• 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

  • IA to induct Excalibur as interim assault rifle

    The Indian Army (IA) plans to temporarily induct locally developed Excalibur assault rifles into service until it shortlists a 7.62x51 mm rifle for import over the next few years, sources told IHS Jane's on 24 October. Officials said the IA recently asked the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)

  • Airshow China 2016: CASC unsheathes its Hidden Blade lightweight missile system

    The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) unveiled a new lightweight and man-portable precision missile system at the 2016 China International Aviation Exhibition Center (Airshow China) in Zhuhai in early November. Designated the Xiu Jian (Hidden Blade) lightweight multirole

  • Indo Defence 2016: Rheinmetall unveils Marder Medium Tank RI

    Rheinmetall Landsysteme displayed its Marder Medium Tank Republic of Indonesia (RI) at Indo Defence 2016. The demonstrator has been developed to meet an Indonesian requirement and the vehicle shown at Indo Defence 2016 is fitted with a Leonardo (formerly Oto Melara) HITFACT II turret. Rheinmetall

  • Airshow China 2016: NORINCO lifts lid on 40 mm case telescoped weapon

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has revealed that it has developed and tested a 40 mm case telescoped weapon system (CTWS) and its initial suite of ammunition. At this stage it is unclear as to whether this has been developed to meet the potential requirements of the People's

  • Raytheon gets DARPA funds for hypersonic weapon project

    Raytheon has been awarded a USD174 million contract for work on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) programme, according to a 28 October Pentagon announcement. USD3.4 million of the cost-plus-fixed-fee deal was awarded, according

  • Rafael unveils 'hybrid' Spike Typhoon MLS development

    Key Points New all-missile Typhoon MLS variant deploys two Spike-ER and one Spike-NLOS missile Development expected to be finalised 'shortly Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is evolving a 'hybrid' variant of its Typhoon MLS (missile launch system) family of stabilised naval weapon stations. The

  • Evidence of guided artillery usage seen in Libya

    The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries (SCBR), an Islamist group in eastern Libya, released photographs on 30 October showing the remnants of a Krasnopol guided artillery projectile. The group said on its Twitter account that the photographs showed the remains of US-made rockets that had

  • Euronaval 2016: Saab's lightweight torpedo to enter the water in 2017

    Key Points Saab Light Weight Torpedo to enter water at Saab's training facility in 2017 The company says it is on track to deliver the system on time to the Royal Swedish Navy Saab's new lightweight torpedo is due to enter the water for the first time in 2017, the company has confirmed. Thomas

  • European and US defence companies report third quarter profits

    European and US defence companies began publishing reports covering the third quarter of their 2016 financial year on 24 October, with results revealed ranging from a 21.5% rise in operating income at Saab to a 29.3% fall in Airbus's profits on a similar measure. Airbus and Safran The same day as

  • MBDA shows new modular, scalable coastal defence concept

    Key Points MBDA Italia is also developing lighter missiles launcher modules to enhance the CDS system's mobility Firing trials to test and qualify an all-up Marte ER round are expected by 2020 MBDA unveiled a new 'scalable' coastal anti-ship missile defence system (CDS) concept at the Euronaval

  • Argentine Army organised anti-tank workshop with Germany's Dynamit

    German weapons manufacturer Dynamit Nobel Defence presented its line of AT rockets on 25 October to Argentina's top military officials during a workshop in Buenos Aires, IHS Jane's has learned. The workshop was organised by the Argentine Army's General Directorate of Investigation, Development, and

  • Buk-M3 SAM enters Russian service

    Russia has received its first Buk-M3 medium range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, defence minister Sergei Shoigu has announced. The new Buk-M3 system was also shown publically on Russian television for the first time on 23 October by TV Zvezda. According to Shoigu, one anti-aircraft missile

  • North Korean IRBM failure 'damaged' launch vehicle

    A North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that exploded shortly after launch on 20 October caused serious damage to its transporter erector launcher, Yonhap news agency reported on 26 October. "The exploding missile caused the transporter erector launcher to catch fire and it

  • Brazilian Niterói-class frigates to receive weapon system improvements

    Brazilian privately run company CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia is to modernise the Brazilian Navy's six Niterói-class frigates' SICONTA Mk2 (Sistema de Controle Tático e de Armas) tactical and weapon control system, the company told IHS Jane's. Under Project 'Phoenix', the current

  • Lithuania and Norway agree NASAMS deal

    Lithuania has agreed to buy the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) from Norway, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 21 October. In total Lithuania is looking to purchase two batteries of the air-defence system for around EUR100 million (USD109

  • Saab Dynamics to research Massive Overmatch Assault Round for DARPA

    Key Points The research effort is expected to be of some 15-months duration, according to a Massive Overmatch Assault Round Notional Study Schedule posted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Saab will conduct studies using its own Carl-Gustaf and AT4 shoulder-fired weapons, both of

  • BAE Systems anticipates US Navy's APKWS contract to boost production numbers

    Key Points The company has been producing upwards of 2,500 units annually An initial delivery under a new ID/IQ contract will be for more than 20,000 systems BAE Systems has been awarded a new contract for its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets that is likely to

  • Scorpion jet performs first weapons trials

    Textron AirLand conducted the first air-to-surface weapons trials of its Scorpion jet during a series of live-firings at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in mid-October. The firings, which took place from 10 to 14 October and announced on 19 October, saw the Scorpion fire the Lockheed

  • US Army acquires Kongsberg Protector MCRWS

    The US Army is the first customer for the Kongsberg Protector Medium Calibre Remote Weapon Station (MCRWS), which has been developed by the Norwegian company as a private venture. The Kongsberg MCRWS has been designed for new-build tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) as well as

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