• Thailand to acquire Mk 54 lightweight torpedo array kits

    Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September. The contract combines purchases for the US

  • DRDO completes development trials of Astra BVRAAM

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed development trials of the Astra beyond-visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM). The final flight tests of the locally developed weapon system were conducted from 11–14 September over the Bay of

  • DSEI 2017: IAI unveils maritime version of Harop loitering munition

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new maritime version of its Harop long-endurance loitering munition at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 in London. The weapon can be launched from a variety of ships, ranging from offshore patrol vessels to naval frigates, and can

  • MBDA revives Fire Shadow for Polish LM requirement

    European missile house MBDA has resurrected its Fire Shadow weapon system to potentially address the requirements of a Polish request for information (RfI) relating to the acquisition of a loitering munition (LM) capability. The Fire Shadow indirect fire precision attack weapon was originally

  • DSEI 2017: Orbital ATK looks to extend range and accuracy with new 120 mm mortar initiative

    Orbital ATK has revealed it is working on a development beyond its 120 mm Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) to address a requirement to achieve increased precision and range from 120 mm mortars for the US Army. Building on work that the company has already done with APMI, the new High

  • DSEI 2017: Patria NEMO Container completes land test firings

    Finland’s Patria has completed test firings of its deployable NEMO Container mortar system, the company has told Jane’s . During test firings throughout August, the 120 mm mortar system underwent firings while mounted on a Sisu ETP E13TP 8×8 tactical transporter as well as

  • DSEI 2017: Open Works Engineering details SkyWall 300 C-UAV system

    Open Works Engineering has released technical details of the company’s turret-mounted counter-UAV system, the SkyWall 300 automatic drone capture system. Currently in development, the SkyWall 300 can be secured to a static position or fitted to the roof of a vehicle. It uses a net-based

  • DSEI 2017: Valhalla Turrets develops new RCWS, light turret

    Ljubljana, Slovenia-based Valhalla Turrets displayed two new turret systems at DSEI 2017 in London. Development of the Midgard remote control weapon station (RCWS) and the Asgard light tactical Turret (LTT) completed in early September, and was conducted through internal research and development

  • UAE develops new 14.5 mm RWS

    The International Golden Group (IGG) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has developed a new remote weapon station (RWS) to the prototype stage. . Called the IGG-RWS14, the designation of ‘14’ denotes that it is armed with the Russian 14.5 mm KPV series heavy machine gun (MG), which is

  • DSEI 2017: Armadillo TA-2 breaks cover

    Brazilian company Mac Jee displayed a new 4×4-mounted rocket system at DSEI 2017. The Armadillo TA-2 is currently undergoing development work and its 70 mm armament is set to undergo firing trials by the end of 2017 and to enter service with the Brazilian Army in 2018. Designed to be a

  • DSEI 2017: Stiletto Systems reveals new rifle and ammunition

    Ukrainian company Stiletto Systems presented its latest rifle, the STL-016, at the DSEI defence exhibition held in London from 11-15 September, along with a range of associated armour-piercing ammunition. The STL-016 is a .300 calibre rifle that incorporates a patented rifling designed by Stiletto

  • RoKAF successfully test-fires Taurus KEPD 350K cruise missile

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) announced on 13 September it had successfully test-fired one of its recently acquired German-built KEPD 350K air-to-surface cruise missiles. The missile was fired from an F-15K Slam Eagle fighter over the Yellow Sea (also known as the West Sea) and flew some

  • DSEI 2017: BAE Systems launches NAUTIS 5 mine warfare combat system

    BAE Systems launched a fifth-generation version of its NAUTIS mine countermeasures (MCM) command-and-control system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. Dubbed NAUTIS 5, the system incorporates a number of new features, including new and improved

  • DSEI 2017: Lithuanian Boxer prototype expected this autumn

    The first Lithuanian Boxer 8x8 prototypes will be ready this autumn, according to Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, whose ARTEC joint venture with Rheinmetall is producing the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Kurt Braatz, KMW's senior vice-president for strategy and corporate communications, told Jane's the

  • DSEI 2017: Penman launches new Metras MRV

    Penman launched its Metras family of wheeled armoured multirole vehicles (MRV) at DSEI 2017 in London. The Metras MRV is being offered in the 4x4 and 6x6 configuration, although both models share the same diesel powerpack and driveline. The vehicle features a welded monocoque steel hull that is

  • DSEI 2017: Thales to target NATO market with not-so-new F90 MBR

    At the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference Thales announced that it had released a ‘new’ assault rifle based on the bullpup design F90 currently in service with the Australian Defence Force, but with the intention of marketing it to the European and NATO

  • DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement

    Key Points The RN has deferred a decision to retire its Harpoon anti-ship missiles The move will partially alleviate a capability gap in RN anti-ship missile capabilities Boeing Harpoon heavy anti-ship missiles will remain in service on Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates after the UK Ministry of

  • German Navy orders second batch of five corvettes

    The German Navy is now set to receive a second batch of Braunschweig-class corvettes, also commonly referred to as the K130 class, from 2022. The German defence procurement agency BAAINBw announced on 12 September 2017 that it had awarded a contract worth EUR2 billion (USD2.4 billion) to a

  • DSEI 2017: Praesidium Global unveils Pathfinder ISR solution

    Praesidium Global launched its Pathfinder reconnaissance system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. A complete Pathfinder system consists of an air-droppable crate that houses two Scout unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) that are deployed to carry out

  • Croatia to arm OH-58D helicopters with Hellfire missiles

    On 7 September, the government of Croatia approved funding to purchase AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for the Croatian Air Force. The missiles will arm the 16 recently acquired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters donated to Croatia by the United States. A down payment for the Hellfires is expected

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