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[*] posted on 17-10-2018 at 09:43 AM


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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[*] posted on 22-10-2018 at 10:36 PM


Raytheon advances to ‘Extended Range’ TOW

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

22 October 2018

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

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

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[*] posted on 24-10-2018 at 09:50 PM


Utility Task Vehicles for Ukrainian antitank missile transportation

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2018 10:29

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


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

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

Ukrainian army’s UTVs are 4x4 vehicles operated by a crew of two. No detail about the manufacturer nor their technical specifications are available so far. Members of the brigade have decided to purchase them to transport their antitank systems, the 93rd separate mechanized brigade wrote on Facebook.
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[*] posted on 8-11-2018 at 09:37 PM


Airshow China 2018: CASC testing TL-4 ATGW

Dmitry Fediushko, Zhuhai - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

08 November 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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[*] posted on 8-11-2018 at 09:52 PM


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

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 08 NOVEMBER 2018 10:51

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


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

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

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

The GAM-102 missile’s modular design allows for integration and installation on a variety of vehicle platforms, from light all-terrain vehicle (L-ATV) to tracked IFV. The missile adopts high explosive tandem charged armor penetration warhead able to realize about 1000 mm penetration depth. The vehicle launched version needs one commander, one driver and one missile operator. Up to 16 missiles can be carried in each vehicle. A GAM-102 system comprises the missile, a launch tube assembly, a launch control system, an E/O radar, and a servo system.
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[*] posted on 10-11-2018 at 07:23 PM


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

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 09 NOVEMBER 2018 11:45

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


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

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

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

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

Dongfeng Mengshi is a family of off-road 4×4 vehicle developed by Dongfeng Motor Group.Early generations of the vehicle are licence-built Hummer H1, while later generations of the vehicles are indigenous design. The CSK-131 variant is based on the EQ2060 vehicle. It has been completely redesigned with new engine and new onboard computers with digital map software and Beidou SATCOM and GPS. Curb weight is 4,900 kg while payload capability reaches 1,400 kg and operational range about 500 km.
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[*] posted on 15-11-2018 at 12:52 PM


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

(Source: MBDA; issued Nov 14, 2018)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[*] posted on 15-11-2018 at 07:40 PM


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

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2018 09:07

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


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

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

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

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

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


Close view of TL-4 anti-tank missile launcher mounted at the rear of a 4x4 ATV All-Terrain Vehicle (Picture Source Army Recognition)
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[*] posted on 16-11-2018 at 06:58 PM


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

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 2018 14:36

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


Toofan production line (Picture source: The Iran Project)

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

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

In 2014 Iran showed a Toophan/TOW simulator they built for helicopter-launched missiles. In a December 2016 military exercise Iran used the missile against naval targets. In 2018 Iran showed off thermal-sights which can be used with the Toophan. The Toophan can be mounted on Boragh APCs, ATVs, or Safir jeeps. Toophan missiles can be repaired by Iran's Shiraz Electronics Industries.
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[*] posted on 16-11-2018 at 09:39 PM


Roketsan discloses Karaok short-range ATGM development

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

16 November 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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[*] posted on 20-11-2018 at 09:22 AM


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

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

19 November 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My guess is an extended family based on the MMP.

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http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/197...




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MMP Missile Endorsed by EU

(Source: MBDA; issued Nov 21, 2018)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[*] posted on 24-11-2018 at 12:02 PM


Estonia likely to buy Spike-LR antitank missiles

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2018 16:00

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


Spike antitank missile (Picture source: Rafael)

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

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

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

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

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

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

EuroSpike GmbH belongs to German arms manufacturers Diehl BGT Defence and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics in equal portions of 40%; 20% of shares belong to the developer of the weapons system, the Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, via the Dutch holding company ERCAS B.V.
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[*] posted on 26-11-2018 at 05:33 PM


Slovenia orders SAAB Carl Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon system

POSTED ON SUNDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 2018 13:18

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


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

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

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

The new version retains all the effectiveness and versatility of the proven Carl-Gustaf system while introducing a range of major enhancements. These include a lighter weight design (weighing less than 7 kg), a round counter, improved safety and intelligent features, such as compatibility with future intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition, which collectively offer significant operational improvements for the soldier. The weapon is fully backward compatible with all ammunition types.
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[*] posted on 30-11-2018 at 02:01 PM


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

By: Sebastian Sprenger   11 hours ago


French forces clear MBDA's MMP anti-tank missile for desert operations during test firings in Djibouti in August and September 2018. (French Ministry of Defense)

COLOGNE, Germany — Missile-maker MBDA is banking on a new European Union project to help boost wider adoption of its Missile Moyenne Portée anti-tank weapon on the continent.

The confidence by executives stems from last week’s European Council approval of a Beyond-Line-of-Sight Land Battlefield Missile System. The project is one of 34 efforts under the union’s new Permanent Structured Cooperation scheme, or PESCO. The framework is meant to unify military capabilities of the member nations with an eye toward establishing the EU as a military player on the world stage.

The new missile project offers an glimpse into PESCO’s nascent process for turning political ambitions into actual hardware made by national vendors. Such is the case here, says MBDA, which released a statement saying its MMP anti-tank weapon had been “endorsed” by the EU even though the official, one-paragraph project description makes no mention of a specific weapon.

Company executives told Defense News that the MMP is what defense officials in France — which has the project lead together with Belgium and Cyprus — had in mind from the start when offering the project under an EU umbrella.

The weapon, they argue, is the natural choice because it is already in service with French forces and because it is the sole wholly European option available. (MBDA is a joint venture of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo.)

A spokeswoman for the French delegation to the EU in Brussels did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The guided MMP, which boasts a range of 4 kilometers, can be fired by dismounted soldiers or from vehicles. Its competitors include the American-made Javelin and variants of the Spike, designed by Israel’s Rafael. The Israelis market their offering through the Germany-based company Eurospike, and the missiles are produced in that country.

But MBDA argues the “design authority” for both competitors lies outside of Europe, which means the joint venture would be ineligible for a role — and funding — under PESCO or its associated funding stream, the proposed €13 billion (U.S. $15 billion) European Defence Fund.

It remains to be seen whether the apparent PESCO blessing can help propel the MMP weapon to greater popularity in European armies. There is already lower-hanging fruit included in the partnership with project co-sponsor Belgium: Brussels plans to buy a new fleet of armored combat vehicles from France’s Nexter, a portion of which stands to be equipped with an anti-tank weapon.

That’s where EU funding support could come into play. Players of any PESCO project can get EU co-financing for the modification work required to make one weapon interoperable for several partner forces.

On paper, the EU missile project has ambitious goals. The weapon eventually chosen — presumably the MMP — “is intended to be integrated on an extensive variety of platforms,” a PESCO project overview states. “The project includes joint training and formation aspects. A dedicated ‘users club’ is envisioned develop a common European doctrine on BLOS firing.”

Industry officials expect an initial kickoff meeting of the partner nations to hammer out a way ahead, though the timing is unclear. At that point, there could be a formal commitment to the MMP weapon.

MBDA, for its part, is painting a purely altruistic picture of what’s to come for the missile. “France is opening a collaborative approach for how to use it,” a spokesman told Defense News.
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Saab receives order from new customer for Carl-Gustaf M4

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2018 13:18

Saab has received a contract for the Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon system to an undisclosed customer. Deliveries will take place in 2019-2024. The industry’s nature is such that, due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced.


Carl Gustaf M4 (Picture source: Saab)

For 70 years, the Carl-Gustaf man-portable multi-role weapon system has been supporting infantry around the world in dealing with a full range of battlefield challenges. The new version, Carl-Gustaf M4, has all the effectiveness and versatility of the Carl-Gustaf system but its improved and lightweight design, weighing less than 7 kg, offers significant mobility improvements to the soldier. “We keep on writing the Carl-Gustaf success story. This year has been very successful for the Carl-Gustaf M4 and, with this order, we welcome this new customer as our tenth customer for the system. With the latest technology and improved ergonomics, the Carl-Gustaf M4 provides an increased tactical flexibility, while it’s ready for future innovations”, says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.This is an all new customer for the Carl-Gustaf system and Saab’s tenth customer for the Carl-Gustaf M4 version.

The new version retains all the effectiveness and versatility of the proven Carl-Gustaf system while introducing a range of major enhancements. These include a lighter weight design, a fired-round counter, improved safety and intelligent features, such as compatibility with future intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition. The weapon is fully backward compatible with all ammunition types.
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Indian Army Adding Anti-Armor Missiles

(Source: Forecast International; issued Jan 09, 2019)

HYDERABAD -- The Indian Army is adding additional anti-armor missiles to its inventory. These missiles are manufactured in Hyderabad.

Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) won a Rs 760 crores contract for missiles and launchers. Russia is assisting in this work. Although no information is available on the missile BDL will manufacture, the company currently license produces the Russian Konkurs-M, a second generation, mechanized infantry ATGM, to destroy armored vehicle equipped with explosive reactive armor.

BDL is already working on a contract for production of Invar anti-armor missiles for T-90 tanks. This Rs 3,000 crore order was signed in 2013.

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New Anti-Tank Missile System for Airborne Forces to Tested This Year

(Source: Russian Ministry of Defence; issued Jan 09, 2019)

In 2019, the state tests of the newest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system, designed to arm artillery units and airborne units, will be held.

Kornet-D1 self-propelled anti-tank missile system, created on the BMD-4M chassis, landed by parachute method, will have unique characteristics in terms of range and shooting accuracy.

Tests of new weapons developed in the interests of anti-tank units of the Airborne Forces artillery will be held at several test ranges of the Russian Defence Ministry.

The anti-tank complex will be one of the first new high-precision designs, created in the interests of the Airborne Forces artillery units, which will significantly increase the firepower of the air assault and parachute parachute units.

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Russia’s Latest Anti-Tank Missile System to Enter State Trials

(Source: TASS; published Jan 09, 2019)

MOSCOW --- Russia’s latest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system designated for the Airborne Force will undergo state trials this year, the Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday.

"In 2019, the latest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system designated as armament for artillery and paratroops’ units will undergo state trials before it is accepted for service in the Airborne Force. The self-propelled anti-tank missile system based on the chassis of the BMD-4M airborne assault vehicle that is landed by the parachute method will possess unique capabilities by the range and the accuracy of its fire," the ministry said.

Paratroopers will fire the new precision weapon from the vehicle’s fighting compartment remotely, the ministry stressed.

"The trials of the new weapon developed for anti-tank units of the Airborne Force’s artillery will be held at several ranges of the Russian Defense Ministry. The anti-tank missile system will be among the first most advanced precision weapons developed for the Airborne Force’s artillery formations and will considerably enhance the firepower of airborne assault and parachute units," the ministry said.

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Op. Barkhane: First Operational Deployment of the New MMP Medium-Range Missile

(Source: French Armed Forces Ministry; issued Jan 14, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)


The French Army deployed its new MMP battlefield missile, the successor to the Milan, on foreign operations for the first time in December, when a firing team was deployed in Mali as part of Operation Barkhane. (FR Army photo)

From December 10 to 22, the Picardie Battle Group carried out an operation in the Three Borders region of southeastern Mali, during which the new medium-range missile (Missile à Moyenne Portée) was deployed and used for the first time in-theater.

Arriving in the operations area at dawn, the soldiers of Picardie BG leapt from their armored vehicle to set up the MMP on top of a ridge. Within the group of six soldiers, each has a definite role: commander, gunner, loader, rear gunner, a radio/marksman and driver.

The MMP is now in place. Sergeant Nicolas and the gunner begin to observe their surroundings, and the terrain appears in detail in the MMP’s sight. The operator scans each specific point, using the built-in zoom to refine his search. For Sergeant Nicolas, "the MMP is an exceptional weapon system for observation by day and night. The "fusion" mode detects heat sources and allows us, for example, to detect an individual hiding in a grove or behind a tree. "

This new missile is a true digest of electronic innovations: with a range of over 4,000 meters, it can be used both as for anti-personnel and anti-vehicle strikes as well as against fortifications and high-value targets. This is an interesting innovation in the Sahelo-Saharan the theater of operations, where the flanks of some rock formations can be used as shelters by members of armed terrorist groups.

On a technical level, the MMP is easy to use, as the sergeant demonstrated: "To switch from anti-personnel mode to anti-infrastructure mode, I just go to the MMP firing station’s drop-down menu and check the corresponding box. Then, since the system’s core is located in the missile itself, after firing my gunner sees in his sight exactly what the missile seeker sees. He can therefore switch targets at any time, thanks to the optical fiber that connects the missile to his console. The missile is equipped with a camera with vision day and night of a remarkable quality," he adds.

Before their deployment, Sergeant Nicolas and his gunner underwent specific training on the MMP at the French Army’s Infantry School in Draguignan.

A major innovation developed for army infantry and light cavalry units, the MMP is the successor of the Milan system. Now deployed for the first time on combat operations, it will gradually equip the majority of first-line units.

Led by the French armed forces, in partnership with the G5 Sahel countries, Operation Barkhane was launched on August 1st, 2014. It is based on a strategic approach based partnership with the main countries of the Sahel-Saharan strip (BSS): Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina-Faso. It brings together some 4,500 military personnel whose mission is to fight against armed terrorist groups and to support the armed forces of partner countries so that they can take engage this threat, notably within the framework of the joint G5 Sahel force which is being established.

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LAV Anti-Tank Weapon System to Reach FOC by End of 2019

(Source: US Marine Corps; issued Jan 10, 2019)


Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle-Anti-tank variants at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The LAV-AT’s fixed turret allows permanent operation, but pays for this improved availability with a much higher silhouette, making it harder to hide on the battlefield. (USMC photo)

QUANTICO, Va. --- The Marine Corps continues to upgrade the turret system for one of its longest-serving fighting vehicles – the Light Armored Vehicle-Anti-Tank.

In September 2017, Marine Corps Systems Command's LAV-AT Modernization Program Team achieved initial operational capability by completing the fielding of its first four Anti-Tank Light Armored Vehicles with the upgraded Anti-Tank Weapon Systems to Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Marines.

The ATWS fires the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided—or TOW—missiles. It provides long-range stand-off anti-armor fire support to maneuvering Light Armored Reconnaissance companies and platoons. The ATWS also provides an observational capability in all climates, as well as other environments of limited visibility, thanks to an improved thermal sight system that is similar to the Light Armored Vehicle 25mm variant fielded in 2007.

“Marines using the new ATWS are immediately noticing the changes, including a new far target location capability, a commander/gunner video sight display, a relocated gunner’s station, and an electric elevation and azimuth drive system, which replaced the previous noisy hydraulic system,” said Steve Myers, LAV program manager.

The ATWS also possesses a built-in test capability, allowing the operators and maintainers to conduct an automated basic systems check of the ATWS, he said.

The LAV-ATM Team continues to provide new equipment training to units receiving the ATWS upgrade, with the final two training evolutions scheduled for early this year. Training consists of a 10-day evolution with three days devoted to the operator and seven days devoted to maintaining the weapon system. Follow-on training can be conducted by the unit using the embedded training mode within the ATWS.

“This vehicle equips anti-tank gunner Marines with a modern capability that helps them maintain readiness and lethality to complete their mission,” said Maj. Christopher Dell, LAV Operations officer.

Full operational capability for the ATWS is expected at the end of fiscal year 2019.

“Currently, there are 58 in service within the active fleet,” said Myers. “The original equipment manufacturer delivered 91 of the 106 contracted kits and is ahead of schedule. Now MCSC’s focus is directed at the Marine Corps Forces Reserve, ensuring they receive the same quality NET and support as their active counterparts.”

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Russian Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system to enter state trials

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 17 JANUARY 2019 10:08

Russia’s latest 9P163 Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system NATO code: AT-14 Spriggan) designed for the Airborne Force will undergo state trials this year, the Defense Ministry reported on 16 January.


Kornet-D1 displayed at Armya-2018 near Kubinka (Picture source: Army Recognition)

"In 2019, the latest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system designated as armament for artillery and airborne units will undergo state trials before it is accepted for service in the Airborne Force. The self-propelled anti-tank missile system based on the chassis of the BMD-4M airborne assault vehicle that is landed by the parachute method will possess unique capabilities by the range and the accuracy of its fire," the ministry said. Paratroopers will fire the new precision weapon from the vehicle’s fighting compartment remotely, the ministry stressed.

"The trials of the new weapon developed for anti-tank units of the Airborne Force’s artillery will be held at several ranges of the Russian Defense Ministry. The anti-tank missile system will be among the first most advanced precision weapons developed for the Airborne Force’s artillery formations and will considerably enhance the firepower of airborne assault and parachute units," the ministry said.

The Kornet-D anti-tank guided missile is a third-generation anti-tank missile that was designed by Russia's KPB Instrument Design Bureau and introduced at a defense exhibition in 1994. It was designed to replace the AT-5 Spandrel of the 1970s. The Kornet-D system consists of a missile with a launch tube, a thermal imager and a tripod for launching by infantry. Together, the launch tube and missile weight 63 pounds (29 kg), while the launch tube alone weighs 59 pounds (27kg). The thermal imager weighs 24 pounds (11kg). The tripod weighs 42 pounds (19 kg). Although the Kornet-D can be used by infantry forces, the weight of the missile system predisposes it to being launched from a platform on a vehicle.

The Kornet-D uses a SACLOS (semi-automatic command to line of sight) guidance. The operator locks on to a target that has been illuminated by a laser. The missile then travels along the line of sight to home in on the target. It can engage targets up to a distance of 6,015 yards (5,500m).

The Kornet-D can fire either a HEAT warhead or an explosive thermobaric warhead. The HEAT warhead can penetrate up to 47 inches (1,200mm) of armor and can defeat tanks with explosive reactive armor. It can also pierce reinforced concrete structures up to 11.5 feet (3m) thick. The explosive thermobaric warhead has the explosive power of 22 pounds (10 kg) of TNT.
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Indian Army Plans Additional Milan ATGM Buy

(Source: Forecast International; issued Jan 21, 2019)

NEW DELHI --- The Indian Army intends to procure more than 3,000 Milan 2T anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) from France at the cost of over $140 million.

The second-generation Milan 2T ATGM is license-produced in India by state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) under license from France' MBDA. It is designed to destroy tanks fitted with Explosive Reactive Armor.

The Indian Army has a broader requirement for roughly 70,000 ATGMs and 850 launchers, each of varying types. The Milan order would provide greater capacity in the short-term while a third-generation solution is procured for the Army. The Army already features Milan 2T missiles in its inventory, having opted to procure 4,500 of the man-portable ATGMs in 2013 at the cost of $200 million in order to support BDL by providing workflow.

The 2T variant of the Milan began series-production around 1993 and the Army's goal remains acquiring a newer-generation ATGM with greater range than the current stock of Milan and Konkurs models currently utilized. A plan to procure the Spike ATGM from Israel was dropped by India last year due to a focus on developing an indigenous alternative.

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Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture Awarded Contract for 2,100 F-Model Missiles, Marking Initial Full-Rate Production

(Source: Lockheed Martin; issued Jan. 30, 2019)

ORLANDO, Fla. --- The Javelin Joint Venture was awarded a production contract for 2,100 F-Model (FGM-148F) missiles, following a successful and rigorous system qualification test program that included 21 successful flight tests.

The contract launches the initial full-rate production agreement for the Javelin F-Model missile, replacing the Javelin FGM-148E (Block I).

The Javelin FGM-148F missile features an advanced multipurpose warhead (MPWH) as part of the man portable, fire-and-forget Javelin missile system. The MPWH incorporates the latest generation shaped charged technology to defeat present and future advanced armored threats while adding a fragmenting steel warhead case to significantly improve lethality against soft targets and light armored vehicles.

The Javelin F-Model round deliveries are planned for early 2020 and will be available for international allies, with U.S. government permission.

There are also funded efforts underway to develop a higher performance Lightweight Command Launch Unit (CLU) and FGM-148G Model missile that will dramatically improve system performance while reducing weight and lowering system cost.

First deployed in 1996, Javelin is the world's most versatile and lethal one-man-portable and platform-employed anti-tank and multi-target precision weapon system. To date, more than 45,000 missiles and 12,000 CLUs have been produced. The Javelin weapon system has experienced numerous technology insertions since its initial fielding to stay ahead of advancing threats.

Javelin, which is produced by a joint venture between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, has been used extensively and to great advantage in combat operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Over 5,000 engagements have been successfully conducted by U.S. and coalition forces.

Current U.S. allies that have Javelin in inventory include France, Taiwan, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Ukraine, Georgia, Australia, Estonia, UAE and the United Kingdom.

The Javelin Joint Venture is an award-winning enterprise recognized in 2015 by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for its outstanding achievements in providing operational support to warfighters with the highest level of mission success and tactical operational readiness.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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Rafael video of Spike NLOS anti-tank missile fired from light buggy

POSTED ON MONDAY, 04 FEBRUARY 2019 18:48

Israeli Company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has released a video from a firing test of the Spike NLOS launched from a light buggy (Tomcar).


Tomcar with Rafael Spike NLOS missile launcher (Picture source: Rafael)

Spike NLOS is a 30 km Precision Guided Missile, part of the 5th generation electro-optical Spike family, operational today in 31 countries worldwide. Last year, Rafael unveiled a light, modular launcher for the Spike NLOS missile, integrated on a light buggy (e.g. Tomcar).

The Spike Launcher used in this test weighs only 1,350 kg, including 8 missiles - providing armies and special forces with a low-weight, maneuverable, precision element that can be easily air-deployed deep into enemy territory and used to attack point targets (static & mobile) with very high precision, and with no dependence on GPS.

The video, which was taken during the launcher qualification process, shows the firing of the Spike NLOS missile to above 25 km at various target types and various firing trajectories (both very low and very high) ‒ defined according to the mission, scenario, and target type. “This new launcher will enhance ground forces’ precise stand-off capabilities for low-signature operations in a variety of operational scenarios and requirements. Rafael continues to develop advanced, tailor-made solutions to afford forces increased maneuverability and effective fire-power to overcome battlefield challenges and achieve optimal mission results”, said Zvi M. Head of Rafael’s Tactical, Precision Weapon systems Directorate.

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