• Czech Army receives new Bren 2 assault rifle

    The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has received its first batch of Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) Bren 2 assault rifles. The rifles are the first of 2,600 ordered in May for CZK417 million (USD16.6 million). The first batch was delivered in early November, will the entire order due to be delivered by the

  • Finland fires Bonus artillery rounds for first time

    Finland has conducted its first firings of the Nexter/BAE Systems Bonus Mk II top attack artillery projectile, the Finnish Defence Forces announced on 17 November. The firings were conducted from a Finnish 155 mm K 98 (GH 52) towed howitzer. Each round contains two anti-tank sensor-fuzed munitions.

  • AFRL looks to SHIELD combat aircraft

    The US Air Force's Research Laboratory (AFRL) is embarking on a project to equip military aircraft with an advanced self-defence capability against newer and more sophisticated missile threats. Under the Self-Protect High-Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHIELD), the AFRL will demonstrate a low-power

  • Spain considers 'evolution' of Mistral air defence assets

    Key Points MBDA Spain contracted for 'evolution of Mistral 1 to Mistral 3' study Spanish Armed Forces currently operate Mistral 1 and Mistral 2 SAM systems The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to evaluate a potential regeneration of its MBDA Mistral air defence assets based on the

  • Negotiations under way on additional equipment package for Indonesia's PKR frigate

    Key Points Damen has been contracted by Indonesia to procure a range of 'fitted for but not with' systems Specific equipments include MBDA's VL Mica point defence missile system and its MM 40 Block 3 Exocet anti-ship missile system, and the Rheinmetall Millennium 35 mm cannon Damen Schelde Naval

  • Hizbullah parades new armour

    The Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hizbullah showed off its recently established armoured unit in a parade held in the Syrian town of Al-Qusayr on 11 November. Held to mark the group's annual Martyrs' Day, the parade involved dozens of armoured vehicles, including T-72 and T-54/55 tanks, BMP-1

  • Syria now operating 'restored' S-200 SAMs

    Syria's longest range surface-to-air (SAM) systems have been refurbished and are now contributing to the anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) network in the Eastern Mediterranean region, Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu said on 15 November. "We have repaired the Syrian S-200 [air defence]

  • USN considers alternatives to LRLAP for Zumwalt gun system

    Key Points USN and industry officials have acknowledged that alternatives to LRLAP are being considered as projectiles for the Zumwalt destroyers' main guns The navy says no official decision has been made on whether to cancel the LRLAP buy for Zumwalt The US Navy (USN) and industry are

  • USN plans extended range JSOW test

    Key Points NAVAIR plans a contract award to Raytheon in early 2017 for JSOW ER all-up-round test support Scope of work includes adding a production-representative engine/fuel/inlet system, and software modifications to optimise mid-course/endgame performance The US Navy (USN) is finalising plans

  • Russia reveals Bastion-P deployment, land attack role in Syria

    Russia revealed on 15 November that it has K-300P Bastion-P (SSC-5 'Stooge') coastal defence systems deployed in Syria, and that its P-800 Onyx (SS-N-26 'Strobile') anti-ship missiles have a land attack capability. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) it fired some of these missiles

  • UK to retire GWS 60 Harpoon at end of 2018

    Key Points Retirement of Harpoon will leave RN warships without a heavyweight surface-to-surface guided weapon The United Kingdom currently has no funded programme for a Harpoon replacement The United Kingdom will withdraw the GWS 60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missile from Royal Navy (RN) service

  • Lockheed Martin's upgraded TACMS hits target on first flight

    As it transitions into a new phase of development that will enable quicker integration of novel payloads and new capabilities, Lockheed Martin's modified MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), now designated TACMS, has successfully engaged its first target. The target engagement, announced

  • PK-6 VSHORAD interceptor concept unveiled

    Key Points Development expected to be completed within three years PZ-6 will be manufactured by ZM Mesko, if selected by the Polish Armed Forces CRW Telesystem-Mesko - a leading Polish research and development company which specialises in the design of missile guidance systems - in partnership

  • Lithuania buys Accuracy International AXMC sniper rifles

    The Lithuanian Land Forces has received its first Accuracy International AXMC bolt-action sniper rifles, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. According to the MoD, the rifles were bought under a EUR1.3 million (USD1.4 million) contract with Accuracy International (AI). By the end

  • UK confirms Sea Ceptor order for Type 26 programme

    Key Points The GWS 35 Sea Ceptor fit for Type 26 will have separate magazines forward and aft for a total of 48 CAMM missiles GWS 35 is due to become operational in the RN in 2017 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a GBP100 million (USD124 million) Demonstration and Manufacture

  • China offers export version of YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missile

    The CM-302 missile exhibited at Airshow China 2016 is being marketed for export as "the world's best anti-ship missile", according to Chinese news media. The missile's manufacturer, state-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), reportedly justifies the claim on the

  • Raytheon, Lockheed awarded HAWC research contracts

    Key Points The HAWC programme aims to mature critical technologies to develop an effective and affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile HAWC will leverage advances in hypersonics made under earlier funded programmes including Falcon, HyFly, and X-51 The US Defense Advanced Research

  • Rwanda exercises new ATMOS 2000 howitzers

    The Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) has acquired 155 mm/52-calibre SOLTAM ATMOS 2000 self-propelled howitzers, a photograph released by President Paul Kagame's office on 4 November confirmed. The image showed a single SOLTAM ATMOS system during a combined-arms fire exercise that was viewed by Kagame at

  • US Navy issues RfI for NGLAW missile

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has issued a request for information (RfI) for the Next Generation Land Attack Weapon (NGLAW) for ship- and submarine-launched strikes. The RfI, posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website in late October and updated on 7 November,

  • Germany, France to renew assault rifle talks

    France and Germany are planning to renew talks about selecting a common individual weapon for their armed forces. A discussion between Germany's defence procurement office (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr - BAAINBw) and the French defence

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