• Pantsir-SA firing tests to start in June

    Firing trials of Russia's new Arctic Pantsir-SA surface-to-air missile (SAM) system will begin in June, a source in the Russian defence industry has told Jane's . "Two [Pantsir-SA] systems will be deployed at a test range for firing trials after their demonstration at the Victory Day 9 May

  • IDEF 2017: Roketsan highlights weapon integration efforts

    Turkey's Roketsan has integrated the company's OMTAS anti-tank missile system onto Otokar's Arma 6x6 armoured combat vehicle, building on the news that OMTAS will be an option to equip Turkey's new generation of tracked and wheeled weapon carrier vehicles. Additionally, the company has integrated

  • Russia develops advanced air-bursting ammunition

    Details have emerged of advanced ammunition natures under development for the Russian military's in-service 30 mm and future 57 mm medium calibre cannon. The types include high explosive air-bursting (HEAB) - commonly referred to in the West as an Air-Bursting Munition (ABM) - for both calibres and

  • IDEF 2017: Aselsan unveils new unmanned turret

    Turkey's Aselsan has unveiled a new unmanned turret at the IDEF'17 defence exhibition in Istanbul. Developed as a private venture, the company is marketing the turret, known as the Nefer, as an upgrade option for armoured fighting vehicles. Nefer is a gyro-stabilised unmanned turret capable of

  • Iran reportedly tests supercavitating torpedo

    Iran test fired its Hoot high-speed torpedo near the Strait of Hormuz on 7 May, NBC News reported three senior US defence officials as saying on the following day. The sources said the Hoot is still in its testing phase and could not say whether the test was successful. They said the weapon should

  • Images emerge of possible new Chinese anti-ship weapon

    China may be developing a new anti-ship weapon that combines technologies derived from developments in cruise missiles and ground-effect vehicles (GEVs). An image of a brochure marketing the weapon, the latter of which is shown painted in blue Chinese navy camouflage, appeared on Chinese online

  • Rosgvardiya buys EUR1 million worth of SMGs, grenade launchers

    Russia's National Guard Troops (Rosgvardiya), created in April 2016, signed agreements on 4 May valued at EUR1 million (USD1.1 million) with JSC Kalashnikov for more than 1,000 Vityaz-SN 9x19 mm submachine guns (SMGs) and 250 GP-34 under-slung grenade launchers. The Rosgvardiya incorporates in a

  • USAF adds JDAM to MQ-9 Reaper inventory

    The US Air Force (USAF) has added the GPS-guided GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to its current inventory of air-launched weapons (GBU-12 Paveway II, AGM-114 Hellfire) for the MQ-Reaper remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS). For the first time in combat operations, an MQ-9 operated by

  • Agni 2 trial fails - again

    A user-trial of India's nuclear-capable two-stage Agni 2 medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha on 4 May was unsuccessful, according to official Indian defence sources. Conducted by India's Strategic Forces Command (SFC), the Defence Research and Development

  • France receives first HK416F rifles

    The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 May that the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has received the first batch of 400 HK416F assault rifles. The 5.56 mm HK416F rifle was selected in March 2016 as the winner of the Future Individual Weapon (AIF) to replace the 400,000 FAMAS

  • India successfully test-fires Block III version of BrahMos cruise missile

    The Indian Army's South Western Command successfully test-fired an advanced version of the BrahMos Block III land-attack cruise missile in early May, according to a statement by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB). The test launches of the supersonic missile were carried out on 2 and 3 May in

  • Iranian midget submarine missile test reportedly fails

    Iran's attempt to test launch a missile from one of its midget submarines has failed, Fox News reported two US officials as saying on 3 May. The officials said the test was carried out in the Strait of Hormuz using a Yono-class submarine: a North Korean design that is produced in Iran as the

  • Aselsan develops advanced naval STAMP RWS

    Turkey's Aselsan has released details of a new remotely operated weapon station (RWS) designed for mounting on naval vessels. The Stabilised Machine gun Platform-2 (STAMP-2) features several improvements to the original STAMP design, and was developed in conjunction with TUBITAK, the Scientific and

  • Brazilian Army eyes new mobile mortar system

    The Brazilian Army is expected to launch a competition to buy a 120 mm vehicle-mounted mortar system for its Iveco VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 mortar carrier variant, officials told Jane's . The army's Manufacturing Directorate of the Department of Science and Technology is now outlining the system's

  • Lockheed Martin's TACMS nearing end of EMD phase

    Key Points A late April flight test demonstrated the missile's height of burst of capability The company anticipates a TACMS modernisation production contract soon Lockheed Martin is expected to receive a production contract for its modernised Tactical Missile System (TACMS) in May 2017, months

  • Azerbaijan receives upgraded Buk systems equipped with Russian interceptors

    Azerbaijan continues to receive Russian-made surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) for its upgraded Buk-MB SAM systems, according to a representative of Belarussia's OKB TSP company, which is upgrading the 9K37 Buk (US Department of Defense designation/ NATO reporting name: SA-11'Gadfly') to Buk-MB

  • US performs new SM-6 tests ahead of FOC milestone

    The US Navy (USN) has successfully executed four flight tests of the Standard Missile-6 Block I (SM-6 Block I) missile off Hawaii in testing, supporting planned achievement of full operational capability (FOC) at the end of this year. The live firings, performed from the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 guided

  • 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

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