Focus and analysis weapons military technology of defence industry

The state defense Company Ukroboronprom has developed an upgraded version of the BM-21 122mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System called BM-21UM Berest. The new BM-21UM could replace the Soviet-made BM-21 Grad used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to official information, Ukrainian Ground Forces still operate about 300 BM-21 systems.

Military vehicles, like infantry carriers and tanks, have numerous functions that need to be maintained, and a damaged part may leave a vehicle rooted for months waiting for a replacement part. Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are responding to this by exploring new ways to print durable steel parts on-demand, with feedstock more than 50 percent stronger than what’s commercially available, said Brandon McWilliams, ARL manufacturing and technology branch team lead. Thomas Brading elaborates.

Review of the U.S. Army Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) M1074, the next generation of assault bridge layer based on M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) chassis and hull with heavy (M1A2) suspension integrated with a hydraulic bridge launcher system to launch the existing Military Load Class 85 Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge (AVLB). The JAB provides gap-crossing capability to cross wet or dry gaps, and freedom of maneuver on the battlefield to keep pace with Abrams Heavy Brigade Combat Team operations.

The Altius attack drone will have artificial intelligence elements to interact with fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jets. It will lay routes to bypass air defense without human interference, find and attack important targets (headquarters, communication hubs, missile launchers) and return to the base. Experts believe the new capabilities will develop Altius into a universal weapon, the Izvestia daily writes.

The Turkish defense industry offers high-technology and cost-efficient solutions in compliance with NATO standards to armies in the world. Three Turkish companies - FNSS, OTOKAR and BMC - design and manufacture the latest technologies of tracked combat vehicles including main battle tanks, light tanks, APC armored personnel carriers, IFV infantry fighting vehicles, etc.

In supporting most of the Army Futures Command’s cross-functional teams, however, YPG (Yuma Proving Ground) has also been a vital element in testing for the Army’s next priority, the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV). By now, it is widely known that YPG is at the forefront of testing for the Army’s top modernization priority, long-range precision fires. Mark Schauer reports.

A quantum sensor could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum, from 0 to 100 GHz, said researchers from the U.S. Army. Such wide spectral coverage by a single antenna is impossible with a traditional receiver system and would require multiple systems of individual antennas, amplifiers and other components.

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), an executive agency sponsored by the British Ministry of Defence, has started to develop 3D printed explosives. The project aims to create new possibilities for various explosive effects using intricate designs enabled by 3D printing, and also to reduce transportation and storage costs. Michael Petch reports in 3D Printing Industry.

The CV90 Club represents the seven countries that operate the CV90 IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Some are part of NATO, others are not. But they take part in two days of intense yet collaborative meetings with one common goal: Working together to help make the CV90 family of vehicles continuously better for warfighters.” This could be anything from cost effectively adding new capabilities for addressing emerging threats and requirements, or ways to pool resources to support lifecycle sustainment like upgrades and spares.

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