• Dutch 81 mm mortars fire again

    The German-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence multinational battalion’s Dutch mortar group in Lithuania resumed live firing of 81 mm mortars on 16 May after a 10-month hiatus, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. The problem that caused a loss in pressure when mortar rounds were

  • Belarus showcases MM-60 rocket launcher

    Belarusian company BSVT-VV has completed development of its MM-60 multipurpose rocket launcher and has already attracted interest from a number of Asia Pacific countries, a company representative told Jane's. The disposable MM-60 rocket launcher is designed to defeat troops under cover, lightly

  • IDF using Elbit Spear mortars

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has used Elbit’s Spear vehicle-mounted mortar system during border security incidents in recent months, a senior company official said. Colonel (res) Boaz Cohen, vice-president of land systems at Elbit System, told the Fire, Maneuvering, and Intelligence

  • US Army to order Bonus rounds

    The US Army is about to order 500 BAE Systems Bofors Bonus 155 mm sensor-fuzed munitions as part of a larger order for the anti-tank rounds. Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Ammunition, announced at the IQPC

  • US search for DPICM replacement about to get under way

    The US Army is seeking a new anti-armour round as a replacement for its 155 mm M864A1 Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM). Speaking at the IQPC Future Artillery 2018 conference, held in London from 14-16 May, Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within

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  • The Czar of battle: Russian artillery use in Ukraine portends advances

    The Russian Army, which has long emphasised its artillery arm, is once again upgrading conventional tube artillery and adding new targeting techniques. Samuel Cranny-Evans, Mark Cazalet, and Christopher F Foss report on the country's more flexible approach to fire missions
  • Personal effects: Assault rifles and small-arms technology

    Responding to the requirements arising out of an increasingly complex operating environment, international armed forces are finally witnessing the gradual proliferation of alternative weapon and ammunition designs aimed at improving the mobility, precision, and lethality of soldiers on the battlefield. Andrew White reports
  • The big bang theory: planning future MBT armaments

    Next-generation MBTs are due to enter service from the 2040s, and planning for their core capabilities will be needed in the near term. Jon Hawkes and Neil Gibson investigate potential future weapon technologies that could be installed on these vehicles
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  • China’s Z-19E helicopter completes firing tests

    The export version of China’s Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter has completed firing tests. HAIG’s parent company, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said in a 16 May statement that
  • LRASM completes second dual-missile flight test

    Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has successfully completed a second ‘dual-LRASM’ flight test event ahead of achieving Early Operational Capability (EOC) on US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber later this year. The test, performed on 22 May on the
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