• Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

  • Hamas uses anti-tank weapons against Israeli ground forces

    Man-portable anti-tank weapons are playing a major role in Hamas counterattacks against Israel's ground incursion into Gaza, and have accounted for around 40% of the fatalities experienced by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) during the first ten days of the ground operation. Up to 18 of the 43

  • Islamists make further gains in Benghazi

    The Al-Saiqa unit in Benghazi suffered a significant defeat when its headquarters was overrun by a coalition of Islamist groups, including the radical Ansar al-Sharia, on 29 July. Al-Saiqa commander Wanis Abu Khamadah acknowledged that his forces had withdrawn from the base after days of heavy

  • BAE Systems wins IAF ammunition contract

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) acquired 1.41 million rounds of 5.56 mm L15 NATO ammunition from BAE Systems for USD744, 400 in late June for the Israeli Tavor-21 assault rifles used by its Garud special forces. Industry sources told IHS Jane's that BAE Systems was competing against Israel Weapon

  • US cluster munition replacement heads towards final testing

    The US military's cluster munition replacement, the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead, is set to begin its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) later this year. Lockheed Martin, which is working with subcontractor ATK to develop the system under the

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  • RAN MH-60R fires first Hellfire

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed its first test firings of the AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile from an MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter, the Department of Defence said on 30 July. The test firings - of two ATM-114Q-1 training missiles - were conducted at the US Navy's (USN's)
  • South Sudan takes delivery of Chinese ATGWs

    South Sudan has taken delivery of a large shipment of Chinese infantry weapons that includes anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), according to shipping documents obtained by Bloomberg and passed on to IHS Jane's . The documentation said the shipment was carried by the Cosco cargo ship Feng Huang Song
  • UK casts doubt on Harpoon future beyond 2018

    The UK could remove the GWS60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missile from Royal Navy (RN) service as early as 2018, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed. Withdrawal of Harpoon would leave RN warships without a heavyweight surface-to-surface guided weapon (SSGW), opening up a gap in long-range

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