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05 Jun 16. Vietnam Paddles Its Own Kayak. Vietnam has become the second Asia-Pacific nation, it would appear, to embark on the indigenous production of a missile based on the Russian Zvezda-Strela 3M24 Uran (SS-N-25 Switchblade). The first is North Korea, which has previously shown footage of a missile that closely resembles the Russian medium-range anti-ship weapon. Unlike Pyongyang, however, Hanoi has been at least slightly more forthcoming as to the nature of its own programme. The Vietnamese variant of the missile is designated the KCT 15 and is the result of technology transfer from Russia. Whether this represents a full production capacity, or licensed final assembly, or something in between, has yet to become clear. Vietnam and Russia began to discuss local ‘manufacture’ of the 3M24 in 2011–12. Zvezda-Strela, the design house behind the 3M24, is part of Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corp. The initial acquisition of the 3M24 from Russia was aimed at improving the anti-surface warfare capacity of the Vietnam People’s Navy. Regional maritime tensions are propelling naval weapons-programme acquisitions. Vietnamese manufacture of its version of the 3M24 will help develop local industry and likely simplify logistics support. The unit cost of a round will probably be reduced. How North Korea acquired the technology to support its programme, possibly known as the KN-01, has yet to be ascertained. (Source: defence-aerospace.com/International Institute for Strategic Studies)
09 Jun 16. Britain seeks export deals for new armoured vehicle turret. Britain is aiming to win export deals, primarily in Europe and the Middle East, for a new turret designed for British army vehicles, a government minister said on Thursday.
U.S. defence company Lockheed Martin opened a new facility in Ampthill, southeast England on Thursday to build hundreds of new turrets – the top layer of a combat vehicle where the gun is sited – for the British Army.
Britain’s defence equipment minister Philip Dunne said the new British-developed capability had good export prospects.
“I think this will become a centre of excellence not just for supplying the British Army but for supplying armed forces amongst our allies in Europe and beyond,” Dunne told reporters.
Any export deal would boost a government plan to sell more goods abroad to help to rebalance the UK economy away from its reliance on domestic demand.
The new turret will allow armoured vehicles to shoot on the move and will be used to upgrade Britain’s existing fleet of Warrior vehicles. A different turret will also be used on Britain’s new SCOUT vehicle, the hull of which is being built by General Dynamics under a 3.5bn pound ($5bn) contract signed in 2014.
Kuwait has a fleet of Warrior and could be a potential customer for the new turret.
“They (Kuwait) are looking at what we’re doing with our Warriors with great interest,” Dunne said, but cautioned that the capability needed more testing before a new customer could be signed up.
Dunne declined to comment on what the impact would be on the potential for exports to Europe should Britain vote to leave the European Union in the June 23 referendum. (Source: Reuters)
08 Jun 16. Atlas Elektronik and Magellan to co-develop SeaSpider anti-torpedo torpedo. Atlas Elektronik Canada has agreed to enter into a partnership with Canadian manufacturer Magellan Aerospace to co-develop the rocket motor and warhead sections of the SeaSpider anti-torpedo torpedo (ATT).
Both the companies have also signed a memorandum of understanding, and the collaboration will help to secure long-term Canadian jobs in the naval defence space.
The SeaSpider will be designed and developed for both submarine and surface vessel torpedo defence systems, while providing defensive capability to navies when conducting global mis