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  1. #251

    Kongsberg to Upgrade Norway’s NASAMS

    (Source: Kongsberg; issued April 10, 2015)


    The NASAMS air-defense system, whose development was funded by Norway, is based on a ground-launched variant of the Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM. (Kongsberg photo)

    Kongsberg has signed a contract worth 168 MNOK to supply communications equipment and integrate this into Norway’s NASAMS air defence system. This includes equipment for secure IP communications between all elements in NASAMS.

    This IP solution is in operational use by international customers, it is proven and has demonstrated high performance and stability.

    Deliveries are scheduled over a period of 2 years. Several subcontractors will be involved.

    NASAMS is produced by Kongsberg and Raytheon and is the most sold air defense system in NATO in recent years. NASAMS is the backbone of Norwegian air defence for many years to come.

    “We are pleased that the Norwegian Armed Forces execute these upgrades making NASAMS the most modern and advanced air defense system in the world”, says Eirik Lie, Executive Vice President, Kongsberg Defence Systems.

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  2. #252

    Upgraded Pantsir-S2 Gun-Missile System to Enter Service in 2015


    © Sputnik/ Mikhail Fomichev

    An improved Pantsir-S2 combined gun-missile system will join active military service before the end of this year, a top Russian military commander said Friday.

    "We are receiving new systems, above all S-400 and Pantsir complexes… The upgraded Pantsir-S2 has just completed trials and will join the force already before this year is out,” Viktor Gumenny, Commander of Air Defense Troops of the Russian Air Force, told a gathering of veteran air defenders ahead of their professional holiday.

    Pantsir-S2, is an updated version of the Pantsir-S1 — a short-range, mobile, fully autonomous air defense system combining two 2A38M 30mm anti-aircraft guns and six 57E6-E ready-to-fire missiles in steered launch containers.

    Pantsir-S1 can shoot down airborne targets flying up to Mach 3 (1,000 m/s) at ranges between 1.2 to 20 kilometers and altitudes varying from 5 to 10,000 meters.

    The two automatic anti-aircraft guns deliver a maximum rate of fire between 4,500 and 5,000 rounds per minute.

    The gun system is able to take out targets at ranges between 200 to 4,000 meters at altitudes between zero and 3,000 meters.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/russia/201504...#ixzz3X43ZUN4O

  3. #253

    Russians developing tracked Pantsyr for the Arctic region

    Nikolai Novichkov, Moscow - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    13 April 2015


    Pantsyr combined anti-air system (SA-22 Greyhound) in Arctic camouflage Source: Nikolai Novichkov

    Russia's KBP Instrument Design Bureau is reviewing the possibility of developing a special tracked modification of the 96K6 Pantsyr-S1 (SA-22 'Greyhound') self-propelled anti-aircraft gun and missile (SPAAGM) system for use in the Arctic, according to Vladimir Popov, director general of the KBP subsidiary JSC Scheglovsky Val.


    Tracked Pantsyr combined anti-air system (SA-22 Greyhound) based on the GMZ-352M1E chassis (Nikolai Novichkov)

    The Pantsyr-S1 is typically mounted on a wheeled chassis, however its manoeuvrability in the heavy snow is "significantly restricted", Popov told the TASS news agency.

    He added that the idea of basing the Pantsyr on the special tracked chassis produced by the JSC Ishimbayskiy machine-building plant (IMZ) was being studied and that some follow-up experiments were also planned to test its viability in polar areas.

    Popov said that KBP had previously integrated Pantsyr's combat module and radar on the tracked GMZ-352M1E chassis produced by the JSC Minsky track plant (MTZ) for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    The director general also said that KBP was working to increase the Pantsyr's reliability in severe climate conditions. "Icing-up is the main problem," he said. "We are improving both the chassis' reliability and the frost-resistance of different oils and power fluids.

    "[The] Pantsyr system is [already] protecting Russia's northern borders," he said, adding that "three serial wheeled SA-22s have been deployed at the Temp air base (on Kotelny Island) since 2014".

    The operating temperature range of the Pantsyr modification for the Russian armed forces runs from -50° to +50°.

    The normal chassis of the Pantsyr-S/Pantsyr-S1 is the KAMAZ-6560 8x8 truck, which has been highly praised by the Russian military. "This is the Pantsyr version to be offered to foreign customers," Popov said. The UAE has been the only exception to this, with the emirate ordering some Pantsyrs to be installed on MAN SX trucks.

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    I think the author from Janes was bored ... the tracked Pantsir-S1 was news in August 2013 and even then there were much better pictures available.
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    LAAD 2015: Russian Air Force to receive upgraded Pantsyr-S2 SPAAGM in 2015

    Nikolai Novichkov, Rio de Janeiro - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    21 April 2015


    The 2D search radar of the Pantsyr-S1 system, which has been replaced in the Pantsyr-S2 version by a new radar made by KBP. Source: N Novichkov

    The Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnie Sily, VVS) is to accept into service the upgraded Pantsyr-S2 self-propelled anti-air gun missile (SPAAGM) system in 2015, according to the commander of the VVS's air defence forces, Lieutenant General Viktor Gumenniy.

    "We are receiving new air defence systems such as the S-400 (SA-21 'Growler') and Pantsyr SPAAGM (SA-22 'Greyhound')," said the general. "We have finished the trials and the new Pantsyr-S2 SPAAGM system will be ready in June. It will be accepted for service this year."

    Lt Gen Gumenniy said the new system's combat capabilities were enhanced by a new radar compared with the basic Pantsyr modification.

    The general added that the automation of processes employed by air force and air defence units deployed at the military district level would be virtually finished by the end of this year.

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  6. #256

    Make in India: Bharat Forge & Punj Lloyd in race for Rs 16,800 crore contract to make anti-aircraft guns

    Manu Pubby, ET Bureau | Apr 29, 2015, 01.15PM IST

    Make in India: Bharat Forge & Punj Lloyd in race to make Rs 16,800 crore anti-aircraft guns

    The two private companies are set to compete for one of the largest army projects under the ‘Make in India’ programme.


    NEW DELHI: Bharat Forge and Punj Lloyd have emerged as the only contenders for a Rs 16,800-crore mega contract to replace the ageing anti-aircraft guns of the Indian Army.

    With the defence ministry looking to go ahead with trials and field tests to pick the winner, the two private companies are set to compete for one of the largest army projects under the 'Make in India' programme.

    The project — involving manufacturing of 1,102 air defence guns over the next 15 years to replace the vintage L70/ZU 23 that have been in service for decades — promises to establish the winner of the contract as a major defence player in the private sector given that no state-run company, including the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), is competing for the contract.

  7. #257

    Updated: May 6, 2015 03:13 IST

    Army gets Akash missile


    Akash missiles on display at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Prashant Nakwe

    At 96 per cent indigenisation, it represents a major capability development.

    The Army on Tuesday inducted the first regiment of the indigenously-developed Akash surface-to-air missile system, capable of targeting a multitude of aerial threats up to a range of 25 km.

    Akash has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation and is being built by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). It was originally planned as part of the five missiles under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme initiated in 1984.

    “The capability that we have with this system will ensure that it takes care of the vulnerability of our assets. Akash is a step towards self-realisation of indigenisation,” Army chief General Dalbir Singh said during a formal dedication ceremony.

    Each regiment of Akash consists of six launchers with each launcher having three missiles. The Army had placed orders for two regiments worth about Rs. 19,000 crore.

    An Air Force variant of Akash has already been inducted.

    The Akash system can simultaneously engage multiple targets in all weather conditions and has a large operational envelope from a low altitude of 30 metres to a maximum of up to 20 km and can also engage Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in addition to helicopters and fighter planes. At 96 per cent indigenisation, it represents a major capability development for a crucial weapon system.

    “Unlike the Air Force version, the Army variant of Akash is designed for high mobility and can be quickly moved to any operational theatres based on necessity,” V. Udaya Bhaskar, Chairman and Managing Director of BDL, told The Hindu.

  8. #258

    IDEF 2015: Aselsan displays Hisar air defence systems

    Nicholas de Larrinaga, Istanbul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    10 May 2015


    An Aselsan Hisar medium-range air defence missile system launcher at IDEF 2015. Source: Nick de Larrinaga

    Turkish military electronics specialist Aselsan has displayed its Hisar range of short- and medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the first time at IDEF 2015 in Istanbul.

    The range includes the Hisar-A short-range SAM system, the Hisar medium-range SAM system, and a new fire control system (FCS) for SAM batteries. These have been developed by Aselsan as prime contractor for the programmes under a contract awarded by the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) in 2011.

    Hisar-A is based on an FNSS ACV-30 tracked vehicle chassis armed with four Roketsan Hisar-A SAMs. Formerly known as T-Laladmis, the tracked Hisar-A system mounts its own mast-mounted air surveillance radar and an electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) system, allowing it to operate as an independent standalone system without the need to operate as a battery with a separate FCS. The Hisar-A system is manned by a crew of three: two control personnel and a driver for the vehicle.

    Hisar-A is currently in its subsystem test phase, having completed its system definition phase, company representatives told IHS Jane's at IDEF. Full tests of the complete system are expected to begin next year. Currently three prototypes of the Hisar-A system have been completed, with delivery of the first systems to the Turkish military for qualification planned for 2017.

    Roketsan officials at the exhibition told IHS Jane's that the Hisar-A missile (previously known as AIHSF) has a maximum altitude of 5 km and a maximum overall range of 15 km (at sea level). Roketsan is subcontractor to Aselsan for both Hisar missiles, responsible for the all-up rounds, including their launch canisters.


    An Aselsan Hisar-A short-range air defence missile system (left) and Aselsan Fire Control System (FCS), rear right. (Nick de Larrinaga)

    The medium-range Hisar system (previously known as T-Maladmis) is based on a wheeled Mercedez-Benz chassis equipped with six Roketsan Hisar-O missiles.

    This system is designed to operate as a battery in concert with the Aselsan FCS, which is equipped with a mobile search radar, EO/IR system, and targeting radar. The Hisar-O missile has a maximum altitude of 10 km and a maximum range of 25 km at sea level.

    Development/company trials of the Hisar system are expected to be completed by 2018.

    Ballistic flight tests of the Hisar-A missile occurred in October 2013, with Hisar-O following in August 2014. The two missiles have been designed to feature a high degree of commonality, and share the same infrared (IR) seeker (developed by Aselsan), the same high explosive fragment warhead (being developed by Tubitak Sage), and the same impact and proximity fuze.

    The missiles also share the same interface with their launch canister and the same umbilical connection. As well, there are high levels of technological commonality in the missiles' motor, control section, power supply, datalink, guidance, and safe/arm device. Both missiles are mid-course guided by radio-frequency datalink and feature terminal IR guidance.

    Both missiles are hard launched vertically from their canister and powered by a dual pulse solid propellant motor. This provides an initial pulse for launch and mid-course flight, and a final sprint pulse during the terminal guidance phase for increased speed. They also both feature a hybrid control actuation system, with the missiles' external control surfaces providing midcourse guidance while thrust-vectoring jet vanes within the rocket's nozzle provide additional manoeuvrability in the missiles' terminal phase.

    The Hisar-A and Hisar-O missiles will continue their flight test programme over the next two years. While company officials were not able to disclose how many flight tests are planned, the next phases of the trials will include control tests, vertically launched control tests, seeker guidance tests, and qualification tests.

    Aselsan officials also said that the Korkut self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) system, also based on the FNSS ACV-30 tracked chassis and unveiled at IDEF 2013, has almost completed its test programme. Field tests have already been conducted against air and ground targets, and customer qualification trials are expected to begin in 2016. The company hopes that a serial production contract for Korkut will be signed in 2015.


    Concept image of the Hisar-A system. (Aselsan)


    Concept image of the Hisar fire unit. (Aselsan)

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  9. #259

    British SMEs develop system to counter UAVs

    By: Beth Stevenson in London

    Source: Flightglobal.com

    7 hours ago

    A consortium of three British companies has developed a counter-unmanned air vehicle defence system to tackle what it considers to be the “growing threat of malicious UAVs”.

    The Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) is capable of detecting, tracking and disrupting UAV use within 4.3nm (8km), and is being touted to government agencies that would want to avoid the malicious use of UAVs in situations where VIPs are present, or at large public events.

    AUDS consists of a Blighter Surveillance Systems Ku-band electronic scanning radar, Chess Dynamics electro-optical and thermal imaging cameras and tracking software, and an Enterprise Control Systems directional radio frequency inhibitor/jammer. Together they detect, track and jam UAVs within a 180˚ field of view, causing a UAV deemed a threat to land in a controlled manner.

    The companies stress that while the system is capable of automatically carrying out much of the mission, human judgement on what is considered a malicious target will always be key.


    Blighter Surveillance Systems

    Two series of demonstrations have taken place for the defence ministries of France and the UK in recent months, during which the system showed it was capable of identifying unwanted UAVs and jamming one of several onboard radio frequencies – including GPS, the controls and telemetry channels – against "blind" and "semi-blind" targets.

    Some 80h of demonstrations have taken place over 150 sorties, and during these trials other competitors’ systems were also tested. However, the consortium believes that it has “the first product on the market to do all of this”, Mark Radford, chief executive of Blighter, told a media event in London on 18 May.

    “We are in active production as we speak to support these trials,” Radford says. “We have conducted European and UK trials, and we’re about to start a series of trials in North America and the Asia-Pacific.”

    The system is in the process of being delivered to North America for government-sponsored trials in the USA and Canada.

    The companies hope to announce a launch customer for AUDS before the DSEi exhibition in London in September.

  10. #260

    State Trials of Russia’s 'Sosna' Air Defense System to Begin in Summer

    (Source: Sputnik news; published May 18, 2015))


    The new short-range air defense system Sosna can eliminate all types of air threats including high-precision weapons like cruise missiles and guided aircraft missiles.

    MOSCOW --- State trials of Russia’s new short-range air defense missile system will begin in summer 2015, Tochmash design bureau told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

    The system, dubbed Sosna, is expected to replace Strela-10M air defense systems in service with the Russian armed forces.

    “Last year, we successfully completed the preliminary tests of this system. In summer, the state trials of the system at testing grounds of the Land forces will begin,” Tochmash Managing Director Vladimir Slobodchikov said.

    “The outcome of the trials will determine whether this system will be put in service with the Russian Army,” Slobodchikov said.

    According to Tochmash, the Sosna system “is intended to protect against all types of air threats including high-precision weapons like cruise missiles and guided aircraft missiles in the area of the system responsibility: in range – up to 10 km, in altitude – up to 5 km.”

    Russia’s Tochmash design bureau will take part in the development of a new short-range air defense system together with Belarus, the Tochmash Managing Director said.

    “We are planning a joint project in the framework of the Union State of Russia and Belarus to develop a new short-range air defense system,” Slobodchikov said, adding that the work is expected to start in 2016.

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