum and maximum effective range of 100 m and 1,000 m respectively, although Rafael is now specifying a high hit probability against moving targets at ranges from 50 m up to 1,500 m.

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buglerbilly - 15-6-2017 at 11:31 AM

India successfully test-fires Nag anti-tank guided missile

Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 June 2017

'rah 'rah it worked..........eventually...........another Indian system running a few years late...............its max range of 4kms..........good 5-10 years ago, now very passe as most systems are hitting 10kms.................and the long-suffering Indian Army is still looking for Overseas systems!

India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed Nag (Snake) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).

The third-generation fire-and-forget ATGM was test-fired on 13 June in the desert ranges of the northern state of Rajasthan, the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement issued that same day.

The weapon, which is equipped with advanced technologies including an imaging infrared (IIR) seeker, successfully destroyed the designated target, said the PIB.

The missile is part of the Nag anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system, which has been under development over an extended period of time by Bharat Dynamics and the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), which is part of the DRDO, to meet the operational requirements of the Indian Army for both a vehicle- and air-launched anti-tank weapon system with a maximum range of at least 4,000 m.

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buglerbilly - 29-6-2017 at 06:04 PM

Saab snags $120M Swiss contract for its next-gen anti-tank weapon

By: Andrew Chuter, June 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Saab)

LONDON — Switzerland has become the latest customer for the Anglo-Swedish developed next generation light anti-tank weapon in a deal announced by Saab on Wednesday.

The deal, valued at 1.035 billion krona (U.S. $120 million), will see the weapon and associated training gear delivered between 2018 and 2021.

There is also a wider framework agreement between Saab and armasuisse, the Swiss defense procurement office, allowing further purchases up to 2030.

The next generation light anti-tank weapon, or NLAW, fills a Swiss capability gap caused by the decommissoning without replacement of the Dragon M47 2008. For the moment, the Swiss Armed Forces has only the Panzerfaust, which is now about to reach the end of its life.

The purchase of the NLAW type of weapon was confirmed in Switzerland's 2016 armament program which mandated the procurement of three types of shoulder-fired multipurpose weapons by the end of 2019.

The contract could see Saab opt to move production of the weapon from the current assembly site operated by Thales UK in Northern Ireland, according to the Swedish executive responsible for the program.

The shoulder launched weapon was developed by Saab and produced by Thales UK in a joint program to re-equip the British and Swedish armies starting 2009 with a new short-range weapon able to destroy main battle tanks.

Görgen Johansson, the head of Saab’s Dynamics business area, said though, that no decision had been made on whether the Swiss weapons would be assembled by Thales UK’s factory just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland.

“My ambition is to continue to have NLAW produced in Northern Ireland but we are looking at other options,” he said.

The Saab executive declined to discuss other possible sites but said the decision to keep assembly in Northern Ireland would depend on issues like delivery and price.

Thales UK confirmed talks aimed at keeping NLAW production at the current site were ongoing.

“We are in discussion with Saab over manufacture of NLAW in Belfast and hopeful of securing further manufacture of the weapon in Northern Ireland,” said a spokesman.

The NLAW assembly line has been mothballed since early 2015 awaiting a new order.

The supply chain for the weapon is predominantly British but some systems, including the Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland-produced warhead, are sourced from elsewhere.

The Swiss order brings the number of announced customers for NLAW to five, including Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden and the U.K.

Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are also touted by some media sources as customers.

Johansson declined to discuss the identity of unannounced customers, beyond confirming there were some, but said Saab was talking to other potential users on the back of increasing interest in the weapons generated by the increasing threat from armored vehicles. 

buglerbilly - 1-7-2017 at 04:38 PM

Azerbaijan boosts anti-tank capabilities

Eduard Abrahamyan, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

30 June 2017

Russian 9P157-2 Khrizantema-S deliveries to Azerbaijan could shift the military balance with Armenia. Source: Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashynostroyenia

Russia has delivered at least 12 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S vehicle-mounted anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems to Azerbaijan and more than 15 systems will be delivered by the end of 2018, Jane's has learned.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence reported the arms acquisition on 24 June in an official video. The video shows 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S systems and munitions being offloaded from Russian ships in a Caspian Sea port close to the Azeri capital, Baku. The systems are being delivered under an arms deal worth approximately USD5 billion reached in 2009-10.

"The planned delivery of the latest Russian military equipment to Azerbaijan was carried out in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement and within the framework of successfully developing defence industry co-operation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation," the ministry said.

The 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S system, an improved version of the original 9K123 Khrizantema-S, is designed to detect and destroy armoured vehicles, fortifications, low-speed aerial targets, and other military facilities. The original system was first unveiled in July 1996 by the Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashynostroyenia (KBM) Engineering Design Bureau (JSC), entering service with the Russian Armed Forces starting in 2005.

The 9K123-1 system is comprised of the 9P157-2 launching vehicle, the 9P157-3 launching and command vehicle and the 9P157-4 battery command vehicle, which are based on the BMP-3 chassis. The launching vehicles can use a range of missiles, including the 9M123 and improved 9M123-2 anti-armour missiles, along with the 9M123F and improved 9M123F-2 anti-materiel/personnel missiles. All missiles are supersonic and can use either laser or radar beam riding guidance, with the choice depending on battlefield conditions.

The first batch of 9K123-1 systems with 10 launch vehicles was commissioned in 2014.

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buglerbilly - 12-7-2017 at 10:39 PM

MTI develops longer-range Malyutka 2T

Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

12 July 2017

Close-up of a Serbian BOV 4x4 tank destroyer showing six Malyutka missiles in the ready-to-launch position, with two longer-range Malyutka 2T5s mounted (farthest) on either side of the remote-controlled turret. Source: Christopher F Foss

Serbia's Military Technical Institute (MTI) is developing a new, longer-range variant of the 9M14-2 Malyutka 2T (AT-3D/ 'Sagger') anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW), designated '2T5'.

For this variant, '2T' denotes the tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, while '5' represents the new maximum range of 5,000 m.

New, extended-range variant of the Serbian Malyutka 2 - the 5,000 m-range, tandem HEAT warhead-equipped Malyutka 2T5. (Christopher F Foss)

The Malyutka 2T5 is longer and heavier than the earlier-generation Malyutka missiles manufactured in Serbia, and is fitted with a new-generation tandem HEAT warhead that MTI claims will be able to penetrate 1,000 mm of steel armour protected by explosive reactive armour (ERA). The Malyutka 2T5 also features a new two-stage boost/sustain motor and a modified front end.

The 2T5 additionally features a semi-automatic command to line-of-sight (SACLOS) guidance system, with commands to the missile from the launcher conducted through a radio frequency channel; earlier Malyutka variants used manual command to line-of-sight (MCLOS) wire guidance.

According to the MTI, trial firings of the 2T5 have already been conducted from a static mount, although the development and production phase timeline has not been disclosed.

Production of the Malyutka ATGW is undertaken in Serbia by the Krusik Holding Corporation, with export marketing conducted by Yugoimport.

Serbia already markets two other Malyutka 2 variants, both of which are qualified and currently in production. These are the 3,000 m-range Malyutka 2T - which is fitted with a tandem HEAT warhead that will penetrate 800 mm of steel armour protected by ERA - and the Malyutka 2F, which is fitted with a thermobaric warhead.

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buglerbilly - 20-7-2017 at 09:11 AM

Slovakia receives Carl-Gustaf M4

Nicholas Fiorenza - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

19 July 2017

The Slovak armed forces in mid-July received the Carl-Gustaf shoulder-fired recoilless weapons ordered in September 2015, supplier Saab announced on 18 July.

Slovakia is the launch customer and the first country to deploy the weapon, which is shorter in length and lighter than the M3 the country already operates.

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buglerbilly - 25-7-2017 at 06:54 PM

Published: Tuesday, 25 July 2017 07:30

Command Launch Unit of the FGM-148 anti-tank missile to be upgraded

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have been awarded a $10.1 million contract to modernize the Command Launch Unit for their jointly-developed Javelin anti-tank missile.

US Soldier firing the FGM-148 Javelin (photo: US Army)
The modification will apply toward weight reduction, engineering design requirements and analysis for updating the CLU infrared targeting system. The work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is projected to be completed by September 30, 2019.The FGM-148 Javelin is a man-portable anti-tank missile used by the United States and many allied countries. The missile has a "fire-and-forget" infrared guidance system that requires no course corrections from the operator after launch.

The Javelin can target moving vehicles, fixed fortifications, troops in the open and low-flying helicopters. It can be used for direct fire or in a pop-up mode that allows it to hit tanks from above to take advantage of their thinner top armor.The missile has a soft-launch capability that limits its back blast, allowing it to be used from fortifications and buildings. It carries a tandem-charge high-explosive anti-tank warhead for defeating hardened targets.

The CLU is a separate reusable infrared targeting systems that is attached to the missile prior to use. It provides thermal target detection and lock-on to the missile before launch, and it can be used independently as a thermal scanning device for dismounted troops.

bug2 - 7-9-2017 at 01:30 PM

MSPO 2017: Shoulder-launched weapons ready to fire

6th September 2017 - 02:09 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Kielce

All well and correct to mention SAAB and NAMMO but the Israeli SPIKE family goes down to a small disposable launcher with multiple types of warhead, as recently procured by Singapore. I'd have thought another SPIKE family member to be one of the favourites...............

With the Polish Army still utilising a sizeable stock of legacy rocket-propelled grenades (RPG-7s) that are diminishing in capability, there is now a search underway to replace the Soviet-era weapon with a more modern alternative to meet the service’s anti-tank requirements.

One company that believes it has a solution to Poland’s requirement is Norwegian ammunition specialist Nammo, which manufactures the 66mm M72 Lightwight Assault Weapon (LAW). The launcher is a disposable system that can be used against armoured vehicles and structures such as concrete walls.

Its proven to be highly popular, particularly with special forces in urban combat zones where collateral damage has to be minimised. The M72 can be loaded with; an anti-structure round that can defeat brick structures, and a heavy-armour, shaped-charge warhead that can defeat 450mm RHA.

The 3.4kg weight (anti-armour warhead) and 3.7kg (anti-structure) allows troops to carry multiple launchers and then dispose of them when fired.

Quoc Bao Diep, Nammo’s VP for shoulder fired systems, told Shephard that there was currently a requirement out for lightweight anti-tank grenade launcher systems. ‘They are looking at different types of systems, and we have promoted [the M72] in the last few years with demonstrations for the user and they seem to be very happy.’

Nammo has entered into an agreement with state-run PGZ company Dezamet to ensure that their bids meets Polish requirements for technology and manufacturing offsets, with bids already submitted for how that will be implemented.
‘We have to [have local partnerships] because to get into the Polish market we need have cooperation with a company in Poland,’ said Diep.

As is common with many Polish programmes, the Polish MoD is still assessing options and no firm decision has been made. ‘It is an open requirement, so they are looking at different systems but right now weight is very important. And of course, they want it to be as powerful as possible.’

The potential outcome of the requirement could be a mix of anti-tank systems being purchased, ranging from a lightweight solution such as the M72, all the way up to the Spike missile that is already in service with the armed forces.

Nammo is not alone, however, in putting forward solutions for the Polish Army’s anti-tank grenade launcher requirements. 

Saab is likely to put forward its AT4 launcher, a 7kg disposable system. Shephard also understands that the Polish Army is assessing the Czech-developed RPG-75 from company Nitro-chem, which could be locally-manufactured in Poland if selected.

bug2 - 7-9-2017 at 02:14 PM

MSPO: Rafael to offer Spike missile in Eastern European vehicle tenders

By: Jaroslaw Adamowski   13 hours ago

In 2016, Lithuania decided to purchase Boxer armored fighting vehicles, shown here, from Germany’s Artec, with Rafael set to equip the vehicles with its Samson Mk II weapon stations. (Rheinmetall Defence)

KIELCE, Poland — With a number of Eastern European nations aiming to acquire new infantry fighting vehicles for their land forces, Israel’s Rafael plans to offer its Spike LR guided missile in partnership with vehicle manufacturers.

Last year, Lithuania decided to purchase some 88 Boxer armored fighting vehicles from Germany’s Artec, with Rafael set to equip the vehicles with its Samson Mk II weapon stations fitted with Spike launchers.

“Our subsidiary EuroSpike is expected to sign a deal with Artec for the supply of Spike missiles by the end of 2017,” Yizhar Sahar, a manager at Rafael, told Defense News at the MSPO defense industry show in Kielce, Poland.

Meanwhile, the Israeli company is gearing up for a number of infantry fighting vehicle procurements throughout the region, which would allow Eastern European allies to replace their Soviet-designed armored vehicles with Western-made gear.

“Slovenia is expected to launch a tender for 50 vehicles, and Romania is considering to acquire additional Piranha eight-wheel drive vehicles. Macedonia could also be looking to purchase about 15 vehicles,” Sahar said.

Most recently, Israel’s Elbit Systems submitted a winning bid in Croatia’s tender to purchase weapons for the country’s 126 Patria eight-wheel drive armored modular vehicles. Elbit Systems is to supply its UT30MK2 unmanned turrets fitted with a 30mm cannon and a 7.62x51mm gun, as well as Rafael’s Spike LR missile systems

Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and the country’s subsequent annexation of Ukrain’s Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 have increased defense budgets across the region, pushing a number of Eastern European allies to invest in the capacities of their respective land forces.

bug2 - 7-9-2017 at 04:03 PM

Army to Rapidly Procure Reusable Shoulder-Fired Weapon System

(Source: US Army; issued Sept 05, 2017)

The M3E1 is actually the new KG M4 if memory serves me right. Gawd knows why they called it M3E1?

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. --- Used on battlefields around the world since 1991, the M3 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System, or MAAWS, has seen several iterations.

The latest version, or M3E1, is not only lighter, but shorter and ergonomically designed with a longer handle and better grips. These features, as well as its ability to use multiple types of rounds for firing, has led the Army to approve a requirement for 1,111 M3E1 units.

"The current system that the Army uses is the AT4, which only allows Soldiers to fire one shot, and then they have to throw the system away. With the M3E1, Soldiers can use different types of ammunition which gives them an increased capability on the battlefield," said Randy Everett, Foreign Comparative Testing, or FCT, project manager.

The M3E1 is part of the Product Manager Crew Served Weapons portfolio, which is processing a contract to procure 1,111 M3E1s and an Urgent Material Release to field them as soon as possible.

The U.S. Army FCT program office, which is positioned within U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, receives oversight from the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Comparative Technology Office. The FCT program provides an avenue for Army engineers, scientists and program managers to test and evaluate items and technologies from allies and other friendly nations that may fill an Army capability gap.

The program encourages international cooperation and helps reduce the DOD's overall acquisition costs by providing funds to formally test and evaluate foreign non-developmental items, commercial-off-the-shelf items, or technologies which are in the late state of development that may satisfy U.S. military requirements.

In 1988, U.S. Special Forces identified a need for a shoulder-fired, recoilless rifle to replace the M67, and Saab Dynamics developed the M3, which was a likely candidate to address the need. It was through the FCT program that the first M3s were delivered to U.S. Rangers and U.S. Navy Seals in 1994.

Kevin Finch, MAAWS product director, has worked on the M3 program throughout the years, collaborating with Saab Dynamics AB, the Swedish vendor, to perfect their system.

According to Soldier feedback, the M3 was too heavy and bulky. By using titanium, the updated M3E1 is more than six pounds lighter. The M3E1 is also 2.5 inches shorter and has an improved carrying handle, extra shoulder padding and an improved sighting system that can be adjusted for better comfort without sacrificing performance. In response to the new requirement, a wiring harness was included in the M3E1 configuration that provides a foregrip controller and programmable fuze setter for an interchangeable fire control system. For added safety and cost savings, an automatic round counter enables Soldiers and logisticians to accurately track the service life of each weapon.

The system was tested for gun tube safe service life at IMT Materialteknik AB in Sundsvall, Sweden by the U.S. Army Test & Evaluation Command and other subject matter experts. Testing at the vendor's test facility in Sweden eliminated the need to purchase ammunition and material, and it limited range time in the U.S., saving the Army nearly one million dollars.

The M3E1 uses the same family of ammunition as the M3, which has already been successfully tested.

As a result of this project, the Army received the OSD award for the FCT program.

"Our original investment of $3 million has led to an approximate $40 million procurement for the Army, which is a great return on investment. But, most importantly, the M3E1 can be reused so it gives Soldiers increased flexibility and capability on the battlefield," Everett said.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities for decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the Joint Warfighter and the Nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


bug2 - 13-9-2017 at 05:15 PM

Arnold Defense launches FLETCHER laser guided rocket launcher concept at DSEI 2017

DSEI 2017 News Online Show Daily Coverage Report

Posted On Tuesday, 12 September 2017 20:40

Arnold Defense, a US 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.FLETCHER can be mounted on land-based military vehicles as well as, potentially, marine and littoral platforms. The debut of the FLETCHER concept coincides with the DSEi Exhibition taking place in London, 12—15 September 2017.

Arnold Defense new FLETCHER rocket launcher system at DSEi 2017

The FLETCHER concept is supported by a team of global defense industry companies working together under Arnold’s leadership tocombine their complimentary expertise.The full team composition has yet to be announcedhowever, at this stage, Arnold are able to confirm the involvement of Military Systems Group, Nammo and Supacat. Working together, theteam is able to provide a full-system approach to FLETCHER ranging from design and integration through testing, validation and manufacture into ammunition and through-life support.

Traditionally, 2.75-inch rocket systems have been used as an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by aviation assets.The team has turned this concept on its head with the advancement of guided rocket technology to meet the modern demands of land-based, vehicle mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, for special andconventional forces.

Arnold Defense new FLETCHER rocket launcher system at DSEi 2017

FLETCHER is a unique design that allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment in support of combat operations. FLETCHERemploys an existing suite of guidance modules, motors 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 6.5km giving land forces capability that previously required the deployment of air assets.

Currently in the concept phase of development, a demonstrator fit of FLETCHERcan be seen on the Supacat stand at DSEi (N9-360)mounted to the Supacat LRV 600, a lightweight special forces platform. Arnold staff will be on hand to explain the system to visitors and specific briefings can be facilitated, by appointment.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “FLETCHER is an exciting new development for Arnold Defense and our team partners. We’re already exceedingly well established in the air environment with our rocket systems being used on air platforms globally. Moving that success into the land environment with our 2.75-inch rocket systems fitted to wheeled and tracked vehicles, as well as in a dismounted role, will provide ground forces with an entirely new capability”.

He added: “there is further development work required but if all goes well, we’re expecting to have the system ready for sale towards the end of 2018”.

bug2 - 15-9-2017 at 01:01 PM

More on this..............


U.S. Army to buy reusable shoulder-fired launcher from Saab

By: Jen Judson   5 hours ago

Saab's Carl-Gustaf M4 reusable, shoulder-launched weapon system was showcased at DSEI in London. (Photo courtesy of Saab)

LONDON — Saab’s Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest version in a series of shoulder-fired launchers in production since shortly after World War II and the Army wants to buy over 1,000 of the systems.

The Army announced earlier this month that it planned to rapidly procure and field the latest variant as soon as possible and was processing the contract for 1,111 of the weapon system.

Compared to previous versions of the launcher, which the U.S. Army has had in its inventory since the early 1990s, the new system is shorter, lighter and has handles designed to be adjusted based on the shooter’s height and build, which makes for a more comfortable fit, Petter Grabbe, a technical sales representative at Saab, told Defense News at DSEI, a defense conference in London.

Moreover, the latest variant of Carl-Gustaf, which weighs roughly 15 lbs and is made from titanium, is reusable, he added.

The U.S. Army’s current system has to be thrown away after a single shot is fired, according to the service.

The system can also accommodate roughly 10 types of ammunition to suit different types of missions, according to Saab. Among the weapon system’s capabilities are taking out enemy tanks, eliminating obstacles and providing fire support, Grabbe noted. The recoilless system is also safe to fire inside a building.

bug2 - 4-10-2017 at 08:00 PM

RGW 90 LRMP delivered to Germany

4th October 2017 - 09:10 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

Dynamit Nobel Defence and Hensoldt have delivered the RGW 90 Long Range Multi-Purpose (LRMP) weapon and a specially developed Hensoldt fire control sight to the German Special Forces Command, it was announced on 29 September.

The removable fire control sight acquires the data on the surroundings, the target and internal ballistic information. The 5.5-fold enlargement and the laser range finder enable the marksman to determine the distance to the target and select the ignition mode.

The integrated ballistic computer calculates the elevation and lead angle using the target data. The electronic target mark is then displayed automatically on the micro-display.

The RGW 90 LRMP with its fire control sight will be used by the Special Forces Command and the Naval Special Forces.

bug2 - 10-10-2017 at 05:17 PM

Poland seeks short-range ATGM

Remigiusz Wilk - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

09 October 2017

Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has initiated a technical dialogue for a short-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, labelled ‘Pustelnik’.

Poland is seeking information about lightweight shoulder-fired ATGM systems with a range of 1,400 m. The technical dialogue will be conducted from 20 November 2017 to 15 January 2018.

The acquisition of a new weapon is intended to fill the gap in anti-tank defence capabilities between disposable and multi-use grenade launchers with a 300–600 m range, and longer-range anti-tank systems.

Since 2014, Poland’s state-owned firm Mesko has been developing the Pirat lightweight ATGM system with a range of 2,500 m, with a design based on the Ukrainian KB Luch R-3 Korsar missile.

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bug2 - 11-10-2017 at 07:16 PM

The new Carl Gustaf is lighter, smarter and more lethal

By: Shawn Snow   17 hours ago

The new Carl Gustaf M4 is lighter, smarter, and more lethal. (Shawn Snow/Staff)

Saab’s new Carl Gustaf, the M4 or M3E1, is roughly 6.5 lbs lighter but is smarter and far more lethal than its predecessor, according to Jack Seymour, the marketing director for Saab North America.

The legacy 84mm recoilless anti-tank rocket, or Carl Gustaf M3, is popular with U.S. special operations troops.

However, the new model comes with new bells and whistles to include a ballistics computer system that provides the gunner with their next aiming point, allowing the operator to lase the target for accurate fires.

The launcher also has a joystick that allows the gunner to adjust the rounds, according to Seymour.

Rounds can be adjusted for proximity or airburst, impact or delay, Seymour explained.

With the new Carl Gustaf M4, “you don’t have a two-dimensional target,” he added.

Operators can now can shoot beyond, penetrate, or shoot around a target, according to Seymour.

The new Carl Gustaf is currently undergoing testing and evaluation with the U.S. Army, and has roughly six more months of assessment, according to Seymour.

bug2 - 20-10-2017 at 11:00 AM

ADEX 2017: LIG Nex1 Showcasing its Raybolt Anti-Tank Missile

Posted On Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:00

At ADEX 2017, the International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition currently held in Seoul, South Korea, local company LIG Nex1 is showcasing its Raybolt man-portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system.

Raybolt launcher and missile on LIG Nex1 stand at ADEX 2017

The Raybolt is a portable 3rd generation anti-tank missile for infantry units. Combined with the latest technology in Korea, the missile boasts highly sensitive seeker and enhance penetration capability. The Raybolt can identify and engage a target using its image Infrared Seeker. The missile can operate in two different mode including direct attack and top attack where missile target's the upper part of an armored vehicle.

Unlike other conventional missiles where the operators were required to aim at the target to guide the missile, the Raybolt employs fire and forget function. After launch, the operator can move to other locations immediately. Such feature increases the survivability of an operator. Also, the missile is smokeless where it is possible to launch the missile from inside a building.

A company representative explained to Army Recognition during ADEX 2017 that the Raybolt is lighter and with more penetration power than rival systems. The missile can also be fired from vehicles. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) ordered the start of serial production of the Raybolt in June this year.

bug2 - 24-10-2017 at 08:36 PM

Rafael to supply IDF with new 5th gen Spike LR2 guided missiles

Posted On Tuesday, 24 October 2017 08:12

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to supply more than one thousand SPIKE LR 2, 5th generation electro-optical, precision-guided missiles.

The IDF is a long-time operational user of the SPIKE Missile Family, and the addition of the SPIKE LR 2 will enhance both its infantry engagement range and its lethality against a large variety of targets. The SPIKE LR 2’s connectivity through the IDF's network of sensors and effectors will enhance overall force capabilities. The IDF's LR 2 procurement complement the IDF’s fielding of the Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU), the new digital networked launchers that provide improved tactical connectivity for third party target allocation.

SPIKE LR 2 is an advanced multipurpose missile designed for the future battlefield, with full commonality to the SPIKE Missile legacy. The 5th generation SPIKE LR 2 design is based on lessons learned from modern warfare, combined with accumulated data from more than 5000 SPIKE Missiles fired in combat and training across its large user base. The LR 2 is fully integrated with all existing types of SPIKE launchers in use today, enabling all of them to fire both LR and LR 2 Missiles. The LR 2 incorporates improvements in lethality and immunity to meet both present and future threats.

The SPIKE LR 2 has a range of 5.5 km when fired from ground launchers (an increase of over 35% from the 4 km range of the original SPIKE LR) and up to 10 km when fired from a helicopter (using the RF Data Link). (source: Rafael)

This substantial production order of SPIKE LR 2 for the IDF will kick-start the SPIKE LR 2 Missile production earlier than expected. The development of SPIKE LR 2 leverages decades of successful operational use of all variants across the SPIKE Family. The production order ensures the IDF and future customers will be assured technical maturity, low risk and readiness for operation, synonymous with Rafael’s standard of quality.

Mr. Moshe Elazar, Executive Vice President and Head of Rafael's Land and Naval Systems Division stated that "the procurement of SPIKE LR 2 by the IDF continues the long legacy of SPIKE Missile employment by the IDF and signifies the trust and appreciation the IDF holds for the performance of the SPIKE family. We are proud to contribute to Israel's defence through our excellent systems and are happy to begin the LR 2 production with this important customer".

bug2 - 1-11-2017 at 12:04 AM

Saab Receives NLAW Order from Finnish Defence Forces

(Source: Saab; issued Oct 30, 2017)

Finland has ordered a second batch of NLAW anti-tank missiles, which attack their targets from the top, where armor is thinnest, which Saab says makes it the most effective anti-tank weapon for dismounted infantry. (Saab poto)

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Finnish Defence Forces for the Next-generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon system (NLAW). Deliveries will take place during 2017.

The Finnish Defence Forces have been a user of the NLAW weapon system since 2007, then becoming the second export customer of the system. This order is a call-up of an option as part of a previous contract with the customer, announced in 2015, regarding delivery of NLAW weapon systems.

“The interest for our NLAW system has increased significantly in recent years. This order is a strong proof of this and we look forward to deliver a high-capability weapon system to the Finnish Defence Forces. NLAW provides the single soldier with a true anti-tank capability, previously not available on the battlefield”, says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab´s business area Dynamics.”

During the recently held military exercise Aurora 17, in Sweden, the NLAW system was used by both Swedish and Finnish forces.

“There is a long-lasting commercial relationship between Saab and the Finnish Defence Forces. This call-up of an option from the 2015 contract demonstrates high trust and confidence from the Finnish Defence Forces towards the NLAW system”, says Anders Gardberg, head of Saab in Finland.

NLAW is a shoulder-launched, anti-tank missile system that attacks the target from above. This makes it the most effective anti-tank weapon for dismounted light forces operating in any environment, including built-up areas. Originally developed for Sweden and Great Britain, it meets all requirements for a modern anti-tank weapon system for use during international operations as well as for national defence.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.


bug2 - 22-11-2017 at 01:38 PM

India shoots down Spike missile acquisition

21 November, 2017 SOURCE: BY: Arie Egozi Tel Aviv

India's defence ministry has scrapped a $500 million deal with Israeli guided weapons specialist Rafael, instead asking its Defence Research and Development Organisation to provide an indigenous alternative.

Rafael had been teamed with local company Kalyani Strategic Systems to supply Spike series missiles for use by India's land forces, including helicopter-launched examples.

The Israeli company's air-launched portfolio includes the Spike ER, with an effective range of up to 4.3nm (8km), and the 5.4nm-capable Spike LR2, which is optimised for use against vehicles equipped with active armour.

Indian sources indicate that New Delhi's decision stems from a desire to create a local weapon to meet the army's requirements, rather than import an existing product.

Rafael says it has yet to receive any official confirmation that the programme has been abandoned. It adds that it has "proven that our missiles are the best solution for the Indian defence forces", and "transferred the needed knowledge to our Indian partner".

bug2 - 22-11-2017 at 04:50 PM

Javelin Anti-Tank Missiles from US Army Stockpile Headed to Eastern Europe

U.S. Army soldiers shoot the Javelin, an anti-tank weapon, at the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, on July 28, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Kirby)

Posted By: Brendan McGarry November 21, 2017

The U.S. plans to transfer hundreds of Javelin anti-tank missiles from the U.S. Army stockpile to the government of Georgia in Eastern Europe.

The State Department notified Congress it has approved a potential $75 million sale of more than 410 Javelin missiles made by Lockheed Martin Corp., the world’s largest defense contractor, and Raytheon Co., the world’s biggest missile-maker, according to a statement Monday from the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The sale calls for 410 Javelin missiles; 72 Javelin command launch units with spares; 10 basic skills trainers; and up to 70 simulated rounds; as well as U.S. government and contractor technical assistance, transportation and other related elements of logistics and program support.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Georgia,” the announcement states. “The Javelin system will provide Georgia with increased capacity to meet its national defense requirements. Georgia will have no difficulty absorbing this system into its armed forces.”

It goes on to say, “These missiles are being provided from U.S. Army stock and the CLUs will be obtained from on-hand Special Defense Acquisition Fund (SDAF)-purchased stock.”

The Javelin is a portable, anti-tank system developed for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, according to the equipment guide. Highly lethal against tanks with conventional and reactive armor, the weapon provides a medium anti-tank capability to infantry soldiers, scouts and combat engineers, the guide states.

The Army requested funding to buy another 794 of the shoulder-fired munition in fiscal 2018, though the service identified a shortfall of 373, so lawmakers in Congress agreed to purchase a total of 1,167 for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, according to information released by the House Armed Services Committee.

The service earlier this year experimented with outfitting a Stryker combat vehicle with the Javelin, as well as a 30mm cannon.

After the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, the U.S. recognized the independence of Georgia, according to a 2014 report from the Congressional Research Service. Georgia went to war with Russia for five days in 2008 over the Russian-backed states South Ossetia and Abkhazia, where thousands of Russian troops remain, according to CRS.

bug2 - 24-11-2017 at 02:33 PM

Program Office Begins Fielding Upgraded LAV Anti-Tank Weapon System to Marines

(Source: US Marine Corps; issued Nov 22, 2017)

In September, Marine Corps Systems Command’s LAV-AT Modernization program team achieved initial operational capability by completing its first fielding of four upgraded Anti-Tank Weapon Systems to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Marines at Camp Pendleton, California.

The ATWS fires tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided, or TOW, missiles. It provides long-range, stand-off anti-armor fire support to maneuvering Light Armored Reconnaissance Companies and platoons, and observation capability in all climates and during periods of limited visibility.

The LAV-ATM program was established in 2012 to enhance the reliability, availability and maintainability of the vehicle’s turret system.

The team’s goal was to get a new turret system on the LAV-AT platform that was easy to maintain, reliable and effective, said Jim Forkin, Program Manager’s Office LAV-ATM team lead.

“Compared to the legacy version, the new turret is unmanned, it fires both wire-guided and radio frequency TOW missiles, and it can acquire targets while on-the-move with an improved thermal sight,” said Forkin.

It also has a Far Target Location system, new commander/gunner video sight displays, and an electric elevation and azimuth drive system, which helps rotate the weapon system onto the target.

“The turret is important because it protects Marines and gives them an enhanced capability that they didn’t have before,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael S. Lovell, Ordinance Vehicle Maintenance officer, PM LAV team. “The new turret on the LAV-AT helps us watch over other vehicles and target enemies with increased vision.”

The LAV-ATM team provides new equipment training to units receiving the ATWS upgrade. It lasts for two weeks, and the first week is focused on operators and the second week is on maintainer training. Continued training on the system can be conducted by the units using the embedded training mode.

Thanks to advances in technology, Marines can initiate a built-in test to conduct a system check of the components that make up the ATWS to help the operator and maintainer diagnose and troubleshoot the system, a feature not previously available on the legacy turret, said Forkin.

The operator can also use an embedded training mode in the ATWS, which is software driven, to support individual and crew training by simulating the firing of the weapon system while viewing targets through the biocular display unit.

“This function is new to the LAV-ATM platform and will enhance sustainment training while in garrison or the field without wasting resources,” said Forkin. “With new technological advances, the overall design and functionality has improved.”

In addition to training in the field, anti-tank gunners and maintainers also train in a classroom setting environment with stations using existing 3D computer simulated technology leveraged by the U.S. Army to train their maintainers. This modernizes how the Corps trains its maintainers to meet the requirements to sustain the new ATWS.

By incorporating a blended training solution, all four existing Tactical Turret Trainers are upgraded with the ATWS and a 3D Diagnostic Turret Trainer, or DTT, is added. The DTT consists of two classrooms with eight student stations and one instructor station each. The Corps’ 3D DTT maintenance training system is unique to the ATWS and will be fielded in November.

“Using the 3D DTT, students will interactively conduct troubleshooting and remove and replace ATWS components in a simulated environment, which will be followed by training on actual hardware on the Tactical Turret Trainer and vehicles,” said Paul Kopjoe, Logistics Management specialist, PM LAV team at Program Manager’s Office LAV.

With a combination of an interactive 3D DTT, which allows the instructor to train multiple students at the same time, the ATWS Tactical Turret Trainer provides the student with the tactile feel of a real ATWS system. Benefits of DTT by other programs include the reduction in student attrition rates and the ability for maintenance tasks to be repeated numerous times, without risk of injury or wear and tear on equipment.

The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC, is the overarching Army agency used to acquire and develop the 3D DTT training products. The Gaming Interactive Technologies & Multimedia and the Automated Test Systems Directorate are the primary organizations within ARDEC that completed the majority of the work to help make this happen, Kopjoe said.

“Traditionally, training products are procured utilizing industry which can take 18-24 months just to get effort on contract,” said Kopjoe. “We were able to eliminate that time by utilizing existing Army resources, so that our Marines would be properly trained when the ATWS was fielded. This also allowed the ATM Team to meet the training needs of the USMC Ordnance School located at Fort Lee, Virginia.”

Fielding for the ATWS will be completed at the end of 2019.

“Marines who serve as anti-tank gunners will be able to do their job better,” said Lovell. “We’re providing a product that gives Marines an enhanced anti-tank capability improving their forward reconnaissance and combined arms fire power on the battlefield.”


bug2 - 28-11-2017 at 10:51 PM

Rafael continues Spike programme in India despite reported cancellation

Jon Grevatt - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

28 November 2017

The Indian government has yet to inform Rafael Advanced Defense Systems about its reported decision to cancel a USD1 billion contract to procure Spike anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems for the Indian Army, the Israeli company has confirmed to Jane’s .

A spokesperson for Rafael said on 27 November, “Rafael has not been officially informed of any change in the decision to purchase Spike missiles.” The spokesperson added that plans to support India’s procurement of the Spike through a joint venture (JV) established by Rafael and its Indian partner Kalyani Strategic Systems Limited (KSSL) would “continue as planned”.

Citing officials from India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Indian Army, Jane’s reported on 20 November that the MoD had terminated the Spike procurement in favour of a programme to develop ATGWs indigenously.

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bug2 - 30-11-2017 at 07:49 PM

French army takes delivery of first MMP Medium Range Missile

Posted On Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:14

According a statement released by the DICOD (French Army Press Services) on November 29, 2017, the French army has take delivery of a first batch of 12 firing posts and 50 missiles MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée – Medium-Range Missile). The MMP includes a fifth generation of surface-to-surface missile using fire-and-forget technology.

The new MBDA surface-to-surface MMP Medium Range Missile  (Source picture MBDA)

The program development of the MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée – Medium-Range Missile) was started by the International Defense Company MBDA in collaboration with French Company SAGEM.

The MMP is the latest and fifth generation land combat missile system designed for dismounted infantry as well as for integration on combat vehicles. Initially intended for dismounted troops, MMP will replace the Milan and Javelin anti-tank missiles in service with the French Army since 1974.

The MMP has been ordered by France for its infantry and combat reconnaissance vehicles (Scorpion program). It will be fitted onto the French army’s new Jaguar combat vehicles along with Safran Electronics & Defense’s PASEO advanced sighting systems.

The MMP missile weighs only 15 kg and can be operated not only from a firing post that weighs just 11 kg but also from combat vehicle. The MMP is equipped with a tandem warhead that is both novel and versatile and that has been optimized to destroy targets as bunkers or combat vehicles equipped with the latest generation explosive reactive armour. It has a maximum firing range of 4,000m. 

The firing post and the missile, both being equipped with capabilities including location, orientation and digital communication, enables MMP to engage Non-Line-Of-Sight (NLOS) targets equally as well as those in direct line of sight, and, if required, under the permanent control of the operator and the commander.

bug2 - 19-12-2017 at 02:08 PM

Rafael's SPIKE LR Undergoes Successful Testing and Evaluation by Romanian Army

(Source: Elbit Systems Ltd.; issued Dec. 18, 2017)

The Romanian army has completed the test and evaluation of the SPIKE-Long Range anti-tank missile; these tests were conducted in Romania with the latest, digital infantry launcher configuration. (Elbit photo)

Following an order for SPIKE Missiles signed in 2015 by the Romanian government from EuroSpike GmbH (a joint venture between Rafael, Diehl and Rheinmetall), the Romanian Army has recently completed testing and evaluation of ten SPIKE LR (Long Range) missiles. The missiles were fired as part of the Romanian army procurement and evaluation process at the Cincu National Training Center in Braşov, Romania.

Nine of the ten SPIKE missiles were fired by Romanian gunners at the end of the qualification process. The SPIKE LR System was tested in different firing scenarios, including day mode and IR mode, and was fired against tanks and APCs at different ranges. All ten missiles hit their targets with high performance of both the weapon system and its operators.

The Romanian army is a long-time user of the SPIKE Missile family, and has deployed the SPIKE LR in its vehicle-mounted version on a 30 mm RCWS on the BMP Platform, and the SPIKE ER Missile (8km) on the PUMA (SOCAT) helicopters.

The tests conducted in Romania involved the infantry launcher configuration of the ICLU (Integrated Control Launch Unit) which is the new modern digital launcher for SPIKE missiles. The ICLU enables very long range target detection capabilities and integration to a tactical network. The tests were attended by high ranking Romanian officials of army, MOD and local media teams.

The Portable Anti-tank SPIKE-LR Procurement Program will run through 2017-2019 and will equip the infantry, reconnaissance and mountain troop brigades as well as the artillery regiments of the Romanian Land Forces.

The SPIKE Family consists of missiles suited for land, air and sea platforms, multiple ranges and a variety of targets. The missiles in this family have sophisticated electro-optic CCD or IIR sensors for day/night all-weather operation, as well as a tandem warhead. Their lofted trajectories enable the warhead to strike the target at its most vulnerable location with pinpoint precision. All of the SPIKE Family members have a low life-cycle cost, due to high reliability and operational, logistic support and production commonality between members.


bug2 - 6-1-2018 at 02:14 PM

Javelin ATGMs approved for Ukraine

Reuben F Johnson - Jane's Defence Weekly

05 January 2018

Key Points

- The provision of US Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian military has now been approved
- Concerns remain, however, over the extent to which such weapons can be used effectively without training and over the import bureaucracy such deliveries will have to overcome

A longstanding request by the Ukrainian government to receive US-made anti-armour weapons is now progressing, US government officials stated on 22 December.

US troops firing Javelin ATGMs on an exercise in Estonia in July 2014. These weapons, if effectively introduced, could significantly enhance Ukrainian troops’ ability to counter Russian armour in the Donbass. (Estonian Defence Forces)

The Ukrainian request to receive the Lockheed Martin FGM-148 Javelin manportable anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) dates back to early 2014 after Ukrainian troops found themselves engaged with some of the latest Russian MBTs, such as T-90Ss, in the conflict in the country’s Eastern Donbass region.

Throughout numerous fact-finding missions made into the Donbass by Western observers, one of “the central needs that we kept seeing over and over was the lack of an ATGM with a tandem warhead”, former US Department of Defense official Dr Phillip Karber told Jane’s after one such visit in 2014. “A tandem warhead is the only effective weapon against the reactive armour that is fitted to almost all Russian MBTs and other armoured vehicles.”

Karber, who now heads the Potomac Foundation, a national security think-tank based in Washington, DC, has worked closely with former USAF general Philip Breedlove and former US Army general Wesley Clark (who both held the post of NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe) along with former US assistant defence secretary Ian Brzezinski, to develop a package of military assistance for Ukraine. Breedlove and others have pointed out the importance of Javelin in giving Ukraine’s armed forces a needed boost in its conflict with Russia, but have also stressed that this weapon and others systems needed to be part of an integrated package of military assistance, to include a full spectrum of training programmes.

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bug2 - 19-1-2018 at 08:01 PM

Ukrainian Army Prepares to Adopt Advanced Anti-Tank Missile System: Official

(Source: Xinhuanet; issued Jan 18, 2018)

KIEV --- The Ukrainian army is preparing to adopt for service the Javelin advanced anti-tank missile system, a senior Ukrainian military official said on Wednesday.

"The preparations for the use and the operation of the U.S. anti-tank missile systems Javelin are already being held at the Ukrainian Armed Forces," Viktor Muzhenko, chief of the general staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, wrote on Twitter, without giving details on the nature of the preparations.

Last week, Ukrainian media have reported that the Ukrainian army will train operators of the Javelin in the base of the Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Army Academy in Lviv city in western Ukraine.

According to the online media portal Ukrainian Military Pages, after an English language course in the Ukrainian university, select personnel will be sent abroad to receive training in the combat use of the Javelin.

The advanced fire-and-forget portable anti-tank missile system can attack tanks from above. It also has the ability to attack low-altitude helicopters and fortifications. It was first deployed by U.S. Army units in 1996.

Last month, the U.S. State Department announced the supplies of advanced weapons to Ukraine to update the latter's defense capabilities. The arsenal sale was reportedly to include Javelin anti-tank missiles, which Kiev had long desired.

Washington's move angered Russia, which said it would lead to "new bloodshed" in Ukraine, whose eastern Donbas region remains in the grip of an armed conflict for almost four years.

Ukraine launched a military operation in Donbas in April 2014 after armed groups seized cities and towns in the region and declared independence.

The confrontation has claimed more than 10,000 lives and left about 24,000 people injured.

Earlier, Muzhenko said that Kiev is counting on receiving the Javelin systems within six months.


bug2 - 23-1-2018 at 09:11 PM

India to upgrade its T-90S's anti-tank guided missile

Posted On Monday, 22 January 2018 15:20

India`s military is planning to arm its T-90S Bhishma main battle tanks (MBT) with new anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), the Times of India newspaper says.

Indian T-90S parading

According to the daily, the Indian Army (IA) intends to integrate "a third-generation missile system" with the T-90S tank that forms the backbone of the service`s tank units. Such a modernization will result in the increase of the tank`s missile firing range from 5,500 m to 8,000 m. "The upgrade of the existing T-90 tank missile system is in the pipeline and is in different stages of trial evaluation. The upgrade will give us [the IA] an edge over enemies and better operational preparedness," a senior officer at the Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) told the Times of India. The newspaper says that India`s T-90S tanks are armed with the Invar ATGM that features laser beam-riding guidance. The missile can engage targets at a distance of up to 5,500 m. "The upgraded [missile] system will achieve more depth of penetration as well as hit target at a range of 8,000 m, which would be a big advantage for us [the IA]," another officer at the ACC&S told the Times of India.

The new missile system is expected to be able to engage both static and moving targets in an effective manner. "Since the tanks are now also deployed in high altitude regions, the mobility and strike capability is of great importance. Hence, there is another plan to install a modular engine for the T-90[S] tanks," military sources told the newspaper. Therefore, the T-90S Bhishma tanks are expected to get new powerpacks also.

However, the newspaper did not specify the type of the engine to be integrated with the vehicles. However, several officers of India`s mechanized troops expressed their doubts that such firing range is required. According to them, the experience of recent conflicts apparently shows that main battle tanks engage enemy`s vehicles at a distance of 2,500 m. "Considering past references and terrains, tanks will have to engage targets at a maximum distance of 2.5 km," a military source told the daily.

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bug2 - 26-1-2018 at 12:45 PM

SHOT Show 2018: New FCS for shoulder-launched weapons

25th January 2018 - 05:01 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Las Vegas

German optic specialists Hensoldt has used this year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas to unveil a new fire control system (FCS) optimised for shoulder-launched weapons.

The company’s new 4x30 600 FCS is designed for medium-range engagements at around 600m. Hensoldt has singled out Saab’s Carl Gustaf and AT4 as well as the RGW and Panzerfaust families from Dynamit Nobel Defence as potential platforms for the new FCS.

Adding an FCS to a shoulder-fired weapon has become more popular in recent years. This capability allows soldiers to achieve greater accuracy and a greater first-round hit probability on distant targets.

Company officials stressed to Shephard that it can be integrated onto any shoulder-launched weapon system with the use of a small adapting bridge.

This adapting bridge features an electronic interface to the weapon, which is particularly useful for newer-generation systems – such as the Carl Gustaf M4 and RGW 90 – that feature ammunition with a programmable fuse.

The 4x30 600 FCS leverages Hensoldt’s experience developing the Dynahawk, a long-range FCS that is optimised for ranges out to 1,200m and is being supplied to the German Army for use with the disposable RGW 90.

‘In essence, we are extending the fire control system family,’ a Hensoldt spokesperson told Shephard.

The company expects to be able to offer the 4x30 600 FCS to customers by the third quarter of 2019.

The new FCS features a direct-optic with 4x magnification and a 8° field of view, with information relayed directly onto the sight picture.

Users can see what type of ammunition is in the launcher (through the electronic interface), with the corresponding menu automatically selected and fuse options displayed. Users of the RGW 90, for example, can use one hand to activate the FCS’s laser range finder – via a button on the fore grip – and cycle through fuse options using a thumb wheel.

That data – along with air temperature/pressure, terrain angle and cant angle – is then fed into the FCS’s ballistic computer, which calculates the offset and lead angle. This then automatically generates an aiming point for the user.

For the new FCS, weight, size and power requirements are reduced. Hensoldt said the 4x30 600 is less than 2kg, making it one third lighter than the longer-range Dynahawk and also half the size.

German special forces already utilise the Dynahawk, with the first units handed over last September. Regular German forces are expected to start taking delivery of the FCS in 2019, with around 900 units currently planned across both forces.

Hensoldt has responded to a US Army market survey published last year that called for FCS solutions for the Carl Gustaf. This German solution will be an answer to Aimpoint's FCS12 and newer FCS13RE.

unicorn - 27-1-2018 at 07:17 AM

Wondering if Javelin will see a sales spike after operations in the Ukraine, after all success in combat against modern Russian armour is a good selling point.

bug2 - 24-2-2018 at 02:46 PM

Norinco’s HJ-11 ATGW looks to have entered service with PLAGF

Richard D Fisher Jr, Washington DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

23 February 2018

The Red Arrow 11 (Hongjian-11 or HJ-11) anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) produced by the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) may have entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF), images released by the state-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) suggest.

The network recently released video footage showing what appears to be an HJ-11, which has also been referred to as the AFT-11, being deployed during PLAGF exercises at an undisclosed location.

An illustration of the ATGW had been seen on a commemorative coin in early 2011, but the first photographs of the HJ-11 only emerged in August 2017 in Chinese online forums.

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bug2 - 1-3-2018 at 11:24 PM

India's NAG Anti-Tank Guided Missile approved for induction

Posted On Thursday, 01 March 2018 09:10

India's Anti Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) NAG were successfully flight-tested today in desert conditions against two tank targets at different ranges and timings, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said on February 28, 2018.

NAG ATGM being test fired
(Credit: DRDO)

NAG ATGM has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and today’s flight tests have once again proved its capability. With this, the developmental trials of the missile have been completed and it is now ready for induction.

The third-generation fire-and-forget ATGM has been fully developed by the DRDO. The Indian Army plans to purchase up to 8,000 missiles after the country's government scrapped a $500 mn deal with Rafael for 321 Spike AT

Director General (Missiles and Strategic Systems) Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, said that with the successful test flights, the technologies pertaining to ATGM to engage targets in different conditions have been established.

Chairman, DRDO & Secretary, Department of Defence R&D Dr. S Christopher, congratulated the NAG team for the achievement.

bug2 - 2-3-2018 at 05:53 PM

Ukraine officially cleared to buy Javelin weapons

By: Aaron Mehta and Joe Gould   10 hours ago

U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force fire a FGM-148 Javelin at Babadag Training Area, Romania. (Staff Sgt. Jessica Smith/U.S. Marine Corps)

WASHINGTON ― The U.S. State Department is poised to officially clear the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, in a long-awaited move that will give Ukraine’s military a new capability four years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

The announcement, reported by Defense News earlier in the day, was officially posted Thursday afternoon on the website of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The potential sale would be worth an estimated $47 million, covering 210 Javelin missiles and 37 Javelin command launch units, or CLU, plus two more for spares.

The missiles will be drawn from U.S. Army stocks, with the CLUs obtained from on-hand Special Defense Acquisition Fund-purchased stocks. The SDAF is a special State Department fund set up to speed expected requests for military equipment from allies. If State Department officials expect a request will be made, they can pre-purchase the equipment so it is already under production before a deal is made official.

In the case of the Javelin sale to Ukraine, it has been a long time coming.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, Kiev has called for lethal military aid to be supplied by the United States. However, the Obama administration, concerned that injecting such weapons into the already volatile situation in Ukraine could make the situation worse, instead settled on supplying training and support equipment.

Late last year, President Donald Trump signaled he wanted to move forward with the sale of the Javelin weapons.

Dollar figures may change after final negotiations, and members of Congress still have a window to object to the sale. But there has been widespread support on Capitol Hill for such a move.
U.S. lawmakers have pushed for lethal and nonlethal aid to Ukrainian forces combating pro-Russian rebels since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014. The 2018 defense policy bill authorized increased funding for support to Ukraine.

“Ukraine is a critical ally to the United States, and I am so pleased to see our country provide this long-overdue assistance in Ukraine’s fight to push back against growing Russian aggression,” Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, said in a statement. “Providing lethal aid to Ukraine shows that the United States is serious about protecting the interests of our nation and our allies.”

This story was updated April 1, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. EST after the formal release of the DSCA announcement.

bug2 - 9-3-2018 at 09:17 AM

German Army finalises Spike qualification on Puma IFV

Ian Bostock, Sydney - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

08 March 2018

The German Army has successfully completed qualification of the in-service Spike LR anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The final qualification trials of Spike LR on Puma were undertaken by the German Army and Rheinmetall at the company’s Unterlüss facility in northern Germany during early January. The trials included the live firing of several Spike LR missiles out to ranges between 2,000 m and 4,000 m in the fire-and-forget and fire-and-observe modes.

Informed sources told Jane’s that testing also included a Puma IFV driving hundreds of kilometres with live missile rounds inside the launcher to ensure vibration and shock-level compliance and to test human-machine interfaces.

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bug2 - 12-3-2018 at 06:23 PM

Malaysian Army trials Ingwe missile

Dzirhan Mahadzir, Kuala Lumpur - Jane's International Defence Review

12 March 2018

The Malaysian Army conducted firing trials of the Denel Dynamics ZT35 Ingwe anti-tank missile system from the anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) variant of its 8×8 Deftech AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle on 8 March, the service disclosed via the social media account of its official Berita Tentera Darat Malaysia (BTDM) news portal.

The firing trial at the Asahan range located in Syed Sirajuddin Camp, Gemas, is believed to the first in-country firing trial of the missile systems since deliveries of the ATGW variant began in 2016 to the two Malaysian Army units operating the vehicles, 19th Battalion (Mechanised), Royal Malay Regiment and 1st Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, although the ATGW variant conducted missile firing trials in South Africa in 2016.

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bug2 - 12-3-2018 at 09:44 PM

Far more info...............

Malaysian Army trials Ingwe missile

Dzirhan Mahadzir, Kuala Lumpur - Jane's International Defence Review

11 March 2018

The ATGW variant of the Malaysian Army’s 8×8 AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle seen during a rehearsal for the Independence Day 2017 parade in Kuala Lumpur. Source: Dzirhan Mahadzir

The Malaysian Army conducted firing trials of the Denel Dynamics ZT35 Ingwe anti-tank missile system from the anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) variant of its 8×8 Deftech AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle on 8 March, the service disclosed via the social media account of its official Berita Tentera Darat Malaysia (BTDM) news portal.

The firing trial at the Asahan range located in Syed Sirajuddin Camp, Gemas, is believed to the first in-country firing trial of the missile systems since deliveries of the ATGW variant began in 2016 to the two Malaysian Army units operating the vehicles, 19th Battalion (Mechanised), Royal Malay Regiment and 1st Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, although the ATGW variant conducted missile firing trials in South Africa in 2016.

BTDM stated that two AV8 Gempita ATGW vehicles were involved in the trials, which are armed with a Denel LCT-30 GI30 30 mm gun and are equipped with a twin-box launcher on each side of the turret for the Ingwe ATGW, although it did not provide further details.

The commander of Army Field Command West, Lieutenant General Azizan Delin oversaw the trials and representatives of Denel were also shown to be present there.

Images of the occasion showed that a reconnaissance variant of the AV8, equipped with the Rheinmetall Vingtaqs II target acquisition system and 7.62 mm remote control weapon systems (RCWS) and an IFV 25 variant, equipped with a 25 mm Bushmaster cannon mounted in an FNSS Sharpshooter turret, also took part in the trials with BTDM stating that firing of the 25 mm and 30 mm guns, as well as the 7.62 mm RCWS was also conducted.

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bug2 - 28-3-2018 at 09:01 PM

Vietnam-era rocket launcher may get a new lease on life as Corps ponders a deadlier M-72

By: Shawn Snow   17 hours ago

The latest M-72 rocket launcher on display at the Urban ANTX-18 exercise held March 22 aboard Camp Pendleton, California. (Shawn Snow/Staff)

The Corps may soon field a new version of its disposable anti-tank rocket known as the M-72, a weapon system that has seen service with the Marines since the Vietnam War.

Manufactured by Norwegian company NAMMO, the 66 mm anti-tank rocket — also known as the M-72 light assault weapon, or LAW — is headed for another upgrade that may see use by Marines extended onto future battlefields.

Some of the upgrades include deadlier dual fuze rounds, forward-facing firing triggers that will aid in stabilization, and no backblast.

“It’s a game changer,” said Lance Cpl. Sam Elichalt, a squad leader with second platoon, Kilo Company.

Marines with Kilo Company 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment tested the new rockets last week during a futuristic urban warfare training exercise known as Urban-ANTX 18 held aboard Camp Pendleton, California.

And the Corps is serious about fielding the new rocket, according to officials with NAMMO.

The Corps has acquired about 500 rockets for Joint Ordnance Test Procedure trials scheduled later this year. If the M-72 makes it through testing it will be certified for use with all branches, NAMMO officials told Marine Corps Times.

It would be a new lease on life for a rocket that has seen service in the U.S. arsenal for nearly 50 years. The Corps had already prolonged the life of the M-72 in 2008 when it sought upgrades to the launcher to extend the firing range for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment fire an M-72 light anti-tank weapon during a live-fire rocket range aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, May 5, 2015. (Cpl. Kirstin Merrimarahajara/Marine Corps)

Because the new upgrade has no backblast Marines no longer have to worry about overpressurization when firing from inside a building or a room.

That reduces the chance of injury and now Marines can fire the rockets without “having to expose themselves” to enemy fire, Elichalt said.

Backblast occurs when pressure builds inside the chamber of the launch tube after a rocket is fired. The gases that create that pressure rupture out the back end of the launcher.

For the shoulder fired AT-4 — manufactured by Swedish company Saab Bofors Dynamics — a backblast area can extend nearly 300 feet. Before firing, Marines are trained to check and yell “backblast are all clear” to ensure no Marines are directly behind the weapon.

The 84 mm AT-4 rocket was fielded in the late ‘80s as a potential replacement to the aging M-72.

Marines with Ammo Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group (1st MLG) are instructed in the proper handling of the M136E1 AT4-CS confined space light anti-armor weapon in 2014. (Lance Cpl. Jordan E.Gilbert/Marine Corps)

The rupturing gas from a fired AT-4 or older M-72 can create overpressurization in an enclosed environment. Marines are advised not to fire from inside buildings, but the new M-72 design changes all of this.

The new LAW relies on mortar increments in lieu of a rocket motor. Mortar increments are small half donut shaped propellants for 60, 8 and 120 mm mortars.

Though the new M-72 has no gaseous rupture when fired, it does squirt out a liquid.

But the new changes do come with one substantial cost: added weight. The new anti-tank rocket launcher weighs nearly 12.9 pounds compared to 7-10 pounds for the older model.

And that’s not small potatoes either when considering a fully kitted grunt can be carrying nearly 100 pounds of gear.

But Marines with Kilo company say the added weight brings extra lethality and is worth the physical toll.

The new M-72 also is 12 decibels quieter, has less flash than a pistol and will come with more lethal rockets.

One of the new rockets, known as the A10 round, will be dual fuze. When the rocket hits a hard metal surface like steel it will detonate immediately, but if it senses a softer target like a brick wall or car, it will delay exploding until penetration.

bug2 - 4-4-2018 at 09:20 PM

French Army prepares to deploy MMP

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

03 April 2018

The French Army is preparing for the first operational deployment of its Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) land combat system in Mali this year. Source: MBDA

The French Army is preparing for the first operational deployment of its new 140mm calibre digital Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) land combat system.

Major Jean-Luc Dietler of the Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre (STAT) at the French Ministry of Defence told Jane’s that manportable MMP systems will be deployed with four French Army Regiments – 2e Régiment Etranger d'Infanterie, 2e Régiment Etranger Parachutistes, 1er Régiment de Hussards Parachutistes, and 3e Régiment de Hussards – and a French Army Special Forces Regiment, in support of Operation ‘Barkhane’ in Mali in June or September this year.

STAT – the technical section of the French Army – is responsible in co-ordination with the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA: Directorate General of Armaments) for leading and evaluating all weapons programmes for the French air and land forces.

Developed by MBDA in France for a French Army requirement, the MMP is intended to replace the MBDA Milan and Lockheed Martin/Raytheon FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems currently in service with the army and special forces, and the Euromissile HOT (Haut subsonique Optiquement Téléguidé Tiré d’un Tube) and MBDA Eryx ATGMs mounted on the army’s Véhicule de l’avant blindé (VAB) 6x6 armoured personnel carriers.

Conceived as both a manportable and vehicle-mounted combat missile system, the MMP will be interoperable with the French Army’s FÉLIN (Fantassin à Équipement et Liaisons Intégrés) future infantry programme. It will also be integrated with the Nexter Systems CT40M 40mm turret selected to equip the French Army’s future 6×6 Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat (EBRC: armoured combat and reconnaissance vehicle, designated ‘Jaguar’) as part of the Engin Blindé Multi-Rôles (EBMR) multirole armoured vehicles segment of the French Army’s estimated EUR5 billion (USD 5.93 billion) Scorpion modernisation programme.

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bug2 - 23-4-2018 at 04:23 PM

Skdb "Luch" Tested Improved Antitank Guided Missile System "Skif"

(Source: Ukrobornprom; issued April 19, 2018)

Ukrainian defense contractor Luch says it has successfully tested its improved Skif laser-guided anti-tank missile, the export version of the Stugna-P produced for the Ukrainian army. (Luch photo)

Successful testing of the new AT guided missile system "Skif" modification (an export variant of the Ukrainian "Stugna-P"), developed by the UOP SE “State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch”, was successfully tested at one of the military testing grounds.

The design of the advanced AT guided missile system "Skif" has undergone a number of changes in accordance with the requirements of the potential customer. All modifications aimed at adapting the launcher for use in soft soil and sand. First of all, we are talking about installing a powerful thermal imager, allowing to destroy the targets with the first shot, despite the difficult weather conditions, day and night.

The missile itself has not changed, as originally was designed for use in all climatic and weather conditions, without exception.

During the tests of the advanced AT guided missile system "Skif", developers and representatives of the customer’s country were present. Representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were also present during the tests of the new SKDB "Luch" development.

Commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, Colonel General Serhiy Popko, highly praised the modernization of the modern Ukrainian AT guided missile system, produced by SKDB "Luch".

"Equipping a regular AT guided missile launcher with a powerful thermal imagery guarantees hitting the enemy’s armored equipment in conditions of poor visibility at night, which once again confirms that our country has an extremely high scientific potential that allows to produce armament and military equipment samples at par with the leading countries," added Serhiy Popko.

The unique development of SKDB "Luch" specialists has a number of technical advantages that guarantee engagement of movable and immovable modern armored targets with combined, spaced or monolithic armor, including active armor.

In addition, the Ukrainian missile complex is also capable of affecting small-scale targets such as weapon emplacements, tanks in the trench, light-armored objects and helicopters, making it a universal deterrent device on the battlefield.


bug2 - 23-4-2018 at 08:43 PM

Indian Army to receive 300 Nag antitank missiles

Posted On Monday, 23 April 2018 08:20

The Indian army should at last receive its long-delayed indigenous NAG antitank guided missiles, whose range reaches 7 to 8 kilometers. 300 units should be delivered “soon”. But 3,000 are needed by the Army.

Test fire of a NAG antitank guided missile (Credit: DRDO)

The Nag was one of the five missile systems planned to be developed in the 1980s by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Missile development Programme (IMDP). But this programme got stuck for various problems.

In the next few days, the Defence ministry will consider a proposal to acquire 300 Nag missiles and around 25 Nag Missile Carriers (NAMICA). The NAMICAs can carry six missiles at a time. The army will carry out more trials of the Nag missile as its requirement is of around 3,000 such missiles.

After the NDA government started giving a push to 'Make in India' in the defence sector, the Nag missile would be the second long-pending project of the DRDO to come true in armed forces after the successful induction of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft into the Air Force. The major success in the Nag programme was achieved after the DRDO missile complex developed the indigenous seeker for the Nag missile, which helped it in hitting targets successfully. The earlier imported seeker used in the missile could not differentiate between the tank and its surrounding desert sand, as the temperature difference between the two was almost negligible during the summer season. "The fire-and-forget Nag missile with the indigenous seeker can successfully target enemy tanks even in the worst desert conditions during summer with great accuracy," sources said.

Faithful to the “Make in India” policy, Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has also been laying special stress on developing Indian defence products which can be used for improving the export of military hardware from here as it is almost negligible at this time. In the recent times, the DRDO missile complex has been working on reducing dependence on imported missile systems due to successful development of various indigenous weapon systems such as the Akash air defence system.

bug2 - 5-5-2018 at 08:58 PM

Details Emerge on IS Craft Produced Launcher from Mosul Fight

Posted 1 min ago in Ammunition, Daily News, Defense, News, NFA / Suppressors / Class III by Miles with 3 Comments

Image from CAR Report.

Conflict Armament Research has recently published a short but very comprehensive report detailing the craft produced anti-armor/personal launchers that we reported on in May of 2017.

The findings that CAR has come up with are quite revealing about the launchers themselves, in addition to how the terrorist group conducted itself through manufacturing armaments and in utilizing these at the front. I would highly encourage readers to look through the original report, but if you don’t have time, we’ll highight some of the key findings here.


The type of ammunition used are mostly 73mm PG-9 rockets, originally intended for the Soviet SPG-9 recoilless rifle. In addition to the PG-9 rockets, there are also PG-7 rockets that were found to be loaded inside the IS launchers. The launchers are single shot use, and can be disposed of. This is because of the complex method of attaching the factory rounds to the inside of the tube. Another important fact about them is that it appears that IS wanted a shorter launcher that could be fired from the inside of a room without the backblast severely hurting the guys inside of that room. Such as would be the case with the already unwieldy SPG-9 or a common RPG.

Image from CAR Report.

Image from CAR Report.

Of particular note here is that these launchers are almost the IS equivalent of a U.S. AT4 or M72 LAW single shot, and disposable anti-armor launcher. Even down to the collapsible pistol grip and the instructions printed on the side of the rocket instructing users how to fire it. There even is a gentle reminder at the end of some of the instructions to “Please return the launcher after firing”.

Image from CAR Report.

Image from CAR Report.

Another note about the launchers is that as the fight against IS dragged on into the deepest parts of Mosul, the production quality of the launchers went down, until the group’s capacity to produce them became impossible. Very similar to numerous other “Last Ditch” models (Japanese Type 99s come to mind).

And in an odd twist of irony, what appears to be the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units manufacturing arm, the TDMP, is manufacturing a very similar variant of launcher to what Iraqi troops had just been previously faced with.

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

India to buy 25 BMP-2 fitted with NAG Antitank Guided Missiles

Posted On Friday, 11 May 2018 07:05

India`s military is planning to acquire 25 Nag BMP-2-based self-propelled anti-tank guided missile (SPATGM) systems under a US$70 million contract, according to the Economic Times newspaper.

An Indian Army BMP-2 NAMICA firing the NAG missile system

"Reports claim that the Indian Ministry of Defense [MoD] has cleared the procurement of 300 Nag [anti-tank] missiles and 25 modified NAMICA BMP-2-based carrier vehicles," the newspaper says.

In a statementon April 28, the MoD said, “In a boost to indigenisation and in realisation of India’s growing technological prowess, the DAC approved procurement of Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO’s) designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at the cost of Rs 524 crore

"The system includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA). The NAG missile is a third generation anti-tank guided missile, which has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks during day and night. This will give a quantum boost to the Army’s capability against enemy armour."

The Nag ATGM is an anti-tank missile of the third generation with enhanced top-attack capabilities. According to the open sources, the weapon has a weight of 42 kg, a length of 1.90 m, and a diameter of 190 mm. The Nag is armed with an 8 kg tandem warhead. The ground-based variant of the missile has a launch range of 500-4,000 m and a speed of 230 m/s. The weapon is fitted with an imaging infra-red (IIR)/active radar seeker.

The NAMICA (Nag Missile Carrier) SPATGM is based on the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle and armed with eight ready-to-use containerized anti-tank missiles.

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bug2 - 11-5-2018 at 07:48 PM

MBDA pitches new land combat missile system to Middle East customers

By: Jen Judson   13 hours ago

MBDA's MMP fifth-generation land combat system is now in use by the French Army. (Courtesy of MBDA)

AMMAN, Jordan — MBDA has a new land combat missile system just recently fielded with the French Army that it hopes will gain traction in the Middle East.

The Missile Moyenne Portee fifth-generation land combat missile system “is totally new,” Francis Bordachar, a military adviser for MBDA and a former French Army colonel, told Defense News in an interview at the Special Operations Exposition this week.

“There is no equivalent,” Bordachar said, although he noted there are several companies that claim similar capabilities.

The new system was prominently displayed at the company’s booth on the expo floor and is meant to replace the MILAN anti-tank guided missile and the Lockheed Martin and Raytheon-made Javelin system.

The system is made 100 percent in France and was fielded to the French Army in October 2017. It is expected to deploy to a few undisclosed locations, but will also be sent to troops operating in Libya and Mali this summer, Bordachar said.

But the Middle East has already begun to take notice of the brand-new system.

Bordachar said MBDA has already minted a deal with one country in the region and is expected to get under contract with a second by the end of the year.

He added there are other countries in the Gulf region that have expressed interest and that the company was paid a visit at SOFEX by Bahrain special forces, who were interested in learning more about the system.

MBDA’s new system includes a newly designed anti-tank guided missile, a disposable launch tube and a firing stand.

The firing stand is equipped with advanced technology like a passive dual-band seeker that includes a TV/cooled infrared sensor with three different magnification levels for NATO-standard threat detection and identification standards, Bordachar explained.

The system also has a GPS, a digital magnetic compass and a laser rangefinder.

The missile is a multipurpose tandem warhead capable of defeating a tank — such as the Russian T-90 — and can also be used as a bunker buster, Bordachar said.

The warhead is designed to pierce through a tank or concrete walls and then detonate once inside, spraying 1,500 tungsten “splinters,” he explained, adding that they are effective out to 15 meters. Beyond that, the tungsten fragmentation would not be damaging.

The missile has a range of 4 kilometers based on the French requirement, Bordachar said. But in a test over the weekend, the missile was apparently able to hit targets at 5 kilometers, and right in the center of targets at the 4-kilometer range.

The missile in the tube weighs 15 kilograms, and the interactive firing stand weighs 11 kilograms.

The system has two firing modes for the gunner: a lock-on-before launch and a lock-on-after-launch mode for beyond line-of-sight targets.

The Missile Moyenne Portee is also effective in all weather environments, Bordachar added.

The system’s controls are designed to look and feel like video game controllers, which makes it easy for young soldiers who have grown up playing video games to learn how to use the system and employ it effectively in combat, he said.

Additionally, the weapon system comes with a training simulator, a potentially appealing feature for young gamers, making it intuitive and easy to learn the system quickly.

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

Belarus showcases MM-60 rocket launcher

Nikolai Novichkov, Minsk - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

21 May 2018

Belarusian company BSVT-VV has completed development of its MM-60 multipurpose rocket launcher and has already attracted interest from a number of Asia Pacific countries, a company representative told Jane's.

The disposable MM-60 rocket launcher is designed to defeat troops under cover, lightly armoured vehicles and structures, and comprises a digital sighting system (DSS) and a containerised multipurpose rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).

The MM-60 seen in its new vehicle-mounted, four-barrelled rocket launcher configuration. (Nikolai Novichkov)

The DSS features modern optoelectronics – including a laser rangefinder, a ballistic computer, and an inertial measurement unit – and proprietary targeting software which is designed to increase accuracy. The sight also incorporates an airburst function, enabling the user to engage troops behind cover.

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bug2 - 23-5-2018 at 11:45 AM

National Guard of Ukraine Purchases American-Made RPG-7 Launchers

Posted 10 hours ago in Daily News, Defense, News by Hrachya H

Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, has announced on his Facebook page that the first shipment of 500 American-made RPG-7 clone rocket-propelled grenade launchers has been received by the National Guard of Ukraine. These launchers are called PSRL which stands for Precision Shoulder-fired Rocket Launcher. They are manufactured by a US company called AirTronic USA.

PSRL is basically an upgraded version of the RPG-7 launcher. Here is how AirTronic describes it:

Airtronic’s Redesigned and Completely USA Manufactured Version of the World’s Most Widely Used Anti-Tank Weapon, the RPG-7, the PSRL Offers Machined, Not Cast, Tubing Made from 4140/4150 Ordnance Grade Steel. System Offers Ergonomic Upgrades that users of the M-16/M-4 Rifles are familiar with.

Compared to the original RPG-7, the PSRL has Picatinny rails for mounting optics and accessories. PSRL launchers are compatible with all types of RPG grenades and have a 1,000 round barrel life.

AirTronic PSRL with a stock and vertical grip mounted on the bottom rail.

Here is also a video showing the Ukrainian National Guard soldiers testing the newly received PSRL launchers.


The reason they purchased these launchers from the USA is probably that they simply can’t buy them from Russia anymore.

However, there is a Ukrainian company called Mayak that also makes upgraded RPG-7 launchers. It is unknown why didn’t they purchase the domestically made launchers. Maybe Mayak doesn’t make new launchers but just offers an upgrade kit for the existing ones.

Theoretically speaking, they could adopt a different launcher to aid the NATO integration process, however, the reason they opted to stick with the RPG should be that the troops are familiar with the RPG-7 and they must have a large amount of RPG ammunition supplies. It could possibly be a better choice if they bought the AirTronic GS-777 launcher which is still comparable to the RPG-7 and uses the same ammunition but weighs half as much as the PSLR or RPG launchers.

The above-mentioned announcement text says that these are the first 500 launchers delivered. That probably means the contract includes more than one delivery and the total amount of purchased launchers is more than 500. The sum of this procurement is not disclosed.

bug2 - 30-5-2018 at 07:13 PM

Airtronic readies new HEAT round for PSRL, updates launchers

Jayesh Dhingra, Bangalore - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

30 May 2018

Airtronic USA is developing a new high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) round for its Precision Shoulder-fired Rocket Launcher (PSRL), the company has revealed.

The new HEAT round retains the same warhead diameter of 93 mm but features a redesigned rocket motor with a new ignitor and propellant. The company claims a range of about 850 m for the single shaped-charge warhead HEAT round, which gives a significant range increase over the PG-7VL round launched by the RPG-7. The latter is understood to have a direct fire range of 250 m.

“The development is currently at TRL-7/8 and we believe we will be at TRL-9 in 90 days,” Richard Vandiver, Chief Operating Officer told Jane’s .

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bug2 - 1-6-2018 at 06:44 PM

MBDA's ENFORCER Supports SOF vs Armour Threats

MBDA's ENFORCER, which provides operators with a 2km day/night, fire and forget solution can be used by dismounted infantry and special operations forces to engage soft-skinned and light armour threats. (Photo: AW)

MBDA was promoting its ENFORCER shoulder-launched weapon system at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida as a cheaper alternative to more expensive anti-tank guided munitions.

Speaking to MONCh at the event on 23rd May, MBDA’s Head of Future Battlefield Weapons, Stephen Scott described how the ENFORCER remained in development although it would likely be qualified by the end of 2019.

The most recent live fire tests were conducted in November 2017 against static targets. A next phase is expected to test ENFORCER’s capability to engage moving targets, the industry expert confirmed.

MBDA is awaiting Request for Information from the German Armed Forces regarding a requirement for such a capability, with Mr. Scott suggesting to MONCh that this is expected later in the year.

“ENFORCER responds to the anticipated evolution of the complexity of military operations and scenarios, providing superior range and effect compared to heavy machine guns and automatic grenade launchers,” company literature explained.

The weapon, which can be operated in confined spaces, is designed to be carried by an individual operator with a typical load-out of launcher, Dynamit Nobel Defence's (DND) Wirkmittel 90 sight and two munitions comprising a total weight of less than 20 kilogrammes. Each munition weighs 7kg and Mr. Scott confirmed the launcher could be integrated with any type of fire control system.

However, Mr. Scott explained to MONCh how MBDA was now considering additional configurations and applications for the weapon system including integration on board air, ground and maritime platforms.

Options include tactical unmanned aerial systems and surface vessels to support counter-fast inland attack craft threats.

MBDA’s platform-mounted concept could, "envision twin- or quad-packed ENFORCER munition launchers which could either be ‘snapped on’ board platforms or integrated into larger remote weapon stations," Mr. Scott explained.

Detailed info on the system here:

bug2 - 12-6-2018 at 09:27 AM

Nammo’s new M72 launcher causes no damage when fired from inside a room

By: Jen Judson   9 hours ago

Pat Woellhof, who does Marine Corps-focused field marketing for Nammo, was the first to fire the M72 fire-from-enclosure launcher in a June 5 demonstration in Mesa, Ariz. The first shot was performed outside. (Courtesy of Nammo)

VIDEO at source:

MESA, Arizona — When a shoulder-fired rocket is shot from inside an enclosure, typically there’s not much of a chance the wall or anything behind it will go undamaged as the result of the backblast.

But Norwegian ammunition company Nammo’s M72 launcher is now capable of being safely fired from inside an enclosure.

The M72 is a weapon designed to go up against light-armored vehicles, and it has been around since the Vietnam War, but Nammo’s fire-from-enclosure capability is its newest improvement to the system.

And it’s anticipated soldiers in the field will see it as a game-changer for a number of reasons.

The launcher was put to the test inside of a small 12-by-15-by-7-foot shed in an exclusive first demonstration on June 5 in the Arizona desert. Aside from a spray of viscous liquid on the floor, back wall and ceiling, there was no other evidence the M72 was used in the room.

The system includes a chamber of liquid at the backend of the rocket that mitigates the effects of a blast. Nammo currently has a patent pending on the formula for the inert organic liquid.

The company has been developing the system in response to a U.S. Marine Corps requirement, using mostly internal research funds, over the last 12 years, according to Chad Parkhill, Nammo’s executive vice president for shoulder-fired systems.

Nammo was awarded a contract to qualify its system for Marines in June 2016 and delivered 500 rounds to the service in December 2017. The rounds will go through rigorous testing through the Joint Ordnance Test Procedure, an extremely aggressive test profile that no other shoulder-fired weapon system has gone through or would likely pass, according to Dominic Jezierski, the technical director for shoulder-fired systems at Nammo.

Morten Brandtzaeg, President and CEO of Nammo, talks about how industry forces are driving defense companies to invest in automated manufacturing lines to lower production costs.

The fire-from-enclosure, or FFE, requirement originated within the Marine Corps because during urban operations in the Middle East, Marines were having to expose themselves to shoot rockets from shoulder-fired systems. Several died as a result of having to take a shot with an M72 because the shot couldn’t be taken from inside a structure or from behind cover, Ben Carpenter, a Nammo representative in charge of field marketing, told Defense News.

Carpenter was one of two to first fire the M72 FFE during the June demonstration.

Nammo set to work to address the shortfall and came up with a 13-pound version of its M72 ― one of the game-changers, Carpenter said. With the weight of some existing shoulder-fired systems, troops must assess whether it’s possible to carry them into the field.

The system also exceeds U.S. Marine Corps and Army standards with its capability to fire seven to eight shots per day using single hearing protection inside an enclosure, Jezierski said. The M72 It can be shot without hearing protection in the open air, and the Marine Corps standard is the ability to fire five rounds from an enclosure.

But even more important is its low signature, which drastically increases the survivability of the shooter and nearby troops, according to Pat Woellhof, who does Marine Corps-focused field marketing for Nammo.

Woelhof was the first to fire the M72 FFE in the June 5 demonstration.

The system’s muzzle flash is equivalent to a 9mm pistol at night, according to Tim Clawitter, who is in business development for shoulder-fired systems at Nammo.

The backblast is also so minimal, it eliminates the need to have to move furniture from a room, according to Woellhof. Typically, training would include doing so because furniture can redirect the backblast toward the gunner.

The munitions used in the M72 FFE are designed to go up against light-armored vehicles. The energetics in the warhead of the munition are improved to provide better effects on target and is more accurate, Carpenter said.

While a bigger launcher might limit the number of weapon systems provided to a squad — typically just one — the M72 is small and light enough to potentially have three to six within a squad. “You could say it gives them overmatch,” Carpenter said.

Improvements to the launcher include a redesigned trigger as well as “shoot through” bumpers. In previous versions of the M72, the bumpers could fall of when the launcher was fired, according to Jezierski.

Nammo has also demonstrated at its launcher assembly in Mesa that it has the capability to reliably produce rounds. The company built roughly 40 rounds a day and only scrapped two out of the entire first 600 rounds produced, according to Clawitter.

The Marine Corps is expected to wrap up its own rigorous testing of the system by the end of the year followed by a production decision.

There is also potential for Army interest, particularly for subterranean operational needs, Carpenter said.

bug2 - 12-6-2018 at 09:53 AM

The MMP Missile Sets A New Range Record

(Source: MBDA; issued June 10, 2018)

During the two longest-range firings, the MMP was guided via its fiber-optic cable out to a range of about 4,400 meters, and then moved to autonomous fire-and-forget mode for the final 600+ meters. Its contractual range is 4,000 meters. (MBDA photo)

In May this year, the French Army conducted a training campaign of firings in preparation for the next operational deployment of the MMP missile.

In parallel, a number of additional firings were made to test the capacity of the system beyond its normal operating range.

The result was that two firings were made over a range of 5,000 metres, both of which were completely successful.

These firings, in which the seeker was locked onto the target before firing, confirm the exceptional performance of the MMP acquisition and guidance sequence.

They will contribute to building the confidence of future users, who may have to respond effectively under highly challenging operational conditions.

The MMP programme plans a total [French] inter-force installed base of 400 firing units and 1,950 missiles by 2025. The first hardware to be delivered is currently in use for user training. The weapons system is expected to be deployed for external operations before the end of this year.

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2017 MBDA achieved a turnover of 3.1 billion euros with an order book of 16.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development. MBDA is jointly held by Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo (25%).


bug2 - 26-6-2018 at 06:56 PM

Eurosatory 2018: MBDA continues development of Enforcer shoulder-launched guided weapon system

Posted On Tuesday, 26 June 2018 06:40

MBDA, an International developer and manufacturer of missiles with headquarter in France continues the development of Enforcer, a new one-man portable shoulder-launched on-shot guided weapon system. The Enforcer will be offered to the German army, where it could complement the Wirkmittel 90 infantry weapon which has an effective range of 1,200 meters, offering an additional munition for the system.

MBDA Enforcer new one-man portable shoulder-launched on-shot guided weapon system. (Picture source Noam Eshel, Defense-Update)

The Enforcer concept is a new lightweight one-shot, disposable shoulder-launched guided munition which has a firing range from 100 m to 2 km using Fire-and-Forget missile system.

MBDA is positioning Enforcer (KFK) as a complimentary multipurpose munition to existing shoulder-fired infantry weapon systems. It enables dismounted infantry to engage lightly protected battlefield/urban targets at relevant combat ranges, with high precision and minimal exposure to the operator.

The Enforcer can be used against lightly armoured and soft skinned targets during night and day operations. It has a weight of 9 kg including missile and launch tube. The Enforces is designed to destroy a wide range of static and moving targets, including concealed snipers.

The Enforcer can be operated from behind cover and from enclosed/confined spaces. It can be carried and operated by a single soldier, with minimal exposure of the operator to enemy fireCompatible with the Wirkmittel 90 weapon system.

The Enforcer is a German-led, multi-national MBDA program. In December 2016, MBDA has announced successful test fire of the lightweight missile Enforcer as part of its ongoing development programme. The multinational Enforcer team scored several highly accurate hits during guided firings carried out at the trials facility of the German Bundeswehr’s Technical Center for Weapons and Ammunition 91 in November 2016.

The firing tests with the Enforcer development prototype were conducted at ranges of between 1,000m to 2,000 m and confirmed expectations with regard to the weapon’s homing head, which guided the missile directly to the centre of each of the intended targets. One of the missiles used the new lightweight, carbon-fiber launching tube developed by MBDA in Italy. It has now entered development phase and has completed six successful firings to prove technology and design viability and it could be qualified by the end of 2019.

bug2 - 27-6-2018 at 07:02 PM

South Korean Raybolt spotted in Yemen

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

26 June 2018

A Yemeni fighter from the Saudi-backed Fourth Brigade aims what appears to be a South Korean-made LIG Nex1 Raybolt anti-tank missile system in a still from a video released on or shortly before 21 June 2018. Source: Fourth Brigade

A manportable anti-tank missile system that appeared to be a South Korean-made LIG Nex1 Raybolt has been seen in a video attributed to the Fourth Brigade that is fighting the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthi).

The Raybolt is an advanced system that can be locked on before launch so the operator does not have to guide it to its target. The video, which was released on or shortly before 21 June, appears to show this fire-and-forget capability as the vehicle it is launched against moves behind high ground during the missile’s flight, obscuring the target from the launch location.

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This is a clearer image of the system...............

bug2 - 4-7-2018 at 06:12 PM

Rafael unveils Spike NLOS Modular Launcher development

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

03 July 2018

Development of Spike NLOS Modular Launcher has now been finalised. Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has significantly refined the concept since it was first unveiled in June 2016. Source: Rafael Advanced Defence Systems

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has finalised development of a new lightweight, vehicle-integrated evolution of its SPARC trailer-mounted and remote-controlled launch system for the Spike non-line-of-sight (NLOS) multipurpose tactical missile.

Spike NLOS is a multipurpose precision-guided missile system equipped with a dual-mode electro-optical (EO)/infrared (IR) seeker and a real-time encrypted radio frequency (RF) two-way datalink. With a stated maximum range of 30 km, the missile can be equipped with three warhead options: tandem high explosive anti-tank (HEAT), penetrating blast fragmentation (PBF), and fragmentation.

Developed in response to requests from undisclosed special forces customers, the new Spike NLOS Modular Launcher is an adaptable, palletised, stand-off launch system specifically configured for light rapid response/all-terrain-type vehicles – typically deployed as an air portable capability – by reconnaissance units and special forces.

The Lightweight Modular Spike NLOS Launcher concept was first shown at Eurosatory 2016 in Paris on a down-scaled Polaris MRZR 4-style 4x4 all-terrain vehicle with an integrated Spike NLOS missile magazine that included two Spike NLOS ready-to launch-rounds, and a clip-on magazine of two additional rounds.

Rafael has since refined the concept – shown on a TomCar 4x4 platform, but compatible with most lightweight all-terrain vehicles – as a modular system, with a baseline configuration that features a missile launch pod (MLP) of four ready-to-launch Spike NLOS missiles, an MLP of four reserve missiles, and a communications pod for the RF datalink. The MLP is mounted on a pallet – securely mounted on the host platform with just seven screws – enabling rapid and easy integration onto light vehicles.

“We have reduced the weight of the entire system from its original ‘few tons’ to just 1,350 kg – which includes eight Spike NLOS rounds,” Gal Papier, head of marketing and business development, Precision Tactical Weapons Systems at Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, told Jane’s.

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bug2 - 16-7-2018 at 11:56 PM

Upgraded Israeli Rafael Gil 2 antitank missile supplied to IDF and foreign armies

Posted On Monday, 16 July 2018 12:55

Rafael Systems’ Gil 2antitank missile is able to penetrate 20 cm of armed concrete and can strike target without a direct line of vision. The manufacturer says the missile's ability has been improved by 30%.

Rafael Systems' Gil 2 antitank missile (Picture source: Rafael Systems)

Rafael Systems has recently begun providing the IDF and other armies, mainly from Europe, with the new version of the anti-tank Gil 2 missile which has been used for over two decades. While the missile went through a series of improvements, its weight was diminished by merely several hundred grams. The new version now weighs 13.2 kg in total.

The experiments conducted as part of the missile's improvement process were held during the past few weeks in fields in the south of the country as well in additional locations around the globe, reports. During the experiment, the missile penetrated through 20 cm of armed concrete walls, bunkers, and fortified situation rooms.

According to the missile's operators, one of its most notable advantages is its ability to strike without direct line of vision with the target. The new missile has an improved firing range of 5.5-6 km, as opposed to the previous Gil missile which had a firing range of 4 km.

The upgraded missile's warhead can also explode while in the air, eliminating a cell of terrorists hiding in the field. "The missile is multi-tasking and its ability to penetrate defense layers of armed structures has improved by 30 percent," a Rafael official explained. "The system is also able to receive target coordinates from an independent drone and launch the missile without a direct line of vision with the target. This will prevent the force operating the missile from exposing itself while the missile flies at 240 meters altitude until it unpredictably strikes the target," the official added.

Some month ago, a first-of-its kind international Gil 2 operation competition was held in the south between major generals, a team of the Givati reconnaissance battalion's anti-tank company and their European counterparts, with Holland's team clinching first place.

ADMK2 - 17-7-2018 at 09:31 AM

Isn’t that Spike LR2?

Have they changed the name?

bug2 - 17-7-2018 at 11:38 AM

GIL is the Israeli name for Spike...........................

bug2 - 18-7-2018 at 07:35 PM

US Army orders more Saab AT4 anti armor weapon systems

Posted On Wednesday, 18 July 2018 09:14

Saab has received a new order from the U.S. Army for the shoulder-launched AT4CS RS (Confined Space, Reduced Sensitivity) anti-armor weapon system. The order value is approximately $50 million. The order was booked during Q2 2018.

The Saab AT4CS RS is a fully disposable, pre-loaded weapon system with a specially developed, unique shaped-charge warhead that delivers outstanding behind-armor effect inside the target. It weighs less than 8 kg and has an effective range of 20 to 300 meters. (Picture source: Saab)

Saab was awarded an ID/IQ contract for AT4CS RS in 2008.

This order is an addition to a Delivery Order received in 2017.

That order was valued at $13.4 million. “This order demonstrates the continuing strong belief by the customer in the AT4 system,” says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s business area Dynamics. “We are proud to continue to provide this proven and effective tool to the U.S. warfighter,” says Michael Andersson, President and CEO, Saab North America, Inc.

Since 1987, Saab has delivered more than 600,000 AT4s, both directly and under license, to U.S. forces. The weapon has been continuously upgraded since that time to provide even greater capability and effect to the user. Newer versions currently under development will offer even greater ranges and additional flexibility.

The AT4CS RS is a fully disposable, pre-loaded weapon system with a specially developed, unique shaped-charge warhead that delivers outstanding behind-armor effect inside the target. It weighs less than 8 kg and has an effective range of 20 to 300 meters.

bug2 - 26-7-2018 at 09:26 AM

Russia reintroduces Shturm-SM SPATGM

Dmitry Fediushko, Moscow - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

25 July 2018

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has begun receiving upgraded Shturm-S (9P149) self-propelled anti-tank guided missile (SPATGM) systems, an industry source has told Jane’s .

“So far, 22 upgraded Shturm-S combat vehicles have passed acceptance trials. The systems have been accepted by a military representative office and sent to Central Military District [CMD] units. Eight more vehicles have been overhauled. These upgraded Shturm-S SPATGMs are now conducting acceptance trials, with delivery to troops scheduled for 30 July,” the source said.

He added that a Western Military District independent artillery brigade had also received the upgraded Shturm-S SPATGM in early May.

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bug2 - 2-8-2018 at 09:13 AM

Bahrain requests improved targeting systems for TOW missiles

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

01 August 2018

The US State Department has approved the sale to Bahrain of Raytheon Improved Target Acquisition Systems (ITASs) for Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-guided (TOW) anti-tank missiles, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 30 July.

It said the proposed sale is estimated to be worth USD80 million and includes 32 TOW ITASs (four being spares), support equipment, and services.

“The proposed sale of the TOW ITAS and technical support will advance Bahrain’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defence capability,” it said. “The ITAS will increase target detection, acquisition, recognition, and engagements ranges for TOW anti-tank missiles.”

The DSCA announced in September 2017 that Bahrain had requested 221 TOW missiles (107 BGM-71-4B-RF wireless, 77 BGM-71F Aero top-attack, and 37 BGM-71-FI-RF wireless bunker-buster variants) at an estimated cost of USD27 million.

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bug2 - 21-8-2018 at 08:11 PM

Successful Flight Test of ATGM ‘HELINA’

(Source: Indian Ministry of Defence; issued Aug 19, 2018)

Indigenously developed Helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ has been successfully flight tested from Army Helicopter at 1400hrs in the ranges of Pokhran, today. The weapon system has been tested for its full range.

The ‘HELINA’ weapon system released smoothly from the launch platform has tracked the target all through its course and hit the target with high precision. All the parameters have been monitored by the telemetry stations, tracking systems and the Helicopters.

The Missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode. It is one of the most advanced Anti-Tank Weapons in the world. Senior officials from DRDO and Indian Army were present during the mission.

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the DRDO and the Indian Army on the successful flight test for further strengthening the defence capabilities of the country.


bug2 - 25-8-2018 at 12:47 PM

Army 2018: China Aerospace showcases mini fire-and-forget weapon

Jayesh Dhingra, Bangalore - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

24 August 2018

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s (CASC’s) FN-M lightweight guided weapon system. Source: Jayesh Dhingra

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) unveiled a new lightweight shoulder-launched 60 mm guided weapon system during the Army 2018, held in Kubinka, near Moscow, from 21 to 26 August.

The FN-M multifunction missile system was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Space Flight Technology, a CASC subsidiary.

The weapon is integrated with a small sighting system and features a miniature TV sensor integrated into the nose that is locked onto the target before the trigger is pulled. The sight is powered by a battery behind the trigger grip.

The FN-M missile weighs 4 kg and is equipped with a high-explosive fragmentation warhead of about 1 kg. The missile features four mid-body rectangular pop-out fins and four fins at the aft, and is propelled by a solid-propellant motor to a range of 2 km.

“The miniature fire-and-forget weapon can engage low-flying UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] and light vehicles,” an official from the company told Jane’s .

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bug2 - 25-8-2018 at 01:05 PM

Roketsan begins serial production of OMTAS ATGM

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

24 August 2018

Roketsan has finalised development of a new 160mm-calibre manportable/vehicle-mounted medium-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) weapon system for the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF).

The new missile – designated OMTAS – is intended in the first instance to meet a Turkish Land Forces Command requirement for an indigenously-developed medium-range ATGM to replace its current 152 mm BGM-71 tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) and 103mm Milan wire-guided command to line-of-sight ATGM capabilities.

Roketsan has begun serial production of the OMTAS ATGM for the Turkish Armed Forces.

OMTAS is a day/night all-weather weapon system featuring both direct attack and top attack modes, and lock-on before launch, lock-on after launch, fire-and-forget, and fire-and-update operating modes. The missile is 1,800mm in length (including the launch tube and forward and aft shock cushions) and weighs 35 kg (including the launch tube). Designed to engage stationary and moving armoured targets at ranges in excess of 4,000 m (with a minimum engagement range of 200 m), the new missile features a dual thrust (boost and sustain) rocket motor, an uncooled imaging infrared (IIR) seeker assembly, a two-way radio-frequency datalink, and a high-explosive tandem charge warhead designed and delivered by TDW in Germany, and now being developed and produced by Roketsan in-house.

“The TAF requirement specified an effective armour penetration, so we’ve migrated the new warhead we designed with TDW for on our longer-range UMTAS helicopter-launched ATGM to the new OMTAS missile,” a Roketsan spokesperson told Jane’s .

OMTAS uses other subsystems in common with UMTAS – for example the IIR seeker assembly – however the rocket motor and aerodynamics/geometries of the airframe have been redesigned. The spokesperson noted that Roketsan is also considering the addition of a semi-active laser seeker terminal guidance option for OMTAS, but this will be at a later date and as per customer demand.

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bug2 - 31-8-2018 at 07:09 PM

Rafael unveils Spike ER2

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

30 August 2018

Development of the fifth-generation Spike ER2 stand-off missile system will be finalised by the end of 2018. Source: Rafael Advanced Defence Systems

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has disclosed development of a new, fifth-generation, enhanced stand-off evolution of its 170 mm Spike-ER multipurpose precision-guided missile system, designated Spike ER2.

The baseline Spike ER round is effectively a scale-up of the legacy 4 km-range Spike LR, with an 8 km fibre-optic data communications link, a larger tandem high-explosive anti-tank high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) and multipurpose blast fragmentation warhead, larger rocket motor, and a higher quality gimballed dual-mode imaging infrared (IR)/charge-coupled device (CCD) seeker assembly. Designed as joint air-to-surface/surface-to-surface capability for rotary, naval, and land platforms (including a tripod-launched capability), Spike ER features fire-and-forget, fire, observe, and update launch options, and fire-and-steer (lock-on-after-launch) engagement modes.

The new Spike ER2 retains the same weight, airframe, surface geometries, and propulsion unit as the Spike ER, but features a significant range enhancement and other capability augmentations.

The introduction of a new real-time lightweight radar frequency (RF) wireless two-way datalink, combined with adjustments to the missile’s software, is designed to optimise the energetics/trajectory of the missile to achieve a stand-off range of 16 km from rotary platforms. “The 8 km fibre-optic datalink was a limitation in the sense that once the fibre-optic spool was expended, the ER became a fire-and-forget missile,” Gal Papier, marketing manager, Precision Tactical Weapons Systems at Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, told Jane’s . “With the new RF datalink we retain the fire-and-observe function, with real-time datalink imagery from the seeker now received from out to 16 km.” Rafael will also offer the ER2 with an extended fibre-optic datalink data laval- and surface-launched applications to engage targets at ranges out to 10 km.

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bug2 - 14-9-2018 at 10:03 PM

DX Korea 2018: New Dynamit Nobel Defence RGW 110 anti-tank weapon

Posted On Friday, 14 September 2018 08:29

At DX Korea 2018, defense exhibition in South Korea, German Company Dynamit Nobel Defence showcases its full range of shoulder-launched anti-tank weapons systems including the Panzerfaust 3, RGW 90 and the new RGW 110. Product portfolio of Dynamit Nobel Defence contains state-of-the-art shoulder launcher weapons from 60mm to 110mm covering effective range from 300 to 1,200m.

Dynamit Nobel Defence RGW 110 anti-tank weapon at DX Korea 2018, defense exhibition in South Korea. (Picture source Army Recognition)

At DX Korea 2018, Dynamit Nobel Defence presents its new anti-tank weapon RGW 110, a lighter and shorter version of the RGW 90, providing the modern soldier the best performance weight ratio with FFE (Fire-From-Enclosure) capability on the market and a unique First Shot Kill Probability

The Panzerfaust 3 is a modern disposable recoilless anti-tank weapon, which was developed between 1978 and 1985 and put into service by the Bundeswehr in 1992.

The Panzerfaust 3 (Pzf 3) is third-generation man-portable anti-tank weapon that consists of two basic parts- a round of ammunition, pre-loaded into disposable launching tube / barrel, and reusable fire control and sighting unit. Before use, the loaded round is attached to the sight / fire control unit, aimed and fired. After discharge,empty barrel is removed from fire control unit and discarded, and a new round can be loaded and fired. It has a combat weight of 12,8 kg and an effective firing range from 300 to 400 m.

This anti-tank weapon system is available in three main versions, the standard Panzerfaust 3, and the Panzerfaust 3-T (T stands for tandem warhead).

The Panzerfaust 3-IT (Pfz 3-IT) is the latest member in the Panzerfaust 3 family of Dynamit Nobel Defence. With PzF 3-IT main battle tanks with state-of-the-art reactive armor can be effectively engaged from all aspects. Panzerfaust 3-T and 3-IT have a maximum firing range of 600m.

Dynamit Nobel Defence Panzerfaut 3 anti-tank weapon at DX Korea 2018, defense exhibition in South Korea. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The RGW 90 (Recoilless Grenade Weapon) is a 90mm man-portable, anti-armor, multi-purpose weapon system manufactured by German-based company Dynamit Nobel Defence. The RGW 90 family of infantry weapon systems includes RGW 90HH (Heat-Hesh), RGW 90AS (Anti Structure) and RGW 90WB (Wall Breacher).

The RGW 90HH variant weighs 8.7kg and is used to destroy structural targets using an adjustable warhead at an effective range between 20 m and 500 m.

Weighing roughly 10kg, the RGW 90 AS variant is fitted with a two-stage warhead that can destroy hardened protective covers and hit the targets hidden behind cover. It has a range between 10m and 400m.

Armed with an explosively-formed ring warhead, the 174mm RGW 90WB weapon, weighing 13kg, can penetrate masonry structures and concrete or brick walls at ranges from 10 m to 100 m.

Dynamit Nobel Defence RGW 90 anti-tank weapon at DX Korea 2018, defense exhibition in South Korea. (Picture source Army Recognition)

bug2 - 17-9-2018 at 02:31 PM

Ministry of Defence, India

Second Flight Test of MPATGM Successful

Posted On: 16 SEP 2018 4:15PM by PIB Delhi

Indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM), was successfully flight tested for the second time from the Ahmednagar range today. All the mission objectives have been met. The two missions on 15 and 16 September 2018 have been successfully flight tested for different ranges including the maximum range capability.

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the team DRDO, Indian Army and associated Industries for the twin success of MPATGM weapon system.

bug2 - 18-9-2018 at 09:36 AM

MBDA offers surface-launched Brimstone to Poland

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

17 September 2018

MBDA is offering a palletised surface-launched salvo-fire adaptation of its Brimstone air-to-surface missile for a Polish Armaments Inspectorate stand-off anti-armour requirement. Source: MBDA

MBDA is proposing a palletised surface-launched salvo-fire adaptation of its Brimstone air-to-surface missile to address a Polish Armaments Inspectorate requirement for a stand-off anti-armour capability.

The proposal is part of an evolved MBDA missile package competing for two current Armaments Inspectorate anti-armour acquisition programmes – ‘Pustelnik’ and ‘Karabela’ – to equip the Polish Territorial Defence Forces (Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej – [WOT]) and Polish Army.

Pustelnik provides for a 1.4 km minimum range easy-to-use light anti-armour weapon for the WOT; for this requirement MBDA is offering the Enforcer (KFK) disposable shoulder-launched guided weapon system.

Karabela is effectively a two-tier programme to equip both the WOT and regular Polish Army. The ‘lower’ tier provides for the acquisition of a 4 km range anti-tank guided missile weapon – for vehicle-mounted and dismounted applications – to replace/supplement the in-service Spike LR, and for which MBDA is offering the Missile Moyenne Port?e (MMP); the ‘upper’ tier stipulates an 8 km–10 km anti-armour weapon to equip multiple platforms, including surface-launched, helicopter-launched ‘Kruk’ platforms, light combat aircraft and fast jets: MBDA is offering a Brimstone solution across all platforms.

The specific Brimstone variant for this proposal has not yet been identified, Adrian Monks MBDA sales director in Poland told Jane’s . “Depending on the customer requirement/specification it could be supplied either from the current Brimstone product inventory/line – in which case it could be delivered with 6–12 months from contract – or from the latest Brimstone evolution (Brimstone 3), which is still in development, and therefore would become available further down the line. The bottom line is that the customer is looking for the exact capability that the legacy mmW Brimstone was originally designed for – to engage and neutralise massed armoured threats.”

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bug2 - 22-9-2018 at 01:39 PM

AAD 2018: World Premiere new Jadara Terminator-AT Anti-Tank Guided Missile

Posted On Friday, 21 September 2018 20:40

World premiere at AAD 2018, Africa Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in South Africa for the new Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) dubbed "Terminator-AT" designed and developed by the Jordanian Company Jadara. The missile is now ready for production and will be tested by the Jordanian armed forces.

Jadara Terminator-AT launcher unit mounted on a tripod at AAD 2018, Africa Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in South Africa. September 2018. (Picture source Army Recognition)

At AAD 2018, the launcher of the Terminator-AT was mounted on a tripod including the launching unit and the PUT-1 guidance unit. The missile has a diameter of 107mm.

The Terminator missile can be fitted with two types of warheads: AT Hollow Charge, Tandem and HE High Explosive, Fragmentation which can be used to destroy tanks, light armored vehicles, light soft skinned vehicles and field fortifications at a distance from 100 to 2,500 m. According to Jadara, the warheads can penetrate 550 mm and 50 mm of armor respectively.

The Terminator is a laser beam riding, semi-automatic command-to-line of sight (SACLOS) missile. It can be mounted on either a portable launcher or a carrier-based automatic launcher.

During SOFEX, Special Forces Operations Exhibition that was held in Jordan in May 2018, Jadara has showcased the Terminator-AT integrated on a remote weapon station fitted on a light tactical vehicle.

bug2 - 26-9-2018 at 12:48 PM

India to undertake validation trials of Spike ATGW

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

25 September 2018

Has any other ATGM met this requirement? :no:

The Indian Army (IA) is to conduct validation trials of the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) ahead of deciding whether to procure the system via an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) in 2019–20.

Official sources told Jane’s on 17 September that the IA is set to test-fire the ATGW in the summer of 2019 in India’s western Rajasthan desert region to validate its infrared seeker.

They said the ATGW had reportedly not met the IA’s operational qualitative requirements in previous trials undertaken in searing summer temperatures in the desert where a large proportion of the systems would eventually be deployed.

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bug2 - 28-9-2018 at 09:31 PM

The days of worrying about rocket launcher backblast soon may be at an end

By: Shawn Snow   1 day ago

Marines reload the Carl Gustav rocket system during live fire training at Range 7 aboard Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 25, 2017. (Sgt. Aaron S. Patterson/Marine Corps)

Backblast area all clear!

For ages Marines have been trained to yell before firing the Corps’ suite of shoulder-fired rocket systems.

Backblast results from gaseous overpressurization that ruptures out the back when a rocket is fired. It can cause injuries, but also it limits Marines to firing the rockets in open and unconfined spaces, exposing Marines to enemy fire.

But Saab Bofors Dynamics says it may have a solution for the Corps.

Currently, old versions of Saab’s AT-4 anti-tank single shot rockets are to be gradually phased out by a new confined space AT-4, according to Justin Knight, Saab’s Marine Corps representative for shoulder-fired weapon systems.

That means Marines will soon be able to fire the AT-4 in confined spaces, like out of a window inside of a room without the fear of injury from backblast.

The new confined space AT-4 will give Marines more tactical flexibility on the battlefield when it comes to employing shoulder fired anti-tank rockets.

But that’s not all. Saab also has a confined space round for its 84mm recoilless rifle the Carl Gustaf.

According to Knight, the Corps may be interested in procuring a high explosive, dual purpose confined space round for the Carl Gustaf.

That means Marines could soon be firing the Gustaf from inside rooms and confined areas.

So far the Marines have qualified nine different Saab rounds for the Gustaf, according to Knight.

Nammo, the makers of the M-72 light assault weapon, or LAW, is also in the midst of testing a LAW that can be fired from confined spaces.

The new suite of confined space shoulder fired rocket launchers will boast lethality for grunts while also affording extra protection for Marines on the battlefield.

bug2 - 7-10-2018 at 06:00 PM

Saab, Raytheon to Demonstrate a Guided Munition for Carl Gustaf M4 Recoilless Rifle

Three test firing of Carl-Gustaf guided munitions are planned for 2020 in Sweden

By News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

The Raytheon Company and Swedish aerospace and defense firm Saab are developing a guided munition for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable, shoulder-launched weapon system under a U.S. Army contract. This new munition answers a U.S. Special Operations Command requirement to increase the capability of the multirole Carl-Gustaf weapon system built by Saab.

The munition’s advanced warhead is designed to penetrate light armor, bunkers and concrete structures while decreasing collateral damage. With increased range, the new munition will offer greater protection for ground troops by enabling them to fire at targets from inside structures or buildings. Photo: Saab

Under the contract, the team will provide all-up-rounds for three test firings against threat-representative targets. Test firing of the guided Carl-Gustaf munition is planned for 2020 in Sweden. In 2017, Raytheon announced its partnership with Saab to develop new weapons for infantry forces.

“The Carl-Gustaf system paired with this new guided munition gives U.S. and coalition dismounted forces a tremendous advantage on the battlefield,” said Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “The munition is intended to enable ground troops to engage multiple targets precisely at distances up to 2,000 meters, including moving targets.” The munition’s advanced warhead penetrates light armor, bunkers, and concrete structures while minimizing collateral damage.

With increased range, the new munition offers greater protection for ground troops by enabling them to fire at targets from inside structures.

The recent contract continues work on “Massive Overmatch Assault Round” (MOAR) awarded to Saab Dynamics in 2016. “Focused on the Carl-Gustaf and AT4 shoulder-fired weapons, which are already fielded and procured under U.S. Army Programs of Record allows the research to remain focused on the munition itself, rather than developing a completely new solution, we are seeking to apply improved capabilities to existing systems” Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab’s Dynamics business area said at the time of the MOAR award.

ADMK2 - 8-10-2018 at 05:13 PM

Javelin will be starting to get nervous...

bug2 - 8-10-2018 at 10:23 PM

More on this...............

Raytheon, Saab disclose Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition development

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

05 October 2018

Raytheon/Saab have received a Rapid Innovation Fund contract from the US Army for the Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition. Source: Raytheon

Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics have disclosed details about the co-design and development of the first guided round for the 84 mm Carl-Gustaf reloadable weapon system.

The munition - designated Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition (GCGM) - is an initial outcome of a teaming agreement signed by Raytheon and Saab in November last year, which is intended to leverage best-of-breed capabilities and market synergies of both companies in the shoulder-launched guided munitions market segment.

Jointly funded by Raytheon and Saab and intended for use with the Saab Carl-Gustaf M3 and M4 weapon system launchers (respectively designated M3 and M3E1(A1) MAAWS: Multi-role Anti-armour, Anti-personnel Weapon System in US service), the GCGM development is effectively an evolutionary progression of the earlier Saab Ultra Light Munition concept, which, under the teaming agreement with Raytheon, has been matured and defined in terms of capability and performance requirements.

Presently in the demonstrator phase, the current GCGM baseline concept provides for a semi-active laser (SAL)/INS-guided munition capable of engaging multiple target types - light armour, personnel, concrete structures and bunkers at ranges between 30 m and 2,000 m with a circular error probable (CEP) of <1 m (CEP-50). The time to target at maximum range is given as <15 seconds. The munition is also designed to engage moving (<56 km/h) targets out to ranges of 1,500 m. The introduction of the guided round effectively doubles the range of the current Carl-Gustaf weapon system with existing ammunition options, and also places the Carl-Gustaf in the guided weapons segment.

The GCGM round is packaged in a cylindrical canister, which is loaded into the Carl-Gustaf launcher. With an all-up weight of 6.8 kg, the round features a SAL seeker that leverages developments from Raytheon Missile Systems' 40 mm Pike guided munition and other systems across its portfolio, advanced electronics also developed by Raytheon, a multi-purpose tandem warhead developed in-house by Saab, and an improved, near smokeless/low launch signature rocket motor system, also delivered by Saab.

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bug2 - 8-10-2018 at 10:30 PM

Taiwan to buy more indigenous armament

Posted On Monday, 08 October 2018 11:39

Taiwanese-manufactured weapons such as lightweight rocket launchers will complement heavy weapons bought from the US. The Marine Corps of the Taiwanese Army, the island’s military police and the coast guard are all considering placing large orders for weapons produced in Taiwan, as reported by the Asia Times.

Kestrel anti-armor missile system designed and manufactured inTaiwan (Picture source: Youtube)

Among the weapons taken into consideration are the man-portable Kestrel antitank missile launchers developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, a key national lab under the Defense Ministry’s Armaments Bureau. The Taiwanese military tends to favor foreign weapons systems with proven combat performance, especially those from the US, due to both operational reasons and a lack of faith in the reliability of the homemade alternatives. It took the Kestrel system years to gain trust from the marines, the Taipei Times reported, and was inspired after the corps placed a small order with the Chungshan Institute due to urgent operational needs.

Now the Military Police Command has set aside almost NT$50 million (US$1.63 million) out of its budget for the next financial year to purchase 445 such launchers – among them, 279 training launchers and eight simulators – to arm units tasked with defending Taipei. The corresponding figures for the Coast Guard Administration are NT$11.12 million for 84 launchers and 88 simulators for the use of the battalions garrisoned on the Taiwan-controlled Pratas and Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

As a weapon designed to be operated by a single soldier, the Kestrel’s tactical role is similar to that of the American M72, which is a light, mobile weapon for infantry soldiers. The TOW-2A/B anti-tank guided missile launcher – the military’s other standard-issue anti-armor weapon bought from the US – boosts greater lethal power and a longer range, but it is heavier and typically mounted on vehicles or attack helicopters.

bug2 - 8-10-2018 at 10:51 PM

Saab and Raytheon to Demonstrate New Carl-Gustaf Munition for the U.S. Army

(Source: Saab; issued Oct. 08, 2018)

Developing a guided warhead for the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle, which US Special Forces use alongside the Saab AT4, would increase the weapon’s effectiveness, but its proposed CGGM munition appears to significantly add to its size. (Saab photo)

Saab has, in collaboration with Raytheon, received a contract from the U.S. Army to demonstrate a guided munition for the Carl-Gustaf system, with three all-up-round test firings against threat-representative targets.

In 2017, Saab announced its partnership with Raytheon to develop new weapons for infantry forces. The new munition answers a U.S. Special Operations Command requirement and is designed to increase the capability of the combat proven, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon system Carl-Gustaf built by Saab. The new munition is guided which will provide for increased precision against moving targets.

“Collaborating with Raytheon, utilizing their technical and product excellence in combination with our innovative technology solutions, will enhance the already world-leading Carl-Gustaf and AT4 weapon systems with additional capabilities that will further increase the operational benefit for the end user”, says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab business area Dynamics.

“Paired with the Carl-Gustaf weapon system, this new guided munition will give U.S. and coalition dismounted forces additional overmatch capabilities against enemy threats on the battlefield”, says Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “The munition is intended to enable ground troops to engage multiple targets precisely at distances up to 2,000 meters, including moving targets”.

The munition’s advanced warhead is designed to penetrate light armor, bunkers and concrete structures while decreasing collateral damage. With increased range, the new munition will offer greater protection for ground troops by enabling them to fire at targets from inside structures or buildings.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.


Raytheon, Saab Demonstrating New Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition for US Army

(Source: Raytheon Co.; issued Oct 05, 2018)

TUCSON, Ariz. --- Raytheon Company and Swedish aerospace and defense firm Saab are demonstrating a new guided munition for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable, shoulder-launched weapon system under a U.S. Army contract. There will be three all-up-round test firings against threat-representative targets. This new munition answers a U.S. Special Operations Command requirement to increase the capability of the multirole Carl-Gustaf weapon system built by Saab.

The Carl-Gustaf weapon system is used by the U.S. Army and ground forces of more than 40 other countries and has been modernized to meet the changing needs of soldiers operating in the world's most demanding combat environments.

"The Carl-Gustaf system paired with this new guided munition gives U.S. and coalition dismounted forces a tremendous advantage on the battlefield," said Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. "The munition is intended to enable ground troops to engage multiple targets precisely at distances up to 2,000 meters, including moving targets."

The munition's advanced warhead penetrates light armor, bunkers and concrete structures while minimizing collateral damage. With increased range, the new munition offers greater protection for ground troops by enabling them to fire at targets from inside structures.

In 2017, Raytheon announced its partnership with Saab to develop new weapons for infantry forces.

"Collaborating with Raytheon, utilizing their technical and product excellence in combination with our innovative technology solutions, will enhance the already world-leading Carl-Gustaf and AT4 weapon systems with additional capabilities that will further increase the operational benefit for the end user," said Görgen Johansson, who leads Saab's Dynamics business.

Raytheon and Saab will oversee test firing of the guided Carl-Gustaf munition planned for 2020 in Sweden.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defense and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers' changing needs.

Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.


bug2 - 11-10-2018 at 09:25 AM

Raytheon to improve US Army’s TOW missile

10th October 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

Raytheon has received a $21 million contract from the US Army to develop a new propulsion system for its TOW missile, the company announced on 7 October.

The contract funds a three-year effort to make performance improvements to the tube-launched, optically tracked TOW missile. Performance improvements will be integrated into all TOW missile variants, including the top and direct attack 2B, direct attack 2A and Bunker Buster missiles.

The radio frequency-guided TOW missile is a long-range, heavy assault-precision anti-armour, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system that enables ground forces to achieve better capability against adversary armoured and wheeled systems, regardless of the environment or conditions.

Kim Ernzen, VP, land warfare systems, Raytheon, said: ‘Improving TOW's propulsion system will increase range and deliver enhanced protection for ground troops while providing them with more capability. Raytheon and the army have consistently upgraded the TOW weapon system to keep it relevant for today's fight and help our soldiers preserve their overmatch advantage on the battlefield.’

bug2 - 17-10-2018 at 09:43 AM

French Forces Clear MMP 5th Generation Land Combat Missile for Desert Operations

(Source: French Armed Forces Ministry; issued Oct 16, 2018)

MBDA’s new-generation MMP battlefield missile has been cleared for desert operations by the French military after nine missiles fired in Djibouti all hit their intended targets. (FR MoD photo)

From August 25 to September 22 2018 in Djibouti, the French Army Technical Service (STAT), the French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement), with the support of MBDA, achieved the evaluation campaign of the MMP 5th generation land combat missile system.

The objective of this operational evaluation was to check the suitability of the MMP weapon system for use in semi-desert condition.

For this purpose, nine firings were achieved with all the missiles reaching their target. The results confirm the reliability of the weapon system in hot environment as well as its performance in operational firing scenarios.

Two firings have been performed by Navy commandos from the Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat ECUME (Embarcation Commando à Usage Multiple Embarquable - embarked multi-purpose commando boat): a first firing from the sea on a land target and the second one from the sea on a sea target. MMP is the first weapon system of this class of performance whose implementation on ECUME has been made possible.

In Djibouti, French Forces have a training environment with climatic conditions similar to those encountered in the current zones of engagement in the Sahel-Saharan belt. The results achieved during this campaign in hot conditions fully allow the deployment of the MMP weapon system as part of Operation Barkhane, in the coming weeks.


bug2 - 22-10-2018 at 10:36 PM

Raytheon advances to ‘Extended Range’ TOW

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

22 October 2018

The US Army has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a USD21 million contract, via the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) mechanism, to develop a new insensitive munition (IM)-compliant rocket motor for the BGM-71 Tube-Launched, Optically-tracked Wireless-guided (TOW) Command Line of Sight (CLOS) heavy anti-armour missile.

The DOTC contract deliverables provide for the development of an improved propulsion system to reach the demonstration phase over the next 36 months. Raytheon will work with Northrop Grumman to mature and integrate the new system with TOW 2; Northrop Grumman, in turn, will work with the US Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) to package the propulsion system with a more IM-compliant propellant, previously developed by Orbital ATK (now part of Northrop Grumman).

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bug2 - 24-10-2018 at 09:50 PM

Utility Task Vehicles for Ukrainian antitank missile transportation


The 93rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine named Kholodniy Yar has received utility task vehicles (UTVs) for transportation of Stuhna anti-tank missile systems, Unian reports. The vehicles are able to quickly transport an anti-tank missile system to any off-road destination.

Utility Task Vehicles for Ukrainian antitank systems transportation "Kholodniy Yar" utility task vehicle (Picture source: 93rd Brigade Facebook page)

Kholodniy Yar refers to a landmark near the city of Chyhyryn and the Motronynskyi Trinity Monastery, now in Chyhyryn raion, Cherkasy oblast. The densely forested hills and gullies around Kholodnyi Yar for centuries served the local villagers as a refuge from Polish reprisals or Tatar invasions.

Ukrainian army’s UTVs are 4x4 vehicles operated by a crew of two. No detail about the manufacturer nor their technical specifications are available so far. Members of the brigade have decided to purchase them to transport their antitank systems, the 93rd separate mechanized brigade wrote on Facebook.

bug2 - 8-11-2018 at 09:37 PM

Airshow China 2018: CASC testing TL-4 ATGW

Dmitry Fediushko, Zhuhai - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

08 November 2018

CASC is about to complete trials of its new TL-4 ATGW system, company officials told at Airshow China 2018. Source: Dmitry Fediushko

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is testing its newest TL-4 anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system, a company representative told Jane’s at the 6–11 November Airshow China 2018 defence exhibition in Zhuhai.

The firm is about to complete trials using the system’s anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), said the official, adding that about 40 TL-4 missiles have already been test-fired, successfully destroying the intended targets. The missile is housed in a protective launch container that is 1.2 m long, 174 mm wide, and 178 mm high. Its weight, with the missile enclosed within, is stated to be 28.5 kg. The man-portable variant of the system comprises a tripod-mounted guidance unit and two munitions and can be transported to the battlefield by three soldiers, the representative added.

The TL-4 missile can be fitted with either a tandem shaped-charge anti-armour warhead or a high-explosive fragmentation warhead. The ATGM is controlled by an inertial measurement unit coupled with an infrared (IR) seeker. The ATGM uses a wireless datalink to transfer video data from its IR seeker to the guidance unit, and can engage a target at a distance ranging between 0.5 km and 6 km, the manufacturer said without specifying the ATGM’s armour-piercing capacity.

The guidance unit of the TL-4 weighs 30 kg and incorporates both daylight and thermal channels. The unit can detect a target at a distance of up to 6.5 km during the day and 6 km at night. “The TL-4 anti-tank system features a continuous working time of approximately one hour and is activated in about 30 seconds,” said the company official. The system’s tripod has a traverse angle between –60° and 60°, and an elevation angle between –10° and 10°.

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bug2 - 8-11-2018 at 09:52 PM

Dong Feng launches vehicle-based GAM-102 antitank missile launcher


At Air Show China 2018, being held in Zhuhai (China) from 6-11 November, the Chinese vehicle manufacturer Dong Feng is introducing for the first time a vehicle-based GAM-102 ATGM missile launcher.

Dong Feng's GAM-102 vehicle launcher at Air Show China 2018 (Picture source Army Recognition)

The GAM-102 4x4 light armored vehicle launcher is based on the CSK-131A protected assault vehicle chassis. A lift-type quadruple launcher system is installed on the back of the vehicle. It integrates fire control systems, aiming devices, launch command system and a power supply which makes the launcher self-reliant from the vehicle's battery. The CSK131A is a light protected vehicle developed by Dongfeng Corporation on basis of the EQ2060 off-road 4×4 vehicle, a Chinese versions of the US Humvee. The vehicle has a curb weight of 4,900 kg and a payload capacity of 1,400 kg.

The GAM-102 was designed to counter the threat of armored vehicles and fortifications in a maximum range of respectively 4000 meters. The system uses high performance uncooled inferred component and self-developed IR core ship, which, according to Poly Defence, significantly decreases the warm up period. Poly’s GAM-102 trajectory can be selected between overhead and direct attack, depending on target type. This variant adopts a large array long wave uncooled IR imaging homing seeker.

The GAM-102 missile’s modular design allows for integration and installation on a variety of vehicle platforms, from light all-terrain vehicle (L-ATV) to tracked IFV. The missile adopts high explosive tandem charged armor penetration warhead able to realize about 1000 mm penetration depth. The vehicle launched version needs one commander, one driver and one missile operator. Up to 16 missiles can be carried in each vehicle. A GAM-102 system comprises the missile, a launch tube assembly, a launch control system, an E/O radar, and a servo system.

bug2 - 10-11-2018 at 07:23 PM

New CSK-131-based TL-4 missile launcher unveiled at Air Show China 2018


Another CSK-131 Mengshi-based missile launcher platform has been launched at Air Show China 2018 by the Chinese vehicles manufacturer Dong Feng Motor Group. The Mengshi 4x4 offroad vehicle this time integrates the TL-4 anti-tank man-portable missile system.

Dong Feng CSK-131 Mengshi vehicle with TL-4 anti-tank missile system (Picture source Army Recognition)

The TL-4 light-vehicle mounted missile system includes missiles in canisters, chassis, a fire control system, a command and control system and a man-portable launching control system. The crew is composed of one shooter, one commander and one driver. All the firing procedure is being performed inside the vehicle, while dismounted man-portable mode will also be available, Dong Feng adds.

The missile launcher includes EO/IR surveillance and targeting capabilities at up to 6.5 km in CCD mode, and 6 km in IR mode. Four missiles are pre-positioned in their canister directly in the turret, while 2 to 4 additional missiles can be carried at the back of the vehicle. Reaction time is less than 10 secondes, says Dong Feng, and it takes only 12 minutes to reload four missiles. The TL-4 missile weapon system can be ready to fire in 9 seconds, after a missile firing, it takes only 30 seconds to leave the position. The whole system has a total weight of 30 kg. The missile can be fire from 100 to 6,000 m against static and moving targets.

Combination of the two systems offers high mobility, pinpoint accuracy, short transition time between moving and combat mode, and single of formation operations, says Dong Feng.

Dongfeng Mengshi is a family of off-road 4×4 vehicle developed by Dongfeng Motor Group.Early generations of the vehicle are licence-built Hummer H1, while later generations of the vehicles are indigenous design. The CSK-131 variant is based on the EQ2060 vehicle. It has been completely redesigned with new engine and new onboard computers with digital map software and Beidou SATCOM and GPS. Curb weight is 4,900 kg while payload capability reaches 1,400 kg and operational range about 500 km.

bug2 - 15-11-2018 at 12:52 PM

MBDA Demonstrates the Extended Operational Capabilities of the MMP to More Than 15 Countries

(Source: MBDA; issued Nov 14, 2018)

MBDA is now beginning to market in earnest its MMP battlefield missile, intended to replace Milan and Javelin, and it demonstrated its capabilities to representatives of over 15 countries in October at Canjuers, in south-eastern France. (MBDA photo)

Members of 15 foreign delegations, as well as representatives of the European Defence Agency (EDA) and of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) have been given the opportunity to witness the full range of capabilities of MBDA’s 5th generation MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée) ground combat missile during a live firing demonstration.

This demonstration – organised on 12th October 2018, at the Canjuers base in the presence of the French Army and the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) – took place in two phases: a dynamic phase, in which representatives from around the world watched three firings conducted by the French Army Technical Section (STAT), and a static phase, based on presentations and workshops making use of standard operational equipment for simulations, training and support.

The three firings – all of which struck their targets precisely – showcased the missile’s various operating modes by confronting it with different scenarios, against both fixed and mobile targets at ranges of 2.5 km to over 4 km, proving the accuracy of the MMP in all circumstances, even when fired at hidden targets beyond line of sight.

The demonstration, which included firings with the seeker locking on to the target both before and after launch, and using both infrared and TV guidance, also highlighted the MMP's ‘fire and forget’ and ‘operator in the loop’ capabilities.

Its ability to engage targets beyond direct line of sight by means of a network-centric enabled tablet computer, or via images relayed by micro-UAVs, was also demonstrated, illustrating how the MMP operates in symbiosis with coordination systems and field sensors.

The delegations also discovered different configurations of the MMP: a standard firing post fixed on an Arquus SHERPA Special Forces light combat vehicle; with an Impact remote-controlled turret mounted on an Arquus SHERPA armoured vehicle; and with a T40 gun turret mounted on a Nexter VBCI infantry fighting vehicle.

This demonstration follows on from September’s hot weather campaign carried out by the French Army in Djibouti, which validated the MMP's suitability for use in a desert environment and secured the green light for its deployment in support of the Operation Barkhane in the Sahel-Saharan Strip.

In France, the MMP programme includes provision of 400 firing posts and 1,950 missiles across all branches of the French Armed Forces by 2025.

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2017 MBDA achieved a turnover of 3.1 billion euros with an order book of 16.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. MBDA is jointly held by Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo (25%).


bug2 - 15-11-2018 at 07:40 PM

AirShow China 2018: All-Terrain Vehicle with TL-4 missile launcher


Among other examples of platform integration, the TL-4 anti-tank missile launcher was also shown at Airshow China 2018 mounted on a Polaris-type all-terrain vehicle.

TL-4 anti-tank missile launcher was also shown at Airshow China 2018 mounted on a Polaris-type all-terrain vehicle. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The ATV-based TL-4 consists of a missile launcher, an ATV and a man-portable control system. The platform can be quickly airlifted on the battlefield by airdrop, slingload or aircraft landing. Once on move, the missile is dismounted, stored in its canister and loaded at the front of the vehicle.

The base vehicle is a classical four-wheel drive vehicle with an estimated maximum speed of up to approximately 70 mph (110 km/h). It has the ability to haul small loads on attached racks or small dump beds. They may also tow small trailers.

The TL-4 was designed and developed to offer a new generation of anti-tank missile for infantry unit. The development of the TL-4 was started in 2014 and according to the manufacturer, the TL-4 has already passed all the firing and qualifying trial tests. It was developed to be used against tanks, armored vehicles, bunkers and fortifications.

The TL-4 missile weapon system can be ready to fire in 9 seconds, after a missile firing, it takes only 30 seconds to leave the position. The whole system has a total weight of 30 kg. The missile can be fire from 100 to 6,000 m against static and moving targets.

Close view of TL-4 anti-tank missile launcher mounted at the rear of a 4x4 ATV All-Terrain Vehicle (Picture Source Army Recognition)

bug2 - 16-11-2018 at 06:58 PM

Iranian Toofan laser-guided anti-tank missile production line displayed


Toofan anti-armor missile system is a laser-guided system with the ability to strike at low-flying aerial targets, which is manufactured by the Iranian Defense Ministry experts and is a copy of TOW missile system.

Toofan production line (Picture source: The Iran Project)

The Toophan is an Iranian SACLOS anti-tank guided missile reverse-engineered from the American BGM-71 TOW missile. The Toophan 1, an unlicensed copy of the BGM-71A TOW missile, began mass production in 1988 and the Toophan 2, a BGM-71C ITOW variant, was publicly shown in 2000. The Toophan comes in at least 11 variants, many of which are poorly documented, including variants with laser guidance, thermobaric warheads, and tandem-warheads with increased penetration. The Toophan is manufactured jointly by the Aerospace Industries Organization of Iran and Iran Electronics Industries.

The Toophan is normally deployed from ground-based tripods. It can also be mounted on fighting vehicles and helicopters. Like the BGM-71 TOW missile, the Toophan is a large, rugged, powerful, and reliable anti-tank guided missile deployed by small teams against tanks, armored vehicles, buildings, and other targets. The Toophan forms the backbone of the Iranian Armed Forces's ATGM inventory and is procured in large quantities in a variety of variants. The Toophan has been exported to the governments of Iraq and Syria and to a large number of non-state actors in the Middle East. It has been used in the Iran-Iraq War, the 2006 Lebanon War and the Iraqi, Syrian, and Yemeni civil wars.

In 2014 Iran showed a Toophan/TOW simulator they built for helicopter-launched missiles. In a December 2016 military exercise Iran used the missile against naval targets. In 2018 Iran showed off thermal-sights which can be used with the Toophan. The Toophan can be mounted on Boragh APCs, ATVs, or Safir jeeps. Toophan missiles can be repaired by Iran's Shiraz Electronics Industries.

bug2 - 16-11-2018 at 09:39 PM

Roketsan discloses Karaok short-range ATGM development

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

16 November 2018

Roketsan’s 125 mm Koraok short-range ATGM development is intended for airborne infantry and amphibious and special forces. Source: Roketsan

Roketsan has disclosed initial details of a new 125 mm manportable short-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) that is currently in an accelerated phase of development.

Designed to equip airborne infantry, amphibious assault units, and special operations forces, Karaok is a single-use, shoulder-launched weapon system with a stated range of 1,000 m-plus.

Weighing less than 25 kg (launcher and effector), Karaok is 110 cm long and features an aligned, cruciform fold-out wing and aft fin assembly. The missile is equipped with a tandem warhead (weight undisclosed) and a new indigenously developed hybrid dual-stage (launch, flight) rocket motor (weight also undisclosed), designed to enable fire from an enclosed space. Launch modes include lock-on before launch, lock-on after launch, and fire-and-forget; engagement modes include top and direct attack.

Mid-course navigation is enabled through an integrated inertial measurement unit (IMU), with terminal guidance delivered by an imaging infrared (IIR) seeker solution that exploits earlier Roketsan ATGM developments. "The development of the short-range Karaok follows on from, and leverages, the lessons learnt in the maturing of our Umtas long-range [8 km] and Omtas medium-range [4 km] IIR-guided ATGMs," an official told Jane's .

The official said that the Karaok concept "provides for a new lightweight ATGM solution to meet the requirements of dismounted rapid response units, primarily special forces". Jane's understands that Roketsan is currently under contract with the Turkish Ministry of Defence to deliver the new ATGM.

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bug2 - 20-11-2018 at 09:22 AM

CASC expands Tian Lei precision missile family with TL-4 ATGM

Kelvin Wong, Zhuhai - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

19 November 2018

CASC has developed a lightweight remote weapon station that is equipped with a four-tube TL-4 missile launcher and integrated guidance unit. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has expanded its Tian Lei (Sky Thunder) family of precision guided missiles with the ground-based short-range Tian Lei-4 (TL-4) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).

Developed by the 41st Institute of CASC’s 4th Academy – also known as the Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology – based in the provincial capital of Xi’an in the northwestern Shaanxi province, the TL-4 missile has a launch weight of 24 kg with an overall diameter and length of 140 mm and 1.09 m respectively.

The solid-propellant missile is housed in a protective launch canister that is 1.2 m long, 174 mm wide, and 178 mm high for launch and transport, with an all-up weight of 28.5 kg. CASC is offering the missile with a range of 4.3 kg warheads to suit mission requirements, with currently available options including high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT), high explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG) and high-explosive squash head (HESH) natures.

The TL-4 is designed to engage static and moving targets at ranges between 500 m and 6,000 m, and features a dual-mode seeker comprising an inertial measurement unit (IMU) combined with TV guidance using CCD or CMOS optics, as well as an infrared (IR) guidance mode. A company official told Jane’s that the missile can be programmed to perform direct or top attack, and offers lock-on before launch (LOBL) and lock-on after launch (LOAL) firing modes with manual targeting supported by the IMU+TV seeker and a radio frequency (RF) datalink. However, the missile’s IR mode also enables fire-and-forget capability if desired.

The missile can be controlled using a 30 kg portable guidance unit, which is attached to the launch canister before an engagement and incorporates daylight and thermal channels with a detection range of 6.5 km and 6 km respectively.

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Mupp - 22-11-2018 at 03:41 PM


EU Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) Land Battlefield Missile Systems France, Belgium, Cyprus

The project aims at developing an EU new generation medium range BLOS Land Battlefield missile systems family. The output is intended to be integrated on an extensive variety of platforms (ground-to-ground and air-to-ground) and to provide integrated and autonomous target designation capability. The project includes joint training and formation aspects. Dedicated “users’ club” is envisioned develop a common European doctrine on BLOS firing.

My guess is an extended family based on the MMP.

Edit...for once I'm right:cool:

bug2 - 23-11-2018 at 03:05 PM

MMP Missile Endorsed by EU

(Source: MBDA; issued Nov 21, 2018)

An MMP battlefield missile during French Army qualification trials at the Canjuers maneuver range in south-eastern France. (MBDA photo)

The EU BLOS project aims at developing a family of BLOS missiles with back image and man in the loop capabilities.

EU Defence ministers have endorsed on 19 November the EU BLOS (Beyond Line Of Sight) project amongst a list of 17 defence projects aiming at being implemented in the frame of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). Proposed by France and supported by Belgium and Cyprus, the EU BLOS project is the first missile system project to benefit from this new cooperation framework.

Promoting a differentiating operational capability for military operations, this project will contribute to a consistent and autonomous European approach in the land combat domain whilst enhancing the qualitative contribution of European nations to the achievement of NATO’s level of ambition. The land combat domain has been recognized since June 2018 as one of the 11 European capability priorities.

The EU BLOS project aims at developing a family of BLOS missiles with back image and man in the loop capabilities. Based on the MMP missile system, this family of products will be fully mastered by European industry, which provides full autonomy of use, security of supply and future evolutions, to the benefit of the 25 PESCO member nations.

One of the first priorities of this project will focus on defining a European doctrine of use and its associated concepts of operation. This project will pave the way for the creation of a European users’ club which will develop the growth potential of the MMP missile system in terms of missile evolutions as well as in terms of integration to a wide range of land and air platforms.

The EU BLOS project will also benefit from the CAMO (Capacité Motorisée) bilateral strategic partnership between France and Belgium, helping build operational and capability synergies across the armies of both nations.

As a provision of the Treaty on European Union, PESCO is a binding framework and process aiming at strengthening cooperation among a number of Member States of the Union. This permanent framework of defence cooperation allows the 25 participating countries to jointly develop defence capabilities, invest in joint projects and enhance the operational readiness and the contribution of their armed forces.

The aim is to jointly develop defence capabilities and make them available for EU military operations, which will enhance the EU’s capacity as an international security actor, contribute to the protection of European citizens and maximise the effectiveness of defence investments.

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2017 MBDA achieved a turnover of 3.1 billion euros with an order book of 16.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. MBDA is jointly held by Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo (25%).


bug2 - 24-11-2018 at 12:02 PM

Estonia likely to buy Spike-LR antitank missiles


The sole offer in a procurement of the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI) for the purchase of a long-range antitank system for Estonia was made by the German company Eurospike GmbH. According to a requirement set by Estonia, the weapons system must have a range of at least 4,000m.

Spike antitank missile (Picture source: Rafael)

The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) will likely purchase Spike-LR, Spike-LR2 or Spike-ER missiles, provided that the offer by EuroSpike is deemed consistent with the terms of the procurement and successful. The Spike-LR has a range of up to 4km; the latter two missiles have a range of 5.5km and 8km, respectively.

Priit Soosaar, head of the Procurement Department at the ECDI, said that the weapons to be acquired must be in serial production and in use in the armed forces of at least one NATO member state. The plan is to purchase at least 18 weapons systems complete with ammunition, and the supplier must also supply auxiliary equipment and provide technical support and also training.

Maj. Alar Karileet, coordinator of the procurement at the EDF, said that the new equipment, which includes the fire-and-update operation mode, is an improved version of the antitank weapons currently in use by the EDF. A nose-mounted camera on the missile will enable the operator to receive real-time intelligence and update target information even when there is no direct sight between the operator and the target. The weapon, ammunition and auxiliary equipment need to be man-portable as well as usable when attached to a vehicle, he added.

"Training in the use of said weapon systems is very fast, cost-effective and efficient thanks to modern simulation and training equipment," Karileet explained. "Training for instructors and active service personnel of the EDF also accounts for a substantial part of the procurement." Spike LR missiles, which have a maximum range of 4km, are in use by the Latvian National Armed Forces and the Lithuanian Armed Forces, for instance. The EDF's current weaponry currently includes Milan and Manpads antitank missile systems, as well as the Javelin antitank system.

"Each antitank system in use in the EDF and each new system to be procured has its own purpose," he explained. "Equipment is constantly developing, and certain systems, such as the Milan, are approaching the end of their life cycle. The procurement of new armament systems and the constant updating of the capabilities of the EDF is normal." He noted that Estonia does currently possess medium-range antitank capability. "According to the specifications currently in use in the EDF, the Javelin constitutes a medium-range antitank system," he said.

Along with the purchase of infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), self-propelled artillery, new automatic firearms and replenishments of the stocks of wartime units, the acquisition of the antitank systems is among the priorities of national defence-related procurements of the current decade. As a result of the competitive negotiated procurement, a seven-year framework agreement will be concluded with the supplier. The estimated cost of the contract, which must include an option for the purchase of additional units, is €40 million.

EuroSpike GmbH belongs to German arms manufacturers Diehl BGT Defence and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics in equal portions of 40%; 20% of shares belong to the developer of the weapons system, the Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, via the Dutch holding company ERCAS B.V.

bug2 - 26-11-2018 at 05:33 PM

Slovenia orders SAAB Carl Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon system


Saab has received an order for deliveries of the new Carl-Gustaf® M4 multi-role weapon system to the Slovenian Armed Forces. Deliveries will take place during 2018-2020. Slovenia is a new customer of the Carl-Gustaf system, and Saab’s ninth customer for the Carl-Gustaf M4 version since its launch in late 2014.

Carl-Gustaf M4 man-portable multi-role weapon system developed and designed by the Swedish Company SAAB. (Picture source SAAB)

The Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest version of the portable, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon system. It gives users a wide range of engagement options and allows troops to remain agile and effective in any scenario. It builds on the system's formidable capabilities, offering a higher degree of accuracy, lighter construction and compatibility with future innovations. The M4 is also compatible with future battlefield technology developments such as intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition.

“The Slovenian order is further proof that Carl-Gustaf M4 is the number one multi-role weapon on the market. We are happy to introduce the Slovenian Armed Forces to Saab’s Carl-Gustaf M4 with outperforming capabilities and high tactical flexibility, and we feel confident that the end user will be satisfied”, says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

The new version retains all the effectiveness and versatility of the proven Carl-Gustaf system while introducing a range of major enhancements. These include a lighter weight design (weighing less than 7 kg), a round counter, improved safety and intelligent features, such as compatibility with future intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition, which collectively offer significant operational improvements for the soldier. The weapon is fully backward compatible with all ammunition types.

bug2 - 30-11-2018 at 02:01 PM

With nod to Paris, MBDA claims lead on EU tank-killing missile

By: Sebastian Sprenger   11 hours ago

French forces clear MBDA's MMP anti-tank missile for desert operations during test firings in Djibouti in August and September 2018. (French Ministry of Defense)

COLOGNE, Germany — Missile-maker MBDA is banking on a new European Union project to help boost wider adoption of its Missile Moyenne Portée anti-tank weapon on the continent.

The confidence by executives stems from last week’s European Council approval of a Beyond-Line-of-Sight Land Battlefield Missile System. The project is one of 34 efforts under the union’s new Permanent Structured Cooperation scheme, or PESCO. The framework is meant to unify military capabilities of the member nations with an eye toward establishing the EU as a military player on the world stage.

The new missile project offers an glimpse into PESCO’s nascent process for turning political ambitions into actual hardware made by national vendors. Such is the case here, says MBDA, which released a statement saying its MMP anti-tank weapon had been “endorsed” by the EU even though the official, one-paragraph project description makes no mention of a specific weapon.

Company executives told Defense News that the MMP is what defense officials in France — which has the project lead together with Belgium and Cyprus — had in mind from the start when offering the project under an EU umbrella.

The weapon, they argue, is the natural choice because it is already in service with French forces and because it is the sole wholly European option available. (MBDA is a joint venture of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo.)

A spokeswoman for the French delegation to the EU in Brussels did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The guided MMP, which boasts a range of 4 kilometers, can be fired by dismounted soldiers or from vehicles. Its competitors include the American-made Javelin and variants of the Spike, designed by Israel’s Rafael. The Israelis market their offering through the Germany-based company Eurospike, and the missiles are produced in that country.

But MBDA argues the “design authority” for both competitors lies outside of Europe, which means the joint venture would be ineligible for a role — and funding — under PESCO or its associated funding stream, the proposed €13 billion (U.S. $15 billion) European Defence Fund.

It remains to be seen whether the apparent PESCO blessing can help propel the MMP weapon to greater popularity in European armies. There is already lower-hanging fruit included in the partnership with project co-sponsor Belgium: Brussels plans to buy a new fleet of armored combat vehicles from France’s Nexter, a portion of which stands to be equipped with an anti-tank weapon.

That’s where EU funding support could come into play. Players of any PESCO project can get EU co-financing for the modification work required to make one weapon interoperable for several partner forces.

On paper, the EU missile project has ambitious goals. The weapon eventually chosen — presumably the MMP — “is intended to be integrated on an extensive variety of platforms,” a PESCO project overview states. “The project includes joint training and formation aspects. A dedicated ‘users club’ is envisioned develop a common European doctrine on BLOS firing.”

Industry officials expect an initial kickoff meeting of the partner nations to hammer out a way ahead, though the timing is unclear. At that point, there could be a formal commitment to the MMP weapon.

MBDA, for its part, is painting a purely altruistic picture of what’s to come for the missile. “France is opening a collaborative approach for how to use it,” a spokesman told Defense News.

bug2 - 20-12-2018 at 04:04 PM

Saab receives order from new customer for Carl-Gustaf M4


Saab has received a contract for the Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon system to an undisclosed customer. Deliveries will take place in 2019-2024. The industry’s nature is such that, due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced.

Carl Gustaf M4 (Picture source: Saab)

For 70 years, the Carl-Gustaf man-portable multi-role weapon system has been supporting infantry around the world in dealing with a full range of battlefield challenges. The new version, Carl-Gustaf M4, has all the effectiveness and versatility of the Carl-Gustaf system but its improved and lightweight design, weighing less than 7 kg, offers significant mobility improvements to the soldier. “We keep on writing the Carl-Gustaf success story. This year has been very successful for the Carl-Gustaf M4 and, with this order, we welcome this new customer as our tenth customer for the system. With the latest technology and improved ergonomics, the Carl-Gustaf M4 provides an increased tactical flexibility, while it’s ready for future innovations”, says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.This is an all new customer for the Carl-Gustaf system and Saab’s tenth customer for the Carl-Gustaf M4 version.

The new version retains all the effectiveness and versatility of the proven Carl-Gustaf system while introducing a range of major enhancements. These include a lighter weight design, a fired-round counter, improved safety and intelligent features, such as compatibility with future intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition. The weapon is fully backward compatible with all ammunition types.

bug2 - 11-1-2019 at 01:21 PM

Indian Army Adding Anti-Armor Missiles

(Source: Forecast International; issued Jan 09, 2019)

HYDERABAD -- The Indian Army is adding additional anti-armor missiles to its inventory. These missiles are manufactured in Hyderabad.

Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) won a Rs 760 crores contract for missiles and launchers. Russia is assisting in this work. Although no information is available on the missile BDL will manufacture, the company currently license produces the Russian Konkurs-M, a second generation, mechanized infantry ATGM, to destroy armored vehicle equipped with explosive reactive armor.

BDL is already working on a contract for production of Invar anti-armor missiles for T-90 tanks. This Rs 3,000 crore order was signed in 2013.


bug2 - 11-1-2019 at 01:27 PM

New Anti-Tank Missile System for Airborne Forces to Tested This Year

(Source: Russian Ministry of Defence; issued Jan 09, 2019)

In 2019, the state tests of the newest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system, designed to arm artillery units and airborne units, will be held.

Kornet-D1 self-propelled anti-tank missile system, created on the BMD-4M chassis, landed by parachute method, will have unique characteristics in terms of range and shooting accuracy.

Tests of new weapons developed in the interests of anti-tank units of the Airborne Forces artillery will be held at several test ranges of the Russian Defence Ministry.

The anti-tank complex will be one of the first new high-precision designs, created in the interests of the Airborne Forces artillery units, which will significantly increase the firepower of the air assault and parachute parachute units.


Russia’s Latest Anti-Tank Missile System to Enter State Trials

(Source: TASS; published Jan 09, 2019)

MOSCOW --- Russia’s latest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system designated for the Airborne Force will undergo state trials this year, the Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday.

"In 2019, the latest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system designated as armament for artillery and paratroops’ units will undergo state trials before it is accepted for service in the Airborne Force. The self-propelled anti-tank missile system based on the chassis of the BMD-4M airborne assault vehicle that is landed by the parachute method will possess unique capabilities by the range and the accuracy of its fire," the ministry said.

Paratroopers will fire the new precision weapon from the vehicle’s fighting compartment remotely, the ministry stressed.

"The trials of the new weapon developed for anti-tank units of the Airborne Force’s artillery will be held at several ranges of the Russian Defense Ministry. The anti-tank missile system will be among the first most advanced precision weapons developed for the Airborne Force’s artillery formations and will considerably enhance the firepower of airborne assault and parachute units," the ministry said.


bug2 - 16-1-2019 at 12:33 PM

Op. Barkhane: First Operational Deployment of the New MMP Medium-Range Missile

(Source: French Armed Forces Ministry; issued Jan 14, 2019)

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The French Army deployed its new MMP battlefield missile, the successor to the Milan, on foreign operations for the first time in December, when a firing team was deployed in Mali as part of Operation Barkhane. (FR Army photo)

From December 10 to 22, the Picardie Battle Group carried out an operation in the Three Borders region of southeastern Mali, during which the new medium-range missile (Missile à Moyenne Portée) was deployed and used for the first time in-theater.

Arriving in the operations area at dawn, the soldiers of Picardie BG leapt from their armored vehicle to set up the MMP on top of a ridge. Within the group of six soldiers, each has a definite role: commander, gunner, loader, rear gunner, a radio/marksman and driver.

The MMP is now in place. Sergeant Nicolas and the gunner begin to observe their surroundings, and the terrain appears in detail in the MMP’s sight. The operator scans each specific point, using the built-in zoom to refine his search. For Sergeant Nicolas, "the MMP is an exceptional weapon system for observation by day and night. The "fusion" mode detects heat sources and allows us, for example, to detect an individual hiding in a grove or behind a tree. "

This new missile is a true digest of electronic innovations: with a range of over 4,000 meters, it can be used both as for anti-personnel and anti-vehicle strikes as well as against fortifications and high-value targets. This is an interesting innovation in the Sahelo-Saharan the theater of operations, where the flanks of some rock formations can be used as shelters by members of armed terrorist groups.

On a technical level, the MMP is easy to use, as the sergeant demonstrated: "To switch from anti-personnel mode to anti-infrastructure mode, I just go to the MMP firing station’s drop-down menu and check the corresponding box. Then, since the system’s core is located in the missile itself, after firing my gunner sees in his sight exactly what the missile seeker sees. He can therefore switch targets at any time, thanks to the optical fiber that connects the missile to his console. The missile is equipped with a camera with vision day and night of a remarkable quality," he adds.

Before their deployment, Sergeant Nicolas and his gunner underwent specific training on the MMP at the French Army’s Infantry School in Draguignan.

A major innovation developed for army infantry and light cavalry units, the MMP is the successor of the Milan system. Now deployed for the first time on combat operations, it will gradually equip the majority of first-line units.

Led by the French armed forces, in partnership with the G5 Sahel countries, Operation Barkhane was launched on August 1st, 2014. It is based on a strategic approach based partnership with the main countries of the Sahel-Saharan strip (BSS): Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina-Faso. It brings together some 4,500 military personnel whose mission is to fight against armed terrorist groups and to support the armed forces of partner countries so that they can take engage this threat, notably within the framework of the joint G5 Sahel force which is being established.


bug2 - 17-1-2019 at 05:17 PM

LAV Anti-Tank Weapon System to Reach FOC by End of 2019

(Source: US Marine Corps; issued Jan 10, 2019)

Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle-Anti-tank variants at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The LAV-AT’s fixed turret allows permanent operation, but pays for this improved availability with a much higher silhouette, making it harder to hide on the battlefield. (USMC photo)

QUANTICO, Va. --- The Marine Corps continues to upgrade the turret system for one of its longest-serving fighting vehicles – the Light Armored Vehicle-Anti-Tank.

In September 2017, Marine Corps Systems Command's LAV-AT Modernization Program Team achieved initial operational capability by completing the fielding of its first four Anti-Tank Light Armored Vehicles with the upgraded Anti-Tank Weapon Systems to Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Marines.

The ATWS fires the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided—or TOW—missiles. It provides long-range stand-off anti-armor fire support to maneuvering Light Armored Reconnaissance companies and platoons. The ATWS also provides an observational capability in all climates, as well as other environments of limited visibility, thanks to an improved thermal sight system that is similar to the Light Armored Vehicle 25mm variant fielded in 2007.

“Marines using the new ATWS are immediately noticing the changes, including a new far target location capability, a commander/gunner video sight display, a relocated gunner’s station, and an electric elevation and azimuth drive system, which replaced the previous noisy hydraulic system,” said Steve Myers, LAV program manager.

The ATWS also possesses a built-in test capability, allowing the operators and maintainers to conduct an automated basic systems check of the ATWS, he said.

The LAV-ATM Team continues to provide new equipment training to units receiving the ATWS upgrade, with the final two training evolutions scheduled for early this year. Training consists of a 10-day evolution with three days devoted to the operator and seven days devoted to maintaining the weapon system. Follow-on training can be conducted by the unit using the embedded training mode within the ATWS.

“This vehicle equips anti-tank gunner Marines with a modern capability that helps them maintain readiness and lethality to complete their mission,” said Maj. Christopher Dell, LAV Operations officer.

Full operational capability for the ATWS is expected at the end of fiscal year 2019.

“Currently, there are 58 in service within the active fleet,” said Myers. “The original equipment manufacturer delivered 91 of the 106 contracted kits and is ahead of schedule. Now MCSC’s focus is directed at the Marine Corps Forces Reserve, ensuring they receive the same quality NET and support as their active counterparts.”


bug2 - 17-1-2019 at 11:01 PM

Russian Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system to enter state trials


Russia’s latest 9P163 Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system NATO code: AT-14 Spriggan) designed for the Airborne Force will undergo state trials this year, the Defense Ministry reported on 16 January.

Kornet-D1 displayed at Armya-2018 near Kubinka (Picture source: Army Recognition)

"In 2019, the latest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system designated as armament for artillery and airborne units will undergo state trials before it is accepted for service in the Airborne Force. The self-propelled anti-tank missile system based on the chassis of the BMD-4M airborne assault vehicle that is landed by the parachute method will possess unique capabilities by the range and the accuracy of its fire," the ministry said. Paratroopers will fire the new precision weapon from the vehicle’s fighting compartment remotely, the ministry stressed.

"The trials of the new weapon developed for anti-tank units of the Airborne Force’s artillery will be held at several ranges of the Russian Defense Ministry. The anti-tank missile system will be among the first most advanced precision weapons developed for the Airborne Force’s artillery formations and will considerably enhance the firepower of airborne assault and parachute units," the ministry said.

The Kornet-D anti-tank guided missile is a third-generation anti-tank missile that was designed by Russia's KPB Instrument Design Bureau and introduced at a defense exhibition in 1994. It was designed to replace the AT-5 Spandrel of the 1970s. The Kornet-D system consists of a missile with a launch tube, a thermal imager and a tripod for launching by infantry. Together, the launch tube and missile weight 63 pounds (29 kg), while the launch tube alone weighs 59 pounds (27kg). The thermal imager weighs 24 pounds (11kg). The tripod weighs 42 pounds (19 kg). Although the Kornet-D can be used by infantry forces, the weight of the missile system predisposes it to being launched from a platform on a vehicle.

The Kornet-D uses a SACLOS (semi-automatic command to line of sight) guidance. The operator locks on to a target that has been illuminated by a laser. The missile then travels along the line of sight to home in on the target. It can engage targets up to a distance of 6,015 yards (5,500m).

The Kornet-D can fire either a HEAT warhead or an explosive thermobaric warhead. The HEAT warhead can penetrate up to 47 inches (1,200mm) of armor and can defeat tanks with explosive reactive armor. It can also pierce reinforced concrete structures up to 11.5 feet (3m) thick. The explosive thermobaric warhead has the explosive power of 22 pounds (10 kg) of TNT.

bug2 - 23-1-2019 at 05:32 PM

Indian Army Plans Additional Milan ATGM Buy

(Source: Forecast International; issued Jan 21, 2019)

NEW DELHI --- The Indian Army intends to procure more than 3,000 Milan 2T anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) from France at the cost of over $140 million.

The second-generation Milan 2T ATGM is license-produced in India by state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) under license from France' MBDA. It is designed to destroy tanks fitted with Explosive Reactive Armor.

The Indian Army has a broader requirement for roughly 70,000 ATGMs and 850 launchers, each of varying types. The Milan order would provide greater capacity in the short-term while a third-generation solution is procured for the Army. The Army already features Milan 2T missiles in its inventory, having opted to procure 4,500 of the man-portable ATGMs in 2013 at the cost of $200 million in order to support BDL by providing workflow.

The 2T variant of the Milan began series-production around 1993 and the Army's goal remains acquiring a newer-generation ATGM with greater range than the current stock of Milan and Konkurs models currently utilized. A plan to procure the Spike ATGM from Israel was dropped by India last year due to a focus on developing an indigenous alternative.


bug2 - 1-2-2019 at 04:46 PM

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture Awarded Contract for 2,100 F-Model Missiles, Marking Initial Full-Rate Production

(Source: Lockheed Martin; issued Jan. 30, 2019)

ORLANDO, Fla. --- The Javelin Joint Venture was awarded a production contract for 2,100 F-Model (FGM-148F) missiles, following a successful and rigorous system qualification test program that included 21 successful flight tests.

The contract launches the initial full-rate production agreement for the Javelin F-Model missile, replacing the Javelin FGM-148E (Block I).

The Javelin FGM-148F missile features an advanced multipurpose warhead (MPWH) as part of the man portable, fire-and-forget Javelin missile system. The MPWH incorporates the latest generation shaped charged technology to defeat present and future advanced armored threats while adding a fragmenting steel warhead case to significantly improve lethality against soft targets and light armored vehicles.

The Javelin F-Model round deliveries are planned for early 2020 and will be available for international allies, with U.S. government permission.

There are also funded efforts underway to develop a higher performance Lightweight Command Launch Unit (CLU) and FGM-148G Model missile that will dramatically improve system performance while reducing weight and lowering system cost.

First deployed in 1996, Javelin is the world's most versatile and lethal one-man-portable and platform-employed anti-tank and multi-target precision weapon system. To date, more than 45,000 missiles and 12,000 CLUs have been produced. The Javelin weapon system has experienced numerous technology insertions since its initial fielding to stay ahead of advancing threats.

Javelin, which is produced by a joint venture between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, has been used extensively and to great advantage in combat operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Over 5,000 engagements have been successfully conducted by U.S. and coalition forces.

Current U.S. allies that have Javelin in inventory include France, Taiwan, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Ukraine, Georgia, Australia, Estonia, UAE and the United Kingdom.

The Javelin Joint Venture is an award-winning enterprise recognized in 2015 by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for its outstanding achievements in providing operational support to warfighters with the highest level of mission success and tactical operational readiness.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


bug2 - 5-2-2019 at 03:06 PM

Rafael video of Spike NLOS anti-tank missile fired from light buggy


Israeli Company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has released a video from a firing test of the Spike NLOS launched from a light buggy (Tomcar).

Tomcar with Rafael Spike NLOS missile launcher (Picture source: Rafael)

Spike NLOS is a 30 km Precision Guided Missile, part of the 5th generation electro-optical Spike family, operational today in 31 countries worldwide. Last year, Rafael unveiled a light, modular launcher for the Spike NLOS missile, integrated on a light buggy (e.g. Tomcar).

The Spike Launcher used in this test weighs only 1,350 kg, including 8 missiles - providing armies and special forces with a low-weight, maneuverable, precision element that can be easily air-deployed deep into enemy territory and used to attack point targets (static & mobile) with very high precision, and with no dependence on GPS.

The video, which was taken during the launcher qualification process, shows the firing of the Spike NLOS missile to above 25 km at various target types and various firing trajectories (both very low and very high) ‒ defined according to the mission, scenario, and target type. “This new launcher will enhance ground forces’ precise stand-off capabilities for low-signature operations in a variety of operational scenarios and requirements. Rafael continues to develop advanced, tailor-made solutions to afford forces increased maneuverability and effective fire-power to overcome battlefield challenges and achieve optimal mission results”, said Zvi M. Head of Rafael’s Tactical, Precision Weapon systems Directorate.


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