18 Jan 10. UK’s Phalanx systems leave Iraq. Land-based Phalanx Weapon Systems (LPWSs) operated by British armed forces have been returned from Iraq to the UK ahead of a possible deployment to Afghanistan, defence sources have told Jane’s . Designed as part of the US Army’s Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) programme and showing a 95 per cent success rate on land (according to defence insiders), LPWS provides a short- to medium-term solution for base protection. (Source: Jane’s)
29 Jan 10. Raytheon Company and The Boeing Company completed a series of captive flight tests for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile competition. The tests prove the system is ready for guided test shots. “The Raytheon-Boeing JAGM is a mature, capable system. We have proved the technical readiness of this superior warfighting solution,” said Bob Francois, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems product line. “JAGM meets the warfighter’s needs and is affordable across the acquisition spectrum including development, operations and support costs.” JAGM will replace three legacy missiles currently in the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps inventory. The Raytheon-Boeing team’s JAGM features a Boeing body, a Boeing warhead and a Raytheon tri-mode seeker. The tri-mode seeker leverages technology used on the Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II and improved Precision Attack Missile. The tri-mode seeker enables JAGM to attack a variety of fixed and moving targets regardless of weather conditions.
20 Jan 10. New sights to be bought for the L129A1 Sharpshooter rifle include the ACOG 7.62 mm x 6 day sights made by Trijicon of the USA and Magnum Universal night sight sourced through Omni Tech Partners of the USA. Both sights are being bought by Beechwood, the UK agent and distributor for Trijicon and Omni Tech. Personal Laser Range Finders will be provided by Vectronix, Switzerland. (See: BATTLESPACE UPDATE Vol.12 ISSUE 04, 23 January 2010, NIGHT VISION AND BALLISTICS UPDATE, A new rifle is being bought for troops in Afghanistan) Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, said: “Troops in Afghanistan are already bristling with a variety of weapons they can use when fighting the Taliban. “The Sharpshooter rifle adds to this arsenal and provides them with an additional, highly-precise, long-range capability. “This is a concrete example of where we add to our range of equipment to ensure our brave forces have the best kit available to them on the front line.” Colonel Peter Warden, Light Weapons, Photographic and Batteries Team Leader at Defence, Equipment and Support, said: “The Sharpshooter rifle is very capable and has been bought to fulfil a specific role on the frontline in Afghanistan. It is a versatile weapon which will give our units a new dimension to their armoury. It will complement the SA80A2 by adding to the weapons available to Commanders on the ground. The Sharpshooter’s capabilities are also complementary to the current Sniper System. “Initial feedback to the rifle has been very positive and the Army units deployed in Afghanistan are very keen to get their hands on it.”