Daily Archives: April 11, 2016

Watch a Russian RPG Shell Slice Through a Reinforced Concrete Bunker


17:38 09.04.2016(updated 20:30 09.04.2016)

Journalists from the Russian news network Zvezda released a video showing the test firing of the RPG-28 Klyukva (Cranberry), a handheld Russian anti-tank rocket launcher.

A Russian RPG-28 Klyukva (Cranberry) handheld anti-tank grenade launcher was tested in the presence of journalists from the Russian news network Zvezda; the video shows the RPG-28’s shell easily piercing through a reinforced concrete wall two meters thick.

“The shock wave was so powerful that we could hear the tremble of the bunker from where we watched the test. Also, a car alarm system was set off a few kilometers away due to the grenade launcher firing,” journalists said.

Unveiled in 2007, the RPG-28 is designed to defeat modern and future tanks as well as fortified infantry with advanced reactive and composite armor.

The RPG-28, a portable, disposable anti-tank rocket launcher with a single shot capacity, closely resembles the RPG-27.

The 12-kg RPG-28 has a larger diameter round which allows it to achieve higher armor penetration performance. The grenade launcher’s round is a 125-mm tandem shaped charge with a range of 300 meters.



RPG-28 light anti-armour weapon

Reactive anti-tank grenade RPG-28 in firing positionReactive anti-tank grenade RPG-28 in firing position

The Bazalt State Research and Production Enterprise developed the RPG-28 disposable heavy anti-tank rocket launcher in the early 2000s.

The project aimed to develop an expendable man-portable rocket-launcher with the maximum penetration of armour of advanced main battle tanks, while preserving acceptable weight and dimensions. The RPG-28 can also efficiently kill enemy manpower in defensive fortifications and buildings. The rocket launcher is designed to boost combat capabilities of Army units.

In order to increase penetration the calibre of the main warhead of the PG-28 round was increased up to 125 mm. The precursor charge with a piezoelectric fuse, just like that of the RPG-27, detonates when the round hits the ERA, destroys it, and sends a pulse to detonate the main warhead. At the same time a shaped-charge jet forms after the ERA is defeated, thus, the ERA explosion does not deform the shaped-charge jet of the main warhead and does not reduce its penetration. As a result, the PG-28 rocket is capable of defeating protection of any modern main battle tank.

An increase of calibre brought the weight of the RPG-28 up to 12 kg. The effective range of fire amounts to 300 m. It lakes three simple actions to set up the rocket launcher from the travelling position or tear it down from the combat position A heavier weight and a greater length of the RPG-28 have decreased the manoeuvrability of the rocket launcher operator, as compared with that of infantrymen, firing RPG-26S. However, the deterioration of the above-mentioned characteristics is totally offset by the boosted ability to kill targets, fitted with ERA.

Specifications RPG-28

Warhead calibre, mm………………………………………………..125
Overall weighs, kg……………………………………………………..12
Length, travelling, mm…………………………………………….1200
Effecisve range of fire, m…………………………………………..300
Deployment time, sec…………………………………………up to 10
Penetration, mm
homogeneous armour……………………………….900 behing ERA


Pakistan wants to upgrade JF-17 fighter with Thales’ Damocles targeting pod


Rapid Fire | Monday, April 11, 2016

Pakistan wants to upgrade its air force further, which may include Thales’ Damocles targeting pod for its latest JF-17 fighters. The request comes as it continues to battle Taliban militants in its northern regions, while also engaging in fighting against a separatist uprising on its border with Iran. At present, Islamabad is set to retire its older Dassault Mirage C-7 fighters, while its newer F-16s are only capable of precision targeting. Incorporating the third generation targeting pod on the JF-17 will allow the PAF greater flexibility in counter-terrorism operations, while not breaking the bank economically.

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DAMOCLES – Multi-function Targeting pod

Multi-function pod with a laser designation function to provide a day/night smart weapons guidance capability as well as a full suite of sensors for navigation and airto-
air target identification roles.

Currently in service, combat proven and integrated on Mirage 2000, Mirage F1, RAFALE, SEM, SU-30, Tornado and Typhoon.

DAMOCLES – Multi-function Targeting pod @thalesgroup.com



  • Compatible with laser guided weapons, INS/GPS guided missiles and imagery-guided weapons
  • Attacks in autonomous or cooperative mode, using integrated laser spot tracker and laser marker
  • Long range damage assessment capability
  • Target recognition capability
  • 3D localisation
  • Integrated navigation FLIR


  • Medium range day/night small targets reconnaissance Air-to-Air
  • Day/night visual airborne target identification


  • Powerful laser and high resolution imagery provide the aircraft with a stand-off range and tactical ground/air defence system survivability
  • Advanced technology featuring state-of-the-art staring array detector effective at long range
  • Robust new generation tracking systems
  • Superior image processing



  • 3rd generation detector
  • Spectral band: 3-5 μm
  • Field of View:

– Wide FoV: 4° x 3°

– Narrow FoV: 1° x 0.75°

– Electronic magnification: x2

Laser range-finding

  • Wavelength: 1.5 μm
  • Eye-safe

Laser designation

  • Wavelength: 1.06 μm
  • STANAG 3733

Laser spot tracker

  • Wavelength: 1.06 μm

Laser marker

  • Wavelength: 0.8 μm
fiches_damocles-gb_sans_repere-hdDAMOCLES – Multi-function Targeting pod @thalesgroup.com

See details of JF-17: HERE


A decision on replacement of Portugal’s C-130 fleet is expected soon, with Embraer’s latest KC-390 a likely option

Embraer’s Multinational KC-390 Tactical Air Transport Program

Monday Apr 11, 2016

KC-390 medium transport jet: A decision on the replacement of Portugal’s C-130 fleet is expected to be made soon, with Embraer’s latest KC-390 a likely option. The comments were made by defense minister, Azeredo Lopes, after a visit to the Brazilian company’s two Portuguese plants in Evora, where parts for the heavy-lifter are manufactured. Lopes added that despite recent NATO standard modernizations to the C-130 fleet, the planes only had about ten years left before retirement. If Embraer get the go ahead, they will provide up to six KC-390s to Portugal.


See related post:

Embraer Says KC-390 Back on Schedule

See details of KC-390: HERE

BAE Systems to produce new Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) for Japan

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to produce new Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs) for the Japanese Ministry of Defense. This contract supports the ongoing development of an amphibious capability within the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force.

BAE Systems to produce new Assault Amphibious Vehicles AAV for Japan 640 001AAV7A1 Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV). (Photo: BAE Systems)

“We’re proud to support the Japanese military’s recapitalization by providing this enhanced amphibious capability,” said DeanMedland, vice president of programs at BAE Systems’ Combat Vehicles business. “As the original equipment manufacturer of the AAV fleet, we have a strong history of supporting this platform.”

BAE Systems will provide 30 new AAV7A1 Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard (RAM/RS) vehicles, plus supply tools and test equipment to support maintenance. The company will also provide training aids for the vehicles to the Japanese military.

The AAV7A1 RAM/RS variant provides a more powerful engine and drive train, as well as an upgraded suspension system, allowing the new vehicles to meet or exceed original AAV7A1 performance. The variant also provides improved mobility, command, control, and repair capabilities while transporting troops and cargo from ship to shore.

Work on the contract will take place at BAE Systems’ York, Pennsylvania facility. Production is expected to begin in August with vehicle deliveries beginning one year later. Final delivery to Japan is expected to take place by the end of 2017.



See related post:

US Marine Corps – Assault Amphibious Vehicle Survivability Upgrade Program [1080p]

AAV7A1 Assault Amphibious Vehicle

The Assault Amphibious Vehicle AAV7A1 is a fully-tracked amphibious landing vehicle manufactured by Samsung Techwin and United Defense (now part of BAE Systems Land & Armaments).

The AAV7A1 family currently serves as amphibious troop transport vehicles for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). It is used to ground surface assault components and equipment of the landing forces in a single lift from assault ships during amphibious operations. It also supports mechanised operations ashore.

The AAV7A1 of the USMC are often referred to as Amtracks.

The vehicle designated Korea Amphibious Assault Vehicle (KAAV) KAAV7A1 is in service with the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. AAV7A1 was also exported to Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Italy, Taiwan, Spain, Thailand and Venezuela.

The AAV7A1 features a vessel-shaped hull. The headlight clusters are housed in a square recess. The improved versions are fitted with new instrument panel, a night vision device and a new ventilation system.

The hydraulically controlled bow plane provides stability when operating afloat. Extra protection is provided by the enhanced applique armor kits (EAAK).

Enhanced applique armor kits (EAAK)


The new turret carries an MK19 40mm grenade launcher (K4) and a .50 machine gun (K6) in a coaxial mount.

The weapon station allows the gunner to engage targets within 1,500m range and to traverse a full 360° at a speed of 45° per second.

MK19 40mm grenade launcher (K4) @iracllc.com MK19 40mm grenade launcher (K4) and a .50 machine gun (K6) in a coaxial mount. @armyrecognition.com


The all-welded aluminium hull safeguards the crew from small arms fire, shell splinters and flash bums. The enhanced applique armor (EAAK) fitted to the hull suppresses the residual penetration of shaped charge munitions.

The AAV7A1 is also installed with auto fire suppression and NBC protection system for enhanced survivability.


The AAV7A1 is powered by a 400hp turbocharged multi-fuel, liquid cooled V-8 diesel engine coupled to a HS-400-3A1 automatic transmission integrating shifting, steering and braking functions in one unit.


The two 14,000gpm water jet pumps provide a cruising speed of 9.7km/h on the sea and the ability to negotiate 10ft plunging surfs flowing towards sea or shore.

The flat track torsion bar suspension system with heavy-duty shock absorbers provides excellent mobility over all terrains at a top speed of 72.4km/h.




Algeria has upped its orders of Mi-28NE helicopters

Algerian Arms Deal Brings Russia $7.5 billion, Gas Market Leverage

Apr 11, 2016 00:40 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

Algeria has upped its orders of Mi-28NE helicopters from the eight initially reported in January to 42, according to a Russian newspaper. A further 19 of the “Night-Hunter” helicopters will also make their way to Iraq. The helicopters have recently seen action in Syria battling Islamic State militants, and it has been said that the radio-electronic jamming systems on board easily suppressed man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) deployed against them by the insurgents. With interest being expressed from over half a dozen nations spanning from Latin America to South East Asia, the helicopter is certainly selling itself well during its recent military activity.

A February 2006 report noted that a $4 billion arms sale was brewing between Algeria and Russia involving fighter aircraft, tanks, and air defense systems, with the possibility of additional equipment. Those options came through the following month, as a high-level Russian delegation in Algeria closed up to $7.5 billion worth of arms contracts. The Algerian package remains post-Soviet Russia’s largest single arms deal. As an instructive comparison, annual Russian weapons export orders from all customers were just $5-6 billion per year in 2004 and 2005.

Reuters South Africa quoted Rosoboronexport chief Sergei Chemezov as saying that “Practically all types of arms which we have are included, anti-missile systems, aviation, sea and land technology.” The actual contents of that deal were murky, though DID offers triangulation among several sources to help sort out the confusion. A number of these deals have evolved over time, and other public-source information has helped to sharpen the picture a bit. The subsequent crash of Algeria’s MiG-29 deal, and its ripple effects, are also discussed.


See related post:

Russia to start fitting Mi-24 gunships with Vitebsk electronic warfare system

When Quality Matters: ‘Russia’s Successes Fuel Interest in Our Weapons’

Algeria request to test the Su-35

Russia, Algeria To Sign Deal for Su-34 Sale by End of 2016

Algeria ordered 40 Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters

Algeria to get dual-control Mi-28 helicopters

See details of Mi-28: HERE