• Indian Army completes self-propelled howitzer trials

    The Indian Army has completed trials for two 155 mm/52 calibre howitzer systems and is preparing a report for the Ministry of Defence. Official sources said two competing 155 mm/52 cal towed gun systems and two 155 mm/52 cal self-propelled tracked howitzers recently completed maintainability

  • Brunei's new OPV makes maiden voyage home from Germany

    The Royal Brunei Navy's (RBN's) fourth Darussalam (PV 80)-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), KDB Daruttaqwa , began its maiden voyage on 15 July, sailing from Lemwerder in Germany towards Brunei. The 80 m vessel will join three other ships in class, KDB Darussalam , KDB Darulehsan , and KDB

  • China decommissions Hainan-class 'submarine chaser' for use in target practice

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) held a retirement ceremony for a Hainan (Type 037)-class fast attack patrol craft on 16 July at a naval port in Zhoushan, according to a statement released by China's Ministry of National Defence (MND). According to the MND, the decommissioned vessel will be

  • India excludes HAL from medium transport aircraft programme

    The Indian government has ended the monopoly of the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in domestic aircraft manufacturing by excluding it from the stalled INR120 billion (USD2 billion) Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) programme. Signing off on the MTA procurement, which will involve the

  • Indonesian shipbuilders begin building KCR-40-class missile craft

    Indonesian shipbuilders PT Palindo Marine Industry and PT Citra Shipyard have begun construction of four KCR-40-class anti-ship missile craft being built for the Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL), TNI-AL public affairs spokesperson Captain Suradi Agung Slamet

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  • AgustaWestland funded for FASGW integration on Wildcat

    AgustaWestland has received a GBP90 million (USD153.8 million) contract amendment from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) under which it will integrate the respective 'Light' and 'Heavy' variants of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) onto the Royal Navy's (RN's) new Wildcat HMA.2 small
  • IDF releases Iron Dome interception rate

    Israel's Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86% of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation 'Protective Edge', according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). "Since the beginning of the operation, more than 1,260 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards
  • Farnborough 2014: Thales debuts Talios pod

    Thales has released additional details for their new Thales Optronique targeting pod, known as Pod de Désignation Laser de Nouvelle Génération (PDL NG) for the French Air Force and has given it the company name Talios, at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014. Designed as a
  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:


  • 40 mm Bofors L/70 (SAK 40L/70-315/350/520); Bofors 40 mm Mk 3; SAK 40 L/70 Mk 3; Oto Melara Twin 40L70 (Compact Naval Mount)/106/107/520/564/Daewoo Vespa 40 mm L/70k(T); NADM 330; Fath

    Type Multipurpose cannon. Development With the introduction of jet aircraft into military service from 1944 onwards it became clear to AB Bofors (later Bofors Weapon Systems and since September 2000 Bofors Defence AB and from 9 August 2005 BAE Systems Bofors AB) that the 40 mm L/60 weapon would

  • BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa Olifant MBT

    Development It has been revealed that before the introduction of the Olifant Mk 1A there were a number of other Centurion MBT upgrades in South Africa. In 1972, the Centurion was fitted with a V-12 fuel-injected petrol engine developing 810 hp coupled to a new three-speed (two forward and one

  • Leopard 2 (Pz 87 Leo) MBT

    Development Between August 1981 and June 1982, two German Leopard 2 (120 mm smoothbore gun) and two American M1 (105 mm rifled gun) MBTs underwent technical and user trials in Switzerland. In August 1983, Switzerland selected the Leopard 2 and late in 1984 the Swiss Parliament authorised the

  • M-84 MBT

    Development In 1977, Yugoslavia (which no longer exists as a separate country) decided to build the Russian T-72 MBT under licence and by 1979 all of the documents and drawings required to build the tank had been received. The next two years were spent carrying out detailed changes to the drawings