• Norwegian submarine poised for IDAS test

    Key Points An Ula-class submarine will conduct Norway's first IDAS test launch in 2015 A German Navy requirement could pitch IDAS against France's A3SM system The Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) is preparing to conduct its first test-firing of the IDAS (Interactive Defence and Attack System for

  • Malaysia to arm Sea Kings in response to Islamic State threat

    Malaysian defence minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein announced on 23 January that the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF's) Sikorsky S-61A-4 Sea King helicopters would be armed and that Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAF) S-70A Black Hawks would be transferred to RMAF service. In a statement released in

  • US Army delays request for new handgun

    The US Army has decided to delay the release of a much-awaited request for proposals (RfP) for a new sidearm to replace the Beretta M9. The request "has been delayed until further notice in order to allow for improvements to the RfP as a result of feedback received from industry", the

  • NSPA delivers FN Minimis to Czech Republic

    The Army of the Czech Republic (Armáda Ceské republiky: ACR) has taken delivery of 74 FN Herstal Minimi 7.62 mm light machine guns (LMG). The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) ordered the weapons from the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) in 2012 and expected delivery in 2013. However, deliveries

  • US Navy buys five AN/SLQ-25 torpedo decoy systems from Boeing

    Key Points Nixie systems are designed for most USN and FMS ships On USS George H W Bush , AN/SLQ-25C is a component of the TWS Boeing's Argon ST subsidiary has been awarded a contract to deliver five of its AN/SLQ-25C Nixie electro-acoustic torpedo decoy systems for surface ships to the US Navy

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  • F-35 weapons certification on track for this year

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is expected to complete full weapons certification this year after conducting several significant milestones since September 2014, the Pentagon said in a 15 January statement. "The weapons development programme continues to track
  • Russia selects new assault rifles

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern as new standard issue firearms for the Russian Ratnik soldier modernisation programme. "We have already made a deal and selected assault rifles from Izhmash. It won in cost to
  • Indian Navy selects OTO Melara 127/64 LW gun

    Key Points OTO Melara's 127/64 LW - Vulcano gun system has been chosen to arm 13 Shivalik-class frigates and Delhi-class destroyers OTO Melara was the sole bidder for the requirement after BAE Systems decided not to go for the contest India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) recently approved the INR15


  • Hanwha 70-mm (2.75-in) rocket systems

    Type 70-mm rocket system. Development South Korea's Hanwha Corporation produces a number of 70-mm (2.75-in) rocket motors and warheads. They are intended for use by the Republic of Korea's armed forces, to equip Korean battlefield helicopters and combat aircraft. Hanwha exports its rockets to a

  • AN/AWS-2 RAMICS (Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System)

    Type Airborne anti-mine system. Development The AN/AWS-2 Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System (RAMICS) was designed to rapidly re-acquire, target and neutralise floating and near-surface moored sea mines in the upper water column (12 m to 91 m or 40 ft to 300 ft) that have been detected,

  • Cheong Sangeo (K745, Blue Shark) torpedo

    Type Homing torpedo. Development The K745 Cheong Sangeo (Blue Shark) torpedo is one of several new guided weapons developed indigenously, and largely in secret, by South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). Other related projects include the Chiron and Pegasus surface-to-air

  • Chinese aircraft cannon

    Type 23-mm and 30-mm cannon. Development Over the years the People's Republic of China has developed, from what are believed to be former Soviet Union designs, three basic types of aircraft cannon. A 23 mm cannon has been developed in several forms including the following, Type 1 designed for