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VALIDATION OF MULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEM AMMUNITION EFFECTS IN ROVAJÄRVI
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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.Source: Finnish Army


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HELSINKI -- The Finnish Defence Forces has increased its readiness for long-range fires. The Army conducted test firing to validate the effectiveness and precision of the multiple launch rocket system ammunition in Rovajärvi on 16-17 November 2020.

The Army successfully conducted the test firing to validate the effectiveness and precision of the multiple launch rocket system GMLRS (Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System) Unitary rockets for point effects precision fire, and that of GMLRS AW (Alternative Warhead) rockets for engaging area targets for area effects in long-range fires.

The multiple launch rocket system is part of the Finnish Defence Forces’ system for joint effects with the capability for engaging located targets from land, sea and air. The test firing was conducted to test the Army and Air Force long-range standoff fires capabilities for joint effects on the same target. The firing also involved testing forward observation and validating the effectiveness of the fire.

The multiple launch rocket system GMLRS ammunition supplements the Finnish Defence Forces’ array of joint effects. With a range of approximately 80 kilometers, the GLMRS Unitary rocket explodes on target, whereas the GMLRS AW projectile with area effects spreads fragmentation exploding above the target.

"We have now validated the multiple launch rocket system capability by GMLRS rockets. We are capable of engaging area and point targets at increasingly long distances. We can be proud of our artillery system’s capability," said Artillery Inspector Colonel Pertti Holma.

The test firing is part of the systematic development of Army fires and effects.

The decision on procuring the multiple launch rocket system GMLRS ammunition dates back to 2016. The procurement acquisition provides the Army with a capability for new wide-ranging effects. The utilization of the multiple launch rocket system purchased in 2006 is now increasingly effective and with access to a more versatile selection of munition.

Source:  Finnish Army
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U.K. GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN LELANTOS COMMAND, CONTROL AND COMMUNICATION PROGRAM
Monday, November 23, 2020
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.Source: CDW


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LONDON -- IT solutions specialist CDW announced an agreement with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) and NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) headquarters in Gloucester, U.K., to deliver a two-year Agile technical innovation contract for a Command, Control and Communication (C3) program named LELANTOS.

ARRC is NATO’s rapidly deployable headquarters that acts as a nerve center for operations and crisis response. CDW - the world’s largest IT technology enabler - and Viasat UK Ltd, a global leader in communication technologies, have partnered on the two-year program, which will enable a more survivable, maneuverable and deployable headquarters.

Program LELANTOS will involve regular technological innovation, as well as the wider digital transformation of HQ ARRC, and is part of a range of initiatives that demonstrate the U.K.’s continued commitment to the NATO alliance.

The program will exploit multiple streams of state-of-the-art and SME technology and will deliver enhancements to the battlefield both at home and deployed. Over the course of the program, decision-makers and technicians at the MoD, ARRC, CDW and Viasat will collaborate and develop integrated systems, making use of agile technical and commercial processes.

The program, originally referred to as ‘Agile C3 Experimentation’, was put out to open tender on the U.K. government’s procurement platform, the Crown Commercial Service. CDW and Viasat partnered to win the contract in a competitive tender.

Source:  CDW
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RBSL AWARDED £860M SUBCONTRACT FOR UK MOD’S MECHANISED INFANTRY VEHICLE PROGRAM
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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TELFORD, UK -- In a Group-internal transaction, Rheinmetall Landsysteme has awarded Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) a subcontract to manufacture more than 260 Boxer vehicles for the UK MOD’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) program. The Command and Special Carrier variants will be produced at RBSL’s facility in Telford, Shropshire.

The subcontract, worth about £860 million (€960 million), marks a significant milestone for the program, following the £2.3 billion MIV contract awarded to ARTEC, the Rheinmetall and KMW consortium in December 2019.

The contract will create and sustain over 200 skilled jobs in and around Telford, with the complete program creating and sustaining more than 1,000 jobs nationally. The award of this contract will allow RBSL to provide work and training opportunities to more than 60 apprentices over the next five years, which is anticipated to be replicated across the UK supply chain.

The MIV program aims to source 60%, by value, of the contract from within the UK. To achieve this, RBSL is part of the MIV Joint Procurement Team, which has engaged with suppliers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The team has issued over 250 requests for quotations, and RBSL has completed numerous detailed supplier audits.

By working with a vibrant UK supply chain, the MIV program will help support economic growth and level-up regional economic opportunity. The MIV program aims to support and enhance the UK supply chain, including SMEs. It will also ensure that the UK has, in country, the skills and expertise to support the vehicles throughout their operational life.

Millions of pounds of investment will be made across British industry in training and capital equipment, increasing productivity throughout the supply chain. RBSL alone is making a £20 million investment in its Telford site to improve infrastructure, provide state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, and deliver some of the highest standards of training for specialist capabilities, such as welding.

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said:

"Investment in Defence is an investment into British industry and this Boxer contract will create and sustain thousands of skilled jobs throughout the country over its lifetime. Defense contracts like this at RBSL in Telford will modernize and upgrade our Armed Forces whilst helping the nation build back better from the Covid-19 pandemic."

The MIV program

In November 2019, ARTEC, a joint venture between two German companies - Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann - signed the £2.3 billion contract to deliver 500+ Boxer vehicles to the British Army.

The vehicles will be manufactured in the UK, with production subcontracted equally between Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) and WFEL. The companies will undertake fabrication of the armored vehicle structures together with assembly, integration and test of the complete vehicles at their respective facilities in Telford and Stockport.

The MIV contract will sustain jobs at RBSL and WFEL sites across the UK, as well as a vibrant national supply chain. The plan is to source more than 60%, by value, of the contract from within the UK, protecting the UK’s sovereign engineering and manufacturing skills and ensuring that the vehicles remain supported through their 30-year operational life.

Boxer

Boxer is a state-of-the-art wheeled armored vehicle with outstanding mobility and protection features. Its design allows for any Mission Module configuration with a payload of up to circa 15 tonnes. So far, more than 800 vehicles in various configurations have been supplied to, or ordered by, three NATO nations - Germany, the Netherlands and Lithuania - as well as Australia. The Australian armed forces are introducing the Boxer under the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) project.

RBSL’s Telford site

RBSL’s Telford site, originally GKN-Sankey, then Alvis Vickers, and lastly BAE Systems Land UK, has produced a large number of armoured vehicles for the British Army and for export, including the FV430 series (now Bulldog), Warrior, Desert Warrior, Piranha 2, Saxon, Tactica, and Urgent Operational Requirements for recent operations.

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