Lockheed Martin & Rheinmetall are planning on hosting a demonstration of their new GMARS launcher at the end of next year. The system is being developed in anticipation of the Bundeswehr releasing a tender to replace their MARS II MLRS. GMARS has 2 pods instead of HIMARS' 1, allowing it to carry up to 12 GMLRS, 4 PrSM, or 2 ATACMS. GMARS will also give European states the option of buying a locally produced system without forfeiting access to Lockheed's aforementioned MLRS Family of Munitions, which is rapidly becoming a de facto NATO standard. Via @elisabethmalom1 for @defense_news
🇮🇱 @RAFAELdefense has completed a test for its SPYDER ground-based mobile air defense system in its newest All in One configuration. The test, which was conducted last month in 🇮🇱, involved intercepting a unmanned aerial vehicle, achieving a direct and effective hit.
he US Army is cancelling its next generation Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program, service officials announced today, taking a potential multi-billion-dollar contract off the table and throwing the service’s long-term aviation plans into doubt.In addition, the Army plans to end production on the UH-60 V Black Hawk in fiscal 2025, due to "significant cost growth," keep General Electric's Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) in the development phase instead of moving it into production, and phase the Shadow and Raven unmanned aerial systems out of the fleet, the service added.All told, it reflects a massive shift in the Army's aviation strategy and upends years of planning. There is also an ironic sense of history repeating: the decision to end FARA comes two decades to the month after the Army ended its plans to procure the RAH-66 Comanche and nearly 16 years after it terminated work on the ARH-70A Arapaho, both aircraft designed to replace the Kiowa — the same helicopter FARA was supposed to, finally, replace.(...)Although the Army still has a requirement for a FARA-like capability, Rainey said the service does not plan to kickstart another manned Kiowa replacement effort like it has done in the past. Instead, it will invest elsewhere, especially on the unmanned side, to fulfill the Kiowa’s role as an armed scout operating ahead of other units in war zones.Just what those final investments will look like will take time to emerge, but Bush said the service plans to use a portion of the billions of dollars freed up, to invest in four spots inside the aviation portfolio.Ink a new multi-year procurement deal with Lockheed-Sikorsky for the UH-60M Blackhawk line.Give Boeing the greenlight to formally begin production on the CH-47F Block II Chinook.Continue Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) development as planned.Additional investments for developing and buying unmanned aerial reconnaissance systems like the future tactical unmanned systems and launched effects.[continua]