WORLD MILITARY UPDATE

New BMP-2 IFV upgrade rolls out

Russia’s Kurganmashzavod has completed development of the latest upgrade for its Russian BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The upgrade covers all three main areas of armour, mobility and firepower, and is designed to enable end users, in most cases, to tailor vehicles by selecting elements to their requirements. Older BMP-2 IFVs can either be returned to Kurganmashzavod or upgraded with kits at the operator’s own facility, with the appropriate training

Upgraded Apache attack helicopters delivered to UK

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) took delivery of its first two AgustaWestland/Boeing WAH-64D AH.1 Apache attack helicopters equipped with the Lockheed Martin Modernised Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) sighting and targeting system on 24 November. The aircraft, which was officially released to service on 14 November, is also fitted with the TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC) system, which integrates a 5×5 inch (12.7×12.7 cm) active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD)

UK takes several paces forward on air-land integration, and one back

A measure of the practical effects of ‘transformation in contact’, or the extent of reshaping of British air-land structures and capabilities after six years’ continuous operations, was given at the Omega Close Air Support Conference in London in November. Group Captain Stephen Fox, chief of staff of the Joint Air Land Organisation (JALO), briefed delegates on progress with UK forces’ air-land integration (ALI)

Tetraedr reveals three contracts for Osa-1T

Tetraedr now has three contracts to modernise 80 9K33 Osa (SA-8 ‘Gecko’) self-propelled surface-to-air missile systems to the upgraded Osa-1T standard, the company told Jane’s in early November. One contract calls for the Belarus company to upgrade vehicles to the 9A33-1T standard, but the other two involve rebuilding the original combat vehicles to a new and previously unknown standard designated 9A6922-1T

KEI first stage passes low-temperature burn test

The fourth static test firing of the first-stage rocket motor of the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) was successfully conducted at the Alliant Techsystems facility in Promontory, Utah, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced on 14 November. The test gathered data on the performance of the onboard thrust vector control (TVC) subcomponents that help to steer the missile after launch and the motor’s thrust and ballistics outputs

Iran test-flies solid-propellant ballistic missile

Iran reported having tested a new two-stage solid-propellant intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) on 13 November. It was not clear if the launch had been conducted earlier that day or at an earlier date. An announcement of the launch by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) described the missile as “new-generation” and reported that the launch had been conducted in the presence of Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar. Talking to reporters after the launch, the minister said that Sejjil had been designed and manufactured by aerospace experts of the armed forces

UK commits to Falklands/Malvinas mine-clearing effort

The UK has said it will immediately begin clearing mines from the Falklands (Malvinas) islands, following the ninth meeting of the state parties to the Mine Ban Treaty held between 24-28 November in Geneva. The UK also agreed to return in less than 18 months with a detailed plan for demining the islands and to report regulary on progress

Turkish Navy’s first modernised CN-235 takes to the skies

The Turkish Navy’s EADS CASA CN-235 future maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft has made its first flight, it was announced on 2 December. The twin-turboprop aircraft, which has been modified by Thales and its industry partners under the Meltem 2 contract, made its first flight on 14 November

South Africa seeks patrol vessels as part of new squadron

The South African Navy (SAN) is planning to acquire six patrol vessels at a cost of up to ZAR1.8 billion (USD176 million) as part of a new Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS), which will be established on 9 December. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria on the SAN’s combat readiness, Segrin Pillay, director of plans, said that construction of the first multimission offshore patrol vessel (MMOPV) – under Project Biro – could start within four to six years, with all six completed by 2016

US overhauls defence acquisition policies

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a major overhaul of its acquisition policies, which have come under fire in recent years for triggering cost overruns and schedule delays. John Young, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, signed a memorandum on 2 December enacting sweeping reforms of the acquisition process

Shipbuilder ASC reports increased sales

Adelaide-based ASC, the leading shipbuilder in the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) air warfare destroyer (AWD) programme, has recorded a four per cent rise in revenues to AUD325 million for Fiscal Year 2007-08 (FY07-08), the company said on 3 December. Profits after tax and total dividends for the state-owned company grew marginally by 0.3 and 0.5 per cent to AUD29.7 million and AUD17.9 million respectively

Indian MoD to review coastal security capabilities after Mumbai attack

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a review of India’s coastal security capabilities and related procurement plans following the terrorist attacks that took place at the end of November in Mumbai. According to an MoD statement, Indian Defence Minister AK Antony led a meeting on 3 December that was tasked with evaluating India’s plans for increased coastal security, including the acquisition of “systems and platforms, including coastal radars and interceptor boats”

Source: Jane’s defence magazine

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