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Improved Firepower for the ADF


                                                 M3 84mm Carl Gustav (photo : SAAB)
Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science today announced improved firepower for the ADF with contracts being signed for a new anti-armour weapon capability.

Defence has contracted SAAB Bofors Dynamics for the supply of the M3 84mm Carl Gustaf anti-armour support weapon, Mr Combet said.

These new weapons provide an increased direct fire support capability and will be employed by the Infantry, Special Forces and RAAF Airfield Defence Guards.

Soldiers will appreciate the weight savings afforded by the M3 Carl Gustaf anti-armour weapon.

The value of the contract with SAAB Bofors Dynamics is approximately $10.5m which includes the supply of weapons, spares and documentation to support the system, Mr Combet said.

In addition, Mr Combet announced the contract with BAE Systems Australia to supply the enhanced sighting system for the newly acquired M3 84mm Carl Gustaf anti-armour weapon.

The value of the contract with BAE Systems Australia is approximately $16m which includes the supply of sighting systems, spares, documentation and three years of support for the system, Mr Combet said.

The enhanced sighting system includes thermal technology which provides the ADF with an increased direct-fire support capability when used with the M3 84mm Carl Gustaf anti-armour weapon.



Rafael Unveils Long Range Anti Tank Missile


                              The new Spike NLOS mounted on a ground vehicle (photo : Defencetalk)

Israel Rafael Launches New Spike NLOS Missile
Within its Spike anti-tank guided missile family, the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Recently unveiled a new version with non-line of sight (NLOS) capability, meaning that the system can strike targets which are not located in view of the missile launcher. As the company announced earlier this week, the new Spike NLOS has a significantly increased range of up to 25 kilometres which by far surpasses the four to eight kilometre limit of older versions.
The electro-optical multi-purpose Spike missiles can be fired from by attack helicopters, ground vehicles and naval vessels and are used by 18 military customers throughout the world including by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). The third-generation anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) are used in a fire-and-forget mode with lock-on before launch and automatic self-guidance, supported by the combination of a charge-coupled device and an infra-red seeker.
The NLOS version of the Spike missile system is capable of being used during the day and night. In addition to its ability of independently homing after launch without operator interference, the use of fibre optics allows updating data while in the air and gives the operator the opportunity to divert its course to avoid missing its target or harming innocent targets. Sources report that the long range has been achieved by increasing the size of the motor. Consequently, this lead to an increase of overall weight from 34kg (Spike ER) to 70kg.
According to the company, the Spike NLOS can receive target location from an embedded target acquisition system (TAS) system, external sensors, C4I centre or unmanned air systems (UAS). David Stemer, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Missiles and NCW Division at Rafael, says that the Spike NLOS [...] enables Rafael to give forces, on any modern battlefield, the most effective means to deal with all threats. He further explained that, The existence of the family of Spike systems is a result of Rafaels ability to adapt itself to the needs of the users and to continually provide them with the most cost effective, advanced technology and the best operational capability available.
Although, upon enquiry of defpro.com, the company denied to disclose further information on the new Spike version, it can be said that the long-range NLOS solution if a considerable further development of the original Spike concept that significantly broadens the envelope of capabilities of this weapon system. As Flight reports at flightglobal.com, the Spike NLOS is already operational with a military customer which is most likely to be the IDF. The media service further stated Rafael is also offering the weapon for export, starting with the Spike familys existing customers.

Malaysia Considers ATGWs


                                                  MBDAs Trigat ATGW (photo : Defensie)

Malaysia is evaluating anti-tank guided weapons to meet an army requirement for 18 launchers and 200 missiles after closing a Finance Ministry tender deadline on 30 January, writes Dzirhan Mahadzir.

                                        Denels Ingwe ATGW onVBL (photo : Army Recognition)

                                                          Metis-M ATGW (photo : Rusarmy)

                                                 Kornet-E ATGW (photo : Army Technology)

Systems under consideration include the Russian KBP Metis-M and Kornet-E, Chinas Norinco Red Arrow, Pakistans Baktar Shikan, the MBDA TRIGAT and the Denel Ingwe from South Africa. The army already has a limited number of Metis M and Baktar Shikan systems, but the Kornet-E is said by sources to be favoured due to its performance in 2006 against Israeli armour in Lebanon.




New Zealand selects Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Anti-Tank Weapon System

                         Javelin of the Royal New Zealand Army during exercise (photo : DefenceGovtNZ)

The New Zealand Army has selected the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin anti-tank weapon system to meet its medium range anti-armor weapon capability. The number of Command Launch Units (CLU), missile quantities, along with associated support equipment, spares and training are yet to be determined.

Javelins low life cycle and support cost, coupled with its unmatched lethality and operator survivability provides the New Zealand armed forces with the best anti-armor weapon system in the world , said Col. John Weinzettle, U.S. Army Close Combat Missile Systems (CCMS) project manager. It also ensures equipment standardization with U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces deployed throughout the world.

Javelin is not only the worlds most lethal medium range anti-armor system, but the weapon is ideally suited for engaging bunkers, buildings and field fortifications, said Mike Crisp, president, Javelin Joint Venture. With its sophisticated missile seeker and tracker, the lightweight, one man-transportable Javelin anti-armor weapon system has consistently demonstrated a greater than 90 percent first-time gunner success rate.

Javelin, with its stand-alone surveillance capability, is ideally suited for U.N. Peace Keeping and Peace Enforcement operations , said Howard Weaver, Javelin Joint Venture vice president. Additionally, Javelin has tremendous growth potential with the missiles modular construction, CLU software enhancements and its adaptability to a wide range of platforms.

New Zealand intends to introduce the Javelin anti-armor weapon system into service in 2004, to coincide with the introduction of the Light Armored Vehicle.
The Javelin medium-range, anti-tank missile system is the worlds first one man-transportable and employable fire-and-forget anti-armor missile system. Javelin is approved for international sales through the U.S. Armys Foreign Military Sales system and is available to meet national requirements for next-generation anti-armor weapon systems.

Raytheon Company, which leads the Joint Venture, provides system engineering management and support for the Javelin Joint Venture and produces the CLU, missile guidance electronic unit and system software. Work is performed primarily at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz., and at other Raytheon facilities in Texas, Massachusetts and California.

Lockheed Martin provides missile engineering and production support for the Javelin Joint Venture in Orlando, Fla., produces the missile seeker in Ocala, Fla., and performs missile all-up-round assembly in Troy, Ala.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2002 sales of $16.8 billion, is an industry leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon employs more than 76,000 people worldwide.



Malaysia Orders Russian Anti-Tank Missiles

                                          Metis anti tank guided weapon (photo : Iran Defence)

Malaysia has placed an order for an undisclosed quantity of Metis-2 anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems following a regular meeting of the joint Russian-Malaysian inter-governmental commission on economic co-operation, according to Janes Defence Weekly sources in Moscow.
The Metis-2 is the latest version of the system that was originally developed to meet the requirements of the Soviet Army by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau.
Sumber : Janes 


Singapore Army Gets New Anti-Tank Weapon

                                Spike anti-tank weapon used by Singapore Army (photo : Militaryphots)

The Army will soon be using a new anti-tank weapon known as SPIKE. Capable of engaging armoured targets up to 4 km away, SPIKE is an advanced anti-tank weapon that can destroy modern tanks fitted with enhanced protection under all weather conditions, day and night.

Soldiers attending the SPIKE course conducted by the School of Infantry Weapons (SIW) demonstrated how the SPIKE effectively engaged and scored a direct hit at a tank-target located at about 2km away. The Army acquired the SPIKE system to replace the 106mm Recoilless Gun which has been in service since the early Seventies. The SPIKE will be used by the SAFs Infantry and Guards units.

Witnessing the capabilities of the SPIKE system at the Sungei Gedong Live Firing Area this morning, 13 Jul 99 was the Minister of State for Defence and Minister of State for Information and the Arts, Mr David Lim.

Sumber : Mindef

Malaysia And Middle East Customer Takes Delivery Of Eryx Missile System

                                          Malaysian army with Eryx ATGM (photo : Militaryphotos)

                                                MBDA Eryx in detail (photo : Militaryphotos)

An undisclosed member of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) has just taken delivery of its first batch of Aerospatiale Missiles Eryx short-range anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs). This is the first order to be placed by a country in the Middle East for the Eryx. Prior to selecting the Eryx ATGW, the undisclosed member of the GGC (which comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), evaluated Eryx in competition with other anti-tank systems against stationary and moving targets under day and night conditions.

This latest order brings the total Eryx order book to 48,000missiles and 1,600 firing posts, of which 25,000 missiles and 1,600firing posts have so far been manufactured at Aerospatiales Bourgesfacility.

Eryx has been bought by Brazil, Canada, France, Malaysia, Norway and Turkey. The weapon has a minimum range of 25m and a maximum range of 600m and has a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat targets fitted with explosive reactive armour (ERA) and a day/night sighting system.

It has a soft launch capability which allows it to be launched from within a confined space such as a building. The main 135mm HEAT warhead will penetrate over 900mm of steel protected by ERA.

Sumber : Janes

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