M3 84mm Carl Gustav (photo : SAAB)
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.
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
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
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.
The new Spike NLOS mounted on a ground vehicle (photo : Defencetalk)
Israel Rafael Launches New Spike NLOS Missile
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.
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.
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.
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
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
MBDAs Trigat ATGW (photo : Defensie)
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)
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.
Javelin of the Royal New Zealand Army during exercise (photo : DefenceGovtNZ)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Metis anti tank guided weapon (photo : Iran Defence)
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.
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
Spike anti-tank weapon used by Singapore Army (photo : Militaryphots)
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.
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
Malaysian army with Eryx ATGM (photo : Militaryphotos)
MBDA Eryx in detail (photo : Militaryphotos)
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.
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.
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
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