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    MKEK develops new SP artillery system

    Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

    07 April 2017

    Turkey's Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK) is developing a 155 mm self-propelled (SP) artillery system based on a 6x6 cross-country chassis.


    Scale model of the Turkish 155 mm self-propelled artillery system, based on a 6x6 cross-country chassis, with stabiliser lowered at the rear. (Christopher F Foss)

    The vehicle mounts the 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance taken from the MKEK Panter towed artillery system at its rear. Panter is in service with the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC).

    The system has a gross vehicle weight of 20 tonnes and is powered by a diesel developing 473 hp coupled to an automatic transmission. This gives a maximum road speed of 60 km/h with a range of 600 km. The vehicle has a fully enclosed four-door forward control cab.

    The 155 mm/52 calibre weapon is fitted with a muzzle brake with elevation and traverse being powered with manual back-up. Like other systems of this type, when deployed in the firing position a large spade is lowered at the rear.

    The maximum range depends on the 155 mm projectile/charge combination. It is stated as being 39 km when firing the locally developed MKEK 155 mm high-explosive extended range (HE ER) Mod 274 projectile. This has a TNT filling and weighs 45.35 kg complete with lifting plug, and has a maximum muzzle velocity of 945 m/s.

    When firing the older US 155 mm M107 HE projectile a maximum range of 18.5 km is claimed. It can also fire the 155 mm M549A1 HE rocket-assisted projectile (RAP) out to a claimed maximum range of 30 km.

    A flick rammer is installed to increase the rate of fire and reduce crew fatigue. A maximum rate of fire of six 155 mm rounds per minute can be achieved.

    MKEK (Mechanical and Chemical Industries Corporation) has extensive experience in the design, development, and production of barrels, including 105 mm and 120 mm tank barrels and 155 mm 39/calibre and 152/52 calibre artillery barrels. The latter are for the Panther 155 mm/52 calibre towed artillery system and Firtina 155 mm/52 calibre tracked SP artillery system used by the TLFC.

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    PGZ presents final offers for Homar requirement

    Remigiusz Wilk, Krakow - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

    27 April 2017

    The Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, PGZ) on 24 April presented the three final offers to the Ministry of National Defence (MND) for its future WR-300 Homar multiple rocket launcher (MRL) requirement.

    The three offers include: a Lockheed Martin solution based on the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) with Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) and ATACMS Unitary rockets; a Roketsan offer based on the T-300 or T-122/200 multiple launch rocket system (MLRS); and an IMI Systems solution based on the Lynx autonomous multi-purpose rockets and missiles launching system with Extended Range Artillery Rocket (EXTRA) and Predator Hawk rockets, plus Israel Aerospace Industries' Long Range Artillery Rocket (LORA) missile system.

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    Latvia and Austria Sign An Agreement on the Acquisition of Self-Propelled Howitzers

    (Source: Latvia Ministry of Defence; issued April 27, 2017)

    Ministry of Defence of Latvia and Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sport has signed a bilateral agreement on the acquisition of the type M109A5Oe self-propelled howitzer system, including fire control centre and training platforms.

    Acquisition of altogether 47 howitzers from Austria will boost indirect fire support capacity of Latvian Armed Forces and promote Latvia’s full engagement in NATO operations and training activities. Howitzers procured by Latvia were fully modernized between 2003 and 2007, and then mothballed.

    ‘We highly appreciate the good cooperation with our Austrian colleagues in boosting Latvia’s indirect fire support capabilities. We are grateful to Austrian Defence Ministry and its Armed Forces for the immense support and input in promoting the signing and implementation of bilateral agreements, as well as delivering various training activities to Latvian soldiers. I visited Austria and initiated negotiations on the acquisition of self-propelled howitzers about a year ago, and now we see our plans coming true,’ said Raimonds Bergmanis, Latvian Minister of Defence, to his Austrian colleague Hans Peter Doskozil during the meeting.

    DefMin @RaimondsBrg just signed

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    Lockheed Martin's Modernized TACMS Missile Aces Fifth Consecutive Flight Test

    (Source: Lockheed Martin; issued April 27, 2017)

    DALLAS, TX. --- Lockheed Martin's modernized Tactical Missile System (TACMS) missile completed its fifth consecutive successful flight in a test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

    The TACMS missile used in this test, launched from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher, was cold-conditioned, and flew approximately 85 kilometers to the target. The test further confirmed that the missile functions as designed and meets the contract and performance requirements of the Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) program.

    "The continued success of the modernized TACMS flight test program validates production readiness," said Scott Greene, vice president of Precision Fires & Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Our team is singularly focused on performing for our customer, the U.S. Army, because we know we cannot let them down on the battlefield."

    The missile used in the test was produced at Lockheed Martin's Precision Fires Production Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas.

    As part of the U.S. Army's TACMS Service Life Extension Program, the modernized missile includes new state-of-the-art guidance electronics and added capability to defeat area targets without leaving behind unexploded ordnance. The TACMS modernization process disassembles and demilitarizes TACMS Block 1 and 1A submunition warheads, replacing them with new unitary warheads and bringing them into compliance with Department of Defense policy on cluster munitions and unintended harm to civilians. The modernization process also resets the missile's 10+ year shelf life.

    The TACMS platform provides maximum flexibility to quickly integrate new payloads and capabilities to meet current and future demands.

    With unsurpassed performance and a longstanding record of production excellence, TACMS is the only long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile ever employed by the U.S. Army in combat. TACMS missiles can be fired from the entire family of Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) launchers.

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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