• US Army delays request for new handgun

    The US Army has decided to delay the release of a much-awaited request for proposals (RfP) for a new sidearm to replace the Beretta M9. The request "has been delayed until further notice in order to allow for improvements to the RfP as a result of feedback received from industry", the

  • NSPA delivers FN Minimis to Czech Republic

    The Army of the Czech Republic (Armáda Ceské republiky: ACR) has taken delivery of 74 FN Herstal Minimi 7.62 mm light machine guns (LMG). The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) ordered the weapons from the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) in 2012 and expected delivery in 2013. However, deliveries

  • Modi sacks DRDO chief

    Key Points The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the departure of the head of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation Modi has previously criticised the organisation for a 'casual' attitude that had stopped it from providing useful weapons systems for the

  • Indian parliamentary committee slams government for defence failures

    Key Points A parliamentary report has strongly criticised the Indian government for serial failures to equip and maintain the country's armed forces The report says a culture of 'ad hocism' in planning and budgeting had led to modernisation failures that was putting India at risk India's

  • Saudi Arabia reportedly blocks arms shipment from Pakistan to Nigeria

    Saudi Arabia is refusing to allow cargo aircraft loaded with defence items to fly from Pakistan to Nigeria through its airspace, This Day reported on 29 December. Citing unidentified intelligence sources, the Nigerian newspaper said Riyadh's decision to block the deliveries was linked to the US

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  • F-35 weapons certification on track for this year

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is expected to complete full weapons certification this year after conducting several significant milestones since September 2014, the Pentagon said in a 15 January statement. "The weapons development programme continues to track
  • Indian Navy selects OTO Melara 127/64 LW gun

    Key Points OTO Melara's 127/64 LW - Vulcano gun system has been chosen to arm 13 Shivalik-class frigates and Delhi-class destroyers OTO Melara was the sole bidder for the requirement after BAE Systems decided not to go for the contest India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) recently approved the INR15


  • FMFLB 9 mm high-power model pistols

    Development The 9 mm 'high-power' self-loading pistol is the standard handgun of the Argentine armed services and is currently produced under licence from FN Herstal of Belgium by Fábrica Militar Luis Beltrán (FMFLB). The pistol is very similar to the original Belgian design, but there

  • FN Herstal Browning High-Power Mk 2 9 mm self-loading pistol

    Development The FN Browning High-Power Mark 2 self-loading pistol is a variant of the standard FN 9 mm Browning High-Power (see separate entry). Description The Mk 2 has the same technical characteristics of the standard gun. Differences from the latter include, anatomical grip plates, an oblong

  • Glock 18 selective-fire automatic pistol

    Development The Glock 18 selective-fire automatic pistol was developed from the Glock 17 self-loading pistol by adding a fire-selector assembly. This mechanism allows single-shot or automatic fire. For use in the automatic pistol role an extended length, large capacity magazine is provided. As far

  • Glock 19 and 19C self-loading pistols

    Development The Glock 19 pistol is a smaller and more compact version of the Glock 17 (see separate entry). Except for different dimensions, it is to the same basic design and most components are interchangeable. Reduced capacity magazines for the Glock 19 may be encountered. These are a legacy