• Brazilian Niterói-class frigates to receive weapon system improvements

    Brazilian privately run company CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia is to modernise the Brazilian Navy's six Niterói-class frigates' SICONTA Mk2 (Sistema de Controle Tático e de Armas) tactical and weapon control system, the company told IHS Jane's. Under Project 'Phoenix', the current

  • IA to induct Excalibur as interim assault rifle

    The Indian Army (IA) plans to temporarily induct locally developed Excalibur assault rifles into service until it shortlists a 7.62x39 mm rifle for import over the next few years, sources told IHS Jane's on 24 October. Officials said the IA recently asked the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)

  • Saab Dynamics to research Massive Overmatch Assault Round for DARPA

    Key Points The research effort is expected to be of some 15-months duration, according to a Massive Overmatch Assault Round Notional Study Schedule posted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Saab will conduct studies using its own Carl-Gustaf and AT4 shoulder-fired weapons, both of

  • BAE Systems anticipates US Navy's APKWS contract to boost production numbers

    Key Points The company has been producing upwards of 2,500 units annually An initial delivery under a new ID/IQ contract will be for more than 20,000 systems BAE Systems has been awarded a new contract for its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets that is likely to

  • Euronaval 2016: Saab's lightweight torpedo to enter the water in 2017

    Key Points Swedish Light Weight Torpedo to enter water at Saab's training facility in 2017 The company says it is on track to deliver the system on time to the Royal Swedish Navy Sweden's new lightweight torpedo is due to enter the water for the first time in 2017, manufacturer Saab has

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  • Scorpion jet performs first weapons trials

    Textron AirLand conducted the first air-to-surface weapons trials of its Scorpion jet during a series of live-firings at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in mid-October. The firings, which took place from 10 to 14 October and announced on 19 October, saw the Scorpion fire the Lockheed
  • Ukrainian firm develops handheld variant of AGS-17

    Kiev-based company Precision Systems has developed a new, handheld version of the Russian-made KBP AGS-17 30 mm automatic grenade launcher, which was displayed for the first time at Ukraine's AviaSvit/Arms and Security show, held in Kiev from 11 to 14 October. Speaking to IHS Jane's at the show,