• German Puma IFV moves towards service

    The German Army will soon start training personnel on its new Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), IHS Jane's understands. Training of vehicle and maintenance instructors should begin by the end of the year, with training of operational users to begin in mid-2015. The first unit to be equipped

  • Brazilian military officials in Russia to assess Pantsir-S1 deal

    Brazil has sent a delegation of nine military officers to Russia to carry out additional assessments of the aerial target range of the Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 'Greyhound') self-propelled air defence system before final contracts are signed, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told IHS Jane's on 28 August. The

  • Czechs donate ammunition to Iraqi Kurds

    The Czech government on 27 August agreed to donate CZK41 million (USD2 million) in surplus Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) small arms ammunition and hand grenades to the government of Iraqi Kurdistan as part of the latter's efforts against Muslim insurgents on its territory. The Ministry of

  • Turkey weighs options in T-Loramids missile programme

    Turkey has once again requested an extension of the three rival bids in its T-Loramids air- and missile-defence system programme. The latest extension will maintain the validity of the pricing in the bids until the end of 2014, and could indicate that Turkey is moving away from its initial

  • IDF wants more Namer APCs and Trophy protection systems

    Senior army officials hope that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will acquire better-protected armoured vehicles and more active protection systems (APS) such as Rafael's Trophy. Their comments came after seven members of the elite Golani Brigade were killed by an rocket-propelled grenade (RPG)

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  • China unveils Type 11 sidearm

    China's Type 11 (QSZ-11) 5.8 mm self-loading pistol was given its first public showing at Hong Kong Garrison open days at the end of June and beginning of July. Accepted into service in 2011, the Type 11 is intended for use as a personal protection sidearm for senior officers and officials. It is
  • New Zealand's OPVs complete Typhoon gun acceptance trials

    The Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) Otago-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Wellington , have completed successful acceptance trials of the Typhoon naval gun system, an RNZN spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 20 August. The trials were conducted over 11-12 August at an

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