• Myanmar launches third Anawrahta-class missile corvette

    A Myanmar shipyard has launched the country's third Anawrahta-class missile corvette, local media sources reported from 20 November. The 77 m vessel, named UMS (Union of Myanmar Ship) Tabinshwehti with pennant number 773, was said to have been launched at the Sinmalaik Shipyard in Yangon

  • Venezuela signs up for VN1, hints at Chinese amphibious vehicles buy

    Images from the official Twitter account of the Venezuelan Navy indicate that the Bolivarian Naval Infantry could soon be equipped with three different Chinese amphibious fighting vehicles: a development that would make Venezuela's marines one of the most potent amphibious forces in Latin America.

  • Poland orders 120 mm tank ammunition

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed a contract with MESKO on 12 November for 120 mm anti-tank rounds for its Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs). In total, Poland ordered 13,000 cartridges 120 mm armour-piercing, fin-stabilised discarding sabot with tracer (APFSDS-T) worth PLN240 million

  • Brazil on track to procure 105 mm mobile gun system

    A Brazilian Army programme to buy one prototype 105 mm turreted gun system, with the option for a pilot batch of about 13 systems, is expected to attract bids from several international companies. Interested firms have until late December to formally issue a proposal, a source close to the

  • Russia's new Koalitsiya self-propelled gun being trialled

    Trials of the latest Russian 152 mm 2S35 Koalitsiya (Coalition) - SV self-propelled gun (SPG) are now under way, with the system among several new land weapon systems due to be fielded by the Russian Army in the future to enhance its capabilities. Russia previously developed the unusual 152 mm/2S35


  • International Chinook: giving the fleet a lift

    The CH-47 Chinook has been the stalwart of global military heavy-lift operations for decades. Jamie Hunter analyses the helicopter's service life and future upgrade programmes
  • Briefing: Japan's new dawn

    Tokyo is shrugging off the post-1945 constraints on its military and developing new operational concepts and capabilities in response to China's rise. James Hardy reports
  • Fifth-gen ramp-up

    The F-35 programme has had its fair share of challenges, but meeting key programme milestones in the new year would signal that the largest weapons acquisition effort in history is finally on track. Marina Malenic reports
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  • US approves sale of APKWS 'smart rockets' to Iraq

    The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Iraq of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS): a semi-active laser guidance kit for 70 mm ground-to-air rocket that will increase the ability of Iraqi Army Aviation Command (IAAC) helicopters to carry out precision strikes. The
  • Belarus developing new RPG

    Key Points Belarus' BSVT is developing a new type of RPG launcher It is understood the weapon will be manufactured in partnership with Russia Belarussian company Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) is developing a new rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher, IHS Jane's understands. The new weapon


  • 2A42 30 mm cannon

    Development The 2A42 30 mm cannon forms the main armament of the BMP-2 Mechanised Infantry Combat Vehicle (MICV), BTR-80A and BTR-90 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) as well as the BMD-2 and BMD-3 airborne combat vehicles. In 2001, it was announced as the main armament of the 2T Stalker combat

  • ADEN 30 mm cannon

    Type 30-mm cannon system. Development During the late 1940s, some members of the German Mauser team, that had developed the successful Mk 213C 30 mm cannon during the Second World War, moved to the UK. Friedrich Linder and Werner Jungermann went to the UK in 1946, where they assisted a UK team to

  • AV-8B Harrier Armament System

    Type 25-mm cannon system. Development The AV-8B Armament System was developed by General Electric (now General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, formerly General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products) to provide the USMC Harrier V/STOL aircraft with an effective air-to-air and

  • BLU-121/B thermobaric warhead

    Type Thermobaric warhead. Development The BLU-121/B is a 2,000 lb class thermobaric penetrator warhead, developed under the Hard Target Defeat (HTD) programme for the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The work is supported by the US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN). Several Advanced