• Indian Army rejects locally designed assault rifle for second time

    The Indian Army (IA) has for the second time rejected an indigenously designed assault rifle, and is now poised to issue a global tender to meet its long-pending requirement for 185,000 rifles. Official sources told Jane's on 22 June that the IA cited "poor quality and ineffective

  • Singapore Army acquires Rafael Spike SR anti-armour missile system

    The Singapore Army has acquired the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike Short Range (SR) manportable missile system as its next generation guided anti-armour weapon for its infantry and guards forces, Jane's has learnt at its Army Open House 2017 event that was held in late May. Jane's understands

  • German Special Forces receive new suppressor for G29

    B&T AG has developed a new suppressor for the Bundeswehr's designated marksman rifle, the G29 bolt-action sniper rifle, Jane's has learned. Recent years have seen a growing emphasis on improving the ability for suppressors to reduce muzzle flash; this has led B&T to develop a suppressor

  • India re-starts CQB carbine procurement process

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 15 July from foreign and local manufacturers on the procurement of an initial 44,000 modular 5.56x45 mm close quarter battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA). In a 13 June request for information (RFI) the MoD stated that the tender

  • Update: US Marine Corps exploring new 5.56 mm bullets

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is exploring new bullets fielded by the US Army and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as potential replacements for the corps' 5.56 mm M855 rounds. During a 6 June hearing, US senators voiced concern that the proliferation of advanced body armour in battlefields across

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  • MDA seeks laser-armed HALE UAV for counter-ICBM role

    The United States is looking to field a laser-armed unmanned aircraft to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) towards the middle of the next decade, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) disclosed on 13 June. In a solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)
  • IDAS partners look to re-plan submarine development firing

    The IDAS Consortium of Diehl Defence and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) is working to reschedule an engineering development firing of the IDAS (Interactive Defence and Attack System for Submarines) missile system from a submarine before the end of 2017. This follows the identification of a
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