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[*] posted on 30-4-2018 at 02:53 PM


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



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[*] posted on 30-4-2018 at 09:34 PM


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


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

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

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




In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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[*] posted on 1-5-2018 at 07:13 PM


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

You would have to find some slobbering lunatic heavily sedated and safely confined in a rubber room to agree to set up production facilities for a run of 18 !!!
Just buy 'em you can afford it
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[*] posted on 1-5-2018 at 07:37 PM


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

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


You have no idea what sort of tit-heads we have in Federal and Local politics! :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:
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[*] posted on 1-5-2018 at 10:52 PM


Part of me does wonder if the SPG could be resurrected as an additional order for QLD built boxer chassis with the AGM module.
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[*] posted on 1-5-2018 at 11:08 PM


It's an option..............but probably too obvious! They'd have to give South Australia the fabrication contract...........ohhhh there isn't one? I'm sure Mr Pyne can help with that............
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[*] posted on 2-5-2018 at 01:31 PM


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


This one?






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[*] posted on 2-5-2018 at 01:49 PM


That's the one...............
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[*] posted on 2-5-2018 at 08:33 PM


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



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Good points.............
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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 09:20 AM


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

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

02 May 2018

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

Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of 31 May 2020, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 27 April.
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[*] posted on 8-5-2018 at 02:18 PM


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[*] posted on 9-5-2018 at 01:24 PM


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

Posted On Tuesday, 08 May 2018 20:03

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The HMMWV/Hawkeye Howitzer 105mm howitzer can be ready to fire in less than 2 minutes with a total crew of 4 soldiers.
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[*] posted on 9-5-2018 at 01:27 PM


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

Posted On Tuesday, 08 May 2018 19:40

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


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

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

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

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

The RUM II is motorized with a DHS engine developing 250 hp. coupled to a 5 speed manual transmission. The truck can run at a maximum speed 80 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km. It has a crew of six.
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Arnold Defense unveils its Fletcher weapon system at Sofex 2018

Posted On Tuesday, 08 May 2018 19:04

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


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

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

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

Traditionally, 2.75-inch rocket systems have been used as an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by both fixed and rotary wing aviation assets. The team has turned this concept on its head with the advancement of laser guided rocket technology to meet the modern demands of land-based, vehicle mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, for special and conventional forces. FLETCHER is a unique design that allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment in support of combat operations. FLETCHER employs an existing suite of guidance modules, rockets and warheads which are already used in well-known programs and are readily available to global forces. Working in-concert with world-class designation equipment, FLETCHER is a fully integrated weapon system that can engage targets at ranges up to 3.1 miles, giving land forces capability that previously required the deployment of air assets.
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First batch of K9 Vajra-T 155mm self-propelled howitzers delivered to Indian army

Posted On Wednesday, 09 May 2018 09:39

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


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

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

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

The deal has not just boosted the Ministry of Defence’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ initiative, but it has also made South Korea a major defence partner for India. The technology to develop the K-9 Vajra-T guns was provided by the South Korean defence company, and out of the 100 that have been ordered, 90 will have been completely developed by L&T in their Strategic Systems Complex at Talegaon, near Pune in Maharashtra.
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[*] posted on 11-5-2018 at 07:44 PM


New rocket launcher for combat vehicles makes Middle East debut

By: Jen Judson   20 hours ago


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polaris brought Dagor to SOFEX for the first time, although it has made many appearances at other shows worldwide.
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[*] posted on 12-5-2018 at 01:01 PM


SOFEX 2018: Hawkeye catches militaries attention

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four hydraulically operated stabilisers, two at the front and two at the rear of the vehicle, provide a stable firing platform. Which Anderson says results in vehicle moving less than a trailer howitzer system after firing.
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Algeria unveils Tos-1A

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 May 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted On Monday, 14 May 2018 17:22

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


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

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

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

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

The launch of the rockets is controlled by an advanced fire control system that includes a ballistic data computer, equipment used for observation for the commander and a rangefinder, and a control panel. The fire control system enhances the target acquisition and detection capability.
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[*] posted on 18-5-2018 at 09:16 AM


US Army to order Bonus rounds

Andrew Galer, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

17 May 2018

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

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

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

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

Miroslav Gyürösi, Bratislava - Jane's International Defence Review

21 May 2018


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21 May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

21 May 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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