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  • Algerian SR5 rocket launchers spotted

    Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) appears to have acquired Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The MENA Defense website published photographs on 19 November showing two SR5s on transporters that were purportedly part of a convoy carrying newly delivered systems in

  • Serbian NORA B-52 howitzer demonstrated in the UAE

    Serbia’s Yugoimport SDPR defence import/export organisation tested and demonstrated the Nora-B52 M15 155 mm/52-calibre wheeled self-propelled howitzer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 21 November, the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced. The NORA B-52 engaged targets at a distance

  • India successfully test fires BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI fighter

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 November against a target off the country’s east coast in the Bay of Bengal. The 2.5 tonne, two-stage, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) was

  • Hyundai selects Turkish 30 mm naval gun system for Philippine Navy frigates

    Key Points The Philippine Navy’s new frigates will each feature a 30 mm gun system from Aselsan The Turkish company is gaining a foothold in the region, and is also in talks with the Philippine government regarding further orders The Philippine Navy’s (PN’s) new frigates will be

  • AFRL awards final component contract for SHiELD development

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin the contract to design, develop, and industrialise the Laser Advancement for Next-generation Compact Environments (LANCE) component of its embryonic airborne Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) programme.

  • US Army pursues lighter mortars

    The US Army is aiming to reduce the weight of its dismounted mortar systems while taking the opportunity to field new and more effective ammunition, US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) representative Ryan Hooke told the audience at the Defence IQ Future Mortar

  • Congress approves Patriot sale to Poland

    US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) on 14 November notified Congress of a possible USD10.5 billion (PLN37.8 billion) Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Poland of an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)-enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ (PAC-3+) with modernized

  • Beretta unveils PMX 9 mm sub-machine gun

    Beretta is set to unveil its new PMX 9 mm sub-machine gun (SMG) at the Milipol 2017 exhibition in Paris from 21-24 November. The PMX will replace the company’s venerable Model 12 series of 9 mm SMG developed in the 1950s and its subsequent successor models, which are no longer in production.

  • Brazil’s GESPI finalises new 70 mm air-launched rocket

    Brazil’s GESPI Defense Systems has finalised development of its self-funded 70 mm/2.75 inch calibre Strike-70 unguided air-to-surface rocket. The certification phase of the Strike-70 was completed on 31 October with an undisclosed number of firings conducted from a ground-based LAU-68/A

  • Russian official says MENA country has Iskander-E missiles

    Russia has delivered Iskander-E ballistic missile systems to a country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, an official from Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told the RIA Novosti news agency during the Dubai Airshow held from 12 to16 November. The

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Raytheon offering new AMRAAM-ER for NASAMS-type applications

    Following a successful test firing in May 2016, Raytheon is now offering an extended-range, ground-launched, air defence variant of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). Officially designated as AMRAAM-ER, the new missile is available only in the air defence role and there

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: MDBA gives more details on SmartGlider PGM

    European missile house MBDA revealed more details of its SmartGlider precision-guided munition (PGM) system at this year’s Dubai Airshow. The weapon was revealed for the first time in June at the Paris Airshow and the company is touting it as an effective weapon for the suppression of enemy

  • Norway cleared to buy follow-on AMRAAMs

    The US State Department has approved the potential sale of Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) to Norway. The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 15 November, covers 60 AIM-120C-7-variant missiles, plus spares,

  • Denmark seeks precision rifles

    The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) announced two separate requests for bids on 3 November, one for a short range Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) and the other for a medium range Precision Rifle Medium (PRM). DALO is seeking a PSR that is a semi-automatic rifle chambered

  • Spain orders 155 mm shells

    The Spanish government has given the go-ahead for a EUR55.9 million (USD66.2 million) order for locally produced high-performance 155 mm howitzer shells. The cabinet decision came 18 years after the government set up an initial research and development programme to supply the ammunition.

  • USN plans Vulcano GLR firing tests

    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans to fund BAE Systems Land & Armaments to conduct firing tests of the Vulcano guided long-range (GLR) 5 inch (127 mm) projectile from a Mk 45 gun. Developed by Leonardo Defence Systems (formerly OTO Melara), the Vulcano GLR projectile is designed to achieve

  • IAF to begin receiving BrahMos-A cruise missiles next January

    The Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace is to begin deliveries of the air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in January 2018, Russian state-owned TASS news agency reported on 13 November. Deliveries of the BrahMos-A will begin

  • US Army progresses IBCS testing

    The US Army has completed another stage in the testing of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) being developed by Northrop Grumman. The test, known as a soldier checkout event (SCOE), took place at Tobin Wells in Fort Bliss, Texas, during a three-week period in

  • BAE Systems commences production of LRASM sensor

    BAE Systems has commenced series production of the advanced passive radio frequency (RF) mid-course sensor equipping the US Navy’s (USN’s) new air-launched AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) following receipt of a USD40 million Lot 1 contract from LRASM prime contractor

  • MBDA explores wire-free missile architectures

    MBDA has revealed a programme of research intended to mature wire-free missile architectures and technologies applicable to future guided weapons. Being performed as part of the French/UK/ Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation and Technology Partnership (MCM IPT) programme, the wire-free

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