• India's DRDO successfully tests its advanced 155 mm howitzer

    India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired its indigenously designed 155 mm/52 calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) to a range of 40 km at its Proof & Experimental Establishment in Balasore on the country's east coast. The Indian Ministry

  • Militant video reveals Niger's Chinese arms

    A video released by Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiyyah (the current name of the group popularly known as Boko Haram) on 5 July revealed that Niger's military is operating Norinco WZ551 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The video showed the group's 3 June attack on the Nigerien military base at Bosso, close

  • Rheinmetall unveils new lightweight missile launcher

    Key Points All-carbon launcher base weighs 19 kg Final development expected in 18-24 months Rheinmetall is developing a new lightweight remote-controlled missile launcher designed to equip a range of 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 tactical mobility vehicles with a short-range surface-to-air or

  • India completes price negotiations for 100 modified K-9 self-propelled howitzers

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has completed price negotiations with the Indian private-sector company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the supply of 100 modified South Korean K-9 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for around USD750 million. Industry sources said the tender for the K-9 Vajra

  • Croatia's navy set to receive new patrol vessels from 2017, as part of naval modernisation plan

    Key Points Croatia is scheduled to receive five inshore patrol vessels from 2017 The vessels are part of modernisation plan that includes upgrades of existing platforms As part of Croatia's ongoing naval modernisation plans, its naval coastguard service is to receive five inshore patrol vessels


  • Steady as she goes: Germany country briefing

    Given Germany's history in the 20th century, the Bundeswehr has experienced a remarkable makeover in the past two decades to become a 21st century operational force, making it the dependable cornerstone in Europe's defence architecture, writes Sebastian Schulte
  • On the rise: Japan industry briefing

    Japan's defence industry is reshaping itself to meet international opportunities and respond to the country's new security environment. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Heavy metal: Trends in armoured fighting vehicle design

    Despite the continued popularity of lighter, wheeled vehicles over tracked systems in recent years to meet the demands of expeditionary warfare, the relevance of heavy armour has been renewed as Europe braces itself for the potential of another Cold War with Russia. Jon Hawkes revisits the 'tracks versus wheels' debate.
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