• Mk VI Patrol Boat promises greater reach for US coastal forces

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to receive its first Mk VI Patrol Boat (PB), in a move that will significantly enhance the blue-water capabilities of the service's riverine and coastal forces. Designed and manufactured by Safe Boats International, the 85 ft (26 m) aluminium-hulled Mk VI PB is

  • Brazilian Army set to buy 5,000 rifle optics from local firm

    Brazil's ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, a local subsidiary of Israel's Elbit Systems, is soon expected to be awarded a Brazilian Army contract to supply 5,000 of its MVR MARS RS multipurpose aiming reflex sight and TRISIGHT lightweight multipurpose x3 telescopic aiming sight. A tender was issued in

  • Major TOW order for Saudi Arabia, Oman

    The US Department of Defense announced on 19 June that Raytheon had been awarded a USD391.5 million contract to produce wireless versions of the TOW anti-tank guided missile (ATGMs) for the US Army, US Marine Corps (USMC), Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG), and Oman. It said the contract was

  • South African Badger evaluation going well, says Denel

    The Badger infantry combat vehicle developed by Denel Land Systems for the South African Army is now undergoing test and evaluation by the Joint Project Team (JPT) and engineers from the defence acquisition agency Armscor. According to Denel Land Systems CEO Stephan Burger, the programme is

  • Eurosatory 2014: MBDA awards MMP subcontracts to Sagem

    MBDA and Sagem have signed two contracts for the guidance components of the new Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) anti-tank guided weapon for the French Army, the two companies announced at Eurosatory 2014 in Paris on 17 June. Under the first contract Sagem will provide 1,500 uncooled infrared

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  • MBDA in advanced talks for Marte ER

    The Italian arm of European missile house MBDA is looking to secure a launch customer for its new Marte ER (Extended Range) anti-ship missile by the end of 2014. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 16 July during the Farnborough International Airshow, a company official said the company was in advanced
  • RAN conducts tests of Mk 54 torpedoes from naval helicopter

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed three test firings of the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo from an MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter, a Department of Defence spokesperson confirmed on 21 July. The test firings were conducted at the US Navy's (USN's) Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation


  • RPG-75 light anti-armour weapon

    Development The RPG-75 is a shoulder-fired rocket launcher. Development began in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s as one of several designs reverse-engineered from the American M72 66 mm launcher. It was manufactured until the late 1990s by MOEX Viarskie Stroijny. An improved version was developed in

  • Star Z-70/B 9 mm sub-machine gun

    Development The Model Z-70/B 9 mm sub-machines was manufactured by Star Bonifacio Echeverria S.A of Eibar, Spain. Both the original manufacturer and the subsequent holding company (Astar) are no longer in business, and consequently it is no longer manufactured. The Z-70 and Z-70/B are chambered for

  • T77 9 mm sub-machine gun

    Development The T77 9 mm sub-machine gun was developed in Taiwan by Factory Number 205 of the Combined Services Force Arsenal. The design was based on that of the Ingram M10 and M11 (also known as the MAC-10 and MAC-11), although with some innovations. Development commenced in 1985, and the T77 was

  • Type 2004 portable rocket launcher

    Development The Chinese Type 2004 is a further development of the earlier Chinese Type 69-1 portable rocket launcher, which is in turn was based on the RPG-7. It is similar in design to the Russian RPG-7D, which is a model designed for airborne troops. The Type 2004 was first shown in 2006.