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[*] posted on 1-7-2019 at 08:50 PM


India to drop Spike antitank missile purchase plan, again

Posted On Monday, 01 July 2019 08:48

According to the Times of Israel, India may be ready to cancel its planned purchase of Israeli-made anti-tank missiles, once again. New Delhi had planned to place a $500 million deal for the Spike made by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. If true, this is the second time India will have abandoned this deal.


Firing of a Spike missile by a Belgian army team (Picture source: Rafael/Belgian MoD)

The Israeli government reportedly has been informed of this contract termination. Instead, India will acquire a missile from the state-run Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO). India plans to put this new missile into production within two years.

Israel and India trade some $5 billion annually, with the majority of the deals in arms and diamonds, the Times of Israel reports. Last year, Israel and India signed a $2 billion military arms deal, which includes the supply over several years of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers, and communications technology.
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[*] posted on 5-7-2019 at 10:56 AM


Serbia to get new Malyutka 2 missiles

Christopher F Foss, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

04 July 2019



The Serbian Military Technical Institute (MTI) has confirmed to Jane’s that development of two new versions of the Malyutka anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) has been completed and will enter service with the Serbian Army later this year.

The first one to enter service will be the Malyutka 2F, which is fitted with a thermobaric warhead that is said by MIT to be equivalent to 8 kg of TNT and highly effective against dug-in infantry. The second will be the Malyutka 2T, which is fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead that is claimed to be able to penetrate 800 mm of conventional steel armour protected by explosive reactive armour (ERA).

Both of these Malyutka ATGWs have a maximum range of up to 3,000 m. Guidance can be via the older, manual command to line-of sight (MCLOS) method or via the more recent semi-automatic command to line-of sight (SACLOS) mode, with commands to the missile from the launcher being made through a radio frequency channel rather than the weapon being wire-guided.

In addition to being deployed in a conventional ground-based configuration, Serbia has deployed earlier versions of these ATGWs, which are based on a Russian design, on a dedicated BOV 4×4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) and BVP M80 series infantry fighting vehicles (IFV).

MIT has also confirmed that development of the Malyutka 2T5 ATGW, which features a more powerful HEAT warhead, is still under way. MIT claims this weapon, which is much longer and needs a longer launch rail, will penetrate up to 1,000 mm of armour protected by ERA and can reach targets out to a range of 5,000 m. Using its SACLOS guidance system, all the operator has to do is keep the system’s sight on the target until missile impact.

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India’s Nag ATGM ready for series production, says MoD

Gabriel Dominguez, London and Rahul Bedi, New Delhi - Jane's Defence Weekly

22 July 2019


A Nag ATGM being launched from a NAMICA vehicle during trials conducted between 7 and 18 July at Pokhran. The Nag is ready to enter series production, according to the Indian MoD. Source: Via DRDO

India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 19 July that the locally developed Nag (Snake) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) is ready to enter series production after the Indian Army (IA) successfully completed summer user trials with the 'third-generation' fire-and-forget weapon.

"Completion of summer user trials will now pave the way for production and induction of the missile system into the army," said the MoD in a statement from the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB), adding that New Delhi had already granted 'acceptance of necessity' in April 2018 to fast-track the procurement of the ATGM.

The trials were conducted between 7 and 18 July in firing ranges at Pokhran in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan, and included six "missions" that were conducted "under extreme temperature conditions", said the MoD. All of the tested missiles met the mission objectives, "including minimum range, maximum range, in direct attack as well as top attack modes, and achieved a direct hit onto the target", it added.

The MoD also released video footage showing that the tested missiles were launched from the tracked Nag Missile Carrier (NAMICA) vehicle, which is capable of carrying up to six Nag ATGMs.

Developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) the Nag ATGM, which also cleared winter user trials in February 2019, has been developed to engage "highly fortified enemy tanks in all weather conditions with day-and-night capabilities and with a minimum range of 500 metres and maximum range of four kilometres", according to the MoD.

The Nag missile system, which uses a locally developed, high-resolution imaging infrared seeker in 'lock-on-before-launch mode', has been under development since the 1980s by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) - part of the DRDO - to meet the operational requirements of the IA for both a vehicle- and a helicopter-launched anti-tank weapon system.

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Dynamit Nobel Defence to begin RGW 110 firing trials in 2020

Robin Hughes, London - Jane's Missiles & Rockets

30 August 2019


Image of the prototype RGW 110 single-use shoulder-launched weapon system equipped with a reuseable Hensoldt Dynahawk fire-control system Source: Dynamit Nobel Defence

Dynamit Nobel Defence (DND) is expected to begin preliminary firing trials of its prototype 110 mm calibre Recoilless Grenade Weapon (RGW) 110 shoulder-fired disposable single-use weapon system in 2020, following achievement of the full system- integration milestone at the end of this year.

"We are currently nearing the end of full system prototype development phase of the RGW 110," Sebastian Bent, regional sales director, DND, told Jane's . "We are ready on the component level: development of the launch tube is finalised, the 110 mm calibre warhead is in final development, and by the beginning of next year we will have an all-up baseline weapon prototype that is ready for firing trials," he added.

The RGW 110 extends the calibre of the RGW family - currently in 60 mm and 90 mm warhead variants - to a 110 mm calibre variant which, in its baseline offering, will be furnished with a high-explosive anti-tank/high-explosive squash head (HEAT/HESH ) warhead. The RGW 110 development also signals the beginning of the transition of DND's 110 mm calibre warhead-variant offerings away from the Panzerfaust model and into the RGW design.

Weighing 10 kg, measuring 100 cm in length, and with an effective range of between 600 m and 800 m, the RGW 110 is essentially an ergonomically improved and performance-upgraded evolution of, and direct successor to, the DND 110 mm Panzerfaust 3 family of single-shot shoulder-launched weapon systems. "We've taken the 110 mm Panzerfaust HEAT/HESH warhead, shortened and upgraded it - while maintaining its performance - and put it inside an ergonomically enhanced 110 mm launch tube. So essentially you have a Panzerfaust in its newest version, which is more than 3 kg lighter [and] more balanced, with greater accuracy and longer range," said Bent.

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MBDA unveils surface-launched Brimstone platform concepts

Robin Hughes, London - Jane's Missiles & Rockets

03 September 2019


Computer-generated image of a cassette of six Brimstone precision strike missiles on a Milrem Robotics Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) UGV. Source: MBDA

European missile systems house MBDA has unveiled two new high load-out, salvo-fire, surface-to-surface missile platform concepts designed to exploit the anti-armour capabilities of the Brimstone precision strike missile.

Equipped with dual-mode (millimetric wave radar - MMW/ semi-active laser - SAL) - seeker, Brimstone is a 180 mm 50 kg class effector originally conceived to engage static and manoeuvring targets in an air-to-surface role. MBDA has subsequently extensively trialled the weapon system for surface-launched applications from land and naval platforms in line with its 'one missile, multiplatform' initiative.

Brimstone is the primary air-to-surface armament on the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 swing-role combat aircraft, and will also be integrated on the RAF's future Protector RG Mk1 remotely piloted air system (RPAS); additionally, the missile is a candidate for the primary air-to-ground munition to equip the British Army's AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter. The Brimstone capability for all platforms will be drawn from a common stockpile in line with the provisions of MBDA's Portfolio Management Agreement (PMA) with the UK Ministry of Defence.

MBDA, using internal research and development (IRAD) funding, has now developed a cassette of six Brimstone missiles on a modular elevating launcher for use with unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), to provide an autonomous, all-weather, all-terrain, high-volume precision effects capability against all known defensive aid suite (DAS)-equipped heavy armour. The company is expected to showcase this solution at DSEI installed on a Milrem Robotics Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).

The integration, which adds an approximately 400 kg payload to the UGV, is the intended advantage of the high off-boresight agility of the Brimstone missile to avoid the complexity of rotating turrets.

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[*] posted on 4-9-2019 at 07:14 PM


Just out of interest in what environment is that Indian soldiers camouflage supposed to be effective ?
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Just out of interest in what environment is that Indian soldiers camouflage supposed to be effective ?



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[*] posted on 5-9-2019 at 09:14 AM


MSPO 2019: PGZ unveils missile carrier vehicles for Ottokar Brzoza programme

Mark Cazalet, Kielce - Jane's Defence Weekly

04 September 2019


A missile carrier vehicle on the BWP-1 platform. IHS Markit/Mark Cazalet

PGZ has unveiled two new missile carrier vehicle concepts with four different possible base platforms for the Polish Ottokar Brzoza tank destroyer programme at the 2019 International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO being held in Kielce, Poland, from 3 to 6 September.

The two missile launcher types on display are a box-shaped missile turret housing 12 missiles developed by Wojskowe Zaklady Motoryzacyjne (WZM) and two individually elevating launch stations with four missiles each developed by Wojskowe Zaklady Uzbrojenia (WZU). The former is shown on the modified BWP-1, the Polish domestic variant of the BMP-1, and the universal modular tracked platform (UMPG) chassis developed by OBRUM.

The eight-missile launcher arrangement is only shown on a modified K9P chassis built by HSW, but a representative of WZU, part of the PGZ consortium, stated that it was also being offered on the Opal chassis, the Polish domestically produced variant of the MT-LBu carrier with a modified hull.

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MSPO 2019: MBDA Brimstone anti-tank missile for new tank destroyer of Polish army

Posted On Wednesday, 04 September 2019 18:43

During MSPO 2019, PGZ Companies of Poland and MBDA from United Kingdom have signed a statement of co-operation to confirm readiness to co-operate on offering this solution to Poland and export markets, recognizing the combination of MBDA’s Brimstone missile with PGZ’s armored vehicle expertise offers the best solution for Poland’s Tank Destroyer requirement from a military capability, sovereignty and industrial perspective.


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Sebastian Chwałek, Deputy CEO of PGZ, said: “We are growing our co-operation with MBDA into new areas. We have agreed on the ways of offering those solutions in export markets. By combining our competences with the experience of our British partners, we are able to achieve a lot and deliver the most modern solutions to both Polish and allied armed forces.”

Adrian Monks, MBDA Sales Director in Poland, said: “Pairing the combat-proven MBDA Brimstone missile with the diverse range of current and future Polish platforms provides the ability to deliver rapid military capability for Poland and for wider markets, whilst strengthening our co-operation with PGZ Group on missiles.”

The most important part of the Joint Statement of Co-operation is MBDAs’ declaration that Brimstone missile technology and know-how will be transferred to PGZ, with MESKO SA responsible for missile production. This co-operation is another field of the business relationship developed on the strategic co-operation between PGZ companies and MBDA.

The flexibility of the integration solution and ease of integration with the existing Polish targeting systems makes it flexible to be installed onto or within multiple Polish platforms, including those from WZM SA, HSW SA and Obrum, in any configuration and number of missiles.

The development comes in response to Poland’s requirement for a Tank Destroyer able to counter massed armor formations. With its long-range, all-weather performance, ability to defeat active protection systems (APS), salvo-firing and moving target capability, Brimstone is uniquely able to meet this challenge.

The system is capable of engaging line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight targets, with a choice of engagement modes using digital targeting data provided over standard secure military networks fully interoperable with NATO.
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MBDA Showcases Tank Destroyer Vehicle with PGZ at MSPO 2019

(Source: MBDA; issued September 04, 2019)


MBDA’s Brimstone missile can be fitted to different armored vehicles that PGZ is proposing to meet the Polish Army’s tank destroyer requirement; it is seen here in two six-missile cells mounted on a Russian BMP-1 chassis. (MBDA photo)

MBDA and PGZ have unveiled at MSPO 2019 a Tank Destroyer armed with the Brimstone precision strike missile.

PGZ Companies and MBDA also signed a statement of co-operation at MSPO to confirm readiness to co-operate on offering this solution to Poland and export markets, recognising the combination of MBDA’s Brimstone missile with PGZ’s armoured vehicle expertise offers the best solution for Poland’s Tank Destroyer requirement from a military capability, sovereignty and industrial perspective.

Sebastian Chwałek, Deputy CEO of PGZ, said: “We are growing our co-operation with MBDA into new areas. We have agreed on the ways of offering those solutions in export markets. By combining our competences with the experience of our British partners, we are able to achieve a lot and deliver the most modern solutions to both Polish and allied armed forces.”

Adrian Monks, MBDA Sales Director in Poland, said: “Pairing the combat-proven MBDA Brimstone missile with the diverse range of current and future Polish platforms provides the ability to deliver rapid military capability for Poland and for wider markets, whilst strengthening our co-operation with PGZ Group on missiles.”

The most important part of the Joint Statement of Co-operation is MBDAs’ declaration that Brimstone missile technology and know-how will be transferred to PGZ, with MESKO SA responsible for missile production. This co-operation is another field of the business relationship developed on the strategic co-operation between PGZ companies and MBDA.

The flexibility of the integration solution and ease of integration with the existing Polish targeting systems makes it flexible to be installed onto or within multiple Polish platforms, including those from WZM SA, HSW SA and Obrum, in any configuration and number of missiles.

The development comes in response to Poland’s requirement for a Tank Destroyer able to counter massed armour formations. With its long-range, all-weather performance, ability to defeat active protection systems (APS), salvo-firing and moving target capability, Brimstone is uniquely able to meet this challenge.

The system is capable of engaging line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight targets, with a choice of engagement modes using digital targeting data provided over standard secure military networks fully interoperable with NATO.

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MBDA Teams with PGZ to Deliver Missile-Carrying Tank Destroyers

By News Desk - Sep 4, 2019



MBDA and the Polish defense enterprise PGZ have unveiled at MSPO 2019 two configurations of tracked tank destroyers armed with Brimstone precision strike missiles. The initiative comes in response to Poland’s requirement for a Tank Destroyer able to counter massed armor formations on its Eastern border with Russia. The Polish Army currently operates BRDM-2 wheeled vehicles carrying four 9P133 Malyutka (Sagger) remotely controlled anti-tank missiles.

These vehicle and missiles are both considered obsolete, as the engage targets at short range (up to three kilometers) and require continuous guidance, making the launch platform extremely vulnerable. The tank destroyer destined to replace these assets would be able to engage targets beyond line-of-sight and at extended range, thus covering a larger area with improved survivability and combat effectiveness. HSW and Obrum have both announced plans to compete for this opportunity.

The two variants introduced with the recent announcement include tracked vehicles carrying 12-24 missiles in self-contained launch modules carrying multiple missiles. One platform is the BWP-1, based on a locally modernized BMP-1 Puma modernized infantry fighting vehicle. This vehicle carries one launch module containing two stacks of six missiles (for a total of 12 missiles). The launcher is elevated before launch, providing optimal position for line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight engagement.


The BWP-1 tank destroyer platform proposed by PGZ carries 12 Brimstone missiles. Photo: MBDA

Another platform provided by HSW SA and Obrun is the K9 chassis used with the Krab self-propelled howitzer. This larger vehicle accommodates three launch modules containing eight missiles each (for a total 24 missile count). The missiles rely on targeting data relayed to the vehicle over standard secure military networks, fully interoperable with NATO. The Brimstone supports long-range, all-weather performance, against stationary and moving targets. It has the ability to defeat targets defended by active protection systems (APS), by using salvo-firing.

According to MBDA, the flexible integration and ease of integration with the existing Polish targeting systems make multiple types of Polish platforms available for the Brimstone integration in various configurations. These including platforms from WZM SA, HSW SA, and Obrum.

“Pairing the combat-proven MBDA Brimstone missile with the diverse range of current and future Polish platforms provides the ability to deliver rapid military capability for Poland and for wider markets, whilst strengthening our co-operation with PGZ Group on missiles.” Adrian Monks, MBDA Sales Director in Poland, said. On that occasion, PGZ Companies and MBDA have signed a statement of co-operation to confirm readiness to co-operate on offering this solution to Poland and export markets.

Under the agreement, MBDAs is ready to transfer Brimstone missile technology and know-how to Poland, with MESKO SA to be responsible for missile production.

According to Monks, Brimstone’s flexible platform approach provides armed forces users with a “one missile, multiple platform” capability, for surface launch, fast jet, remotely piloted air systems (RPAS), attack helicopter, land, and maritime platforms, all utilizing the same missile.

Widely used in recent combat by coalition forces in Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan, Brimstone has proved to deliver effective, surgical strikes in time and collateral critical missions.
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MSPO 2019: New ATGW Offerings in Poland

At MSPO 2019 in Kielce two Polish companies proposed concepts for new anti-tank guided weapons (ATGW) which in the future may be offered both to the Polish Army – including the Territorial Army – and foreign customers.

WITU (Wojskowy Instytut Techniczny Uzbrojenia) from Zielonka presented a mock-up of a tandem-warhead MOSKIT-LR ATGW which is designed as an efficient weapon against amoured targets, including modern MBTs and AIFVs. It is considered a cheaper alternative to Rafael’s SPIKE missiles, which are produced under license by MESKO from Skarżysko Kamienna.

According to WITU, it can penetrate up to 700mm rolled homogenous armour (RHA) – a capability already tested. Its declared range is 4km, although this can be increased to 8km if a more powerful warhead and better target systems are installed. The MOSKIT is equipped with an opto-electronic warhead with day/night sensors. WITU intends to offer two firing modes – ‘fire-and-forget’ and semi-automatic, in which operator flight corrections are made via optical fibre. MOSKIT-LR is designed as a lightweight solution: total launcher weight 15kg. A target/sight device weighs in at 8 kg, and a tripod at 3kg.

A more mature system is the PIRAT, under development by Mesko and CRW Telesystem-Mesko. It has already undergone some field tests, which confirmed the effectiveness of the guidance system, based on indigenously-designed digital sensors and the LPC-1 laser target designator. The laser beam is coded and compatible with NATO standards. LCP-1 is a multipurpose solution which can be used to designate targets for other systems, such as aircraft or artillery. During recent tests, two PIRAT missiles were fired. It has a top-attack capability, according to the manufacturer – a new feature for Polish systems. PIRAT’s declared range is 2.5km and it can penetrate up to 500mm RHA.

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WITU’s MOSKIT is on offer as a concept for which several capabilities – including armour penetration – have already been tested. (Photo: Robert Czulda)

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MBDA Showcases Brimstone Application on Milrem Robotics’ Unmanned Ground Vehicle

(Source: MBDA; issued Sept. 09, 2019)


Using digital targeting data provided by the remote operator over standard secure military networks, MBDA says the system will be capable of engaging line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight targets. (MBDA photo)

MBDA has unveiled at DSEI 2019 how the Brimstone precision strike missile can equip unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to serve as an organic force-multiplier for the tactical commander. This development, utilising the Milrem Robotics THeMIS UGV, adds to Brimstone’s ‘One Missile, Multi-Platform’ versatility.

Carrying six Brimstone missiles per UGV, the development comes in response to the British Army’s ‘Prototype Warfare’ drive, which includes a renewed need to counter massed armour formations in high-intensity warfare and to ‘fight differently’. Such operational requirements demand long-range, all-weather performance, ability to defeat all-known defensive aid suits (DAS), salvo-firing and moving target capability. Brimstone is uniquely able to meet these challenges.

The THeMIS is a versatile and robust unmanned system with low noise and heat signatures that can negotiate demanding terrains while keeping the operator in a safe distance.

Using digital targeting data provided by the remote operator over standard secure military networks, the system will be capable of engaging line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight targets, with a choice of radar and SAL (semi-active laser) engagement modes.

Andy Allen, MBDA UK Head of Land Domain Sales and Business Development said: “This cassette magazine, with its high weapon loadout, is optimised to counter mass armour. Pairing the combat-proven MBDA Brimstone missile with a flexible and mission deployed UGV such as the Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS provides the tactical commander with the capability to rapidly and remotely deliver high volumes of precision anti-armour effects, importantly in all weathers, against all known DAS and at extended ranges. This land vehicle adds to the Brimstone suite of platforms (fast jet, rotary, RPAS) and underscores its ‘One Missile, Multi-Platform’ versatility.”

The modular elevating launcher has a high load-out to provide the assurance of immediate fire support for multiple targets. The integration solution will take advantage of the high off-boresight agility of the Brimstone missile to avoid the complexity of rotating turrets.

General (retd) Riho Terras, President of the Defence Division at Milrem Robotics said: “The THeMIS has proven itself as a reliable and robust vehicle in very difficult conditions, e.g. in Mali during Operation Barkhane. Combining it with the anti-armour capability of MBDA’s Brimstone shows how existing and proven systems can work seamlessly together with novel technology. It is our aim and privilege to work with strong and innovative partners on creating new warfare systems based on the THeMIS.”

Integrating Brimstone to THeMIS follows on from previous work to fit the MMP missile to the UGV. The two weapons offer complementary solutions for delivering organic/battery-level precision anti-armour effects at medium and extended ranges.

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Kongsberg Displays Remote Weapon Station on Unmanned Ground Vehicle

(Source: Kongsberg A/S; issued Sept 06, 2019)


A TITAN Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), featuring QinetiQ UGV control technology on a Milrem Robotics THeMIS mobility platform was used in the firing demonstration of a Javelin anti-tank missile and a .50 caliber machine-gun. (Kongsberg photo)

In June this year, Kongsberg proved their innovative capabilities by firing a remotely controlled Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin missile from a Protector Remote Weapon Station on an Unmanned Ground Vehicle. The event took place at Redstone Test Center, Alabama, USA.

A TITAN Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), featuring QinetiQ UGV control technology on a Milrem Robotics THeMIS mobility platform was used in the demonstration. Javelin and .50 caliber machine gun were fired, remotely and wireless, from a Protector Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS). Video from the missile and RWS, as well as control and firing signals was transferred on a secure circuit over radio.

This was also the first combined Javelin and M230LF 30mm cannon firing from a single RWS, as the event also featured the Northrup Grumman M230LF (30mm X 113mm) cannon. The Kongsberg LW30 RWS was mounted on an Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

This event is nothing short of ground-breaking. The customers have been consistent in their demand for wireless capability and for increased lethality like Anti-Tank Guided Missile Integration. Our ability to integrate our partners’ quality systems into common interfaces was essential to this demonstration’s success.

“The combination of a wireless and remotely controlled weapon system, integrated on an unmanned vehicle, introduces capabilities that will secure our soldiers mission and safety to an even greater extent,” said Pĺl Bratlie, Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.

At DSEI 2019, the Milrem Robotics’ 5th generation THeMIS UGV integrated with a Protector RWS Javelin, will be displayed at the Kongsberg stand.

Combing unmanned ground vehicles with modern weapon systems will bring disruptive capabilities to the battlefield. Milrem Robotics has experienced this effect already with several Armies using the THeMIS with an integrated heavy machine gun. Adding such a capable antitank missile as the Javelin will significantly increase the disruptive effect, said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.

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Poland to get BMP-1 based tank destroyers

Posted On Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:14

Poland’s army will receive a new tank destroyer on the chassis of the BWP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (a licensed copy of the Soviet BMP-1 land platform), according to the press department of European missile-manufacturing corporation MBDA.


Tank destroyer based on the chassis of the BWP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (Picture source: Army Recognition)

At the MSPO 2019 international defense show held in Kielce (Poland) on September 3-6, MBDA and Polish defence industrial conglomerate PGZ (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa) signed a joint statement of cooperation on the Polish tank destroyer program. "PGZ Companies and MBDA signed a statement of co-operation to confirm readiness to co-operate on offering this solution to Poland and export markets, recognizing the combination of MBDA’s Brimstone missile with PGZ’s armoured vehicle expertise offers the best solution for Poland’s Tank Destroyer requirement from a military capability, sovereignty and industrial perspective," said the press department of MBDA.

According to the company, the enterprises will develop a tank destroyer that will be capable of countering large tank formations in line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight modes. The new land platform will be armed with the Brimstone guided missiles developed by MBDA. "With its long-range, all-weather performance, ability to defeat active protection systems, salvo-firing and moving target capability, Brimstone is uniquely able to meet this challenge," said a spokesperson for the concern.

The tank destroyer is planned to carry a number of Polish-made optical-electronic subsystems that have already been mounted on the combat vehicles operated by the Polish military.

MBDA is planning to supply Poland with technologies to locally produce Brimstones, with Mesko S.A. (a subsidiary of PGZ) being responsible for licensed production. "This co-operation is another field of the business relationship developed on the strategic co-operation between PGZ companies and MBDA," said a spokesperson for the European company.

According to MBDA, the Brimstone guided missile weighs 50 kg, has a diameter of 180 mm and is 1.80 m long. It has been fitted with a combined guidance system (a millimetric wave radar plus semi-active laser seeker) and a tandem-shaped multipurpose warhead. The manufacturer does not detail the Brimstone’s armor-piercing capabilities, saying only that the missile "defeats all known conventional and [explosive] reactive armor".

According to MBDA, the Brimstone has seen action during the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

At the MSPO 2019, PGZ unveiled a demonstrator of the new tank destroyer, which was mounted on the chassis of the BWP-1 IFV. The vehicle was armed with two separate containers with six ready-to-use Brimstones in each. The new platform received a remotely operated weapon station with a 12.7 mm heavy machinegun and six smoke grenade launchers.

The European missile manufacturer also demonstrated a concept of a Brimstone-loaded tank destroyer on a new tracked chassis. However, the variant on the BWP-1 is supposed to enter the serial production stage. It should be mentioned that neither MBDA nor PGZ disclosed any information about the tank destroyer’s development schedule.

Despite Poland’s recent efforts to introduce new land systems in large quantities, it is the BWP-1 that forms the backbone of the country’s mechanized troops. According to the Military Balance 2018 analytical report, the Polish land force operates 1,277 BWP-1s and only 600 Rosomak (licensed copy of Finland’s Patria IFV) armored fighting vehicles.
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[*] posted on 20-9-2019 at 06:12 PM


German Court of Auditors Faults €420M Bundeswehr Missile Purchase

(Source: Defense-Aerospace.com; posted Sept. 19, 2019)


The PARS-3 missiles were developed by Germany to be used as weapons for the Tiger attack helicopter after the TRIGAT-LR trinational program imploded when Britain and France pulled out and instead bought US missiles off the shelf. (Bundeswehr photo)

PARIS --- Germany’s Court of Audit has recommended scrapping an order for 680 PARS-3LR missiles after the newly-developed weapon performed badly during an initial operational trial, the German website Capital.de reported on Tuesday.

Citing a confidential report of the Bundesrechnunghof, the Federal Court of Audit, the website said that the new anti-tank missiles suffer from significant deficiencies, and are described as "technically obsolete" and "not very accurate."

Ordered in 2006 at a cost of 418.8 million euros for 680 missiles, the PAR 3 missile’s development goes back to the beginning of the 1990s, when France and the UK pulled out of the TRIGAT Long-Range missile that was being jointly developed to replace the HOT as the main weapon of the Tiger attack helicopter.

At the time, the Bundesrechnungshof had warned about the development risks and instead recommended Germany buy off-the-shelf and much cheaper missiles such as the US-made Hellfire II to arm the Tiger, Capital reported.

The interim report of the Court of Audit now sharply criticizes the Ministry of Defense for having ignored for years all warnings - even those coming from the troops themselves. According to the report, the Bundeswehr even waived a planned deployment test before the manufacturing companies MBDA and Diehl commissioned series production in 2013. Instead, the Ministry was content with little meaningful evidence of industry, a process that the auditors complain was highly irregular.

Delays and quality defects

At the same time, the project also had serious problems on the industrial side. For example, the missile deployment test planned for 2014 also had to be postponed several times - partly because of "massive quality defects at the start of serial production", but also because no helicopters were available for that, as the Court of Auditors reported.

Accordingly, the PARS-3 manufacturers MBDA and Diehl delivered the first missiles from mass production only at the end of 2015 - more than five years later than planned.

However, according to the Bundeswehr, an extraordinary termination of the contract was not possible - also because it failed to set contractors a reasonable grace period with a threat of refusal, the Court of Auditors writes in its latest report. Overall, alternatives such as a project termination were "not consistently" pursued.

In fact, the deployment test of the missiles took place only in 2018. At this time, according to the Court of Auditors, more than half of the 680 missiles ordered had already been delivered.

In the multi-mission test, which was carried out at the request of the German Army in a high-temperature climate zone, at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the missiles had a "high number of misses," write the auditors citing internal Bundeswehr documentation. Many missiles "lost their assigned target after firing and selected a new target," which would endanger friendly troops, allied forces and civilians in the target area. Overall, the hit rate of the PARS-3 rockets in White Sands was only 16 percent, and in the twelve tested scenarios, the missile only passed the requirements in a single one.

The Ministry of Defense declined to comment an interim report, and referred to the ongoing opposition proceedings. A confidential response to the draft report was made in July, a ministry spokesman said, and the Court of Audit will now prepare its final report.

The content of the opinion can therefore not be commented on at this stage.

Capital reported that unspecified experts believe the ministry does not share the conclusions of the auditors on important points.

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US clears sale of Javelin antitank missiles to Ukraine

Posted On Wednesday, 02 October 2019 08:41

The U.S. administration has cleared the sale of 150 FGM-148 Javelin antitank missiles and two additional missile launchers to Ukraine.


Soldiers from 1st Bn, 8th Inf Rgt, 3rd Armd Bde Combat Team, 4th Inf Div., fire FGM-148 Javelin, Eager Lion exercise, Jordan, Aug. 27, 2019 (Picture source: U.S. Army / Sgt. Liane Hatch)

The sale had been suspended last July amid accusations of corruption. The political obstacles having been lifted, the sale can now be implemented, even if supplying lethal military equipment to Ukraine remains under close scrutiny by the U.S. Congress.

The Javelin system was developed and is built by a joint venture formed by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. The FGM-148 Javelin is an American-made man-portable anti-tank guided missile and employable fire-and-forget medium-range missile system. The compact, lightweight Javelin has been combat-proven initially in Afghanistan and Iraq by U.S. and allied soldiers, Marines and Special Forces.
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