• Iran's 23 mm Gatling gun emerges from the shadows

    The Asefeh rotary cannon that Iran says it is developing for use in a close-in weapon system (CIWS) was finally seen in its entirety on 28 September. Iran announced in November 2013 that it was working on the three-barrelled weapon, but only the front of the barrels and their muzzle shroud were

  • Iraqi Army shows off new Russian air defence systems

    The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 30 September that it has taken delivery of Pantsyr-S1 mobile short-range air defence systems and Igla-1 (SA-24) man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) from Russia. Photographs and a video released by the MoD showed at least three Pantsyr-S1

  • Portugal set to buy Danish patrol boats

    Portugal is expected to procure from the Royal Danish Navy (RDN) four modular patrol boats developed under Denmark's Standard Flex (or Stanflex) concept. With technical support from the Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguesa), the Portuguese procurement arm DGAIED (Direção-Geral de Armamento

  • SEWIP Block 2 set for at-sea operational test

    Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training has completed the installation of a first SLQ-32(V) shipborne electronic warfare (EW) system upgraded under Block 2 of the US Navy's (USN's) Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP). According to the company, the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class

  • Thai Air Force selects Piaggio Avanti II for recon role

    The Royal Thai Air Force has signed a contract to buy a Piaggio P.180 Avanti II aircraft to fulfill a requirement for a photo reconnaissance aircraft, the Italian company announced on 30 September. The P.180 Avanti II will be "customised for territorial multifunctional surveillance, featuring

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  • Boeing begins delivering new MH-47Gs to SOCOM

    Key Points Boeing has delivered the first of eight new-build MH-47G Chinooks to SOCOM The G-model has larger fuel tanks, an aerial refuelling system, DAFCS, and unique electronic warfare capabilities US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) received its first new-build Boeing MH-47G Chinook
  • Saab unveils Carl Gustaf M4

    Saab debuted a new variant of its Carl Gustaf 84 mm shoulder-fired recoilless rifle, the M4, during a series of demonstration firings at the Bofors Test Center at Karlskoga, Sweden, on 24 September. The latest version of the nearly 70-year-old weapon system has been designed to offer significant
  • Czech Republic launches air defence radar tender

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) launched international tender on 30 September for 3D mobile air defence radar (MADR) systems worth up to CZK1.7 billion (USD70 million). The MoD would like to procure at least five systems by the end of 2017 to replace Russian-designed P-37 (1RL139) 'Bar Lock' 2D
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House

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