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[*] posted on 5-2-2019 at 09:35 PM


Looks cool. THAT is what counts...



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 19-2-2019 at 03:07 PM


IDEX 2019: MBDA and MILREM Robotics unveil the world’s first antitank UGV

18 FEBRUARY 2019

MBDA and Milrem Robotics are showcasing the world’s first anti- tank unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at IDEX 2019. The debut of the system’s advanced concept comes only eight months after Milrem Robotics and MBDA announced the start of feasibility studies of the system.


Milrem Robotics THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle with the MBDA IMPACT (Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret) system (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The joint project integrates the Milrem Robotics THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle with the MBDA IMPACT (Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret) system fitted with two MMP 5th generation battlefield engagement missiles and a self-defence machine gun. “This combination of two of the most modern technologies in their field is a very good example of how robotic warfare systems will bring disruption to the battlefield and make some traditional technologies obsolete,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics. “Our unmanned land combat system under study together with MBDA will be very efficient in keeping our troops safe and significantly increasing the capability to fight main battle tanks as well as any other ground target,” Väärsi added. In fact, ret. General Riho Terras, of the Estonian army, explained to Army Army Recognition how far the introduction of such antitank UGVs will fundamentally change the doctrine in terms of use of antitank vehicles and even MBTs.

The land combat warfare system is intended to be remotely operated. Soldiers can deploy it while remaining at a safe distance and using a wireless or a tethered connection. The system will have a low heat and noise signature so it can stay unnoticed until completing its mission.

“Being delivered to the French Army since the end of 2017, the MMP system is now deployed by the French forces in theatre, where it replaces the Milan and Javelin missiles. With fully digitalized functions of observation, targeting, positioning and guidance, the MMP system is perfectly suited for integration on vehicles, including remotely operated ones” said Francis Bordachar, Military Advisor Land Products at MBDA.

Last but not least, ret. General Terras announced a captivating news: the French army will deploy Milrem THeMIS in Mali at the end of April but not in an armed version: these UGVs will be operationally tested only in the reconnaissance and transport (mule) roles.
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[*] posted on 19-2-2019 at 03:12 PM


IDEX: DYNAMIT NOBEL DEFENCE ANNOUNCES RGW90 PRODUCT UPGRADE

Dynamit Nobel Defence's (DND, booth 11-C05) family of RGW90 shoulder-launched, disposable, recoilless weapons is advancing to the next stage. The manufacturer is now adding a shaped charge anti-tank effector to the product family. DND told that the RGW90 HEAT/HESH A2 weapon represents a "significant performance and ergonomic upgrade to this effector," able to "increase the steel target penetration capability from 500mm of RHA (Rolled Homogeneous Armour) to about 550mm." These improvements have been achieved by improving the manufacturing process for the dual-mode shaped-charge anti-tank warhead. DND notes that with the modification of the launch tube it was possible to reduce the overall weight of the weapon to 8kg, down from 8.7kg, while other system features remain unchanged, e.g. its effective combat range that varies from 20m to 500 metres, its ability to be fired from enclosed spaces (>15m3), and its operating temperature range of -46°C to +71°C.

Enhancements in the design and material could result in additional potential for weight optimisation in the future, DND says. The next step, according to the company, is to complete development of a new tandem shaped charge anti-tank warhead - named RGW90 HEAT/HESH Tandem - that is actually in prototype status. "This RGW90 HEAT/HESH - Tandem effector (...) will be ready to be fielded within the next years," DND explain.

The combat-proven RGW90 weapon family includes different warheads that can be employed to engage tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, as well as brick and concrete wall structures. The target list also includes soft targets like infantry positions. The ammunition additionally encompasses smoke, illumination, and practice rounds, providing infantry with a "complete toolbox of weapons" for varying mission requirements.

According to DND, the RGW90 HEAT/HESH A2 system has now entered serial production for two international customers. The company did not provide details; but, it was said that the delivery is for two customers located outside of Europe and Asia. Delivery is expected to take place within 2019.

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The RGW90 HEAT/HESH A2 anti-tank weapon is in serial production for two international customers. (Photos: Dynamit Nobel Defence )

Published: 18 February 2019
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The First OMTAS Missile Fired from Kaplan STA Hit Its Target!

(Source: FNSS; issued Feb 18, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

Qualification tests of two different anti-tank platforms, wheeled and tracked, (Pars and Kaplan) developed by FNSS within the scope of STA Project continue while the first firing of the OMTAS missile from the Kaplan antitank platform was successfully completed.

FNSS completed the OMTAS integration as planned, with rapid work with Roketsan for the antitank turret, and it was confirmed by firing trials last year with the Kornet missile.

An important phase of the program was confirmed in Konya Karapinar on 13 February 2019, with the participation of project teams from the Defense Industry Presidency (SSB) and Land Forces Command.

Qualification tests of the program will be completed during this year, and Kaplan and Pars deliveries will then begin.

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Qualification tests of two different anti-tank platforms, wheeled and tracked, (Pars and Kaplan) developed by FNSS continued while the first firing of the OMTAS missile from the Kaplan antitank platform was successfully completed.

On 27 June 2016, SSB and FNSS Defense Systems Inc., as part of the scope of the contract for weapon-carrying vehicles (STA) signed on October 14, 2016, a total of 260 Armored Anti-Tank Systems, comprising both tracked Kaplan STA and wheeled Pars STAs, will be delivered to our Land Forces Command.

Thanks to our defense industry, with the Kaplan STA, Pars STA platforms and the OMTAS missile, Land Forces Command will have gained an important anti-tank capability.

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[*] posted on 20-2-2019 at 10:59 PM


IDEX 2019: Jadara developing new sight for Terminator missile

Mohammed Najib, Abu Dhabi and Jeremy Binnie, Abu Dhabi - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 February 2019

Jordan’s Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems is developing a new sight for the Terminator man-portable guided missile system, a company official told Jane’s during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi from 17–21 February.


The new sight that Jadara is developing for the Terminator. (Mohammed Najib)

Unveiled at the SOFEX show held in Jordan in March 2018, the Terminator’s original sight had an optical viewer, a non-cooled thermal imager, and a laser for the missile’s beam-riding guidance system. The new version dispenses with the optical sight and instead uses two electro-optical day cameras, one with a wide field-of-view for acquiring targets and the other with a narrow field for engaging them.

“The replacement of the optical system by high-definition cameras will reduce the total weight of the Terminator launcher by 1.2 kg and reduce the rate of failure,” Khaled Jaafer, the vice-chairman of Jadara, told Jane’ s.

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IDEX 2019: Yugoimport unveils RALAS missile

Jeremy Binnie, Abu Dhabi and Oscar Widlund, Abu Dhabi - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 February 2019


[img]The RALAS missile on display at IDEX 2019 with the control unit behind. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen[/img]

Serbia’s Yugoimport unveiled the RALAS non-line-of-sight missile at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February, prominently displaying an eight-round launcher mounted on the company’s Lazar 3 8×8 armoured vehicle.

The RALAS is essentially a smaller version of the Advanced Light Attack System (ALAS) with a solid propellent motor and a non-detachable booster rather than a turbojet engine with booster that drops off, according to Dragan Andric, one of its developers. This reduces its range from 25 to 10 km, but makes it more cost effective, he said.

It uses a similar guidance system where the operator can programme waypoints into the missile before launch. It will then follow this flightpath using its INS/GPS navigation system.

In the terminal phase, data and video from an electro-optical seeker – either infrared or a cheaper TV camera, depending on customer preference – is fed back to the control station using a fibre-optic cable that makes the missile immune to jamming. The operator can then select a target as it becomes visible, which can be up to 8 km away in ideal conditions, according to Andric.

The system automatically tracks the target, even when it is temporarily obscured: a feature that Andric demonstrated using the live seeker the company displayed at the show.

The operator has the option of aborting the missile by detonating its warhead in mid-air or sending it into the ground.

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[*] posted on 21-2-2019 at 09:58 AM


U.S.-Manufactured Javelin Anti-Tank Missile System Stocks of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Supplemented

(Source: Lithuania Ministry of Defence; issued Feb 19, 2019)

Additional missiles for the Javelin anti-tank defence systems procured by the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence have been delivered to Lithuania. The worth of the procurement is over USD 20 million, USD 5 million of which is financial support of the United States of America. The additional systems will be provided to units of the Lithuanian Land Force in order to strengthen defence capabilities of Lithuania.

“The U.S. is Lithuania’s strategic partner and key ally for security in the Baltic region. The Javelin anti-tank system procured from the U.S. is a particularly significant increase of long-term combat capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and enhancement of the effectiveness of deterrence,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis says.

The Javelin medium-range anti-tank missile system is and advanced weapon capable of destroying modern, explosive reactor armour (ERA)-fitted main battle tanks in daylight and at night at a distance of 75 metres – 2.5 kilometres. The system uses “fire-and-forget” principle: when the target is locked and a missile is fired, it guides itself all the way to the target, which increases protection of the unit since it can change its location without having to wait for the missile to hit its target.

The Javelin missile's tandem warhead is capable of attacking its target straight on or from the top from an altitude of up to 150 metres and hit a tank on the most vulnerable spot, i.e. the hatch. The Javelin has a soft launch design that ignites the engine of the missile only when it is outside of its launch-tube, which does not allow to detect where the missile was launched from. The weapon is suitable for using in urban combat from indoors.

The United States of America is Lithuania’s strategic partner and the main ally ensuring security of the Baltic region. The country actively contributes to strengthening security and stability of the Baltic region countries. It contributes soldiers, equipment and finance to the defence of our region.

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[*] posted on 23-2-2019 at 12:42 PM


Aero India 2019: DRDO details short-range MPATGM

Jayesh Dhingra, Bangalore - Jane's Missiles & Rockets

22 February 2019

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has provided details of its man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM) during the 20–24 February Aero India 2019 exhibition in Bangalore.

“The missile is in development and guided flight tests are scheduled by mid-2019,” a Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) official told Jane’s . Two test-firings were conducted in September last year.

The MPATGM is described by DRDL, which is the nodal agency for the development, as a “third-generation” anti-tank missile, measuring 1,300 mm in length and 120 mm in diameter, with a weight of 14.5 kg. The command launch unit (CLU) weighs 14.25 kg.

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Aero India 2019: Indian Nag ATGM to enter production by end-2019

Jayesh Dhingra, Bangalore - Jane's Missiles & Rockets

22 February 2019

Only taken them some 7+ years to get to this point...............

The Nag anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) is finally set to enter production by the end of 2019 as confirmed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Aero India 2019.

The system will undergo final summer user trials in May-June this year after it successfully completed its winter user trials in December 2018. The user trials commenced after a protracted period of validation tests, in part due to the performance of the imaging infrared (IIR) seeker head.

MSR Prasad, Director General of Missiles and Strategic Systems (MSS) DRDO, told Jane’s , “We have completed a series of developmental trials in the past three years under PROSPINA (Product Support and Product Improvement and Induction of Nag) mission mode project.

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Aimpoint awarded contract for Fire Control Systems by U.S. Armed Forces

March 11, 2019 by The Loadout Room 0 Comments



MALMÖ, Sweden – Aimpoint, the leading manufacturer and innovator of red dot sighting technology, has been awarded a USD 24 million firm, fixed-price contract for supply of the Aimpoint® FCS13-RE Fire Control System to the U.S. military. The system will be deployed as the primary Fire Control on the new M3-E1 MAAWS lightweight 84mm Carl Gustaf produced by SAAB Dynamics. The contract was awarded through Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS Inc.) via the DLA Tailored Logistics Support program.

The FCS13-RE is a direct view, Dynamic Universal Reflex Sight, which utilizes an integrated laser range finder and ballistic computer to give the gunner an aiming point corrected for range, type of munition, terrain angle, and environmental conditions. In addition to the 84mm Carl Gustaf, the system can also be utilized on other crew served weapons including 40 mm high velocity grenade launchers, and 12.7 mm (.50 caliber) heavy machine guns. The FCS13-RE provides a very high probability of first-shot hit on both stationary and moving targets at extended ranges and utilizes a very intuitive user control interface. The system can be enhanced with modular magnification and thermal imaging components and is compatible with all generations of military night vision equipment.

The selection of the Aimpoint FCS13-RE for use on the M3-E1 Carl Gustaf followed extensive tests and evaluations conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) headquartered at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

“Having delivered over one million M68CCO close combat optics to the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force since 1997, Aimpoint has proven to be a highly reliable supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces” said Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint Inc. “This latest contract for electronic Fire Control Systems shows that Aimpoint has continued to increase our technical capabilities, and to offer new cutting-edge products for use by our most prestigious military customers.”

“In combination with the new lightweight M3-E1 Carl Gustaf, the FCS13-RE greatly increases the lethality and survivability of troops in the field. The ability to quickly and accurately place the first shot directly on target with a high degree of certainty represents the true value of this system” said Thane Smith, Military Sales Director at Aimpoint Inc.

Deliveries of the Aimpoint FCS13-RE are scheduled for 2019. The system will be fielded by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Special Operations Command.
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[*] posted on 13-3-2019 at 01:29 PM


Lazar RALAS Yugoimport wheeled anti-tank missile carrier armored vehicle

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 12 MARCH 2019 18:05

The Serbian Company Yugoimport unveils its new Lazar/RALAS wheeled anti-tank missile carrier armored vehicle at IDEX 2019, the International Defense Exhibition that was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in February 2019. The system is mounted on the chassis of the Lazar 3 8x8 armored vehicle.


Yugoimport Lazar 3 RALAS at IDEX 2019, defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. February 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The new Lazar RALAS was developed to perform anti-tank missions using a new generation of on-line-of-sight missile dubbed RALAS also manufactured by Yugoimport. The vehicle is fitted with a weapon station armed with two launchers, each equipped with four containers.

The weapon station mounted on the Lazar 3 chassis has no traverse because the missile is automatically guided to the target by its seeker.

The Lazar RALAS is equipped with a fire control system which is used from inside of the vehicle to perform all firing operations. The onboard computers are connected to C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) systems to receive data about the targets and computes the missile flight.

The ground control station is located inside of the vehicle behind the driver seats. It consists of a screen, a switchboard, and a control joystick. The tactical situation and other Battle Management Systems (BMS) elements are shown on the screen during all the firing operations, and the image received from the homing head is displayed during the missile flight. The launcher platform and launching of missiles are controlled by the switchboard while the joystick is used to control the missile homing head. The missile has a maximum firing range of 9 km.

The Lazar Ralas has a crew of 12 including the driver, commander, and gunner. It offers protection against firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. The rear part of the vehicle can accommodate 9 infantrymen. The vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 800 km.
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[*] posted on 21-3-2019 at 09:18 AM


First successful firing test for MBDA Brimstone 3 surface-to-surface missile

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 20 MARCH 2019 15:30

Company MBDA has successfully performed a firing test with the Brimstone 3 surface-to-surface ultra-high precision missile system at the Vidsel Trials range in Sweden. Whilst enduring extreme weather conditions with temperatures below -30°C, the missile was surface launched against a pick-up truck target.


First firing test with a surface-to-surface version of MBDA Brimstone 3 missile. (Picture source MBDA)

All trials objectives were fully achieved with the missile proving, through a telemetry unit, full closed loop guidance with the seeker progressing into target acquisition and track.

Russell Jamieson, Chief Engineer, said: “The trial further proves Brimstone’s fully flexible platform approach, providing a “one missile, multiple platform” capability, for surface launch, fast jet, remotely piloted air systems (RPAS), attack helicopter, land and maritime platforms, all utilising the same missile. The result really was a tremendous success, and thanks to the hard work and determination of the whole team.”

The demonstrated surface to surface capability builds on the advanced guidance and targeting abilities developed during the Brimstone programme and from hundreds of successful operational firings against targets in structures, main battle tanks/armoured vehicles, maritime vessels, trucks, fast moving and manoeuvring cars/motorbikes and individual targets in the open.

Brimstone 3 is the product of the Brimstone Capability Sustainment Programme (CSP), announced in March 2018, that will provide new Brimstone missiles for the UK Armed Forces in order to replenish the country’s inventory and to maintain the UK’s battlefield edge into the future. It will also provide the ability to fully meet current and future export supply needs

The new-build Brimstone missiles will incorporate all of the improved functionalities offered by the spiral upgrades of Brimstone that have taken place over recent years which include the highly capable Dual Mode semi-active laser (SAL)/millimetric wave (mmW) seeker, enhanced autopilot, and the new insensitive munition compliant rocket motor and warhead, all combining to provide unique performance capabilities of Brimstone against the most challenging of targets. The new hardware standard will also enable the addition of further capability upgrades in the future.
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SOFINS 2019: Thales 68mm induction rocket system pod mounted on Hawkei vehicle

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 03 APRIL 2019 21:52

French Company Thales presents new pod of ground-to-ground 68mm rocket system mounted on FN Herstal remotely operated weapon system fitted on the roof of the Hawkei light protected vehicle. The Thales 68mm was developed to be used on helicopter as air-to-ground weapon system.


Thales 68mm induction rocket system mounted on FN Herstal remotely operated weapon station fitted on the roof of Hawkei light protected vehicle showed during SOFINS 2019, Special Forces Operations Equipment Exhibition near Bordeaux, France. April 3, 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The new generation of 68mm induction rocket system (IRS) was developed by TDA Armaments, 100% affiliated of Thales Group. IRS is a name for a product family of new generation guided missiles and unguided rockets, utilizing electronics and wireless technologies.

The TDA induction rocket systems offer a range of benefits for platform integrators and aircrews alike: simplified mechanical systems and logistics operations, fully adaptable loading configurations, in-flight programmable dual-mode rocket capability, fully integrated guided-rocket control, automatic identification of loaded rocket types, and a built-in health and usage monitoring system.

Induction rockets cannot be used as improvised explosive devices or fired by adversary rocket launchers. In addition, since activation does not require electric cables or physical connectors, foreign object damage to the platform is no longer an issue. The absence of cables and connectors around the munitions and the advanced digital launcher interface makes the load/unload process 100% tool-free.

The induction rocket can hit targets between from 500 m to 6,000 m. At SOFINS 2019, the pod mounted of the Hawkei vehicle has four launcher tubes each armed with one rocket. All the firing operations for the rocket launcher system is controlled by an operator console and control handle located inside of the vehicle, which is also used to operate the other weapons of the remotely operated turret.

At the rear of the roof of the vehicle, an additional container is used to store four additional rockets to reload the rockets pod mounted on the remotely operated weapon station.


Close view of the Thales pod of 68mm induction rocket system (IRS) mounted on FN Herstal remotely operated weapon station.
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[*] posted on 6-4-2019 at 02:37 PM


Georgia Receives All Javelin Missile Systems

(Source: Forecast International; issued April 04, 2019)

By Derek Bisaccio

Georgia has received all of the Javelin systems it ordered from the U.S., the Defense Minister of that country said.

In a speech to Parliament on April 4, 2019, Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria stated that Georgia has completed its purchase of the Javelin and the system has been delivered to Georgia. He had indicated earlier in 2019 that deliveries should be completed this year.

The U.S. State Department approved Georgia for the purchase of 410 Javelin missiles and 72 launch units in November 2017. A press release announcing the approval of the sale noted, The Javelin system will provide Georgia with increased capacity to meet its national defense requirements. The systems will boost Georgias anti-armor capabilities, allowing it to better defend against enemy tanks and armored vehicles.

Though the sale was small the State Department estimated the contract would be worth a total of $75 million it demonstrated deepening ties between the U.S. and Georgia, a nation that has sought NATO membership for years.

Georgia moved quickly to begin procurement after the approval of the sale. Deliveries were already being reported by early 2018 and some systems were on display in May of that year, confirming that a contract was in force.

According to the Georgian defense minister, besides the sale of the Javelins, the U.S. has also been providing assistance in repairing and modernizing helicopters. He said that, in 2019, the Georgian Defense Ministry had allocated GEL23 million (about $8.57 million) and the U.S. a similar amount, covering about GEL50 million ($18.62 million) for the Georgian helicopters.

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First order for FLETCHER Land Based Laser-Guided Rocket Launcher

POSTED ON MONDAY, 08 APRIL 2019 17:21

Arnold Defense, St Louis based manufacturer of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, is pleased to announce receipt of the first order for their unique FLETCHER Land Based, Laser-Guided Rocket Launcher.


All-terrain vehicle equipped with Fletcher 2.75-inch rocket launcher system. (Picture source Arnold Defense)

The FLETCHER2.75-inch/70mm weapon system was first unveiled just 18 months ago at DSEi in London. Since the launch, FLETCHER has been showcased at a number of international exhibitions, generating exceptional levels of interest whilst Arnold Defense have continued with an ongoing development and investment program to broaden and prove the systems already revolutionary capability.

With FLETCHER, Arnold Defense has made a bold departure from the traditional concept of use for 2.75-inch rocket systems; that of an area suppression weapon delivered by aviation assets. Arnolds evolution has FLETCHER using advanced rocket-guidance technology to utilize ground-based launch platforms, meeting the demands of modern, vehicle-mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare.

FLETCHERs unique design allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment. It employs an existing suite of guidance modules, rockets and warheads, already used in well-known programs and readily available to global forces. FLETCHER is supported by a team of global defense industry companies, collaborating under Arnold Defenses leadership to combine their complementary expertise.

The first customer for the FLETCHER system, who cannot yet be disclosed, has committed to purchasing FLETCHER due to the systems ability to accurately engage targets at a range of over 5km, with a 100% hit rate in recent test-firings. This first order is for an initial batch of launchers, with a larger order expected to follow once successful user trials and demonstrations have been completed.

Mike Brown, Vice President and COO of Arnold Defense said, Given that the FLETCHER concept was unveiled to the public only 18 months ago, Arnold Defense is delighted to have signed what we anticipate to be the first of many contracts for the supremely capableFLETCHER surface-based rocket launcher. He added, FLETCHER has generated huge interest globally with its unique capability to deliver organic, long-range precision firepower to even the smallest tactical element. It is great to see serious international interest now developing into firm orders.
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FNSS PARS 4x4 Anti-Tank Vehicle

(Source: FNSS; issued April 26, 2019)


The prototype of the PARS 4x4 anti-tank vehicle during its Turkish Army qualification trials. The vehicle is being exhibited by FNSS for the first time at the IDEF defense show, which opens today in Ankara. (FNSS photo)

The PARS 4x4 anti-tank, which has been developed by FNSS in line with the requirements of Turkish Land Forces Command, is poised to set new standards in the market, being equipped with features not found in any other vehicles in its class.

The prototype vehicle is currently at the final stage of the qualification process, and is being showcased at IDEF19.

The PARS 4x4 ANTI TANK was devised as a vehicle that relies on its firepower, speed and high manoeuvrability under all terrain conditions to destroy enemy tanks and other armoured units from a distance, and to engage secondary targets after rapidly changing positions. Drawing upon its vast experience and innovative approaches, FNSS has come up with a very special amphibious vehicle that is capable of meeting all of these challenging requirements at the same time.

Most noteworthy among the PARS 4x4 ANTI TANKs features is the positioning of its power pack at the rear of the vehicle, which keeps the cooling grate and exhaust on the upper section of the vehicle, allowing it to enter the water without prior preparation by installing a swim kit. And thus granting it with the best amphibious capabilities in its class. Moreover, the rear position of the power pack also allows the PARS 4x4 to manoeuvre at higher speeds. All these features, which can only be expected from a vehicle with its power pack located at the rear, grants the PARS 4x4 with critical capabilities in terms of leaving its position after firing and moving away from a threat zone.

The PARS 4x4 ANTI TANKs outstanding features can be listed as follows:

-- Mobility: The PARS 4x4 features an axle and steering system designed specially to reduce the turning radius. The long suspension movement range enhances the vehicles performance over adverse terrain. Although an amphibious vehicle, this feature engenders no concessions in the vehicles ballistic or mine protection.

-- Situational Awareness: The rear position of the power pack also confers the drivers position a wide field of view. Moreover, the vehicle also possesses additional camera systems for forward and rear views.

-- Survivability: PARS 4x4 has also been designed for superior ballistic and mine protection, and uses special armour materials for weight optimisation. The rear location of the power pack also helps reduce the vehicles thermal signature.

-- Weapon System: PARS 4x4 is fitted with Anti-Tank Remote Controlled Turret (ARCT) that has also been designed by FNSS. Having ballistic protection, the turret is equipped with two ready-to-fire anti-tank missiles and a 7.62 mm machine gun. The FNSS Remote-Controlled Anti-Tank Turret has successfully passed the design verification firing tests with KORNET and OMTAS missiles.

Developed as part of the Anti-Tank Vehicles (ATV) project conducted by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), PARS 4x4 will have its serial production launched as soon as the qualification tests are completed, with all deliveries under the ATV project expected to be completed in 2021.

K. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, emphasised that the PARS 4x4 marks a new era for anti-tank vehicles: FNSS closely follows both the developments and user requirements around the world, and we displayed the PARS 4x4 concept, which was a result of these efforts, for the first time at IDEF15. After signing a contract with the user, we prepared the concept, including the anti-tank turret, for qualification tests from scratch in a period of just 18 months.

As a result of this process, we have rolled out a vehicle that is peerless in the world. PARS 4x4, a tailor-made solution, stands as yet another evidence of FNSS engineering strength. With the introduction of PARS 4x4 into the inventory, we are certain that it will become a force multiplier that changes all the equations, first for Turkish Land Forces, and later for friendly and allied nations.

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Armadillo TA-2 70 mm rocket launcher set for qualification trials

Victor Barreira, Rio de Janerio - Jane's Missiles & Rockets

02 May 2019


The Armadillo TA-2 70 mm weapon system mounted on a modified M1152 HMMWV 44 tactical vehicle. Source: Victor Barreira

A prototype of the Armadillo TA-2 70 mm mobile tactical rocket launch system, which was developed by Brazilian privately owned company Mac Jee Indstria de Defesa, will undergo qualification at the Brazilian Army Evaluations Center (CAEx) in Rio de Janeiro later this year.

The activity will include mobility and fire testing.

The Armadillo TA-2 system was unveiled at LAAD Defence & Security 2019 exhibition in Rio de Janeiro in early April, where it was displayed mounted on a modified AM General M1152 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The weapon system is designed to installed on any new-build 44 tactical vehicles, or adapted to an existing type fielded by the customer.

The Armadillo TA-2 currently enables the launch of 70 mm unguided rocket variants developed by Indstria de Material Blico do Brasil (IMBEL) or Avibras Indstria Aeroespacial.

The TA-2 launch system includes a specifically designed mission enclosure body to accommodate a roof-mounted fully-retractable all-weather 360 launch platform; an aft-installed telescopic mast-mounted long-range electro-optical observation system, developed by SYT Technologies, comprising a high definition day camera, a thermal camera, and laser range finder (LRF) capable of designating targets out to 10 km; six smoke grenade launchers; mobile firing control system consisting of touch screen display fitted into a ruggedised console; an IMBEL Mallet TRC-1193V VHF tactical radio transceiver with integrated GPS, and associated antennae. A powered automatic levelling system, which was developed by SOLETEC, enables vehicle/system stabilisation during the launch phase.

The launch platform, which can be manually or remotely operated, is equipped with three rocket launch modules, each carrying 16 ready-to-fire 70 mm rocket ammunition. Another two loaded modules are stored inside the vehicle's ammunition compartment, which also features an automatic ammunition reloading system.

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IDEF 2019: Roketsan develops Cida missile for urban warfare

Lale Sariibrahimoglu, Ankara - Jane's Defence Weekly

03 May 2019



Turkish company Roketsan has completed the conceptual development and verification phase of its Cida missile project.

Designed for use in urban warfare, the shoulder-launched missile was displayed at the 14th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF), held in Istanbul between 30 April and 3 May.

Using semi-active laser guidance, Cida is intended to be a smart system that can be used at very short range, especially by troops who are facing ambush and improvised explosive devices in narrow streets, while avoiding collateral damage.

The 70 mm missile is 1 m long, weighs 7.5 kg, and has a range of 50750 m.

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MBDA Deutschland set to stand up Enforcer assembly line

Robin Hughes, London - Jane's Missiles & Rockets

03 May 2019



MBDA Deutschland is expected to finalise the development of a dedicated assembly line for the Enforcer weapon system at its headquarters facility in Schrobenhausen, southern Germany, later this year.

Enforcer a German-led multinational MBDA development programme is currently a candidate for the Bundeswehr Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+ requirement: a lightweight disposable day/night precision-guided shoulder-launched weapon system with an effective range of more than 1,800 m.

Launched in October 2018, Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+ provides for the acquisition of 3,100 munitions for the Bundeswehr Special Forces Command (Kommando Spezialkrfte KSK) with an in-service capability by 2022. Eurospike a joint venture between Diehl Defence GmbH, Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is also competing for the requirement with the Spike SR weapon system.

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Key features of Enforcer at a glance:

- Fire-and-forget missile system
- Range up to 2,000m
- High precision over full range
- Lock-on before launch (LOBL)
- Capability against lightly armoured and soft skinned targets
- Effect against targets behind cover through airburst capability
- Multi-effects warhead
- Enclosed space firing capability
- Lightweight (missile + launch tube < 9kg)
- Day and night operation
- System weight (sight and two munitions) < 20kg
- Missile weight < 7kg
- Modular architecture
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More on this.........

Roketsan unveils urban combat support weapon developments

Robin Hughes, London - Jane's Missiles & Rockets

22 May 2019


CIDA is a 90 mm short-range guided support weapon designed for operations in an urban combat environment. Roketsan describes the munition as an enhanced smart rocket. Source: Roketsan

Roketsan of Turkey has disclosed company-funded development of two new lightweight guided support weapon systems for combat operations in an urban environment: CIDA and Yatağan.

The company classifies the CIDA Weapon System as a cost-effective, low-collateral effects 'enhanced smart rocket' capability that "stands between an advanced guided missile and an unguided rocket". Designed to address the challenges of "topographic uncertainties of the combat area, and the rapid movement of threats during urban operations", CIDA is a 90 mm very short-range command to line-of-sight support weapon optimised for the dismounted infantry role.

Weighing 7.5 kg, 100 cm in length, and with a stated range of 50-750 m, the CIDA munition is equipped with a mid-body, centre-axis, single folding wing assembly, and a deployable cruciform aft actuator package. The munition is boosted from a disposable 100 mm launch tube equipped with a soft-launch mechanism; the main rocket motor is subsequently activated to deliver an engagement speed of about 100 m/s. The CIDA launch tube is also furnished with a clip-on, re-usable smart weapon sight, the classification of which was not disclosed. The munition also features an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and semi-active laser (SAL) seeker for precision engagement with circular error probable (CEP) accuracy of 5 m.

Lethality alternatives include thermobaric, multi-purpose (blast fragmentation, incendiary, and armour piercing) and high-explosive blast fragmentation warhead options, each weighing about 2.5 kg.

The other development, designated Yatağan (derived from the Turkish name for an Ottoman-era sword), is a 40 mm guided munition designed to be fired from existing and new-generation 40 mm grenade launchers.

Described by Roketsan as a "laser-guided miniature missile system", Yatağan is designed for the precision engagement of 'snipers, group targets, and reinforcement elements' in an urban environment where the use of unguided munitions, for example grenade-launchers at short range, is inaccurate and/or delivers undesired collateral effects.

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German Army completes Spike firing campaign

Nicholas Fiorenza, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

03 June 2019

The German Army completed a firing campaign with the Spike long-range (LR) missile, designated by the Bundeswehr as the Mehrrollenfhige Leichte Lenkflugkrpersystem (Multirole-capable Light Anti-tank Missile System: MELLS), Rafael announced in a 3 June press release.


The German Army completed a firing campaign with the Spike missile, designated the Mehrrollenfhige Leichte Lenkflugkrpersystem (Multirole-capable Light Anti-tank Missile System: MELLS) by the Bundeswehr. (EuroSpike)

During the campaign, 54 missiles were fired from the Spike Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU), which includes a new digital user interface. It included firing missiles beyond line of sight at targets hidden behind cover, targeting in mid-flight, in total darkness in infrared mode, and in day mode under adverse weather conditions in heavy rain and strong winds, Rafael reported. All 54 missiles hit their targets, the company added.

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Estonia orders Spike

Nicholas Fiorenza, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

21 June 2019

The Estonian Ministry of Defence (MoD) tweeted on 20 June that it had signed a framework agreement with Eurospike to procure Spike anti-tank guided missiles and ammunition for EUR40 million (over USD45 million). The agreement also covers training and maintenance.

The initial procurement will include 18 Spike launchers and ammunition. The Baltic News Service (BNS) press agency reported that the seven-year agreement includes the option of buying additional units. The weapons will be delivered to the Estonian Defence Forces beginning in the third quarter of 2020 and will be used by infantry brigade anti-tank companies, according to BNS.

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[*] posted on 25-6-2019 at 11:01 AM


Javelin missile flight test from JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

Posted On Monday, 24 June 2019 15:59

American Company Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, along with several industry partners, participated in a successful Javelin anti-tank missile flight test from a Kongsberg remote weapon station on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at the Redstone Test Center in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.


Oshkosh Defense JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle fitted with a Kongsberg turret armed with Javelin anti-tank missile. (Picture source Oshkosh Defense)

This successful demonstration further solidifies the importance of the JLTVs position within the current combat fleet formation, said George Mansfield, Vice President and General Manager of Joint Programs at Oshkosh Defense. The JLTV is the only light tactical vehicle on the field today that can maneuver within combat formations, hauling critical weaponry and equipment quickly across complex terrain, all while keeping our troops safe and protected.

This demonstration represents the first-time firing of both the Javelin and the Northrup Grumman lightweight 30mm cannon through a remotely operated weapon station on the Oshkosh Defense JLTV.

The Javelin is an anti-tank, guided munition and surveillance weapon system made by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin.

Distinguished US military guests, as well as guests from multiple allied nations, were able to attend and observe this special event.
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And a week ago, we had SPIKE going through its first test firing on a JLTV......

First firing of Spike LR missile from Oshkosh JLTV

Posted On Tuesday, 18 June 2019 10:19

The firing took place in Slovenia as part 16th annual Spike Missile Users Club conference.


First firing of a Spike LR missile from an Oshkosh JLTV (Picture source: Rafael)

For the 16th year in a row, the Spike Users Club has gathered, this time in Slovenia. The Spike missile Users Club Meeting (SUCM) was founded by the Spike user nations in June 2003, and has become a unique platform for the nations to share their knowledge and experience in using the Spike missiles, discuss lessons learned in maintenance and live-firings in training, as well as tactical lessons in combat. Developed and produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Spike is a 5th generation, precise electro-optical missile in use today by 31 nations (18 of which are EU and NATO members). More than 5,500 Spike missiles have already been fired around the world, both in training and in combat.

The Users conference has also been an excellent platform for maintaining the nations interoperability, thanks to the missile and launcher cross-nation commonality, enabling the nations to manage joint SPIKE missile stockpiles, joint procurement and mutual support in supply, in the case of long-lasting conflicts.

Each year, the SUCM is jointly organized by NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency) and by a different host user-nation. This year in Slovenia, the SUCM included dozens of Spike User delegations as well as observer nations that participated for internal study purposes. As usual, the last day of the conference included an industrial day in which leading European SMEs involved in the Spike missile supply chain, such as Eurospike and other leading platform OEMs such as Rheinmetall and others presented their capabilities.

During the conference, the well-experienced Slovenian Army launched two Spike missiles, both from a portable launcher as well as for the first time ever from an Oshkosh JLTV vehicle, which was integrated with Rafaels Mini MLS Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS), which includes a Spike vehicle-mounted missile launcher. The two Spike missiles hit their target precisely (both in IR and day mode). In addition, the innovative Firefly miniature close combat loitering munition was demonstrated, extracted from a canister by the maneuvering infantry, in vertical takeoff, and engaging targets beyond-line-of-sight.

Slovenian National Armament Director, Mr. eljko Kralj: We are extremely pleased to have hosted the 16th SUCM in Slovenia. Personally, I have never seen Spike LR firing before. Spike LR is one of the key weapon systems operated by the Slovenian Armed Forces and certainly the most precise against long-range armored and other targets. This is the first time our soldiers have fired Spike missiles from an enclosure and from Rafael's RCWS mounted on JLTV Oshkosh, and of course, I am delighted that both missiles hit the target. Slovenia is to establish a medium-sized infantry battalion group, which will include an anti-armor platoon equipped with 4x4 JLTVs with an integrated RCWS. After I have seen Spike in action today, I am very pleased with the efficiency and efficacy of the system itself and how it has functioned when mounted on the JLTV.

Moshe Elazar, Executive Vice President and Head Rafaels Land Division noted that the existence of the Spike Users Club is a great honor for Rafael, and a show of confidence in the SPIKE. "We thank all the delegations for coming and particularly NSPA and our Slovenian partners for their warm hospitality, high level of professionalism and great cooperation."


First firing of a Spike LR missile from an Oshkosh JLTV (Picture source: Rafael)
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[*] posted on 27-6-2019 at 01:40 PM


Saab and FMV Sign Framework Agreement for Carl-Gustaf M4

(Source: Saab; issued June 26, 2019)



Saab has signed a framework agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide the Swedish Armed Forces with Carl-Gustaf M4. The framework agreement will allow FMV to place orders during a ten-year period. An initial order for Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons, of approximately MSEK 330, has been placed with deliveries taking place during 2020-2023.

Since 1948, the Carl-Gustaf multi-purpose weapon system has been supporting dismounted infantry around the world in dealing with a full range of battlefield challenges. The new version, Carl-Gustaf M4, launched in 2014, 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.

In 2018, FMV placed the first order to provide the Swedish Armed Forces with the latest version of the Carl-Gustaf system. The framework agreement recently signed is the beginning of larger investments in the system, to eventually have the entire Swedish Armed Forces equipped with the Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon along with upgrades for ammunition and accessories.

The framework agreement allows FMV to make quick and cost-effective purchasing on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces with a minimum of red tape. In addition, the Estonian and Latvian Armed Forces are also allowed to purchase under this framework agreement.

We are happy to announce that the Swedish Armed Forces, the first and original user of the Carl-Gustaf system, have decided to modernize their shoulder-fired support-weapon capability. This order will provide the Swedish soldiers with the most modern support weapons, ammunition, and accessories, says Grgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

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. Since the launch in 2014, Saab has signed contracts with eleven different nations for the Carl-Gustaf M4.

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.

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