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[*] posted on 12-5-2017 at 09:42 AM
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IDEF 2017: Boran lightweight towed howitzer nears qualification

Christopher F Foss, Istanbul - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

11 May 2017


MKEK Boran 105 mm Air Transportable Light Towed Howitzer viewed from the rear and showing the laser rangefinder mounted on right of the ordnance. Source: Christopher F Foss

The Turkish company of Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK) has completed two prototypes of its 105 mm Boran Air Transportable Light Towed Howitzer (ATLTH), which it is developing to meet the requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC).

According to MKEK qualification trials will begin in May and are expected to be completed by October.

No details of the quantities of the Boran ATLTH required by the TLFC have been released but these would replace some of the ageing 105 mm M101A1 towed howitzers which were originally developed before the Second World War.

The Boran ATLTH is armed with a 105 mm/30-calibre ordnance fitted with a three-part muzzle brake and a vertical sliding breech mechanism.

When in the travelling position the complete upper part of the gun and its 105 mm ordnance is released and traversed to the rear and locked in position over the bow type trail.

It has a variable recoil system, which provides a short recoil length of 800 mm and a long recoil length of 1,200 mm.

It is fitted with an onboard Aselsan fire control system (FCS) and inertial navigation system (INS). A muzzle velocity radar is mounted above the 105 mm ordnance and feeds information to the FCS.

Standard direct and indirect fire sights are on the left side of the carriage with an example at IDEF 2017 displaying an Aselsan laser rangefinder mounted on the right side for increased accuracy in the direct fire role.

MKEK is quoting a combat weight of 1,710 kg complete with the FCS and a maximum rate of fire typically being 6 rds/min. The gun is normally operated by a crew of five and can be brought into action in 60 seconds.

It has a manual traverse of 8° and elevation from -3 to 70°.

Maximum range depends on the projectile and charge system but MKEK is quoting a maximum range of 17,000 m at sea level for the high-explosive (HE) projectile with other natures including illuminating and smoke.

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IDEF 2017: Turkey develops wheeled 155 mm self-propelled artillery system

Christopher F Foss, Istanbul - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

12 May 2017


Rear view of the 155 mm/52 calibre KMO self-propelled artillery system with its large hydraulically operated spade lowered at the rear. Source: Christopher F Foss

Aselsan and the Army GeneraláDirectorateáof Military Factory - or Askeri Fabrikalar Genel Mudurlugu (AFGM) - have developed a self-propelled (SP) artillery system called the Kamyona Monteli Obius (KMO) to meet a potential requirement by the Turkish Army.

The KMO is essentially a 6x6 cross-country truck chassis with a two-door forward control cab that carries and deploys a 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance derived from the MKEK Panter towed howitzer, which was developed in the 1990s and has entered service with the army.

Elevation and traverse of the 155 mm/52 calibre weapon of the KMO is electric with manual back up controls. The controls and the sighting system are mounted on the left side of the ordnance.

When being readied for firing a large hydraulically operated space is lowered at the rear of the platform to increase stability, while providing a platform for the gun crew.

Like the Panter towed howitzer, the KMO is fitted with a flick rammer to increase its rate of fire and reduce crew fatigue.

Aselsan has included a computerised fire control system (FCS) which is coupled to an inertial navigation system (INS).

This is essentially similar to the system equipping the Panter and the tracked Furtina 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery system.

Maximum range depends on the projectile charge system employed but a range of 40 km has been claimed using the MKEK 155 mm high-explosive extended-range full-bore (HE ERFB) projectile.

In contrast, the old 155 mm M107 HE projectile can only achieve a maximum range of 18 km although this can be increased to 30 km using the M549A1 rocket assisted projectile (RAP).

A total of 21 155 mm projectiles and associated modular charge system (MCS) are carried and these are stowed in boxes on either side of the KMO.

According to Aselsan, the KMO takes about one minute to come into action and two minutes to come out of action which improves its survivability against counterbattery fire.

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Published: Friday, 12 May 2017 13:21

Russia to launch production of counter-artillery radar "penicillin" in 2019

The Ruselectronics Group, part of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation, will launch the serial production of the advanced artillery reconnaissance system Penicillin in 2019, the group’s press office said.The system can locate hostile guns five seconds after a gun shot, the press office added.
 
 
 
"The state trials of the system are nearing completion. Its serial production is planned to begin in January 2019. The system is being developed by the Vektor Research Institute that is a Ruselectronics Group subsidiary," the press office said.

The acoustic-thermal artillery reconnaissance system Penicillin is designed to search for the firing positions of guns, mortars and multiple launch rocket systems and the launch sites of air defense and tactical missile systems and adjust friendly artillery fire simultaneously.

According to the developers, artillery fire is traditionally adjusted by scouts operating on the frontline at the risk of their lives. "Compared to them, the Penicillin can operate at a safe distance from the enemy without an operator in automatic mode, which minimizes the effect of the human factor," the press office said. The system accomplishes combat missions within an area of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) wide. The system comprises several ground-installed sound receivers and an electro-optical module.

The Penicillin receives and processes acoustic signals from gun shots (explosions) and transmits information on the place of shell bursts, strike accuracy and the location of weapons. It takes the system less than five seconds to locate a single target.
 
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Published: Sunday, 14 May 2017 12:21
 
MKE from Turkey unveils Yavuz new 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer at IDEF 2017.

Turkey is on the process to select a wheeled self-propelled howitzer to increase mobility of artillery units of Turkish armed forces. To meet this need, the Turkish Company MKE has developed the Yavuz, a 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer that was unveiled at IDEF 2017, the International Defense Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey.
 

The new Yavuz 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzer on MKE booth at IDEF 2017, International Defense Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey.
  
The Yavuz 155mmm wheeled self-propelled howitzer is an new artillery system developed jointly by the Turkish companies MKE and Yol-Bak to response to the need of the Turkish army for a new howitzer offering more mobility and fast deployment.
 
The MKE Yavuz is based on an German-made MAN 6x6 military truck chassis with a 155mm 52 calibre howitzer mounted at the rear of the chassis. The main weapon is a truck-mounted solution of the Panter 155mm towed howitzer also manufactured by MKE that is already in service with the Turkish army.

The MKE Yavuz is developed based on a chassis and engine of commercial MAN truck converted to be used for military applications, but the cabin and layout are fully designed by MKE and Yol-Bak .

A double cab is located at the front of the MKE Yavuz 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzer able to accommodate the crew which consists of five people including driver, commander, gunner and two loaders. The crew cab is fully armoured to provide protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters.

The MKE Yavuz is fitted with a semi-automatic loading system and a total of 18 ammunition are stored in storage box located on each side of the truck chassis. It can fire at a maximum range of 40 km and need only 60 seconds to be ready to fire.

According to MKE engineers, first firing tests with the Yavuz artillery howitzer were performed on April 2017.


Rear view of the Yavuz 155mm wheeled sel-propelled howitzer
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[*] posted on 15-5-2017 at 02:16 PM


IMI to unveil C-Lynx lightweight multiple rocket launcher

Yaakov Lappin, Tel Aviv and Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 May 2017

Israel Military Industries (IMI) Systems will officially unveil a new vehicle-based light rocket launching system called the C-Lynx on 15 May.


A computer generated image shows the IMI C-Lynx mounted on a Humvee and firing an ACCULAR 12 guided munition. (IMI)

The system has eight launch tubes and advanced navigation and command-and-control systems that allow it to "provide fire response immediately according to the combat forces' requirements," the IMI statement said.

Rather than the 160 mm rockets usually launched from IMI's Lynx system, it uses smaller 122 mm ACCULAR 12 GPS-guided projectiles so that the launcher can be mounted on a jeep-like vehicle. The ACCULAR 12 can be fitted with either a 20 kg penetrating or controlled fragmentation warhead and has a range of 35 km.

Brigadier General (reserves) Eli Raiter, the director of IMI's Firepower Division and head of its Advanced Artillery and Missile Systems, told Jane's on 11 May that the system is designed for special forces operating behind enemy lines.

"We identified among clients that we are in touch with a very big operational need relating to elite small forces manoeuvring in the depth of enemy territory, which are often flown in to missions," he said.

"Using the ACCULAR 12, we get the same precision as bigger rockets and, although the warhead is smaller, it is still very powerful," he said. "It can strike and destroy targets, with the advantage being that the launcher is with the fighting forces. It goes where artillery guns cannot reach."

Raiter noted that until now elite forces could carry mortars, but not much else in the way of indirect fire support weapons. The C-Lynx's "light weight, speed, flexibility, and rocket capabilities that are more advanced than artillery, means units can use less munitions to attain good results".

C-Lynx will be unveiled at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference held in Tampa, Florida from 15-18 May. It will also be displayed at the Ground Warfare and Logistics Conference in Latrun, Israel.

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India's Larsen & Toubro to deliver 100 howitzers to Indian Army

By: Vivek Raghuvanshi, May 14, 2017



NEW DELHI - In the first Howitzer order to a domestic private sector company, the Indian Ministry of Defence signed a $700 million contract  defense company Larsen & Toubro (L&T). L&T will produce 100 155mm /52 caliber tracked Howitzer guns at Indian facilities for the Indian Army jointly with Hanwha Tech Win of South Korea. 

No official of the South Korean company would comment on the level of transfer of technology that will be given to domestic company to manufacture the tracked guns, but a senior official with the Indian Army said, “The South Korean company is unlikely to transfer technology fully in the K-9 gun with a low order of only 100 numbers.”

"L&T could get additional orders ahead as there is a requirement of more tracked artillery guns,” the source added.

The L&T- Samsung team with the K9 Vajra-T Howitzer gun beat the 2S19 MSTA howitzer from Rosoboroexport of Russia in response to a 2011 global tender. Defense News announced plans for the award in 2016.

An executive of L&T said: "More than 50 percent of the work share is with L&T, and HTW Samsung will supply the turret of the gun."

The guns will be made at L&T's newly set up Armoured Systems Complex at Hazira in the central Indian state of Gujarat.

As part of the Field Artillery Rationalization Plan, The Indian Army plans to replace all existing field artillery guns with a variety of 155mm/52 caliber artillery guns at a cost of over $6 billion. One piece of that buy will be a mix of around 3600 155mm/52 caliber artillery guns by 2025.
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Indian Army receives first two of 145 M777 howitzers from US

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

19 May 2017

The Indian Army (IA) has received the first two of the 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers (LWHs) it acquired from the United States in November 2016 for USD737 million.

Officials told Jane's that the two LWHs, along with Selex Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems, landed in New Delhi aboard a chartered aircraft on 18 May, several weeks ahead of schedule.

The weapon systems, which were acquired under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, will now be taken to Pokhran in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan for testing with Indian ammunition and the preparation of 'firing tables', according to senior IA artillery officers.

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Denmark cuts $45M deal with Nexter for Caesar truck-mounted artillery

By: Pierre Tran, May 22, 2017



PARIS — Nexter has signed a contract with Denmark for the sale of 15 Caesar 155mm truck-mounted artillery with options for six more units, the land weapons company said.

“Nexter … has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) for the supply of 15 (plus 6 as an option) 8x8 Caesar artillery systems to the Danish Army,” the company said in a May 22 statement. 

Denmark signed the Caesar contract on Monday, a Nexter spokeswoman told Defense News. That Danish deal is the company’s first sale of its eight-wheel drive version, mounted on a Tatra truck chassis. The sale was also to a NATO ally, seen as significant. 

The sale to Denmark was worth €40.3 million (U.S. $45.2 million), Army Recognition's website reported March 15.

Denmark picked Nexter in March for exclusive talks after a tender that included Elbit Systems.

The French Army has deployed its six-wheel drive Caesar in the Wagram task force, a French artillery unit in the allied Operation Inherent Resolve supporting the Iraqi Army in Mosul, Iraq. The first deployments were in Afghanistan and Mali.

The eight-wheel drive version offers “improved operational autonomy and a platform offering significant growth potential for further adaptation,” Nexter said. Danish industry will be “essential” in the 10-year service of the artillery. No further details were available.

Nexter put the eight-wheel drive version on display at the Defence and Security Equipment International trade show in London in 2015.
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ITEC 2017: Van Halteren Defence unveils howitzer turret trainer

Giles Ebbutt, Rotterdam - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

23 May 2017

Van Halteren Defence has developed a new PzH 2000 self-propelled 155 mm howitzer advanced turret trainer (ATT) for Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) as part of the latter's development of an indirect fire support tactical training centre for Qatar, which was revealed at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in Rotterdam.


A photo-impression of the new Van Halteren PzH 2000 artillery simulator. (Giles Ebbutt/Van Halteren)

The ATT is based on an existing PzH 2000 hull and turret and is an evolutionary development of Van Halteren's existing howitzer trainers with an innovative system to recycle used training ammunition. It can be used inside and outside a building.

The turret has an elevation range of 5° to 65°, which enables training to fire at high angles for Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI). It provides a realistic firing rate including delivering the first three rounds in nine seconds.

The ATT uses Van Halteren's Ammunition Recognition System (ARES), which records ammunition data before and during firing and enables the simulator to detect the type of ammunition and charge loaded. This, together with elevation, direction, and meteorological data, enables the simulator to calculate the exact fall of shot.

Van Halteren has supplied howitzer crew trainers (HCT) to 13 countries. It has integrated HCTs at Israel's National Training Centre at Ze-elim Base with Bagira Systems' JOint-fire BattleSpace Simulator (JOBSS), using Bagira's Digital Dust core technology software. The facility opened in February 2017 and JOBSS has also been installed at the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) artillery school at Shivta Base, at the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps school, and the IDF Officers' Academy.

JOBSS is part of the IDF Artillery Corps' Artillery and Fire Control Training System (AFCTS) project, which provides facilities for fire direction, call-for-fire, and joint fires management training. JOBSS includes classroom and dome trainers as well as portable facilities.

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Lockheed Martin's Modernized TACMS Missile Successfully Completes Sixth Consecutive Flight Test

(Source: Lockheed Martin; issued May 22, 2017)

DALLAS --- Lockheed Martin's modernized Tactical Missile System (TACMS) missile successfully completed a long-range mission in its sixth consecutive successful flight at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The TACMS missile used in this test, launched from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher, was "hot-conditioned" (the launcher was held in an environmental chamber until just prior to launch to simulate hot launch conditions), flew approximately 240 kilometers and successfully engaged the target. The test further confirmed that the missile functions as designed and meets the contract and performance requirements of the Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) program.

"During this test, we demonstrated a successful proximity detonation of the TACMS missile, as well as confirmed numerous performance improvements to these rounds," said Scott Greene, vice president of Precision Fires & Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "This sixth consecutive success further demonstrates that our customers can have full confidence that Modernized TACMS is going to perform reliably when called upon."

The missile used in the test was produced at Lockheed Martin's Precision Fires Production Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas.

As part of the U.S. Army's TACMS Service Life Extension Program, the modernized missile includes new state-of-the-art guidance electronics and added capability to defeat area targets without leaving behind unexploded ordnance. The TACMS modernization process disassembles and demilitarizes TACMS Block 1 and 1A submunition warheads, replacing them with new unitary warheads. The modernization process also resets the missile's 10+ year shelf life.

The TACMS platform provides maximum flexibility to quickly integrate new payloads and capabilities to meet current and future demands.

With unsurpassed performance and a longstanding record of production excellence, TACMS is the only long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile ever employed by the U.S. Army in combat. TACMS missiles can be fired from the entire family of Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) launchers.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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IDF takes TopGun artillery guidance system into service

Andrew Galer, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

24 May 2017


A still from an IAI video shows TopGun guidance kits fitted to 155 mm artillery shells being prepared for firing from an M109. Source: Israel Aerospace Industries

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has taken into service the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) TopGun course correction fuze, IAI's Brigadier General (rtd) Benny Mehr told the IPQC Future Artillery Conference in London on 22-24 May. He said the IDF has ordered 5,000 units and the system will be fully operational by 2019.

Attached to standard 155 mm artillery rounds where the fuze is normally screwed in, the TopGun is essentially an add-on guidance kit that also performs the role of a fuze. IAI says it uses a GPS receiver to adjust the trajectory of the shell in flight and is capable of achieving a circular error probable (CEP) of 10 m at up to 40 km with a unit cost of USD20,000.

Mehr said the IDF's requirement was for a munition that can operate in a degraded GPS environment, but declined to provide further details of the TopGun's anti-jamming capabilities.

The fuze has been designed for all 155 mm guns with 52 calibre-long barrels. IAI has announced that it will shortly be producing a version that can be fitted to standard 122 mm Grad-type artillery rockets.

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Belarus to develop new long-range MRL

Nikolai Novichkov, Minsk - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

24 May 2017


A Polonez B-200BM combat vehicle at MILEX 2017. As well as a longer-range version being developed, the system may also be adapted to fire the 750 mm M20 guided missile (shown in the foreground). Source: N Novichkov

The Belarusian defence industry is developing a multiple rocket launcher (MRL) with a range of up to 300 km, an official spokesperson for the State Military Industry Committee (GKVP) told Jane's at MILEX 2017, which took place in Minsk from 20-22 May.

"In accordance with an order by GKVP, the Precision Electro-Mechanics Plant [ZTEM] has started the development of an MRL with a firing range of up to 300 km within the framework of the established co-operation. The localisation of its manufacturing is supposed to reach 85%," the spokesperson said. He added that the first live-firing trials of the new system are scheduled for October.

The official pointed out that deliveries to the Belarusian armed forces of the B-200 Polonez MRL, which has a 200 km range, had been among the pivotal achievements of the country's defence industry in 2016. The system was produced in Belarus with assistance from China and is based on the Chinese A200 MRL.

The upgraded 300-km-range variant will be designated the B-300. Offered for export by state-owned foreign trading enterprise Belspetsvneshtekhnika, the system might also be tested and certified for the Belarusian military.

The Polonez system, which was unveiled at MILEX 2017, incorporates the B-200BM combat vehicle, the B-200TZM transporter-loader vehicle, and the B-200BMU mobile command-and-control (C2) post vehicle. The system is designed to engage mechanised units, infrastructure, signal hubs and other weapon systems. The B-200 has a firing range of 50-200 km and a combat readiness time of 10 minutes. A division of Polonez MRLs has an ammunition load of 144 rockets.

The B-200BM combat vehicle is armed with eight ready-to-launch 301 mm missiles in two containerised pods. The missiles are mounted on an MZKT-7930-300 8x8 heavy truck produced by Minsk Wheeled Tractor, which has a fully laden weight of about 46 tonnes, a crew of three and a maximum road speed of 70 km/h.

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Nammo working on ramjet-powered 155 mm artillery round

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

25 May 2017

Nordic munitions house Nammo is developing a new 155 mm artillery projectile that is expected to have a maximum range of 90 km.

Brief details of the new 155 mm round, which is being funded internally, were given by Thomas Danbolt, Nammo's product director for tank and artillery ammunition, during the IQPC Future Artillery conference held in London from 22 to 24 May.

The new projectile will have a streamlined shape and be machined to much tighter manufacturing standards than conventional artillery projectiles. A ramjet propulsion system will enable it to achieve a range well beyond conventional 155 rounds, while a course correction fuze will give a circular error of probability (CEP) of well under 30 m.

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ISDEF 2017: Challenges of artillery use

31st May 2017 - 13:00

by Joe Charlaff in Jerusalem



Senior officers of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have moved to address issues of future conflicts involving artillery during mobile ground combat operations.

Brig Gen Benny Mehr, Chief of Staff at Northern Command, said during a conference recently that his conclusion into claims of excessive use of artillery during conflict was that there was a need for immediate close support for maneuvering units to avoid such practices.

The vast majority of the combat during the 2014 Gaza conflict took place in an urban environment and Mehr said carrying out operations in urban terrain is particularly challenging due to the dense physical infrastructure and the presence of civilians. 

‘How do we prepare for the battles of tomorrow, what are the characteristics and with so many restrictions on the use of fire so how does one prepare for these battles?’ he asked delegates.

Statistics from the Second Lebanon War showed a small difference between this campaign and others with two thirds of the artillery fire support using more accurate munitions. 

In a complex battlefield against a hidden enemy Mehr said that the need for effective close support that can engage several targets simultaneously in minutes is ‘imperative’.

He added that effective communication between units on the ground and supporting artillery will also assist in the reduction of use of excessive amounts of ammunition, taking into account the restrictions on the use of fire.

‘For the artillery to be effective, efficient and ready to fight in the modern complex environment, there is a need to bring the precision capabilities to the tube artillery units – there is a need for precise ammunition,’ concluded Mehr.
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Published: Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:33

Taiwan is thinking about converting CM-32 armored personnel carriers to self-propelled howitzers

NOT sure WHY they'd want to do this when they can do exactly the same thing with a 6x6 or 8x8 truck chassis with an armoured cab.................at a far cheaper price with greater flexibility, in a shorter time frame, and get a 52 calibre gun on it!

The Ministry of National Defense is considering producing self-propelled howitzers by converting CM-32 “Clouded Leopard” wheeled armored personnel carriers, ministry spokesman Major General Chen Chung-chi said on Thuesday. A self-propelled gun could be produced by mating the chassis of the 25-tonne, eight-wheeled CM-32 with an M114 155mm howitzer.

 
CM-32 “Clouded Leopard” wheeled armored personnel carriers
  
The new vehicle is only a concept and army units have yet to submit an operational need for it, which would be required for the ministry to move forward with setting manufacturing volume, unit cost and project goals. The army is studying how the hypothetical artillery piece should be deployed for maximum operational effectiveness. First unveiled in 2005, the domestically produced CM-32 has been plagued by design flaws and budgetary irregularities during development.

The CM-32 is a modular vehicle platform able to be fitted with various armament configurations for specific combat requirements. For the armoured vehicle personnel carrier version, the vehicle is fitted with a light one-man turret armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun. The CM-32 can be used also as mortar carrier armed with a 120mm mortar mounted at the rear of the hull. It can also be armed with a 105mm or 120mm to be used as anti-tank combat vehicle.

Chung-Hsin Electric and Machinery Manufacturing, the main contractor for the CM-32 program, has been accused of falsifying accounting records and buying substandard components from China. The ministry is to stringently adhere to all relevant laws and regulations in future arms purchases, Chen said, adding that it respects the oversight provided by the Legislative Yuan and the media.

The ministry said it plans to expand the CM-32 program from an armored personnel carrier to a family of vehicles with additional roles, including those of mortar carrier, a cannon-equipped infantry fighting vehicle, a mobile gun platform and self-propelled artillery. In previous reports to the legislature, the ministry said the self-propelled artillery based on the CM-32 would provide fire support for the army’s mechanized infantry brigades and would have high mobility and digital communications.
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Army pushes Long-Range Precision Fires development out by a year

By: Jen Judson, June 9, 2017



WASHINGTON — The Army is pushing the development plan for its Long-Range Precision Fires program — a top priority for the service — out by a year, according to budget documents.

The Army had planned to enter the technology and risk reduction phase of the program in the second quarter of 2016. But in the fiscal 2018 budget request the milestone was pushed back a year. Subsequently, the Army won’t reach the engineering and manufacturing development phase, originally expected in the second quarter of 2020, until the second quarter of 2021 when an award will be made to a single contractor to move forward. 

LRPF is being developed to replace the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) capability with a maximum range greater than 400 kilometers. The Army also wants a launch pod missile container that holds a minimum of one missile and is compatible with existing launchers platforms such as the Multiple Launch Rocket System and the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

The technology and development milestone -- or Milestone A -- “was delayed for a year as the Army finalized the requirements and assessed the current state of technology to ensure schedule estimates reflected an executable program,” Dan O’Boyle, an Army spokesman, said in a statement to Defense News. He also pointed to new requirements specified in the 2016 and 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which bumped the technology development milestone.

The NDAA language in question required the Army to obtain certain program certification and “include identification and sensitivity analysis of key cost drivers that may affect life-cycle costs of the program” as well as “analysis to support decision making that identifies and evaluates alternative courses of action that may reduce cost and risk, and result in more affordable programs and less costly system,” O’Boyle explained.

The technology and development Acquisition Decision Memorandum was signed on March 31, 2017, he said.

The FY18 budget reflects an increase of $22.2 million from the projected amount in FY17 to fund the LRPF program’s independent cost estimate directed by the Defense Acquisition Review Board. Another $15 million in additional funding covers materials needed to prepare for a prototype flight test.

“Foreseeing the Milestone A delay, the Army developed a strategy and awarded efforts to Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to conduct trade studies and develop initial tactical designs as part of the Material Solution Analysis phase.  Both contractors recently completed final technical reviews providing results of their trades including performance estimates of their initial designs against the LRPF requirements.  The program office is currently assessing the results of this activity and the impact on the overall LRPF schedule,” O’Boyle said.

The Army awarded two contracts through the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium to both companies in August 2016 to initiate trade studies.

While the Army has adjusted its preliminary plans for LRPF technology development to the right, it is moving into a critical phase with the two competing vendors developing LRPF solutions.

The service  awarded a $116.4 million contract in May to Raytheon for a three-year period of performance to design and build missile prototypes in the technology maturation and risk reduction phase. The designs will focus on the missile, the launch-pod missile container and the phase will culminate in a flight test to validate the prototype’s performance. The final award to Lockheed is pending, however, the period of performance will be the same.

Raytheon’s JR Smith, director of Advanced Land Warfare Systems, told Defense News it was continuing “productive and robust” dialogue with the Army on possible ways to shorten the schedule to get to the EMD phase faster. But he added, it’s ultimately up to the Army to decide its development, production and fielding schedule for LRPF.

As the service emphasizes a new multi-domain battle concept, which assumes all domains are contested in a way the service hasn’t seen in a long time, the Army is prioritizing the development and fielding of capabilities that allow it to operate in the predicted environment. The service's FY18 budget lists LRPF as its second modernization priority. air-and-missile defense is first.

The Army has consolidated its research and development LRPF account with plans to spend a total of $604 million from FY17 through FY22. The FY17 budget contained less across the five-year plan with just $305.7 million from FY17 through FY21. Part of the LRPF funding shifted from the MLRS product improvement program, according to budget documents. LRPF was a new start program in FY17.

The Army cut back on its efforts to develop longer-range fires during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and during the peace dividend after the Cold War because it assumed it could rely on other services to fill the gap. Now the service has to be able to defeat enemy forces on land and project power outward from land into aerospace, maritime or cyber space and across the electromagnetic spectrum. This means the Army needs cross-domain fires and artillery batteries to deliver surface-to-surface, surface-to-air and shore-to-ship capabilities.
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Finland boosts artillery capability

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

14 June 2017



The Finnish Defence Forces are to take delivery of 48 ex-Republic of Korea K9 155 mm/52 calibre SP artillery systems to enhance their indirect fire capability. Source: IHS Markit/Peter Felstead

The Finnish Defence Force (FDF) is expecting to commence training on the Samsung Techwin K9 Thunder 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery systems in 2019, director of artillery Colonel Pasi Pasivirta revealed during the latest IQPC Future Artillery conference in London.

The FDF ordered 48 ex-Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) K9 systems in early 2017 with an option for an undisclosed number of additional systems.

The FDF-destined K9s will be overhauled and fitted with government-supplied subsystems including a battle management system (BMS), global positioning system (GPS), radios and internal communications, and camouflage. They are already fitted with a muzzle velocity radar system.

The longest range tube artillery system presently deployed by the FDF is the towed Patria 155 mm/52 calibre 155 GH 52.

The FDF took delivery of 54 of these systems - which were fitted with an auxiliary power unit (APU) - under the designation of 155K98.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in February 2017, Estonia will also take delivery of 12 ex-RoKA K9 systems.

"Finland is supporting the Estonian programme by sharing information and providing opportunity to participate in testing and there is potential co-operation between Estonia and Finland on training, support, and 155 mm ammunition," Col Pasivirta said.

The FDF uses the French Nexter Systems 155 mm LU 111 high-explosive (HE) projectile and the Bonus Mk II 155 mm top attack projectile as well as smoke, illumination, and other specialised projectiles.

The FDF is also the launch customer for the recently developed Nammo high-explosive extended range (HE-ER) artillery projectile which, due to its streamlined shape and tighter manufacturing tolerances, is more accurate than conventional natures of HE ammunition and has a greater fragmentation effect.

While NAMMO can produce the 155 mm HE-ER projectile for the FDF in the MCX-6100 insensitive munition (IM)-compliant HE configuration, the service has selected the standard 155 mm HE-ER with conventional TNT filling.

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EVERYBODY gets a SPG 155mm Howitzer............from Korea! We get nowt, nada, nuttin'................
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EVERYBODY gets a SPG 155mm Howitzer............from Korea! We get nowt, nada, nuttin'................


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Raytheon begins TMRR phase for its 'DeepStrike' army LRPF effort

Geoff Fein, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

16 June 2017

The US Army has given Raytheon the go-ahead to proceed into the technology maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) phase for its Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF) effort, now called DeepStrike.


Raytheon received a USD116.4 million contract from the US Army to enter the TMRR phase of the LRPF programme - a new, longer-range surface-to-surface weapon that can defeat fixed land targets out to 400 km. (Raytheon)

The company announced on 12 June that it received a USD116.4 million contract to enter the 34-month TMRR phase that will culminate in three guided flight tests at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The LRPF munition will likely replace the Lockheed Martin MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). One improvement the army is seeking is the ability to load two munitions into a single-launch pod container, which is not possible with the ATACMS. The two LRPFs per pod would enable the army to increase the rate of fires per launcher load.

JR Smith, director of advanced land warfare systems for Raytheon Missile Systems, told Jane's on 15 June that the company is looking at ways it might be able to accelerate the programme.

"All the various components and technologies involved are really kind of here and now," he said. "We are not trying to invent anything new. When you start looking at everything that is involved here - GPS receivers and guidance electronics, the control actuation system, warhead design - all this is well understood."

In March Raytheon conducted a test of its LRPF warhead solution. Smith noted the test went "very well".

Lockheed Martin had also received an award for the initial risk mitigation effort. The army is expected to award the company a similar contract for the TMRR phase.

Although Smith could not provide details of any of the components or subcomponents due to the ongoing LRPF competition, he said LRPF is leveraging work that Raytheon has in place on other programmes.

"We are leveraging stuff at the subcomponent level that we know is going to work well," he said.

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Published: Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:18

World premiere for Aleksandar new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer in the Nora family.

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World premiere at Partner 2017, for the new Aleksandar 155mm self-propelled howitzer with full automatic loading system. The vehicle is based on the NORA B-52 family which is fully designed and manufactured in Serbia by the State Company Yugoimport.
 

New Aleksandar 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer with fully automatic loading system at Partner 2017, the International Fair of Armaments and Defense Equipment in Belgrade, Serbia.
  
The Aleksandar is a wheeled self-propelled howitzer armed with one 155mm 52 caliber cannon which is also used on the previous version of the NORA B-52 which is now service in Asia , Middle East and in Serbia.

With the new Aleksandar, the Serbian Company Yugoimport will provide a new self-propelled howitzer similar to the Archer wheeled howitzer manufactured by BAE Systems.

The layout of the Aleksandar is similar to the NORA B-52 using the same Tatra 8x8 military truck chassis, but the rear turret is removed and replaced by a full automatic loading system mounted at the rear of main gun which has a total of 12 rounds ready to the fire.

To increase the speed for the reload of ammunition, 12 additional ammunition are stored in a storage box located at the rear of the crew cab. In a few seconds, the automatic loading system can be reloaded and continue firing operations.

The Aleksandar has a maximum firing range of 32,5 km with standard ammunition and 52 km with the 155 mm HE ERFB RA/BB (VLAP), a new generation of very long range artillery projectiles designed for importantly improving operational range performances of a modern towed and self-propelled 155 mm gun - howitzers with 39, 45 and 52 caliber barrel length. 

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Published: Wednesday, 28 June 2017 07:56

Yugoimport unveils Sumadija multiple rocket and missile launcher system at Partner 2017.

At Partner 2017, the Defense Exhibition in Belgrade, Serbian Defense Company Yugoimport unveils the Sumadija, a new multiple rocket and missile launcher system based on a 8x8 Tatra truck chassis. This artillery system is able to fire guided missiles and unguided rockets.


New Sumadija multi-caliber rocket/missilelauncher system unveiled at Partner 2017, the International Fair of Armaments and Defense Equipment in Belgrade, Serbia.
 
The new Sumadija is based on the same Tatra truck chassis which is used for the self-propelled artillery howitzer Nora B-52. This rocket/missile launcher was fully designed and developed by the Serbian state Company Yugoimport.
 
At Partner 2017, the Sumadija was fitted with one bank of four rocket launcher but the vehicle can be fitted with two types of launchers able to fire the unguided rocket Jerina 2, with a maximum range of 75 km, but also the Jerina 1, a GPS guided missile which has a range of 285 km.

The Sumadija can be configured with different types of launcher station according to the mission requirements. To fire the Jerina 1 missile, the vehicle can be fitted with two to four tube launchers each containing two missiles. With the use of the Jerina 2 unguided rocket, the vehicle can be fitted with four modules of 3 tube launchers offering the possibility to carried a total of 12 unguided rockets.

The Jerina 1 is guided ammunition using a inertial navigation system INS/GPS and a guidance system to control the fly of the missile. This missile can be fire from a range of 70 km to 285 km. The front of the missile is fitted with an HE fragmentation warhead which has a weight of 20 kg.

The Jerina 2 is unguided rocket with a caliber of 267mm and an HE/fragmentation warhead with a weight of 110 kg.

At the front of the vehicle, there is a crew cab and a cabin to operate the launcher station. The crew can and the cabin provides a protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters.

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South Korea boosts artillery capabilities

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

30 June 2017

The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) is aiming to enhance the effectiveness of its artillery forces by introducing new and more capable rocket artillery and self-propelled (SP) gun systems as well as improved sensors.


The Republic of Korea Army is now deploying the Chun-Mu Long Range Multiple Rocket Launcher. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)

Kim Hyun-Wook, Artillery Team Leader at the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), noted at the IQPC Future Artillery conference in London that these new systems will improve the service's ability to engage threats posed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and increase the survivability of its artillery units from counter-battery fire.

Until recently the RoKA deployed two artillery rocket system (ARS) types: the locally developed Kooryong 130 mm (36 round) installed on an unarmoured 6x6 platform and the US Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control tracked M270 227 mm (12 round) Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).

The service is now deploying the latest Hanwha Corporation Chun-Mu K239 Long Range Multiple Rocket Launcher (LRMRL), which is based on a 8x8 platform for improved mobility and is fitted with a protected cab. It also features a boom-type loading system that enables pods of new rockets to be rapidly loaded.

The launcher is equipped with a pair of rear-mounted pods, each containing six 239 mm guided rockets, which have a stated maximum range of up to 80 km and are fitted with high-explosive (HE) warheads.

In addition it can be armed with 227 mm unguided rockets that have a maximum range of up to 45 km.

For closer targets the Chun-Mu can be equipped with a pair of pods carrying up to 20 130 mm K30 or K33 unguided rockets. These munitions are also fired by the Kooryong platform and have a stated range of 30 km and 36 km respectively.

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Croatia completes PzH 2000 test firing

04th July 2017 - 10:30

by The Shephard News Team



Croatia gets PzH2000 and we have.....................:(

The Croatian armed forces has successfully completed live test firing of three PzH 2000 howitzers at the Eugen Kvaternik training range near Slunj, the Croatian Ministry of Defence announced on 29 June.

All recently integrated systems, including software translated into the Croatian language and ballistic computer, were also tested during the firings.

The howitzers were tested in charging and shooting fire positions to check hit accuracy.

The Croatian armed forces is receiving 16 howitzers from the German armed forces under an agreement initiated in 2014. Of these, 12 will enter operational service, one will be used for driver training and the remaining three for the spare parts.

The self-propelled PzH 2000 will enhance the Croatian armed forces' capability to deter and fight threats, contributing to regional security and helping to fulfil NATO capability targets. 
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