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JMSDF Tested its XSSM Anti-Ship Missile against Barracuda USV-MT Target

At MAST Asia 2017 (Maritime Air Systems & Technologies), the naval defense exhibition held last week in Tokyo, Navy Recognition learned that Japan’s Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA), a branch of the MoD, used a surface target from Canadian company Qinetiq Target Systems to test one of its latest generation anti-ship missile: the XSSM.

Qinetiq’s Barracuda unmanned surface vehicle – missile target (USV-MT) is a 9 meters fiberglass hull RHIB powered by a D4 300hp marine diesel engine. Navy Recognition learned that the RHIB comes from French company Zodiac Milpro (specifically from the Zodiac Hurricane product line). Like the USV-T series on which it is based, the USV-MT operates at speeds up to 25+ knots in sea state 3, and is de

signed to carry significant weapons and performance measurement payloads for test and evaluation purposes. Read entire article Here 

Barracuda™ USV-T

Qinetiq’s Barracuda unmanned surface vehicle – missile target (USV-MT)

The target can tow several external targets for countermeasure operations.

Based on a modified navy standard, the Barracuda USV-T is a rigid hull inflatable boat powered by a 225 hp marine diesel engine. It is operated via remote line-of-sight speed and course controls.  GPS enables self-contained tracking. Telemetry and video signals provide users with system performance and position information.

The Barracuda USV-T operated by our UTCS, a STANAG 4586-compliant control station. Source

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OMTAS anti-tank and anti-armor missiles

In 2007 the company «Roketsan» and the Secretariat of the military industry have signed a contract for the implementation of the modification of “OMTAS” for the support of the armed forces of the modern anti-tank. Phase number 1 — design, preliminary design and construction of prototypes completed in 2009. Phase number 2 — the flight (with / without GOS) and the qualification tests will be completed in 2013. Have been conducted to date flight tests without the GOS in 2012 will be flight tests with the GOS. Full tests will take place in ’13. Phase number 3 expected to begin in 2014, which would mean the mass production and adoption of the complex. Source

Product Description

OMTAS, developed by Roketsan for infantry units, is a surface to surface anti-tank missile system. With the advanced technology it has, it is effective against all armored threats in the field.

OMTAS, with its 4 km maximum range and 200 m minimum range, can function in all weather conditions, day and night. OMTAS, which can be used in fire-forget and fire-update modes, with the elasticity provided by its target update capability, offers possibilities to fire in covered position, to fire at targets behind cover, to point precisely and to evaluate the effectiveness of the hit, can be used against fixed and moving targets.

OMTAS is an surface to surface anti-tank missile with infrared sensor head which has a range of 4 km used against armored targets, having locking in before/after firing and fire-forget/ fire -update.

Basic Properties

  • Insensitive Ammunition (Level V)
  • Tandem Warhead Effective Against Reactive Armor
  • IIR Sensor Head
  • Locking Before and After Firing
  • Fire-Forget/ Fire-Update
  • Data Link with the Launcher
  • Smokeless Composite Propellant Technology
  • NSN Availability

Technical Specifications

Diameter 160 mm
Max. Range 4 km
Min. Range 0,2 km
Weight 35 kg (Composite Tune Included)
Propellant Type HTPB-based reduced smoke composite propellant
Warhead Type Insensitive tandem warhead effective against armor with reactive protection
Guidance Imaging Infrared (IIR)
Target Types Heavily Armored/Armored Vehicles
Assault Types Directly from above
Launcher Imager System Thermal and TV Camera


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Colombian Navy receives new riverine patrol craft

Erwan de Cherisey, Paris – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

31 May 2017

The Colombian Navy (ARC) has received a new LPR 40 MK II riverine patrol craft, which was delivered by the Colombian Science and Technology Corporation of Naval, Maritime, and Riverine Industry Development (COTECMAR).

The vessel, christened ARC Río Cusiana , was delivered at the company’s facilities in Cartagena on 30 May, a COTECMAR source told Jane’s .

This LPR 40 MK II is the eighth unit delivered to the ARC under a contract for nine such craft that was signed in December 2014.

The LPR 40 MK II is 12.7 m long, has a 2.8 m beam, and a 12.5-tonne displacement.

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River patrol boat project LPR-40 Mk II

River patrol boat project the LPR-40 Mk II Navy of Brazil, developed and manufactured jointly by the public engineering company EMGEPRON Navy Brazilian and Colombian company COTECMAR (Corporacion de Ciencia y Tecnologia para el Desarrollo de la Industria Naval, Maritima y Fluvial), in the framework of the project BPA (Buque Patrullero Amazonico – «patrol ship to the Amazon”). LPR-40 Mk II project river patrol boat designed specifically for use on the river. Amazon.

LPR-cutter 40 Mk II equipped with two shooting positions in the fore and aft parts, which can be mounted machine gun turret Mk 95 (two paired gun Hummingbird 12.7 mm) and Mk 93 (12.7 mm machine gun or a 40 mm automatic grenade ). LPR-40 Mk II equipped with radar detection surface targets R70 company “Raytheon”.

In addition, there are two 7.62-mm machine guns in the superstructure. In order to enhance data boats using their transportation efficiency can be C-130 “Hercules” military transport aircraft.

A total of four patrol boats ordered by the Ministry of Defense of Brazil LPR-40 Mk II: two for the Navy and land forces of the country.

Specifications river patrol boat LPR-40 Mk II:

Draft, m: 12 m;

Length m: 12.7;

Width m 2.8;

Sediment, m: 0.65;

Propulsion: two diesel C-9 “Caterpillar” with a capacity of 503 liters. with working on two water-jet propulsion “Hamiltondzhet.”;

The cruising speed, kt .: 28;

Maximum speed .: 38 knots;

Cruising, miles: 513 (at a speed of 25 knots stroke.);

Endurance, days: 5;

Crew .: 4;

Troopers, pers .: 10