• Army-2017: Kalashnikov develops SVCh family of sniper rifles

    Russia's Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has developed the Chukavin SVCh family of semi-automatic sniper rifles, which it unveiled at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow. The family comprises three rifles chambered for the

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    Russia's Tractor Plants Concern has showcased the BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) upgraded with the new Sinitsa (Titmouse) combat compartment at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow from 22–27 August. The Sinitsa is essentially a

  • Army-2017: VPK showcases BTR-87 APC

    Russia's Military Industrial Company (VPK) has unveiled the BTR-87 armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition, outside Moscow. The vehicle on display features a frontally mounted powerpack, with the troop compartment located in the rear. The APC is

  • Cobham wins KF-X weapons system contract as supply chain grows

    Cobham announced on 22 August that it had been awarded a contract from Sacheon-based Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) for munition carriage and release equipment. According to Cobham, the contract will see the firm deliver an undisclosed number of Weapon Ejector Launcher (WEL) systems to KAI by

  • General Atomics aims for Protector UK military certification by 2021

    Key Points GA-ASI hopes to have its Protector UAV variant UK military certified by 2021 This could eventually lead to certification to fly in civil airspace and a new market for UAVs General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) is aiming to have its Protector, a variant of its Certifiable

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  • Elite assistance: the future of special forces partnering

    Special forces from a number of Western nations are providing key support to the various units tasked with kicking the Islamic State out of Raqqa: the militant Islamists' last remaining major stronghold. Andrew White reports
  • Rotary role: Exploring QEC’s LPH utility

    With HMS Ocean scheduled to leave service next year, the Royal Navy is set to press the QEC class into service in its place, Giles Ebbutt reports
  • Riverine warriors: The Colombian Marine Corps

    This year, on the 80th anniversary of its formation, the Colombian Marine Corps is characterised by an evolving security environment, marked by the progress made in the implementation of the peace accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) following six decades of armed conflict. Erwan de Cherisey reports
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  • NORINCO rolls out VP10 8x8 vehicle variants

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has developed new variants of its export-oriented 8x8 VP10 armoured personnel carrier (APC), Jane's has learnt. The baseline VP10 APC is typically operated by a two-person crew, and carries up to 12 dismounts in the rear troop compartment. The vehicle is
  • Indonesia's Dirgantara N219 completes maiden flight

    Key Points Indonesia has completed the maiden flight of its N219 twin-turboprop aircraft Flight paves the way for further tests and certifications for the programme, which was originally scheduled to begin serial production in 2015 State-owned firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has flown its

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