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  • Poland seeks short-range ATGM

    Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has initiated a technical dialogue for a short-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, labelled ‘Pustelnik’. Poland is seeking information about lightweight shoulder-fired ATGM systems with a range of 1,400 m. The technical dialogue will be

  • Lobaev unveils DVL-10M1 Saboteur silenced sniper rifle

    Russia's Lobaev Arms small arms manufacturer has unveiled the DVL-10M1 Saboteur (‘Diversant’) bolt-action silenced sniper rifle intended for military and police special forces. The DVL-10M1 Saboteur is based on an aluminium alloy chassis system incorporating advanced shock-resistant

  • Arnold Defense details Fletcher 2.75-inch laser-guided weapon system

    Arnold Defense has unveiled a developmental 2.75-inch/70mm laser-guided weapon system designed to meet the demands of land-based, vehicle-mounted and dismounted warfare for special and conventional forces, with potential future application for naval/littoral platforms. Traditionally, 2.75-inch

  • AIS unveils new MEMS IMU technologies

    Atlantic Inertial Systems (AIS), a UTC Aerospace Systems company, is introducing two new micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based inertial measurement unit (IMU) products to advance the inertial navigation system (INS) and guidance capabilities delivered to missiles and guided munitions through

  • Japan to receive additional AMRAAM missiles

    Japan is to receive a further batch of Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) following approval of a potential sale by the US State Department. The approval, announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 4 October, covers 56 AIM-120C-7-variant

  • German special forces receive RGW 90

    Dynamit Nobel Dynamics (DND) officially handed the Recoilles Grenade Weapon (RGW) 90 to the Bundeswehr in September. The 90 mm shoulder-fired weapon, with a range of 20-1,200 m, was developed on the initiative of the German Army's Kommando Spezialkräfte (Special Forces Command) and the navy's

  • US Army to begin fielding new Sig Sauer M17 handguns next month

    The US Army in November expects to field its first M17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) sidearms to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, which is to receive about 2,000 of the pistols. Fielding will be done following “a conditional material release for the MHS”, the army

  • Italy to gift rifles to Albania

    By the end of the year, Italy will donate to Albania 5,000 Berreta AR70/90 5.56x45 mm rifles and two Iveco VTLM Lince 4x4 light multirole vehicles in the basic version. With Albania’s strategic importance for Italy in the Balkan-Mediterranean regional context, the goal of the donation is to

  • Bangladesh to acquire 155 mm howitzers

    Bangladesh’s military procurement agency, the Directorate General Defence Purchases (DGDP), has issued a notice to foreign vendors to submit bids in support of a programme to procure artillery for the Bangladesh Army. The notice was issued by the DGDP in late September and outlines a

  • Kongsberg prepares to qualify the Joint Strike Missile

    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is set to conduct the final flight test (FTM-5) of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) in early 2018, in preparation for the weapon’s integration with the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning II multirole stealth fighter. FTM-5 is the

  • Australian SDB II request for F-35As approved

    An Australian request to purchase Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment IIs (SDB IIs) for its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters has been approved by the US State Department. The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency

  • USAF seeks directed energy-based counters to UAVs

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to develop laser and microwave-based solutions for combating small and tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be ready for trials in fiscal year (FY) 2018. The Directed Energy (DE) Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (DE C-UAS) is an experimental programme recently

  • Pacific 2017: Rafael launches Typhoon Mk-30c naval gun system

    Key Points Rafael has officially launched the next generation of its Typhoon range of naval weapon systems Product is positioned as a compact weapon system with improved accuracy and stabilisation, and lowest sustainability costs in its class Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

  • Pacific 2017: Peru selects Typhoon Mk-30c for Rio Pativilca class

    Key Points Peru has selected the Typhoon Mk-30c as a primary weapon for its Rio Pativilca class Weapon will provide the platform with defence against swarm boat tactics and emerging aerial threats The Peruvian Coast Guard has selected the latest variant of the Typhoon stabilised naval gun from

  • Orbital ATK prepares for Hatchet guide-to-hit trials

    Orbital ATK is preparing to conduct first air-dropped guide-to-hit trials of the Hatchet miniature precision strike weapon in Q3/2017–Q1/2018. Specific detail of the exact date,location of the trials, and the platform type to be used have not been disclosed, other than that they will be

  • Colombia working to sell its new Cordova pistol in North America

    Colombia’s Military Industry (Industria Militar: INDUMIL) is negotiating to sell its new 9 mm Cordova pistol, the first such weapon fully designed in Colombia, to North American customers as it nears completion of local orders. The state-run INDUMIL began design and development of the Cordova

  • Escribano offers add-on SAL section for 70 mm artillery rockets

    Spanish engineering house Escribano is developing a new, add-on semi-active laser terminal guidance section for integration with government-furnished equipment (GFE) surface-launched, fin-stabilised, unguided 70 mm artillery rockets. Escribano’s Semi-Active Laser Kit (SALK) section comprises

  • Images show possible submarine-launched variant of China’s YJ-18 missile

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what could be a submarine-launched variant of the YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missile. The low-resolution images show a missile displayed on presentation slides believed to have been used for a university lecture given by former Rear Admiral Zhao

  • Pakistan Navy test-fires anti-ship missile from Sea King helo

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile (ASM) from one of its Sea King helicopters on 23 September. The missile “hit the intended target with pinpoint accuracy, reaffirming [the] weapon’s lethality and the offensive punch of the PN fleet”, said the

  • New SEAHAWK LW variants unveiled

    MSI-Defence Systems has unveiled two new lightweight (LW) variants of its SEAHAWK family of small-calibre naval gun systems. The SEAHAWK LW mounting has been specifically designed by MSI-Defence to provide smaller patrol craft and security vessels with a stabilised remote control weapon system

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