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  • Kalashnikov Group upgrades AK-103 assault rifle

    The Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has modernised the AK-103 assault rifle chambered for the 7.62×39/M43 round. The updated firearm, designated AK-103M, has a reinforced upper receiver, the entire length of which is fitted with a MIL-STD-1913 rail for modern

  • Turkey carries out first test firing of Atmaca anti-ship missile

    Admiral Ahmet Çakir, navy technical commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Command, officially confirmed on 16 October that the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship guided missile developed by Roketsan had been test fired for the first time, without giving a date. Addressing a naval systems seminar in

  • BMD-modified SMART-L tested in ‘Formidable Shield 2017’

    Post-event analysis is underway to determine if the interception of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target by a US Navy (USN) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B missile during Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2017’ was the consummation of a Launch on Remote (LoR) engagement enabled by

  • GDOTS develops new 155 mm practice projectile

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) representatives have revealed to Jane’s that the company is working on a new 155 mm artillery projectile in association with the US Army. The M112E1 practice high-explosive (HE) projectile is a modification of the type classified M1122,

  • NZDF procuring Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapons, MRAD sniper rifles

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced on 18 October that it is entering an agreement to buy two new weapons: the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapon and the Barrett Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifle. A total of 40 M107A1s and 42 MRADs will be bought at a cost of NZD4 million

  • Orbital ATK progresses new medium-calibre munition development

    Orbital ATK is developing a range of new advanced medium-calibre ammunition variants for use with its 30/40 mm calibre MK44 XM813 and 30 mm calibre lightweight XM914 Bushmaster Chain Guns. The new ammunition types – command-guided, proximity fuze, and air burst – are intended to deliver

  • KAC develops medium MG prototype

    Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) unveiled its prototype 7.62 mm NATO calibre Stoner Medium Machine Gun (MMG) at AUSA 2017 in Washington, DC. The MMG is designed from the ground up, to be a compact, lightweight, and low recoil automatic weapon for use in the assault role and is one of the

  • Saab contracted to supply PFS for Meteor BVRAAM

    Saab has signed a contract worth approximately SEK150 million (USD18.4 million) with MBDA to deliver the radar proximity fuze subsystem (PFS) for the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). Deliveries to MBDA will take place during the 2020-2021 timeframe. The PFS, which is developed

  • AMRDEC to assess Thales induction rocket technology

    The US Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) is to evaluate Thales’ induction rocket system technology under a six-month US Foreign Technology Assessment Support (FTAS) contract, signed in early October. Under the provisions of the FTAS

  • US Air Force ramping up JDAM, SDB I munition production

    The US Air Force (USAF) is ramping up production of its Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and GBU-39B Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I) munitions, according to a key official. Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, office of the assistant secretary of the air force for acquisition, military deputy,

  • Chezara develops new ROWS

    Ukraine’s JSC Chezara unveiled a new remotely operated weapon station (ROWS) at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017, in Kiev. The company’s IVA ROWS was shown integrated on board a Varta 4x4 vehicle and is designed to provide Ukrainian forces with a modern capability to engage lightly

  • EDA details Mission Abort System for guided projectiles

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) has released details of a Mission Abort System (MAS) developed for guided projectiles. The MAS project commenced in late 2013 under the EDA’s Capability Technology (CapTech) Ammunition Technologies effort, and was funded by the German and Italian ministries

  • Germany selects G95 carbine for special forces

    On 10 October, the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, announced that the 5.56 mm Heckler & Koch HK416A7 has been selected as the new

  • Integrated air and missile defence tested in ‘Formidable Shield 2017’

    Key Points An SM-3 Block IB missile launched from USS Donald Cook intercepted a Terrier Oriole medium-range ballistic missile target vehicle in the exo-atmosphere The MDA and the USN subsequently conducted a flight test of a SM-6 missile controlled test vehicle from USS McFaul A Standard

  • Arms and Security 2017: Ukroboronservice displays Mobile Mortar Complex

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, Serhii Prolubschykov, the Deputy Chief of the Commercial Department at Ukroboronservice, provided details of a new mobile mortar system geared towards special forces and airborne troops. Currently in trials with the Ukrainian Army, the Mobile Mortar

  • USN JSOW C-1 achieves full operational capability

    The US Navy (USN) Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 has achieved full operational capability, USN officials announced on 11 October. The JSOW C-1 is the latest variant of the AGM-154, the stalwart USN weapon. It is designed to provide fleet forces with the capability and flexibility to engage

  • AUSA 2017: Minigun developer Dillon Aero extends marinisation to all M134D weapons

    Key Points Dillon Aero is standardising marinisation on all of its M134D miniguns This will improve the lifespan of the guns, reducing customer costs for spare parts Arizona-based minigun developer Dillon Aero is incurring cost to extend marinisation coatings to all of its M134D variants,

  • AUSA 2017: New Profense guns add punch to fast-craft missions

    Profense has developed an advanced single barrel .50 calibre gun, called the PF 50, and a swivel-mounted six barrel 7.62 mm Gatling gun, called the PF M134, which company officials say could be ideal for maritime fast-craft missions. The PF 50 features an electric chain drive and uses the stalwart

  • Poland seeks short-range ATGM

    Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has initiated a technical dialogue for a short-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, labelled ‘Pustelnik’. Poland is seeking information about lightweight shoulder-fired ATGM systems with a range of 1,400 m. The technical dialogue will be

  • Lobaev unveils DVL-10M1 Saboteur silenced sniper rifle

    Russia's Lobaev Arms small arms manufacturer has unveiled the DVL-10M1 Saboteur (‘Diversant’) bolt-action silenced sniper rifle intended for military and police special forces. The DVL-10M1 Saboteur is based on an aluminium alloy chassis system incorporating advanced shock-resistant

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