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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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[*] posted on 20-2-2019 at 03:31 PM


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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[*] posted on 20-2-2019 at 11:04 PM


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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[*] posted on 11-3-2019 at 11:45 PM


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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