• Raytheon, Saab team for shoulder-launched munitions development

    Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics are expected to announce a landmark teaming agreement to address perceived gaps, and exploit burgeoning requirements, in the global short-range shoulder-launched munitions mission space. Under the provisions of the agreement Raytheon and Saab will

  • India conducts successful flight test of Nirbhay cruise missile

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested the indigenously designed Nirbhay (Fearless) subsonic cruise missile on 7 November, almost a year after the weapon failed its previous flight test. The Indian government’s Press

  • DM98 practice round makes Bundeswehr debut

    The German Army is due to receive its first Rheinmetall DM98 practice ammunition for its Leopard 2 main battle tanks by the end of the year, the company announced on 3 November. This is part of a Bundeswehr order placed in September for 10,000 DM98 rounds. Rheinmetall expects to receive an order

  • Indian Army finalises procurement plan for assault rifles

    The Indian Army (IA) has finalised plans for its long-delayed acquisition of about 800,000 assault rifles, deciding to procure both imported and indigenously developed weapons. IA Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat told the Business Standard newspaper on 4 November that the service plans to acquire

  • India conducts successful test flight of SAAW glide bomb

    The Indian government announced on 3 November that the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur on the country’s east coast. The Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a

  • Sweden orders more BONUS anti-armour munition

    The FMV, the Swedish Defence and Materiel Administration, has placed an order with BAE Systems for 254 additional rounds of the Bofors 155mm BONUS anti-armour precision-guided munition for the Swedish Army, the company announced on 2 November. Sweden first ordered BONUS in June 2000 and the round

  • Canada cleared to buy latest-variant AMRAAM

    Canada has become the second export customer cleared to buy the latest variant Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), with approval being announced on 1 November. The Canadian government has been cleared by the US State Department to procure up to 32 AIM-120D-variant

  • United States, Canada eye AMRAAM sale

    The US Department of State approved a possible USD140 million Foreign Military Sale to Canada of Raytheon AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 1 November. Canada requested as many as 32 AIM-120Ds, 18 AMRAAM Captive

  • US Army advances precision-guided mortar programme

    The US Army’s 120 mm High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) programme has progressed to a Design Qualification Phase that began with separate USD5 million Defence Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) contract awards to BAE Systems, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS), and

  • Lithuania, Indonesia sign for NASAMS

    The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) on 26 October signed a EUR109 million (USD127.7 million) contract with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace to complete the acquisition of system components for a Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) networked medium-range air

  • IWI launches Tavor AR assault rifle

    Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) is set to unveil an upgraded variant of its Tavor assault rifle as well as a new family of handguns at the Defense and Security Thailand 2017 exhibition in Bangkok on 6 November. IWI has responded to emerging demands for increased lethality and range with the design

  • Argentine Army buying more anti-tank weapons

    The Argentine Military Attaché in Washington, DC, has announced a direct acquisition contract for 77 Saab Bofors Dynamics Carl Gustaf anti-tank recoilless rifles with 30 sub-calibre adapters. To complement the sub-calibre adapters Argentina is also buying 5,800 rounds of 7.62 mm tracer

  • Finland orders more NLAWs

    The Finnish Defence Forces have ordered more Next generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW) systems, Saab, the company that produces the system, has announced. Saab said Finland was exercising an option under a contract dating from 2015, with deliveries still taking place this year. Originally

  • Raytheon outlines PERM Block II plan

    Raytheon will combine the experience gained from its Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM) with seeker technology from artillery round development in its PERM Block II. Speaking at the Defence IQ Future Mortar Systems conference in London, Paul Daniels, a senior manager at Raytheon Missile

  • South Korea pursues new 120 mm mortar system

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is developing a new 120 mm self-propelled (SP) rifled mortar system, a senior official revealed at the Defence IQ Future Mortar Systems conference held in London. Eungsoon Jang, Director of the Armoured Project Team at DAPA, said

  • Jordan to sell Osa SAMs

    The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) is retiring its 9K33 Osa (SA-8 ‘Gecko’) mobile surface-to-air missile systems as part of its on-going reorganisation, a Jordanian military source has confirmed to Jane’s . The JAF announced on its website in late September that it was offering 52 Osas

  • US Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for Paveway II Plus laser guided bombs

    Key Points The US Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for Paveway II Plus kit production Company said it has won nine-straight annual competitions The US Air Force (USAF) awarded Lockheed Martin a USD131 million contract for follow-on production of Paveway II Plus laser guided bomb (LGB)

  • IDF places first Spike LR II missile order

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has ordered more than 1,000 Spike LR II missiles, manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on 24 October. “The addition of the Spike LR II will enhance both its infantry engagement range and its lethality against a large variety of targets,”

  • HIMARS test advances USN surface-ship lethality potential

    Recent shipboard testing of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) further advances the US Navy (USN) plans for distributed lethality and also shows further portable missile capability for US forces. HIMARS was fired 22 October from the flight deck of the San Antonio-class

  • US clears Venom sale to Czech Republic

    The potential sale of Bell UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopters to the Czech Republic has been approved by the US State Department, it was announced on 23 October. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS), which is valued at USD575 million, covers 12 helicopters, mission equipment, spares, support,

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