• Indian Army to resume test firings of M777 howitzer after 10-month gap

    The Indian Army (IA) is to resume firing tests of the BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzer after they were suspended in September 2017 when one of the guns malfunctioned. IA sources told Jane’s that four M777s are set to fire about 150 rounds of locally-made ammunition over

  • Final batch of M109A4 SPHs arrives in Indonesia

    A final batch of 18 M109A4 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) arrived in Indonesia from Belgium on 9 July at the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, an Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) official has told Jane’s . As of 12 July the 155 mm SPHs were still with the

  • Brazilian Army acquires US armoured wreckers

    The Brazilian Army is acquiring 10 Oshkosh Defense M984-series HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) 8x8 protected heavy recovery trucks through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. Spares, manuals, training, and technical assistance are also included. The air-transportable

  • Turkish 120 mm rifled Weapon Mortar System under test

    The Turkish Aselsan Alkar 120 mm Weapon Mortar System (WMS) has completed initial firing trials installed in the rear of a BMC Vuran 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle (MPAV), Jane’s has learnt. Prior to this event, firing trials with the Alkar 120 mm WMS were completed from a fixed

  • Russian tank doctrine evolves to combat modern threats

    Russian tank forces have revealed details of new tank tactics during a battalion tactical exercise held in Voronezh, state news agency RIA Novosti reported on 4 July. The development indicates that tanks will continue to provide firepower in the future battlespace. Elements of the 20th Guards Army

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  • Coming ashore: unmanned systems lead the way in amphibious operations

    Marines coming ashore rely on unmanned systems to provide situational awareness that lets them know if surf zones and beaches are free of obstacles, mines, and potential adversaries. Michael Fabey, Geoff Fein, and Pat Host examine the use and development of unmanned systems in amphibious operations
  • Motoring along: Chinese military vehicle exports

    China has become the third-largest exporter of weapons and military equipment in the world. James Bingham and Sam Cranny-Evans report on China’s known export activities and its defence-industrial base
  • Greater than the sum of their parts: Benelux country briefing

    The Benelux countries have a long history of military co-operation. This is particularly the case with the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies, which are under joint command, and the two countries’ air forces, which take turns guarding Benelux airspace. Nicholas Fiorenza examines how Benelux joint capabilities are improving after years of defence cuts
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  • Taiwan commissions first Apache attack helicopter brigade

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) commissioned its first air brigade equipped with Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters on 17 July. The 29 Apache helicopters will be operated by Republic of China Army’s (RoCA’s) 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, which operates under
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