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[*] posted on 23-8-2017 at 08:42 PM


Posted On Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:19

Kongsberg to deliver its ICS digitization solution for the Finland new K9 artillery

Kongsberg Defence Systems has entered into a contract with Hanwha Land Systems to deliver Integrated Combat Solution (ICS) to Finland’s new artillery. Finland has decided to acquire K9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzers from South Korea where Kongsberg’s ICS will be installed.

  
K9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzers
  
ICS is a modern vehicle electronic digital system based on open standards for connectivity, integration of sensors, weapons, communication networks and security systems for the next generation military vehicles.

"We are very proud to be selected as systems integrator and partner for this modern network-based solution for vehicles. Integrated Combat Solution from Kongsberg fits very well into the digitization of land forces and further development the Army's combat systems”, said Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence Systems.
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[*] posted on 29-8-2017 at 07:14 PM


Army Paratroopers Test New Artillery Targeting System at Fort Bragg

(Source: US Army; issued Aug. 25, 2017


A US Army soldier sets up the Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS) to check that it functions during recent airdrop testing at Fort Bragg, N.C. JETS testing will continue into 2018 at several military installations. (US Army photo)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. --- Forward observers -- experts in calling for artillery and mortar fire and directing that ordnance onto enemy targets -- hit the mark in testing a new piece of targeting equipment here recently.

"Black Falcon" Army paratroopers of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, tested the effectiveness and durability of the Joint Effects Targeting System, a modular, soldier-portable, handheld, day/night, all-weather, target observation, location and designation system.

JETS components include a handheld target location module, a laser marker module and a precision azimuth vertical angle module, all items mounted atop a tripod.

Collecting Data

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Orouke, a test noncommissioned officer with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command's Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, said JETS testing collects data to determine the system's suitability, reliability and survivability when conducting static line airborne operations, in a door bundle configuration for airdrops.

HHB troopers spent four days in New Equipment Training from the Program Manager Soldier Precision Targeting Devices office out of Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Juan Cruz, assistant JETS test NCO, said that NET places the soldiers in practical exercises to test the equipment.

After NET validation, Orouke said the "Black Falcons" put JETS through its paces by performing seven combat equipment jumps and several door bundle drops, making sure that JETS still functions after it reaches the ground.

After each airborne operation, forward observers assembled the equipment, and began identifying and designating enemy personnel and vehicle targets in day and night conditions.

Targets were arrayed over rolling terrain from 800 meters to over 2,500 meters away. Test data was then gathered to prepare a report, so senior Army leaders can make procurement decisions on JETS.

Testing

"Operational testing provides soldiers the opportunity to use, work with and offer up their suggestions on pieces of equipment that can impact development of systems that future soldiers will use in combat," said Army Col. Brad Mock, the director of Army Airborne testing.

Upon completion of testing, JETS could potentially be issued to Army light and airborne artillery forces worldwide.

JETS testing will continue into 2018 at several military installations.

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[*] posted on 30-8-2017 at 02:10 PM


MSPO 2017: ​Artillery to be backbone of Polish Army

29th August 2017 - 11:08 GMT | by Michal Jarocki in Poland
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Over the next decade the Polish Army will modernise its artillery units, making them a pillar of the nation's security. 

One of the most ambitious programmes is the procurement of Krab 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPH), a combination of K9 Thunder chassis from South Korean company Hanwha Techwin, British BAE Systems AS90/52 Braveheart turret and the German L52 155mm gun. 

By 2024 Poland should receive all of the 120 Krab SPHs ordered from the domestic arms manufacturer Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW). They will form five Regina artillery squadrons, the first of which will be officially handed over to the army by the end of August on the premises of 11 Masurian Artillery Regiment (11 MPA). 

Each Regina squadron will consist of 24 Krab SPHs as well as three command staff vehicles, eight command post vehicles, six ammunition supply vehicles and one mobile armament and electronics workshop vehicle. 

In June the Polish Army received the first batch of eight 120mm self-propelled mortar Rak systems. They were accepted along with four command post vehicles (AWD) and handed over to soldiers from the 17 Mechanised Brigade's 1st Mechanised Battalion based in Miedzyrzecze. 

Currently, crews from 17 Mechanised Brigade are conducting live-fire exercises on army training grounds in Nowa Deba, using – for the first time – Rak's main and secondary weapon systems in simulated battlefield conditions.

Delivery of the second batch of Rak mortars is planned for the last quarter of 2017. It will be sent to the 12 Mechanised Brigade in Szczecin. 

Under the Homar programme the Polish Army is to receive new rocket artillery systems with the capability of launching precision surface–to–surface strikes on enemy targets at a distance of up to 300km. The plan calls for the establishment of three artillery squadrons, each consisting of 18 mobile launchers, plus two additional platforms for training purposes. 

Three foreign systems manufacturers, American Lockheed Martin, Israeli IMI Systems and Turkish Roketsan, were considered as industry partners for the WR-300 Homar programme.  

In the beginning of July Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), a government owned holding of local defence companies and the main systems integrator for the Homar programme, recommended Lockheed Martin as the preferred industry partner. 

The recommendation will now be evaluated by the Armament Inspectorate. If the procurement body accepts it, PGZ will be allowed to submit its final offer. 

The American offer is based on the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) armed with Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) and Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) effectors as well as battlefield management systems and limited technology transfer. 
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[*] posted on 31-8-2017 at 04:13 PM


Posted On Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:00
 
U.S. Army and Marines M777A2 155mm towed-howitzers fitted with new M776 Full-Bore Chrome Tubes.

New contract from US Army and Marine Corps for the Watervliet Arsenal wil to manufacture more than 100 M776 Full-Bore Chrome Tubes for the lightweight 155mm towed-howitzer system, the M777A2. The U.S. Marine contract is very similar to the Army order in that the arsenal will manufacture more than 100 M776 Full-Bore Chrome Tubes for the same howitzer system.

 
Arsenal Machinist Ryan Putnam placing hundreds of tons of pressure onto a 155mm howitzer tube in an effort to straighten the tube. This is one of hundreds of manufacturing operations required of every gun tube. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by John B. Snyder)
  
Given the long lead time to procure raw stock materiel, the arsenal will begin delivery of the chrome tubes for the Army and the Marine Corps in 2019 and will complete both orders by 2020.

These barrels will greatly improve Soldier and Marine readiness as the chrome plating may provide a nearly 50 percent increase in the life of the howitzer tubes, while making it easier for artillery troops to perform maintenance. The M777A2 155mm howitzer is a relatively new weapon system, having only gone into full-rate production in 2005 at the arsenal. But the currently fielded howitzer system's steel barrel does not have a chrome bore.

The Lightweight 155mm Howitzer System provides direct, reinforcing and general artillery fire support to maneuver forces.

The M777A2 is a towed 155mm howitzer jointly developed by the Army and Marine Corps to replace the M198 Howitzer. The extensive use of titanium in all its major structures makes it 7,000 pounds lighter than the M198 with no sacrifice in range, stability, accuracy or durability. The M777A2's maximum range is 30 km (rocket assisted round) or up to 40 km with the Excalibur precision-guided munition.

 
Marines with Battery K, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, fire an M777A2 Howitzer in the Quackenbush Training Area aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 3, 2016, during the regiment's "Top Gun" competition. (Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Levi Schultz)
 
George Roach, the product manager for these orders, said the significance of these orders represent an approval by the Defense Department to adopt a relatively new manufacturing process for the 155mm towed system that was developed here by arsenal manufacturing experts and by research and design experts from the Army's Benét Laboratories.

The Marines began testing the chrome tubes in 2016 at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, and the results were stunning.

According to a May 2016 press report by Lance Cpl. Levi Schultz, 11th Marine Regiment, Marine artillerymen found the chrome tubes easier to clean than steel tubes because the chrome lining tended to shed off residue much easier. The Marines found that they could fire thousands and thousands of rounds before the tubes would start to show wear. These results were exactly what the arsenal leadership was hoping for from the testing.

Roach said that this new manufacturing process represents a new era in advanced howitzer technology and manufacturing. "Given that there are more than 1,000 of these gun systems in the Army and Marine inventory," he said, "there is potential for the arsenal to receive more orders for full-bore chrome barrels as these orders only reflect about 20 percent of the inventory."

The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned-and-operated manufacturing facility and is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations during the War of 1812. The arsenal is a subordinate command to TACOM Life Cycle Management Command and the Army Materiel Command.
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[*] posted on 6-9-2017 at 12:44 PM


MSPO: South Korea’s Hanwha eyes Estonian K9 howitzer deal

By: Jaroslaw Adamowski   7 hours ago


South Korean Army K9 self-propelled howitzers fire rounds during air and ground military exercises on Dec. 23, 2010. (Dong-a Ilbo/AFP via Getty Images)

Everybody's getting SPG's from Korea except for..................let me think.............oh yes, AUSTRALIA!!! :no: :thumbdown:

KIELCE, Poland — South Korea is this year’s featured country of MSPO, Poland’s annual defense industry show, where defense giant Hanwha Corporation is pitching its flagship K9 self-propelled howitzer to Eastern European allies.

Jinhwan Jeong, the director of the overseas business division of Hanwha Land Systems, told Defense News that some of the major contracts under development in Eastern Europe include the planned howitzer procurement to Estonia.

“Next year, we want to sign a contract with the Estonian government,” Jeong said. “We are also … offering the K9 to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, but talks are at a very early stage.”

Following Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine in 2014, numerous Eastern European countries have unveiled plans to purchase howitzers for their respective armed forces.

The Estonian Ministry of Defence plans to jointly acquire the howitzers with its Finnish counterpart with whom it already cooperated in 2009 on an air surveillance radar procurement.

“The howitzers were used by the South Korean Army and they will be overhauled,” Jeong said.

The company representative said the South Korean group is open to transfers of technology to the howitzer’s potential users among NATO allies.

Estonia could become another country in the region to acquire the technology. In 2014, Polish defense company Huta Stalowa Wola bought a license to fit its Krab self-propelled howitzer with the K9’s chassis. Last December, the Polish Ministry of Defence signed a deal worth more than 4.6 billion zloty (U.S. $1.29 billion) to purchase 96 Krabs for the country’s land forces.
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[*] posted on 6-9-2017 at 11:25 PM


Yeah but how many of them are getting K9's with 52cal barrels, AFADTS, the new specially developed gold / platinum alloy armour we insisted on and only wanted 18 vehicles for which we were going to pay over $600m, huh?

Yeah, that's what I thought... None of em!




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Introducing Fletcher, a vehicle-mounted, laser-guided rocket launcher

By: Andrew Chuter   1 day ago

LONDON - An international team led by Arnold Defense is set to offer special forces and others a vehicle-mounted, laser-guided 2.75 rocket launcher when it debuts a demonstrator system at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition this week.

The St Louis-based supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, has confirmed it is joining with warhead maker Nammo, vehicle producer Supacat and weapons mounting experts Military Systems Group in pursuing the development effort on a program known as the Fletcher.

Other companies are expected to add their names to the effort, including a rocket maker that will come on board in the development and demonstration phases, an Arnold spokesman said.

Aside from the concept design work on a vehicle-mounted system, the team is also looking at a role with dismounted troop and possible marine and littoral applications.

“Moving 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,” said Jim Hager, president and CEO of Arnold Defense. “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.”

Arnold Defense is the world’s largest supplier of rocket launchers of various sizes and has manufactured more than 1.1 million 2.75-inch rocket launchers since 1961 for the U.S. military and other allied armed forces.

A demonstrator weapon system will be unveiled, mounted on a Supacat LRV 600 lightweight special forces vehicle when the four-day show opens at the Excel Centre in London Sept 12.

“Working in-concert with world-class designation equipment, Fletcher is a fully integrated weapon system that can engage targets at ranges up to 6.5 km, giving land forces capability that previously required the deployment of air assets,” said Arnold in a statement.

The unguided version of the 2.75 inch rocket has been around for a long time, mainly as an area suppression weapon for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, but the effort by the likes of BAE, Lockheed and Raytheon to add precision guided capability has opened up opportunities to deploy the rocket on land and maritime platforms.

Fletcher will be able to launch with any of the available guided rocket systems, a spokesman for Arnold said.
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Lincad Takes Further BPMS Orders


Lincad will be playing a role in the supply chain for the M777 series howitzers ordered by the Indian Army. Manufactured by BAE Systems, the Indian M777 will be fitted with LINAPS.(Photo:Lincad)

Lincad, a UK-based leader in the design and manufacture of bespoke batteries, chargers and power management systems, is taking further orders from Leonardo for its battery power management systems (BPMS) to power its Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing System (LINAPS).

Lincad’s BPMS is a ruggedised UPS system that provides a regulated 24V DC power supply to a host system. It is engineered to the highest mechanical and environmental specifications and provides a robust and reliable power source for mobile and stationary placement systems. Leonardo’s LINAPS is a self-contained gun mounted navigation, pointing and weapon management system for all artillery and mortar platforms. It is currently in service in the UK, Canada, UAE, Oman, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand.

As a result of this contract, Lincad will be playing a role in the supply chain for the M777 series howitzers ordered by the Indian Army. Manufactured by BAE Systems, the Indian M777 will be fitted with LINAPS.

“We have a long and successful record of developing advanced power management solutions for the military,"  Peter Slade, Lincad’s Joint Managing Director, commented. "We have worked closely with Leonardo over a number of years and are delighted to continue that relationship with further orders for our BPMS. It also provides evidence that SMEs, like Lincad, can demonstrate world-class, industry-leading excellence.”
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[*] posted on 21-9-2017 at 01:58 PM


Humvee-Mounted Howitzer Dazzles at Modern Day Marine


Mandus Group has developed a stabilized 105mm cannon system designed to be mounted on the back of Humvees, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and similar-sized platforms. (Matt Cox/Military.com)

Posted By: Matt Cox September 19, 2017

An Illinois-based company has developed a stabilized 105mm cannon system designed to be mounted on the back of Humvees, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and similar-sized platforms.

Mandus Group, in a partnership with AM General, showed off its Hawkeye 105mm Mobile Weapon System at Modern Day Marine 2017.

The system features a U.S. Army M20 105mm cannon and a digital fire control system mounted on an AM General M1152A1 Humvee.

The self-propelled howitzer features front and rear hydraulic anchors that stabilize the gun when firing, said Sam Kupresin, vice president of business development at Mandus Group.

“We saw that there was a need, because of the way warfare is moving, for a very lightweight self-propelled howitzer,” Kupresin said, referring to the counter-fire capabilities of potential near-peer adversaries.

“As soon as you shoot, they know where you are at; the shots come back at you. If you can’t shoot and scoot, you’re dead,” he said.

A towed howitzer cannot be broken down quickly enough in this type of environment, Kupresin said.

“This breaks down in about 30 seconds,” he said. “Hit one button, and the hydraulic anchors come up.”

“If you want to go lightweight, you can’t do it … without using our technology,” Kupresin said. “If you had a regular 105 on the back of this truck, it would break its back and turn it over three times if you fired it.

“This thing reduces the recoil by 70 percent.”


Hawkeye 3 (Image courtesy Mandus Group)
 
The Hawkeye carries up to 10 rounds of 105mm ammo and is accompanied by a support truck that could carry additional ammo, Kupresin said. It has a four-person crew — two ride in the gun truck and two ride in the support truck.

Army and Marine officials have expressed interest the system, Kupresin said.

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The Hawkeye is scheduled to do a live-fire demonstration for military officials next week at an Army National Guard range at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, he said.

After that, the plan is to live-fire it at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in December, Kupresin said.

Right now, the Hawkeye is mounted on the Humvee, but it can also mount on the JLTV with no trouble, he said.

“We mounted and fired it off the back of a Ford F250 pickup,” he said. “We shot it off a trailer we bought at Home Depot. It’s real flexible.”
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Arnold Defense details Fletcher 2.75-inch laser-guided weapon system

Robin Hughes - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

05 October 2017

Arnold Defense has unveiled a developmental 2.75-inch/70 mm laser-guided weapon system designed to meet the demands of land-based, vehicle-mounted and dismounted warfare for special and conventional forces, with potential future application for naval/littoral platforms.


An Arnold Defense Fletcher 2.75-inch/70 mm laser-guided weapon system mounted on a Supacat 6 x 6 HMT 600 all terrain vehicle. The company expects to begin firing trials with the Fletcher system in the second quarter (Q2) of 2018. (Chamois Consulting)

Traditionally, 2.75-inch rocket systems have been used as an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by aviation assets. The Arnold Defense team has re-aligned this concept with the introduction of the Fletcher weapon system, which leverages laser-guided rocket technologies for surface-to-surface effects. In its land vehicle-mounted role, Fletcher is intended as a stop-and-shoot system – it does not have fire-on-the move capability.

As currently exhibited in a concept demonstrator configuration, the Fletcher system marries the Arnold Defense Fletcher smart four-round launcher (which relays the data from a laser designator to munition) with a 2.75-inch Hydra 70 rocket equipped with an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) semi-active laser guidance component and a Nammo M282A1 warhead.

The system is installed on a universal gun mount developed by Military Systems Group, allowing it to be fitted on a variety of platforms; it can also be used in a dismounted role, mounted on a tripod for stay-behind or flank protection roles. A separate, lightweight, wearable Integrated Targeting System and interface enable networked digital connectivity with CAT 1 (United States) levels of accuracy.

The Fletcher launcher is 2,000 mm in length, 300 mm in width/height, and weighs 13.6 kg (unloaded). With a full load of rockets, the system weighs 59 kg.

Development of the concept dates back to 2006, when Arnold Defense entered discussions with the US Marine Corps about equipping ground vehicles with a rocket launcher capability, Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense told Jane’s .”

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Israel taps IAI’s TopGun weapon for major Army award

By: Barbara Opall-Rome   19 hours ago


IAI has touted TopGun as being capable of accurately calculating its location in space and planning the optimal course required for the shell to engage with the predefined target. (Courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries)

TEL AVIV, Israel ― After nearly a decade of business development and more than a year in legal appeals, state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries is finally set to begin supplying its TopGun precision guidance kit to the Israeli Army.

IAI’s add-on kit, which converts standard 15mm artillery shells into precision munitions, was first proposed to Israel’s Ground Forces Command nearly a decade ago. It was selected in early 2016 over the Silver Bullet, a competing system by Rokar, a Jerusalem-based subsidiary of BAE Systems, which contested the IAI win.

The matter has been the subject of legal appeals ever since; up until Monday, IAI had refused comment on its win.

In an Oct. 9 announcement, IAI said it has been issued an award by Israel’s Ministry of Defense to develop, produce and supply its TopGun course correction fuze for artillery shells. It noted that the award by the ministry’s Defense Research and Development Directorate “is meant to provide the [Israel Defense Forces] with a global, first-of-its-kind development of this fuze.”

Neither IAI nor the Defense Ministry cited a value for the contract. However, defense and industry sources estimate that Israeli awards could exceed $100 million over the next decade, with many more hundreds of millions anticipated in export sales.

According to the IAI release, the firm’s TopGun “is highly relevant for future warfare arenas, both in Israel and globally. It allows expanding the task range allocated to artillery and faster, more efficient performance of artillery assignments.”

IAI has touted TopGun as being capable of accurately calculating its location in space and planning the optimal course required for the shell to engage with the predefined target. In its Oct. 9 announcement, the firm noted that it would be displaying TopGun at this week’s annual meeting and exhibition in Washington hosted by the Association of the United States Army.

Jacob Galifat, general manager of IAI’s MALAM Division, forecast “extensive” global demand for the system and said the firm intended to translate the ministry’s award into “business success in multiple markets worldwide.”
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Lockheed Martin's ATACMS Successful in Flight Test

Posted On Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:53

Lockheed Martin conducted another successful Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) modernization flight test recently at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. All test objectives were achieved.


ATACMs full scale model on Lockheed Martin stand at AUSA 2017

Launched from a Soldier-manned High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher, the ATACMS missile flew approximately 140 kilometers and demonstrated a proximity sensor height-of-burst detonation over the target area. This is a new ATACMS feature that allows battlefield commanders to address imprecisely located or area targets.

"This was our seventh consecutive successful test in the ATACMS modernization program," said Matt Berger, Precision Fires program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "ATACMS is extremely accurate, affordable and mission-flexible, and is a missile our warfighters can rely upon when performance is most needed."

This flight was a system-level test conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Army's Precision Fires Rocket & Missile Systems (PFRMS) Program Management Office. Other test objectives included confirming the missile's performance range and accuracy from launch to warhead event, and validating the interface with the HIMARS launcher, as well as testing system software performance.

TACMS is the U.S. Army's only tactical long-range precision-strike surface-to-surface weapon system, and it provides combatant commanders with critical deep-strike capability to service high-value targets in all weather conditions. It can be fired from the entire family of Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) launchers.

The first production contract for Modernized ATACMS missiles for the U.S. Army was signed in August 2017, and called for the modernization of 150 missiles. As part of the U.S. Army's ATACMS Service Life Extension Program, the modernization process disassembles and demilitarizes ATACMS Block 1 and 1A submunition warheads, replacing them with new unitary warheads and bringing them into compliance with Department of Defense policy on cluster munitions. The modernization process also resets the missile's 10+ year shelf life.

More than 600 TACMS missiles have been fired in combat, and the system has demonstrated extremely high rates of accuracy and reliability while in theater. Each ATACMS missile is packaged in a Guided Missile Launch Assembly pod, and is fired from the MLRS family of launchers.
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ADEX 2017: Hanwha Land Systems New K105HT Self-Propelled Howitzer

Posted On Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:31

You'd have to wonder WHY the Koreans think this is a viable and worthwhile artillery system? Apart from using up old cannon, the max range of 11+ kms is nothing to write home about. The truck has the cross-country ability of a house brick............strange all round.................

At ADEX 2017, the International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition currently held in Seoul, South Korea, local company Hanwha Land Systems is showcasing the K105HT 105mm self-propelled howitzer for the very first time.


K105HT self-propelled howitzer on Hanwha Land Systems stand at ADEX 2017

Hanwha Land Systems designed this howitzer following a request from the ROK Army which has more than 3 millions 105mm ammunition rounds in inventory. The company combined the conventional 105mm towed gun with a truck system (Kia 6x6 chassis).

The gun is upgraded with GPS and fire control systems in order to reduce both the crew size and the "ready to fire" time. The conventional 105mm needs 10 minutes to get ready to fire while the K105HT requires less than 5 minutes. It is capable of "shoot and scout" which greatly increases crew survivability.


Detailed view of the 105mm canon

The K105HT has a crew of 4: Driver, Gunner, Assistand Gunner and Commander. The vehicle has a combat weight of 19 tons and a maximum speed of 90 Km/h. It can carry 60 rounds and has a maximum firing rate of 10 rounds per minutes (3 rounds per minutes sustained). The maximum firing range is 11.3 Km.

The K105HT has already been delivered to the ROK Army and is now fielded. According to Hanwha, this solution also answers the requirement from countries in South East Asia and from emerging markets globally.
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[*] posted on 20-10-2017 at 02:30 PM


I guess it's not the worst system in the world for reserve use, where numbers matter more than quality. Given the South Koreans still use a mass mobilised conscript army, not everyone is going to get cutting edge SPG's.



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Quote: Originally posted by ARH  
I guess it's not the worst system in the world for reserve use, where numbers matter more than quality. Given the South Koreans still use a mass mobilised conscript army, not everyone is going to get cutting edge SPG's.


What? There are reserve forces in the world that can manage the training requirements for a self-propelled howitzer? Heresy!

Reserves can barely manage a mortar or a Land Rover we are told...




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ADEX 2017: Chunmoo K-MLRS with 239mm Guided Rockets

Posted On Saturday, 21 October 2017 10:16

At ADEX 2017, the International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition currently held in Seoul, South Korea, local company Hanwha Corporation is showcasing the Chunmoo Multiple Launch Rocket System (K-MRLS) and its ammunition.


The Chunmoo K-MLRS on Hanwha Corporation stand at ADEX 2017

According to Hanwha, Chunmoo is a next-generation main force firepower equipment for artillery units, which can outrange and precisely strike the enemy's long-range artillery.

The South Korean government awarded a development contract to Hanwha in 2009, development of Chunmoo was completed in 2013 and it entered mass production in 2014. The MLRS is now fielded with the ROK Army and Marine Corps. More than 100 units have been ordered (with deliveries still ongoing).


The 239mm guided rocket developed by Hanwha has a range of 160 km and is used mainly as a "bunker buster" by the ROK Army.

Chunmoo can fire three types of ammunition:

- 130mm non guided rockets (with 2 containers of 20 rockets each)

- 227mm non guided rockets (with 2 containers of 6 rockets each). These are rockets used by the American-made M270 which is in service with the South Korean army.

- 239mm guided rockets (with 2 containers of 6 rockets each)
The 130mm rockets have a range of 36 Km while the larger 230mm-class rockets have a range of about 80 Km for the non guided one and 160 Km for the guided variant. The types of rockets can be mixed (for example 1 container of 20x 130mm and 1 container of 6x 239mm).

According to Hanwha, their guided rocket is actually used as a "bunker buster" solution by the army because of its penetrator warhead. This was a requirement of the ROK Army as DPRK (North Korea) has a large number of bunkers along the border with the South.


Detailed view of the Chunmoo launcher (here with 2x6 230mm-class rockets)

The launcher is fitted on a 8x8 Hanwha truck chassis capable of a top speed of 80 Km/h. The crew of the vehicle is composed of 3 soldiers: The driver, the commander and the shooter. Firing is conducted from inside the vehicle via the fire control system.

The vehicle is armored and protected against NRBC threats.

In addition to the launcher vehicle, Hanwha also developed the reloader truck. ROK Army is still using K200A1 as command vehicle for their MLRS artillery units however. A typical ROK Army Chunmoo battery consists in 18 vehicles.
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[*] posted on 25-10-2017 at 09:51 AM


HIMARS test advances USN surface-ship lethality potential

Daniel Wasserbly and Michael Fabey - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

24 October 2017

Recent shipboard testing of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) further advances the US Navy (USN) plans for distributed lethality and also shows further portable missile capability for US forces.

HIMARS was fired 22 October from the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during Exercise ‘Dawn Blitz 2017’ off the Southern California coast.

HIMARS, a US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC) weapon, is based on a five-ton vehicle and can launch Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets out to 15–70 km, and the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) out to 300 km.

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[*] posted on 2-11-2017 at 10:37 PM


BAE Systems to Deliver Bofors 155mm BONUS Munitions to Swedish Army

Posted On Thursday, 02 November 2017 07:54

The Swedish Defense and Material Administration has awarded BAE Systems a contract to deliver 254 additional rounds of Bofors 155mm BONUS ammunition to the Swedish Army. Under this contract, the Swedish Army will strengthen its operational capability with the latest version of BONUS, which is developed and produced in cooperation by BAE Systems in Sweden and Nexter in France.


BONUS is an artillery-launched, fire-and-forget munition capable of successfully combating any armored vehicle. Compatible with the majority of existing artillery guns, BONUS is handled just like a conventional shell. When launched from any 155mm artillery system, the BONUS carrier shell separates to deploy two sensor-fuzed munitions that then search for targets within a given footprint, up to 32,000 square meters.

The Swedish Army fires BONUS from BAE Systems-built Archer artillery guns, and the munition is capable of successfully detecting and combating heavily armored vehicles within 35 kilometers. When launched from any 155-millimeter artillery system, the BONUS carrier shell separates to deploy two sensor-fuzed munitions that then search for targets within a given footprint, up to 32,000 square meters. Each of the two expelled munitions independently seeks and neutralizes its own target. Sweden has used this smart munition since 2003.

“Because each BONUS shell carries two smart munitions, its mission success per round is far greater than with traditional ammunition, providing the Swedish Army with clear advantages,” said Lena Gillström, managing director for BAE Systems’ Weapon Systems business in Sweden. “This order is part of a growing interest in BONUS around the globe and indicative of the system’s reliability and success factor.”

Production will take place at BAE Systems’ facility in Karlskoga, Sweden, with significant component deliveries from Nexter. The work will begin immediately, and delivery is scheduled to take place in 2019. In addition to Sweden, several other countries operate BONUS, including Finland, France, and Norway.
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[*] posted on 11-11-2017 at 12:03 AM


Assegai aims to squeeze more reach out of NATO howitzers

Rupert Pengelley - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

10 November 2017


The PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer is the archetype of the JBMOU-compliant 52-calibre 155 mm howitzer for which RDM is developing the VLAP 70 projectile, the better to compete with alternatives such as Leonardo’s rival Vulcano BER. It potentially also provides one avenue for mitigating the perceived range advances manifested by contemporary Russian integrated artillery fire support systems. Source: Bundeswehr

A 70 km-range version of the Assegai 155 mm artillery projectile, fully compatible with NATO-standard extended-range ordnance systems, is in its concept study phase within the German-South African company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM).

This level of performance was demonstrated as far back as 2006 by the then Denel Naschem with the M9703 hybrid base-bleed/rocket-assisted Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (VLAP) version of its Extended-Range Full-Bore (ERFB) 155 mm artillery projectile. In that instance the ERFB VLAP projectile was fired from Denel’s G6-52L self-propelled howitzer fitted with a Losvoor 52-calibre/25-litre tube and using a charge comprising six M64A1 propellant modules to give it a muzzle velocity of 1,015 m/s. However, neither the 48 kg M9703 projectile; its associated charge system; nor the Losvoor ordnance system (which is no longer being marketed by Denel), are compliant with NATO’s Joint Ballistics Memorandum of Understanding (JBMOU). The latter constrains projectile weight to 43.5 kg and chamber volume to 23 litres.

The established Assegai JBMOU-compliant 155 mm projectile family does already include two VLAP variants: the M2005 high-explosive (HE) projectile filled with 4.3 kg of TNT/HNS and featuring natural fragmentation, and the M0256 IHE-PFF version with press-filled PBX4 insensitive explosive and pre-formed fragments (PFF). In a standard atmosphere both can be fired to 41 km out of a 39-calibre/18-litre tube (muzzle velocity [m/v] 827 m/s), and to 54 km out of a 52-calibre/23-litre tube (m/v 950 m/s), respectively using JBMOU-compliant five-module and six-module charges.

The new Assegai VLAP projectile, informally designated VLAP 70, is planned to be fired using a newly developed unitary top charge. This will exploit the Assegai’s in-built permissible individual maximum pressure margin (PIMP 450MPa) and will be specifically matched to the 23-litre chamber volume of the JBMOU 155mm/52-calibre ordnance system.

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Rwandan SH3 self-propelled howitzer spotted

Jeremy Binnie - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 November 2017


A Rwandan SH3 self-propelled howitzer is seen with an RM-70 multiple rocket launcher in the background. Source: President Paul Kagame

A Norinco 122 mm SH3 tracked self-propelled howitzer was observed in service with the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) for the first time on 10 November, with President Paul Kagame’s office releasing a photograph of a vehicle that participated in a combined-arms exercise designated ‘Hard Punch II’.

The SH3 superficially resembles the PLZ-89 in service with China’s People’s Liberation Army, but it is an entirely different vehicle, with a stated combat weight of 24.5 tons compared with the PLZ-89’s 20 tons. The variant was not previously known to have been exported, and no longer features in the Norinco catalogue.

The system that participated in the exercise may have been one of six unidentified large-calibre artillery platforms that China exported to Rwanda in 2007, according to Beijing’s confirmation to the UN Register of Conventional Arms at the time. The RDF is also known to possess Russian-manufactured 2S1 self-propelled howitzers, which feature similar 122 mm D-30-derived guns.

The Rwandan Ministry of Defence stated that Hard Punch II was carried out at the Combat Training Centre Gabiro on 10 November, and demonstrated “how different military capabilities are integrated and synchronised during a military operation at the level of an infantry division”.

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[*] posted on 28-11-2017 at 09:22 AM


Brazilian M109A5 howitzer deliveries delayed until 2019

Victor Barreira - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

27 November 2017

Delivery of 16 M109A5+BR self-propelled howitzers to the Brazilian Army, planned for 2018, has been postponed until 2019.

All 32 modernised vehicles are now to be received in the first half of 2019, the army told Jane’s . Initially 16 were scheduled for delivery in 2018 and the remainder in 2019 for 3rd and 5th Self-Propelled Field Artillery Groups. The army would not say why the howitzers are delayed.

Under a USD54 million US Foreign Military Sales contract from September 2016, BAE Systems is upgrading 32 of 40 former US Army M109A5s, after they were granted as excess defence articles (EDA) by the United States.

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[*] posted on 28-11-2017 at 04:26 PM


NORA B-52 from Serbia 155mm howitzer demonstrated in UAE

Posted On Monday, 27 November 2017 17:02

Minister of Defense of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vulin, and the delegation of the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces were in United Arab Emirates on November 21, 2017 to demonstrate the best products and innovations of the Serbian defense industry including the NORA B-52 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer.


Serbian-made Yugoimport NORA B-52K1 8x8 155mm self-propelled howitzer in live firing demonstration in United Arab Emirates (UAE) (Source pictures Serbian MoD)

The version that has performed live firing demonstration in United Arab Emirates was the NORA B-52K1 based on a KAMAZ 8x8 military truck chassis. The NORA B-52K1 was unveiled for the first time the public in June 2011 during the Partner defense exhibition in Serbia. The NORA B-52 is already in service with Myanmar, Kenya, Bangladesh, Serbia and Algeria.

The NORA B-52K1 is a 155mm 52 caliber self-propelled howitzer designed and developed by the Serbian Defense Company YugoImport. The NORA-B52 K1 truck-mounted artillery system is upgraded version of basic weapon NORA-B52.

The main armament of NORA B-52K1 consists of a 155 mm barrel length of 52 calibers, fitted with semi automatic breech block, automatic loader and an advanced solution of powder chamber self-opturating system. Automatic loader consists of two cassettes containing 12 projectiles and 12 propellant charges, projectile and charge feeder and chain rammer controlled by PLC thus increasing firing rate and minimizing crew effort.

The NORA B-52K1 crew cab of the truck and the 155mm gun turret can be fitted with armour offering ballistic protection against firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters.

The NORA B-52K1 artillery weapon system is fully integrated into AFCCS (Artillery Fire Command and Control System) for battlefield observation, target acquisition, data transfer, ballistic computation and fire command instructions transfer. The NORA B-52K1 I can be ready to fire the first round in less than 60 sec and leave its firing position in the same time. The gun system is able to fire at a maximum rate of fire of 4 rounds/min.

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[*] posted on 29-11-2017 at 06:42 AM


Scary that Rwanda has better protected and survivable artillery capability than the Australian Army.

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Rwandan SH3 self-propelled howitzer spotted

Jeremy Binnie - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 November 2017


A Rwandan SH3 self-propelled howitzer is seen with an RM-70 multiple rocket launcher in the background. Source: President Paul Kagame

A Norinco 122 mm SH3 tracked self-propelled howitzer was observed in service with the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) for the first time on 10 November, with President Paul Kagame’s office releasing a photograph of a vehicle that participated in a combined-arms exercise designated ‘Hard Punch II’.

The SH3 superficially resembles the PLZ-89 in service with China’s People’s Liberation Army, but it is an entirely different vehicle, with a stated combat weight of 24.5 tons compared with the PLZ-89’s 20 tons. The variant was not previously known to have been exported, and no longer features in the Norinco catalogue.

The system that participated in the exercise may have been one of six unidentified large-calibre artillery platforms that China exported to Rwanda in 2007, according to Beijing’s confirmation to the UN Register of Conventional Arms at the time. The RDF is also known to possess Russian-manufactured 2S1 self-propelled howitzers, which feature similar 122 mm D-30-derived guns.

The Rwandan Ministry of Defence stated that Hard Punch II was carried out at the Combat Training Centre Gabiro on 10 November, and demonstrated “how different military capabilities are integrated and synchronised during a military operation at the level of an infantry division”.

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[*] posted on 29-11-2017 at 10:39 AM


New 2s35-1 8x8 self-propelled howitzer based on 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV

Posted On Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:06

In august 2017, the Russian defense industry has presented the first prototype of a wheeled 152mm self-propelled howitzer called 2S35-1 based on the tracked self-propelled howitzer 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV which was unveiled during rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade on May 9, 2015.


The new Russian-made wheeled self-propelled howitzer 2S35-1 (Source picture yaroslav_gunin blog )

The new wheeled 2S35-1 is based on the KAMAZ-6560 heavy truck chassis and incorporates unmanned combat turret and same armament as the standard 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV SPG. The turret including the 152mm cannon which has a traverse of 360° is mounted at the rear of the truck chassis.

In firing position, two hydraulic jacks are lowered to the ground, on each side of the truck chassis to provide a more stable firing platform.

The 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV tracked self-propelled howitzer is armed with the new 2A88 cannon 152mm which is under development.

The 2S35 can fire a wide range of munitions, including standard and rocket-assisted HE-FRAG projectiles, cluster projectiles with anti-tank sub-munitions, jammer carrying projectiles. It has a maximum firing range of 30 km with standard ammunitions and around 40 km with rocket-assisted projectile.

The 2S35 has also a fully automated ammunition loading and handling system with 8 rounds per minute rate of fire. The S2S35 is able to fire a new generation of 9K25, the 152 mm Krasnopol laser-guided projectile which has a maximum range of 20 km.
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[*] posted on 29-11-2017 at 02:56 PM


Poland to buy Lockheed-made rocket launcher

By: Jen Judson   49 minutes ago


A High Mobility Artillery Rocket System with Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne), launches a rocket during a live fire exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec 1.

WASHINGTON — Poland wants to buy a Lockheed Martin-made rocket launcher and the State Department has cleared the possible $250 million sale, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement.

The department notified Congress Tuesday that it had approved the potential foreign military sale for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) along with a variety of munitions for the system. The deal is now pending congressional approval.

Poland has asked for 16 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31A1 Unitary, nine GMLRS M30A1 alternative warheads, and 61 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) M57 Unitary.

Also included in the sale are eight Universal Position Navigation Units, 34 Low Cost Reduced Range practice rockets and 1,642 Guidance and Control Section Assemblies for GMLRS along with other test sets and devices and GPS receivers.

The U.S. government and contractors will provide training and other logistics and program support, according to the agency announcement.

The FMS deal will support a parallel direct commercial sale between Lockheed and PGZ, Poland’s state-run defense group, the prime contractor in Poland.

Lockheed announced over a year ago that it was restarting its HIMARS production line in order to build new launchers for the United Arab Emirates, but has seen business in Europe since then, particularly in Romania.

The State Department cleared a $1.25 billion HIMARS sale to Romania in August. Romania plans to buy 54 HIMARS launchers along with 81 unitary GMLRS and 81 alternative warhead GMLRS as well as 54 ATACMS.

[State Dept. clears $1.25 billion HIMARS sale to Romania]
The U.S. Army this summer brought HIMARS to its largest military exercise in Europe — Saber Guardian — where it participated in a combined-arms live-fire exercise in the Romanian countryside.
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