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  • Malaysia conducts trials of 30 mm naval gun from first-of-class NGPC

    Key Points The Malaysian Coast Guard has conducted test firings of a 30 mm Turkish-made naval gun system from a newly inducted platform Tests brings the first-of-class New Generation Patrol Craft closer towards full operational capability with the service The Malaysian Coast Guard has conducted

  • Europe picks up pace of Meteor integration

    Integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto Europe's fighter aircraft has stepped up a gear with the announcements towards the end of April of three major milestones within a few days of each other. With the 100+ km BVRAAM missile already operational and

  • PGZ presents final offers for Homar requirement

    The Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, PGZ) on 24 April presented the three final offers to the Ministry of National Defence (MND) for its future WR-300 Homar multiple rocket launcher (MRL) requirement. The three offers include: a Lockheed Martin solution based on the M142 High

  • As China ascends, PACOM chief wants more lethal weapons, submarines

    The US military in the Asia-Pacific region wants longer-range weapons and more submarines, Admiral Harry Harris, head of US Pacific Command (PACOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on 26 April. "China has developed and fielded capability and capacity to challenge our regional maritime

  • Brazil set to launch vehicle weapon stations tender

    The Brazilian Army is aiming to launch a competition next month to supply a number of manually-operated protected weapon stations for its new wheeled armoured vehicles. A request for quotation is slated to be issued in early May by the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington on behalf of the army's

  • Germany opens tender for G36 rifle replacement

    Germany's defence procurement office (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw) has announced a tender to replace the German Army's G36 assault rifles. Under the programme named System Sturmgewehr Bundeswehr (SSB), the German armed forces are

  • UK MoD green lights Meteor integration on F-35B

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially approved the integration of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the UK F-35B Lightning II multirole stealth aircraft under one of a raft of separate missile-related contract awards to MBDA announced on 21 April. A GBP41

  • Russia working on new medium-calibre ammo

    Russia has confirmed that it is working on what it calls "special shrapnel" ammunition for use by 30 mm and 57 mm cannons, with the latter likely developed with a view to engaging unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The work is being carried out by Russia's NPO Pribor research and industrial

  • IRGC Navy receives Nasir anti-ship missiles

    The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) formally took delivery of the first consignment of the new Nasir anti-ship missile during a ceremony held on 22 April. Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said the Nasir can be mounted on speedboats, prepared quickly for launch, flies at a low flight

  • Indian Navy successfully test-fires BrahMos land attack variant

    The Indian Navy (IN) successfully test-fired a land attack variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 21 April, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement. The missile was launched from INS Teg , a Talwar (Project 1135.6)-class guided missile frigate, onto an unspecified

  • South Korea develops shipborne land-attack missile variant

    South Korean frigates will have the capability of striking land targets with the recently developed vertically launched (VL) version of the Tactical Surface Launch Missile (TSLM), the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced in an 18 April statement. Developed by South

  • F-35 drops PGM on a moving target using Block 3F software

    The Joint Program Office (JPO) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has for the first time dropped a Raytheon GBU-12 Paveway II precision-guided munition (PGM) against a moving target using the aircraft's Block 3F software. The inert drop, which was announced on 20

  • Serbian president lobbies Russia, Belarus for supply of S-300s

    Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic stated on 16 April that Belgrade requires two divisions of S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems and that he has discussed acquiring them with Russian president Vladimir Putin and Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. No details of the intended

  • US Army scouts urgent MAAWS acquisition

    The US Army Contracting Command-New Jersey (ACC-NJ), acting on behalf of the Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW), has issued a Sources Sought solicitation for the immediate procurement of a reusable shoulder-fired recoilless weapon system and family of ammunition to defeat various target types.

  • Inert, upgraded B61 gravity bomb dropped by USAF F-16C

    A US Air Force (USAF) F-16C multirole fighter aircraft released an inert upgraded B61 nuclear bomb during a development flight test over the Nellis Test and Training Range Complex on 14 March. This was the first test use of the upgraded B61, known as the B61-12, with an F-16 platform. Conducted by

  • Stops pulled out for NATO's first Baltic exercise post-EFP

    From 17 to 30 April Latvia's Adazi national training range is hosting more than 1,200 personnel from Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States in an exercise on manoeuvres. The drills - entitled Exercise 'Summer

  • Australia signs for enhanced JSM guidance capability

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has signed an NOK150 million (USD17.4 million) contract with Kongsberg Defence Systems for the integration of an additional terminal guidance capability with the stand-off Joint Strike Missile (JSM). Designed for anti-surface warfare and naval fire support

  • Arms control 'is at its weakest point in decades', forum concludes

    Compliance across the globe with arms control measures is at its weakest point in decades, although a new forum holds the promise, at least in Europe, of improved transparency and dialogue, according to NATO officials and others. "Arms control efforts across the entire Euro-Atlantic area are

  • China arms Type 818 coastguard ship with close-in weapon system

    Images circulated on Chinese internet sources suggest that the China Coast Guard (CCG) has equipped its lead Type 818 vessel with the Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system (CIWS). Two turrets of the system, one each on the port and starboard sides, appear to have been installed above the ship's

  • Tomahawk strike in Syria stokes debate about performance of Russian air defences

    The US Navy's ability to hit Syria's Al-Shayrat Air Base with a large number of Raytheon RGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) on 7 April raised questions about the capabilities of Russia's air defence systems, specifically its current frontline long-range system: the Almaz-Antey S-400

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