• IDF wants more Namer APCs and Trophy protection systems

    Senior army officials hope that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will acquire better-protected armoured vehicles and more active protection systems (APS) such as Rafael's Trophy. Their comments came after seven members of the elite Golani Brigade were killed by an rocket-propelled grenade (RPG)

  • Rheinmetall wins Greek Leopard ammunition contract

    Germany's Rheinmetall announced on 15 August that it had been awarded a contract to supply the Hellenic Armed Forces with 120 mm ammunition for its Leopard 2 tanks. The contract, worth EUR52 million (USD69 million), will cover 12,000 rounds of ammunition for the Leopard 2 fleet. The contract covers

  • Thales Australia developing new rifle ammunition

    Thales Australia has disclosed it is developing a new family of high-lethality small arms ammunition, including a 5.56 mm round that the company says outperforms 7.62 mm ammunition at all ranges. The so-called F9 technology is scalable in calibre, from 4.6 mm up to .50 calibre, and is being

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

  • Hamas uses anti-tank weapons against Israeli ground forces

    Man-portable anti-tank weapons are playing a major role in Hamas counterattacks against Israel's ground incursion into Gaza, and have accounted for around 40% of the fatalities experienced by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) during the first ten days of the ground operation. Up to 18 of the 43


  • Design dilemma: the challenge of future small arms and ammunition development

    The US is looking ahead to the next generation of small arms, with its LDAM and CLAWS projects, while examining the ammunition these weapons should use in the related SAAC study. Other NATO nations, also facing the need to replace small arms inventories, are observing this with interest. Anthony G Williams examines the options
  • Drifting apart

    Military leaders have warned repeatedly that the United Kingdom risks becoming a 'hollow force' unable to offer useful help to its closest ally, the United States. So is this the end of an unusually close partnership? Matthew Bell reports
  • Rearming Russia

    Russia's rearmament ambitions envisage the replacement of some 70% of its old equipment by 2020, but current funding levels suggest it will fall well short of this goal. Karl Soper reports
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  • New Zealand's OPVs complete Typhoon gun acceptance trials

    The Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) Otago-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Wellington , have completed successful acceptance trials of the Typhoon naval gun system, an RNZN spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 20 August. The trials were conducted over 11-12 August at an


  • Saab Bofors Dynamics NLAW anti-armour weapon

    Development Realising that several nations, including the UK and the Netherlands, had a requirement for a light, portable anti-tank weapon capable of defeating enemy tanks over the frontal arc, Saab Bofors Dynamics, developed a top-attack portable anti-tank weapon known as NLAW. This weapon

  • Santa Barbara 106 mm recoilless rifle

    Development The Santa Barbara 106 mm recoilless rifle is a Spanish-made version of the US M40A1 RCL (recoilless) rifle and is identical in all respects. It is no longer in production In 2001, it was announced that the military armaments manufacturer Santa Barbara, following its acquisition by

  • Barrett XM109 25 mm payload rifle

    Development The development of the XM109 payload rifle began around 2000, and was intended to provide a capability to defeat light armoured and material targets out to 2,000 m using the 25 x 59 mm round developed for use with the XM307 lightweight automatic grenade launcher (AGL), under the

  • FN FAL 7.62 mm automatic rifle

    Development The FN Herstal Fusil Automatique Léger (FAL) 7.62 mm rifle first entered service with the Belgian armed forces in 1954. It proved to be a highly successful design. Although no longer in production with FN Herstal, it was ultimately adopted by more than 90 countries. It is, or has