• 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

  • Latvia orders Spike

    Latvia has signed an agreement on the purchase of Spike anti-tank missiles from Rafael-Diehl-Rheinmetall joint venture EuroSpike. The EUR108 million (USD133 million) agreement was signed by Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis and EuroSpike managing directors Günter Lauer and Arie

  • Poland introduces Grot rifle

    The 42nd Light Infantry Battalion of the Territorial Defence Forces (Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej: WOT) 4th Brigade became the Polish forces’ first unit armed with the 5.56 mm MSBS C16 FB-M1 (Grot) assault rifle on 8 February. In coming months, the FB-M1 and slightly upgraded FB-M2 variant of

  • North Korea parades elements of Iskander-like SRBM system

    North Korea has paraded elements of what appears to be a new road-mobile short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system equipped with missiles that are similar in appearance to those that can be used by the Russian 9K720 Iskander-M system. Six apparent transport-erector-launchers (TELs) belonging to

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics launches BR18 5.56 mm assault rifle

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and specialty vehicles arm of the state-affiliated Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering group, has unveiled the production-ready version of its fully ambidextrous 5.56 mm calibre Bullpup Multirole Combat Rifle (BMCR) at the Singapore Airshow 2018 exhibition,

  • China conducts mid-course anti-missile test

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced that it successfully tested a land-based mid-course missile interception system on 5 February. The test, which was carried out within Chinese territory, “achieved the expected goals”, the MND said in a statement, adding that

  • Israel negotiating for IMI rocket systems

    Israel Military Industries (IMI) is talking with the Israeli Ministry of Defense about supplying surface-to-surface rocket systems, the company told Jane's on 5 February, following media reports that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will form a new unit to operate the company’s EXTRA system.

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