• LRASM moves forward with successful test firing

    The air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) is on course to provide the US Navy (USN) with an early anti-surface warfare (ASuW) Increment 1 capability following a sixth successful test firing announced by the company on 19 March. The test saw two

  • Qatar to acquire Marte ER for NH90 NFH platforms

    The Qatar Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 14 March awarded MBDA a contract of undisclosed value to equip its NH90 NFH naval variant medium twin-engine multirole helicopters with the Marte ER anti-ship missile. Earlier on the same day the Qatar MoD announced a EUR3 billion plus contract with NH

  • USSOCOM boosts GBU-69/B SGM stocks

    The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to award Dynetics Inc. a sole-source contract for the supply of additional GBU-69B Small Glide Munitions (SGMs) and related engineering support between calendar year (CY) 2018 and CY 2022, according to a USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice

  • Russian Aerospace Forces take delivery of 'new' Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile

    The Russian Aerospace Forces have taken delivery of the Kinzhal (Dagger) – an air-launched, precision-guided ballistic missile designed to engage ground-based and seaborne targets. Also referred to by its air-to-ground missile code of Kh-47M2, the Kinzhal has been shown being carried by, and

  • US discourages Turkey from buying S-400s

    Turkey would like to receive S-400 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems as quickly as possible, despite US discouragement. In a joint press conference in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on 14 March, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said, “The quicker

  • Russia unveils Kinzhal hypersonic missile

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has released video of a modified MiG-31BM interceptor conducting a combat training launch of a Kinzhal (Dagger, high-precision hypersonic missile, also referred to as the Kh-47M2). The footage, placed online on 10 March, shows the crew scrambling to the fighter and

  • US Army eyes type certification for new pistol by late 2018

    The US Army expects to type classify its new 9 mm Modular Handgun System (MHS) in mid- to late 2018, and meanwhile is fielding it to initial units. Type classification, whereby the weapon is no longer considered ‘experimental’ and drops the 'X' in its XM17 designation, is expected for

  • US seeks 400 GBU-49 PGMs as interim moving target munition for F-35

    The US military is to procure 400 Raytheon GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II precision-guided munitions (PGMs) as it looks to afford the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) with an interim moving target capability. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), which is the

  • Brazil receives first four M109A5 howitzers from United States

    The first four of 60 M109A5 self-propelled howitzers granted by the United States to the Brazilian Army have arrived at Paranaguá in Brazil. The howitzers arrived earlier than planned after the Brazilian Army requested an expedited delivery, the service told Jane’s on 13 March. The rest

  • Czech Republic seeks new 120 mm mortar system

    The Czech Republic is seeking a new 120 mm mortar system, an official of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has confirmed during the Omega Conferences and Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom. Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sufajzi of the Army of the Czech Republic

  • Aselsan’s LGK-84 laser-guided bomb kits undergo firing tests

    Aselsan has begun firing tests of its LGK-84 laser-guided bomb kits, moving closer to serial production, the company says in its annual report. LGK-84s will be mounted on MK-84 general purpose bombs, which continue to be produced. The report noted that Aselsan is continuing deliveries of LGK-82 and

  • South Korea signs for additional Taurus cruise missiles

    South Korea has ordered a further 90 KEPD 350K Taurus air-launched cruise missiles to add to the nearly 200 it is believed to have already signed for. The procurement of the additional batch was disclosed by a spokesperson for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on 13 March,

  • USMC phases out expeditionary mortar system

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has phased out its General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) 120 mm Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS), an official revealed at the Omega Conferences & Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom. Lieutenant Colonel Michael

  • USSOCOM seeks Griffin missiles for gunships and other aircraft

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to issue a sole-source contract to Raytheon for the procurement of the AGM-176 Griffin powered stand-off precision-guided munition (SOPGM) for employment aboard fixed-wing aircraft. The pre-solicitation posted by the command on 9 March covers up

  • Malaysian Army trials Ingwe missile

    The Malaysian Army conducted firing trials of the Denel Dynamics ZT35 Ingwe anti-tank missile system from the anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) variant of its 8×8 Deftech AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle on 8 March, the service disclosed via the social media account of its official Berita

  • B&T unveils APC308 rifle and USW-P pistol

    Swiss company B&T unveiled its APC308 semi-automatic rifle and a USW-P/SF semi-automatic pistol at the Enforce Tac exhibition in Nuremberg. The APC308 is a short-stroke gas piston 7.62x51 mm rifle fed from a Magpul PMAG LR/SR magazine, which has a gas regulator that enables it to fire in the

  • Haenel Defence debuts CR 308 rifle

    Haenel Defence unveiled a prototype of its 7.62x51 mm CR 308 semi-automatic rifle at the Enforce TAC exhibition, held in Nuremberg, Germany, on 7–8 March. The company is expanding its line of 5.56 mm CR 223/CR 556 assault rifles by introducing a similarly designed 7.62 mm AR-10-type weapon.

  • US approves latest-variant Sidewinder sale to UAE

    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 300 of the latest variant Raytheon AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II short-range air-to-air missiles (AAMs). The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security and Cooperation

  • German Army finalises Spike qualification on Puma IFV

    The German Army has successfully completed qualification of the in-service Spike LR anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The final qualification trials of Spike LR on Puma were undertaken by the German Army and Rheinmetall at the company’s

  • Portuguese Army boosts its special ops firepower

    The Portuguese Army’s Special Operations Force (FOE) has received an undisclosed quantity of new small arms and accessories. Deliveries mainly comprised Barret M107A1 .50 cal and Accuracy AXMC .338 precision rifles, Heckler & Koch HK417 7.62x51 mm assault rifles, FABARM STF/12 Compact FE

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