MISSILE, BALLISTICS AND INFANTRY SYSTEMS UPDATE
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21 Apr 16. Denel aims to leverage expansive Malaysian offset obligations. Officials from South Africa’s Denel have described how the company’s expansive offset obligations in Malaysia are underpinning efforts to enhance its footprint in the country and the wider Southeast Asian region. Under a USD460m contract, signed in 2012, to supply 176 integrated turret systems for the Malaysian Army’s new Deftech AV8 8×8 armoured fighting vehicle, Denel is transferring technologies to enable localised turret production and is looking to engage across a wide range of civilian sectors.
However, officials also revealed that Denel has not yet signed a defence offset agreement with the Malaysian government, due to what is understood to be administrative delays. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Apr 16. India-based OIS Advanced Technology and Sagem partner for AASM production. India-based manufacturer OIS Advanced Technology (OIS-AT) has entered into a strategic partnership with France’s Sagem for the production of armament air-sol modulaire (AASM) Hammer Bomb Guidance and Glide Kit in India. Under the terms of the agreement, OIS-AT will serve as the Indian manufacturer for the weapon system and customise the combat proven AASM Hammer as per the requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
AASM Hammer is a new generation medium-range modular air-to-ground weapon designed and manufactured by Sagem.
The AASM Hammer missile consists of a guidance kit and a range extension kit. The kits are fitted with Mk82 warheads including Smart Bomb Unit (SBU)-38, SBU-64 and SBU-54. The easy to use missile supports operations with 125kg, 250kg, 500kg and 1,000kg bomb bodies, and can be reprogrammed during the flight.
OIS-AT chairman and managing director Sanjay Bhandari said: “We are pleased that Sagem is collaborating with us with their combat proven, world-leading, high-precision munitions guidance and range extension kit.
“With its impressive list of advanced features, Sagem’s AASM Hammer is the foundation for our joint venture to specifically cater to the requirements of the IAF under the government’s Make in India programme.”
Originally designed and manufactured by Sagem for the French Air Force and Navy, the AASM Hammer is expected to cater to the IAF’s requirements of the high precision munitions.
The combat proven AASM Hammer has been extensively proven in combat, and the version that will be manufactured in India will be customised to specifically exceed the Indian Air Force requirements.
Earlier, OIS-AT announced of a strategic partnership with France’s SAMP for the joint research and production of advanced penetrator bombs in India. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
21 Apr 16. Malaysia’s SMEO seeks new markets for ammunition and M4 carbines. Malaysia’s SME Ordnance (SMEO), a subsidiary of National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) Sdn Bhd, is looking towards gaining new markets for its ammunition products and the M4 carbine that it manufactures under licence from Colt USA.
General (rtd) Shahrom Nordin, NADI senior vice president of defence, told IHS Jane’sat the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2016 exhibition that SMEO was looking into expanding its ammunition production and supply business. To this end, SMEO is identifying which products, in its range of small to large caliber NATO standard ammunition, are likely to see increased demand in the market and expand production lines accordingly. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Apr 16. Progress reported on BrahMos air-launched variant. Representatives of the joint Indian-Russian missile project, BrahMos, told IHS Jane’s at DSA 2016, that the final, air-launched, version of the missile is close to being operational and the final steps could be taken this year.
The missile, which is already deployed