• US clears Javelin ATGMs for Ukraine

    The US State Department has approved a prospective USD47 million sale of FGM-148 Javelin man-portable anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) to Ukraine under the Foreign Military Sales mechanism, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency confirmed on 1 March.

  • USMC set to deploy APKWS on F/A-18 Hornet

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is preparing to introduce the BAE Systems WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) into operational service on F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. In a 27 February Twitter post, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) released a photograph of APKWS loaded

  • USSOCOM seeks powered stand-off precision-guided munition for gunships and other aircraft

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has issued a request for information (RFI) for the procurement of a powered stand-off precision-guided munition (SOPGM) for employment aboard gunship variants of the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules and Cessna Grand Caravan, as well as for other undisclosed

  • India successfully tests Dhanush short-range ballistic missile system

    India successfully tested its indigenously developed, nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile system from an Indian Navy (IN) ship off the country’s east coast on 23 February. Officials said IN personnel from the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) fired the navalised variant of the Indian

  • US Navy awards GQM-163A support contract

    The US Navy has awarded Orbital ATK a USD79.4 million contract for operation and maintenance support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division ‘Ground Launch Drone Missile’ – more commonly referred to as the GQM-163A Supersonic Sea Skimming Target (SSST) system. Under the

  • USAF seeks next-generation area-attack weapon to replace cluster munitions

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for information (RFI) for the development of a next-generation area attack weapon to replace the cluster munitions that it is obligated to retire. The RFI, which was posted in late February, has been issued to determine the technical capability and

  • US State Department approves USD3.2 billion Patriot package for Sweden

    The US Department of State has approved a prospective sale to Sweden of a Patriot Configuration-3+ air defence package under the Foreign Military Sales mechanism. The Swedish government selected the Patriot solution over the Eurosam (Thales and MBDA) consortium’s SAMP/T (Sol-Air Moyenne

  • Russia's Koalitsiya-SV SPHs undergoing state trials

    The testing of 12 units of Russia’s newest 152 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV, is under way and will continue until 2020, when state trials are expected to be completed and a decision made on serial production of the system, said Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuriy

  • Ukraine seeks improved artillery capabilities

    Ukraine has “long term” plans to adopt the NATO 155 mm/52 calibre standard for its conventional tube artillery forces, a senior official has revealed. Speaking at the IQPC Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe conference in Bucharest, Romania, Major General Andrii Koliennikov, deputy

  • Sweden to reintroduce ASW 600 anti-submarine grenade launcher

    The Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) is to return the ASW 600 Elma anti-submarine grenade launching system to frontline service as part of efforts to bolster its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. According to Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the ASW-600 Elma systems –

  • Norway seeks 12.7 mm M2 QCB heavy machine guns

    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency seeks to buy up to 1,300 M2 heavy machine guns (HMGs), together with spare parts and tools, through a seven-year framework agreement published on 9 February. An initial order of an estimated 1,100 HMGs will replace Norway’s current M2 QCB inventory. The

  • Germany, Spain to acquire Thales FZ 70 mm rockets for Tiger fleets

    Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support and the Spanish Army’s Logistics Support Command have awarded Thales contracts of an undisclosed value to supply 70 mm (2.75 inch) air-to-surface rockets for their respective armed forces'

  • Russia orders RPK-16 light machine guns

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Kalashnikov for its RPK-16 light machine gun, the company’s blog on 8 February quoted its director, Alexey Krivoruchko, as having told the TASS state news agency on 6 February. The RPK-16 is a development of the latest version of

  • JASSM-ER achieves FOC on F-15E Strike Eagle

    The US Air Force (USAF) has declared full operational capability (FOC) of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missile on the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle multirole strike fighter. The USAF’s Seek Eagle Office – which leads

  • Yemeni rebels claim Patriot battery destroyed

    Yemen’s Ansar Allah group claimed on 10 February that it had destroyed the Patriot PAC-3 air defence system deployed to the Red Sea town of Al-Mukha (Mocha). It said this had been achieved in a joint operation by its missile and air defence forces, which bombarded the Patriot system. There

  • Harpoon Block II+ seeker upgrade included in US FY 2019 budget

    The US Navy (USN) is planning to introduce an upgraded active radar seeker for the service’s Boeing AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile. According to the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request, the improved seeker is required to improve the ability of the Harpoon II+

  • IMI unveils new 5.56 mm armour piercing round

    Israel Military Industries (IMI) has unveiled a new 5.56x45 mm round that it said will enable combat units to use one type of ammunition for assault rifles and machine guns. IMI decided to develop the Armor Piercing Match (APM) round after being told by militaries that standard types of 5.56 mm

  • Netherlands buys HK416A5 for special forces

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence signed a seven-year contract on 7 February for the delivery of Heckler & Koch HK416A5 rifles, parts, additional equipment, and accessories. The single source procurement worth EUR14 million (USD17.3 million) with Condor Arhem includes an option for an additional

  • US small arms producer Remington to file for bankruptcy

    US rifle and shotgun manufacturer Remington Outdoor Company has announced that it will pursue a comprehensive debt restructuring agreement with its creditors to allow a planned ‘Chapter 11’ bankruptcy in order to help reduce the company’s significant debt burden. According to its

  • Indian MoD approves small arms purchases for all three services

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements on 13 February worth INR159.35 billion (USD2.48 billion) that largely include small arms for all three military services. The government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement that the Defence Acquisition Council

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