• Czechs donate ammunition to Iraqi Kurds

    The Czech government on 27 August agreed to donate CZK41 million (USD2 million) in surplus Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) small arms ammunition and hand grenades to the government of Iraqi Kurdistan as part of the latter's efforts against Muslim insurgents on its territory. The Ministry of

  • Turkey weighs options in T-Loramids missile programme

    Turkey has once again requested an extension of the three rival bids in its T-Loramids air- and missile-defence system programme. The latest extension will maintain the validity of the pricing in the bids until the end of 2014, and could indicate that Turkey is moving away from its initial

  • 3-D printing promises radical change for equipment procurement and support, says NAVAIR

    An AV-8B Harrier aircraft damaged during a hard landing on board a US Navy amphibious assault ship has been rapidly repaired and returned to service using additive manufacturing (AM) technology, according to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Technicians at Fleet Readiness Centre East (FRCE), part

  • Colombia receives final T-90 Calima primary trainer

    The Colombian Air Force's Air Maintenance Command (CAMAN) received its 25th and final T-90 Calima primary trainer on 26 August, the command announced. The T-90 Calima was selected to replace the long-serving Beechcraft T-34 Mentor in the Military Aviation School Marco Fidel Suárez located in

  • Dutch to withdraw Patriots from Turkey

    The Netherlands is to withdraw its Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air (SAM) missile batteries from Turkey in January 2015, citing strain on personnel and a pending technical modification. The Dutch deployed two of its three Patriot Fire Units from the Defence Ground-Based Air Defence Command (DGBADC),

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  • F-16V radar integration clears way for Taiwan upgrade

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has integrated an AESA radar onto an F-16V, its designation for its latest upgrade suite for legacy aircraft Taiwan can now begin receiving the upgrade to 144 of its Block 20 F-16A/Bs Lockheed Martin has completed the integration of an active electronically scanned
  • 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


  • 20 mm F2 Type A; Type 15 A and B; Narwhal 20 A and B

    Type Multipurpose cannon. Development In the late 1950s Groupement Industriel des Armements Terrestres (Giat, but renamed Nexter in 2006) began to develop a 20 mm cannon using the US M56 cartridge for light armoured vehicles. The prototype Canon Mitrailleur de 20 mm M621 gun appeared in 1962 and

  • 37 mm (70-K/V-11M/Type 61/74/76) mountings

    Type Close-in weapon system, anti-missile. Development In the 1930s the Soviet Navy, in common with other navies, faced the problem of protecting its ships from low-level air attack. The problem was partly solved by the introduction of the 25 mm 84-KM mounting but this weapon was later scaled up

  • AK-130 (130 mm L/54 Twin); SM-2 (130 mm L/58 Twin); A-192

    Type Medium-calibre dual-purpose guns. Development Shortly after the conclusion of the Second World War, the Soviet Navy began building new destroyers to replace its heavy losses. To arm them it developed a twin 130 mm mounting (B-2LM), apparently based on the Soviet Army's M-46 field gun. The

  • M64 mortar sight unit

    Type Indirect-fire weapon sight Development The M64 mortar sight unit was designed to lay the 60 mm M224 lightweight company mortar of the US Army and Marine Corps, with use latter extended to the 81 mm M252 mortar and with a variety of other lightweight and medium mortars. The US Army used the