• General Dynamics, Smith & Wesson team up for modular gun

    A General Dynamics subsidiary is teaming up with gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson to compete for the US Army's Modular Handgun System (MHS) programme, the companies announced on 24 November. The army is looking to replace its M9 sidearm with a new modular system, and General Dynamics Ordinance

  • Indian MoD approves mounted gun programme, defers on medium transport aircraft

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 22 November approved the long-awaited procurement of 814 155 mm/52 cal mounted gun systems for an estimated INR157.50 billion (USD2.62 billion). The MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, stated that 100 systems

  • Poland orders 120 mm tank ammunition

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed a contract with MESKO on 12 November for 120 mm anti-tank rounds for its Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs). In total, Poland ordered 13,000 cartridges 120 mm armour-piercing, fin-stabilised discarding sabot with tracer (APFSDS-T) worth PLN240 million

  • Brazil on track to procure 105 mm mobile gun system

    A Brazilian Army programme to buy one prototype 105 mm turreted gun system, with the option for a pilot batch of about 13 systems, is expected to attract bids from several international companies. Interested firms have until late December to formally issue a proposal, a source close to the

  • Russia's new Koalitsiya self-propelled gun being trialled

    Trials of the latest Russian 152 mm 2S35 Koalitsiya (Coalition) - SV self-propelled gun (SPG) are now under way, with the system among several new land weapon systems due to be fielded by the Russian Army in the future to enhance its capabilities. Russia previously developed the unusual 152 mm/2S35

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  • 2A42 30 mm cannon

    Development The 2A42 30 mm cannon forms the main armament of the BMP-2 Mechanised Infantry Combat Vehicle (MICV), BTR-80A and BTR-90 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) as well as the BMD-2 and BMD-3 airborne combat vehicles. In 2001, it was announced as the main armament of the 2T Stalker combat

  • Mauser MK 30 series 30 mm automatic cannon

    Development The Mauser MK 30 cannon was developed to meet emerging threats for light air defence and for use in naval applications. In this configuration, as a percussion-primed cannon firing aluminium-cased ammunition, the cannon entered production with the designation MK 30-1. The cannon's role

  • Nexter Systems M621 20 mm cannon

    Development The Nexter Systems (previously Giat Industries) M621 (20 M621) 20 mm cannon is an electrically controlled cannon which was originally designed for use on light armoured vehicles, but also has applications in any field where its two major characteristics of light weight and low recoil

  • Nexter Systems M693 (F2) 20 mm automatic cannon

    Development The Nexter Systems (previously Giat Industries) M693 (F2) (20 M693) 20 mm cannon embodies many features of the 20 mm M621, from which it is derived. It differs principally in that it fires cartridges of the more powerful HS820 20 × 139 mm family and as HS820 cartridges are