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Saab and Raytheon Complete Successful Test Firings of Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Saab and U.S. defence company Raytheon have successfully completed a series of guided flight tests for the shoulder launched Guided Carl-Gustaf® Munition, featuring a semi-active laser guidance system. The tests were performed at the Mile High Range in Sierra Blanca, Texas, United States and at Saab Bofors Test Centre in Karlskoga, Sweden.

The test firings in Sweden that were performed during September 25-26, 2019 was in the presence of an international audience. Three munitions were fired in total; two against static targets and one against a moving target. A semi-active laser was used to guide the munitions to target impact. Other seeker technologies (e.g. imaging IR) were also demonstrated as optional solutions for the final product. The demonstration in Sweden further included dynamic warhead tests against various targets.

Saab’s Carl-Gustaf weapon system is used by the U.S. Armed Forces as well as the ground forces of more than 40 other countries. The guided munition will allow Armed Forces to accurately engage stationary or moving targets up to, and beyond 2,000 meters. The increased range, in combination with a Confined Space capability will offer troops greater tactical flexibility when selecting a firing position.

“The Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition is a next step in the evolution of the Carl-Gustaf system. It will be the most advanced Carl-Gustaf munition yet and will offer greater precision, minimise collateral damage and deliver outstanding performance with pin-point accuracy and multi-target capability,” says Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab business area Dynamics.

 “Raytheon and Saab have been working together to start development of a precision-guided munition that will penetrate multiple types of targets, such as light armor, bunkers and concrete structures, at extended ranges. This lightweight round will overmatch potential adversaries while decreasing collateral damage, making it an ideal weapon when fighting under restricted rules of engagement,” says Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president.

In 2017, Saab announced its partnership with Raytheon to develop new weapons for infantry forces. The Guided Carl-Gustaf munition will be designed to increase the capability of the combat proven, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon system Carl-Gustaf.

Video from the demonstration in Karlskoga

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USSOCOM To Buy M110K1 Upper Receivers In 6.5CM From Knight’s Armament Co

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

According to a pre-solicitation notice published yesterday by Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, Knights Armament Company has offered to the Government an improved, capability upgrade to the upper receiver assembly for the M110K1 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS). The new upper receiver is 6.5mm Creedmoor (versus 7.62mm, CLIN 0001 on current contract) and provides longer distance shots and increased range.

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane has a requirement for M110K1 new upper receiver (6.5mm Creedmoor conversion kit) assembly (Technology Improvement). NSWC, Crane Division, Crane, IN intends to modify the existing sole-source, Firm-Fixed Price (FFP), Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract (N00164-18-D-JN50) for technology improvements with Knights Armament Company.

Last year, USSOCOM adopted the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber to replace certain uses of 7.62mm NATO.

Rheinmetall Signs Risk Mitigation Activity Contract for testing of Lynx KF41 for Australia’s Land 400 Phase 3 Program

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Rheinmetall is pleased to confirm it has signed the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) contract with the Commonwealth of Australia for participation in the RMA, including the delivery of three Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicles to compete in trials for the AUD 15 billion (EUR 9.5 billion) LAND 400 Phase 3 program. The RMA contract now signed has a value of AUD 50 million (about EUR 30 million).

Lynx KF41 is a next generation tracked, networked and highly protected IFV which meets the stringent military requirements of LAND 400 Phase 3, and offers a platform with significant growth potential. The Australian Army needs a networked, protected and enabled IFV for close combat – to close in and defeat an enemy in the most dangerous and lethal environments for Australian soldiers.

Under the LAND 400 Phase 3 RMA contract, the Commonwealth will undertake an extensive technical and programmatic assessment of the two bidders over a period of 24 months. The vehicles will be operated by Australian Army personnel and tested in Australian terrain under extreme conditions, undertaking lethality, transportability, mobility, troop assessments, blast and ballistic testing. In parallel, the Commonwealth will work with the two bidders in a structured assessment phase in order to optimise technical capability, growth, value for money and national prosperity.

Rheinmetall is currently delivering 211 Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to the Australian Army after the vehicle was selected by the Australian Government following 12 months of RMA trials in 2016-2017. These RMA trials were recognised globally as an exhaustive assessment of the vehicle’s capability and have equipped Rheinmetall with the experience and expertise to deliver the best outcome for LAND 400 Phase 3.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Gary Stewart said the three vehicles designated for RMA trials in Australia would incorporate significant Australian Industry Capability.

“Development, integration and test of the Lynx KF41 vehicles will also take place during RMA at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Australia from next year in support of the RMA trials,” Mr Stewart said.

Key vehicle elements of the Lynx KF41 are also being developed and manufactured in Australia by local companies including the alternator (Milspec in Albury), running gear (Supashock in Adelaide) and cables (Cablex in Melbourne).

The modular Lynx KF41 vehicle includes the digital Lance turret with electronic architecture common with the Boxer 8×8 CRV. This will enable the Australian crew to access sensor systems, advanced automatic tracking & targeting capabilities and weapon-integrated battle management all in one connected and enabled platform.

“Should Rheinmetall secure a contract to deliver LAND 400 Phase 3, the Lynx KF41 fleet will be manufactured at the MILVEHCOE, located at Redbank and south west of Brisbane,” Mr Stewart said.

Rheinmetall is already delivering an Australian Industry Network for LAND 400 that builds an industrial capability in Australia. This includes creating high technology enduring jobs for hundreds of Australians by localising design and manufacturing expertise in electro-optics, weapon systems, fire control and sensor systems, turret manufacturing, variant design and manufacture, integration, armour systems, simulation, training and fleet sustainment.

– For more information about Rheinmetall Defence visit: www.rheinmetall-defence.com

– For more information about Lynx KF41 for Land 400 Phase 3 visit: www.lynxifv.com.au

– To follow Rheinmetall Defence Australia visit: @RheinmetallAus

– To follow Lynx KF41 on twitter visit: @lynxifv

Sneak Peek Shadow Systems MR918L Elite

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

At this week’s NASGW Expo in Orlando, we got a look at the Shadow Systems MR918L Elite. This is the pistol we’ve been waiting for. They’ve combined a 17-length slide and barrel on a Shadow Systems MR918, which features a 19-size frame.

The naming convention is Multi-Role, 9mm, designed in 2018. The L is for long slide.

Shipping in November, it features an RMR cut slide which works with RMR, SRO, and Holosun 507c, as well as any other optics with an RMR footprint. It also ships with a green tritium front sight with blacked out rear. The trigger is flat-faced with a 4.5 lbs pull. Offered with standard or threaded barrel. The MR918L will fit 17-size holsters, as well as 19-size holsters with an open end.

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AUSA 19 – MOOG’s Reconfigurable Integrated Weapons Platforms Features PASEO Sight by SAFRAN Optics 1

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Weapon integrator MOOG has incorporated the SAFRAN Optics 1 PASEO Modular Advanced Stabilized Sight on their Reconfigurable Integrated – Weapons Platform.

RIwP is a remote turret which can be configured in multiple ways including for multiple missiles, direct fire weapons and sight combinations. All direct fire weapons feature reload under armor for increased crew protection.

RIwP is currently being offered as an upgrade to the US Army’s Stryker as well for the SHort Range Air Defense system.

PASEO incorporates day color HDTV cameras, cooled thermal imager, and eye-safe laser rangefinder. The day cameras allow continuous, motionless zoom. Images are always stabilized, even while on the move. The system provides panoramic scan mode for 360 deg coverage and when connected to an Inertial Navigation System, threat geo-location. It can also be armored for increased survivability.

Dual PASEO systems are currently deployed on the Cockerill 3000 series vehicle. One is used by the vehicle commander and the second by the gunner to allow independent Target acquisition and overall situational awareness.

AUSA 19 – B&T Universal Service Weapon for P320

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

In the comments in the article about the P320 lower for the B&T APC-9, there was some confusion over the USW and APC-9.

This is a drop in lower receiver for the SIG P320 Fire Control Unit and Slide rather than a full firearm. Like the original USW, it also incorporates a right-side, fixed-length, side-folding stock.

It also requires a P320 magazine release. Additionally, a red dot optic can be mounted, but it has to be on the P320 slide you’ve provided.

Saab and Boeing Conduct Successful Test Firing of Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Saab has together with Boeing conducted a successful long-range test firing of the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway.

The test firing took place at the Andøya Test Center in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20 foot container.

“In collaboration with Boeing, we have developed a highly competent system that offers high precision at long range. We see a lot of potential in the GLSDB, since it provides armed forces around the world with a long range artillery capability, which there is a great demand for”, says Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab business area Dynamics.

GLSDB is a partnership between Saab and Boeing. The GLSDB system stands out with its high accuracy over long ranges, and has the ability to fly complex trajectories and maneuvers to strike targets that cannot be reached by conventional direct and indirect fire weapons. It is launcher independent, which means that it can be fired from a containerized solution as well as any launcher capable of using the M26 launch pod container e.g. HIMARS, M270 and ChunMoo. The containerized solution can also be used onboard ships, providing GLSDB with the ability be fired from both land and sea assets.

“Boeing and Saab bring together deep knowledge of precision weapon systems and the ability to rapidly integrate and test solutions,” said Cindy Gruensfelder, vice president, Boeing Weapons. “Combining our companies’ expertise, experience and resources have resulted in an advanced, cost efficient, supportable global rocket artillery solution that brings warfighters the level of capability needed to combat current and future threats in a joint force environment.”

GLSDB gives land and naval forces a mobile, organic capability to hit targets that were previously out of their reach. This is achieved by taking advantage of the Small Diameter Bomb’s inherent maneuverability and accuracy. GLSDB is the ultimate long-range solution, combining affordability and performance, and meets the evolving needs of armed forces today and tomorrow.

AUSA 19 – B&T APC-9 with P-320 Compatible Lower

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Brügger & Thomet, Swiss manufacturers of the APC-9 introduced lower receivers compatible with magazines for the 9mm Glock G17-series and SIG P320.

PRO customers, which are government procurements, can already order their APC-9s with either standard, Glock or SIg lower, in order to be compatible with their issue sidearms.

These will be available soon as an upgrade for commercial orders. On the APC-9, the upper receiver is serialized so the lower doesn’t require a transfer.