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[*] posted on 26-6-2018 at 06:56 PM


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

Posted On Tuesday, 26 June 2018 06:40

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The firing tests with the Enforcer development prototype were conducted at ranges of between 1,000m to 2,000 m and confirmed expectations with regard to the weapon’s homing head, which guided the missile directly to the centre of each of the intended targets. One of the missiles used the new lightweight, carbon-fiber launching tube developed by MBDA in Italy. It has now entered development phase and has completed six successful firings to prove technology and design viability and it could be qualified by the end of 2019.
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[*] posted on 27-6-2018 at 07:02 PM


South Korean Raybolt spotted in Yemen

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

26 June 2018


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

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

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

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

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Rafael unveils Spike NLOS Modular Launcher development

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

03 July 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[*] posted on 16-7-2018 at 11:56 PM


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

Posted On Monday, 16 July 2018 12:55

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


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

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

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

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

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

Some month ago, a first-of-its kind international Gil 2 operation competition was held in the south between major generals, a team of the Givati reconnaissance battalion's anti-tank company and their European counterparts, with Holland's team clinching first place.
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[*] posted on 17-7-2018 at 09:31 AM


Isn’t that Spike LR2?

Have they changed the name?




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 17-7-2018 at 11:38 AM


GIL is the Israeli name for Spike...........................
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[*] posted on 18-7-2018 at 07:35 PM


US Army orders more Saab AT4 anti armor weapon systems

Posted On Wednesday, 18 July 2018 09:14

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


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

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

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

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

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

The AT4CS RS is a fully disposable, pre-loaded weapon system with a specially developed, unique shaped-charge warhead that delivers outstanding behind-armor effect inside the target. It weighs less than 8 kg and has an effective range of 20 to 300 meters.
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[*] posted on 26-7-2018 at 09:26 AM


Russia reintroduces Shturm-SM SPATGM

Dmitry Fediushko, Moscow - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

25 July 2018

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

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

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

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Bahrain requests improved targeting systems for TOW missiles

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

01 August 2018

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

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

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

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

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[*] posted on 21-8-2018 at 08:11 PM


Successful Flight Test of ATGM ‘HELINA’

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

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

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

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

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

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[*] posted on 25-8-2018 at 12:47 PM


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

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

24 August 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Roketsan begins serial production of OMTAS ATGM

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

24 August 2018

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Rafael unveils Spike ER2

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

30 August 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted On Friday, 14 September 2018 08:29

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Second Flight Test of MPATGM Successful

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





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

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the team DRDO, Indian Army and associated Industries for the twin success of MPATGM weapon system.
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MBDA offers surface-launched Brimstone to Poland

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

17 September 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted On Friday, 21 September 2018 20:40

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

25 September 2018

Has any other ATGM met this requirement? :no:

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

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

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

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

By: Shawn Snow   1 day ago


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

Backblast area all clear!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The new suite of confined space shoulder fired rocket launchers will boast lethality for grunts while also affording extra protection for Marines on the battlefield.
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Saab, Raytheon to Demonstrate a Guided Munition for Carl Gustaf M4 Recoilless Rifle

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

By News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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



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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Raytheon, Saab disclose Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition development

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

05 October 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Taiwan to buy more indigenous armament

Posted On Monday, 08 October 2018 11:39

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Raytheon to improve US Army’s TOW missile

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

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

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

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

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